There’s no denying the current popularity of IPAs—specifically, New England IPAs. But just because these hopped-up hazies reign supreme doesn’t mean New England brewers aren’t still innovating and tweaking the style. Among these is Nod Hill Brewery from Ridgefield, Connecticut, which brews a New England IPA called Mood for a Day. But what kind of mood does it set?
Mood for a Day is hazy yellow. It has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. (There’s no actual dairy in the beer so the lactose-averse can rest easy.) Since it's dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado, the first sniff is like opening a fresh pack of tropical fruit gum, with some citrus in the mix ,too.
The citrus and tropical fruit flavors continue in the taste, with some peach candy and watermelon candy notes. Despite these sweeter tones, this isn’t a pure juice bomb like some other New England IPAs that make you stare at the glass and wonder whether you're drinking beer or Minute Maid. It has a grassy undertone to the soft, mellow fruit flavors that gives a little bitterness and balance before gently segueing into a dry finish.
While some beers feel like great rewards for tasks like cleaning the bathroom or mowing the lawn, Mood for a Day doesn’t feel like a post-chore beer. It’s ideal for a relaxing weekend afternoon. Pair it with downtime activities such as watching Friday for the hundredth time, maybe finally finishing Infinite Jest or accompanying you through a family Zoom meeting. The mood this beer sets is definitely a chill one.