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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 934
Hads: 3,510
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 215
Gots: 501 | 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 baseballrock
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Little Sumpin' Wild Ale pours with a marginal head out of the 22oz bottle. The color is of an off orange and is hazzy, a very typical looking IPA.

S - Right off the bat my nose is hit with a heavy dose of west coast hops. A mellow yeast aroma is present. Very interesting aromatic beer.

T - There is a lot going on in the brew. The taste is very green, piney hop flavors. Along with the sort of chewey resiness of the hops, and a solid malt base round out a medium bodied mouthfeel. There are numerous backing flavors from the yeast

Overall I am very pleased with this brew. I love IPA's and to me this takes a solid DIPA and adds another layer of enjoyment. This is my favorite from Lagunitas thus far. (710 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new offering from my local store. I pretty much bought this based on Lagunitas reputation and my love for wild beers. I was expecting to see this be another Brett beer and was suprised to see that it was no Brett but rather Westmalle yeast making this a wild ale.

Nice tight head. Great smelling beer. Citrus pine needles and bananas were present. Sounds like a weird combination but it worked.

Great tasting beer. Typical west coast hop flavors citrus fruits and pine needles. A bit muted compared to other Lagunitas offerings. The Westmalle yeast really did wonders for this. Bananas and wheat were very present in finish. Awesome! In many ways the flavor reminded me of the extremely fresh Westmalle triples that I tasted while in Antwerp.

Kudos to Lagunitas to trying something new. So much better than any of the other wild IPA's I have tried. They didn't just spike this IPA with Brett like so many others do. Great stuff and a truly inovative beer. (969 characters)

Photo of pgaveau
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a n undated 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This beer has an interesting golden color and full 1/2 inch head. Lacing is thick and stays around for a long time.

Smell is incredibly appetizing. Hints of bannanas, flowers.

Tastes great. Perfect hop introduction follwed by a malty sweetness. Very slight bitter after taste.

I opened a second right after the first one finished. 8.85% ABV is a shock for such a smooth beer. I will definately get a few more of these. (481 characters)

Photo of Cmack15
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the Lagunitas brewery during a tour. The beer is a nice golden color and has good carbonation. The aroma is what really knocks your socks off with this beer. The Belgian yeast really comes through in the nose and makes this a damn good beer. The beer starts with the Belgian yeast and then finishes with the hops and dry. I am big fan of Belgian ipas and this a real good example of that style. Nice beer!
Cheers (431 characters)

Photo of TheDinger
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gave this a shot as a wild card from my trip to Asheville. I will say I'm not a big hop head, so I will try and be open. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A golden, copper clear pour with a very generous 2+ finger off white pillow head. Obvious carbonation with decent lacing and rentention. Smell was a bit mild. Some notes of citrus and lemon grass. Maybe a hint of cloves. Taste was surprising for an IPA. It was pretty well balanced with some bready malts poking through the hop bitterness. Pretty smooth and refreshing. Feel was quite a bit of carbonation, but not too watery. Quite balanced. Overall- I was pretty impressed with the balance and flavor of this IPA. Again, not my style, but I've had a lot worse. A bit too much citrus and carbonation for me, but wouldn't turn one down- (797 characters)

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, no freshness date.

Pours an unfiltered pale yellow/gold with bubbles rising and a nice creamy bone white head that stays and plays.

Aroma is like Little sumpin' sumpin' on crack. Citrus aromas are strong with tangerine, grapefruit and papaya coming to mind, the special yeast gives it a tart apple fruitiness that compliments the hops oh so well.

Taste is more or less of the smell, super juicy and full of tropical fruit flavours. Slight bitterness stays around playing with your taste buds. This beer might have the most citrus forward flavors than any like it.

Mouthfeel is crisp clean and refreshing. light to medium carbonation, almost creamy but certainly delicious. semi dry finish.

Great drinkability at 8.85% ABV. I wish and pray this could be a year round or seasonal at some point. One of my new favorite brews, Thank you Lagunitas, A+. (867 characters)

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

A-Very nice glowing orange hue with white lacy head.

S-A great funky Belgian wheat smell. Lots of citrus, and hops.

T-Wow,super tasty. Nice citrus taste with a great spicy bite. Really delicious.

M-Medium body and good carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O-Truly a wonderful, flavorful beer. Laguanitas has been really impressing me lately, and this might be my favorite so far. I can drink this beer everyday. Highly recommended. (433 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - light copper and somewhat see through. very mild looking for an 8.8. frothy one finger head.

S - getting some citrus going on , and im noticing a hint of a bubble gummy type of smell. I smelled more and put my finger on it; Mango. im getting a lot of mango coming through in the nose. ive never smelled a fruit that distinct in an IPA before. thats pretty cool.

T - starts as just a a bitter hop bomb... lemon, grapefruit,apricot, tangerine..while all this is happening you definitely feel the pine-like backbone....in a nutshell this brew is just a mess of fruit...etc. and finishes with a mellow slightly bitter mango/mango peel. this is pretty good. lingering bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation, not over the top...a little creamy.

Overall i thought this was a really cool beer to come from the sumpin series. loved the mango aroma too....that really got me. just a very big beer. a little bit of maltiness mellows the bang of hops you get through out...and keeps you coming back for more. yet another good beer put out by Lagunitas. Pretty similar to the "sumpin sumpin ale"... Anybody who appreciates a west coast style hoppy, bitter bomb of a beer. this DIPA is for you. (1,212 characters)

Photo of carlborch
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a brilliant, medium-deep gold color with a barely perceptible haze. Off-white, creamy, 1-inch head forms, settles slowly, but persists at 1/4 inch. Beautiful, well-developed Belgian lace after each sip. The nose intermingles yeasty notes with distinct hops, tropical fruit, citrus, wood, and cloves. Light and delicious on the palate with excellent balance that hides the 8.8% ABV, but don't be fooled. The ABV is there! Lingers well but leaves a clean palate with hints of hop flavors, hop-bitterness, citrus, and cloves. Moderate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Expected more sourness given the "wild" descriptor, however, it is delicious! The moreishness increases as it rises to/above cellar temperature. Would be excellent with rich or fatty foods needing to be balanced with the increasingly evident hop. (816 characters)

Photo of abgba121
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light amber color, almost no head and very little lace.

S: Belgian yeast very present on the nose, slight sweetness and strong hint of citrus hops, the bitter alpha acids strong on the nose

T: Sweet and belgian yeast shine through, with a strong hop finish, floral and slightly bitter

M: medium body

O: a good beer, much better on the flavor than on the aroma though (381 characters)

Photo of bgjohnston
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a light tan head that drops down to small, creamy foam. A really nice looking beer in the glass. Smell was lightly fruity with hints of citrus, but the taste really brought that forth in a much more forceful way. Very nice light malt flavor, shifting to a drying mildly bitter finish. Mouth feel and drinkability seems about right, neither excessively heavy nor thin. A great beer for the price. (420 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

More like a Belgian tripel then an IPA....but still has that signature Lagunitas taste with a great mango note in the hops.......be careful these go down way way easy!
I have tried like 100 different beers since the summer....and I have to say everything I have from Lagunitas has been wonderful! This beer will give long strange tripel a run for its money! (358 characters)

Photo of fourplayed
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 finger head. Medium amount of lacing is thin. Clear Medium Golden and orange tinge.

Smells of sweet citrus and strawberry, Hops balance nicely, malts take a back seat.

Taste is nice mild sweetness of oranges, strawberries, pineapple, some herbal notes, Hops stand out well & malts balance it nicely. alcohol is very mild.

Mouthfeel is lite, carbonation is medium & zesty.

Overall a good hop and malt mix with a bit sweet mix of the citrus & fruit. Carbonation beginning to end is fine. Nice alcohol warmth. A very good drink if you feel a need for hops with a bit more fruity sweetness. (592 characters)

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, but clear, golden slightly orange with a 1.5 finger milk colored head that slowly falls leaving behind some nice lacing that coats the circumference of the glass. Smells bready, banana, bubble gum, orange citrus, nice mellow hops - definitely fulfilling it's belgian "upbringing". The taste is excellent following the nose but on top of the sweetness brings about a nice bitter bite and decent malty backbone - fresh bread, cloves, spices, sweet and bitter all mingling together to form a delicious beer. The mouthfeel is quite syrupy and sticky with adequate carbonation and more burn from the alcohol than I would like but that's why it's a strong - it doesn't deter me from loving this beer one bit. I was happy to snag a 6 of this while up at the lake in northern Minnesota, will be seeking out more when I head back up in a couple weeks.


Edit: My bottle is telling me it's 9.4% rather than the 8.85% that is listed...shibby (952 characters)

Photo of sublimesipping
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Little sumpin wild is a lot sumpin delicious. the beer pours well holds a beautiful head and wonderful aroma. Drinks smooth and complex, balanced hops, fruit, and wonderful belgian esters with a long finish. A great beer, two bottles tasted and looking for more. On the short list of noteworthy beers tasted in the last half of 2010.
Wildly in love with this beer. (365 characters)

Photo of imagese
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap@ the Factory

A- slightly opaque golden with a one finger head that faded slowly and laced almost solid

S- great earthy hop followed closely by the usual belgian yeast suspects...

T- pine hops, awesome sweet malt, and more earthy hops

M- great body and carbonation

D- very easy to down the pint, and no question to order another (339 characters)

Photo of doopydoogle
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish lazeretched snifter:

A- Beautiful golden amber with a slight reddish hue. Some mild carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. A rich, creamy, thick white head that lingers for a long time and leaves a glorious lace in its wake.

S - Amazingly complex and intriguing! Juniper, pine, mangoes, resinous malts, candied apples, slight smokiness, like bacon, somewhat bacterial, slightly vinegary, cedar, waffles, rye bread, bananas, peaches, and gasoline.

T - Buttery, mellow, melons, pine, decent bitterness, vibrant yeast which hints at bananas but doesn't let it overpower, diacetyl, nuts, wafts of alcohol. The finish leaves you curious what you just experienced, with lingering hop citrus and herbal notes complemented by yeast fruitiness and malty grains. Almost a sake like koji mold character with complementary grape essence. Some pine, juniper, and other woods seem to linger in the back, bound to a desire to be fruity or banana-ey that just won't stick. Almost a pumpkins or squash soup-like character, with some cardamom and other spices. WHAT A BEER!

M - Thick, rich, coating, and satisfying. The butteryness gives the beer a mellow character for such a complex and high ABV affair.

O - A unique and deservedly awesome beer. Everything about it screams quality, complexity, and uniqueness. I love this style, and I've truly never had a beer quite like this one. Goes up to the top of my list of best BSPAs out there! (1,476 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color not a lot of head but a nice ring around the glass as I drink it down. Smells great hops, some sweetness could just smell this all day but i'd rather drink it :) Got a nice hop bite and bitterness with the belgian sweetness also shining through. Mouth feel is great hop aftertaste lingers and easy, easy drinking. Got the last 6er of this at my local bottle shop wish there were a few more pack left lol (429 characters)

Photo of jhoban19
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Right off the bat Little Sumpin' Wild passes the eye test- beautiful, bright orange/tangerine color, mostly clear with just a bit of haze and a stream of bubbles rising up to the big, foamy off-white head. Foam slowly settles into the beer and leaves some of the finest lacing I've ever seen- it actually leaves individual rows of lace that form with each level of retreat.

S: Dominant aromas are of citrus hops with just a bit of spice and funk, but not much.

T: Pleasant hop bitterness is the first flavor that hits the palate. As it warms, citrus notes from the hops take center stage, followed up with some spice and just enough funk to round it out.

M: medium bodied, perfectly carbonated and a wonderful dry finish that clears the palate for the next sip.

D: A Little Sumpin' Wild is incredibly drinkable, even for a 22oz. 8.85% bottle that I'm tackling myself. Another top notch brew from Lagunitas. (948 characters)

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow-gold with lots of tiny particles floating throughout. Lazy carbonation, but with a massive head on top. Off white, frothy, and lacing before I even pick up the glass.

S - Citrus and grassy notes from the hops. The yeast adds a layer of fruitiness and earth on top of that. Between those a clean smell of wheat still manages to make its way through. Nicely complex.

T - I can't help but expect a big wave of bitterness, but it's not there. Instead the hop flavors just kind of cruise through, with the yeast reinforcing sweet fruit flavors. Grassy hops come in halfway through and wash away into slightly sweet wheat flavors. The yeast really adds a great dimension to the beer, giving the flavor a lot more character without dominating it.

MF - Medium bodied and slick without any strong carbonation.

D - So far the alcohol is not very apparent except a slight warming on the back of the throat. The flavors mesh nicely to create something that is much more balanced than an IPA, though I think this leans closer to that than a BSPA.

I like this much more than the regular Little Sumpin', though admittedly I haven't had that in some time. Still, this is a much more unique(albeit stronger) take on the same beer. (1,229 characters)

Photo of bpw28
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Four finger soap bubble head, good retention, light gold (about a 5 SRM), great lacing, steady carb.

Smell: A light roasty smell, citrus, fruit, almost candy like (fruit roll-up or fruit snack.), smells slightly wheaty.

Taste: Fruity, piney hops, floral, alcohol is present, spicy. Body is medium, carb is good.

Final Thoughts: Nothing great. I guess I'm comparing it too much to sumpin sumpin, but looking at it from beligian stand point, I think its pretty normal. It's good, but I kinda expected more. (513 characters)

Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an oversize wine glass.

A- A 1-inch thick cap quickly dissipated into a thin ring with minimal lacing. The pour was a deep golden color with hints of amber. Very faintly cloudy with almost no effervesence.

S- Notes of citrus fruits, with bready yeast and malt in the background.

T- Wow, there's a lot going on here. Very complex. Definite hoppy presence, but cut with a fruit and grassy presence. Notes of sweet malt finished with a clean, somewhat bitter finish. Overall, an excellent balance of a multitude of flavors.

M- Seems thicker than it looks, with an almost greasy feeling to it.

O- A lot better than what I was expecting. Certainly not as wild by wild ale standards, but a nice twist on the standard IPA. Hop lovers should be happy, as hops certainly dominate but not overwhelm. (820 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into IPA glass. Bottled on 9/3 (Julian date of 246). Consumed on 10/3.

A - Golden amber. Clear/no cloudiness or sediment. Readily apparent carbonation. Gentle pour yielded less than a finger of head. Lacing quickly slid down side of glass and rejoined remaining beer.

S - Fragrant. Sour/tart mango and lemon. Higher ABV apparent by smell.

T - Lemon, orange rind, with a hint of sour cherry. Moderate hoppiness. Does not hide higher ABV. Something weird above the finish on the back of the tongue... lasting sourness.

M - Lightly bodied with nice carbonation. Nice foaminess in the mouth as the beer warms.

O - Somewhat disappointed... expect more complexity in flavor and a fuller mouthfeel out of a good higher ABV beer. This beer had qualities of a session beer and was inappropriate for an ABV of 8.8%. (831 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

Blonde and bubbly appearance with an inch of creamy white head. Steady stream of carbonation shooting up from the center of the glass.

Floral hops and fruity yeast aromas. Sweet malt in present and backed up by a dank, earthy aroma. Flowers, coriander and some light spice are all there as well. Great depth and complexity.

Bitter hops intertwine with sweet, floral flavors. The fruity yeast adds a great deal of strength. The Belgian part of this beer really packs a punch. Dank and earth tones combine with the delicate and floral ones.

Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is full and last through the finish. Smooth and pleasant. Fairly easy to drink at 9.4%.

Unique and complex brew. I really enjoyed the balance between the earthy and delicate flavors. This made for a great drinking experience. I highly recommend seeking it out. (884 characters)

Photo of Jammies
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours an orangish yellow with a quarter of an inch of foam. Amazing lacing, not great retention

S- sweet with some citrusy and floral notes

T- slightly earthy with a bit of sweetness and a hoppy aftertaste

M- smooth. coats the tongue well

O- delicious light beer. great for a late summer release (302 characters)

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