Before we begin, a quick introduction to the Midwest Beer Blog gang--in this review, it's Ethan & Erin hailing from Illinois, and in future postings you'll meet Collin representing the great state of Wisconsin. Collectively we have roots in Minnesota and Indiana as well, so in summary... MIDWEST REPRESENT!
And now, our very first (online) beer review...here goes!
Brewery: The Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma, CA***
Name: Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale (Limited Release)
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
***Although this is the Midwest Beer Blog, we're open to trying anything available in the Midwest market!
Ethan: "A hoppier version of Brew Dog's Punk IPA"
Erin: "Smooth--the maltiness balances nicely with the hoppiness"
We both agreed it has the pine-y flavor and aroma of most IPAs, though not as strong as heavier ones. With a light amber color, and brown sugary scent, it didn't have much head, but retention was good for what was there. The hops definitely impart a nice bite, but a good dose of maltiness sweetens and smooths the overall taste, and both characteristics linger pleasantly on the tongue and back of the mouth. If you tend to prefer maltier brews to hoppy or vice versa, this is an excellent compromise which should please both camps--the hop flavor is strong, but the maltiness sweetens and smooths it out for a well balanced ale that goes down easy (be careful though, at 8.74%, maybe too easy!). This would be an excellent introduction to Imperial IPAs for hops and malt lovers alike, and very suitable to savor with a friend over a good conversation.
Overall, we found Little Sumpin' Extra another tasty addition to the fine track record of Lagunitas Brewing Co., always a reliable choice. We have yet to try something from them we didn't like, and look forward to tasting more from them in the future. This particular is a limited edition though, so get it while you can!