A Little Sumpin' Wild
Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild
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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #5
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,776
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.65%
Reviews:
943
Ratings:
3,561
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild
Notes: Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU
Reviews: 943 | Ratings: 3,561 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish-brown color with little head. Scent is of citrus and hops, with the taste surprisingly bitter. Light-medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste dominated by bitter hops

Feb 28, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance has a golden amber/maybe closer to a yellow colored body, one finger white foamy head that dissipates and leaves a nice spider web speckled faded looking lacing, light carbonation is seen rising. The smell is slightly sour and/or tart mango/lemon fruitiness up front, hops showing some pizazz. The taste is basically the same adding a bitterness from the hops that seem to be showing a bit more, lemony aftertaste, quick dry finish. The palate sits light on the body, pretty sessionable (perhaps poundable to some). Carbonation is somewhat sharp which is good for the style and I say good to me. Overall, I say this is a good Belgian IPA by style that I would have again.

Jun 06, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not at all what I expected, completely blew my mind. Belgian yeast at the front in the aroma and taste, nice silky body with small soapy head. Nice sharp yeasty finish.

Aug 30, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pretty color, orange, full on 5/6" of white head. Carbonation tight, aroma was interesting, lots of hops hitting those tropical fruit strides. Belgian yeast. This is what I imagine a first tier Belgian ipa to be like in this day and age. Give me some yeasty and hoppy competition.

Taste is both of those with a very dry and welcome finish. Hides the strength so well. A fun beer, doesn't seem to be as plentiful since its first year, but always a welcome addition, I dig it.

Apr 02, 2016
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generallee from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8.85%, 1.082 OG and 72.51 IBU. It also note that it was fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain.

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with a thick cloudy yeast haze. It’s topped off with a quick setting head of off white foam. Only a light thin film covering remains after a minute. Lacing is minimal and slick.

Smell: The aroma has sweet bready maltiness with notes of honey and then loads of pineapple, apple peel, orange peel and some pine like hops.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is full of sweet honey notes inside of a deep bready and yeast like base with waves of different fruity notes. My bottle is fairly well aged so hop bitterness is much lower than a fresh bottle. It also worth noting that the 8.85abv is not noticeable at all. The palate and feel are fairly full and smooth. Carbonation is low.

Mar 30, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah! Belgian yeast. Adds some banana, to the citrus bundle, along with patented smoothness. Little funk on the finish with the hops and wheat supporting. Very zesty in smell and taste, with the taste letting the yeast shine more

Oct 29, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to almost ruddy brown color with a slim finger's worth of white foamy head that quickly dissipated. There was some light lacing running here and there and sliding into the beer.
The smell started off with some sweet citrus and bitter lemon rind. Light sweet breadiness (I'm guessing from the yeast) blends with some coriander and Belgian spices.
The taste was moderately sweet with an ample amount of Belgian spice to balance. There's a semi-sweet aftertaste running into the same sort of finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the spice to hit my tongue in a good harsh way.
Overall, finally finishing my last bottle of this which is why it has taken me this long to complete this review, yes, I do like this one a lot and look forward to getting more next Summer.

Oct 28, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a malt flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good beer

Aug 20, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Review #500! And a pretty cool beer, to boot. Just like almost all the other in the Lagunitas line-up, A little sumpin wild ale hits all the right marks. It's perfectly yeasty and hoppy all in the same gulp. Touch of booze brings the feel down a couple notches. This is benchmark for american made Belgian IPAs. Very delicious.

Aug 15, 2015
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DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local liquor store. No bottled on date. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours warm honey amber, quite clear, with a good amount of visible carbonation. The two-inch eggshell head sticks around for a while and leaves nice cling on the glass.

S: A lot of pine hop notes in the nose, along with sweetbread malt notes underneath. There's a grassy and funky quality to the bouquet, along with a touch of black licorice.

T: The hops hit the palate with a force, right out of the gate. There's pine there, along with more of that grassy/earthy funk. Some sweetbread notes in the front, with just the right amount of yeast/banana bread. The middle is also occupied by the hops, which seem to turn more resinous as the taste develops. Some clear alcohol and the underlying malt carries the flavor to the back, which is dominated by the resinous/earthy hops. For all that's going on, this is a very nicely balanced flavor.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, and bright/bitter. The hops leave a stick, but it's certainly not what I would describe as syrupy. This one goes back pretty easy for a beer with this high of an ABV.

O: While I enjoy Little Sumpin' Extra more, I'm very glad I picked this one up. This has a very different hop quality than many of the brews from Lagunitas, and the Westmalle makes for an IPA with a little more complexity than you often get from most American IPAs. This one is definitely worth seeking out.

May 22, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from old notes - 12/28/2013*
12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass. Smells doughy, but sweet - oatmeal raisin cookies were the first thing that came to mind. Orange peel is the dominant scent, but there's a light raisin supporting note, as well as grassy, floral notes. It pours a hazy pale amber (on the yellow side of amber) with a thick white head that could easily be scooped out with a spoon. A medium heavy dose of bitter and sour hit the tongue initially with a healthy sweetness washing over the mouth. Some more of the yeast aroma comes out at first sipping as well as a whiff of alcohol. The taste is predominantly grassy, dank hops, but there is some sweetness to it in the form of grapes and/or sour cherries (maybe both?). There’s a rye-spiciness tucked in there too. The relatively dry, medium body beer doesn’t technically finish clean, but it’s surprisingly refreshing (almost minty) considering how strong the initial flavors come on. There’s a prevalent rye flavor in the finish. A nice puffy, cloud-like lacing remains on the empty glass.

Apr 09, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich deep golden colored with an inch thick head of tightly packed off white head. Brussels lacing. The nose is fairly subdued but I get a bit of the acidic Belgian yeast with a hint of citrus hops. The taste is intensely bitter citrus hops in the front of the palate. As it hits the back of the palate you get a bit of that acidic champagne like dry Belgian yeast. The yeast also provides a nice crisp finish.

Mar 28, 2015
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Bone53 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is exactly as advertised. An american IPA mixed with belgian yeast. The result is an interesting, tasty, and refreshing brew. Improves greatly as it warms

Feb 25, 2015
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

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

This beer shows how good a straightforward beer can still be. A Belgian IPA at a great Abv. It tasted exactly how I thought it would, a beer you'd fundamentally buy if nothing else on the rack caught your eye.

Feb 18, 2015
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dmgeng from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really love sumpin' beers and I figured I'd give this one a try.

A - Nice orange color. Just slightly cloudy from dry hopping but still looked great with fine bright white head and significant lacing.

S - Starts off with a slight Belgian twinge but then the citrusy hops kick in. Some pine, and malt and maybe just a touch of sour.

T - Good flavor with just like the smell. The Belgian character is very subtle that just helps frame the great hop flavors. Citrus, lemon, and some pine are the most distinct but the malt is enough to give it a nice backbone. The finish has more of the slight tartness from the yeast but is complimentary to the hops.

M - Light to medium mouth-feel. The carbonation was strong and added a slight acidity to the tart character. It finishes pretty crisp with the bitterness and tart character.

Overall, a very good beer. It isn't a "sour" beer by any means but it does have a light Belgian-tart character that goes with the citrusy hops. I prefer my hops to be the showcase but this is pretty good either way. I would suggest you stick with their IPA or a lil' sumpin' Extra IPA but if you've had those go with this one.

Glass- Tulip

Jan 22, 2015
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delta490 from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice almost crystal clear medium gold with a nice cap of foamy white head. The head has nice retention and leaves some good lacing. The aroma is lighter, with some nice tropical fruit and floral notes. The taste is a little restrained and comes off just a touch washed out. There is still a nice dank hoppy bite on the finish but the rest of the flavor profile feels like its missing. THe body has a nice weight and there's a good amount of carbonation.

Jan 21, 2015
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snilsen13 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Super good take on 'sumpin! Adds a great wild yeast funk that I didn't know that there was room for in there. The depth of the malt flavor has gone even deeper now. Plus its even stronger and, as usual, you can't possibly tell! Lagunitas knows how to deliver the hammer.

Note: when this was first released I detected more nuances of the wild yeast than I did a few weeks later in different packs. It's not quite as exciting the 2nd or 3rd time around. It's not a replacement for the lil sumpin', but a great twist nonetheless.

Jan 07, 2015
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jbredbeard from Rhode Island

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is just a bit lighter and sweeter than the rest of the ales from this brewery. Nice spiced fruit and floral aroma, same for the flavor up front with a smooth sweety and sticky bitter finish. Yet another good one from Lagunitas!

Jan 04, 2015
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish orange. Decent lace after frothy white.
Smell: Apricot and grapefruit.
Taste: Pepper, bitter citrus, and dry.

I really like this. It does mirror Raging Bitch from Flying Dog. It's just that unique, sour, peppery something with a bite. I'd drink it again.

Dec 28, 2014
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hoagzzz from Pennsylvania

3.07/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Dec 27, 2014
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DrMindbender from South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
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

Dec 23, 2014
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mick303 from Canada

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Dec 14, 2014
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Dec 12, 2014
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kemoarps from Washington

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Dec 09, 2014
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Christoffer91 from California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Dec 05, 2014
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