I’ve come to a conclusion: a good hazy IPA is a magical thing, but very few are actually good. Most are run-of-the-mill average, and you’re better off reaching for a traditional IPA like Bell’s Two Hearted. What’s worse, these double-dry hopped juice bombs can be super expensive and will set you back the calorie count of a hearty breakfast—not a great combo.
So I’ve gotten cautious at the beer store. I don’t grab the latest hazy release unless I’ve done some research. One that passes the test is Short Throw’s Code of the Streets, boasting a 4.2 rating out of 5 on Untappd. The Richmond, Virginia-based contract brewer partnered with the Twelve Percent Beer Project in Connecticut to unleash this juicy double IPA across the country, and it is the rare hazy IPA that lives up to the investment.
Code of the Streets is beautiful in the glass. It’s a hazy but vibrant golden-orange, capped with frothy white foam. It is true, the appearance is where nearly all hazy IPAs can best their more traditional brethren, but the smell of a hazy IPA often weaves in a broader spectrum of aromas as well. Code of the Streets smells like fresh cut pineapple and ripe mango.
Taste is the downfall of many IPAs—muddied with over-the-top hop additions and lacking the complexity and bitterness that more traditional hopping techniques can bring. The best hazies on the other hand, they build on the balance and traditional flavors of an IPA while layering on bright, tropical fruit. These beers trade prickly carbonation for a creamy and luscious feel. Code of the Streets falls in this latter category. It’s slightly bitter, bursting with bright fruitiness and is oh so juicy.
I’m not splurging for the latest hazy IPA every chance I get, but I’ll gladly plop down cash for Code of the Streets.