Monday, February 12, 2018

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA

Sometimes I wonder and maybe you do as well, if sometimes in the beer world if breweries can sometimes fall to the current trends and let them sometimes drive their cart so to speak. The crowd is all moving in one direction and then the breweries start making the latest possible “fad’ style of beer to draw them back. Doing so may take them away from other styles in which they are better, but I guess it may be the price to also pay when trying to stay relevant in the market.

This has been the case over the last couple or maybe few years depending where you are, and with the birth of the New England Style IPA. This being said, I am not saying that The New England Style IPA is a fad, but it is the hottest thing it seems and now we are seeing more of the larger well known craft breweries setting their sights on this relatively new style.

Hazy Little Thing is one of the newer offerings from Sierra Nevada within the last few months, and is a New England Style IPA that comes in with an alcohol content of 6.7% ABV and 40 IBU. It is also the subject of my latest review here. Mentioned as unfiltered and unprocessed and straight to the can, this ale does seem to be making a splash from all that I’ve seen previously. So obviously the beer had me curious to see how Sierra Nevada did with pulling off this style.

I was pleased off the bat with the appearance and aroma of the beer although the notes were lighter than others that I have had in this style. Flavor was okay and decent enough and it sat well in my palate with a decent amount of juiciness and citrus quality. It did come across to me being more light bodied and it had a nice refreshing quality, but placed against others I have had in this style a difference was definitely there. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though as I think they did a solid enough job with it which is why I scored this one an 80. Not a bad step into the foray of this style, but there is some room to grow as well versus the more well-known others.

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Appearance: 12
Aroma: 12
Flavor: 11
Palate: 11
Overall: 34

Total Score: 80

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