A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a good straw, yellow hazy color, has a clear characteristic to it not consistent with a wheat/hefe type beer.
S: Smells like the traditional Lagunitas sugar disposition, citrus, lemon, pine, and all other goodness. My favorite part of the beer for sure. So pungent.
T: Citrus, lemon, orange, accompanying sugar which sets it apart from all else. Has a malty taste at the end which holds it back slightly but the grapefruit, orange variants and sugar mold well together.
M: Hides alcohol well, could kill alot of these in a short period of time. Carbnation could be amped up slightly, but had a medium body. Would guess the 7.5 abv.
O: Easily the best wheat beer I've ever had, even though I would classify it as an IPA before a wheat ale. The sugar balance is perfect, but this beer can definitely change once age is put on it, so drink it fresh. Awesome beer
06-15-2013 10:25:06 | More by hornsup
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
Right from the gitgo, the 1940s pinup gal in the tight tank top and shorts suggests a good time is coming. The stubby brown bottle takes me back in time. And the name of this brew is irresistably fun. So far so great!
Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Unfortunately my new cooler had frozen this one solid (no kidding!) while it was up against the back inside wall. Expecting this might adversely affect the taste.
a: Almost clear golden amber with a two finger fluffy white head which receded to a heavy surface film and dense, even, lingering lacing.
s: Ah sweet grapefruit! Makes your brain project the image of yellow grapefruit sections on a spoon.
t: A citrus-resiny, hoppy delight. So many pale ales today are hopped more than they used to be. This one is as well (64 IBUs is nothing to sneeze at), but it feels balanced and light-tasting.
m: Light to moderate, smooooth! Finishes clean considering the IBUs.
o: A perfect summer refresher. Again my brew for review may have tasted lighter than was intended since it was discovered to have been accidentally frozen, which in my experience tends to make beer more watery-tasting when the ice melts back into the brew. If so, as long as the weather is hot, I'd recommend freezing your LALSSAs, because this is damn good!
I had my first LALSSA a month or so before I started writing reviews on BA. I remember it being excellent. This one did not change my opinion. I'm on a taste-everything-new-you-can-afford-to-pour-down-your-gullet-and-a-few-you-can't summer binge, but when that is done, I'm expecting this one will be on my list of repeat buys for 2014 and beyond. That is if I'm still allowed to drink beer when national health fascism kicks in..
06-15-2013 04:31:52 | More by scotorum
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a myriad of colors from golden to orange even brown to copper. Beautiful coloring but the head was too quickly fleeting to access it's true character.
The scent was luscious fruits like grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, apricots and a touch of Orange. Some malt scent was available but was set deep in the smell.
Described as a Pale Wheat Ale, I'd rival any DIPA with the fruitiness of the hops here. Tons of character as tangerines, grapefruit, peach, apricot, lemon and orange burst onto a backdrop of floral pine. The back bone wheat is lost in a juicy fruit array. This is so well done, so good and tasty, I'd put it against so many of the top dogs.
06-14-2013 12:16:56 | More by KYGunner
District of Columbia
4.51/5 rDev +7.1%
12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage (unknown bottling date but in my fridge for about a month), poured into my FFF Teku tasting glass , drank on 6/13/13 over a half-hour.
A: 4.75 -golden-brown coloration, impressive clarity (can see through but difficult to read through) with little hop haze, 1/2 finger head on pouring quickly dissipates into a subtle glass lacing, minimal alcohol legs on re-swirling --> a beautiful appearing American wheat ale
S: 4.50 - impressive hop (albeit attenuated from my recollection of a fresher bottle) and malt aroma throughout: hop - grapefruit, lemon, organe; malt - oatmeal/wheat, biscuit
T: 4.50 - slight bitterness on the front of the tongue that opens the taste bds; in the middle of the mouth, citrus-forward hop notes predominate with some wheat characteristics more subtle behind; on the back end, there malt character kicks it with some wheat and caramel notes, little residual sweetness consistent with a West Coast IPA --> one of the most impressive tasting American wheat beers out there
M: 4.50 - moderate bodied, >7% is hidden within; decreased carbonation relative to other American wheat beers, but, to my palate, that's acceptable
O: 4.50 - I was initially of the impression that Laguintas was one of the most overrated West Coast breweries but, suffice it to say, my opinion has changed dramatically with several of their recent offerings including this one; this is a really refreshing American wheat ale with lots of the West Coast IPA characteristics; I could put several of these done without feeling full and enjoy every taste; this is also exceptionally reasonably priced for a 6 pack for this caliber
06-13-2013 04:46:11 | More by MNishCT77
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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