I recently made a stop at CJ’s Brewing in Plymouth with the sole intention of reviewing one of their beers while indulging on some fine, greasy foods. While the buffalo chicken dip I ordered was quite delicious, I was saddened to discover their tap system was out of commission, meaning I wouldn’t be sampling any of CJ’s own brews this visit. Bummer.
Luckily, their bottled beer menu listed one of my favorites from California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company… A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. I order one up, ask for a glass, and in moments I’m well on my way to Tastytown.
This beer is a pleasure to the senses. It pours a beautiful golden honey hue with a thick, foamy white head. The smell, OH the smell… this beer smells amazing. Like pineapple and grapefruit and orange zest and bread and magic. I resist the urge to pour it directly into my nostrils and instead choose the more customary mouth hole.
A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ tastes just as good as it smells… tropical, hoppy, malty, and enchanting. It’s a very hop-forward brew, but behind all that zesty bitterness is a silky smoothness thanks to the wheat, making it incredibly drinkable and refreshing. At 7.5%, it’s no lightweight, but the booze is buried under mountains of crisp, refreshing deliciousness. While some sources say it’s not technically an IPA, this one should please any West Coast India Pale Ale fan.
The next time I hit up CJ’s for pizza and a beer, I’ll be a faithful patron and give one of their brews a go… but I can’t promise my eyes won’t be wandering down their beer list, hoping to find me a Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’.