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 hoplover82
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer is so good! But one thing to say in critique of this beer is that it seems to me like they used there house yeast, 002. I don't get much of the westmalle really. It has that same "Lagunitas" yeasty goodness flavor to it, which isn't bad, but I'd like to get the westmalle more imo. Note-looks like it's bottle conditioned...

A-Pours a crystal clear light rust color and the bubbles slowly rise to the top, letting you know that this beer isn't playing around. A creamy white persistant head leaves very sticky, beautiful lacing down the glass. Very alluring appearance fo sho.

S-Man I love the hop profile in this beer. After a good swirl in my sniffer glass, I get HUGE PUNGENT floral hops. Some alcohol, (could use a little aging I guess... I also get cedar wood from the hops! Now that is a nice note to have. I rarely get that from hops... The malt profile is sweet with mainly bready malts in the nose. Very aromatic, in yo face. This one is not shy at all!

T-The flavor is much like the aroma, first with a huge palate wrecker of pungent floral resinous hops along with a hefty/chewy bitterness to boot! The malts here are bready as well as sweet milky caramel sweet.

M-The mouthfeel is so milky/creamy and sweet. Huge body with a dry, crisp hoppy bitter finish, like it should be. The carbonation is medium to low, perfect!

D-This beer, being this large is exceptionally drinkable. I highly recommend this beer for any craft beer lover.

Note-my palate and nose are clean and in good order. I wonder why I'm not getting a lot of the westmalle esthery notes described in other reviews... Don't know, hmmm. Bit this was a darn good beer fo sho.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Finally, I can put a face to the name. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises honeydew, grapefruit, pine, and sweet caramel. The taste is very similar, though the melon is decidedly meeker here, and the caramel seems a bit more assertive, even if it's still definitely subservient to the hoppier aspects. The body is light-ish, with a light carbonation and a rather liquid feel. Overall, a solid brew, one I hope to have later on down the road.

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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 TKEbeerman
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass, this brew pours an orange yellow glow with a somewhat frothy head.

S: The aroma is full of fruity hops with a yeasty clove/spice note. Very California influenced, a little deviating from the style. Not as complex as I'd like.

T: The flavor is more rounded than the nose. I really wish I drank a Westmalle before this. The flavor is dominate with hops, with some typical Belgium clove and spice.

MF: The mouthfeel is probably the best characteristic of this brew. Well carbonated and full like a Belgium the bubbles do a great job of cleansing the pallet while the hops linger a tad bit on the finish.

D: This one is smooth and drinkability is solid without being spectacular.

Ultimately, its always been good to see Lagunitas expand their horizons, but this brew is more of an IPA and definitely is wild.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass on-tap at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer has a nice golden orange color with a finger of ecru foam. Some hop notes of piny and lemony aromas are, but there is a sweet malt undercurrent that is quite nice as well. During the first sips the hop flavors are the first to attack the tongue with a little bitterness. A slight liquor taste soon follows. The aftertaste mostly comprises of the caramel malts and lemon zest. The hop flavors are prominent, but they are smooth and mellow without bittering too much. The alcohol also is rather smooth on the tongue. This beer is a sipper, but it's pretty good.

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden body with a one-finger creamy head that dissipates via large bubbles pretty rapidly. The body actively effervesces. Charming lacing as I drink it down.

S: A good, strong floral hop nose almost masks the Belgian yeast characteristics. A bit of very slightly toasty malt, and perhaps a bit of cider or pear, maybe orange.

T: Pretty bitter...more bitter in the end than floral in the beginning. Just a bit of tartness, and again a nice Belgian yeastiness. The malt is just too slight, however--this is unbalanced, in the hoppy direction, at least for my taste.

M: Good feel. Nice carbonation, not terribly thick body.

D: Well, it's pretty good for a fairly strong beer. Not something I'd chug, but I will take down this bomber comfortably.

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Photo of cetherid
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip


a nice orange color. about 2 fingers of fluffy head.


a dominant yeast smell in there. the Belgian yeast is very prominent. I'm getting some slight fruit aroma in there as well. maybe a little apricot and citrus fruit rind.


up front is the bitterness. citrusy hops at the beginning then going straight to a very yeasty backbone which smooths it out. A very unique beer. reminds me a little bit of a hefe. almost get that banana/clove taste to it.


medium bodied. a decent amount of carbonation. a very crisp clean beer.


for the price and the taste, I would definitely get this again. such a unique tasting beer. like a pale ale/hefe put together.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served chilled but brought up to room temperature.

Appearance Golden orange in color with no haze at all. Nice two finger, pillowy beige head that recedes into a pretty thck lacing. The head adheres very nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Some subtle, spicy Belgian yeast notes upfront, but they are quickly erased by lots of hops. Citrus zest and grapefruit notes are the main notes here. You can still detect the yeast ever so slightly in the background.

Taste: Good balance of the Belgian yeast flavors mixed with the hops here. The hops do tend to dominate a little with grapefruit and citrus notes, but the Belgian yeast does a good job of complimenting it. It actually goes together very smoothly. A little bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied and very creamy. I could use a bit more carbonation though as it lacks a crispness I really enjoy in hoppy beers.

Drinkability: The ABV is really high and, even though I find this really smooth, it does pack a punch after about half the bottle.

Overall, a nice, hoppy offering from Lagunitas. Really tasty, original and affordable. Seek this out.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a bright clear orange with a dense white head, tons of lacing and great retention. Looks delicious.

S: the same juicy hop profile that I love from Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' is there with the added component of Belgian yeast. The Belgian character adds a layer or spice and bubblegum which very nicely weave in with the grapefruit and tropical components from the hop profile. There is a touch of grain on the finish. Very nice aroma.

T: tropical hops are the first flavor to the palate with a good dash of bitterness to follow. The flavor of Belgian yeast makes itself apparent on the finish with spicy yeasty flavors at the end. Lots of complex things going on here, interesting brew.

MF: medium carbonation, medium body

D: this is another great brew from Lagunita's. The 8.5% abv is very well hidden and the fresh juicy hops pair well with the Westmalle yeast.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Wild is a clear, dense golden ale with a small, elastic white head. It has a fresh aroma that's very fruity, like tropical fruit. It's floral and grassy. It smells great. It's pretty full bodied and very smooth with a clean, dry finish. It's very hoppy and bitter from start to finish. It's a green bitterness, like pine and juniper. There's a funky grumble just before the finish, where the yeast flavors blend with the hop flavors. This is where the alcohol presents itself, to continue on to a peppercorn finish. Wow, the yeast isn't distracting and it all works!

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

Orange beer with a one-finger white head that lasted the entire way down the beer, which was awesome. The smell is of floral/earthy hops and intoxicatingly sweet apricot/apple/bubblegum yeast. The taste adds a lot of hoppy citrus power to that combination, but the Belgian yeast is definitely still there, with some Bretts poking in at the end. The mouthfeel managed to be both deliciously creamy, like a hoppy orange soda, and leave a nice tickle in the mouth afterwards.

I happily gulped this beer down two nights in a row and imagine I will do it again.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber with 2 fingers of white head. Great lacing on the glass.

Smells like an IPA. There is just a hint of a spicy yeast there. Grapefruit hop nose, and just a slight breadiness.

Now there are the malts. Right up front they provide a very doughy sweetness. A nice citrus hop bitterness takes over and the yeast adds a nice spiciness.

Good mouthfeel with a decent drinkability for the style. It seems like a kind of light IPA.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow-gold with lots of tiny particles floating throughout. Lazy carbonation, but with a massive head on top. Off white, frothy, and lacing before I even pick up the glass.

S - Citrus and grassy notes from the hops. The yeast adds a layer of fruitiness and earth on top of that. Between those a clean smell of wheat still manages to make its way through. Nicely complex.

T - I can't help but expect a big wave of bitterness, but it's not there. Instead the hop flavors just kind of cruise through, with the yeast reinforcing sweet fruit flavors. Grassy hops come in halfway through and wash away into slightly sweet wheat flavors. The yeast really adds a great dimension to the beer, giving the flavor a lot more character without dominating it.

MF - Medium bodied and slick without any strong carbonation.

D - So far the alcohol is not very apparent except a slight warming on the back of the throat. The flavors mesh nicely to create something that is much more balanced than an IPA, though I think this leans closer to that than a BSPA.

I like this much more than the regular Little Sumpin', though admittedly I haven't had that in some time. Still, this is a much more unique(albeit stronger) take on the same beer.

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Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice beer smooth and easy drinking affordable and worth every penny.

A - Light hazy yellow with lots of lacing with a nice 1 finger head.

S - Hoppy kind of like buttery but not in a bad way nice maybe some lemons.

T - Banana almost like a hefe but not entirely either smooth and easy really nice.

M - Smooth and creamy feel not bad at all.

D - I would have this again a really nice brew this is really nice and worth having at least once !!

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a golden orange color with a thick head of cream colored sudsy goodness. Some gobs of lacing on the glass.

Bright and crisp citrusy hop scent to fill the nostrils. Orange, grapefruit, peach and apricot are all present. Some wildflower honey sweetness as well.

Belgian yeast up front along with the aforementioned fruits. Also getting a buttery taste as well. Good hop bite on the back end along with some honey. Like a Lagunitas IPA with a belgian twist.

Crisp and creamy mouthfeel. I would say this lies between medium and full bodied.

A really nice hopped up belgian that drinks well. Worth trying for sure, especially at Lagunitas price point.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking pour, clear bold gold color with a great fluffy white head. Great head retention, with some streaming bubbles rising to the top. Great lace.

Pale, sweet malt, a good dose of American hops, piney and earthy. Some big, juicy fruit notes. A nice Belgian spicy and yeasty note.

Juicy flavors. A bit of malt sweetness, with some slight tart flavor as well. Juicy hops of the citrusy variety. Earthy and yeasty flavors are subtle, but add a nice complexity.

Medium body, good carbonation alcohol is well hidden. Very nice.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Duvel tulip. From notes.

A - Clear light copper, 2 fingers nice fluffy head, resilient lacing.

S - Smells like a single hop IPA, very hop forward. Strong citrus hops, orange zest and earthy yeast.

T - Orange, grapefruit, apricot. Yeasty tang finish with a bit of sweet malt.

M - Crisp, dry, medium. Not very sour. The first sip is all hoppy single IPA and the finish is a very sticky DIPA.

D - Another good one from Lagunitas, don't think I'd want to drink more than one in one sitting. Very complex and interesting flavors, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-amber body capped by a finger of bubbly, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of herbal and candied citrus hops, Belgian yeast, pale malt, and a hint of booze. Certainly nothing wild going on here.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of tropical fruit-like, herbal, resinous, and mildly bitter hops that are just a little brighter and greener than the hops in the regular version. The Belgian yeast changes things up nicely, making the end result reminiscent of a Belgian IPA. Underneath it all, there's a bready malt backbone keeping everything anchored. Lots of herbal hops and Belgian yeast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation with occasional shades of syrupy alcohol and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Drinks faster than the moderately high alcohol content could suggest, so take care.

Verdict: The Belgian yeast and hop additions certainly transformed this into something new, though I'm not convinced it's an improvement. However, if you're a big fan of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' and Belgian IPAs, this is a sure-fire winner.

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

Poured from 22oz into tulip.

A- Hazy golden orange. No head.

S- Lots of sweet tropical fruit, mango, peach. smell is very welcoming.

T- Up front powerful hops. sweet malt that gives way to more complex fruit.

M- covers palate, wet, enjoyable. not heavy.

D- no alcohol taste. each sip makes you want more.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours colorful orange with some haze and a head that leaves a bunch of lacing.

S-Smells of juicy citrusy hops with some tartness and spice, like a wackier version of the Sumpin Sumpin. A little zap of yeast here and there.

T-Sumpin wild. Exotic fruity hops compliment the belgian spicyness and yeastiness. It reminds me of a Belgian IPA with some American grit mixed in. Definitely some clove in the back end as well.

M-Sticky and resiny. A big fan of the mouthfeel here.

D-At 8.85% this one goes down easy.

Affordable and well worth a try. I was expecting something different but I am completely satisfied with what came from this bottle. Yet another Lagunitas beer that makes me smile.

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

Lagunitas: A Little Sumpin' Wild (Tasted: 10/10/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Lovely clear golden beer with a fluffy, bone-white head composed of medium bubbles, retention is superb, lacing is rock solid.
Odor: Hops, herbal with a side of citric rind, yeast pokes through, just barely with some hints of fruitiness, backing up the hops.
Consistency: Rolling high carbonation, extremely creamy, as hefty as you can get without pushing medium body. Really great feel overall, on par with some of the trappist beers.
Taste: Yeast up front expressing fruit, hops jump in, exactly as the aroma would suggest, big on the citrus rind bitterness., yeast spice follows. This beer has a somewhat uncharacteristic amount of residual sweetness, but does not, by any means go too far, the beer still finishes on the dry side, hops and spice linger.

This was a pleasant beer, all around. While I would like to say that the hops muddle the mix a little bit, they only blur things a little, for the most part, they are complimentary. With a few more weeks, I would say it is even a non-issue.
Check it!

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

Pours a clear, nicely carbonated, golden orange with a 1", off-white, dense head that has good retention and good bits of lace.

The smell is orange and other citrusy hops.

The taste is more of the citrus hops and some peach, though none of the Westmalle yeast is noticeable.

Mouthfeel is adequately carbonated, has medium to lighter body and ends dry.

Drinkability: While it doesn't seem to fit it's designated style well, it is a tasty beer that is easy to drink even with the high ABV. I can see this as an approach to a BSPA but with a lot of hops.

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

22oz bottle $4.49 (good deal as always). Clear yellow color, decent lace, good head. It smells super hoppy like citrus and lemons and oranges. The taste is much the same, dominated by hoppiness and I could not detect the Belgian Westmalle yeast influence in the slightest. This really was just like a lil' sumpin' sumpin' to me which was ok because it was still delicious. I have to get a couple more bottles while they are fresh.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loved Sumpin Sumpin from Lagunitas, and I am beginning to enjoy sour/wild beers, so I figured this was right up my alley.

Pours from a 750ml bottle, no cork, into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Clear and amber golden in color with a large, rocky, white head. Loads of lacing.

Wonderful aroma. I was expecting a typical Belgian aroma, but instead, I got a large, citrus hop aroma with minimal sourness or funkiness. In fact, it smells just like a west coast IPA. I guess that is completely off-base style wise, but I like it.

More IPA flavors. Citrus and grapefruit out the ass. Not all that bitter. Smoooth. Again, no real belgian characteristics. Perhaps a touch of clove, but not much else. Slightly sweet but not cloying. Very dry and tart finish; lemony also.

Beer could have used a little more carbonation. Perfect bitterness. Matching sweetness. I absolutely loved this beer. I really dont think it is to style AT ALL, but this is a great Belgian IPA! This drank like a bitter. My new favorite "Belgian" beer.

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

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and citrus aroma, grapefruit bomb

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid double with heavy citrus flavor and a noticable grapefruit flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. I'd drink more

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