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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.59.

A: Slightly hazy peach hue with 1 1/2-finger stout, big bubbled white head with excellent retention and with a thick collar of lace.

S: Pine and tropical fruit hops dominate and malts play a minimal sweetness role. There is a slightly more tart cherry component than the leaded LSSA.

T: The flavor is a totally different animal than LSSA with a very dry tart character but plenty of piney, fruity hops. Malts provide a little sweet resistance. The Brett character provides a lot of the drying character, which unfortunately masks the best of LSSA. I can see why people love this version -- I like it but don't love it.

M: The level of dryness is surprising for a Belgian IPA. The carbonation is exceptionally even to produce a smooth feel despite the dryness.

D: LSWA is an interesting departure from the baseline staple. I like this brew as I like LSEA, the other permutation, but the original's explosion of flavor and overall juiciness is without peer in the style. This Belgian IPA is awfully good, but, honestly, I still like Flying Dog Raging Bitch a little better.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. A nice pale yellow with a white head. 2 fingers of head that turns into a solid film with lacing that sticks throughout.

Smell is solid Lagunitas. Strong citrus notes, pineapple being the only thing that comes to mind. Alcohol in the background.

Taste is where the "wild" comes into play. Like any good Lagunitas, great citrus flavor, but greatly subdued, which is highly intriguing. The smell would present this to be almost a DIPA, but the yeast somehow keeps the bitterness well subdued. Very smooth, for the style. Hops are there, but kept at bay by the yeast that makes this beer very very drinkable.

Mild carbonation. This beer is exceptional and if you have the chance, pick 2 up, cause the first will not be enough.

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

22oz bomber poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a nice deep amber and it's a bit hazy, has a thin small white head. Nose is rich, malty and a bit funky.

Taste is fantastic, it's a bit spicy - think nutmeg or similar. It's pretty rich and sweet, very creamy and damn drinkable.

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

Poured into pint glasses, has a nice golden/golden brown appearance with a short (and quickly disappearing) head. The smell is great, sweet and slightly grassy. The mouthfeel is good, ample bubbles while retaining a nice wetness. The taste is similar to sumpin' sumpin' but with a slight grassy/earthy note. It is very pleasant, with enough character to savour while maintaining drinkability.

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

A- complete golden body with a master head of foam. Carbonation rips through the brew. A very typical bright brew from Lagunitas/ The lacing looks like it rips all over the sides

S- incredible citrus, tangerine, and grapefruit themes in the brew. Very sweet scent is throughout. An absolute Hop Bomb. It really seems like a DIPA to me though

T- same citrus burst as from the scent. The brew has an incredible commitment to the hoppiness component. The malt is so sweet in this thing.

M- as creamy and coating as it gets. Pretty good

D- wow, it sure is strong going down. I am enjoying the brew, even though it's big time tropical and sweet to keep them going. That's not a bad thing. Just a little bit of sipper than a gulper. Great job Lagunitas

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Photo of Sweasty
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful label from the folks at Lagunitas. Labels featuring 40's style pin-up imagery is always good. A label is just a label. Its the contents with in the bottle that really matter. Sumpin' Wild pours a nice crystal clear gold. Things are topped off by two fingers worth of bone white head. The head eventually settles to a ring. A fair amount of lace is left in its wake.

Sumpin' Wild smells the part of a good west coast IPA. Hops are clearly in control on the nose. Loads of grapefruit and tangerine strike first. Orange notes follow suit. Only the lightest of notes hint that this was fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. Some light phenols escape past the hops. Light bubblegum notes hint at its Belgian yeast. Overall, the wonderful qualities of the Westmalle strain are lost beneath a barrage of west coast hops.

This brew definitely hits as hop centric on the palate. Grapefruit notes are much stronger on the palate. Tangerine notes hit next. Behind that a fair amount of bitter orange peel notes show up. Things are rounded out by some juicy citrus qualities. Again the Belgian yeast is overwhelmed by the hops. Just enough yeast quality shows up to add the slightest extra layer of interest. The Westmalle strain is just plain lost in this brew. The finish is lightly dry with a long lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

A Little Sumpin' Wild is an odd brew. As a Double IPA this is a clear hop heads delight. It's quite drinkable for its size. The 8.85% abv only starts to show a bit as the beer warms. Unfortunately the Belgian yeast strain is almost completely lost. The usual qualities of Belgian IPA or strong pale aren't there. As a Belgian style beer Sumpin' Wild is a letdown. In the end this winds up as just another tasty Double IPA, which isn't a bad thing at all.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the September 2010 release.

Pours a golden orange color into the chalice, with a sticky and thick white head, about 2 inches thick. One of the most inviting appearances I've seen in a while.

Aroma is loaded with citrusy west-coast hops, which is all fine and well, except that this beer is being called a Belgian Style Pale Ale. The hop aroma masks the yeasty and phenolic aromas. Belgian IPA... maybe, but at this point its to America for the BSPA style.

The first taste is again up front with the citrusy and slightly piney hop flavors. The hops seem to provide more flavor than bitterness, which is quite nice. Unlike the aroma, the Belgian side of this beer is a bit more apparent in the taste. The yeasty spiceness and phenols are there, but not as prevalent as one would hope.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and crisp, which really helps take this beer to a higher level of enjoyment. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. We don't get Lagunitas here in NH, so this is only the 3 Lagunitas beer I've had, the others being Hop Stoopid and Little Sumpin Sumpin. While I thought Little Sumpin Sumpin was fantastic, the Belgian twist really does take the beer up a notch.

That being said, to rate this beer to style, I can't see calling this a BSPA. Belgian IPA would be a bit more appropriate, but still the American hops are too much. Thankfully, I could care less about style when I'm not reviewing so I can still enjoy this beer for all its greatness.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and deep, slightly hazy gold with a great white head and terrific lacing.

Big (gigantic) hop aroma. Enjoyable? Yes. Anything else. Kinda. Some yeast and malt, but good luck.

Bg juicy grapefruit hop flavor up front. Tropical fruit in the malt, with some spice/clove elements, spicy yeastiness. unfortunately, they over hopped the shit out of this, so you just really get hops. Still, regardless of how this is pitched, I'm digging it.

Fuller bodied, with some tackiness as the hops clear the palate.

I liked this. No sense of booze in the flavor at all. Enjoy.

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Photo of champ103
2.61/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: This has a striking clarity. Bright and clear orange. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice lacing as well.
S: Typical Lagunitas. Big grapefruit, citrus, and resiny pine hops. That is it.
T: Follows the nose. Tons of grapefruit bitterness, citrus, and resin. Dank, musky, kind of perfume like hops. Isn't this suppose to be a Belgian Strong Ale?
M/D: A medium body and fairly low on the carbonation. Lightly syrupy, slick and soapy as well. Lots of bitterness, and plenty of burning alcohol makes this hard to sip on. I am struggling to finish the bomber.

Fermented with Westmalle yeast according to the label, but there is nothing Belgian or Wild to this one. Just a standard DIPA, and pretty much standard Lagunitas as well. Hop heads rejoice, everyone else move on.

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Photo of jizfiasco
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint.
Tried this beer at brewtopia in chelsea last week and knew it was something I had to have again. Picked up a bomber and it was just as I had remembered near excellence. Poured bright gold like carbonated motts apple juice. Head was prominent but faded fast leaving a lasting film on the beer and glass. Carbonation level is perfect - just enough. Smells like an imperial IPA with mild malt backbone. But taste is totally different. Hops hit you but not as some high IBU bears this one is in the 70s but so complex you cant complain. As the taste settles you get the caramel flavor which if you look at the beer it seems to pale to have. Piney hops not very citrusy which I loved. Aftertaste is sugar coated grass and a slight alcohol sting. This beer is one of my top 5.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/7/10, my first review! I've always been a fan of the Lagunitas bombers, saw this new one, so I decided to pick it up.

Into a pint glass

A: Pours a bright sunny orange with a thick 1 and 1/2 finger head that fizzles to about a third of a finger but stays until the bottom of the glass. Very clear with lots of visible carbonation

S: Smells like an IPA, not what I was expecting from the advertised Westmalle yeast and the classification of a BSPA, but at least it's fresh! Oranges, grassy, piny, with a very subtle Belgian yeast undertone

T: It's great! It isn't too citrus hop-forward like the smell would imply, but there's a great balance here. Sweet, creamy malts up front with a nice bitter bite on the finish. Still drinking like a big IPA to me.

F: Creamy coating of the mouth, just the right amount of carbonation fizzling on my tongue. What's interesting is it isn't as dry of a finish as I would have though with a beer so similar to an IPA. Is this the Belgian yeast, or something with the malt backbone?

D: The IBU and 8.85% ABV are pretty well hidden. I could have guessed this beer at a 7.0%, and steadily sipped through both glasses until the bottle was gone.

Reminds me of a more complex Southern Tier 2X IPA, which I love.

I like what Lagunitas is doing here. Sure, they used a Belgian yeast, and maybe the classification wound up being BSPA, but why not just make it their own twist on an IPA? They do have a beer called "Hop Stoopid." They've always been one of my top choices for bang-for-your-buck bombers, and at $5.49 I would recommend this to anyone who wants a Little Sumpin' more to go with their liquor store purchase.

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Photo of BeachBrewerDude
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting strong pale ale. The strong hops combination provides intense floral characteristics and gives a flavor of fresh tar with a little skunkiness. This pungent flavor lingers in the mouth for good amount of time. There is only a little bit of sweetness to this beer. This is definitely a beer you have to be in to mood for, as the flavors can seem a bit overwhelming.

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

Pours a light golden/amber in color with a pretty white head.

Nice hoppy aroma.

This is Lagunitas' take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I can sum it up in one word: Hoppy. Big hop flavors and bitterness mix with a light malt sweetness. You could think of this as a Double IPA.

Good body.

Overall this is a fine beer, its strength keeps it from being really drinkable, though.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright orange, copper color with a tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of big juicy hops.

Tastes of plenty of hops with some Belgian characteristics. Hops have citrus and pine notes. Good amount of bitterness. Belgian type yeast spice comes through. Some fruit sweetness comes through as well with notes of peach and apricot.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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

750ml bottle purchased at BevMo in Santa Monica and poured into a .5L beer mug

Great yellow/golden color. Truly awesome lacing. Sticks around for the duration of the drink. 1 finger perfect white foam. Smell is the best part of the beer for me with a strong pine scent hitting first followed by pineapple and citrus. Its an intense aroma, developing more as the beer warms. Taste is strong pale ale at first but goes down very clean with little aftertaste, but an oiliness on the tongue and throat. Tons of carbonation. Very bubbly. Extremely drinkable, i put this whole bottle down myself and i would definitely recommend to friends.

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Photo of Spider889
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bodega.

Never had regular Sumpin' Sumpin' so I can't compare, but this was a wonderful beer.

Light golden color, nice frothy thick head with good staying power.

Smells super fruity: pineapple, peach, floral hops.

Hoppy up front, sweet and floral, not too bitter.

Very light and drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed glass a slight chill hazed burnt orange with a big blooming white head that settled very slowly into a creamy mass.The first thing I notice is a big blast of citric hop,I detect some Amarillo I believe,then the phenols come rollin in with some clove-like spice.I really wanted to like the flavors more but I couldnt get myself to,started out great with a shot of citric and aspirin-like hops,but the phenols take over with slight funk and spice.Alot of people like Belgian yeast flavor...I dont.I like the hop profile and its a well made beer,just not a Belgian yeast fan.

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Photo of philbertk
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Petaluma, CA--Little Sumpin Wild 7.70% ABV. 74.2 IBU's. Best of Fest to Me! Mild head. Clear thin bright gold color. Wild hoppy fruit ester front. Fully fermented rich barrel aged tasty tangy delicious spicy IPA body. Crisp clean end. (4.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/24 & 26/2010.

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a one-finger-plus white head and great thick lacing.

The aroma is big-time west coast hops, rather typical of Lagunitas' profile, with big citrus and a little floral/herbal note in there.

The flavor has a sweet pale malt base, a little caramel thrown in, Belgian yeast, and a great hop profile of orange, grapefruit, floral, herbal, and resinous qualities. Well-integrated.

Medium-bodied with an average level of carbonation and hop resins attacking the palate.

A great beer overall, and an easy and enjoyable summer quaffer for sure.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very nice bright orange crystal clear color with a just off white head that lasts for a long time. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing. The appearance is very similar to pte. The aroma is big time grapefruit, tangerine and some honey on the finish. Really like pte as well. Very strange on this, but it's a beautiful hoppy sweet nose. Perfect. The flavor is very nice, big hops and a malty finish. Great acidic hops and even some sweet bready malts that balance it out. Fruity esters also. Spot on carbonation and dry finish gives this great potential to pair with barbecue for sure. I really think this beer is a home run and definitely worth seeking out.

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

This one eluded me a few times... I was so happy to see Lagunitas at ACBF only to be told that they weren't tapping the keg at that point. Then I got drunk and forgot. Damnit. Well, this 22oz bottle for $5.49 will make up for it, Lagunitas. No hard feelings.

A- A light, sunshine orange with a huge head. 3 fingers, going nowhere. Sticky icky.

S- Hoppy, citrus and a dash of new growth pine. The westmalle yeast is there, although I missed it at first. Nice esters, fruity, and a hint of spice.

T- Lagunitas does not disappoint. This is a hoppy-as-hell beer. Great tropical fruit, citrus, and again a dash of new growth pine. Somewhat oily/resiny but not abrasive. The yeast adds another layer- really lingers in the aftertaste and screams BSPA. Great finish.

M- Great carbonation, body, 72 IBUs and 8.85% but no sign of either. Just delightful.

D- High. I think this is an outstanding beer. Wow! I hope to see more beers brewed like this... American style + belgian yeast = awesome!

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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