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June 30, 2012 - Shannon
I can be very stubborn. Today, it is 104 in Washington, DC so perhaps this is not the ideal time to resist change. My skepticism surrounding “summery” beers is well documented, however today’s beer is a reader recommendation. You probably know by now that I’m also a sucker for a beer with even a passable review, so it’s time to break into A highly suggested Sumpin’ 6-pack and give it a spin.
My initial hesitancy came from the fact that this beer has always looked so light when I see it poured. And in my experience, “light” too often also means flavorless. Though I suppose that with heat this oppressive, anything will taste refreshing. I am resigned to giving this beer a fair shot. Besides, the 94 rating on Beer Advocate and the 7.5%ABV for its light color both give me confidence.
Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale is by Lagunitas, a brewery from Petaluma, California with a feel good website: http://www.lagunitas.com/home.html. Sumpin pours a clear, golden color. It’s definitely darker than a pilsner, but it’s primarily yellow. No amber or roasty colors to be found in this beer. The head is nothing more than a small bit of lacing around the outside of the glass, but even that quickly fades. The bottle is not only creatively designed, but the label’s artwork and copy are also entertaining! The ingredients listing describes the net contents as, “12 fluid ounces of hops, malt, hops, yeast, hops, water, and hops.” This I find most inspiring, especially because I can smell those beautiful, crisp hops as I pour the beer. This is no standard, light brew. My mouth begins to salivate as I smell the citrus, floral notes and crisp bitter hops; there is flavor in this glass, and I am tickled to try it!
One sip in, and I think that for the first time in my life, I may understand the phrase… Summer Beer. I taste a lot, but it isn’t necessarily complex. The beer is delicious, refreshing, everything I imagine beer was supposed to be when it was originally created. My tongue isn’t coated in anything syrupy or heavy, but the zippy carbonation brightens my tastebuds. The layers of hops bite the back of my throat and the low density makes me feel like I could drink several bottles of Sumpin’ without feeling weighed down.
I need to send a sincere Thank You to the beer loving friends in my life who consistently told me that summer beer can be delicious! I’m a summer lovin’, sun worshiping, hot weather woman. Finding a beer that matches the rest of my personality has given me hope that my eyes are opened to a whole new genre of brews.
CHEERS TO SUMMER REFRESHMENT!
A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ to Beat the Heat!