1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,838 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,838
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 126
Gots: 178 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of A Little Sumpin' Wild Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,838 | Reviews: 897 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Beaver13
Beaver13

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

11-11-2010 05:20:28 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Blissfullbrew
Blissfullbrew

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%

glass: two taster glasses from PIB SIB, and a Duvel glass (the duvel glass held the best head which is not surprising)

It pours golden with a strong off white quarter inch head; Immaculate lacing as its fingers drip softly down the glass. Deep tones of pine and citrus, with subtle notes of bourbon. First sip brings hints of caramel, and the finish is dry with a slight fruit aftertaste.

11-11-2010 02:40:40 | More by Blissfullbrew
Photo of BigMike
BigMike

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Pours a very pale orange borderlining on yellow. Lots of bubbles streaming up. The head is white and extremely thin. It's gone quickly.

S: So the nose is strickly ipa. No Belgian signs anywhere. Smells fresh and tropical. Fresh white grapefruit segments with pineapple and mango. It really smells like Hop Stoopid and that's a good thing.

T: Im not really sure where the westmalle yeastiness is? I'm getting little to no qualities other then a really good ipa. It doesn't even taste like a Belgian ipa. Like the nose there's lots of tropical fruit and white grapefruit. Tastes very fresh with a bitter finish.
As the bottle warms a bit I get some very light Belgian qualities in the aftertAste. A small spice character and dryness.

M: Light bodied, smooth and super easy to drink. Great carbonation and very refreshing.

Overall: Im grading this as strickly an ipa. There's practically no Belgian qualities but it's delicious. Reminds on a lot of levels of their Hop Stoopid. In fact, for a buck cheaper I could have gotten a Hop Stoopid and gotten the same flavor profile. A tasty beer that ultimately misses it's inteaded target but is still very drinkable.

11-10-2010 22:50:23 | More by BigMike
Photo of billshmeinke
billshmeinke

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

About a finger of off white head. Opaque golden body. Glowing looking. Really nice lacing left behind. Head dies down to a layer of foam on top.

Smells of cloves and some fruity esters. Nice bready yeast notes, and some green smelling hops.

Tastes slightly of bananas and some fruity esters up front that are quickly over taken by spicy phenols (cloves) and then plenty of resin/bitterness from the hops. Lingering citrus and resin hops.

Well carbonated/full bodied. Strikes a nice balance between sweet and dry.

So this should clearly be classified as a Belgian IPA, and it's a great interpretation of the style.

11-10-2010 03:05:20 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of 1759Girl
1759Girl

California

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance> Mostly clear, warm yellow with a small head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell> Hemp. Cereal Hay.

Taste> Pretty great Belgian Strong. HUGE hops, but mellows out. Incredibly perfect.

Mouf> Nice. Tingly and exciting but not crazy.

Drinkability> yup

11-10-2010 02:54:08 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of alpinebryant
alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a clear golden yellow with a strong white head and lots of sticky lacing. Strong aromas a tropical fruit - mango, grapefruit, citrus all coming together very nicely.

Taste is a tropical fruit roller-coaster. Starting with mango, mixing with pineapple and grapefruit and leading eventually to a nice malt backbone of pale malts. Extremely smooth and ending with a nice caramelized sugar flavor / cotton candy. Body is not extremely thick for a BSPA, but definitely a very enjoyable beer with carbonation just about right.

Right next to Little Sumpin, these are both great beers from Lagunitas. Highly recommended.

11-10-2010 00:08:58 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of boatshoes
boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Picked this up from the local liquor store, heard it was a unique brew and wanted to give it a try.

Appearance- Pours a nice deep sparkling golden with two and a half fingers of white head. Good retention with some moderate lacing.

Smell- Smells great with an interesting combination of IPA and belgian ale scents. Starts off with lots of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Backed up with scents of yeast and a malty breadiness.

Taste- Again, an interesting combination of IPA and belgian ale. Big pineapple, mango, and lots of fruity esters. Evident sweet malts in the background and a pleasant yeastiness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. This one went down really easily as well, enjoyed it quite a bit

Overall, my favorite incarnation of the Little Sumpin' series thus far. Quite good.

11-08-2010 06:19:39 | More by boatshoes
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours dark golden with a head that sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells fruity and a little sharp with wheat and lemon, tangerine, and melon notes. The taste is similar, with the addition of some passion fruit notes. Fruity and slightly sour and soft in the mouth. I like this beer, but perhaps not as much as the regular sumpin sumpin.

11-07-2010 23:34:50 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of BrewBra
BrewBra

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +13.6%

A: Golden Orange, a little lighter than I expected. Medium clarity.

S: Heavy Hop smell, very very nice.

T: The Westmalle yeast mixed with this IPA creates a delicious beer. Floral and citris flavors are very noticeable. Good dose of malt. Not a real boozy taste for being 8.8%.

D: Very drinkable. A beer that I really enjoyed. One of the best IPA/Belgian crosses I have had.

This beer is sweet I will surely be buying these in the future. Well balanced and tasty !

11-07-2010 22:09:09 | More by BrewBra
Photo of WildTurkey
WildTurkey

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Bomber bottle into a belgian style glass.

A: Light orange color, with medium clarity. Nice light and airy head.

S: Obvious hoppiness. Citrus and refreshing. Maybe some light fruit.

T: Very Belgian. Definitely comes across as a hoppy Belgian Trippel -- must be the Westmalle yeast. Citrus Hops recedes to the sweetness of light fruit. I'll say pear or apple.

M: Nice carbonation. Medium body.

D: It's a big beer that goes down well.

I really like this beer. It's a Belgian style ale with West coast IPA hoppiness -- two of my favorite beer styles. It reminds me of Poperings Hommel Ale which is one of my favorite ales from Belgium.

11-07-2010 21:39:33 | More by WildTurkey
Photo of MetalHopHead6
MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Wild is very pale, citric, and crisp.

It poured a very light lager-like pale gold with a short creamy head and a shower of cascading bubbles. What it lacked in head it made up for with lace. There was a strong explosion of clean citric scent and a crisp initial citric flavor followed by an unpleasant almost soap-like finish. The feel was bubbly and bitter, with a long-lasting dry finish.

Despite the high level of alcohol, A Little Sumpin' Wild had a crisp clean citric summer-like quality, that with the aftertaste made it seem like drinking tangerine peel.

11-07-2010 16:54:04 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color capped by a nice head that leaves quite a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Very hoppy aroma, with citrus dominant

Taste: Bready, up front, and while the citrus is notable, up front, there are a number of other tropical fruit flavors as well, including pineapple and papaya; in the middle is where Sumpin' Wild happens, with a yeasty, candi sugar and bubblegum character that becomes increasingly yeast-influenced, after the swallow, as the complexity of the Westmalle yeast adds character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: West Coast IPA meets BSPA and that makes it different from the typical Belgian IPA as the citrusy hop character is more forward

11-06-2010 16:48:34 | More by brentk56
Photo of klikger
klikger

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -7%

Bomber served in a standard pint glass on Barriques' patio (Fitchburg) on a sunny, late summer afternoon

A - Light amber, no head, great lacing

S - Floral hops, Belgian yeast, lemon zest

T - Floral hops and a kick of sweet malts --> lemon and Belgian yeast --> honey, citrus hops, and lots of caramel --> Nicely acidic, bitter finish, but it's still sweet, as well. A little bit of booze is evident. Hops stick around on the palate for a few minutes.

M - Pretty thick for a pale ale, but not in a bad way. A little undercarbonated.

D - The body and heat make this a sipper; it's a little sweet for me to have many, but I enjoyed the whole glass.

11-06-2010 14:14:57 | More by klikger
Photo of oriolesfan4
oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Love Lagunitas so really looking forward to trying this bomber. Pours a nice golden color, hop aroma just exudes from the glass... never had such a pungent beer and I love it! Taste is medium to heavy bodied, nice mouthfeel and well balanced. For the ABV its surprisingly VERY smooth, lots of hop character too. This does taste similar to a lot of other Lagunitas offering mind you, but I happen to love how their beers taste. Nice clean finish, wayyyy too easy to drink. One of the better beers I've had in a while, highly recommended.

11-06-2010 01:59:22 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of charlzm
charlzm

California

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Consumed November 3rd, 2010 from a nucleated Samuel Adams pint glass.

Beer pours a very clear yellow, a shade or two darker than a pilsener. Off white to pale yellow head one finger tall (lacking compared to style norms, apparently), composed of uniform, medium sized bubbles. Provided good sheeting on the sides of the glass.

Aromas of pine, grapefruit and pineapple.

A very hoppy tasting beer, the nose notes dominate the palate as well. Pineapple, pine resin, white pepper and cinnamon up front with significant bitterness on the finish. Low sweetness. Try as I might, I could only just barely detect a malt note (caramel? crystal?). Unbalanced.

A touch too dry to be perfect, but still lively enough on the tongue to ease the beer through without issue. Alcohol well hidden.

A bit one-note: you've gotta love hops to love this one. Duvel is still the gold standard of this style.

11-06-2010 01:39:59 | More by charlzm
Photo of emmasdad
emmasdad

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

The third (and I think best) sumpin' that I have had the opportunity to try. Pours into the glass a deep golden color, with a huge, rocky 3 inches of white foam on top. Good hoppy aromas here, pineapple, lemon, orange zest, light pine. Light to medium bodied, easy to drink, refreshing, with more citrus, some wheat and really no alcohol to speak of. A very good beer.

11-05-2010 05:30:27 | More by emmasdad
Photo of TheSarge
TheSarge

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Almost made the mistake of pouring this into a pint glass, thinking this was an DIPA, but upon reading the bottle I decided to pour this into a Duvel tulip...

Pours perfectly with mounds of bright white head, and the body is golden in color and cleanly filtered.

In the aroma piny and lemony hops are kick'n it. There is some yeasty sour funk going on in the aroma as well.

Taste wise the hops dominate with strong lemon, and a faint hint of pine.

This brew is wild and I liken it to Scneider Hopfenweisse for some reason, thought it's not the same style.

11-04-2010 23:16:04 | More by TheSarge
Photo of mudbug
mudbug

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a pint glass, produced a nice tight half inch head that slowly capped and laced it's way to the bottom, very appealing clear orange on the lighter side.
Wonderful aroma, upfront floral,piney, citrus hops with a slight fruit tinge, fresh mango comes to mind.
Taste is just right, the signature hop profile of Lagunitas comes through with a nice bitter bite, the kicker is the fruity character of the Westmalle yeast, this works together very well creating a juicy balance that waters the tastebuds, wow.
Defiantly coats the mouth, leaves a long lingering taste, but is still refreshing. Good Brew!

11-04-2010 22:53:47 | More by mudbug
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

This one pours a perfect copper in color, light bodied with a one finger off white head. The smell is fantastic. It's almost an overpowering mix of hops and citrus with almost a taffy like sweetness. The taste doesn't quite live up the aromas but no worries. It's light and hoppy and doesn't give you cotton mouth but actually makes your mouth water. It's very tasty and an excellent interpretation of a Belgian Strong Pale. It drinks light and smooth and has light carbonation. I loved this one. I bought two while in Cleveland but wish I would've gotten more. This one really hit the spot.

11-04-2010 02:56:20 | More by aasher
Photo of Elimination
Elimination

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a very light gold, sort of hazy, has a very pilsner or light lager look to it.

Smell is subtle hops, sweet malt, butter i guess coming from the yeast, sort of a citrus zest to it. Surprisingly fruity, has a lot of complex scents rolling into one

Strong pine up front in the taste, lemon, grapefruit, pretty sharp bitterness, super fruity, a little bit of a bread like wheat bite.

Mouthfeel is great, this is a strong carbed, fairly thick beer that rolls and sticks to the tongue

I really liked the sumpin sumpin, but have yet to find any variation besides the 'wild' I can taste the same grain and hops that appear in the regular that I can here. I love the fact that they used the westmalle yeast because they make amazing beers.

11-03-2010 21:43:29 | More by Elimination
Photo of crossovert
crossovert

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

650ml bomber.

It pours an orangeish gold with a tightly foamed white head that has a whispy top. It sticks for a good while and it finally recedes to some nice lacing.

The smell is awesome, it is nice and hoppy with a lot of citrus and a hint of herbs with a blast of spicy Belgian yeast. There is a bit of pineapple and sugar too.

It packs some flavor. It is nicely hoppy, but not overly bitter. It has some lemon rind, some orange, and some tropical fruit. A hint of pine comes in at the end. It carries a level sweetness throughout. The yeast isn't as prevalent in the flavor but it does add an extra oomph to an already great tasting beer. The yeast gets more prevalent as it warms.

The mouthfeel has a very active and prickling carbonation which i think works extremely well in this case. It has a medium body and is extremely drinkable.

This is one damn fine beer, hopefully it gets continued.

11-03-2010 05:39:39 | More by crossovert
Photo of bamadog
bamadog

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

I picked up a bottle of this on a recent business trip in Athens, GA. Reviewed from notes taken on 10/31/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: The pour is a light coppery/orange color and starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger white head with good retention; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; head fades to an uneven, but full, cap; spots and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Umm... hops. Lots of hops that are big, sticky, piney and slightly citric (orange and grapefruit); definite sweet malt backing -- not really caramel-like, but still sickly/candy-like sweet (perhaps this is the Belgian aspect?); nose is pretty big and robust, and really oozes out of the bottle upon cracking. Overall, I would actually say that this smells more like a big DIPA, but I digress...

Taste: A big hop-forward presence -- kind of figured this was coming -- hops are less piney than they are in the nose and much more citric (orange/grapefruit) and they're very bitter; the very sweet candi-like malt provides some balance; a modest clove-like spiciness is hiding out in there, but somewhat buried by the bigger hop and sort of sickly sweet/cloying maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thicker and heavier than I expected, and much like the nose, more reminiscent of a big DIPA as opposed to a BSPA; a thick sticky coating is left all over the mouth; carbonation is prickly, and it really provides a lot of action in the heavier body; belly is left very warm from the carbonation and bigger ABV.

Drinkability: Sweetness is a tad cloying and it actually turns my stomach just a bit by the end of the bomber; the weight is a bit much and ABV is clearly a little high for anything more than the 22 oz. that I picked up; overall though, I really dig where Lagunitas went with this one and it really is a good beer, despite the lower rating here. I think I would probably even limit myself to an 8-12 oz. serving to make sure I don't upset my stomach with this one in the future.

11-03-2010 02:30:18 | More by bamadog
Photo of Chaney
Chaney

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Pours crystal clear gold color with mucho carbonation and a massive 1.5 - 2 inch head that I had to wait patiently for it to subside. Ho-hum...

S: The Belgian leaves give this one sort of a hoppy earthiness, as apposed to the Little Sumpin' Sumpin which is fruity in nature. It has that wonderful smell of a brewery fermenting room. Great smell, if somewhat personal and aquired.

T: Much like the smell, but the sugary sweetness is much more pronounced in this "big sister" version than in the pale wheat. Also, this one is much less wheaty and more hop forward. Still, damn tasty stuff!

M: Lagunitas did a wonderful job on the balance of this brew. The Belgian character blends with the alcohol nicely and the carbonation is great for this style.

D: I am still going to give the edge to "Little Sumpin' Sumpin'" because of its addictive fruitiness. This one is not quite addictive, but I'm glad Lagunitas offers this option.

11-03-2010 01:46:35 | More by Chaney
Photo of kaseydad
kaseydad

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

Duvel glass pour and I am met with a copper colored ale and a huge white foamy head with major lacing all over the glass. The aroma consists of orange, grapefruit, floral and light malt. The taste is very malty up front with an underlining sweetness with a bittering background and a further bitterness on the aftertaste. Not digging the "wild" part of this brew very much. Solid mouthfeel. A lot going on with the carbonation. The drinkability is low for myself as I finished the bomber but struggled on the bitter/sweet combo taste. Overall I was very anxious to try this, from one of my favorite breweries, but I was disappointed in the final product. I just wasn't impressed with yet another take on the Lil' Sumpin ale. The original is the best of the bunch.

11-03-2010 01:13:44 | More by kaseydad
Photo of beersensei305
beersensei305

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Ths beer is a slightly hazy gold, with a moderate head and lots of lacing. To my surpise this beer smells more like a Double IPA than a Pale Ale, the aroma is filled with hops and citrus and booze. The taste is very hoppy with obvious citrus notes and honey. If I were blind folded I would swear this is an IPA. This a great medium bodied beer. I can drink this over and over again..

11-02-2010 20:38:23 | More by beersensei305
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,838 ratings.