Belly Hop Brewing Dragonfly Hazy – American IPA at 6% ABV

Belly Hop Brewing Dragonfly Hazy – American IPA at 6% ABV (C$3.91 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 9-Jan-2020, reviewed 20-Jan-2020)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale amber with two fingers of fine ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: floral, caramel, stewed fruit, light pine, earth. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (3/5)

The hell? They’ve got a Dragonfly APA and a Dragonfly IPA? And their “Hazy IPA” is far less hazy than their APA? And neither are listed on their web site? It’s clearly not just a rename, because the ABVs are different. Oh, here we go: their latest F***book photo of their chalkboard reads “Dragonfly Hazy IPA ⭐︎New Recipe!!”. But in fact, it looks like they didn’t even change the rest of the description, just erased “American Pale Ale” and replaced it with “PA”, and then later on replaced that with “Hazy IPA”. Yeesh… why do people have to make it so difficult to cleanly categorize things? They seem to be flailing a bit here, and this isn’t clearly an improvement over the previous incarnation I had. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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