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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,835 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,835
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 126
Gots: 177 | 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

(Beer added by: femALEist on 04-28-2010)
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Photo of inlimbo77


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz bottle poured into Victory Golden Monkey snifter. This 2011 bottle says "9.4%ABV" instead of what is listed above.

A: Pours clear orange amber color. Thin finger white head. Good carbonation. Some lacing. Really tight bubbled off white head.

S: This just smells like an interesting brew. You definitely get some hop character. But you do get a lot of Belgian characteristics. Spicy notes and fruit.

T: Big cross between IPA and Belgian spiciness. Front of the tongue doesn't see anything. This lives on the middle of the tongue. Lots of Belgian stuff going on.

M: Medium bodied. Good mouth coat.

O: I actually really liked this one. It's another winner for Laguniatas with me.

08-23-2011 01:08:35 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of avaldivia


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

On tap at the Lagunitas tap room.

A: Clear pale color. Very nice inch thick head with white head.

S: Some citrus hops. Yeast funk. I don't really get any wheat which is for the best because wheat beers are not my favorite.

T: Nice hop flavor to begin which hen transitions into a nice malty middle. Finishes off with a nice yeasty funk.

M: Nice and crisp. Medium bodied and good carbonation.

O: I am a big fan of Lagunitas and the beers they produce. This may be my favorite.

08-21-2011 06:32:03 | More by avaldivia
Photo of jmerloni


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

A - Awesome golden orange with thick, lasting head that laces like a mammoth glacier. Awesome look.

S - Oh wow. Oh wow wow wow. Wheat, sage, coriander, grass, lemon, hops, and the purest of malt backbones. WOW!!!!

T - Follows the nose but a bit more boozy than it should be given that it's on the lower side of the Belgian Strong Pale range in ABV. Excellent, excellent flavor though,

M - Medium to full bodied, pretty carbonated but not overly so. Carbonation gives this beer just enough runoff to kick the hops to town and be balanced by the malt backbone.

D - Off the charts amazing. This is a SOLID, SOLID beer. First time I've ever seen this and this is one of the best beers I've ever had. A beer that out-of-reach beer drinkers should be willing to trade for. This shit is awesome.

08-21-2011 05:41:07 | More by jmerloni
Photo of TTAmod


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Note: The bottle says it's 9.4% ABV, 75.21 IBU, and has an O.G. of 1.082.

Poured into Sierra Nevada pint glass. No expiration date that I can find.

A: Nice, clear, copper color with beautiful white one-finger head.

S: I'm picking up pineapple, pine-y hops and some malt.

T: Immediate tropical fruit (mostly pineapple) followed by some moderate malt, and finally a nice shot of bitter, piney/floral hops that sticks around for a bit. Says it's fermented with Westmalle hops, but I honestly can't detect any of that.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nothing exceptional.

O: Beautiful. The high ABV is not noticeable at all. I'm not sure why they put the "Sumpin" moniker on this one since it's really nothing like the original. Also, the "Wild" could also make people think this is an AWA, which it's clearly not. I also don't taste anything that would harken to a BSPA. I'd classify it as an American Strong or an IPA.

Nonetheless, this is an amazing offering. It's a great beer to enjoy on a weekend night while chilling and watching a movie or something. While it could be sessionable on taste alone, the ABV stops it from being so. A few of these will get you quite....inebriated. So, be careful; this beer is super-easy to drink, yet it has a very high ABV.

Reading the other reviews, it may be possible that earlier versions of this beer were different. It also may be possible that I got an earlier version of this, since the Lagunitas site says that the 2011 version of this is 8.85%...so I'm really not sure.

08-20-2011 04:38:01 | More by TTAmod
Photo of uwmgdman


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured into a snifter, this one pours brilliantly clear light copper color with a moderate bright white head that leaves nice amounts of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is medium-high fruity esters, lots of pineapple, some citrus, hints of bready malt, inviting. The flavor is sweet and hoppy upfront, citrus hops, chewy, bready malt. The beer swallows velvety smooth, dries a good deal and a solid hop bitterness emerges. The hop bitterness lingers just a bit with a bit of phenolic yeast character also noticeable. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a tremendous beer, complex yet easy to drink. Very glad I got a full 6 pack, probably should get another.

08-20-2011 02:00:29 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Very clear pale amber. Finger of head that dissipates quickly to webbing.

S - Nice aroma. Smells of pineapple hops and citrus with some funk in there.

T - Bitter for sure, with that familiar pineapply/citrus hop, the dank hop is there as well. Balancing sweetness with good malt backing.

M - Puckering bitterness that stays with you. Smooth otherwise, medium body. Warming from the alcohol after, hidden extreemly well. Very appropriate mouthfeel.

O - Excellent beer. I prefer the sumpin' to the sumpin' wild, but still a solid beer.

08-20-2011 01:18:22 | More by IllNate
Photo of pdoran10


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

Little Sumpthin' Wild pours out a translucent medium orange color into a snifter. One finger of white head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell is peppery Belgian yeast and orange citrus hops.

I get an interesting taste profile here. Almost some wild yeast tartness up front mixed with big citrus orange flavored hops. Finishes with a spicy, dry Belgian yeast flavor.

The mouthfeel on this beer is a bit thick and very dry with moderate carbonation.

Overall I really like this beer and its taste profile. One of the better hoppy beers with Belgian yeast I have had. Would buy and enjoy again.

08-19-2011 07:45:16 | More by pdoran10
Photo of Jaycase


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

a: golden amber hue.

s: hops, caramel. dash of citrus

t: hops up front transitioning to a nice malty finish. Nice sweetness throughout

m: medium body and carbonation

o: Solid offering from Lagunitas. Extremely drinkable considering the ABV. I recommend trying this at least once.

08-19-2011 00:30:22 | More by Jaycase
Photo of armock

New York

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%

On tap at Pub Hub in Houston, TX

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of hops with some funk to it

T - Like the nose lots of hops upfront with the wild funk being pretty mild

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - While this isn't a bad beer it wasn't wild enough for me I would have liked it better if the funk was stronger but still a good beer thats worth trying

08-18-2011 22:13:26 | More by armock
Photo of ferrari29


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer poured with a beautiful frothy white colored head, one finger in size; held very well; plenty of sticky lacing formed; beer has a clear dark amber/copper colored body; has a good amount of carbonation stemming from the bottom of the glass

S - Wild ale, strong hop scents; caramel and roasted malt back-end; pine; yeasty fruit scents; maple syrup; clear and crisp aromas; slightly floral

T - Nice caramel roasted malt taste; plenty of pine and hop taste; creamy caramel flavor, coupled with a nice sweet fruity taste at the beginning of the drink; toffee

M - Dry and crisp; bitter lingering taste and feel; nice and creamy body; forms a heavy pine mucus taste and stimulates plenty of salivation

D - Very easy to drink; complex blend of hops and malt really work well to create a pleasant palate experience; I would have another

08-18-2011 00:37:18 | More by ferrari29
Photo of MrVonzipper


4.9/5  rDev +19.2%

Crystal clear amber color with a good amount of visual carb. Very nice dense frothy eggshell colored head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Nice smooth citrus, pineapple and light creamy malt on the nose.

Very nice hop presence up front with nice floral, light citrus and pineapple flavor notes with a nice transition into a mild fruitty malt back end like a rainbow sherbet. Great flavor, balance and complexity.

Light-medium bodied with pretty high carbonation but very nice and appropriate for the beer.

Overall this beer is nothing short of awesome. I was pleasantly blown away actually by how good it was. Excellent all around beer with very high drinkability. I didn't realize that it was fermented with Westmalle yeast which makes sense because I love Westmalle and think it's incredibly complex which lends itself perfectly to this beer. I highly recommend this.

08-16-2011 04:48:14 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of tzieser


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rapscallion tulip

a: clear light amber color with a wispy white head that settles into a thin lacing.

s: impressive. beautifully complex aroma of citrus (grapefruit) and spice (Westmalle yeast).

t: fantastic complex flavor. aforementioned citrus hop flavor makes up a large part of the flavor profile at first but the Westmalle yeast adds a noticeable spiciness that transforms this beer into something extraordinary. there is also a slight biscuity crispiness in the background, possibly the wheat. you'd never know this was 9.4% (according to the label). great stuff.

m: slightly prickly mouthfeel

i remember this beer tasting a bit different when it was in 22oz bombers. i think i enjoy this beer even more now that i get 6 of them!

08-16-2011 02:50:29 | More by tzieser
Photo of biggred1


4/5  rDev -2.7%

Light golden with a big pillowy off-white head. The aroma is slightly sweet, like cream soda with belgian spice and plenty of minty, piney hops. Delicious and hoppy with toasted barley and coriander, the alcohol is well hidden (this bottle is actually labeled 9.4% ABV). Finishes dry. Nice heft but light enough and effervescent. A nice, tasty Belgian style IPA but not really a Wild ale.

08-16-2011 02:31:47 | More by biggred1
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

08-16-2011 00:25:41 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of herman77


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a modest off white head that's pretty fluffy. Decent retention and awesome lacing.

S: Belgium yeast (some banana, light clove and and almost bubblegum like smell), bread malts with a hint of honey and citrus hops all throughout the background.

T: Bready malts with a good dose of citrus and floral hops. You can taste a lot of the belgium yeast that ads a nice slightly spicy and fruity sweetness. A nice crisp hop bite mixed with lingering belgium yeast in the finish.

M: Medium body, softer, yet active carbonation makes for a smooth and luxurious mouthfeel.

O: Pretty good drinkability considering the abv and the belgium yeast. Pretty good overall.

08-16-2011 00:11:03 | More by herman77
Photo of slentz


3.55/5  rDev -13.6%

Thanks to kiddynamite920 for this bottle. Reviewing this on a lazy rainy Sunday afternoon. Served at 50 degrees into my duvel tulip.

A: Aggressive pour leads to a very nice 3 finger pillowy head reducing to a thin line after a few minutes. Color is a clear golden straw color. Overall looks very nice in the glass. 4. 5

S: Smells sweet like a belgian but not as funky and sans banana. Malty and bready. 3.5

T: Taste is good, pretty unique. This is easy drinking for the 9.4% abv. Not all that impressive to be honest but it is very solid. Wish I could describe the taste a little better. 3.5

M: Very smooth not very oily and only a hint of the beer remains after swallowing. 3.5

O: Overall this is a good easy drinking beer given the abv. However I really think it could have some more belgian qualities seeing that it is a BSPA. All in all a decent offering but nothing I would hunt down. 3.5

08-14-2011 21:21:45 | More by slentz
Photo of Fluke828


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

A-> A nice clear amber hue. Aggressive pour into the tulip yielded a very small head that dissipated rather quickly. Some pretty good lace cling as the beer slowly goes from glass to stomach.

S-> Smells very very sweet and of Belgian yeast. Kind of a musty(?) stone fruit smell also...Very sharp floral notes hit after further examination.

T-> Taste is a sweet but pointy fruit and malt marriage up front. Some hop bite and a Belgian yeast taste for sure but that serves to mellow out the bite and give it almost a creamy sensation going down. Some other kind of funk (barnyard perhaps) going on here...almost weizen like with some kind of clove-esque aftertaste...

M-> I keep coming back to the word "sharp" and it his as so right at first but then mellows out as it goes over the tongue and down the hatch. Some kind of balance but really hard to pinpoint.

O-> Overall, this is a very nice change of scenery from all of the summer beers that have been in my rotation lately...That being said, I think I prefer Sumpin' Sumpin' over this....not a knock against Sumpin' Wild, just my preference. Really enjoyed the Belgian yeast and mystery mild funk....also was kind of refreshing with the clove-y weizen-like notes in the taste...I will enjoy the few remaining bottles from the sixer on the porch looking out at the ocean....

08-14-2011 20:57:25 | More by Fluke828
Photo of schwaeh


3.3/5  rDev -19.7%

A: Pours golden orange with a 1 finger head. Lots of bubbles and amazing lacing.

S: Smells of brash, grassy and floral hops. Lots of sweetness, strong malt, yeastiness, astringent and somewhat metallic. I'm guessing this is going to be potent.

T: Floral hops, grassy hops, sweet malt. The yeast smooths this beer out a lot and is my favorite aspect of this. Not sure why but this has a brash metallic taste to it, not digging that. It kind of has that imperial amber feel to it. Alcohol is felt but not all that bad considering the ABV.

M: Medium body and a lingering, astringent bitterness.

O: Well this has that Lagunitas taste to it without a doubt, I still feel like the odd guy out since I don't find it to be a huge draw. I just don't see their beers to be very unique from one another. This has enough hops to scratch your itch and some awesome yeast strain in it but the flavors aren't doing it for me.

08-14-2011 15:57:43 | More by schwaeh
Photo of magine


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

On tap at Union Jacks.

Pours a clear, slight haze golden straw with some copper shining through. Thin wispy lace white head. Has some really nice lace. Really nice looking brew.

Smells of hops and yeasts. Caramel and bready malts with some nice grapefruit and resiny hops as well. Good smelling stuff.

Hoppy and balanced. Good yeasts and bready malts. Piney, oily hops. Along with some sweet grapefruit. Finishes slightly dry and very balanced. Very good and drinkable stuff here.

Awesome stuff here and sessionable.

08-14-2011 15:07:58 | More by magine
Photo of Dope


4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

A: A very clear amber pour. Nice fluffy white head, great lacing. A little bit of retention is nice too.

S: Smells great. Reminds me a lot of lil sumpin sumpin (naturally). Great bready malt, great grapefruit and pine too. Banana and cloves mixed in this time though, very very nice.

T: Taste follows the nose. Citrusy up front with some nice mild banana in the middle. Great malt backbone, very bready with maybe some caramel throughout. Bitter pine kicks in in the follow-through along with a bit of alcohol bite at the very end.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied despite the higher ABV. Carbonation keeps it lighter and crisper. Has sort of a thick mouth coating feel though at the same time. Hard to describe.

O: Quite good. I wouldn't really categorize this as a BPA - at least a typical one. This is basically a stronger lil' sumpin sumpin with the added complexity of some belgian yeast.

08-14-2011 05:04:50 | More by Dope
Photo of DCon


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Stable in St. Louis, MO for $6. Tapped into a Non-Labeled, Clear 16oz Pint Glass from the Lagunitas girl Tap Handle.

Aroma- Starts with a high hop araom and a huge amount of orange in the nose as well. This fruity character is very strong all the way through.

Appearance- Received with 2 fingeres of creamy, white head and it dies down quickly. Has a dark golden, but clear body and leaves good lacing.

Flavor- Tastes like an IPA without the strong hops... Tons of fruit and maltiness throughout the drink and then has a citrus and orange taste. Backs up the aroma very well!

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation, and has a good finish but nothing distinct here.

Overall Impression- A nice brew by Lagunitas! Not as spicy or sour as I thought it would be... Very drinkable, fruity, and has the perfect balance all around. One of the coolest attributes of this beer is that the aroma was very similar to the flavor/taste! Cool. Recommend grabbing if you like light Belgians.

08-14-2011 04:44:39 | More by DCon
Photo of Janderson91


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Crabbicuss for hooking me up with two of these in the n00b BIF! 2011 vintage enjoyed on 08/13/11.

A - Looks exactly like Hop Stoopid in the glass. A clear dark gold/amber color with a one finger white head. Leaves excellent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Wow this is truly unique. Big piney, grapefruit hoppiness is there from the regular LSS Ale. Then there's a funky, fruity, estery, yeasty character. A slight malt sweetness and a hit of alcohol as well. Very interesting.

T - Similar to the nose. Pale ale up front then a spicy, lemon zest character from the yeast. Great mix of funk, spice and piney bitterness on the finish. Some alcohol burn as well.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - Overall, this is an interesting beer for sure. Glad I have another!

08-13-2011 20:02:44 | More by Janderson91
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%

A- Pours a golden honey color with a minimal fluffy white head that fades pretty quickly. A nice ring of lacing sticks to the sides of my Bruery tulip glass. Decent carbonation, probably shoulda used my DFH signature glasses that make everything bubble like a volcano.

S- Like getting hit in the nose with a sock full of grapefruit and pine cones that have been sitting in a barn! This is unusual, and I am LOVING IT!!! Funky and fruity! Nice sweet malt on the backround surrounded by punches of citrus and fresh cut grass that's been sitting in the sun.

T- Funky citrus! A whiff of smoke? Nice breadiness, pine, and depth of malt. A bit sour, with a nice sweet malt balance. This is way different than the regular Sumpin' Sumpin'...
Spices of caraway, pepper and lemon zest. The yeast and gentle barnyard flavors are what make this so incredible.

M- Sweet, lemony, and just a touch alcoholic. My bottles abv states 9.4% not the 8.85% as this site says, but that's what I've always loved about Lagunitas... they change all the time. This is highly drinkable, and so unusual and refreshing! I'm so glad I picked this up tonight!

O- You can almost taste the dirt that each element of this brew was grown in. Such a brilliant balance of hops, malted barley, yeast and water!!! Citrus flavors that spank you, sweet malts that draw you in, and yeasty funk that makes you say... WHAT THE FUNK? Damn near perfect!!!

08-13-2011 00:38:17 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of justintcoons


3.03/5  rDev -26.3%

A: Pours a clear gold/amber with 2 fingers of lacy, white head that dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation and pretty good lacing trickles down the side of the glass.

N: Highly aromatic nose. Orange, lemon, barnyard, caramel and a little bubblegum.

T: Highly bitter with a citrus bouquet upfront consisting of grapefruit, lemon and orange zest. There's also some bubblegum and some strange grainy cereal malts. The bitter citrus and (maybe wheaty?) grains travel through until the finish along with floral notes and candy sugar. A good barnyard funk is also very present.

M: Light-medium bodied, heavily bitter, sticky and dry.

O: I believe that each and every one of the 72.51 IBUs that Lagunitas claims is present. Highly bitter brew with citrus notes and a nice blanket of funk. The only drawback is that the malts, or lack thereof, create an unpleasant graininess as a backbone. The high IBUs hide the 9.4% abv nicely.

08-12-2011 02:06:58 | More by justintcoons
Photo of bkarow00


5/5  rDev +21.7%

A- The beer had a slight tint of brown with a very nice head once pour into a glass.

S- Call me weird, but I got the smell of beef teriyaki jerky. I love beef teriyaki jerky.

T- A slight sweetness once it hits the palate with a good hoppiness after taste.

M- Has a smooth and refreshing taste especially the the alcohol content. It's very easy drinking.

O- This is by far in my top five beers of all time. It is the nectar of the gods. Excellent beer from Lagunitas.

08-11-2011 20:32:43 | More by bkarow00
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