A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,495
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 201
Gots: 491 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,495 | Reviews: 958
Reviews by IllNate:
Photo of IllNate
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear pale amber. Finger of head that dissipates quickly to webbing.

S - Nice aroma. Smells of pineapple hops and citrus with some funk in there.

T - Bitter for sure, with that familiar pineapply/citrus hop, the dank hop is there as well. Balancing sweetness with good malt backing.

M - Puckering bitterness that stays with you. Smooth otherwise, medium body. Warming from the alcohol after, hidden extreemly well. Very appropriate mouthfeel.

O - Excellent beer. I prefer the sumpin' to the sumpin' wild, but still a solid beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of -Rick
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very disapointed. Worst of the lil sumpin line

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed glass a slight chill hazed burnt orange with a big blooming white head that settled very slowly into a creamy mass.The first thing I notice is a big blast of citric hop,I detect some Amarillo I believe,then the phenols come rollin in with some clove-like spice.I really wanted to like the flavors more but I couldnt get myself to,started out great with a shot of citric and aspirin-like hops,but the phenols take over with slight funk and spice.Alot of people like Belgian yeast flavor...I dont.I like the hop profile and its a well made beer,just not a Belgian yeast fan.

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

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Poured a golden-straw color, highly opaque and hazy with just about no light getting through anywhere but the very edges. Big, fluffy, white head that lasts quite a while, a nice characteristic of many Belgian styles; moderate lacing along the sides. Slightly floral and hoppy on the nose - a decent balance of bitter greens and sweet citrus. This smells like it's gonna be good.

The initial taste hits first with a sharp carbonation bite followed immediately by hops that stretch to the back of the palate; floral-like with a mild pine character, hops are certainly abundant here. Then comes the sweetness - super huge profile of fruits here, the heaviest being pineapple and grapefruit, with a mention going out to mango and pear. Phenolic warmth from the alcohol ties the citrus sweetness and hop bitterness together very well. The aftertaste comes around as the hops cut back through the sweetness to give a highly bitter and yeast-filled finish. Low malt flavors overall, but enough to balance out the hops, though they also have some help from the citrus and yeast. Medium-thick body with a bunch of carbonation.

This is a great beer, and a great American-made Belgian-style IPA. The hops are balanced very nicely with citrus, yeast, and a bit of malt while remaining highly bitter and pungent - truly a hard combination to pull off, especially this well.

Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with excellent clarity. The head is rocky and white with a better than average retention time, leaving a a fine lacing on the glass.

S: Sumpin' Wild smells like a hoppy christmas with orange and peach like esters, pepper and light clove phenols and resinous and citrus hops dominate the aroma. There is a moderately-light sweet malt aroma and a light perfume-like alcohol aroma.

T: This tastes as great as it smell having the citrus and piney hops up front with a very high hops bitters and just enough malt sweetness for support. The orange and peach like esters fall behind the peppery phenols in the the taste. The balance is firmly bitter with a lingering hops bitterness and soem alcohol sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-high carbonation. There is a noticeable alcohol warmth in the throat.

O: The is an excellent Belgian IPA having all the hops flavor, bitterness and malt support I love from the Lagunitas usual line up while adding the fruit and spice from the Belgian yeast. This would be a great beer to enjoying as a compliment to some bold Thai or Indian curry.

Photo of weatherdog
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield Il. Served in a shaker pint glass.

It pours a crystal clear amber with a 1 finger cream colored head. A medium amount of lacing clings to the side of the glas

Tangerine and grapefruit hop flavors are upfront and present. They aren't as heavy as I remember in other Sumpin' variants. The Belgian yeast is also present throwing some apple and peach esters in there.

The taste makes me want to categorize this as a Belgian IPA. Very bright tropical hop flavors with the added complexity of the belgian yeast. It's pretty straightforward flavorwise but still a good example.

Cabonation is medium and the finish is nice and crisp. Decent drinkability.

Photo of migwell
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Little Sumpin' has been one of my favorite ales for quite some time. Essentially an IPA, but basically a wheat beer, it straddles the classifications, creating a space all its own.

This version, however, is a step up. Subtle, very complex flavors, amazing drink-ability, a sneak-up-on-you ABV that you don't even notice. The only drawback is that it's not a year-round release.

" The nose is moderately woody, dusty white grape. Marshmallow. Rustic yeastiness. The taste is super dry. Peach, pear, white grape. Slightly hot finish, but pretty elegant. Not overly cloying. Nice. Crisp carbonation, medium body."

This is the kind of stuff which I will never write, as I am a beer drinker, not a beer connoisseur (actually I had to look up the spelling on that word). But I contend, nevertheless, based on 50 years of beer drinking experience, that this is one not to be missed.

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

A - Clear gold color with moderate carbonation and a nice head.

S - Nice spicy penols are the first think I noticed because I didn't read the label to see this was fermented with Belgian yeast. There is also a sweetness to the aroma with a little breadiness.

T - Tastes like a American IPA with an accent. The hops are there and up front in flavor, but you are also met with some sweet pear like flavor, and it ends with some grapefruit. Great hop flavors, the yeast adds some nice esters, and the bitterness is there but low key in comparison to all that hop flavor.

M - There is a sweetness there and it is thicker than I would expect from a Belgian Strong Pale as this is listed, but I would say it is more of an...Imperial Belgian Strong Pale hybrid something??? I like the feel and don't know if I would want it any thinner.

D - This is an interesting beer that I think would appeal to people who normally are not big Belgian fans, but still hits a note for those of us that really like the Belgian beers.

Interesting beer and another winner for Lagunitas.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. In a pint glass the beer was gold in color with a thick white fluffy head. There was a good amount of lace.

Earthy aroma, fruity and spicy. Sweet aroma. There was a strong hops presence.

Funky taste, yeasty and spicy. Apples. Still pretty hoppy.

I thought this was a very nice example of a Belgian IPA. Good balance between the yeast and the hops.

I'll drink this beer anytime.

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

A - Pours clear coppery orange with two fingers of off-white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Lots of grapefruit, some nice florals and bubblegum. Belgian yeast is present but doesn't dominate.

T - More yeast presence in the taste then the smell, along with a nice amount of spice. Also a strong citrus hop presence up front. Finishes with a nice bitterness. This is a nice compliment to the regular Sumpin Sumpin. Finishes pretty clean and dry though there is also a light lingering sweetness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

O - I had this on tap once and thought it was overly sweet. While there is some sweetness, the bitter grapefruit definitely wins out. Overall a nice Belgian IPA that would have again, but wouldn't go out of my way for.

Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is earthy yeast with some resiny minty hops and some slightly rotten fruit.

The flavor is bready malts, with some slightly rotten bananas and a little spice and some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I would call this a Belgian IPA. Similar to others, I just do not like these - there are some weird notes that I can't describe well. This reminded me some of Bruery's Mischief, but not as bad. I was bummed - I was hoping for a sour.

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

Pours a clear, golden orange color with a nice frothy, white head. Good head retention and lacing. Smells very floral and tropical. Tropical fruits, that certain belgian yeast element is present, citrus, pineapple, tangerine. Damn good. Tastes of more tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, ...belgian yeastiness, more tangerines, orange peel, slight white pepper, so good. I could drink this sweet nectar all night long and hope to remember it.

Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Peachy hue, excellent head and lacing

SMELL: Papaya, peppery, pineapple skin, blood oranges, bready, yeast, phenolic, taffy, gummy, spicy

TASTE: Medium bodied, semi-creamy, very smooth, soft hoppy resin, moving bitterness, biscuity, herbal, slightly medicinal, nutty, vegtal, a bit alcoholic

Love the whole Belgo-American movement, love Lagunitas as well. Very well balanced, Westmalle yeast battles dank hop in a higher alcohol arena ... everything a growing palate needs. Giving this brew a hearty HELL YEAH!

Photo of Laura_Lombardi
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious and lightly fruity Taste

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed several samples of this at the recent ACBF in Boston, this review is from a follow up visit enjoyed at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY. Poured pretty typical looking medium almond amber, near clear. Light tan head, that stays at about 1/2 inch, develops a nice looking maraingue and leaves ample sheeting and strands of lace. Floral, grassy, and Belgian yeast/spice nose, yum, my kind of beer. Boldly hopped, notes of light clove, Belgian infused yeasty/spiciness, more then moderate hops presence continuing to exert itself and adding to the sizzle. Quite worthy example of a style that I love. Fine folks at Lagunitas, please make lots more of this one and send it to the NYC area.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz Bottle.Taste is a grapefruit flavor with a touch of bitterness.ABV is 8.8.I liked this.I goes down really nice.Another one of Lagunitas great brews.Threw back a couple of these last night and they were going down real nice.Give it a try.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer Fall Beerfest.

The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is pretty fruity with some notes of pineapple and other citrus. I also get some toffee and caramel malt and a strong Belgian yeast component. The flavor is more of the same, with some bready malt and some grapefruit and orange citrus notes. The yeast is also very present and adds some strong Belgian character to the beer. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Not really anything too wild about this beer, but it is a good drink.

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear amber-orange with thin off-white head.

Smell: Citrus hops with the prototypical Lagunitas aroma. Some phenolic qualities along with light pepper.

Taste: Tastes fairly similar to A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', with an orange and grapefruit onslaught upfront, but it also has some light banana, clove and a general mustiness. Finishes with the expected pine-like taste of an IPA, but with an extra dose of pepper and clove.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, fairly light body considering the abv. Boozy, dry finish. Not as silky smooth as A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

Overall: While this has some nice tantalizing Belgian yeast additions, this mostly comes across as a boozier version of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. This means that it is still great, but not QUITE as great.

Finally, why is this not categorized as a Belgian IPA?

Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint served in a nonic glass at the Lowry.
A-pretty clear. Dark golden with some light copper highlights. Served with a white film. Some lacing.

S-smells like a Lagunitas beer. Grassy hops with a tropical and fruity hop aroma. Fair malt aroma with quite a bit of that typical Belgian estery yeast goodness.

T-once again has that trademark Lagunitas flavor. Has that pine resiny hoppiness with some citrus and tropical notes. Decent malt backbone with a touch of yeast.

M-fairly big bodied with a lingering bitter finish

O-definitely a Lagunitas beer. Big west coast hoppy beer with a very minor Belgian influence. A bit too west coast IPA (bitter pine resin taste) for me. But this is a damn flavorful beer.

Photo of BenHesk12
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin Wild is limited release and can be occasionally be found in a 6 pack for about 10 bucks. Being a high quality 9.4% alcohol belgian IPA, it's a great deal. Not to mention, this is one of Lagunita's better brews. Great Belgian style yeasty flavors combined with the hoppiness of a moderate IPA makes for an enjoyable session beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a nice deep amber and it's a bit hazy, has a thin small white head. Nose is rich, malty and a bit funky.

Taste is fantastic, it's a bit spicy - think nutmeg or similar. It's pretty rich and sweet, very creamy and damn drinkable.

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber pulled from fridge and allowed to sit out for about a half hour before opening. poured into a standard pint glass.

pour out a hazy golden orange color with a decent amount of sediment. one finger of creamy white head with good retention. some decent sticky lace.

hops are almost all i get in the aroma. big tropical fruit, floral, and pellet hop aromas. a bit of lemony citrus, slight bready malt. not much from the westmalle yeast used in this beer. maybe some spiciness.

lots of hops! mostly tropical fruit like hops. also some floral and lemon zest citrus. decent amount of spiciness present, most likely caused from the mix of big and hops and belgian yeast. a bit of wheaty, bready malt. tastes like a good ipa, other than the spiciness, theres not much belgian yeast to taste which disappoints a little.

medium to full bodied. lots of hop bitterness that wrecks the palate in all the ways a DIPA do. decent feeling carb, but definatly not that of a belgian pale ale.

this drinks, tastes and feels like a DIPA, and a very good one to boot, but i just wished it had more of that westmalle yeast strain. its there, but hardly. still a great tasting, hard hitting IPA. and if thats what you want, definatly worth a try, if you want more of a belgian thing, look for something else.

Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear orange amber with a medium sized, though thick off-white head. Lines and dots of lacing mess the glass.

Pungently tropical citrus aroma: orange, pineapple, and grapefruit specifically. This smells more like a wonderful DIPA than anything else at this point. As the beer warms, a slight Belgian yeast presence pushes its way through, along with some pepper notes, earth, and grass. Interesting and a pleasure to sniff.

Vibrant and pungent tropical fruit citrus flavors: more orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, following the nose nearly identically. These flavors are bold and unmistakable. As the beer warms, it becomes a bit more bready, a touch sweeter, and just a hint of the Belgian yeast and some spicy pepper notes emerge. This beer isn't all too "wild," but it's certainly delicious.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Full yet crisp and refreshing.

A delicious (Belgian) DIPA, if you ask me.

Photo of boatshoes
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from the local liquor store, heard it was a unique brew and wanted to give it a try.

Appearance- Pours a nice deep sparkling golden with two and a half fingers of white head. Good retention with some moderate lacing.

Smell- Smells great with an interesting combination of IPA and belgian ale scents. Starts off with lots of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Backed up with scents of yeast and a malty breadiness.

Taste- Again, an interesting combination of IPA and belgian ale. Big pineapple, mango, and lots of fruity esters. Evident sweet malts in the background and a pleasant yeastiness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. This one went down really easily as well, enjoyed it quite a bit

Overall, my favorite incarnation of the Little Sumpin' series thus far. Quite good.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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