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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,870
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 136
Gots: 186 | 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 20ozmonkey
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear orange into my Lagunitas Mason Jar. Plenty of head that is sticking around in mounds.

Smells like briney belgian yeast and hops, which I would expect. This beer is damn tasty. You get the signature Lagunitas hop extract taste but then the briney tartness from the yeast takes over adding what I think is a much better taste than the regular sumpin sumpin. Strong carbonation in this one.

I like this a lot more than the regular sumpin sumpin. Like a lot of the Lagunitas seasonals it's hard to drink lots of it because they are damned high in ABV.

20ozmonkey, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Unlike the regular version the nose starts with a funky/fruity belgian yeast (almost banana) aroma followed by some hoppy tropical fruits and pine.

T: The taste follows the nose with a big funky yeasty flavor along with big hoppy notes of tropical fruits and pine.

M: The feel is actually a bit more carbonated than the regular version and makes it on the fuller side of medium.

O: I LOVE the regular version of this beer and the "wild" version is pretty damn tasty as well. I had this in bomber format last time and I'm glad they decided to release this in six packs this time.

GregSVT, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

A: pours a very nice golden color with a slight orange tinge, nice finger of head that mostly dissipates quickly but leaves a small amount lingering, perfectly clear
S: nice brightness, nice hopiness, slight grapefruit and citrus scent
T: nice hooiness, slight underlying maltiness hits the back of the throat
M: strong carbonation tingle
O: nice representation of the style, taste is a bit strong and maltiness in the finish is a bit 'off'

BigPlay1824, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Glibber
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light wheat color beer with nice carbination and a very large white head on an agressive pour- Both looking and smelling like a light Belgian. A hint of citrus on the nose- orange. Smooth going down, even better as it warms a little. I am not tasting the dark fruits, but I taste banana and biscuit. It goes down easily for a 9.4% AVB beer (the 2011 vintage denotes 9.4% ABV on the label).

Glibber, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not following regular format here:

The beer I had was bottled on the 195th day of the year, somewhere in mid-July making it about 2 and 1/2 weeks old in the bottle. Bottled stated 9.45% ABV, so as a hoppy summer Belgian, it was a little more than I was bargaining for in the 90 degree heat. Not bad though.

A great representation of a very hoppy American IPA meets Belgian yeast (better tha Cali-belgie and Green Flash's take) but nowhere near as good as a La Chuffe IPA. Ya Hurrrrd me?

A must try for the style but nothing I'm going to suggest you need an additional 6-pack of. However, for the ABV and the $9.99 price tag on a good beer, it's a great buy.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is good stuff!

Bought a sixer at Spec's in north Austin for a shade under 10 bucks.

A honey-colored beer...soft head that faded pretty quickly...a thin white ring remained for the duration.

Love the smell. A bit of everything...sweet sugary malt, Belgian yeast, fresh grapefruit...maybe even a bit of wild flowers? Very lovely.

Good combo of Belgian/IPA...grapefruit dominates. Super refreshing on a hot Texas summer day. A nice puckering bitter finish...makes you immediately want to take another sip. I cannot believe this is a 9% beer. Very, very dangerous as it goes down super smooth.

Another homerun by Lagunitas! A tasty, inexpensive, alcohol-filled treat.

obrike, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good head.

Smell: Grapefruit, then belgian yeast spicyness.

Taste: The yeast gives a malty and fruity flavor before the citrus hops take over.

Drinkabilty: Pretty strong, but the alcohol is hidden. Lagunitas is always a great value too.

Picked up a single to try. This is a nice mix of IPA and Belgian styles as both make a big impression on the taste buds. I wish my pallette was more discerning so I could describe the flavors better. Good stuff.

Mdog, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lighter copper color with a few fingers of white foam that quickly faded leaving a bit of lacing
S - nice grapefruit aroma with just a hint of a dry belgian yeast.
T - nice grapefruit flavor, almost like biting into a grapefruit, the belgian yeast plays a secondary role with some spiciness and candy sugar.
M - medium bodied with decent carbonation. not as dry of a finish as I was expecting.
D - very enjoyable, nice mix of malts and hops, the sweetness could be a bit overwhelming after a glass but its still very enjoyalbe.

mikereaser, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A heavy beer, I thought best had at a later dinner. Pours orange tinged body with a little retained white head. Mildly hoppy aroma. Big mouthfeel, initial glasses of it demonstrated the yeast, followed by the hops and finished by a lot of malts. The third glass was mostly malt and just a variation of a double IPA, stong American ale. Still good drinkability, but would like to have enjoyed more of the yeast and all the complexity it promises.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of abrand
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 once poured into tulip glass.

Pours a golden orange color with a nice quick fading head that leaves nothing behind. Nose is somewhat subtle but some nice funk with malts and a slight hop presence. Taste is decent. Not quite as in your face as some american wilds but still tasty. Some sour funk finishes the palate with breads and bananas up front. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation from the tap. Overall this is a decent brew. More sessionable that some of the other wild ales. Not overly sour but nice complexity.

abrand, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of BB1313
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a bright transparent golden, small fading white head and decent lacing. Ok, the nose is spectacular. It's a fight between funky dank hops and belgian yeast, love it! The flavors match, tons of fruity hops, lots of pungent grapefruit and smooth bitterness. Lots of tropical notes as well. The belgian influence doesn't go forgotten in the flavors.. but it takes a backseat to the hops. Kinda spicy. Mouthfeel is good, very smooth and easy drinking. This one gets even better as it slightly warms. Very addicting beer, hard to stop drinking! I'd put this in the Belgian IPA category, and it's probably the best one I've had to date.

I love how everything Lagunitas brews is really just a IPA/DIPA in disguise! ;)

Funky dank hops and the Westmalle yeast makes this a pure winner.

Truly an amazing beer, it seems they raised the abv a tad from last year, but just as tasty, maybe even better.. dank! get some!

BB1313, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orangish gold with thick head that diminishes quickly, leaving wonderful lacing on the glass. Steady carbonation.

S - Huge dank American hops in the nose. This melds just brilliantly with the funky Beligian yeast character (clove, spice, earth). A little alcohol heat. Just gorgeous.

T - Spicy yeast character (again, big clove) comes over the palate first. Dank and resiny American hops quickly follow suit, and spicy yeast character lingers in the finish, along with a bit of catbox. Yeast flavor edges out hops overall, but by a small margin. Really great combination.

M - Medium bodied. Alcohol and sweetness from big hop flavor no doubt prop it up in this regard.

O - These Belgo-hop bombs can be hit or miss, but Lagunitas knocked one out of the park with this beer. Perfect melding of flavors into a delicious brew. Bought just a single thinking that I didn't want more of a nearly 9% beer around at this time of year, but I'm heading back to the bottle shop tomorrow to pick up a 6-er. This is a must try. Cheers,

SummitVA, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of impending
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous new copper penny, dense light yellowish head recedes to the surface and remains.

Aroma is all about the hops. Bright citrusy hops with a hint of pine sits atop yeast.

The pine switches place with the citrus in the flavor. Considerable bitterness in the peppery long lasting aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel. While some powdery yeast appears in the finish the belgian influence is minimal.

This is more properly a robust belgian ipa.

impending, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear amber-orange with thin off-white head.

Smell: Citrus hops with the prototypical Lagunitas aroma. Some phenolic qualities along with light pepper.

Taste: Tastes fairly similar to A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', with an orange and grapefruit onslaught upfront, but it also has some light banana, clove and a general mustiness. Finishes with the expected pine-like taste of an IPA, but with an extra dose of pepper and clove.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, fairly light body considering the abv. Boozy, dry finish. Not as silky smooth as A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

Overall: While this has some nice tantalizing Belgian yeast additions, this mostly comes across as a boozier version of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. This means that it is still great, but not QUITE as great.

Finally, why is this not categorized as a Belgian IPA?

bsp77, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter

A - A crystal slear orange amber colored body witha large (3 finer) sticky white head that lingers and laces.

S - Big bold hop aroma that is very sharp and spicy earthen with some must and slight citrus on the back end.

T & M & D - Awesome hop front end with both a citrus and earthen pine profile. Then the mouth turns to a sugar profile of caramelized burnt sugars and sweet light candies. The Funk that comes from the 'wild' is obvious up front as the taste is someone airy and playful and yeasty. The beer medium bodied to light which is suprising for the abv!

O - Suprisingly light in nature and a very cool beer to drink. i have been sipping this one for a while and I am still not sure that I am being accurate with my description. My only advice is go try one for youself and enjoy. Great brew.


CuttDeez, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of scotvega18
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a southern tier tulip

A - hazy gold with a good amount of fast dissipating stark white head. good lacing.

S - Smells like hop juice! lots of citrus, pine and incredible nose-bitterness. This is crazy. possibly the least balanced ipa ive ever smelled. i dig it.

T - woah. suprising sweetness upfront, followed by some incredible citric notes and some dry bitterness at the end.

M - Nothing special!

Notes - This is classic "All hop IPA". Im a fan, and it really is a solid contribution to lagunitas' incredible line. Well done.

scotvega18, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow colored beer with a white head that had solid retention and left a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet malt backbone with some spice and belgian yeast. Nice citrus and other somewhat tropical fruits as well as honey and floral aromas.

T - Probably the best Lagunitas beer I've tasted (the bar there is pretty low). Pale malts, honey, pepper, citrus, floral stuff, mildly tropical fruits all blend pretty well. There is a little heat but it's not necessarily a bad thing.

M - Medium bodied with active carbonation and a somewhat bittering finish.

O - Actually a pretty good beer, best one I've had by Lagunitas. Has a lot of good stuff going on and I would drink this again.

AgentZero, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/27/11
*From notes

A: Two finger head on a decent pour. Mild and unspectacular lacing rims the glass. Unfiltered warm caramel golden in color.

S: Sweet. It's got a hint of musty yeast.

T: Molasses and rich caramel. Hints of Belgo style yeast round it out.

M: Creamy enough. It's got a better body then I'd anticipated.

O: Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild was a reasonable little beer. Not spectacular in any way, though it managed to hold my attention long enough. I won't seek it out again, but would quaff one in a pinch.

Rhettroactive, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2011 release bottle into a pint. Last year's was pretty sweet and it looks like the only change is the ABV (9.4%).

Pours out a super solid orange with an eggnog head (small, but with staying power), no lace.

The bottle is pretty new, so I don't expect much funk (last year's had a great funk note around this March/April). Citrus and wheat start off the nose. Some floral and very slight yeast notes hit up the middle with a slight band-aid finish.

The taste is wheat and floral hop forward. A bit of an alcohol spice mixes with some citrus hops and a touch of candy sugar for the middle. The finish is very smooth for 9.4%.

This reminds me more of a Belgian DIPA than a Belgian Strong Pale, but I'll take it. There is a noticeable difference from last year's fresh bottles, and it's a bigger lean toward the Belgian side (with American traits of course). I'll grab some more soon, hopefully a few 22oz for the cellar (though not for too long).

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of cbbjr
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-deep/dark gold, fairly clear, head dissipated quickly

S-pine, closer to an IPA than a Wild Ale

T-begins sweet with pine, finishes dry. Not picking up too much citrus.

M-maybe the mouthfeel is just thin, but given the strong flavors, the mouthfeel isn't substantial, although there is a fair amount of acidity at the end that stays with you. Medium carbonation.

O-I'm impressed, but it isn't the Wild Ale I expected. Very drinkable on a hot summer day, but I probably prefer the more flowery yeast and citrus of regular Little Sumpin Sumpin (one of my favorites). Given the IBUs and high ABV, I wouldn't want to have more than a couple in one sitting.

cbbjr, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Cmack15
4.33/5  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!

Cmack15, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden-amber pour, a tad hazed. Big white head foamed up about 3 fingers. Partial sticky lacing.

Orchard fruit and candied sugar in the nose. Sweet malt and biscuit back filler. Spicy somewhat with some tropical fruits. Alcohol.

Again, orchard fruits. Perhaps some apricot or nectarine. Spicy with coriander and clove flavors. Citrus comes and goes. Bready but it's subtle. Alcohol thins out any flavors and the carbonation really cleanses the palate.

It's a bit hot. While not filmy or overly sweet, the hops don't provide the snap I was looking for. Still, this is a nice beer. Can very well pair with cheeses and come out a winner

Mebuzzard, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: A soft pour leads to a perfectly golden body, slightly hazy, with about a finger and a half of tight, white foamy head. Leaves really awesome rings of lacing.

S: Sweet malts, grapefruit and citrus, some floral notes and pine, slight dank herbal quality. Smells sweet and reminds me of an older DIPA.

T: As I expected from the nose, this tastes like an old DIPA, albeit a bit more complex with belgian esters. Lots of caramel through out, alcohol is fairly noticeable and not always in a pleasant way. The light Belgian esters are a bit spicy and floral with grape skin and ripe fruit and adds a nice dimension. If it wasn't for it, this probably won't be very drinkable. Finish is just slightly bitter with a lot of staling hops.

M: Medium to slightly full body (seems thicker than any actual BPSA I can remember), moderate to slightly low carbonation (per style). A bit sticky, fairly crisp and refreshing.

O: I bought this despite being unsure of how old it was because it was categorized as a BSPA. I think Belgian DIPA would make much more sense. This is very much a hop-forward beer with a sizeable sweet malt base and Belgian yeast character. Fresh, I can see this being a really good beer. However with age, the aggressive hopping leaves too much stale and faded flavor. This might be the most confusing bottle I've purchased. Label says "Wild Ale", BA/brewer actual categorization is BSPA, tastes like a Belgian DIPA. I'd by this fresh, but forget about aging it.

I normally wouldn't review an old DIPA, but considering it's called a BSPA (which should be fairly cellarable) and they don't date the bottles, I'm throwing this review up. If you want to make sure I drink your product as intended, DATE THE DAMNED BOTTLE (and categorize it better...)

Satchboogie, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of davey101
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden orange, with a big fluffy head that sticks around for quite a while

S - If I didn't see the description I would have sworn this was an IPA. Lots of piney hops and grapefruit. Some lemons and herbal grassiness as well.

T - More IPA'ness. Hops, hops, and bitter hops. Lots of pine and grapefruit, and the finish does have a certain belgian yeast quality to it. This is very tasty, like a super hopped saison. Alcohol was hidden well.

O - I'm another sucker who got fooled into thinking this was a wild ale. I was left impressed though, and I have yet to have a lagunitas brew that has let me down. Really good stuff!

davey101, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, clean honey/golden beer with three fingers worth of white head.

Great complex smell. Strong farmhouse yeast with grassy and floral hops. And sweet.

Pine leads the taste followed by a sweet then peppery taste. Lemon too. And grassy, floral hops come through later in the taste. Big bready yeast body with bolts of yeast in the taste occasionally.

Very interesting beer. Shades of the original LSS with hints of saison and more herbal hop than either.

birderbeerer, Jun 11, 2011
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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