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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 934
Hads: 3,510
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 216
Gots: 501 | 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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Reviews: 934 | Hads: 3,510
Photo of Vonerichs
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking beer. A hazy deep golden orange with fluffy bone white head. It was poured into a tulip and the head really stood out on this one.

Smell is phenolic, like band-aids, and a bit funky. I was not overly-impressed with the smell on this one.

The taste made up for the smell. It still had that strong phenolic presence, but it was subsidized with cloves and some hop bite. It's a very bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is tart and dry. Great carbonation.

It's a good beer, but it's tart to the point of almost feeling chalky. It's hard to express this because I really enjoyed the mouthfeel, but on the other hand it took away from the drinkability. (665 characters)

Photo of retry4z
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comparing this Belgian IPA to likes of Piraat, Wild Ale is much different, resembling more an American IPA. American Hops are evident, with a tad of sweetness. Aroma of molasses, pine, and light fruitiness. Carbonation is high, feels almost like drinking soda. Full bodied, non-existent head. Bitter (pleasant) aftertaste lingers for a little bit. Overall, decent Ale, but was looking forward to try this and it did not meet my expectations. (441 characters)

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear orange into my Lagunitas Mason Jar. Plenty of head that is sticking around in mounds.

Smells like briney belgian yeast and hops, which I would expect. This beer is damn tasty. You get the signature Lagunitas hop extract taste but then the briney tartness from the yeast takes over adding what I think is a much better taste than the regular sumpin sumpin. Strong carbonation in this one.

I like this a lot more than the regular sumpin sumpin. Like a lot of the Lagunitas seasonals it's hard to drink lots of it because they are damned high in ABV. (570 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellowy copper, bubbly white head holds well and caps the glass fully.

S: Sweet cotton candy chased by grapefruit, florals and piney hops. With a vigorous swirl a ripe musky scent breaks free and becomes the low note for all the other scents

T: Bitters of grapefruit and pine followed by sweet notes of citrus. Grapefruit and lemon pith with piney finish and a hint of funkiness. Plenty of alcohol esters at the end.

M: Higher carbonation with dry notes, crisp and puckering.

O: Bitters and funk kissed with a little sweetness, chased by a pine tree. Plenty going on and possible more than necessary for some tastes. (632 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden, sparkling clarity, thick layer of spongey off-white foam, great head retention, lace

Aroma: floral, lemony hop scent with a hint of tropical essence; passion fruit; malt

Flavor: full sugary/candyish sweetness with hints of preserved lemon rinds, floral perfume, grass, and wheat; finishes semisweet with a peach-pit bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fluffy texture, spritzy carbonation

Other comments: The "Wild" thing is a little misleading. When I bought it, I thought it would have some wild yeast in it or something. (550 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden orange, slight haze, thick off-white head and lace.
S: aromas really jump out of the glass-funky/spicy/fruity belgian yeast and citrusy, floral, fruity hops.
T: medium sweet bready/doughy malts and a big spicy hop bitterness, long hoppy finish. maybe i would have liked this a touch more attenuated? or is the earthy/spicy/funky/yeasty fruitiness aspect a little too pronounced for my taste?
M: just over medium bodied. despite being well-carbonated and quite hoppy, it has some slickness to it from residual sweetness.
D: overall a nice take on this trend (belgian yeast + american hops). (601 characters)

Photo of surlytheduff
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured rich golden, clear with a frothy head. Strong hoppy aroma, piney with hints of lemons, along with a yeastiness.

Taste was a little bit bitter, grassy&fruity, with some alcohol heat. Really pleasant, with a yeasty finish.

Smooth, medium feel in the mouth; noticeable carbonation. Very drinkable. (303 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Smokin Joe's

A-pours a light hazed pale yellow color with a good bit of fluffy white head.

S-the nose is quite good, sweet malt base of caramel and yeast, not particularly belgium but the yeast is present. hops are the centerpiece as you would expect, oily pine is faint as citrus takes control with some floral hops present as well.

T-the malted wheat body seems to fade out a little in the taste, notes of yeast are there, again not particularly of the belgian variety. tons of citrus, notes of herbal marijuana, grapefruit, light bitterness in the finish.

M-extremely soft syrupy medium body that has a lack of carbonation and seems to thin out a little in the back.

D-straight forward beer, the complexity I was hoping for did not exist, mild yeast notes on a typically solid hoppy lagunitas beer that lacked the carbonation it should have had. (867 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Great lacing.

s - Smells of orange, citrus, fruity malts, and grapefruit. Citrus dominates the nose but it's very nice.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, orange, citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Huge bitter bite to it.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice pale ale. Smell was very nice with a lot of grapefruit/citrus, and the taste had some huge bitterness to it. Would try again. (568 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a lightly hazy apple juice color. It poured with a small fizzy head.

s: Lots of tea-like spicy hops, toffee, and sugar cookies. I couldn't find much in the way of Belgian yeast.

t: Vaguely Belgian apricot flavors and toffee up front with plenty of strongly bitter tea-y hops that had hints of citrus.

m: Big and kind of chewy feeling.

o: I liked this for it hoppiness, but I didn't find much Belgian character. Other reviewers mentioned Brett, I certainly didn't find any of that. (496 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A clear golden yellow body with a three finger ivory white head that hangs around for the length of the beer.

S: Very fruity aromas. There is an apriot, guava, and pepper aroma that comes of initially. There is a Belgian spiciness that follows and finishes with a very mild toffee aroma.

T: There is a bitterness in the beginning that mixes well the the peppery belgian character imparted by the yeast. The hops have some citrus and very little pine. The body has a rich caramel finish.

M: A little thin for my linking but has a great bite from the carbonation.

O: A good bordering on great belgian IPA. Worth getting fresh if you can. (642 characters)

Photo of Blissfullbrew
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

glass: two taster glasses from PIB SIB, and a Duvel glass (the duvel glass held the best head which is not surprising)

It pours golden with a strong off white quarter inch head; Immaculate lacing as its fingers drip softly down the glass. Deep tones of pine and citrus, with subtle notes of bourbon. First sip brings hints of caramel, and the finish is dry with a slight fruit aftertaste. (389 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a murky yellow with a brass colored tint. A decent head forms on top that leaves scattered trails of sticky lace on the glass.

Interesting aroma with whiffs of bubblegum, spices and citrus fruits.

The mouthfeel is syrupy with a strong fruit sweetness. Think pineapple and strawberry flavors. There is also a Belgian beer quality to each sip as well, with hints of chalk, yeast and black pepper spice. I detect a definite alcohol warmth on the finish too, so the powerful 8.8% ABV is not that surprising.

A different and funky offering from Lagunitas. (640 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with an inch or so of whitish froth.

Smell: Sweetish, hoppy aroma with notes of diced pineapple, white grapefruit, resinous floral, and tangerine-flavored children's aspirin. Punctuated by peppery spice accents and a trail of liquor. Some honey-brushed, bready wheat and pale malt hints underneath.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malt backbone along with a touch of breadiness takes a detour towards black peppercorns before heading off to the hop flavors of tangy tropical fruits and citrus fruits with an orangey hop taste perhaps derived from an inclusion of Amarillo in the mix. Very small pinch of crushed aspirin tablets. Robust bitterness. Hints of Bosc pears and florals make themselves known. Longly bitter, heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus body. As with the Extra, it's all at once oily and sticky on the tongue.

Drinkability: The original still remains my favorite of the Sumpin' Series. Many of the Lagunitas hoppy brews just run together for me. This is good though, and, quite importantly, sold at a good, welcome price. (1,169 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Light orange in color and clear in appearance. Head doesn't really exist but what is there is bright white. Not much lace to speak of yet and by the end of the glass it stays pretty weak.

Smell is biscuity malts and earthy hops. This has that particular smell all Belgian Ale's have, mostly described as banana. I think it is more of a musty and a bit spicy.

Taste is much better than the smell, but still that crazy musty taste I hate from this style. There is some spicy notes and quite a bit of alcohol punch.

Mouth is crisp, carbonation is a bit on the spritzy side with the body medium and the finish long.

Overall I should really come clean and let it be known that I hate this style. I see how much everyone else loves these so I keep trying Belgian's but continue to hate them. I try to score on the style the best I can, even though I can't stand them. This one is much better then the few I have tried in the past. (965 characters)

Photo of gskitt
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful clear, bright, gold with a substantial head. Smells of yeasty bananas, some summer wheat, a bit of orange spice. Tastes much more of hops than I would have expected, wow, not in the scent. Mellowed hops in the front, some bread like qualities on the backend. Mouthfeel is bait on the dry side, not bad. Overall, nice beer but did not wow me. (359 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

A: pours a very nice golden color with a slight orange tinge, nice finger of head that mostly dissipates quickly but leaves a small amount lingering, perfectly clear
S: nice brightness, nice hopiness, slight grapefruit and citrus scent
T: nice hooiness, slight underlying maltiness hits the back of the throat
M: strong carbonation tingle
O: nice representation of the style, taste is a bit strong and maltiness in the finish is a bit 'off' (465 characters)

Photo of philosobeer
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall, straight pint at Simone's bar in Pilsen. The bartender tells me I got this at a good time for the hops, and that it's pretty fresh. No objections, since if Lag does something, it's usually hops.

This poured very well, the creamy but thick white head (I was sad to see it go in a few gulps) and it laced proper, it did. Crystal clear, too, a very light copper or amber, but on the pale side of that spectrum. The bouquet immediately hits with typical belgian yeast flavors (fruit, specifically peaches and banana) with hops (citrus, and maybe a few greener notes) intermingling. Gotta say, it's a nice combination, but, like with the taste, alcohol and (a little) plastic show through a touch. The malts are simply overshadowed by the esters and it finishes very dry (a touch astringent) with those hops (with which they must have been very generous). But again, a nice pairing of fruity american hop varietals with fruity belgian yeast. It can't help but feel a bit hot, and hides it less well than its belgian counterparts or other american IPAs, and tasting the alcohol through, does detract a bit from drinkability. If you want a glass of intense belgian fruitiness paired with american citrusy hops that still finishes dry? This one is for you. (1,270 characters)

Photo of impending
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous new copper penny, dense light yellowish head recedes to the surface and remains.

Aroma is all about the hops. Bright citrusy hops with a hint of pine sits atop yeast.

The pine switches place with the citrus in the flavor. Considerable bitterness in the peppery long lasting aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel. While some powdery yeast appears in the finish the belgian influence is minimal.

This is more properly a robust belgian ipa.
jd (484 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours a deep butterscotch color with orange highlights and some visible carbonation. The small sudsy head is short-lived and only spotty but sticky lacing is left on the glass. This has a rather funky aroma that reflects sweet malts, Belgian yeast and hops in about equal parts. The flavor include suggestions of fruit, honey, toffee and spices, with a light peppery quality. M: medium body and smooth with a dry finish.
O: A special, flavorful and fine Belgian style ale, with an exceptionally strong malt base. It is reminiscent of, but not as satisfying to me, as the superb Lagunitas Lucky 13 Anniv. Ale I had last night. (668 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Wild is very pale, citric, and crisp.

It poured a very light lager-like pale gold with a short creamy head and a shower of cascading bubbles. What it lacked in head it made up for with lace. There was a strong explosion of clean citric scent and a crisp initial citric flavor followed by an unpleasant almost soap-like finish. The feel was bubbly and bitter, with a long-lasting dry finish.

Despite the high level of alcohol, A Little Sumpin' Wild had a crisp clean citric summer-like quality, that with the aftertaste made it seem like drinking tangerine peel. (591 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden-yellow coloring with a filmy, sparse, white film coating parts of the surface. Aromas of bubble gum, lilac, and chamomile ride a subtle toffee backbone. Flavors are sharply roasted, with a very spice dominant forward flavor, both from the hops and the yeast strains. Bombardments of pepper and basil from the hops combine with off the wall characteristics of licorice, xantham gum, lemon zest, and cedar. This beer is very tasty, and very "all over the place," for lack of a better term. The body is smooth, but fairly light and crisp. The aftertaste is has some fruity characteristics, with touches of citrus and tropical fruits trying to balance all the different spiced components. Carbonation keeps the finish light, and slightly filmy, with a spicy linger that continues to puzzle and challenge the tastebuds. Tasty and interesting. (916 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop Leaf into a pint glass...Pours amber with a gold base, ok retention, good lacing...The aroma is fruity to start, tangerine, banana, a little malt and belgian yeast. Expected a little sourness but not much there...The taste is like the aroma, fruity to start with yeast finish. This is not bad, just nothing special, aka a typical lagunitas beer. (359 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High pour, big (2.5 finger) head. Creamy, offwhite, and it sticks around. Body is clearish and amber. Laces pretty well.

Smells like straight-up hops. There's a faint trace of honey, but not a lot of 'belgian'-ness.

Smoothish taste. A little bit of honey and some malt on the front of the taste, then a big wave of hops. Hops, tropical fruit, and some alcohol warmth at the end. It shares my complaint (too hoppy) with the Sumpin' classic, but that's a matter of personal taste.

Mouthfeel is like a bottle-conditioned beer: subtle and textured, not too carbonated at all.

Overall, it's pretty all-right. I guess it's vaguely more Belgian than the standard, and it's interesting to see a new take on a commonplace standard. (726 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Golden orange, one finger head that lasts a couple minutes. Awesome lacing

Smell. Grapefruit, oranges and a hint of cloves

Taste. Grapefruit, apples, orange peel. Hop blast with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkibility. Not bad. I like my hop fixes a little less sweet. (309 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.