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 surfcaster
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big Lagunitas fan and had passed over this one several times without good reason.

Enjoyed out of bottle in a tulip with a big head that stayed with me for the entire glass.

The sweet Belgian background with hops quite obvious on the nose.

This one does not disappoint. The sweetness hits you right away but the hops are right there and then take over as you get it back on the tongue but then the finish is sweet. Agree with sentiments of a "funky beer" --hard to say what--just very different and quite pleasing. Alcohol totally hidden. Scary this one is almost 9%

Mouthfeel is like a Belgian double. Smoooth.

Wonderful surprise and well done. Great balance of the Belgian and American IPA--well integrated. Be careful--drinks like a 6% beer.

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Photo of Spikester
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with half the glass of head, It took three pours to fill the glass due to the enormous head. Lacing is dense. Smells great with spices funky yeast and bready malt.
Taste is sweet bitter spicey yeast funk bread malt and deep earthy hop bitterness. Really full flavored and the big hop bill tends to keep the funk under control. Easy drinking for such a big beer.
Mouthfeel is silky and full. Long dry bitter finish.
Overall one of my favorite beers from Lagunitas. Even better than the regular Little Sumpin Sumpin.
This beer was about three months after bottling date and was really good. Alcohol is well hidden so take it easy.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: amber ale, almost clear, faint orange hues; fingers of ivory head fade into a collar and flimsy cap; webs of lace trail behind

S: tart, floral yeasts and rich pale malts

T: yeast forward with flowers and fruit, citrus hops and more resinous hop flavors follow; malts most assertive on the drying finish; bring forward slightly sweet and grainy flavors

M: rather dense for an IPA, full and fuzzy/fizzy; crisp and dry close

O: hybrid of a Belgian and American IPA - presenting Westmalle's yeast with more American-themed hop character; well-crafted and easy to drink

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Photo of SJRyogi
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing pour. The pour resembles the woman on the packaging, beautiful, classy, catches the eye and resembles a beautifully crafted beer. Smells like Belgian yeast slightly and has a saison touch to the smell. It's strong pungent aftertaste lends it to be paired well with meats and vegetables. I love the taste and aftertaste of the wild yeast strain. It has a creamy almost elusive bitterness on the tongue. This is a well done beer

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Orange Jell-o. Held to light: bright egg yolk orange. This head didn't die. TO the last sip. It thinned out yes, but was still there, not just lacing. Immemorial.

S-Banana. Clove. Barnyard-y. Like a saison meets a Belgian pale ale. Straw/hay. Orange/lemon citrus zest. A bit confusing yet interesting. The world is yours basically deciphering the scent notes. Will make you forget to sip the damn beer for a bit.

T-Metallic. Basically bitter meets sour=metallic. Lemon. Orange. Banana. Clove. Ginger. Even pumpernickel bread. Fruit cake. Alky. Again, sour/bitter finish a la metal.

M-Gel. Jell-o. Tingle of sour carbonation. Creamy. What a treat.

O-Wow. First bottle and I'm jumping in to the rest of the six pack. An experimental palate ride that one will always enjoy. Love the lady on the "Sumpin'" bottles. She makes me smile I smile. Belgian IPA's will be the soon popular trend. Gets most points for mouthfeel and complex sensory qualities.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint

Appearance light gold, fluffy white head, clear

Aroma bready malts, citrus, oranges, fruity esters, very nice

Flavor very nice balanced bready malts, with some phenolic spicy ness, citrus hops, orange peel, some warming alcohol

Mouthfeel medium to full, good carbonation

Overall very nice more balance of ipa and belgian flavors than most I've had. I wish I had It fresh for hops sake but its still great now

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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room, Middletown, CT
Served in a pint glass

Nearly crystal clear, golden-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-inch tall, super tight and creamy, bright white crown. A latticework of spotty, streaky lacing stuck all along the glass.

The nose was really interesting. Super spicy with clove and coriander notes dominating. Tart and wheaty. Moderately sweet. Slightly musty with a crisp, powdery yeastiness. Somewhat white wine-like. This also reminded me a lot of an amped-up Belgian witbier. Hints of brett and funk came through as well. Overall, quite complex.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Spicy, wheaty and crisp. Lemony and rather tart. Citrus notes were apparent. Orange rind came through strongest. Touch of bretty tartness and funk. Slight must. Subtle white wine notes. The finish was crisp, dry and refreshing and contained just a bit of earthy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. Super creamy, plush and smooth on the palate. An ultra fine, moderate effervescence gave the liquid a fantastic, pillowy softness.

Though classified as a Belgian IPA, this reminded me more of a Belgian witbier with a moderate, bretty tartness and a slightly hoppy finish. Seeing as this is a summer seasonal, my guess is that this keg had been sat on for a good six months, which allowed the bretty qualities to intensify and the hops to fade. Regardless, this is a very impressive offering from the folks at Lagunitas and one that I will be revisiting when the warmer weather rolls around again.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: A vivacious beautiful clear golden hue graced with a bountiful milky cap of off white tinted head. Great retention with thick intricate lacing. Reminds me of lace topped stockings that start the excitement just before getting to the sweet nectar.

S: Soapy citrus hop oils, lemon grass, grains of paradise, fresh cracked grain, pilsner malt and fragrant dry Belgian yeast.

T/M: Big time yeast strain. Dry and citrusy with a slight sting of grain alcohol in the back. Orange rind, grapefruit, peppery spice and sweet tarts. Medium body with delicate carbonation and a super dry finish of lingering yeast.

O: This is money! Nice simplicity with the citrus hops and a balanced yeast strain that just explodes in greatness. Not overly complex but well blended flavor profiles create a delicious BIPA that I would purchase frequently. Cheers!

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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 fineout
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: very nice orange color, very slight cloudiness.

S: Some tangerine, slight bit of funkiness

T: at first stage you get a little bit of the belgian funk flavors, then the hops hit pretty hard immediately after that, some orange and grapefruit flavors from the hops. lingers a bit too long for my liking.

M: Medium carbonation, small amount of syrupy thickness.

O: A good overall beer, I think the bitterness lingered a bit long, but the orangey flavors with the funk on the yeast mingled well with the hops. overall a good beer.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of bitterness and hints of spice, but not as flavorful as the best high ibu ales. Takes a bit of effort for me to get it down. This style has lots of variety but this is not something I'm crazy about. Even Brown Shugga, which I'm not a fan of, has more oomph than this for me. Just okay. I think there are much better options, like Piraat.

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Photo of BigBearBeerBro
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured slow into Duvel glass, nice 3 finger, off white head. Despite this - modest carbonation. Color is transparent orange.

S: floral - funk. Pleasant sweat nectar funk.

T: Initial bready malt... followed by nice easy going transition to the hoppy punch, with the wild yeast funk finishing the taste.

M: Moderately heavy.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Good balance of the hoppy ipa, with belgian wild funk. I find myself drinking this a bit too fast for a 8+ abv beer, but thats only because its so darn good. I recommend!

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Photo of dheacck11
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a lovely orange gold. Fairly clear. Scant bit of head.

Nose is actually qite floral, with some citrusy hops noted.

Taste is nice and sweet up front, with a solid burst of citrus hops Follows with a soft creamy malt that blends into a twinge of belgian yeast.

Feel is pretty medium thick.

Nice beer. Definitely on the hoppier side of belgian IPA. Nice balance of bitter hops with the yeast. Yum. Good alternative to the classic IPA flavors.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I apologize, I made my own system... Why drink-ability isn't recognized is shocking to me. Anyway...

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 86/100

Solid beer, caramel notes jump out to me. Light, buttery and easy to drink. I would buy again, probably wouldn't brag about it though.

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Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear and transparent golden straw brew, with two fingers of pure white head. Decent retention and lovely lacing.

Fruity, sweet, and yeasty aroma, with a hint of spice.

This is what Belgian IPAs should taste like: bright and hoppy, yet sweet and yeasty, with an aged, almost cheesy tinge to the malt. Subdued citrus and banana, with sharp hop flavors. Really an interesting and strange profile.

Refreshing and bright feel despite coming in on the medium side. There's just the slightest cling to residual oils, and a slight carbonation sting. Really, really drinkable and refreshing beer.

The first time I ever had this brew, I didn't know what to expect: sour, fruity, wild, whatever. Once I tried it, I thought, "Man, there's a flavor in here that is just like Westmalle yeast!" Sure enough, that's exactly what they used. What a specific flavor in the world of beer - and what a specifically odd beer!

I don't know if the flavor combination works perfectly, but it definitely is very, very interesting, and it doesn't come across bad at all. The worst thing I can say about this beer is that I don't want to drink it every day; it's just odd enough that it becomes a special occasion beer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle to DFH IPA glass

A - Pours a hazy amber/honey color with 1 finger of frothy off-white head. Good but average lacing.

S - Earthy grains, herbal hops, bright pineapple, apple, woody, dirty grapefruit, spicy phenols come out more as it warms.

T - Grapefruit jumps right out, sweet pale malt, pineapple, white pepper, pears, a second wave of grassy/herbal hops flood in with notes of wood. Semi chalky bitterness runs into the finish. Finishes dry and earthy with white pepper and grapefruit/tropical notes.

M - Medium body, lush feel, moderate soft carbonation, dry earthy finish.

Interesting beer for sure. Nice bitterness and very complex. The dirty citrus/tropical fruit works well against the sweet pale malt. I bought a sixer of this and they got better and better. This is one to seek out.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz from FMcD's. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - a cloudy translucent orange. Minimal head that moved straight to thin lace. Second pour yields a more fluffy one finger head.

S - hop forward, sweet Belgian sugar/yeast, a tinge of butter

T - taste is in line with the aroma, at least initially. The bitterness on the finish hangs on for quite some time. There is some grass/pine, and some overtones of heat from the alcohol. Citrus (tangerine) throughout. More bread like characteristics once it warms .

M - starts off on the sharp, slightly watery side, but it has a slightly oily/creamy undercurrent. Gets much smoother and fuller as it warms.

O - the sweetness that seems apparent in the aroma is restrained, and the finish brings a healthy dose of bitterness. A well balanced version of a Belgian IPA that is recommended.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in large ale glass.

A: cloudy, dark amber; very pronounced head (3 finger); good carbonation; decent lacing
S: yeast very prominent; promises a wild, Belgian flavor; a bit of grass
T: wow, amazing; very hoppy, with a sweet bubblegum and grapefruit, which tapers nicely, after about 30 seconds, into pine and grass--a beautiful transition; the Belgian yeast is rather subdued in this recipe, less than what the nose might promise; the wild element is noticeable but not overwhelming
M: pretty good

Wow, what a nice way to approach this recipe. Get one!

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent take on a "mixed bag" style of beer. Pours a fairly clear light orange color with a small delicately bubbly white head that fades fast. Leaves some filmy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is really prominent. When the beer is cold, it is primarily citrus hops, not a generic citrusy aroma....more like someone squeezed a tangerine slice into the glass. As the beer warms up, the Belgian yeast takes on a more prominent role from a background smell to an aroma that holds its own with the hops.

Flavor is more of the same...hops forward while cold. Yeast takes center stage as it warms. The yeasty flavor is like that of a good Tripel...almost a ripe cheese type flavor. There is good bitterness throughout but the strong tangerine flavor fades into a more generic citrus flavor as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is rich and soft. The yeastiness balances the bitterness. A very enjoyable beer and a good example of what this style can be.

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Photo of arizcards
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single at Total Wine in mid-August for $1.99. Bottled on 7-17-13.

Beer poured golden orange with a very nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is whopping amount of citrus with fruity esters.

Taste is hop forward, grapefruit rinds, some orange, bready, apple, and catching some of the medicinal phenols.

Mouthfeel is smooth from the belgian yeast strain, moderately carbonated.

Overall i am not sure why it took me so long to try this brew but it is delicious! Definitely something i will have again in the future!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden colored body with a frothy off-white head, excellent head retention and lacing
S - very fruity, citric orange rind, spicy yeast
T - hot booze, faint isopropyl alcohol, fruity, orange, Juicy Fruit gum, biscuit
M - medium, resinous, sharp, bitter finish, alcohol present throughout
O - if this wasn't so overly boozy it would be better. I like the flavors, but its too hot and that takes a lot away from it

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Photo of Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I drank A Little Sumpin' WILD in my tulip at cellar temperature.

It looks similar to standard Sumpin' Sumpin', what with its clear honey-orange color topped with a nice and creamy-looking white two-finger head.

The aroma has the same awesomely assertive citrus notes of Sumpin' Sumpin', but with some sweet Belgian yeastiness and funkiness thrown in! A hint of malty vanilla, too. It smells fantastic.

It tastes exactly like a great Belgian IPA is supposed to... hoppy, fruity, and bready. First it hits me with orange and lemon, and then it leaves a dry, bitter aftertaste of hops, citrus rinds, and bread.

This might be slightly more full-bodies than regular Sumpin', but otherwise, it's about the same.

The Belgian IPA may be a fairly new style, but I would call this a pretty definitive (and delicious) example of one.

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Photo of laglocal
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a traditional Belgian style beer glass.

A: Gorgeous. An orange-gold hue with a frost-white head that came to about a finger despite my aggressive pour. Lacing appearing already as head begins to slowly dissipate.

S: The curious flavor from the Belgian yeast first pokes it's head out here a bit, but for the most its a hoppy light smell.

T: Dangerously smooth, hops ever-present being a Belgian style IPA, but the curious clovey-ness brought by the yeast is what makes me proclaim this as one of, if not my favorite beers. I think it is even a bit of a cannabis-type taste that the yeast brings. Citrus and apple present initially, malt rounds things out nicely.

M: Brimming with carbonation, exciting and entertaining mouthfeel. Finish is there and lingers with a curious sweetness.

As stated before, I have held this in high regard for a long time so my review may be a bit biased. But this hides the 8.8% abv like nobodies business and is drinkable to boot. I would highly recommend this to any IPA fan as it is sure not to disappoint. True to style and worth revisiting. I'm stocked up, but will be sad to see this go out of season.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly vigorous and white creamy head that lasts quite a bit with some very nice lacing. The beer itself is a nice clear and light amber that borders on orange.

Citrus fruit smell that is close to orange and lime. The smell also has spices an slight hints of pepper. The smell also appears to have bits of granny smith.

Citrus flavored hops that taste like a mixture of orange and lime. The taste also spices and hints of pepper. The sour taste is minimal compared to the other flavors. The hops also have a pine resin taste to it but is dominated by the two different citrus tastes.

Biting carbonation and medium bodied but on the light side. Dry finish and a smooth feel.

A very good Belgian IPA and worth drinking if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company - A Little Sumpin' Wild, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy but mostly clear pale copper with a good sized soapy head that retains for a while. Great lacing.

Smell - Aroma is spice, citrus hops, and candied apple.

Taste - Spice in front, resin and floral hops in the middle, sour finish.

Mouthfeel - Sits throat warm slightly boozy. Moderate carbonation. Dry. Decent drinkability. Light-medium body.

Overall - Solid, a good representation of this particular style.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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