Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sumpin' Easy

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sumpin' Easy
Lagunitas Sumpin' Easy pale ale. Photo by Mark McDermott

I've got more beers that have been sent to me by the brewer for comment, so let's get to it.

Lagunitas Brewing Co. has dropped me a can of Sumpin' Easy, a new year-round canned release. It's an American Pale Ale, with a touch of wheat in its malt, and Ekuanot hops, a fruity hop formerly named Equinox, with 5.7% abv.

There is a big fruity smell as the can is popped, with cantaloupe up front, and papaya plus pine resin in there from behind. It shows a big white, spongy head, with a slightly hazy yellow body.

The taste is right up there with hops, of course. If had nice and cool, the malt stays in the picture, with just a little bit of toast. The fruit taste in the hops strays into lychee, with more pine resin and a further bit of flower petal. Not quite perfumey. Trying to come up with other impressions, I think of blackberry and maybe spearmint.

This is a beer with a strong, single-hop character, with quite a bit of complexity. I might suggest pairing it against something bland, like creamy cheese, or to complement it against vegetarian entrees and pasta.

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