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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,933 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,933
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 143
Gots: 209 | 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 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
Photo of foureyedgeek
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber --> Nonic Pint Glass, something to so wrong and yet so right about pouring an American take on a Belgian style (if you can jam it in that category) into a British glass.

Pours hazy golden straw with a nice head and decent lacing.

Smell is in the the bubble gum, cotton candy, spicy hops region.

Taste is sweet, fruity and very hoppy. Complex, especially for something that spent its childhood as an American Wheat Ale. Dogdamn, there is a whole lot going on here. The Belgian yeast does add some serious funkiness to this beer, which leads me to still prefer the original Lil Sumpin.

Mouthfeel is prickly and a little brash, but not over the top.

Drinkability is good, at 8.whatever a few 22s of this beer would have me off my rocker, as the alcohol hides well behind the spiciness of the yeast and the hops. Drinker beware.

foureyedgeek, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Lindemans flute (oops, should have looked up what style this was first!).

Very slightly hazy golden yellow body with a vague magnolia head and sticky rich lacing. Somewhat poor retention really. A more vigorous subsequent pour hields a sticky web-work of merengue...that's more like it.

Biscuity malt, one part fresh cutting and pale and one part sweet and almost toasted. Candy sugar, marzipan, and floral citrus-y hop notes abound.

The palate follows the nose, fulfilling the promise of sweetness with a refreshing complexity. I'm at first reminded of a tripel (no doubt from Westmalle's yeast). The hops are very fruity and floral without being perfume-like or more than mildly bitter. Honey, rosewater, graham cracker all lead to a drying faintly yeasty finish, where hops are still quite prominent and suggestive of tropical flavors with just a hint of pine. The yeast adds further complexity as the beer warms (phenolics become more prominent).

Soft medium-light bodied feel, not as effervescent as I would like, but otherwise nice. Faintly sticky perhaps from the fresh hops.

Well, stylistically, this doesn't quite fit; though re-name it a Belgian IPA and you'd be on to something. Very refreshing and tasty despite this (too good to downgrade based on concerns of style really)...and a great value.

augustgarage, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stone ipa specialty glass.

A: Golden orange in color with almost a reddish hue. Nice one inch head that dissipates but never quite disappears. Sick lacing throughout.

S: Orange peel, black pepper, yeast, musty hops.

T: Nice hit of hops in the front followed by yeast characteristics and some spiciness in the back.

M: Medium in body, somewhat sticky, very clean on the intake. ABV is noticeable but unfazed.

D: I was first introduced to this brew about two months ago, as someone recommended it to me. Now I can't put it down. Recommended to those who like to spruce things up a bit while still getting your hop fix.

BuffaloTapHugger, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better late than never. I've been meaning to try this one for some time. Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Golden with a thin foamy head and ample lacing.

Smells of alcohol, fruity hops and bubble gum. The taste is quite fruity and the bubble gum is fairly prominent. I can't decide whether this is more Belgian ale or American DIPA. The yeast taste plays well with the hoppy flavor. The alcohol is less noticeable in the taste. It's very unique for me and I'm quite pleased overall. The yeast flavor is excellent, and I suppose what gives it the bubble gum effect.

The mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation. Very drinkable, even at 8.8 ABV. I could knock back a couple 22 oz. bottles pretty easily.

Edit: Went out today to find a case, but could only get 5 bottles. I'll keep looking for more.

airheadmtrcycle, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden bodied with a low-moderate amount of haze. A decent head builds, slowly fades while leaving thick sheets of lace.
Primarily floral aroma, almost resinous lilac and rose hues. Some yeast arises as temperature increases, adding chalky slate, allspice, and pepper. There is also back apple butter and honey notes, and added grapefruit and pine hopping. It is notable, that when chilled, the nose is closed. Let this warm more than most.
Malt is meager, honeyed, lightly (wheat)bready and simply a canvas in the mouth. It sweetens towards rock candy, enabling the yeast to bring clove, pepper, granite, allspice, and a touch of banana. Some pear fruitiness emerges, then the hops bring apricot, pine, pineapple, and a bouquet of flowers. Bitterness is there, but not bracing.
It's medium-full in the mouth with a carbonation that starts frantic, but flatlines as it sits.
There is a good amount of depth here, but it lacks a defining characteristic. That said, everything works in unison and it's pleasant enough to drink. At $4 a bomber, I'll be seeing this frequently as it fills a couple niches reasonably well.

cokes, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, two fingers of creamy pure white head top the brew dissipating slowly and evenly leaving thick lacing on the glass. The body is a pale golden color, clear, and lively with carbonation bubbles rising through its middle.

The scent is refreshing, floral, and fruity from the hopping. This is the main event but it is backed quite nicely with a clover honey malt smell which is alluding to a strong malt characteristic in the flavor and mouthfeel.

The flavor is great, and suprising which I like. I picked up the yeasty taste first off, just a slight sour impartation onto this malty delicious brew. Hop-wise I picked up grapefruit which is something I don't get too often, a sweet and sour balance is at work here which keeps you guessing as to what the next sip will have your palate pick up on. The honey malt characteristic stays and I pick up a nice bready grain feeling as well.

The mouthfeel is just what I expected, thick and creamy like a malt-bomb of a brew should be. The bready part I get gives me a bit of a chewy feeling which I enjoy as well.

Drinkability...what can I say, 8.85% is what is says on the bottle and I taste about zero of it, the only reason you know it's high alc is the malty characteristics but otherwise this is as drinkable as your standard mellow session brew.

dwilson01, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear gold. Initially a one-finger head poured into a Westmalle chalice, but that quickly dissipates. Lacks head retention, except for a fine ring that continues to deliver little spots of lace.

Aromas of cotton candy and floral hops.

Brewed with Westmalle yeast, this tastes like a Westmalle tripel on hop steroids. Slightly bitter, dry, chalky, hempy, hoppy finish. Sumpin' different. Good taste, just a bit brash. Maybe a taste you can get used to.

Body is light and carbonation makes it scrubbingly refreshing while almost creamy.

This is a quality, drinkable beer. Love American-Belgian experiments like this.

Beerenauslese, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of projectflam86
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick white foam head. Decent lacing left behind.

S- Big citrusy hops are apparent in the nose along with some pine and a bit of funk.

T- The flavor is alot like the nose. Bold citrus flavor with nice hoppy bitterness throughout. The finish has a slight Belgian funk to it that I'm guessing can be attributed to the Westmalle yeast strain. For being nearly 9% the alcohol is hidden quite well.

M- Medium bodied with a crisp bitterness and decent carbonation.

D- I really enjoyed this one and it seemed to grow on me as it warmed.

projectflam86, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Cloudy amber color with a nice frothy head. Lots of lacing. Great citrus and hop aromas. Grapefruit seems to be the most prevalent. The taste is more of the hops and grapefruit. Nice bitter aftertaste. I haven`t had all the Sumpin` beers yet but I`ve yet to have a bad one. For a beer thats almost 9% ABV its nicely drinkable. This is a damn good beer.

PicoPapa, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of jobcrackerbah
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber colored with a 1/2 inch somewhat fine foamy head. The lacing recedes very slowly down the sides of the glass. This is a pretty looking beer.

S: The aroma is banana/belgian fruity esters and yeast, spices, and hops in the background. I also pickup some bready malts. As the beer warms the fruit flavors aroma becomes more evident. Almost one score higher.

T: Very little percievable alcohol. Even as the beer warms the alcohol mixes nicely with the fruity/ spice flavors. Very sweet with Grapefruit pith which comes off a little too strongly shadowing the complexities of the beer.

M: Between thin and medium body. Not coating enough for my liking. Moderate carbonation.

D: There is a load of complexities making this beer very enjoyable coupled with very little alcohol flavor.

I enjoyed this one much more than a little sumpin sumpin because there was more balance instead of scathing hop bitterness. They could scale back both malt and hops so the fruity belgian spices and yeast could shine.

jobcrackerbah, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of sublimesipping
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Little sumpin wild is a lot sumpin delicious. the beer pours well holds a beautiful head and wonderful aroma. Drinks smooth and complex, balanced hops, fruit, and wonderful belgian esters with a long finish. A great beer, two bottles tasted and looking for more. On the short list of noteworthy beers tasted in the last half of 2010.
Wildly in love with this beer.

sublimesipping, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange colour with a decent amount of head. Smells so fresh and floral too. Tastes of very refreshing floral hops with just a hint of the the spicey finish from the westmalle malt. So damn delicious. I wish I had bought one more bottle of this while it was fresh. No hint of the alc % at all. Damn tasty beer.

WeedKing4, Nov 16, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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