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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,460
Reviews: 952
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 446 | 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 Spineypanda
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden almost straw color with a nice fluffy head that lingers and laces well.
Smells of major citrus/grapefruit.
Tastes of a good bit of citrus, but also a slight sweetness. A unique yeast taste that is very subdued that I imagine comes from the Westmalle yeast strain. A nice alcohol taste and burn on the back of the tongue.

A really nice beer, love the aroma.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Nice label art.

Pours an ultra clear gold, with a decent off-white head that patches to the glass. Smell is a bit hot, but contains a very pleasing blend of candied fruits and spices. I'm liking this one right away. Taste starts off with some bubblegum and dives right into the spicy Belgian yeast. A segue into sweet grapefruit hops follows, and by the end, an assertive bitterness leaves me wanting another drink. All the while, a mellow base allows room for all the other flavors to happen. In the end, this is a subtle beer, but is so complex.. Even a touch of alcohol feel isn't enough to dampen this brew whatsoever. It reminds me a lot of Raging Bitch, and that is not a bad thing whatsoever. A great beer imo.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a strong white head and lots of sticky lacing. Strong aromas a tropical fruit - mango, grapefruit, citrus all coming together very nicely.

Taste is a tropical fruit roller-coaster. Starting with mango, mixing with pineapple and grapefruit and leading eventually to a nice malt backbone of pale malts. Extremely smooth and ending with a nice caramelized sugar flavor / cotton candy. Body is not extremely thick for a BSPA, but definitely a very enjoyable beer with carbonation just about right.

Right next to Little Sumpin, these are both great beers from Lagunitas. Highly recommended.

Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold, nice head with average lacing

S - Tons of citrus hops, orange rines

T - Smooth malt opens the profile for a split second before nutty-sweet hops rush through the palate. Grapefruit bitters on the backend. Great balance.

M - Perfectly carbonated. Medium-light body.

D - Good drinkability, not overpowering.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and citrus aroma, grapefruit bomb

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid double with heavy citrus flavor and a noticable grapefruit flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. I'd drink more

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent beer, and something that I would gladly get again for the price per 6er

A- Beautiful golden color, visibly carbonated, with a nice white head that leaves a lacing for the entire life of the beer

S- This surprised me a bit. I was not at all impressed by the smell. Perhaps the hops had faded, but I did not smell the citrusy and hoppy smells that others are reporting. I smelled the over-ripe banana bread smells typically associated with Belgians. I also smelled a lot of vanilla. But there was an odd chemical smell that was hard to get past, and made me think that I would not enjoy this beer

T- The chemical smell was not at all present in the taste. The taste was so much better than I expected based on the smell. I tasted vanilla at the forefront, along with ripe fruits. There was a strong alcohol taste that was not at all hidden, and very much at the forefront- but I like that, so for me, that represents a positive, not a drawback, but for those who like high alcohol contents to be hidden, they probably would be turned off. There is a citrusy hoppy taste in the background, but it is not present until after the vanilla and boozy flavors. Very complex. Terrific flavor

M- Very full body. Taste stays with you. Goes through transitions in your mouth.

O- this is one of the better "under $10 6 packs" I have ever had. I would gladly get this beer again. Another great effort by Lagunitas

Photo of eagles22
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice bright golden body with a decent white head.

Smell: this is the best part of the beer! Citrus and tropical fruits up front grapefruits, lemons, pineapples, white grapes, mangoes and some oranges. and some pine scent but the citrus fruits over power the smell.

Taste: This is a very hoppy belgian strong pale ale. the citrus hits you up front and alcohol burn just a bit but than you get a nice smooth finish with some bread/ malt characteristics. This is one fine brew I love it.

Mouthfeel: refreshing, crisp and smooth!

Drinkability: only rated this a 3.5 just because it's such a wonderful beer, that you should savor this one!

Photo of liddytime
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!

I was really psyched to find this one out here on the East Coast. I have become a huge fan of wild ales so I can't wait to taste this one.

Poured from my bottle into a belgian goblet. No bottle date. Unassuming light copper color, almost a dirty blonde. Quickly dissapating, lacy head.

Lemony, sweet, citrusy hops in the aroma. Somewhat surprising given the style, but enjoyable nevertheless.

My first impression of the taste was an IPA through and through. But wait, there is something different here. While the hops clearly hit one's palate up front, the finish brings through earth and sour cherry. The malty finish of an IPA is lacking as well, but in a good way!

This Little Sumpin' Wild is unquestionably different from the other wild ales I have tasted. Less "wild" character, more "Left Coast IPA" character and undoubtedly delicious!

Photo of stumac
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this with my corn dog Amanda whilst eating ice cream. Weird combo, I know. But we just got done watching midget wrestling. So it's cool. Pours up clear orange with a decent white head. Aroma is huge of floral hops. Niiiice. Tastes bitter, honey, grapefruit, not too much hop flavor as much as there is hop bitterness. Nice again. Medium bodied, smooth drinkin. I dig

Photo of Timotheus1
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of IreRican
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rohottie
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of wcintula
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas has yet to disappoint me. This beautiful Belgian pale pours an orange-copper, almost like a pumpkin beer, with a sizeable head with *excellent* lacing. Slight booze odor given off beneath the floral hop and sweet bready aromas, with a ripe something on the very back end. The taste is sweet and in the front and bitter towards the back with ever so slight peppery phenols around. Dangerously drinkable, like most of the breweries' beers. Excellent stuff.

Photo of Beerguy1977
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jampics2
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

For something wild, I guess I expected some cloudiness, but the tangerine and gold colored body is so transparent I'm looking through it at the screen as I write this review. If I successfully spell every word right, you'll know it's lacking some of the cloudiness/haze I typically associate with a Belgian SPA. The head is no winner either, leaving just minimum soapy lace. If Duvel is the Megan Fox of beers, this is Ugly Betty.

But A Little Sumpin' Wild does begin to deliver the goods in the smell! A ton of citrus hops give impressions of peaches, orange, and pink grapefruit while a subtle Belgian yeast strain imparts some esters with bubblegum, traditional corriander and orange peel notes. A touch of earthy spice from the yeast leaves me thinking, what's so wild about this? It's simply a Belgian IPA! I love the expressiveness and the slight touch of sweet malt underneath knows to hide out and let the hops and yeast shine.

The taste pretty much follows what the nose set up, pulling the flavor between IPA and Belgian pale. The flavors of apricot, pineapple, mango, and orange are present and very juicy. The Westmalle yeast adds some depth, mostly a dry chalkiness and mild esters and spices. The malt is invisible except for some perceived sugary sweetness. A bit of alcohol is noted in the finish, but enough fruity flavor lingers on to make it not a major issue. The beer is pretty pleasant and very flavorful. A beer of substance, it's like Ugly Betty took her glasses off and let down her hair.

Mouthfeel is a touch sticky, as the carbonation and dry finish can't help the medium body from leaving some oily coating behind. The citrus hops don't fade as the slightly chalky yeast slams on the brakes, and the finish is slightly bitter. This is a good beer and very pleasant in just about every aspect. What did we learn today, besides that I can type a review of a beer through a glass filled with said brew? I guess Ugly Betty really shines once you can get past the frumpy appearance.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. A nice pale yellow with a white head. 2 fingers of head that turns into a solid film with lacing that sticks throughout.

Smell is solid Lagunitas. Strong citrus notes, pineapple being the only thing that comes to mind. Alcohol in the background.

Taste is where the "wild" comes into play. Like any good Lagunitas, great citrus flavor, but greatly subdued, which is highly intriguing. The smell would present this to be almost a DIPA, but the yeast somehow keeps the bitterness well subdued. Very smooth, for the style. Hops are there, but kept at bay by the yeast that makes this beer very very drinkable.

Mild carbonation. This beer is exceptional and if you have the chance, pick 2 up, cause the first will not be enough.

Photo of cwguy5
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC. Poured from the tap into a pilsner glass.

- clear bubbly copper color; poured with a one finger head that faded to a wisp; some lacing on glass

- floral aromas of hops, honey/sweet, bread

- taste of toffee, light malt, light citrus, with fresh, herbal hoppy finish

- medium carbonation with similar mouth to other belgian strong pales; nothing to complain about; a mild bite that doesn't linger too long

- very drinkable belgian that seems pretty true to style with the addition of a little fresh hops; will definitely drink again; could easily (and did) drink multiple in one sitting; nice!

Photo of K-anielski
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours golden-orange with a large white head. Left a smal amount of lacing.

S - Starts off with a bit of pepper, orange rind and grapefruit, lemon peel and wheat also come through.

T - Lots of orange peel and lemon zest up front, followed by a good amount of grapefruit and wheat. The finish is quite peppery.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation. Quite creamy as well.

O - Overall, This is yet another great beer from Lagunitas. Not as great as Maximus by any means, but definitely easy drinking and great tasting for the ABV. You can definitely tell that the Westmalle yeast strain was used in this as the flavors consistantly and shallowly remind you that it is in fact of Belgian descent. I'd definitely have this one again.

Photo of Shy5
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DavidST
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on 203 or July 22.

This pours a clear orangish color with a large foamy white head with good lacing. The smell is of citrus, grapefruit and orange, some yeast funk and spices, very good and sweet smelling. Feel is medium with a mouth coating hop resin. The taste is pretty exceptional, I do get the alcohol boozeiness taste, but there is a good amount of grapefruit hop bite, some nice belgium yeast esters / funk and a load of bitterness on the back end, overall this is an amazing brew, I like it more than the great Little Sumpin regular. This is my second favorite Lagunitas brew (only after the even better Hop Stoopid).

Photo of draheim
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Clear golden color with a 1-finger white head.

Aroma is citrus and piney, resinous hops combined with a hint of Belgian yeast. Unique.

Taste/mouthfeel is super smooth. Hops, malt and yeast are all in really good harmony. This is a very simple but also complex beer. 9.4% ABV is completely hidden.

Well done, Lagunitas.

Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks yummy.
Very attractive with a darker gold, very clear and dense, full white head with good stamina.
Sweet aroma with strong apple quality. Hints of phenols. Initially had a malt (and not all pilsner) aroma that was supplanted by the others that followed. Really clean aroma without a lot of complications. Almost refreshing and fresh even at least 6 months of age. Other fruit apears in time. Almost like the fresh apples then cooked apples or other cooked fruit. Neat.
Note a toasted malt right away.
Ooo, first is toasted grain and that really sticks throughout. Then more traditional Belgian flavors, but seemingly closer to the darker than lighter beers. Finishes with a mild tartness that goes to a substantial and satisfying dryness that also lingers with a slightly tart bitterness and yeast flavors. There is no heat and no significant evidence of alcohol, which makes this too easy to drink. It goes down so easily and nicely adn could be a dangerous drink. White bread dough.
Very nice beer.

Photo of JamisonM
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rich gold or light orange ever so slight off white head

S: Citrus grapefruit orange orange peel all the fresh IPA notes you could want

T: dry beer with a ton of citrus hops great taste alcohol is masked well

M: med to light mouth with med carbonation

D: really drinkable masks alcohol well

overall: a great beer I really enjoyed this worth every penny I paid for it.

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,460 ratings.