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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,930 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,930
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 141
Gots: 209 | 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 largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

largadeer, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Cylinsier, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

WestValleyIPA, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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]

TexIndy, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rootbeerman, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

elgiacomo, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JamisonM, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of surlytheduff
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

surlytheduff, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ryanonline, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

hophead247, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

cindyjeffsmith, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Torps
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Torps, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of mstyne
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

mstyne, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

flexabull, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BretSikkink, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of whoneeds8
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

whoneeds8, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

alexgash, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a lightly hazy orange with a nice white head.

Smell is a very nice citrus, pine and dusty yeast.

Taste is a hoppy, bitter, and strong chalky, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Drinkibility is very good.

One of the better belgian ipa's I have had. Not sure how this is a belgian strong pale ale.

aubuc1, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pale gold, perfectly water-clear with a long-living, pillowy one-finger head of off white foam that's both sticky and resilient. It hangs out for several minute before eventually collapsing to a thick, retentive filmy layer, leaving cascading sheets of lace.

Smell: bright and hoppy. Lots of mint, lime juice, grapefruit peel, cannabis, orange and pine, with a strong backbone of sweet honey.

Taste: sweet and fruity in the front, pineapple fruitiness mixes it up with the hops. The hoppiness of floral lavender, grapefruit and pine roll through at the finish.

Feel: soft. The liquid expands in the mouth, the medium-light body feeling almost like whipped cream. A light yet prickly carb keeps the tongue guessing. There's absolutely no hint of alcohol. Sumpin Wild, indeed.

Drink: more IPA than Belgian, A Little Sumpin Wild is light and fluffy yet goes down easy with a lot of flavor.

Phelps, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of adam42381
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled 8/30/10 per code 24270712 on bottle. (First 3 digits represent the day of the year)

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Floral and grapefruit hops with slight hints of pine and yeast. Very subdued aroma. Not as bold as I would have liked.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by light bready malt in the middle and bitter grapefruit and very mild phenols at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter. I barely pick up any flavor from the Westmalle yeast. I probably wouldn't even notice it if I wasn't specifically looking for it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. The alcohol is masked very well so this one could sneak up on you.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. The nose is the only thing that could use a little improvement. I would definitely recommend this beer.

adam42381, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer is so good! But one thing to say in critique of this beer is that it seems to me like they used there house yeast, 002. I don't get much of the westmalle really. It has that same "Lagunitas" yeasty goodness flavor to it, which isn't bad, but I'd like to get the westmalle more imo. Note-looks like it's bottle conditioned...

A-Pours a crystal clear light rust color and the bubbles slowly rise to the top, letting you know that this beer isn't playing around. A creamy white persistant head leaves very sticky, beautiful lacing down the glass. Very alluring appearance fo sho.

S-Man I love the hop profile in this beer. After a good swirl in my sniffer glass, I get HUGE PUNGENT floral hops. Some alcohol, (could use a little aging I guess... I also get cedar wood from the hops! Now that is a nice note to have. I rarely get that from hops... The malt profile is sweet with mainly bready malts in the nose. Very aromatic, in yo face. This one is not shy at all!

T-The flavor is much like the aroma, first with a huge palate wrecker of pungent floral resinous hops along with a hefty/chewy bitterness to boot! The malts here are bready as well as sweet milky caramel sweet.

M-The mouthfeel is so milky/creamy and sweet. Huge body with a dry, crisp hoppy bitter finish, like it should be. The carbonation is medium to low, perfect!

D-This beer, being this large is exceptionally drinkable. I highly recommend this beer for any craft beer lover.

Note-my palate and nose are clean and in good order. I wonder why I'm not getting a lot of the westmalle esthery notes described in other reviews... Don't know, hmmm. Bit this was a darn good beer fo sho.

hoplover82, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Finally, I can put a face to the name. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises honeydew, grapefruit, pine, and sweet caramel. The taste is very similar, though the melon is decidedly meeker here, and the caramel seems a bit more assertive, even if it's still definitely subservient to the hoppier aspects. The body is light-ish, with a light carbonation and a rather liquid feel. Overall, a solid brew, one I hope to have later on down the road.

TMoney2591, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking beer. A hazy deep golden orange with fluffy bone white head. It was poured into a tulip and the head really stood out on this one.

Smell is phenolic, like band-aids, and a bit funky. I was not overly-impressed with the smell on this one.

The taste made up for the smell. It still had that strong phenolic presence, but it was subsidized with cloves and some hop bite. It's a very bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is tart and dry. Great carbonation.

It's a good beer, but it's tart to the point of almost feeling chalky. It's hard to express this because I really enjoyed the mouthfeel, but on the other hand it took away from the drinkability.

Vonerichs, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass, this brew pours an orange yellow glow with a somewhat frothy head.

S: The aroma is full of fruity hops with a yeasty clove/spice note. Very California influenced, a little deviating from the style. Not as complex as I'd like.

T: The flavor is more rounded than the nose. I really wish I drank a Westmalle before this. The flavor is dominate with hops, with some typical Belgium clove and spice.

MF: The mouthfeel is probably the best characteristic of this brew. Well carbonated and full like a Belgium the bubbles do a great job of cleansing the pallet while the hops linger a tad bit on the finish.

D: This one is smooth and drinkability is solid without being spectacular.

Ultimately, its always been good to see Lagunitas expand their horizons, but this brew is more of an IPA and definitely is wild.

TKEbeerman, Oct 14, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,930 ratings.