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 dmgeng
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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

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Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of jbredbeard
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of hoagzzz
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of DrMindbender
3.24/5  rDev -21%
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

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Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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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 kemoarps
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Christoffer91
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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Photo of fps_dean
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color with large head that disappears fairly quickly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of bready malts and mild hops.

Tastes like bready malts and spices, with mild hops on the way out. Very pleasant overall.

Moderate bodied with mild carbonation. Goes down quite smoothly.

Overall, a very solid beer. Tastes more like a Belgian in flavor, but goes down like an IPA. I would buy this again.

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Photo of grammodesguapote
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle, no date. Beer pours a light, cloudy, tan with a frothy white head. Aroma is citrusy Belgian yeast with it's sourdough bread like notes. To be honest my expectations fell at this point, I have never had a Belgian IPA that I really liked, all that changed. Taste is that same Belgian yeast and citrus from appropriately selected hops, but there is a pleasant malty sweetness that makes this beer work. All too often Belgian IPAs end up too dry and the bitterness is poorly balanced and unpleasant, not so here. Great job. Mouthfeel is on point with that nice stickeyness IPAs should have. Again, great beer.

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Photo of ksimons
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden color with visible carbonation bubbles and a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-bready malt, sweet summer fruits, yeast, and mild hops

T-pale bready malt backbone, citrus, and a nice balance between yeast and hops

M-medium body and low to medium carbonation

Overall very drinkable even with the higher ABV. Very nice balance between a Belgian beer and IPA.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%

Cold is this beer's friend. Drink it quick, it does turn to an off flavor quickly with time. That being said, it is a fruity hoppy clean crisp beer when cold. This rating is based on a colder temp.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%

Julian date 276.
A Pours a rich golden body with a fluffy off-white head.
S The aroma is jumping out of the glass, tropical hops and a peppery spice. Pine and oranges as it warms up.
T Interesting combination of ripe fruit on the first sips that lead to a flash of bitterness and the slightest amount of spice. As it warms the taste of the hops is more bitter and piney.
M Slick going down and mildly bitter after. When warmer I would call the mouth feel creamy.
O This is a fantastic Belgian style IIPA. Not to funky and hoppy in all the right ways. This ale is dangerously drinkable for the alcohol content.

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Photo of beerbully
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee

A- Light golden clear beer 1 1/2' thick white head leaving a great deal of lacing that lingers on the side of the glass (4.5)

S-Floral citrus hops with some yeasty funk, tropical fruits pineapple mango (4.3)

T- follows the nose as the citrus hops battle with the yeast funk and sweet tropical fruits............pleasant on the tongue....slight peppery notes along with some bready malts (4.3

M-some effervescence, slightly less than medium bodied, long dry finish (4.0)

O-somewhere between an IPA and saison....really good beer.......very drinkable......ABV well hidden to the point of danger......well done and will be buying more of this one (4.35)

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malts immediately give way to crisp bite from the Beglian (or Belgian-inspired) yeasting, which provides the aggressive and dominant elements of this beer; indeed, this very excellent elaboration of standard A Little Sumpin' is almost a beer built backward: the yeast and attendant flavors provide the skeletal system upon which all the other elements operate.

The sweetness of the malt is light, and clings only slightly to the yeasty superstructure—a fact echoed in the warm, bright gilded brown color of the brew. The nose is sharp and banana-apply, heralding the yeast-dominant nature of the beer, but belying how generously hopped the ale ultimately is: sugary-floral notes suffuse each sip, and a mellow but lingering bitterness rides this sumptuous-yet-lithe through to the end. I suppose it's a summer beer—BA lists its availability as such, and it's sunny and refreshing enough that I could imagine drinking it if the tempts are under eight-five F—but I've only found it in Fall, when it really shines as a downright ideal avatar of transitioning season: clean yet heavy, clean yet bold, crisp yet tinged with a slowly-dying sweetness.

I really like A Little Sumpin'; I love its wild sister.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%

If I'm reading the bottle correctly this may have been brewed in May 2014 and I'm seeing it in my area of Frederick, MD for first time in early November 2014 (5-6 months). Have to say, it is very similar to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch in most all attributes (had a RB just the other day). Perhaps this one has a tad extra bitterness in finish but overall this is yet another very solid brew from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottle into a Tallgrass Tulip.
A: Golden tangerine, big head. Looks good.
S: Best thing about this one. Pineapple, mango, pepper, clove, sweet malts, more citrus.
T: Though everything is there, there's more and the whole doesn't quite match the excellence of the nose. Sweet malt, and then bitter medicinal hops, citrus, yeast on the finish that lingers and moderately dry. A little funk, but not much; spices and pepper too.
M: moderate body, creamy, a bit of bite, moderately dry on the finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall: No question that it is a Lagunitas brew; and these guys are set up nicely for this style (or mash up). It has a lot of good interesting stuff going on.

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Photo of TooGood
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in Lagunita's mason jar glass. Poured a golden yellow with a 1 inch frothy head, very well carbonated and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell for lack of a better term is very Lagunita's, I think all their beers have a certain aroma that clearly defines them. The taste is slightly sweet and bitter at the same time, sweetness up front then a more bitter finish. The mouthfeel is terrific, very smooth. Overall another very good beer by Lagunita's, they really have yet to disappoint me in any of their offerings.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass a very nice dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very very nice thick creamy two plus finger head, which leaves some very thick sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, but with a nice malty sweetness thrown in, slightly yeasty, slightly citrusy.. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, kinda chewy, and citrusy. Medium body with a nice bitter, slightly dry finish. Overall another very tasty brew from Lagunitas. I'll say it again, and I've said it for years, for the price it's very hard to beat this brewery.

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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 Motleydrunk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz Bottle.Taste is a grapefruit flavor with a touch of bitterness.ABV is 8.8.I liked this.I goes down really nice.Another one of Lagunitas great brews.Threw back a couple of these last night and they were going down real nice.Give it a try.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium very slightly hazy amber with one finger of head.
Smells of nice belgian funk and mild sweet barnyard.
Tastes really nice for the ABV. Belgian yeast is present in waves over the tongue.
Finishes a little dry which is nice and no alcohol burn.
I was impressed with this Belgian from Lag.

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