For Akasha, much like Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, and the nostrils of all members of the band during the majority of the 70s and 80s, the hits just keep coming. This time it’s Endless Haze, a 4.2 percent ABV hazy pale ale. Brewed before the rebrand as a keg only release, Endless Haze has graduated to Akasha Project status and sauntered into a very fetching can in time for the start of summer.
Hazy pale ales might just be the style of the 2020/21 summer, with breweries all over the country dialling down their big, fruit bomb hazy IPAs into something resembling an XPA, just with oats and hype. The name of the game here is to load up as much juicy, summer fruit hop aroma as a small malt bill can handle.
In the case of Endless Haze, it comes bursting with pineapple, mango, stonefruit as well as a grassiness. There’s a kind of fresh fruit on granola vibe going on with the oats and cereal malt marrying up with the hop fruit salad. There’s also a higher level of bitterness here than most other breweries would opt for, but like a nice bitter lager, it just means the only time you can put the can back down is to throw a quick double shaka, bellow out a mighty “yeeeeewwwwww” and succumb to heat exhaustion from drinking beer in the sun for seven hours.
- Hazy Pale Ale