The Little Sumpin' Wild Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California pours out golden orange in color with good clarity and is topped with a large, fluffy, white head that slowly reduces down to a patchy film with a good sized collar. On the nose, citrus, funk, bubblegum and yeast with a good dose of pepper, tropical fruit and somewhat phenolic. In the mouth, Belgian like pushing its way towards being a tripel ale with a big handful of hops added. Very American and proud to be American. Flavors of, orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, pepper, herb and a little vegetable. On the heavy side of light to medium bodied. Vibrant carbonation. Slight cream to an otherwise clean mouthfeel. Very thick sheets of lacing on the glass. The finish is long and the Belgian traits almost hang on as long as the wonderful, potent hop bitterness.
A Belgian IPA that nails the flavor. What a fantastic beer that has been superbly crafted. The flavors go on and on intoxicating the taste buds in your mouth. This is one of those craft beers, that when you try it at home, you wish you'd bought another bottle or two (or three or four or …) of. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bomber, 8.8% ABV, 72.5 IBU
Beer 326 of 366 for 2012