New Level Haze Lord

Reviewed by on October 3, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Level Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 3, 2018

  • Best Before: packaged August 27, 2018

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: New England Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

New Level Brewing is yet another new Calgary-based craft sudster operation, and they have released this ‘haze lord’, so I suspect it will be made in the manner of current New England ales.

This 473ml can pours a hazy (yup), medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent streaky cirrus cloud pattern lace around the glass as it steadily bleeds away.

It smells of bready and doughy cereal malt, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus peel, a hard water flintiness, and more understated earthy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, mixed domestic citrus rind, a further indistinct tropical fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more leafy, herbal, and grassy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and rather smooth, with a nice airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the complex malt and general frooty essences predominating.

Overall – this comes across as a well-rendered version of the style (NE pale ale, I’d wager).  Pleasantly hoppy, with very little attendant bitterness, which seems to be all the rage these days.  Anyway, easy to throw back, and certainly worth checking out, IMHO.

Brady White

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