A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: "23660005" stamped on neck of bottle
Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, composed of fine, small bubbles. Retention is average, and over its decline, the head leaves substantial lacing along the sides of the glass in assorted thick lines and shapes. Head falls to a thin cap atop the body. Body is a light orange color, transparent, with light bringing out very nice, bright, orange and yellow hues. Carbonation streams from the bottom of the class, visibly and aggressively.
Aroma is lightly citrus-influenced hops, but mostly funky, not in the sour sense, but in the Brettanomyces-induced wild yeast and bacteria meeting wet grain sense. A bit of banana ester and mixed tropical fruit esters rounds the scents out. Complex, enjoyable, excellent.
Tasting opens with mild Brettanomyces funk on the front of the palate, with some malt sweetness. Mid-palate continues the Brettanomyces-influenced wet, molding grain along with pineapple and a strong background of grapefruit and orange rind-like hop additions. This would be a very good Belgian Strong Ale if not for the substantial hop usage. Back of palate has continued, but increased hop bitterness along with a splash of ethanol that's more intense than I'd like, and some very modest pale malt sweetness. Lingering aftertaste of grapefruit rind, generic hop bitterness, ethanol, and light Brettanomyces molding, composting hay and grain.
Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation that is medium to high. This results in a mouthfeel that is prickly at first, eventually fading to a pleasantly tingling feeling across the palate that melds well with the attendant bitterness and ethanol burn. Ethanol present in nostrils and mild burning on back of throat, perhaps a bit too high, even for an 8.8% beer. Aftertaste is expectedly dry, from the substantial hopping and ethanol presence. There is also some substantial stickiness around the corners of the lips.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2012 09:09:54 | More by falloutsnow
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