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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 142
Gots: 213 | 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 IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a brilliant clear light copper hue, tall chunky off-white head with great retention. Intense spongy wall of lacing left in its wake.

The aroma is almost all intense fresh rip white grapefruit from the hops, mild hints of earthy funk from the yeast lingers in the background.

The yeast actually manages to offer a semblance of balance against the anticipated juggernaut of hops that was hinted at from the aroma. A fairly straight forward flavour profile of grapefruit from the hops blended with earthy phenols provided from the Westmalle yeast. Nothing too complex going on, but it totally works.

Medium-full mouthfeel, slippery and smooth texture, subtle carbonation.

A well-done experiment on the part of Lagunitas, rather than with attaining balance from the malt they mannaged to pull it off with the yeast. Can't call it a new go-to beer, but I look forward to enjoying a few more bottles of this from time to time while it's available.

IronDjinn, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seen a lot of this showing up on shelves everywhere. Lagunitas must be proud of this beer. As always a great price, and it does smell like something special. I mean... on the shelf at a Safeway in BFE?

- Nice crystal clear amber brew with a foamy white head... big half-pipe of lace and a thin layer subsides...

- Big funk on a Belgian yeast banana and grain blanket under the nose.. biscuit, corn, sweet brown sugar, citrus hops galore... dry grassy hops...

- Almost afraid of the punch to the face... here is goes: Biscuity earthy banana yeast.... grassy and funky background to a somewhat Belgian candied brown sugary sweet brew. Aroma hops galore in flavor... citrus, grass, pine... all present... good bitter touch to the tongue.

- Medium to light bodied.. slightly oily and syrupy.. just a tad drying... sticky.

- Overall very cool of Lagunitas to do... it certainly turned out great, and is one of the more unique brews I have had of late. Thumbs up.

Docer, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a transparent medium glowing amber hue. Pouts with a 1-2 finger foamy white head that eventually hades to 1/2 finger and some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The smell is really East Coast DIPA meets Orval-if that makes sense...the strongest scent is wild yeasty barnyard funk, with a HUGE spicy hop backbone. Hints of herb, pine, and citrus can be detected as well.

T- The taste is very similar to the smell-but a bit of grapefruit comes out initially with the funky backbone. The finish is filled with herbal and spicy hops then the funk kicks in-moderately. What lingers is a mild to moderate resiny hop bitterness, a hint of wild yeast and a ton of spicy hops.

M- High tingly carbonation, and a medium weight inconsistent body.

D- Considering this is an American IPA that uses Westmalle yeast- I hesitate very much to throw this into the BSPA style category-as it does not line up AT ALL with the style profile. Belgian IPA (it IS most similar to VIctory Wild Devil which is a "Belgian IPA" on this site)-maybe...but I think American Wild Ale is most appropriate (even though not sour it is an american ale with a wild yeast strain...hence AWA).

Anyway...this is a very interesting, good, spicy wild brew. 8.85%?? No wonder I am rambling with this review. Great, drinkable beer overall- I've loved all three Little sumpin' brews I have had so far

PittBeerGirl, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always like limited releases and this one was no exception.

A - Pours an orange amber haze with a nice inch of fluffy Belgium head.

S - Typical Lagunitas, smells of citrus and grapefruit hops with a bit more from the yeast. Smells of bread and rye with a touch of clove.

T - Yep the yeast from the nose shines through in the brew but subtle which I enjoy. The taste of the yeast gives a nice clean bread body to balance the sweet hops very well. Nice.

M - Very smooth. Will need to find more.

D - Well I know of a couple of shops still carrying this and at the price, which is cheap, I will need to secure one last one before they are gone. A must try for Lagunitas fans!

DrDemento456, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of number1bum
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with two inches of ivory head. Keeps a nice thick lace and coats the glass nicely as well.

Smell initially has a good deal of citrus, juicy grapefruit and orange, but that seems to fade pretty quickly. It remains pretty hoppy but it's more earthy and piney than citrusy. Has a pale malt sweetness to it with really nothing more than subtle yeast influences. Very nice.

Taste also has a nice level of hoppiness and has more citrus than the nose did. It's orangey more than grapefruity and has a juicy sweetness to it. Like the nose it has a pale malt sweetness but it also has more Belgian yeast character than the nose did. Gives it an herbal and slightly clove-like character. Moderate bitterness in the finish which cleans the palate from the sweetness of the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and very smooth. Finishes clean and a touch dry with the bitter and herbal flavor, and the hop oils give it a nice creaminess as well.

This is really an impessive beer. I've enjoyed the Lil Sumpin series and this is another winner. The hoppiness is really nice and the Belgian yeast gives it a very nice complementary quality. A nice marriage of flavors and a really tasty beer that I will be seeking out again.

number1bum, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of hoser
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the brewery in the fall of 2010 and was blown away glad we are getting this seasonal in Alberta. Obviously with Lagunitas this is a hop oil grapefruit bomb, I don't really pickup the Westmalle/Westvleteren yeast maybe just a hint more fruitiness. Hope to enjoy many more of these before they are gone.

hoser, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured my growler into SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a bright orange amber color with about 2 healthy inches of head. The head quickly disappears. Strong aromas of hops and scents of the wild yeast. The flavor is very hoppy, floral and citrus up front. The belgian yeast strain adds good flavor punch. Mouthfeel is mostly smooth, a lil oily. This is drinkable enough I will enjoy this growler.

mtnbikerpa, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-orange gold, good amount of white head

S-Absolutely the best smelling beer I have ever had...mmm getting a large presence of orange and hops. its a fairly strong scent. its quite a joy to sit down and just smell it.

T-wow this is just a great, great beer. hits with really tasty hops. they're very strong and crisp. it leaves with an almost creamsicle like taste to it. it has a real good bitterness at the end, its not too bitter.

M-medium carbonation. very creamy...just beautiful

D-very, i could have lots of this and i do want lots of this right now. its a great beer

Serving type: on-tap

AdamBear, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Lacing is prevalent, but thin. clear light color.

Smells very flowery, does that mean european hops? i think they used a belgian strain here, the fruitiness definitely shows

Once again very flowery and hoppy. almost like a belgian styled ipa. reminiscent of raging bitch

fizzy and thin. thicker than a bmc corn swill lager, but still pretty thin.

deliciously drinkable., wish my aunt hadnt stolen half my bomber, will have to try this one again

IPAescotch, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of hoppyhampy
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on Aug. 31st. Its been in my fridge for over a month so hopefully it hasn't deteriorated too much. Pours a golden yellow with a solid 3/4 inch of creamy head. Lots of lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation. Looks awesome. Sweet candy malt and sharp, bitter hops on the nose. Smells like a Belgian triple and an imperial IPA (can you say Le Freak). Very smooth, almost creamy texture but not heavy. Lighter bodied than I expected. Very drinkable. The taste is very well balanced. For such a unique beer, there is nothing really overpowering about it but it maintains an appealing complexity. I get hit with the sweet malt and the spicy quality that must come from the yeast. Then the resiny hops come in and linger through the finish but they don't dominate, they just add an extra dimension to the flavor profile. Okay, I'll say it: this is a great beer. Very well crafted.

hoppyhampy, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: crystal-clear light orange body with two fingers of pillowy ivory head. There's a pretty good amount of apparent effervescence in this brew as well. Good stuff.

Smell: rich aroma of funky, citrusy hops. There's also a sweet evergreen character which I quite like. This beer smells fresh and enticing; I don't normally like hop-centric aromas as much as yeast-character aromas, but this is quite fantastic.

Taste: smooth malt backbone shows up more in the aftertaste; the real story here is the hops. Big, huge, piney and citrusy hops abound here. I like it a lot, but there's absolutely no balance. Hey, not that I require that, but I feel like this beer could use a little more of it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. This beer isn't super creamy, but it has a nice tingly presence which complements the hop flavors well.

Drinkability: highly tasty and refreshing, this is one huge freakin' badass beer. I'm enjoying this one, but it's a slow sipper.

I might also add that I think this beer is mis-classified as a BSPA. Belgian IPA may be a better category, or maybe even give it the ever-so-vague American Strong Ale appellation.

flagmantho, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops, maybe overly so, grassy

color- gold

clarity- clear

smell- strong citrus, orange peel

body- smooth on the palate, light-medium body and length finish

appearance- frothy white head that disipates quickly, residual lace

overall impression- too sweet and a little sour in the finish...not a huge fan.

glassware: pint

NorCalYeti, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of seand
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin film of white head. What's there retains well, leaving pretty good spotted lacing.

S: Belgian-style sweet and yeasty, without much of the Belgian-style spices.

T: A fair amount of flavor, though fairly subdued overall. Yeasty again, with some herbal notes. Quite hoppy on the finish.

M: Medium to full body, sticky, low to medium carbonation.

D: Reasonably drinkable.

It's an odd beer, and an interesting experiment. I wouldn't want to drink this all the time, but it was worth trying for sure.

seand, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, A Little Sumpin wild is gold with a big white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is some citrus hops and sweet malt. Pale ale.

Taste is similar, mostly bready malt, moderate west coast hops. Wild? I wouldn't call it if it wasn't on the label. Underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, it's certainly smooth for the ABV, I'd definitely not guess it's strength by taste or smell. As a pale ale, it's good. As a Belgian IPA, it's passable. With the boasting of the wildness, combined with the usual dankness of Lagunitas' IPAs, I'm disappointed. However, like all their beers, it's an exceptional value relative to it's peers.

ccrida, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange colour with thin white head with some mild lacing surrounding the glass. Smells of citrus hops with a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Mild bitterness, but some tarty sweetness as well. Quite a nice Belgian pale ale. I was actually expecting some type of sour ale from the name, but this is quite good too, so I'm not disappointed.

kwjd, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of BeerEndevour14
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer for its outlandish style; this hoppy beer is accompanied by an amazing malt character. The color is beautiful, it pours well, generates a good head if poured correctly, enjoy with a snifter. Tastes like a full, citrusy IPA with hints of grapefruit--the yeast/malt strays it from straight forward in a neutral way. Do try.

BeerEndevour14, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Crystal clear auburn color with a nice fizzy white heading. Carbonation free flows from the bottom of the tulip to the surface. Great lacing throughout.

Smell as soon as I popped the cap was very tart upfront. A bit fruity cherry,pineapple,and a good hop background to maintain it's sweetness.

Taste is very hoppy from the get go. I was very surprised by this. Slight tartness with to me seemed like any overhopped brew ( I know string me up now. ) Something about this just seemed too plain. Cherry tartness and bitter hops,nothing else. The belgian yeast strain does arrive on the backend but a little late to the game.

Mouth was crisp and clean. More like a light body with tremendous carbonation.

I gave the drinkability a 5 because this was the lightest tasting beer I have ever had with damn near 9% ABV.

TheFightfan1, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a pretty clear golden color with nice white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- Smells of a good amount of yeast and a bit of hops. A bit of a peppery spice comes in too.

T- I thought this one was pretty boring in the flavour. A bit of fruity flavours here and quite a bit of yeast. I don't know but I'm not digging the yeasty brews lately.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation if not a bit on the lighter side.

D- I thought this one was pretty boring and probably something that I wouldn't seek out again. I was hoping for more....oh well.

nrbw23, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/11/10- Had this one on-tap at Bodega.
A: Golden, nice one-inch white head.
S: Nice brett funk over strong hops/honey/moldy grapefruit.
T: Bready/honey/mild grapefruit sweetness, coriander, crisp at first and then mellow.
M: Thicker, foamy.
D: All right.

ne0m00re, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with an inch or so of whitish froth.

Smell: Sweetish, hoppy aroma with notes of diced pineapple, white grapefruit, resinous floral, and tangerine-flavored children's aspirin. Punctuated by peppery spice accents and a trail of liquor. Some honey-brushed, bready wheat and pale malt hints underneath.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malt backbone along with a touch of breadiness takes a detour towards black peppercorns before heading off to the hop flavors of tangy tropical fruits and citrus fruits with an orangey hop taste perhaps derived from an inclusion of Amarillo in the mix. Very small pinch of crushed aspirin tablets. Robust bitterness. Hints of Bosc pears and florals make themselves known. Longly bitter, heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus body. As with the Extra, it's all at once oily and sticky on the tongue.

Drinkability: The original still remains my favorite of the Sumpin' Series. Many of the Lagunitas hoppy brews just run together for me. This is good though, and, quite importantly, sold at a good, welcome price.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in my Southern Tier tulip. Pours a translucent honey-gold/orange with a loose, half inch, bright white head. Head eventually dissipates into a thick, loose band around the edges and a soapy slick across the surface. Some thin strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose suggests aromatic hops, citrus, a touch of spice (coriander) and maybe a trace of candi sugar. In some regards, it actually reminds me a little of a Belgian IPA. Taste follows nose - definitely comes off as a Belgian IPA/Strong Pale hybrid in my opinion. There's also a subdued tropical fruit character, as suggested by the label, but it is somewhat buried behind the herbal/earthy hops bittering. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a prickly carbonation and a slightly oily texture across the tongue. Citrus astringency lightly stimulates the sides of the cheeks. Interesting and complex, albeit closer to a Belgian IPA than a Belgian Strong.

Jwale73, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of gunnerman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass poured a rustic amber color with a fluffy foamy head, nice lace on the glass. Smell had a funky citrus hop character to it. Taste was spot on, this was very similar to A little sumpin sumpin with that belgian type of quality to it, bitter but smooth balanced by the malt and a bit of a pepper like finish towards the end with hints of a bit of cedar. Overall I truly enjoyed this fine offering.

gunnerman, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. A nice golden to orange color with an inch of big bubble head. Lots of bubbles coming up through this transparent beer.

S - Lots of citrus: sour grapefruit mixed with sweet orange smell.

T - Bitter, nice and hoppy bitterness. Totally dominates the tongue and in the best way. Still tasting this beer minutes after the last drink.

M - Texture is soft at first and then ending crisp. Moderate body and carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. It drinks like a good to great IPA.

Fatehunter, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Roths Sunnyside Market,Salem
."Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain" Appearance? Much like a regular west coast IPA!!, that is orange,clear and with an off white bubbly head. Arma again is typical hoppy IPA territory but with an intrigueing yeast profile that sets it somewhat apart. The taste is were the "Belgian yeast" style flavours emerge strongly and meld very well and surprisingly with the pney/juicy IPA hope profile. Nice thick palate, plenty chewy but not cloying. Overall a nice ,unusual hybrid.

Reidrover, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of peacebone116
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Honey colored body with great white head cling to sides of glass and making great thick strands of lace.

N: Deep nose of sweet candied grapefruit and a touch of peach....maybe a hint of banana.

T/M Tastes as it smells followed by a touch of light caramel and a note of banana. Very gulp-able. Smooth! Very clean finish with decent carbonation.

Typically, I am not so much of a fan of this beer style. I like really hoppy IPA, and I appreciate a well made Belgian, but I have rarely had a beer where I feel both styles are represented equally well. This beer is an outlier though; it is very hop-forward and reminiscent of a west-coast ale, but the Belgian notes really come through on the nose and taste. Another great offering from the crew at Lagunitas! Cheers guys and please keep them coming!

peacebone116, Nov 19, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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