A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
We pour a brew of shining golden-yellow. It holds a one finger beige colored head, which is primarily composed of massive bubbles segregating to one edge. This recedes at a medium pace. It is a transparent brew, and no sediment is noted, but a chill haze exists. Carbonation looks medium, yet active throughout. The aroma is thick, and rich. It bellows notes of Belgian yeast, clovey phenols, cool banana esters, raw orange rind, dark figs, and notes of a red candy apple. It is not a far cry from the scents of a classic tripel. There is a dollop of booze, big malts, and a sticky hop sweetness to round us out. As we sip, soapy and earthy/floral hops hit the palate first. They bitter immediately, but are cut by a bright sweetness and heavy malts. The sweetness is extraordinarily unique. It is not from sugars, honey, or bright fruits, but rather from the union of clean malts and the Belgian yeast. Through the middle we get a lemony citrus, and cleaner hops, with that sweetness ringing high throughout. As we round to the finish we get the first hint of booze in the tasting, which acts to warm the drinker nicely, with a strong hoppiness dragging through to the very end. This, too, is quite unique. It is like licking the pollen and nectar of a hoppy flower that is related to honeysuckle. The final tastes are brightly sweet, yet remain serious and yeasty as well. The aftertaste breathes with soapy hops, clean malts and yeast, and honey sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. It borders on high with a swish around the mouth to assess flavor, as it froths up considerably. This, too, imparts a pleasant sipability and creaminess to each gulp. The mouth is coated, and the tongue is left slightly dried by the bittering hops and big yeast flavors. The abv is well within range and the beer drinks with great ease.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the mystery sweetness. In many aspects this was quite a unique beer, especially for the style. They threw plenty of hops in, and gave it a proper Belgian yeasting, while leaving it nice and strong, and boozy. The very finish of the taste is wonderfully refreshing, with a delicate flowery sweetness that is otherwise hard to replicate in taste.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2011 23:33:03 | More by TheBrewo
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4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A nice dark honey color, slightly cloudy.
Smell: about average, I guess. Maybe a little tiny bit of banana ester?
Taste: round, complete, plenty of hops with a firm malt backbone. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is right with my favorites. The hops recycle nicely allowing me to draw out the pint and linger over the delicious flavors.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 05:46:36 | More by Somebody_Else
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,646 ratings.