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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,927
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 140
Gots: 209 | 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 OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and deep, slightly hazy gold with a great white head and terrific lacing.

Big (gigantic) hop aroma. Enjoyable? Yes. Anything else. Kinda. Some yeast and malt, but good luck.

Bg juicy grapefruit hop flavor up front. Tropical fruit in the malt, with some spice/clove elements, spicy yeastiness. unfortunately, they over hopped the shit out of this, so you just really get hops. Still, regardless of how this is pitched, I'm digging it.

Fuller bodied, with some tackiness as the hops clear the palate.

I liked this. No sense of booze in the flavor at all. Enjoy.

OtherShoe2, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of champ103
2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: This has a striking clarity. Bright and clear orange. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice lacing as well.
S: Typical Lagunitas. Big grapefruit, citrus, and resiny pine hops. That is it.
T: Follows the nose. Tons of grapefruit bitterness, citrus, and resin. Dank, musky, kind of perfume like hops. Isn't this suppose to be a Belgian Strong Ale?
M/D: A medium body and fairly low on the carbonation. Lightly syrupy, slick and soapy as well. Lots of bitterness, and plenty of burning alcohol makes this hard to sip on. I am struggling to finish the bomber.

Fermented with Westmalle yeast according to the label, but there is nothing Belgian or Wild to this one. Just a standard DIPA, and pretty much standard Lagunitas as well. Hop heads rejoice, everyone else move on.

champ103, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of jizfiasco
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint.
Tried this beer at brewtopia in chelsea last week and knew it was something I had to have again. Picked up a bomber and it was just as I had remembered near excellence. Poured bright gold like carbonated motts apple juice. Head was prominent but faded fast leaving a lasting film on the beer and glass. Carbonation level is perfect - just enough. Smells like an imperial IPA with mild malt backbone. But taste is totally different. Hops hit you but not as some high IBU bears this one is in the 70s but so complex you cant complain. As the taste settles you get the caramel flavor which if you look at the beer it seems to pale to have. Piney hops not very citrusy which I loved. Aftertaste is sugar coated grass and a slight alcohol sting. This beer is one of my top 5.

jizfiasco, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of awalk1227
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/7/10, my first review! I've always been a fan of the Lagunitas bombers, saw this new one, so I decided to pick it up.

Into a pint glass

A: Pours a bright sunny orange with a thick 1 and 1/2 finger head that fizzles to about a third of a finger but stays until the bottom of the glass. Very clear with lots of visible carbonation

S: Smells like an IPA, not what I was expecting from the advertised Westmalle yeast and the classification of a BSPA, but at least it's fresh! Oranges, grassy, piny, with a very subtle Belgian yeast undertone

T: It's great! It isn't too citrus hop-forward like the smell would imply, but there's a great balance here. Sweet, creamy malts up front with a nice bitter bite on the finish. Still drinking like a big IPA to me.

F: Creamy coating of the mouth, just the right amount of carbonation fizzling on my tongue. What's interesting is it isn't as dry of a finish as I would have though with a beer so similar to an IPA. Is this the Belgian yeast, or something with the malt backbone?

D: The IBU and 8.85% ABV are pretty well hidden. I could have guessed this beer at a 7.0%, and steadily sipped through both glasses until the bottle was gone.

Reminds me of a more complex Southern Tier 2X IPA, which I love.

I like what Lagunitas is doing here. Sure, they used a Belgian yeast, and maybe the classification wound up being BSPA, but why not just make it their own twist on an IPA? They do have a beer called "Hop Stoopid." They've always been one of my top choices for bang-for-your-buck bombers, and at $5.49 I would recommend this to anyone who wants a Little Sumpin' more to go with their liquor store purchase.

awalk1227, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of BeachBrewerDude
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting strong pale ale. The strong hops combination provides intense floral characteristics and gives a flavor of fresh tar with a little skunkiness. This pungent flavor lingers in the mouth for good amount of time. There is only a little bit of sweetness to this beer. This is definitely a beer you have to be in to mood for, as the flavors can seem a bit overwhelming.

BeachBrewerDude, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden/amber in color with a pretty white head.

Nice hoppy aroma.

This is Lagunitas' take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I can sum it up in one word: Hoppy. Big hop flavors and bitterness mix with a light malt sweetness. You could think of this as a Double IPA.

Good body.

Overall this is a fine beer, its strength keeps it from being really drinkable, though.

Shaw, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright orange, copper color with a tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of big juicy hops.

Tastes of plenty of hops with some Belgian characteristics. Hops have citrus and pine notes. Good amount of bitterness. Belgian type yeast spice comes through. Some fruit sweetness comes through as well with notes of peach and apricot.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Beernf
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased at BevMo in Santa Monica and poured into a .5L beer mug

Great yellow/golden color. Truly awesome lacing. Sticks around for the duration of the drink. 1 finger perfect white foam. Smell is the best part of the beer for me with a strong pine scent hitting first followed by pineapple and citrus. Its an intense aroma, developing more as the beer warms. Taste is strong pale ale at first but goes down very clean with little aftertaste, but an oiliness on the tongue and throat. Tons of carbonation. Very bubbly. Extremely drinkable, i put this whole bottle down myself and i would definitely recommend to friends.

Beernf, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Spider889
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bodega.

Never had regular Sumpin' Sumpin' so I can't compare, but this was a wonderful beer.

Light golden color, nice frothy thick head with good staying power.

Smells super fruity: pineapple, peach, floral hops.

Hoppy up front, sweet and floral, not too bitter.

Very light and drinkable.

Spider889, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed glass a slight chill hazed burnt orange with a big blooming white head that settled very slowly into a creamy mass.The first thing I notice is a big blast of citric hop,I detect some Amarillo I believe,then the phenols come rollin in with some clove-like spice.I really wanted to like the flavors more but I couldnt get myself to,started out great with a shot of citric and aspirin-like hops,but the phenols take over with slight funk and spice.Alot of people like Belgian yeast flavor...I dont.I like the hop profile and its a well made beer,just not a Belgian yeast fan.

oberon, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of philbertk
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Petaluma, CA--Little Sumpin Wild 7.70% ABV. 74.2 IBU's. Best of Fest to Me! Mild head. Clear thin bright gold color. Wild hoppy fruit ester front. Fully fermented rich barrel aged tasty tangy delicious spicy IPA body. Crisp clean end. (4.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/24 & 26/2010.

philbertk, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a one-finger-plus white head and great thick lacing.

The aroma is big-time west coast hops, rather typical of Lagunitas' profile, with big citrus and a little floral/herbal note in there.

The flavor has a sweet pale malt base, a little caramel thrown in, Belgian yeast, and a great hop profile of orange, grapefruit, floral, herbal, and resinous qualities. Well-integrated.

Medium-bodied with an average level of carbonation and hop resins attacking the palate.

A great beer overall, and an easy and enjoyable summer quaffer for sure.

nickd717, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very nice bright orange crystal clear color with a just off white head that lasts for a long time. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing. The appearance is very similar to pte. The aroma is big time grapefruit, tangerine and some honey on the finish. Really like pte as well. Very strange on this, but it's a beautiful hoppy sweet nose. Perfect. The flavor is very nice, big hops and a malty finish. Great acidic hops and even some sweet bready malts that balance it out. Fruity esters also. Spot on carbonation and dry finish gives this great potential to pair with barbecue for sure. I really think this beer is a home run and definitely worth seeking out.

Augustiner719, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one eluded me a few times... I was so happy to see Lagunitas at ACBF only to be told that they weren't tapping the keg at that point. Then I got drunk and forgot. Damnit. Well, this 22oz bottle for $5.49 will make up for it, Lagunitas. No hard feelings.

A- A light, sunshine orange with a huge head. 3 fingers, going nowhere. Sticky icky.

S- Hoppy, citrus and a dash of new growth pine. The westmalle yeast is there, although I missed it at first. Nice esters, fruity, and a hint of spice.

T- Lagunitas does not disappoint. This is a hoppy-as-hell beer. Great tropical fruit, citrus, and again a dash of new growth pine. Somewhat oily/resiny but not abrasive. The yeast adds another layer- really lingers in the aftertaste and screams BSPA. Great finish.

M- Great carbonation, body, 72 IBUs and 8.85% but no sign of either. Just delightful.

D- High. I think this is an outstanding beer. Wow! I hope to see more beers brewed like this... American style + belgian yeast = awesome!

ShogoKawada, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at Barley's Smokehouse on 9/27/10

Very clear amber color with golden highlights around the bottom. Poured a rather thin head to begin with, but a consistent, thin film seems poised to remain. Solid wall of lace that dries & cracks over time.

A subtle wheat aroma is situated amid lively, bright citric hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine & pineapple. I'm thinking Amarillo. There's a little yeast mustiness in the back, though it doesn't seem overly pronounced. Nice aroma, overall.

The nose belies the taste, as the malts is ramped up, the hops are toned down somewhat. A fairly subtle bitterness hits the tongue first, though it isn't as potently citric as the nose. Still tastes pretty dang good. Toasted malts with a touch of earthiness throughout. Yeasty undertones with some spiciness throughout.

Just a touch lighter than medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate for the beer. There's a low-slung grittiness; sort of sticky as well. Some appreciable alcohol heat. Toasty malts & deep, subtle, citric notes linger.

Blasted shaker pint; a tulip would do wonders for this one. Regardless, this is a tasty beer & I'll not hold the glassware against it. Definitely worth a try. I'm glad to have stumbled across it on tap.

Ryan011235, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Lagunitas for bringing this to the Oktoberfest in Shirlington. Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left a tiny bit of lacing behind. Smell is nice, with a touch of banana and clove from the wheat and a spicy hop profile.

Flavor is very nice. Hop profile has a nice amount of citrus, some spice, and a touch of bitterness. The wheat provides hints of banana and clove lightly noticeable under the hop profile. Very crisp, quenching mouthfeel, which helps make it extremely drinkable. Flavors mask the alcohol almost completely.

HURTemHIZZY, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap @ Capone's

Something wild looks like a mix of IPA and SPA with a bright yellow color with some minimal orange highlights. Cant really see through the liquid, it's not that clear cut. A nice whisp of bright white foam on top with some stickies. Smell is IPA mixed in with bananas and yeast. I get a tropic sense and a bready sense, pineapple, mango, yeast. Taste is weird, the yeast really takes center stage and blows everything out da water. Either this is the end of the keg, or the Westmalle yeast is just that powerful. Tropic fruits alot of bananers and yeast, malt under all of that. Feel is medium and nicely carbed up. This kinda felt like juice going down, I would love to try this on cask. Drinkability was alright, I did not feel the need to have another. Im going to say this is good beer for now but I think a bottle will be in store for the future, so I can get more of an IPA taste from it, this serving type was yeasted up big time.

BARFLYB, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

For something wild, I guess I expected some cloudiness, but the tangerine and gold colored body is so transparent I'm looking through it at the screen as I write this review. If I successfully spell every word right, you'll know it's lacking some of the cloudiness/haze I typically associate with a Belgian SPA. The head is no winner either, leaving just minimum soapy lace. If Duvel is the Megan Fox of beers, this is Ugly Betty.

But A Little Sumpin' Wild does begin to deliver the goods in the smell! A ton of citrus hops give impressions of peaches, orange, and pink grapefruit while a subtle Belgian yeast strain imparts some esters with bubblegum, traditional corriander and orange peel notes. A touch of earthy spice from the yeast leaves me thinking, what's so wild about this? It's simply a Belgian IPA! I love the expressiveness and the slight touch of sweet malt underneath knows to hide out and let the hops and yeast shine.

The taste pretty much follows what the nose set up, pulling the flavor between IPA and Belgian pale. The flavors of apricot, pineapple, mango, and orange are present and very juicy. The Westmalle yeast adds some depth, mostly a dry chalkiness and mild esters and spices. The malt is invisible except for some perceived sugary sweetness. A bit of alcohol is noted in the finish, but enough fruity flavor lingers on to make it not a major issue. The beer is pretty pleasant and very flavorful. A beer of substance, it's like Ugly Betty took her glasses off and let down her hair.

Mouthfeel is a touch sticky, as the carbonation and dry finish can't help the medium body from leaving some oily coating behind. The citrus hops don't fade as the slightly chalky yeast slams on the brakes, and the finish is slightly bitter. This is a good beer and very pleasant in just about every aspect. What did we learn today, besides that I can type a review of a beer through a glass filled with said brew? I guess Ugly Betty really shines once you can get past the frumpy appearance.

jampics2, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of chrisgn
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A- hazy, golden color witha foamy white head that laces all up and down the glass.

S- smells of citrus fruit. Like little Sumpin Sumpin there is a huge hops presence.

T- pine and grapefruit.

M- full bodied and smooth. Excellent mouthfeel. The flavor of the beer coats your whole mouth and lingers.

D- Hoppy beers like this are my favorite beers so the drinkability is high. There is enough hop character without being "face puckering"

This beer has the excellent flavor of Little Sumpin Sumpin with a little more body and mouthfeel. The Belgian yeast seems to jive well with the hop character.

chrisgn, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of eagles22
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice bright golden body with a decent white head.

Smell: this is the best part of the beer! Citrus and tropical fruits up front grapefruits, lemons, pineapples, white grapes, mangoes and some oranges. and some pine scent but the citrus fruits over power the smell.

Taste: This is a very hoppy belgian strong pale ale. the citrus hits you up front and alcohol burn just a bit but than you get a nice smooth finish with some bread/ malt characteristics. This is one fine brew I love it.

Mouthfeel: refreshing, crisp and smooth!

Drinkability: only rated this a 3.5 just because it's such a wonderful beer, that you should savor this one!

eagles22, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer Fall Beerfest.

The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is pretty fruity with some notes of pineapple and other citrus. I also get some toffee and caramel malt and a strong Belgian yeast component. The flavor is more of the same, with some bready malt and some grapefruit and orange citrus notes. The yeast is also very present and adds some strong Belgian character to the beer. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Not really anything too wild about this beer, but it is a good drink.

Mora2000, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop Leaf into a pint glass...Pours amber with a gold base, ok retention, good lacing...The aroma is fruity to start, tangerine, banana, a little malt and belgian yeast. Expected a little sourness but not much there...The taste is like the aroma, fruity to start with yeast finish. This is not bad, just nothing special, aka a typical lagunitas beer.

jrallen34, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright honey golden hue with a bright white head, speckled scattered lacing. Aroma has strong American hops with citrus/pine, and tropical fruit notes. Seems like they are following suit and making a hoppy Belgian style west coast IPA. Westmalle yeast strain, brings out banana/pineapple spicy esters. Flavor is competing with the Belgian yeast strain and American brash hop bitterness, sometimes this works sometimes it's a rough combo. Really great tasting version here spicy Belgian yeast with tropical fruit edges/banana/spice and upfront hops with citrus/grapefruit tones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a tad oily with hops and smooth bodied carbonation. Drinkabilty is nice but after 22 ounces I'm good even splitting with a friend is a good idea but the flavors here worked well together.

WVbeergeek, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bomber into a tulip. Very nice looking bright copper with a white fluffy head resting on top. A bit cloudy with some faint brown edges around the glass.

S: Oh, this is fantastic. Has that Little Sumpin base with a citrusy, Belgian yeast twang. Does smell a bit "wild". If that means anything at all...Some banana and bubblegum coming through, but the grassy/citrusy aroma is winning this for me. Crisp and sharp along with some underlying malts and even some funk going on. Very complex.

T: Well it certainly gains a lot from the Belgian yeast strain. Has the bubblegum flavor with some bready yeast, a little of funk on the end after some nice citrus hops. Really surprised how well these flavors work together. Maintains a fabulous balance of hops and malts, all with this Belgian yeast lending all its wondrous characteristics.

M: A bit drying on the tongue, but the flavors left seem to stick around for quite a while. Body is pretty full and has a good crispness. Maybe the carbonation is just a shade too high.

D: This is a very enjoyable beer, offers good malts, great citrus hops and a legendary yeast strain. Well put together and definitely worth a shot. Very unique take on the style.

kiddynamite920, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Bonis
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice clear golden orange with a huge meringue-like head which leaves a decent lace and stays for a long time. Looks to be well carbonated, as there are many streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my glass. A quite nice site if I do say.

S - Wow. Orbit Bubblemint Gum. Fresh incense. Freshly cut grass. Funky Belgian yeast. Lots of citrus hops. Hints of fresh bread. This smells freakin awesome.

T - I'd call this a Belgian IPA. It's a little on the sweeter side, but this is due to the wonderful citrus and fruity hop qualities that jump out at you. This adds a complex bitterness to the brew that makes for the perfect balance between sweet and bitter, and a near perfect dry finish. The tiniest of alcohol burns in the aftertaste mixed with a little spice. This is about the only trace of alcohol I've noticed. Very tasty stuff. Oh yea, the Belgian yeast qualities are there for sure.

M - Medium to big bodied, but smooth, crisp, and refreshing at the same time. I felt like this one would be overcarbonated, but I couldn't tell at all. Seemed just about perfect.

D - Made it through my bomber pretty fast. This stuff is tasty and drinkable at 8.85% ABV. This could possibly be the best deal out there for a bomber at just $5.

Bonis, Oct 03, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,927 ratings.