Hazy Little Thing IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Hazy Little Thing IPAHazy Little Thing IPA
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,729
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,989
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.54%
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
1,285
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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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
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Reviews: 332 | Ratings: 1,285
Photo of Arjen
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ MiCasa, JFK airport (at the usual inflated airport price). Hazy golden colour, small white head. Aroma's are dankish, juicy, with onion, resin and sweet fruit retronasal. Flavour is moderate sweet with light bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Finish is moderate bitter. Nice enough, but of course, it's not Other Half...

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Photo of KingStelle
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light haze, orange colored, light head. Good smell of hops and citrus. Hops up front then mellows to something like an orange rind for just a second and then the hops come back. Probably not fair to compare this to other NE IPAs, this is something different. I’d put this towards the bottom of Sierra Nevadas offerings.

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Photo of Nass
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The canned on date let's me know this beer is 2 months & 2 weeks old (not too bad). Th pour is bright orange. The aroma is dank & citrus for days. The taste is grapefruit, orange, & pine bitterness. This was not what I expected for New England Style IPA, this is more of a west coast style IPA, it's okay. Im sorry but bitter does not equal smooth. I agree with the grassy notes but this beer is clearly subpar as compared to others in the style. Furthermore, i'm a big fan of Torpedo Extra IPA so i'm not hating on Sierra Nevada but Hazy Little Thing IPA clearly needs some revision. Cheers! B

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Photo of monkist
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a piece of post-modern realism , it combines the reference to the recently so popular (hazy) NEIPAs and the ever so popular Queen with its song title.
I mean, it is clear that the NEIPA has become so popular that even Sierra had to brew its own in California... and when Sierra makes something, they make it with style. It isn’t that “in-your-face” raw hop NEIPA, but rather a refined version of it, or maybe even more probably, a classic West Coast IPA with a New England influence. Good that they could keep it that way, because like this the beer doesn’t become boring and stays unique. It is maybe not what I expected as a NEIPA but after halfway through I am more and more pleased with it. Sinply because of how it feels.
I won’t compare it to your typical NEIPAs but maybe because it just isn’t one! It is one from the West Coast, but like the name says, it is damn well hazy...
Reminded me of Freddie in those red leather pants with the acoustic guitar singing Crazy Little Thing Called Love... now this is a Hazy Little Thing I Love!

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Photo of HardCider
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow (apricot) color with a moderate head. The aroma is fresh pine and is very hoppy . The taste is extremely bitter and somewhat hoppy. I also detect strong tropical fruit tones (pineapple and mango primarily.)

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Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

6x 12 oz. cans purchased from Safeway in West Salem OR.
$7.99 packaged 08/06/19
Pours a nice burnt orange hazy colour..with a nice looking frothy and thick white head.
Fruity and citrus aromas but not very "bright" but seems fine. Little peppery deep down.
Taste is better the fruity hops come through a treat..but balanced smewhat by slightly chewy malts.
Nice well carbonated mouth feel with a fine dryish finish makes this easier to drink than many hazys.
Very nice beer available almst anywehre here.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a can of this in late April, purchased from a local liquor store and poured into a pint glass. It's a very nice New England style IPA from jack-of-all-trades Sierra Nevada. To me, it tasted primarily of grapefruit, which was good. I don't like overly sweet NEIPAs.

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Photo of gamera
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy Little Thing is a fine example of the style, which is what one would expect from Sierra Nevada. The look is very pretty - a hazy, glowing light amber. The taste hits on the fruity, citrusy, slightly sweet, slightly bitter taste of the style. While this is not a winner of the category, it is a very good offering and certainly worth ordering.

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Photo of B-rett
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Beautiful hazy orange. Tight, thick head. Exactly what this beer should look like.
S- Light but distinct pine. Makes you think this will be a very bitter ipa.
T- Not too sweet, not too bitter, but still not quite right. I’d like to see some distinction between the fruit and hop flavors. They’re both there, but each are faint.
M- Smooth start with a slight dry finish. Very drinkable.
O- A solid beer but nothing too special. Well balanced between sweet and bitter, but both flavors are weak.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, PKGD 062419; purchased single off shelf... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: cloudy, yellow-amber liquid; lame, loose, crackly white head; big-bubbly, spitty collar... the juice is turbid-tight, but the wobbly head is a bit alarming; no lace (practically)

S: mango galore, pineapple mush, fresh flowers, green grass... very familiar scents of Citra and associates; hint of oatmeal, so common with this style (at least the last few I've tried)... faint essence of perfumy booze

T: textbook? pretty much... mango-dotted grain gruel, earl-grey green tea spice and leaf... perfume lingers, as does tannic, lip-smackingly leafy, and also citrus pithy moderate bitterness... green tea and mango just won't go away....

F: mildly frothy shell; the grain/resin nectar is a possibly a bit more tapered than other recent style-swills... I do enjoy the fact that there's a lil chew chopped off; relatively mellow warm hum

O: you package this as anything but SN and folks would be crazy praising it... it's a solid, (as I suggested) textbook NEIPA; tastes nearly identical to the last one I'd reviewed (via Atco)... I'm hardly enamored with this style, but still intrigued and searching... they nailed down a good one, big surprise; I may go back for more (1445)

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Photo of SB2017
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pretty, as these trendy hazy IPAs usually are. The nose is stinky, with a light orange peel aroma. The taste, on the other hand, is quite bitter and holds very little fruit. Otherwise it is a good feeling beer that needs more work in balancing its bitterness with sweeter, maltier notes.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Slilghtly hazy, definitely opaque, managing a dark melon yellow to amber orange body color. Very nice solid three finger plus head, bright white with very large bubbles in it. Some decent retention leaving some large chunky and spotty lacing.

Real nice aroma, hitting with excellent zesty citrus oils of lemon and tangerine. The oils get almost into an herbal spicy like component as well, hinting of somewhat West coast like flavor too.

Palate keeps it simple. Juiced flavor not so much of body, but a good slightly malt sweetness accents an excellent and somewhat varied fruity hop flavor. Nice qualities of grapefruit to orange citrus juice with a spritzy lemon oil mixed in. Aftertaste has some neat surprises, a touch of bakery bread malt even peaks out with some of the fruit oily qualities too.

Very nice IPA, and definitely a SN brew for sure.

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Photo of Bork77
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love everything about this beer. Bonus that you can find it at just about any store. Smell. Taste and mouthfeel is the perfect Neipa!!! I agree with other reviews that it holds up to some of the treehouse ipa’s. I am about an hour from the treehouse brewery and this is a go to beer when I don’t have time to make the trip. No lines

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Photo of TheBeerThrillers
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had it on draft, not in can, but it was enjoyable. A large distribution version of many local craft breweries versions of hazy or New England style IPAs.

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Photo of bobv
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can.
Canned 060719.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a slightly hazy golden body with nice, sticky lacing. Nose of pine, slight tropical fruit, and even slighter citrus. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with the citrus coming forward a bit and finishing stronger with grapefruit pith on the finish. Nice feel and overall, I'm rating this to style and this, to me, is an American IPA and not a NEIPA. Cheers!

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Photo of Beardie
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is also my go to beer. It has been on sale for $14.99 / 12 pk for the last few months. It is consistently great. I didnt even know it was 6.7% until I just looked into it. I am a beer bitch like everyone else. 25 minutes from Treehouse and all that. Well, $16 to $22 4pk 16oz isnt always in the budget. This one is. I dont even like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I'd possibly rate the look better and describe the lacing blah blah blah, but I usually drink it from the can. That's not what this beer is about. This is about the every day man's needs. Is it Vvvveeerrrryyy. Gggreeennn and Sssaaapppyyy Cccuuurrriousity 79? No. Its fifteen bucks all day every day, and its great.

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Photo of digboy
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold, cloudy with a one finger white head that leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is weak but generally citrus. Not too impressive.

Taste is clean and very much full of orange flavor, slightly on the acerbic side. Malt is thin and on the wheat side.

Feel is soft and smooth. Medium body.

This is good but seems refined to the point it has no character. The orange flavor is very nice. I think it is hop-based (no adjuncts). Not sure. Still, pleasant.

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Photo of slugman
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This hits the note with floral smell and flavor. After taste is clean with no malt or other taste. Light head, cloudy color (unfiltered). My new "go to" beer. Friends try new beers with me all the time, we talk and then I go back to Hazy. Truly a great beer. No complaints.

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at an airport bar. A hazy bright yellow color with a medium white head. Aroma was somewhat muted with orange, grapefruit, and faint pine. The taste was brighter. More tropical mixed with orange and also with a nice resinous aspect. Moderate bitterness that was sharper than most NEIPAs. Soft feel. Overall recommended.

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Photo of LazyLightning
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoy the new slew of "hazy and juicy" IPAs. This beer has a beautiful cloudy, unfiltered appearance...best served in a glass. Beer is refreshing and the "juicy" aspect of the beer is not too heavily biased on the citrus and of the spectrum...perfect IPA...practically a prototype for this style of beer.

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Photo of WJL2112
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fresh 12 oz can.
Look was a golden haziness; nice frothy head that lingered for a while with a bit of lacing.
Smell was immediately grapefruit.
Tastes is grapefruit and other citrus, a fair amount of bitterness.
Feel was good, smooth, very easy drinking for 6.7% ABV.
Overall, a very nice rendition of a NEIPA. Goes down very easy making it quite sessionable.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer review 550!
LOOK: Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a bubbly white head that demonstrates good retention and better side glass lace.
AROMA: Citrus hops, bread malts with decent balance. Citrus notes of mango, papaya, and grapefruit. Bread malt backbone.
TASTE: Pick up the mango along with some orange creamsicle flavor. Mildly tart and puckering but also smooth .
Not a a hop bomb at all, but a hop forward brew and tasty IPA>

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Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this SN offering, but it is missing many of the bolder qualities of the best NEIPAs.

Hazy and golden with 2-finger off-white head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is solid with passion fruit, guava, red grapefruit, lemon, orange and a light herbal undertone. There is a bit of berry character in there as well — probably from heavy Mosaic hopping.

Flavor is also good but lacking the power of the standard-bearers of the style. More muddled than the aroma with a higher berry and melon character with some citrus and tropical fruit but more mellow and subdued than the best of the style. Bitterness is low-medium. Very estery by design.

Feel is good not great with lightish body and moderate carbonation but a bit of light astringency in the finish.

A good beer that I will probably buy quite a bit of due to the price point but it is not up there with the JUICIEST beers in this style category.

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Photo of defunksta
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy, bright and classic orange color that is not creamy, but crisp. A moderate head.
Aroma: Strong aroma of pineaple, orange, and grapefruti. Tons of ripe pineapple. A good, airy cream aroma.
Flavor: Taste follows the nose with a strong pineapple, lemon/orange, and grapefruit flavor. Slightly milky, but not to the point of creamy. Slight vanilla. Pale or oat malt. Subdued but present grapefruit bitterness on the end. *Milk and pineapple" to eat would be the worst combination, but this beer somehow makes the milk and pineapple work wonderfully.
Feel: Very soft-bodied! Not too heavy, but medium in heaviness. Incredibly smooth drinking for how light-bodied it is.

Overall: This is rather one of the better "macro hazy-IPAs". It's not your local or famous NEIPA double oat dry-hopped whatever that is going for $5 a pint, but it has an unremarkable smoothness for a macro and price-friendly beer. Fruit flavors and milkiness is on point. Smoothness is perfect for the lighter body. There is a reason this is a year-round offering from Sierra Nevada. For a brewery that pioneered west-coast IPA, they also managed to nail this east-coast style.

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Photo of haines710
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had been hesitant to try but found myself in a store without many options. For the price this beer seemed like the best so I bought a six pack and gave it a try. Nice sessionable IPA. Good citrus hoppiness but not a lot of bite. This is a tasty beer going down but not much bitterness. I will enjoy this in the warm weather. Also picked up a six pack of Jai Alai to enjoy. Not bad for a little over twenty bucks.

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Hazy Little Thing IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1285 ratings