A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a Luettich-balloon glass (Bruery tulip—can’t go wrong with this bastard). Bottling date of January 30 (“03030220”) printed on the neck of the bottle in black ink, so a little over three weeks old at the time of review.
Appearance (4.0): Nice pour, 24k golden body with a slight chill haze, bone-white head of fine and fat bubbles mixed together, starting at two fingers and settling to a thick film on top. Some lacing. Nice, fine streams of little bubbles racing to the top. Could always use more lace and a more substantial head in my book, but this is a good looking beer.
Smell (4.0): Well, if Lagunitas does one thing right, it’s West Coast hop profiles. Sweet citrus—mango, pineapple, passion fruit—with some pine resin chasing the back end quickly. Very nice. Some lightly sweet, blonde grain character—a little sugary, not bad.
Taste (4.0): A great, great balance is struck here between a well-toasted, pale, grainy malts, and a very nice, piney hop profile that pops with a long-lasting, resiny bitterness. Some bitter citrus pith is the constant factor here in the flavor profile, right from the start and lasting throughout. Enjoying the subtle wheat notes in here, too—tart and slightly fruity. Almost lost underneath all those hops, but again, this is balanced, and balanced well. There’s a chalkiness in the finish that detracts a little, but not significantly.
Mouthfeel (4.0): No complaints here. Medium-bodied with a very dry finish, it’s got the type of carbonation that crests like in a wave, starting small and then foaming near the middle and dying out toward the end. You wouldn’t notice it if it wasn’t such nice, fine but active carb.
Overall (4.0): This is a very good beer. Glad to know this is year-round. It’s pleasant when the hops have died off, but I definitely like this beer fresh-fresh-fresh. Easy drinking and approachable, but not sacrificing character in any way. I like it when there’s some wheat character that’s allowed to shine through in a beer, too—too often the wheat in a beer gets washed out by spices or super-estery yeast notes, so I like it when it’s given its due with a solid ale yeast. Not that I’d consider this a particular wheaty brew—it’s more of a sidenote. But I enjoy it. Well done, Lagunitas. Keep up the good work. And yes, I’m still waiting for a bretty Hop Stoopid.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2012 18:44:34 | More by fmccormi
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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