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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 934
Hads: 3,514
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 219
Gots: 513 | 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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A heavy beer, I thought best had at a later dinner. Pours orange tinged body with a little retained white head. Mildly hoppy aroma. Big mouthfeel, initial glasses of it demonstrated the yeast, followed by the hops and finished by a lot of malts. The third glass was mostly malt and just a variation of a double IPA, stong American ale. Still good drinkability, but would like to have enjoyed more of the yeast and all the complexity it promises.

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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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger thick head which disspiates to only a small amount in the periphery. Mild lacing. Clear golden with mustard hues.

S: a little musty hop smell with some faint sweet corn.

T: sweet corn, belgian tripel like yeast and clove, grapefruit with sour/bitter pine intermixed with a crisp, wet finish. The hops are a little light and mostly in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Almost too sweet but the complexity of the bitterness is just right to off-set it and make this a very good beer. The hops are not as stong as I would like either.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down to a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose--smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste initially starts out with notes of malty sweetness that quickly transitions into a moderate amount of bitterness with flavors of grapefruit and spices. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because for the most part the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a decent brew, special yeast. pours a radiant bronze color, with an erupting off white head that stopped just short of needing to be frantically slurped. it smells like belgian yeast, west coast hops, and some fuller bodied malts. the flavor is pungent bitter hops, and rubbing alcohol in the finish. chemically almost at the end. the malt provides a huge amount of body, but only a touch of sweetness. lots of nonfermentable sweetness to this one. the yeast is of course very interesting. ive never had the beer that made this yeast famous, but i can imagine it now. spicy and complex, dry and ancient. the feel is decent, good body on the fuller side, and a little less carbonated than it should be, despite the head. maybe it just relaxes too quickly, im not sure. finish stays bitter for awhile. overall a clever brew, something ive come to expect from lagunitas, but this isnt as good as i expected it to be with the yeast. the west coastness of this beer overwhelms it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow with a bit of haze and a nice white head. With the initial whiff, it's pretty clear that this is a special beer and maybe already the best I've encountered from Lagunitas. Off the nose alone, one of the better Belgian IPA's that I have ever encountered. Nice mustiness along with some earthy, floral, and spicy hops. Taste is quite similar, with the yeast and hops performing a delicate dance. Neither comes out on top. Great balance between the yeast and hops. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a dry finish. Drinkability is superb. A fairly complex beer with enough going on that each sip brings new elements. My favorite so far from the "Sumpin'" series.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color capped by a nice head that leaves quite a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Very hoppy aroma, with citrus dominant

Taste: Bready, up front, and while the citrus is notable, up front, there are a number of other tropical fruit flavors as well, including pineapple and papaya; in the middle is where Sumpin' Wild happens, with a yeasty, candi sugar and bubblegum character that becomes increasingly yeast-influenced, after the swallow, as the complexity of the Westmalle yeast adds character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: West Coast IPA meets BSPA and that makes it different from the typical Belgian IPA as the citrusy hop character is more forward

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Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip. The beer has a beautifully clear (filtered) golden body. A lasting finger of head forms, and retains well thanks to a steady stream of carbonation.

The nose, to my surprise, is dominated by Belgian yeast rather than the bright fruity hops of Lil Sumpin Sumpin. Hops are still present, citrusy (oranges) and tropical (mangoes), but the spicy, peppery, phenolic yeast character shines.

On the tongue it's a more even mix - bready wheat malt, peppery yeast and fruity, tropical hops combine rather harmoniously. The mango/papaya fruitiness of the other Sumpin Sumpin beers is present here, it's just matched by the spiciness of the yeast. The finish is sticky, though not terribly bitter - peppery spice lingers on the tongue along with tropical fruit and tangerine-like citrus.

Lagunitas is hit or miss for me, but they did a great job with this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Wow, usually I can at least understand the majority of the ramblings on the periphery of Lagunitas' labels - but in this case, I would have to be a brew master or Belgio-phile (?) to comprehend this bomber's explications.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden hue, with two fingers of foamy, quite creamy eggshell-white head, which leaves some broad chunks of fuzzy patched lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of sweet and bitter citrus fruit - orange and grapefruit - with an underlying pine astringency, a faint beginner's funk, and mild Belgian sugar and spices - clove and white pepper. The taste is big herbal citrus hops up front, a solid sweet, sugary fruity malt, a touch of earthy barnyard, followed by some spicy, yeasty, leafy bitterness. No real noticeable warming at all.

The carbonation is moderate, and kind of airy at times, the body medium-full in weight, verily smooth, and more than a bit creamy. It finishes still quite sweet, the malt holding strong, with an almost equal fragrant citrus/funky yeast bitterness.

Well, truth in advertising, I can always appreciate - a stock (in a good way) Lagunitas strong ale, leavened by the addition of some old-school monk-yeast. The result: exactly what one would expect - a slightly yeast-tinged (a Westmalle joint, yo), usual suspect hop and malt bomb. An interesting experiment, what with the familiar West Coast eye-opener, melded onto a sudden realization of noble Belgian heritage. Wild, in doubt? 'Wild', indeed.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed glass a slight chill hazed burnt orange with a big blooming white head that settled very slowly into a creamy mass.The first thing I notice is a big blast of citric hop,I detect some Amarillo I believe,then the phenols come rollin in with some clove-like spice.I really wanted to like the flavors more but I couldnt get myself to,started out great with a shot of citric and aspirin-like hops,but the phenols take over with slight funk and spice.Alot of people like Belgian yeast flavor...I dont.I like the hop profile and its a well made beer,just not a Belgian yeast fan.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden amber with a nice amount of hazziness to it. An enormous head of white foam lifted up to a height of around three inches before settling down to a full inch of white and sticky foam that clung to the glass the rest of the session, nice carbonation streaking up from the inside.

The aroma was very solid. Nice light fruit notes, with a very well hidden Brett profile. Light grains and a touch of a fresh grass like hoppiness sneaking in as it warmed up. Light and delicate flavor with a crispness that was very nice. Clean with little in the way of funk showing up here. Light grains and some peach and pear/apple notes that were followed up nicely with the slightest amount of sour flavor, just enough to let you know it was there. Smooth and mellow with a light feel that was well carbonated and easy to drink.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a nice golden orange color with a surprisingly small white head and some minimal lacing.

S: A big burst of citrus hop aroma up front gives this one much more of an IPA feel. With a little warming up, some of the yeast esters come through and I pick up some bubblegum, pepper, and spicy yeast esters. That said, the hops are still dominant.

T: Fairly heavy on the spices (yeast contributions) with some great fruitiness. Tangerine and grapefruit are the biggest fruit notes I get, and the bitterness is there, but does not overwhelm the beer.

M: The body is medium with a carbonation that borders medium and high--not over-carbonated, however.

D: I wasn't exactly sure what the "wild" character of this beer was upon drinking it, though some research has shown this beer did spend some time with Brett. At this point, it's like most of the other good Lagunitas beers: hoppy.

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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.

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a layer a leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweet malt, Belgian spice, a bit herbal with some citrus hop notes.

Taste: Sweet malt with some citrus hops. Belgian spice, herbal, a bit perfumey. The wild yeast and the hops make this a little too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I like the regular version better. The wild yeast and hops didn't mix well as far as I was concerned.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of perfectly clear, copper colored body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves moderately thick lace.

S - Strong citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with notes of pineapple, mango, and orange. Some light pine notes in the background with a touch of vanilla and sweet, bready malt.

T - Sweet, biscuit like malt up front with lots of fruity hops. Flavors of mango, pineapple, and vanilla give way in the middle to yeast notes of pear and clove. Finishes with lots of soft, bready malt and pear/pineapple yeast notes along with tropical hop flavors and moderate bitterness. Some lingering fruitiness blends well in the aftertaste with the juicy hops and hits a light tobacco note as everything fades away.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very, very nice. This seems to be, more than anything, a Belgian IPA, but it has a really strong malt and yeast character that one rarely sees in American brewed interpretations of the style. The fruity hops work perfectly with the Belgian yeast and in the finish it is hard to tell which flavors are coming from hops and which are the yeast. All of this complexity is supported by a lightly sweet and perfectly smooth base of malty goodness that makes the beer eminently drinkable. This is an excellent beer, I would love to see it as a regular seasonal.

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

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Finally, I can put a face to the name. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises honeydew, grapefruit, pine, and sweet caramel. The taste is very similar, though the melon is decidedly meeker here, and the caramel seems a bit more assertive, even if it's still definitely subservient to the hoppier aspects. The body is light-ish, with a light carbonation and a rather liquid feel. Overall, a solid brew, one I hope to have later on down the road.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear amber-orange body with golden highlights. Median sized bubbles rise steadily beneath a frothy head of off-white. Good head retention. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Floral and a touch citrusy. Sharply mineralish with crushed granite and 'tang'. Hoppy. Sweetly malty with straightforward grain. Fruity pineapple.

Taste: Fruity (pineapple, berries, apple) and malty upfront with some herbs, minerals, and peppery spice coming from the yeast. The mineralish side almost suggests a tanginess like that of a blue-veined cheese. It's leafy and floral, and a touch citrusy and piney going into the finish. Suddenly it becomes very dry, but not overly bitter - a perfectly balanced transition away from all of the sweetness at the beginning. Some mild phenolic lingers amidst the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge that's cut through by a standard carbonation. It's not quite crisp, but there's enough carbonation to cut through the body and help clean it up in the finish. Any more carbonation would cut through that dextrinous malt leaving it seemingly too thin. Nice.

Drinkability: Given that it's 8.85% abv I was surprised to find it served in Imperial pints at my local; but that didn't stop me from having two in a row! My friends (who are not quite as well versed in beer) enjoyed it as well, and it was agreed that although it's not "WILD", it does have a good deal of character going for it. It's easy to consume, and remarkably compelling to the experienced taster, leaving me to give it the highest rating for drinkability. I've bought a few bottles, and given its price to satisfaction ratio I may just put out the hundred or so bucks for a whole case to cellar.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super white fluffy head of 1 finger that leaves a slight messy lacing. THe beer is a somewhat hazy golden wheat orange nectar color.

Nose is beautiful. It starts with some golden malts, some Belgian somewhat strong malty aromas, adding a little sweetness and almost a hint of light candi sugar. Under that is a fuse of a nice hop and wild combination. It's really hard to describe. There's plenty of fruit, tangerine, peach, mango, pineapple, some tropical and citrus hops with hints of grassy hops. Also some very light yeasty almost funk aroma, that doesn't really have funk. It's like lots of bottle conditioning with strange Belgian yeast strain that was once crossed with Lacto or something. A slight dry farmhouse aroma. It's dreamy.

Taste comes with more of the same as the nose. This time it starts with a spicy hop character. Some light citrus and pine on the hops, but more tropical fruit, citrus, etc. Some light fruit too, little tangerine, touch of orange peel, little peach. Some sweetness coming from some light Belgian strong malty flavors, touch of bready taste, just a hint. Again more of the almost wild tasting Belgian yeast strain, adding some light dry farmhouse like flavors, an almost funk that never really comes. A little astringency starts to come through, but remains manageable. As it finishes it dries more, adding to the bitterness and the lingering hop flavors, more spicy and even a little musty. As it dries it starts to get more of a dried Belgian light candi sugar taste surprisingly. A lingering musty slight hop oil and little astringency, as well as dry slightly yeasty funk, it's almost as if that yeasty funk is adding it's own bitterness.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, it doesn't drink like 8.85% at all, and dries well. However, a slight lingeirng astringency and bitterness, as well as that lingering yeasty almost funk flavor are there.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharp and funky golden ale.

Attractive light amber in the tulip glass. Head fades, though creamy carbonation adds to the mouthfeel. Interesting fragrance of lilies and hot fruitbread. Very tart with intense fruity flavors. Quite hoppy, which pushes some of the Belgian character into the background. Long bitter aftertaste (72 IBU). Citrus, mango, pineapple. Hot like candied ginger. Very alcoholic tasting.

Not to be trifled with. A powerful beer with a load of flavors. One of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin off-head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus sweetness. Then the Belgian yeast and hearty malt character breadiness comes in to create a good balance. There’s a touch of alcohol in the background and the hops bitterness tends to reassert itself in the finish. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this beer is exactly what you would expect from a Lagunitas-style IPA with Belgian yeast. It’s a good flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

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4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love Lagunitas so really looking forward to trying this bomber. Pours a nice golden color, hop aroma just exudes from the glass... never had such a pungent beer and I love it! Taste is medium to heavy bodied, nice mouthfeel and well balanced. For the ABV its surprisingly VERY smooth, lots of hop character too. This does taste similar to a lot of other Lagunitas offering mind you, but I happen to love how their beers taste. Nice clean finish, wayyyy too easy to drink. One of the better beers I've had in a while, highly recommended.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick six on Mt Rose in York -poured from the bomber into 2 tulips -shared with tenderbranson69

A very clear mild amber color apricot shade of golden with visible carbonation and thick 3/4 inch bone white cap. Lace is sticky and retention is excellent with a fine bead. The smell of this ale is fairly fruity with a nice amount of belgian yeast esters in the nose. The hops add a touch of grassy piney accent to the aroma with hint of mild citrus. There is a mild bready malt odor, but gently blends with the yeast and hops. A feel that has tangy and full on with effervescent tingly and bright nuances of bitter grassy spice from the hops with a mellow sugar and moderate toasted malt texture w/subtle resinous hop accent and semi sweet/spicy finish.

The flavor has a good fruity yeast and hop cohesion which gives the hoppy citrus and light tropical flavor with spice from the yeast a lot of room to expand and cover the palate with an array of juicy and peppery notes. The yeast adds elements of melon while there is a rind-like taste from the hops and moderate amount of alcohol in the flavor with mild caramel malt which gives a light sweetness to the flavor but comes forward slightly as it wams with a gentle toasted character. Overall I recommend this to anyone who likes hops and belgian yeast together -this strain is nice to combine with west coast hops and Lagunitas did a good job incorporating in a pleasant way. I think this is drinkable especially for the amount of alcohol in the brew -you barely taste it -A solid offering.

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4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Peachy hue, excellent head and lacing

SMELL: Papaya, peppery, pineapple skin, blood oranges, bready, yeast, phenolic, taffy, gummy, spicy

TASTE: Medium bodied, semi-creamy, very smooth, soft hoppy resin, moving bitterness, biscuity, herbal, slightly medicinal, nutty, vegtal, a bit alcoholic

Love the whole Belgo-American movement, love Lagunitas as well. Very well balanced, Westmalle yeast battles dank hop in a higher alcohol arena ... everything a growing palate needs. Giving this brew a hearty HELL YEAH!

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3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excited for this one; I enjoy Lagunitas' beers even if many of them taste very similar. 8.8% ABV confirmed. 72.5 IBU. 1.079 original gravity. Cost was $4.99 at the Cap N Cork Junior market. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I expect it to be about a B. Probably a B- on the low end.

Served after a slight warming period following removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white colour head of no real cream, but decent thickness and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a rather pale copper. Transparent and translucent. Not horribly vibrant, but also not dull. There's nothing unique or special here. It's to style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is weak and thin.

Sm: Floral hop notes. Grassy. Lemon citrus. Hop extract. Pale malts. Some saison-esque yeasty notes; I asssume this is the Westmalle yeast manfiesting. A bit of light spice. Straw. Borders on brett-y. Light fruit esters from the hops. Hop oil. A moderate strength aroma, and a pleasant one. No alcohol is detectable. Fresh and inviting. Peppery.

T: I definitely get the peppery biscuity yeast on the climax - a very clean and enjoyable yeast flavour often unseen in IPAs. Pale malts for the foundation, of course. Some blood orange fruit/esters. Pleasantly lightly oily. Saison-esque light spiciness. Some pineapple. Clove. The yeasty notes are rich and delightful here; wow. Floral hops are the dominant hop character, but there a lurking hints of pine. It's well balanced all around. Vague tropical fruit hints from the hops. Quite nectary. Has sufficient body. Clean and fresh, but also somewhat chemically hoppy as though from extract. The finish is crisp and evocative, giving a twinge of fruit before the flavour departs. The sweetness lingers in the aftertaste, a pleasant effect that leaves me wanting more. No alcohol comes through. Nicely built for the style, with no hop bitterness coming through at all. I like it.

Mf: Lightly oily, but primarily smooth and wet - just as it should be. Somewhat overcarbonated and a touch too thick. Nectary. Sticky. Chewy. All things considered, it supports and enables the flavours quite well, but it doesn't add to them. It doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste, but the texture does a good job nevertheless.

Dr: Quite drinkable, though the aforementioned carbonation and thickness issues do hold it back. The high ABV is nicely concealed, though - making this one a bit dangerous. All around it's a solid beer in the style. The yeasty notes are a highlight; I commend that choice. A clean refreshing summer IPA, and another solid brew from Lagunitas.

That said, it does possess that mystery factor that makes most of these hoppy Lagunitas brews taste the same. I think it's the distinct hop extract notes; something about the hopping is always the same with this brewery - though I'm not sure that's a bad thing. I do wish it was more distinct than Lagunitas' other hoppy beers, but I can't say I don't like this one. In any case, it's far from unique.

I'd get this one again, and I'd even casually recommend it to friends. Definitely a seasonal release worth picking up.

Low B

*I had to reduce the mouthfeel score to give the right letter grade to this beer. I do this to keep my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

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