A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle into a snifter.
For something wild, I guess I expected some cloudiness, but the tangerine and gold colored body is so transparent I'm looking through it at the screen as I write this review. If I successfully spell every word right, you'll know it's lacking some of the cloudiness/haze I typically associate with a Belgian SPA. The head is no winner either, leaving just minimum soapy lace. If Duvel is the Megan Fox of beers, this is Ugly Betty.
But A Little Sumpin' Wild does begin to deliver the goods in the smell! A ton of citrus hops give impressions of peaches, orange, and pink grapefruit while a subtle Belgian yeast strain imparts some esters with bubblegum, traditional corriander and orange peel notes. A touch of earthy spice from the yeast leaves me thinking, what's so wild about this? It's simply a Belgian IPA! I love the expressiveness and the slight touch of sweet malt underneath knows to hide out and let the hops and yeast shine.
The taste pretty much follows what the nose set up, pulling the flavor between IPA and Belgian pale. The flavors of apricot, pineapple, mango, and orange are present and very juicy. The Westmalle yeast adds some depth, mostly a dry chalkiness and mild esters and spices. The malt is invisible except for some perceived sugary sweetness. A bit of alcohol is noted in the finish, but enough fruity flavor lingers on to make it not a major issue. The beer is pretty pleasant and very flavorful. A beer of substance, it's like Ugly Betty took her glasses off and let down her hair.
Mouthfeel is a touch sticky, as the carbonation and dry finish can't help the medium body from leaving some oily coating behind. The citrus hops don't fade as the slightly chalky yeast slams on the brakes, and the finish is slightly bitter. This is a good beer and very pleasant in just about every aspect. What did we learn today, besides that I can type a review of a beer through a glass filled with said brew? I guess Ugly Betty really shines once you can get past the frumpy appearance.
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2010 18:11:09 | More by jampics2
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