Brewery: Boulder Beer Company
Beer: Hazed & Infused
Style: American Pale Ale
Character: This unfiltered dry-hopped ale is “hazed” in its natural state and “infused” with a Crystal and Centennial hop blend.
Ratings at time of Review: BA: 83 | RB: 86
Metal Connection: Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Runaway Girls
First of all, another huge thanks goes out to my very good friend, Halie for bringing this beer to me from Colorado. Boulder Beer Company is a brewery that we do not get here in TX, so I was very happy when I received this in my last package from her. This is my first beer to be reviewed by Boulder Beer Company, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. Let’s move on to the review now, shall we…
Using a Big Hops Growler Station keg barrel pint glass, which is an official size of 16 ounces, the beer did not fill up the glass all the way, being poured from a 12 ounce can. Hazed & Infused poured a hazy deep amber/orange color which was crowned with a thin layer of beige colored foamy head. A small thin layer stayed atop the beer leaving small amounts of spotty lacing down the glass during this drinking session.
The aroma is a good mixture of hops and malts. Pale malts, some caramel, good bready backbone combined with some light fruit notes from the hops. Scents of citrus, lemon, and mild grapefruit are picked up first, followed by a good whiff of floral hops.
As with the nose, the flavor profile is exactly the same. Good combination of flavors. There is a profound hop profile in the taste with it’s fruit and floral notes. I can taste citrus orange and lemon zest, mild grapefruit, and a nice floral bouquet. The malts and yeast make up the body of this beer. Light caramel, pale malts, and yeasty bread characters stand out. Very well balanced flavor profile here.
Hazed & Infused has a nice medium body, and has a smooth, silk-like mouthfeel with a crisp bitterness, and decent carbonation. The finish is nice and dry.
Overall, I was really impressed by this beer. I was excited going into this beer, and was not let down at all. I loved the balance of all ingredients, as this American Pale Ale was not overly hoppy, despite it being dry hopped. The can color scheme was impressive and fit perfect with the name of the beer, so if label artwork is your thing, then this one will be right up your alley. I really do hope to get my hands on another can or pack of this beer in the future.
Metal Connection: The psychedelic colors, and the 70’s stoner hippy name reference really helped me out when picking a perfect song for this Metal Connection. I chose one of my favorite Psychedelic Rock/Doom bands for this pairing. I am talking about Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. Since 2009, the band has released three full length albums, and a few singles. The band’s latest offering is a single release called “Runaway Girls”, which was released on a 7″ vinyl through Rise Above Records. This song has the perfect 70’s rock grooves that will help influence you to sit back and knock out a few cans of Hazed & Infused. I’m sue other things will come to mind for some of you, but since I don’t do that, I’ll just stick to drinking this beer, thank you.