Lagunitas Hop Stoopid has been one of my favorite big IPAs since the company entered my part of the country several years ago. It's a great, rich-flavored complex IPA that really holds it's own with about anything else on the market... plus it's very sensibly priced, unlike some other over-marketed brews I can think of...
So now Lagunitas has crossed the border (so I don't have to drive so far), and I notice two other offerings in the cooler: "Little Sumpin' Ale" and "Wild Little Sumpin' Ale".
This tasting was hastily put together, not blind, and no "benchmark" pale ale was tasted alongside these. On the other hand, if there's any brew I probably don't need a benchmark tasting for, it's IPA. Having said that, it's only half-true because II always learn something from blind tastings, even of very familiar beer categories.
Anyway, Little Sumpin' has a nice pleasant semi-sugary nose, and a great balance been dry and semi-sweet flavors. Nice lingering tastes... definitely would buy this again...
Wild Little Sumpin' is also interesting, but there's some nuances I'm not quite as taken with... maybe some spices added, or some special aging in barrels, who knows... if I wasn't so lazy I'd read up on what the distinction is between the two. At the end of the day, WLS gives me a bit too much dryness on the lingering flavors... I probably won't run out to buy this though it's far from bad.
Which brings me to the point that not every brew from every great brewer is going to please any given customer, but Lagunitas has at least two very chowish IPA's in my opinion, Little Sumpin' and the truly great Hop Stoopid.
Til next time....
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