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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,792 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 111
Gots: 159 | 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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jbexphys

Maryland

2/5  rDev -51.5%

08-18-2013 20:31:27 | More by jbexphys
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into a snifter

fairly strongly carbonated at first, the larger bubbles soon become tiny ones. orangish color and a decent sized head. pretty decent lacing. piny hoppy smell that is typical of west coast ipas. slightly hoppy with hints of belgian spice and a slight alcohol burn to it. very dry with a strong aftertaste. definitely bitter. it's like someone spiked an ipa with some belgian spices by accident. the flavor is rather strange. mouthfeel is light with a weird aftertaste. i find this beer to be very weird. I'm not a fan of what is going on here.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:57:12 | More by Blanco
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anteater

Oregon

2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

07-31-2013 02:06:47 | More by anteater
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KeeganRabelhofer

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

02-08-2014 01:52:33 | More by KeeganRabelhofer
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

08-04-2013 17:01:10 | More by Rekrule
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rpenterics

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

10-31-2013 02:23:35 | More by rpenterics
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.48/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:07:08 | More by PorterLambic
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

01-08-2012 23:45:19 | More by acurtis
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twizzard

New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

07-30-2013 21:00:12 | More by twizzard
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JGrummell

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

08-18-2013 05:23:45 | More by JGrummell
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woodycorn44

New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

01-24-2012 01:11:07 | More by woodycorn44
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clfrost

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

04-22-2013 00:05:44 | More by clfrost
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

05-14-2013 18:27:07 | More by thegerm87
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Overlord

California

2.55/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light orange. Big off-white foam head.

Smells strongly of spices, weird belgian yeast, and some sickly bananas. Some yeast also.

Taste introduces some light citrus (sweet grapefruit) notes to the yeast/spices/banana notes. Okay ... kind of weird. Like an IPA meets hefeweizen yeasty Belgian thang.

Well carbonated. But, primarily unpleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 07:48:08 | More by Overlord
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champ103

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: This has a striking clarity. Bright and clear orange. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice lacing as well.
S: Typical Lagunitas. Big grapefruit, citrus, and resiny pine hops. That is it.
T: Follows the nose. Tons of grapefruit bitterness, citrus, and resin. Dank, musky, kind of perfume like hops. Isn't this suppose to be a Belgian Strong Ale?
M/D: A medium body and fairly low on the carbonation. Lightly syrupy, slick and soapy as well. Lots of bitterness, and plenty of burning alcohol makes this hard to sip on. I am struggling to finish the bomber.

Fermented with Westmalle yeast according to the label, but there is nothing Belgian or Wild to this one. Just a standard DIPA, and pretty much standard Lagunitas as well. Hop heads rejoice, everyone else move on.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 20:36:12 | More by champ103
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-gold color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of rotten grapefruit, rotten oranges, and pine. It is not an appealing aroma. The taste is hoppy with the same rotten quality of the aroma. I can't detect anything remotely wild/sour in this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer. If this truly is a wild ale then it is way too hoppy to let the wild ale qualities come through. As is it tastes like a poorly crafted DIPA. I will not drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:41:49 | More by KarlHungus
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loren01

Oregon

2.6/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours into a snifter a clear orange color, very slight head with a little laced down the glass.
S: I swear every beer from Lagunitas i've had smell the same. Earthy/grasslike hop scent. Thats about it.
T: Small bit of sweetness up front followed by purfumey/grass hop bitterness at the end. I'm not picking up anything resembling Belgian yeast.
M: Medium bodied, finishes very dry....pucker you up dry.
D: I usually like Lagunitas beers but this one did not impress me. For me this is an average at best beer...probably won't want to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 00:31:58 | More by loren01
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treyrab

California

2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap last night before the Ben Folds concert in Pittsburgh. I am a fan of Lagunitas so I was glad to see this on tap, as I have never had this before. I was expecting something a little funky, but nothing too crazy for being a Lagunitas beer. I drank this beer as fast I could to get it over with and move on to the next:

A: Pours a very clear light gold (almost yellow) with a thin, spritzy white head. Not much to look at as it looks like a crystal clear Cream Ale.

S: Pale, bready malts, light toasted cereal (Cheerios), hints of Belgian spices, but that is a stretch. Really, not much going on in this one. A bit grassy perhaps as well.

T: Bland, watery, grainy. For being almost 9ABV I would have expected enough malt was packed in here to give a nice flavor. At least some flavor. This was very bland and watery. Reminded me of a Cream Ale with a touch of Belgian yeast. No funk at all. Very plain.

Overall, I would not recommend this beer. It was a huge disappointment. From now on I will stick to Lagunitas's IPAs and Strong Ales.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 12:17:49 | More by treyrab
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Deivos


2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

04-24-2012 03:04:12 | More by Deivos
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

07-21-2013 15:22:00 | More by mwbrady12
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Wolberjs

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

07-06-2014 20:24:06 | More by Wolberjs
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2beerdogs

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

10-06-2012 15:32:55 | More by 2beerdogs
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tickingtimebomb

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

09-11-2013 04:05:17 | More by tickingtimebomb
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap into a snifter at the Lagunita's Tasting Room

A- Pours a clear dark amber color with a one finger frothy head that leaves lots of lacing

S- Smells very sweet, very sweet grape aroma

T- Very sweet and malty, such a strong funky grape flavor, and a hop presence, but not much else

M- Full, creamy mouthfeel

O- This beer was just too sweet and one dimensional for me. It reminded me of a much less hopped Hop Stoopid that I had on tap right before this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 02:34:44 | More by Hoptometrist
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Little Sumpin' Wild has a rusty hued golden body with a healthy white head. Retention and lacing are both above average for this one, and it has the look of a pretty good beer.

The aroma mixes a strong hop character with strong yeast scents, giving you fruity aromas from both and peppery phenolic scents from the yeast.

I'm convinced that Lagunitas and I just cannot play nicely together. I understand why this beer is well-regarded, as it is interesting. But Damnit, I just don't like it that much. The aroma and the flavor are close; clove and pepper with a bit of bubble gum from the yeast via with the hop flavors for dominance. The hops provide a big fruity flavor and a high level of bitterness. The effect of the two mingling reminds me a lot of some concoction that set out to make a bitter-tasting version of juicy fruit gum. Light malt lingers in the background, providing a general sweetness to the beer.

The body is a little heavier than average, but the carbonation is pretty lively. Together the two attributes work pretty well.

Even as I wrote this review, I was thinking to myself "the way I'm describing this beer makes it sound pretty good." In fact, it probably is a pretty good beer, but I struggled to finish my glass and just did not particulary enjoy it. The good appearance and feel of this beer probably make its score a little higher than it otherwise would be, but in this case I think it shows that this is a well-made beer, so the score can stay where it is.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 23:43:32 | More by Hojaminbag
A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,792 ratings.