Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Today’s review is of my very favorite beer of the moment, Lagunitas Brewing Company’s “A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale.”

7.5% ABV

This is the beer that I tried once, fell in love with upon the first taste, and then bought more of the next day, only to return to 909 Saloon where it was first introduced to me by Anna of their awesome bar crew, to indulge more. 

This is wonderful stuff, described well by Lagunitas:

Sneaky Smooth with a Touch of What We Call Wheatly-esque-ish-ness. Crispy Wheat and Pale Malt flavors with a Big Round & Juicy Hop Finish.

At home, I served Little Sumpin’ Sumpin from the bottle into a frosty mug where it poured beautifully with a hue just a tinge darker than apricot.  It maintained a thin frothy head. 

This ale smells akin to its Indian Pale Ale cousins, with an aroma steeped in hops.  The fundamental taste is the same with massive, piney hops throughout. 

What sets Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ apart from others in its class is the refreshing citrus characteristic that so perfectly compliments the spiciness of the hops.  This is a superbly refreshing brew, with a candy-sweet taste tempered by earthy flavors. 

The only thing that keeps this ale from being a perfect session beer is its relatively high alcohol content by volume, at a robust 7.5%.  It does not drink as strong as the alcohol content may suggest.  When icy cold, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ is easy to finish, and each empty glass leaves its lucky owner quickly wanting more; you may see how the alcohol content’s manifestation may rear its head.

On taste and aroma, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ may be difficult to beat.  This is a beer for a hops-enthusiast.  Yet, its flavor spectrum is sufficiently diverse that even IPA-naysayers will likely find it enjoyable. 

As the temperatures outside begin to climb, I highly recommend Lagunitas’ Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale as the heat-beating brew to which to turn. 

In July, Lagunitas promises the delivery of the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Wild Ale, which they describe as

Lots of Malted Wheat for a Curious Malt Complexity & and Fermented with Our Belgian Yeast strain leaving it Huge in Flavor and Satisfaction.

…With an even greater alcohol content at a face-smacking 8.7% ABV.  Definitely a seasonal that I am anticipating greatly; until then, I will happily enjoy its sibling, the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. 

On the great appeal of its taste, I rate this beer a nine out of ten, and urge all readers to give it a try.


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