While the style may have been born in New England, according to the Chicago Tribune, the Windy City holds the hazy IPA crown. Given Chicago’s claim to hazy fame, it comes as no surprise Maplewood Brewery & Distillery’s Son of Juice IPA is so damn tasty. Brewed with pilsner malt and oats to create soft body and haze, the brewery describes this beer as a “juicy, low-bitterness IPA.” Clocking in at 6.3% ABV, it also packs a substantial punch in the alcohol category.
Appearance and Aroma
Son of Juice pours a semi-hazy, bright orange hue with three fingers of cream-colored, thick foam. As I drink, the beer’s head dissipates only slightly and leaves ample lacing on the glass, chased by strong aromas of tangerine, orange, guava, and mango.
With the number of hazy IPAs out there increasing by the hour, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd.”
Son of Juice packs a lot of flavor. Despite being brewed with boatloads of Mosaic, Simcoe, and Nugget hops, the beer is not that bitter. Instead, a subtle, nutty, bready backbone is hidden under a thick blanket of fruity citrus.
With the number of hazy IPAs out there increasing by the hour, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd. Maplewood overcomes this barrier with Son of Juice and its surplus of juicy, tropical flavors. All in all, it’s a solid representation of the style. My only complaint is this brew isn’t available closer to home.