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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,993 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,993
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 142
Gots: 236 | 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 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
Photo of JizackFH
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark golden-orange color, that has a slight red hue to it. It has a 2-finger white head, that has great retention. The head left some excellent lacing behind on the glass.

S - The smell is pretty faint. I am, however, getting getting notes of pineapple and some belgian yeast.

T - The taste has a great balance of belgian yeast and citrus hops. There is a nice pineapple taste here as well. I'm also getting notes of grapefruit, clove, and some other spices. There is also some hop bitterness present, but theres is a good juiciness that cuts it. The finish is of hops, pineapple, and clove.

M - It has a medium body with low-medium carbonation. It goes down smooth, and it has a creamy feel to it. There is also a slight stickiness and some tingling from the spices.

D - This beer if very drinkable. It has a great flavor, and it goes down very smooth. It is a very relaxing drink. This one really surprised me. It's delicious. I highly recommend trying this one if you see it around.

JizackFH, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a shaker pint, an unfortunate showcase for the huge grapefruit and pineapple aromas. Smells a lot like the other Lil Sumpins until your nose adjusts and the spicy Belgian yeast comes into play. Nice combo, smells very appetizing.

See-thru pale amber with 2 fingers of frothy off-white foam. Excellent retention and loads of sticky lacing.

Delicious stuff. I'm impressed with how smoothly the citrusy hops and Belgian yeast flavors work together. They hit the tongue simultaneously and never seem to be out of balance (although there's a ton of each- loads of clove and tingly spices, loads of grapefruit, piles of pineapple). Stinging bitterness is soothed by an exceedingly juicy feel. I think this could easily be reclassified as a Belgian IPA, but it's damned good regardless.

Overall impression: Looks great, smells great, tastes great. Lagunitas, please make this stuff again.

PDXHops, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

216th review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- I hate to repeat what a beer looks like, but this is the color of apple juice. A very long lasting 2 finger head with a wonderful lacing as it recedes.

Smell- Has a faint smell. Nothing to big anyway you smell it. Fruit and hops.

Taste- A dank yeasty taste with some hops mixed in. Pretty tasty. Get a little touch of spice as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level to it. Nice feel on the palate.

Drink- Pretty damn good. When I drank it I had no idea the style. I get it now. With the yeast and the light feel. Fits the style.

FosterJM, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of grumpyowl
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from 22oz bomber, San Francisco, CA.

A: Medium dark golden. One finger thick white head (nice). Lacing holds up until the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells like pineapple to me. That's it. Pineapple, no hint of hop flavor in my nose. Disappointing, but could be just my bad nose.

T: Taste as it smelled: pineapple all the way through. I taste the bitterness of the hops but I can't think of any specific hop. The Pineapple takes over too much for me.

M: Medium body, but not too sweet in any bad ways. The medium -high carbonation helps.

D: Not for me. I am having a hard time finishing up the 22 oz. Not that it is bad. Just not what I had expected.

Overall: I was looking for trying this one as I really like the Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale ... but nothing like it. I was hoping for more floral-type hoppiness in this one, and I felt left down...no hop for me, just pineapple (pineapple taste from hop?). I like pineapple, but not so much in beer. Still a very decent beer. Is this supposed to be a Belgian yeast strain? If so, not as floral as I would have expected (good). Good beer for me, but perhaps not in a 22 oz bottle.

grumpyowl, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from Notes

Served on Tap at Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY into a Pint Glass

A: Yellow Golden, quite a clear body, 1" head recedes, but adequate lacing

S: nice citrusy hops, notes of orange-tangerine, combine with the banana and spice notes from the use of the belgian yeast (Westmalle I have read)

T: this is what I wished the whole Belgian-IPA category tasted like, excellent hop notes and bitterness combine with fruity notes of the BPAs....really like this one

M: medium to light, plays across the tongue more like a BPA than and IPA

D: really wish I could find this in 6 packs, really like it

May be my favorite of the Little Sumpin' series to date, though not really a 'wild' ale as I understand the concept.

modernartblues, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright clear gold with one finger of sticky off-white head.

Aroma of piney hops, candy sugar, Juicyfruit gum and a light touch of Belgian yeast.

The taste is candy-sweet with banana, Juicyfruit gum, light caramel malts, herbal notes and piney hops.

Medium bodied and dry with a crisp carbonation.

Another enjoyable brew from Lagunitas. They've yet to disappoint.

Monkeyknife, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - clear, copper color with a white head that left a coating of sticky lace on the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, candy sugar and citrus hops.

T - the taste reminds of a Belgian IPA with a little more bitterness on the dry finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of pgaveau
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a n undated 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This beer has an interesting golden color and full 1/2 inch head. Lacing is thick and stays around for a long time.

Smell is incredibly appetizing. Hints of bannanas, flowers.

Tastes great. Perfect hop introduction follwed by a malty sweetness. Very slight bitter after taste.

I opened a second right after the first one finished. 8.85% ABV is a shock for such a smooth beer. I will definately get a few more of these.

pgaveau, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Dawkfan
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour is a clear golden color, with nearly two fingers of white head that takes awhile to settle to a thin cap. Lacing is well above average.

S- Very nice indeed. A good dose of hops hit the nose first, mainly grapefruit and tangerine. Then the Belgian element comes in, spicy, bready, and bubblegum aromas. I was actually expecting this to be a little funky, but I'm not picking up any of those qualities at all.

T- This drinks more like an IPA to me up until the finish. Bitter right from the get go, but there's a nice malt backbone to help sweeten it up. The finish is hard to describe but it has that Belgian feel to it, perhaps a bit medicinal and fruity as well. The hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

M- Mouthfeel is nearly medium with an ample amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth, and dry.

D- This beer is all about the hops and I didn't think there was anything really "wild" about this one. The Westmalle yeast is definitely here, but I just found that the hops overpowered everything else. A decent beer though!

Dawkfan, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a glass

A: Pours a bright amber, very clear with a thin head. Light to moderate lacing on the glass. Head dissipates quickly to a thin ring that remains for the remainder.

S: Big citrus nose tinged on the edges with esters from the Belgian yeast. Slightly medicinal but not off putting. Very hop forward.

T: Follows along with the aroma. Very citrusy with some prickly carbonation. Very slight medicinal taste but only slight. Finishes dry and bitter. Bitterness lingers long after the finish.

M: Medium to light in body, prickly carbonation as mentioned above.

D: Very drinkable and have had more than one on several occasions. Highly recommended to fans of the Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

ArrogantBastage, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of punkrkr27
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold pour with a 2-finger, foamy, white head. The aroma is orange, lemon and grapefruit with with sweet honey and cereal grains, complemented by some Belgian candi, soft yeastiness, bubblegum, and toffee. The flavor is much more dominated by the Belgian character than the aroma. Lots of pungent clove and bubblegum esters upfront with a healthy dose of honey, candi sugar, and creamy wheat in the middle. The hops come out strong on the finish with lots of bright orange peel and lemon and a long bitter grapefruit note lingering afterward. The body is creamy and full with lots of gentle carbonation.

punkrkr27, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of KidsDoc
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fluid oz bottle poured (two separate rounds allowing the remainder in the bottle to warm along the way) into standard pint glass

A: very faint brown to burnt orange, large, bubbly barely off-white light head that finally settles to a complete thin layer across the top. Once completely settled, if let sit for just 30-60 secs between sips the thin white layer of bubbles forms very small individual ringlets within the main thin layer (I have never seen this before - very interesting)

S: Immediately off the pour was a HUGE grapefuit aroma but this mellowed out quickly and faded very much to background of the whole bouquet. The nose changed to a mixture of intense sweetnes that I cannot better characterized (again nothing I have encountered before). Deep in the aroma was a earthy/herbal almost musk like scent that was not bad or distracting, but again - different.

T: very sweet (I've seen the term cloying used and honsetly not sure what exactly that means but it has negative connotations for most people and this is not an unpleasant sweetness); mild alcohol burn in the middle. The hops add to the sweetness with big grapefruits notes, but finishes with a more earthy bittering hop presence that lingers. I cannot say this is well-balanced as it hits in spurts and chunks, but it is complex and the taste is unlike any beer I have had to date.

M: very smooth. Medium to full bodied for a Belgian strong pale. This finish goes on forever with a bitterness that makes you lick your lips to then just more of the odd but pleasant sweetness of this beer.

D: certainly enjoyable with the novelty of it all - at least to me. This ABV and the sweetness of it makes it a one and done type of beer but I would certainly grab this again in the future for something a little different

KidsDoc, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Golden orange, one finger head that lasts a couple minutes. Awesome lacing

Smell. Grapefruit, oranges and a hint of cloves

Taste. Grapefruit, apples, orange peel. Hop blast with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkibility. Not bad. I like my hop fixes a little less sweet.

Rutager, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice orange color with a thick, foamy head. It smells very hoppy and citrusy. The flavor is very full, leaving no doubt that this is a Belgian style ale. The heavy body and yeast almost knocks you down. It is smooth and well balance for being such a strong beer. I taste malt followed by strong hops. It is not boozy like you might expect. I don't love Belgian beers, they are almost always too sweet in my opinion. This beer is pretty good though.

beerdown77, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of BigHeavy
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sierra Nevada luettich balloon. Beer was allowed to warm for 20 minutes before drinking.

A: Beer pours an absolutely brilliantly clear golden amber color. A one finger head appears atop and settles to a small cap/head. Bubbles cling to the interior of the glass. Whether it's the glass or the beer itself, it looks pretty dang nice.

S: Smell is dominated by that classic Lagunitas hop scent which I have come to love. It's dominated by citrus notes, but I pick up up some piney and floral elements as well. Some fairly sweet bready notes as well as some biscuit-like notes. There are some fruity esters (presumably from the Belgian Westmalle yeast) and a faint tinge of alcohol.

T: Delicious citrus and pine hops assault your taste buds. Hops are a little floral as well. Not sure what combination they are using at Lagunitas, but I like it. A little caramel sweetness which gives way to a lingering hop bitterness and a dry finish (which I suppose comes form the Belgian yeast as well). It's actually pretty well balanced with a variety of flavors, and very satisfying to drink.

M: For whatever reason I find Lagunitas beers coat the mouth with flavor, and Wild does not disappoint either. Carbonation is present but not overwhelming on the palate.

D: Sneaky drinkable at 8.85% ABV, though the booze will creep up on you. Definitely could go through a couple bombers no problem, at least until the following morning.

O: Another very good effort from Lagunitas. A nice change of pace from Hop Stoopid with the Westmalle yeast. Similar enough to be recognized, but different enough to provoke thought. Interesting beer, and one I will go back for as often as possible for $3.50 a bomber.

BigHeavy, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tan and clear with a fair head and patchy clumps of lacing.

Smells of heavy malts with some grapefruit, oranges, and over the top of all that hops.

Tastes pretty sweet and heavily malted, again with a blast of hops, plus a mixed fruitiness.

Fairly heavy bodied, lingering bitterness and citrus tones.

Drinks ok but I'm not real anxious to have it again.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber with big off white foamy head with good lacing. Citrus whe.at with hints of spice. Little Sumpin' taste bends into a phenolic finish... at first. Alcohol lingers on the palate. A metamorphosis occurs as become accostomed to the flavor and turns to a spicy sweet citrus that is acidic and metallic. Mouthcoating is chewy, tacky and fairly unpleasant.

Pushing through the initial character is difficult but you are rewarded with an unusual yet interesting balanced combination of flavors. The mouthfeel was distracting but it does become a bit more tolerable and almost smooth once the mouthcoating becomes entrenched.

Bfarr, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a hazy yellow/gold with a cloud-like white head on top.

Smelled of pine, a little bit of lemon zest or something, and clean hops. Also had a little bit of an earthy smell somewhere.

Tastes fantastic, with the floral/aroma coming out to go with the Belgian yeast. Malty sweetness then kicks in and is relatively strong, yielding a pretty complex beer.

Feels great on palate, nice and carbonated to go with the lighter texture, but doesn't feel as light as a saison (like lost abbey red barn ale for example). Drinkability is awesome.

madvermin, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, no bottled on date available. Gave a great golden color with a nice white 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. A bit of carbonation initially when poured is visible. The smell i have to say i was impressed with. I get a lot of the fruit and hops. I know this is brewed with a wild yeast strain and i don't know if it is that smell the primarily overwhelms my pallet or something else. It definitely is a wild smell. The taste is right along with the smell, the wild smell carries right onto the tongue. A really wild taste but for all its worth i don't think that it helps cover the alcohol as well as it could; I just mean to say i can tell this is AVB 8.85%. I would probably drink a bit more of this ale if it were a little easier on the wallet. But no complaints, Lagunitas is a great brewery and i like all of their brews. Thanks

HOPPYKC, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of rrski198
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful golden translucent. Some amber hues around the bends of the glass. Real nice fluffy white head.

S: Straight pine hops up front. Smells like freshly crushed pine needles. After another smell I get lemon and a solid malted bready sweetness.

T: Not sure what is going on here but I like it. Hops are dominant up front. Pine, very spicy, The sweetness is there however and it comes and goes quickly leaving hop spice all over my mouth.

M: Thick and coats the mouth. A very clean and sweet thick wave followed by a spicy hop flavor in the cheeks and gums. Good level of carbonation.

O: A really unique and impressive brew. I can't say that I would sit down and ahve 3 or 4 of these, however, I would buy it again as a nice unique treat.

rrski198, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - A nice burnt orange color presents itself along with about a fingers worth of white foamy head. Carbonation is very noticeable with an endless amount of bubbles floating to the top. Wonderful lacing along the glass as well.

S - A nice combination of floral and citrus aromas from the hops greet the nose. Tropical fruits like pineapple and clementine make their presence known as well. The sweetness of malt is also present.

T - This beer presents itself along the lines of an American IPA and the nose would seem to indicate that as well. But it separates itself in the taste. The Belgian yeast blends perfectly with the citrus and floral hop characteristics to create a very smooth and complex brew.

M - Medium body with a nice smooth finish. Carbonation is on the higher side of medium.

D - Very drinkable. My bomber went quickly even though it is 8.85%

BennyL1, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Over-ripe tropical fruit, sweet with decomposition, is most prominent in the smell of this beer. Some juicy grapefruit flesh and hard mineral qualities are also detected. No smell of alcohol is present.

T: Begins off-dry, with toasted pale malt and hop aromatics that deliver tropical fruit. Flavors soon become more sweet, with some funky complexity--like goats, wild mushrooms, and liquid vitamin supplement. The middle is brief and sweet, with diminishing aromatic flavors, and also sees the start of some significant bitterness. The finish features a rapid diminishment of the bitterness, being generally clean, with some lingering toast and fruity esters. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky, with low carbonation.

D: Here is a beer that would stand out in a crowd of other Lagunitas brews--due in large part to the characteristics imparted by the abbey yeast used here. While certainly adding interest, the qualities encountered here aren't all desirable, compared to their IPA and Hop Stoopid. Once or a few times a year is fine, but this is not a flavor profile the typical IPA-lover would want to be stuck with. While not reviewed here, I did sample this beer on-draft during a recent visit to the brewery and found it to be generally more appealing, with less emphasis on the funk and more vibrant hop aromatics.

beagle75, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orangey color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, sweet aroma of hops, yeast, and lighter fruits.

T: Tasted of hops, some citrus, Belgian yeast, and spices. Never had a BSPA like this, where the hops totally dominate the flavor. Almost closer in character to a double IPA. Very vibrant and tasty.

M: A lot of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An unusual take on the style, to be sure. Very drinkable, though.

avalon07, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed sunset orange color, with many active bubbles rising quickly to feed the tight, firm, dirty white head. Lace paints a primer layer of white across the whole glass. Nice.

Smell is very much west coast IPA meets Belgian pale ale. Lots of citrus fruitiness, a slight resin/zest character, that special "something" (or "sumpin'") that typifies a fine Belgian yeast (in this case the Westmalle yeast), and a doughy malt character.

Across the tongue, I'm still thinking this is very much a west coast-ified Belgian pale ale. Hops rule over even the highly-touted yeast (read the label...the very funny label). Orange peel and flesh, other citrus rind elements bringing some tartness, a pine/resin-like pungency, nutty/earthy yeast, sweet orange cinnamon roll-ish maltiness. Pine and resin bitterness hangs around in the finish, with sweet orange flavor coloring it all in. This latter flavor is almost like high-test baby aspirin, and you really have to like baby aspirin to dig this beer, as that's the prevailing impression here, amidst all the other stuff going on.

Somewhat sticky and syrupy in texture, this keeps from getting too heavy with an exuberant bubbly tickle, thanks to carbonation that doesn't quit.

Wild? Wildy fruity, that's for sure. And much more Belgian IPA than Belgian Strong Pale Ale. But who cares what's it's called, this is just a high quality quaff. How is it possible Lagunitas stuff sells for less than $5 a bomber four time zones east of its origin? I'm not complaining!

Metalmonk, Jan 10, 2011
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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