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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,843 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,843
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 127
Gots: 181 | 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:
Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU

(Beer added by: femALEist on 04-28-2010)
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dmatsui

California

5/5  rDev +21.4%

A steady pour from a bottle into a tulip produced one of the most gorgeous heads I've seen. 4 finger, bony off-white head with super tight bubbles that look like they could support the weight of a quarter. The head stuck around for almost 5 minutes leaving a lot of pretty lacing. The beer itself if a pale, pretty clear gold with a touch of haze.

Interesting complexities in the nose. You are hit with spicy, floral and summery hops and simultaneously with the savory spiciness of whatever yeast strain they're throwing in. Definitely hints of Belgian dubbels are Saisons, but with the supporting role of Lagunitas hops.

Wow. First there is a huge burst of fruit coming from the yeast, wheat and hops. Big citrus and summer fruits come through with huge clean, over-ripe grapefruit, pine, grassiness of the hops. The Yeast adds a lot of banana and berry-like flavors. What distinguishes this brew is the strong presence of melon, the result of the combination of summer-fruit like qualities. The Belgian spices and sweet esters are such an interesting pairing, offering other complexities such as anise, coriander, sage, cinnamon and telltale clove. The alcohol is almost imperceptible, showing up only in the tingling sensation in your belly.

Strong bitterness but so amazingly satisfying. Chewy, oily, astringent and maltiness all combine for an extremely full mouthfeel and a tangy dry finish, but the drinkability remains to be fairly high. I could see this beer sneaking up on people; it really doesn't drink like anything over 7%.

Another home-run from Lagunitas. I really can't say enough good things about this beer. I can definitely see this becoming a beer that I get something different out of every time. I am a huge fan of Little Sumpin Sumpin, but this stuff is like LSS with a boob job.

Buy some.

08-02-2012 01:54:09 | More by dmatsui
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

10-06-2010 21:19:42 | More by oberon
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Dekhar

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.4%

08-28-2014 22:48:58 | More by Dekhar
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

09-13-2013 02:44:31 | More by aszatk01
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Turbo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-17-2013 21:06:48 | More by Turbo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

11-27-2012 12:59:17 | More by tectactoe
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-21-2013 02:54:07 | More by OhioBobcat
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MadScientist

New York

4.73/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

09-02-2012 20:31:35 | More by MadScientist
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Tiernan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

08-11-2013 07:16:45 | More by Tiernan
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

09-28-2010 00:54:08 | More by weatherdog
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migwell

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +10%

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.

09-10-2013 22:25:23 | More by migwell
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ajkiser12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-27-2012 19:50:33 | More by ajkiser12
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blackwingedhorde

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-06-2012 05:55:35 | More by blackwingedhorde
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steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

10-26-2010 23:38:45 | More by steelerguy
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EastBay_Nick

California

5/5  rDev +21.4%

07-13-2013 21:27:42 | More by EastBay_Nick
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ddodger41

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-06-2014 20:35:32 | More by ddodger41
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Drunkenass

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-06-2013 06:24:09 | More by Drunkenass
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15%

08-13-2012 20:42:35 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

10-10-2012 19:10:12 | More by lordofthewiens
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-19-2014 23:28:30 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

08-24-2011 22:35:12 | More by warnerry
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Chlsyhawkins


4.52/5  rDev +9.7%

08-22-2014 19:58:02 | More by Chlsyhawkins
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

11-11-2010 05:20:28 | More by Beaver13
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-22-2013 03:19:35 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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BiggestDogWorld

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-27-2014 23:09:17 | More by BiggestDogWorld
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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,843 ratings.