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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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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 00:43:43 | More by retry4z
Photo of Damian


4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room, Middletown, CT
Served in a pint glass

Nearly crystal clear, golden-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-inch tall, super tight and creamy, bright white crown. A latticework of spotty, streaky lacing stuck all along the glass.

The nose was really interesting. Super spicy with clove and coriander notes dominating. Tart and wheaty. Moderately sweet. Slightly musty with a crisp, powdery yeastiness. Somewhat white wine-like. This also reminded me a lot of an amped-up Belgian witbier. Hints of brett and funk came through as well. Overall, quite complex.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Spicy, wheaty and crisp. Lemony and rather tart. Citrus notes were apparent. Orange rind came through strongest. Touch of bretty tartness and funk. Slight must. Subtle white wine notes. The finish was crisp, dry and refreshing and contained just a bit of earthy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. Super creamy, plush and smooth on the palate. An ultra fine, moderate effervescence gave the liquid a fantastic, pillowy softness.

Though classified as a Belgian IPA, this reminded me more of a Belgian witbier with a moderate, bretty tartness and a slightly hoppy finish. Seeing as this is a summer seasonal, my guess is that this keg had been sat on for a good six months, which allowed the bretty qualities to intensify and the hops to fade. Regardless, this is a very impressive offering from the folks at Lagunitas and one that I will be revisiting when the warmer weather rolls around again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 06:01:16 | More by Damian
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy orangish yellow, sustaining head, some lacing
S: little musty, wet cardboard, yet somehow this isn't bad, because it's the backbone to other scents that aren't as strong as I'd like, orange or orange blossom, maybe, definitely a little earthy

T/M: I have has this beer before and enjoyed it, but this tasting I *really* enjoyed. Earthy in nature, but there is a definite hint of orange. The earthiness gets me today, though. The mouthfeel isn't strong, but lingers, little more subdued, but a nice tug on the tongue without being too dry.

O: not as "sweet" as most Lagunitas, a more down to earth (pun intended) offering. Was just what I was looking for today, will have to remember this is different from "any other Lagunitas" offering.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2013 22:34:20 | More by cjgiant
Photo of deebo


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

Pint served in a nonic glass at the Lowry.
A-pretty clear. Dark golden with some light copper highlights. Served with a white film. Some lacing.

S-smells like a Lagunitas beer. Grassy hops with a tropical and fruity hop aroma. Fair malt aroma with quite a bit of that typical Belgian estery yeast goodness.

T-once again has that trademark Lagunitas flavor. Has that pine resiny hoppiness with some citrus and tropical notes. Decent malt backbone with a touch of yeast.

M-fairly big bodied with a lingering bitter finish

O-definitely a Lagunitas beer. Big west coast hoppy beer with a very minor Belgian influence. A bit too west coast IPA (bitter pine resin taste) for me. But this is a damn flavorful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 03:32:33 | More by deebo
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy orange. Enormous head signifies the Belgian ties this beer has. Nice lacing.

Smells like orange rinds, citrus zest, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast.

Similar flavor- the big hop bite and bitterness is undercut by the classic Westmalle yeast strain- a cross between an IPA and tripel. Lightly funky, with some grass and pear tastes. Mildly sour.

Medium bodied, and crisp. Could be a little drier, but I don't expect this style to be that dry.

Another great hoppy offering from Lagunitas. Would like to get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 14:21:35 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of rudzud


3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the dive bar.

A - Poured into a tulip a clear golden hue with a nice two finger head that leaves sticky lacing and thick blanket.

S - Aromas of light funk, Belgian yeast notes, not getting much hops unfortunately. Hmm

T - Taste is very lightly Belgian, slightly sweet, actually lightly funky, faint horse blanket and barnyard, light green apple, but at the end of the day, not much hops.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty drinkable, nice carbonation, light.

O - Overall not as ipa like as I'm used to with even a Belgian ipa, still, not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:23:56 | More by rudzud
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham. into a pint glass.

pours a darker copper color with a slight head. fizzy bubbles in the glass from top to bottom. yeastiness overtakes the hops on the nose, but they're still prevalent. taste is very hoppy but also you get the Belgian yeast taste too. not getting too much 'wild' but that's ok. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall its like a souped up lil sumpin. I like it a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 21:06:34 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of thecheapies


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange amber with a thick, coarsely-composed white head. Rich lacing.

Lagunitas-like hops; citrusy and pine-y, of the American ilk. Sweet crackery pale malts and a honey nut Belgian yeast pulse.

Surly bitterness and back-half sappy pine hop-burn. Grapefruit and lemon and honeydew melon. Spicy yeast and spicy hops push boundaries with a piquant slashing. Notes of pink peppercorn, coriander, and orange peel.

Semi-burpy. Alcohol unveiled. A bit astringent, as in acidic. Medium-tailored body is decent.

Too obnoxious with the West Coast IPA hops, too rigid with the yeast strain. Un-relentless spiciness. I like it, but it's a chore.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 20:13:00 | More by thecheapies
Photo of tectactoe


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Poured a golden-straw color, highly opaque and hazy with just about no light getting through anywhere but the very edges. Big, fluffy, white head that lasts quite a while, a nice characteristic of many Belgian styles; moderate lacing along the sides. Slightly floral and hoppy on the nose - a decent balance of bitter greens and sweet citrus. This smells like it's gonna be good.

The initial taste hits first with a sharp carbonation bite followed immediately by hops that stretch to the back of the palate; floral-like with a mild pine character, hops are certainly abundant here. Then comes the sweetness - super huge profile of fruits here, the heaviest being pineapple and grapefruit, with a mention going out to mango and pear. Phenolic warmth from the alcohol ties the citrus sweetness and hop bitterness together very well. The aftertaste comes around as the hops cut back through the sweetness to give a highly bitter and yeast-filled finish. Low malt flavors overall, but enough to balance out the hops, though they also have some help from the citrus and yeast. Medium-thick body with a bunch of carbonation.

This is a great beer, and a great American-made Belgian-style IPA. The hops are balanced very nicely with citrus, yeast, and a bit of malt while remaining highly bitter and pungent - truly a hard combination to pull off, especially this well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 12:59:17 | More by tectactoe
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.85/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 04:26:45 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good example of a belgian pale ale. A very easy drinker with subtle flavors.

I like the smell of the sour coming off the top, and the flavor of the sour is consistent in each drink.

The spice (coriander) is there, but it doesn't take over this beer.

I recommend picking up this beer. I'm going to get a six-pack the next time I go out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 00:40:56 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy pour, looks like a belgian ipa should, bonus points for the crazy amount of lace. Smell has a big rush of lemon and banana, big belgian yeast character, nice hoppiness. The taste is identical, huge belgian flavor upfront and then an awesome wave of grapefruit and mango wash over the palate on the finish. Love this beer, love this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 22:32:42 | More by Tschnab
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Rhino in Missoula. Served in pint glass.

A - Medium orange with some yellow glow around the edges. A small layer of off-white head formed and receded to a few scattered bubbles on the top of the beer.

S - Sweet caramel and candy sugar, some bitterness and earthy hop aromas present as well.

T - Sweet caramel and candy sugar up front giving way to bubble gum, pine and earthy flavours. Very slight funkiness present as well.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 18:08:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 01:46:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer enjoyed at My Place in Newtown, CT, this one is a clear pale gold color with a nice puffy cover of white and energeticly blanketed with lacing. The aroma brings a lovely floral and slight pine hop element with sweet fruit nougat/taffy and polite yeast biscuit. The flavor comes on with very similar combinations, light yet on the heavy side of medium bodied with very delicate carbonation and a somewhat dry but smooth feel. Very easy drinking despite a subtle trace of alcohol wheat. Very nice stuff, a no brainer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 16:18:10 | More by Durge
Photo of wethorseblanket


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source.

A: Pours a hazy darkish yellowish orange with a fine white head which leaves sheet lace.

N: Getting dank weed, mild funk, barnyard, cheesy gym socks, wet cats and horseblankets.

T: Floral dankness with lemony funk. Lots of funk.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Very dry finish.

O: Very, very good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 16:55:54 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of Oakenator


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a pine tree from a foot away - a nice change of pace to a traditional IPA. Pours brown with some ruby. Excellent lacing on the glass. Flavor has some caramel on top of the pine. Maybe some parsley and other spices. The more I drink it the more I think it's somewhere between an IPA and a saison.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 22:06:01 | More by Oakenator
Photo of SaintD

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a straw color with a slightly thin head that resulted in a spritzy, lacing.
Pineapple/tropical fruits in the nose, well rounded flavor and balance, slight alcohol warmth, with a citrus hopiness. I wish this beer was more available because it really is a great spin on the style. Wonderful and delicious! I'm never disappointed with lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 23:02:57 | More by SaintD
Photo of elNopalero


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my review of LSW on draught, to complement my review of the bottled version.

This pours a cloudy hazy gold color with light foam. There’s an intriguing distinctively floral aroma which is contrasted by an unexpected bitterness on the flavor (unexpected from how it smells, not from knowing that it’s a Lagunitas brew). The bitterness almost defines the flavor profile, like a sharp peak around which everything else—the floral notes, the underlying funkiness, and a wheated smoothness—rest. Light, effervescent, interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 07:46:15 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Miketwolf21


4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
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.!

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 04:12:50 | More by Miketwolf21
Photo of Kendo

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Got it on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Served in a mug. Body is clear golden-copper in color with a 1-finger white head on top. Leaves behind plenty of good lace.

S: First impression was that it was too faint in the nose, but as it warmed up a bit (this was the 2nd beer I had at the Tusk that I thought was served too cold), I get a lot more: fruity and yeasty with some floral hops.

T: First impression is of the fruitiness. I was having a hard time putting my finger on it, vacillating between over-ripe apples, peaches and clementine oranges (tangerines). I also wrote "yeasty" twice - there's a touch of bubble gum sweetness in there, presumably from the yeast. High-content alcohol is noted as a drying influence on the back end of the sip and a bit of alcohol heat on the way down.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is modest. Feels a little sticky, but that seems appropriate for some reason.

O: Good stuff. Nice blend of Belgian and American influences.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 00:01:28 | More by Kendo


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Served in a 13oz tulip for $5.25. Sampled 9/28/10.

A: Arrives with 1 finger of one of the creamier, frothier heads that I have ever seen. Eggshell white and annoyingly long lasting. Ten minutes in and the head hasn't budged one bit. Seriously, can I drink my beer already?!? The body is remarkably clear, bright annealed copper in color. Boatload of slow moving bubbles can be seen on the inside. This beer is an absolute stunner in a glass. Clearly a 5.0...

S: The nose is the juiciest, summer fruit forward nose that I've come across at this point. Peaches, tangerine and just a hint of pungent red grapefruit. A bready malt character is present, but it's deep in the background. The nose was headed for another amazing score - that was until the temperature started rising. FUCK. Kerosene mixed with lighter fluid and ammonia. The abundance of fruit aromas nearly masks it, but I just can't get past the offensive volatiles.

T: It's hard to separate the aroma and taste sometimes so - purely from a flavor standpoint - I get the bright fruits on the front end of the palate with alcohol soaked pear flavor on the finish. The alcohol is much too prominent here and...

M: ...on the tongue. Besides that, the mouthfeel is full and creamy with a nice tingling effervescence. Slightly astringent on the finish.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Due to the overpowering, off-putting and out of place aromas, I can barely stand to put my nose in the glass any longer. The rest of the brew's attributes are strong enough, however, to keep the drinkability rating from being a 1.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 14:33:48 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz tap poured at Stout's Pub in Minnesota.

A: Perfectly clear golden in color. 1 finger dense foam head. Leaves amazing lace.

S: Ammonia-like hop aroma. Vegetative.

T: Medicinal like quality sits over clean sweet malt. Hops bitter but play second fiddle to yeast qualities. Very interesting. Unique.

M: Well carbonated. Rather thin with a slight lingering oiliness.

D: Worth trying a few times. After a couple, it can be a bit much. The antiseptic qualities multiply.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 00:26:49 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of Holland


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber color, mostly clear with a half inch head with fine bubbles that stay for a long time.

S: smells of citrus, pine, and floral hops. Some hop bitterness, malt, and sweetness round it out.

T: delicious assault on the tastebuds with this brew. The yeast comes out very slightly, but the taste is really dominated by the hops and the malt as with the smell.

M: medium body, but thicker than many in the style. Carbonation is medium, but allows smooth sensations.

O: is this really a Belgian Strong Pale Ale? It's just an excellent IPA with excellent yeast. Whatever the style, it's awesome, cheap, and sometimes available. I've had it on tap in Illinois and Florida. Solid beer all around.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 02:35:23 | More by Holland
Photo of Rifugium


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Very nice beer from a brewery that I generally find to be a bit underwhelming. Poured a burnt amber color, clear, with a moderate eggshell head. Pleasant hoppy aroma, cirtus zest and a dab of funk. Nice and crisp in the taste, a solid malt base with plenty of citrus and piney hops up front, juicy fruits, and a certain yeasty complexity. Medium-bodied, with a crisp, dry finish, and quite drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 22:53:23 | More by Rifugium
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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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