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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,343
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 153
Gots: 355 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU

(Beer added by: femALEist on 04-28-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip. This brew is supposedly a Summer release, but it just showed up here recently in my neck of the woods in February. Go figure.

A - Pours a crisp and surprisingly clean vibrant amber with a billowy, bubbly head of off-white suds, with active carbonation flowing up the glass. Head slowly falls to a frothy film that leaves some sticky bits of lacing.

S - Smells fantastic! Fruity hops galore, with pineapple, tangerine, and mango upfront and a base of crisp pine and grapefruit underneath. The Belgian character seems to add a slight sweetness, but not much else detectable in the nose. Mild malt backbone of tasty caramel malt. All around nice and inviting, with some floral and fragrant hops coming through.

T - Not quite as fruity as the nose. Some mild sweetness upfront, caramel malt and wheat, with some flavor from the Westmalle yeast. Finish is assertively hoppy, with floral and herbal notes coming through. Pineapple and other citric sweet flavors are subdued, and the hop profile is more herbal with a touch of pine and bitter grapefruit, and a kick of onion. Phenols show up in the finish, adding a peculiar twang to things. Alcoholic character is clearly detectable on my palate, unfortunately.

M - Medium bodied, with fine carbonation, lending to the smoothness. It feels a bit warm and oily for my liking though, with an almost milky film left behind. Bittering and a little alcoholic.

D - I don't know if Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' actually plays any role here other than namesake; but I suppose I should admit I've never tried that brew as it isn't distributed in my parts. This strikes as a brew where the bitterness outweighs the actual flavor, which I'm never much a fan of. Still, this was definitely worth a try, and had a somewhat unique profile to my palate. Would have maybe liked more Belgian character, but what can ya do.

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Pale light orange, good head.

Strong grapefruit and caramel, also clove and yeast.

Caramel, grapefruit, clove, malt, grass, black pepper, coriander, metallic aftertaste. Dank and rich.

Dense mouthfeel.

A lot going on here, but sort of a mess. I didn't think Belgian IPA meant pouring Hop Stoopid into a Westmalle Tripel, but that's what this feels like. Some nice flavors, but at times it seems like they just collide rather than compliment.

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A: Pours a clear very dark golden yellow in color with some light orange highlights and just a touch of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white to light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of medium sized thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops, a little orange rind/citrus and a touch of fruitiness from the yeast - all this is over the top of light aromas of pale malts.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale malts with a touch of fruity yeast (apple, pear, and citrus/orange rind). Next there is a moderate flavor of grapefruit/citrus hops with moderate amounts of peppery spices. There is a light amount of bitterness and alcohol in the finish which linger for a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink with the alcohol being mostly well hidden and a very pleasant mouthfeel. Glad I grabbed this one and yet another impressive beer from this brewery.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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