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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,762 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,762
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 108
Gots: 152 | 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:
Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU

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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of shining golden-yellow. It holds a one finger beige colored head, which is primarily composed of massive bubbles segregating to one edge. This recedes at a medium pace. It is a transparent brew, and no sediment is noted, but a chill haze exists. Carbonation looks medium, yet active throughout. The aroma is thick, and rich. It bellows notes of Belgian yeast, clovey phenols, cool banana esters, raw orange rind, dark figs, and notes of a red candy apple. It is not a far cry from the scents of a classic tripel. There is a dollop of booze, big malts, and a sticky hop sweetness to round us out. As we sip, soapy and earthy/floral hops hit the palate first. They bitter immediately, but are cut by a bright sweetness and heavy malts. The sweetness is extraordinarily unique. It is not from sugars, honey, or bright fruits, but rather from the union of clean malts and the Belgian yeast. Through the middle we get a lemony citrus, and cleaner hops, with that sweetness ringing high throughout. As we round to the finish we get the first hint of booze in the tasting, which acts to warm the drinker nicely, with a strong hoppiness dragging through to the very end. This, too, is quite unique. It is like licking the pollen and nectar of a hoppy flower that is related to honeysuckle. The final tastes are brightly sweet, yet remain serious and yeasty as well. The aftertaste breathes with soapy hops, clean malts and yeast, and honey sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. It borders on high with a swish around the mouth to assess flavor, as it froths up considerably. This, too, imparts a pleasant sipability and creaminess to each gulp. The mouth is coated, and the tongue is left slightly dried by the bittering hops and big yeast flavors. The abv is well within range and the beer drinks with great ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the mystery sweetness. In many aspects this was quite a unique beer, especially for the style. They threw plenty of hops in, and gave it a proper Belgian yeasting, while leaving it nice and strong, and boozy. The very finish of the taste is wonderfully refreshing, with a delicate flowery sweetness that is otherwise hard to replicate in taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:33:03 | More by TheBrewo
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 10:40:28 | More by mikesgroove
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its Friday night and had to already endure a hockey game, and birthday party....its time for some me time!!!! Cracked a Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild...and its pretty decent!!! The color is unfiltered and golden. Massive floaties in this beer, which I dont necessary like....I think it gives me gas! The awesome whites head laced beautifully! The smell has a lot of citrus to it, but not over bearing! The taste is tart and heavier on the grapefruity....doesnt come off the pallete right away. Lingers somewhat. The mouthefeel is ok the higer ABV would make it tough to do an all-nighter!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:52:58 | More by WoodBrew
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear bright golden-yellow color with a big finger-plus of frothy white head. The head fades really slowly down leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is a strong Belgian yeast and piney/floral hops. There is some orange and other fruit esters that also blend in nicely.

T - Starts off with some nice tropical and citrus fruit flavors with some grassy hops and bitterness in the background. Through the middle some strong yeast flavors and a touch of tartness comes out. Touch of vanilla also. Finish is a blend of yeast, malt, and some fruity flavors that linger nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Really smooth and crisp with a finish that is a mix of a touch try and a touch tart/sweet.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are full and rich but extremely well balanced. Really nice hop profile alongside the other flavors mixed in. The 8.85% abv is also pretty much completely hidden here.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:02:36 | More by ngeunit1
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a bright but moderately cloudy golden orange with a nice creamy white head.
Aroma is complex – gently spicy hops, malty wheat, deep dried-fruit sweetness, soft yeast, and a touch of vinous tartness.
Flavour is malty sweet with dark fruit, but perfectly balanced by the refreshing hops. Leaves a pleasing yeasty aftertaste and lingering silky mouthfeel. Alcohol is not a noticeable presence even though this beer is over 8% ABV. A very unique, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 01:03:43 | More by
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured into a snifter. The color is somewhere between straw and honey with a white fizzy head that did have some nice cascading.

S-Hops, peach, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast. It has a nice hoppy and pretty complex nose.

T-Much like the nose as grapefruit, peach, and Belgian yeast stand out the most to me. It has a dry finish and the alcohol makes it known in the back of the throat.

M-Thick yet slightly carbonated.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I think I prefer A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', but I would recommend this and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:36:50 | More by thegodfather2701
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden orange capped with a dense, fast receding, white head that leaves some light lacing.

S: I smell this one once I opened the bottle. Strong aroma of sweet malts, floral & citrus hops, tropical fruit mixed with honey, clove, & a hint of booze.

T: Taste follows the smell. Nice flavor of citrus hops, tropical fruit, & sweet pale malts. A lot more hops then expected honestly and a little spicy. Not really noticing the high ABV as much in the taste as I did with the smell.

M: Nice creamy texture, medium-full body, tingling texture.

O: Great beer. Honestly I thought this was a DIPA at times and not a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Very drinkable. Looking forward for this coming out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 11:40:04 | More by BrewCrew2010
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop scents burst to the nose as I pour. Pours a clear golden orange color with one finger off white head. I'm liking it so far. Laced my entire glass all the way til I finished.

Definitely belgian from the scent. Sweet malts mix with a citrus piney hop. More lemony citrus than anything.

When it enters the hops offer a friendly bite to announce they're ready. Surprisingly the taste is balanced for the amount of hops this puts out. The middle is characterized by the malt and belgian yeast. Sweet cream soda here! Wasn't expecting that. Also vanilla, pineapple. Hops run throughout most of the taste, with a stronger presence at the close. This close also has a distinctively alcoholic note, which does the taste well. At times it mimicked a DIPA nicely, not surprising. Citrus character, some fruit notes and bitterness at the close are more prominent as I drink this more.

Mouthfeel is medium to light. I liked the carbonation, and alcohol added to mouthfeel well.

Excellent. Hoppy and complex. So many different tastes. I like the price too, a good beer I can purchase again!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 03:09:26 | More by Sensaray
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful clear, bright, gold with a substantial head. Smells of yeasty bananas, some summer wheat, a bit of orange spice. Tastes much more of hops than I would have expected, wow, not in the scent. Mellowed hops in the front, some bread like qualities on the backend. Mouthfeel is bait on the dry side, not bad. Overall, nice beer but did not wow me.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:04:33 | More by gskitt
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter this beer is golden/amber, a bit cloudy with a 1/2" white head. Smells very bready, citrus, vanilla yogurt, juicy hops and a sun tan lotion smell I get from belgian/belgian style beers, not a bad thing. The taste is spot on from the nose, mildly sour, sweet, bready, vanilla, and citrus, and such juicy hops. Mouthfeel is very pleasant with a dry finish and mild carbonation. Overall a real treat as with almost everything from Lagunitas. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 12:39:19 | More by GrindFatherBob
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunita's Lil' Sumpin Wild 12/10/10
A. Brilliant honey in color. Little to no head, with a small line of bubbles crowded around the edge.

S. Smells deliciously hoppy and piney. Smells sweet, phenolic.

T. Pine up front followed by grapefruit, with a sweet malty finish.

M. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth and low-medium carbonation

D. I could finish one easily, but more tan that would be a problem because of the sweet finish.

Overall: A great interpretation of this style. I would call it a Tripel IPA more than a Belgian Strong Pale ale, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:38:08 | More by devilishprune
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. to a pint glass

Appearance: Straw gold with a thin, pure white head

Aroma: Plain malts, biscuit, begian yeast, and banana/clove esters. Belgian aromas are a little masked by the maltiness

Flavor: Tangy citrus balanced with sweet malths. Sweet cream, basic malts, and some smoke dominate the beginning, while fruits (bananas, dates, and pineapple) appear towards the finish alongside bitter hops. No large presence of belgian-type yeast flavors, which was a little unexpected.

MF: Medium to heavy bodied, this one is not that strong in body, yet huge in flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 00:44:33 | More by ebrauser
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2.55/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light orange. Big off-white foam head.

Smells strongly of spices, weird belgian yeast, and some sickly bananas. Some yeast also.

Taste introduces some light citrus (sweet grapefruit) notes to the yeast/spices/banana notes. Okay ... kind of weird. Like an IPA meets hefeweizen yeasty Belgian thang.

Well carbonated. But, primarily unpleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 07:48:08 | More by Overlord
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4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Stone IPA specialty glass.

A: Poured a crisp golden orange color with 2.5 fingers of beautiful white head. Great retention throughout leaving solid rings of lacing all the way down.

S: Smells of sweet boozy tropical/citrus (pineapple, peach, orange and tangerine??) fruits with a nice floral back ground. Can't get enough of the smell

T: In a word, amazing. Taste follows the sweet boozy notes of fruit and has a nice syrupy presence that coats the tongue and stays with you until your next sip. Has a great hop presence without being overly bitter. Fantastic to say the least.

M. Medium bodied and very well carbonated. It coats the mouth with every sip and has a slight bitter aftertaste. Surprisingly creamy.

O. If only I had more of this in my fridge I would be set. Fantastic beer throughout. Lagunitas did a great job with this brew. I will be keeping my eye out for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 22:04:16 | More by dcloeren
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I typed this whole thing out, and BA fucked me and logged me out before I could submit. Here is a condensed version:

First pour of bomber was crystal clear like a macro lager. Second pour was hazy like a hefe. Great lacing throughout session.

Bit of Lagunitas hops on the nose. Some sweetness as well.

Taste is pretty cool. Hops right up front but quickly dissolve to a malty and fruity sweetness. Hops come back at the end lingering on the palate. yum.

Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall a good beer. I've had 8 of the top 10 Belgian Strong Pale Ales listed here on BA, but this is a fucking joke. I'd never dream of putting this beer in the same category as Duvel. Duvel is untouchable. Good beer? Yes. Belgian Strong Pale Ale? Bitch please...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 09:09:27 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour is an amber and orange peel color with barely a finger of head. The head dissipates quickly even while being powered by quite the effervescent head. The lace is quite prevalent, and it's thick and sticky.

Smell: The nose is very strong. There's a mixture of alcohol and hops that come out right away. Notes of white grapefruit, overly sweet tangerines, and a bit of clove. The malt doesn't seem to be adding anything unusual here, just a nice lightly sweet pale malt sitting in the background.

Taste: The tasting starts out with bitter hops coming out. More white grapefruit and tangerine. The middle of the tasting starts to bring out some of the non-hop characteristics like some white pepper and clove; although they are faint, they are present. The finish is completely citrus with sticky grapefruit lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation was a bit high after opening but after thirty minutes it was just right.

Drinkability: The amount of hops on this destroy the palate, so only one of these in an evening, thank you. It was an enjoyable beer, though I'm not certain this would end up in my crate again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:51:44 | More by Ek0nomik
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers! my first beer of St. Patty's 2011, had for lunch.

Pulled from my cellar( about 6 months) poured into my Bruery Tulip. One of my favorites this is the last of my stash of these =(

A- Pours a light reddish gold color with a bubbly finger and a half of head that recedes fast to a nice foamy lacing.

S- Sweet booze and pine, Tropical fruit with the best of them, pineapple, tangerine to name what comes first, also some spice.

T- Yessss, always amazing fruit flavors with lighter spice than the smell but some pepper in the taste and a zing of alcohol on the tongue, and malty in the finish.

M: even tho the syrup taste is there the mouth feel is much lighter, still medium bodied, but on the light side.

O- Amazing wish I had 12 more, my favorite, till next year!

Happy St. Patty's

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 22:02:56 | More by The3rdbeer
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two and a half fingers of off-white creamy/frothy head. The retention is initially average, but the last finger is quite stubborn. Some irregular lacing. Small particulates floating uniformly throughout.

4.5 S: Tons of pineapple in this. Just tons. Peach, orange, and tangerine follow. Herbal hops. Good amount of phenolic clove and to a lesser extent pepper. There's also a sweet, candy like aroma in here not too much unlike peach rings. Very nice!

5.0 T: Good god is this tasty! The pineapple is a big player again, along with peaches in heavy syrup, Sunny D, and a thick citric fruit smoothie. Less clove than in the nose, but perhaps a bit more pepper. The Belgian yeast funkiness comes through well in the taste and works extremely well with the hop flavors. It's both earthy and exceptionally fruity and it works surprisingly well together. Bitterness is very low for how hoppy this is. A near masterpiece.

5.0 M: The mouthfeel is damn good as well. Medium to heavier medium body. Good spritzy carbonation from the yeast and awesomely creamy from the hops. Super smooth.

4.5 D: I never had this fresh, but I can't imagine it ever tasted better than it does now. Simply fantastic. This would be a damn tasty IPA by itself, but the Belgian character shines through and complements the hops better than I ever would have imagined. By all means, this is a Belgian IPA and easily the best one I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:18:47 | More by DavoleBomb
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Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice bright copper gold color. Fab head and lacing. True to the stule here.

lot's of candy sugar, bread yeastiness, and floral pine hop..oh you Americans....

Have to laff...true to their West Coast roots...and yet it works quite nicely here. Big blast of slick, sweet pale malts...and just when things were going to get too sticky and sweet...BAM...a nice, reasonably subtle dose of pine hop.

Full, slightly slick, good

Maybe we need a new category for brews like this...very nice take on an old style, but with a very well done west coast kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:17:48 | More by Shadman
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4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange gold body with off white head. Small bubble carbonation.

S: Smells like caramel and orange creamsicle. Malt and sugar.

T: Ripe orange sweetness, malt, brown sugar, and a little bit of hops.

M: Creamy and smooth, slightly tingly from the carbonation.

D: It's strong at 8.85% abv so it can't be a 5, but it's delicious! I want to keep drinking it even though it builds a buzz quickly. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:22:09 | More by Jemonster
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, pwoods, for this one in my Christmas package!

Pours a clear warm gold with a finger deep of thick, frothy white head. The head fades immediately to a well-retained skim, and spitty spots of lace hang around the walls of the glass.

The nose isn't particularly strong. Hits of the fruity, yeasty esters cross with bitter citrus hops and a punch of isopropyl alcohol.

Overall feel of the beer is light, clean, and nearly crisp - just barely hindered by a slick stickiness that hangs around for quite awhile on the palate. The high carbonation lends itself nicely to the blends of flavors. The yeast plays a dominant role, lending a fruitiness to the bitter citrusy hops and the light toasty graininess. There's a bit of honey-like sweetness in the finish.

Overall a really nice beer. It's light, crisp and tasty, while still having a delicious fullness.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 00:23:48 | More by kels
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a very attractive clear golden yellow with a modest half finger head.

S - smells very Belgian IPA-esque. Nice tropical fruits and coriander first hit my nose, which were somethereafter followed by a significant amount of grapefruit hops. I got a bit of breach malts under all of this.

T - starts off in similar fashion to the nose, with a lot of sweet tropical fruits - pineapples, some guava, lime, and hints of orange / coriander. This fades to a strong sweet grapefruit hops presence that complements the tropical flavors nicely. Hidden beneath all of this is a really nice bready and caramel malt base. I really struggled to find the phenol characteristics of this beer.

Very nice beer here. Like others before have mentioned, it is as if this beer has identity crisis. That's okay with me because I am an accepting person. Pretty solid stuff...

M - really creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Finishes a little dry. The flavors above do a really nice job of covering the 8% abv up.

D - Wow, I paid $4 for this bomber? Really solid, flavor beer that has a lot to offer, especially given it's preice point. I need to go but more of this pronto. Definitely recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 03:40:24 | More by birchstick
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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" head which was slow to dissipated. Light amber in color. Smell has citrus and orange and hops. Taste is more of the same and it's really like a medium IPA with a little something off about it (not off bad, just off different). Unique, though I'm not sure it's my 1st choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 09:50:33 | More by MoreThanWine
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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle because I saw the 'Westmalle Strain Yeast Used' and I like Westmalle. I probably paid $10 for the bottle 1 pint 6 oz.

Opened this bottle tonight because the wife was over at theneighbors having vodkas and came back and wanted "the bottle with the cute name and the cute girl on it".

A- Nice head, nice lacing.

S- Smells pretty good and hoppy
T- I guess this is a blond or a trippel? No, the flavor is not for me. Too much grapefruit peel, lemon, banana type flavor. Great, the wife decides she doesn't like it so now I have to slog through this whole bottle alone.I'm not knocking it for taste, it's just not my style at all.

M and D - Good, not great, but drinkable if you like this style. Average mouthfeel.

Dammit, I was going to open an Abyss tonight and she talked me into this damn thing!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:53:23 | More by sendsilk
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 6 fluid oz.
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Purchased at Premier.

Pours a clear golden with a two finger frothy brilliant white head. Great lacing follows the beer down the glass. Nose is vibrant with citrus hops, bready malt, lemon, grass, a certain spicyness. Taste follows the nose with a dominant spice and belgian yeast flavour, balanced by caramel malts and a mild bitterness that ends dry from the hops. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, well carbonated, a dry and chewy sensation left in the aftertaste. Overall ease of consumption is high, I'm loving each and every 'Little Sumpin' beers I've tried from Lagunitas. No hint of abv present, and just an enjoyable Americanized take on the Belgian Pale. (I think I even prefer their takes.)
From now on I'm just gonna grab a 6-pack whenever I see these Little Sumpin brews! Earns a repeat purchase hands down.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 20:48:52 | More by heebes
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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