A Little Sumpin' Wild | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' WildA Little Sumpin' Wild
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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4.1
pDev:
20.73%
 
 
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Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with two fingers of white head that had good retention. Extensive lacing is left on the glass. Mainly hoppy grapefruit and citrus fruit in the aroma. The bottle says it is fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain. Could of fooled me. I do not detect anything reminiscent of Westmalle or Belgium for that matter. I suppose if I had this side by side with A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' I could find this Belgian influence, but as a standalone, I cannot. The hops are the main flavor influence with plenty of citrus. Alcohol even dominates the limited malt aspect of this beer. Has a nice body with a carbonation that gives a nice soft texture. Just not enough influence from the yeast to garner the $.08 per ounce premium over its sister brew. Otherwise it is a good wheat ale with a whole lot of hops.

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

On at The Sierra Grille.

A- Orange with a small cloud and ring. Sticky suds but not much lace. Looks appetizing in a snifter.

S- Tropical fruit hops with a backdrop of dry Belgian yeast.

T- Starts with grapefruit-orange-tropical-peach hop flavor and finishes with Belgian yeast and spice. Light biscuit malt.

MF- Light and creamy, silky champagne like carbonation. Fairly bitter from yeast and hops.

DB- An anomaly in a way but well done. California meets Belgium in an ale worth trying.

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

Picked up a bottle on a whim from Capones in Norristown, Pa this past week. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash tall chalice/shifter glass. Pours a fairly clear orange/bronze like color. Only a slight bit of cloudiness...mostly clear. A decent 2 finger size head arises...with a creamy surface and nice retention. As it dissipates, a mild cap and ring of foam remains.

Around is unique. Belgian yeast, followed by some mild crisp fruit...like pear and apple. A very faint hoppiness in the background.

Flavor is surprisingly good! I have to admit, I wasn't expecting a heck of a lot. A very nice mixture of fruit, hops, and very slight funk. The term "Wild" on the label doesn't mean this beer is a "wild" ale or "sour". Even though theres a slight funk...similar to a saison, its mostly sweet...and very drinkable! Medium, crisp mouthfeel...high carbonation, and slightly boozy. O, and not to forget the decent amount of hops! The fruit character once again is bringing to mind apple and pear. Overall a very decent and drinkable beer!

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Photo of dborginis
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I expected a wild ale here based on the name, but was very happily surprised the this is an excellent non-wild beer.

Appearance isn't that exciting, lots of head. Very sweet and very hoppy smell. Wow what a taste! Huge hops flavor, great hops profile. I haven't had the regular Little Sumpin, but this is really excellent. The belgian yeast gives a great and in your face hit of spice. All around a great beer. Only wish it wasn't so high in the ABV. If it were an DIPA, it would be my favorite one!

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Photo of alli4051
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint.

Picked this up on a whim because Lagunitas has yet to disappoint me and it was fairly cheap. Pours a dark, crystal clear, golden color with a big white head. Head is foamy and hangs around for awhile, leaves some nice lacing when it does recede. Smell is, surprisingly, lots of citrusy hops with a funky yeast backdrop. Taste is hops in the front with that familiar Belgian funkiness in the finish. Lots of spiciness with a hint of booze at the end as well. Medium bodied with a bit of stickiness to it. 8.85% will catch up with you quick but this is an otherwise very drinkable brew. Happy that I can still say Lagunitas has yet to let me down.

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

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a bright golden tone with a bit of haze to it... a solid finger-plus of a creamy off-white head. very respectable showing in both retention and lacing. nice looking beer.

continues to impress with the nose; aromatic potpourri of citrus and pine hoppiness combines with a noticeable malty presence, maybe a little spice.

aroma mostly pulls through in the flavor, except i do get a more a yeasty presence than was evident in the smell. still, tastes more like a DIPA than a BSPA. very tasty though. some hoppy bitterness in the finish.

mouthfeel is on the heavy side with adequate carbonation. pretty good drinkability factor; think i'll be picking up another. recommended.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a nice golden orangish color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fantastic! A lot of tropical fruit in the nose with some spices and citrusy hops. The Belgian yeast strain is prevalent in the nose as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is very fruity with some malt up front. A lot of fruity citrus flavors in the taste too with a hint of spices good dose of citrusy hops in the finish. Wow, this is a great beer.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is one of the more enjoyable beers that I have had lately. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone to try.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle drank from my la fin du monde tulip. no freshness information can be found, but this is a newish seasonal.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a translucent golden colored body with a large and fluffy bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- the first thing that i notice are the hops. lots of pine and grapefruit in this. i smell some faint wheat like malts and a little bit of belgian yeast. reminds me of an american brewed belgian IPA.

T- the taste begins with some wheat malts. after that comes some coriander and a little bit of clove. banana and bubblegum make a brief appearance. after all that comes the hops. lots of grapefruit and some pine.

M- medium to full bodied and well carbonated. little to no alcohol burn.

D- like most lagunitas seasonals, i like this one very well. its also a nice twist on something they already make. the name is a little misleading. check this one out if you can. for $4 a bottle, its a great deal.

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Photo of bound4er
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 22 ounce bomber - $3.99.

A. Dark straw to faint orange appearance. Slight haze shows through. Big, fluffy three finger white head. Heavy lacing present.

S. Holy cow - lots going on here. Belgian yeast, citrus and pine hops, wild flowers, graphite and candied malt. Killer nose.

T. Plenty of hop goodness without being overly bitter. Some influence from the Belgian yeast in terms of a candied fruitiness. I'm sure there's a malt bill in this beer - I just don't pick any up in the taste. A hop lovers dream for sure.

M. Slick, medium bodied feel with adequate carbonation.

D. This is one fine beer. The nose alone is worth the price of admission. Very easy drinking, especially given an ABV of almost 9. Not sure which I like better - this or regular Sumpin' Sumpin'.

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

No date that I can see but I know it's fresh. 650mL bottle served cold into a goblet.

I've had several Sumpins before but this is my first wild. First impression is actually the aroma so I'll start there. Totally a west-coast hop bomb of a double IPA, which I love, but somehow I'm already doubting that the delicate Westmalle yeast will be able to shine in such a harsh bitter environment.

Visually, it's very similar to the other Sumpins with golden yellow color, perfect clarity, and sticky lace-inducing head.

Ok, I admit, the yeast does make itself known. Still the hop bomb I was expecting but with the added depth of a funky, slightly sour, Belgian strong pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is noticible but doesn't get in the way of enjoyment.

Overall, I would say I'm glad I was proven wrong.

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Photo of MNJR
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A powerhouse brew. Nice copper, burnt orange color, perfect head, thin but consistent lacing. Very fresh smells of mint, peach, apple, and evergreen. The flavor is big: the peach and mint are there with great spiciness - white pepper (I thought this before reading the guy below - so you know it's in there) with an herbal, citrus kick. I feel like I should marinate a chicken in this stuff and grill it. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy but silky smooth, too. I don't get the "Belgian" designation. This tastes like an Imperial IPA all the way, with the slight addition of fruit flavors which are up front but soon obscured by the spicy kick. This beer is a serious contender in the strong, ass-kicking category. Damn good stuff. Really enjoyable if you prefer a beer that runs on 220 volts. This stuff is double the beer and then some of standard Lagunitas bottlings.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa. I didn't realize this was a limited release, so I'm thrilled to have tried it before it went away. Notes are recent.

This brew is a light golden verging on amber is color. The light tan head that comes out is about three fingers thick and settles like a dense, rocky pillow on top. Some thick lacing with legs is left behind.
The nose is all citrus hops with herbal and floral hops notes contributing. Seriously, though, the citric, grapefruit hops are right in the face. There's quite a bit of spiciness in the aroma as well. The famed yeast is in here, but I wish it would come out more strongly. I certainly like the tropical fruits notes it brings out.
While the citrus hops are the focus (pure, raw, juicy and fresh), there is a malt to balance this out and the Belgian Westmalle yeast comes through in the flavor a bit more than in the aroma, but still not as strongly as I'd like. The spiciness in the aroma also carries through, whoch seems to be a touch of clove and/or coriander and perhaps a touch of white pepper or the like.
This is a thick, almost syrupy beer that's got some body to it yet manages to remain fairly light. It does have a crisp bite but really delves nicely into a thick smoothness that fills the mouth. Carbonation is just enough to add to this effect and no more. This one has a very nice texture.
This one has a fairly high but not exceptionally high ABV, the only detractor from extraordiny drinkability. We'll settle for fantastic.

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

Pours out another great color, just like all 3 varieties of this beer. Orange in appearance, and a fluffy head with lots of retention. Carbonation was just right.

Aroma, a little bit mango-y, hops. Taste, all that malted wheat and tons of hops, and then that Westmalle yeast strain? Jeez, I think I like this even more than Mischief. I know I do. Very hoppy, very dry. You wait for a few seconds after tasting, and then the yeast profile takes over the flavor profile. Expands to a dry, almost as if aged in a white wine oak barrel, so dry, fruity and woody (yet light on the palate). So unique, so flavorful.

$4.29 a bomber at Whole Foods in Reno. That makes this extremely drinkable, in combination with the fact that it hides almost 9% alcohol completely. Another fantastic, widely available option from Lagunitas. If it were more rare, it would be a very sought after and higher rated beer. Well I give points for the cheap price and availability in drinkability, so its a perfect 5 there, and almost everywhere else.

EDIT 8/11
Love that they put these in 6 packs, and now the alcohol is 9.4%, still not noticeable. Great deal for $9/6.

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Photo of aepb1
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange with a small fluffy white head

S- hoppy, yeasty spicey funk

T- Citrus hops dominate, not bad, some clove/spice in there too

M- Medium bodied, carbonation and hops give it a crisp finish, I really enjoy the mouthfeel

D- The finish is great and I enjoy each sip

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

Pours a super white fluffy head of 1 finger that leaves a slight messy lacing. THe beer is a somewhat hazy golden wheat orange nectar color.

Nose is beautiful. It starts with some golden malts, some Belgian somewhat strong malty aromas, adding a little sweetness and almost a hint of light candi sugar. Under that is a fuse of a nice hop and wild combination. It's really hard to describe. There's plenty of fruit, tangerine, peach, mango, pineapple, some tropical and citrus hops with hints of grassy hops. Also some very light yeasty almost funk aroma, that doesn't really have funk. It's like lots of bottle conditioning with strange Belgian yeast strain that was once crossed with Lacto or something. A slight dry farmhouse aroma. It's dreamy.

Taste comes with more of the same as the nose. This time it starts with a spicy hop character. Some light citrus and pine on the hops, but more tropical fruit, citrus, etc. Some light fruit too, little tangerine, touch of orange peel, little peach. Some sweetness coming from some light Belgian strong malty flavors, touch of bready taste, just a hint. Again more of the almost wild tasting Belgian yeast strain, adding some light dry farmhouse like flavors, an almost funk that never really comes. A little astringency starts to come through, but remains manageable. As it finishes it dries more, adding to the bitterness and the lingering hop flavors, more spicy and even a little musty. As it dries it starts to get more of a dried Belgian light candi sugar taste surprisingly. A lingering musty slight hop oil and little astringency, as well as dry slightly yeasty funk, it's almost as if that yeasty funk is adding it's own bitterness.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, it doesn't drink like 8.85% at all, and dries well. However, a slight lingeirng astringency and bitterness, as well as that lingering yeasty almost funk flavor are there.

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Photo of Blanco
2.28/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into a snifter

fairly strongly carbonated at first, the larger bubbles soon become tiny ones. orangish color and a decent sized head. pretty decent lacing. piny hoppy smell that is typical of west coast ipas. slightly hoppy with hints of belgian spice and a slight alcohol burn to it. very dry with a strong aftertaste. definitely bitter. it's like someone spiked an ipa with some belgian spices by accident. the flavor is rather strange. mouthfeel is light with a weird aftertaste. i find this beer to be very weird. I'm not a fan of what is going on here.

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

Large, frothy head, over two fingers of just off-white, its delicacy shows as it dimples heavily across the surface, the lacing streaks are thin but will stay there until the glass is washed. Transparent, faint metallic glow to the yellowish-orange color, pumpkin-esque, maybe a subtle brown patina. Typical Lagunitas nose of super-sweet tangelo, pink grapefruit, lime citrus supported capably by pine sap, rose petals, basil leaves and nectarine, pineapple, papaya, peach and litchi fruit, block of milk chocolate, the herbaceousness has more of a savory then green nature. Medium-bodied, the carbonation gives if a fluffy, downy soft mouth entry as well as relieves what might be more fat than the beer can nimbly handle. Mint, basil, sage intertwine here with the orange, grapefruit citrus to temper the latter's sweetness. Not that this is a "dry" brew texturally, the hops have bounce but no real bite, lets the cocoa and mocha malts, brown sugar glaze and pine oil the joints. The apricot, papaya, peach, pineapple, green apple fruit can let you both enjoy a soaking effect as well as keep it jogging briskly. Bit of biscuit to scone but nowhere near yeasty. Just makes you think of sunshine.

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

A: light amber hued, medium clarity, copious bubbles and a thick frothy head with no lacing.

S: hops, strong and fresh, hint of citrus, tiny bit of sweet malt.

T: first and foremost, a mouthful of hops, then pine, grass, sweet sugary malt, a little citric acid. Belgian yeast makes a brief appearance at the finish with a bubble gummy aftertaste. Almost no suggestion of the relatively high ABV, warming but not overwhelming. Great balance between the grassy hops, sweet malt and fruity yeast.

M: sharp, crisp carbonation, medium to full bodied. Really refreshing.

D: A nice rendition of a great beer. I really liked the cross between the super hoppy beers of California and the traditional taste of Belgian ales, though the Belgian flavors are rather faint. Very sessionable, which is surprising for its ABV.

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Photo of muttyd
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber body with a thick foamy white head. Very interesting aroma - hoppy American IPA backbone, slight musty Belgian yeasty-ness. Not very funky or acidic smelling (as one might associate these aromas with a traditional American Wild Ale). Flavor goes pretty much hand in hand with the aroma. Big hoppy bite (almost earthy) and slightly sour. Moderate carbonation and slight astringency. Very enjoyable.

Great beer, will seek out again.

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

Bright and clear orange body. Solid two finger frothy head is set a top. Retention is impressive, a nice cap sticks around for the duration. Equally impressive is the lacing, a solid sheet encompasses the glass.

A Lagunitas IPA (I don't care what you think it is an IPA in my book) fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain? Interesting to say the least. The strange juxtaposition is first revealed in the nose. The typical bright and juicy citric and tropical fruit hops we have come to expect are set up front. This time they are sharing the attention with straight up Belgian yeasty goodness. Cloves, light barnyard hay smells and a bit of mustiness.

The first sip delivers a bit of a surprise. I was expecting bright hops with a more subdued yeast profile accompanying. What I got was strong yeast characteristics upfront and had to search a bit for the hops. The yeast delivers a bunch of cloves and dry muskiness. The hops do not come off as tropical and citrusy as normal. The flavor that does appear is more of lemon flavor which is interestingly a bit tart. The flavor is almost the exact opposite of what I expected, not a bad thing though.

Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The texture is smooth with a rather dry finish.

A got a whole lot more than I bargained for with this one. The flavors are a bit stronger than anticipated making it a bit of a sipper. I am enjoying this beer quite a bit and could see having a couple on draft. For at home consumption a bomber is a about right to enjoy in an evening.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 finger head. Medium amount of lacing is thin. Clear Medium Golden and orange tinge.

Smells of sweet citrus and strawberry, Hops balance nicely, malts take a back seat.

Taste is nice mild sweetness of oranges, strawberries, pineapple, some herbal notes, Hops stand out well & malts balance it nicely. alcohol is very mild.

Mouthfeel is lite, carbonation is medium & zesty.

Overall a good hop and malt mix with a bit sweet mix of the citrus & fruit. Carbonation beginning to end is fine. Nice alcohol warmth. A very good drink if you feel a need for hops with a bit more fruity sweetness.

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

"Another Big Sister of the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.... Loads of Malted Wheat for a Curious Malt Foundation and a Light Color, But Our Belgian Yeast Leaves a Huge Flavor and Complexishness." -- Lagunitas

8.85% ABV
OG 1.082
72.51 IBUs

22 oz bomber, bottled on the 242nd day of the year (August 30, 2010) poured into a New Belgium snifter on October 18, 2010. This beer is described by the brewer as a bigger sister of the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, and it says that this beer was fermented using Westmalle yeast strain right on the label; so, stylistically, this would be a Belgian IPA brewed with wheat malts. And it's not a Wild Ale.

Appearance 5/5
A little hazy, golden orange colored beer, with a big, slightly off white, dense, creamy, and rocky "Belgian" head with excellent retention and fantastic lacing. A beer with the perfect looks!

Aroma 5/5
Strong aroma of tropical fruit from hops and esters, with phenols from the Belgian yeast in the background. Some perfumy wheat malt as well.

Taste 4/5
Slightly sweet, intensely fruity, light and crisp on palate with some bitterness at the back, followed by a moderately dry finish and lingering aftertaste. I, personally, didn't like the aftertaste which is neither sweet, nor bitter, or fruity, but just odd in my opinion. Otherwise, a very good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Crisp and well carbonated with a decent body.

Drinkability 4/5
It really depends on how you see this beer: for a DIPA, it's too easy drinking; for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, it's not that drinkable. Either way, it's a nice drinking beer, but doesn't achieve anything exceptional drinkability-wise.

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

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a two finger white head, some lace is left behind.

Smell- Citrus hops and a very faint yeastyness.

Taste- This is not what I was expecting. Really it just tastes like a dull IPA. Getting the slightest notion of the belgian yeast, but that seems to just be retracting from the hop presence, not adding any complexities.

Mouthfeel- light to medium body, smooth going down.

Overall- This has a decent flavor, but as far as being a Belgian Style "Anything" it certainly is not. The ABV's are hid nicely so at least I can get this down quick, and on to the next one!

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

Bomber into a tulip. The beer has a beautifully clear (filtered) golden body. A lasting finger of head forms, and retains well thanks to a steady stream of carbonation.

The nose, to my surprise, is dominated by Belgian yeast rather than the bright fruity hops of Lil Sumpin Sumpin. Hops are still present, citrusy (oranges) and tropical (mangoes), but the spicy, peppery, phenolic yeast character shines.

On the tongue it's a more even mix - bready wheat malt, peppery yeast and fruity, tropical hops combine rather harmoniously. The mango/papaya fruitiness of the other Sumpin Sumpin beers is present here, it's just matched by the spiciness of the yeast. The finish is sticky, though not terribly bitter - peppery spice lingers on the tongue along with tropical fruit and tangerine-like citrus.

Lagunitas is hit or miss for me, but they did a great job with this one.

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

From a large bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold, medium white head with fine bubbles and good retention.

Smells of piney floral hops with a hint of citrus.

Taste follows, same piney floral hop notes, not too bitter, minor citrus notes. The label boasts that it uses the Westmalle yeast strain and, maybe just from the power of suggestion, I detect slight similarities in a very subdued malt character, but I don't know that I would have caught it if I wasn't looking.

Feel is full, carbonation is soft but present throughout.

Good beer, tastes a little hoppier than most Belgian Strong Pale Ales, maybe on account of it being an American beer. Its still really good though. A bit potent for lots of drinking, but good enough that you might want more. Worthwhile and I'd have it again.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 938 ratings.
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