A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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

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

12 oz. in a snifter at Back Country Pizza and Tap House on 9/18/11.

This one had me scratching my head. I could swear that the server poured me a DIPA. Later that afternoon, I had the bartender draw me a sample and sure enough, it's what I had earlier. Maybe I was expecting a wild ale and the name was misleading, as there were no sour characteristics present in the beer. Appearance was golden with a bit of amber and slightly cloudy. Head was a bit on the short lived side and there was little lace. Aroma was strong C-hops, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Flavor was the same. Medium body and carbonation. I would have rated this beer a half higher overall if it were billed as a DIPA, as the hops were too overwhelming.

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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 Meerkey
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost 2 fingers of bubbly white head. Crystal clear, light copper. Lots of bubbles.

S: Lots of hops, piney resin and citrus. Clean and fresh.

T: Piney hops. Citrus peel. A little spicy?

M: Smooth and tingly - some carbonation. Not that exciting, but nice.

O: Nice and refreshing. Pretty good, I like it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking beer. A hazy deep golden orange with fluffy bone white head. It was poured into a tulip and the head really stood out on this one.

Smell is phenolic, like band-aids, and a bit funky. I was not overly-impressed with the smell on this one.

The taste made up for the smell. It still had that strong phenolic presence, but it was subsidized with cloves and some hop bite. It's a very bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is tart and dry. Great carbonation.

It's a good beer, but it's tart to the point of almost feeling chalky. It's hard to express this because I really enjoyed the mouthfeel, but on the other hand it took away from the drinkability.

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Photo of retry4z
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comparing this Belgian IPA to likes of Piraat, Wild Ale is much different, resembling more an American IPA. American Hops are evident, with a tad of sweetness. Aroma of molasses, pine, and light fruitiness. Carbonation is high, feels almost like drinking soda. Full bodied, non-existent head. Bitter (pleasant) aftertaste lingers for a little bit. Overall, decent Ale, but was looking forward to try this and it did not meet my expectations.

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Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear orange into my Lagunitas Mason Jar. Plenty of head that is sticking around in mounds.

Smells like briney belgian yeast and hops, which I would expect. This beer is damn tasty. You get the signature Lagunitas hop extract taste but then the briney tartness from the yeast takes over adding what I think is a much better taste than the regular sumpin sumpin. Strong carbonation in this one.

I like this a lot more than the regular sumpin sumpin. Like a lot of the Lagunitas seasonals it's hard to drink lots of it because they are damned high in ABV.

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

A: Clear yellowy copper, bubbly white head holds well and caps the glass fully.

S: Sweet cotton candy chased by grapefruit, florals and piney hops. With a vigorous swirl a ripe musky scent breaks free and becomes the low note for all the other scents

T: Bitters of grapefruit and pine followed by sweet notes of citrus. Grapefruit and lemon pith with piney finish and a hint of funkiness. Plenty of alcohol esters at the end.

M: Higher carbonation with dry notes, crisp and puckering.

O: Bitters and funk kissed with a little sweetness, chased by a pine tree. Plenty going on and possible more than necessary for some tastes.

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

Appearance: golden, sparkling clarity, thick layer of spongey off-white foam, great head retention, lace

Aroma: floral, lemony hop scent with a hint of tropical essence; passion fruit; malt

Flavor: full sugary/candyish sweetness with hints of preserved lemon rinds, floral perfume, grass, and wheat; finishes semisweet with a peach-pit bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fluffy texture, spritzy carbonation

Other comments: The "Wild" thing is a little misleading. When I bought it, I thought it would have some wild yeast in it or something.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden orange, slight haze, thick off-white head and lace.
S: aromas really jump out of the glass-funky/spicy/fruity belgian yeast and citrusy, floral, fruity hops.
T: medium sweet bready/doughy malts and a big spicy hop bitterness, long hoppy finish. maybe i would have liked this a touch more attenuated? or is the earthy/spicy/funky/yeasty fruitiness aspect a little too pronounced for my taste?
M: just over medium bodied. despite being well-carbonated and quite hoppy, it has some slickness to it from residual sweetness.
D: overall a nice take on this trend (belgian yeast + american hops).

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

Poured rich golden, clear with a frothy head. Strong hoppy aroma, piney with hints of lemons, along with a yeastiness.

Taste was a little bit bitter, grassy&fruity, with some alcohol heat. Really pleasant, with a yeasty finish.

Smooth, medium feel in the mouth; noticeable carbonation. Very drinkable.

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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Great lacing.

s - Smells of orange, citrus, fruity malts, and grapefruit. Citrus dominates the nose but it's very nice.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, orange, citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Huge bitter bite to it.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice pale ale. Smell was very nice with a lot of grapefruit/citrus, and the taste had some huge bitterness to it. Would try again.

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

a: This was a lightly hazy apple juice color. It poured with a small fizzy head.

s: Lots of tea-like spicy hops, toffee, and sugar cookies. I couldn't find much in the way of Belgian yeast.

t: Vaguely Belgian apricot flavors and toffee up front with plenty of strongly bitter tea-y hops that had hints of citrus.

m: Big and kind of chewy feeling.

o: I liked this for it hoppiness, but I didn't find much Belgian character. Other reviewers mentioned Brett, I certainly didn't find any of that.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A clear golden yellow body with a three finger ivory white head that hangs around for the length of the beer.

S: Very fruity aromas. There is an apriot, guava, and pepper aroma that comes of initially. There is a Belgian spiciness that follows and finishes with a very mild toffee aroma.

T: There is a bitterness in the beginning that mixes well the the peppery belgian character imparted by the yeast. The hops have some citrus and very little pine. The body has a rich caramel finish.

M: A little thin for my linking but has a great bite from the carbonation.

O: A good bordering on great belgian IPA. Worth getting fresh if you can.

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Photo of Blissfullbrew
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

glass: two taster glasses from PIB SIB, and a Duvel glass (the duvel glass held the best head which is not surprising)

It pours golden with a strong off white quarter inch head; Immaculate lacing as its fingers drip softly down the glass. Deep tones of pine and citrus, with subtle notes of bourbon. First sip brings hints of caramel, and the finish is dry with a slight fruit aftertaste.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a murky yellow with a brass colored tint. A decent head forms on top that leaves scattered trails of sticky lace on the glass.

Interesting aroma with whiffs of bubblegum, spices and citrus fruits.

The mouthfeel is syrupy with a strong fruit sweetness. Think pineapple and strawberry flavors. There is also a Belgian beer quality to each sip as well, with hints of chalk, yeast and black pepper spice. I detect a definite alcohol warmth on the finish too, so the powerful 8.8% ABV is not that surprising.

A different and funky offering from Lagunitas.

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

22 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with an inch or so of whitish froth.

Smell: Sweetish, hoppy aroma with notes of diced pineapple, white grapefruit, resinous floral, and tangerine-flavored children's aspirin. Punctuated by peppery spice accents and a trail of liquor. Some honey-brushed, bready wheat and pale malt hints underneath.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malt backbone along with a touch of breadiness takes a detour towards black peppercorns before heading off to the hop flavors of tangy tropical fruits and citrus fruits with an orangey hop taste perhaps derived from an inclusion of Amarillo in the mix. Very small pinch of crushed aspirin tablets. Robust bitterness. Hints of Bosc pears and florals make themselves known. Longly bitter, heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus body. As with the Extra, it's all at once oily and sticky on the tongue.

Drinkability: The original still remains my favorite of the Sumpin' Series. Many of the Lagunitas hoppy brews just run together for me. This is good though, and, quite importantly, sold at a good, welcome price.

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Photo of azdback
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Light orange in color and clear in appearance. Head doesn't really exist but what is there is bright white. Not much lace to speak of yet and by the end of the glass it stays pretty weak.

Smell is biscuity malts and earthy hops. This has that particular smell all Belgian Ale's have, mostly described as banana. I think it is more of a musty and a bit spicy.

Taste is much better than the smell, but still that crazy musty taste I hate from this style. There is some spicy notes and quite a bit of alcohol punch.

Mouth is crisp, carbonation is a bit on the spritzy side with the body medium and the finish long.

Overall I should really come clean and let it be known that I hate this style. I see how much everyone else loves these so I keep trying Belgian's but continue to hate them. I try to score on the style the best I can, even though I can't stand them. This one is much better then the few I have tried in the past.

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Photo of gskitt
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful clear, bright, gold with a substantial head. Smells of yeasty bananas, some summer wheat, a bit of orange spice. Tastes much more of hops than I would have expected, wow, not in the scent. Mellowed hops in the front, some bread like qualities on the backend. Mouthfeel is bait on the dry side, not bad. Overall, nice beer but did not wow me.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

A: pours a very nice golden color with a slight orange tinge, nice finger of head that mostly dissipates quickly but leaves a small amount lingering, perfectly clear
S: nice brightness, nice hopiness, slight grapefruit and citrus scent
T: nice hooiness, slight underlying maltiness hits the back of the throat
M: strong carbonation tingle
O: nice representation of the style, taste is a bit strong and maltiness in the finish is a bit 'off'

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Photo of philosobeer
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall, straight pint at Simone's bar in Pilsen. The bartender tells me I got this at a good time for the hops, and that it's pretty fresh. No objections, since if Lag does something, it's usually hops.

This poured very well, the creamy but thick white head (I was sad to see it go in a few gulps) and it laced proper, it did. Crystal clear, too, a very light copper or amber, but on the pale side of that spectrum. The bouquet immediately hits with typical belgian yeast flavors (fruit, specifically peaches and banana) with hops (citrus, and maybe a few greener notes) intermingling. Gotta say, it's a nice combination, but, like with the taste, alcohol and (a little) plastic show through a touch. The malts are simply overshadowed by the esters and it finishes very dry (a touch astringent) with those hops (with which they must have been very generous). But again, a nice pairing of fruity american hop varietals with fruity belgian yeast. It can't help but feel a bit hot, and hides it less well than its belgian counterparts or other american IPAs, and tasting the alcohol through, does detract a bit from drinkability. If you want a glass of intense belgian fruitiness paired with american citrusy hops that still finishes dry? This one is for you.

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Photo of impending
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous new copper penny, dense light yellowish head recedes to the surface and remains.

Aroma is all about the hops. Bright citrusy hops with a hint of pine sits atop yeast.

The pine switches place with the citrus in the flavor. Considerable bitterness in the peppery long lasting aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel. While some powdery yeast appears in the finish the belgian influence is minimal.

This is more properly a robust belgian ipa.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours a deep butterscotch color with orange highlights and some visible carbonation. The small sudsy head is short-lived and only spotty but sticky lacing is left on the glass. This has a rather funky aroma that reflects sweet malts, Belgian yeast and hops in about equal parts. The flavor include suggestions of fruit, honey, toffee and spices, with a light peppery quality. M: medium body and smooth with a dry finish.
O: A special, flavorful and fine Belgian style ale, with an exceptionally strong malt base. It is reminiscent of, but not as satisfying to me, as the superb Lagunitas Lucky 13 Anniv. Ale I had last night.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Wild is very pale, citric, and crisp.

It poured a very light lager-like pale gold with a short creamy head and a shower of cascading bubbles. What it lacked in head it made up for with lace. There was a strong explosion of clean citric scent and a crisp initial citric flavor followed by an unpleasant almost soap-like finish. The feel was bubbly and bitter, with a long-lasting dry finish.

Despite the high level of alcohol, A Little Sumpin' Wild had a crisp clean citric summer-like quality, that with the aftertaste made it seem like drinking tangerine peel.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden-yellow coloring with a filmy, sparse, white film coating parts of the surface. Aromas of bubble gum, lilac, and chamomile ride a subtle toffee backbone. Flavors are sharply roasted, with a very spice dominant forward flavor, both from the hops and the yeast strains. Bombardments of pepper and basil from the hops combine with off the wall characteristics of licorice, xantham gum, lemon zest, and cedar. This beer is very tasty, and very "all over the place," for lack of a better term. The body is smooth, but fairly light and crisp. The aftertaste is has some fruity characteristics, with touches of citrus and tropical fruits trying to balance all the different spiced components. Carbonation keeps the finish light, and slightly filmy, with a spicy linger that continues to puzzle and challenge the tastebuds. Tasty and interesting.

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