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Elysian Contact Haze IPA

New England / Hazy IPA /47% ABV / Washington, United States

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New England / Hazy IPA
Washington, United States
Suggested Glassware
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product description

Hazy IPA The day the world stood still and Elysian brewed a Hazy IPA. Rules were broken to bring you Contact Haze, a tangled chemistry of mild haze, low bitterness, and an explosion of hop aroma. Bursts of bright raspberry, currant, citrus, guava, and passion fruit, with a slight floral note.

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Community reviews

4.57 Reviews
  • Micah

    Grapefruit flavor without being sweet. Excellent beer

  • Saul
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    Super tasty! Cant wait to have more

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  • Jacob
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    Just the right amount of hoppy goodness.

  • Tim H.
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    I'm on the hazy train and this one is delicious. It's more of a fizzy and fruity vibe than most, refreshing.

  • Sarah

    I love beer. I’ve tried a LOT of Pale Ales and IPA’s over the years. Honestly, a lot of the Elysian beers are hit or miss for me. This is one of my favorite beers of ALL TIME. Super delicious and crisp, citrusy while not too fruity, and a kick while not too hoppy. Perfect refreshment for these sunny days we’ve been having


The New England IPA (also called the hazy or juicy IPA) is the oft-referred to darling of the craft beer movement; Americans had enjoyed the more traditional, piney, well-hopped version for decades, but it wasn’t until 2003 when a small Vermont brewery, aptly named the Alchemist, released Heady Topper to the world. New England IPAs are distinct in their silky, indulgent mouthfeel, cloudy appearance and pleasing aroma, not to mention the ingredient lists that often feature bright, citrus fruits. These opaque, golden beauties are featured in nearly every taproom around the country and further buoyed IPAs into the top spot in the craft beer market (IPAs make up a third of the industry’s annual sales).
The New England IPA has many of the same qualities as the traditional American IPA; the former is unfiltered, slightly less bitter, extra juicy and has a drinkability that beer aficionados describe as plush, creamy and silky. The hazy IPAs tend to integrate fresh citrus and other tart flavors in the recipe, with many featuring notes like orange, grapefruit, papaya, mango, passionfruit, tangerine, guava and pineapple — in the cold winters of New England, it’s no wonder these tropically inspired beers became so popular. The true “juicy” quality in the hazy IPAs is from the style’s dry-hopping method; brewers add the plump hops later in the process, which diminishes their bitter nature and instead heightens their fruitier qualities.
Most IPAs, whether the traditional style or the beloved New England variety, contain an alcohol content between 6-8%; the Alchemist’s Heady Topper (considered by many to be the pioneer of the hazy IPA scene) clocked in an 8% ABV, but many of the more easily accessible varieties, like Sierra Nevada’s Hazy Little Thing (at 6.7% ABV) aren’t quite as high. Imperial versions of the hazy IPA are equally popular on the market though, and many of those (like the Imperial IPA in New Belgium Brewing’s Voodoo Ranger series) easily top 9-10% ABV. These high-alcohol contents are well hidden, as the actual IPA smells and looks more like orange juice than booze.
The bright and tropical fruit flavors you experience in New England IPAs pair well with equally fresh ingredients; you don’t, however, want your IPA to overwhelm the dish, so avoid some of those extra intense imperial styles. Select a standard 6-8% ABV hazy IPA and consider menu items like fish tacos with pineapple salsa, Indian curries with sweet mango and green peas or maybe pad thai with a sweet peanut sauce and a squeeze of lime. Anything that features a punch of citrus and a little extra heat will pair well with the fruit flavors and soothing texture of a New England IPA.
The ideal serving vessel for a New England-style or hazy IPA is the standard tulip-shaped snifter or Spiegelau glass; you want your IPA glass to have a big bulbous bottom, a feature that optimizes your space to swirl the beer around and release the unique tropical fruit aromas. New England IPAs often present with a nice, foamy head, which improves the overall drinking experience of the beer — your drinking vessel should capture these bubbles with a slightly tapered rim. Don’t serve these brews too cold, a mistake that will mellow the beer’s flavor (the ideal temperature is about 45 degrees Fahrenheit).
One of the most notable accolades of the IPA family (especially in its hazier, New England-style cousins) is the higher ABV, which is practically unnoticeable behind the bold hops flavors and appealing aromas. Hazy IPAs are particularly misleading; while many of them resemble a glass of orange juice and taste equally refreshing, most contain somewhere between 6-8% ABV and as such, well over 200 calories and 20 grams of carbohydrates. The Hazy Little Thing from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, one of the more widely available hazy IPAs, is 214 calories and 20 grams of carbohydrates for one, 12-ounce can; some of the 8% IPAs can quickly surpass 240 calories.

Drizly's take

Brewed in Washington, Elysian Contact Haze IPA uses a quirky mix of ingredients for a special flavor. A blend of punchy hops like El Dorado®, Mosaic® and Southern Passion give this beverage bright, fruity notes. Juicy and succulent, Elysian Hazy IPA is brimming with bursts of raspberry, citrus, guava and passion fruit. It's available year-round and contains 6% ABV. Mild bitterness allows the sweet, floral and citrusy flavors and scents to shine through.

Match the refreshingly zesty taste of this Contact Haze beer with mild dishes like seafood cured in lemon juice or fish tacos. The distinct hop flavor balances spicy cuisine like Indian or Thai, so this Elysian beer is a versatile food pairing pick. Grab a pack of this hazy IPA by shopping Drizly your city, and look for liquor stores on Drizly near you.

-A blend of punch hops for bright notes
-Features bursts of fruit flavor
-Pairs well with spicy foods

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