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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,935
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 143
Gots: 209 | 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 andrenaline
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, solid finger of soapy white head, solid retention and sheets of lacing.

S - Sweet lemon iced tea hops, pineapple with cedar and pine spriggs on the finish. Slight nose of caramel on the finish.

T - Very sweet tasting, with brown sugar and honey notes amongst the lemon iced tea and pineapple hops. The sweet fruitiness lingers on the tongue. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet on the palette.

D - This stuff is fantastic and I could drink it all night. The ABV is incredibly well hidden, and the sweet fruity hops make it absolutely delicious. This company pumps out winners like no other!

andrenaline, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden/amber in color with a monsterous rocky white head that forms huge chunks and last forever. The head actually rises above the rim of the glass and looks like icecream above the icecream cone.
Smells like a fruit coctail. Tangerines, mango and papiya.
Very fruity flavors of tangerine, mango and papiya. Honey and a sharp graininess to balance it all out. Very tasty beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick and oily.
Very drinkable. I love this beer and it's a style that I usually do not like.

wcudwight, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of kiddwhiz
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured 2/3rd of a bomber in to a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Two fingers of silky white head developed and dissipated over 2-4 minutes. Pours a clear deep to pale gold with lacing as it goes down leaving a persistent chunky cap. Strong carbonation.

S - Initial smells of orange, passion fruit, grapefruit and beautiful hop oils.

T - Initial tastes of caramel, bitter hops, honey, with a transition to crisp citrus fruit and earthy tones. It has a touch of dry heat but that is complemented by a lingering citrus/hop/spice finish (clove?).

M - Medium body with strong carbonation. Starts bright and finishes with confidence.

D - At 72 IBU's and 8.85% ABV I would say that this is very drinkable. It leaves a warm feeling that persuades the mind in to wanting just one more pint of deliciousness.

kiddwhiz, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of HotHands
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a translucent golden orange with a frothy white head. Leaves some cool lacing on the glass.

S - citrus (especially orange and tangerine), some tropical fruits, candy, and lively spices.

T - wow, this one is interesting. A bit of sweet honey up front, followed by a significant bitter punch. Then some cloves and spiciness, followed by a clean tropical fruit finish (mango, papaya, banana), though with no mustiness like you might expect from mangos or papayas.

M - good carbonation. A bit of a creamy/oily feel. It's nice, though I give better marks to BSPAs with dry finishes.

D - quite devilishly drinkable.

This beer isn't exactly true to the style (it's hoppy and the hops are distinctly American tasting) but it is very delicious and far too drinkable. Great price, too. It's even better on tap, though when I had it on tap I was way too far gone to write a proper review. This beer can knock you on your rear before you know what happened.

HotHands, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of shand
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into an imperial pint.

This beer pours a very hazy straw color with a little more than a finger's worth of head. The lacing is superb, leaving lacing all the way down the glass. This beer is pretty good smelling, wheat, citrus hops, and just a bit of yeasty-ness.

The taste is also quite good. The hops, citrus, wheat, and yeast work perfectly in tandem all the way down, with a bit of clovey-banana sweetness to round out the very end. Can taste the belgian influence for sure in the yeast. The mouthfeel feels just a little too thick for the taste ... the ABV does shed a little light on the situation. It's quite drinkable for it's ABV, but nothing extraordinary.

Overall, I don't think this is as good a beer as Sumpin' Sumpin' was, but it's still a very high quality beer worth having, especailly at Lagunitas prices.

shand, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: unibroue tulip, pours a tight little head that recedes to a thin layer and ring, the beer itself bright and coppery in color

s: spicy wheat and light doses of clean caramel form a crisp body with just the right grainy sweetness, the yeast really does wonders here - very aromatic with juniper and clove really pulling through, pulpy tropical fruit juice - pineapple, passionfruit, sweet orange, love the aroma

m: carbonation around moderate in level and a touch prickly, body somewhere in the middle, satisfying but light on the palate

t: wheat malts form a crisp backbone with some clean pale malts and caramel sugars adding depth and sweetness, tasty fresh hops, citric and vividly tropical - really quite nice, with a lovely phenolic yeast profile, ending with more hop flavor and moderate bitterness levels

d: quite similar to the flying dog belgian ipa, but less powerful in the hop department, great for the price and easily drinkable

bomber from WF Arlington

blackie, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip dec15 2010

A clear copper with loads of bubbles feeding a thick two finger that has great retention leaving plenty of lace as it slowly dense film, no complaints in this area

S big grapefruit with a little tangerine and pine, not much for a BSPA but good for a DIPA

T not far from the smell but now I pick up on the yeast, slightly spicy, a little more on the finish but I may not have noticed had I not been looking, a little booze I couldn't smell but not so bad for 8.8%.

M thick for the color and creamy from all the bubbles and flavors that linger for some time

D easy to down considering how strong it is and I don't feel it was lacking in any area, my bomber went down and I could drink another so that says something

too me this just tastes like Hop Stupid or Sumpin Extra with some Belgian yeast and that's not a bad thing but I doubt a new hybrid style will come as a result. just a little Belgian flair for our well loved West Coast hop bombs this ones worth trying without doubt

wordemupg, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-poured a wonderful clear orange with a nice yeasty head in my oversized snifter. nice even looking carbonation and milkshake-like lacing.

S-delicious balance of citrus heavy hops. candy, clove, banana...mouthwatering.

T-more bitter than the nose had me thinking. kind of like a sweet IPA. very hop dominated in the taste, but the same citrus clove flavor is there as well. more BSDA in the nose, more IPA in the taste.

M/D-leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but a great beer. easy drinker, super smooth, amazing value...less of a BSPA to me and more like an IPA.

cosmicevan, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of dlmccabe1
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think that this is an exceptional beer.

I poured it into a glass and you immediately get citrusy and grapefruity hop aromas with a tinge of Belgian yeastiness. The Belgian yeast isn't as prevalent as the hop aromas, in my opinion, but I like the balance that it strikes.

It's eminently drinkable and you get a lot of hoppy flavors and not a lot of bitterness. There is a hint of bitterness right at the front, but it dissipates quickly and changes to grapefruity, west coast style hop flavor. The balance that is struck between the hope flavor and the belgian yeast really makes this a drinkable, everyday kind of beer.

dlmccabe1, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey gold with a white foamy head.

Smell: Tropical pineapple and citrus hop.

Taste: Resinous pine, tropical pineapple and grapefruit hop profile is quite nice. Light malty sweetness nips the edge off the bitterness and provides some body.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, slick, smooth.

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Excellent beer.

JackieTH, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours more clear than expected, with a nice head. Some nice hops on the nose. Much more hop taste than expected- but very tasty. I agree with others that this is not "Belgian" enough for me, but is a nice beer, more a DIPA. Would drink again for sure,and will know what to expect.

mendonjoebeer, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Sneers
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey with a white head. Attractive, but nothing special. The big nose hits with generous amounts of candied pineapple and bubblegum. Citric hops are also present. Maybe a little yeasty spice, but not much.

I'm surprised that the hops aren't more dominant in the nose, because they're quite assertive in the taste. The pineapple and bubblegum step aside to make room for pithy grapefruit bitterness and some pine. The flavor is bright and edgy, but not quite crisp. The finish has a lingering bitterness and a touch of something medicinal.

The mouthfeel is smooth, if not thin, although the carbonation aids a bit.

This is one of those beers where I find myself torn between the fact that this is a pretty tasty, well-made brew by the folks at Lagunitas and the fact that it's also just not quite my cup of tea. This is not to mention the fact that, quite simply, the addition of the Westmalle yeast seems to take the back seat to the hoppiness of this beer and doesn't strike me as remarkably Belgian.

Sneers, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mikro into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear deep gold body with a 3/4" head of delicate white foam. Good retention and lacing. Awesome.

S: Grapefruit hops dominate, backed up by a pleasant hint of fruity yeast. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose precisely, with big citrus hops carrying the day easily. I'd like some more yeast character, but what there is is mellow, pleasant, and complementary to the fruity hops.

M: Fairly light, slick body with a low amount of spiky carbonation. Mediocre.

D: Very easy-drinking for the ABV.

Notes: Delicious beer, but it irks me both how it claims to be "Wild" and how it's listed here as a BSPA. There's obviously nothing the least bit wild about this brew, and at most this is a Belgian IPA, and I'd probably classify it as simply a DIPA. The big, juicy American hops really dominated throughout, and there was absolutely no point at which "Belgian" popped into my mind while drinking it. If I didn't already know about the Westmalle yeast, I wouldn't ever have guessed. Fruity, sure. Distinctly Belgian? Nope. Still a great beer, just not what I was expecting.


woosterbill, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark golden color with a nice, tight 1.5 finger head that sticks around for a while.

S- Lots of hops with hints of belgian yeast.

T- Light fruits, peach, apricot hints of spice with a strong and assertive hop backbone and alcohol on the finish.

M- Medium viscosity and carbonation.

D- Very tasty beer. Easy to drink and much hoppier than expected.

Lothore, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Had this a month or so ago...

Pours a bright/clear honey color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Pears, peaches, plus citrus & piney hops

T: Follows the nose, some earthy notes & grapefruit up front. Dryness, grapefruit & herbal hops once warm, a little bit of cherry & pears as well. Finishes with citrus & piney hop & little more pear

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, nice effort. Somewhat reminds me of Boulevard Tank#7

russpowell, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of loren01
2.6/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours into a snifter a clear orange color, very slight head with a little laced down the glass.
S: I swear every beer from Lagunitas i've had smell the same. Earthy/grasslike hop scent. Thats about it.
T: Small bit of sweetness up front followed by purfumey/grass hop bitterness at the end. I'm not picking up anything resembling Belgian yeast.
M: Medium bodied, finishes very dry....pucker you up dry.
D: I usually like Lagunitas beers but this one did not impress me. For me this is an average at best beer...probably won't want to try this one again.

loren01, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of confer
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hade this on tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. It followed my first taste of 10-10-10. This beer pours with a red tint. Smell is very hoppy. I would call this a Strong Belgian IPA. The hop flavor is really strong when first poured. It tasted like a weak Nugget Nectar. As it warmed the Belgian flavor was more dominant. Goes down easier when warmer.

confer, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of CASK1
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a tulip glass.

Brilliantly clear, deep gold. Large, fluffy white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma starts with a blast of grapefruity, citrusy hops, then the Belgian yeast spiciness sneaks in. Low grainy malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

Complex sweet pils malt flavor, with overtones of wheat spiciness. Medium hop bitterness and high citrusy hop flavor. Plenty of Belgian spice, including pepper and hints of peach pits and almonds.

Medium-light body, with nice, high carbonation. Dry finish. This beer hides the alcohol very well, making in dangerously drinkable.

CASK1, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a vivid orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head. Aroma dominated by citrus hops and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Just a hint of warming alcohol presence. Pleasant sweetness up front with hints of Belgian candi sugar and banana. Mild caramel malt backbone with lots of orange zest, spice, and some grapefruit tartness on the long, hoppy finish.

Not funky in the least, but a very tasty, balanced, and easy-drinking Belgian-influenced hoppy ale. (A great value to boot!)

grittybrews, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. No, it wasn't terribly wild, but it was a fine hoppy Belgian pale ale. I was surprised how well these guys pulled off the mix of peppery Belgian yeast character with fruity hops. I'd say the brewery has made good use of the Westmalle strain. Check it out.

tempest, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass at G.W. Tavern in Washington Depot, Conn.

A: poured a solid, golden yellow color with a frothy, two-finger thick had of soft, sterling white foam which held quite nicely and left great sheets of lace in the glass. Clarity was excellent and the brew looked ample and inviting.

S: Effervescent, fruity malt aroma with good amounts of spices and herbal esters. Bits of pear, apple and banana come through with the nutmeg, saffron and white pepper in the nose.

T: Dry, sweet and fruity malt profile up front, lending yellow apple, pear and buttery biscuit to the palate, whilst also throwing in a peppery, minted and alcoholic twang into the mix. Smooth and peppery body leaves a slick coat of alcohol and estery, bitter hops in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, quite smooth and effervescent enough to be a lively sipper.

D: A dangerous brew at nearly 9% ABV, but quite balanced and tasty with a nice, aesthetic showing indeed. Perhaps not the most traditional Belgian strong pale you could imagine, but one with distinct American flair and bitterness. A nice brew and one I'd definitely have again.

Gambrinus1184, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber pulled from fridge and allowed to sit out for about a half hour before opening. poured into a standard pint glass.

pour out a hazy golden orange color with a decent amount of sediment. one finger of creamy white head with good retention. some decent sticky lace.

hops are almost all i get in the aroma. big tropical fruit, floral, and pellet hop aromas. a bit of lemony citrus, slight bready malt. not much from the westmalle yeast used in this beer. maybe some spiciness.

lots of hops! mostly tropical fruit like hops. also some floral and lemon zest citrus. decent amount of spiciness present, most likely caused from the mix of big and hops and belgian yeast. a bit of wheaty, bready malt. tastes like a good ipa, other than the spiciness, theres not much belgian yeast to taste which disappoints a little.

medium to full bodied. lots of hop bitterness that wrecks the palate in all the ways a DIPA do. decent feeling carb, but definatly not that of a belgian pale ale.

this drinks, tastes and feels like a DIPA, and a very good one to boot, but i just wished it had more of that westmalle yeast strain. its there, but hardly. still a great tasting, hard hitting IPA. and if thats what you want, definatly worth a try, if you want more of a belgian thing, look for something else.

dogfishandi, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Little Sumpin' Wild pours a light gold color. It's very clear, and brightens with backlighting. The head is bone white and is about a finger or so in depth. It recedes to a surface covering quickly and holds there. Lacing was on the lighter side.

The nose is good, but would benefit from a little more strength. It kicks off with a bit of a spicy yeast scent. It's mostly pepper. There are some fruity notes, including a little apple and pear. A little citrus pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon hop scents are noted. Sweet pale malt is noted throughout. Again, the yeasty scent seems to revive and continue throughout. It's interesting. I was expecting a little Brett, but it's not here. Nothing funky about it. Musky maybe, but not funky.

The flavor is consistent with the nose, but is a bit better with the delivery. It starts out with a bit of a malty, sweet flavor. That's followed by the spicy yeast. It's mostly peppery, but is quite strong throughout. Hops are strong in the mix. They feature citrus grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and light orange flavors. They add a bit of bitterness, but not a ton. It might be a little earthy and musky, but it's definitely not funky. There is no Brett! Alcohol is blended very well and isn't noticeable for the most part. It finishes spicy and rather dry. Damn this is tasty!

The body is relatively light, and feels thin. A little too thin. Carbonation is mid-range, and doesn't really hurt (or help). Drinkability is good. The flavor isn't what I expected, but it is good. It goes down easy for a beer that's nearly 9% abv. Too easy actually.

A Little Sumpin' Wild is not the American Wild Ale I expected. Perhaps I should read the forums more. Nonetheless, it is a very good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The use of American hops certainly adds some pizzazz to already tasty style, and gives it a unique flavor. The only complaint I have is that the body's a little too thin. Good stuff otherwise...in typical Lagunitas fashion.

prototypic, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into tulip glass

A- Clear golden/copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Big citrus hops smell with hints of spices and floral notes.

T- Close to the smell up front with a nice malt backbone and hints of yeast. Finish is really spicy, earthy, and hoppy.

M- Nice medium body, smooth, refreshing.

D- Very enjoyable and easy to drink. 8.85% ABV is not noticeable at all. Good price and will be buying another bottle or two very soon.

larryi86, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $3.79 at local grocer.

A-Pours a clear golden-copper hue with a two finger head with good retention and lacing.

S-Hoppy with tropical essences (more mango than citrus) with spicy undertones. Quite nice.

T-Mild spice (peppery) from the yeast with sweet tangy blend of malts and hops that balance well.

M-Very smooth with a medium to full body.

D-A good beer at a very good price. Not certain it is true to style. It has elements similar to a barleywine and similar to American strong ale. The yeast presence is what makes it similar to a BSPA.

velosuds, Dec 04, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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