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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,412
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 165
Gots: 408 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: femALEist on 04-28-2010

Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU
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Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of mcphish22
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Nuke77
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian style ale that I bought 2 six packs of based on the retailer's recommendation. It has a nice burnt orange color with a heady floral aroma. It has a definite Belgium ale taste but is extremely hoppy. Very crisp taste and a good deal of bitterness. I am not sure that the combination of Belgium ale and extreme hopppiness is my cup of tea.

Photo of hardy008
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden amber with a white two finger head of foam. Good retention and lacing. Smells of citrus and floral hops with pepper and pale malts for sweetness.

The first thing I tasted was citrus and floral hops with pepper. After a while the pale malt flavor starts to come out, but the hops are dominant. There is some sweetness , but the bitterness overpowers it.

Medium bodied and smooth with average carbonation. The aftertaste is bitter. I think this beer is too bitter for its style, but not a bad effort.

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

Deep golden color, touch of haze. Lots of carbonation. Very nice head. Lacing looks great on the glass.

Herbal, sappy, little citrusy. There some sweetness.

Hop bitterness up front balance off with sweet clean malts. Very strong hop character, Herbal and sappy with some citrus. Malt is very clean towards the end.

Medium bodied. Soft carbonation.

Very clean finish.

Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a layer a leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweet malt, Belgian spice, a bit herbal with some citrus hop notes.

Taste: Sweet malt with some citrus hops. Belgian spice, herbal, a bit perfumey. The wild yeast and the hops make this a little too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I like the regular version better. The wild yeast and hops didn't mix well as far as I was concerned.

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

Appearance: Pale amber with beautiful golden highlights. Generous yellowish-white head.

Smell: As with the original, lots of floral hops, but not as powerful. Bit of malty sweetness (sweet flowers really).

Taste: Again, a very flowery yet sweet taste. Lots of hop flavor with more of their bitterness coming after swallowing. Great balance of malts and hops with, as others pointed out, no alcohol taste whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Bit thicker than medium mouth, with just a tinge of carbonation.

Overall: A great beer, certainly, but just a bit disappointing. Really was not too much wild about it and, in my opinion, not as good as the original. Still a mighty fine brew at a great cost.

Photo of ely2000k
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very small head, beer looks crisp, clean, and faint orange in color. Look relaxing.

S- Faint grapefruit and floral hints. Vague malt smell. Some other unidentifiable citrus fruit smell. Not overwhelming, but certainly good.

T- Starts off sweet, ends bitter, but very smooth. This is over 9%? I can't tell at all. The hops are very smooth, and the flavor is complex, and extremely well balanced. Whatever the Belgian yeast does to this makes it great.

M- Crisp. Despite the high alcohol, this is very drinkable. Isn't really dry. Great carbonation. Could definitely drink a few of these with no problem.

O- Honestly, I have no complaints at all. Awesome beer. Lagunitas is always great, and this beer is especially awesome.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's a tad hazy pale straw color with a quickly dissipating white head, but nice lacing.

S: Its hoppy, sweet, and smells like Brett.. 3 of my favorite things! The interesting thing, is that you get all three components together. The sweetness and hops come through as big pineapple, the beer smells quite wonderful.

T: Big pineapple on the taste buds too, no sour brett character at all, but it has some barnyardiness to it. Solid bitterness and really tasty!

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. It's rather smooth and a coats the palate nicely.

D: For the ABV content, it's quite drinkable. I'm shocked actually at how drinkable it is.

Photo of Schneic8
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Golden/honey color with mild carbonation. Had a nice thick white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus and floral tones. Also get a good amount of spice.

Taste: Initially i got the sweetness from the fruit/floral flavors. Slight yeast taste toward the end that leaves a mild after flavor. Malt throughout.

Mouthfeel: Crisp bite in the beginning. The crispness lasts and has a good carbonation. Has a light dry finish.

Overall: Pretty good beer. The initial sweetness was a little too much for me to really enjoy. It did have a good flavor and finished well, but I am not a huge fan of this style of beer.

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

Into a stange, no tulip.

A: The color is gorgeous. A tangerine marmalade. The head leaves some to be desired but the lacing is excellent—solid with little patchwork.

S: I could smell it before I even poured it; just what I like. The marmalade citrus appearance pulls through in the nose as well. Powerful rounded, candied citrus, with a hint of ginger and a pungent floral punch. Just bright and sunny as ever.

T: The roaring ABV hides in plain sight here. Not even a hint of it, just a little more warmth. There is not really much of a classic taste narrative—i.e. beginning, middle, end—just a well-rounded and well-adjusted floral burst. Hops, yep they’re there. Flowers, yep they’re there. Candy, yep there. But they all neither lead, nor sing backup, only collaborate. Wondrous.

M: Perfect.

O: The ABV makes this a two-er at most for me, but the mouthfeel and taste could render this a sessioner without the high ABV. What a beer!

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

A: golden amber color, mostly clear with a half inch head with fine bubbles that stay for a long time.

S: smells of citrus, pine, and floral hops. Some hop bitterness, malt, and sweetness round it out.

T: delicious assault on the tastebuds with this brew. The yeast comes out very slightly, but the taste is really dominated by the hops and the malt as with the smell.

M: medium body, but thicker than many in the style. Carbonation is medium, but allows smooth sensations.

O: is this really a Belgian Strong Pale Ale? It's just an excellent IPA with excellent yeast. Whatever the style, it's awesome, cheap, and sometimes available. I've had it on tap in Illinois and Florida. Solid beer all around.

Photo of Meerkey
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost 2 fingers of bubbly white head. Crystal clear, light copper. Lots of bubbles.

S: Lots of hops, piney resin and citrus. Clean and fresh.

T: Piney hops. Citrus peel. A little spicy?

M: Smooth and tingly - some carbonation. Not that exciting, but nice.

O: Nice and refreshing. Pretty good, I like it.

Photo of Duff27
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- One inch white head on a dark golden body. Fine fine particles floatin' around. Nice blotchy lacing and pretty damn good head retention as well.

S- Aroma is awesome Belgian yeast. This is one of those American made Belgian-style beers that you could get drunk off just the smell.

T- Noticeable Belgian yeast but nothing overpowering. A mashup of tons of fruits at the same time. Good malt backbone with enough hops thrown in to even it out. Drinks lower than it's stated 9.4%abv.

M- Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel. Lower end of carbonation.

D/O- I believe Lagunitas nailed it with this one. A very good "beginner" Belgian-style beer. Easier drinking than it should be. Thanks PTMcB!

Photo of fox227
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first I thought, "awesome, a six pack of a wild/sour ale!" Misleading title. But that out of the way:

A: Golden, one fingered head, not so good retention, and decent lacing. I love it when Belgian Golden Ale styles fill my glass with a towering head, so that disappoints.

S: Smells of fruity esters, Belgian yeast spice and sweetness.

T: The alcohol is up front, which would improve with aging. Tastes of bread, sugar, cloves. Let the beer warm and you'll get some banana and cinnamon as well. Decent flavor profile, but it never really comes together as being pleasurable.

M: High carbonation, not much bitterness as the high IBU level might suggest, and a numbing effect on the palate from the high alcohol.

O: You're not going to get a better bargain for a six pack of 9.4% Belgian style Golden Ale, but I've certainly tasted far better. Seems more like a 'get drunk' beer than one that focuses on the fine points of the style.

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

A- Amber pour with a bit of a copper tone to it. Frothy head that lingers well.

S- Bold floral scent with hint of citrus

T- Very light and florally with a citrus slight bitter finish.

MF- good carbonation and smooth feel

O - Good beer that will sneak up on you quick! 9.4% Alc and not boozy taste at all. Great beer but WOW a six pack will go a ways. A lot stronger than I thought.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of climax
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little Sumpin's wild sister pours a glowing amber/orange hue. The head is modest, but leaves a couple messy patches of eggshell white topping. Lagunitas printed 9.4% ABV on the bottle, so a lack of lacing isn't too much of a shocker.

The Belgian yeast really does add that extra little sumpin'! The complexity - even when it is still chilled - is gargantuan. Peaches, passion fruit, sage, and pine are at the front of the aroma, satisfying this hop head. Bold yeast flavor and loads of sweet and spicy cues seem to make everything right in the world. I can't get my face outta this snifter! Bubblegum, brown sugar, and the gooey caramel backbone emerge as it incubates at room temperature. No alcohol evident.... at all. Best aroma of anything I can remember.

Substantial bitterness holds strong through the flavor. It definitely boasts a big resinous pine character with a slightly tart dash of lemon. The alcohol introduces itself and warms up the body as I slip into hop bliss. The dry grassy finish doesn't slow me down either.

This one has a tad below medium mouthfeel, making it uber easy to drink... dangerously easy. I anticipated a bit mmore body, but I'm content with what it is. It's beautifully smooth and the carbonation is crisp. The dry finish keeps it flowing faster than I can detect more flavors in that confounding aroma!

What a solid beer, it's definitely got that sumpin' sumpin'!
1. Take a solid west coast style IPA
2. Throw in the Belgian kitchen sink of fruit and yeast flavors 3. Get it right
4. Bravo Lagunitas

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,412 ratings.