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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild

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2,676 Ratings

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Ratings: 2676
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%

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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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (257 3 6381 1420)

A: Light copper color with only a short-lived pencil head that leaves slight lacing.

S: Sweet smelling, lots of malt and candi sugar. It smells sort of like a barleywine an a dubbel/tripel/quad. I can't quite place the exact beer that this reminds me of. I get no hops but this one is a bit older. Even a bit floral.

T: Lots of sweet malt with a well-crafted Belgian flavor/spice to it, that is quite tasty. Malt

M: Quite smooth, with only a faint tingle. Even a bit foamy.

O: Good stuff, even if it is all malt at this point. I need to get a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:26:22 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of Somebody_Else


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice dark honey color, slightly cloudy.

Smell: about average, I guess. Maybe a little tiny bit of banana ester?

Taste: round, complete, plenty of hops with a firm malt backbone. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is right with my favorites. The hops recycle nicely allowing me to draw out the pint and linger over the delicious flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:46:36 | More by Somebody_Else
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4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer @ 575 pizza!!!

A. Light gold fairly clear, two finger white head

S. Pineapple first, apple, and grapefruit. The smell is very good

T. Grapefruit, malt, into bitter clean finish

M. Light body, refreshing, a nice grain aftertaste

O. This is a surprising IPA that I have overlooked, glad I tried it

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:06:58 | More by Or80rowley
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours a bit of a golden yellow , slightly unfiltered look. lot of head and lacing. aroma is a bit mild, a little boozy and hoppy, pineapple. the flavor is wonderful, got a lot of bubblegum up front and a pale ale ish quality with the malts. a little salty and tart, grapefruity. overall very nice

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:20:33 | More by dank203
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4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a clear golden yellow color, with fluffy white head that holds on nicely. Looks to be well carbonated. Smell is awesome, real spicy smell. Can really pick up on the spice in the taste and it blends well with the citrus, and sweetness. Not a very bitter IPA, with only bitterness at very end. This beer is extremely good. Nice fizzy feel, yet very creamy. Overall this is one great beer form a great brewery. Lagunitas IPAs never seem to disappoint me.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 19:57:10 | More by JerUrbans
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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, light amber body. Creamy 1/2 finger head with nice sticky lacing.

S- Tropical fruit and pineapple dominate. Orange, peach, fresh hops, a little pine, a touch of caramel, and earthy hop spices. Very inviting. After the glass was empty, the residue smelled like bananas.

T- Sweet tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, and light pine up front. Resinous pine, some earthy hop spice, grapefruit, and rind on the finish. Awesome caramel backbone flows underneath basically from beginning to end.

M- On the thicker side of medium. Oily and resinous with nice carbonation. Coats the entire mouth. Nice lingering bitterness without being too much.

O- This was a damn good beer. It had huge aromas and flavors, and was extremely well balanced. There was a lot going on, and it all was awesome. I would have again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 21:55:07 | More by tmm313
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4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' Wild
Lagunitas Brewing Company, California
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Honey orange, lovely floating yeast. Huge head with great retention and good lacing.

Pineapple and orange zest. Funky yeast, peppery alcohol.

Bitter/sweet pineapple, chewy bread. Spicy alcohol and tart hops.

Medium body, really enjoyable alcohol presence, bitter goodness. Sticky and spicy.

This beer is a great representation of the style. Every time I have a white/belgian IPA I am pissed that I don't give it more attention. I'll buy this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 19:03:06 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trademark aggressive Lagunitas flavor hopping meets a Trappist yeast strain? How could this conceivably suck? Of course it couldn't. In fact is pretty freaking amazing. A peachy orange color, very fizzy, quite cloudy and with a whole shit ton of yeast and hop character on the nose ... Smells AND tastes of sugary caramel malts, saltwater taffy, rye bread, juicy red grapefruit, blood oranges, canned mandarins, pine resin, woody pineapple, and non-descript wildflowers. Spicy phenols abound and remind one of caraway, cumin, and white pepper. These and the strong piney hop resins prevent things from becoming cloyingly sweet, nicely balancing out the influence of the fairly syrupy body and saccharine citrus/tropical flavors. There is a pleasant degree of aromatic alcohol character. I actually brought a few of these to a house party despite figuring that this sort of thing would be too much for most people. In fact two of my good buddies were angry that I did not bring more ("Mmm, boozy pineapple juice"). Apparently a Belgian IPA done right can score new fans and this is a world-class brew, redolent with complexity and yet balanced enough to be drinkable in quantity (but watch the ABV. Seriously).

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:40:42 | More by CalgaryFMC
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big Lagunitas fan and had passed over this one several times without good reason.

Enjoyed out of bottle in a tulip with a big head that stayed with me for the entire glass.

The sweet Belgian background with hops quite obvious on the nose.

This one does not disappoint. The sweetness hits you right away but the hops are right there and then take over as you get it back on the tongue but then the finish is sweet. Agree with sentiments of a "funky beer" --hard to say what--just very different and quite pleasing. Alcohol totally hidden. Scary this one is almost 9%

Mouthfeel is like a Belgian double. Smoooth.

Wonderful surprise and well done. Great balance of the Belgian and American IPA--well integrated. Be careful--drinks like a 6% beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 12:45:11 | More by surfcaster
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4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with half the glass of head, It took three pours to fill the glass due to the enormous head. Lacing is dense. Smells great with spices funky yeast and bready malt.
Taste is sweet bitter spicey yeast funk bread malt and deep earthy hop bitterness. Really full flavored and the big hop bill tends to keep the funk under control. Easy drinking for such a big beer.
Mouthfeel is silky and full. Long dry bitter finish.
Overall one of my favorite beers from Lagunitas. Even better than the regular Little Sumpin Sumpin.
This beer was about three months after bottling date and was really good. Alcohol is well hidden so take it easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 15:24:36 | More by Spikester
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New York

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: amber ale, almost clear, faint orange hues; fingers of ivory head fade into a collar and flimsy cap; webs of lace trail behind

S: tart, floral yeasts and rich pale malts

T: yeast forward with flowers and fruit, citrus hops and more resinous hop flavors follow; malts most assertive on the drying finish; bring forward slightly sweet and grainy flavors

M: rather dense for an IPA, full and fuzzy/fizzy; crisp and dry close

O: hybrid of a Belgian and American IPA - presenting Westmalle's yeast with more American-themed hop character; well-crafted and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 19:06:05 | More by Greywulfken
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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing pour. The pour resembles the woman on the packaging, beautiful, classy, catches the eye and resembles a beautifully crafted beer. Smells like Belgian yeast slightly and has a saison touch to the smell. It's strong pungent aftertaste lends it to be paired well with meats and vegetables. I love the taste and aftertaste of the wild yeast strain. It has a creamy almost elusive bitterness on the tongue. This is a well done beer

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 18:34:05 | More by SJRyogi
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4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Orange Jell-o. Held to light: bright egg yolk orange. This head didn't die. TO the last sip. It thinned out yes, but was still there, not just lacing. Immemorial.

S-Banana. Clove. Barnyard-y. Like a saison meets a Belgian pale ale. Straw/hay. Orange/lemon citrus zest. A bit confusing yet interesting. The world is yours basically deciphering the scent notes. Will make you forget to sip the damn beer for a bit.

T-Metallic. Basically bitter meets sour=metallic. Lemon. Orange. Banana. Clove. Ginger. Even pumpernickel bread. Fruit cake. Alky. Again, sour/bitter finish a la metal.

M-Gel. Jell-o. Tingle of sour carbonation. Creamy. What a treat.

O-Wow. First bottle and I'm jumping in to the rest of the six pack. An experimental palate ride that one will always enjoy. Love the lady on the "Sumpin'" bottles. She makes me smile I smile. Belgian IPA's will be the soon popular trend. Gets most points for mouthfeel and complex sensory qualities.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 11:50:56 | More by shacawgo24
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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint

Appearance light gold, fluffy white head, clear

Aroma bready malts, citrus, oranges, fruity esters, very nice

Flavor very nice balanced bready malts, with some phenolic spicy ness, citrus hops, orange peel, some warming alcohol

Mouthfeel medium to full, good carbonation

Overall very nice more balance of ipa and belgian flavors than most I've had. I wish I had It fresh for hops sake but its still great now

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 06:07:33 | More by LI_PO12
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South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: A vivacious beautiful clear golden hue graced with a bountiful milky cap of off white tinted head. Great retention with thick intricate lacing. Reminds me of lace topped stockings that start the excitement just before getting to the sweet nectar.

S: Soapy citrus hop oils, lemon grass, grains of paradise, fresh cracked grain, pilsner malt and fragrant dry Belgian yeast.

T/M: Big time yeast strain. Dry and citrusy with a slight sting of grain alcohol in the back. Orange rind, grapefruit, peppery spice and sweet tarts. Medium body with delicate carbonation and a super dry finish of lingering yeast.

O: This is money! Nice simplicity with the citrus hops and a balanced yeast strain that just explodes in greatness. Not overly complex but well blended flavor profiles create a delicious BIPA that I would purchase frequently. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 21:04:31 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Hibernator


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:54:17 | More by Hibernator
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Rhode Island

3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: very nice orange color, very slight cloudiness.

S: Some tangerine, slight bit of funkiness

T: at first stage you get a little bit of the belgian funk flavors, then the hops hit pretty hard immediately after that, some orange and grapefruit flavors from the hops. lingers a bit too long for my liking.

M: Medium carbonation, small amount of syrupy thickness.

O: A good overall beer, I think the bitterness lingered a bit long, but the orangey flavors with the funk on the yeast mingled well with the hops. overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:29:01 | More by fineout
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of bitterness and hints of spice, but not as flavorful as the best high ibu ales. Takes a bit of effort for me to get it down. This style has lots of variety but this is not something I'm crazy about. Even Brown Shugga, which I'm not a fan of, has more oomph than this for me. Just okay. I think there are much better options, like Piraat.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:16:49 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured slow into Duvel glass, nice 3 finger, off white head. Despite this - modest carbonation. Color is transparent orange.

S: floral - funk. Pleasant sweat nectar funk.

T: Initial bready malt... followed by nice easy going transition to the hoppy punch, with the wild yeast funk finishing the taste.

M: Moderately heavy.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Good balance of the hoppy ipa, with belgian wild funk. I find myself drinking this a bit too fast for a 8+ abv beer, but thats only because its so darn good. I recommend!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:27:43 | More by BigBearBeerBro
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a lovely orange gold. Fairly clear. Scant bit of head.

Nose is actually qite floral, with some citrusy hops noted.

Taste is nice and sweet up front, with a solid burst of citrus hops Follows with a soft creamy malt that blends into a twinge of belgian yeast.

Feel is pretty medium thick.

Nice beer. Definitely on the hoppier side of belgian IPA. Nice balance of bitter hops with the yeast. Yum. Good alternative to the classic IPA flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 00:18:56 | More by dheacck11
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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I apologize, I made my own system... Why drink-ability isn't recognized is shocking to me. Anyway...

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 86/100

Solid beer, caramel notes jump out to me. Light, buttery and easy to drink. I would buy again, probably wouldn't brag about it though.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:16:24 | More by BrewUSA
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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear and transparent golden straw brew, with two fingers of pure white head. Decent retention and lovely lacing.

Fruity, sweet, and yeasty aroma, with a hint of spice.

This is what Belgian IPAs should taste like: bright and hoppy, yet sweet and yeasty, with an aged, almost cheesy tinge to the malt. Subdued citrus and banana, with sharp hop flavors. Really an interesting and strange profile.

Refreshing and bright feel despite coming in on the medium side. There's just the slightest cling to residual oils, and a slight carbonation sting. Really, really drinkable and refreshing beer.

The first time I ever had this brew, I didn't know what to expect: sour, fruity, wild, whatever. Once I tried it, I thought, "Man, there's a flavor in here that is just like Westmalle yeast!" Sure enough, that's exactly what they used. What a specific flavor in the world of beer - and what a specifically odd beer!

I don't know if the flavor combination works perfectly, but it definitely is very, very interesting, and it doesn't come across bad at all. The worst thing I can say about this beer is that I don't want to drink it every day; it's just odd enough that it becomes a special occasion beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 21:32:16 | More by Roguer
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle to DFH IPA glass

A - Pours a hazy amber/honey color with 1 finger of frothy off-white head. Good but average lacing.

S - Earthy grains, herbal hops, bright pineapple, apple, woody, dirty grapefruit, spicy phenols come out more as it warms.

T - Grapefruit jumps right out, sweet pale malt, pineapple, white pepper, pears, a second wave of grassy/herbal hops flood in with notes of wood. Semi chalky bitterness runs into the finish. Finishes dry and earthy with white pepper and grapefruit/tropical notes.

M - Medium body, lush feel, moderate soft carbonation, dry earthy finish.

Interesting beer for sure. Nice bitterness and very complex. The dirty citrus/tropical fruit works well against the sweet pale malt. I bought a sixer of this and they got better and better. This is one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:50:09 | More by StaveHooks
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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz from FMcD's. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - a cloudy translucent orange. Minimal head that moved straight to thin lace. Second pour yields a more fluffy one finger head.

S - hop forward, sweet Belgian sugar/yeast, a tinge of butter

T - taste is in line with the aroma, at least initially. The bitterness on the finish hangs on for quite some time. There is some grass/pine, and some overtones of heat from the alcohol. Citrus (tangerine) throughout. More bread like characteristics once it warms .

M - starts off on the sharp, slightly watery side, but it has a slightly oily/creamy undercurrent. Gets much smoother and fuller as it warms.

O - the sweetness that seems apparent in the aroma is restrained, and the finish brings a healthy dose of bitterness. A well balanced version of a Belgian IPA that is recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 20:50:57 | More by Apellonious
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in large ale glass.

A: cloudy, dark amber; very pronounced head (3 finger); good carbonation; decent lacing
S: yeast very prominent; promises a wild, Belgian flavor; a bit of grass
T: wow, amazing; very hoppy, with a sweet bubblegum and grapefruit, which tapers nicely, after about 30 seconds, into pine and grass--a beautiful transition; the Belgian yeast is rather subdued in this recipe, less than what the nose might promise; the wild element is noticeable but not overwhelming
M: pretty good

Wow, what a nice way to approach this recipe. Get one!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:48:05 | More by Arithmeticus
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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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