Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Little Sumpin' Wild

It a little over a year ago that I first tried A Little Sumpin Wild at our favorite weekly hot wings and cold beer spot, Porky's Cafe in Shelton, CT. I'm not inclined to review the same beer twice but this is an exception to that self imposed rule.  A Little Sumpin Wild is a seasonable beer that is not brewed the same way every year, so every batch is different. This is my review from last years's version:
It wouldn't have taken much to convince me to try this year's version when I saw it on tap at Porky's. But then I saw this and was the last twist my arm needed.

2013 A Little Sumpin Wild ( 8.8% ABV) is brewed with Westmalle Trappist yeast that is known for creating distinctive flavor characteristics in beer; some of which are bubblegum, clove, banana.

It was poured from the tap into a Lagunitas mason jar by the lovely and talented, Katalin.

It was a bright honey color with a floofy head that hangs on and leaves behind a spiderweb of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is huge! My nose was pleasantly assaulted by bold citrus aroma with underlying biscuit and grain. I could've sat there and smelled that beer all night. But why smell it when you can drink it!

The taste is a mouthwatering - literally - explosion of hoppy goodness. Bold citrus and juicy fruits mesh well with the sweetness of the malt. The yeast "off" flavors really come into focus at the end but more subtly than last year's version. The finish is a yummy lingering hoppy bitterness that I simply adore.

The mouth feel is spot on medium with nice tingly effervescence.

The flavors in A Little Sumpin' Wild are bold and wonderful.  I love this beer! In my recollection, I'm tempted to say I liked the 2012 version better but this one by no means sucked.

Overall: Excellent

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