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%
 
 
Wants:
248
Gots:
537
For Trade:
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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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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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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 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 DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of perfectly clear, copper colored body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves moderately thick lace.

S - Strong citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with notes of pineapple, mango, and orange. Some light pine notes in the background with a touch of vanilla and sweet, bready malt.

T - Sweet, biscuit like malt up front with lots of fruity hops. Flavors of mango, pineapple, and vanilla give way in the middle to yeast notes of pear and clove. Finishes with lots of soft, bready malt and pear/pineapple yeast notes along with tropical hop flavors and moderate bitterness. Some lingering fruitiness blends well in the aftertaste with the juicy hops and hits a light tobacco note as everything fades away.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very, very nice. This seems to be, more than anything, a Belgian IPA, but it has a really strong malt and yeast character that one rarely sees in American brewed interpretations of the style. The fruity hops work perfectly with the Belgian yeast and in the finish it is hard to tell which flavors are coming from hops and which are the yeast. All of this complexity is supported by a lightly sweet and perfectly smooth base of malty goodness that makes the beer eminently drinkable. This is an excellent beer, I would love to see it as a regular seasonal.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin off-head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus sweetness. Then the Belgian yeast and hearty malt character breadiness comes in to create a good balance. There’s a touch of alcohol in the background and the hops bitterness tends to reassert itself in the finish. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this beer is exactly what you would expect from a Lagunitas-style IPA with Belgian yeast. It’s a good flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark golden yellow in color with some light orange highlights and just a touch of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white to light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of medium sized thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops, a little orange rind/citrus and a touch of fruitiness from the yeast - all this is over the top of light aromas of pale malts.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale malts with a touch of fruity yeast (apple, pear, and citrus/orange rind). Next there is a moderate flavor of grapefruit/citrus hops with moderate amounts of peppery spices. There is a light amount of bitterness and alcohol in the finish which linger for a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink with the alcohol being mostly well hidden and a very pleasant mouthfeel. Glad I grabbed this one and yet another impressive beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

On tap at the source.

A: Pours a hazy darkish yellowish orange with a fine white head which leaves sheet lace.

N: Getting dank weed, mild funk, barnyard, cheesy gym socks, wet cats and horseblankets.

T: Floral dankness with lemony funk. Lots of funk.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Very dry finish.

O: Very, very good.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharp and funky golden ale.

Attractive light amber in the tulip glass. Head fades, though creamy carbonation adds to the mouthfeel. Interesting fragrance of lilies and hot fruitbread. Very tart with intense fruity flavors. Quite hoppy, which pushes some of the Belgian character into the background. Long bitter aftertaste (72 IBU). Citrus, mango, pineapple. Hot like candied ginger. Very alcoholic tasting.

Not to be trifled with. A powerful beer with a load of flavors. One of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Very nice beer from a brewery that I generally find to be a bit underwhelming. Poured a burnt amber color, clear, with a moderate eggshell head. Pleasant hoppy aroma, cirtus zest and a dab of funk. Nice and crisp in the taste, a solid malt base with plenty of citrus and piney hops up front, juicy fruits, and a certain yeasty complexity. Medium-bodied, with a crisp, dry finish, and quite drinkable overall.

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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