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Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Beer Review: Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

BarleyPop

American ales, American IPA, Wheat Beer

Honestly, what I like about this beer is just saying the name.

Weekends always end well when you discover a beer you liked and thought was a one-time release, re-appear on the shelf of your local beer store.   Maybe a fluke? Better check the date on the bottles just in case they put old stock out.  Ah, this was fresh AND I wasn’t at Bev Mo.

Lagunita’s from Petaluma California is one of the local breweries that I truly appreciate and have always had a few of their beers being a constant in my refrigerator.  I love their Hop Stoopid and Little Sumpin’ Extra (seasonal), so when I saw this little beauty return from 2009, I couldn’t wait to drink again and do  a review.

Now for the Beer Review!

Bought a new Dogfish Head glass at the store today that I just had to break in and honestly,  I didn’t feel guilty drinking something OTHER than a Dogfish head beer in it!   My bottle is cracked and the beer is poured.

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a nice hazy cloudiness.   Has a small white head that disappears rather quickly.  Carbonation strong at first but the bubbles subside very fast after the pour settles.  Anticipation hits me as thoughts of my prior enjoyment of this beer come over me.  Honestly, what I like about this beer is just saying the name. “Hey Michael”, a friend in my mind would say, “what beer are you having?”  And I would retort back with GREAT emphasis… “A LITTLE SUMPIN’ SUPMIN’!!!”  (just luvin the thought of it…)

Smell is grapefruit, tangerine, tinge of pineapple and floral hops with a hint of malt.  This is a great kick-start to my taste buds.  (I let this warm up for 15 minutes prior to drinking)

The taste hits me with nice juicy hops. Second wave is citrus notes with a tangerine and orange middle and third, a very slight malt back bone. Wheat Ale?  This is an IPA in my book and a very good one.  The wheat is slight if not at all noticeable.  This beer is refreshing and goes down pretty easy sans the 7.5%.. Had to open a second bottle to finish the review.  See how quickly you can drink this?  I tell you, it DOES go down easy. 

Overall, I like this beer.  It didn’t hit me as a WOW compared to last years but I would recommend this beer over a great number of award winning IPA’s.  Not sure if I would recommend it as a great “wheat” beer though.  Tell me your thoughts.

A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale- American Pale Wheat Ale| ABV 7.5% | $9.99 for 6 Pack.
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Petaluma, CA

www.lagunitas.com

2 responses to “Beer Review: Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale”

  1. August 16, 2010

    Michael,

    Would you believe that despite the fact that plenty of Lagunitas stuff is available here I just recently tried it for the first time a couple weeks ago?

    Anyway…haven’t had this one yet, but just tried their Pale Ale. Honestly, I was pretty damn impressed with that style of theirs. I actually rate it pretty high up with a lot of my favorite Pale Ale’s including Dales Pale Ale.

    Needless to say I like this brewery…and they just don’t take themselves too seriously. That’s always nice to see. 🙂

    P.S. Is that a DogFishHead Glass?!?! Shame on you for putting in something other than DogFishHead!!! Na…I would too. Perfect glass for that beer! 😉

    Ilya

  2. August 19, 2010

    Michael,

    Wait a minute…

    I take it back. I HAVE had beers from Lagunitas before. I completely forgot about their HopStoopid! I’ve had that before and it was fantastic…though as far as double IPA’s go, I still think that the Hercules from Great Divide stands far above the HopStoopid.

    It’s 8am here now…too early for thinking about and craving double IPA’s? 😉

    Ilya

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