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A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild
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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

Added by femALEist on 04-28-2010

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Photo of Tripphop
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet sample bottle from my wholesale rep. Says on the label made with Westmalle yeast. I was hoping it was going to be an actual wild based on the name, but it appears to be a Belgian IPA.

Pours a nice hazy straw color with voluminous, fine, frothy head. Smells like a hoppy saison. Pineapple, lemon zest, and herbal aromas. Taste is rich and satifying, fresh hops with a tangy super fruity finish. Tastes of pear and tropical fruits, plenty of hops to balance it. Would be so awesome if it had some Brett.

Overall, another great Lagunitas beer, but until it actually goes "wild", ill stick with my Little Sumpin Sumpin.

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Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not really "wild" at all, horrible name choice

Appearance: Slightly hazy/cloudy straw/yellow, big white head

Smell & taste: Citrus hops, grapefruit, apricot, pale malts, and belgian yeast. THe belgian yeastiness actually detracts from the hoppy excellence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit dry on the finish

Drinkability: Doesn't go down nearly as easily as regular little sumpin' sumpin'. I have tried several of the variants and the original is always the best

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright clear golden copper with a big 2 finger pillowy head that left lacing all over the glass

smell is all about the citrus hops

taste is good - belgian pale is a small stretch - at first sip this is all american ipa - then after many more sips it turns into hoppy saison - overall i do not detect much wild yeast funky flavors which is a let down but in the end this is a very good tasting ipa

mouthfeel is medium body - a tad sticky - very creamy and smooth

drinkability is good - even with the minor let down in the funk flavor this brew still delivers in all over flavor

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Photo of boomer31
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light brown transparent with thick white head

S - Had a few little sumpin' sumpin' last night and this smelled eerily farmiliar...in a good way. Huge piney hop nose with a hint of belgian yeasty spice.

T - I get the hops here and some spicy yeast. Not much 'wheat' flavor here but some sweet malts.

M - Nice high carb and thin body.

D - Not much complexity here at all. Not sure what I was expecting but the hops are beautiful and being a hop head this was great.

Overall a very nice beer, very drinkable. Not sure what some age will do with this but I will definately try!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Smokin Joe's

A-pours a light hazed pale yellow color with a good bit of fluffy white head.

S-the nose is quite good, sweet malt base of caramel and yeast, not particularly belgium but the yeast is present. hops are the centerpiece as you would expect, oily pine is faint as citrus takes control with some floral hops present as well.

T-the malted wheat body seems to fade out a little in the taste, notes of yeast are there, again not particularly of the belgian variety. tons of citrus, notes of herbal marijuana, grapefruit, light bitterness in the finish.

M-extremely soft syrupy medium body that has a lack of carbonation and seems to thin out a little in the back.

D-straight forward beer, the complexity I was hoping for did not exist, mild yeast notes on a typically solid hoppy lagunitas beer that lacked the carbonation it should have had.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on draft at Fountainhead. Pours golden with a thick but quickly receding white head. Nose of Belgian yeast, hops, citrus, and some malt. Flavors are malt, citrus, light anise and hops bitterness. Body is medium, carbonation is medium, and the finish is rather short. This is very sessionable, but not terribly exciting.

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Photo of bdupree
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the brewery taproom on 6/13/2010.

A: Clear, deep golden. Could not tell how well the head holds up, as this was served in a sampler flight on a very hot day outdoors.

S: Floral, aromas of flowers with some hints of hop.

T: Very surprisingly hoppy for this style. It appeared to be more like a wheat style, but is advertised as Belgian.

M: Not at all thick or heavy like a lot of Belgian styles, has the consistency of an American Wheat. Smooth, but the hop aftertaste is somewhat unexpected.

D: Not my favorite from Lagunitas, but a very good Summer beer.

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

I enjoyed several samples of this at the recent ACBF in Boston, this review is from a follow up visit enjoyed at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY. Poured pretty typical looking medium almond amber, near clear. Light tan head, that stays at about 1/2 inch, develops a nice looking maraingue and leaves ample sheeting and strands of lace. Floral, grassy, and Belgian yeast/spice nose, yum, my kind of beer. Boldly hopped, notes of light clove, Belgian infused yeasty/spiciness, more then moderate hops presence continuing to exert itself and adding to the sizzle. Quite worthy example of a style that I love. Fine folks at Lagunitas, please make lots more of this one and send it to the NYC area.

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Photo of sholland119
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Rattle 'n Hum, 6/24/10.

A-Pours a clear gold with a nicely foamy white head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Pineapple hops and some sweet malt. Nothing "wild" that I can detect.

T-Sweet malt with a restrained amount of pine hop bitterness. Again, I do not detect any funky, wild or even Belgian elements.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D-Pleasant but nothing special. Maybe my expectations of this beer were out of sync with what was intended by the brewer. But you say "wild", bring the wild", not the mild.


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

A- Clear gold with a thin but sticky white head.

S- Pine/citrus hops dominate the nose with a quick note of sweet malt and some fruits like apple.

T- Quick malt presence is then taken over by the piney hops. There is definitely a wild Belgian element that comes in towards the finish.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really good beer overall; the wild element really give is some more complexity over what would just be a hop-dominated beer.

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

Served in a pint glass:

Pale in color with a thin white head and moderate lacing. Surprisingly golden in color for a wheat beer, which isn't off-putting, but a shade bizarre.

An earthy hop aroma sticks out initially followed by a heaping of yeast and doughiness, which gives it a dessert quality. It's an interesting aroma, like what one would imagine a wheat IPA to smell like.

Taste is a combination of the spicy and hoppy. It seems to be shooting to be a hybrid of a Belgian ale and an IPA, and it pulls off this balancing act quite well. It's very floral with a nice hop kick at the conclusion, accompanied by a hint of peppermint, which numbs the tongue slightly. A really interesting effort!

Mouthfeel is smooth from front to back with a sweet kick from the wheat and a fleck of hop scrape. It manages to balance between the two nicely.

Despite its big beer badge of 8.5, this is a supremely drinkable and wonderfully inventive wheat beer from an underrated brewery.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with frothy white cap of head leaving nice lacing. Scent is of belgian yests, floral and tropical hops and a pale biscuty malt nose. Taste is a touch more aggressive than the taste, the belgian yeast and citrus and tropical hops work well together, the background has a slightly spicey and biscuity flavor. Lighter side of medium bodied, actively carbonated, dry. A nice beer that misses being top notch by just a hint of aggressivenes.

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Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with lots of tropical fruit notes and subtle pale malt presence. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel along with subtle graham crackery malt and subtle creaminess. Slightly earthy with faint pine needle but mostlythe nose is bursting with fresh citrus hops.

Medium bodied with a nice dry hop bite up front with hints of earthy pine that are quickly balanced by swee tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as a pale malt backbone that has hits of graham cracker and biscuit. Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon peel and orange along with some subtle spice and a sweet yet bitter dry finish. I'm also picking up some crisp light fruit, mostly apple and pear, and slight alcohol sweetness but overall the ABV is excellently masked. A very unique hybrid of a west coast IPA and a belgian strog ale. Complex, uber fresh, delicious and dangerously drinkable. I have to stop myself from pounding the whole glass down too quickly. Highly recommended!

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

Served in a mason jar at the Sanctuary.

A - hazed honey gold with 1/2 finger white head reducin to a skim cap, sheeting lace leaves sticky tracery. nic.e.

S - Sweet floral yeast, hint of bubble gum. hops linger in the background but enhance the character with floral and herbal character.

T - Hops are more assertive in the taste in true west coast style, layrered over a Belgian style strong with the characteristic fruity, floral yeast presence and beautifully mellow body. A Cali-Beglian hybrid to be sure, but leaning home.

M - A bit light, but it seems to work in a yin-yang sort of way as a counter balance to the richness in the taste. Carbonation is perfect.

D - A nice drink all around, and well worth a try. this is one of those specialties and I don't see it becoming a part of the regular line-up...it works well as a limited. Fun.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Citrus, honey, hops

T: WOW! Where do I begin. Starts off crisp with pear, honey, citrus, apple nice hops belgian yeast, some booze and a bubble gum finish with a nice subtle hop bite

M: Wel carbonated, lighter to medium bodied, tasty and the taste is still very strong on the palate.

D: Among the best IMHO

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Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber color with a sizeable creamy white bead. Aroma of grapefruit and a touch of pine, with some sweet caramel malt. Palate is very hoppy upfront, grapefruit, pine, anda whiff of astringency. Malt comes through mid-palate, but is still subservient to the big dose of hops. Body is full and just a touch sticky. An interesting deviation in the Little Sumpin series, but still a hop bomb on the whole.

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

Had this on cask from Firkin festival 2010.
Belgian style ale with Saison Dupont yeast.

This poured a clear, deep hay, slightly orange, vitamin pee yellow with no head.

This smelled of tangerine, strawberry, mango, slight banana and was very fruity.

It tasted bitter with a light hop finish. It was pretty Belgiany, creamy and had some good malt to it.

It had good carbonation and was pretty interesting.

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