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

I agree with previous posts about this being a beautiful looking beer...
Good wafts of Belgian yeast/funk, although not as strong as Green Flash, IMO.
I concur with the taste lingering... It's like the hops root themselves on your tongue.
Really appealing and exciting beer. Well worth the amount of money for the bomber.
Recently tried Lagunita's DayTime. This beer has a lot more character in it.

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A- Orangish Yellow in color with a lot of streams of carbonation, Creamy thick white head
S- Citrus, Orange, Hoppy, Yeast, Fantastic, Love it!
T- Hop flavor throughout, sharp citrus, pine, malt comes through with that unique Belgian yeast taste
M- Flavors really stick to the tongue and linger, medium bodied and creamy yet with good carbonation
O- A great variation one of my favorite styles. Lagunitas makes some great IPAs and this is definitely one of my favorites

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, no bottled on date available. Gave a great golden color with a nice white 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. A bit of carbonation initially when poured is visible. The smell i have to say i was impressed with. I get a lot of the fruit and hops. I know this is brewed with a wild yeast strain and i don't know if it is that smell the primarily overwhelms my pallet or something else. It definitely is a wild smell. The taste is right along with the smell, the wild smell carries right onto the tongue. A really wild taste but for all its worth i don't think that it helps cover the alcohol as well as it could; I just mean to say i can tell this is AVB 8.85%. I would probably drink a bit more of this ale if it were a little easier on the wallet. But no complaints, Lagunitas is a great brewery and i like all of their brews. Thanks

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Photo of B33R501
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well I know I'm trying this beer with a little age on it or I wouldn't be paying $2.50 per at a philly suburb bar if it wasn't dated somewhat. And it's not quite as hoppy as it was 2 weeks ago when I first got it. Doesn't matter I'm one of "that niche" who doesn't mind an older ipa see celebration, high tide OR illumination which I had 9 months old in december and it was still incredible.

Hazy peach color huge malt background the bright American citrus hops seem to have faded leaving an amazing Belgian vanilla bubblegum malt bomb that's so strong, smooth, and satisfying. Drinkable? yes.'maybe next time it's brewed I'll have the pleasure to try if fresher.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear light amber color with orange hues. Fluffy 2-finger white head with medium+ retention. Cratered lacing in the glass.

There is a medicinal quality in the nose like vicks vaporub. Pine sap, resin, lemon zest, orange zest and mint.

Resin, citrus zest, pine sap, mango, overripe pineapple, mint. Very hop dominate on the palate. The finish is all tacky bitterness.

Medium+ bodied, alcohol is well balanced into the body of the beer. The bitterness pushes the finish.

I can appreciate a strong hop focus, but sometimes it just gets to be too much. I think that is the case here. The hop characteristics are so aggressive against the rest of the beer, that it just pushes everything out of balance.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange gold body with off white head. Small bubble carbonation.

S: Smells like caramel and orange creamsicle. Malt and sugar.

T: Ripe orange sweetness, malt, brown sugar, and a little bit of hops.

M: Creamy and smooth, slightly tingly from the carbonation.

D: It's strong at 8.85% abv so it can't be a 5, but it's delicious! I want to keep drinking it even though it builds a buzz quickly. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/7/10, my first review! I've always been a fan of the Lagunitas bombers, saw this new one, so I decided to pick it up.

Into a pint glass

A: Pours a bright sunny orange with a thick 1 and 1/2 finger head that fizzles to about a third of a finger but stays until the bottom of the glass. Very clear with lots of visible carbonation

S: Smells like an IPA, not what I was expecting from the advertised Westmalle yeast and the classification of a BSPA, but at least it's fresh! Oranges, grassy, piny, with a very subtle Belgian yeast undertone

T: It's great! It isn't too citrus hop-forward like the smell would imply, but there's a great balance here. Sweet, creamy malts up front with a nice bitter bite on the finish. Still drinking like a big IPA to me.

F: Creamy coating of the mouth, just the right amount of carbonation fizzling on my tongue. What's interesting is it isn't as dry of a finish as I would have though with a beer so similar to an IPA. Is this the Belgian yeast, or something with the malt backbone?

D: The IBU and 8.85% ABV are pretty well hidden. I could have guessed this beer at a 7.0%, and steadily sipped through both glasses until the bottle was gone.

Reminds me of a more complex Southern Tier 2X IPA, which I love.

I like what Lagunitas is doing here. Sure, they used a Belgian yeast, and maybe the classification wound up being BSPA, but why not just make it their own twist on an IPA? They do have a beer called "Hop Stoopid." They've always been one of my top choices for bang-for-your-buck bombers, and at $5.49 I would recommend this to anyone who wants a Little Sumpin' more to go with their liquor store purchase.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. to a pint glass

Appearance: Straw gold with a thin, pure white head

Aroma: Plain malts, biscuit, begian yeast, and banana/clove esters. Belgian aromas are a little masked by the maltiness

Flavor: Tangy citrus balanced with sweet malths. Sweet cream, basic malts, and some smoke dominate the beginning, while fruits (bananas, dates, and pineapple) appear towards the finish alongside bitter hops. No large presence of belgian-type yeast flavors, which was a little unexpected.

MF: Medium to heavy bodied, this one is not that strong in body, yet huge in flavors.

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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 tendermorsel
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new offering from my local store. I pretty much bought this based on Lagunitas reputation and my love for wild beers. I was expecting to see this be another Brett beer and was suprised to see that it was no Brett but rather Westmalle yeast making this a wild ale.

Nice tight head. Great smelling beer. Citrus pine needles and bananas were present. Sounds like a weird combination but it worked.

Great tasting beer. Typical west coast hop flavors citrus fruits and pine needles. A bit muted compared to other Lagunitas offerings. The Westmalle yeast really did wonders for this. Bananas and wheat were very present in finish. Awesome! In many ways the flavor reminded me of the extremely fresh Westmalle triples that I tasted while in Antwerp.

Kudos to Lagunitas to trying something new. So much better than any of the other wild IPA's I have tried. They didn't just spike this IPA with Brett like so many others do. Great stuff and a truly inovative beer.

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Photo of pgaveau
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a n undated 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This beer has an interesting golden color and full 1/2 inch head. Lacing is thick and stays around for a long time.

Smell is incredibly appetizing. Hints of bannanas, flowers.

Tastes great. Perfect hop introduction follwed by a malty sweetness. Very slight bitter after taste.

I opened a second right after the first one finished. 8.85% ABV is a shock for such a smooth beer. I will definately get a few more of these.

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

A-Very nice glowing orange hue with white lacy head.

S-A great funky Belgian wheat smell. Lots of citrus, and hops.

T-Wow,super tasty. Nice citrus taste with a great spicy bite. Really delicious.

M-Medium body and good carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O-Truly a wonderful, flavorful beer. Laguanitas has been really impressing me lately, and this might be my favorite so far. I can drink this beer everyday. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the Lagunitas brewery during a tour. The beer is a nice golden color and has good carbonation. The aroma is what really knocks your socks off with this beer. The Belgian yeast really comes through in the nose and makes this a damn good beer. The beer starts with the Belgian yeast and then finishes with the hops and dry. I am big fan of Belgian ipas and this a real good example of that style. Nice beer!

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Photo of TheDinger
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gave this a shot as a wild card from my trip to Asheville. I will say I'm not a big hop head, so I will try and be open. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A golden, copper clear pour with a very generous 2+ finger off white pillow head. Obvious carbonation with decent lacing and rentention. Smell was a bit mild. Some notes of citrus and lemon grass. Maybe a hint of cloves. Taste was surprising for an IPA. It was pretty well balanced with some bready malts poking through the hop bitterness. Pretty smooth and refreshing. Feel was quite a bit of carbonation, but not too watery. Quite balanced. Overall- I was pretty impressed with the balance and flavor of this IPA. Again, not my style, but I've had a lot worse. A bit too much citrus and carbonation for me, but wouldn't turn one down-

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, no freshness date.

Pours an unfiltered pale yellow/gold with bubbles rising and a nice creamy bone white head that stays and plays.

Aroma is like Little sumpin' sumpin' on crack. Citrus aromas are strong with tangerine, grapefruit and papaya coming to mind, the special yeast gives it a tart apple fruitiness that compliments the hops oh so well.

Taste is more or less of the smell, super juicy and full of tropical fruit flavours. Slight bitterness stays around playing with your taste buds. This beer might have the most citrus forward flavors than any like it.

Mouthfeel is crisp clean and refreshing. light to medium carbonation, almost creamy but certainly delicious. semi dry finish.

Great drinkability at 8.85% ABV. I wish and pray this could be a year round or seasonal at some point. One of my new favorite brews, Thank you Lagunitas, A+.

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Photo of gregy55902
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an XL snifter.

A - Pours a bright orange with minimal head, leaving lots of bubbles and lacing. Lagunitas has never disappointed me!

S - Bitter piney hops, Belgian yeast, bread, wild honey. This has "Belgian-style IPA' written all over it.

T - Follows the nose - I really like the Belgian yeast used in this. Great subtle malt backbone finishes things nicely. Different, but in a positive way.

M - Bit of an alcohol bite as it goes down, but not bad for 9.4%.

O - Impressed with this beer, as I usually am with any Lagunitas offering. Quite the unusual brew. Can't wait for their winter strong ales to get here.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - light copper and somewhat see through. very mild looking for an 8.8. frothy one finger head.

S - getting some citrus going on , and im noticing a hint of a bubble gummy type of smell. I smelled more and put my finger on it; Mango. im getting a lot of mango coming through in the nose. ive never smelled a fruit that distinct in an IPA before. thats pretty cool.

T - starts as just a a bitter hop bomb... lemon, grapefruit,apricot, tangerine..while all this is happening you definitely feel the pine-like backbone....in a nutshell this brew is just a mess of fruit...etc. and finishes with a mellow slightly bitter mango/mango peel. this is pretty good. lingering bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation, not over the top...a little creamy.

Overall i thought this was a really cool beer to come from the sumpin series. loved the mango aroma too....that really got me. just a very big beer. a little bit of maltiness mellows the bang of hops you get through out...and keeps you coming back for more. yet another good beer put out by Lagunitas. Pretty similar to the "sumpin sumpin ale"... Anybody who appreciates a west coast style hoppy, bitter bomb of a beer. this DIPA is for you.

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Photo of abgba121
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light amber color, almost no head and very little lace.

S: Belgian yeast very present on the nose, slight sweetness and strong hint of citrus hops, the bitter alpha acids strong on the nose

T: Sweet and belgian yeast shine through, with a strong hop finish, floral and slightly bitter

M: medium body

O: a good beer, much better on the flavor than on the aroma though

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

More like a Belgian tripel then an IPA....but still has that signature Lagunitas taste with a great mango note in the hops.......be careful these go down way way easy!
I have tried like 100 different beers since the summer....and I have to say everything I have from Lagunitas has been wonderful! This beer will give long strange tripel a run for its money!

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Little sumpin wild is a lot sumpin delicious. the beer pours well holds a beautiful head and wonderful aroma. Drinks smooth and complex, balanced hops, fruit, and wonderful belgian esters with a long finish. A great beer, two bottles tasted and looking for more. On the short list of noteworthy beers tasted in the last half of 2010.
Wildly in love with this beer.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a light tan head that drops down to small, creamy foam. A really nice looking beer in the glass. Smell was lightly fruity with hints of citrus, but the taste really brought that forth in a much more forceful way. Very nice light malt flavor, shifting to a drying mildly bitter finish. Mouth feel and drinkability seems about right, neither excessively heavy nor thin. A great beer for the price.

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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.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, but clear, golden slightly orange with a 1.5 finger milk colored head that slowly falls leaving behind some nice lacing that coats the circumference of the glass. Smells bready, banana, bubble gum, orange citrus, nice mellow hops - definitely fulfilling it's belgian "upbringing". The taste is excellent following the nose but on top of the sweetness brings about a nice bitter bite and decent malty backbone - fresh bread, cloves, spices, sweet and bitter all mingling together to form a delicious beer. The mouthfeel is quite syrupy and sticky with adequate carbonation and more burn from the alcohol than I would like but that's why it's a strong - it doesn't deter me from loving this beer one bit. I was happy to snag a 6 of this while up at the lake in northern Minnesota, will be seeking out more when I head back up in a couple weeks.


Edit: My bottle is telling me it's 9.4% rather than the 8.85% that is listed...shibby

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

On tap@ the Factory

A- slightly opaque golden with a one finger head that faded slowly and laced almost solid

S- great earthy hop followed closely by the usual belgian yeast suspects...

T- pine hops, awesome sweet malt, and more earthy hops

M- great body and carbonation

D- very easy to down the pint, and no question to order another

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Photo of doopydoogle
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish lazeretched snifter:

A- Beautiful golden amber with a slight reddish hue. Some mild carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. A rich, creamy, thick white head that lingers for a long time and leaves a glorious lace in its wake.

S - Amazingly complex and intriguing! Juniper, pine, mangoes, resinous malts, candied apples, slight smokiness, like bacon, somewhat bacterial, slightly vinegary, cedar, waffles, rye bread, bananas, peaches, and gasoline.

T - Buttery, mellow, melons, pine, decent bitterness, vibrant yeast which hints at bananas but doesn't let it overpower, diacetyl, nuts, wafts of alcohol. The finish leaves you curious what you just experienced, with lingering hop citrus and herbal notes complemented by yeast fruitiness and malty grains. Almost a sake like koji mold character with complementary grape essence. Some pine, juniper, and other woods seem to linger in the back, bound to a desire to be fruity or banana-ey that just won't stick. Almost a pumpkins or squash soup-like character, with some cardamom and other spices. WHAT A BEER!

M - Thick, rich, coating, and satisfying. The butteryness gives the beer a mellow character for such a complex and high ABV affair.

O - A unique and deservedly awesome beer. Everything about it screams quality, complexity, and uniqueness. I love this style, and I've truly never had a beer quite like this one. Goes up to the top of my list of best BSPAs out there!

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color not a lot of head but a nice ring around the glass as I drink it down. Smells great hops, some sweetness could just smell this all day but i'd rather drink it :) Got a nice hop bite and bitterness with the belgian sweetness also shining through. Mouth feel is great hop aftertaste lingers and easy, easy drinking. Got the last 6er of this at my local bottle shop wish there were a few more pack left lol

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