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

2,837 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,837
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 126
Gots: 177 | 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: 2,837 | Reviews: 897 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of farrago
farrago

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

Large, frothy head, over two fingers of just off-white, its delicacy shows as it dimples heavily across the surface, the lacing streaks are thin but will stay there until the glass is washed. Transparent, faint metallic glow to the yellowish-orange color, pumpkin-esque, maybe a subtle brown patina. Typical Lagunitas nose of super-sweet tangelo, pink grapefruit, lime citrus supported capably by pine sap, rose petals, basil leaves and nectarine, pineapple, papaya, peach and litchi fruit, block of milk chocolate, the herbaceousness has more of a savory then green nature. Medium-bodied, the carbonation gives if a fluffy, downy soft mouth entry as well as relieves what might be more fat than the beer can nimbly handle. Mint, basil, sage intertwine here with the orange, grapefruit citrus to temper the latter's sweetness. Not that this is a "dry" brew texturally, the hops have bounce but no real bite, lets the cocoa and mocha malts, brown sugar glaze and pine oil the joints. The apricot, papaya, peach, pineapple, green apple fruit can let you both enjoy a soaking effect as well as keep it jogging briskly. Bit of biscuit to scone but nowhere near yeasty. Just makes you think of sunshine.

10-20-2010 03:11:50 | More by farrago
Photo of nickhiller
nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

A: light amber hued, medium clarity, copious bubbles and a thick frothy head with no lacing.

S: hops, strong and fresh, hint of citrus, tiny bit of sweet malt.

T: first and foremost, a mouthful of hops, then pine, grass, sweet sugary malt, a little citric acid. Belgian yeast makes a brief appearance at the finish with a bubble gummy aftertaste. Almost no suggestion of the relatively high ABV, warming but not overwhelming. Great balance between the grassy hops, sweet malt and fruity yeast.

M: sharp, crisp carbonation, medium to full bodied. Really refreshing.

D: A nice rendition of a great beer. I really liked the cross between the super hoppy beers of California and the traditional taste of Belgian ales, though the Belgian flavors are rather faint. Very sessionable, which is surprising for its ABV.

10-20-2010 02:58:14 | More by nickhiller
Photo of muttyd
muttyd

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Clear orange amber body with a thick foamy white head. Very interesting aroma - hoppy American IPA backbone, slight musty Belgian yeasty-ness. Not very funky or acidic smelling (as one might associate these aromas with a traditional American Wild Ale). Flavor goes pretty much hand in hand with the aroma. Big hoppy bite (almost earthy) and slightly sour. Moderate carbonation and slight astringency. Very enjoyable.

Great beer, will seek out again.

10-20-2010 00:06:33 | More by muttyd
Photo of kzoobrew
kzoobrew

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Bright and clear orange body. Solid two finger frothy head is set a top. Retention is impressive, a nice cap sticks around for the duration. Equally impressive is the lacing, a solid sheet encompasses the glass.

A Lagunitas IPA (I don't care what you think it is an IPA in my book) fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain? Interesting to say the least. The strange juxtaposition is first revealed in the nose. The typical bright and juicy citric and tropical fruit hops we have come to expect are set up front. This time they are sharing the attention with straight up Belgian yeasty goodness. Cloves, light barnyard hay smells and a bit of mustiness.

The first sip delivers a bit of a surprise. I was expecting bright hops with a more subdued yeast profile accompanying. What I got was strong yeast characteristics upfront and had to search a bit for the hops. The yeast delivers a bunch of cloves and dry muskiness. The hops do not come off as tropical and citrusy as normal. The flavor that does appear is more of lemon flavor which is interestingly a bit tart. The flavor is almost the exact opposite of what I expected, not a bad thing though.

Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The texture is smooth with a rather dry finish.

A got a whole lot more than I bargained for with this one. The flavors are a bit stronger than anticipated making it a bit of a sipper. I am enjoying this beer quite a bit and could see having a couple on draft. For at home consumption a bomber is a about right to enjoy in an evening.

10-19-2010 23:58:57 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of fourplayed
fourplayed

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

2 finger head. Medium amount of lacing is thin. Clear Medium Golden and orange tinge.

Smells of sweet citrus and strawberry, Hops balance nicely, malts take a back seat.

Taste is nice mild sweetness of oranges, strawberries, pineapple, some herbal notes, Hops stand out well & malts balance it nicely. alcohol is very mild.

Mouthfeel is lite, carbonation is medium & zesty.

Overall a good hop and malt mix with a bit sweet mix of the citrus & fruit. Carbonation beginning to end is fine. Nice alcohol warmth. A very good drink if you feel a need for hops with a bit more fruity sweetness.

10-19-2010 20:44:21 | More by fourplayed
Photo of tewaris
tewaris

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

"Another Big Sister of the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.... Loads of Malted Wheat for a Curious Malt Foundation and a Light Color, But Our Belgian Yeast Leaves a Huge Flavor and Complexishness." -- Lagunitas

8.85% ABV
OG 1.082
72.51 IBUs

22 oz bomber, bottled on the 242nd day of the year (August 30, 2010) poured into a New Belgium snifter on October 18, 2010. This beer is described by the brewer as a bigger sister of the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, and it says that this beer was fermented using Westmalle yeast strain right on the label; so, stylistically, this would be a Belgian IPA brewed with wheat malts. And it's not a Wild Ale.

Appearance 5/5
A little hazy, golden orange colored beer, with a big, slightly off white, dense, creamy, and rocky "Belgian" head with excellent retention and fantastic lacing. A beer with the perfect looks!

Aroma 5/5
Strong aroma of tropical fruit from hops and esters, with phenols from the Belgian yeast in the background. Some perfumy wheat malt as well.

Taste 4/5
Slightly sweet, intensely fruity, light and crisp on palate with some bitterness at the back, followed by a moderately dry finish and lingering aftertaste. I, personally, didn't like the aftertaste which is neither sweet, nor bitter, or fruity, but just odd in my opinion. Otherwise, a very good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Crisp and well carbonated with a decent body.

Drinkability 4/5
It really depends on how you see this beer: for a DIPA, it's too easy drinking; for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, it's not that drinkable. Either way, it's a nice drinking beer, but doesn't achieve anything exceptional drinkability-wise.

10-19-2010 19:14:34 | More by tewaris
Photo of JLeege
JLeege

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -22.1%

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a two finger white head, some lace is left behind.

Smell- Citrus hops and a very faint yeastyness.

Taste- This is not what I was expecting. Really it just tastes like a dull IPA. Getting the slightest notion of the belgian yeast, but that seems to just be retracting from the hop presence, not adding any complexities.

Mouthfeel- light to medium body, smooth going down.

Overall- This has a decent flavor, but as far as being a Belgian Style "Anything" it certainly is not. The ABV's are hid nicely so at least I can get this down quick, and on to the next one!

10-19-2010 04:43:32 | More by JLeege
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Bomber into a tulip. The beer has a beautifully clear (filtered) golden body. A lasting finger of head forms, and retains well thanks to a steady stream of carbonation.

The nose, to my surprise, is dominated by Belgian yeast rather than the bright fruity hops of Lil Sumpin Sumpin. Hops are still present, citrusy (oranges) and tropical (mangoes), but the spicy, peppery, phenolic yeast character shines.

On the tongue it's a more even mix - bready wheat malt, peppery yeast and fruity, tropical hops combine rather harmoniously. The mango/papaya fruitiness of the other Sumpin Sumpin beers is present here, it's just matched by the spiciness of the yeast. The finish is sticky, though not terribly bitter - peppery spice lingers on the tongue along with tropical fruit and tangerine-like citrus.

Lagunitas is hit or miss for me, but they did a great job with this one.

10-19-2010 03:11:54 | More by largadeer
Photo of Cylinsier
Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

From a large bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold, medium white head with fine bubbles and good retention.

Smells of piney floral hops with a hint of citrus.

Taste follows, same piney floral hop notes, not too bitter, minor citrus notes. The label boasts that it uses the Westmalle yeast strain and, maybe just from the power of suggestion, I detect slight similarities in a very subdued malt character, but I don't know that I would have caught it if I wasn't looking.

Feel is full, carbonation is soft but present throughout.

Good beer, tastes a little hoppier than most Belgian Strong Pale Ales, maybe on account of it being an American beer. Its still really good though. A bit potent for lots of drinking, but good enough that you might want more. Worthwhile and I'd have it again.

10-18-2010 22:03:39 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of WestValleyIPA
WestValleyIPA

California

4.15/5  rDev +1%

Poured into improper glassware in my hotel in Rohnert Park. Plastic water glass all the way. Nice finger of spongey soapy head. Retains nicely, and amazing lacing given the plastic. Nice amber, dark golden hue. No cloudiness, with lots of nice little bubbles. Nice citrus hops smell, good malt sweetness on the nose. And then there's that Belgian yeast. Spicy, kinda clovey. Nice citrus and bitterness upfront, followed by sweetness. Very malty. The Belgo spice kicks in, and then a nice bitter finish. The wheat makes it very drinkable for 8.5. Fun beer.

10-18-2010 02:36:28 | More by WestValleyIPA
Photo of TexIndy
TexIndy

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. September seasonal so it's fresh. Was a slightly hazy golden honey color with some carb streams. It had an average sized white head that quickly settled into a thin collar and some wisps. Average quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was interesting for BSPA since they hopped this one up. Grapefruit, pine resin on the hop side and slightly spicy yeast and sweet malt on the other. Blends pretty well but didn't grab me as much I'd expected from reading some other reviews. It's a good in-between blend and I think it might have been better suited to go one route or the other. Still very good just not great. I have the same feelings on the taste and some of it may be style perceptions so trying not to focus on that as much. It starts out a bit of yeast spice then the hops come in but never really peak and the finish is mostly sweet malt with good undertones of the yeast and slightly bitter hops. Good but might have been great if one element stood out more. It's a bit nitpicking but it's oh so close to being very, very good. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carb and good aftertaste.

Overall, a rather interesting take on a hopped up BSPA. I liked it and if one element or the other was strengthened it might have been great. Still highly recommend as it's a unique take on the style. Avail here in TX. Rotation - Sept seasonal. I liked it but if I want a hoppy beer there are better out and if I wanted a true BSPA there are better ones out there. It's a good blend for a bottle maybe two a season but that's it for me. [R;O;seasonall]

10-18-2010 00:56:40 | More by TexIndy
Photo of rootbeerman
rootbeerman

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A: pours orange-ish clear gold with a golden off white finger of head that is slow to fall and laces nicely
S: just popping the cap released a pleasant sweet hoppy and slightly funky aroma. sweet citrus also a bit fruity
T: sweet malty fruit along with bitter citrus hops. there is also a light yeasty somewhat plastic long lasting flavor in the after taste. not even a hint of the 8.85% is noticeable
M: slick and smooth, medium low carbonation.
D: very easy with not haveing super complex flavors and aromas, it hides its abv, and on a side note it is priced very well at under $5 for a bomber.

10-17-2010 23:57:31 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of elgiacomo
elgiacomo

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

22oz bottle.

Pours clear golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves some light lacing and holds a small cap and ring.

Aroma starts with a good dose of bubblegum and clove alongside a lot of fruit, banana, tropical fruits such as kiwi, some citrus, tangerines, lemon, grapefruit, some yeast, very complex aroma. Great strength.

Flavor features more of the same bubblegum and fruit esters but the hops shine through as well with some pine and grassy notes to go along with the citrus and other fruits. Bread and yeast are also more prominent in the flavor than aroma. Good bitterness and moderate sweetness.

Light to medium bodied, a bit sticky and syrupy, medium carbonation.

I'm not big on wheat beers nor Tripels, but find myself enjoying this a fair bit. While I prefer the regular Sumpin Sumpin, I could see someone who is really into Tripels or Belgian IPAs really diggin' this one! Quality stuff.

10-17-2010 16:51:49 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of JamisonM
JamisonM

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

A: rich gold or light orange ever so slight off white head

S: Citrus grapefruit orange orange peel all the fresh IPA notes you could want

T: dry beer with a ton of citrus hops great taste alcohol is masked well

M: med to light mouth with med carbonation

D: really drinkable masks alcohol well

overall: a great beer I really enjoyed this worth every penny I paid for it.

10-17-2010 04:19:17 | More by JamisonM
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +18.7%

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-figner thick, pale tan tinged head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a gold to light copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, rich gold hue when held up to the light. Ahh, the aroma is nicely hoppy; it smells of expressive tangelo oils (like tearing through the skin of a super ripe tangelo), ample lychee, bright kumquat zest and a touch of dank herbaceous character towards the finish. It is really quite striking how much this smells of tangelo oils, I am really enjoying that aspect of the nose. Perhaps a hint of clove adds some complexity to the hop character, but the Westmalle yeast is fairly muted here. The malt, while definitely subtle, is a touch more noticeable than the yeast; it contributes supporting notes of pale malt cracker notes and perhaps a hint of dried hay that mixes in with the hop character.

Lightly sweet tasting with an ample citrusy hop fruitiness up front, as the beer moves across the tongue it picks up flavors of juicy fruit bubble gum, a big lychee note and tangelo zest, while the finish has just a hint of herbal character and menthol. The middle while it seems all hop influenced is actually accentuated by a light clove character. Not overly bitter up front, but the bitterness grows through the finish and finally lingers on the palate with a nice biting note that is accentuated by some phenolic yeast notes. Quite light bodied and drinkable, dangerously so when you consider the strength of this beer, I really love how drinkable this is and it is likely the biggest influence of the yeast character; this certainly has the drinkability of a good Belgian beer and quite dangerously so given the strength of this beer, but it has just enough texture and body that the fruity hop character is wonderfully accentuated. The dominant hop fruitiness really is just infused from the beginning to end of each sip, it really is the most noticeable part of the flavor from beginning to end. A touch of yeast derived bubble-gum notes seem to accentuate the juicy-fruit flavors from the hops and also the bright tropical fruit flavor that this beer has.

Judged as a purely hop-driven beer (which this is, despite the yeast), the nose on this beer is fantastic; so vibrantly fresh and hoppy with it smooth, über-fruit character and just enough balancing herbal character to keep things interesting. The yeast character is a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but it is still a weak supporting cast member when compared to the hops, but at least it does a good job with the role it does play; it is not overly phenolic, nor does it contribute flavors that clash with the hop notes, instead it integrates quite nicely with the dominant hop character. Some part of me wishes that this had more characteristics of the Westmalle yeast strain present, but in my hop-heart I know that I would not have liked the beer nearly as much even though this would have ended up a more complex. So yes, this is simplistically hop focused, but there is just enough malt and yeast character to support the hops and to really let them shine here. I can't help but really enjoy this beer; and I think I might have found a beer from this brewery to rival fresh Hop Stoopid.

10-17-2010 03:32:15 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of surlytheduff
surlytheduff

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -8%

Poured rich golden, clear with a frothy head. Strong hoppy aroma, piney with hints of lemons, along with a yeastiness.

Taste was a little bit bitter, grassy&fruity, with some alcohol heat. Really pleasant, with a yeasty finish.

Smooth, medium feel in the mouth; noticeable carbonation. Very drinkable.

10-17-2010 03:29:50 | More by surlytheduff
Photo of ryanonline
ryanonline

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

Massive, fluffy, foamy, off white head. clear and gold with lots of bubbles. gobs of lacing.

hoppy and piney nose with a lot of resiny tones. also a nice fruity somewhat lemony/grassy backbone. slight malty undertone.

Damn, that is one bitter BSPA. very piney and resiny and just the right amount of sweetness to keep it interesting. light honey and lemon flavor.

creamy and medium bodied with a reasonably dry finish. very thin mouthfeel though.

its a little bit filling, though well within reason to want another one.

not a bad beer at all, I like my BSPAs a little more fruity and this is very hoppy and bitter, but still a damn fine drink. probably could have used my duvel tulip on this one, but still delicious.

10-17-2010 02:14:16 | More by ryanonline
Photo of hophead247
hophead247

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours slightly hazy golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is very fresh citric hops, a touch piney with a noticeable belgian yeast sweetness. Flavor starts sweet and slightly... the yeast definitely playing a role in the balance with the strong american hops. Finishes bitter, a bit grainy and some definite booze followed by a piney bitterness lingering. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Nice beer Lagunitas...

10-16-2010 23:07:12 | More by hophead247
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

appearance: Beautiful orange gold with a big creamy head that recedes after a few minutes.
smell: Smells like a citrusy IPA and a Belgian mated. Very nice.
taste: Sour start (guess that's the WestMalle) with a definite Sumpin finish, crisp, citrusy hops.
mouthfeel: medium carbonation profile. Full body.
drinkability: Tasty with the alcohol well hidden.
Great beer. As advertised the wonderful Sumpin base with a WestMalle sumpin wild.

10-16-2010 21:54:14 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of Torps
Torps

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a clear, golden amber with a two finger fluffy white head. Generous amounts of lacing with a soapy ring of carbonation lining the glass. Aroma is pine needles, citrus, pineapple, spicy yeast and some floral goodness. Taste is pineapple, biscuits, banana bread with a biting resinous bitter back end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great with just the right amount of carbonation to make this refreshing but not taking away from flavors on my tongue.
Overall, a very nice and different take of the BPA style and pretty much what you would expect outta cali from Lagunitas.

Picked up a growler from DeCicco's.

10-16-2010 20:37:59 | More by Torps
Photo of mstyne
mstyne

New York

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Bomber from Beverage Mart, NY 66.

LIMITED RELEASE -- No dating that I could see.

Pours a slightly hazy neon orange with a decent head and good lacing. Aroma is crisp and fresh, with hops throughout.

STRONG is definitely the word to use here. Reminds me of a Ruination IPA with it's great hop flavor.

Another brew I wish I had enjoyed during the summer, but I'm happy to have gotten to try it at all!

10-16-2010 19:18:56 | More by mstyne
Photo of flexabull
flexabull

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a bright gold color with a very nice white head.

Aromas are nice, a very pronounced grapefruit nose, with hints of hard candies, and sugary lemons.

Taste is very lemon like, a bit tart, spicy, and with hard candy like sweetness upfront. Beer is dry, and with a long bitter and spicy yeast flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, very full, smooth, and with a nice slightly prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I really like the uniqueness of this beer. Very tasty and pleasant to sip.

Another winner from Lagunitas.

10-16-2010 05:50:02 | More by flexabull
Photo of BretSikkink
BretSikkink

Mexico

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Orange color with a white head, slight haze, with some nice legs. Fairly hoppy aroma, but still yeasty and chalky. Big floral notes alongside the estery components of green apple and bubblegum. Peachy and earthy.

Flavor is bracingly citric, adding significant bitterness to this style. Very moderate, almost intangible funk from the tap. Juicy, with a smooth, good-sized body. Finishes with a little peppery yeast and a lingering bitterness. So American, with a definite nod towards Belgium.

10-16-2010 05:41:41 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of whoneeds8
whoneeds8

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +1%

Enjoying during the ALCS, GO RANGERS!!!! BEAT THE HELL OUTTA THE YANKEES!!!!

Poured into a Great Divide glass a burnt yellow with a two finger white head. Great lacing. The scent is strong of piney notes. That piney smell translates directly into the front of the taste. Very big on the hoppy pine and green grass flavors that mellow out to a sugary finish. The Westmalle yeast provides a nice dry mouthfeel that adds to the experience.

10-16-2010 01:23:48 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of alexgash
alexgash

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

22 oz. bottle.

Clear, filtered, golden orange body. Two fingers of thick, billowy, cottony, off-white head. Great cobwebs of lace on the glass. Nose shows a mix of tropical fruits, powdered sugar, tart cherry, wheat bread, and tangy, funky yeasty goodness.

Slight metallic tinge up front, followed by sweetish wheat and sugar malts. Tropical fruits fill in and take over, but with a powdered sugar edge. Grassy, funky, slightly bitter, slightly spicy, partially funky character develops and builds toward the finish, providing a nice contrast to the fruity sweetness. Slightly warming. Finish is dry with lingering hoppiness. Medium-full body with a creamy, smooth feel. Very nice! Not extremely "wild," but the Westmalle yeast adds some nice rustic depth to a solidly good base. And $4.99 a bomber?! More please!

10-16-2010 01:16:26 | More by alexgash
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,837 ratings.