Beer 282/365 – Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

Lagunitas Little Sumpin  Sumpin Ale

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 7.3%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate - Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: A bit strong for a APWA, but this is a welcome change.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, this is now one of mt favorite summer beers.

Grade: A

8/17/2010: American Pale Wheat Ale was a style I have never even heard of before starting this blog, but I am glad I decided to try a few brews from this style. It is quickly becoming my favorite style of beer for the summer. If you gave me a mix of this beer, Raging Bitch, and Gumball Head for the summer I think I would be a happy camper. Thanks to reader Chris for suggesting this beer to me.

Little Sumpin Sumpin doesn’t have any sign of wheat in the nose, its pretty much all about hops. The flavor is similar to the smell, tons of juicy hop flavor without being too bitter. Lots of citrus/grapefruit like flavors, with only a little bit of a hint of wheat. A year ago I would have hated a beer with this type of flavor profile, but I am really starting to appreciate the flavor a good batch of hops can gives to a brew. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy for the style, and very well carbonated. Pleasantly surprised by this one.

Picture of the day: Texas Sized

Beer 99/365 – Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

Style: Imperial IPA

Purchased at: I won a superbowl block poll that involved beer. Pretty sweet right?

What makes this beer different: Its like a baby Dreadnaught

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, I have a new-found love affair with Imperial IPA’s

Grade: A

2/15/2010: One day I stumbled into a section of BA that I have never been before, and it basically involved gambling with beer. I ended up putting my name in a block poll of 10 people, and the losers had to send the winner 48oz of beer. I won and so far I got 4/9 packages, and already got a couple big bottles of Bruery, World Wide Stout, Short’s Cup of Joe etc. Putting my name in that poll might be one of the best choices I have made in my beer drinking life.

So heard a good bit about Hop Stoopid but have never seen it in PA, so I was pretty pumped when I got this one sent to me. I am really starting to crave IPA’s, especially when they have enough malt backbone to rest on. The smell is caramal and hops. Again I am not the most technical when it comes to evaluating hops but I can tell you the balance between hops/malt in this beer was almost perfect. If anything for once I can say it might have been a little tiny bit too sweet, and not enough hops. I can tell you the sweet flavor was a mild citrus, and some sweet caramel. Overall this reminded me a lot of a weaker version of Three Floyds Dreadnaught. Very solid beer.

Funny Picture of the day: This might be the coolest dog ever.

Published in: on February 15, 2010 at 9:02 am  Comments (2)  
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Beer 80/365 – Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale

Style: American Strong Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Intense hops/alcohol

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

1/27/2010: Lagunitas is slowly creeping up pretty close to my top 5 favorite breweries. They have a lot of solid beers. I am also starting to realize I like any kind of beer that has the name “Imperial” in it. Imperial on the label = Drew will drink you.

Imperial Red smells VERY Floral. The taste is about 60/40 hops to malt. The hops are are orangey tasting, and a little too intense for me. The malt has a nice bready taste to it. This tastes like its stronger than 7.5% ABV but it isnt. In an odd way I kind like the alcohol bite. This actually reminds me a lot of their Brown Shugga beer, but without the brown sugar. Very solid but I wish the hops were toned down a tiny tiny bit.

Funny Picture of the day: Check out Mel Blanc’s tombstone.

Published in: on January 27, 2010 at 10:24 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 48 – Lagunitas Brown Shugga

Style: American Strong Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Sweet but hoppy at the same time

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

12/26/2009: I totally expected this beer to be sweet to the core when I first tasted it, but boy was I wrong. If you read my blog often you know I am not a fan of hops, but I have to say they are starting to grow on me. This beer is proof of that.

Hops smack you right in the face as soon as you sip this, but as soon as you get about a 1/3 of the way finished with the beer the sweetness takes over. Brown sugar and caramel really start to kick in at this point, but the citrusy hops are still there. If I am going to drink a hoppy beer, it has to have some sweetness as well, and this one fits the bill.

Published in: on December 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm  Comments (2)  
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