The Badass Tap: A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
Lagunitas is a brewery we've only featured once so far on the Badass Tap, so let's double that number. The previous beer, Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale, was a big, bold, bitter brew. Lagunitas does that sort of thing really well - GnarlyWine, Hairy Eyeball, Hop Stoopid and Maximus are not for the feint of heart. But they can also do the, shall we say, less difficult end of the spectrum just as well.
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is a good example. It's an American Pale Wheat Ale that goes down very easy at this time of the year. The American Pale Wheat is a comparatively new beer style which has been developed from the German hefeweizen (hefe = yeast; weizen = wheat). Typical of the hefeweizen are the familiar yeast-derived banana and clove (also sometimes bubble gum) characteristics found so spectacularly in our own Live Oak HefeWeizen, considered by many to be one of the best examples of the style in America... indeed, in the world. Not bad for an unassuming little craft brewery deepinnaheartof Texas.
Pale Wheat Ales are brewed with a more neutral ale yeast and therefore lack those signature hefeweizen flavours, although there's likely to be some tropical fruitiness evident depending on the hop varieties used, and the hop bitterness can vary greatly, again depending on the hops in the brew. The ABV will usually be in the vicinity of 5% (Little Sumpin' Sumpin' weighs in at 7.3% and Lagunitas have given it a pretty decent hop characteristic: "every hop that starts with the letter 'C'"). It might or might not be filtered. This all goes to make the Pale Wheat a great session beer for the summer. If you were here recently and had a Sam Adams Summer Ale, you were drinking an American Pale Wheat Ale.
Lagunitas have since expanded the 'Little Sumpin' range to include A Little Sumpin' Extra (Double IPA), A Little Sumpin' Wild (Wild Ale), A Little Sumpin' Fuzzy (brewed with peaches) and A Little Sumpin' Stoopid (also a Double IPA).
Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar
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