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RATINGS: 1057   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Another Big Sister of the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale…. Loads of Malted Wheat for a Curious Malt Foundation and a Light Color, But Our Belgian Yeast Leaves a Huge Flavor and Complexishness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Clear golden orange, thin white head. Hop forward sweet aroma, light pepper, earthiness, and belgian funk. Has a strong sweet hit at the beginning, almost honey-ish, becomes a little funky and earthy, finishing with some pepper, fruity citrus, and resinous hops. Body is light and a bit viscous. Nice complexity, though it comes on a little strong with the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Tell ya what... this is one clear-looking beer, yellowish-orange, with an off-white head that’s a little difficult to form. Not all too impressive to the eyes, but this beer hits you in the nose before your eyes even bother with it. The aroma is strong, grainy and sweet with moderate and spicy hops. At first sip you experience a sweet and sour pucker in the center of your top lip, followed by a sour grain flavor reminiscent of rusty metal and an oddly bitter finish. Light-bodied, but strong on the tongue, this little sumpin of a sucker packs a big punch. Hops poke through the bitterness a few ounces into the beer, adding a deliciously spicy experience to the drink. Unique, well-crafted, and deliciously bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
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.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 1, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2010
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2010
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2010
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.

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