A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got a bottle of this at State Line a couple of weeks back. I'm not a Belgian IPA fan, but at Lagunitas' price point, it's hard to pass on.
A beautiful, clear, orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. There's s surprising lack of carbonation. The nose is great! In many ways, it reminds me of the Scratch 29 from Troegs. That's not a coincidence, since both beers use the very expressive Westmalle yeast. Fruity, spicy, citrus and moderately tropical, this has a great Belgian IPA nose. There's not much malt character here, maybe just a little caramel, but that's covered by the fruity sweetness.
The palate is pretty solid. Spicy and phenolic , this is clearly fresh. This gives way to a moderate fruit character, tropical and citrusy. Bitterness is grapefruit-like. The finish recaptures the spice flavor, with sweetened cloves and a drying, almost bay leaf-like herbal character. The yeast is expressed more in spices rather than a pure, yeasty note. Again, the sweetness is low, just a little caramel and not much else. Drying and bitter on the finish with some fruity sweetness, this beer is light in body with moderate carbonation. As it warms up, the alcohol does appear, especially on the palate and its interaction with the spice is interesting. This beer is very well executed, but ultimately, it's not a style I can drink a lot of. However, this beer pretty much nails it because the bitterness is low enough not to be whelming in conjunction with the moderate spice character that's present.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2010 02:18:53 | More by DefenCorps
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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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