A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber in color with a one finger white head that has great retention.

Smell has some great hop aromas, spicey earthy hops with a subtle pine scent. A somewhat sweet grainy backbone is overlayed with an interesting wild yeast tang.

Taste is great. Lots of hop bitterness overlays a deep grainy malt body. Wild yeast adds another dimension to the flavor with a slightly sulfuric acidity that plays surprisingly well with the big hop presence.

Mouthfeel is great lots of sticky hop resins persist through the entirety of the mouthfeel and are complimented by the sulfuric acidity.

Overall this is an awesome take on an ipa. I like this more then the original.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); bottling date of July 9, 2013 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle in a Julian variant (“190 3 6225 1207”). So, just under four weeks (27 days) at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Nearly three fingers of dense, thick, cream-colored foam rise off of the pour quickly and easily, forming a beautiful, cratery head as it dies down, leaving solid webs of chunky foam that looks like cappuccino froth all around the sides of the glass. Really excellent head and lacing. And then, the body: a rich, deep yellow-golden body with honey tones and just a slight chill haze make up the beer beneath the head.

Smell (4.0): A great, solid hoppiness is clearly the biggest note to start here, mixing equal parts of dank resin, pine needles, and tart grapefruit zest. Almost as strong is a solid, Belgian-style yeasty bubblegum kind of fruity sweetness mixed with well-toasted caramel and bready malts. The sweetness thankfully blurs the line between malty caramel tones and rich, yeasty fruitiness. That said, citrus pith-y hop notes dominate in the end.

Taste (4.0): This, in so many ways, follows the nose: a very solid bitterness composed of piney resin and grapefruit oils leads the way, before quickly being taken over by a rich (not heavy, but rich) mixture of caramel sweetness, toasted shortbread, bubblegum fruitiness, banana Runts, and some solid clove spiciness. But the hop oils come right back and wash out that richness with the same kind of hop flavor noted above. No booze—I repeat, NO BOOZE. Maybe a tiiiny bit—but considering it’s 8.8% ABV, it’s absurdly well-masked. The finish is cleanly bitter and hangs out for a while, but so do the fruity and quietly spicy yeast characters, as well.

Mouthfeel (4.25): The carbonation is surprisingly subdued—for a “Belgian” style of beer, that is. It offers a soft, smooth carbonation that expands easily with just a moderate tingle (but nothing sharp) around the mouth. The body is medium-weight, smooth and not syrupy but still somewhat viscous. And still, the hop oils (and hidden booze) help dry this beer out quite a bit in the finish. Quite good.

Overall (4.0): As I’ve noted in other Belgian IPA reviews, I have a theory that there are a handful of different formulas that brewers use to create beers that are then classified as “Belgian IPAs”—the hopped-up BSPA/Tripel, the hopped-up saison, the American IPA brewed with Belgian or nominally “farmhouse” yeast, and occasionally you see a hoppy Belgian Pale, Belgian Amber, or even a Dubbel. This is, I think, about as good as the “American IPA brewed with Belgian yeast” example of the style gets. The malt and hop character are classic American DIPA in character; the only real difference is the Westmalle yeast, which Lagunitas manages to wrangle into this beer pretty effectively. For me, it’s still not close to the best of the “Belgian IPA” style (I prefer the hopped-up BSPA/Tripel formula, personally) but for the American IPA w/ Belgian yeast formula, this is easily one of the best examples. Add the pricetag and bang for your buck factor, and this beer is hard to beat.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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