MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Intricate fruit esters are lifted by distinguished honeyed malts, while spicy, herbal hops balance out this Belgian-style Strong Ale’s smooth mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the clear honeyed golden.
-The hop bitterness is mostly herbal, laced in lasting citrusy fruitiness.
-The pillowy effervescence serves the slender mouthfeel well.
-That name is a tad confusing since there is no wild yeast in here, but what you get is a wonderful surprise of a Belgian-style Strong Ale nonetheless.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bright golden yellow with a bit of haze and a nice white head. With the initial whiff, it’s pretty clear that this is a special beer and maybe already the best I’ve encountered from Lagunitas. Off the nose alone, one of the better Belgian IPA’s that I have ever encountered. Nice mustiness along with some earthy, floral, and spicy hops. Taste is quite similar, with the yeast and hops performing a delicate dance. Neither comes out on top. Great balance between the yeast and hops. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a dry finish. Drinkability is superb. A fairly complex beer with enough going on that each sip brings new elements. My favorite so far from the "Sumpin’" series.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-18-2010
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very impressive beer on draft. Massive wafts of citrus, flowers, and tropical fruits abound of nose, mirrored by flavors that also contribute the essence of fruity Belgian yeast. A confident and bold Belgian IPA that takes the best of the West Coast and throws another layer in the mix. Sweet note swirls with usual hop bitterness in finish, coating palate nicely. Perhaps not the most complex drink, but certainly one of the tastiest.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden body with a thin, bubbly white head. Aroma is citrusy and sweet. Flavor is malty, along the lines of a DIPA but without the overwhelming hops (though, they’re present, too). An excellent finishing bitterness lingers for a bit. Overall, a very complex, interesting, and tasty beer.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy golden with large white head. nose of some floral and citrus hops with some estery yeast components. low carbonation for style. firm bitterness before the above hops and some esters that leads to a somewhat muted overall flavor. a strange brew, because it is not a golden strong ale with increased hops, but an ipa with trappist yeast and I just dont think it works as a style, though this is finely made
Braudog (5935) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Spinoza’s. Bright and light golden with a soft top. The aroma is nice -- rich with fragrant esthers. Creamy and delicious with a kick of piney varnish. Big drink in a light body. (#4023, 11/29/2010)
GranvilleTim (1730) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow pour with a white head. Aroma is soft fuit and yeast. Taste is fruity, apples, yeasty, light and refreshing. It was a little dry at the end. It leaves a nice yeasty aftertaste. Nice lacing.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Several pints at The Federal, Durham. Gotta dig the Little Sumpin’ series overall, firstly. But the yeast strain here seems really to complement the qualities of the base, which is hopped nicely but always a bit more bready than some West Coast IPAs. So that combines nicely to make a BSA, I reckon. Anyways, nice golden pour, lively carbonation. A prickly, ever so slightly slick mouthfeel. Citrus tang, chewy malts, and yeast that’s both dry and tart. Brett is only mild, on par with Wild Devil. Really nice stuff.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz thanks to tbadiuk.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with a small head. Short retention.
Aroma : Notes of honey, yeast and herbs. Rather floral with light caramel and resinous hops.
Taste : Honey, yeast, herbs. Floral and a bit sweet. Nice light bitterness on the finish.
Overall : Nice caramel and sugar while not being heavy at all. Great finish. Nice balance. Tasty and well made. Another great brew by Lagunitas !
mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral bouquet, peach skins, apricots, and fresh wheat aroma. Flavors of citrus fruits, belgian yeast, toffee, and burnt candied sugar. Slightly acidic and a peppery finish. Interesting mix of belgian and wheat style.. however, the ride seems a little bumpy. Eh, is ok.