Friday, February 14, 2014

Feature Beer Friday! - Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild

Okay, another one that isn't available in Louisiana... at least not yet.  I have nothing definite but I've been hearing rumors about Lagunitas coming our way for a while now.  I certainly hope there's some truth to them because they would be a great addition to our market with some delicious but affordable beers.  

This week we have the Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing, out of Petaluma, California.  The Little Sumpin' Wild is a Belgian take on their Little Sumpin' Sumpin', a pale wheat ale that borders on an IPA.  It's a little stronger at 8.8% and is fermented with Westmalle Trappist yeast to give it a distinct Belgian flavor profile.
 
Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jeff Herman (Tiger Deaux-nuts), Dan Fisher, and Mandi Kaelberer.

Serving: 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Deep golden color, not a lot of head on this one. 

Aroma:
Funky with a good noble hop aroma, and also some citrus.  The Belgian yeast funk is present right away.  


Taste: Tart, hoppy, no boozy flavors, the alcohol is well hidden beneath the yeasty funk.

Mouthfeel:
Dan said that this one finished very tart, and I agree. It has that expected high level of carbonation from a Belgian-styled brew.


Overall: I would love to have this one on hand regularly, it's a great example of a Belgian IPA and at a great price.  This one comes strongly recommended from the panel if you see it in Texas or elsewhere.

Overall Rating: 81
My Rating: 74