Hazy Little Thing IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Hazy Little Thing IPAHazy Little Thing IPA
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New England IPA
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Ranked #7,504
3.98 | pDev: 8.54%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
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.

FINISHING HOPS: Citra, Comet, Simcoe, El Dorado, Mosaic
MALTS: Two-row Pale, Munich, Oats, Wheat
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Photo of Profundobaso
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The cloudy golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer on the surface while leaving some scattered bits of lacing on the sides of the glass, an irregular thin island of foam and a thin ring around the glass. Sipping creates lots of scattered patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include a some pine resin and lots of citrus, mostly orange and tangerine zest.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the citrus and the pine resin contributing their flavors in the very nice balance. Some almost honey like malt sweetness nicely compliments some hop bitterness that is noticeable but not at all harsh.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth but with a slight crispness from the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the resin, citrus and sweetness start to recede to a very smooth ending that is semi-dry, slightly bitter and has traces of the citrus.

A very drinkable beer and one that I expect to be having more of fairly soon. This is an unfiltered IPA that emphasizes the fruity hop flavor while keeping some hop bitterness. A well brewed beer worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of tempest
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fun, interesting beer. The citra and comet hops are all over the place: melon, strawberry, resiny grass, rhubarb. There's a light bitterness up front, with a smooth balanced finish that reminds me of a medium-bodied wine with a berry, grapefruit finish. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for going big on the hazy IPA.

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

lots of new hoppy beers from these guys lately. this one is pretty good, although definitely a follower not a leader. its not nearly as hazy or thick as the ones getting attention on the east coast, but with a mellow and uniform sort of cloudiness to it, pale but still bright in the glass, goldenrod colored under a tall and rising white head that pushes above the rim and stays there until i stop smelling it and finally sip it. the nose of this is excellent, not new in any way, citra and mosaic i think, although not overly fresh or up front, more reserved and balanced with the wheat in here, although still juicy, dry hopped smelling, and quite fresh. the flavor is nice, more bitterness than a lot of these have which i really appreciate in anything still trying to be an ipa. citra more than mosaic to me in the flavor, soft and awesome with the fluffy dry cerealy wheat in here, lemon zest and tangerine or mandarin, faint white wine, and some peach too, great fruitiness from the hops, it cant just be citra i dont think, but citra leads the way. good balance and flavor here, and overall a really nice beer, and i have been really appreciating all the new beers theyve been putting out. i knew this would be good. i have said repeatedly that the east coast hazy ipa thing will have officially arrived not when half of the beer advocate top beers list is populated with them, but when one of the west coast hoppy beer heavy hitters like green flash or stone or sierra nevada or lagunitas makes one as a full time thing, and this i believe is the first of them, marking the official arrival of this style as a permanent fixture. gabf category to follow i would think... this is good beer, behind the curve right from the start, not even close to as good as it gets, but ill drink plenty of this one im sure...

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy gold under a lacy 3/4" cream colored cap with fair to good retention

S: tropical fruit, citrus and tangerine with a little biscuit

T: Fruit, orange marmalade, tangerine, mild alcohol, a hint of pineapple and a trace of honey lie atop a lightly sweet pound cake base flavor

F: very creamy with a medium body and carbonation

O: full of flavor and has you wanting more

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

Pint on tap.

A: Pours a fairly turbid golden/orange with a finger of dense head. Looks more like a lightly cloudy wheat beer than full blown yeast starter.
S: Sweet and hoppy nose full of tropical nectar and hints of citrus. Not as powerful as I was expecting, but also this bar gave it to me in a pint glass.
T: Juicy tropical hop flavor that's on the sweeter side but there's still a nice leafy/citrus bitterness in the finish. Sweet hop flavors melds into the bitterness very smoothly without any sharp transition or edge to it.
M: Medium body with a fairly soft mouthfeel that is more crisp and drying than most hazy ipas I’ve had. This still feels like a finished, fully-attenuated, beer without a ton of residual sugar that so many other hazies seem to strive for. Not overly soft or fluffy either. Still a nice crispness. On the heavier thicker side but still dry. Carbonation is splashy with big bubbles and fairly soft.
O: More “regular” ipa qualities than hazy, or should I say this has more balance than most. Regardless of style, definitely a solid beer, a good entry point into the style. More bitterness than I was expecting, which is definitely welcomed.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy little thing pours a hazy copper color with a big long lasting head. Big hoppy aroma that hints you across the room. Flavor is chewy, big fresh floral flavor that finishes smooth. Body is a little flat. Overall very good, very easy to drink, dangerous.

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

Easily the best mass(ish) produced approximation of an NEIPA out there. Pours a rich orange, not quite opaque, with a milky haze. Has a wonderful aroma, a basket of orange and its derivatives--tangelos, tangerines, clementines. Taste follows the nose. The citrus mutes the hops, perhaps more than I'd love but that's not to say it's not delicious. Mouthfeel is crisp, creamy, and smooth. Terrifically easy to drink, I could easily swig way too many.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pkg'd 01-18-2018

L-the beer pours a light hazy orange with a solid 2 finger off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring. Lacing is scattered over the perimeter of the glass.
S-The nose is a mix of citrus leaning to orange.
T- Up front you get some sweet orange which is quickly balanced out with grapefruit and an mild pithy bitterness.
F- The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. It is a fairly soft mouthfeel, but to thin to be considered creamy. Carbonation is prickly and drinkability is solidly within style tolerances.
O-This beer is solid entry in the IPA field. It's easiness to obtain and reasonable pricing make it a solid if unspectacular choice for budget concious IPA fans.

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Photo of Squire
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy gold color with white cap and lacing.

Strong citrus element in the scent that strikes me as more the grapefruit variety.

Taste on entry is at first a firm hoppiness that's not as citrusy as the nose implied, rather more traditional IPA hopping yet that quickly gave way to a more gentle, rounded flavor that yes, is somewhat juice like. I don't think I'm giving full credit for the range of flavors here, there's quite a bit, because the whole is so seamlessly joined I can't quite pick out where one leaves off and the other starts.

Mouth filling full texture with an almost velvety feel and balancing carbonation.

I can't say this is a true NEIPA style, not having any of the hallmark brands around to which I could make a comparison, but if folks say it is then I'm beginning to get the idea. I can say it's fresh (a couple of weeks), available and reasonably priced all of which are pluses in my book.

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Photo of ericstin
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I appreciate what they are trying to do here. I just don't understand how a company with all of the resources and backing of Sierra Nevada cannot get this right! Just make a small batch of the stuff until you get that balanced, hazy, fruity NE IPA or DIPA and then mass produce it. For pete's sake, just model it after any one of 30 little craft breweries in RI, ME, VT, NH or Ma... This is a little better than Torpedo - average IPA at best when everyone can make them.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Raul man has never had a bad Sierra Nevada beer - and this hazy something or other keeps up the trend. It’s just like, ok, you know? Not good, not bad. Like a Kardashian dating a basketball player, it’s pretty par for the course.

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Photo of BeerYesPlease
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good drinkable beer but it's not a beer I would go out of my way to tell friends about. I enjoyed drinking it but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Aroma was great, not as hazy in the glass as other NEIPAs & not as flavorful.

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

Like the name states, this one is certainly hazy. A golden witbier appearance, light head, and light to moderate carbonation. Really tastes like a wit mingled with an ipa. Quite refreshing and drinkable. Might do well with an orange slice if you're into that sort of thing.

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

Strong orange aroma with pine in the background. Hazy pale yellow; hazy but not turbid. Off-white, thick bubbly head, about 1/2 inch from a reasonably vigorous pour. Recedes at a moderate pace, becoming concave in the middle, curving up toward the sides of the glass. Taste is orange and pine. Smooth viscous mouth feel. Middle and finish is dominated by the pine, with the orange underneath. The finish and aftertaste has noticeable bitterness, but with a light touch in the beginning, but by the end of the beer the bitterness starts to dominate. Enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can, poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a murky orange-yellow color, with about a half-inch of white head that dissipated instantly, and left no lacing.

The nose was fairly bland, no real hop scent, and just a hint of malt. On the tongue, a wee bit of citrus hops showed through, but was otherwise equally as benign.

The body was on the light side of medium, smooth, dry, and left no aftertaste. Drinkability was easy, even for a boring brew. This beer featured one of the major flaws of the Murkbomb style, a complete lack of charcter. when you have the glass in hand, you're not sure if you're picking it up or putting it down. Overall, a rare unimpressive brew from SN. A complete lack of character and personality.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

Unfiltered hazy dirty straw color, very raw look. Capped by such a foam that the barkeep had to do the tilts and refill. Nice rings of lacing. Sadly beautiful.

Pineapple, grapefruit, orange and caramel malt - all the good stuff.

Add some pine to above.

Medium body and quite smooth. Hop bitterness throughout. Alcohol is evident.

Interesting hybrid: mix of flavors and style, smooth drink with an alcohol kick.

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Photo of mike22ne
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, dated 12/13/17 so it's about 2.5 months old.

Look is a hazy orange amber with a dense white head that fades into a fine layer. Distinct particles making up the haze.
Smell is not super strong, general hops - herbal and mild citrus rind, slight earthy/grass component.
Similar hop flavors, herbal grassy tangerine. The malt base is prominent with light caramel and bready/biscuity German malts, almost Pilsner-like... (website says it's made with Munich malt and oats, that's probably what it is)
Feels good, smooth coating feel with decent carbonation and bitterness.

Overall, pretty good. It's nothing stellar but as a new unfiltered IPA from SN that will be widely available at a nice easy price, I won't complain to see more of it. It would be worth trying again if I find it fresher, to see whether the age affected this one - I might revise the ratings too.

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice IPA, definitely worth a try.
Like it’s name, it pours a hazy, honey color with a medium head that lingers. Smell is mostly notes of orange, but the taste is floral, orange citrus and orange peel. Very easy to drink with just the right amount of bitterness you’d expect in an IPA.

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

Six pack of cans dated 12/8.

Hops: Citra, Comet, Simcoe, El Dorado, Mosaic

It's 80% of what a NEIPA should be at less than half the price. It's a winner and widely available. No complaints, would drink this often.

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

I spent a bunch of time in Jackson, WY recently drinking this beer while getting pounded by the merciless sun. My blood was thinned, and my mind hazed while my skin grew dark and leathery. I drank this beer from the can exclusively so it's hard to comment on the color, but if my vomit was any indication after pounding a six pack on the Snake River it's a rich amber color. The smell and taste is typical of California IPAs, namely that they're missing the depth of flavors that you get from say, Willamette Valley hops. Hard to fault it though, it's just brewed with inferior water and hops. This is a light-bodied drink, if you like hops it's great for a sunny day.

This is a very good beer. Drink it.

So back to the Snake River -- I almost fell the fuck out of my drift boat when I read Scott Pruitt resigned. The fishing guide insisted it was the beer and kept telling me this was against their policy, and drinking on the river is a huge liabilty for them. I'm sorry, I thought this was America! If a beer is so good I'm reflexively vomitting at 10 am with a fly fishing rod in my hand in GOD'S LANDS then I don't see how that's related to find out that rat bastard Scott Pruitt resigned. I mean, if the mf'ing head of the EPA can't spend tax payer dollars on lavish flights and questionable trips then why even have that be a thing?

DISMANTLE THE EPA AND LET CAPITALISM MANGE THE ENVIRONMENT! Who better to understand and manage global warming then the capitalists and industrial sector fat cats!

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Photo of jpro
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great IPA... hazy, for sure, but an IPA - not an adjunct bomb full of marshmallows, vanilla and berry purée. Although I was a bit surprised to see Sierra Nevada stray into the haze craze, after trying this beer I can safely report that it is just an unfiltered IPA, that has a nice, citrusy / slightly dank nose, and it actually has a bitter hop bite. Quite drinkable, even at an abv approaching 7%. Glad I tried it. Will get more.

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Photo of BB1313
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 12/13/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing yellowish golden; nice fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have subtle hints of citrus and tropical fruits. Fresh bread and crackers are there. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. Hints of grapefruit and orange. Lots of fresh grass. Moderate sweetness with a low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and easy to drink.

This is an alright IPA. It's not bad at all, but it's not my favorite "New England IPA" or Sierra Nevada IPA. It's still ultimately refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of sdmrtn
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The look is a little hazy
Lovely tropical smell wonderful and intoxicating.
Taste is better than delicious tropical and hop juicy.

My new favorite ipa
Well worth a try even for people who may be more fond of pale ales than ipa.

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Hazy Little Thing IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1406 ratings