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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,354 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5354
Reviews: 1294
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%


Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009)
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pristine honey golden color with a thick, creamy white head from the wheat. The head loses a little bit of its luster, but retains nicely at about a 1/4" with an absolute barrage of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface to maintain it. The combination of the beautiful hue, thick lacing, and massive amounts of synchronized bubbles floating has this beer constantly catching my attention.

S: Sweet grains and some wheat. Hints of organic honey. A burst of citrus hop aroma comes through in the finish. Complex and aromatic.

T: Lots of floral hops with some big citrus flavors—grapefruit, orange peel, SLIGHT hints of lemon. There's a nice malt backbone underneath, but it's light and bready and slightly sweet, much like a wheat beer (go figure). The malt doesn't really lead the way, however, as it slowly fades from existence in the finish. You're left with a last huzzah of grapefruity citrus and light notes of grassy/flowery bitterness. This is one stupidly complex ale. And I mean that with all respect.

M: A nice body that sits comfortably in the medium category. Lots of silky smoothness, a light touch of creaminess. Damn near perfect carbonation. Would have scored higher, but I feel like this coats the mouth a little TOO much in the finish. This is by no means a hinderance, but I would have prefered a little bit of a drier/stickier finish.

O: The entire staff over at Lagunitas needs to pat themselves on the back for this one. Not only have they devised a geniusly complex and interesting beer, they've also devised some effin' delicious flavors. Hops, wheat, honey, light malts all wrapped up in a devilishly drinkable package. This one'll be finding its way back into my fridge in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 04:06:45 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw color. Only a slight haziness. Bountiful head with good retention and lacing. Massive C hop aroma, all over the citrus spectrum. Some gentle notes of ripe peach and apricot, too. Spicy and grassy on the tail end.

As this is quite heavily hopped, the perceived bitterness is up there in IPA territory. The flavor profile is all IPA. Loads of bitter citrus rind. Grassy and dank. Very light malt backbone, though you can detect the wheat as it just tastes a bit different than, say, an all pilsner malt IPA.

This is an IPA with wheat for all intents and purposes, and a big one at that - big aroma, big flavor. I consider it an excellent and somewhat unique beer among the year-round IPA selection.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:43:36 | More by gr0g
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BeerEngineer

California

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

General: This is a standard in my house but I figured that I would finally review it. I enjoyed this one out of my New Belgium tulip glass. No born on date on this bottle but it's pretty fresh, it's only been in the house for a couple of days.

Appearance: Pours a light gold to normal gold color and is crystal clear. Very bright color to this. There is a great white head that is big and fluffy that diminishes pretty quickly. There is a little bit of lacing, not a lot but what there is looks really good.

Aroma: this is a very balanced aroma with a nice bit of hops with a good malt backbone. There is a little touch of orange that comes through this. I really like the aroma of this, it's really nice!

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate to moderately high and has a coating effect with each sip. The body of this is medium, and is fitting to style.

Taste: Again just like the aroma this is very balanced. There is a nice hop note but it is backed up perfectly by the malt. There are a lot of small flavors in this that come out slowly over time like orange and maybe some light citrus. it's a great beer.

Overall: This is a good beer, plan and simple. It is a standard in my fridge but until tonight I never thought to write a review.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:44:34 | More by BeerEngineer
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' has a clear yellow body with a moderate sized dense white head. Head has good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Aroma has a ton of bright citrus, most noticeably pineapple - the biggest pineapple aroma I have ever experienced. Also has mango and tangerine along with fluffy light white bread.

Taste starts with a bit of bread, then an explosion of pineapple, followed by a bunch of mango. Has a mango, pineapple, and tangerine finish, crisp citrusy and light bread aftertaste. Has an above average heaviness with a bit of creaminess, above average carbonation compliments beer nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 19:57:41 | More by JG-90
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright gold with a soft white head that stays, leaving lacing.

Smell's like lemons, orange, and pineapple, with a yeasty and graininess to it.

Taste is refined, with a deep wheaty aspect, along with Citrus and pine. Also there's some fruity quality like peach and pineapple. Very tasty brew that I love to go back to time again.

Feel is lightly carbonated, with a nice pallet presence that keeps all the flavors well melded.

This is one of my favorites from Lagunitas and I will always seek this out fresh when I can.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 04:34:44 | More by BastardKing24
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow brown. Good lookin' beer!

S: Brown sugar, hops, citrus.

T: This is superb! Dry hops, brown sugar, raisins, citrus, nuts, and malt. Sort of like a really hoppy barley wine, but not quite as heavy.

M: Medium with a velvety texture. Awesome mouth feel on this one.

O: This is an excellent beer. Very well-balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:08:27 | More by titty_mcbitty
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Loco_Joe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Slightly hazed golden brew with more head than Marilyn Chambers ever gave. The aroma and taste are full of so much citrus and tropical fruit it's enough to make Carmen Miranda's head jealous. Goes down smoother than a baby's ass. Highly drinkable and a few of these makes most any woman highly bangable.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 23:01:50 | More by Loco_Joe
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hillvt4me

Vermont

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-yellow hue with a thin white head and some lacing.

S: Mild tangerine, pineapple and some pine on the nose.

T: Malt, wheat, citrus and general tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied and carbonated.

O: Solid flavor profile, balance is good, though I would like just a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:59:48 | More by hillvt4me
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/21/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus hops and light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:02:04 | More by superspak
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patpbr

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Somewhere on the spectrum of gold and orange.
S - Citrus and floral and a bit of malt.
T - I first noticed hops, some pleasant fruit flavors pineapple, grapefruit, citrus a little orange its a bit sweet and has some noticeable wheat character.
M - Medium body with a slight dry and very easy to drink finish.
O - Has great flavor I will be drinking many more.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:30:14 | More by patpbr
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Emnmarko

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Light golden and clear with moderate carbonation and a white one finger head. Light wispy lacing clings to the glass.

S- Strong malts with sourdough bread. Dank and pine hop aroma is abundant.

T- Sour malts and dank hops come on strong, then dissipate gradually to leave a nice spicy feel.

M- Seems to start flat but redeems itself nicely. Medium bodied .

O- This brews best attribute is the look, and it is sexy. But I think this one goes like this... Its not you, its me... We should see other people... Although I can appreciate the the time put into this ale, it just isn't my cup of tea. I remember this one differently though and I need one more go at it to decide.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:15:31 | More by Emnmarko
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alphagnome

Iowa

3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Clear, deep gold body that is crowned by a thin, white head. Minimal lacing but decent carbonation.

Aroma:
Very interesting... I find myself struggling to describe it. Sweet fruit notes such as pineapple, mango, kiwi, and other various citrus notes. Citra hops are apparent. Thin wheat notes. And.... burnt rubber?

Taste:
Much, much sweeter than the sweet nose led me to believe it would be. What little bitterness can be found here resides right up front and a bit on the tail end, both vanish quickly. The majority of flavor here is composed of tropical fruits. Light pine and honey notes can be found. No alcohol is detectable.

Mourhfeel:
Light, clean, zesty, and refreshing. Light carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall:
A unique take on the style but too light on hop character. Definitely worth grabbing but far from a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 21:36:02 | More by alphagnome
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JBraz

Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange and clear with moderate carbonation rising to a minimal foam like head. No fresh by date on bottle.

S: Pale malt is the first thing to hit the nose. Then hops and fruit, like pineapple and banana. Very inviting. Reminds me of tropicana tropical fruit juice.

T: Alcohol followed by a rush of fruity hops, very similar profile to Lagunitas Sucks, but with a wheat like backbone.

M: Clean tasting beer, balance is all there. After several sips I can feel the malt sticking around on my palate.

O: Lah-goo-KNEE-tuss does it again. A wonderful offering from a brewery that can do no wrong...so far. Just moved to California and can't wait to head down to Petaluma to check out the brewery. *Good game pat* to the boys at Lagunitas (no homo).

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:19:26 | More by JBraz
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CraigS119

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at my local Party Liquors (Tampa, FL). $10.49 for the 6-pack.
A- Pour is surprisingly light and yellowy. Looks like a light beer, not a bad thing, just surprising. Creamy white head pleasantly pillows the top.
A- It's got a fruity smell I can't quite place… ah, I got it: pomelo! It's fruit tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit. Also has notes of barely.
F- Fruity upfront, bitter, piney, malty finish. Not as light and crisp as I would've liked.
M- About average carbonation (for an APA).
O- Tastes like a under-carbonated IPA. Definitely a great (albeit, strong) APA for the ABV, but I'm definitely in favor of the more traditional IPAs (like Bell's Two Hearted) in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. This beer honestly gave me a half-chub on the smell, making me expect a hoppy/citrusy IPA, but then it fell flat when it came to taste. I can definitely see how some people like this beer, but it just ain't for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:52:15 | More by CraigS119
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lochef81

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale pours a beautiful gold color with a thick lasting white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite hoppy for a wheat ale. There is a little spice and some floral notes present as well. The flavor follows suit. Very fresh, citrusy and a bit spicy. The wheat flavor is subtle and the whole beer comes together very nicely. This is definitely another winner from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 20:53:58 | More by lochef81
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance
Slightly hazy dark golden color with a medium frothy white head. Good lacing.
Smell
The first thing that hits me is that it smells bitter, citrusy notes come afterward, tropical fruit, wheat, slight hint of malt.
Taste
The taste is unique, it’s bitter and has a tart sticky sweetness. Medium heavy mouthfeel. and a but of alcohol.
Overall
I like this beer and recommend it. It’s the first Lagunitas beer I ever had and it started my love affair with them.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 17:58:52 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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Chiefy770

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Nov 26th, 2013.

Appearance: Pale golden body capped off by a white fluffy head. The head really exploded on this one. A few bubbles seen circulating throughout the glass. Great sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: The first whiff basically contains the basic APWA characteristics... yeast, grains, and fruity hops. Pronounced notes of grapefruit and floral aromas really hit the nose on the next few sniffs.

Taste: Hops up front. Sweet citrus and floral notes. The malts try to even this one out, but they are overpowered from the hops. A rather sweet finish on this one, grapefruit with sweetener comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, about average for the style. Light-Medium body. Very smooth, goes down easily.

Overall: A hoppy take on a rather predictable style. Though I missed the malts, this is certainly a tasty beer. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:10:28 | More by Chiefy770
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theteleman

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from Sprouts in Poway CA. Hay type yellow in color. NIce white head. Smell…wow. Really nice. Grapefruit…citrus, hops. Taste- Holy smokes how is this 7.5ABV? Really light with a very nice hop/bitter bite to it.Cirtus/fruits are prevalent and a nice bitter after taste. One of my personal favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 04:05:56 | More by theteleman
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BarwoodBonanza

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dense, rocky, egg shell foam. Pale, crystal-clear gold color. Clings to the glass in thick sheets.

A dry grapefruit nose comes through. Fairly pungent but with an underpinning of sweetness like a freshly peeled orange. A wonderful floral perfume note. Generally clean, bright citrus aromas. Halfway though—as the beer warms—picking up a slightly resinous, dank, somewhat earthy, herbal note like the smell of fresh hops.

The bitterness is very brief, giving way to mostly bright grapefruit and almost blood-orangey flavors. Surprisingly strong malt backbone leaves biscuity notes and a tantalizingly subtle caramel note at the end which sort of makes me want more citrus. Keeps me coming back. Picking up traces of bread every so slightly mingling with hints of yeast. Bitterness finishes fairly quickly. Dry, refreshing and lingering mostly with a faint orange peel flavor and a little bit of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is mostly sticky, leaving a resin and citrus peel note lingering. Fairly well-carbonated and spritzy character but soft around the edges. Has nice medium body and fairly well-attenuated. Mild alcoholic warmth.

I could drink a lot of these. Lots of flavor going on and it's all exceptionally balanced. And given the relative intensity of this beers it's remarkably drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 12:05:06 | More by BarwoodBonanza
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BierJager89

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a white head.

S: Mango, pineapple and pine in the nose.

T: Very drinkable, nice blend of wheat, malt, mango, pineapple and general tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied, fairly smooth.

O: Definitely worth a try. Fruit is definitely one of the things I look for in wheat pale ales, and this delivers. My favorite Lagunitas beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:50:04 | More by BierJager89
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Hops4Pops

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Date Reviewed: 1-19-14
Brewer: The Lagunitas Brewing Company
Product: A Little Sumpin' Ale
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 7.5%
IBUs: 64.20
Glassware: North Coast Brewing Tulip
Service Type: 12 oz bottle

A: Vigorous pour. Three fingers of eggshell-white head. Carbonation is high and true to style. Bubble size is from foam to 1/8th inch and is very consistent in the range of 1/16th inch. Head retention is excellent. Lacing is stocky and covering 90% of the glass as the head recedes. Color is Deep Gold (6 SRM) and beer is very slightly hazy. The lacing is extraordinary.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, a bit of pine, wheat malt, some more hops. As it warms the nose gets a bit stronger but not much.

T: Lemon, grapefruit, pale wheat malt, sugar, hops. Crisp and refreshing with a slightly sweet finish. Goes bitter and disappears. No hint of alcohol in taste. Aftertaste is both sweet and sour and somewhat astringent.

M: Light-Medium bodied. Starts smooth and creamy. Goes to tingly which crecendos and fades to a slight warmth and a crisp dry finish. The slight sour of the citrus in the aftertaste makes my mouth water for more. :)

O: An extremely well-constructed beer. Very drinkable. And excellent introduction beer to craft beer curious. Appearance is beautiful. Nose is very light when cold so nose it but do not expect much until it warms. The nose does not grow as big as the taste as it warms. Mouthfeel is awesome. This beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 05:38:40 | More by Hops4Pops
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DustinKoo

California

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: foamy white head and golden orange body.

S: citrus, grapefruit and slight pine.

T: a sweet juicy grapefruit. well balanced flavor with a citrus.

M: medium light. a bit smoother than a typical pale ale.

O: excellent beer. I love this. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 07:30:06 | More by DustinKoo
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden yellow color. White head doesn't have a lot of retention, dissipating fairly quickly and leaving some scattered lace and settling to a chunky film.
Smell is very hop forward. Not surprising from a CA beer. Citrus and piney hops are the primary players here, kicking all the other actors off stage except the malt and that barely makes a supporting presence. Balance? What balance?
Taste is very hoppy, still with the citrus and pine blend leading and a very minor role for the malt. A bit of alcohol creeps into the aftertaste. No real balance here, either.
A medium-full body and a solid effervescence work well together. There is a strong grapefruit aftertaste, a dry finish and a reasonably warming aspect. A good beer but not right for the style, too many things missing. I wish there was more to it than just hops, hops & hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:09:22 | More by PorterLambic
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' – Wheat Pale Ale (7.5%) - Lagunitas Brewing Co. (California)
☆☆☆☆

App: Beautiful citrine yellow color with a big, two finger head that retains very well. Big, sticky lacing way up the glass.

Smell: Big citrus hops nose up front. Lemon, with some bitter and spicy pine in the background. Sweet maltiness combining well with hints of fresh orange blossom.

Taste: Piney and floral simultaneously, this brew has a lot of hops flavors harmonizing to special character thats different than anything else I've had. Really interesting and complex, but a little hard to pin down in words. Hints of lemongrass, bitter lemon. Herbal and pungent, the alcohol is masked very well as I don't detect any of the 7.5% kick.

Mouth: Mouthfeel is light and pleasantly astringent. Carbonation is medium to light and fits this potent brew well.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/5/14

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 21:14:56 | More by ZoomanCru
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Owl-Head

Maine

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serve it from a snifter glass, you won't regret it! Embodies a full mouth feel I haven't seen in a lot of IPAs yet. Out of a bottle it will be a little less rewarding taste wise as most of it's quality seems to com from from the aroma, so make sure to stimulate those hops! Mouthfeel on this beer is exactly what I was looking for in an IPA; full mouth feel, great aftertaste, and the head lasts for at least half the beer

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 07:05:11 | More by Owl-Head
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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