A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.71/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a small tulip glass at 45 degrees.
8.8% abv & 72.5 I.B.U.’s, 650mL bottle without a freshness date.
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden/yellow color, very minimal carbonation with a syrupy body and some alcohol legs that stick around. The lack of carbonation makes it a bit unappealing.
Aroma: Loads of sweet fruit like grapefruit, orange, peach, mango and banana. Bready and caramel malts, prominent smelling Belgian yeast all around, wheat, clove, and of course the pungent, resinous, and piney west coast hops.
Taste: In the beginning I get a very sweet, ripe, tropical fruits along with lemon, peach and apple. Getting flavors like banana, clove and wheat that you would get from a Hefeweizen. Also getting the big resinous floral and sweet, pungent west coast hops characteristics that you would find in an American IPA. Belgian yeast, bready malts, caramel, and sweet honey are also detected here. The Belgian yeast and the bready malt characters come straight from and remind me of a Belgian-style Tripel. Nice complexity and some nice qualities to this beer but this just got a little too sweet and cloying after a while for me.
Mouth Feel: The carbonation is minimal but does somewhat stick around to the end. Has a medium body but is syrupy and the flavors stick around long after each sip. Slight alcohol when it starts to warm up.
Overall: I didn’t have much of a problem going through the entire bottle, and I did sip on this for an hour or two. The only nit-pic I have is that it was little too sweet and the carbonation was a bit too minimal. I have to state that I did enjoy this beer for what it was and all the interesting characteristics together and I enjoyed comparing the differences between this and the regular Sumpin’ Ale. Overall, a good Belgian IPA that I would personally have to classify as a double IPA/Tripel/German Hefeweizen. I would recommend this to anybody who really enjoys the year-round available “A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2012 00:40:05 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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