Wild Little Thing

Review Date 5/20/2020   By John Staradumsky

“Wild Thing! Dah dum, dum, dum! You make my heart sing! Dah dum, dum, dum!” That’s what went through my head when I saw a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Wild Little Thing in the beer cooler at Publix. It was the last one, too, so I figured, hey, why not pick one up? I really enjoyed Sierra Nevada’s Hazy Little Thing, after all, and they are in the same family.

Sierra Nevada says:

This slightly sour Wild Little Thing has just the right smack of tartness for serious refreshment, while guava, hibiscus and strawberry lend fruity-sweet depth and a bright pop of color.

Sierra Nevada Wild Little Thing is kettle soured with a lactobacillus culture; they say they blend a 10% ratio of kettle soured wort in with 90% “normal” wort. The finished beer has an alcohol content of 5.5% by volume wit 7 IBUs. I paud $1.49 for my six=pack at Publix but you can get it here at Total Wine for $9.99. My cans are stamped PKGD 040120.

Sierra Nevada Wild Little Thing pours to a brilliant pink color with a thick very rocky head of foam and a fruity berry nose. Taking a sip, the beer is light in body with gently sour notes and fruity guava and strawberry notes. The flowery hibiscus comes through ever so gently, but the fruit is the main attraction here, and the strawberry imparts a green tart note to the beer, like almost ripe fruit. The finish is balanced.

I found this one a little soda poppy to be honest, and I was a little disappointed at the lack of depth. For a sour beer, I wanted more tartness and sourness. In all fairness, they do call this a “slightly sour ale.” Would I buy it again? I’m on the fence for now, but I will say yes. I will know better after a few more cans; I’ll get back to you later with my final answer.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.