Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is a nice combination of citrus hops, cotton candy, and a touch of banana. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small creamy orange tinged off-white head that leaves behind very nice webbing for lacing. The flavor starts cotton candy, banana, and pineapple. The finish has moderate citrus/grapefruit hops. Dangerously drinkable at almost 9%. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2010
The bottle opens to an orange aroma. Amber pour with a medium head. Flavor is similar to an IPA. First there is tangerine, then orange, then a bitter grapefruit flavor, which is predominate and lingers. aschafer324 (12) - , Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Very floral aroma, sweet hippy flavour but very smoothe. After taste is very sweet and sugary hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on Aug. 31st. Its been in my fridge for over a month so hopefully it hasn’t deteriorated too much. Pours a golden yellow with a solid 3/4 inch of creamy head. Lots of lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation. Looks awesome. Sweet candy malt and sharp, bitter hops on the nose. Smells like a Belgian triple and an imperial IPA (can you say Le Freak). Very smooth, almost creamy texture but not heavy. Lighter bodied than I expected. Very drinkable. The taste is very well balanced. For such a unique beer, there is nothing really overpowering about it but it maintains an appealing complexity. I get hit with the sweet malt and the spicy quality that must come from the yeast. Then the resiny hops come in and linger through the finish but they don’t dominate, they just add an extra dimension to the flavor profile. Okay, I’ll say it: this is a great beer. Very well crafted. vyvvy (6839) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Pours clear amber with a nice dense lightly soapy head. The aroma is beautiful with fresh juicy hops that are floral, piny and herbal. There is also a toasted malt presence, caramel and the Belgian yeast has dry fruit and a smooth light barnyard thing going on - great. Medium rich body that has a nice lushness to it and and frothy carbonation that feels like it’s coating the tongue with hop resin. The flavor starts with earthy yeast, smooth fruitiness, rich caramel and tropical fruitiness from the hops. The finish adds more pine from hops, resin and butterscotch. The finish has an earthiness that seems to be a blend of the yeast and hops. I love this beer. So good.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2010
On tap @ 1702 and 22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a crystal clear amber color with a medium size off white head. Nice thick lacing. Aroma is floral hops, esters, and very light yeast. Flavor is much of the same with the addition of some lightly sweetened toasted malt. A smooth, medium bodied beer. Very nice. I think I like it on tap just a little better than the bottled version. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
The aromas on this are intriguing and can start quite a discussion. Three people smelled this and we got three different answers. I am sticking with bubblegum and apricots. The taste is also strange. A combo of Belgian and medicinal. Still on the fence with this one. NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Pours a golden amber. Smells of hops, citrus and some floral notes. Really nice hops bitterness that works into a sweet floral happiness. Some nice pine notes also. The belgian yeast is there with a small hint of bread and barnyard through the hops. Good stuff. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Draft at Coles, Buffalo NY> Very good American Belgian IPA. Belgian yeast cuts into a nice bitter American IPA. Golden Orange Pour. Bitter & yeasty aroma, floral hops. Very well made, tons of balanced flavor. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2010
22 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with an inch or so of whitish froth.
Smell: Sweetish, hoppy aroma with notes of diced pineapple, white grapefruit, resinous floral, and tangerine-flavored children’s aspirin. Punctuated by peppery spice accents and a trail of liquor. Some honey-brushed, bready wheat and pale malt hints underneath.
Taste: Lightly sweet pale malt backbone along with a touch of breadiness takes a detour towards black peppercorns before heading off to the hop flavors of tangy tropical fruits and citrus fruits with an orangey hop taste perhaps derived from an inclusion of Amarillo in the mix. Very small pinch of crushed aspirin tablets. Robust bitterness. Hints of Bosc pears and florals make themselves known. Longly bitter, heated finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus body. As with the Extra, it’s all at once oily and sticky on the tongue.
Drinkability: The original still remains my favorite of the Sumpin’ Series. Many of the Lagunitas hoppy brews just run together for me. This is good though, and, quite importantly, sold at a good, welcome price.