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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild

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2,790 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,790
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 110
Gots: 159 | 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 John_M


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahaffey's today. Yet another impressive beer from Lagunitas.

The beer pours a golden amber color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The beer is every bit as impressive on the nose, and showcases that telltale perfumy, hoppy nose I've come to expect from Lagunitas. This beer just reeks of grapefruit, spice, and light sour funk. The latter is no more than an afterthought, and just adds another layer of flavor both on the nose and palate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and reminds me very much of a little sumpin extra, but with the added sour funk. It really enhances both the aroma profile and the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a long, bitter finish. Also, this a West Coast all the way still of wild IPA, so there is very little sweeetness in this beer, and the finish is dry and hoppy/bitter. Drinkability is the only area where this beer drops off a bit. The beer is close to 9% abv., and you can kind of tell. It's not alcoholic or hot, but still, the high abv. wears you out a bit at the end. Regardless, this is another excellent beer from the talented folks at Lagunitas. I'm starting to expect it whenever I see something new from these guys.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 21:00:00 | More by John_M
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i know a lot of people have said this already, but the fact that something wild isn't wild at all bummed me out. basically, what we have going on here is the typical Lagunitas hop profile coupled with a touch of sweet malt, a hint of wheaty zing, and the estery characteristics (i'm getting a lot of unripe banana, a touch of clove, and some other spices as well) contributed by the belgian yeast. it's been done before (a lot), and it's been done much, much better. i wish they had just left it at little sumpin' sumpin'... the follow up beers have been real let-downs to me. all in all, a well made beer that should please Lagunitas fans, but not something i plan on visiting again. sorry lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 10:41:30 | More by timtim
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottom line, delicious brew. Not a BSPA though.

A - The brew is an amber-gold hue, bold and translucent, with a looming crown of whipped white froth. The head falls quickly, leaving a smattering of lace that resembles intermittent snow.

S - As I encounter the brew, I harken to my first experiences with dank West Coast IPAs and the like. In other words, this beer makes an impression on me like SN Pale Ale did in, say,1993. There is a tremendous amount of confrontational and aggressive hoppiness; plenty of citrus, grapefruit and pine suggest a classic WC bitter hop bomb, in spite of the Belgian style association.

T - The taste delivers the humulin beatdown that the aroma suggests. The flavor is incredibly dank in a cannabis-like way. Grapefruit, pine, cedar and catty notes are discernible, but they generally form like Voltron to make a Cali-kind-ness. The pale malt backing makes nary a peep.

M - Sporting a weight-viscosity that is substantially skinnier and less sticky than your average IPA/DIPA, this brew is a real winner. Very creamy and light feeling for an 8.5% hop bomb.

D - The combo of ridiculously delicious hoppiness and the very high ease of imbibement due to sheer delectabilty makes this brew a dangerously desirable quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:37:29 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of blackhawks87


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let it warm up a little for about 25 minutes out of the fridge, then poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Nice 1 to 2 finger fluffy white head on sits atop a mostly clear amber orange body. Nice lacing and decent head of ~ 1 cm remains throughout the consumption of this beer. Smells heavily of citrusy hops, reminding me of Diasy Cutter and Dreadnaught in that regard. Slight yeast and fresh-cut grass like taste followed abruptly by a heavy hop presence that I knew would be there according to the smell. On the thicker side of hoppy beers that aren't considered DIPAs but it goes down very smoothly. I can tell that the alcohol by volume is higher than most IPAs but not in a bad way. Finishing the bomber by myself is no problem, and will hopefully be buying at least 1 or 2 more of these before my local store runs out.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:30:42 | More by blackhawks87
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a golden color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is hoppy and really just smells like an IPA. Hop notes are complimented with subtle belgian yeast aromas like banana and clove. Hoppy start that then transitions to sweet with a nice belgian yeast flavor that balances well with the hops. Wild? No, not in the sense of is is funky/sour/etc. This is more like a Belgian IPA to me and in that matter I really like it. Medium mouthfeel. My only knock is that it is pretty sweet and malty but other that I think it is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 12:43:36 | More by kbutler1
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a DFH signature glass. This is probably the best BELGIAN IPA IPA IPA I've ever had, IPA.

Beer is clear and orange with a decent white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, looks really good.

Aroma is amazing, seriously, its totally citrus hops, eclipses whatever contribution the yeast may have added to the aroma.

Beer is mildly sweet at the front, nice and hoppy in the middle, good fruit citrus flavors in the middle, and dry and bitter at the end. I don't really like the dryness of it but otherwise its quite quite good. I would definitely have this again. Its a great IPA, not too bitter, not too dry, nice hops, and mild sweetness. "Balanced" i suppose.


Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 02:21:21 | More by drabmuh
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Great lacing.

s - Smells of orange, citrus, fruity malts, and grapefruit. Citrus dominates the nose but it's very nice.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, orange, citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Huge bitter bite to it.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice pale ale. Smell was very nice with a lot of grapefruit/citrus, and the taste had some huge bitterness to it. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 22:29:50 | More by mdfb79
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a golden/orange-ish color with about one fingers worth of solid white head that recedes rather quickly and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind.

The aroma is huge, and mainly comprised of grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest. Once you get past the citrus fruityness there is a nice belgian yeast aroma. Just a hint of bubble gum.

The taste is very much like the nose, full of citrusy hops. Lots and lots of grapefruit with some orange zest, and pineapple. The belgian yeast makes just the smallest of flavor contributions, not much there. This really seems much more like an American IPA, than a BSPA. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Sticky mouthfeel and just the slightest alcohol burn.

Very drinkable for two or three pints, but I am not sure that I could drink more than a few of these before the sweetness would start to overwhelm the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 18:30:21 | More by CBlack85
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- a very light orange in color with nice white head foaming off the pour, small amount of little bubbles slowly go up the glass

Smell- wow super fragrant nose, sharp grapefruit hops and i mean very grapefruit hops, just a fantastic nose

Taste- very good balance of hops and malts, with good push of citrus and grapefruit hops that you get off the nose, good malt up front and nice lingering flavor on the finish, very enjoyable flavor profile

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy with very very low carbonation

Drinkability- really super easily drinkable, just has such a nice balance that you are really left craving more, nice balance of being hoppy with long finish and just enough malt to keep it enjoyable, definitely one to try especially if you like citrus style of hopped beers, the alcohol is very extremely hidden and couldnt go thru a 22 ozer very quickly, very nice beer thumbs up LAGUNITAS

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 06:43:07 | More by Stunner97
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a golden color with orange hues, a solid head with nice lacing. The nose was filled with floral grapefruit citrus, yeast characteristics, a little bubblegum. The taste was very nice, floral citrus, grapefruit, bubblegum, a slight tint of clove and spice and a clean pine that blends fantastically with the bubblegum flavors. The carbonation levels are very nice and a very clean bitter resin coats the palate. I rank this a very drinkable beer based on the fact I will be buying more bottles because it tasted so damned good.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 21:30:28 | More by nas5755
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new offering from my local store. I pretty much bought this based on Lagunitas reputation and my love for wild beers. I was expecting to see this be another Brett beer and was suprised to see that it was no Brett but rather Westmalle yeast making this a wild ale.

Nice tight head. Great smelling beer. Citrus pine needles and bananas were present. Sounds like a weird combination but it worked.

Great tasting beer. Typical west coast hop flavors citrus fruits and pine needles. A bit muted compared to other Lagunitas offerings. The Westmalle yeast really did wonders for this. Bananas and wheat were very present in finish. Awesome! In many ways the flavor reminded me of the extremely fresh Westmalle triples that I tasted while in Antwerp.

Kudos to Lagunitas to trying something new. So much better than any of the other wild IPA's I have tried. They didn't just spike this IPA with Brett like so many others do. Great stuff and a truly inovative beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:57:16 | More by tendermorsel
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours translucent golden, with a slight orange hue. Pours with a healthy off-white head, fades quickly, and seems to leave some pretty thick lacing. Smells fruity and floral, orange blossoms maybe. Very nice. Can definitely smell that Belgian yeast.

Taste is a little surprising. Lots of hops, of course, surprisingly sweet but not overpoweringly so. Belgian yeast comes out as one of the main themes in the flavor, but the hops and the citrus flavors dominate it. It's pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, quite drinkable, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:24:19 | More by snaotheus
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a PALM snifter... starts with a two finger thick head, though its less rocky and more of a pillowy soft head. Has nice retention and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. Beer is a crisp amber color with mild activity

S- Has a soft sweet aroma with some spicy notes

T- Has an equal spicey and belgian sweet start and finishes with a crisp typical pale ale bitterness

M- Medium body and medium carbonation

D- Not a huge fan of the belgian pales, but thought this one was pretty decent. Enjoyed the slightly less belgian candy sugar taste and the slightly more spice. And pretty reasonably priced IMO...


Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 00:35:09 | More by bbeane
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a pale gold with straw highlights and two fingers of stiff white head.

Smell -- Big citrus - mostly lemon - with earthy yeast character, bubblegum, caramel malt, and cracked wheat.

Taste -- Follows the nose by and large: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors, lots of bubblegum form the Westmalle yeast, some yeasty earthiness, and moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate fluffy carbonation. Quite nice.

Drinkability -- I'm not a huge fan of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, but this was quite a pleasure to drink. The bubblegum-like notes conjured out of the Westmalle yeast really worked well with the wheat and the bright citrusy hops. I'll absolutely buy more before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 21:19:06 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into large tulip glass

A - Pours a clear copper orange with plenty of carbonation. A one finger high head slowly fades but retains nicely while littering the glass with streaky lacing.

S - Juicy hops, slightly sweet malts, and a nice bouquet of tropical fruit.

T - Begins with a surprising bite of hops, revealing an assortment of fruits including grapefruit and pineapple. The hops become bitter and somewhat dry towards the end with a washing flavor of malt sweetness. Slight alcohol warmth is detectable towards the end.

M - Medium bodied but approaches heavy. Lingering stickiness and bubblyness wraps itself around the palate.

D - Slightly heavier drinking but the delicious flavors make it enjoyable.

More tasty beer from Lagunitas. I really enjoyed the regular Sumpin Sumpin ale and this was a nice expansion on the original.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 00:39:29 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Thorpe429


4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow with a bit of haze and a nice white head. With the initial whiff, it's pretty clear that this is a special beer and maybe already the best I've encountered from Lagunitas. Off the nose alone, one of the better Belgian IPA's that I have ever encountered. Nice mustiness along with some earthy, floral, and spicy hops. Taste is quite similar, with the yeast and hops performing a delicate dance. Neither comes out on top. Great balance between the yeast and hops. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a dry finish. Drinkability is superb. A fairly complex beer with enough going on that each sip brings new elements. My favorite so far from the "Sumpin'" series.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 21:00:37 | More by Thorpe429
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3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale orange color. Translucent. Some foamy head, but not much. No sediment. No haze.

S: Mango, papaya, watermelon. Some herbal scents as well.

T: We had this the week it came out, and it was very fresh. Seems about 3/4 Little Sumpin' Extra and about 1/4 Belgian triple in flavor. For now, lots of hop flavors, and good overall balance. Bitter aftertaste from both the hops and wild yeast.

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium body and texture.

D: Pretty good overall drinkability. Not hot at all for the ABV, but the bitterness built over time.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 20:34:03 | More by jnn4v
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3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= The pour produces a nice yellow color typical of the Lil' Sumpin series. The difference is the initial head is huge. About four fingers before falling to a nice three fingers high and staying steady. The lacing is excellent.

S= At first I thought I got a good wiff of some bubblegum when I was pulling the bottle away from the glass but this just smells like piney hops. A lot like a lil sumpin. I guess the hops dominate everything.

T= The taste is again very very hoppy but you can tell they used a different yeast on it. It has a little more body to it as well as a little more depth in the taste. There is a little more than just hops going on here. There is a little bubblegum as well as a slight tang that I can only describe as a Belgian yeast tang.

M= Just like any IPA... A little carbonation only this has a little heavier body.

D= Not bad at all. I dunno if I would go out of my way to seek this out though. It's really not that much different. Good but not that much different. My rating is based on a BPA

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 04:38:41 | More by jjanega08
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pilsner glass. Pours gold with a white head and sticky lacing. Smell is grapefruit and piney hops, some banana and clove. Taste starts hoppy like normal lil sumpin, but merges with yeast esters. They go better then i thought they would. Some sweet malt character. Has a medium body and light carbonation. Just enough aftertaste that I want more. Drinkability is good despite having a lot of strong flavors competing.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 01:56:04 | More by nkersten
Photo of portia99


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Very happy to find this one on the shelves this afternoon.

A - Pours a perfectly clear pale orange color with 3 full fingers of stiff and rocky creamy white foam. As this slowly falls a ton of sticky spiderwebs of lacing paints the sides of the glass.

S - Piney hops up front...like a forest! Mixed in is some fresh grapefruit and some pineapple on the fringes. This smells sticky! Hints of sweetness but nothing else from the malt. This is all hops...can't say I'm even getting anything of note out of the Belgain yeast that was used.

T - Ahh...at least there is some Belgian character here. A bit of the dirty, earthy and spicy character. Hops are way over and above the Belgian aspects in the flavor profile though. Pineapple and mango are front and center with a healthy dose of sugary sweetness and some piney notes as well. Hop bitterness is mid level and really seems to be a side note next to the overwhelming tropical fruit character of the hops.

M - Sticky and resiny. Body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is mid-level too. Feel of alcohol on every inhale although in some strange way the hops seem to diminish this effect a bit.

D - I think this one is gonna hurt in the morning. Loving the flavor, typical Lagunitas with a twist. Along the same lines as Raging Bitch with a bit more kick...could just be the freshness of this one (just hit the shelves in MA yesterday...no date that I find on the bottle, but this has to be pretty fresh). At $5.99/bomber this is a pretty good bargain. Glad I grabbed a few, hoping I find a few more out there this weekend.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 00:46:41 | More by portia99
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a RR stemmed glass. Thanks for the glass Bill.

A: Orange amber, little head, slight lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit, little bit of pine. Slight bitter.

T:Tastes like it smells, grapefruit up front with orange citrus, pine, slight bitter that rounds it out nice. Flavors I like.

M: Medium body, pretty good carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty good, for me. I like this brew and will probably have more.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:45:40 | More by nonstick
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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this beer on the shelf and noticed the "Wild" part right away. I was then slightly disappointed when I saw this was brewed with a Belgian yeast strain instead of brett. Oh well, but it anyway to see what was up. Pours a solid golden color, almost yellow with a large white head that had lasting cap and left very good lacing. Yep, normal aroma from the "Sumpin" series, lots of piney, peppery, resinous hops, but not much else. Where the Belgian yeasty phenols? Taste is actually really good. I like this much better than the regular Sumpin Sumpin, but I'm not convinced it's from the yeast. Grainy, cracjer like malt is overshadowed by the big standard Lagunitas hop bill (I mean seriously, do they only use certain hops for their beers??) and only a touch of clove like, Belgian yeast. Medium body, good carbonation. I like this beer, despite it's typical Lagunitas taste. Maybe the yeast adds some character, and I'm not sure how to describe it, but this is good.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 16:50:22 | More by KeefD
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the COOP... very very short lasting white head.. no retention at all. the brew is very clear golden.

Nose shows bunches of citrus hops and then phenolic yeasty notes.. white peppercorns are there, but background ... a bit perfumy... some minor Bazooka Joe... pithy grapefruit with warmth toward the finish.

Flavor is pretty much a phenolic Belgian IPA.. a good one really.. resinous citrus and hints of pine needles... some pear and apple from the yeast.. maybe even some strawberry on the finish... the pale malts are there only to push the hop and yeast flavors out to the front... again some pepper combines with the fruity esters.. finish is long and wandering.. bounces all around through the above flavors... but ultimately it dries out a bit and leaves behind bits of melon and very lite clove.

Definitely a Belgian IPA.. no doubt.. obviously... Alot of Le Freak and bits of 3767 without the brett.. Yummy... and pretty cheap really.

Wrong category (not a BSPA) ... Great beer. Fresh tasting... and very enjoyable.


Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 06:06:50 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet sample bottle from my wholesale rep. Says on the label made with Westmalle yeast. I was hoping it was going to be an actual wild based on the name, but it appears to be a Belgian IPA.

Pours a nice hazy straw color with voluminous, fine, frothy head. Smells like a hoppy saison. Pineapple, lemon zest, and herbal aromas. Taste is rich and satifying, fresh hops with a tangy super fruity finish. Tastes of pear and tropical fruits, plenty of hops to balance it. Would be so awesome if it had some Brett.

Overall, another great Lagunitas beer, but until it actually goes "wild", ill stick with my Little Sumpin Sumpin.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 04:54:00 | More by Tripphop
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not really "wild" at all, horrible name choice

Appearance: Slightly hazy/cloudy straw/yellow, big white head

Smell & taste: Citrus hops, grapefruit, apricot, pale malts, and belgian yeast. THe belgian yeastiness actually detracts from the hoppy excellence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit dry on the finish

Drinkability: Doesn't go down nearly as easily as regular little sumpin' sumpin'. I have tried several of the variants and the original is always the best

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 17:34:21 | More by craytonic
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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