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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

934 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 934
Hads: 3,509
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 212
Gots: 502 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: femALEist on 04-28-2010

Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU
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Photo of BranfordBound
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Review #500! And a pretty cool beer, to boot. Just like almost all the other in the Lagunitas line-up, A little sumpin wild ale hits all the right marks. It's perfectly yeasty and hoppy all in the same gulp. Touch of booze brings the feel down a couple notches. This is benchmark for american made Belgian IPAs. Very delicious. (327 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local liquor store. No bottled on date. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours warm honey amber, quite clear, with a good amount of visible carbonation. The two-inch eggshell head sticks around for a while and leaves nice cling on the glass.

S: A lot of pine hop notes in the nose, along with sweetbread malt notes underneath. There's a grassy and funky quality to the bouquet, along with a touch of black licorice.

T: The hops hit the palate with a force, right out of the gate. There's pine there, along with more of that grassy/earthy funk. Some sweetbread notes in the front, with just the right amount of yeast/banana bread. The middle is also occupied by the hops, which seem to turn more resinous as the taste develops. Some clear alcohol and the underlying malt carries the flavor to the back, which is dominated by the resinous/earthy hops. For all that's going on, this is a very nicely balanced flavor.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, and bright/bitter. The hops leave a stick, but it's certainly not what I would describe as syrupy. This one goes back pretty easy for a beer with this high of an ABV.

O: While I enjoy Little Sumpin' Extra more, I'm very glad I picked this one up. This has a very different hop quality than many of the brews from Lagunitas, and the Westmalle makes for an IPA with a little more complexity than you often get from most American IPAs. This one is definitely worth seeking out. (1,489 characters)

Photo of ARoman
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from old notes - 12/28/2013*
12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass. Smells doughy, but sweet - oatmeal raisin cookies were the first thing that came to mind. Orange peel is the dominant scent, but there's a light raisin supporting note, as well as grassy, floral notes. It pours a hazy pale amber (on the yellow side of amber) with a thick white head that could easily be scooped out with a spoon. A medium heavy dose of bitter and sour hit the tongue initially with a healthy sweetness washing over the mouth. Some more of the yeast aroma comes out at first sipping as well as a whiff of alcohol. The taste is predominantly grassy, dank hops, but there is some sweetness to it in the form of grapes and/or sour cherries (maybe both?). There’s a rye-spiciness tucked in there too. The relatively dry, medium body beer doesn’t technically finish clean, but it’s surprisingly refreshing (almost minty) considering how strong the initial flavors come on. There’s a prevalent rye flavor in the finish. A nice puffy, cloud-like lacing remains on the empty glass. (1,087 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich deep golden colored with an inch thick head of tightly packed off white head. Brussels lacing. The nose is fairly subdued but I get a bit of the acidic Belgian yeast with a hint of citrus hops. The taste is intensely bitter citrus hops in the front of the palate. As it hits the back of the palate you get a bit of that acidic champagne like dry Belgian yeast. The yeast also provides a nice crisp finish. (414 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is exactly as advertised. An american IPA mixed with belgian yeast. The result is an interesting, tasty, and refreshing brew. Improves greatly as it warms (160 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer shows how good a straightforward beer can still be. A Belgian IPA at a great Abv. It tasted exactly how I thought it would, a beer you'd fundamentally buy if nothing else on the rack caught your eye. (209 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really love sumpin' beers and I figured I'd give this one a try.

A - Nice orange color. Just slightly cloudy from dry hopping but still looked great with fine bright white head and significant lacing.

S - Starts off with a slight Belgian twinge but then the citrusy hops kick in. Some pine, and malt and maybe just a touch of sour.

T - Good flavor with just like the smell. The Belgian character is very subtle that just helps frame the great hop flavors. Citrus, lemon, and some pine are the most distinct but the malt is enough to give it a nice backbone. The finish has more of the slight tartness from the yeast but is complimentary to the hops.

M - Light to medium mouth-feel. The carbonation was strong and added a slight acidity to the tart character. It finishes pretty crisp with the bitterness and tart character.

Overall, a very good beer. It isn't a "sour" beer by any means but it does have a light Belgian-tart character that goes with the citrusy hops. I prefer my hops to be the showcase but this is pretty good either way. I would suggest you stick with their IPA or a lil' sumpin' Extra IPA but if you've had those go with this one.

Glass- Tulip (1,173 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice almost crystal clear medium gold with a nice cap of foamy white head. The head has nice retention and leaves some good lacing. The aroma is lighter, with some nice tropical fruit and floral notes. The taste is a little restrained and comes off just a touch washed out. There is still a nice dank hoppy bite on the finish but the rest of the flavor profile feels like its missing. THe body has a nice weight and there's a good amount of carbonation. (461 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Super good take on 'sumpin! Adds a great wild yeast funk that I didn't know that there was room for in there. The depth of the malt flavor has gone even deeper now. Plus its even stronger and, as usual, you can't possibly tell! Lagunitas knows how to deliver the hammer.

Note: when this was first released I detected more nuances of the wild yeast than I did a few weeks later in different packs. It's not quite as exciting the 2nd or 3rd time around. It's not a replacement for the lil sumpin', but a great twist nonetheless. (533 characters)

Photo of jbredbeard
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is just a bit lighter and sweeter than the rest of the ales from this brewery. Nice spiced fruit and floral aroma, same for the flavor up front with a smooth sweety and sticky bitter finish. Yet another good one from Lagunitas! (238 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish orange. Decent lace after frothy white.
Smell: Apricot and grapefruit.
Taste: Pepper, bitter citrus, and dry.

I really like this. It does mirror Raging Bitch from Flying Dog. It's just that unique, sour, peppery something with a bite. I'd drink it again. (284 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm close minded so take that into account. Can't get over the Belgian yeast taste. Have to focus with each sip or get a gag reflex. Otherwise not bad. (151 characters)

Photo of DrMindbender
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very odd wild flavor...nothing is too distinguishable enough to get a true sense of the brew. Good, not great, drinkable for the abv but my taste buds aren't that impressed. Uneventful as a Belgian IPA or wild ale (213 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, light clear golden colour with great retention and lacing, creamy foam cap on it.

A - pleasant yeast and wheaty aromas of bubblegum, estery apricot fruit, banana, a bit of musty yeast notes, a bit woody and floral, dry citrus, some cherry. Spicy hop notes, serious bubblegum aromas though, this fades as it warms though.

T - has a much more complex array of fruity and floral notes with the yeast being a very active contributor rather than a backbone. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, yellow plums, vibrant florals, with quite a bitter hop contribution leading to a drying citrusy and wheat finish. Tangerine, creamy body, some bubblegum, lemon, very robust with a nice hop forward charcter, I should mention it has a fantastic depth and flavour profile with no perceptible alcohol.

M - as mentioned a very creamy, smooth body, moderate assertive carbonation to really brighten it up, thick fruity yeasty body, very sessionable, and a lingering warmth to it reminds you of the strength. A bit of sharpness on the finish initially, then a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Seriously impressive beer, the belgian yeast does wonders here combined with the fruity and wheaty base. Light upfront florals and citrusy fruit, but then also a great depth of farmhouse yeast, some tropical fruit notes, and spicy earthy notes. Lovely lovely beer, each sip keeps you on your toes and bring new flavours. (1,432 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden color with fluffy white head

Smell - mango, grapefruit


Taste - mango, pineapple, orange

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, bitterness in the back, smooth

Overall - decent beer

Price point - $1.67/12 oz single (280 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one's quite the looker, there. Rich golden amber body with a soft white head taking up the top finger's width of the glass. Good retention, beautiful lacing.

Aroma is banana and yeast, somewhat bready and maybe some faint grassy hops.

Taste starts off with a bang of both sweet belgian notes and a surprising hop bitterness. Belgian fruits and sugars meet a harsh piney bitterness. A fair amount of alcohol as well.
The aftertaste is bitter and almost pithy but without the citrusy element if that makes sense. But also a high note of candi sweet. Also the fact that it's almost 9% is quite evident here. (611 characters)

Photo of Christoffer91
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Beautiful golden straw color.
Smell is hoppy, floral, rose notes.
Taste is more of the same, with a nice amount of carbonation. Belgian flavors are there, slight funk, very balanced brew but definitely an IPA.
Great beer (220 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color with large head that disappears fairly quickly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of bready malts and mild hops.

Tastes like bready malts and spices, with mild hops on the way out. Very pleasant overall.

Moderate bodied with mild carbonation. Goes down quite smoothly.

Overall, a very solid beer. Tastes more like a Belgian in flavor, but goes down like an IPA. I would buy this again. (432 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pale straw color, deep yellow. Wonderful aroma of bubble gum, yeast, and big cloves.

Nice mix of west coast hop bitterness, mostly piney resin hop mixed with belgian yeast characteristics, clove, yeast, bubble gum.

Love this beer, brings two great styles crashing together into a wonderful mix (305 characters)

Photo of grammodesguapote
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle, no date. Beer pours a light, cloudy, tan with a frothy white head. Aroma is citrusy Belgian yeast with it's sourdough bread like notes. To be honest my expectations fell at this point, I have never had a Belgian IPA that I really liked, all that changed. Taste is that same Belgian yeast and citrus from appropriately selected hops, but there is a pleasant malty sweetness that makes this beer work. All too often Belgian IPAs end up too dry and the bitterness is poorly balanced and unpleasant, not so here. Great job. Mouthfeel is on point with that nice stickeyness IPAs should have. Again, great beer. (613 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden color with visible carbonation bubbles and a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-bready malt, sweet summer fruits, yeast, and mild hops

T-pale bready malt backbone, citrus, and a nice balance between yeast and hops

M-medium body and low to medium carbonation

Overall very drinkable even with the higher ABV. Very nice balance between a Belgian beer and IPA. (398 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%

Cold is this beer's friend. Drink it quick, it does turn to an off flavor quickly with time. That being said, it is a fruity hoppy clean crisp beer when cold. This rating is based on a colder temp. (200 characters)

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%

Julian date 276.
A Pours a rich golden body with a fluffy off-white head.
S The aroma is jumping out of the glass, tropical hops and a peppery spice. Pine and oranges as it warms up.
T Interesting combination of ripe fruit on the first sips that lead to a flash of bitterness and the slightest amount of spice. As it warms the taste of the hops is more bitter and piney.
M Slick going down and mildly bitter after. When warmer I would call the mouth feel creamy.
O This is a fantastic Belgian style IIPA. Not to funky and hoppy in all the right ways. This ale is dangerously drinkable for the alcohol content. (611 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee

A- Light golden clear beer 1 1/2' thick white head leaving a great deal of lacing that lingers on the side of the glass (4.5)

S-Floral citrus hops with some yeasty funk, tropical fruits pineapple mango (4.3)

T- follows the nose as the citrus hops battle with the yeast funk and sweet tropical fruits............pleasant on the tongue....slight peppery notes along with some bready malts (4.3

M-some effervescence, slightly less than medium bodied, long dry finish (4.0)

O-somewhere between an IPA and saison....really good beer.......very drinkable......ABV well hidden to the point of danger......well done and will be buying more of this one (4.35) (685 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malts immediately give way to crisp bite from the Beglian (or Belgian-inspired) yeasting, which provides the aggressive and dominant elements of this beer; indeed, this very excellent elaboration of standard A Little Sumpin' is almost a beer built backward: the yeast and attendant flavors provide the skeletal system upon which all the other elements operate.

The sweetness of the malt is light, and clings only slightly to the yeasty superstructure—a fact echoed in the warm, bright gilded brown color of the brew. The nose is sharp and banana-apply, heralding the yeast-dominant nature of the beer, but belying how generously hopped the ale ultimately is: sugary-floral notes suffuse each sip, and a mellow but lingering bitterness rides this sumptuous-yet-lithe through to the end. I suppose it's a summer beer—BA lists its availability as such, and it's sunny and refreshing enough that I could imagine drinking it if the tempts are under eight-five F—but I've only found it in Fall, when it really shines as a downright ideal avatar of transitioning season: clean yet heavy, clean yet bold, crisp yet tinged with a slowly-dying sweetness.

I really like A Little Sumpin'; I love its wild sister. (1,217 characters)

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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