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

Bomber --> Nonic Pint Glass, something to so wrong and yet so right about pouring an American take on a Belgian style (if you can jam it in that category) into a British glass.

Pours hazy golden straw with a nice head and decent lacing.

Smell is in the the bubble gum, cotton candy, spicy hops region.

Taste is sweet, fruity and very hoppy. Complex, especially for something that spent its childhood as an American Wheat Ale. Dogdamn, there is a whole lot going on here. The Belgian yeast does add some serious funkiness to this beer, which leads me to still prefer the original Lil Sumpin.

Mouthfeel is prickly and a little brash, but not over the top.

Drinkability is good, at 8.whatever a few 22s of this beer would have me off my rocker, as the alcohol hides well behind the spiciness of the yeast and the hops. Drinker beware.

foureyedgeek, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Lindemans flute (oops, should have looked up what style this was first!).

Very slightly hazy golden yellow body with a vague magnolia head and sticky rich lacing. Somewhat poor retention really. A more vigorous subsequent pour hields a sticky web-work of merengue...that's more like it.

Biscuity malt, one part fresh cutting and pale and one part sweet and almost toasted. Candy sugar, marzipan, and floral citrus-y hop notes abound.

The palate follows the nose, fulfilling the promise of sweetness with a refreshing complexity. I'm at first reminded of a tripel (no doubt from Westmalle's yeast). The hops are very fruity and floral without being perfume-like or more than mildly bitter. Honey, rosewater, graham cracker all lead to a drying faintly yeasty finish, where hops are still quite prominent and suggestive of tropical flavors with just a hint of pine. The yeast adds further complexity as the beer warms (phenolics become more prominent).

Soft medium-light bodied feel, not as effervescent as I would like, but otherwise nice. Faintly sticky perhaps from the fresh hops.

Well, stylistically, this doesn't quite fit; though re-name it a Belgian IPA and you'd be on to something. Very refreshing and tasty despite this (too good to downgrade based on concerns of style really)...and a great value.

augustgarage, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stone ipa specialty glass.

A: Golden orange in color with almost a reddish hue. Nice one inch head that dissipates but never quite disappears. Sick lacing throughout.

S: Orange peel, black pepper, yeast, musty hops.

T: Nice hit of hops in the front followed by yeast characteristics and some spiciness in the back.

M: Medium in body, somewhat sticky, very clean on the intake. ABV is noticeable but unfazed.

D: I was first introduced to this brew about two months ago, as someone recommended it to me. Now I can't put it down. Recommended to those who like to spruce things up a bit while still getting your hop fix.

BuffaloTapHugger, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better late than never. I've been meaning to try this one for some time. Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Golden with a thin foamy head and ample lacing.

Smells of alcohol, fruity hops and bubble gum. The taste is quite fruity and the bubble gum is fairly prominent. I can't decide whether this is more Belgian ale or American DIPA. The yeast taste plays well with the hoppy flavor. The alcohol is less noticeable in the taste. It's very unique for me and I'm quite pleased overall. The yeast flavor is excellent, and I suppose what gives it the bubble gum effect.

The mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation. Very drinkable, even at 8.8 ABV. I could knock back a couple 22 oz. bottles pretty easily.

Edit: Went out today to find a case, but could only get 5 bottles. I'll keep looking for more.

airheadmtrcycle, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden bodied with a low-moderate amount of haze. A decent head builds, slowly fades while leaving thick sheets of lace.
Primarily floral aroma, almost resinous lilac and rose hues. Some yeast arises as temperature increases, adding chalky slate, allspice, and pepper. There is also back apple butter and honey notes, and added grapefruit and pine hopping. It is notable, that when chilled, the nose is closed. Let this warm more than most.
Malt is meager, honeyed, lightly (wheat)bready and simply a canvas in the mouth. It sweetens towards rock candy, enabling the yeast to bring clove, pepper, granite, allspice, and a touch of banana. Some pear fruitiness emerges, then the hops bring apricot, pine, pineapple, and a bouquet of flowers. Bitterness is there, but not bracing.
It's medium-full in the mouth with a carbonation that starts frantic, but flatlines as it sits.
There is a good amount of depth here, but it lacks a defining characteristic. That said, everything works in unison and it's pleasant enough to drink. At $4 a bomber, I'll be seeing this frequently as it fills a couple niches reasonably well.

cokes, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, two fingers of creamy pure white head top the brew dissipating slowly and evenly leaving thick lacing on the glass. The body is a pale golden color, clear, and lively with carbonation bubbles rising through its middle.

The scent is refreshing, floral, and fruity from the hopping. This is the main event but it is backed quite nicely with a clover honey malt smell which is alluding to a strong malt characteristic in the flavor and mouthfeel.

The flavor is great, and suprising which I like. I picked up the yeasty taste first off, just a slight sour impartation onto this malty delicious brew. Hop-wise I picked up grapefruit which is something I don't get too often, a sweet and sour balance is at work here which keeps you guessing as to what the next sip will have your palate pick up on. The honey malt characteristic stays and I pick up a nice bready grain feeling as well.

The mouthfeel is just what I expected, thick and creamy like a malt-bomb of a brew should be. The bready part I get gives me a bit of a chewy feeling which I enjoy as well.

Drinkability...what can I say, 8.85% is what is says on the bottle and I taste about zero of it, the only reason you know it's high alc is the malty characteristics but otherwise this is as drinkable as your standard mellow session brew.

dwilson01, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear gold. Initially a one-finger head poured into a Westmalle chalice, but that quickly dissipates. Lacks head retention, except for a fine ring that continues to deliver little spots of lace.

Aromas of cotton candy and floral hops.

Brewed with Westmalle yeast, this tastes like a Westmalle tripel on hop steroids. Slightly bitter, dry, chalky, hempy, hoppy finish. Sumpin' different. Good taste, just a bit brash. Maybe a taste you can get used to.

Body is light and carbonation makes it scrubbingly refreshing while almost creamy.

This is a quality, drinkable beer. Love American-Belgian experiments like this.

Beerenauslese, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of projectflam86
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick white foam head. Decent lacing left behind.

S- Big citrusy hops are apparent in the nose along with some pine and a bit of funk.

T- The flavor is alot like the nose. Bold citrus flavor with nice hoppy bitterness throughout. The finish has a slight Belgian funk to it that I'm guessing can be attributed to the Westmalle yeast strain. For being nearly 9% the alcohol is hidden quite well.

M- Medium bodied with a crisp bitterness and decent carbonation.

D- I really enjoyed this one and it seemed to grow on me as it warmed.

projectflam86, Nov 16, 2010
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.

PicoPapa, Nov 16, 2010
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.

jobcrackerbah, Nov 16, 2010
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.

sublimesipping, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
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.

WeedKing4, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of david18
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.

david18, Nov 16, 2010
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.

DefenCorps, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of wedge
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...

wedge, Nov 15, 2010
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.

Morey, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Nov 14, 2010
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.

chickenflea, Nov 14, 2010
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.

turnerr79, Nov 14, 2010
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.

oglmcdgl, Nov 14, 2010
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.

pmccallum86, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
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.

FickleBeast, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of jhoban19
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.

jhoban19, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of thekoz
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.

thekoz, Nov 13, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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