Read Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines by Brewers Association (Brewers Association)
Since 1979 the BA has provided beer style descriptions as a reference for brewers and beer competition organizers.
The New England IPA is dead. Long live the Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (IPA).

  • Color: Straw to deep gold
  • Clarity: Low to very high degree of cloudiness is typical of these beers. Starch, yeast, hop, protein and/or other compounds contribute to a wide range of hazy appearance within this category.
  • Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Low to low-medium malt aroma and flavor may be present
  • Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Medium-high to very high hop aroma and flavor are present, with attributes typical of hops from any origin
  • Perceived Bitterness: Medium-low to medium
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Low to medium fruity-estery aroma and ?avor may be present, but are usually overwhelmed by hop fruitiness. Diacetyl should not be perceived.
  • Body: Medium-low to medium-high. Perceived silky or full mouthfeel may contribute to overall flavor profile.
  • Additional notes: Grist may include a small amount of oat, wheat or other adjuncts to promote haziness. Descriptors such as “juicy” are often used to describe the taste and aroma hop-derived attributes present in these beers.
  • India Pale Ale has an Alcohol by Weight (Volume) of 5.0%-6.0%(6.3%-7.5%) • Bitterness (IBU) 50-70
  • Imperial/Double India Pale Ale has an Alcohol by Weight (Volume) of 6.0%-8.4%(7.6%-10.6%) • Bitterness (IBU) 65-100

For those who have never tried or heard of it, a Juicy IPA is an aggressively hopped unfiltered IPA or Double IPA. The appearance ranges from slightly hazy or cloudy to opaque or muddy but NOT chalky. Dry-hopping, the use of high-protein grains (flours, flaked oats, wheat), certain yeast strains, water chemistry, CO2 levels, and other techniques may also contribute to the beer’s haze and mouthfeel. But the overall goal is typically a hazy, juicy IPA packed with fruity and floral flavours and aroma.

The style got its start in Vermont and Massachusetts but has spread throughout the Midatlantic area. New Jersey has a few micro-brewers who make top-notch examples of this style and three of them are close to home. My number one favourite brewery is Troon Brewing in Hopewell, New Jersey but I also love ales from Flounder Brewing in Hillsborough and Conclave Brewing in Raritan/Flemington, New Jersey.

I am blessed with the good fortune of living within 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and 40 minutes of these three breweries.

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Looking down on Spruce Street Harbor

I shot some images through the dirty window of the hotel. If the Hilton at Penn’s Landing has an observation deck, I’d like to find a way to use it.

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Tug boat
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Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna at Independence Seaport Museum
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The Oasis
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The Oasis
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The Oasis
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The Walk
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The Walk
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Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia

Several years ago we took a leisurely cruise along the Delaware River. The cruise was part of a Mother’s Day special organized by the Spirit of Philadelphia. My kids were much younger and wanted to do something special for their mother. We had breakfast, listened to music, and then stood out on the deck enjoying the early spring weather.

After the cruise, we strolled along the little strip of the Harbor Park. It was under construction at the time.

Before checkout, on the day after the wedding we were attending at the Hilton, I took a walk outside and snapped a few images around Spruce Street Harbor Park.

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Welcome to Spruce Street Harbor Park
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The duck.
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The ducks.
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Patriot Harbor Lines
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Located in the Marina at Penn’s Landing, the Oasis consists of three landscaped barges, a net lounge, and floating gardens. The barges feature an ADA-compliant boardwalk, beautiful raw metal railings, and tons of seating. The cantilevered net lounge, inspired by Caribbean resorts, is a place where visitors can relax while suspended 4 feet above the water. The floating gardens are constructed from a durable, non-toxic post-consumer plastic, and used around the country for wetland restoration. Not only are they aesthetically beautiful, but they also serve to clean the water in the marina.
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The Oasis
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Barge Oasis
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The dog had a mind of it’s own. She was constantly saying “no”
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Over 50 colorful handmade hammocks are strung throughout the park to create a relaxing place to spend summer days and nights.
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Why so glum?
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Franklin Sugar Shack
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Cruiser Olympia