Lagunitas Brewing Co. – Petaluma, CA
A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale – 7.5% ABV
64.20 IBU, O.G. 1.076
“Net contents: 12 fluid oz’s… of hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops, water, and hops. Life is uncertain. Don’t sip.”
Purchased at Wegman’s Warrington on 3/26 in their “make a 6-pack for $11.99”.
The pour is hazy and golden with ample head. The head is cream-colored and thick. It faded after about 10 minutes to a sheet of surface bubbles. There is a tiny bit of visible carbonation.
The aroma is delicious: fruity hop aromas including pineapple, peaches, possibly some apricot and definitely some mango. While the fruit is certainly present in the aroma, there is also a familiar hoppy bitterness.
The flavor is sweet and fruity as an introduction, then moving through a nice malt profile, and finishing with a great back-of-the-tongue bitterness. It’s great for the first 80 degree day of the year. I can’t say it’s very complex, but it knows exactly what it wants to be: a fruity sweet, but bitter IPA. Nice.
The mouth feel is on the thicker, heavier side. I would say it’s medium to full bodied. The carbonation is perfect with a nice texture and counterbalance to the thickness. Drinkability is high. If it wasn’t 7.5%, I could definitely make this a session beer.
Lagunitas’ web site calls this a Wheat-esque beer, but it tastes like a great IPA to me. Either way, it’s awesome. I’ll be back to Wegman’s for more.
Overall – A-