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A Little Sumpin' Wild - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild

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2,681 Ratings

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Ratings: 2681
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%

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 rdilauro


3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had the Little Sumpin several times so I was waiting to see what this little extra WILD thing did. For me, it do not do what I was hoping for. It still was a good brew, a nice amount of hops, the nice was malty/citrus was was very special. The first taste, it had a good amount of hops, but as I was drinking it, the malt start coming through loud and clear. Enjoyable, but not exactly what I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:31:05 | More by rdilauro
Photo of hagbergl


4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby brown 12 oz. bottle poured into my Beer Geek Nation snifter. A great value pick up at $10.99 for a six-pack, especially considering the high ABV of the beer.

Appearance (4.25/5): Hazy yellow-gold hue, with a creamy two finger head.

Smell (4/5): Smells of pineapple and grapefruit. Interesting yeast notes bring out some strawberry notes that are really nice. Fruity and sweet, fairly mellow and not aggressive.

Taste (4.5/5): Pop of grapefruit bitterness from the start. Delicious sweet malt melds with the yeast perfectly. Finish is dry and mildly bitter. Not highly aggressive, the yeast adds a great dimension to this beer. No alcohol flavor to speak of. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Nice prickly feeling from the grapefruit hops. Dry finish. Extremely drinkable.

Overall (4.5/5): A Little Sumpin' Wild is another excellent Lagunitas beer. The hops, yeast, and malt fire on all cylinders, making this the best Belgian-style IPA that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 17:50:35 | More by hagbergl
Photo of deebo


3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint served in a nonic glass at the Lowry.
A-pretty clear. Dark golden with some light copper highlights. Served with a white film. Some lacing.

S-smells like a Lagunitas beer. Grassy hops with a tropical and fruity hop aroma. Fair malt aroma with quite a bit of that typical Belgian estery yeast goodness.

T-once again has that trademark Lagunitas flavor. Has that pine resiny hoppiness with some citrus and tropical notes. Decent malt backbone with a touch of yeast.

M-fairly big bodied with a lingering bitter finish

O-definitely a Lagunitas beer. Big west coast hoppy beer with a very minor Belgian influence. A bit too west coast IPA (bitter pine resin taste) for me. But this is a damn flavorful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 03:32:33 | More by deebo
Photo of MarkJBurch

New York

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass. Crystal clear, golden with a slight amber hue. Solid head retention contributed from the wheat.

This beer smells like a Lagunitas. There is, however, more going on here. Yeasty, spicy and medicinal. Faint tropical fruit aromas join in the mix.

Not much sweetness, spice and TCP flavor come through strong. Lingering astringency in the aftertaste, and a relative amount of hop bitterness.

Carbonation is not overly harsh, nor too light, medial viscosity.

Not bad, but not great. Worth a shot. Would have preferred this as a 22 ounce bomber instead the six pack I purchased. Whatever, I'll drink them happily.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:59:05 | More by MarkJBurch
Photo of brureview


4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer poured a golden copper color with a 3f head in a tulip.

Good aroma from the onset: grapefruit, lemon, chiffon.

Mouth feel is quite carbonated and extremely pungent.

The taste is Californian IPA with a twist- lots of citrus, yet very malty, unlike
the typical West Coast IPA.

Overall, another excellent beer from Lagunitas. However, this is a slight departure in style- a Belgian IPA. Westmalle yeast, and more maltiness to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:30:32 | More by brureview
Photo of Budorob


4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden to amber color depending on angle and light. Head is rich after pour and dissipates down to a heady blanket with a cumulus residue along the glass. It looks carbonated and heavy. No surprise to see the 8% ABV.

S: Yeast and flowers, sweet summer fruit and spice. Earthy and definitely boozy. What I smell is the combination of a great US west coast IPA master with the Belgian style of ale.

T: The booze is right up front. Hints of fruit, like orange peel or grapefruit and interesting tiny hints of clove or mint finish.

M: Kind of hot up front with a little cooling sour in the rear. Chewy and lots of carbonation.

O: This is a great combo. A west coast master of IPA meets the Belgian style. I like the richness of it, and the warmth that the booze provides. In fact, it tastes like it's more than the 8% ABV posted above. It's a sipping beer, whereas most of the other Lagunitas beers are so good you don't realize how fast you drink them. Not this one. Wild seems a little more mature and sophisticated than its siblings. I really enjoyed this rich and complex ale.

Serving type: growler

09-12-2013 00:27:15 | More by Budorob
Photo of AlexanderCsamaj


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Everything I always wanted Little Sumpin' Sumpin' to be: little sweeter and more kick. Worthy of a case as I expect it will sit well. Says it is a summer release. Currently late summer and this is perfect for bringing in the fall. On my second bottle. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 23:29:48 | More by AlexanderCsamaj
Photo of migwell


4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Little Sumpin' has been one of my favorite ales for quite some time. Essentially an IPA, but basically a wheat beer, it straddles the classifications, creating a space all its own.

This version, however, is a step up. Subtle, very complex flavors, amazing drink-ability, a sneak-up-on-you ABV that you don't even notice. The only drawback is that it's not a year-round release.

" The nose is moderately woody, dusty white grape. Marshmallow. Rustic yeastiness. The taste is super dry. Peach, pear, white grape. Slightly hot finish, but pretty elegant. Not overly cloying. Nice. Crisp carbonation, medium body."

This is the kind of stuff which I will never write, as I am a beer drinker, not a beer connoisseur (actually I had to look up the spelling on that word). But I contend, nevertheless, based on 50 years of beer drinking experience, that this is one not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 22:25:23 | More by migwell
Photo of xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.66/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 10:31:59 | More by xseanprimex
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - From the bottle, the beer poured a reddish copper color with a slight white head.

Smell - The aroma was a little nondescript. Hops were present in the aroma, but did not really leap from the glass.

Taste - On the initial taste, one detects grass, lemon, spice, and orange rind toward the back. A mild sweetness evolves in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The thickness of a Belgian IPA was apparent. The taste was able to linger because of the mouthfeel. Though I was not overwhelmed by the taste, the linger was positive.

Overall - This is another very solid effort by Lagunitas. It is not my favorite effort from them, but it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 00:30:43 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of ONUMello


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Deep orange with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Subtle but complex with tropical fruits, light malts, hints of earth & yeast
T: Great balance of malt, hops, a bit of funk... raw malt, balanced citrus/pine hops, some tropical fruit & earthy/yeasty notes. Phenomenal finish
M: Medium bodied, fairly smooth, undetectable alcohol, incredibly long finish
O: Very well made, very enjoyable beer

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 23:54:55 | More by ONUMello
Photo of MistahBeah


4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Lil Sumpthin Wild. I've been trying to get this all summer and finally managed to get some. IBUs, OG, and ABV all clearly listed. Assuming this is relatively fresh since the warehouse has been out of this for months...but who knows

Pours an almost crystal clear golden orange. Nice frothy white head - about a finger and a half - with excellent retention. Chunky lacing. Very little carbonation

Smells very tropical. Pineapple and mango come through clearly. Some funky Belgian yeast. Malts are faint but I detect some biscuits and (very faintly) toffee. Some floral hop notes

Tastes amazing. Tropical and orchard fruits. Specifically pineapple, some mango, orange, a little apple. Hops shine through on the mid-palate. Pine and fruit rind with a little grapefruit for good measure. On the back of the palate I detect a little banana and bubblegum, cloves. Malts are faint and biscuity. Some sweetness but kept in check with the complexity of the yeast

Feels clean and juicy. Quite refreshing. Fairly light

Overall worth waiting for. Easily the best Belgian IPA I've had. Lots of tropical aromas and flavor. Masterfully balanced, true to Lagunitas fashion. Clean, refreshing, big flavor. Alcohol is hidden well. If you like Lagunitas or Belgian IPAs or just great beer buy as much of this as you can when you see it

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 19:29:24 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of micromaniac129


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very aromatic beer with a big dose of dank wet hops. I can pick out some tropical notes and in this case pineapple. You can smell some malts too though not much.
The appearance is a bit hazy but clear. The head that formed on my pour was low and had very little retention. It was thin structured and fizzled away quite rapidly.
In the taste, which was good, you a big hop profile and equally bitter. Notes of citrus and tropical came through as well as some floral hops. Sweet malts cut the hop bitterness which was quite noticable. Belgian yeast contributes very sutlely at the end.
The mouthfeel is medium. It is bitter with a crisp, dry yeasty finish well into the aftertaste.
A good beer but you could barely notice that it was in the Belgian style. I drank it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 11:42:09 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of dv8sean


4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back-to-back tasting with A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. Guess I'll sleep well tonight...

I don't know if the reputed Beligan yeast (Westmalle?) has been confirmed, but sure seems like a safe bet. It has all the pineapple-clove-banana-mild-funk that I've come to love as a drinker and homebrewer.

Stronger malt presence and higher ABV gives the brewer permission to go over the top on hops. Not that a Lagunitas brewer would ask permission to do so. For anything.

Aside from its namesake cousin, I can't think of another beer to compare this to. That alone says something. Whole heartedly agree with the others that have described this as a "bucket list" beer. Big and beguiling. Good luck trying to figure it out or pin it down.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:30:47 | More by dv8sean
Photo of brurevu


4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 13:45:50 | More by brurevu
Photo of Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:24:45 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light yellow with a minimal hint of gold with nearly 3 fingers of white head, lacing as absolutely PERFECT, decent retention.

S - Smells great, apples, pears, dry bitter hops, yeasty, cloves, light spice/pepper. Definitely smells a bit like a saison/farmhouse ale

T - Slightly dry and slightly bitter hops transition into a light caramel malty sweteness with abundant grain, apples, pears, lemons, belgian yeast, and clove. Aftertaste is yeasty and slightly dry.

M - Light bodied+, drinks absolutely fantastically, decently carbonated.

O - I can't believe how much I'm enjoying this to be honest with you. My favorite belgian IPA (not normally a style I particularly care for)

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 04:13:13 | More by MacQ32
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lil sumpin' wild appears to be a burnt yellow color with some head and lines of lacing.

Really pleasant fruity nose with hoppy citrus, pear, mealy apples, pineapple, slightly phenolic.

Really well balanced between American hops and Belgian yeast. More pear fruitiness and esters with some tropical flavors, pine, shy bitterness and dryness.

Nicely carbonated, sticky, quite drinkable.

A fine representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 03:29:44 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy orange. Enormous head signifies the Belgian ties this beer has. Nice lacing.

Smells like orange rinds, citrus zest, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast.

Similar flavor- the big hop bite and bitterness is undercut by the classic Westmalle yeast strain- a cross between an IPA and tripel. Lightly funky, with some grass and pear tastes. Mildly sour.

Medium bodied, and crisp. Could be a little drier, but I don't expect this style to be that dry.

Another great hoppy offering from Lagunitas. Would like to get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 14:21:35 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of vkv822


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, sunset colored golden-orange with thick, billowy white head and thick lacing.

Both the nose and taste start out with Belgian yeast phenols upfront followed quickly by big, juicy hops. Well balanced, and really enjoyable.

Medium+, smooth body, with mild, foamy carbonation.

A very well done Belgian IPA. Great balance in yeast and hop character, with the wheat adding a smooth, creamy body.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 08:22:47 | More by vkv822
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Has a easy dark gold tone to the body, light bubbles but a thick white head maybe half an inch with a vigorous pout of course.

Smell: sweet but potent hop scent. You will love to inhale this brew, pleasant isn't the right word...more like robust ;-)

Taste: complex and oh so good. Has a caramel feel to it with a hardcore floral feel. Slight bready, like a light dose of yeast which makes it feel like meal in a bottle.

Mouth: medium with a slight heaviness to it. Sticky like honey, smooth.

Overall: Lagunitas has to be the IPA king when it comes to variety and versatility. This gem feels like its the cherry on top. I think I just might have to buy another six pack before the they run out by my local spot. Drink up and enjoy, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 06:03:42 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I absolutely love the Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from Lagunitas, thus I am very excited to give this one a try.

A- Golden/light copper with a strong 2.5 finger white head. Slight haze. Nice retention and bountiful lacing.

S- Another delightful smelling brew from Lagunitas. Belgium yeast is accompanied by wheat malt tones. A bold citrus hop bouquet of grapefruit, lemon grass, and mango.

T- Flavors follow nose with the belgium aspects taking the lead. Sweet, but not to the same magnitude of the regular version. A spot on balance of Belgium yeast, wheat malt, and west coast hops.

M- Mid body that sits a little heavier than the regular Sumpin and maybe a touch heavy for the style. Moderate drinkability. Some alcohol warmth, but not at all distracting.

O- A terrific compliment to the regular version. So happy to have found it. I would still prefer Lil Sumpin Sumpin as it is one of my favorites, but this is a great twist with the yeast variation.

$7.99 for 6 pack

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:44:32 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of lukester


4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like the regular Sumpin more but this may be available in a keg so I'm test driving tonight. I'm a Belgian IPA rookie so the wild yeast strain does take a bit getting used to. It kind of tastes like a really really good Blue Moon. The color, body and hop profile are typical Lagunitas which is always a good thing. Definitely worth a sixer and maybe a keg. Now I've got to score a lucky13 since that comes in kegs too.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 05:12:21 | More by lukester
Photo of Smoke


3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this for the first time last night. I have always liked the beers from Lagunitas. They do a great job with their hops and consistency. Although I liked this beer, it was tough for me to notice the "wild" or "belgian" influence. To me the beer tasted similar to the other IPAs (which are really good) they make and didn't have the wild yeast characteristics. I was expecting spice, clove, bubble gum, etc and although I could tell there was something different about this one, the hop profile seemed to just dominate the entire beer. So, in all, the beer was really enjoyable, it just didn't have the "wild" character I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 13:10:45 | More by Smoke
Photo of scotorum


4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Innis & Gunn flute from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A nearly clear deep gold formed a huge white head which dissipated to an uneven thick surface foam and heavy lacing.

s: Mild citrus.

t: Pine hops up front but then goes to a more sweet-fruit in a Belgian sort of way.

m: Medium, good body.

o: Tasty and easy drinking wild ale with well-hidden high ABV. Not my favorite Lagunitas but a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 04:13:55 | More by scotorum
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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