Hazy Little Thing IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Hazy Little Thing IPAHazy Little Thing IPA

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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 RyanTheLion13
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sneaky copywriting effort for a beer that merely bypassed any and all filtration.
I'm also perplexed why the extended riff on abv creep with a beer proclaiming to be little thing while also happily showing off everything that a 6.7% abv beer can do. You can taste some of that bite on the tail end of the mouth.
That said. This is a fairly decent tropical IPA, and It manages a decent enough balance between bite and juice, which finally tips over to bitterness with what is still a very strong west coast IPA backbone.

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

A-A hazy golden color with a generous head and some nice lacing.
A-Aroma has an abundance of citrus fruit hints.
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice balance of citrus tropical flavors.
M-A light bodied refreshing beer with a generous carbonation.
O-Well made beer.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not very hazy but still look good with its hoppy head and orange body...comes off more like a west coast IPA. Smell is incredible with hoppy fruity goodness. Taste is citrus and tropical juicy fruit but not as flavorful as the aroma. Some herbal, earthy, floral notes as well.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjmiller718
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & hazed straw color with 3 fingers if pearl colored head. Almost clears, very good head retention & sheets of lacing

S: Citrus & mango

T: Orange juice, a touch of grassyness, & grapefruit up front. Orange, tangerine, a touch of grassyness & just a litttle maltyness as this warms. Finishes juicy, citrusy & more-ish

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, good balance

Very easy to drink, ABV is well disquised a little more depth of flavor would've pushed it into the stratoshpere. Well worth a try

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Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rating this on the basis of an NE style IPA that I assume this is supposed to be.

Canned December 5th 2017 at 1:01 PM Chico California from the date on the can.

Hazy orange colored ale with a massive white head, good thing I poured this in to an oversized glass.

Intense tangerine smell. Bitter pithy citrus rind scent, smells like a mix of every citrus fruit you can find. Slight fruit sourness and pineapple and passion fruit scent. Some woody scent but mostly this is a citrus baseball bat to the nose.

Starts out bitter, savory and fruity with a bare kiss of sweetness. Stays pretty dry but there is a mild amount of sweetness. Tastes woody and citrus with a lingering savory taste. Flavor is on the mild side.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not sure how this will age, I got it the day it hit the shelf, 17 days after it was canned.

Overall a serviceable citrus forward IPA that isn't an IBU bomb.

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Photo of foundersasap
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swierczt
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a tulip

A: Pours a bright orange color with a white head, no retention, lots of lacing, beer is hazy and cloudy with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the glass's side.

A: Citra hops are shining with notes of guava, grapefruit peel, and pineapple, tangerines, citrus peel, nice balance of aromas, not getting any malt or alcohol, nice aroma.

T: Follows the nose with guava, grapefruit peel, pineapple, tangerines, citrus, slight note of grass or hay, touch of malts in the finish, finish has notes of grapefruit, tangerines, and pineapple, bitterness is moderate.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a dry citrus peel-like finish.

O: A solid unfiltered style IPA from Sierra Nevada, not as tropical as other unfiltered IPAs I've tasted and has more carbonation, definitely going to enjoy the remaining beers from the six-pack.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned date of 12/05/17

Appearance - Pours hazy and dull yellow-orange with a white colored head that peaks at just over a finger's width. Sub-par retention results in a mostly barren surface with a thin ring of suds encircling the outside edge. A few patches and some broken lines make up the lacing.

Smell - Citrus, spice, lesser stonefruit, pine and a hint of grain.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrus and light stonefruit fruitiness. Hint of pineapple. Touch of pine near the finish. Grainy, earthy malt undertone with a bit of hay character. Aftertaste lingers with slight pith, spice, juicy character and, unfortunately, grain.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate, bitey carbonation.

Overall - I'm not sure if Sierra Nevada knows what the cool kids are brewing these days or if they just decided to do their own take on the hazy IPA style, but this is far removed from what was expected. While the hop profile could probably benefit from some tweaking, the malt bill is simply a disaster for this type of brew. Grainy and earthy don't really go with juicy and sweet. While it's one of the better priced hazy IPA's on the market, I have little desire to buy it again.

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Photo of tempest
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
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 kaseydad
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great fruit forward hazy brew. It has blasts of intense fruit flavors like pineapple, lemons and mango. All that but easy drinking and very refreshing. Good enough I grabbed a crowler to go from SN.

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Photo of lic217
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very hazy but not turbid. Light orangish yellow appearence. Nice long lasting white head.
Aroma: Citrus and tropical aroma. Aroma overall is very light.
Taste: Some sweet tropical fruit flavor at the start, then a nice orange bitter and dry finish. Bitterness is light for style, but it does the job. It hits you quickly and does not linger or long. Very light malt flavor towards the beginning of each sip and no alcohol flavor at all.
Feel: Great carbonation and mouthfeel for style.
Overall: The beer has an extremely light malt flavor and a powerful hop flavor that is not overwhelming. Love the hoppiness level of this beer.

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Photo of BigTrubble
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Hazy Little Thing IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,000 ratings