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
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Ratings: 3,495 | Reviews: 958
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 bkarow00
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- The beer had a slight tint of brown with a very nice head once pour into a glass.

S- Call me weird, but I got the smell of beef teriyaki jerky. I love beef teriyaki jerky.

T- A slight sweetness once it hits the palate with a good hoppiness after taste.

M- Has a smooth and refreshing taste especially the the alcohol content. It's very easy drinking.

O- This is by far in my top five beers of all time. It is the nectar of the gods. Excellent beer from Lagunitas.

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

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.

Photo of Emerson1310
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer!!!

A: Deep gold, foggy, lots of carbonation, creamy 2-finger head, lots of lacing when you tilt the glass.

S: Grapefruit city!! Some yeast and malts too.

T: Just amazing!! Lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange, mango, etc. Mild bitterness fades quickly on finish, no hop buildup on back of tongue.

O: I will keep buying this!! Well priced and wonderfully drinkable. At 9.4 ABV I would only be able to drink around 10 to 12 bottles before switching over to something lighter. >;^))

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish lazeretched snifter:

A- Beautiful golden amber with a slight reddish hue. Some mild carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. A rich, creamy, thick white head that lingers for a long time and leaves a glorious lace in its wake.

S - Amazingly complex and intriguing! Juniper, pine, mangoes, resinous malts, candied apples, slight smokiness, like bacon, somewhat bacterial, slightly vinegary, cedar, waffles, rye bread, bananas, peaches, and gasoline.

T - Buttery, mellow, melons, pine, decent bitterness, vibrant yeast which hints at bananas but doesn't let it overpower, diacetyl, nuts, wafts of alcohol. The finish leaves you curious what you just experienced, with lingering hop citrus and herbal notes complemented by yeast fruitiness and malty grains. Almost a sake like koji mold character with complementary grape essence. Some pine, juniper, and other woods seem to linger in the back, bound to a desire to be fruity or banana-ey that just won't stick. Almost a pumpkins or squash soup-like character, with some cardamom and other spices. WHAT A BEER!

M - Thick, rich, coating, and satisfying. The butteryness gives the beer a mellow character for such a complex and high ABV affair.

O - A unique and deservedly awesome beer. Everything about it screams quality, complexity, and uniqueness. I love this style, and I've truly never had a beer quite like this one. Goes up to the top of my list of best BSPAs out there!

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loved Sumpin Sumpin from Lagunitas, and I am beginning to enjoy sour/wild beers, so I figured this was right up my alley.

Pours from a 750ml bottle, no cork, into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Clear and amber golden in color with a large, rocky, white head. Loads of lacing.

Wonderful aroma. I was expecting a typical Belgian aroma, but instead, I got a large, citrus hop aroma with minimal sourness or funkiness. In fact, it smells just like a west coast IPA. I guess that is completely off-base style wise, but I like it.

More IPA flavors. Citrus and grapefruit out the ass. Not all that bitter. Smoooth. Again, no real belgian characteristics. Perhaps a touch of clove, but not much else. Slightly sweet but not cloying. Very dry and tart finish; lemony also.

Beer could have used a little more carbonation. Perfect bitterness. Matching sweetness. I absolutely loved this beer. I really dont think it is to style AT ALL, but this is a great Belgian IPA! This drank like a bitter. My new favorite "Belgian" beer.

Photo of nickthetick
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a clear copper into a DFH signature glass with two fingers of slightly off white head that thins rather quickly to a finger then slowly after that to a skim leaving no lacing.

S: full of beautiful bread notes and sweet malts with an amazing bouquet of fruits and lighter floral and pine hops.

T: the hops offer the first surprising notes of flowers and are quickly backed by awesome malts and brilliant yeast flavors hit the pallet and take over everything. Lovely rose water and pine linger on the tongue after the beer is long gone.

MF: medium body with a great effervescence, a tiny bit astringent and just a slight tad dry on the end.

O: this is a brilliant beer that I am so happy I got a six pack of on a whim. I will be getting this again and find it suitable if not better then some of the good abbey beers. Brilliant.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear amber color with a good amount of visual carb. Very nice dense frothy eggshell colored head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Nice smooth citrus, pineapple and light creamy malt on the nose.

Very nice hop presence up front with nice floral, light citrus and pineapple flavor notes with a nice transition into a mild fruitty malt back end like a rainbow sherbet. Great flavor, balance and complexity.

Light-medium bodied with pretty high carbonation but very nice and appropriate for the beer.

Overall this beer is nothing short of awesome. I was pleasantly blown away actually by how good it was. Excellent all around beer with very high drinkability. I didn't realize that it was fermented with Westmalle yeast which makes sense because I love Westmalle and think it's incredibly complex which lends itself perfectly to this beer. I highly recommend this.

Photo of Miketwolf21
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that turns believers into non-believers. Profound yet exploratory. fell me. Other wise the appearence is a cloudy light orange configuration that exhibits near unforgetable tones of grapefruit and clove!!! Perfectly balanced perfectly unbalanced glory.!

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-figner thick, pale tan tinged head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a gold to light copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, rich gold hue when held up to the light. Ahh, the aroma is nicely hoppy; it smells of expressive tangelo oils (like tearing through the skin of a super ripe tangelo), ample lychee, bright kumquat zest and a touch of dank herbaceous character towards the finish. It is really quite striking how much this smells of tangelo oils, I am really enjoying that aspect of the nose. Perhaps a hint of clove adds some complexity to the hop character, but the Westmalle yeast is fairly muted here. The malt, while definitely subtle, is a touch more noticeable than the yeast; it contributes supporting notes of pale malt cracker notes and perhaps a hint of dried hay that mixes in with the hop character.

Lightly sweet tasting with an ample citrusy hop fruitiness up front, as the beer moves across the tongue it picks up flavors of juicy fruit bubble gum, a big lychee note and tangelo zest, while the finish has just a hint of herbal character and menthol. The middle while it seems all hop influenced is actually accentuated by a light clove character. Not overly bitter up front, but the bitterness grows through the finish and finally lingers on the palate with a nice biting note that is accentuated by some phenolic yeast notes. Quite light bodied and drinkable, dangerously so when you consider the strength of this beer, I really love how drinkable this is and it is likely the biggest influence of the yeast character; this certainly has the drinkability of a good Belgian beer and quite dangerously so given the strength of this beer, but it has just enough texture and body that the fruity hop character is wonderfully accentuated. The dominant hop fruitiness really is just infused from the beginning to end of each sip, it really is the most noticeable part of the flavor from beginning to end. A touch of yeast derived bubble-gum notes seem to accentuate the juicy-fruit flavors from the hops and also the bright tropical fruit flavor that this beer has.

Judged as a purely hop-driven beer (which this is, despite the yeast), the nose on this beer is fantastic; so vibrantly fresh and hoppy with it smooth, über-fruit character and just enough balancing herbal character to keep things interesting. The yeast character is a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but it is still a weak supporting cast member when compared to the hops, but at least it does a good job with the role it does play; it is not overly phenolic, nor does it contribute flavors that clash with the hop notes, instead it integrates quite nicely with the dominant hop character. Some part of me wishes that this had more characteristics of the Westmalle yeast strain present, but in my hop-heart I know that I would not have liked the beer nearly as much even though this would have ended up a more complex. So yes, this is simplistically hop focused, but there is just enough malt and yeast character to support the hops and to really let them shine here. I can't help but really enjoy this beer; and I think I might have found a beer from this brewery to rival fresh Hop Stoopid.

Photo of ely2000k
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very small head, beer looks crisp, clean, and faint orange in color. Look relaxing.

S- Faint grapefruit and floral hints. Vague malt smell. Some other unidentifiable citrus fruit smell. Not overwhelming, but certainly good.

T- Starts off sweet, ends bitter, but very smooth. This is over 9%? I can't tell at all. The hops are very smooth, and the flavor is complex, and extremely well balanced. Whatever the Belgian yeast does to this makes it great.

M- Crisp. Despite the high alcohol, this is very drinkable. Isn't really dry. Great carbonation. Could definitely drink a few of these with no problem.

O- Honestly, I have no complaints at all. Awesome beer. Lagunitas is always great, and this beer is especially awesome.

Photo of Luigi
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow where to begin...

Pours out a hazy rich copper color with a few carbonation bubbles. The head starts off three finger high (if I had used a bigger glass I believe I could have even achieved a four finger head). But!, the head is off white and settled down to a half finger height from beginning to end. Good lacing around the glass. Just agitate the ale some and the head quickly returns to one finger.

The aroma is rich with bitter pine like hops, bread and yeast, sweetness of alcohol and malt.

The taste is just an attack on the tongue of all kinds of rich flavors. I certainly pick up the Belgium flavors, particularly from the yeast. Sour citrus and piney finish. Yet at the same time even the malt sweetness lingers with dry hop bitterness. Making this ale perfectly balanced. Very west coast because this could pass as an Imperial IPA as well.

Be careful because the body is medium and easy to drink still! Light carbonation and a slick finish on the back of your tongue.

This Ale whether you consider it a Belgium Strong Pale Ale or an Imperial IPA has everything you would want in an west coast American Pale Ale. Despite the high ABV 9:4%!! Each flavor is balanced almost to perfection!!

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost white head, high retention on a slightly hazy, golden body. Suddsy lacing, receding to reveal oily clear, sticky resinous lacing. Double barreled lacing? Cool. Aroma is a beautiful fruity, citrusy grapefruit with some malty sweetness, candi sugar and belgian yeasty goodness. Taste is wonderfully hopped, piney and grapefruit, mild sweetness with a fruity, yeasty. Ever so slight alcohol presence, amazing for 8.8%. Tongue coating mouthfeel. I guess this beer is the result of mixing two of the worlds best things, pacific northwest hops and belgian yeast.

Photo of sublimesipping
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Little sumpin wild is a lot sumpin delicious. the beer pours well holds a beautiful head and wonderful aroma. Drinks smooth and complex, balanced hops, fruit, and wonderful belgian esters with a long finish. A great beer, two bottles tasted and looking for more. On the short list of noteworthy beers tasted in the last half of 2010.
Wildly in love with this beer.

Photo of olympicgatorade
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange. Fairly tight head for a Belgian.

S: Bready, slight funkyness, fruits.

T: Hits you first with a light bready-ness, then some fruity funk and ends with a delightful bitterness. Amazing.

M: Nice and crisp for a Belgian. The wild yeasts leave a pleasantly soft mouthfeel.

O: Really great. 9+% but you can hardly taste the alcohol. Could drink many of these.... I often feel Lagunitas misses the mark and is only about the spectacle, but they've proven me wrong big time here. Highly recommended.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a chalice.

I have had this beer many times, but I am now just getting around to writing a review. This is a bucket list beer that is so easy to find when it is in season. A must have. It will make you change your attitude about Belgian IPAs. I rank this as my top Belgian IPA. It defines the style for me (even though some might argue that it is an ill-defined style to begin with). Very complex. Not overly bitter but the bitterness is there. A very drinkable balance of flavors that make this beer one of my most favorites, but watch out for the 8.8% ABV it will kick your ass.

A – Pours a clear amber/slightly orange color with a three-finger dense off-white head. Nice sticky Belgian lace.

S – Floral sweetness, citrusy, very faint barnyard funk, faint spiciness. A cacophony of aromas.

T – Malty sweetness ending with a pleasing bitterness. Balanced.

MF – Medium to heavy bodied beer, smooth even creamy finish with a slight bite of bitterness.

Photo of Mages64
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Bottleworks into a duvel glass.

Beautiful clear golden hue with a red/amber tint. zero lacing. 1+ inch head (consistent for two glasses).

nose of bubblegum (belgian yeast i assume), sweet fruit with foresty notes in the background. I can smell the alcohol too.

taste/mouthfeel were exceptional. sweet and smooth with fruit (tropical) and perhaps strawberry but with a truly amazing yeast flavor.

drink: yes:) This is my new fav everyday beer. leaves a dry after feel and sticky lips. leaves you wanting more.

please send bottles up to Seattle!

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, no freshness date.

Pours an unfiltered pale yellow/gold with bubbles rising and a nice creamy bone white head that stays and plays.

Aroma is like Little sumpin' sumpin' on crack. Citrus aromas are strong with tangerine, grapefruit and papaya coming to mind, the special yeast gives it a tart apple fruitiness that compliments the hops oh so well.

Taste is more or less of the smell, super juicy and full of tropical fruit flavours. Slight bitterness stays around playing with your taste buds. This beer might have the most citrus forward flavors than any like it.

Mouthfeel is crisp clean and refreshing. light to medium carbonation, almost creamy but certainly delicious. semi dry finish.

Great drinkability at 8.85% ABV. I wish and pray this could be a year round or seasonal at some point. One of my new favorite brews, Thank you Lagunitas, A+.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Citrus, honey, hops

T: WOW! Where do I begin. Starts off crisp with pear, honey, citrus, apple nice hops belgian yeast, some booze and a bubble gum finish with a nice subtle hop bite

M: Wel carbonated, lighter to medium bodied, tasty and the taste is still very strong on the palate.

D: Among the best IMHO

Photo of J-Rye
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A definite go to when it's around. Amazing beer from a great brewery!

Photo of JeffBob
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light amber color, smelled of hoppy apricot goodness with a small amount of head.
Lots of delicious spice and fruit flavors and a pinch of floral notes perhaps perfectly blended with hoppy goodness a great beer for any time of year highly drinkable goes down very smooth IBU's are not sky high so if that's what your after IBU's this is not your beer but still very worth trying.
This is I think possibly the worlds perfect beer, I am highly awaiting its next release

Photo of laglocal
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a traditional Belgian style beer glass.

A: Gorgeous. An orange-gold hue with a frost-white head that came to about a finger despite my aggressive pour. Lacing appearing already as head begins to slowly dissipate.

S: The curious flavor from the Belgian yeast first pokes it's head out here a bit, but for the most its a hoppy light smell.

T: Dangerously smooth, hops ever-present being a Belgian style IPA, but the curious clovey-ness brought by the yeast is what makes me proclaim this as one of, if not my favorite beers. I think it is even a bit of a cannabis-type taste that the yeast brings. Citrus and apple present initially, malt rounds things out nicely.

M: Brimming with carbonation, exciting and entertaining mouthfeel. Finish is there and lingers with a curious sweetness.

As stated before, I have held this in high regard for a long time so my review may be a bit biased. But this hides the 8.8% abv like nobodies business and is drinkable to boot. I would highly recommend this to any IPA fan as it is sure not to disappoint. True to style and worth revisiting. I'm stocked up, but will be sad to see this go out of season.

Photo of Rick_Ryan
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Belgian IPAs I've had.

Photo of Dellpepper123
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

A great fall back beer. Solid.

Photo of n2185
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, golden honey color with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin white cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet bubblegum and candy sugar with light spice notes at first which melds seamlessly into a tropical pineapple and grapefruit aroma from the hops. Lovely.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are sweet bubblegum flavors at first along with some light spicy notes. The sweetness again follows into a tropical pineapple and grapefruit blast from the hops. The finish is lightly bitter with just a touch of alcohol burn.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation that accentuates the tropical hop flavors and bitterness well.

O: Definitely not a BSPA--too thick and hoppy--but a wonderful Belgian IPA. A delicious mix of sweet and spicy Belgian aromas/flavors with tropical fruit hop aromas and flavors. I didn't expect to enjoy this beer as much as I do, but it's hard not to chug it because it's so tasty and drinkable. Absolutely love it.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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