Taking its popular Little Sumpin’ Ale in a slightly different direction, Lagunitas Brewing has released Little Sumpin’ Hazy Ale. This new hazy ale is one the pushes the boundaries on the popular style of beer that’s inspired from a few breweries from New England.
Little Sumpin’ Hazy is brewed with unmalted wheat, oats, flaked barley and Centennial and Chinook hops. It was then dry-hopped with Cashmere, Citra, and Mosaic hops. But unlike its counterpart, Little Sumpin’ Ale, this new, updated version is unfiltered and full of shlarf.
Wait, what is shlarf? “Shlarf is a fine mix of everything that the brewers have worked very hard to settle out of their beer,” said Jeremy Marshall in a video that discusses this new beer. No matter what you want to call it, these unfiltered particles remain in the beer. And from the bottle that we sampled, some of this shlarf greeted us at the bottom of the bottle.
Raw and unfiltered, Little Sumpin’ Hazy is full of juicy flavors but with a bit of dankness to satisfy longtime fans of IPAs. There’s no lingering, gritty aftertaste on this new unfiltered ale that sits a 7.2% ABV and 30 IBUs. Little Sumpin’ Hazy is available in 12oz 6-packs and on draft.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.