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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,867
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 134
Gots: 185 | 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 bamadog
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

bamadog, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Chaney, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

kaseydad, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of beersensei305
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

beersensei305, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of philosobeer
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall, straight pint at Simone's bar in Pilsen. The bartender tells me I got this at a good time for the hops, and that it's pretty fresh. No objections, since if Lag does something, it's usually hops.

This poured very well, the creamy but thick white head (I was sad to see it go in a few gulps) and it laced proper, it did. Crystal clear, too, a very light copper or amber, but on the pale side of that spectrum. The bouquet immediately hits with typical belgian yeast flavors (fruit, specifically peaches and banana) with hops (citrus, and maybe a few greener notes) intermingling. Gotta say, it's a nice combination, but, like with the taste, alcohol and (a little) plastic show through a touch. The malts are simply overshadowed by the esters and it finishes very dry (a touch astringent) with those hops (with which they must have been very generous). But again, a nice pairing of fruity american hop varietals with fruity belgian yeast. It can't help but feel a bit hot, and hides it less well than its belgian counterparts or other american IPAs, and tasting the alcohol through, does detract a bit from drinkability. If you want a glass of intense belgian fruitiness paired with american citrusy hops that still finishes dry? This one is for you.

philosobeer, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a blood orange with a slight haze to it and slight sediment at the bottom of the glass due to my swirling of the bottle. A nice two fingers worth of head and some really good lacing left on the side of the glass.

S- At first I pick up a big amount of hops and then it slowly fades into some nice Belgian yeast. There is a touch of spice in there as well and some cinnamon and as the beer warms, a tiny bit of alcohol peaks out.

T- This is one of the more hoppy versions of a Belgian pale I have had. The hops are followed by some grassy notes and a little bit of sweet malt. The Belgian yeast isn't nearly as pronounced. Again the spice is coming out with that small amount of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. The tiny bubbles just tickle the tongue on the way down.

D- I would say that this is an American version of the style for sure if not for the hoppiness alone. Regardless, this is a very enjoyable beer.

Wisconsinality, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of klshanks
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a hint of orange. Very little head.

Aroma: Citrus, orange, grapefruit, very slightly grassy. Sweet aroma.

Taste: Not too far off of Lil Sumpin Sumpin, just a hint of yeasty tartness to it. It's very tasty.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these.

klshanks, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of liddytime
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


I was really psyched to find this one out here on the East Coast. I have become a huge fan of wild ales so I can't wait to taste this one.

Poured from my bottle into a belgian goblet. No bottle date. Unassuming light copper color, almost a dirty blonde. Quickly dissapating, lacy head.

Lemony, sweet, citrusy hops in the aroma. Somewhat surprising given the style, but enjoyable nevertheless.

My first impression of the taste was an IPA through and through. But wait, there is something different here. While the hops clearly hit one's palate up front, the finish brings through earth and sour cherry. The malty finish of an IPA is lacking as well, but in a good way!

This Little Sumpin' Wild is unquestionably different from the other wild ales I have tasted. Less "wild" character, more "Left Coast IPA" character and undoubtedly delicious!

liddytime, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the Raleigh Times in Raleigh, NC.

A - Gold and clear with a moderate head. Lots of lacing.

S - Loads of hop aroma with tropical fruit and grapefruit.

T - Hop oils with a citrusy bitterness and tropical fruit. There's some malt presence and a hint of Belgian yeast but the hops dominate. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M - Oily and thick with a moderate carbonation.

D - A fantastic hop explosion. I followed up the first with a second.

GJ40, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - transparent and golden, flowing carbonation, spotty lacing, no head

smell - honey and fruity, hoppy

taste - fruity and hoppy, with a smidge of honey and alcohol

mouthfeel - medium/full-bodied, a bit toasty on the finish, medium/high carbonation

drinkability - this one is definitely a sipper but flavorful and has a nice hop profile on top of the traditional notes

djbreezy, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of cwguy5
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC. Poured from the tap into a pilsner glass.

- clear bubbly copper color; poured with a one finger head that faded to a wisp; some lacing on glass

- floral aromas of hops, honey/sweet, bread

- taste of toffee, light malt, light citrus, with fresh, herbal hoppy finish

- medium carbonation with similar mouth to other belgian strong pales; nothing to complain about; a mild bite that doesn't linger too long

- very drinkable belgian that seems pretty true to style with the addition of a little fresh hops; will definitely drink again; could easily (and did) drink multiple in one sitting; nice!

cwguy5, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-31-10

Pours a clear golden orange color, with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. A very nice head leaves thick, craggy lacing.

Smell is very fruity, but at the same time nice and light. There's a little bit of saison funkiness and a kick of alcohol. Good, but not particularly complex.

Taste is sweet, with a solid hop bitterness. Not very funky and not very wild. The sweetness is prominent, magnified by the booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and creamy, it amplifies the hop flavors.

Drinkability is decent, just because of the thickly sweet flavors.

Overall, a good idea, but nothing special.

BMoney575, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far everything I have had from Lagunitas has been great, and this is no exception. Pours a pale gold yellow with a giant sticky white head. Aroma is piney with just a hint of grassy yeast. Flavor starts out as a hoppy IPA, but then fades and finishes with a tad of sweetness. This is a really unique take on the style. Although I agree with some that it may be more a Belgian IPA, its still delicious. The sweetness keeps this from being just another IPA, and therefore very drinkible. Obviously the 8.8% ABV means you can't drink several. But the alchohol is so well hidden you feel like you could indulge in quite a few.

Liverpool08, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a wonderful clear, golden color. With a huge frothly, fluffy white head. With small nice rings of lacing that remain after each sip.

The aroma on this brew is very good too. There is a definite aroma of yeasty, grassy like aroma at the front of the brew. It then kinda of finishes with a lot of citris and a bit of sweet fruits. There are some spices that are present too.

The taste on this brew is great. There was some nice sweet, yet grassy flavors that give this brew a nice semi-dry finish that let this brew become a nice rounded one. The finish also has a bit of a bitterness that helps close the whole drink as well

The mouthful on this brew is very crisp and clean. The carbonination is great and gives this brew a nice lively mouthful.

This brew is great, but the high ABV would make many drinkers, stop and move on to a lighter brew. Still a great brew, might think of classifying this brew more of a belgian IPA, rather then a strong ale, but again. I wouldn't turn one down. Would love to try some of the others

mattgreger, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours with an inch of fluffy and frothy, slightly off-white foam. the beer is crystal clear, solid gold in color. capped head sits atop the glass and retreats slowly, layers of rings down the glass after each sip.

S - some light grassy, floral (Amarillo) hops with kisses of candied oranges and apricot. whats different here from the non-wild version is the yeast, which adds a bit of "live" scents...fields, hay, and a bit of sweetness.

T - mixed bag of hops and sweetness...assertive bitterness brings along bits of pine and grass, with a more sweeter citrus and floral finish. a light layer of caramel malts struggles to make it past some yeast esters with a bit of fruitiness from apples and a touch of banana.

M - light body, with a solid amount of crispy carbonation. a bit dry and sticky through the end. lingering bitterness and a yeasty finish.

D - decent beer, though I think the regular version is slightly better. this being that plus some extra yeast which distracts from a wonderful light yet hoppy beer.

Stigs, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. brown bomber bottle, no freshness dating available. Poured into a Chimay 25cl. Enjoyed on 10.29.2010.

A: Pours an unfiltered pale yellow/gold with bubbles rising. Not much of a head with even a heavy pour straight down the middle. No lacing.

S: Aroma has citrus aromas that are strong with tangerine, grapefruit and maybe papaya? - the special Westmalle yeast gives it a tart apple fruitiness that compliments the hops really well. Full disclosure: I'm really into Brett & IPAs lately...

T & M: More or less due to the smell, it's comes across super juicy and full of tropical fruit flavors. Slight bitterness lingers. A lot of citrus forward flavors. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Light carbs, semi-dry finish.

D: Drinkability at 8.85% ABV = 3.0-3.5, but as Drinkability goes, its almost a one-stop shop kind of brew.

Well done, lah-goo-KNEE-tuss.

ILikeGoodCider, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This one pours a nice, bright orange in my Duvel tulip. Ample carbonation pulses through. A lovely, rocky white head sits on top and lasts for quite a while. Nice lace follows along the sides. Overall, this one looks great.

S: The aromas are pretty nice, but not as vivid as I'd like. Lots of fruitiness. Some citrus (orange and tangerine) from the hops, some pear and peach from the yeast. Not a lot of spice though. I expected this to be spicy because of the Westmalle yeast. There is a slight grassiness at the end.

T: Tons of fruitiness here. Mostly tangerine at first with tones of peach in the background. I get some slight pear and apple notes from the yeast. The hops provide ample citrus flavors. The citrus is more "middle of the road" with heavy orange and tangerine. It has a slight grapefruit bite in the bitterness. The yeast seems to add to the fruitiness, but lacks in the phenols. I'm used to tons of spice with this strain. This beer is lacking in that department. Otherwise it is very tasty.

M: Light-medium bodied. Smooth at first but finishes crisp. I would have liked this slightly drier than it finished.

D: overall, a very flavorful and enjoyable beer. A refreshing take on an IPA. It would have been a homerun, but it lacked some spiciness that I would expect in a Belgian style ale. I think this would be epic with a little spiciness and maybe a hint of brett. I'll still drink it again.

brewdoc75, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a bright orange color with large pillowy white head. Tons of yeast in the bottle.

S: Smells like a west coast DIPA: copious amounts of grapefruit and citrus hops.

T: Drinks like a DIPA. Lots of citrus hops over a bready malt backbone. The belgian yeast is detectible, but it's a little hard to find. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure I would have picked it out if it wasn't on the bottle. The hops definitely play the staring role here.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable beer. The alcohol is very hidden, I would have no idea that it's nearly 9%.

willjschmidt, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Little Sumpin' Wild has a rusty hued golden body with a healthy white head. Retention and lacing are both above average for this one, and it has the look of a pretty good beer.

The aroma mixes a strong hop character with strong yeast scents, giving you fruity aromas from both and peppery phenolic scents from the yeast.

I'm convinced that Lagunitas and I just cannot play nicely together. I understand why this beer is well-regarded, as it is interesting. But Damnit, I just don't like it that much. The aroma and the flavor are close; clove and pepper with a bit of bubble gum from the yeast via with the hop flavors for dominance. The hops provide a big fruity flavor and a high level of bitterness. The effect of the two mingling reminds me a lot of some concoction that set out to make a bitter-tasting version of juicy fruit gum. Light malt lingers in the background, providing a general sweetness to the beer.

The body is a little heavier than average, but the carbonation is pretty lively. Together the two attributes work pretty well.

Even as I wrote this review, I was thinking to myself "the way I'm describing this beer makes it sound pretty good." In fact, it probably is a pretty good beer, but I struggled to finish my glass and just did not particulary enjoy it. The good appearance and feel of this beer probably make its score a little higher than it otherwise would be, but in this case I think it shows that this is a well-made beer, so the score can stay where it is.

Hojaminbag, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of bgjohnston
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a light tan head that drops down to small, creamy foam. A really nice looking beer in the glass. Smell was lightly fruity with hints of citrus, but the taste really brought that forth in a much more forceful way. Very nice light malt flavor, shifting to a drying mildly bitter finish. Mouth feel and drinkability seems about right, neither excessively heavy nor thin. A great beer for the price.

bgjohnston, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow, almost amber in color with white head that leaves really nice lacing.

Smell: Nice hoppy smell with a slight fruity scent in the background. There is also a hint of sweetness in the smell, almost like a caramel (very little but enough to notice).

Taste: Very grassy bitterness right upfront but it fades nicely into a sweetness that is a great counter to the bitterness. The hop taste remains as an aftertaste but is milder then in the beginning which is really a nice balance.

ruckus232, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see that this uses the Westmalle yeast as I remember enjoying both their dubbel and tripel.

Appearance: Off-white head and a clear, light, coppery amber body. Good head retention. Really a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit first and foremost. Reminds me at first of an American DIPA. There's something else going on in the smell that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: This beer is something completely different than what I was expecting it to be. The term "wild" makes me think of a sour ale, the "Westmalle yeast strain" makes me think of a good Belgian trappist ale. So the label threw a couple curve balls at me and I fell for it. What we do have is a pretty good American DIPA with some Belgian yeast spiciness in the background. It's a good beer but I'm not sure it knows exactly what it is.

Mouthfeel: I'd enjoy this beer a bit more if it was a little more thin.

BierFan, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of david131
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with very little apparent carbonation. The head is very thin, splotchy, and white. A little dead looking at first, but as it warms and with some swirling the head comes alive and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Pine, pineapple, mango, and some caramel. Clean and not all that aromatic.

T- Sweet malt, mango, pineapple, and bubble gum. Unique and very nice. A little Belgian twist on a hoppy American beer.

M- Creamy body with a decent carbonation kick to keep things light. There is some lasting sweetness and bitterness as well.

D- Goes down surprisingly easy considering the ABV. Very interesting and a nice twist on the "Little Sumpin'" lineup.

david131, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold color with moderate carbonation and a nice head.

S - Nice spicy penols are the first think I noticed because I didn't read the label to see this was fermented with Belgian yeast. There is also a sweetness to the aroma with a little breadiness.

T - Tastes like a American IPA with an accent. The hops are there and up front in flavor, but you are also met with some sweet pear like flavor, and it ends with some grapefruit. Great hop flavors, the yeast adds some nice esters, and the bitterness is there but low key in comparison to all that hop flavor.

M - There is a sweetness there and it is thicker than I would expect from a Belgian Strong Pale as this is listed, but I would say it is more of an...Imperial Belgian Strong Pale hybrid something??? I like the feel and don't know if I would want it any thinner.

D - This is an interesting beer that I think would appeal to people who normally are not big Belgian fans, but still hits a note for those of us that really like the Belgian beers.

Interesting beer and another winner for Lagunitas.

steelerguy, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright, clear gold with a foamy, white head. Very creamy looking with great retention and visible, lively carbonation.
S - Sweet cracker malt with earthy, floral hops. There's a bit of citrus in there, but mainly I'm getting garden herbs ad flowers. very interesting nose.
T - More light sweet malt with some lemon and floral herbs. I can't quite place the herbs I'm getting, perhaps parsley & sage? Whatever it is, it's delicious and rather unique.
M - Very smooth and creamy with medium-high "prickly" carbonation.
D - Very drinkable, quaffable even. Quite surprised by the 8% ABV, I wouldn't have guessed it's that high.

jsanford, Oct 26, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,867 ratings.