Hazy Little Thing IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Hazy Little Thing IPAHazy Little Thing IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jaycase on 12-16-2017

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Photo of tmcarter23
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardyA
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 6-pack (packaged on 2-14) poured into a tulip glass.

On the nose: instant burst of fresh hop aroma- orange, pineapple, lemon ring, bringing a plethora of tropical fruit notes

Look: Hazy> yes. Nice one finger frothy head with pretty good lacing. Beautiful golden orange color.
Taste: Similar to nose, alpha acids bringing flavors of pineapple, orange juice, other citrus-lemon, melon, and slight bits of pine. Nice malt body as well. My guess for hops: Citra, Simcoe, maybe el dorado? The harmony of those 3 hops blends well, and a very nice flora bouquet that isn’t drawn out with overloads of hops and there is little to no bitterness on the end.
Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly full, no lingering hop bitterness or overwhelming taste buds. THis is likely due to the higher protein malt build for this beer (wheat, or oats). This was certainty a winner for this beer- very typical for NE style Hazy IPAs. Perfection. Makes this beer particularly drinkable (and at 6.7%) tolaerable. Bravo!

Overall: Excellent style beer for IPA lovers and those who are new. This type of beer encapsulates the essence of a tride and true Hazy IPA (not west coast, not full east coast) but a blend of both coast styles. This style bends the lever for creativity for brewers all over, and opens the door for others to brew beers that can have their own take on the style. Once again, thanks SN.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 1-7-18 for $1.79. Packaged on 12-5-17. Stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured a hazy orange with the trademark SNBC head that left some lacing behind.

Nose is very citrus forward, surprising given the age.

Taste was fresh squeezed orange, tangerine, and grapefruit over a lighter malt body. Very mild pith in the finish.

Mouthfeel was light bodied and very refreshing.

Overall a very nice representation of the style by SNBC! Reminds me a lot of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed. I would definitely do this again!

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Celis tulip, good 2 finger cream colored soapy head, recedes after a few minutes, good lacing. Bright orange in the glass, turbid with some yeast particles in suspension. Strong pineapple and citrus on the nose. Taste is pretty juicy upfront, strong citrus orange juice, pineapple and some grapefruit, with just enough bitterness to tame the sweetness. Carbonation is somewhat low, and mouthfeel is silky, creamy, very easy drinking.

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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1%
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing

A: Sierra Nevada's maybe-kinda-sorta entry into the New England IPA craze looks the part (mostly). It is a bright gold tinged with orange, on the lighter side for most of the Sierra Nevada portfolio (and, thus, more in line with the general hue of the New England style). There is moderate cloudiness/haze, maybe in the range of the clearer Trillium beers, but it is certainly nowhere near the turbid Tree House, Monkish, and/or Hoof Hearted offerings out there. An ample two-fingers of dense, creamy head tops the look off, and it really sticks around. Lacing is marvelous, as well. Certainly this is not a perfect-looking New England IPA, but it ticks most of the boxes. A bit more haze would perfect this, but those that think some beers have gone too far down that path will find something to like here. 4.5/5

A: New England-style beers have general hallmark characteristics in each element of the beer; haze is the obvious one for appearance, but aroma is defined by an intense juiciness that bursts forth from the glass. Similarly to the look, Sierra Nevada hits the right notes here, but the volume is just turned down a bit too far. Citra plays the melody with the orange juice that everyone is chasing. Simcoe hits Citra's octaves with more orange and some grapefruit. In harmony are fairly obvious lemon-lime notes that can only be attributed to El Dorado, and a unique blueberry and pineapple that Mosaic often delivers. Hints of tropical fruits derive from the hop medley (mango and passionfruit, mainly). A very prominent creaminess and sweetness is likely due to the oats and wheat that make up part of the malt bill. Unfortunately, a little bit of alcohol sneaks in, which is very suprising at only 6.7% Light pine and a bit of grassiness are the only typical Sierra Nevada elements, which makes sense since they are also West Coast classics. A little amplification and dialing in to get rid of the alcohol note would make this one great. 3.5/5

T: The defining characteristic of New England taste is extremely juicy hop flavoes and very low bitterness; malt should not contribute too much other than a sweetness, maybe a creaminess, and a base for the hops; yeast should be very fruity and blend seamlessly with the hops. Hazy Little Thing continues the trend of being in the ballpark of a true New England IPA, but the intensity and depth of flavor just is not quite there. Citra and Simcoe take the lead again, and Mosaic sticks out a bit more, all with the same notes as the nose, plus a little strawberry and more of those tropical notes. El Dorado's lemons and limes accent the fruit cocktail nicely. Bitterness is higher than most New England styles call for (this is somewhere between the Alchemist's very bitter proto-New England style and Trillium's just-enough), but it suits this particular beer with classic Sierra Nevada pine, grass, and grapefruit, plus floral highlights and almost some spice usually found in Noble varieties. It is not quite stylistically accurate, as mentioned, and the intensity continues to be low, which hurts the score here. 3.75/5

M: Some say that New England-style beers are most defined by their full, pillowy mouthfeel and soft, low carbonation. Sierra Nevada are famous for nailing mouthfeel, no matter the style, and this is (mostly) no exception. Carbonation is perfect, low and soft, just present enough to facilitate easy drinking and refreshment. The feel is medium, not as full as most in the style, but certainly heavier than classic West Coast-style. It finishes just dry enough, well-within New England guidelines. So close to perfection. 4.75

O: Sierra Nevada may have a little ways to go in getting a "true" New England beer on national shelves, but for now, this will more than do. The word to describe this stylistically is "almost," but in terms of enjoyment, there is a whole lot to like and not much to dislike. This is priced right, more than readily available, and is quite a bit more drinkable than many genuine New England articles due to less intense and lingering flavor. Sierra Nevada continues to be incredibly consistent; I just wish they would branch out and show their versatility stylistically. Pair with the unexpected, unorthodox, delicious victory of the first 16 seed, UMBC, to beat a 1 seed, Virginia, in NCAA men's basketball tournament history. 4.5/5

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a hazy little golden brew from a twelve ounce can. Slim little head. The aroma is citric...fleshy rind and pulp. The taste is balanced, with just enough bitterness. Musty hind-taste....Interesting and solid.

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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsmith313
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Hazy Little Thing IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 565 ratings