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RATINGS: 1052   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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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 15/20
dagimp (801) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2010
From a bomber into a water glass. Pours a straw gold color (a little darker than yellow). Aroma of mango and lemon. Moutfeel is pretty light and crisp but with some fizz too. Taste is very, very hoppy. Mostly fruit such as citrus and mango with with a lot of bite. Some Belgian flavor is also present. Alcohol is promenent too. Very, very interesting beer. I’d classify it as a Belgian IPA. Hops are extremely prominent with the Belgian flavor towards the background. Not my favorit style, but I liked this one a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5391) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2010
A soapy white one finger. Golden hued that might remind one of champagne, but with less carbonation. Soft fruit, malt, and yeast, and a dollop of spice in the bouquet. Flavor is complex but is not big. Malt is prominent, yeast is evident and is a unique strain, that soft fruit again, light pepper spice, faint sourness. Finish is akin to an IPA with hops that emerge. Feel is moderate carbonation and just slightly prickly. Overall it is medium. Very tasty, and delightfully complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Tap at Naked City in Seattle. Poured a clear, light orange with a fluffy white head that stuck around. Giant aroma of citrus hops (orange, peach, grapefruit) and some nice bubblegum and coriander notes as well. Tastes of orange, apricot, grapefruit, coriander, pepper, yeast and sugar. Very nice mix of IPA and Belgian styles, another winner in the "Sumpin" family.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a great looking clear deep gold with a frothy white head. Aroma has a sharp over ripe grapefruit with some funkiness and loaded with fruity esters with a malty ending and bread. Flavor is malty, loaded with fruity esters, big grapefruit hop profile with a strong bitter at the end with a light tang. Mouth feel has a smooth, heavy body with high carbonation. Overall this was a nice surprise.....aggressive beer with big flavor!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2010
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a medium and clear golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of citrus and fruity. Tastes of the same citrus, fruitiness, and some breadiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2881) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Just wrapped up making a big pot of chili, which for me takes as long as a brew day. And here’s this, which I found at the new Lemon Tree across the tracks from me Thursday! Pours a clean bright pilsener color with a touch of rose, and a small but stately procession of bubbles, to an angel-food cake type head. Smell brings up a lot of complexity, some Amarillo hop, I thought, and spicy Belgian yeast at work (the label says Westmalle: boy, haven’t one in a while). Some pepper, coriander, a bit of horse blanket, all very enticing. Taste is, well, sublime. Hard to describe, hard to compare it to any beer I remember: it’s its own unique entity. Again, big American hops to the fore, but plenty of spiciness that may be the yeast, may be some English and German hops to boot, Just no added spices, it’s all in the chemistry. Sticky malts bear glad tidings of warm alcohol (my label says 8.85% to0, not 7.8%). Maybe it’s just my mood, relaxing after a busy day of chili cooking and writing, or my cold clearing up so I can appreciate beer again, but this one hits the spot absolutely. My ratings on Lagunitas beers run a wide range, but I like the chances they take when it results in something fab like this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at Bottleworks, pours pale golden with a white head. Aroma of grains, wheat, and hops. Flavour of hops, caramel malts and sour fruits. Well-done Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Nice Belgian IPA! Aroma is fruity, flavor clove and banana and finish clean. Pours golden clear with thin white head. Serve in goblet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bomber poured in to a tulip glass. This listing says 7.8% but my bottle says 8.85% ABV, so there must have been a change to the recipe. Great nose that links lemon with great Belgian yeast. Color is dark yellow and residual lacing around the glass. Great taste, a very nice assortment of Hops with the great Belgian yeast; Zesty/zingy aftertaste that is crisp and delicious. I continue to be really impressed with the Lagunitas offerings, for their price point, many of their beers are just hard to beat. This one is no exception as I think the bomber was 4.49. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a golden blonde with small white head leaving close to no lacing on the glass. Aroma yeast and a bit of lemon zest. Initial taste is a bit of lemon going into an earthy yeast finish. Light bodied. Low carbonation.

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