A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,495 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,495
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 201
Gots: 491 | 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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Ratings: 3,495 | Reviews: 958
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local liquor store. No bottled on date. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours warm honey amber, quite clear, with a good amount of visible carbonation. The two-inch eggshell head sticks around for a while and leaves nice cling on the glass.

S: A lot of pine hop notes in the nose, along with sweetbread malt notes underneath. There's a grassy and funky quality to the bouquet, along with a touch of black licorice.

T: The hops hit the palate with a force, right out of the gate. There's pine there, along with more of that grassy/earthy funk. Some sweetbread notes in the front, with just the right amount of yeast/banana bread. The middle is also occupied by the hops, which seem to turn more resinous as the taste develops. Some clear alcohol and the underlying malt carries the flavor to the back, which is dominated by the resinous/earthy hops. For all that's going on, this is a very nicely balanced flavor.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, and bright/bitter. The hops leave a stick, but it's certainly not what I would describe as syrupy. This one goes back pretty easy for a beer with this high of an ABV.

O: While I enjoy Little Sumpin' Extra more, I'm very glad I picked this one up. This has a very different hop quality than many of the brews from Lagunitas, and the Westmalle makes for an IPA with a little more complexity than you often get from most American IPAs. This one is definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of J-Rye
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A definite go to when it's around. Amazing beer from a great brewery!

Photo of ARoman
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from old notes - 12/28/2013*
12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass. Smells doughy, but sweet - oatmeal raisin cookies were the first thing that came to mind. Orange peel is the dominant scent, but there's a light raisin supporting note, as well as grassy, floral notes. It pours a hazy pale amber (on the yellow side of amber) with a thick white head that could easily be scooped out with a spoon. A medium heavy dose of bitter and sour hit the tongue initially with a healthy sweetness washing over the mouth. Some more of the yeast aroma comes out at first sipping as well as a whiff of alcohol. The taste is predominantly grassy, dank hops, but there is some sweetness to it in the form of grapes and/or sour cherries (maybe both?). There’s a rye-spiciness tucked in there too. The relatively dry, medium body beer doesn’t technically finish clean, but it’s surprisingly refreshing (almost minty) considering how strong the initial flavors come on. There’s a prevalent rye flavor in the finish. A nice puffy, cloud-like lacing remains on the empty glass.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich deep golden colored with an inch thick head of tightly packed off white head. Brussels lacing. The nose is fairly subdued but I get a bit of the acidic Belgian yeast with a hint of citrus hops. The taste is intensely bitter citrus hops in the front of the palate. As it hits the back of the palate you get a bit of that acidic champagne like dry Belgian yeast. The yeast also provides a nice crisp finish.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great job guys. Enough said.

Photo of founddrama
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You'll forgive me if I say: "Egg nog?" A weird spiciness. More wild than Belgian. But I like it.

Photo of Bone53
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is exactly as advertised. An american IPA mixed with belgian yeast. The result is an interesting, tasty, and refreshing brew. Improves greatly as it warms

Photo of MikeyGCAP
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very unique and special edition of Little Sumpin.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer shows how good a straightforward beer can still be. A Belgian IPA at a great Abv. It tasted exactly how I thought it would, a beer you'd fundamentally buy if nothing else on the rack caught your eye.

Photo of tedvr
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer but I like the regular "Little Sumpin" better, the hops in this are a little to much and it makes it seem a little out of balance.

Photo of -Rick
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very disapointed. Worst of the lil sumpin line

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

One of the best Belgian IPAs I've had.

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

Working off old notes. Will update with more details if/when I have another.

Photo of dmgeng
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really love sumpin' beers and I figured I'd give this one a try.

A - Nice orange color. Just slightly cloudy from dry hopping but still looked great with fine bright white head and significant lacing.

S - Starts off with a slight Belgian twinge but then the citrusy hops kick in. Some pine, and malt and maybe just a touch of sour.

T - Good flavor with just like the smell. The Belgian character is very subtle that just helps frame the great hop flavors. Citrus, lemon, and some pine are the most distinct but the malt is enough to give it a nice backbone. The finish has more of the slight tartness from the yeast but is complimentary to the hops.

M - Light to medium mouth-feel. The carbonation was strong and added a slight acidity to the tart character. It finishes pretty crisp with the bitterness and tart character.

Overall, a very good beer. It isn't a "sour" beer by any means but it does have a light Belgian-tart character that goes with the citrusy hops. I prefer my hops to be the showcase but this is pretty good either way. I would suggest you stick with their IPA or a lil' sumpin' Extra IPA but if you've had those go with this one.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of CJNAPS
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer, just not my favorite of the little sumpin line.

Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice almost crystal clear medium gold with a nice cap of foamy white head. The head has nice retention and leaves some good lacing. The aroma is lighter, with some nice tropical fruit and floral notes. The taste is a little restrained and comes off just a touch washed out. There is still a nice dank hoppy bite on the finish but the rest of the flavor profile feels like its missing. THe body has a nice weight and there's a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of martyl1000
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow, what a delicious smelling beer.

Very good flavor in the mouth, though not spectacular. This'll be a good go-to for a party.

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

Poured into my teku glass.

Photo of tybeerius
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer looks very much like a macro, but the scent is awesome, fresh hops and the taste is superb. Lagunitas sure knows how to brew a beer.

Photo of snilsen13
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Super good take on 'sumpin! Adds a great wild yeast funk that I didn't know that there was room for in there. The depth of the malt flavor has gone even deeper now. Plus its even stronger and, as usual, you can't possibly tell! Lagunitas knows how to deliver the hammer.

Note: when this was first released I detected more nuances of the wild yeast than I did a few weeks later in different packs. It's not quite as exciting the 2nd or 3rd time around. It's not a replacement for the lil sumpin', but a great twist nonetheless.

Photo of NateF90
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas's sumpin' subtle, floral honey undertones balance the brewery's characteristic hop profile

Photo of jbredbeard
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is just a bit lighter and sweeter than the rest of the ales from this brewery. Nice spiced fruit and floral aroma, same for the flavor up front with a smooth sweety and sticky bitter finish. Yet another good one from Lagunitas!

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

Delicious and lightly fruity Taste

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

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish orange. Decent lace after frothy white.
Smell: Apricot and grapefruit.
Taste: Pepper, bitter citrus, and dry.

I really like this. It does mirror Raging Bitch from Flying Dog. It's just that unique, sour, peppery something with a bite. I'd drink it again.

Photo of hoagzzz
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm close minded so take that into account. Can't get over the Belgian yeast taste. Have to focus with each sip or get a gag reflex. Otherwise not bad.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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