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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,415
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 165
Gots: 412 | FT: 2
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 BeerFMAndy
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 72.51 IBU, O.G. 1.082, 8.85%ABV, 24270714 on the neck.

A - Great golden honey-comb color with nice clarity and a fluffy, very well-retained two-finger light almond head. Good carbonation flows to the left-over pile below collar after collar of thick lace.

S - Complex and robust, the aroma skips around from Belgian candi sugar and honey to lemon citrus resin-rich Chinook-like hops. Yeast plays a big role imparting white pepper spice, earthy clay, and an overall yeast presence. Pale malt holds the fort.

T - Pale malt is all but overshadowed in this intense brew. A big hop-slap to the mouth, Chinook lemon citrus and resin are potent, leaving few nuances to be discovered. Honey and candi sugar sweetness provide minimal balance while the nice yeast gives off spice and earth traits.

M - Almost excessively carbonated, it's sharp and bright with a medium body and stinging bitter finish that dulls the tongue.

D - I mistakenly assumed this to a Wild Ale when I purchased it until I looked it up just before opening it. While I'm not disappointed by this beer at all, it's drinkability was lower than I had set myself up for. Awesome use of the yeast strain though!

Photo of Karl_M
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of rooftopbrewing
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright yellow with a hint of golden. Completely clear. Poured with a one-finger head which dissipated substantially but held enough to retain full flavor.

S - Hops are almost overpowering given the style of beer. The nose is more similar to an IPA, but I get hints of orange and lemon as well.

T - Surprisingly, pine was the first taste I got off this, giving the beer a loving Christmas-like quality. Hops were prevalent throughout the entire experience. Definitely on the bitter end of the spectrum, with almost no maltiness coming through.

M - Crisp with a medium body. Near perfect mouthfeel.

O - This would be a better beer to drink in the New England winter. I would get another bottle and drink it with snow on the ground, after a graceful aging period. The beer would shine in such conditions. Even as it is, this beer is quite tasty and sits very well.

Photo of Keizerjl
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a semi-clear amber with an eggshell one finger head. Great lacing also.

S - Citrus (mango/pineapple), some yeast (may'be Belgian) and a good hop presence.

T - Juicy hop citrus fruits that develops into belgian yeast & dry fruits. Finishes with a good amount of hop bite & bitterness.

M - Medium body & medium carbonation. Finishes wet.

O - Loving this beer. You can taste the belgian influence & the sumpin' wild in it.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. $4.59 from Beer Run in C-ville.

Appearance: Well this is a great looking beer. Bright, clear golden orange. Tightly bubbled, rocky white head with pretty good retention, and amazing (really, amazing)lacing.

Smell: Fruity and very clovey. Citrusy hops and a little pine. I like where its coming from, but I'd like the clove dialed back a bit.

Taste: Yes, this is pretty darn hoppy. Resiny pine and bitter citrus hops flavors. The esters from the Westmalle yeast are again sweet and fruity, but still too clovey. The finish is all hops-- USA, USA.

Mouthfeel: Very well done here. Soft, smooth, and slick. Sticky hops resin on the end. Appropriately high carbonation.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one. Not sure how this is anything but a Belgian IPA, but OK. Anyway, big burst of hops and interesting Belgian yeast byproducts make for a flavorful beer. Needs a little tweaking, but damn good-- gimme another.

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of klshanks
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a hint of orange. Very little head.

Aroma: Citrus, orange, grapefruit, very slightly grassy. Sweet aroma.

Taste: Not too far off of Lil Sumpin Sumpin, just a hint of yeasty tartness to it. It's very tasty.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these.

Photo of bjohn84
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*To start off this review I would like to mention that I forgot about this in the back of the fridge for 6 months, so it may have a little more age than it probably should for an IPA.

A - Deep orange hue with fairly good transparency. Head dissipates quickly

S - Apricots are strongest point and citrus with a slight bitter aftertone

T - Similar to the smell. Very strong apricot up front, a grapefruit middle, with a bitterness on the back end with a slight numbing of the tongue from the alcohol to finish things

M - Medium body that coats the mouth like a citrus juice

O - Overall a very refreshing beer. Heavy on the sweeter fruitiness upfront, but still plenty of bitterness throughout. Carbonation seems to lack something, but that could be from the age

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear, light gold color with a large cap of long-lasting white foam. Nice sticky lace as well.

Nose is tropically hoppy with some help from the alcohol. Similar to Sumpin' Sumpin and Sumpin Extra obviously, but has an additional dimension of breadiness and hint of rubber.

Yeast makes the beer have a softer feel and more fruit (light melons) than previous Sumpins. I like it better too. Hides ABV well, and hops are more flavoring than bittering. Grapefruit and honeydew melons galore. This is my favorite incarnation of the Sumpin' series, but the 'wild' nomenclature is misleading, as there is certainly no brett or bacteria here. I think this would fit better as a Belgian IPA vs. a BSPA as currently listed.

Photo of jbredbeard
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is just a bit lighter and sweeter than the rest of the ales from this brewery. Nice spiced fruit and floral aroma, same for the flavor up front with a smooth sweety and sticky bitter finish. Yet another good one from Lagunitas!

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, no bottled on date available. Gave a great golden color with a nice white 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. A bit of carbonation initially when poured is visible. The smell i have to say i was impressed with. I get a lot of the fruit and hops. I know this is brewed with a wild yeast strain and i don't know if it is that smell the primarily overwhelms my pallet or something else. It definitely is a wild smell. The taste is right along with the smell, the wild smell carries right onto the tongue. A really wild taste but for all its worth i don't think that it helps cover the alcohol as well as it could; I just mean to say i can tell this is AVB 8.85%. I would probably drink a bit more of this ale if it were a little easier on the wallet. But no complaints, Lagunitas is a great brewery and i like all of their brews. Thanks

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear, but very slightly hazed golden orange colour, with a full and thick head of large-bubbled white foam. Lacing is sudsy but consistent. Lots of streaming carbonation, and the body looks surprisingly light. Not bad overall.

Hmm, not sure what I was expecting on the nose, but this isn't it. Lots of tropical fruit characters implying a large west coast hop addition. More spice than usual though, with a lightly phenolic yeast note coming through. The more I smell, the more pronounced are the characters of Belgian yeast, but there's still something quintessentially American about it as well.

Taste is very interesting, and again different to what I was expecting, my expectations having been put through a turnaround by the nose. Here, there are more lightly phenolic yeast characters, a light boozy strain and a nutty finish. Some hop bitterness is present on the back, but it's subdued, and just lends a tropical undertone to the other characters. Feel is quite light. It feels like it's jangling a little uncontrollably through a number of odd flavours, but it does work.

An interesting brew, almost feeling like a hybrid style, or just a Belgian ale brewed with the American stamp all over it. I'm not sure if it really wows me, but it keeps me guessing, and that's something.

Photo of alli4051
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint.

Picked this up on a whim because Lagunitas has yet to disappoint me and it was fairly cheap. Pours a dark, crystal clear, golden color with a big white head. Head is foamy and hangs around for awhile, leaves some nice lacing when it does recede. Smell is, surprisingly, lots of citrusy hops with a funky yeast backdrop. Taste is hops in the front with that familiar Belgian funkiness in the finish. Lots of spiciness with a hint of booze at the end as well. Medium bodied with a bit of stickiness to it. 8.85% will catch up with you quick but this is an otherwise very drinkable brew. Happy that I can still say Lagunitas has yet to let me down.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Lots of heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of Belgian yeast, malty breadiness, and light citrus.

T - Flavor starts off with a decent amout of citrus (orange, pineapple, and grapefruit) and sweet bready malts. The is a nice mix of bitter hops and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice Belgian IPA. Tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of kels
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, pwoods, for this one in my Christmas package!

Pours a clear warm gold with a finger deep of thick, frothy white head. The head fades immediately to a well-retained skim, and spitty spots of lace hang around the walls of the glass.

The nose isn't particularly strong. Hits of the fruity, yeasty esters cross with bitter citrus hops and a punch of isopropyl alcohol.

Overall feel of the beer is light, clean, and nearly crisp - just barely hindered by a slick stickiness that hangs around for quite awhile on the palate. The high carbonation lends itself nicely to the blends of flavors. The yeast plays a dominant role, lending a fruitiness to the bitter citrusy hops and the light toasty graininess. There's a bit of honey-like sweetness in the finish.

Overall a really nice beer. It's light, crisp and tasty, while still having a delicious fullness.

Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Stable in St. Louis, MO for $6. Tapped into a Non-Labeled, Clear 16oz Pint Glass from the Lagunitas girl Tap Handle.

Aroma- Starts with a high hop araom and a huge amount of orange in the nose as well. This fruity character is very strong all the way through.

Appearance- Received with 2 fingeres of creamy, white head and it dies down quickly. Has a dark golden, but clear body and leaves good lacing.

Flavor- Tastes like an IPA without the strong hops... Tons of fruit and maltiness throughout the drink and then has a citrus and orange taste. Backs up the aroma very well!

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation, and has a good finish but nothing distinct here.

Overall Impression- A nice brew by Lagunitas! Not as spicy or sour as I thought it would be... Very drinkable, fruity, and has the perfect balance all around. One of the coolest attributes of this beer is that the aroma was very similar to the flavor/taste! Cool. Recommend grabbing if you like light Belgians.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a clear orange-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A latticework of tiny dots and foamy rings of lace of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of BeerEndevour14
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer for its outlandish style; this hoppy beer is accompanied by an amazing malt character. The color is beautiful, it pours well, generates a good head if poured correctly, enjoy with a snifter. Tastes like a full, citrusy IPA with hints of grapefruit--the yeast/malt strays it from straight forward in a neutral way. Do try.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled 22oz bottle into a perfect pint. Bottled on 9/20/10.

A - Nice clear straw-yellow, with a three-finger head that takes a while to die down to a medium cap. Decent retention with tons of lacing on the glass. About as nice as I can expect a beer to look.

S - Very IPA-like, with a citrusy bitterness that reminds me of Pliny (had a few earlier tonight). Grapefruit and orange peel. Lemon zest and a good amount of caramel/toffee backbone.

T - Not nearly as hoppy as the aroma might lead you to believe. A very sweet, malty base gives way to an earthy bitterness. The Westmalle yeast, while not quite what I expected here, definitely makes a difference in the flavor. I'm not sure that I like it better than its little brother (sister?), but I'm digging this.

M - Full bodied, with good carbonation. Sticky, but not quite as sticky as regular Sumpin'. I like it.

D - I was enjoying the process of smelling and drinking my way through this one, and it went pretty quickly.

O - Factoring in the very low price, I'll definitely be hunting a few more of these down.

Photo of Harvest06
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: "23660005" stamped on neck of bottle
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, composed of fine, small bubbles. Retention is average, and over its decline, the head leaves substantial lacing along the sides of the glass in assorted thick lines and shapes. Head falls to a thin cap atop the body. Body is a light orange color, transparent, with light bringing out very nice, bright, orange and yellow hues. Carbonation streams from the bottom of the class, visibly and aggressively.

Aroma is lightly citrus-influenced hops, but mostly funky, not in the sour sense, but in the Brettanomyces-induced wild yeast and bacteria meeting wet grain sense. A bit of banana ester and mixed tropical fruit esters rounds the scents out. Complex, enjoyable, excellent.

Tasting opens with mild Brettanomyces funk on the front of the palate, with some malt sweetness. Mid-palate continues the Brettanomyces-influenced wet, molding grain along with pineapple and a strong background of grapefruit and orange rind-like hop additions. This would be a very good Belgian Strong Ale if not for the substantial hop usage. Back of palate has continued, but increased hop bitterness along with a splash of ethanol that's more intense than I'd like, and some very modest pale malt sweetness. Lingering aftertaste of grapefruit rind, generic hop bitterness, ethanol, and light Brettanomyces molding, composting hay and grain.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation that is medium to high. This results in a mouthfeel that is prickly at first, eventually fading to a pleasantly tingling feeling across the palate that melds well with the attendant bitterness and ethanol burn. Ethanol present in nostrils and mild burning on back of throat, perhaps a bit too high, even for an 8.8% beer. Aftertaste is expectedly dry, from the substantial hopping and ethanol presence. There is also some substantial stickiness around the corners of the lips.

Photo of nodder
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aoampm
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev -2.4%

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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