A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,350
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 153
Gots: 366 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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