Beer IPAs

Big Little Thing IPA Sierra Nevada Brewing Review

Overall Score: 6.1 Big Little Thing IPA misses the mark with lighter flavors in a 9% imperial IPA. However, the tropical notes aren’t overpowering and it has a balanced palate.


  • Price (6 pack): $13
  • Style: Imperial IPA (45 IBU)
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Location: Chico, CA and Mills River, NC

Brewery Insights: Big Little Thing IPA offers a full malt body, limited sweetness, and tropical flavors in an imperial IPA (mango, tangerine, and grapefruit). Sierra Nevada leverages dry hopping combined with huge malts to allow the yeast to metabolize most of the sugar.


Overall Score: 6.1

Big Little Thing IPA has a lighter color for an imperial IPA. The palate is very balanced and borderline boring. There are a few distinct tasting notes, but all of them are light – hops, citrus, and malt. Fortunately, the hops and malt are more noticeable than the fruit flavors to let you know you’re drinking a real IPA. The finish is crisp and refreshing, which makes this a dangerous beer for its drinkability at 9% ABV. The initial sip was the worst, but it grew on me a bit as I continued drinking. However, it lacks the punch you expect.

Degenerate Discussion

Big Little Thing IPA is more little than big in flavors. The best comparison is a guy that buys a big drunk to compensate for their little penis. It’s scary how easy you can drink this 9% imperial IPA. A good party trick would be to pour these for your Degenerate friend and tell them it’s 5-6% (that’s what it tastes like). Once they’re through 5 or 6, you can grab some popcorn and watch the drama ensue. This isn’t a bad beer, but it’s not what you’re looking for when you buy a 9% imperial. Cheers Degenerates!


You can find Big Little Thing IPA on the following Degenerate listings:

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  • North Carolina Reviews
  • Imperial IPA Reviews
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