A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.78/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I'm tickled pink to see yeast treated here essentially as an ingredient -- just as some breweries take one of their existing beers and barrel-age it or add organic fair-trade dark-chocolate-covered coffee beans to it, Lagunitas took its tried-and-true A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale hoppy wheat wort and fermented it with the tried-and-true Westmalle yeast strain.
The result is an educational but also super tasty beverage with a fluffy white head on top of a sparkling deep-gold body. The aroma has what I call the "Lagunitas pop" of malt sweetness, but in this case it also holds a big, citrus hoppiness, plus some banana and coconut and Belgian-y spice notes. I also pick up what I can only describe as "wing sauce," but maybe that's just because I'm hungry.
The flavor has a wave of sugary, sweetbread malt up front, immediately followed by a citrus-y hop kick and some clove and fresh-ground pepper, finishing dry with a lingering bitterness. Tropical fruits, Belgian waffles, white peppercorns and medicinal phenols all make an appearance as well, though it's not really clear where the spicy/fruity hop flavors end and the spicy/fruity yeast flavors begin. In fact, this beer's seamless integration of the complementary and contrasting wheat, malt, hop and yeast flavors is nothing less than exceptional.
Read the full review with photos at http://vittlesandbrews.blogspot.com/2012/11/lagunitas-little-sumpin-wild-ale.html
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2012 01:01:05 | More by Butzen
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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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