A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,540
Reviews:
940
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
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251
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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love Lagunitas so really looking forward to trying this bomber. Pours a nice golden color, hop aroma just exudes from the glass... never had such a pungent beer and I love it! Taste is medium to heavy bodied, nice mouthfeel and well balanced. For the ABV its surprisingly VERY smooth, lots of hop character too. This does taste similar to a lot of other Lagunitas offering mind you, but I happen to love how their beers taste. Nice clean finish, wayyyy too easy to drink. One of the better beers I've had in a while, highly recommended.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down to a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose--smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste initially starts out with notes of malty sweetness that quickly transitions into a moderate amount of bitterness with flavors of grapefruit and spices. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because for the most part the alcohol is well masked.

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

22oz bottle. Wow, usually I can at least understand the majority of the ramblings on the periphery of Lagunitas' labels - but in this case, I would have to be a brew master or Belgio-phile (?) to comprehend this bomber's explications.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden hue, with two fingers of foamy, quite creamy eggshell-white head, which leaves some broad chunks of fuzzy patched lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of sweet and bitter citrus fruit - orange and grapefruit - with an underlying pine astringency, a faint beginner's funk, and mild Belgian sugar and spices - clove and white pepper. The taste is big herbal citrus hops up front, a solid sweet, sugary fruity malt, a touch of earthy barnyard, followed by some spicy, yeasty, leafy bitterness. No real noticeable warming at all.

The carbonation is moderate, and kind of airy at times, the body medium-full in weight, verily smooth, and more than a bit creamy. It finishes still quite sweet, the malt holding strong, with an almost equal fragrant citrus/funky yeast bitterness.

Well, truth in advertising, I can always appreciate - a stock (in a good way) Lagunitas strong ale, leavened by the addition of some old-school monk-yeast. The result: exactly what one would expect - a slightly yeast-tinged (a Westmalle joint, yo), usual suspect hop and malt bomb. An interesting experiment, what with the familiar West Coast eye-opener, melded onto a sudden realization of noble Belgian heritage. Wild, in doubt? 'Wild', indeed.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excited for this one; I enjoy Lagunitas' beers even if many of them taste very similar. 8.8% ABV confirmed. 72.5 IBU. 1.079 original gravity. Cost was $4.99 at the Cap N Cork Junior market. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I expect it to be about a B. Probably a B- on the low end.

Served after a slight warming period following removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white colour head of no real cream, but decent thickness and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a rather pale copper. Transparent and translucent. Not horribly vibrant, but also not dull. There's nothing unique or special here. It's to style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is weak and thin.

Sm: Floral hop notes. Grassy. Lemon citrus. Hop extract. Pale malts. Some saison-esque yeasty notes; I asssume this is the Westmalle yeast manfiesting. A bit of light spice. Straw. Borders on brett-y. Light fruit esters from the hops. Hop oil. A moderate strength aroma, and a pleasant one. No alcohol is detectable. Fresh and inviting. Peppery.

T: I definitely get the peppery biscuity yeast on the climax - a very clean and enjoyable yeast flavour often unseen in IPAs. Pale malts for the foundation, of course. Some blood orange fruit/esters. Pleasantly lightly oily. Saison-esque light spiciness. Some pineapple. Clove. The yeasty notes are rich and delightful here; wow. Floral hops are the dominant hop character, but there a lurking hints of pine. It's well balanced all around. Vague tropical fruit hints from the hops. Quite nectary. Has sufficient body. Clean and fresh, but also somewhat chemically hoppy as though from extract. The finish is crisp and evocative, giving a twinge of fruit before the flavour departs. The sweetness lingers in the aftertaste, a pleasant effect that leaves me wanting more. No alcohol comes through. Nicely built for the style, with no hop bitterness coming through at all. I like it.

Mf: Lightly oily, but primarily smooth and wet - just as it should be. Somewhat overcarbonated and a touch too thick. Nectary. Sticky. Chewy. All things considered, it supports and enables the flavours quite well, but it doesn't add to them. It doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste, but the texture does a good job nevertheless.

Dr: Quite drinkable, though the aforementioned carbonation and thickness issues do hold it back. The high ABV is nicely concealed, though - making this one a bit dangerous. All around it's a solid beer in the style. The yeasty notes are a highlight; I commend that choice. A clean refreshing summer IPA, and another solid brew from Lagunitas.

That said, it does possess that mystery factor that makes most of these hoppy Lagunitas brews taste the same. I think it's the distinct hop extract notes; something about the hopping is always the same with this brewery - though I'm not sure that's a bad thing. I do wish it was more distinct than Lagunitas' other hoppy beers, but I can't say I don't like this one. In any case, it's far from unique.

I'd get this one again, and I'd even casually recommend it to friends. Definitely a seasonal release worth picking up.

Low B

*I had to reduce the mouthfeel score to give the right letter grade to this beer. I do this to keep my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color capped by a nice head that leaves quite a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Very hoppy aroma, with citrus dominant

Taste: Bready, up front, and while the citrus is notable, up front, there are a number of other tropical fruit flavors as well, including pineapple and papaya; in the middle is where Sumpin' Wild happens, with a yeasty, candi sugar and bubblegum character that becomes increasingly yeast-influenced, after the swallow, as the complexity of the Westmalle yeast adds character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: West Coast IPA meets BSPA and that makes it different from the typical Belgian IPA as the citrusy hop character is more forward

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a layer a leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweet malt, Belgian spice, a bit herbal with some citrus hop notes.

Taste: Sweet malt with some citrus hops. Belgian spice, herbal, a bit perfumey. The wild yeast and the hops make this a little too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I like the regular version better. The wild yeast and hops didn't mix well as far as I was concerned.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small head of off-white foam. It smelled very fruity and yeasty. A mild funkiness in the nose too. It tasted yeasty and fruity with a spicy bitter bite. It had a sweet caramel backbone. It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a sharp, dry finish.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of superspak
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/6/2012. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, honey, caramel, earth, and herbal spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pepper, clove, light banana, pine, lemon, and herbal spiciness. Nice amount of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, clove, banana, pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of spicy yeast flavors with hop flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish; extremely smooth to sip on. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA. Fantastic yeast character and hop flavor balance; and very crisp and smooth to sip on. Wow, outstanding.

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Photo of mothman
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Pours 1/4 finger of white head. No lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Fruity and yeasty. Lemon zest, orange peel. Very Belgian-like. Grassy hops, herbal notes, and bready malts.

Taste: Lots of hops. Floral and earthy hop notes. It also has a Belgian yeast kick. Herbal spice notes with some malts. Fairly earthy reminding me of a Belgian ipa.

Mouthfeel: earthy, lightly bitter, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean with some grassy hops.

Overall, a lot like a beligan ipa. Fairly drinkable. Some nice flavors all around.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear amber-orange body with golden highlights. Median sized bubbles rise steadily beneath a frothy head of off-white. Good head retention. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Floral and a touch citrusy. Sharply mineralish with crushed granite and 'tang'. Hoppy. Sweetly malty with straightforward grain. Fruity pineapple.

Taste: Fruity (pineapple, berries, apple) and malty upfront with some herbs, minerals, and peppery spice coming from the yeast. The mineralish side almost suggests a tanginess like that of a blue-veined cheese. It's leafy and floral, and a touch citrusy and piney going into the finish. Suddenly it becomes very dry, but not overly bitter - a perfectly balanced transition away from all of the sweetness at the beginning. Some mild phenolic lingers amidst the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge that's cut through by a standard carbonation. It's not quite crisp, but there's enough carbonation to cut through the body and help clean it up in the finish. Any more carbonation would cut through that dextrinous malt leaving it seemingly too thin. Nice.

Drinkability: Given that it's 8.85% abv I was surprised to find it served in Imperial pints at my local; but that didn't stop me from having two in a row! My friends (who are not quite as well versed in beer) enjoyed it as well, and it was agreed that although it's not "WILD", it does have a good deal of character going for it. It's easy to consume, and remarkably compelling to the experienced taster, leaving me to give it the highest rating for drinkability. I've bought a few bottles, and given its price to satisfaction ratio I may just put out the hundred or so bucks for a whole case to cellar.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours a deep butterscotch color with orange highlights and some visible carbonation. The small sudsy head is short-lived and only spotty but sticky lacing is left on the glass. This has a rather funky aroma that reflects sweet malts, Belgian yeast and hops in about equal parts. The flavor include suggestions of fruit, honey, toffee and spices, with a light peppery quality. M: medium body and smooth with a dry finish.
O: A special, flavorful and fine Belgian style ale, with an exceptionally strong malt base. It is reminiscent of, but not as satisfying to me, as the superb Lagunitas Lucky 13 Anniv. Ale I had last night.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow with a bit of haze and a nice white head. With the initial whiff, it's pretty clear that this is a special beer and maybe already the best I've encountered from Lagunitas. Off the nose alone, one of the better Belgian IPA's that I have ever encountered. Nice mustiness along with some earthy, floral, and spicy hops. Taste is quite similar, with the yeast and hops performing a delicate dance. Neither comes out on top. Great balance between the yeast and hops. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a dry finish. Drinkability is superb. A fairly complex beer with enough going on that each sip brings new elements. My favorite so far from the "Sumpin'" series.

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

Pours a super white fluffy head of 1 finger that leaves a slight messy lacing. THe beer is a somewhat hazy golden wheat orange nectar color.

Nose is beautiful. It starts with some golden malts, some Belgian somewhat strong malty aromas, adding a little sweetness and almost a hint of light candi sugar. Under that is a fuse of a nice hop and wild combination. It's really hard to describe. There's plenty of fruit, tangerine, peach, mango, pineapple, some tropical and citrus hops with hints of grassy hops. Also some very light yeasty almost funk aroma, that doesn't really have funk. It's like lots of bottle conditioning with strange Belgian yeast strain that was once crossed with Lacto or something. A slight dry farmhouse aroma. It's dreamy.

Taste comes with more of the same as the nose. This time it starts with a spicy hop character. Some light citrus and pine on the hops, but more tropical fruit, citrus, etc. Some light fruit too, little tangerine, touch of orange peel, little peach. Some sweetness coming from some light Belgian strong malty flavors, touch of bready taste, just a hint. Again more of the almost wild tasting Belgian yeast strain, adding some light dry farmhouse like flavors, an almost funk that never really comes. A little astringency starts to come through, but remains manageable. As it finishes it dries more, adding to the bitterness and the lingering hop flavors, more spicy and even a little musty. As it dries it starts to get more of a dried Belgian light candi sugar taste surprisingly. A lingering musty slight hop oil and little astringency, as well as dry slightly yeasty funk, it's almost as if that yeasty funk is adding it's own bitterness.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, it doesn't drink like 8.85% at all, and dries well. However, a slight lingeirng astringency and bitterness, as well as that lingering yeasty almost funk flavor are there.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed glass a slight chill hazed burnt orange with a big blooming white head that settled very slowly into a creamy mass.The first thing I notice is a big blast of citric hop,I detect some Amarillo I believe,then the phenols come rollin in with some clove-like spice.I really wanted to like the flavors more but I couldnt get myself to,started out great with a shot of citric and aspirin-like hops,but the phenols take over with slight funk and spice.Alot of people like Belgian yeast flavor...I dont.I like the hop profile and its a well made beer,just not a Belgian yeast fan.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,540 ratings.
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