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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,844 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,844
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 129
Gots: 182 | 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 treyrab


2.73/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

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


4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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!

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


4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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