A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

939 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 939 | Ratings: 3,538
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and clear orange body. Solid two finger frothy head is set a top. Retention is impressive, a nice cap sticks around for the duration. Equally impressive is the lacing, a solid sheet encompasses the glass.

A Lagunitas IPA (I don't care what you think it is an IPA in my book) fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain? Interesting to say the least. The strange juxtaposition is first revealed in the nose. The typical bright and juicy citric and tropical fruit hops we have come to expect are set up front. This time they are sharing the attention with straight up Belgian yeasty goodness. Cloves, light barnyard hay smells and a bit of mustiness.

The first sip delivers a bit of a surprise. I was expecting bright hops with a more subdued yeast profile accompanying. What I got was strong yeast characteristics upfront and had to search a bit for the hops. The yeast delivers a bunch of cloves and dry muskiness. The hops do not come off as tropical and citrusy as normal. The flavor that does appear is more of lemon flavor which is interestingly a bit tart. The flavor is almost the exact opposite of what I expected, not a bad thing though.

Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The texture is smooth with a rather dry finish.

A got a whole lot more than I bargained for with this one. The flavors are a bit stronger than anticipated making it a bit of a sipper. I am enjoying this beer quite a bit and could see having a couple on draft. For at home consumption a bomber is a about right to enjoy in an evening.

 1,535 characters

Photo of fourplayed
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 finger head. Medium amount of lacing is thin. Clear Medium Golden and orange tinge.

Smells of sweet citrus and strawberry, Hops balance nicely, malts take a back seat.

Taste is nice mild sweetness of oranges, strawberries, pineapple, some herbal notes, Hops stand out well & malts balance it nicely. alcohol is very mild.

Mouthfeel is lite, carbonation is medium & zesty.

Overall a good hop and malt mix with a bit sweet mix of the citrus & fruit. Carbonation beginning to end is fine. Nice alcohol warmth. A very good drink if you feel a need for hops with a bit more fruity sweetness.

 592 characters

Photo of tewaris
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Another Big Sister of the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.... Loads of Malted Wheat for a Curious Malt Foundation and a Light Color, But Our Belgian Yeast Leaves a Huge Flavor and Complexishness." -- Lagunitas

8.85% ABV
OG 1.082
72.51 IBUs

22 oz bomber, bottled on the 242nd day of the year (August 30, 2010) poured into a New Belgium snifter on October 18, 2010. This beer is described by the brewer as a bigger sister of the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, and it says that this beer was fermented using Westmalle yeast strain right on the label; so, stylistically, this would be a Belgian IPA brewed with wheat malts. And it's not a Wild Ale.

Appearance 5/5
A little hazy, golden orange colored beer, with a big, slightly off white, dense, creamy, and rocky "Belgian" head with excellent retention and fantastic lacing. A beer with the perfect looks!

Aroma 5/5
Strong aroma of tropical fruit from hops and esters, with phenols from the Belgian yeast in the background. Some perfumy wheat malt as well.

Taste 4/5
Slightly sweet, intensely fruity, light and crisp on palate with some bitterness at the back, followed by a moderately dry finish and lingering aftertaste. I, personally, didn't like the aftertaste which is neither sweet, nor bitter, or fruity, but just odd in my opinion. Otherwise, a very good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Crisp and well carbonated with a decent body.

Drinkability 4/5
It really depends on how you see this beer: for a DIPA, it's too easy drinking; for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, it's not that drinkable. Either way, it's a nice drinking beer, but doesn't achieve anything exceptional drinkability-wise.

 1,635 characters

Photo of JLeege
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a two finger white head, some lace is left behind.

Smell- Citrus hops and a very faint yeastyness.

Taste- This is not what I was expecting. Really it just tastes like a dull IPA. Getting the slightest notion of the belgian yeast, but that seems to just be retracting from the hop presence, not adding any complexities.

Mouthfeel- light to medium body, smooth going down.

Overall- This has a decent flavor, but as far as being a Belgian Style "Anything" it certainly is not. The ABV's are hid nicely so at least I can get this down quick, and on to the next one!

 623 characters

Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip. The beer has a beautifully clear (filtered) golden body. A lasting finger of head forms, and retains well thanks to a steady stream of carbonation.

The nose, to my surprise, is dominated by Belgian yeast rather than the bright fruity hops of Lil Sumpin Sumpin. Hops are still present, citrusy (oranges) and tropical (mangoes), but the spicy, peppery, phenolic yeast character shines.

On the tongue it's a more even mix - bready wheat malt, peppery yeast and fruity, tropical hops combine rather harmoniously. The mango/papaya fruitiness of the other Sumpin Sumpin beers is present here, it's just matched by the spiciness of the yeast. The finish is sticky, though not terribly bitter - peppery spice lingers on the tongue along with tropical fruit and tangerine-like citrus.

Lagunitas is hit or miss for me, but they did a great job with this one.

 872 characters

Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a large bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold, medium white head with fine bubbles and good retention.

Smells of piney floral hops with a hint of citrus.

Taste follows, same piney floral hop notes, not too bitter, minor citrus notes. The label boasts that it uses the Westmalle yeast strain and, maybe just from the power of suggestion, I detect slight similarities in a very subdued malt character, but I don't know that I would have caught it if I wasn't looking.

Feel is full, carbonation is soft but present throughout.

Good beer, tastes a little hoppier than most Belgian Strong Pale Ales, maybe on account of it being an American beer. Its still really good though. A bit potent for lots of drinking, but good enough that you might want more. Worthwhile and I'd have it again.

 797 characters

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into improper glassware in my hotel in Rohnert Park. Plastic water glass all the way. Nice finger of spongey soapy head. Retains nicely, and amazing lacing given the plastic. Nice amber, dark golden hue. No cloudiness, with lots of nice little bubbles. Nice citrus hops smell, good malt sweetness on the nose. And then there's that Belgian yeast. Spicy, kinda clovey. Nice citrus and bitterness upfront, followed by sweetness. Very malty. The Belgo spice kicks in, and then a nice bitter finish. The wheat makes it very drinkable for 8.5. Fun beer.

 555 characters

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. September seasonal so it's fresh. Was a slightly hazy golden honey color with some carb streams. It had an average sized white head that quickly settled into a thin collar and some wisps. Average quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was interesting for BSPA since they hopped this one up. Grapefruit, pine resin on the hop side and slightly spicy yeast and sweet malt on the other. Blends pretty well but didn't grab me as much I'd expected from reading some other reviews. It's a good in-between blend and I think it might have been better suited to go one route or the other. Still very good just not great. I have the same feelings on the taste and some of it may be style perceptions so trying not to focus on that as much. It starts out a bit of yeast spice then the hops come in but never really peak and the finish is mostly sweet malt with good undertones of the yeast and slightly bitter hops. Good but might have been great if one element stood out more. It's a bit nitpicking but it's oh so close to being very, very good. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carb and good aftertaste.

Overall, a rather interesting take on a hopped up BSPA. I liked it and if one element or the other was strengthened it might have been great. Still highly recommend as it's a unique take on the style. Avail here in TX. Rotation - Sept seasonal. I liked it but if I want a hoppy beer there are better out and if I wanted a true BSPA there are better ones out there. It's a good blend for a bottle maybe two a season but that's it for me. [R;O;seasonall]

 1,607 characters

Photo of rootbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A: pours orange-ish clear gold with a golden off white finger of head that is slow to fall and laces nicely
S: just popping the cap released a pleasant sweet hoppy and slightly funky aroma. sweet citrus also a bit fruity
T: sweet malty fruit along with bitter citrus hops. there is also a light yeasty somewhat plastic long lasting flavor in the after taste. not even a hint of the 8.85% is noticeable
M: slick and smooth, medium low carbonation.
D: very easy with not haveing super complex flavors and aromas, it hides its abv, and on a side note it is priced very well at under $5 for a bomber.

 626 characters

Photo of elgiacomo
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours clear golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves some light lacing and holds a small cap and ring.

Aroma starts with a good dose of bubblegum and clove alongside a lot of fruit, banana, tropical fruits such as kiwi, some citrus, tangerines, lemon, grapefruit, some yeast, very complex aroma. Great strength.

Flavor features more of the same bubblegum and fruit esters but the hops shine through as well with some pine and grassy notes to go along with the citrus and other fruits. Bread and yeast are also more prominent in the flavor than aroma. Good bitterness and moderate sweetness.

Light to medium bodied, a bit sticky and syrupy, medium carbonation.

I'm not big on wheat beers nor Tripels, but find myself enjoying this a fair bit. While I prefer the regular Sumpin Sumpin, I could see someone who is really into Tripels or Belgian IPAs really diggin' this one! Quality stuff.

 922 characters

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

A: rich gold or light orange ever so slight off white head

S: Citrus grapefruit orange orange peel all the fresh IPA notes you could want

T: dry beer with a ton of citrus hops great taste alcohol is masked well

M: med to light mouth with med carbonation

D: really drinkable masks alcohol well

overall: a great beer I really enjoyed this worth every penny I paid for it.

 375 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-figner thick, pale tan tinged head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a gold to light copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, rich gold hue when held up to the light. Ahh, the aroma is nicely hoppy; it smells of expressive tangelo oils (like tearing through the skin of a super ripe tangelo), ample lychee, bright kumquat zest and a touch of dank herbaceous character towards the finish. It is really quite striking how much this smells of tangelo oils, I am really enjoying that aspect of the nose. Perhaps a hint of clove adds some complexity to the hop character, but the Westmalle yeast is fairly muted here. The malt, while definitely subtle, is a touch more noticeable than the yeast; it contributes supporting notes of pale malt cracker notes and perhaps a hint of dried hay that mixes in with the hop character.

Lightly sweet tasting with an ample citrusy hop fruitiness up front, as the beer moves across the tongue it picks up flavors of juicy fruit bubble gum, a big lychee note and tangelo zest, while the finish has just a hint of herbal character and menthol. The middle while it seems all hop influenced is actually accentuated by a light clove character. Not overly bitter up front, but the bitterness grows through the finish and finally lingers on the palate with a nice biting note that is accentuated by some phenolic yeast notes. Quite light bodied and drinkable, dangerously so when you consider the strength of this beer, I really love how drinkable this is and it is likely the biggest influence of the yeast character; this certainly has the drinkability of a good Belgian beer and quite dangerously so given the strength of this beer, but it has just enough texture and body that the fruity hop character is wonderfully accentuated. The dominant hop fruitiness really is just infused from the beginning to end of each sip, it really is the most noticeable part of the flavor from beginning to end. A touch of yeast derived bubble-gum notes seem to accentuate the juicy-fruit flavors from the hops and also the bright tropical fruit flavor that this beer has.

Judged as a purely hop-driven beer (which this is, despite the yeast), the nose on this beer is fantastic; so vibrantly fresh and hoppy with it smooth, ├╝ber-fruit character and just enough balancing herbal character to keep things interesting. The yeast character is a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but it is still a weak supporting cast member when compared to the hops, but at least it does a good job with the role it does play; it is not overly phenolic, nor does it contribute flavors that clash with the hop notes, instead it integrates quite nicely with the dominant hop character. Some part of me wishes that this had more characteristics of the Westmalle yeast strain present, but in my hop-heart I know that I would not have liked the beer nearly as much even though this would have ended up a more complex. So yes, this is simplistically hop focused, but there is just enough malt and yeast character to support the hops and to really let them shine here. I can't help but really enjoy this beer; and I think I might have found a beer from this brewery to rival fresh Hop Stoopid.

 3,278 characters

Photo of surlytheduff
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured rich golden, clear with a frothy head. Strong hoppy aroma, piney with hints of lemons, along with a yeastiness.

Taste was a little bit bitter, grassy&fruity, with some alcohol heat. Really pleasant, with a yeasty finish.

Smooth, medium feel in the mouth; noticeable carbonation. Very drinkable.

 303 characters

Photo of ryanonline
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive, fluffy, foamy, off white head. clear and gold with lots of bubbles. gobs of lacing.

hoppy and piney nose with a lot of resiny tones. also a nice fruity somewhat lemony/grassy backbone. slight malty undertone.

Damn, that is one bitter BSPA. very piney and resiny and just the right amount of sweetness to keep it interesting. light honey and lemon flavor.

creamy and medium bodied with a reasonably dry finish. very thin mouthfeel though.

its a little bit filling, though well within reason to want another one.

not a bad beer at all, I like my BSPAs a little more fruity and this is very hoppy and bitter, but still a damn fine drink. probably could have used my duvel tulip on this one, but still delicious.

 722 characters

Photo of hophead247
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is very fresh citric hops, a touch piney with a noticeable belgian yeast sweetness. Flavor starts sweet and slightly... the yeast definitely playing a role in the balance with the strong american hops. Finishes bitter, a bit grainy and some definite booze followed by a piney bitterness lingering. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Nice beer Lagunitas...

 422 characters

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Beautiful orange gold with a big creamy head that recedes after a few minutes.
smell: Smells like a citrusy IPA and a Belgian mated. Very nice.
taste: Sour start (guess that's the WestMalle) with a definite Sumpin finish, crisp, citrusy hops.
mouthfeel: medium carbonation profile. Full body.
drinkability: Tasty with the alcohol well hidden.
Great beer. As advertised the wonderful Sumpin base with a WestMalle sumpin wild.

 436 characters

Photo of Torps
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden amber with a two finger fluffy white head. Generous amounts of lacing with a soapy ring of carbonation lining the glass. Aroma is pine needles, citrus, pineapple, spicy yeast and some floral goodness. Taste is pineapple, biscuits, banana bread with a biting resinous bitter back end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great with just the right amount of carbonation to make this refreshing but not taking away from flavors on my tongue.
Overall, a very nice and different take of the BPA style and pretty much what you would expect outta cali from Lagunitas.

Picked up a growler from DeCicco's.

 615 characters

Photo of mstyne
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Beverage Mart, NY 66.

LIMITED RELEASE -- No dating that I could see.

Pours a slightly hazy neon orange with a decent head and good lacing. Aroma is crisp and fresh, with hops throughout.

STRONG is definitely the word to use here. Reminds me of a Ruination IPA with it's great hop flavor.

Another brew I wish I had enjoyed during the summer, but I'm happy to have gotten to try it at all!

 403 characters

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with a very nice white head.

Aromas are nice, a very pronounced grapefruit nose, with hints of hard candies, and sugary lemons.

Taste is very lemon like, a bit tart, spicy, and with hard candy like sweetness upfront. Beer is dry, and with a long bitter and spicy yeast flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, very full, smooth, and with a nice slightly prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I really like the uniqueness of this beer. Very tasty and pleasant to sip.

Another winner from Lagunitas.

 533 characters

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with a white head, slight haze, with some nice legs. Fairly hoppy aroma, but still yeasty and chalky. Big floral notes alongside the estery components of green apple and bubblegum. Peachy and earthy.

Flavor is bracingly citric, adding significant bitterness to this style. Very moderate, almost intangible funk from the tap. Juicy, with a smooth, good-sized body. Finishes with a little peppery yeast and a lingering bitterness. So American, with a definite nod towards Belgium.

 493 characters

Photo of whoneeds8
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a Great Divide glass a burnt yellow with a two finger white head. Great lacing. The scent is strong of piney notes. That piney smell translates directly into the front of the taste. Very big on the hoppy pine and green grass flavors that mellow out to a sugary finish. The Westmalle yeast provides a nice dry mouthfeel that adds to the experience.

 437 characters

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

22 oz. bottle.

Clear, filtered, golden orange body. Two fingers of thick, billowy, cottony, off-white head. Great cobwebs of lace on the glass. Nose shows a mix of tropical fruits, powdered sugar, tart cherry, wheat bread, and tangy, funky yeasty goodness.

Slight metallic tinge up front, followed by sweetish wheat and sugar malts. Tropical fruits fill in and take over, but with a powdered sugar edge. Grassy, funky, slightly bitter, slightly spicy, partially funky character develops and builds toward the finish, providing a nice contrast to the fruity sweetness. Slightly warming. Finish is dry with lingering hoppiness. Medium-full body with a creamy, smooth feel. Very nice! Not extremely "wild," but the Westmalle yeast adds some nice rustic depth to a solidly good base. And $4.99 a bomber?! More please!

 816 characters

Photo of aubuc1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a lightly hazy orange with a nice white head.

Smell is a very nice citrus, pine and dusty yeast.

Taste is a hoppy, bitter, and strong chalky, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Drinkibility is very good.

One of the better belgian ipa's I have had. Not sure how this is a belgian strong pale ale.

 347 characters

Photo of Phelps
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pale gold, perfectly water-clear with a long-living, pillowy one-finger head of off white foam that's both sticky and resilient. It hangs out for several minute before eventually collapsing to a thick, retentive filmy layer, leaving cascading sheets of lace.

Smell: bright and hoppy. Lots of mint, lime juice, grapefruit peel, cannabis, orange and pine, with a strong backbone of sweet honey.

Taste: sweet and fruity in the front, pineapple fruitiness mixes it up with the hops. The hoppiness of floral lavender, grapefruit and pine roll through at the finish.

Feel: soft. The liquid expands in the mouth, the medium-light body feeling almost like whipped cream. A light yet prickly carb keeps the tongue guessing. There's absolutely no hint of alcohol. Sumpin Wild, indeed.

Drink: more IPA than Belgian, A Little Sumpin Wild is light and fluffy yet goes down easy with a lot of flavor.

 900 characters

Photo of adam42381
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled 8/30/10 per code 24270712 on bottle. (First 3 digits represent the day of the year)

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Floral and grapefruit hops with slight hints of pine and yeast. Very subdued aroma. Not as bold as I would have liked.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by light bready malt in the middle and bitter grapefruit and very mild phenols at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter. I barely pick up any flavor from the Westmalle yeast. I probably wouldn't even notice it if I wasn't specifically looking for it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. The alcohol is masked very well so this one could sneak up on you.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. The nose is the only thing that could use a little improvement. I would definitely recommend this beer.

 982 characters

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,538 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.