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 bbeane
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a PALM snifter... starts with a two finger thick head, though its less rocky and more of a pillowy soft head. Has nice retention and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. Beer is a crisp amber color with mild activity

S- Has a soft sweet aroma with some spicy notes

T- Has an equal spicey and belgian sweet start and finishes with a crisp typical pale ale bitterness

M- Medium body and medium carbonation

D- Not a huge fan of the belgian pales, but thought this one was pretty decent. Enjoyed the slightly less belgian candy sugar taste and the slightly more spice. And pretty reasonably priced IMO...


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

Appearance -- Pours a pale gold with straw highlights and two fingers of stiff white head.

Smell -- Big citrus - mostly lemon - with earthy yeast character, bubblegum, caramel malt, and cracked wheat.

Taste -- Follows the nose by and large: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors, lots of bubblegum form the Westmalle yeast, some yeasty earthiness, and moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate fluffy carbonation. Quite nice.

Drinkability -- I'm not a huge fan of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, but this was quite a pleasure to drink. The bubblegum-like notes conjured out of the Westmalle yeast really worked well with the wheat and the bright citrusy hops. I'll absolutely buy more before it's gone.

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

22 oz bottle poured into large tulip glass

A - Pours a clear copper orange with plenty of carbonation. A one finger high head slowly fades but retains nicely while littering the glass with streaky lacing.

S - Juicy hops, slightly sweet malts, and a nice bouquet of tropical fruit.

T - Begins with a surprising bite of hops, revealing an assortment of fruits including grapefruit and pineapple. The hops become bitter and somewhat dry towards the end with a washing flavor of malt sweetness. Slight alcohol warmth is detectable towards the end.

M - Medium bodied but approaches heavy. Lingering stickiness and bubblyness wraps itself around the palate.

D - Slightly heavier drinking but the delicious flavors make it enjoyable.

More tasty beer from Lagunitas. I really enjoyed the regular Sumpin Sumpin ale and this was a nice expansion on the original.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow with a bit of haze and a nice white head. With the initial whiff, it's pretty clear that this is a special beer and maybe already the best I've encountered from Lagunitas. Off the nose alone, one of the better Belgian IPA's that I have ever encountered. Nice mustiness along with some earthy, floral, and spicy hops. Taste is quite similar, with the yeast and hops performing a delicate dance. Neither comes out on top. Great balance between the yeast and hops. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a dry finish. Drinkability is superb. A fairly complex beer with enough going on that each sip brings new elements. My favorite so far from the "Sumpin'" series.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale orange color. Translucent. Some foamy head, but not much. No sediment. No haze.

S: Mango, papaya, watermelon. Some herbal scents as well.

T: We had this the week it came out, and it was very fresh. Seems about 3/4 Little Sumpin' Extra and about 1/4 Belgian triple in flavor. For now, lots of hop flavors, and good overall balance. Bitter aftertaste from both the hops and wild yeast.

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium body and texture.

D: Pretty good overall drinkability. Not hot at all for the ABV, but the bitterness built over time.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= The pour produces a nice yellow color typical of the Lil' Sumpin series. The difference is the initial head is huge. About four fingers before falling to a nice three fingers high and staying steady. The lacing is excellent.

S= At first I thought I got a good wiff of some bubblegum when I was pulling the bottle away from the glass but this just smells like piney hops. A lot like a lil sumpin. I guess the hops dominate everything.

T= The taste is again very very hoppy but you can tell they used a different yeast on it. It has a little more body to it as well as a little more depth in the taste. There is a little more than just hops going on here. There is a little bubblegum as well as a slight tang that I can only describe as a Belgian yeast tang.

M= Just like any IPA... A little carbonation only this has a little heavier body.

D= Not bad at all. I dunno if I would go out of my way to seek this out though. It's really not that much different. Good but not that much different. My rating is based on a BPA

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Photo of nkersten
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pilsner glass. Pours gold with a white head and sticky lacing. Smell is grapefruit and piney hops, some banana and clove. Taste starts hoppy like normal lil sumpin, but merges with yeast esters. They go better then i thought they would. Some sweet malt character. Has a medium body and light carbonation. Just enough aftertaste that I want more. Drinkability is good despite having a lot of strong flavors competing.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Very happy to find this one on the shelves this afternoon.

A - Pours a perfectly clear pale orange color with 3 full fingers of stiff and rocky creamy white foam. As this slowly falls a ton of sticky spiderwebs of lacing paints the sides of the glass.

S - Piney hops up front...like a forest! Mixed in is some fresh grapefruit and some pineapple on the fringes. This smells sticky! Hints of sweetness but nothing else from the malt. This is all hops...can't say I'm even getting anything of note out of the Belgain yeast that was used.

T - Ahh...at least there is some Belgian character here. A bit of the dirty, earthy and spicy character. Hops are way over and above the Belgian aspects in the flavor profile though. Pineapple and mango are front and center with a healthy dose of sugary sweetness and some piney notes as well. Hop bitterness is mid level and really seems to be a side note next to the overwhelming tropical fruit character of the hops.

M - Sticky and resiny. Body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is mid-level too. Feel of alcohol on every inhale although in some strange way the hops seem to diminish this effect a bit.

D - I think this one is gonna hurt in the morning. Loving the flavor, typical Lagunitas with a twist. Along the same lines as Raging Bitch with a bit more kick...could just be the freshness of this one (just hit the shelves in MA yesterday...no date that I find on the bottle, but this has to be pretty fresh). At $5.99/bomber this is a pretty good bargain. Glad I grabbed a few, hoping I find a few more out there this weekend.

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Photo of nonstick
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a RR stemmed glass. Thanks for the glass Bill.

A: Orange amber, little head, slight lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit, little bit of pine. Slight bitter.

T:Tastes like it smells, grapefruit up front with orange citrus, pine, slight bitter that rounds it out nice. Flavors I like.

M: Medium body, pretty good carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty good, for me. I like this brew and will probably have more.

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Photo of KeefD
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this beer on the shelf and noticed the "Wild" part right away. I was then slightly disappointed when I saw this was brewed with a Belgian yeast strain instead of brett. Oh well, but it anyway to see what was up. Pours a solid golden color, almost yellow with a large white head that had lasting cap and left very good lacing. Yep, normal aroma from the "Sumpin" series, lots of piney, peppery, resinous hops, but not much else. Where the Belgian yeasty phenols? Taste is actually really good. I like this much better than the regular Sumpin Sumpin, but I'm not convinced it's from the yeast. Grainy, cracjer like malt is overshadowed by the big standard Lagunitas hop bill (I mean seriously, do they only use certain hops for their beers??) and only a touch of clove like, Belgian yeast. Medium body, good carbonation. I like this beer, despite it's typical Lagunitas taste. Maybe the yeast adds some character, and I'm not sure how to describe it, but this is good.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the COOP... very very short lasting white head.. no retention at all. the brew is very clear golden.

Nose shows bunches of citrus hops and then phenolic yeasty notes.. white peppercorns are there, but background ... a bit perfumy... some minor Bazooka Joe... pithy grapefruit with warmth toward the finish.

Flavor is pretty much a phenolic Belgian IPA.. a good one really.. resinous citrus and hints of pine needles... some pear and apple from the yeast.. maybe even some strawberry on the finish... the pale malts are there only to push the hop and yeast flavors out to the front... again some pepper combines with the fruity esters.. finish is long and wandering.. bounces all around through the above flavors... but ultimately it dries out a bit and leaves behind bits of melon and very lite clove.

Definitely a Belgian IPA.. no doubt.. obviously... Alot of Le Freak and bits of 3767 without the brett.. Yummy... and pretty cheap really.

Wrong category (not a BSPA) ... Great beer. Fresh tasting... and very enjoyable.


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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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