Review: OverHop Hazy New England IPA

Merci à Nicholas de Sipshare pour cette bière!

For the past two years, I've been going to Montreal to check out Mondial de la bière to see what's new and cool with the Quebec beer scene. Last year, all of my beer buddies were obsessed with two booths - the Oshlag booth with Avant Garde, Jukebox and Glutenberg, and the OverHop booth. I thought that OverHop was a new brewery in Quebec, but nope.. they are actually from Brazil! Everyone was excited to see this awesome brewery all the way from Brazil making its presence at Mondial by showing off some incredibly hop-forward IPAs that satisfied a wide range of IPA fans. They were stating that they were hoping to eventually bring brewing to Canada, well it's now happening as OverHop teamed up with Oshlag to brew a bunch of their beers for the Quebec market. So this is my first of two OverHop reviews: the first one is Hazy New England IPA.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden body with a very light amount of sediment floating around, a good amount of carbonation, and a light amount of white frothiness on top. As the beer is gradually sipped and savoured, the foam tends to stick to the side of the glass. This is not as hazy as your typical NE-style IPAs, but it still looks absolutely gorgeous.

Aroma: Notes of wheat, oats and hops to give it a mildly citrus profile with a bit of a grainy grittiness in every sniff. There's a mild aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and orange zest. Quite a rich amount of cereal presence in there that has a bit of a breakfast vibe in there. The beer is lightly bitter with a hint of pine in there, but that's about it so far.

Taste: The beer is definitely much more tropical tasting up front compared to the aroma. The taste of pineapple is the first thing I noticed when sipping this beer, then there's a bit of orange peel and lemon. There's a good amount of a medley of oat/wheat/barley in there to give it a real cereal bite to it, almost as if I'm drinking my breakfast. Pretty smooth on the palate but there is a light amount of pine hoppiness in there. The beer doesn't quite have as much of a kick in the mouth for flavour compared to most NE IPAs, so it's more subtle than anything.

Overall Thoughts: Glad to see OverHop now brewing in Canada! Hazy is a very cereally take on a New England IPA with a moderate tropical presence to it. Not quite as strong as the stuff at Bièreie Shelton or Boréale, but it's quite a treat! 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU

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