A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,495 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,495
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 201
Gots: 491 | 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 brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear amber with a slight tan head that dissipates pretty fast. Decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit, hops. Light smell of malts and yeast. Citrusy.

T: A nice blend of malts and hops with a slight yeasty finish. Smooth, fruity. The alcohol slinks in for a subtle buzz.

M: Light to medium. Good carbonation.

O: Really enjoyed this one. I'm not a hop head, but the blending made this a delicious quaff.

Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from boney

Hazy orange, light ring of white head, no lace, decent retention. Smell is fairly malty with sweet notes, citrus and pine, lots of hops here, light yeastiness, tangerine, a lot like a double IPA/DIPA. Taste is fairly malty, big juicy hops, grapefruit and tangerine, lots of citrus especially in finish, some warm alcohol, yeasty finish/aftertaste. Med-high carbonation, slick feel, slightly oily, drying, good weight. Fairly good stuff, don't know why this is listed as Belgian because it much more like DIPA had I had known how hoppy this was I probably wouldn't have waited a month to get to this.

Photo of McNealc31
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The hops hit you immediately with Lagunitas Sumpin’ Wild Ale. Clear straw color with a big white head that doesn’t stick around for long. Checking in at more than 70 IBUs, there is a bit of a lip pucker factor with the huge hop flavor. But there is some sweetness in there, too, and a hint of cherries, even. As it warms I’m getting some wheat malt coming through, which is adding a nice layer of flavor.

Overall, it’s good, but the hops dominate everything else.

Photo of Beejay
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A light pink peach color, the head is slightly off white, and rocky.

S: Hoppy with grapefruit as the dominant aroma. Some light tangerine and some sweet bread aroma come out with the playful fruity smell of Belgian yeast.

T: Very assertive bitterness, some grapefruit and tangerine come through. The bitterness has a touch of an earthy feel to it as it fades into a banana and breakfast bread finish.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is fine in texture and quite lively. The finish is a touch drying.

O: All in all this is a pretty decent beer, the bitterness is fairly assertive but is balanced out by the malt. The Belgian character adds a nice fruitiness and a twist right when you think you have figured this beer out.

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden orange color with a fluffy white Belgian looking head.

The aroma has that immediate fruity and bready Belgian yeast. It gives the beer some floral and grassy notes. Some fruity esters of tropical fruit, but also citrus from the hops.

The flavor has some Belgian breadiness, fruity notes of citrus and pineapple, some floral and grassy flavors, and lots of peppery spice, and then some gentle hop bitterness on the back. There's some booze in the back.

This beer is more like a Belgian IPA more than anything. It could be more funky notes from the yeast instead of the more mild flavors it has.

In the end, I prefer the regular version with its crisp and cleanness. This is an interesting spin on the beer at least.

Photo of muttyd
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber body with a thick foamy white head. Very interesting aroma - hoppy American IPA backbone, slight musty Belgian yeasty-ness. Not very funky or acidic smelling (as one might associate these aromas with a traditional American Wild Ale). Flavor goes pretty much hand in hand with the aroma. Big hoppy bite (almost earthy) and slightly sour. Moderate carbonation and slight astringency. Very enjoyable.

Great beer, will seek out again.

Photo of Libationguy
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear light amber color with orange hues. Fluffy 2-finger white head with medium+ retention. Cratered lacing in the glass.

There is a medicinal quality in the nose like vicks vaporub. Pine sap, resin, lemon zest, orange zest and mint.

Resin, citrus zest, pine sap, mango, overripe pineapple, mint. Very hop dominate on the palate. The finish is all tacky bitterness.

Medium+ bodied, alcohol is well balanced into the body of the beer. The bitterness pushes the finish.

I can appreciate a strong hop focus, but sometimes it just gets to be too much. I think that is the case here. The hop characteristics are so aggressive against the rest of the beer, that it just pushes everything out of balance.

Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this at State Line a couple of weeks back. I'm not a Belgian IPA fan, but at Lagunitas' price point, it's hard to pass on.

A beautiful, clear, orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. There's s surprising lack of carbonation. The nose is great! In many ways, it reminds me of the Scratch 29 from Troegs. That's not a coincidence, since both beers use the very expressive Westmalle yeast. Fruity, spicy, citrus and moderately tropical, this has a great Belgian IPA nose. There's not much malt character here, maybe just a little caramel, but that's covered by the fruity sweetness.

The palate is pretty solid. Spicy and phenolic , this is clearly fresh. This gives way to a moderate fruit character, tropical and citrusy. Bitterness is grapefruit-like. The finish recaptures the spice flavor, with sweetened cloves and a drying, almost bay leaf-like herbal character. The yeast is expressed more in spices rather than a pure, yeasty note. Again, the sweetness is low, just a little caramel and not much else. Drying and bitter on the finish with some fruity sweetness, this beer is light in body with moderate carbonation. As it warms up, the alcohol does appear, especially on the palate and its interaction with the spice is interesting. This beer is very well executed, but ultimately, it's not a style I can drink a lot of. However, this beer pretty much nails it because the bitterness is low enough not to be whelming in conjunction with the moderate spice character that's present.

Photo of kismet
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz bottle...great craggy, 3 finger head that hangs around throughout the glass, smells like same hop profile as most lagunitas beers...orange, pineapple, slight alcohol scent tickles the nose...great aroma.
taste follows the nose...fruity hops with a slight alcohol sweetness and a tad of barnyard funk thrown in. this is my first belgian style hybrid, and while i am not sure of the yeast used, it definitely imparts a unique twang to the taste profile.
very creamy mouthfeel...very easy drinking and all around enjoyable.

Photo of mstyne
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent and golden hued, with 1/4" of white head. It seems like lately I've been drinking a lot of beers that look like this. The aroma brings some dank hops, alcohol, and sweet malt. The flavor is decent, albeit a bit sharp. Thin to medium bodied, with a fairly present alcohol presence. I'm not as impressed as the large majority with this brew. A valiant effort, but I would take ubiquitous Duvel over this any time.

Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%

Cold is this beer's friend. Drink it quick, it does turn to an off flavor quickly with time. That being said, it is a fruity hoppy clean crisp beer when cold. This rating is based on a colder temp.

Photo of klikger
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served in a standard pint glass on Barriques' patio (Fitchburg) on a sunny, late summer afternoon

A - Light amber, no head, great lacing

S - Floral hops, Belgian yeast, lemon zest

T - Floral hops and a kick of sweet malts --> lemon and Belgian yeast --> honey, citrus hops, and lots of caramel --> Nicely acidic, bitter finish, but it's still sweet, as well. A little bit of booze is evident. Hops stick around on the palate for a few minutes.

M - Pretty thick for a pale ale, but not in a bad way. A little undercarbonated.

D - The body and heat make this a sipper; it's a little sweet for me to have many, but I enjoyed the whole glass.

Photo of kemoarps
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one's quite the looker, there. Rich golden amber body with a soft white head taking up the top finger's width of the glass. Good retention, beautiful lacing.

Aroma is banana and yeast, somewhat bready and maybe some faint grassy hops.

Taste starts off with a bang of both sweet belgian notes and a surprising hop bitterness. Belgian fruits and sugars meet a harsh piney bitterness. A fair amount of alcohol as well.
The aftertaste is bitter and almost pithy but without the citrusy element if that makes sense. But also a high note of candi sweet. Also the fact that it's almost 9% is quite evident here.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber for $5.99 from Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden, slightly amber hue with a decent head, but not much lace.

S: Very malty with a ton of nice yeast smell, slightly herbal, with some earthy/mossy hop in there as well. No funk, which I expected because of the label boasting - "Wild Ale".

T: Herbal, big time malt, black liquorish, somewhat boozy with some bitter hop at the end.

M: Decent mouthfeel - medium bodied, sticky, well carbonated and actually got nicer as the beer warmed up a bit.

D: I'm glad I tried it but won't revisit it again (in the bottle at least) - I would definitely like to try this on-tap though.

Photo of LittleDon
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. in a snifter at Back Country Pizza and Tap House on 9/18/11.

This one had me scratching my head. I could swear that the server poured me a DIPA. Later that afternoon, I had the bartender draw me a sample and sure enough, it's what I had earlier. Maybe I was expecting a wild ale and the name was misleading, as there were no sour characteristics present in the beer. Appearance was golden with a bit of amber and slightly cloudy. Head was a bit on the short lived side and there was little lace. Aroma was strong C-hops, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Flavor was the same. Medium body and carbonation. I would have rated this beer a half higher overall if it were billed as a DIPA, as the hops were too overwhelming.

Photo of jnn4v
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale orange color. Translucent. Some foamy head, but not much. No sediment. No haze.

S: Mango, papaya, watermelon. Some herbal scents as well.

T: We had this the week it came out, and it was very fresh. Seems about 3/4 Little Sumpin' Extra and about 1/4 Belgian triple in flavor. For now, lots of hop flavors, and good overall balance. Bitter aftertaste from both the hops and wild yeast.

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium body and texture.

D: Pretty good overall drinkability. Not hot at all for the ABV, but the bitterness built over time.

Photo of Meerkey
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost 2 fingers of bubbly white head. Crystal clear, light copper. Lots of bubbles.

S: Lots of hops, piney resin and citrus. Clean and fresh.

T: Piney hops. Citrus peel. A little spicy?

M: Smooth and tingly - some carbonation. Not that exciting, but nice.

O: Nice and refreshing. Pretty good, I like it.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of retry4z
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comparing this Belgian IPA to likes of Piraat, Wild Ale is much different, resembling more an American IPA. American Hops are evident, with a tad of sweetness. Aroma of molasses, pine, and light fruitiness. Carbonation is high, feels almost like drinking soda. Full bodied, non-existent head. Bitter (pleasant) aftertaste lingers for a little bit. Overall, decent Ale, but was looking forward to try this and it did not meet my expectations.

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear orange into my Lagunitas Mason Jar. Plenty of head that is sticking around in mounds.

Smells like briney belgian yeast and hops, which I would expect. This beer is damn tasty. You get the signature Lagunitas hop extract taste but then the briney tartness from the yeast takes over adding what I think is a much better taste than the regular sumpin sumpin. Strong carbonation in this one.

I like this a lot more than the regular sumpin sumpin. Like a lot of the Lagunitas seasonals it's hard to drink lots of it because they are damned high in ABV.

Photo of GinjaSlice
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Was really good at first and easy to drink but became worse with a stronger lingering alcohol taste and smell.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellowy copper, bubbly white head holds well and caps the glass fully.

S: Sweet cotton candy chased by grapefruit, florals and piney hops. With a vigorous swirl a ripe musky scent breaks free and becomes the low note for all the other scents

T: Bitters of grapefruit and pine followed by sweet notes of citrus. Grapefruit and lemon pith with piney finish and a hint of funkiness. Plenty of alcohol esters at the end.

M: Higher carbonation with dry notes, crisp and puckering.

O: Bitters and funk kissed with a little sweetness, chased by a pine tree. Plenty going on and possible more than necessary for some tastes.

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,495 ratings.