A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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92
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Reviews: 933
Hads: 3,499
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 207
Gots: 494 | 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 hoagzzz
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm close minded so take that into account. Can't get over the Belgian yeast taste. Have to focus with each sip or get a gag reflex. Otherwise not bad. (151 characters)

Photo of DrMindbender
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very odd wild flavor...nothing is too distinguishable enough to get a true sense of the brew. Good, not great, drinkable for the abv but my taste buds aren't that impressed. Uneventful as a Belgian IPA or wild ale (213 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, light clear golden colour with great retention and lacing, creamy foam cap on it.

A - pleasant yeast and wheaty aromas of bubblegum, estery apricot fruit, banana, a bit of musty yeast notes, a bit woody and floral, dry citrus, some cherry. Spicy hop notes, serious bubblegum aromas though, this fades as it warms though.

T - has a much more complex array of fruity and floral notes with the yeast being a very active contributor rather than a backbone. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, yellow plums, vibrant florals, with quite a bitter hop contribution leading to a drying citrusy and wheat finish. Tangerine, creamy body, some bubblegum, lemon, very robust with a nice hop forward charcter, I should mention it has a fantastic depth and flavour profile with no perceptible alcohol.

M - as mentioned a very creamy, smooth body, moderate assertive carbonation to really brighten it up, thick fruity yeasty body, very sessionable, and a lingering warmth to it reminds you of the strength. A bit of sharpness on the finish initially, then a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Seriously impressive beer, the belgian yeast does wonders here combined with the fruity and wheaty base. Light upfront florals and citrusy fruit, but then also a great depth of farmhouse yeast, some tropical fruit notes, and spicy earthy notes. Lovely lovely beer, each sip keeps you on your toes and bring new flavours. (1,432 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden color with fluffy white head

Smell - mango, grapefruit


Taste - mango, pineapple, orange

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, bitterness in the back, smooth

Overall - decent beer

Price point - $1.67/12 oz single (280 characters)

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. (611 characters)

Photo of Christoffer91
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Beautiful golden straw color.
Smell is hoppy, floral, rose notes.
Taste is more of the same, with a nice amount of carbonation. Belgian flavors are there, slight funk, very balanced brew but definitely an IPA.
Great beer (220 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color with large head that disappears fairly quickly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of bready malts and mild hops.

Tastes like bready malts and spices, with mild hops on the way out. Very pleasant overall.

Moderate bodied with mild carbonation. Goes down quite smoothly.

Overall, a very solid beer. Tastes more like a Belgian in flavor, but goes down like an IPA. I would buy this again. (432 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pale straw color, deep yellow. Wonderful aroma of bubble gum, yeast, and big cloves.

Nice mix of west coast hop bitterness, mostly piney resin hop mixed with belgian yeast characteristics, clove, yeast, bubble gum.

Love this beer, brings two great styles crashing together into a wonderful mix (305 characters)

Photo of grammodesguapote
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle, no date. Beer pours a light, cloudy, tan with a frothy white head. Aroma is citrusy Belgian yeast with it's sourdough bread like notes. To be honest my expectations fell at this point, I have never had a Belgian IPA that I really liked, all that changed. Taste is that same Belgian yeast and citrus from appropriately selected hops, but there is a pleasant malty sweetness that makes this beer work. All too often Belgian IPAs end up too dry and the bitterness is poorly balanced and unpleasant, not so here. Great job. Mouthfeel is on point with that nice stickeyness IPAs should have. Again, great beer. (613 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden color with visible carbonation bubbles and a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-bready malt, sweet summer fruits, yeast, and mild hops

T-pale bready malt backbone, citrus, and a nice balance between yeast and hops

M-medium body and low to medium carbonation

Overall very drinkable even with the higher ABV. Very nice balance between a Belgian beer and IPA. (398 characters)

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. (200 characters)

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%

Julian date 276.
A Pours a rich golden body with a fluffy off-white head.
S The aroma is jumping out of the glass, tropical hops and a peppery spice. Pine and oranges as it warms up.
T Interesting combination of ripe fruit on the first sips that lead to a flash of bitterness and the slightest amount of spice. As it warms the taste of the hops is more bitter and piney.
M Slick going down and mildly bitter after. When warmer I would call the mouth feel creamy.
O This is a fantastic Belgian style IIPA. Not to funky and hoppy in all the right ways. This ale is dangerously drinkable for the alcohol content. (611 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee

A- Light golden clear beer 1 1/2' thick white head leaving a great deal of lacing that lingers on the side of the glass (4.5)

S-Floral citrus hops with some yeasty funk, tropical fruits pineapple mango (4.3)

T- follows the nose as the citrus hops battle with the yeast funk and sweet tropical fruits............pleasant on the tongue....slight peppery notes along with some bready malts (4.3

M-some effervescence, slightly less than medium bodied, long dry finish (4.0)

O-somewhere between an IPA and saison....really good beer.......very drinkable......ABV well hidden to the point of danger......well done and will be buying more of this one (4.35) (685 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malts immediately give way to crisp bite from the Beglian (or Belgian-inspired) yeasting, which provides the aggressive and dominant elements of this beer; indeed, this very excellent elaboration of standard A Little Sumpin' is almost a beer built backward: the yeast and attendant flavors provide the skeletal system upon which all the other elements operate.

The sweetness of the malt is light, and clings only slightly to the yeasty superstructure—a fact echoed in the warm, bright gilded brown color of the brew. The nose is sharp and banana-apply, heralding the yeast-dominant nature of the beer, but belying how generously hopped the ale ultimately is: sugary-floral notes suffuse each sip, and a mellow but lingering bitterness rides this sumptuous-yet-lithe through to the end. I suppose it's a summer beer—BA lists its availability as such, and it's sunny and refreshing enough that I could imagine drinking it if the tempts are under eight-five F—but I've only found it in Fall, when it really shines as a downright ideal avatar of transitioning season: clean yet heavy, clean yet bold, crisp yet tinged with a slowly-dying sweetness.

I really like A Little Sumpin'; I love its wild sister. (1,217 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%

If I'm reading the bottle correctly this may have been brewed in May 2014 and I'm seeing it in my area of Frederick, MD for first time in early November 2014 (5-6 months). Have to say, it is very similar to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch in most all attributes (had a RB just the other day). Perhaps this one has a tad extra bitterness in finish but overall this is yet another very solid brew from Lagunitas. (406 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottle into a Tallgrass Tulip.
A: Golden tangerine, big head. Looks good.
S: Best thing about this one. Pineapple, mango, pepper, clove, sweet malts, more citrus.
T: Though everything is there, there's more and the whole doesn't quite match the excellence of the nose. Sweet malt, and then bitter medicinal hops, citrus, yeast on the finish that lingers and moderately dry. A little funk, but not much; spices and pepper too.
M: moderate body, creamy, a bit of bite, moderately dry on the finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall: No question that it is a Lagunitas brew; and these guys are set up nicely for this style (or mash up). It has a lot of good interesting stuff going on. (701 characters)

Photo of TooGood
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in Lagunita's mason jar glass. Poured a golden yellow with a 1 inch frothy head, very well carbonated and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell for lack of a better term is very Lagunita's, I think all their beers have a certain aroma that clearly defines them. The taste is slightly sweet and bitter at the same time, sweetness up front then a more bitter finish. The mouthfeel is terrific, very smooth. Overall another very good beer by Lagunita's, they really have yet to disappoint me in any of their offerings. (554 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass a very nice dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very very nice thick creamy two plus finger head, which leaves some very thick sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, but with a nice malty sweetness thrown in, slightly yeasty, slightly citrusy.. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, kinda chewy, and citrusy. Medium body with a nice bitter, slightly dry finish. Overall another very tasty brew from Lagunitas. I'll say it again, and I've said it for years, for the price it's very hard to beat this brewery. (556 characters)

Photo of Tele
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 10/30/14

A: 4.25 Pours a coppery-gold with a bit of haziness. The off-white head is quite large and dissipates rather slowly.

S: 4.25 Bright hops come first with lots of citrus and tropical fruit, especially pineapple. There’s also a fairly strong malt background with a good amount of fresh bread aromas. Some interesting spices are coming through too; there’s mainly pepper and nutmeg, which are rather unexpected considering the other aromas present.

T: 3.75 Fairly strong hop presence up front with similar flavors as the nose. However, the hops are quickly taken over by malt. The result is a rather sweet and muted finish with traces of hop bitterness.

M: 3.75 The body is rather thin and feels a bit unsatisfying, which is surprising given the strength of this beer. Carbonation levels are good, but overall it could be more substantial.

O: 4 The aromas are very nice on this beer and it would be much better if the flavors matched the complexity from the nose a bit more. Definitely not a bad beer by any means and it is quite drinkable, however there are more interesting options out there. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz Bottle.Taste is a grapefruit flavor with a touch of bitterness.ABV is 8.8.I liked this.I goes down really nice.Another one of Lagunitas great brews.Threw back a couple of these last night and they were going down real nice.Give it a try. (243 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium very slightly hazy amber with one finger of head.
Smells of nice belgian funk and mild sweet barnyard.
Tastes really nice for the ABV. Belgian yeast is present in waves over the tongue.
Finishes a little dry which is nice and no alcohol burn.
I was impressed with this Belgian from Lag. (345 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Very well balanced. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, a little bit of funk and a nice touch of malt in the backbone. will buy more this season fore sure. (154 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

More like a Belgian tripel then an IPA....but still has that signature Lagunitas taste with a great mango note in the hops.......be careful these go down way way easy!
I have tried like 100 different beers since the summer....and I have to say everything I have from Lagunitas has been wonderful! This beer will give long strange tripel a run for its money! (358 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Notes from 10/14/14

A - 2 fingers of bubbly rolling white head. Good retention and great lacing. Honey colored body.

S - A little dry funk (Belgian yeast). Some sweeter fruit followed by way more yeast.

T - Sweet citrus (grapefruit) with some bitterness. Them a little pineapple and stone fruit. Finishes with yeast and more citrus rind bitterness.

M - Effervescent. Tingly on the tongue. Finishes on the dryer side for an IPA.

O - Fun, way too drinkable IPA. Love the base beer and this is a great variant. (520 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly hazy dark yellow, with a nice inch of head. Nice lacing. Aroma isn't huge, but I get some slight pineapple, a little bit of slight yeasty funk, and some grassy notes. The taste is much bigger than the smell, with lots of pineapple, mango, and biscuit, along with that funky, yeasty flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, with a lot of carbonation to add some good "bite" to this beer. The alcohol is very well hidden in this 8.8% beer. Overall, this is another outstanding beer from Lagunitas - as expected. (520 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.