A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

3,540 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

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly gold with decent white head. A wall of lace.
Smell is unmistakably Belgian. Sweet, fruity aroma. Lacks that hop forward smell that I love.
Taste is sweet and fruity, followed by the yeast, with noticeable hops following shortly after.
Feel is hop bitterness, bubbly champagne carbonation and traces of the Westmalle yeast strain. The alcohol becomes more noticeable with each sip, but not a bad thing.
Overall this is a very good beer, but I'll stick with the other fantastic IPA's that Lagunitas puts out!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Cock and Bowl in Occoquan, VA, poured into a Lagunitas glass.

This beer threw me off. I realize Lagunitas likes their hops, but the hops basically overwhelmed this entire beer to the point of essentially ruining the 'wild' aspect of this beer.

You got a nice grassy-saison-esque nose that hinted at the hops and the "brett" qualities that Lagunitas was searching for with the use of the Westmalle yeast strain. The first sip gives you a bit of the phenolic off-flavor they were looking for on the tip of your tongue, then the hops take over and blow your taste buds up with some bitter, bitter hops; afterwards you couldn't taste the funkiness even if you wanted to, with your mouth ripped like that.

While not a bad beer that DOES hide it's alcohol extremely well, it doesn't live up to its 'wild' name and is likely not a beer I'll be grabbing again. Pity.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden orange color with a fluffy white Belgian looking head.

The aroma has that immediate fruity and bready Belgian yeast. It gives the beer some floral and grassy notes. Some fruity esters of tropical fruit, but also citrus from the hops.

The flavor has some Belgian breadiness, fruity notes of citrus and pineapple, some floral and grassy flavors, and lots of peppery spice, and then some gentle hop bitterness on the back. There's some booze in the back.

This beer is more like a Belgian IPA more than anything. It could be more funky notes from the yeast instead of the more mild flavors it has.

In the end, I prefer the regular version with its crisp and cleanness. This is an interesting spin on the beer at least.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - I got a bit of overflow when I poured this beer into my Sam Adams glass. The head was rich and thick, and persisted throughout, thanks in part to lively carbonation. The beer seems to change colors, but hits somewhere between gold and light copper.

S - All banana and spice. Smells like a Belgian Triple.

T - Curveball. The spice shines through, but very little of the banana most of which shows up early. The dominant flavor for me is the piney bitterness. It's not resiny, which is nice, but the hops do tend to overwhelm the other flavors. I would like to see a little bit better balance between the flavors. Hops seems to elbow its way to the front.

M - Lighter in body than I would expect, given the foamy head and considerable lacing left on the glass. A bit of a surprise really. It doesn't finish clean, and I get a bit of a funky aftertaste that is a bit clingy.

O - This almost feels like I'm drinking two beers, or even three. I like each of the flavors, but it almost seems like they are trying to one-up each other for my attention. I like strong IPA characteristics and subtle Belgian-style characteristics. This one, while certainly flavorful, is a bit to in-your-face.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip.

A - Light amber with thin white head. Light carbonation with a few small bubbles rising to the surface. Slightly hazy.

Smell - Dominated pepper and coriander with some mango.

Taste - Starts off slightly sweet and peppery. Hops creep up with mango and passion fruit. Very fruity and spicy. Finishes dry with lingering spicy bitterness. Not overly complex, but the hops and Belgian character are exceptionally well balanced--the Belgian pepperiness fades perfectly into the tropical fruit hops. Malt stays well out of the way to focus on these other flavors.

M - Medium bodied and easy to drink. Lightly carbonated.

O - Great Belgian IPA. Highlights tropical fruit hops with just enough Belgian character to balance it out. Drinks dangerously easy for an 8.8 % beer.

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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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