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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,867
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 134
Gots: 185 | 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 kels
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.

kels, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of birchstick
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!

birchstick, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
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.

MoreThanWine, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
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!

sendsilk, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of heebes
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.

heebes, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy gold-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit and bright citrus hops. Also present are absurdly clean and crisp earthy malts with hints of spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by tropical fruit, citrus, and slightly herbal hops. Joining in shortly thereafter are hints of pear and solid amounts of earthy hops that dry things out. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out further with clean malt flavors. The tropical fruit and malt flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'd been waiting a while to try this beer and I wasn't disappointed. A very well done beer with some interesting idiosyncracies. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down to a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose--smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste initially starts out with notes of malty sweetness that quickly transitions into a moderate amount of bitterness with flavors of grapefruit and spices. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because for the most part the alcohol is well masked.

metter98, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of jsdunlop
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a golden-amber with a sticky, frothy and full off white head. Excellent lacing after each sip. Smell consists of intense pine notes, grapefruit rinds, and just a touch of alcohol. Taste begins with toasted malt character, followed by a wave of caramel sweetness. Spicy resinous hops then barrage the palate, bringing those pine and grapefruit characteristics into full swing, with some lighter citrus notes tailing behind. Sweetness lingers around with this brew, lots of brown sugar and caramel noted. The finish is moderately bitter with just a slight alcohol presence noticeable. Hops leave a lasting impression on the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel of this one has a lighter feel to it, much more than expected. Oily resinous hops leave a slick coating and the carbonation is moderate. Overall, this brew is super smooth. There is hardly any alcohol noticeable due to the seemingly intense focus on hop character. This beer is dangerously drinkable and affordable.

jsdunlop, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of joshuasamantha
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just as good as lil sumpin but made with wild yeast; had on tap at a local eatery. Slightly sweeter, maybe this is because of the yeast strain used to brew the beer. Joshua says sweet like a belgian almost, I thought it tasted about the same. But if you like lil sumpin, you'll like this one too!

joshuasamantha, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 72.51 IBU, O.G. 1.082, 8.85%ABV, 24270714 on the neck.

A - Great golden honey-comb color with nice clarity and a fluffy, very well-retained two-finger light almond head. Good carbonation flows to the left-over pile below collar after collar of thick lace.

S - Complex and robust, the aroma skips around from Belgian candi sugar and honey to lemon citrus resin-rich Chinook-like hops. Yeast plays a big role imparting white pepper spice, earthy clay, and an overall yeast presence. Pale malt holds the fort.

T - Pale malt is all but overshadowed in this intense brew. A big hop-slap to the mouth, Chinook lemon citrus and resin are potent, leaving few nuances to be discovered. Honey and candi sugar sweetness provide minimal balance while the nice yeast gives off spice and earth traits.

M - Almost excessively carbonated, it's sharp and bright with a medium body and stinging bitter finish that dulls the tongue.

D - I mistakenly assumed this to a Wild Ale when I purchased it until I looked it up just before opening it. While I'm not disappointed by this beer at all, it's drinkability was lower than I had set myself up for. Awesome use of the yeast strain though!

BeerFMAndy, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Chaz
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brassy-golden in color, topped by a frothy, khaki-tan head. Head falls at an average pace, and leaves a moderate ring of lace behind to coat the walls of the glass. There's loads of fine suspended yeast, here.

First things first: HUGE West Coast hop profile for such a beer! Of course, this beer seems to me to be more of a new-fangled Belgian-style IPA, rather than an old school Belgian Strong Pale ale, but that is really splitting hairs nowadays. The yeast profile -the Westmalle strain- is fairly muted in the nose, especially considering the funkiness that it typically exhibits in a serving of the Strong Pale Ale that I've come to know and love.

LSW is sweet/sharp/slightly-tangy and juicy, fruit-forward on the palate... very nice. Honey notes emerge a bit later on the palate, and particularly as this begins to warm. There's also a faint bit of mint quality going on (hops) in the aromatic portion, and loads of tropical fruit (pineapple) meandering right through the middle. Bitterness is subtle but definitely holding this one all together.

Mouthfeel is quite good, even excellent, but for the style I'd day it's just above average, so I'll split the difference : )

Good drinkability, no doubt, and hands down one of the better beers of its style that I've had from an American brewer.

Probably be worth a try to lay a bottle down for a while -although the hops will certainly fade- just to see how the yeast profile might change with a bit of time.

Served chilled, in a Westmalle chalice.

Chaz, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesterday I drank and reviewed Lagunitas' A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. Today...I have their A Little Sumpin' Wild Ale. As if the original isn't good enough, this is even better. It's more hoppy, at 72.51 IBUs, and more alcoholic, at 8.85% ABV. So here goes another review of another great Lagunitas beer!

This is very comparable to the original A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale in every way. A Little Sumpin' Wild Ale is a little more copper-colored than the original. The head was beautiful: thick, white, and frothy that leaves plenty of lacing as you drink.

The smell is heavenly; Hops provide the aromatic bouqet that is so welcome to the nostrils while malty/piney sweetness and gleeful citrus of mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. It seems as if every characteristic of the Wild is enhanced or strengthened compared to the original. It's like The Empire Strikes Back. It's a good sequel. The only aroma that isn't as prevalent is the malt breadiness.

The taste is hoppy and sweet followed by the citrus goodness. It's definitely not too spicy with the hops but it's just right. I love the sweetness that is as if it is the sap from a pine tree and the citrus flavors add a little extra tang but aren't overpowering. Like I said earlier, the Wild is like a bolder A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. It's as if Lagunitas knew what they had with the original was really good and then only made it that much better. It's still light and refreshing but with more flavor.

How could you turn this down?!

BeardedRiker, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not gunna lie. I was expecting this to be a Brett beer but now I know.

Pours a good looking clear golden color with a sort of apple juice color as well. Nice white head and lacing.

Aroma is odd. Has a similar aroma that other Lagunitas Beers have. Sort of old overworked yeast smell. Kinda belgany but not alot. Little bit of hops.

Taste isn't that great to me. It's too malty for a Belgian pale. Hops are kinda tasty.

Mouthfeel is not dry enough and for a Belgian it needs more carb.

It's an OK beer that I don't think I would buy again. The guys I shared it with seemed to think it was ok.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks yummy.
Very attractive with a darker gold, very clear and dense, full white head with good stamina.
Sweet aroma with strong apple quality. Hints of phenols. Initially had a malt (and not all pilsner) aroma that was supplanted by the others that followed. Really clean aroma without a lot of complications. Almost refreshing and fresh even at least 6 months of age. Other fruit apears in time. Almost like the fresh apples then cooked apples or other cooked fruit. Neat.
Note a toasted malt right away.
Ooo, first is toasted grain and that really sticks throughout. Then more traditional Belgian flavors, but seemingly closer to the darker than lighter beers. Finishes with a mild tartness that goes to a substantial and satisfying dryness that also lingers with a slightly tart bitterness and yeast flavors. There is no heat and no significant evidence of alcohol, which makes this too easy to drink. It goes down so easily and nicely adn could be a dangerous drink. White bread dough.
Very nice beer.

garymuchow, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of imagese
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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

imagese, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of knm
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CBlack85 for this beer...
From a bomber into two glasses to share with the wife. Poured a smooth yellow with no haze. Light bubbles hanging around.
Smell is of tangy yeast and sweet apples. Couldn't tell what the smell was til I read the crazt story on the bottle...but cloves in smell and mildy in taste.
At first sip you get a big punch of sour alcohol as to be expected with this 8.85% by volume beer. But after it settles into the pallet it mellows nicely with fruity sourness. With this drink I ate organic green chile cheddar cheese. What a great pairing! The creamy rich spicy flavor - with the puckering apple alcohol! Cheers

knm, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of spree92
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my fifth beer today so my jugdement might be a little off. «should be alright though.

Like most belgian pales, a clear yellow golden. Head lasted a while and had some retention. Uneven lacing as the beer is consumed. Belgian yeast, citrus peel, honey and a sweetness of hops standup.

On hold as dinner was just served.

Yeasty, vanillan and creamy. So bitterness but what it should be. Matches well with the dinner (chicken, potatoes).

Don`t know what else to say. Good quality beer.

spree92, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of LazyL
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber yellow with a large off white foamy head.
Smells great, plenty of nice hops here, not Belgian but good. A strange mix of Belgian yeast and fruit with pine hops. Very interesting.
The taste is the same as the nose but the fruity yeast comes through with a sweet finish. Very good hoppy pale ale mixed with fruity Belgian flavours. Very interesting, and very tasty.
Mouthfeel is carbonated and light, creamy, sweet and slightly bitter on the finish.
»Wow. This is sumpin wild. I don`t exactly know what this is other than good. At 8.85% very easy to drink, and drink, and drink.

LazyL, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mistakenly purchased thinking it had wild yeast in it, but I love Lagunitas anyway, so no real disapointment.

Pours a rich gold with a couple fingers of creamy white head that laced well and had good retention. Big sweet and juicy nose has lots of mango, pineapple and candied orange. Wow, this is a juicy, sweet double IPA. Huge tangerine, pineapple and sweet orange notes dominate throughout and bring a lingering, oily bitterness. Hints of pine and brown sugar add depth Creamy mouthfeel with an oily character and a surprisingly dry finish considering the sweetness.

A nice double IPA for thise who like them sweet and juicy, and another great, reasonably price beer from a stellar brewery. Lagunitas should get more plaudits than they do.

bobsy, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden color with a nice 2 finger white head. Good retention and amazing lacing.

Aroma is citric hops, caramel / roasted malts and a very light funk and spicy, must be the yeast doing its thing.

Taste starts with citric fruity hops, pineapple, grapefruit and a little grass. Malt sweetness comes along towards the end rounding out the hop bitterness that ensued. Nice spicy yeast notes in the finish. They are a little hidden by the hops but definitely there.

Body is medium and carbonation very high. Mouthfeel is fairly good.

Good "Belgian" IPA, reminds me of Flying Dog's Raging Bitch. The hops are still the main player (like in all of Lagunita's beers) but the yeast was a nice touch.

paulozanello, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of aptea110
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Upon trying Lil sumptin wild i was more then pleased by it! The smell of it was delicious hints of citrus and pineapple, the first taste was even better and was very drinkable even at 8.85% aloc. This has easily become a constant Brew that is in my fridge at all times! Enjoy!

aptea110, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of rickvath
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a 24 oz mug

A: Golden color, good head, nice lacing

S: Citrus notes, slightly sweet

T: Sweet citrus, reminds me of pineapple, bitter hop finish

M: Moderately thick, not overly heavy

D: Finished a bomber, wished I had another

Starts off with a nice sweet citrus notes that remind me of pineapple. Slightly thick mouth feel, but nothing that lingers too long. Some floral notes. Finishes with a moderately bitter end. Wild yeast notes balanced with strong bitter hop presence.

Overall I enjoyed this quite a bit and have recommended it to friends. No real sense of booziness, and immediately wanted another one. One of my favorite Lagunitas offerings.

rickvath, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden, quite luminous, with good clarity. Nose is a delight with mixed fruit, barnyard musty notes, and minerals water. Palate lives up to expectations with A pleasant Brett funk, herbal flavors, and a quasi-honey biscuity quality. Finishes with minerally flavors.

yemenmocha, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Sam21
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip.

Appearance - Light amber body with perfect clarity and a rocky white head that leaves fantastic Belgian-looking lace all over the glass.

Smell - Tropical fruits including pineapple, mango, and papaya erupt from the glass. There is some leafiness to the hops in this beer. Behind the hoppy assault, the malt is present, but reserved. Faint hints of clove to remind me that this beer is infused with Belgian yeast, although this aspect of the beer is kept at bay by the hops.

Taste - The exotic fruit come out up front similar to the smell. They continue straight through into the finish with some more sweetness provided by the malt. There is some spicy clove and perhaps a hint of pepper coming through in the middle, but the hops really control this beer. The finish is moderately long with strong bitterness, a subtle kick from the alcohol, and residual sweetness carrying on into the next sip. The subtle Belgian yeast notes are delightful, although a bit muted by the hops. I would like them to be more pronounced to really round things out.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and creamy across the tongue. Pleasant.

Drinkability - Definitely some drinkability to this beer with such a wonderful display of hop flavor. I wish more of the Belgian yeast flavors were displayed in the overall profile of this beer, as it would help to balance the rather intense fruitiness. Definitely a Belgian-style IPA, although I wish the Belgian characteristics were more present, as I think they would emphasize the wonderful aromas and flavors brought on by the hops. An enjoyable beer for hop lovers.

Sam21, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed Laguintas IPA for over a decade. Never been a huge fan of the Sumpin' series, but this is the best version I've had.

It's odd to smell a Belgian yeast in a Lagunitas, but it's there along with the hops and a candi sweet maltiness.

Taste is initially that of the IPA hops, but quickly goes into the bready sweet malt. Leads to a bitter sweet finish. Almost no sign of the alcohol, very drinkable!

I've had a couple bottles of this and can definitely recommend drinking it at a colder IPA temperature than a more moderate wild ale temperature. It moderates the sweetness and balances out the flavor nicely.

brotherloco, Feb 02, 2011
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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