Little Big Hop
2nd Shift Brewing

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2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,402
Ranked #13,155
3.96 | pDev: 10.35%
Dec 11, 2021
May 27, 2017
Very Good
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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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3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 11, 2021
1.65 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri on Oct 09, 2021
3.96 by Nunya from Ohio on Sep 06, 2020
4.08 by craigbelly from Iowa on Aug 15, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by peabody from Kentucky

This was a few months old so I will update when I find some fresh.

Jun 22, 2020
4.03 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Mar 27, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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
4 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois on Jan 22, 2020
3.67 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin on Jan 08, 2020
4.18 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Dec 01, 2019
4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida on Nov 16, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by rex_4539 from Greece

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
4.47 by themayorkoch from Ohio on Sep 27, 2019
3.69 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Sep 26, 2019
2.97 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Sep 18, 2019
3.87 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Sep 15, 2019
4.1 by harrisjohnson from Maryland on Aug 10, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

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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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

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
4.05 by Jgmiller829 from Massachusetts on Aug 02, 2019
4 by Pinkylives from Massachusetts on Aug 02, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Holderness from Massachusetts

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
4.04 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jun 15, 2019
3.84 by Boone757 from Virginia on Jun 14, 2019
3.79 by mdfb79 from New York on Jun 09, 2019
3.89 by dcbeers from District of Columbia on Jun 06, 2019
3.75 by Mattias from Sweden on Jun 05, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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
3.6 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Mar 01, 2019
4.12 by troymc from New York on Jan 05, 2019
3.46 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York on Dec 31, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Suds from Missouri

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
4.18 by The_Beer_Guru from New York on Nov 27, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

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
3.75 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin on Nov 04, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

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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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brewno8it from Missouri

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
4.5 by JLaw55 from Missouri on Sep 02, 2018
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