Sierra Nevada has four beers in its “Little Thing” series, and recently the brewery refreshed the packaging for all of them, bundling them together in a mixed 12-pack called the Little Things Party Pack. We reviewed a couple of these beers last year, but this is our first look at the quartet together. Let’s try them all.
Sierra Nevada Sunny Little Thing – This citrus wheat ale (made with orange and grapefruit) is sharp with orange and tangerine peel notes, its grapefruit element coming as rather juicy, and a little sweet. The finish is quite citrusy, almost soda-like at times. Pretty and thirst-quenching, though short on complexity — and a little watery — it’s a simple summer beer that pairs well with a catfish fry or a beefy BBQ run. 5% abv. B
Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing – (One of) Sierra’s hazy IPAs, I’m liking this more today than I have in the past, its toasty, hoppy elements pairing more clearly with its more expressive fruitiness. Clean and malty, with mild notes of orange peel, coriander, and a touch of lemon, it’s pretty and balanced and well-suited for your average happy hour. 6.7% abv. A-
Sierra Nevada Big Little Thing IPA – The hefty (double-ish) IPA in the collection, it’s hard not to gravitate to this approachable monster, which has a bold apple-cinnamon edge to temper what could otherwise have become an over-hopped bomb. Instead, it drinks like boozy custard, with a chewy, almost butterscotch quality to the sweet, silky finish. That said, there’s not a lot of complexity here: The beer is, indeed, both big and little at the same time. 9% abv. B+
Sierra Nevada Wild Little Thing – No real changes of opinion on this one. Sour strawberry and a dusting of tropical guava clash more than I’d like, the finish coming across as vinegary, pungent, and sometimes off-putting. Very sour but otherwise unmemorable. 5.5% abv. C
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