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 AltBock
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber bottle with the typical recycled paper Lagunitas label. This label has a pin up girl leaning up against the Sumpin' word. Below the name is the Lagunitas dog. They make him look like he's talking. The beer's specifications is right in the middle. 72.5 IBU, O.G. 1.079, and 8.8% ABV. Off to right in very small print is a large nonsense paragraph. The only thing missing from the label is a bottled or best before date.

When poured into an Ommegang tulip, this "Wild" beer was a nice semi clear golden apricot orange with a few lemon yellow highlights. On top of this golden brew was a 3/4 of an inch pearl white head of foam. It was a pure white color. This good sized head of foam had great retention that left behind a long lasting white skim of foam and a large number of sticky streaks of lace.

Not exactly a wild aroma coming off this wild beer. The aroma was mostly all about the citrus fruits. This citrus fruit punch consisted of grapefruit, lemon, and a little tangerine. Mixed in with the citrus fruits was a little dried pine needles, lightly bitter citrus hops, and cloves.

I thought the taste was more wild than the taste. I think it was due to the beer's yeast undertone. Blended in with the yeast was grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine, toasted malt, cloves, pine, grass, pepper, and dried citrus hops. To be honest, I thought it was interesting. The yeast added a nice taste to every flavor.

This was a medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation and a yeast/citrus aftertaste. Like the initial taste, it was more about the yeast than citrus flavors. This yeasty aftertaste stuck around for quite a while.

Was this a wild beer? No, not really. Interesting? I'd say so. If you like yeasty citrus beers that are easily affordable, I'd say pick up this beer.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass, this brew pours an orange yellow glow with a somewhat frothy head.

S: The aroma is full of fruity hops with a yeasty clove/spice note. Very California influenced, a little deviating from the style. Not as complex as I'd like.

T: The flavor is more rounded than the nose. I really wish I drank a Westmalle before this. The flavor is dominate with hops, with some typical Belgium clove and spice.

MF: The mouthfeel is probably the best characteristic of this brew. Well carbonated and full like a Belgium the bubbles do a great job of cleansing the pallet while the hops linger a tad bit on the finish.

D: This one is smooth and drinkability is solid without being spectacular.

Ultimately, its always been good to see Lagunitas expand their horizons, but this brew is more of an IPA and definitely is wild.

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Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden amber colored beer with a perfect white head. Looks really great in the glass.

Smells strongly of hops and spice. Smells like a Belgian IPA might want to move it in the future. Lots of grapefruit and pine here. Honeysuckle malt aroma with the smell of ginger. The expected coriander is present once you get past the hops.

Starts out a little sweet and savory with a peach aftertaste. This is quite mild in taste everything is mellowed out only leaving a pleasant hop aftertaste. This doesn't have a strong flavor, mostly just mildly herbal.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super easy to drink. The hop load clearly pushes this beer in to the realm of the Belgian IPA. Tasty and well mannered I could see making this a permanent resident in my house.

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Photo of Shandycan
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brad7132
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A little bit of an older beer, but I know it's been kept in a cooler for most of its shelf life.

Really nice amber with a quarter inch white head. This is a non-nucleated glass, but the carbonation appears to be ample even though the head falls flat rather quickly. There's even a little lacing.
Overall, it looks crisp amber beer with no haze or sediment and a thin, haloing white head that sits throughout drinking.

Citrusy hops, a little belgian yeast fruitiness and some sweetness. There's very little alcohol that beams through, but it's still an obvious undertone. Fruits that come to mind are golden raisins, apricot, and oranges. I don't get the dreaded medicinal, who-poured-NyQuil-into-my-beer? aroma that I generally expect with BPAs...which is a huge +

This is a clean belgian IPA with slightly bitter hops and a good amount of sweetness. I decided to pour it cold which I feel is the correct way to serve this beer. The initial sip is sweet, but it's replaced by the bitter hops and biting ethanol once it rolls off my palate.
It's quite a potent beer and the gumball flavor I hate becomes more pronounced as it warms.

This beer is lightly carbonated with a good balance between belgian yeast and citrusy hops. A lot of the alcohol starts to come through as well as other gross things I hate about BIPAs when it warms.
I would highly recommend drinking this beer cold.

This was actually a good really find and a killer price ($2.25/12oz) considering the limited amount left and booming alcohol content. I'm glad I grabbed a few other bottles because I prefer this over a lot of other BIPAs I've had... but the Duvel triple hop/bitter monk still take the cake (however they also take a monster chunk out of my wallet - unlike this beer).

TLDR; I recommend trying the beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Green's tulip. The pour is pale orange-gold. Cloudy with a nice 2 fingers of tight head. Average retention and excellent lacing. A fair amount of sweet fruit on the nose. Over-ripe peaches, oranges, and a little pine. I get a little marmalade as well.

Medium body and slick, creamy feel. Quite sweet with bready, malty notes, but with moderate hop balance. Toast and marmalade give way to apricots and lots of pineapple at mid-palate. Nice feel moves things along. Pineapples meet spicy phenols and a bit of alcohol heat at the finish. The sweetness maintains and the dryness is refreshing. Nice!

I usually frown on sweet IPAs, as the blend of sweetness and intense bitterness always seems medicinal to me. This one has nice balance and the sweetness is almost overwhelmingly pineapple-like, which strikes me as very pleasant. Like a Belgian tripel with a shot of pineapple juice in it. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Fordknox
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of skrabbenhoft
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of keithmurray
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of Converge
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip. This brew is supposedly a Summer release, but it just showed up here recently in my neck of the woods in February. Go figure.

A - Pours a crisp and surprisingly clean vibrant amber with a billowy, bubbly head of off-white suds, with active carbonation flowing up the glass. Head slowly falls to a frothy film that leaves some sticky bits of lacing.

S - Smells fantastic! Fruity hops galore, with pineapple, tangerine, and mango upfront and a base of crisp pine and grapefruit underneath. The Belgian character seems to add a slight sweetness, but not much else detectable in the nose. Mild malt backbone of tasty caramel malt. All around nice and inviting, with some floral and fragrant hops coming through.

T - Not quite as fruity as the nose. Some mild sweetness upfront, caramel malt and wheat, with some flavor from the Westmalle yeast. Finish is assertively hoppy, with floral and herbal notes coming through. Pineapple and other citric sweet flavors are subdued, and the hop profile is more herbal with a touch of pine and bitter grapefruit, and a kick of onion. Phenols show up in the finish, adding a peculiar twang to things. Alcoholic character is clearly detectable on my palate, unfortunately.

M - Medium bodied, with fine carbonation, lending to the smoothness. It feels a bit warm and oily for my liking though, with an almost milky film left behind. Bittering and a little alcoholic.

D - I don't know if Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' actually plays any role here other than namesake; but I suppose I should admit I've never tried that brew as it isn't distributed in my parts. This strikes as a brew where the bitterness outweighs the actual flavor, which I'm never much a fan of. Still, this was definitely worth a try, and had a somewhat unique profile to my palate. Would have maybe liked more Belgian character, but what can ya do.

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Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden bodied with a low-moderate amount of haze. A decent head builds, slowly fades while leaving thick sheets of lace.
Primarily floral aroma, almost resinous lilac and rose hues. Some yeast arises as temperature increases, adding chalky slate, allspice, and pepper. There is also back apple butter and honey notes, and added grapefruit and pine hopping. It is notable, that when chilled, the nose is closed. Let this warm more than most.
Malt is meager, honeyed, lightly (wheat)bready and simply a canvas in the mouth. It sweetens towards rock candy, enabling the yeast to bring clove, pepper, granite, allspice, and a touch of banana. Some pear fruitiness emerges, then the hops bring apricot, pine, pineapple, and a bouquet of flowers. Bitterness is there, but not bracing.
It's medium-full in the mouth with a carbonation that starts frantic, but flatlines as it sits.
There is a good amount of depth here, but it lacks a defining characteristic. That said, everything works in unison and it's pleasant enough to drink. At $4 a bomber, I'll be seeing this frequently as it fills a couple niches reasonably well.

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Photo of Docer
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seen a lot of this showing up on shelves everywhere. Lagunitas must be proud of this beer. As always a great price, and it does smell like something special. I mean... on the shelf at a Safeway in BFE?

- Nice crystal clear amber brew with a foamy white head... big half-pipe of lace and a thin layer subsides...

- Big funk on a Belgian yeast banana and grain blanket under the nose.. biscuit, corn, sweet brown sugar, citrus hops galore... dry grassy hops...

- Almost afraid of the punch to the face... here is goes: Biscuity earthy banana yeast.... grassy and funky background to a somewhat Belgian candied brown sugary sweet brew. Aroma hops galore in flavor... citrus, grass, pine... all present... good bitter touch to the tongue.

- Medium to light bodied.. slightly oily and syrupy.. just a tad drying... sticky.

- Overall very cool of Lagunitas to do... it certainly turned out great, and is one of the more unique brews I have had of late. Thumbs up.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium orange amber. Citrus hops with a hint of pineapple and orange aroma. A typical DIPA flavor profile, citrus and hops with some tropical fruit flavors. Belgian yeast overwhelmed by the hops. A sweet, hoppy finish. Very pleasant, but not really noticeably different from other DIPAs. A stronger Belgian influence would have made this stand out a bit more. I can't taste it. Very nice and worth a revisit.

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Photo of shand
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into an imperial pint.

This beer pours a very hazy straw color with a little more than a finger's worth of head. The lacing is superb, leaving lacing all the way down the glass. This beer is pretty good smelling, wheat, citrus hops, and just a bit of yeasty-ness.

The taste is also quite good. The hops, citrus, wheat, and yeast work perfectly in tandem all the way down, with a bit of clovey-banana sweetness to round out the very end. Can taste the belgian influence for sure in the yeast. The mouthfeel feels just a little too thick for the taste ... the ABV does shed a little light on the situation. It's quite drinkable for it's ABV, but nothing extraordinary.

Overall, I don't think this is as good a beer as Sumpin' Sumpin' was, but it's still a very high quality beer worth having, especailly at Lagunitas prices.

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Photo of rarbring
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber beer, with an off-white modest head that leaves some lacing and has good curtains.

Tropical fruits, pine apple, mango, warm pine forest smells as well.

Starts with sweet bread, caramel, some citric notes, then mostly floral bitterness, pine resin.

Little carbonation, soft and oily texture, a light dry finish.

A good, what I would style as, american DIPA.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I absolutely love the Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from Lagunitas, thus I am very excited to give this one a try.

A- Golden/light copper with a strong 2.5 finger white head. Slight haze. Nice retention and bountiful lacing.

S- Another delightful smelling brew from Lagunitas. Belgium yeast is accompanied by wheat malt tones. A bold citrus hop bouquet of grapefruit, lemon grass, and mango.

T- Flavors follow nose with the belgium aspects taking the lead. Sweet, but not to the same magnitude of the regular version. A spot on balance of Belgium yeast, wheat malt, and west coast hops.

M- Mid body that sits a little heavier than the regular Sumpin and maybe a touch heavy for the style. Moderate drinkability. Some alcohol warmth, but not at all distracting.

O- A terrific compliment to the regular version. So happy to have found it. I would still prefer Lil Sumpin Sumpin as it is one of my favorites, but this is a great twist with the yeast variation.

$7.99 for 6 pack

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops, maybe overly so, grassy

color- gold

clarity- clear

smell- strong citrus, orange peel

body- smooth on the palate, light-medium body and length finish

appearance- frothy white head that disipates quickly, residual lace

overall impression- too sweet and a little sour in the finish...not a huge fan.

glassware: pint

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Photo of phishsihq
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew pours a golden-amber color and
is capped by a decent white head that leaves a solid amount of lace. Citrus hop aromas burst from the glass and are met with an earthy yeastiness and honey and wheat notes as well, with just a little peppery spiciness. Fruity and malty upfront, the beer blends peppery notes and Belgian yeast flavors amazingly well before ending with a hoppy kick. Medium in body and moderate in carbonation, Lil Sumpin Wild is one of the best Belgian IPAs we have had. Lagunitas seems to not know how to make a bad beer!


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Photo of booga73
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Tele
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 10/30/14

A: 4.25 Pours a coppery-gold with a bit of haziness. The off-white head is quite large and dissipates rather slowly.

S: 4.25 Bright hops come first with lots of citrus and tropical fruit, especially pineapple. There’s also a fairly strong malt background with a good amount of fresh bread aromas. Some interesting spices are coming through too; there’s mainly pepper and nutmeg, which are rather unexpected considering the other aromas present.

T: 3.75 Fairly strong hop presence up front with similar flavors as the nose. However, the hops are quickly taken over by malt. The result is a rather sweet and muted finish with traces of hop bitterness.

M: 3.75 The body is rather thin and feels a bit unsatisfying, which is surprising given the strength of this beer. Carbonation levels are good, but overall it could be more substantial.

O: 4 The aromas are very nice on this beer and it would be much better if the flavors matched the complexity from the nose a bit more. Definitely not a bad beer by any means and it is quite drinkable, however there are more interesting options out there.

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Photo of rpbisaillon
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lil sumpin wild

Pours a goldenclean translucent color with creamy white lacing. The nose is infused with banana, clove, peppercorn and spice. The taste is following suite quit closely besides the sweet malt and light hop characteristics. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a good amount of carbination to make lip smackingly tasty. Overall, Lagunitas brings another affordable offering to th tavle once again. A great easy drinking BSA.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a golden color. The head has the typical frothiness of a Belgian-style beer, but perhaps isn't as towering, at only a finger high. Head color is eggshell. Spotty patches of lacing are left down the glass.

S: Pleasantly spicy, with the sweet hops typical of Lagunitas. There's also a decent black pepper note which serves to balance the former out. Buried beneath those two is a faint malt backbone. This really smells like it will be good.

T: Upon hitting the palate, it tastes exactly like LSS - imagine that. It starts with a combination of wheat malt and sweet-yet-piny hoppiness. But that finish is where it really takes off. The spiciness on the back end gives this a passing resemblance to a good tripel, albeit one that's well hopped. Basically, it's delicious throughout.

M: One gripe, it's a bit too heavy. Because of that and carbonation that's only 'medium', the sweetness isn't fully cleansed off of the finish quite as much as I'd like. Still, that's not a problem in the least. There's no hint of the 8.8% anywhere; this feels like it's about 5%.

O: Lagunitas is just like Motorhead - they tend to always taste/sound the same from beer to beer/album to album, but when that taste/sound is so damn good, it really doesn't matter. Yes, this is just another hoppy Lagunitas beer. And I don't care, because this is really damn good.

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