Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Today I'm drinking A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. I could not believe I've never had this beer before. Shocked. I did have the Belgian IPA version though, and loved every minute of it. This is an UN-Limited Release, available year round. The label shows the same hot chick as on another bottle or two, and as usual, a story around the label edge. 64.20 IBU. OG 1.076.

"So, we're all on collective disability. That's cool. Let's put some ice on it and keep ourselves elevated for a while. So, what's on the tube..? Honey..? Get me a beer from the fridge... Will ya..? Sweetie..? Pleeease..?"

Fruity peach and orange aroma yet with some nice citrus and pine contrast. The flavors burst in your mouth right away. Bitter citrus meets lots of fruity sweetness. Pine and grass and earthy flavors pair up with sweeter caramel. Definitely sweet and bitter, not really just the average "Even-Steven" muddle in the middle.

Some yeasty flavors add some interest, along with that characteristic Lagunitas flavor. Since the label doesn't really tell you what style of beer this IPA is, I checked online. Beer Advocate says it's an American Pale Wheat Ale. Could have fooled me. Perhaps now that you told me to look for wheat, perhaps I can imagine that for the yeast texture I just mentioned. As for Pale Ale, well, we already know that Lagunitas calls that New Dogtown a Pale Ale too and it's pretty damn hoppy. I guess I can understand why I don't give a shit about rigid style interpretations.

Anyway, this IPA has a nice sharp and spicy zip and twang to it. Great aftertaste. I could easily drink it on a regular basis. And you should check it out too!

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