Beer Review: Free Wave Hazy IPA (Non – Alcoholic Beer) (Athletic Brewing Company)

Beer Review: Free Wave Hazy IPA (Non – Alcoholic Beer) (Athletic Brewing Company)

Free Wave Hazy IPA (a non – alcoholic IPA) by Athletic Brewing Company

Non – Alcoholic Beer

The popularity of Non – Alcoholic beer has skyrocketed in recent years. With pregnant women, designated drivers, and many more enjoying them while still hanging out with spouses, loved ones, friends, and family at craft breweries.

Just yesterday we reviewed Athletic Brewing Company’s “Run Wild IPA”, you can find that review here: Beer Review: Run Wild IPA (Non – Alcoholic Beer) (Athletic Brewing Company). So today’s article is the second in a series (we have a few more Athletic Brewing Company non – alcoholic beers to review). I hope you’ll stick around to check them all out!

You can find our full article on non – alcoholic beers here: The Rise of Non-Alcoholic Beer: A Guide to the Best Non Alcoholic Brews.

You can also find Amy’s weekly column discussing how she missed having real beer while pregnant, and did enjoy a few non – alcoholic ones here: I’ve Missed Drinking (A Look at Non Alcoholic Beers).

Our friends from Let Us Drink Beer blog, guest wrote a post for us about the best non – alcoholic beers back in 2021. You can find that here: Best Non-Alcoholic Beers For 2021.

Non-alcoholic craft beer has come a long way in recent years, and Athletic Brewing Company’s Run Wild IPA is a shining example of this innovation. Crafted with meticulous care, this IPA showcases the remarkable potential of non-alcoholic beer, proving that you don’t need alcohol to experience the full-bodied flavors and complexity of a well-crafted brew. Run Wild IPA allows those who choose to abstain from alcohol to indulge in the vibrant world of craft beer without compromising their lifestyle choices.

What sets Run Wild IPA apart is its ability to capture the essence of a traditional IPA, even without the alcohol content. The master brewers at Athletic Brewing Company have skillfully harnessed the power of hops, carefully selecting varieties that deliver the signature bitterness and aromatic qualities that make IPAs so beloved. The result is a non-alcoholic IPA that boasts a hop-forward profile with layers of flavor, creating a drinking experience that rivals its alcoholic counterparts.

The absence of alcohol in Run Wild IPA doesn’t mean it lacks character or depth. On the contrary, this brew showcases the artistry and creativity of the brewing process. By focusing on the careful combination of hops, malts, and yeast, Athletic Brewing Company has created a non-alcoholic IPA that satisfies not only the taste buds but also the desire for a well-rounded, fulfilling beer experience. Run Wild IPA challenges preconceived notions and invites everyone to embrace the world of craft beer, regardless of their relationship with alcohol.

Beer Review

Free Wave Hazy IPA by Athletic Brewing Company

Beer: Free Wave Hazy IPA
Brewery: Athletic Brewing Company
Style: Non-Alcoholic Beer – IPA
ABV: 0.5%
IBU: 55
Untappd Description: Our Free Wave Hazy IPA is meant for the open road. Whether you’re cruising the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible or tracing your way up the coast on your bike, our Free Wave doesn’t cut corners. This mouth watering IPA is loaded with Amarillo, Citra, and Mosaic hops.

Get ready to ride the taste wave with me as we dive into the delightful depths of Athletic Brewing Company’s Free Wave Hazy IPA. This non-alcoholic masterpiece promises a flavorful adventure that’ll have your senses hanging ten in pure ecstasy. So grab your board and join me as we paddle out into the ocean of hoppy goodness!


As you pour Free Wave into your glass, a hazy, golden elixir emerges, reminiscent of a tropical sunset over the horizon. Its velvety smoothness invites you to dive right in, while the pillowy, white head crowns the liquid like a wave cresting in all its glory. Prepare to be mesmerized by this liquid artwork!


A sensory paradise awaits as you bring Free Wave Hazy IPA close to your nose. A tropical paradise unfolds before you, with waves of juicy mango, tangy pineapple, and ripe citrus fruits wafting through the air. This aromatic symphony is like a tropical breeze that transports you to a sun-soaked beach. Get ready to be swept away!


The first sip of Free Wave Hazy IPA crashes onto your palate like a wave of flavor, leaving you in awe of its complexity. Juicy tropical fruits dominate the scene, with bursts of ripe mango, succulent papaya, and hints of tangy grapefruit. The hop character is a harmonious blend of citrus and pine, balanced perfectly against a backdrop of smooth malt sweetness. Each sip is an invitation to paddle deeper into the sea of flavor.


Free Wave Hazy IPA delights the senses with its luscious, medium body that glides across your tongue like a surfer carving through a perfect wave. The velvety texture coats your mouth, amplifying the flavors and ensuring a luxurious drinking experience. The carbonation is gentle, adding a playful touch that enhances the overall enjoyment. It’s a sip-worthy sensation that keeps you coming back for more.


As you bid farewell to each sip, the finish leaves a lingering tropical breeze that invites you to ride the flavor wave once again. The hop bitterness is balanced and restrained, allowing the fruity and malt sweetness to shine through. The finish is smooth and clean, with no lingering aftertaste—just a sense of satisfaction and the anticipation of the next exhilarating ride.

My Untappd Rating: ***.75
Global Average Untappd Rating: 3.48 (as of 5.2.23)

A Toast to Athletic Brewing Company

Athletic Brewing Company’s Free Wave Hazy IPA is a non-alcoholic marvel that deserves a spot in the craft beer hall of fame. Its tropical explosion of flavors, velvety mouthfeel, and inviting aroma make it a must-try for both seasoned beer enthusiasts and those exploring the world of non-alcoholic brews. So grab your board, catch the next wave, and let Free Wave Hazy IPA transport you to a paradise of hoppy delight. Cheers to an unforgettable surf through flavor!

Athletic Brewing Company is making some amazing non – alcoholic beers. You certainly need to check them out, if nothing else than to try them and see if they make a good alternative to soda or other drinks for you at home.

Athletic Brewing Company (as per Untappd) is a regional brewery from Milford, Connecticut. They have 90 unique beers and over 80,000 ratings, with a global average rating of 3.45 (as of 5.2.23). Their Untappd description reads: Athletic Brewing Co. is a non-alcoholic beer company dedicated to making great-tasting craft brews, without compromise. Our lineup of styles lets you enjoy the taste and experience of refreshing craft beer without sacrificing your performance, passions, health, or good taste. They’re fit for all times, made for all palates, and enjoyed by anyone who loves a great beer.

You can read our review of Run Wild IPA from yesterday here: Beer Review: Run Wild IPA (Non – Alcoholic Beer) (Athletic Brewing Company).

A Series of Craft Beer Articles

This is just one of several in a series of over arching ‘craft beer’ related articles. Several alone in a ‘flagship’ series. In the next few weeks there will be some more that come out as well. I would like to have this general level of different ‘craft beer articles’ that everyone can kind of jump to and read and use for informative purposes, and give a better understanding for the other articles on the site.

Some of these articles are about definitions (like “What is Craft Beer?“) and others are about Craft Breweries in general like the Top 50 Producing Craft Breweries, etc.

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