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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,171
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 154
Gots: 287 | 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 smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near-clear gold. Lumpy eggshell white head that leaves a thick ring of lace after each sip.

Fruity (sweet) with a grapefruit hop aroma.

Lots of effervescence on the tongue. Good pale malt start but it fades quickly to a strong hop of black pepper and grapefruit rind. Could easily pass for a Belgian-style IPA. Rich feel to the mouth despite the high carbonation. The finish has a bit of piney hop to it

smcolw, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of CMW
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper color with a half-inch head. Very clear and allows for the viewing of plenty of carbonation. A nice soapy lacing forms as it head runs down the side of the glass.

S - A wide variety of tropical and citrus fruits. Good mixture between fruit notes and hop notes.

T - Citrus flavors remind me of island fruits and these mix pretty well with some hop bitterness. Not exactly what I think of when BSPA comes to mind but still quite good.

M - Carbonation is high and can sting the tongue a little.

D - Pretty easy to drink with its light flavors and enticing flavors.

CMW, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
2.48/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange, clear with a big, light tan head with really good retention and lace.
Smell is odd for the style, very hippy with a light lemon note. Like standing in a lumber mill, the smell is that medicinal resin note. No malt detected.
Taste is very similar, hops and grapefruit with malt very light and late.
A warming at the swallow and the hops presence drops as fast as the beer down your throat. A relatively full body and a sharp effervescence up front. Aftertaste has some balance but still hop biased.
I suspect this brewer, like a few others (Rogue), hop heavier for the style than I think appropriate. If so, good to know ahead of time. Overall, though, its a good beer if a bit off style.

PorterLambic, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden orange color with a nice frothy, white head. Good head retention and lacing. Smells very floral and tropical. Tropical fruits, that certain belgian yeast element is present, citrus, pineapple, tangerine. Damn good. Tastes of more tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, ...belgian yeastiness, more tangerines, orange peel, slight white pepper, so good. I could drink this sweet nectar all night long and hope to remember it.

Doomcifer, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of atsprings
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice fluffy off white head that lasts and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp Earthy citrus hops and a nice kick of Belgian spice in front of sweet biscuit malts. The taste is smooth citrus hops up front with a nice kick of spices, followed by a nice bitter citrus hop finish. The beer is only slightly heavy, with smooth carbonation and mild dryness. This is a very interesting and enjoyable beer from Lagunitas, I hope this becomes at least an annual release.

atsprings, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden, sparkling clarity, thick layer of spongey off-white foam, great head retention, lace

Aroma: floral, lemony hop scent with a hint of tropical essence; passion fruit; malt

Flavor: full sugary/candyish sweetness with hints of preserved lemon rinds, floral perfume, grass, and wheat; finishes semisweet with a peach-pit bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fluffy texture, spritzy carbonation

Other comments: The "Wild" thing is a little misleading. When I bought it, I thought it would have some wild yeast in it or something.

GreenCard, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could drink this puppy all day.

golden yellow white head.

yeasty smells, floral, hoppy pines.

tastes follows the nose, floral, sticky, sweet, pine hop resin,

nice mouthfeel to it

Had this on tap at their brewpub on a hot day and on a cold rainy day, either way works fine.

Murchmac, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date: 22 December 2010
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 22fl oz bottle

Pours with a firm 1-finger head, reduces to nothing, semi-runny lacing, color is gold with a touch of orange. Aroma of pine hops, lemon peel, and very little, Belgian yeastiness. When tasting, Belgian yeast flavor explodes. More taste of fresh hops and Belgian yeast, lemon and ends with a touch of peppercorn. Leaves sweet hops on the palate from taste to taste. Not bad. I think I'd rather try something different nexttime.

My brother wanted to be clever and review this beer, so he said: "the wild citrus flavor dances upon my tongue frivolously in the night as I thirst for revenge." Wow. I'm speechless.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy and yellow with a brown glow, incredibly thick foamy long lasting head with great lacing

S-hoppy and sweet with a slight hint of malt

T-opens hoppy with strong roasted middle and finishes very subtly with banana

M- very gentle on the tongue, i let it sit for a second to release flavors on to pallet

D-excellent value. I would gladly pay the 3 bucks again for this bomber...very nice

TheLVBeerGuy, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of alpineclimber
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been sipping on a few of these beauties in the last couple of days. Half of a bomber straight from the fridge into my St. Bernardus chalice. A nice copper brew with a large frothy white head.

The brew might be a tad on the cool side because the only smell I can pick up on is citrus and tropical fruit, pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste is amazing. Just like the smell I can taste all sorts of big fruit flavors. I would like to say I can pick out the Westmalle yeast but I would be lying if I did. There is a nice hop bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is completely hidden.

Really good mouthfeel, slightly thicker then most Belgian Strong Pale Ales that I have had.

It's interesting that this beer is labeled as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. To me this beer tastes, smells and drinks more like a Double IPA. This is by far my favorite offering from Lagunitas that I have had.

alpineclimber, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of vfgccp
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold, nice head with average lacing

S - Tons of citrus hops, orange rines

T - Smooth malt opens the profile for a split second before nutty-sweet hops rush through the palate. Grapefruit bitters on the backend. Great balance.

M - Perfectly carbonated. Medium-light body.

D - Good drinkability, not overpowering.

vfgccp, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, solid finger of soapy white head, solid retention and sheets of lacing.

S - Sweet lemon iced tea hops, pineapple with cedar and pine spriggs on the finish. Slight nose of caramel on the finish.

T - Very sweet tasting, with brown sugar and honey notes amongst the lemon iced tea and pineapple hops. The sweet fruitiness lingers on the tongue. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet on the palette.

D - This stuff is fantastic and I could drink it all night. The ABV is incredibly well hidden, and the sweet fruity hops make it absolutely delicious. This company pumps out winners like no other!

andrenaline, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden/amber in color with a monsterous rocky white head that forms huge chunks and last forever. The head actually rises above the rim of the glass and looks like icecream above the icecream cone.
Smells like a fruit coctail. Tangerines, mango and papiya.
Very fruity flavors of tangerine, mango and papiya. Honey and a sharp graininess to balance it all out. Very tasty beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick and oily.
Very drinkable. I love this beer and it's a style that I usually do not like.

wcudwight, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of kiddwhiz
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured 2/3rd of a bomber in to a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Two fingers of silky white head developed and dissipated over 2-4 minutes. Pours a clear deep to pale gold with lacing as it goes down leaving a persistent chunky cap. Strong carbonation.

S - Initial smells of orange, passion fruit, grapefruit and beautiful hop oils.

T - Initial tastes of caramel, bitter hops, honey, with a transition to crisp citrus fruit and earthy tones. It has a touch of dry heat but that is complemented by a lingering citrus/hop/spice finish (clove?).

M - Medium body with strong carbonation. Starts bright and finishes with confidence.

D - At 72 IBU's and 8.85% ABV I would say that this is very drinkable. It leaves a warm feeling that persuades the mind in to wanting just one more pint of deliciousness.

kiddwhiz, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of HotHands
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a translucent golden orange with a frothy white head. Leaves some cool lacing on the glass.

S - citrus (especially orange and tangerine), some tropical fruits, candy, and lively spices.

T - wow, this one is interesting. A bit of sweet honey up front, followed by a significant bitter punch. Then some cloves and spiciness, followed by a clean tropical fruit finish (mango, papaya, banana), though with no mustiness like you might expect from mangos or papayas.

M - good carbonation. A bit of a creamy/oily feel. It's nice, though I give better marks to BSPAs with dry finishes.

D - quite devilishly drinkable.

This beer isn't exactly true to the style (it's hoppy and the hops are distinctly American tasting) but it is very delicious and far too drinkable. Great price, too. It's even better on tap, though when I had it on tap I was way too far gone to write a proper review. This beer can knock you on your rear before you know what happened.

HotHands, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of shand
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into an imperial pint.

This beer pours a very hazy straw color with a little more than a finger's worth of head. The lacing is superb, leaving lacing all the way down the glass. This beer is pretty good smelling, wheat, citrus hops, and just a bit of yeasty-ness.

The taste is also quite good. The hops, citrus, wheat, and yeast work perfectly in tandem all the way down, with a bit of clovey-banana sweetness to round out the very end. Can taste the belgian influence for sure in the yeast. The mouthfeel feels just a little too thick for the taste ... the ABV does shed a little light on the situation. It's quite drinkable for it's ABV, but nothing extraordinary.

Overall, I don't think this is as good a beer as Sumpin' Sumpin' was, but it's still a very high quality beer worth having, especailly at Lagunitas prices.

shand, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: unibroue tulip, pours a tight little head that recedes to a thin layer and ring, the beer itself bright and coppery in color

s: spicy wheat and light doses of clean caramel form a crisp body with just the right grainy sweetness, the yeast really does wonders here - very aromatic with juniper and clove really pulling through, pulpy tropical fruit juice - pineapple, passionfruit, sweet orange, love the aroma

m: carbonation around moderate in level and a touch prickly, body somewhere in the middle, satisfying but light on the palate

t: wheat malts form a crisp backbone with some clean pale malts and caramel sugars adding depth and sweetness, tasty fresh hops, citric and vividly tropical - really quite nice, with a lovely phenolic yeast profile, ending with more hop flavor and moderate bitterness levels

d: quite similar to the flying dog belgian ipa, but less powerful in the hop department, great for the price and easily drinkable

bomber from WF Arlington

blackie, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip dec15 2010

A clear copper with loads of bubbles feeding a thick two finger that has great retention leaving plenty of lace as it slowly dense film, no complaints in this area

S big grapefruit with a little tangerine and pine, not much for a BSPA but good for a DIPA

T not far from the smell but now I pick up on the yeast, slightly spicy, a little more on the finish but I may not have noticed had I not been looking, a little booze I couldn't smell but not so bad for 8.8%.

M thick for the color and creamy from all the bubbles and flavors that linger for some time

D easy to down considering how strong it is and I don't feel it was lacking in any area, my bomber went down and I could drink another so that says something

too me this just tastes like Hop Stupid or Sumpin Extra with some Belgian yeast and that's not a bad thing but I doubt a new hybrid style will come as a result. just a little Belgian flair for our well loved West Coast hop bombs this ones worth trying without doubt

wordemupg, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-poured a wonderful clear orange with a nice yeasty head in my oversized snifter. nice even looking carbonation and milkshake-like lacing.

S-delicious balance of citrus heavy hops. candy, clove, banana...mouthwatering.

T-more bitter than the nose had me thinking. kind of like a sweet IPA. very hop dominated in the taste, but the same citrus clove flavor is there as well. more BSDA in the nose, more IPA in the taste.

M/D-leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but a great beer. easy drinker, super smooth, amazing value...less of a BSPA to me and more like an IPA.

cosmicevan, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of dlmccabe1
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think that this is an exceptional beer.

I poured it into a glass and you immediately get citrusy and grapefruity hop aromas with a tinge of Belgian yeastiness. The Belgian yeast isn't as prevalent as the hop aromas, in my opinion, but I like the balance that it strikes.

It's eminently drinkable and you get a lot of hoppy flavors and not a lot of bitterness. There is a hint of bitterness right at the front, but it dissipates quickly and changes to grapefruity, west coast style hop flavor. The balance that is struck between the hope flavor and the belgian yeast really makes this a drinkable, everyday kind of beer.

dlmccabe1, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey gold with a white foamy head.

Smell: Tropical pineapple and citrus hop.

Taste: Resinous pine, tropical pineapple and grapefruit hop profile is quite nice. Light malty sweetness nips the edge off the bitterness and provides some body.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, slick, smooth.

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Excellent beer.

JackieTH, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours more clear than expected, with a nice head. Some nice hops on the nose. Much more hop taste than expected- but very tasty. I agree with others that this is not "Belgian" enough for me, but is a nice beer, more a DIPA. Would drink again for sure,and will know what to expect.

mendonjoebeer, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Sneers
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey with a white head. Attractive, but nothing special. The big nose hits with generous amounts of candied pineapple and bubblegum. Citric hops are also present. Maybe a little yeasty spice, but not much.

I'm surprised that the hops aren't more dominant in the nose, because they're quite assertive in the taste. The pineapple and bubblegum step aside to make room for pithy grapefruit bitterness and some pine. The flavor is bright and edgy, but not quite crisp. The finish has a lingering bitterness and a touch of something medicinal.

The mouthfeel is smooth, if not thin, although the carbonation aids a bit.

This is one of those beers where I find myself torn between the fact that this is a pretty tasty, well-made brew by the folks at Lagunitas and the fact that it's also just not quite my cup of tea. This is not to mention the fact that, quite simply, the addition of the Westmalle yeast seems to take the back seat to the hoppiness of this beer and doesn't strike me as remarkably Belgian.

Sneers, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mikro into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear deep gold body with a 3/4" head of delicate white foam. Good retention and lacing. Awesome.

S: Grapefruit hops dominate, backed up by a pleasant hint of fruity yeast. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose precisely, with big citrus hops carrying the day easily. I'd like some more yeast character, but what there is is mellow, pleasant, and complementary to the fruity hops.

M: Fairly light, slick body with a low amount of spiky carbonation. Mediocre.

D: Very easy-drinking for the ABV.

Notes: Delicious beer, but it irks me both how it claims to be "Wild" and how it's listed here as a BSPA. There's obviously nothing the least bit wild about this brew, and at most this is a Belgian IPA, and I'd probably classify it as simply a DIPA. The big, juicy American hops really dominated throughout, and there was absolutely no point at which "Belgian" popped into my mind while drinking it. If I didn't already know about the Westmalle yeast, I wouldn't ever have guessed. Fruity, sure. Distinctly Belgian? Nope. Still a great beer, just not what I was expecting.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark golden color with a nice, tight 1.5 finger head that sticks around for a while.

S- Lots of hops with hints of belgian yeast.

T- Light fruits, peach, apricot hints of spice with a strong and assertive hop backbone and alcohol on the finish.

M- Medium viscosity and carbonation.

D- Very tasty beer. Easy to drink and much hoppier than expected.

Lothore, Dec 07, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,171 ratings.