Little Big Hop
2nd Shift Brewing

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IPA - New England
Ranked #1,974
Ranked #8,979
4.03 | pDev: 7.69%
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
Little Big HopLittle Big Hop
Notes: A small wonder to behold, with all of the hop flavors and aromas and coming in at only 4.9% ABV. Some people would call it a session IPA but they would be wrong because that makes no sense. It's a low alcohol double IPA or maybe an imperial table beer or an American lager that uses ale yeast and 10 times the hops as normal. This beer is stupid good. Hops used: Magnum, Cascade, Zythos, Simcoe, Columbus.
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and and covering the majority of the top. I smell floral to grassy hops. I’m tasting grassy and lightly catty hops. The mouth is smooth and easygoing.

Jul 11, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a taster glass from draft at O'Toole's on November 1, 2019. Look is as cloudy and hazy light gold. Brewed with Magnum, Cascade, Zythos, Simcoe and Columbus hops. Average.

Mar 08, 2020
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy light amber color, massive (awful) five finger head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops.

T: Tropical fruits, hops. Delicious.

F: Light bodied, yet plenty of flavor. Extremely drinkable.

O: The best session IPA I ever tasted.

Sep 28, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light straw with serious head. Mostly pineapple and pine in the aroma, with grass, basil, fruit, honey, citrus and cracker. More honey, cracker, as it warms and the pineapple disappears. Similar in flavor, with a dry coating bitterness I don't love.

Aug 04, 2019
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super-hazy pale yellow orange with a fluffy off-white froth. Smells herbal and zesty. Citrus on the tongue along with hints of herb and plenty of orange and lemon zest to finish it off. Light in body and of course it's easy to drink, but it also doesn't skimp in the taste department. I suppose that's what they call a "win-win"!

Aug 04, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big hop flavor packed into a fairly modest alcohol content allows 2nd Shift's New England styled IPA to both big and small.

Backed with the hops flavors fueled by Columbus, Zythos, Magnum, Cascade and Simcoe hops, Little Big Hop pours with a somewhat muddy golden appearance, translucent with cereal and silt. As its creamy white head builds onto the beer, its hop aromas carry a classic grapefruit, orange, spruce and grassy scent into a creamy sweetness of whole wheat, light pastry and oatmeal.

The hops unfold on the middle palate to reveal its breadth of taste that spans from white grapefruit, orange peel, and a hint of lemon and pineapple. Nearly tangy in their approach, the hops extend into a fashionably bitter late palate of cedar, spruce, sassafras and lemon pepper more and more as the malt balance dissipates.

Medium bodied and trending lighter and drier, the beer's creaminess acquiesces to the drying compounds of hops and mild alcohol for a highly drinkable, refreshing but vegetal grassy session. Not quite session ale, not quite pale ale, and not quite hazy ale, this beer simply has a home in no man's land and in the glasses of hop heads.

Jul 18, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reminds me a lot of Sixpoint's Sparkler brut IPA, with a slightly sweeter pale malt bill. Definitely much more flavorful than the ABV would suggest


Jul 15, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives hazy and honey colored with a two finger head that left a generous amount of lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit tones of mango and pineapple; citrus tones emerge as well

Taste: Mango and pineapple forward, with grapefruit tones building, through the middle; moderately bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Always good to find a sessionable IPA with a lot of flavor

Mar 03, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a tall aluminum can, this brew is a hazy orange-straw color with a magnificent head. The aroma is fruity...loads of citrus, backed with a bit of grass and spicy hops. The taste is a little dry, with huge hop flavor. Not overly bitter, but very fresh hop tastes. Excellently put together. Soft body, full...with a long and lingering aftertaste.

Dec 31, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish brown in color. It poured with a short white head that left lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.hops
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of floral hops with notes of yeast and hints of grapefruit and mangos.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both a little chewy and juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a unique mix of hops and really packs in a lot of aromas and flavors for such a sessionable beer. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Nov 23, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, dense yellow body with minimal head and no lace. Mild aroma of citric, grape and pineapple. Smooth, fluffy filling body with a balance of mild, bitter hops and a juicy sweetness. Big, full finish and easy to drink.

Sep 23, 2018
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Brewno8it from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Appearance in color similar to that of a clover honey. Light yellow, hazy with nice dense white head.

Smell: Citrus and pleasant, floral.

Taste: Light to medium body, with plenty of hop forward flavor and yeast balance. Actually love the taste and can easily say one of my favorite session type IPAs (4.9% alcohol by vol). No flavor has been given up.....wonderful.

Feel: Juicy and hoppy, but not too heavy......could sip all evening.

Sep 16, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim as I didn't have internet in Macon, GA. 16 oz single can purchased for $3.79 poured into nonic pint. No can date.

Really nice turbid mustard hazy color with a tall snowy head of 3 fingers.

Aroma is really really nice. Fresh bright citrus - orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Slight piney aroma but it comes off more clean/green than pine.

Flavor is insane. NE IPA all the way. Really crisp, clean, juicy. Orange gummy, grapefruit peel, pineapple, and slight pine. I'm amazed they're getting so many citrus flavors out of Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial. Goes to show you the hop schedule is everything.

Feel is semi-creamy, really crisp, nice tight carbonation.

Overall, this one surprised and impressed me. I'm glad it's a Missouri beer and not something way far away. I may need to make a day trip down to KC and score some more of this if it's distributed that far westward.

Jun 24, 2018
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 2nd Shifts usual big ol can, dated just under 2 weeks ago. Comes out a hazy yellow/orange color with a finger or so of white head that slips away after a bit, leaving some foam on top and a few dots of lacing. Huge citrus notes on the nose, lots of grapefruit/mango/lemon notes, with some of that familiar hop resin and pine balancing it out. Hit my nose like a train the moment it hit the glass. Taste follows, lots of citrusy goodness but a lot less resin than was expected, which actually works in its favor. Drinks smooth and fairly juicy, nice amount of carbonation. With the fairly low ABV%, there's a ton of flavor here and boy it's sessionable. find it fresh and drink a few.

Jun 18, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold with a finger of rocky pearl colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Oranges, grassyness, fades a bit

T: Orange, grapefruit & breadyness up front, dryness too. Dryness and citrus mix as this warms, a touch of white grape and pear as well. Finishes with grapefruit & dryness, a touch lime

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, good balance

Very solid Session IPA, super drinkability

May 30, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a quite hazy dirty orange - sort of the pureed banana in grapefruit juice look. Initial impression is a very juicy citrus bomb, with lemon predominating and some resinous undertones. Bitterness is minimal, considering the hops. Mouthfeel is medium and juicy; carbonation is just enough to enhance the taste. Finish is more of the same, with almost no lingering bitterness. This is a very sessionable NEIPA, which sounds too good to be true. Very impressive.

Apr 13, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a tulip glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy / rocky, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of hops, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (mostly in the finish, but not overly noticeable), a moderate amount of hops, lots of citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), and some tropical fruit (passion fruit, maybe?). A zesty flavor that's very fruit-centric. While it has its fair share of hops, the fruit is the real star. Sweet, fruity, and delicious.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made, easy to drink IPA. Drinkable and well worth a look.

Feb 23, 2018
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MostlyNorwegian from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An adult soda filled with big spritzy carbonation making for pillows of tight frothy clouds that linger over a golden hued. hazy juicy, and proper sessioning beer. It doesn't push too far into the tropical, and keeps the aromatics more on the pine citrus side. That comes in to the mouthfeel, which also has a depth to it that invites you furthur in.
This is one of those there was life before this beer and life after this beer beers.
Very well done.

Jan 30, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, orange peel and grapefruit. Nice crisp citrus bite with a toasted caramel backbone.

Dec 03, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This AIPA does two interesting things.
First, it Looks and Feels creamy. Typically, that texture loses to bubbles and bitter hops. Not so with Little Big Hop.
Second, many AIPAs load up on bitter hops (not for me) or tropical aromatics (usually interesting, but can be incongruous) or, in the case of Little Big Hop, a lemon/grapefruit rind. While interesting, too much rind lingers for me. And after I finished the salsa, the linger bugged my buds.
I rarely give AIPAs an above average rating, but Little Big Hop came close.

Nov 28, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/8/17; drank 8/31/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy bright white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Dandelion, mild lemon & dry wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Lemon & mild cream flavors up front; mild dry wheat notes on the finish.

Simple, balanced & enjoyable. A nice session IPA.

Sep 01, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very hazy yellow amber with a two finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Why do I expect this to have fruit forward hopping? Aroma of light bready malt, and the anticipated lemon citrus and tropical fruit hops with a little orange zest. Flavor follows, with resinous lemon and orange citrus hops, light tropical fruit, lemon and grapefruit rind. Finishes with concentrated lemon and grapefruit rind bitterness with lingering light fruit esters. Medium bodied with some light creaminess, nice mouth feel. A solid Northeast cloudy IPA profile leaning towards lemon and grapefruit rather than tropical fruits. Surprisingly intense for the ABV, impressive hop flavors are supported by the lightly flavored malt. Not too complex, but good for a "little" IPA. This brewery seems to get a nice solid mouthfeel in many of their ales that is remarkable for their size.

Jul 05, 2017
Little Big Hop from 2nd Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 80 ratings