The haze craze has officially reached a boiling point in the US. The desire for hoppy, unfiltered, not true to style IPA’s are literally everywhere. Beer purists have an issue with the fact that technically, they’re not even IPA’s at all, but rather a hoppy ale. The bitterness isn’t up to style standards, the brewing process is completely different with almost no hops going into the boil, and the clarity of the beer is thrown out the window. But people love it.
That’s why at almost every brewery now, you’ll see a “New England Style IPA” on tap or at least hear murmurs about it being in development from brewmasters. Thomas Hooker recently went under some rebranding and launched three new beers; Passport Pilsner, Belma Pale Ale, and No Filter, with the latter being the standout from the trio.
Out of all the CT breweries I wouldn’t have pegged Thomas Hooker to be the one to rollout a NE style IPA but that’s exactly what they wanted I assume. No Filter is bursting with tropical notes, coupled with a mouthfeel that’s soft and inviting. It’s basically juice. The body is a little thin which can sometimes be the way NE style IPA’s are, but I’d rather have a bit of a bitterness punch along with all that flavor.
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At the end of the day, Thomas Hooker found a winner with No Filter. Can releases on Fridays can mean lines out the door for a case of this stuff, which serves as a nice alternative to driving up to Monson, MA for a similar product.
Can’t get to the brewery? Grab a pint at Corner Café in Wallingford, At the Corner in Litchfield, or The Diamond Pub and Grill in Glastonbury. Badger your local package store for cans as well, No Filter is hard to get a hold of and is sure to fly off the shelves.