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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,681 | Reviews: 897 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the COOP... very very short lasting white head.. no retention at all. the brew is very clear golden.

Nose shows bunches of citrus hops and then phenolic yeasty notes.. white peppercorns are there, but background ... a bit perfumy... some minor Bazooka Joe... pithy grapefruit with warmth toward the finish.

Flavor is pretty much a phenolic Belgian IPA.. a good one really.. resinous citrus and hints of pine needles... some pear and apple from the yeast.. maybe even some strawberry on the finish... the pale malts are there only to push the hop and yeast flavors out to the front... again some pepper combines with the fruity esters.. finish is long and wandering.. bounces all around through the above flavors... but ultimately it dries out a bit and leaves behind bits of melon and very lite clove.

Definitely a Belgian IPA.. no doubt.. obviously... Alot of Le Freak and bits of 3767 without the brett.. Yummy... and pretty cheap really.

Wrong category (not a BSPA) ... Great beer. Fresh tasting... and very enjoyable.


Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 06:06:50 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Tripphop


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet sample bottle from my wholesale rep. Says on the label made with Westmalle yeast. I was hoping it was going to be an actual wild based on the name, but it appears to be a Belgian IPA.

Pours a nice hazy straw color with voluminous, fine, frothy head. Smells like a hoppy saison. Pineapple, lemon zest, and herbal aromas. Taste is rich and satifying, fresh hops with a tangy super fruity finish. Tastes of pear and tropical fruits, plenty of hops to balance it. Would be so awesome if it had some Brett.

Overall, another great Lagunitas beer, but until it actually goes "wild", ill stick with my Little Sumpin Sumpin.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 04:54:00 | More by Tripphop
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not really "wild" at all, horrible name choice

Appearance: Slightly hazy/cloudy straw/yellow, big white head

Smell & taste: Citrus hops, grapefruit, apricot, pale malts, and belgian yeast. THe belgian yeastiness actually detracts from the hoppy excellence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit dry on the finish

Drinkability: Doesn't go down nearly as easily as regular little sumpin' sumpin'. I have tried several of the variants and the original is always the best

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 17:34:21 | More by craytonic
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright clear golden copper with a big 2 finger pillowy head that left lacing all over the glass

smell is all about the citrus hops

taste is good - belgian pale is a small stretch - at first sip this is all american ipa - then after many more sips it turns into hoppy saison - overall i do not detect much wild yeast funky flavors which is a let down but in the end this is a very good tasting ipa

mouthfeel is medium body - a tad sticky - very creamy and smooth

drinkability is good - even with the minor let down in the funk flavor this brew still delivers in all over flavor

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 05:58:01 | More by jsh420
Photo of boomer31


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light brown transparent with thick white head

S - Had a few little sumpin' sumpin' last night and this smelled eerily farmiliar...in a good way. Huge piney hop nose with a hint of belgian yeasty spice.

T - I get the hops here and some spicy yeast. Not much 'wheat' flavor here but some sweet malts.

M - Nice high carb and thin body.

D - Not much complexity here at all. Not sure what I was expecting but the hops are beautiful and being a hop head this was great.

Overall a very nice beer, very drinkable. Not sure what some age will do with this but I will definately try!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:50:57 | More by boomer31
Photo of retry4z


3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 00:43:43 | More by retry4z
Photo of Damian


4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room, Middletown, CT
Served in a pint glass

Nearly crystal clear, golden-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-inch tall, super tight and creamy, bright white crown. A latticework of spotty, streaky lacing stuck all along the glass.

The nose was really interesting. Super spicy with clove and coriander notes dominating. Tart and wheaty. Moderately sweet. Slightly musty with a crisp, powdery yeastiness. Somewhat white wine-like. This also reminded me a lot of an amped-up Belgian witbier. Hints of brett and funk came through as well. Overall, quite complex.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Spicy, wheaty and crisp. Lemony and rather tart. Citrus notes were apparent. Orange rind came through strongest. Touch of bretty tartness and funk. Slight must. Subtle white wine notes. The finish was crisp, dry and refreshing and contained just a bit of earthy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. Super creamy, plush and smooth on the palate. An ultra fine, moderate effervescence gave the liquid a fantastic, pillowy softness.

Though classified as a Belgian IPA, this reminded me more of a Belgian witbier with a moderate, bretty tartness and a slightly hoppy finish. Seeing as this is a summer seasonal, my guess is that this keg had been sat on for a good six months, which allowed the bretty qualities to intensify and the hops to fade. Regardless, this is a very impressive offering from the folks at Lagunitas and one that I will be revisiting when the warmer weather rolls around again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 06:01:16 | More by Damian
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District of Columbia

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

A: hazy orangish yellow, sustaining head, some lacing
S: little musty, wet cardboard, yet somehow this isn't bad, because it's the backbone to other scents that aren't as strong as I'd like, orange or orange blossom, maybe, definitely a little earthy

T/M: I have has this beer before and enjoyed it, but this tasting I *really* enjoyed. Earthy in nature, but there is a definite hint of orange. The earthiness gets me today, though. The mouthfeel isn't strong, but lingers, little more subdued, but a nice tug on the tongue without being too dry.

O: not as "sweet" as most Lagunitas, a more down to earth (pun intended) offering. Was just what I was looking for today, will have to remember this is different from "any other Lagunitas" offering.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2013 22:34:20 | More by cjgiant
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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 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
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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 rudzud


3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the dive bar.

A - Poured into a tulip a clear golden hue with a nice two finger head that leaves sticky lacing and thick blanket.

S - Aromas of light funk, Belgian yeast notes, not getting much hops unfortunately. Hmm

T - Taste is very lightly Belgian, slightly sweet, actually lightly funky, faint horse blanket and barnyard, light green apple, but at the end of the day, not much hops.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty drinkable, nice carbonation, light.

O - Overall not as ipa like as I'm used to with even a Belgian ipa, still, not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:23:56 | More by rudzud
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham. into a pint glass.

pours a darker copper color with a slight head. fizzy bubbles in the glass from top to bottom. yeastiness overtakes the hops on the nose, but they're still prevalent. taste is very hoppy but also you get the Belgian yeast taste too. not getting too much 'wild' but that's ok. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall its like a souped up lil sumpin. I like it a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 21:06:34 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of thecheapies


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange amber with a thick, coarsely-composed white head. Rich lacing.

Lagunitas-like hops; citrusy and pine-y, of the American ilk. Sweet crackery pale malts and a honey nut Belgian yeast pulse.

Surly bitterness and back-half sappy pine hop-burn. Grapefruit and lemon and honeydew melon. Spicy yeast and spicy hops push boundaries with a piquant slashing. Notes of pink peppercorn, coriander, and orange peel.

Semi-burpy. Alcohol unveiled. A bit astringent, as in acidic. Medium-tailored body is decent.

Too obnoxious with the West Coast IPA hops, too rigid with the yeast strain. Un-relentless spiciness. I like it, but it's a chore.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 20:13:00 | More by thecheapies
Photo of tectactoe


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Poured a golden-straw color, highly opaque and hazy with just about no light getting through anywhere but the very edges. Big, fluffy, white head that lasts quite a while, a nice characteristic of many Belgian styles; moderate lacing along the sides. Slightly floral and hoppy on the nose - a decent balance of bitter greens and sweet citrus. This smells like it's gonna be good.

The initial taste hits first with a sharp carbonation bite followed immediately by hops that stretch to the back of the palate; floral-like with a mild pine character, hops are certainly abundant here. Then comes the sweetness - super huge profile of fruits here, the heaviest being pineapple and grapefruit, with a mention going out to mango and pear. Phenolic warmth from the alcohol ties the citrus sweetness and hop bitterness together very well. The aftertaste comes around as the hops cut back through the sweetness to give a highly bitter and yeast-filled finish. Low malt flavors overall, but enough to balance out the hops, though they also have some help from the citrus and yeast. Medium-thick body with a bunch of carbonation.

This is a great beer, and a great American-made Belgian-style IPA. The hops are balanced very nicely with citrus, yeast, and a bit of malt while remaining highly bitter and pungent - truly a hard combination to pull off, especially this well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 12:59:17 | More by tectactoe
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.85/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 04:26:45 | More by KickbacksSteve
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good example of a belgian pale ale. A very easy drinker with subtle flavors.

I like the smell of the sour coming off the top, and the flavor of the sour is consistent in each drink.

The spice (coriander) is there, but it doesn't take over this beer.

I recommend picking up this beer. I'm going to get a six-pack the next time I go out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 00:40:56 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of at7000


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

Watta beer. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the clove taste/aroma. This beer almost tastes like a good Belgian and even has some heffe taste going on with it. Not a beer easy to lump into one distinct style IMO. Complex brew. Great tasting and great smelling brew. I would highly recommend it. Has that clove/coriander/cardamom/yeasty finish of a good Trappist ale. A "must try beer," to say the least.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2012 22:13:33 | More by at7000
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy pour, looks like a belgian ipa should, bonus points for the crazy amount of lace. Smell has a big rush of lemon and banana, big belgian yeast character, nice hoppiness. The taste is identical, huge belgian flavor upfront and then an awesome wave of grapefruit and mango wash over the palate on the finish. Love this beer, love this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 22:32:42 | More by Tschnab
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Rhino in Missoula. Served in pint glass.

A - Medium orange with some yellow glow around the edges. A small layer of off-white head formed and receded to a few scattered bubbles on the top of the beer.

S - Sweet caramel and candy sugar, some bitterness and earthy hop aromas present as well.

T - Sweet caramel and candy sugar up front giving way to bubble gum, pine and earthy flavours. Very slight funkiness present as well.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 18:08:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a clear orange-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A latticework of tiny dots and foamy rings of lace of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 01:46:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer enjoyed at My Place in Newtown, CT, this one is a clear pale gold color with a nice puffy cover of white and energeticly blanketed with lacing. The aroma brings a lovely floral and slight pine hop element with sweet fruit nougat/taffy and polite yeast biscuit. The flavor comes on with very similar combinations, light yet on the heavy side of medium bodied with very delicate carbonation and a somewhat dry but smooth feel. Very easy drinking despite a subtle trace of alcohol wheat. Very nice stuff, a no brainer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 16:18:10 | More by Durge
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source.

A: Pours a hazy darkish yellowish orange with a fine white head which leaves sheet lace.

N: Getting dank weed, mild funk, barnyard, cheesy gym socks, wet cats and horseblankets.

T: Floral dankness with lemony funk. Lots of funk.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Very dry finish.

O: Very, very good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 16:55:54 | More by wethorseblanket
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a pine tree from a foot away - a nice change of pace to a traditional IPA. Pours brown with some ruby. Excellent lacing on the glass. Flavor has some caramel on top of the pine. Maybe some parsley and other spices. The more I drink it the more I think it's somewhere between an IPA and a saison.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 22:06:01 | More by Oakenator
Photo of SaintD

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a straw color with a slightly thin head that resulted in a spritzy, lacing.
Pineapple/tropical fruits in the nose, well rounded flavor and balance, slight alcohol warmth, with a citrus hopiness. I wish this beer was more available because it really is a great spin on the style. Wonderful and delicious! I'm never disappointed with lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 23:02:57 | More by SaintD
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