A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A steady pour from a bottle into a tulip produced one of the most gorgeous heads I've seen. 4 finger, bony off-white head with super tight bubbles that look like they could support the weight of a quarter. The head stuck around for almost 5 minutes leaving a lot of pretty lacing. The beer itself if a pale, pretty clear gold with a touch of haze.
Interesting complexities in the nose. You are hit with spicy, floral and summery hops and simultaneously with the savory spiciness of whatever yeast strain they're throwing in. Definitely hints of Belgian dubbels are Saisons, but with the supporting role of Lagunitas hops.
Wow. First there is a huge burst of fruit coming from the yeast, wheat and hops. Big citrus and summer fruits come through with huge clean, over-ripe grapefruit, pine, grassiness of the hops. The Yeast adds a lot of banana and berry-like flavors. What distinguishes this brew is the strong presence of melon, the result of the combination of summer-fruit like qualities. The Belgian spices and sweet esters are such an interesting pairing, offering other complexities such as anise, coriander, sage, cinnamon and telltale clove. The alcohol is almost imperceptible, showing up only in the tingling sensation in your belly.
Strong bitterness but so amazingly satisfying. Chewy, oily, astringent and maltiness all combine for an extremely full mouthfeel and a tangy dry finish, but the drinkability remains to be fairly high. I could see this beer sneaking up on people; it really doesn't drink like anything over 7%.
Another home-run from Lagunitas. I really can't say enough good things about this beer. I can definitely see this becoming a beer that I get something different out of every time. I am a huge fan of Little Sumpin Sumpin, but this stuff is like LSS with a boob job.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2012 01:54:09 | More by dmatsui
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