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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

935 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 935
Hads: 3,528
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 229
Gots: 522 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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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Photo of TMoney2591
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 Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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

Review from notes. Had this a month or so ago...

Pours a bright/clear honey color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Pears, peaches, plus citrus & piney hops

T: Follows the nose, some earthy notes & grapefruit up front. Dryness, grapefruit & herbal hops once warm, a little bit of cherry & pears as well. Finishes with citrus & piney hop & little more pear

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, nice effort. Somewhat reminds me of Boulevard Tank#7

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Photo of superspak
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/6/2012. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, honey, caramel, earth, and herbal spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pepper, clove, light banana, pine, lemon, and herbal spiciness. Nice amount of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, clove, banana, pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of spicy yeast flavors with hop flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish; extremely smooth to sip on. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA. Fantastic yeast character and hop flavor balance; and very crisp and smooth to sip on. Wow, outstanding.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours a deep butterscotch color with orange highlights and some visible carbonation. The small sudsy head is short-lived and only spotty but sticky lacing is left on the glass. This has a rather funky aroma that reflects sweet malts, Belgian yeast and hops in about equal parts. The flavor include suggestions of fruit, honey, toffee and spices, with a light peppery quality. M: medium body and smooth with a dry finish.
O: A special, flavorful and fine Belgian style ale, with an exceptionally strong malt base. It is reminiscent of, but not as satisfying to me, as the superb Lagunitas Lucky 13 Anniv. Ale I had last night.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems a bit of a hybrid to me. There are definitely Belgian tones here, but they are subdued and smooth and not overly showy, besides a somewhat pronounced yeasty thing. The other side of this (opposite the Belgian one) are the distinct hoppy tones. Which I guess would make this...a Belgian IPA. Just my opinion. And a pretty nice one too; except it's a bit boozy.

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Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy copper orange with a strong one finger white head that leaves light lacing down the glass.

S - Strong hop aroma consisting of spicy, resiny, hops with a hint of the alcohol that is contained in this one. A little sweetness from the malt and a little yeast? A good nose but not great.

T - Plenty of spicy, resiny, hops that leave a nice bitter feel on the pallet. Lots of sweet malts with a touch of bready yeast. Finishes with a strong, dry, taste from the alcohol. Pretty good taste but a tad on the boozy side.

M - Sticky sweet with medium flavor and body. Moderate carbonation with a good balance of flavors.

D - Fairly good offering. I liked this one but I don't think I would sit down and drink a bunch of these all at once.

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

Pours a near-clear gold. Lumpy eggshell white head that leaves a thick ring of lace after each sip.

Fruity (sweet) with a grapefruit hop aroma.

Lots of effervescence on the tongue. Good pale malt start but it fades quickly to a strong hop of black pepper and grapefruit rind. Could easily pass for a Belgian-style IPA. Rich feel to the mouth despite the high carbonation. The finish has a bit of piney hop to it

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Great lacing.

s - Smells of orange, citrus, fruity malts, and grapefruit. Citrus dominates the nose but it's very nice.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, orange, citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Huge bitter bite to it.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice pale ale. Smell was very nice with a lot of grapefruit/citrus, and the taste had some huge bitterness to it. Would try again.

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Photo of mothman
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Pours 1/4 finger of white head. No lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Fruity and yeasty. Lemon zest, orange peel. Very Belgian-like. Grassy hops, herbal notes, and bready malts.

Taste: Lots of hops. Floral and earthy hop notes. It also has a Belgian yeast kick. Herbal spice notes with some malts. Fairly earthy reminding me of a Belgian ipa.

Mouthfeel: earthy, lightly bitter, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean with some grassy hops.

Overall, a lot like a beligan ipa. Fairly drinkable. Some nice flavors all around.

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

Pours a bright honey golden hue with a bright white head, speckled scattered lacing. Aroma has strong American hops with citrus/pine, and tropical fruit notes. Seems like they are following suit and making a hoppy Belgian style west coast IPA. Westmalle yeast strain, brings out banana/pineapple spicy esters. Flavor is competing with the Belgian yeast strain and American brash hop bitterness, sometimes this works sometimes it's a rough combo. Really great tasting version here spicy Belgian yeast with tropical fruit edges/banana/spice and upfront hops with citrus/grapefruit tones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a tad oily with hops and smooth bodied carbonation. Drinkabilty is nice but after 22 ounces I'm good even splitting with a friend is a good idea but the flavors here worked well together.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark golden yellow in color with some light orange highlights and just a touch of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white to light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of medium sized thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops, a little orange rind/citrus and a touch of fruitiness from the yeast - all this is over the top of light aromas of pale malts.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale malts with a touch of fruity yeast (apple, pear, and citrus/orange rind). Next there is a moderate flavor of grapefruit/citrus hops with moderate amounts of peppery spices. There is a light amount of bitterness and alcohol in the finish which linger for a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink with the alcohol being mostly well hidden and a very pleasant mouthfeel. Glad I grabbed this one and yet another impressive beer from this brewery.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to my brother for a bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color with a one finger foamy head on top. Decent retention and thin lacing around most of the glass.

S: Don't get much in the way of Belgian spices/yeast, mostly pine and some citrus fruit.

T: Again, don't get very much in the way of a Belgian presence. Nice piney flavor though with some light citrus mixed in.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Abv comes through a little bit as it warms.

O: Had you told me it was a regular IPA, score probably would be a bit higher. I liked it, but did not love it.

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

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild, Petaluma, California...let's have some POF!

Appearance: clear, amber coloration, big, pillowy white head.

Beautiful aromatics, wild and funky, some fruit and spice around, but the mainly other parts of the farm at work in this nose.

Taste: smoo-ooth, with plenty of character. Strong spices, black pepper, soft citrus, a bed of tasty pale malt. Delicious. Westmalle yeast strain bringing the goods, speeding utter tastiness all over the overwhelmingly pleasing and super-duper happiness bringing kind of ale.

Heat comes up and spikes the palate as we get further in...plenty of spice, matched with the mellow fruit factor. Tasty, tasty, tasty, yum, yum, yum.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/9/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a very clear orange color with a finger of white foam that is slightly stained yellow and retains quite well. Long leggy patches of lace cling all along the glassware.

The aroma displays plenty of hop character including scents of citrus, minty herbs and pine is the leading character. There is Belgian yeasty notes through the nose like spicy clove and sweet bubblegum. As it warms, the hops seem green and leafy coupled with a seemingly candy-like sweetness. A faint touch of fruit like mango makes it through the back.

The taste of this brew is green leafy hops coupled with a semi-dry fruit like pear mixed with mango upfront. Moderately bitter that clings and lasts on the tongue. A bit of green yeast taste is evident mid-palate. There is an herbal aftertaste that mixes with a light grainy sweetness and a touch of mineral quality in the finish.

Medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very drinkable ad well balanced. This is an interesting take on a quasi Belgian ipa. For almost 9% abv it is hidden quite well but the Belgian phenols become increasingly evident as the brew warms.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent and golden hued, with 1/4" of white head. It seems like lately I've been drinking a lot of beers that look like this. The aroma brings some dank hops, alcohol, and sweet malt. The flavor is decent, albeit a bit sharp. Thin to medium bodied, with a fairly present alcohol presence. I'm not as impressed as the large majority with this brew. A valiant effort, but I would take ubiquitous Duvel over this any time.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a clear, pale amber color with a thick, rocky, white head to it. The head settled down after a minute or so but left some nice lacing as it did.

The aroma has a very nice tropical, citrusy, hoppiness to it. Some pineapple, mango and peach flavors all seem to be coming through. The Belgian yeast adds just a hint of spice to the aroma and adds to the fruity flavors as well.

The taste starts out with more of that sweet, tropical, pineapple, peach hoppiness that I really love. Like the nose the yeast plays more of a subtle role, adding just a hint of spice and fruit. The finish has a bit of a dry bitterness to it, but pretty moderate considering how hoppy it is.

The mouthfeel is a little below medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkabiltiy is very good, it's an excellent beer and another winner in Lagunitas lineup. I loved Little Sumpin' Sumpin' and this one might even be better. The Belgian yeast complimented the tropical hoppiness very nicely and didn't become overpowering at all. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a DFH signature glass. This is probably the best BELGIAN IPA IPA IPA I've ever had, IPA.

Beer is clear and orange with a decent white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, looks really good.

Aroma is amazing, seriously, its totally citrus hops, eclipses whatever contribution the yeast may have added to the aroma.

Beer is mildly sweet at the front, nice and hoppy in the middle, good fruit citrus flavors in the middle, and dry and bitter at the end. I don't really like the dryness of it but otherwise its quite quite good. I would definitely have this again. Its a great IPA, not too bitter, not too dry, nice hops, and mild sweetness. "Balanced" i suppose.

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredible orangish amber with 1/4" of head that fades to a thin lacing. Bready malts, pineapple, alcohol esters, and faint yeast make up the nose. Bready malts make up the body here with fruity flavors mixing in. I get apple, pineapple, figs, and dates. The alcohol really warms the finish on this one. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, mildly carbonated, and very smooth.

This is a solid beer. Complex, intriguing, warming, refreshing. All around good!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice thick and uniform off white head, almost creamy, huge retention and staying power with pinhead sized bubbles. Body color is slightly dull, but a real nice orb orange color slightly opaque also. Very slow rising carbonation which is hard to see.

Nose is a great mix of soft citrus fruit, and sweet zest. I get a good kumquat sensation off of this. Big sweet florals as well, almost like a ginger blossom. I really like this nose a lot. It smells very inviting.

Taste is an interesting mix. Milky sweetness body, cream, and matching a nice hop angle hinted from the nose of florals and grass also. Creamy body, with an almost thick egg like consistency. The beer is very dense in the palate, but it's not a boozy rush, until it hits your stomach. Real nice mellow lingering bitterness on this also.

Overall it strangely doesn't really remind me of a Belgian, it's sort of an odd strong ale hoppy beer from another planet, but I guess it does have "some" Belgian character to it, but it really feels like something very unique. Nice job, very memorable.

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

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! Wow, what a complex aroma; sweet pale and Munich malt scent; lots of citrus hops; and a wonderful Belgian yeast character. The taste is good. It has a crisp, citrus hop bitterness along with a solid pale malt base and tremendous Belgian yeast finish. It's really hoppy; almost overly so. The Belgian yeast adds tons of complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tasty beer. I love hops, but I wish it wasn't so bitter. The yeast esters take a backseat, unfortunately.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.