A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild
3,541 Ratings
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

Added by femALEist on 04-28-2010

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear bright golden-yellow color with a big finger-plus of frothy white head. The head fades really slowly down leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is a strong Belgian yeast and piney/floral hops. There is some orange and other fruit esters that also blend in nicely.

T - Starts off with some nice tropical and citrus fruit flavors with some grassy hops and bitterness in the background. Through the middle some strong yeast flavors and a touch of tartness comes out. Touch of vanilla also. Finish is a blend of yeast, malt, and some fruity flavors that linger nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Really smooth and crisp with a finish that is a mix of a touch try and a touch tart/sweet.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are full and rich but extremely well balanced. Really nice hop profile alongside the other flavors mixed in. The 8.85% abv is also pretty much completely hidden here.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been sipping on a few of these beauties in the last couple of days. Half of a bomber straight from the fridge into my St. Bernardus chalice. A nice copper brew with a large frothy white head.

The brew might be a tad on the cool side because the only smell I can pick up on is citrus and tropical fruit, pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste is amazing. Just like the smell I can taste all sorts of big fruit flavors. I would like to say I can pick out the Westmalle yeast but I would be lying if I did. There is a nice hop bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is completely hidden.

Really good mouthfeel, slightly thicker then most Belgian Strong Pale Ales that I have had.

It's interesting that this beer is labeled as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. To me this beer tastes, smells and drinks more like a Double IPA. This is by far my favorite offering from Lagunitas that I have had.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of heebes
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 6 fluid oz.
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Purchased at Premier.

Pours a clear golden with a two finger frothy brilliant white head. Great lacing follows the beer down the glass. Nose is vibrant with citrus hops, bready malt, lemon, grass, a certain spicyness. Taste follows the nose with a dominant spice and belgian yeast flavour, balanced by caramel malts and a mild bitterness that ends dry from the hops. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, well carbonated, a dry and chewy sensation left in the aftertaste. Overall ease of consumption is high, I'm loving each and every 'Little Sumpin' beers I've tried from Lagunitas. No hint of abv present, and just an enjoyable Americanized take on the Belgian Pale. (I think I even prefer their takes.)
From now on I'm just gonna grab a 6-pack whenever I see these Little Sumpin brews! Earns a repeat purchase hands down.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly thin, fizzy golden orange color with 1 1/2 fingers of head. Faint haziness in color. Bubbles stream up laser etch constantly. Larges sheets of lacing.

S: Bursts of citrus and tropical hops. Was not expecting this much hop smell, but the yeast shines through the back end. Estery and a little bubblegum round out the smell.

T: Tastes better than it smells. Bubblegum and spicy yeast dominate, while the hop profile complements with a nice bitterness. Sweet, spicy, fruity, and bitter all blend together wonderfully.

M: Prickly carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Was really blown away with this one considering I wasn't expecting much. Great BSPA, with a nice addition of hop flavor. ABV and carbonation cuts down the drinkability a notch. Can't wait for the day Lagunitas makes its way to AL.

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Photo of tzieser
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rapscallion tulip

a: clear light amber color with a wispy white head that settles into a thin lacing.

s: impressive. beautifully complex aroma of citrus (grapefruit) and spice (Westmalle yeast).

t: fantastic complex flavor. aforementioned citrus hop flavor makes up a large part of the flavor profile at first but the Westmalle yeast adds a noticeable spiciness that transforms this beer into something extraordinary. there is also a slight biscuity crispiness in the background, possibly the wheat. you'd never know this was 9.4% (according to the label). great stuff.

m: slightly prickly mouthfeel

i remember this beer tasting a bit different when it was in 22oz bombers. i think i enjoy this beer even more now that i get 6 of them!

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, but clear, golden slightly orange with a 1.5 finger milk colored head that slowly falls leaving behind some nice lacing that coats the circumference of the glass. Smells bready, banana, bubble gum, orange citrus, nice mellow hops - definitely fulfilling it's belgian "upbringing". The taste is excellent following the nose but on top of the sweetness brings about a nice bitter bite and decent malty backbone - fresh bread, cloves, spices, sweet and bitter all mingling together to form a delicious beer. The mouthfeel is quite syrupy and sticky with adequate carbonation and more burn from the alcohol than I would like but that's why it's a strong - it doesn't deter me from loving this beer one bit. I was happy to snag a 6 of this while up at the lake in northern Minnesota, will be seeking out more when I head back up in a couple weeks.


Edit: My bottle is telling me it's 9.4% rather than the 8.85% that is listed...shibby

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden almost straw color with a nice fluffy head that lingers and laces well.
Smells of major citrus/grapefruit.
Tastes of a good bit of citrus, but also a slight sweetness. A unique yeast taste that is very subdued that I imagine comes from the Westmalle yeast strain. A nice alcohol taste and burn on the back of the tongue.

A really nice beer, love the aroma.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Nice label art.

Pours an ultra clear gold, with a decent off-white head that patches to the glass. Smell is a bit hot, but contains a very pleasing blend of candied fruits and spices. I'm liking this one right away. Taste starts off with some bubblegum and dives right into the spicy Belgian yeast. A segue into sweet grapefruit hops follows, and by the end, an assertive bitterness leaves me wanting another drink. All the while, a mellow base allows room for all the other flavors to happen. In the end, this is a subtle beer, but is so complex.. Even a touch of alcohol feel isn't enough to dampen this brew whatsoever. It reminds me a lot of Raging Bitch, and that is not a bad thing whatsoever. A great beer imo.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a strong white head and lots of sticky lacing. Strong aromas a tropical fruit - mango, grapefruit, citrus all coming together very nicely.

Taste is a tropical fruit roller-coaster. Starting with mango, mixing with pineapple and grapefruit and leading eventually to a nice malt backbone of pale malts. Extremely smooth and ending with a nice caramelized sugar flavor / cotton candy. Body is not extremely thick for a BSPA, but definitely a very enjoyable beer with carbonation just about right.

Right next to Little Sumpin, these are both great beers from Lagunitas. Highly recommended.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold, nice head with average lacing

S - Tons of citrus hops, orange rines

T - Smooth malt opens the profile for a split second before nutty-sweet hops rush through the palate. Grapefruit bitters on the backend. Great balance.

M - Perfectly carbonated. Medium-light body.

D - Good drinkability, not overpowering.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and citrus aroma, grapefruit bomb

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid double with heavy citrus flavor and a noticable grapefruit flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. I'd drink more

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent beer, and something that I would gladly get again for the price per 6er

A- Beautiful golden color, visibly carbonated, with a nice white head that leaves a lacing for the entire life of the beer

S- This surprised me a bit. I was not at all impressed by the smell. Perhaps the hops had faded, but I did not smell the citrusy and hoppy smells that others are reporting. I smelled the over-ripe banana bread smells typically associated with Belgians. I also smelled a lot of vanilla. But there was an odd chemical smell that was hard to get past, and made me think that I would not enjoy this beer

T- The chemical smell was not at all present in the taste. The taste was so much better than I expected based on the smell. I tasted vanilla at the forefront, along with ripe fruits. There was a strong alcohol taste that was not at all hidden, and very much at the forefront- but I like that, so for me, that represents a positive, not a drawback, but for those who like high alcohol contents to be hidden, they probably would be turned off. There is a citrusy hoppy taste in the background, but it is not present until after the vanilla and boozy flavors. Very complex. Terrific flavor

M- Very full body. Taste stays with you. Goes through transitions in your mouth.

O- this is one of the better "under $10 6 packs" I have ever had. I would gladly get this beer again. Another great effort by Lagunitas

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Photo of eagles22
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice bright golden body with a decent white head.

Smell: this is the best part of the beer! Citrus and tropical fruits up front grapefruits, lemons, pineapples, white grapes, mangoes and some oranges. and some pine scent but the citrus fruits over power the smell.

Taste: This is a very hoppy belgian strong pale ale. the citrus hits you up front and alcohol burn just a bit but than you get a nice smooth finish with some bread/ malt characteristics. This is one fine brew I love it.

Mouthfeel: refreshing, crisp and smooth!

Drinkability: only rated this a 3.5 just because it's such a wonderful beer, that you should savor this one!

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Photo of liddytime
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


I was really psyched to find this one out here on the East Coast. I have become a huge fan of wild ales so I can't wait to taste this one.

Poured from my bottle into a belgian goblet. No bottle date. Unassuming light copper color, almost a dirty blonde. Quickly dissapating, lacy head.

Lemony, sweet, citrusy hops in the aroma. Somewhat surprising given the style, but enjoyable nevertheless.

My first impression of the taste was an IPA through and through. But wait, there is something different here. While the hops clearly hit one's palate up front, the finish brings through earth and sour cherry. The malty finish of an IPA is lacking as well, but in a good way!

This Little Sumpin' Wild is unquestionably different from the other wild ales I have tasted. Less "wild" character, more "Left Coast IPA" character and undoubtedly delicious!

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Photo of stumac
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this with my corn dog Amanda whilst eating ice cream. Weird combo, I know. But we just got done watching midget wrestling. So it's cool. Pours up clear orange with a decent white head. Aroma is huge of floral hops. Niiiice. Tastes bitter, honey, grapefruit, not too much hop flavor as much as there is hop bitterness. Nice again. Medium bodied, smooth drinkin. I dig

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Photo of Timotheus1
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of IreRican
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Rohottie
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of wcintula
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas has yet to disappoint me. This beautiful Belgian pale pours an orange-copper, almost like a pumpkin beer, with a sizeable head with *excellent* lacing. Slight booze odor given off beneath the floral hop and sweet bready aromas, with a ripe something on the very back end. The taste is sweet and in the front and bitter towards the back with ever so slight peppery phenols around. Dangerously drinkable, like most of the breweries' beers. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Beerguy1977
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jampics2
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

For something wild, I guess I expected some cloudiness, but the tangerine and gold colored body is so transparent I'm looking through it at the screen as I write this review. If I successfully spell every word right, you'll know it's lacking some of the cloudiness/haze I typically associate with a Belgian SPA. The head is no winner either, leaving just minimum soapy lace. If Duvel is the Megan Fox of beers, this is Ugly Betty.

But A Little Sumpin' Wild does begin to deliver the goods in the smell! A ton of citrus hops give impressions of peaches, orange, and pink grapefruit while a subtle Belgian yeast strain imparts some esters with bubblegum, traditional corriander and orange peel notes. A touch of earthy spice from the yeast leaves me thinking, what's so wild about this? It's simply a Belgian IPA! I love the expressiveness and the slight touch of sweet malt underneath knows to hide out and let the hops and yeast shine.

The taste pretty much follows what the nose set up, pulling the flavor between IPA and Belgian pale. The flavors of apricot, pineapple, mango, and orange are present and very juicy. The Westmalle yeast adds some depth, mostly a dry chalkiness and mild esters and spices. The malt is invisible except for some perceived sugary sweetness. A bit of alcohol is noted in the finish, but enough fruity flavor lingers on to make it not a major issue. The beer is pretty pleasant and very flavorful. A beer of substance, it's like Ugly Betty took her glasses off and let down her hair.

Mouthfeel is a touch sticky, as the carbonation and dry finish can't help the medium body from leaving some oily coating behind. The citrus hops don't fade as the slightly chalky yeast slams on the brakes, and the finish is slightly bitter. This is a good beer and very pleasant in just about every aspect. What did we learn today, besides that I can type a review of a beer through a glass filled with said brew? I guess Ugly Betty really shines once you can get past the frumpy appearance.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. A nice pale yellow with a white head. 2 fingers of head that turns into a solid film with lacing that sticks throughout.

Smell is solid Lagunitas. Strong citrus notes, pineapple being the only thing that comes to mind. Alcohol in the background.

Taste is where the "wild" comes into play. Like any good Lagunitas, great citrus flavor, but greatly subdued, which is highly intriguing. The smell would present this to be almost a DIPA, but the yeast somehow keeps the bitterness well subdued. Very smooth, for the style. Hops are there, but kept at bay by the yeast that makes this beer very very drinkable.

Mild carbonation. This beer is exceptional and if you have the chance, pick 2 up, cause the first will not be enough.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC. Poured from the tap into a pilsner glass.

- clear bubbly copper color; poured with a one finger head that faded to a wisp; some lacing on glass

- floral aromas of hops, honey/sweet, bread

- taste of toffee, light malt, light citrus, with fresh, herbal hoppy finish

- medium carbonation with similar mouth to other belgian strong pales; nothing to complain about; a mild bite that doesn't linger too long

- very drinkable belgian that seems pretty true to style with the addition of a little fresh hops; will definitely drink again; could easily (and did) drink multiple in one sitting; nice!

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Photo of K-anielski
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,541 ratings
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