Lagunitas is slowly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I have not come across one beer from themÂ that I haven't enjoyed. Over the past few months I have been sampling a lot from their portfolio and I wanted to share with you what I have tried.Â Wilco Tango Foxtrot was one of the first one's I got into. For a Strong Ale, I found the WTF to be very light and smooth. It poured dark brown with a fingers worth of head that left great retention throughout the glass. There were lots of citrus hops present with sweet malt to balance everything out in the nose and the taste.
Undercover Investigation Shutdown is one of those beers that you have every now and then. With the weather getting warmer, it is hardly the time to be drinking a Strong Ale but I decided to crack my last one about a week ago. It poured amber in color withÂ 2 fingers worth of head that disappeared instantly. Like the WTF this Strong Ale was light in body, smooth and loaded with flavor. The nose and taste of this beer bring lots of fruit notes, almost to many to put my finger on as I felt the floral hops dominated them.
Â It was originally named The Kronik but the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade Tax Bureau did not like the so called drug reference on the bottle, so Lagunitas renamed the beer Censored Rich Copper Ale. There wasn't much to this beer, slightly hoppy, sweet and drinkable is all I can really say.
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale has to be my favorite brew from Lagunitas. I reviewed a few months back thinking it was only seasonal but I am happy to announce that they have made it a year round beer.
Being the hop head I am, I found Hop Stoopid to be one of my favorites from Lagunitas. Light in body, full of flavor. You can hardly tell this an 8% beer. Tim and Mark over at The Hopry say that this brew can easily be compared to Russian Rivers, Pliny The Elder as they are both brewed with hop extract and share a similar taste. Still waiting to get my hands on some of the Pliny.
Ill end this post with the most unique Lagunitas brew I had the pleasure of tasting. Back in May we had a spring beer party, all though it's not really a spring style beer, our friend Greg brought out this vintage bottle of Cruising with Ruben and The Jets.Â Unfortunelty IÂ never had this brew 3 years ago, so I can't tell you what it was like fresh. What I canÂ tell you is that it was a fantastic with some age on it. I found it to be full of flavor and it still had carbonation. If you come across a bottle at your local spot, do yourself a favor and buy it. Cheers!