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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild

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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

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


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Cloudy amber color with a nice frothy head. Lots of lacing. Great citrus and hop aromas. Grapefruit seems to be the most prevalent. The taste is more of the hops and grapefruit. Nice bitter aftertaste. I haven`t had all the Sumpin` beers yet but I`ve yet to have a bad one. For a beer thats almost 9% ABV its nicely drinkable. This is a damn good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 19:09:49 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of jobcrackerbah


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber colored with a 1/2 inch somewhat fine foamy head. The lacing recedes very slowly down the sides of the glass. This is a pretty looking beer.

S: The aroma is banana/belgian fruity esters and yeast, spices, and hops in the background. I also pickup some bready malts. As the beer warms the fruit flavors aroma becomes more evident. Almost one score higher.

T: Very little percievable alcohol. Even as the beer warms the alcohol mixes nicely with the fruity/ spice flavors. Very sweet with Grapefruit pith which comes off a little too strongly shadowing the complexities of the beer.

M: Between thin and medium body. Not coating enough for my liking. Moderate carbonation.

D: There is a load of complexities making this beer very enjoyable coupled with very little alcohol flavor.

I enjoyed this one much more than a little sumpin sumpin because there was more balance instead of scathing hop bitterness. They could scale back both malt and hops so the fruity belgian spices and yeast could shine.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 18:14:09 | More by jobcrackerbah
Photo of sublimesipping


4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Little sumpin wild is a lot sumpin delicious. the beer pours well holds a beautiful head and wonderful aroma. Drinks smooth and complex, balanced hops, fruit, and wonderful belgian esters with a long finish. A great beer, two bottles tasted and looking for more. On the short list of noteworthy beers tasted in the last half of 2010.
Wildly in love with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 03:27:21 | More by sublimesipping
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a golden orange colour with a decent amount of head. Smells so fresh and floral too. Tastes of very refreshing floral hops with just a hint of the the spicey finish from the westmalle malt. So damn delicious. I wish I had bought one more bottle of this while it was fresh. No hint of the alc % at all. Damn tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 03:10:36 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my review from a couple of months ago:

I guess I assumed this was a wild ale when I bought it and was initially disappointed when I tried it. As a strong pale ale it's also not my favorite. Quite dark for a pale ale and not as good as some of the better ones (Duvel, Delerium, 08/08/08) but I do want to try it again.



This time it was really more like a belgian blonde; derfinetely not advertised as an 8.5 percent belgian strong pale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 00:37:39 | More by david18
Photo of DefenCorps


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this at State Line a couple of weeks back. I'm not a Belgian IPA fan, but at Lagunitas' price point, it's hard to pass on.

A beautiful, clear, orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. There's s surprising lack of carbonation. The nose is great! In many ways, it reminds me of the Scratch 29 from Troegs. That's not a coincidence, since both beers use the very expressive Westmalle yeast. Fruity, spicy, citrus and moderately tropical, this has a great Belgian IPA nose. There's not much malt character here, maybe just a little caramel, but that's covered by the fruity sweetness.

The palate is pretty solid. Spicy and phenolic , this is clearly fresh. This gives way to a moderate fruit character, tropical and citrusy. Bitterness is grapefruit-like. The finish recaptures the spice flavor, with sweetened cloves and a drying, almost bay leaf-like herbal character. The yeast is expressed more in spices rather than a pure, yeasty note. Again, the sweetness is low, just a little caramel and not much else. Drying and bitter on the finish with some fruity sweetness, this beer is light in body with moderate carbonation. As it warms up, the alcohol does appear, especially on the palate and its interaction with the spice is interesting. This beer is very well executed, but ultimately, it's not a style I can drink a lot of. However, this beer pretty much nails it because the bitterness is low enough not to be whelming in conjunction with the moderate spice character that's present.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:18:53 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden-yellow color under a solid, creamy, soapy head. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma upfront...sweet pale malt, floral hops, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango. Resinous, juicy hop flavor with only a modest amount of spicy Belgian esters. Edgy and tropical...tangerine, pineapple, citrus rind...not much of a malt presence. Medium bodied, bitter, and showing a little spicy alcoholic bite.

I'm not sure this is a BSPA, I don't think it's supposed to be. There are some estery elements, but there's nothing that screams "wild" (in a funky sort of way) other than the strong, fruity hop flavors and a solid, spicy Belgian yeast quality. Tasty stuff...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:14:58 | More by wedge
Photo of Morey


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I think this beer is probably nearing the end of it's "best by" date, but I had a chance to pick up a bomber after hearing some good things.

Poured a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Some head retention noted, but nothing spectacular.

Sweet Belgian-like aroma is immediately detectable. There's definitely some hops in there too, but they're mellow and in the background. I'm guessing that they would be more prominent if this was a fresher bottle.

I like the combination of the belgian yeast and the bitter hops in the taste. Finishes incredibly smooth and the alcohol is well hidden to say the least. There's a lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight creaminess.

If it weren't for the alcohol %, I could drink several glasses.

Morey's Bottom Line: Again, I wish that I had a fresher bottle. Never the less, this still taste pretty good. Glad I got a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 23:40:05 | More by Morey
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! Wow, what a complex aroma; sweet pale and Munich malt scent; lots of citrus hops; and a wonderful Belgian yeast character. The taste is good. It has a crisp, citrus hop bitterness along with a solid pale malt base and tremendous Belgian yeast finish. It's really hoppy; almost overly so. The Belgian yeast adds tons of complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tasty beer. I love hops, but I wish it wasn't so bitter. The yeast esters take a backseat, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 18:38:24 | More by WesWes
Photo of chickenflea


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is tangerine orange color with a deep cream-colored head. Excelllent lacing and retention. The bear is slightly cloudy.

The aroma is nicely hoppy; with a orange peel dominating. The yeast and malt aromas are muted with the yeast slightly more noticeable than the malt. A hint of clove adds some complexity to the hop character.

The beer is lightly sweet with an ample citrusy hop fruitiness up front. But the complexity of this beer is a wonder. As the palate settles, I find juicy fruit bubble gum and bread. The finish has just a hint of clove and other spices.

Body is bordering on heavy. Texture is sticky and oily.

This beer is immensely drinkable. The complexity of the finish brings me back to the glass again and again. Although the texture is substantial, it is in no way overbearing. The beer reminds me of the Stone Begi-Calique with a reduced yeast profile. I liked that beer quite a bit as well, if I remember correctly. This beer is excellent. It combines two of my favorite styles: American IPA and Strong Belgian ales. Good job Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 18:14:02 | More by chickenflea
Photo of turnerr79


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy white capped head greets you.

Fragrant, inviting sweet hops tickles the nose. Equally sweet first sip. Fresh hoppy going down.

Medium-light mouthfeel.

All-round well crafted beer.

The label says ale, but this is definitely in the ipa family of beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:43:00 | More by turnerr79
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at ujs manayunk.

A- comes to me with a finger of egg shell white head that settles quickly leaving a few spots of lace and a thin skin. Almost perfectly clear golden yellow orange in color.

S- light sweetness up front with a touch of spice. Hints of fruits and honey.

T- opens up sweet with some floral honey and candy sugar. Slowly rolls into a bit of herbal spice and a touch of vegetative hops. Hints of banana bread.

M- about medium in body with a bit of syrup to it then the carb kicks in and builds to an aggressive foam that creams up the mouthfeel. Semi dry finish.

D- interesting brew for sure. There are some tell tale signs of the yeast used. The abv is barely noticeable and works well with the sweetness. Good but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 01:59:31 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of pmccallum86


3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden clear color with a white bubbly head.

Smell is of light malts with a Belgian candi sugar aroma.

Taste is sweet up front, very sweet. Light malts and Belgian yeast taste in the finish. Not as good as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel is sweet and creamy with a medium level of carbonation.

Not very drinkable due to the high level of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 00:15:21 | More by pmccallum86
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split at a WHALES group brew.

Pours clear pale amber with generous head. Aroma is yeasty.

Interesting hoppy flavor followed by a spicy yeast bite. Finishes pretty dry. Nicely balanced. Another good big beer from lagunitas. Drinkability is ok.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 18:25:19 | More by FickleBeast
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Right off the bat Little Sumpin' Wild passes the eye test- beautiful, bright orange/tangerine color, mostly clear with just a bit of haze and a stream of bubbles rising up to the big, foamy off-white head. Foam slowly settles into the beer and leaves some of the finest lacing I've ever seen- it actually leaves individual rows of lace that form with each level of retreat.

S: Dominant aromas are of citrus hops with just a bit of spice and funk, but not much.

T: Pleasant hop bitterness is the first flavor that hits the palate. As it warms, citrus notes from the hops take center stage, followed up with some spice and just enough funk to round it out.

M: medium bodied, perfectly carbonated and a wonderful dry finish that clears the palate for the next sip.

D: A Little Sumpin' Wild is incredibly drinkable, even for a 22oz. 8.85% bottle that I'm tackling myself. Another top notch brew from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 18:14:13 | More by jhoban19
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear, light gold color with a large cap of long-lasting white foam. Nice sticky lace as well.

Nose is tropically hoppy with some help from the alcohol. Similar to Sumpin' Sumpin and Sumpin Extra obviously, but has an additional dimension of breadiness and hint of rubber.

Yeast makes the beer have a softer feel and more fruit (light melons) than previous Sumpins. I like it better too. Hides ABV well, and hops are more flavoring than bittering. Grapefruit and honeydew melons galore. This is my favorite incarnation of the Sumpin' series, but the 'wild' nomenclature is misleading, as there is certainly no brett or bacteria here. I think this would fit better as a Belgian IPA vs. a BSPA as currently listed.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 16:31:28 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with good head that lasts. The initial aroma is hoppy.

Carbonation level is fairly low, maybe a bit too low for the beer.

The hop flavor is certainly strong in this brew as well. Though it is fairly high in the IBUs, it doesn't come across this way due to the high alcohol content.

The beer is very drinkable with various yeast ester flavors from the Westmalle yeast used. Some clove, some citrus.

Good beer. And a $5 for a 22 oz bottle certainly a good deal if you are looking for something different at a very reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 05:11:26 | More by thekoz
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild, Petaluma, California...let's have some POF!

Appearance: clear, amber coloration, big, pillowy white head.

Beautiful aromatics, wild and funky, some fruit and spice around, but the mainly other parts of the farm at work in this nose.

Taste: smoo-ooth, with plenty of character. Strong spices, black pepper, soft citrus, a bed of tasty pale malt. Delicious. Westmalle yeast strain bringing the goods, speeding utter tastiness all over the overwhelmingly pleasing and super-duper happiness bringing kind of ale.

Heat comes up and spikes the palate as we get further in...plenty of spice, matched with the mellow fruit factor. Tasty, tasty, tasty, yum, yum, yum.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:02:02 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of treyrab


2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap last night before the Ben Folds concert in Pittsburgh. I am a fan of Lagunitas so I was glad to see this on tap, as I have never had this before. I was expecting something a little funky, but nothing too crazy for being a Lagunitas beer. I drank this beer as fast I could to get it over with and move on to the next:

A: Pours a very clear light gold (almost yellow) with a thin, spritzy white head. Not much to look at as it looks like a crystal clear Cream Ale.

S: Pale, bready malts, light toasted cereal (Cheerios), hints of Belgian spices, but that is a stretch. Really, not much going on in this one. A bit grassy perhaps as well.

T: Bland, watery, grainy. For being almost 9ABV I would have expected enough malt was packed in here to give a nice flavor. At least some flavor. This was very bland and watery. Reminded me of a Cream Ale with a touch of Belgian yeast. No funk at all. Very plain.

Overall, I would not recommend this beer. It was a huge disappointment. From now on I will stick to Lagunitas's IPAs and Strong Ales.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 12:17:49 | More by treyrab
Photo of samie85


3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden amber color with three fingers of dense, off white head.

S-Smells like centennial hops and and toasty, bready malt notes.

T-Bitter orange and some pine with some bready malt and clove and finishes with a dry bitter orange.

M-Low to medium carbonation with smooth, mouth-coating feel with a really drying finish.

D-I really didn't know what to expect with this one, kind of thought it would be a little sour, but it's basically an interesting American IPA with some Belgian yeast notes. Much better than the Belgian IPA's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 06:44:38 | More by samie85
Photo of coastiefish


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

Poured from a 22 into a pint glass. Didnt have any idea what this brew was about other then the 72 ibu and high 8 abv.

A - Light golden orange, one finger playful and foamy head. Playful bubbles rising up throughout the glass. Great lacing through the pint.

S - Fruity hops, berries and wet pine. Intriguing, interesting memorable.

T - Bready, grapefruit, pine finish, gets a bit less stingy after it opens adjusts to room temp. very nice.

M - Creamy introduction on the palate, full body.

D - This is an great buy. Lagunitas doesnt fail to offer different brews, do them solid and offer at a reasonable (hell @ 3.99!) price. This is drinkable, but with those who do not care for bitter, big hoppy pine then you may want to pass.

Review Edit: This brew really softens up through the 22 oz. Im digging it even more as it softens, and I feel the effects. nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 01:41:58 | More by coastiefish
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops along with some bready malt. It tastes mostly like citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel), with some pine hops, Belgian yeast, cloves and sweet malt noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with good carbonation. The soft carbonation in this brew makes it smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 22:23:35 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of orangesol


3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy copper orange with a strong one finger white head that leaves light lacing down the glass.

S - Strong hop aroma consisting of spicy, resiny, hops with a hint of the alcohol that is contained in this one. A little sweetness from the malt and a little yeast? A good nose but not great.

T - Plenty of spicy, resiny, hops that leave a nice bitter feel on the pallet. Lots of sweet malts with a touch of bready yeast. Finishes with a strong, dry, taste from the alcohol. Pretty good taste but a tad on the boozy side.

M - Sticky sweet with medium flavor and body. Moderate carbonation with a good balance of flavors.

D - Fairly good offering. I liked this one but I don't think I would sit down and drink a bunch of these all at once.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 18:44:59 | More by orangesol
Photo of jchow79

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Stag's Head.

This is absolutely delicious.

For some reason I thought this was going to be sour cause of the wild yeast. But boy was I wrong.

This had pine cone forest scent. The taste was of a juicy grapefruit.


Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 16:14:14 | More by jchow79
Photo of Beaver13


2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is earthy yeast with some resiny minty hops and some slightly rotten fruit.

The flavor is bready malts, with some slightly rotten bananas and a little spice and some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I would call this a Belgian IPA. Similar to others, I just do not like these - there are some weird notes that I can't describe well. This reminded me some of Bruery's Mischief, but not as bad. I was bummed - I was hoping for a sour.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 05:20:28 | More by Beaver13
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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