A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild
3,541 Ratings
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

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an oversize wine glass.

A- A 1-inch thick cap quickly dissipated into a thin ring with minimal lacing. The pour was a deep golden color with hints of amber. Very faintly cloudy with almost no effervesence.

S- Notes of citrus fruits, with bready yeast and malt in the background.

T- Wow, there's a lot going on here. Very complex. Definite hoppy presence, but cut with a fruit and grassy presence. Notes of sweet malt finished with a clean, somewhat bitter finish. Overall, an excellent balance of a multitude of flavors.

M- Seems thicker than it looks, with an almost greasy feeling to it.

O- A lot better than what I was expecting. Certainly not as wild by wild ale standards, but a nice twist on the standard IPA. Hop lovers should be happy, as hops certainly dominate but not overwhelm.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I gleefully found a six pack of this at a Safeway, no less. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Had no idea that this was brewed with Westmalle yeast, but I'm going to probably enjoy this all the same.

Pours an orange, shiny amber color, almost looking like the actual tree resin itself. Other than the complete lack of haziness or cloudiness, this looks very similar indeed to Westmalle Tripel, but has the glimmering qualities I enjoy in the beer, as well as Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. Carbonation is very good on this one - leaves behind a head that is frothy and bubble about 3 fingers high. The head lasts a good long while. I've never seen a beer from Lagunitas that was less than outstanding looking, and this is no exception.

Reminds me of Little Sumpin' Sumpin', with key fruity differences lying in the yeast used. Funky banana, apricot, and peach phenols, riddled with dashes of grapefruit and lime and white pepper at the finish. Spicy and funky unlike any Lagunitas' I've ever had. Definitely some candi sugar flavors here (albeit light), and flavors toasted barley and wheat simmering underneath. Super appealing stuff. Slightly boozy, but otherwise dank as any super hopped beer from these guys here, with a glorious Trappist yeasty twist. Excellent stuff!

The flavor is super fruity, funky, dry, and hoppy as well (kind of like its original base beer), but definitely more full bodied and yeasty this time around. There's immediate dry hopped bitterness at the front, resembling pine, grapefruit, and bittered tangerines, then the bitterness subsides and leaves behind a syrupy tropical flavor resembling passion fruit, guava, and slight pineapple. Bready and toasty, with nice wheat sensations at the back. The yeastiness is more prevalent here, and while a bit too syrupy and moist, it's undeniably juicy and creamy. Carbonation is decent, and definitely a little bit of heat comes from this (meaning I couldn't have this any day), but it's so delicious and complex.

Two of my favorite beers meet at last, to gleefully great results. The dried citrus/wheat profile of Little Sumpin' Sumpin' combines very well with the spiciness and funkiness from the Westmalle yeast, making this very tropical, zesty, and complex overall. The aftertaste goes on forever on this thing. I'd drink it more often if it weren't so goddamn boozy overall - well hidden booziness, at that - but this is better and way more closer to style than most American made officially titled "tripels" brewed in the country. Great stuff - I'll always seek this out when I get the chance.

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Golden yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a dense white foam that very slowly reduced to a soapy cap that left huge sticky sheets on the glass. Belgian yeast and sweet malt and spicy aromas down the middle with sharp tropical fruit aromas on the edges and a touch of banana sweetness beneath. Medium bodied with rich, lazy carbonation that tapers to a slick oily finish. Flavor is similar to aroma. Solid bready, sweet malty backbone throught. Intense pugent hop flavors through the middle that turn tropical at the end. A touch of banana sweetness at the finish followed by lingering tropical and pine hop bitterness. A wide variety of aromas and flavors with that signature Lagunitas spicy, malty sweetness.

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Pours a brilliant golden orange with a half finger of straight white foam.

Slight dankness, pine, yeasty, slightly spicy Belgian yeast, caramel, and bready.

Citrus, tropical fruit, dank, yeasty, caramel malts.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing, dry finish.

Overall a pretty solid brew and worth a sample.

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A - poured a light/pale golden color with a thick three finger cream colored head, ever so slight haze. Left ample lacing and always appeared lively.

S - nose is dominated by a sharp spicey hop character with lots of citrus and pine. Nice fruity phenols from the yeast bouquet round it out. There is also some definite malt notes of biscuit and breadyness

T - the taste is a great marriage of two styles, the hops in the flavor and Bittering aspect dominate the taste with massive amounts of fresh pine, citrus and resin followed by a wall of bitter at the back end. The Belgian yeast character provides a great fruity and phenolic character with a spicey finish. The malt is far off in the distance but does bring some sweetness.

M - mouthfeel is pretty thin with low carbonation. This also does a great job of hiding the abv, at 8.8% this is drinking very easily.

O - this is a really good Belgian IPA, this particular example tastes really fresh. I think they do a great job at striking a balance between two styles. Drinks really easy and was a very enjoyable experience.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,541 ratings
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