Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin Ale

Happy Sunday LIBA-nation! Today I’m introducing a new guest blogger, Oliver. He contacted me requesting to do this post, and I was happy to oblige. Welcome aboard Oliver…

Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin Ale

It’s not often that a beer appeals to my romantic side. But when I saw a pin-up girl staring back at me from her perch on the word “ale,” wearing what looked like an American interpretation of the German dirndl, I fell in love. I grabbed the bottle and held it close, spiriting it home to live in my fridge until we could share a personal moment.

The Northern California brewed Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ is technically an American pale wheat ale, but it packs so much herbal and citrus hop smell up front that even a veteran drinker could confuse this for a pure-bred IPA. It pours a gorgeous sunset orange with a bustling sea-foam head that takes a good few minutes to dissipate after a semi-rough pour. The taste is powerful: despite the initial aroma the hop punch is subtle; the malt backbone, supported by the wheat, is sweet and smooth; and there is surprisingly little alcohol taste for a beer that boasts 7.5% ABV.

As with the rest of the Lagunitas line up, this is an excellent beer, worth trying if you’re looking for a little extra something something to cuddle up next to on a steamy Friday night.


Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.