Hazy Little Thing IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Hazy Little Thing IPAHazy Little Thing IPA
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Hazy Little Thing IPAHazy Little Thing IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: New England 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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270
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1,015
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: As aptly named, the beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and traces of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of orange citrus and pine resin along with a light amount of associated bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate with hints of crispness and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You would expect this beer to be a hop bomb from its unfiltered look, but it actually seems to be more of a mellow New England-style IPA that is mostly juicy without much in the way of bitterness. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can - heh: 'family owned, operated, and argued over'. I always appreciate some self-deprecating humour.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some tiered streaky lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of dank pine resin, uric acid, muddled domestic citrus rind, bready and grainy caramel malt, and some plain earthy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, a touch of musty yeastiness, overripe oranges, some indistinct tropical fruitiness, and more laid-back leafy, weedy, and piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly meek in its quotidian frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of generic pithiness making a minor dent in the surface sheen here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and mixed fruity esters making a lingering soiree out of it.

Overall - it seems as if they're going for a sort of New England-style IPA, but don't quite nail down all the typical markers. Yes, the bitterness is kept duly in check, but that crisp, juicy essence fails to materialize, rendering a somewhat tepid experience.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/13/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, guava, passion fruit, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, white bread dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, guava, passion fruit, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, white bread dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. ery mild pine, zesty, herbal, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, guava, passion fruit, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, white bread dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.7%. Overall this is a delicious NEIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the very mildly bitter/drying finish. Great soft mouthfeel with stone fruity/tropical hop juiciness, and balanced wheat/bready malts. Mild dankness. Really well done for a nationally available NEIPA. Feels like the El Dorado has the most presence. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz CAN ran me $1.59 at a Trader Joe's in Austin, TX.

IPA. 6.7% ABV. Packaged 11/28/17. BITTERING HOPS Magnum. FINISHING HOPS Citra, Comet, Simcoe, El Dorado, Mosaic. MALTS Two-row Pale, Munich, Oats, Acidulated.

Pours a turbid yellow body of average vibrance topped by a thin weak head of white colour. Head retention is ~3 minutes. Not a terrific looking IPA by any stretch, but within conventions.

Aroma yields faint citrus, tropical fruit juice, pale malts, juicy orange, mandarin orange, tangerine, and pink grapefruit. Bitterness is restrained, as is aromatic pungency. Suggests a timid but mellow IPA.

Taste follows the aroma, hitting on various citrus fruits (orange, tangerine, mandarin orange grapefruit, maybe mango) but quelling any concomitant bitterness with pale malt sweetness and proteiny adjunct (oats). Not imbalanced but ultimately lacking in hop flavour and pungency, the showcase of which is kind of the point of the IPA style.

Texture is somewhat soft. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Not oily. Not as juicy as breweries tend to try to have consumers believe their hazy IPAs are.

A bit more conventional via its Magnum bittering than most contemporary IPAs that are deliberately turbid and which downplay bitterness. It has some in common with the India Odwalla ales plaguing the U.S. East Coast but its adherence to classic Magnum bittering helps keep its hop bitterness a bit less suppressed to its benefit. Still, it fails to showcase its hops well (what a waste of Mosaic!) as any bitterness gets buried beneath the cloud of oat adjunct and pale malt sweetness. I'm glad I tried it, but it won't dazzle discerning drinkers. At best, I see it appeasing those obsessed with the so-called "hazy IPA" substyle, which seems to be what it's being marketing for anyway.

I won't be consciously buying it again, but it's definitely drinkable. If you're one of those trend-chasers waiting in line at U.S. East Coast breweries to buy India Odwalla Ales marketed as "hazy IPAs" that you've never even tried at that infernal $20+ per 4 500ml can price point (I'm looking at you, Other Half), I'd definitely advise picking up a sixer of this instead since it'll be better 9 times out of 10 and it's a hell of a lot easier on the wallet.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, botanical and bold, the haze craze has spread to the Sierra Nevada system of brewing companies with a radiant fruit display from hops. This hazy little thing called love comes way of Citra and Commet hops for a smooth, juicy and perfumy session.

Turbid in appearance, Hazy Little Thing isn't as muddy as some of the New England styled varieties before it crowns with a creamy, stark white cap. Citrus in the name of the game as its aroma is chocked full of citronella character with an herbal, grassy backdrop. Sweet and pastry-like to the early palate, a light breadiness is glossed with light honey and simple syrups.

And as the grip of sweetness begins to release, the hops gain control, leading with the radiance of mandarin orange, tangerine and nectarine. Hints of lemon, kiwi, honeydew and lime shed light on a juicy sherbet-like tanginess. Growing bitterness brings a fresh grassiness to the finish with chives, geranium and peppery spice.

Medium bodied but trending lighter, the hops give a great impression of dryness although the beer is off-bitter compared with west coast styled IPA. This smoothness keeps the focus on a late palate of citrus peel, fresh pine and an herbal grassiness that extends into a medium length afterglow.

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Photo of emerge077
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a cloudy/hazy orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, pineapple and toasted caramel. Nice tropical fruit flavor with some caramel sweetness.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Capping the hazy goldenstraw liquid is a three finger head that sticks like a champ, leaving clumps of foam behind

Smell: Tangerine and nectarine tones, with a touch of honey

Taste: The honeyed tones of the malt intermingle with the fruit flavors, in the forefront; as in the aroma, the tangerine and nectarine dominate, but there are also berry and kiwi elements emerging; grassy, herbal finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not really an NE IPA, so unfair to mark this against brews of that style; enjoyable and somewhat different, with a bit more malt and the grassy finish

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a hazy/cloudy bright yellow color ale with a nice large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of juicy hops notes of mango and tropical fruit is quite enticing. Taste is a nice mix of juicy hops notes of mango with some tropical fruit, some residual sugar with nice hoppy floral undertones. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Solid NEIPA with great balance.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Hazy Little Thing IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,015 ratings