Today, weâ€™ll be talking about a beer that has been popping up on Instagram quite a bit as of late, and one that I was pleasantly surprised by. You see, Iâ€™ve not been terribly impressed by what Iâ€™ve had from Sierra Nevada in the past. I had picked up a sampler from Costco, and what it contained was just â€œokâ€. Nothing Iâ€™d think of buying again. So, when I was at the store and saw the Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing at a good price (under $8 if I recall), I figured Iâ€™d give the brewery one more chance.
Itâ€™s fortunate for my tastebuds that I did take that chance, because the Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing is easily the best thing Iâ€™ve had from them. Sure, Iâ€™m partial to IPAs these days, but that sampler had some in there – they just were not anywhere near as good as this one. In fact, Iâ€™d say it would be a good one for someone whoâ€™s unsure of IPAs to try out. As I noted in my tasting, this is way less bitter than youâ€™d expect (especially for something with a 5-hop cocktail), and the IBU rating (35) confirms it.
This leaves you to pick up an almost berry-like citrus flavor up front, that fades back into a more expected (at least for me, seeing the Citra hops in the mix) citrus-like flavor. As to the haze heads, the Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing will definitely keep you happy there. The breweryâ€™s own notes state that thereâ€™s not filtering, itâ€™s right from the tanks into the cans. For me, I felt this was a good mixup to what I might normally grab at the store (particularly if headed over to a gathering), and is definitely a (hazy) ray of sunshine for Sierra Nevada. Overall, I give it a 3.5 / 5 – better than the middle of the road, for sure, but not something Iâ€™d say is a permanent fixture in the fridge. sierranevada.com
Tasting Notes / Impressions
- Def hazy
- Citrus nose
- Decent head
- A sweet citrus up front, almost berry like
- Not overly bitter
Details from Sierra Nevada
- Some beers need a little polishing before entering the world, while othersâ€”the hop-heavy, rowdy crowd-pleasersâ€”should just be left alone. We package Hazy Little Thing in all its raw glory: unfiltered, unprocessed, straight from the tanks and into the can. Itâ€™s a swirling cloud that likes to shake things up, a fruit-forward hop adventure for the daring. Go bold and make tonight a hazy one.
- Malts: Two-row Pale, Munich, Oats, Wheat
- Hops: Citra, Comet, El Dorado, Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe
- Yeast: Ale Yeast
- ABV: 6.7%
- IBUs: 35
- Original Gravity: 16.3Â°
- Finishing Gravity: 3.0Â°