Big Little Thing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,090
Ranked #12,056
3.98 | pDev: 7.29%
Friday at 06:47 PM
Dec 29, 2020
Very Good
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Notes: Make way for the Big Little Thing, an imperial IPA flexing a full malt body, restrained sweetness, and tropical hop flavors of mango, grapefruit and tangerine.

MALTS: Pale malt, Wheat malt, Munich malt
HOPS: Magnum, Crystal, Chinook, Idaho 7, Columbus, Cascade, Mosaic
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Ratings by avisong:
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by avisong from Virginia

Jan 22, 2022
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4.17 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Friday at 06:47 PM
3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Jun 27, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Vykk_Draygo

Nice clarity, decent head retention with good lacing.

Aroma is somewhat subdued, but has a nice maltiness. Piney, some tropical fruit, with orange juice in the background.

Palate is mandarin oranges, mangos, and gooey pine sap. Nice malt background that provides a subtle sweetness to round out the flavors.

Jun 26, 2022
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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Specialmick from Connecticut

Look... Very little hazy copper with a white full head. Ample carbonation and lacing faint the smell of citrus and dank grass
Taste...a funkness fruity dank grassy weedy into a quick resolution of dry and bitter. I am so pissed that I have not had this before . HAHA> a really refreshing big beer that refreshes quite nicely
Feel...Excellent execution of the type of carbonation that really makes this beer so tasty. Prickly carb that accentuates the fruity and dissipating wetness
Overall...this is such a nice surprise but I should not be surprised that Sierra does such a fine job after all these years. An excellent Imperial IPA.

Jun 26, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GStone899 from Minnesota

An IPA that packs a punch - let's fucking go! A really delicious hazy IPA with lots of fruit and pineapple.

Jun 20, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DrOfGolf from Delaware

Very good tasting beer and it goes down smoothly. A relaxing beer that I found to be able to go well with Pizza and other foods. To me, a very good upper ABV that can sneak up on you if you're not used to them. I definitely recommend this beer to my friends and family.

Jun 15, 2022
3.79 by Beer_Goblin from New York on Jun 14, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

12 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. Great brew.

Jun 09, 2022
3.77 by strengthdoc from Connecticut on Jun 08, 2022
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4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by slugman from California

You must pour it cold and in a glass. If you crack the can, the smell is not what you get with a cold pour. This might sound dumb, but it is really important with a 9% beer. Glass pour compared to can comparison. Sierra continues to deliver and their "little thing" campaign is great. You won't be disappointed trying this. The head changes based on the pour speed and the temperature.

Jun 08, 2022
4.1 by mrcraft from California on Jun 05, 2022
3.89 by bushwack from Alabama on May 28, 2022
4 by shigg85 from Japan on May 26, 2022
3.9 by magine from Pennsylvania on May 21, 2022
4.5 by DavyDnIndy from Indiana on May 20, 2022
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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with faint hues of amber. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit, leaving a large thin patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of grapefruit and tropical fruit. The hops also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a nice balance between the malts and hops. It also hides any traces of alcohol remarkably well for being a 9% abv Imperial IPA.

Serving type: can

May 20, 2022
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4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

B_L_T_IPA pours with a big fluffy head, some good carbonation and a little lacing. Smells of fruit and funk. A little dank but you don't taste it. It's really a smooth IPA that lacks bitterness. Rather remarkable. Very nice for an Imperial IPA and I will buy this again. A stovepipe can dated 032222. Way to go Sierra Nevada.

May 19, 2022
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Act25 from New Jersey

Licorice? yes. Love S/N the best large at craft.
a) Pours amber with light haze sporting a full, lacing, long-lasting head.
s) Malt, citrus, a bit of scat.
t) More malt caramel, orange, pine, herbs, licorice! Some alcohol.
f) Creamy mid-body with scrubbing mouthfeel and dry finish.
o) Odd, strong, big, complex, notable for scrubbing creamy feel and licorice.

May 17, 2022
4.57 by USAF-Mike from California on May 16, 2022
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: Some candy like aromas with tropical fruit. It has grainy sweet notes melon and pineapple.

Taste: There are tropical fruit flavors with grainy sweetness. There are some pineapple notes with melon elements like cantaloupe.

FeeL It has a medium body with a more sweet than bitter finish.

Overall, the hops are featured as the main aroma and flavor element with everything in support.

May 15, 2022
4.29 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2022
4.04 by sirzekel from Georgia on May 11, 2022
4.04 by tpauer from New Hampshire on May 07, 2022
4.57 by Beecham from California on Apr 24, 2022
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Apr 23, 2022
3.92 by blevinsaj from Ohio on Apr 15, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Captain69 from Illinois


Apr 10, 2022
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3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MrOH from Malta

Clear gold, big white head, excellent retention,
complex citrus aroma
Complex citrus flavor, some sweet malt, a touch of booze
Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, slightly hot

Apr 09, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ismaelmyself

Great flavor and even better IBU imperial IPA. This is the perfect at the end of a hard day and it only takes one to start the relaxation.

Apr 05, 2022
4.02 by slhuggy from Virginia on Apr 01, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Spike from England

12oz can.
L: Amber colour with a light haze and a full, long-lasting head.
S: Soft malt and gentle citrus.
T: Caramel, orange zest, white pine. Semi-sweet with light bitterness. Some alcohol.
F: Medium/full body with rich mouthfeel and a bone dry finish.
O: A smooth, approachable IIPA. Probably too approachable for 9% ABV.

Mar 25, 2022
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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 19.2oz tall can into a dimpled mug. Canned 1/12/22.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a totally clear body and practically three fingers of frothy ivory foam. Really very beautiful!

Smell: sweet malt with a dank, citrusy, grapefruity hop character. A bit muddled, but not bad at all.

Taste: very sweet with lots of malt and a definite dank, grapefruity and ... even a bit of licorice in the mix, somehow. Interesting. Definitely a big-ass Imperial, but there's no subtlety here. Not bad, but a little bit of a muddle.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess. Not as much body as I might expect from a beer of this size and sweetness.

Overall: for the "price" of this level of sweetness and alcohol, I'd like a bit more hop flavor in exchange. Not terrible, but a little bit meh.

Mar 17, 2022
3.93 by DOCRW from Washington on Mar 14, 2022
4 by flgimp from Pennsylvania on Mar 07, 2022
3.69 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Mar 06, 2022
3.67 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Mar 03, 2022
3.75 by Smoky54 from Tennessee on Mar 02, 2022
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Poured from a can. Golden in color with a white foamy head and lacing. Smells of malt, pine and a tropical fruit hint. Flavors of bread, malt, pine and fruit. Flavors all work together well. Smooth and avb is well hidden. Nice

Mar 02, 2022
3.75 by VaporDome from New York on Feb 28, 2022
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