Hazy Little Thing IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Hazy Little Thing IPAHazy Little Thing IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,575
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,284
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
425
Ratings:
1,611
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  42
Gots
  466
SCORE
89
Very Good
Hazy Little Thing IPAHazy Little Thing IPA
Notes: We're constantly brewing new IPAs looking for bold hop flavor. With this beer, our brewers thought it was so good that we decided to serve it straight from the tanks - unfiltered, unprocessed, and raw - to let all the fruit-forward hop flavors shine. The result is a hazy beer with modest bitterness and intense hop character. To some, making an unfiltered hop bomb may seem crazy, but to us, its a hazy little thing called IPA.

BITTERING HOPS: Magnum
FINISHING HOPS: Citra, Comet, Simcoe, El Dorado, Mosaic
MALTS: Two-row Pale, Munich, Oats, Wheat
Reviews: 425 | Ratings: 1,611 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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walser from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great color, very smooth enough hops without being overpowering. can drink on a hot day. love sierra nevada but their flagship ipa is sometimes too heavy for me in my old age. love what they have done here. orange peel, lemon, tobacco, the blue sky.

Yesterday at 10:22 PM
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can into a 12oz mug.
L: Pours a solid hazy grapefruit/apricot color with a soapy 1/2" head that quickly goes to edge foam. Low carbonation, very little lacing.
S: Pineapple, orange, hard candy, lightly nutty, light caramel. A hint of alcohol as the beer warms.
T: Grilled pineapple, grapefruit, lemon drops hard candy, caramelized malts, orange, orange rind, light honey.
F: Severely soft, smooth and juicy med-bodied glassy mouthfeel with a med-length finish. It has a moderately drying finish.
O: Overall a sweet and fairly tart hazy IPA that is robust and has a pleasantly clean taste for it's style. It is hop forward and is excellent. Another winner for Sierra Nevada!

Monday at 11:53 PM
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Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a hazy IPA. Smells and tastes citrusy in the front & middle with well blended ABV. On the backend slightly hopped; more so than the voodoo ranger juicy haze ipa. Overall, well done Sierra Nevada!

Oct 15, 2021
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Gurdjieff

4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just an all around gem. If Hazy IPA's are you favorite, you can not go wrong with this. As soon as you snap open the cap within 1/2 seconds the cold wif of the hops hit you and you already can tell this is quality. First swing of the can, and you might catch yourself nodding, and thinking to yourself "...yep, caught a good one" all types of subtlety sweet fruits, fresh morning dew, and a light but cold humid mouth feel.... and it finishes with a nice and subtle Christmas tree sap taste. Cheers.

Sep 03, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as a single can from Kroger for $1.59. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Hazy bright yellow, with a three-finger pale white, and yeasty head.
S - Pungent pineapple. Sweet citron and pine.
T - Very hoppy, but not really bitter. Again with the pine, pineapple, and citron. Slight hint of orange rind and starfruit. Finish of faint spice and wheat.
F - Full bodied, with medium carbonation. Filling, yet refreshing.
O - A great IPA, but very one-dimensional in my opinion. This IPA got the classic Sierra Nevada treatment, with dank notes of pineapple, citrus fruits, and pine. It's a wonderful combination, until you realize this is all Sierra Nevada ever does, with the exception of their "Torpedo" lineup. This is an objectively great beer altogether, but I wish they did something different with this one; a hazy beer does not a different beer make. Probably won't buy again, but I do recommend giving it a shot.

Aug 30, 2021
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Barnettaidan81

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Out of the can, with a semi-heavy pour, a large head of big, rocky bubbles builds to about an inch and a half, but quickly diminishes to a smaller head about half a finger that lasts about half way through. Definitely a hazy, gold in color. Classic NE style IPA look. The smell is a bit tame. I get a bit of pine, and fruit, but light. The taste is heavy of tropical fruit, not so heavy you get sick of it, but heavy enough you know what you should be tasting. A little bit of pine on the finish, but you get a pretty clean getaway. Very smooth, not too carbonated, but not as rich as a porter or stout. An ideal drink for someone new to the craft beer scene, or maybe a bit stand offish when it comes to IPAs. I love it. The alcohol isn’t too high or too low, just right. I think this may be one of my new favorites. I usually don’t gravitate toward what I call “craft MACRObreweries”, and Sierra Nevada usually falls into that category (not because they don’t make a good beer, but because I prefer to support the smaller brewers before the big guys), but I like this one a lot. Big thumbs up here

Aug 15, 2021
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Philly airport in a plastic cup.
Hazy golden color with some impressive lacing, even though it's a plastic cup.
Aroma has citrus and pine.
Taste has a good hop character with a sweet note.
Very enjoyable.

Jul 27, 2021
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/22

This is really tasty, and a bargain to boot. Lots of juicy citrus with some hints of tropical fruit and just a bit of a lingering pine tingle. Malt balance is a really nice honey sweetness.

Jul 26, 2021
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

19.2 oz can poured into a pint glass

L: Hazy peach with a fluffy white head
S: Enticing tropical fruit
T: Pine, tropical fruit, peach candy. Sweet with a dry finish
F: medium bodied and carbonation
O: This surprised me in a good way! Hot take: Better than King Sue

Jul 23, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a mix-a-six pack for $2. Canned on 3/22/21, so this is 3 1/2 months old.

Look: Peach colored and moderately hazy. Has a slightly viscous look to it. Weak head retention.

Smell: Notes of citrus and tropical fruit up front - papaya, cantaloupe, and orange zest. Sharp, pungent notes up front along with some dankness. Green bell pepper note on the finish along with some juiciness.

Taste: Up front, it's slightly juicy with the tropical and citrus notes. The finish is loaded with citrus zest and grapefruit pith along with some pine, and the bitter finish really hits the back of the mouth. The bitterness was ramped up even more when I poured the bottom of the can.

Feel: The mouthfeel is slightly soft, with soft carbonation. The finish is a bit mouth-coating and oily.

Overall: To me, this is kind of like a West Coast IPA in NEIPA's clothing. It looks like it could pass for a NEIPA visually, but it doesn't really taste like one to me (not a lot of sweetness or juiciness, and it's much more bitter than your average NEIPA). It's pretty tasty but not mind blowing. At 6.7% ABV, I was expecting more flavor. Perhaps I need to try a fresher can. All this being said, it's pretty easy to drink and it is thirst-quenching and refreshing. For me, I'll stick with Sierra Nevada's West Coast style offerings like SNPA and Celebration Ale.

Jul 08, 2021
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BucBasil from Rwanda

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a dull hazy dark orange color topped with a nice 3 finger offwhite head with good retention and chunky lacing.

S: Fresh, fruity aroma of grapefruit and tropical notes. Solid bready malt backbone. A bit of spiciness as well.

T: Balanced with some pine and tropical fruit. Vanilla is present, and a light banana bread flavor. Honey. Finishes dry with a hint of sweetness. Somewhat light feel but not bad.

Overall: A super drinkable beer that could be a regular in my rotation in the future. Nice balance without sacrificing flavor.

Jun 25, 2021
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SarasotaSteve from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great new IPA, I enjoyed the taste, body and appearance. Tends to be a little dry, very similar to Fiddlehead. I've always enjoyed Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Hazy Little Thing is a nice complement.

May 09, 2021
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and somewhat hazy, this beer looks decent. Citrus nose is decent but lacking the punch and depth of a top notch IPA but certainly nothing off putting. The flavor is also juicy like a NE IPA but it’s really lacking in punch and seeming slightly watery. A bit thin but decently carbonated. Decent stuff.

Apr 30, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just unwavering and completely solid, I'm not mind blown but perfectly content with the decision, this is my first beer from SN actually so now im looking more forward to the classic pale ale and the other products.

Apr 27, 2021
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Bowman0323

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another solid go-to from SN.

Their brewing practices are beyond on point; they are the point, the bar to which we all are striving for.

L: Perfect for the style. Appetizing

S: It is there, hard to pin point as this specific can is 60 days old, but when I’ve had fresh HLT it’s all the Citra/Mosaic/London 3 estery goodness you’d want.

T: Speaking of, they throw the elbow down with what this style should be. Huge tropical and citrus flavors mixed perfectly with the yeast and water profiles, accentuated by their grist. Lord have mercy!

F: I can’t stress enough how amazing it is that they distro NATION WIDE and pump this incredibly stable hazy IPA throughout the land and slam dunk it. Mouthfeel is on point, as is the rest of this beer.

O: Great beer, can’t beat it with a stick for a 12pack at $12.99. Cheaper than me buying a keg!

Apr 25, 2021
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BiologyBob from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with a thin white head that does not linger. Not too hoppy with hints of alkaloids on the nose. It has nice citrus hops with hints of grapefruit. This is a very enjoyable and drinkable IPA.

Apr 02, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml can, from Bestofbeers, Denmark. ABV is 6.7%. Cloudy golden colour, moderate white head. Nice aroma of citrus, pineapple and some pine and spruce. Refreshing flavour with the same elements, only a slight sweetness. Low but sufficient bitterness. Good beer.

Mar 09, 2021
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johnreggie from New York

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can from a 12 ok dated 12/20/20 and enjoyed on 3/1/21. Perfectly balanced hop bitterness and bright citrus flavor. 6.7% abv , thin lingering lacing and slightly dry finish. Great value at 12 ok for $17 . A really outstanding IPA I just don’t get tired of .

Mar 03, 2021
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thefitzjames from Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is NOT a "hop bomb," sorry. It is delicious, easy to drink, and easily worth the $7.98 from Walmart. For perspective SN's regular Pale Ale is hoppier both in smell and taste. New England IPA is a new style for me, so now I'll have to sample as many as I can find.

Mar 01, 2021
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can marked: PKGD 01:20:21

Pours into my tulip glass a murky nearly opaque pineapple gold color with a creamy off-white head showing good longevity and a coating of fluffy lace when it eventually does dissipate.

Scent is immediate on opening the can: tangy sweet and sour tropical fruits and citrus. Hint of vanilla. Grapefruit. Hint of pine.

Taste is a crisp salted pretzel malt along with tropical fruit flavors. Citrus - lemon, lime, orange. There is a hint of creamy vanilla Orange Julius. Grapefruit and pine with a soft bitterness. Pineapple. Manages to be relatively dry even with the tropical fruit sweetness. I really like the very light malt bill which strikes me clearly as having a pretzel flavor; this sets off the citrus and fruit hop notes beautifully. Bitterness increases as the beer warms but remains soft and mild.

Mouth is creamy and coating.

This is a solid hazy NEIPA with the usual citrus and tropical fruit notes and just a touch of West Coast style bitterness all tied together with a light and subtle but very flavorful malt note. Manages to be refreshing and satisfying and I definitely want another.

Feb 28, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: complex, slight pineapple, white grapefruit, some tart tropical hops, hint of malt sweetness. Same with the citrus nose. Bright gold hue, Hazy/opaque,with tall white foamy head and nice lace. Medium body. N.E. style IPA. 35 IBUs

Feb 27, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When I limit myself to the tall boy can selection at the Gas-o-Mart, I can't really complain when this is the best they had.
Semi hazy by some standards yet bright yellow with a golden glow, it supports a persistent ring of sticky foam that left streaks of lace all around.
Aroma is mild citrus and pale ale malt, subdued but welcoming as a beer, not breakfast.
The flavor is NEIPAish with a bit more pine forest note. Definitely citrus laced but not "over juicy" and almost balanced by what tastes and feels like barley malt and not starchy flaked grain gravy thickeners.
The body light initially then medium as it warms and the woodsy - citrus hop flavors shine while some sweetness carries through and keeps this more interesting than just refreshing "little thing".
Finish is mildly bitter with a hint of fruit and boozy warmth.
Modest but tasteful complexity in a (semi) mass produced value package ( 19.2oz can) found in the rack with OE 800 and PBR, this isn't bad for < 4$ on the way home.

Feb 17, 2021
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Rschis16 from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cream soda hazy orange in color with a fluffy white head on top that sticks around for a while. Bright orange citrus and grapefruit notes in the nose with a touch of pine and resin underneath. The citrus is orangey up front in the taste, with a balancing bite of bitterness in the back. The middle is juicy with a slightly creamy mouth feel and pulls the whole experience together, making this a great sipper or a highly drinkable hazy ipa. Good balance and flavor and an easy new go-to selection.

Jan 29, 2021
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John1985 from Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow with a good ample head. Citrus aroma was high point. Good malt and hop combination but was slightly bland . I enjoyed this beer more after drinking a hoppy IPA for some reason. Probably will not repurchase anytime soon.

Jan 24, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very cloudy orange/yellow with a tall off-white head with a lot of retention.
S: Smells citrusy upfront, nice malty aroma, sweet, herbal hops.
T: Much sweeter than most IPA’s, had a great hop/malt balance, oranges.
F: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat flat, but still chewy.
O: An interesting IPA with a lot of character, also session worthy.

Jan 17, 2021
Hazy Little Thing IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1611 ratings