Hazy Little Thing IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Hazy Little Thing IPAHazy Little Thing IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,234
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,015
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.54%
Reviews:
390
Ratings:
1,478
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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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
Reviews: 390 | Ratings: 1,478 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Malone's. Pale yellow color. It came to the table with a small amount of head, but left generous lacing on the glass. Citrus and tropical fruit for both the taste and the aroma. A nice amount of sweetness. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very well made.

Oct 02, 2020
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TLWalsh from New York

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

Bought a fresh, cold 12 pk (less than 3 weeks after "bottled/canned on date) and cracked one open straight away. Poured into my wide mouth tulip glass a perfect hazy amber with a super foamy head that persisted. Greeted with a very fresh floral burst of aroma, plenty of grapefruit. Taste is equally as full of hop tartness, a little thin on my tongue. Finish is crisp and dry. I want another! As a regular SN fan I am always on the lookout for new ones from them and I am pleased with this one and will but it again.

Sep 27, 2020
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JayQue from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can as part of a mixed 6 pack at Harris Teeter supermarket. Pours a hazy dull yellow color with a big foamy white head and lots of thick bands of lacing on the glass. Head retention is very good. Aroma and flavor are a bit too mild. Some bitterness and faint tropical fruit but nothing outstanding. Mouthfeel is rich enough but the flavors and bitterness are not strong. Many times a beer don't make it to "make your own six pack" until it is a bit old. that is not good for an IPA. I will try to get a fresh can and see if I like it better. Not bad, but not up to Sierra Nevada standards!!!

Sep 26, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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

A West Coast brewer known for its IPAs, takes a whack at East Coast style--and succeeds. Nice hazy and deep gold, with citrus goodness coming to the fore. The flavor is fairly one-dimensional--not much complexity. But it's a damn good dimension. Substantial yet great for a thirst-killer in the heat.

Sep 21, 2020
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Brownout from California

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been disappointed by every Sierra Nevada beer I have ever tasted (plenty by now) and have been mystified by how they became such a colossus of altbeer land. Until now. I can't believe how good I find this stuff ! The smell above all. I find myself taking a mighty sniff with each sip - the fruity hoppy goodness beats any hazy IPA I have tried though I haven't tried those actual New England ones that Beer Advocate always rates tippy top. Great for burping through your nose too. I have been drinking this for many months now and it is amazingly consistent too.

Sep 03, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As the name suggests, it is hazy. It is a nice orange color with a long lasting head. On the nose, the aromatic hops are strong with mostly citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is sweet from the malts and more hops. The hop flavors are the same as on the nose but with some grassiness. The feel is good. It is between foamy and bright carbonation. Overall, a nice juicy beer.

Aug 28, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can left at my house. more beer for me

Looks great, smells even better. Full of juicy tropical hop notes, tons of mango pineapple and guava. A little slick on the tongue, if I'm being pressed for negatives, there aren't many

SN impressing me lately

Aug 28, 2020
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

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

Consumed 8/23/20

Yellow gold with some orange tones, hazy as advertised, medium sized off-white head, maintains solid cap
Soft but abundant citrus, with orange and grapefruit flesh, touch of lime, some soft pine resin notes, notes of peach and fruit cocktail, pineapple, melon, pale malts, some oats and wheat, low bitterness, some fruity sweetness (from the hops, not residual sugars)
Medium body, not exactly chewy but definitely smooth, medium-low carbonation

I've been meaning to review this for like 2 years. Sierra Nevada's West Coast IPAs have effectively served as a template for many breweries. With Hazy LIttle Thing, they figured out a way to (relatively) mass produce an East Coast style that people would have waited in line to buy just a couple years ago. From a technical standpoint, this is really impressive. This particular can I am drinking is about 2 months old, yet it is drinking fresher than some local hop trub/slurry hazeboi cans do after 2 weeks. This is going to be a go-to recommendation for anyone that wants to try a non-aggressive, fruity, hazy IPA.

Aug 24, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

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

On draft pours hazy (gasp) yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is tropical fruit. Taste is also tropical fruit with good hop bitterness present. Feel is very good, rich and thick. Overall a cut above many IPA's.

Aug 19, 2020
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eric5bellies from Australia

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an unfiltered honeycomb clour with a large White head that reduces slowly

S - Plenty of citrus and tropical fruit aromas

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

O - Very solid AIPA

Aug 09, 2020
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ryebread98 from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass from the can. Dated about a month ago.

Look is rather lacking for a NE IPA, the head was about 2 and a half fingers tall but kind of thin, however there was some lacing when it disappeared.

Aroma includes Grapefruit, Mango, Pineapple, Orange, Banana, and this might be my lacking palate but I'm picking up a bit of a carrot finish. Perhaps tropical fruit rinds. Very citrusy.

Taste: Largely grapefruit Juice and doughy, sweet malts, orange, lemon with slight hints of; pineapple, mango, banana and other tropical fruits. Finish is little to no bitterness. Super refreshing and crushable.

Feel: Fairly dry, and fairly high in carbonation. Once again, refreshing

Overall this is super refreshing and very impressive for a mass produced beer. I enjoyed this beer a lot. Sierra Nevada hasn't failed to impress me yet.

Aug 09, 2020
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Walt1965 from Virginia

4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours from the tap with a small head and minimal lacing. Has a cloudy, golden yellow color. Smells and flavors of citrus aren’t overwhelming. Finishes smoothly without a biter aftertaste. This is a really nice IPA!

Aug 06, 2020
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Stevosps from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When Poured from a bottle there is a 1/2 inch lacy head with a turbid yellow consistency. There is a hoppy citrus aroma. With a strong citrus flavor. The citrus taste is a bit overwhelming with a dry finish.

Jul 31, 2020
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Little Thing IPA, golden yellow, hazy but not turbid, and a decent head and a little lacing. I can smell hops and tropical fruit and the taste is more of the same, pretty dry for the style, hoppy, and a melange of tropical flavors. It’s pretty light and easy to drink, and you know you drank a beer at 6.7% plus it’s a lifesaver when the selection at a restaurant or store is sorely lacking.

Jul 31, 2020
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aleigator from Germany

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

Pours a slightly unfiltered golden color with a huge, foamy head.

This smells of intense citrus pulp, ripe papaya and fresh cut passion fruit among wet leaves and orange zest.

Drinks soft and smooth with a lighter mouthfeel, which becomes apparent, once the carbonation gets a little more effervescent.

Tastes of sweet caramel, cake dough and lighter toffee, immediately getting entangled into wet grass, prominent, bitter limes and lighter tones of exotic fruits. Stays bitter, with an ongoing lime punch, creating an utmost thirst quenching impression, together with lighter caramel and blueberries. Finishes dry, with a lingering fruitiness, opening up the palate to a well working, sweeter malt backbone.

Powerful and well brewed ipa with an awesome balance between dry and fruity hops and sweet, well nuanced malts.

Jul 28, 2020
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Stoutmaster9 from California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thick, golden-orange, with willowy two finger head.
Traditional sour scent. Seductive.
Creamy-crisp, tangy-cold. Grand, lingering grapefruit aftertaste.
Dense yet sharp. Lush sour on the mouth's roof.

Not that this is lacking, I frequently deeply dig simplicity in my brew, but add a hint of honey
and this would be beyond delish.

Jul 26, 2020
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dcscientist from Colorado

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

I enjoyed this hazy IPA, though it's admittedly one of a thousand on the shelves right now. It's a good all-around flavor, not dominated by any one hop or taste. Maybe a touch high ABV, but still well within the range for this style of beer. Nothing fancy, just a solid beer here.

Jul 21, 2020
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Zylod from West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I always struggle rating an IPA these days. The market is beyond over saturated. Did I like this beer? Sure it’s not bad, but I’ve had this same taste, over and over and....

Jul 08, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really wasn't sure how to rank this one. Light carbonation with a just below average body
Aroma was very faint but came off like fruit punch with a sour,I have to be honest,cat urine smell
Taste was tropical and thank god it was minus the cat urine,for the most part.
Elements of this were good but tough to say I would seek this out again

Jul 08, 2020
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Lulah from Idaho

3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is beer. It may not look amazing, but it's quite tasty.

I haven't caught a super-complex aroma off it, but it's not unpleasant.

Flavor and feel are where this beer really shines. A clean bitterness and the beautiful power of hops are strong in this beer.

It's not the most amazing, but I find myself coming back to this beer. It's worth your time.

Jun 16, 2020
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drmeto from Germany

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a hazy bright golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-light to medium carbonation visible
S:
-pineapple,mango,passionfruit
T:
-Follows the nose + tangerines,light maltiness and light breadiness
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A very good IPA, but not a world beater.

Jun 03, 2020
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stevensonale from New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

After seeing this beer mentioned in a vinepair column on IPA 'modern classics,' I figured I should give it a try. I was disappointed. As someone who prefers their IPAs at least a bit dank and bitter, I found this sweet, even cloying. Mouthfeel was insubstantial, soda-poppy, Sierra Nevada has some good beers but this is not something I'll be buying again.

May 31, 2020
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kimcgolf from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a cloudy yellow orange with thin white head and nice lacing that lasts throughout. Nose is a very hoppy blend of citrus fruit (Pineapple, grapefruit, mango) and a hint of grass and banana. Taste brings forth the same flavors and even more so on the banana and grass. Nice full mouthfeel and pleasant lingering taste

May 28, 2020
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a mediocre haZy if I'm honest. Thought I'd get a sharper taste up front and more citrus but falls a bit flat. IPA is only about 1.5 months old so I don't think it's expired. Lots of head with this one. Still a good flavor - just not the super high rated beer I've seen reviewed.

May 24, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

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

Look - pours out to a light orange color, slightly lazy, with a three-finger head and a large amount of lacing. The looks of a promising beer.
Smell - citrus (orange/grapefruit), some tropical flavors (pineapple), and malt presence with a hint of spiciness (white pepper).
Taste - light fruit flavors complemented by huge malts and hop flavor. both the fragrance and the bitterness comes through here, giving the beer a long and lingering finish.
Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and slightly boozy at 6.7% ABV.
Overall - a more than solid brew from Sierra Nevada, in someways a West Coast take on the unfiltered style. It's got all the smoothness with just a little more bite.

May 23, 2020
Hazy Little Thing IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1478 ratings