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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,413
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 165
Gots: 409 | FT: 2
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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:
Beer added by: femALEist on 04-28-2010

Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU
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Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Clear golden color with a 1-finger white head.

Aroma is citrus and piney, resinous hops combined with a hint of Belgian yeast. Unique.

Taste/mouthfeel is super smooth. Hops, malt and yeast are all in really good harmony. This is a very simple but also complex beer. 9.4% ABV is completely hidden.

Well done, Lagunitas.

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

A vigorous pour gives a slow-developing but lasting half-inch of foam sitting on top of a clear gold beer. The nose is typical Lagunitas: loaded with hops, pine-resin-like with a tidge of citrus. Flavor is a good mix of really strong grassy hops, dense, sweet malt, and a fruity yeast character. The "Wild", I assume, implies there's some non-standard yeast like Brett or something, but my taste buds aren't good enough to detect it among the assertive other flavors of this beer. It's still good, though. And warming, by the finish.

Photo of richkrull
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a big inch of fluffy slightly off-white head.

Smell is wheat, yeast with quite a bit of spice coming through.

Taste is a lot like the smell and even more spicy. Really good flavor though Quite a bit of malt flavor up front.

Mouthfeel is medium and it's fairly heavily carbonated.

Overall a really good beer. I'm beginning to really like this style and I think this is a great example of it. I'll definitely be looking for this one again.

Photo of wcintula
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas has yet to disappoint me. This beautiful Belgian pale pours an orange-copper, almost like a pumpkin beer, with a sizeable head with *excellent* lacing. Slight booze odor given off beneath the floral hop and sweet bready aromas, with a ripe something on the very back end. The taste is sweet and in the front and bitter towards the back with ever so slight peppery phenols around. Dangerously drinkable, like most of the breweries' beers. Excellent stuff.

Photo of rarbring
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber beer, with an off-white modest head that leaves some lacing and has good curtains.

Tropical fruits, pine apple, mango, warm pine forest smells as well.

Starts with sweet bread, caramel, some citric notes, then mostly floral bitterness, pine resin.

Little carbonation, soft and oily texture, a light dry finish.

A good, what I would style as, american DIPA.

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

Came in a Mason jar! Holy shit this must be good!

Pours dark straw with a decent head.

Smell strongly of belgian yeast and slightly hops. A spicey smell, possibly a pepper ish smell. Like a good Wit.

The Belgian yeast really dominates the initial taste. Underlying tones of citrus and white pepper. Aftertaste is citrusy and yeasty. Chewy malt throughout.

Overall a good beer, could tone down the yeast a bit.

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

Wow where to begin...

Pours out a hazy rich copper color with a few carbonation bubbles. The head starts off three finger high (if I had used a bigger glass I believe I could have even achieved a four finger head). But!, the head is off white and settled down to a half finger height from beginning to end. Good lacing around the glass. Just agitate the ale some and the head quickly returns to one finger.

The aroma is rich with bitter pine like hops, bread and yeast, sweetness of alcohol and malt.

The taste is just an attack on the tongue of all kinds of rich flavors. I certainly pick up the Belgium flavors, particularly from the yeast. Sour citrus and piney finish. Yet at the same time even the malt sweetness lingers with dry hop bitterness. Making this ale perfectly balanced. Very west coast because this could pass as an Imperial IPA as well.

Be careful because the body is medium and easy to drink still! Light carbonation and a slick finish on the back of your tongue.

This Ale whether you consider it a Belgium Strong Pale Ale or an Imperial IPA has everything you would want in an west coast American Pale Ale. Despite the high ABV 9:4%!! Each flavor is balanced almost to perfection!!

Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling.

Thick and frothy head, white in color. Slowly implodes on itself, leaving spider webs on the glass.

Strong pineapple hops. Dominant yeast aromas: Belgian earth and spice. A faint touch of smoke. Honey and grass.

Juicy grapefruit and pineapple. Honeyed malts and a bunch of spicy yeast. Again, just a hint of smoke. Woody bitterness with some alcohol bite. Fruitiness on the finish, blueberry like.

A great spin on an already great beer. I blew through a case of this faster than I wanted to.

Photo of schoolboy
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. loved Little Sumpin Sumpin for its' unique mix of tastes. This is even better (maybe). It's different in that sticks to a single style better. I wonder which came first.

The two Littles are probably my favorites from one of my favorite brewers (I find most of their brews exceptional). This one has a great dark, yeasty taste, with more hopps than some of this style. Everything about it works quite well for me.

The booziness is well stashed under all the other goodness, but I dinged it a little for mouthfeel since I don't think I could drink more than a couple before being overcome by too much taste and alcohol.

Woo hoo. Another one that I truly love.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Batch stamps on neck and bottom of bottle, but what they mean isn't obvious to me.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange beer with lots of persistent white lacing all over the glass. Foam on top is thickest at the edge, and a very very thin skin across the middle. Bubbles moving up very slowly through the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Hoppy! Perfect blend of orange citrus and pine resin. Just a hint of grapefruit and mango in there as well. Nice.

Taste: As expected, hop forward, but balanced with malt. Quick orange then caramel malt followed by a complex hoppy finish of grapefruit, mango, and lingering pine. Not sure what makes this a Belgian Strong but it's quite tasty. Makes me think more of a DIPA really.

Mouthfeel: I knew this was going to be a thick one due to the slow bubbles, and indeed it is. Smooth but thick with some spicy carbonation on the tongue. Very nice.

Overall / Drinkability: As with many things from this brewery - good amounts of hops and malt. Very tasty and it did not disappoint. But....it doesn't make me think of a Belgian Strong Pale. The alcohol is perfectly hidden which can be a characteristic of this beer, but it's a DIPA in flavor. I'm not complaining exactly as it is quite tasty, but I'm not seeing the connection to the style at all. However, I'll give it this - just like Duvel which will sneak up on you, this one will too. High ABV so well hidden, yep, devilish is one way to describe this, but tasty enough that I want another one. So maybe it is this style after all, just hop forward in fine west-coast style. Quite drinkable despite the fact the even with the devil egging me on I should stop at one.

Photo of tdm168
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredible orangish amber with 1/4" of head that fades to a thin lacing. Bready malts, pineapple, alcohol esters, and faint yeast make up the nose. Bready malts make up the body here with fruity flavors mixing in. I get apple, pineapple, figs, and dates. The alcohol really warms the finish on this one. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, mildly carbonated, and very smooth.

This is a solid beer. Complex, intriguing, warming, refreshing. All around good!

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

Bottled 18 August 2011, I believe. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours very clear, a golden apple juice color, with a frothy white head. Great head retention, solid strings of lacing. Stream of bubbles rising up through the center of the glass. Very nice.

Smells delicious. It's dominated by sweet fleshy fruit - melon is the most obvious. Very light spice, a hint of funk. It wowed me on first scent, but after that there wasn't a ton more to it.

Taste reminds me that it's Lagunitas. They really like to pump their beers full of hops! It is indeed like a hopped-up Belgian golden. But it works for me. Bitter punch, and some tangy spice, come through early. The flavor then drops down to a fruity sweetness more similar to the smell. Finished like that, with a low tingly bitterness hanging on through the finish.

Mouthfeel: a little low on the carbonation, but it pulls through in the end. Medium-bodied, kinda sugary sticky.

This is one of those beers that just makes style boundaries seem silly. It has a bunch of different things going on - heavy hops, Belgian yeast, fruity sweet malts. So what is it? Delicious!

Photo of mlazzaro
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Six pack of 12s. Labeled as being 9.4% ABV.

Clear as a bell - straw-orangy color. Off white head with not the greatest head retention. Smells mostly like floral/fruity Belgian yeast with a touch of booze. Yeast seems to mix/cover hop smell a bit. Hop aroma that I can detect is citrus-piney and very American smelling. Tastes very a lot like Centennial hops in the flavor. Reasonable malty sweetness to back up the booze and bitterness. Slight bread malt notes as well. Westmalle yeast is great tasting, very clean, but the bitterness hits at the same time and really conflicts in my opinion. I do like the idea of American hops mixed with the traditional Belgian Abbey yeast. Other than the high bitterness this beer has no notable flaws in my opinion. Well crafted and fun to drink. Solid alcohol content in this one, so some aging might bring out the yeast and subdue the bitterness a bit. I'll try aging and re-reviewing in a year or two.

Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear orange amber with a medium sized, though thick off-white head. Lines and dots of lacing mess the glass.

Pungently tropical citrus aroma: orange, pineapple, and grapefruit specifically. This smells more like a wonderful DIPA than anything else at this point. As the beer warms, a slight Belgian yeast presence pushes its way through, along with some pepper notes, earth, and grass. Interesting and a pleasure to sniff.

Vibrant and pungent tropical fruit citrus flavors: more orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, following the nose nearly identically. These flavors are bold and unmistakable. As the beer warms, it becomes a bit more bready, a touch sweeter, and just a hint of the Belgian yeast and some spicy pepper notes emerge. This beer isn't all too "wild," but it's certainly delicious.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Full yet crisp and refreshing.

A delicious (Belgian) DIPA, if you ask me.

Photo of gtermi
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of my favorite beers of all time. This to me is the mothership of Laguintas.

The appearance is very nice. It has the perfect golden IPA style color and it has the perfect amount of head. The head lingers off over time, but still is some what existent.

The smell to me has a lot of hop and malty scents. To me it is the perfect amount of both and it blends beautifully.

The taste is the greatest part of this beer. I love the hops flavor, but it also has a little bit of a fruity flavor. I would say that the beer has a slight tripel style flavor.

The mouthfeel is very great too. It has enough crispness with a perfect amount smoothness for such a hoppy beer.

Overall this is one of the greatest beers I have ever had in my life. Like I said earlier, this is the best beer I have tried from Laguintas and I have had tons of their beers. If you see this beer, but it!

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

(A) Pours a clear golden yellow color. Decent carbonation with a frothy, off white head that leaves some lacing. Nothing cloudy or hazy and no sediment.

(S) Smell has a hint of pine, some lemon and orange and other citric smells. Kind of funky. Slight grapefruit and hops. Almost a grassy character to it.

(T) Well....that's different. Has a pale ale base to it but has that little bit of extra difference. Pine with hop bitters and some grapefruit. Lemon and orange zest scattered throughout. Has a good malt base to it as well. Has some bottom to it.

(M) Slightly bitter and a bit oily. Well carbonated, which hits the tongue a bit. Light body.

(O) It's different. It's not what I expected but it has that definite "wild" type of taste to it. It's more on the side of the pale ale spectrum with that slight difference.

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A reserved pour into a Bells anniversary pint glass yielded a bubbly festival of citrine brew with a pure white head and great lacing.

S - Smells of tropical fruit, sugars, and grass.

T - Bold nut (Marris Otter?) malt flavors cover a mild wheat flavor and a terrific Lagunitas style bitter finish. Wow.

M - This beer comes alive from the pour and never lets up. Maybe this beer is meant for a champaigne glass.

O - This is a high ABV beer done right. Crisp, clean, and bold. My favorite of a top notch Lagunitas line of brews.

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange gold with 1-finger thin light cream head. Faint retention and light lace.

Nose is bready, yeasty with notes of dried sweet fruit - cherries, ripe green apple, and apricot.

Medium fruit flavor, mainly cherries and a bit of plum. Nice bread in the middle with a light, tart finish.

Slightly syrupy, but about right for the style.

Not a big fan of wild, farmhouse style - but this is a nice surprise.

Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours golden amber in color with an inch of off white head.

S - I get a lot of fruit, grapefruit, orange, peach, and even some pine.

T - I get most of the fruit flavors up front and it finishes with a perfect amount of bitterness.

M - Velvety smooth with mild carbonation

O - I like Lagunitas beers and this is no exception. It is full of flavor and a joy to drink.

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

I pour it into a wine glass. The excellent carbonation makes me take a quick quaff. Immediate two-finger head dissipates into classic Belgian lacing.

The bright golden color tells me this one is not your average IPA.

A big whiff brings me back to Northern Europe. These hops I know not, their origin mysterious and exotic. Did Lagunitas import a boxcar load of European hops or are they growing these here now? Me like.

The taste is spicy with hints of clove, chili pepper, and freshly mowed grass. It leaves my sides of my tongue burning, but in a good way. The taste that lingers is a burst of alcohol. Slam, bam, thank you maam!

The mouthfeel is explosive and lingering.

"Wild" is a seriously fun, big, rollicking, in-your-face American/Euro IPA. Thank you, Lagunitas. Keep doing waht you're doing.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden copper tan/brown, small head with some lacing, plenty of carbination.

Smell - Floral, yeast, peach aroma, plum, some sugars, farmhouse armoa is present.

Taste - I really enjoyed the sumpin sumphin ale over this past summer so was excited to try this. At first drink the peach/apricot flavor is present, but with added yeasts, malts and alcohol. Large spice backbone, with grassy yeast in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Sweetness at first, hits tounge with cirtus fruits. Palette gets alot of yeast. The aftertaste is bread-like, malty, and a bit too sour and bitter.

Overall - Pretty tasty and flavorful. It reminds me more of a saison then anything. The bitterness at the end is my only downfall. A nice addition to the sumpin series.

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*

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,413 ratings.