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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild

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Reviews: 935
Hads: 3,524
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 228
Gots: 516 | 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:
Beer added by: femALEist on 04-28-2010

Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU
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Photo of Luigi
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
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!!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost white head, high retention on a slightly hazy, golden body. Suddsy lacing, receding to reveal oily clear, sticky resinous lacing. Double barreled lacing? Cool. Aroma is a beautiful fruity, citrusy grapefruit with some malty sweetness, candi sugar and belgian yeasty goodness. Taste is wonderfully hopped, piney and grapefruit, mild sweetness with a fruity, yeasty. Ever so slight alcohol presence, amazing for 8.8%. Tongue coating mouthfeel. I guess this beer is the result of mixing two of the worlds best things, pacific northwest hops and belgian yeast.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Little sumpin wild is a lot sumpin delicious. the beer pours well holds a beautiful head and wonderful aroma. Drinks smooth and complex, balanced hops, fruit, and wonderful belgian esters with a long finish. A great beer, two bottles tasted and looking for more. On the short list of noteworthy beers tasted in the last half of 2010.
Wildly in love with this beer.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange. Fairly tight head for a Belgian.

S: Bready, slight funkyness, fruits.

T: Hits you first with a light bready-ness, then some fruity funk and ends with a delightful bitterness. Amazing.

M: Nice and crisp for a Belgian. The wild yeasts leave a pleasantly soft mouthfeel.

O: Really great. 9+% but you can hardly taste the alcohol. Could drink many of these.... I often feel Lagunitas misses the mark and is only about the spectacle, but they've proven me wrong big time here. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a chalice.

I have had this beer many times, but I am now just getting around to writing a review. This is a bucket list beer that is so easy to find when it is in season. A must have. It will make you change your attitude about Belgian IPAs. I rank this as my top Belgian IPA. It defines the style for me (even though some might argue that it is an ill-defined style to begin with). Very complex. Not overly bitter but the bitterness is there. A very drinkable balance of flavors that make this beer one of my most favorites, but watch out for the 8.8% ABV it will kick your ass.

A – Pours a clear amber/slightly orange color with a three-finger dense off-white head. Nice sticky Belgian lace.

S – Floral sweetness, citrusy, very faint barnyard funk, faint spiciness. A cacophony of aromas.

T – Malty sweetness ending with a pleasing bitterness. Balanced.

MF – Medium to heavy bodied beer, smooth even creamy finish with a slight bite of bitterness.

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Photo of Mages64
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Bottleworks into a duvel glass.

Beautiful clear golden hue with a red/amber tint. zero lacing. 1+ inch head (consistent for two glasses).

nose of bubblegum (belgian yeast i assume), sweet fruit with foresty notes in the background. I can smell the alcohol too.

taste/mouthfeel were exceptional. sweet and smooth with fruit (tropical) and perhaps strawberry but with a truly amazing yeast flavor.

drink: yes:) This is my new fav everyday beer. leaves a dry after feel and sticky lips. leaves you wanting more.

please send bottles up to Seattle!

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, no freshness date.

Pours an unfiltered pale yellow/gold with bubbles rising and a nice creamy bone white head that stays and plays.

Aroma is like Little sumpin' sumpin' on crack. Citrus aromas are strong with tangerine, grapefruit and papaya coming to mind, the special yeast gives it a tart apple fruitiness that compliments the hops oh so well.

Taste is more or less of the smell, super juicy and full of tropical fruit flavours. Slight bitterness stays around playing with your taste buds. This beer might have the most citrus forward flavors than any like it.

Mouthfeel is crisp clean and refreshing. light to medium carbonation, almost creamy but certainly delicious. semi dry finish.

Great drinkability at 8.85% ABV. I wish and pray this could be a year round or seasonal at some point. One of my new favorite brews, Thank you Lagunitas, A+.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Citrus, honey, hops

T: WOW! Where do I begin. Starts off crisp with pear, honey, citrus, apple nice hops belgian yeast, some booze and a bubble gum finish with a nice subtle hop bite

M: Wel carbonated, lighter to medium bodied, tasty and the taste is still very strong on the palate.

D: Among the best IMHO

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Photo of JeffBob
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light amber color, smelled of hoppy apricot goodness with a small amount of head.
Lots of delicious spice and fruit flavors and a pinch of floral notes perhaps perfectly blended with hoppy goodness a great beer for any time of year highly drinkable goes down very smooth IBU's are not sky high so if that's what your after IBU's this is not your beer but still very worth trying.
This is I think possibly the worlds perfect beer, I am highly awaiting its next release

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Photo of laglocal
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a traditional Belgian style beer glass.

A: Gorgeous. An orange-gold hue with a frost-white head that came to about a finger despite my aggressive pour. Lacing appearing already as head begins to slowly dissipate.

S: The curious flavor from the Belgian yeast first pokes it's head out here a bit, but for the most its a hoppy light smell.

T: Dangerously smooth, hops ever-present being a Belgian style IPA, but the curious clovey-ness brought by the yeast is what makes me proclaim this as one of, if not my favorite beers. I think it is even a bit of a cannabis-type taste that the yeast brings. Citrus and apple present initially, malt rounds things out nicely.

M: Brimming with carbonation, exciting and entertaining mouthfeel. Finish is there and lingers with a curious sweetness.

As stated before, I have held this in high regard for a long time so my review may be a bit biased. But this hides the 8.8% abv like nobodies business and is drinkable to boot. I would highly recommend this to any IPA fan as it is sure not to disappoint. True to style and worth revisiting. I'm stocked up, but will be sad to see this go out of season.

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Photo of n2185
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, golden honey color with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin white cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet bubblegum and candy sugar with light spice notes at first which melds seamlessly into a tropical pineapple and grapefruit aroma from the hops. Lovely.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are sweet bubblegum flavors at first along with some light spicy notes. The sweetness again follows into a tropical pineapple and grapefruit blast from the hops. The finish is lightly bitter with just a touch of alcohol burn.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation that accentuates the tropical hop flavors and bitterness well.

O: Definitely not a BSPA--too thick and hoppy--but a wonderful Belgian IPA. A delicious mix of sweet and spicy Belgian aromas/flavors with tropical fruit hop aromas and flavors. I didn't expect to enjoy this beer as much as I do, but it's hard not to chug it because it's so tasty and drinkable. Absolutely love it.

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Photo of carlborch
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a brilliant, medium-deep gold color with a barely perceptible haze. Off-white, creamy, 1-inch head forms, settles slowly, but persists at 1/4 inch. Beautiful, well-developed Belgian lace after each sip. The nose intermingles yeasty notes with distinct hops, tropical fruit, citrus, wood, and cloves. Light and delicious on the palate with excellent balance that hides the 8.8% ABV, but don't be fooled. The ABV is there! Lingers well but leaves a clean palate with hints of hop flavors, hop-bitterness, citrus, and cloves. Moderate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Expected more sourness given the "wild" descriptor, however, it is delicious! The moreishness increases as it rises to/above cellar temperature. Would be excellent with rich or fatty foods needing to be balanced with the increasingly evident hop.

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Photo of brurevu
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This isn’t a “wild ale” in terms of being soured or with bacteria added, it’s more of a Wild take on the original brew. There are no sour flavors or funkiness in that regard although the trappist yeast thrown into the mix does give off hints of a slight funk. The Wild poured a golden amber with a substantial fluffy white head. There were loads of the signature citrusy Lagunitas hops on the nose with a bit of funk underneath from the Belgian yeast. The taste was big juicy citrus and fruit hops with Belgian yeast flavors coming through on the end. The Westmalle yeast gave it a bit of funk though not to the Brett levels, but nicely undertoned and complementary to the juicy hops. Loving this one!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two and a half fingers of off-white creamy/frothy head. The retention is initially average, but the last finger is quite stubborn. Some irregular lacing. Small particulates floating uniformly throughout.

4.5 S: Tons of pineapple in this. Just tons. Peach, orange, and tangerine follow. Herbal hops. Good amount of phenolic clove and to a lesser extent pepper. There's also a sweet, candy like aroma in here not too much unlike peach rings. Very nice!

5.0 T: Good god is this tasty! The pineapple is a big player again, along with peaches in heavy syrup, Sunny D, and a thick citric fruit smoothie. Less clove than in the nose, but perhaps a bit more pepper. The Belgian yeast funkiness comes through well in the taste and works extremely well with the hop flavors. It's both earthy and exceptionally fruity and it works surprisingly well together. Bitterness is very low for how hoppy this is. A near masterpiece.

5.0 M: The mouthfeel is damn good as well. Medium to heavier medium body. Good spritzy carbonation from the yeast and awesomely creamy from the hops. Super smooth.

4.5 D: I never had this fresh, but I can't imagine it ever tasted better than it does now. Simply fantastic. This would be a damn tasty IPA by itself, but the Belgian character shines through and complements the hops better than I ever would have imagined. By all means, this is a Belgian IPA and easily the best one I've ever had.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods on P St. NW D.C., unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 9/20/13 over a half-hour.

A: 3/3 - deep orange-golden coloration, solid clarity (can see and read through), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, small alcohol legs for 8.80% time alcohol legs!

S: 11/12 - lots of intense Belgian flavors - spice, spice, esters, spice, spice, bananas, spice, spice...wow!!!

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, I pick up first on the spicy, floral hops with only mild bitterness tasting super fresh!, in the middle of the mouth, some of the Belgian qualities start to emerge, in particular the fruity esters; still, it finishes really dry with little aftertaste that invites the next sip and the next...unbelievable!

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied with hop oils coating the tongue, the alcohol is present but doesn't taste like 8.8% to me; impressively high carbonation

O: 9/10 - as can certainly be surmised from the above, this is an excellent Belgian IPA that, I think, has restored my faith in the potential of this style...it's an effervescent admixture of hop, spice and ester that is as close-to-perfectly balanced as I can imagine, finishes super dry and just leaves you wanting more; highly recommended with any spicy dish but Indian or Cajun immediately pop to mind

TOTAL = 46/50

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Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with excellent clarity. The head is rocky and white with a better than average retention time, leaving a a fine lacing on the glass.

S: Sumpin' Wild smells like a hoppy christmas with orange and peach like esters, pepper and light clove phenols and resinous and citrus hops dominate the aroma. There is a moderately-light sweet malt aroma and a light perfume-like alcohol aroma.

T: This tastes as great as it smell having the citrus and piney hops up front with a very high hops bitters and just enough malt sweetness for support. The orange and peach like esters fall behind the peppery phenols in the the taste. The balance is firmly bitter with a lingering hops bitterness and soem alcohol sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-high carbonation. There is a noticeable alcohol warmth in the throat.

O: The is an excellent Belgian IPA having all the hops flavor, bitterness and malt support I love from the Lagunitas usual line up while adding the fruit and spice from the Belgian yeast. This would be a great beer to enjoying as a compliment to some bold Thai or Indian curry.

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Photo of Dingalls123
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally felt compelled to review a beer on here. I'm a So Cal IPA guy with a taste for doubles and barleywines. Grabbed this sixer cause I like lagunitas and liked the standard sumpin sumpin. But this thing... Whoa, Great beer. Depth of flavor, sweet bitterness and balanced finish are Fabulous. I think Belgians would like this $hit.

Last one. Hope you enjoyed it too. Cheers

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Photo of schoolboy
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a poofy white head.

Aromas of sweet grassy floral hops and fruity esters that reveal more Belgian yeast character as the beer warms up.+

All the great floral, tropical fruity, hoppiness that Lagunitas is known for dressed on a great tripel's yeasty esters of bananas and spice. This is in my book what a belgian tripel/ IPA hybrid should have been tasting like from the get-go, but I have not tasted until now - all the others have been garbage disappointments - clumsy hop profiles over alcoholic fizziness. The category has been vastly over-rated until now. This is it. Full 5 on flavor. I don't give them often. Even when I detected the alcohol taste it seemed to marry well with the hops and fruity yeasty esters so perfectly.

Medium bodied silky mouth feel that incites groans and moans as the flavors cruise in this velvet Cadillac over your tongue.

Greta drinkability. Sorry if you don't feel the same way.

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Photo of Wukk
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an orange brown, with a 1-2 finger head. The head retreats fairly quickly, but leaves some real lacing behind. Smell hits like a regular belgian, though the hop is a lot easier to notice. In taste it's fairly complex. A wall of yeast hits first, followed by a big hit of hops and bitterness. Alcohol is certainly not hidden in this beer. It provides characteristic warming, but also seems to be a bit punchier than I am used to. Alcohol is more of a flavor than a sensation, if that makes sense. The beer is not too heavy in the mouth. I think it's a little smoother than most American IPAs. Overall it's a delicious beer--I'm really starting to warm up to Lagunitas, and it's not just due to the high alcohol content of their beer.

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Photo of jizfiasco
4.67/5  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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a nice golden orangish color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fantastic! A lot of tropical fruit in the nose with some spices and citrusy hops. The Belgian yeast strain is prevalent in the nose as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is very fruity with some malt up front. A lot of fruity citrus flavors in the taste too with a hint of spices good dose of citrusy hops in the finish. Wow, this is a great beer.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is one of the more enjoyable beers that I have had lately. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone to try.

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Photo of BrewBra
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden Orange, a little lighter than I expected. Medium clarity.

S: Heavy Hop smell, very very nice.

T: The Westmalle yeast mixed with this IPA creates a delicious beer. Floral and citris flavors are very noticeable. Good dose of malt. Not a real boozy taste for being 8.8%.

D: Very drinkable. A beer that I really enjoyed. One of the best IPA/Belgian crosses I have had.

This beer is sweet I will surely be buying these in the future. Well balanced and tasty !

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Photo of flyingpig
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, golden orange colour and is topped by a two centimetre tall, foamy white head that has very good retention for such a strong beer; it lasts for a good couple minutes.

Pine hops and a sweet, yeast like aroma. There is yet more floral hops and a very fruity smell (pineapple and apricots along with a hint of orange and citrus).

Hop filled taste to this one to begin with, mainly floral with some light pine. There is also a lot of fruit present, some citrus and orange along with some apricot.

Strong carbonation levels & medium body and plenty of bitterness. There is a good, hop infused bitter finish and a nice sweet quality to it overall.

An amazing beer.The nose was outstanding and the taste was about the same, there is nothing I can say to fault this beer.

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Photo of xseanprimex
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a nucleation pint glass.

A: This brew poured a beautiful golden color with a thick, thick off white head. The head slimmed down to a nice thin layer that left a good lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of a complex mixture of cloves and fruits. The sweetness of the malts and the spicy yeast combine and come through leaving a faint ghost of a Belgian ale.

T: Tastes much like the namesake that Lagunitas is so famous for. The yeasts impart a bit of clove to accompany a bitterness that can only be attributed to an IPA. The hops come across fruity, leaving a good dry pine flavor on the tongue.

M: Crisp while well coating. The brew covers all parts of the mouth with a long lasting aftertaste of pines and fruits.

O: This is a great spinoff of the already wonderful Pale Ale. Not sour like I had expected, but bitter with the flashy cloves and hops that a Belgian IPA should have. Certainly a hallmark for the style. 10/10 will drink again!

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.