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 maxcoinage
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter with a big inch and a half white head that took some time to settle down and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Color is a nice golden yellow.

Aroma is very hop forward, pine and citrus come through but you can sense some of the Belgian spice,

Flavor is very complex, almost too much going on for me-- resinous hops, fruity esters from yeast, spice, a sour finish

Mouthfeel has a medium body, a bit slick, medium to strong carbonation

Overall an interesting "Wild" Ale, I'm not sure if an Belgian IPA is quite my style.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - light copper and somewhat see through. very mild looking for an 8.8. frothy one finger head.

S - getting some citrus going on , and im noticing a hint of a bubble gummy type of smell. I smelled more and put my finger on it; Mango. im getting a lot of mango coming through in the nose. ive never smelled a fruit that distinct in an IPA before. thats pretty cool.

T - starts as just a a bitter hop bomb... lemon, grapefruit,apricot, tangerine..while all this is happening you definitely feel the pine-like backbone....in a nutshell this brew is just a mess of fruit...etc. and finishes with a mellow slightly bitter mango/mango peel. this is pretty good. lingering bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation, not over the top...a little creamy.

Overall i thought this was a really cool beer to come from the sumpin series. loved the mango aroma too....that really got me. just a very big beer. a little bit of maltiness mellows the bang of hops you get through out...and keeps you coming back for more. yet another good beer put out by Lagunitas. Pretty similar to the "sumpin sumpin ale"... Anybody who appreciates a west coast style hoppy, bitter bomb of a beer. this DIPA is for you.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby into a shaker glass. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of creamy, off-white head, which sticks to the sides of the glass throughout. The beer is a pale golden color, and very clear with moderate carbonation.

This beer is very very hoppy. I get tons of grapefruit aromas and tastes, along with some orange, a touch of pine perhaps. A bit of sweet, and medium bodied malt backbone combines with the citrus to produce some ruby grapefruit and blood orange flavors. I can maybe just taste a bit of wild funk, cloves and banana.

Based on its name, I expected a "wild ale", but this tastes pretty much like another IPA to me (albeit a good one). Although its quite good, the more subtle flavors are drowned out to a certain extent by the hops (but see note below). In my humble opinion, this is a beer where the hops could be dialed down just a little. I've registered similar complaints about beers where you just KNEW there was some awesome malt flavor in there somewhere, but just couldn't taste it above all the citrus and pine.

PS. The yeast flavors are more apparent after this beer warms, therefore I'm adjusting my ratings accordingly.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edited based on review of bottle done in 12/2014:
A: hazy orangish yellow, sustaining head, some lacing
S: little musty, wet leaves, bit of orange rind, orange blossom. A mix of floral and fruity, with an earthy backbone.

T/M: I have has this beer before and enjoyed it, but this tasting I *really* enjoyed. Earthy in nature, but there is a definite hint of orange. The earthiness gets me today, though. The mouthfeel isn't strong, but lingers, little more subdued, but a nice tug on the tongue without being too dry. Edit: the orange came through a bit more, there was a bit of honey up front, and I also noticed the carbonation a bit more. Some of the flavors reminded me of a rye beer.

O: not as "sweet" as most Lagunitas, a more down to earth (pun intended) offering. Was just what I was looking for today, will have to remember this is different from "any other Lagunitas" offering. Edit: agree with this statement,

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Photo of Beejay
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A light pink peach color, the head is slightly off white, and rocky.

S: Hoppy with grapefruit as the dominant aroma. Some light tangerine and some sweet bread aroma come out with the playful fruity smell of Belgian yeast.

T: Very assertive bitterness, some grapefruit and tangerine come through. The bitterness has a touch of an earthy feel to it as it fades into a banana and breakfast bread finish.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is fine in texture and quite lively. The finish is a touch drying.

O: All in all this is a pretty decent beer, the bitterness is fairly assertive but is balanced out by the malt. The Belgian character adds a nice fruitiness and a twist right when you think you have figured this beer out.

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

Found this at a small liquor store up the street. I was already a Lagunitas fan. Had high expectations for this beer and was not disappointed. Nice appearance, good foamy head. About one finger. Smells of a familiar IPA, citrusy and lemony. Just like a good summer beer should. Tastes hoppy as soon as it hits the tongue. Some spice and sourness mixed here. We'll bodied and very drinkable. Overall this beer is going to be a favorite of mine. Not as good as hop devil, but that's in my top 5.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into IPA glass. Bottled on 9/3 (Julian date of 246). Consumed on 10/3.

A - Golden amber. Clear/no cloudiness or sediment. Readily apparent carbonation. Gentle pour yielded less than a finger of head. Lacing quickly slid down side of glass and rejoined remaining beer.

S - Fragrant. Sour/tart mango and lemon. Higher ABV apparent by smell.

T - Lemon, orange rind, with a hint of sour cherry. Moderate hoppiness. Does not hide higher ABV. Something weird above the finish on the back of the tongue... lasting sourness.

M - Lightly bodied with nice carbonation. Nice foaminess in the mouth as the beer warms.

O - Somewhat disappointed... expect more complexity in flavor and a fuller mouthfeel out of a good higher ABV beer. This beer had qualities of a session beer and was inappropriate for an ABV of 8.8%.

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Photo of bnes09
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent golden ale. Foamy head with solid retention and attractive lace lines.

Fresh wheat, yeast, grass, citrus and spinach leaf aroma. Bright and complex.

Solid, yet subtle malt character. Wheat and honey. Fresh citrus and herbal, leafy hop character in perfect balance. Great yeast flavor adds a Belgian twist.

Medium body. Well carbonated. Crisp finish with some yeast texture.

Great brew. Love the style and this one delivers.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet, generates some short head that levels down pretty quickly. Beer is totally clarified and effervescing from the etching at the bottom of the goblet. The nose on this is very interesting. There's candied citrus fruit as well as pine and then some yeasty funk. There is no detectable alcohol on the nose, but pushing nine percent, definitely has a tiny bite to it and a warming quality. Certainly not overpowering though, and seems to be blending in with the hop bitters almost seamlessly. Flavor is citrusy-sweet, some peachiness, mango, and certainly a grapefruit-like bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky, with adequate carbonation. Overall, I like the fruit-funk and hop-citrus combo, and I think this is well done for the style. If anything, I'd like more funkiness to it, but I think they took it to a good place regardless. Nice!

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Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the brewer, love the series. Although I think it's just called Sumpin because it sells.

A: Pours into a wine glass a golden orange with a thick tight white head and some much lacing. Great looking. Look out Chimay Blue!

S: How nice Chimay meets IPA. Sheem IPA!

Starts with citrus hop up front then the yeasty, Belgian esters, and in style - pineapple, spice, pepper, and spicy yeast. All threaded by the hops.

T: As in the smell. HOPS, then spice, yeast, esters. With fruit tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit paired nicely with spice and bitter hops. Back and forth, depth like a Chimay.

M: Smooth rich, deep body, medium, satisfying with a peppery finish. Great with food.

D: Hoppy Belgian. One of the best Belgian IPAs I have had. Must try.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this beer at Whole Foods as part of a mix-a-six for $9. Can't beat that.

I poured the beer from the bottle into a snifter. Immediately notice a healthy head that becomes two-fingers thick after the full pour. The head is creamy, chewy and frothy, quite beautiful. Lace on the glass is healthy as well. The beer has an amber and copper color that is quite inviting.

The smell is very citrusy with a strong presence of grapefruit, as well as yeast and mild pineyness and grassiness from the hops. The taste begins again with the grapefruit and citrus, then receives a bitter blast from the hops with a grassy taste, and then the booze emerges at the back end to light up the tongue a bit. The beer has a good level of carbonation and is light initially, but it ends bitter, boozy and dry.

Overall, a delicious, highly complex beer. The yeast seem to have made the most impact on the nose and create an enticing beer. Well done.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. I have no desire to interpret their ridiculous date code. Seriously Lagunitas...

Look: Very good looking brew. A nice golden brown, with a two finger head. Very frothy with a slightly vigorous pour. The lacing was brilliant. It coated the entire glass by the end.

Smell: Very grassy/floral like. Like fresh cut wheat. Not to be outdone, on the opposite end is a fistful of citrus. With grapefruit taking the forefront.

Taste: I really liked the balance of citrus/wheat. To me, it was almost like a wheat ipa. Maybe it's the yeast change that is doing this, but it's a pretty solid balance, with the malty finish, it's very top-notch.

Feel: Medium-light. The carbonation is very present, and makes it very refreshing considering how wheaty it is. The 8.8% abv is almost invisible. Covered up nicely.

Overall: A great beer. I wish I had a couple more of the same style to really compare, because this one is so good. I might adjust the scores when I have a bit more of this style under my belt, but a slightly different take on a style I'm getting pretty use to. (IPA) so that makes it a very refreshing change-up.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a golden color. The head has the typical frothiness of a Belgian-style beer, but perhaps isn't as towering, at only a finger high. Head color is eggshell. Spotty patches of lacing are left down the glass.

S: Pleasantly spicy, with the sweet hops typical of Lagunitas. There's also a decent black pepper note which serves to balance the former out. Buried beneath those two is a faint malt backbone. This really smells like it will be good.

T: Upon hitting the palate, it tastes exactly like LSS - imagine that. It starts with a combination of wheat malt and sweet-yet-piny hoppiness. But that finish is where it really takes off. The spiciness on the back end gives this a passing resemblance to a good tripel, albeit one that's well hopped. Basically, it's delicious throughout.

M: One gripe, it's a bit too heavy. Because of that and carbonation that's only 'medium', the sweetness isn't fully cleansed off of the finish quite as much as I'd like. Still, that's not a problem in the least. There's no hint of the 8.8% anywhere; this feels like it's about 5%.

O: Lagunitas is just like Motorhead - they tend to always taste/sound the same from beer to beer/album to album, but when that taste/sound is so damn good, it really doesn't matter. Yes, this is just another hoppy Lagunitas beer. And I don't care, because this is really damn good.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods on P St. NW D.C., unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 9/20/13 over a half-hour.

A: 3/3 - deep orange-golden coloration, solid clarity (can see and read through), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, small alcohol legs for 8.80% time alcohol legs!

S: 11/12 - lots of intense Belgian flavors - spice, spice, esters, spice, spice, bananas, spice, spice...wow!!!

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, I pick up first on the spicy, floral hops with only mild bitterness tasting super fresh!, in the middle of the mouth, some of the Belgian qualities start to emerge, in particular the fruity esters; still, it finishes really dry with little aftertaste that invites the next sip and the next...unbelievable!

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied with hop oils coating the tongue, the alcohol is present but doesn't taste like 8.8% to me; impressively high carbonation

O: 9/10 - as can certainly be surmised from the above, this is an excellent Belgian IPA that, I think, has restored my faith in the potential of this style...it's an effervescent admixture of hop, spice and ester that is as close-to-perfectly balanced as I can imagine, finishes super dry and just leaves you wanting more; highly recommended with any spicy dish but Indian or Cajun immediately pop to mind

TOTAL = 46/50

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a fairly clear light golden color with a huge fluffy bone white head that persists forever. Smells of lemon and spice with a bit of pepper, grass, hay, and earth. Light bready wheat malt pulls it altogether. The flavor is quite resinous with grass hay citrus and pine. Light pepper and yeasty phenols with a hint of light sugar. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous almost chalky mouthfeel. Meh. too many contrasting flavors for my palette. The yeasty phenols and the resinous hop treatment are left unchecked by too light of a malty base. This didn't work for me.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had the Little Sumpin several times so I was waiting to see what this little extra WILD thing did. For me, it do not do what I was hoping for. It still was a good brew, a nice amount of hops, the nice was malty/citrus was was very special. The first taste, it had a good amount of hops, but as I was drinking it, the malt start coming through loud and clear. Enjoyable, but not exactly what I was hoping for.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Lots of heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of Belgian yeast, malty breadiness, and light citrus.

T - Flavor starts off with a decent amout of citrus (orange, pineapple, and grapefruit) and sweet bready malts. The is a nice mix of bitter hops and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice Belgian IPA. Tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby brown 12 oz. bottle poured into my Beer Geek Nation snifter. A great value pick up at $10.99 for a six-pack, especially considering the high ABV of the beer.

Appearance (4.25/5): Hazy yellow-gold hue, with a creamy two finger head.

Smell (4/5): Smells of pineapple and grapefruit. Interesting yeast notes bring out some strawberry notes that are really nice. Fruity and sweet, fairly mellow and not aggressive.

Taste (4.5/5): Pop of grapefruit bitterness from the start. Delicious sweet malt melds with the yeast perfectly. Finish is dry and mildly bitter. Not highly aggressive, the yeast adds a great dimension to this beer. No alcohol flavor to speak of. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Nice prickly feeling from the grapefruit hops. Dry finish. Extremely drinkable.

Overall (4.5/5): A Little Sumpin' Wild is another excellent Lagunitas beer. The hops, yeast, and malt fire on all cylinders, making this the best Belgian-style IPA that I've had.

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Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint served in a nonic glass at the Lowry.
A-pretty clear. Dark golden with some light copper highlights. Served with a white film. Some lacing.

S-smells like a Lagunitas beer. Grassy hops with a tropical and fruity hop aroma. Fair malt aroma with quite a bit of that typical Belgian estery yeast goodness.

T-once again has that trademark Lagunitas flavor. Has that pine resiny hoppiness with some citrus and tropical notes. Decent malt backbone with a touch of yeast.

M-fairly big bodied with a lingering bitter finish

O-definitely a Lagunitas beer. Big west coast hoppy beer with a very minor Belgian influence. A bit too west coast IPA (bitter pine resin taste) for me. But this is a damn flavorful beer.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass. Crystal clear, golden with a slight amber hue. Solid head retention contributed from the wheat.

This beer smells like a Lagunitas. There is, however, more going on here. Yeasty, spicy and medicinal. Faint tropical fruit aromas join in the mix.

Not much sweetness, spice and TCP flavor come through strong. Lingering astringency in the aftertaste, and a relative amount of hop bitterness.

Carbonation is not overly harsh, nor too light, medial viscosity.

Not bad, but not great. Worth a shot. Would have preferred this as a 22 ounce bomber instead the six pack I purchased. Whatever, I'll drink them happily.

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

The beer poured a golden copper color with a 3f head in a tulip.

Good aroma from the onset: grapefruit, lemon, chiffon.

Mouth feel is quite carbonated and extremely pungent.

The taste is Californian IPA with a twist- lots of citrus, yet very malty, unlike
the typical West Coast IPA.

Overall, another excellent beer from Lagunitas. However, this is a slight departure in style- a Belgian IPA. Westmalle yeast, and more maltiness to the beer.

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Photo of Budorob
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden to amber color depending on angle and light. Head is rich after pour and dissipates down to a heady blanket with a cumulus residue along the glass. It looks carbonated and heavy. No surprise to see the 8% ABV.

S: Yeast and flowers, sweet summer fruit and spice. Earthy and definitely boozy. What I smell is the combination of a great US west coast IPA master with the Belgian style of ale.

T: The booze is right up front. Hints of fruit, like orange peel or grapefruit and interesting tiny hints of clove or mint finish.

M: Kind of hot up front with a little cooling sour in the rear. Chewy and lots of carbonation.

O: This is a great combo. A west coast master of IPA meets the Belgian style. I like the richness of it, and the warmth that the booze provides. In fact, it tastes like it's more than the 8% ABV posted above. It's a sipping beer, whereas most of the other Lagunitas beers are so good you don't realize how fast you drink them. Not this one. Wild seems a little more mature and sophisticated than its siblings. I really enjoyed this rich and complex ale.

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Photo of AlexanderCsamaj
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Everything I always wanted Little Sumpin' Sumpin' to be: little sweeter and more kick. Worthy of a case as I expect it will sit well. Says it is a summer release. Currently late summer and this is perfect for bringing in the fall. On my second bottle. Cheers.

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Photo of migwell
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Little Sumpin' has been one of my favorite ales for quite some time. Essentially an IPA, but basically a wheat beer, it straddles the classifications, creating a space all its own.

This version, however, is a step up. Subtle, very complex flavors, amazing drink-ability, a sneak-up-on-you ABV that you don't even notice. The only drawback is that it's not a year-round release.

" The nose is moderately woody, dusty white grape. Marshmallow. Rustic yeastiness. The taste is super dry. Peach, pear, white grape. Slightly hot finish, but pretty elegant. Not overly cloying. Nice. Crisp carbonation, medium body."

This is the kind of stuff which I will never write, as I am a beer drinker, not a beer connoisseur (actually I had to look up the spelling on that word). But I contend, nevertheless, based on 50 years of beer drinking experience, that this is one not to be missed.

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Photo of xseanprimex
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a nucleation pint glass.

A: This brew poured a beautiful golden color with a thick, thick off white head. The head slimmed down to a nice thin layer that left a good lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of a complex mixture of cloves and fruits. The sweetness of the malts and the spicy yeast combine and come through leaving a faint ghost of a Belgian ale.

T: Tastes much like the namesake that Lagunitas is so famous for. The yeasts impart a bit of clove to accompany a bitterness that can only be attributed to an IPA. The hops come across fruity, leaving a good dry pine flavor on the tongue.

M: Crisp while well coating. The brew covers all parts of the mouth with a long lasting aftertaste of pines and fruits.

O: This is a great spinoff of the already wonderful Pale Ale. Not sour like I had expected, but bitter with the flashy cloves and hops that a Belgian IPA should have. Certainly a hallmark for the style. 10/10 will drink again!

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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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