Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy Hour: Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

It's that time again! It's time for Happy Hour with The Coastie Couple. Today, we're sharing our thoughts on Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.

I’ll start by saying that I am not normally a fan of beers that have big names, which is why I haven’t done anything on beers like Shiner Bock, Yuengling, or the like. However, this one from Lagunitas was a bit of a surprise. 

Pam and I discovered this beer during our tasting one Friday at Bevmo. To tell the truth, the first thought that hit my head when I tried this beer was "ok, but overall unremarkable." It turned into an “it’s the best option we have” when we went to the Redwoods and got our super cool upgrade on the hotel room. (Blog post still to come on our camping trip to the Redwoods. There's a rather large number of photos to sift through first.)

The strange thing is, it took until our third try with this stuff that I finally started to notice the interesting undertones of this beer.  Floral beers are sometimes okay, but not something I seek out. However, this beer has floral notes that tie into the malty goodness with perfection. The line between this ale and an IPA is a little blurred (or so I think).

It took me a few tries to really notice the floral undertones (due to the fact that I am typically a porter and stout person). This beer made my list of “worth it’s” because it is so perfectly melded together. Sweet, floral, and mildly malty, this beer will continue to be a do-over until I leave their area of sales. Strangely, it will be the first non-stout/porter I will really miss.

Be warned though, this is a beer to drink with caution. It packs much more of a punch than you realize. 

What brews have surprised you on your tastings?

Rating: 5 out of 10


  1. I have never been a fan of beer but your post makes me wanna give it a try, hehe :) Its always interesting to me that something we dismiss in a jiffy at once turns out to be our favorite sooner or later ;)

  2. I'll have to try these! It's only been recently that I've discovered a new love for beer. When I was younger and didn't drink often (ok, I still don't drink often) other people convinced me that I needed to drink light beers because I would like them better. Well, I didn't like them and thought I just hated beer. Instead...I love beer, but it has to be a great darker beer. To this day I can't handle those lighter beers. I agree with the big name beers too. Most of what I've found I like I can't find in most stores.