Wild Little Thing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Style:
Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #522
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #42,665
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 14.33%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
143
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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Wild Little ThingWild Little Thing
Notes: This slightly sour Wild Little Thing has just the right smack of tartness for serious refreshment, while guava, hibiscus and strawberry lend fruity-sweet depth and a bright pop of color.
MALTS
Two-row Pale, Oats, Wheat

HOPS
Cascade

YEAST
Ale Yeast

OTHER
Guava, Hibiscus & Strawberry Natural Flavors

Most sours are brewed the traditional way, with wooden barrels and lots of time. But Wild Little Thing is made using a technique called accelerated “kettle souring.” First, we make wort (unfermented beer) without any hops. Then we boil it, cool it and add lactobacillus, the same friendly bacteria you know from yogurt or sauerkraut. Lactobacillus turns sugar into lactic acid. Voila! Now we’re sour. We blend this special wort (roughly 10%) back into Wild Little Thing’s total wort to achieve its tartness.
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a clear bright pink with an excellent lightly pink head. Good retention (for the style, granted).
nose is berries, strawberry
Taste is guava, melon, and finishes with a fresh strawberry. Light lemony tartness. Tasty and refreshing.

May 07, 2021
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red/pink/coral with short head that doesn't last. Strawberry on the nose, bit of citrus. Flavor too is mostly berry but something a little different that I suppose is the guava and hibiscus. Really just slightly tart. Very light, even thin. Pretty dry.

Apr 23, 2021
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oggg from California

3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can. Pours a clear, shockingly pink hue. Average head doesn’t cling. Smells of cherries and berries and a maybe a little grapefruit. Packaging says guava hibiscus strawberry and I guess that’s about right. Barely sour. Not enough sour. Not sweet either. Not malty. Not sure what there is here. No lingering tartness or flavor for that matter. Light bodied. I can’t get over the resemblance to a cheap fizzy pink Zinfandel. Maybe they meant it to be a beginner sour beer but I think this would make me less likely to want to learn about sours. It does make me want to have a pink champagne to erase this beer from my tastebuds. Or a real sour.

Apr 13, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried a can of this beer at my friend's house in Naples, Florida. It poured a pinkish clear with fizzy pinkish head that dissipated quickly and did not leave any lace. The scent had berry notes. The taste was slightly sour with fresh berry highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.....great for poolside.

Apr 03, 2021
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into tulip.

Pours a rosy pink with one fat finger of light pink head that leaves a few clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells of strawberry danish with fresh strawberries on the side, some tropical mango and melon, Greek yogurt and mild herbal hops.

Tastes of yogurt with strawberries mixed in, more pastry-like wheat malt, some mixed tropical fruit sweetness and more soft green hops.

Feels light and peppy. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation that peters off to a nice creaminess. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Delicious and thirst-quenching, just what you want from a label like that.

Mar 05, 2021
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Profundobaso from New York

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - reddish-pink in color. transparent, small one-finger head with not much lacing.

Smell - a nice pleasant mix of tropical fruits: guava and strawberry in particular. this is all actual fruit scent instead of the familiar tropical hops. as such, it carries the distinctive fruity sweetness.

Taste - fruit forward and just mildly sour. little to no bitterness, and the finish is also fruity and slightly sweet.

Feel - light to medium bodied, high carbonation, and on the lower side for ABV at just 5.5%.

Overall - its a reasonably low ABV sour, with just a bit of tartness. the mix of fruity flavor is nice, although not my most preferred style.

Mar 05, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/6/20

I haven't had anything in SN's seemingly loosely connected "Little Thing" series yet, and this one looked like a good one to start with. A session sour with guava, hibiscus, and strawberry sounds like an interesting combination, let's see how this one goes

Pours a beautiful crystal clear brownish red with a finger of pink-tinted white head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves no lacing

Off the bat in the nose it reminds me of a strawberry soda, not really much in the way of beer. I'm picking up on aromas of ripe strawberry, lightly tart lemon, cherry, a touch of floral hibiscus

While it doesn't resemble strawberry soda so much in taste, it's still certainly a simple tart beer. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting hibiscus, tart strawberry, watermelon, and a clean lacto tartness. The swallow brings notes of intense but brief hibiscus, lemon, strawberry, and guava finally presenting itself in the aftertaste

A light medium body pairs with light tingly carbonation, resulting in a beer that goes down very easy and slick. Finishes dry and crisp

This one was kinda weird and one-note, but I wouldn't say it's bad at all. Not sure how much of it I could have but it's good for what it is

Mar 01, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Dark pink color with nice clarity. Piddling white head faded quickly to a cap and left meh lacing. Bubbles were coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S---Strong strawberry aroma. Really, not much else.

T---Like the nose, dominated by strawberry. A touch of sour is there as well.

F---Wet, juicy & quenching. This would be one to hammer on a hot day.

O---A bit of a one-trick pony, but that one trick is unique. I don't think I've ever had a strawberry beer.

Feb 06, 2021
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml can from The Wine Company, Belfast (£2.80):
Pinkish red with a translucent body & a creamy white head that settles as a foamy circumference lacing soon after. It's sour but subdued initially with a bit of strawberry sweetness in the early going, some citrus notes, berries & a few floral notes. There's a little more lemon sourness with the taste then the strawberry & raspberry flavours come through alongside some guava & tropical flavours. It's more sweet that sour at times whilst the body is light-medium & quite tangy with strong carbonation but it was definitely lighter & more subdued than I'd anticipated.

Dec 29, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish clean color, with no head. Aroma is very sweet and sugary. Flavor is sweet sugary, lots of strawberry notes, but not overdone and not bad. Good body and feel. Overall, some nice flavors, none of which are too much.

Dec 25, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at home, compliments of Rafe,12/23/20! If it's possible for something to smell sour and sweet at the same time, they've done it! A beautiful blend of sour cherry and cotton candy is well detected here. Once on the pallette, all sweetness disappears, and yet you get this wonderful mix of flavors, from guava to underripe strawberries, to sour cherries, all topped off with a zingy carbonation. Really enjoyed this one. It stretches my thoughts of what a beer can be.

Dec 23, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Fruited Sour
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
Price: $1.50
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Purchased: July 24, 2020
Consumed: Aug. 20, 2020
Misc.: Canned on June 26, 2020 at 3:14 p.m. PT

Kind of forgot I had this after picking it up at Trader Joe’s back on July 24. Sierra Nevada’s website called it, “This slightly sour Wild Little Thing has just the right smack of tartness for serious refreshment, while guava, hibiscus and strawberry lend fruity-sweet depth and a bright pop of color.”

Poured a medium amber-to-garnet mostly clear color with three fingers of rocky-to-frothy head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Almost perfect foamy spiderweb lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled strawberry, rose blossom, floral, guava, hibiscus, berry cider and hints of sweet red wine. Much of the same from the can with strawberry and guava leading the way. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted almost as good as the nose. Pretty refreshing though. In order got strawberry, rose blossom, hibiscus, floral, raspberry, guava, berry cider, hints of red currant, sweet red wine, rhubarb and red grape. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, sour finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really surprised at how much I liked this. May have underrated it slightly, but very good. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

Dec 14, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely not a sour beer but mildly fruity with notes of guava and strawberry. Agree with others body is slightly bubbly and it's almost like a seltzer water over an actual beer. Skip this one

Dec 12, 2020
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frankdatank1337 from California

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer wasn't bad but it left me feeling like I still wanted a BEER. This is neither sour or super fruity. It's more like drinking a seltzer then anything else. I feel duped. I'm giving it a middle of the road rating because I wasn't a fan but it is well crafted and I can see others enjoying it.

Nov 24, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had Wild Little Thing poured from 12-oz. can, bottom stamped "PKGD 040120," gift from friend, into Teku tulip 3.0.

Pours rusty orange with a 1-finger off-white head which disappears without a trace. Aroma is tremendously complex, starting straight strawberry, then some melon, before turning tropically musky and floral. On drinking, it also starts sweet strawberry, over cracker malt, and if there is any "slight sour" it only registers in cutting the sweetness, before a crisp finish.

Not sure what the Grand Ol' Brewery's goal was here.

Nov 22, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent pinkish red with a light pink head that dissipates very quickly. Smell is of mostly sour strawberry jam with hints of fruit punch like tropical smells due to the sweetness. The taste is alright, it's mostly slight sour strawberries with hints of the guava and hibiscus as it warms up. It's not super sweet or super sour and there's not any wild ale funk to it. The body is very thin and it's slightly higher carbonated than most, but I think it compliments what SN was trying to achieve with this beer. Overall not too bad but not great. For $8.49 for 6 I'm not disappointed but almost everything I've had from SN was better.

Oct 11, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft, in plastic cup

Dark pink in color, a little cloudy, not much head. Adoma and flavor is berry dominated. Not really that tart or sour. Thin bodied.

Sep 27, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I suppose this is going to be a series now. SN’s [ ] Little Things.
This is a slightly sour, guava, hibiscus, and strawberry beer. Pours a delightful pink in the glass. The aroma is approachable, with more guava and strawberry notes. Tart to the taste, with the Jolly Rancher fruit notes, but a touch of a chalky finish.

Sep 15, 2020
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VicCooper from Ireland

2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’ll keep this short. Looks like a dark rose wine, forms a little light pink head which disappears nearly immediately. Just like a soda. At least this one is well carbonated, unlike their flat lemonade, the Otra Vez lime...

Smell has a good fruitiness, strawberry, lemon.

Taste-wise, meh. Not exactly sour, not a bit wild, also, no beer-like qualities. Somewhat fruity (berries, citrus and some flowers) and definitely watery.

Okay, so THIS IS BASICALLY A SEMI-SWEET ROSE SPRITZER. The look, the taste and the feel too.

Refreshing, alright, but come on...
I gave my scores as a (soft) drink, not as a beer, because for that, it simply would not qualify.
Not impressed. SN and these fizzy soft drinks marketed as beers, seriously disappointing, really. Be grand for people who hate beers, tho.

Sep 13, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served in a lager glass.
Pours with an attractive, clear, reddish-copper colored body. Pours with a good white head but it has poor retention. The carbonation seems a touch too low.
Aroma. Enticing and complex with some strawberry and other berry notes and a suggestion of tart fruits.
Flavor. Well balanced mix featuring strawberries in a tart base with subtle input from guava. No funkiness in this "wild" ale.

Sep 11, 2020
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +35%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So Far one the best Sour Fruit Ales I've had!

First of all, Im not a fan per say of this Style. This Beer has changed my perspective slightly and so I am able to give a decent review.
The look is Beautiful. Nice pinkish red hue, not a lot of head. somewhat seltzer-ish looking. Smell is on the fruity side (no Shit Sherlock). nice slightly bright aroma with underlying strawberry, maybe some pear. Taste is the most amazing for this style out of all ales Ive had. Dang... I finaly found a Sour ale that still taste like beer! You get the Malty goodness of beer while enjoying a sweet and sour fruity goodness of Guava and Strawberries! What a combo and must admit, very well done! My hats off to Sierra Nevada for a Job well done! Feel is amazing. well bodied, medium and creamy, retains a refreshing crisp mouth feel. Overall, one of the best Fruit Sour ales I'v had!

Aug 24, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

All things Sierra, I usually rate highly, from Narwhal to Torpedo which is the best mass IPA for the price in my view. However this one finishes mid-pack at best, and perhaps loses something in the distribution as these vruity-added sours need to be super-fresh, hence, I'll take mine at Carton my home town brewer. Not wild.
a) Anyone would be able to put food coloring in, but it's flattish, translucent and lacks must head or lace.
Zero Retention.
s) *In both aroma and taste theirs a bit of kool-aid, or jello mix, sugary side of fruit, juice cocktail with lipstick cherries.
t) medicinal and imbalanced toward sweet, too.
f) Thin. Flattish, not enough prickle.
o) No unpleasant but too kool aid for this mensch's pallet.

Aug 20, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours vibrant red orange with a frothy light pink head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Jammy, definitely getting the strawberry and guava, mild tartness, a little floral, wheaty twang, a touch of funk, and a little biscuity malt.

T: Mild tartness, nice fruity hit of strawberry and guava, floral notes, subtle spice, wheat twang, bready malt, and jammy sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I wouldn't mind this one being a little lighter and a touch less sweet, but still a fun change of pace beer with a pleasant fruity side. Should have some appeal to non-beer people too.

Aug 18, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a rosè wine like color. It has a pink moderate sized head that retains well.

The nose reveals the presence of lactobacillus, which evokes notes of yogurt as well as giving the malt a sourdough aroma. The adjuncts give off a fruit punch aroma with lots of strawberry, guava and earthy bites of hibiscus tea leaves. There is a developing modest floral hops aroma that displays subtle notes of herbal dank.

Tart flavors but accessible and not too mouth puckering. The strawberry and guava add a subtle sweetness as well as doing a good job of taking the edge off. They blend well with the dry cracker malt and sourdough backbone. Notes of peppery spices, lime, hibiscus, yogurt and earthy hops. Medium to light bodied, moderately carbonated and a tart but smooth mouthfeel. The palate is dry overall, as is the tart lemony finish.

I finally got around to trying this one despite seeing it all over. My 40th Sierra Nevada review. Not bad; a decent sour I would have again.

Aug 16, 2020
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viking77 from Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I’m not usually a fan of sour ales, but this is pretty good. It is only slightly sour, which I like. Lovely tastes of hibiscus and strawberry on the back end.

Aug 13, 2020
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