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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,342
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 153
Gots: 353 | FT: 1
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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 mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark gold color with lots of visible carbonation. Good two-finger cream/tan-colored head.

Smell: Lemon and orange citrus up front, with yeast and fresh bread following it up.

Taste: Rather spicy at the start (farmhouse style, but milder), with lemon flavors coming through, and eventually a bit of yeast and bitterness. Some alcohol is present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty smooth too.

Drinkability: Strong ABV, which comes through a bit. So light-bodied it is a bit too easy to drink.

A nice offering from Lagunitas... sort of a mellow mix between a Belgian IPA and a Saison.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 7/23/2011, purchased at a bottle shop and well stored since.

Poured into a Corsendunk Tulip.

Pours a nice one finger or better head, which slowly subsides to a solid 1/8” cap, very nice lace. The head is easily revived with a swirl, a very lively Ale.
Beautiful golden amber color.

The smell slams you with wonderful bready yeast, and a definite Belgium Saison style of aroma, even some candied smells, then you smell the citrusy hops, but they are outgunned by the yeast/malt.

Incredibly delicious flavors of yeast, golden malt, and a great crisp acidity with perfectly balanced carbonation, some good bitter citrus hops sneak in, followed by more malt, mildly sweet but not cloying at all, the yeast and malt eventually win the battle. A full bodied mouth feel. Yes it’s real ale!

Long, bitter/hop/malt/yeast (in that order), infused finish, with some candied sugar at the very end. Interesting.

Well it’s perfectly natural to compare this with A Little Sumpin, Sumpin Ale, but let’s just say they are both excellent on their own merits. This definitely has a Belgium slant to it, an Americanized Saison, and for that reason I find this Ale to be just delicious! Overall everything comes together in this ale, the yeast, the malt, the hops, and even the sweetness, to deliver an excellent balanced ale. A pleasure to drink, and for me, despite the virtually unnoticeable 9.4% ABV, an Ale I can drink several of back to back. This is one of the few brews I enjoyed slightly colder, seems perfect at around 50 degrees. Lagunitas continues to impress me!

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

a: This was a lightly hazy apple juice color. It poured with a small fizzy head.

s: Lots of tea-like spicy hops, toffee, and sugar cookies. I couldn't find much in the way of Belgian yeast.

t: Vaguely Belgian apricot flavors and toffee up front with plenty of strongly bitter tea-y hops that had hints of citrus.

m: Big and kind of chewy feeling.

o: I liked this for it hoppiness, but I didn't find much Belgian character. Other reviewers mentioned Brett, I certainly didn't find any of that.

Photo of JayAre46
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a light amber with golden touches, honey with some white fluff on top and a good amount at that. shows good retention.

A - little funk in the nose, grainy, fruity, decent aroma. some grass as well.

T - a little brett comes in right after the grainy aspects and light crystal malt, get a big pear like taste, kind of a dull fruit not to sweet, then a belgin yeast comes in for its touch, hops come through well in the back and balance it out, finishes great and the alcohol is hidden until in warms.

M - very creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is very light, easy on the palate.

O - im glad to see this in 6 packs this year, my favorite under the radar beer at an event last year, glad im enjoying it as much this time around. solid brew from lagunitas, amongst my favorites from them. i did not enjoy this one on tap nearly as much*

Photo of r0nyn
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota, NJ. Served in a tulip glass.

Possessing a darkish amber hue, this brew from Lagunitas definitely looks pretty in the glass. It's transparent and has a decent-sized bubbly head that dissipates slowly, leaving some serious lacing. The nose is a wonderful bouquet of aromas, the predominant ones being the apricot sweetness and the fresh floral nuances. I seriously had to keep sniffing it even when it was down to the last swig, it's such a pleasant smell.

Bit of a citrusy pop at first sip, followed by some more fruit essences including the recurring apricot, some tangerine and even a little bit of pineapple. It's all quite sweet without even coming close to being cloying; just a very pleasing melding of all these tasty flavors. There's a mild undercurrent of caramel malt, as well as a sublime yeasty breadiness as the liquid leaves the tongue. Wonderful in every way. Towards the end there's a very subtle bitterness that crops up, along with a muted alcoholic twinge, making this beer pretty dangerous given the heft of its ABV. Has a medium-bodied mouthfeel with a smooth, easy character that glides across the palate. Finish is just a tad drying, leaving you wanting just a little bit more.

This is definitely the best offering I've had from Lagunitas. I've had some Belgian Strong Pale Ales before, but this one blows all of them out of the water, including the almighty Duvel. Finely crafted and devastatingly tasty, this is a beer that merits repeat visits in the future. Bravo, Lagunitas!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, light brown color with some golden amber hues. It initially had a medium sized white head after a vigorous pour, but it faded quickly to a small ring around the glass that leaves some scattered lacing.

S: The smell is quite sweet initially with some tropical-like fruitiness and citrus zest. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Instead, it creates a nice spicy peppery aroma. Some bitter hops are also very present.

T: The first thing I noticed was a big spice kick from the alcohol. After, some other flavors come through including some grassy and yeast-like tastes. It has a nice bite of bitterness at the end form the hops.

M: It is medium bodied with a big level of carbonation. The kick from the alcohol complements the slight bitter finish left form the hops and refreshes the palate.

O: Once again, lagunitas does not disappoint. A very enjoyable seasonal.

Photo of Long813
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden-orange body with three figners of white fluffy head. Retention is good and leaves great lacing. No sediment seen.

S: Could smell this as soon as I opened the bottle. Full of citrus fruits, yeast,spices and some good malt character.

T: Following the nose, there is a great mix of citrus fruits and malts. Finishing with some bitter hops and spice.

M: Medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. This makes for a pleasant smooth texture. There is an extremely high amount of bitterness and alcohol in the aftertaste.

O: Very pleasing brew, the flavours are great as is the aroma. The alcohol shines through a tad to much and it could lessen the bitterness.

Photo of syrupjoe
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours clear golden with a 3 finger white head.

Nose is very fruity, citrusy, piney, malty, and caramely.

Taste is very sweet, malty, and dried fruity. This bottle isn't as fresh as it could be, so the floral hops are pretty subdued, but the bitterness is very mellow and balanced.

Light, smooth carbonation and a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall a very smooth, enjoyable, flavorful beer that I would definitely drink again.

Photo of abgba121
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light amber color, almost no head and very little lace.

S: Belgian yeast very present on the nose, slight sweetness and strong hint of citrus hops, the bitter alpha acids strong on the nose

T: Sweet and belgian yeast shine through, with a strong hop finish, floral and slightly bitter

M: medium body

O: a good beer, much better on the flavor than on the aroma though

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

12 oz. in a snifter at Back Country Pizza and Tap House on 9/18/11.

This one had me scratching my head. I could swear that the server poured me a DIPA. Later that afternoon, I had the bartender draw me a sample and sure enough, it's what I had earlier. Maybe I was expecting a wild ale and the name was misleading, as there were no sour characteristics present in the beer. Appearance was golden with a bit of amber and slightly cloudy. Head was a bit on the short lived side and there was little lace. Aroma was strong C-hops, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Flavor was the same. Medium body and carbonation. I would have rated this beer a half higher overall if it were billed as a DIPA, as the hops were too overwhelming.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.6/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-gold color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of rotten grapefruit, rotten oranges, and pine. It is not an appealing aroma. The taste is hoppy with the same rotten quality of the aroma. I can't detect anything remotely wild/sour in this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer. If this truly is a wild ale then it is way too hoppy to let the wild ale qualities come through. As is it tastes like a poorly crafted DIPA. I will not drink this beer again.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip at about 45 degrees.

Healthy sized, tight, off-white head that lingers for a good long while. Body is a hazy golden color. Plenty of lacing.

Initial aromas are fairly sweet and bready. Then passes into pineapple rhind, mint, orange peel spice, and slight touch of rubber. As it warms into the high 50s, some astringent alchohol comes through in a pretty pronounced fashion.

Clean on the palate, and just lightly carbonated for the style. Flavors carry mostly citrusy hops / tropical fruits, and some sweet bread. Touch of cinnamon and spice. Pretty smooth quality overall.

A really tasty and easy drinking (for the ABV) BSPA. Not quite as carbonated or "fluffy" as some, but a very nice Americanized (hoppy) version, nonetheless. Could easily be categorized as a Belgian IPA.

Photo of Philousa
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Wine Affairs in San Jose.

Poured a clear, pale orange with thin, white head and good lacing (what Lagunitas beer doesn't have good lacing?). I get earthy hops to start followed by citruisy, very fruity hops. This had an acidic bite to it to start, prickling the tongue, followed by earthy, citrusy flavors and bitterness, ending in a tiny bit of sourness if you're looking for it (I had to search). The citrus flavor lingers. This is highly carbonated and very light in the mouth.

I didn't know the style they were going for at first, which I guess should be blamed on marketing. The original Sumpin' advertised the wheat, but that doesn't jibe well with most Belgian Strong Pales. I didn't know what to think of this beer. It would have been better without the strong carbonation and bite in the tongue. I guess I could just let it simmer a bit after pouring if I buy a sixer, though. This is interesting if not complex. Lagunitas keeps proving to me that they are a bit one note and should stick to their awesome IPAs.

Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Little Sumpin' Wild pours a clear deep golden color, with a small white head topping it off and leaving a good amount of lacing. In the center is a rising column of little bubbles.

The nose has a lot going on: sweet malt, candi sugar, citrus hops, pineapple, spice, apple, bubblegum and some yeast.

The hops are pretty prominent in the taste, bready malts, some tropical fruit, herbs, apple and berries, citrus, just a touch of spicy alcohol which is well blended, fairly yeasty and bitter finish. Medium bodied and a fair amount of carbonation on the tongue.

Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent orange in body with bubbly white. Smells of grassy hops, sweet malt, and some wild yeast. Tastes of grassy hops, wild yeast, apples, and vague alcohol. Light bodied with light carbonation.A tasty drink with great flavor and quite sessionable for its ABV.

Photo of PeggyHill
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is something a bit different from my normal tastes, but I rather enjoyed it. Found it at a "Total Wine" near my home.

A: Yellow/straw colored pour retained a small head when settled, and tiny bit of lacing remained throughout.

S: Sweet light hops, somewhat floral. Hints of fruit zest and lots and lots of wheat.

T: Sharp barley/copper taste, but smooths out to a dry crisp finish. Again some floral fruit zest notes.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Hits the tongue and the flavors disperse, starts flat than smooths out to be savored. Leaves the mouth watering.

O: I was really impressed by this beer. Usually Pale ale leaves me my mouth dry and a sour tartness aftertaste. But the alcohol passed by very subtle because of the fruitful and zesty flavors.

Good Brau!

Ho Yeah!

Photo of bminor7
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz from Hoosick. Recommended by Steev.

I will admit I didn't know what to make of this. It is indeed very clear for a 'wild' ale...(really got out of hand with the isinglass...gasp! However with a stiff pour there is some foamy remaining, and sticking to the glass. Just right.

The smell is hard to describe...sweet, no doubt, under/overripe banana? the 'wild' is in there too. it makes for an interesting whiff.

there is an element of the 'wild' as well in the flavor but it's a standout fruitful concoction...easy way to get non-initiates initated into the WILDE style. this taste is quite interesting and seems almost to stray away from the generally malty backbone of the BSPA...especially in comparison to Douisville. no doubt the yeast is to blame...haaayyy!! as a previous reviewer said - fun - this is unique and appealing at the same time.

mouthfeel is, well, thin, somehow, but that only makes it very more drinkable. the alcohol is virtually non-detect! so good for summer, but there is enough in here to slow you down.

Try it!!

Photo of jsulko
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Mostly clear straw color with a slight white head.

Smell is very yeasty with a hint of a tropical/citrus hop in the background.

Has some of the tropical flavor of the regular little sumpin with the wildness from the differing yeast strain.

An interesting beer but I think the Wild distracts rather than adds to the base beer.

Photo of benclimbs
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really really fun beer, a really shining example of a Cali Belgian IPA from a good (but not great) brewery. I'm really liking their special releases though, this and lucky 13 alt are great for the style.

pours underwhelming, a bit too clear for this type of beer and not enough head/lacing (no bottle conditioning i'm sure) but since i'm judging it on the style gotta knock it.

Smell is really good - all yeast and fruit up front tropical notes, lots and lots of apricot and a little bit of spice - some riesling grapes too.

the taste is really good for a very west coast Belgian IPA (cmon it has 73 ibus! not a 'belgian strong pale') full of fruit, citrus, a little balanced biscuit malts, some pleasant warm alcohol notes. Just really drinkable, and really nice - maintains the american qualities yet has an awesome, fun belgian yeast strain - Westmalle to boot!

Great beer, not the best of the style but really liked it.

Photo of McNealc31
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The hops hit you immediately with Lagunitas Sumpin’ Wild Ale. Clear straw color with a big white head that doesn’t stick around for long. Checking in at more than 70 IBUs, there is a bit of a lip pucker factor with the huge hop flavor. But there is some sweetness in there, too, and a hint of cherries, even. As it warms I’m getting some wheat malt coming through, which is adding a nice layer of flavor.

Overall, it’s good, but the hops dominate everything else.

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

I can't remember where I picked this beer up at, but I believe that it was the downtown Spec's in Houston. Anyway, let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear yellow golden color with a small 1/8" head that stuck around for a good while being maintained by quite a few bubbles rising. There is already a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: I get a healthy amount of clean and citrusy hops, some defined alcoholic notes giving some spice and the malt is mostly toasty with a bit of a buttery quality to it. The wildness is reserved and is working with the hops to add complexity in the same general vein of New Belgium's Le Terroir, but not nearly as bold. Overall I am enjoying the aroma of this beer.

Taste: The flavor is a little lighter bodied than I expected by the alcoholic presence and the fact that the bubbles were rather slow to make their way to the surface. The first sip is rather bitter, but the second and subsequent aren't as dramatic of a change. The finish is a bit dry and the beer is pretty attenuated with a noticeable bitter balance and the alcohol is in there to make things a bit thinner in the finish. The carbonation is adequate for what the beer is. As the beer is warming up, the flavor is getting much more peachy.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and I wouldn't mind picking up another six-pack or so while it is around. I like that the American breweries are experimenting with hops in sour beers, and I think that it is a good direction to go. I am also liking the Black IPA, so some exciting things are ahead. The fact that I plan to buy this beer again says that I approve. Go get yourself some and give it a shot. If you like IPA and/or sour beers, you probably won't be disappointed. I would like it to be more bold on the wild side, but this is still OK.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Porterhouse, Dublin tulip.

A: Pours a pale amber with a wisp of white head.

S: Smells funky and tart. There is overripe tropical fruits and citrus hops popping out of the glass.

T: Follows the nose. It has very nice wild hints, but that same, tropical hoppiness that makes regular Little Sumpin' so great.

D: Alcohol is well balanced and only the complexity slows me down.

Overall: I'm going to say it...I like this more than the original. And that is saying something! Its an Imperial wheat wild IPA and it straight-up kicks ass! Great, original beer that's loaded with complexity and flavour.

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Yellow orange that is cloudy. Thick white head that left lace all the way down the glass.

Citrus hops at first then you get yeasty bubble gum and some alcohol.

White grapefruit up front, had a little sweetness in the middle with a little bitterness and that yeasty bubble gum at the end. Smooth coating on the tongue with a little heat from the alcohol.

I had A Little Sumpin Sumpin and really enjoyed that beer. This one was not far from it.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fermented with westmalle yeast strain? sounds good!

Smells funky with a massive bubbly head. Crisp clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation. Smells of dried apricots and papaya, touches of pineapple and hibiscus, sweet cake bread, banana chips and some herbs.

Very very smooth. Sweet dried tropical fruits upfront followed by bold bitternes and a floral/citrus hop punch. Banana papaya and apricot finish. Nice juicy beer with a bit of dryness on the mid palate. Tons of tropical and fruity flavors with a bit of yeast and booze (not a lot) just enough to balance things out for a super clean sip. Dangerously drinkable and incredibly funky.
Booze stars to build a little as you keep sipping but the beers still good.
Brisk carbonation and even slightly tannic.

Photo of Emerson1310
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer!!!

A: Deep gold, foggy, lots of carbonation, creamy 2-finger head, lots of lacing when you tilt the glass.

S: Grapefruit city!! Some yeast and malts too.

T: Just amazing!! Lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange, mango, etc. Mild bitterness fades quickly on finish, no hop buildup on back of tongue.

O: I will keep buying this!! Well priced and wonderfully drinkable. At 9.4 ABV I would only be able to drink around 10 to 12 bottles before switching over to something lighter. >;^))

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,342 ratings.