Sakitumi | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Raging Bull'uva Double-ish IPA is punched with Sake Yeast and Rice, then hopped-up for a cold-clip of counter-balanced bitterness... it just don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

Added by Zorro on 08-27-2017

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by Justdoit1234:
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4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has faint hues of amber and a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a thick collar around the edge, and some specks of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sake yeast are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of sake yeast along with notes of orange citrus and hints of pine resin. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is deceptively drinkable for an Imperial IPA clocking in at 9% abv given its lighter body (due to the use of rice adjuncts) and well-hidden alcohol—the only thing that's heavy about this beer is lifting up the 32 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of shreead
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BCborn
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrKarl
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skabiski
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company "Sakitumi"
32 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "219 7 2 2207 2147"
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I love that this is a 32 ouncer but geez, I didn't realize it cost $10. I hope it's good. Ahh, thinking about it that's actually not that bad. That's almost 3 12-ouncers so it's only $3.33 each, and if I got it on draft I'd probably pay about $8 for a 10 ounce serving so I take it all back. Anyway, it's poured a clear golden body beneath a full head of frothy bright white but that's already dropped in size. It's still about an eight of an inch thick and solidly covering the surface so that's good, and there's nice lacing where the head once was as well. The aroma is hoppy, mainly citrusy, with orange and grapefruit. I wasn't expecting that, I was expecting more of a rice beer, something with some earthy and woody tones to it from the yeast but without any hops. OK, on to the flavor... yowza! That's awesome. The citrus remains with lots of orange. It's sweetish, but not too sweet... standard pale ale type bitterness of around 40 IBUs but with some sugary malt to it. With the orange it's like juice, but not like a "juicy" pale ale or IPA, no this is different. So now I'm wondering where the sake yeast and rice come into play. Perhaps the rice is giving it that sweetness, or more aptly, what am I thinking?... how do I explain this... there's a lot of malt there but it's not too "malty" or grainy because of the rice which is lighter in flavor... which then explains the sweetness but that it's also balanced because it doesn't linger in the finish. As for the yeast, there is a flavor that I get in the finish that's unusual and that could be it, or that could be coming from the yeast. Unfortunately I'm not finding a way to describe it. Perhaps it's cedar-like, which IS what I was expecting, just not all of the citrusy hops, which, by the way, are very one-sided. I wonder what they are. Perhaps Mandarina Bavaria. It's a little grassy in the finish as well but I'm not sure that's from the hops, and it's somewhat spicy as well. Is that the yeast? As it warms it's becoming sweeter but somehow it does dry in the finish. Interesting. Being in the 32 oz. bottle it makes me think of it in a way as a new kind of malt liquor! I'd buy it, and it is strong right? What's the ABV? 9.0%, geez I didn't expect that either, but it works. Looking back I've still got a thin but solid surface covering of foam and the lacing is quite good - great appearance. It's medium in body and gently crisp with a fine bubbled standard carbonation. I have to give it up for them again, another great beer from Lagunitas. It's unusual, it's got their signature hop-print, and it's balanced. Also a great maltiness, even in this case where it's partially rice. How to review it though because it doesn't really fit into any known category... ? I'll just have to go hedonistically and based on technical merit. Extra points for uniqueness though. Really nicely done. I hope they bring this beer back.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-pale dark yellow to orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Not much lace, somewhat messy.
The aroma had a sweet rice to lager yeastiness up front and then gently melding with some grassy to sweet grapefruit-like hops. Stiff caramel/bready malt came in underneath with a little dirtiness to it.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the yeasty to rice-like quality. Aftertaste of the rice, lager character and grapefruit hops.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair non-distracting sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate. Slight tickle of some graininess along my tongue. Sweet rice-like finish.
Overall, extremely odd DIPA, Did I like it? Seems like something to get used to.

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Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About the lightest colored DIPA I am seen. Much of that is due to the rice I assume. But two fingers of head forms and a lot of lacing is left down the glass. Smells like every Lagunitas beer. Heavy pine and citrus aromas but there is something subtle hiding behind the hops. Almost grassy and floral. Is that sake yeast esters? Not much flavor from the malt. It starts dry with an abundance of hop citrus and pine. A bit of sweetness develops in the finish. I am picking up some grassy and floral notes as well. A light bodied beer for 9% ABV beer. Another affect of the rice. Nice carbonation. Easy to drink as it is lighter and bitterness is not punishing.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very fine light copper color, with a decent amount of carbonation, a slight head but plenty of lacing.

Aroma is a mild pleasant sake and rice scent.

Surprisingly fairly dry and light, yet very crispy.

Very light and smooth with a very complex character.

A very well balanced, very refined and very well done beer.

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Photo of mscudder
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright hops mostly.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a light malt base with rice. Hops lead off with tropical and citrus notes consisting of mango, papaya, and grapefruit. Malts add in with some cracker and white bread. Rice adds next along with some dryness. Earthy and floral hops come towards the end before a boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an interesting DIPA. The rice lightens up the beer and makes it certainly worth trying.

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Photo of buzzy
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing, really nice, creamy head. Aroma of pale malt, citrus hops, lemon, pineapple and guava and a hint of pine. Flavor is slightly sweet, lightly biscuit malt, citrus and piney hops, lemon, pineapple, light stone fruit. A resinous, almost aldehyde, hop bitterness develops into a rather hoppy, lightly sweet and fruity finish. Medium bodied with good creaminess. An interesting take on a big IPA. The hops, rice and sake yeast meld well into an interesting mixed fruit flavor that has the light sweetness of rice adjunt and unfamiliar, but recognizable flavor of sake. I was not expecting this to work, but this is very well done and the result is quite nice. The closest comparison I could make is to one of the rare white wine barrelled IPAs I've had in the past, although its yeast legacy is clear. The light sweetness helps the other fruit flavors to make the ABV dangerously well covered. It was kind of evil to package this in a 32 oz. bottle, because it is very easy drinking. I liked this a lot and would consider it again in the future in a more reasonable format. One of the handful of breweries I can trust for a great ale nearly every time, no matter how odd.

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Photo of JamesMC70
2.62/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: clear straw yellow with a big ass fluffy off white head and messy lacing.
smell: floral and fruity. Something else which must be sake yeast (I'm not familiar).
taste: Like the nose, but subtler. Easy drinking, and interesting. Lagunitas delivers as usual.

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Photo of anthony-s
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow gold with a good sized white head. Smells of sweet malt, lots of hops, minor citrus notes, and some woodiness. Tastes of bitter and high quality hops, slightly sweet malt, orange zest, and again some woody notes. The sweetness also seems to amp up as the beer warms (to a very pleasant level). Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall this is a very delicious IPA from Lagunitas. Not exactly picking up on what the rice and sake yeast did (maybe added some sweetness??), however, it's very much worth a try.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Sakitumi from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 130 ratings