Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Hazy IPA from Taproom Beer Review. Taproom's Hazy IPA is the 4th and last of the selection I found last time I popped my head in the extremely budget supermarket Home Bargains. So far I've been impressed by the prices but not in the slightest by the taste so I really hope this one comes good. As with the other beers in the collection Hazy IPA gives no indication of who the brewer is or where they're based so I really have no information at all for you on that front. At the time of writing we're edging closer to beer gardens opening in the UK after lockdown number 3 or 4 or whatever it is but it's still quite chilly so I might need more living room drinks before I venture to the pub.
Hazy IPA from Taproom comes in a bright colourful 440ml can. As this is my only offering for tonight I can confirm that the writing on the front is meant to be hazy it's not just that I've had a few. The beer clocks in at a very mild 3.7% making it very much a session IPA. The brewers (whoever they are) describe Hazy IPA as 'a juicy Indian Pale Ale with tropical notes.' On the back it says 'grab your sunglasses & flower headbands we're going to a festival.' Which just feels like it's mocking me after a year in lockdown so that's not the best start.
Be careful when pouring as this beer is seriously lively, honestly I'm usually fairly good at pouring a beer but this one is just unmanageable. Once Hazy IPA settles down it's not a bad looking beer, the head is white and foamy, and the body is indeed a very thick and hazy peach colour. It almost looks more like a thick fruit juice than a beer. The aroma is full of tropical fruits and hops with grapefruit and orange coming through particularly strongly. This looks and smells like it could be quite flavoursome.
Given the look the texture is surprisingly watery and the taste is surprisingly bland. There's a mixture of peach and grapefruit coming through, but it's not strong at all. I really was expecting more, but maybe I'm expecting too much from a budget beer. What I would say is that it's the best of the Taproom Craft Beer selection I've tried in Home Bargains, but really that's not saying a great deal. I'm going to give Hazy IPA from Taproom/Home Bargains a slightly above average 6 out of 10. It's a beer that doesn't taste of enough to excite or offend you, but it's reasonably drinkable.