A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

3,538 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 15oz Spiegelau balloon glass.

A- Pours a crystal clear, tangerine/sunset golden orange with a full 2-finger's white, soapy head with average retention. Not much lacing reveled once consumed.

S- Where do I begin(?)...so complex, a stream of conciousness awards the following: sweetbread, banana, peach, Granny Smith apple, corriandor, tangerine...a bit of clove and spice to boot.

T- Oh, wow...most, if not all of the aromas find themselves in the taste at one point or another. However, the unmistakable component of Little Sumpin' WILD is that of the finish...and that is a huge, white grapefruit rind bitterness to dry things out (as opposed to the sugar-cookie cloying sweetness many Belgian Golden Strong Ales possess).

M- Puckeringly bitter...but in a way that defines an American IPA, WILD or not. The carbonation is strong, yet effervescent and is in the style of other stalwarts of the style...Duvel immediately coming to mind.

O- No question that this is the 'big sister' of a Lil' Sumpin, Sumpin Ale! Whoever in the world is a fan of Belgian Pale Ales who has yet to experience one hopped with an American sensibility, then this is your ticket. An amazing blending of (Westmalle) Trappist yeast and the hoppiness only a West Coast brewery can seem to deliver. Awesome!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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

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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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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is pine right up front. Grapefruit, maybe something like green onion, lemon and some really grassy notes wrapping it all up. Taste is citrus, grassy, grapefruit, some sweetness that is almost honey like. The bitterness makes the mouth pucker in a good way and it lingers around filling your mouth with piney flavors. There's a slight warming in the stomach from the ABV, but there's no heat or booziness in the taste. This is a damn fine brew. Pretty unique while remaining familiar to hopheads.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really love the original. Excited to try this variant! Poured into a snifter. Bottle is stating 8.8 ABV, which varies from the value here on BA.

A - An orange-infused ruby hue with a large pale head, two fingers worth. Good lacing.

S - Smells as of a big citrus-hopped IPA. Some ABV warmth is present on the rear of the nose.

T - A light malt backbone with some bready notes throughout. The other notes from the nose are in attendance, although I feel as if I am suckling on a grapefruit when the beer is ice-cold; prolonged bitterness and a dry finish. When it warms, the bitterness evens out a bit.

M - A nice sized medium body with a fair quantity of carbonation. I simply cannot get over the bitterness, yet the mouthfeel is creamy and quite enjoyable as the beer is granted some warmth.

O - A drinkable beer with a "wild" touch. Lagunitas hit the title head on, and while I feel it is inferior to the original, it is a fair change of pace.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,538 ratings.
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