A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain

72.51 IBU

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Photo of n2185
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, golden honey color with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin white cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet bubblegum and candy sugar with light spice notes at first which melds seamlessly into a tropical pineapple and grapefruit aroma from the hops. Lovely.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are sweet bubblegum flavors at first along with some light spicy notes. The sweetness again follows into a tropical pineapple and grapefruit blast from the hops. The finish is lightly bitter with just a touch of alcohol burn.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation that accentuates the tropical hop flavors and bitterness well.

O: Definitely not a BSPA--too thick and hoppy--but a wonderful Belgian IPA. A delicious mix of sweet and spicy Belgian aromas/flavors with tropical fruit hop aromas and flavors. I didn't expect to enjoy this beer as much as I do, but it's hard not to chug it because it's so tasty and drinkable. Absolutely love it.

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Photo of carlborch
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a brilliant, medium-deep gold color with a barely perceptible haze. Off-white, creamy, 1-inch head forms, settles slowly, but persists at 1/4 inch. Beautiful, well-developed Belgian lace after each sip. The nose intermingles yeasty notes with distinct hops, tropical fruit, citrus, wood, and cloves. Light and delicious on the palate with excellent balance that hides the 8.8% ABV, but don't be fooled. The ABV is there! Lingers well but leaves a clean palate with hints of hop flavors, hop-bitterness, citrus, and cloves. Moderate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Expected more sourness given the "wild" descriptor, however, it is delicious! The moreishness increases as it rises to/above cellar temperature. Would be excellent with rich or fatty foods needing to be balanced with the increasingly evident hop.

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Photo of brurevu
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two and a half fingers of off-white creamy/frothy head. The retention is initially average, but the last finger is quite stubborn. Some irregular lacing. Small particulates floating uniformly throughout.

4.5 S: Tons of pineapple in this. Just tons. Peach, orange, and tangerine follow. Herbal hops. Good amount of phenolic clove and to a lesser extent pepper. There's also a sweet, candy like aroma in here not too much unlike peach rings. Very nice!

5.0 T: Good god is this tasty! The pineapple is a big player again, along with peaches in heavy syrup, Sunny D, and a thick citric fruit smoothie. Less clove than in the nose, but perhaps a bit more pepper. The Belgian yeast funkiness comes through well in the taste and works extremely well with the hop flavors. It's both earthy and exceptionally fruity and it works surprisingly well together. Bitterness is very low for how hoppy this is. A near masterpiece.

5.0 M: The mouthfeel is damn good as well. Medium to heavier medium body. Good spritzy carbonation from the yeast and awesomely creamy from the hops. Super smooth.

4.5 D: I never had this fresh, but I can't imagine it ever tasted better than it does now. Simply fantastic. This would be a damn tasty IPA by itself, but the Belgian character shines through and complements the hops better than I ever would have imagined. By all means, this is a Belgian IPA and easily the best one I've ever had.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods on P St. NW D.C., unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 9/20/13 over a half-hour.

A: 3/3 - deep orange-golden coloration, solid clarity (can see and read through), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, small alcohol legs for 8.80% time alcohol legs!

S: 11/12 - lots of intense Belgian flavors - spice, spice, esters, spice, spice, bananas, spice, spice...wow!!!

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, I pick up first on the spicy, floral hops with only mild bitterness tasting super fresh!, in the middle of the mouth, some of the Belgian qualities start to emerge, in particular the fruity esters; still, it finishes really dry with little aftertaste that invites the next sip and the next...unbelievable!

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied with hop oils coating the tongue, the alcohol is present but doesn't taste like 8.8% to me; impressively high carbonation

O: 9/10 - as can certainly be surmised from the above, this is an excellent Belgian IPA that, I think, has restored my faith in the potential of this style...it's an effervescent admixture of hop, spice and ester that is as close-to-perfectly balanced as I can imagine, finishes super dry and just leaves you wanting more; highly recommended with any spicy dish but Indian or Cajun immediately pop to mind

TOTAL = 46/50

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Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with excellent clarity. The head is rocky and white with a better than average retention time, leaving a a fine lacing on the glass.

S: Sumpin' Wild smells like a hoppy christmas with orange and peach like esters, pepper and light clove phenols and resinous and citrus hops dominate the aroma. There is a moderately-light sweet malt aroma and a light perfume-like alcohol aroma.

T: This tastes as great as it smell having the citrus and piney hops up front with a very high hops bitters and just enough malt sweetness for support. The orange and peach like esters fall behind the peppery phenols in the the taste. The balance is firmly bitter with a lingering hops bitterness and soem alcohol sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-high carbonation. There is a noticeable alcohol warmth in the throat.

O: The is an excellent Belgian IPA having all the hops flavor, bitterness and malt support I love from the Lagunitas usual line up while adding the fruit and spice from the Belgian yeast. This would be a great beer to enjoying as a compliment to some bold Thai or Indian curry.

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Photo of Dingalls123
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally felt compelled to review a beer on here. I'm a So Cal IPA guy with a taste for doubles and barleywines. Grabbed this sixer cause I like lagunitas and liked the standard sumpin sumpin. But this thing... Whoa, Great beer. Depth of flavor, sweet bitterness and balanced finish are Fabulous. I think Belgians would like this $hit.

Last one. Hope you enjoyed it too. Cheers

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Photo of schoolboy
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. loved Little Sumpin Sumpin for its' unique mix of tastes. This is even better (maybe). It's different in that sticks to a single style better. I wonder which came first.

The two Littles are probably my favorites from one of my favorite brewers (I find most of their brews exceptional). This one has a great dark, yeasty taste, with more hopps than some of this style. Everything about it works quite well for me.

The booziness is well stashed under all the other goodness, but I dinged it a little for mouthfeel since I don't think I could drink more than a couple before being overcome by too much taste and alcohol.

Woo hoo. Another one that I truly love.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a poofy white head.

Aromas of sweet grassy floral hops and fruity esters that reveal more Belgian yeast character as the beer warms up.+

All the great floral, tropical fruity, hoppiness that Lagunitas is known for dressed on a great tripel's yeasty esters of bananas and spice. This is in my book what a belgian tripel/ IPA hybrid should have been tasting like from the get-go, but I have not tasted until now - all the others have been garbage disappointments - clumsy hop profiles over alcoholic fizziness. The category has been vastly over-rated until now. This is it. Full 5 on flavor. I don't give them often. Even when I detected the alcohol taste it seemed to marry well with the hops and fruity yeasty esters so perfectly.

Medium bodied silky mouth feel that incites groans and moans as the flavors cruise in this velvet Cadillac over your tongue.

Greta drinkability. Sorry if you don't feel the same way.

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Photo of Wukk
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an orange brown, with a 1-2 finger head. The head retreats fairly quickly, but leaves some real lacing behind. Smell hits like a regular belgian, though the hop is a lot easier to notice. In taste it's fairly complex. A wall of yeast hits first, followed by a big hit of hops and bitterness. Alcohol is certainly not hidden in this beer. It provides characteristic warming, but also seems to be a bit punchier than I am used to. Alcohol is more of a flavor than a sensation, if that makes sense. The beer is not too heavy in the mouth. I think it's a little smoother than most American IPAs. Overall it's a delicious beer--I'm really starting to warm up to Lagunitas, and it's not just due to the high alcohol content of their beer.

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Photo of jizfiasco
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint.
Tried this beer at brewtopia in chelsea last week and knew it was something I had to have again. Picked up a bomber and it was just as I had remembered near excellence. Poured bright gold like carbonated motts apple juice. Head was prominent but faded fast leaving a lasting film on the beer and glass. Carbonation level is perfect - just enough. Smells like an imperial IPA with mild malt backbone. But taste is totally different. Hops hit you but not as some high IBU bears this one is in the 70s but so complex you cant complain. As the taste settles you get the caramel flavor which if you look at the beer it seems to pale to have. Piney hops not very citrusy which I loved. Aftertaste is sugar coated grass and a slight alcohol sting. This beer is one of my top 5.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a nice golden orangish color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fantastic! A lot of tropical fruit in the nose with some spices and citrusy hops. The Belgian yeast strain is prevalent in the nose as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is very fruity with some malt up front. A lot of fruity citrus flavors in the taste too with a hint of spices good dose of citrusy hops in the finish. Wow, this is a great beer.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is one of the more enjoyable beers that I have had lately. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone to try.

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Photo of BrewBra
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden Orange, a little lighter than I expected. Medium clarity.

S: Heavy Hop smell, very very nice.

T: The Westmalle yeast mixed with this IPA creates a delicious beer. Floral and citris flavors are very noticeable. Good dose of malt. Not a real boozy taste for being 8.8%.

D: Very drinkable. A beer that I really enjoyed. One of the best IPA/Belgian crosses I have had.

This beer is sweet I will surely be buying these in the future. Well balanced and tasty !

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Photo of flyingpig
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, golden orange colour and is topped by a two centimetre tall, foamy white head that has very good retention for such a strong beer; it lasts for a good couple minutes.

Pine hops and a sweet, yeast like aroma. There is yet more floral hops and a very fruity smell (pineapple and apricots along with a hint of orange and citrus).

Hop filled taste to this one to begin with, mainly floral with some light pine. There is also a lot of fruit present, some citrus and orange along with some apricot.

Strong carbonation levels & medium body and plenty of bitterness. There is a good, hop infused bitter finish and a nice sweet quality to it overall.

An amazing beer.The nose was outstanding and the taste was about the same, there is nothing I can say to fault this beer.

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Photo of xseanprimex
4.65/5  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!

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Photo of aptea110
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Upon trying Lil sumptin wild i was more then pleased by it! The smell of it was delicious hints of citrus and pineapple, the first taste was even better and was very drinkable even at 8.85% aloc. This has easily become a constant Brew that is in my fridge at all times! Enjoy!

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Photo of Jemonster
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange gold body with off white head. Small bubble carbonation.

S: Smells like caramel and orange creamsicle. Malt and sugar.

T: Ripe orange sweetness, malt, brown sugar, and a little bit of hops.

M: Creamy and smooth, slightly tingly from the carbonation.

D: It's strong at 8.85% abv so it can't be a 5, but it's delicious! I want to keep drinking it even though it builds a buzz quickly. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy golden color with finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Mild lacing. Has a deep citrus aroma with hints of Belgian yeasts and slight hoppiness. Hop forward taste, ending in a bitter, citrus, Belgian yeast malt. Nice bitter aftertaste. Slightly soapy. Very good beer. This may be an improvement on last year's release.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A great sticky head with an illuminous light amber body.
Smell - The Belgian yeast creates a spicy aroma that pairs well with the scent of the sweet malt body and floral hop notes.
Taste - An extremely complex beer. The Belgian flavors are up front and mouth coating with a snappy hop bite followed by a light fruity aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Good crisp body and feel, works well with the taste.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a golden-amber with a sticky, frothy and full off white head. Excellent lacing after each sip. Smell consists of intense pine notes, grapefruit rinds, and just a touch of alcohol. Taste begins with toasted malt character, followed by a wave of caramel sweetness. Spicy resinous hops then barrage the palate, bringing those pine and grapefruit characteristics into full swing, with some lighter citrus notes tailing behind. Sweetness lingers around with this brew, lots of brown sugar and caramel noted. The finish is moderately bitter with just a slight alcohol presence noticeable. Hops leave a lasting impression on the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel of this one has a lighter feel to it, much more than expected. Oily resinous hops leave a slick coating and the carbonation is moderate. Overall, this brew is super smooth. There is hardly any alcohol noticeable due to the seemingly intense focus on hop character. This beer is dangerously drinkable and affordable.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.6/5  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

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Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the Raleigh Times in Raleigh, NC.

A - Gold and clear with a moderate head. Lots of lacing.

S - Loads of hop aroma with tropical fruit and grapefruit.

T - Hop oils with a citrusy bitterness and tropical fruit. There's some malt presence and a hint of Belgian yeast but the hops dominate. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M - Oily and thick with a moderate carbonation.

D - A fantastic hop explosion. I followed up the first with a second.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, tawny-gold in color, with a moderate head of eggshell-white foam.
Aroma-Fruity, spicy hop notes
Taste-Spicy hops, Belgian funk note, orange zest, nice hop bite throughout. Very well-balanced hops and Belgian spice. A bright, tangy, snappy very tasty brew. Highly recommended. Get some!!

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Photo of crossovert
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bomber.

It pours an orangeish gold with a tightly foamed white head that has a whispy top. It sticks for a good while and it finally recedes to some nice lacing.

The smell is awesome, it is nice and hoppy with a lot of citrus and a hint of herbs with a blast of spicy Belgian yeast. There is a bit of pineapple and sugar too.

It packs some flavor. It is nicely hoppy, but not overly bitter. It has some lemon rind, some orange, and some tropical fruit. A hint of pine comes in at the end. It carries a level sweetness throughout. The yeast isn't as prevalent in the flavor but it does add an extra oomph to an already great tasting beer. The yeast gets more prevalent as it warms.

The mouthfeel has a very active and prickling carbonation which i think works extremely well in this case. It has a medium body and is extremely drinkable.

This is one damn fine beer, hopefully it gets continued.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden honey color with a minimal fluffy white head that fades pretty quickly. A nice ring of lacing sticks to the sides of my Bruery tulip glass. Decent carbonation, probably shoulda used my DFH signature glasses that make everything bubble like a volcano.

S- Like getting hit in the nose with a sock full of grapefruit and pine cones that have been sitting in a barn! This is unusual, and I am LOVING IT!!! Funky and fruity! Nice sweet malt on the backround surrounded by punches of citrus and fresh cut grass that's been sitting in the sun.

T- Funky citrus! A whiff of smoke? Nice breadiness, pine, and depth of malt. A bit sour, with a nice sweet malt balance. This is way different than the regular Sumpin' Sumpin'...
Spices of caraway, pepper and lemon zest. The yeast and gentle barnyard flavors are what make this so incredible.

M- Sweet, lemony, and just a touch alcoholic. My bottles abv states 9.4% not the 8.85% as this site says, but that's what I've always loved about Lagunitas... they change all the time. This is highly drinkable, and so unusual and refreshing! I'm so glad I picked this up tonight!

O- You can almost taste the dirt that each element of this brew was grown in. Such a brilliant balance of hops, malted barley, yeast and water!!! Citrus flavors that spank you, sweet malts that draw you in, and yeasty funk that makes you say... WHAT THE FUNK? Damn near perfect!!!

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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