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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 Ryan011235
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at Barley's Smokehouse on 9/27/10

Very clear amber color with golden highlights around the bottom. Poured a rather thin head to begin with, but a consistent, thin film seems poised to remain. Solid wall of lace that dries & cracks over time.

A subtle wheat aroma is situated amid lively, bright citric hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine & pineapple. I'm thinking Amarillo. There's a little yeast mustiness in the back, though it doesn't seem overly pronounced. Nice aroma, overall.

The nose belies the taste, as the malts is ramped up, the hops are toned down somewhat. A fairly subtle bitterness hits the tongue first, though it isn't as potently citric as the nose. Still tastes pretty dang good. Toasted malts with a touch of earthiness throughout. Yeasty undertones with some spiciness throughout.

Just a touch lighter than medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate for the beer. There's a low-slung grittiness; sort of sticky as well. Some appreciable alcohol heat. Toasty malts & deep, subtle, citric notes linger.

Blasted shaker pint; a tulip would do wonders for this one. Regardless, this is a tasty beer & I'll not hold the glassware against it. Definitely worth a try. I'm glad to have stumbled across it on tap.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Lagunitas for bringing this to the Oktoberfest in Shirlington. Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left a tiny bit of lacing behind. Smell is nice, with a touch of banana and clove from the wheat and a spicy hop profile.

Flavor is very nice. Hop profile has a nice amount of citrus, some spice, and a touch of bitterness. The wheat provides hints of banana and clove lightly noticeable under the hop profile. Very crisp, quenching mouthfeel, which helps make it extremely drinkable. Flavors mask the alcohol almost completely.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap @ Capone's

Something wild looks like a mix of IPA and SPA with a bright yellow color with some minimal orange highlights. Cant really see through the liquid, it's not that clear cut. A nice whisp of bright white foam on top with some stickies. Smell is IPA mixed in with bananas and yeast. I get a tropic sense and a bready sense, pineapple, mango, yeast. Taste is weird, the yeast really takes center stage and blows everything out da water. Either this is the end of the keg, or the Westmalle yeast is just that powerful. Tropic fruits alot of bananers and yeast, malt under all of that. Feel is medium and nicely carbed up. This kinda felt like juice going down, I would love to try this on cask. Drinkability was alright, I did not feel the need to have another. Im going to say this is good beer for now but I think a bottle will be in store for the future, so I can get more of an IPA taste from it, this serving type was yeasted up big time.

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Photo of jampics2
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

For something wild, I guess I expected some cloudiness, but the tangerine and gold colored body is so transparent I'm looking through it at the screen as I write this review. If I successfully spell every word right, you'll know it's lacking some of the cloudiness/haze I typically associate with a Belgian SPA. The head is no winner either, leaving just minimum soapy lace. If Duvel is the Megan Fox of beers, this is Ugly Betty.

But A Little Sumpin' Wild does begin to deliver the goods in the smell! A ton of citrus hops give impressions of peaches, orange, and pink grapefruit while a subtle Belgian yeast strain imparts some esters with bubblegum, traditional corriander and orange peel notes. A touch of earthy spice from the yeast leaves me thinking, what's so wild about this? It's simply a Belgian IPA! I love the expressiveness and the slight touch of sweet malt underneath knows to hide out and let the hops and yeast shine.

The taste pretty much follows what the nose set up, pulling the flavor between IPA and Belgian pale. The flavors of apricot, pineapple, mango, and orange are present and very juicy. The Westmalle yeast adds some depth, mostly a dry chalkiness and mild esters and spices. The malt is invisible except for some perceived sugary sweetness. A bit of alcohol is noted in the finish, but enough fruity flavor lingers on to make it not a major issue. The beer is pretty pleasant and very flavorful. A beer of substance, it's like Ugly Betty took her glasses off and let down her hair.

Mouthfeel is a touch sticky, as the carbonation and dry finish can't help the medium body from leaving some oily coating behind. The citrus hops don't fade as the slightly chalky yeast slams on the brakes, and the finish is slightly bitter. This is a good beer and very pleasant in just about every aspect. What did we learn today, besides that I can type a review of a beer through a glass filled with said brew? I guess Ugly Betty really shines once you can get past the frumpy appearance.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A- hazy, golden color witha foamy white head that laces all up and down the glass.

S- smells of citrus fruit. Like little Sumpin Sumpin there is a huge hops presence.

T- pine and grapefruit.

M- full bodied and smooth. Excellent mouthfeel. The flavor of the beer coats your whole mouth and lingers.

D- Hoppy beers like this are my favorite beers so the drinkability is high. There is enough hop character without being "face puckering"

This beer has the excellent flavor of Little Sumpin Sumpin with a little more body and mouthfeel. The Belgian yeast seems to jive well with the hop character.

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Photo of eagles22
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice bright golden body with a decent white head.

Smell: this is the best part of the beer! Citrus and tropical fruits up front grapefruits, lemons, pineapples, white grapes, mangoes and some oranges. and some pine scent but the citrus fruits over power the smell.

Taste: This is a very hoppy belgian strong pale ale. the citrus hits you up front and alcohol burn just a bit but than you get a nice smooth finish with some bread/ malt characteristics. This is one fine brew I love it.

Mouthfeel: refreshing, crisp and smooth!

Drinkability: only rated this a 3.5 just because it's such a wonderful beer, that you should savor this one!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer Fall Beerfest.

The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is pretty fruity with some notes of pineapple and other citrus. I also get some toffee and caramel malt and a strong Belgian yeast component. The flavor is more of the same, with some bready malt and some grapefruit and orange citrus notes. The yeast is also very present and adds some strong Belgian character to the beer. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Not really anything too wild about this beer, but it is a good drink.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop Leaf into a pint glass...Pours amber with a gold base, ok retention, good lacing...The aroma is fruity to start, tangerine, banana, a little malt and belgian yeast. Expected a little sourness but not much there...The taste is like the aroma, fruity to start with yeast finish. This is not bad, just nothing special, aka a typical lagunitas beer.

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

Pours a bright honey golden hue with a bright white head, speckled scattered lacing. Aroma has strong American hops with citrus/pine, and tropical fruit notes. Seems like they are following suit and making a hoppy Belgian style west coast IPA. Westmalle yeast strain, brings out banana/pineapple spicy esters. Flavor is competing with the Belgian yeast strain and American brash hop bitterness, sometimes this works sometimes it's a rough combo. Really great tasting version here spicy Belgian yeast with tropical fruit edges/banana/spice and upfront hops with citrus/grapefruit tones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a tad oily with hops and smooth bodied carbonation. Drinkabilty is nice but after 22 ounces I'm good even splitting with a friend is a good idea but the flavors here worked well together.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bomber into a tulip. Very nice looking bright copper with a white fluffy head resting on top. A bit cloudy with some faint brown edges around the glass.

S: Oh, this is fantastic. Has that Little Sumpin base with a citrusy, Belgian yeast twang. Does smell a bit "wild". If that means anything at all...Some banana and bubblegum coming through, but the grassy/citrusy aroma is winning this for me. Crisp and sharp along with some underlying malts and even some funk going on. Very complex.

T: Well it certainly gains a lot from the Belgian yeast strain. Has the bubblegum flavor with some bready yeast, a little of funk on the end after some nice citrus hops. Really surprised how well these flavors work together. Maintains a fabulous balance of hops and malts, all with this Belgian yeast lending all its wondrous characteristics.

M: A bit drying on the tongue, but the flavors left seem to stick around for quite a while. Body is pretty full and has a good crispness. Maybe the carbonation is just a shade too high.

D: This is a very enjoyable beer, offers good malts, great citrus hops and a legendary yeast strain. Well put together and definitely worth a shot. Very unique take on the style.

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Photo of Bonis
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice clear golden orange with a huge meringue-like head which leaves a decent lace and stays for a long time. Looks to be well carbonated, as there are many streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my glass. A quite nice site if I do say.

S - Wow. Orbit Bubblemint Gum. Fresh incense. Freshly cut grass. Funky Belgian yeast. Lots of citrus hops. Hints of fresh bread. This smells freakin awesome.

T - I'd call this a Belgian IPA. It's a little on the sweeter side, but this is due to the wonderful citrus and fruity hop qualities that jump out at you. This adds a complex bitterness to the brew that makes for the perfect balance between sweet and bitter, and a near perfect dry finish. The tiniest of alcohol burns in the aftertaste mixed with a little spice. This is about the only trace of alcohol I've noticed. Very tasty stuff. Oh yea, the Belgian yeast qualities are there for sure.

M - Medium to big bodied, but smooth, crisp, and refreshing at the same time. I felt like this one would be overcarbonated, but I couldn't tell at all. Seemed just about perfect.

D - Made it through my bomber pretty fast. This stuff is tasty and drinkable at 8.85% ABV. This could possibly be the best deal out there for a bomber at just $5.

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

Golden color with a poofy white head.

Aromas of sweet grassy floral hops and fruity esters that reveal more Belgian yeast character as the beer warms up.+

All the great floral, tropical fruity, hoppiness that Lagunitas is known for dressed on a great tripel's yeasty esters of bananas and spice. This is in my book what a belgian tripel/ IPA hybrid should have been tasting like from the get-go, but I have not tasted until now - all the others have been garbage disappointments - clumsy hop profiles over alcoholic fizziness. The category has been vastly over-rated until now. This is it. Full 5 on flavor. I don't give them often. Even when I detected the alcohol taste it seemed to marry well with the hops and fruity yeasty esters so perfectly.

Medium bodied silky mouth feel that incites groans and moans as the flavors cruise in this velvet Cadillac over your tongue.

Greta drinkability. Sorry if you don't feel the same way.

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Photo of mothman
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Pours 1/4 finger of white head. No lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Fruity and yeasty. Lemon zest, orange peel. Very Belgian-like. Grassy hops, herbal notes, and bready malts.

Taste: Lots of hops. Floral and earthy hop notes. It also has a Belgian yeast kick. Herbal spice notes with some malts. Fairly earthy reminding me of a Belgian ipa.

Mouthfeel: earthy, lightly bitter, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean with some grassy hops.

Overall, a lot like a beligan ipa. Fairly drinkable. Some nice flavors all around.

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

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a clear apricot coloration. The head of the beer is beige. The head is about 1inch high and resolves to a thin layer of film. Nice lacing marks the beers passage.

Smell: bubble gum cloves grapefruited apple cider

Taste: Its been a long while since i have had Westmalle. The beers flavor has a mix of cloves, peppery coriander, citrus grapefruit and a bit of pine. I got to say this was a good marriage of beer flavors. Very nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light. The carbonation was gentle. Very easy to drink and well done. I wish I had several more bottles of this beer. Not really a sessionable beer but think I could drink alot of them.

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Photo of Mages64
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Bottleworks into a duvel glass.

Beautiful clear golden hue with a red/amber tint. zero lacing. 1+ inch head (consistent for two glasses).

nose of bubblegum (belgian yeast i assume), sweet fruit with foresty notes in the background. I can smell the alcohol too.

taste/mouthfeel were exceptional. sweet and smooth with fruit (tropical) and perhaps strawberry but with a truly amazing yeast flavor.

drink: yes:) This is my new fav everyday beer. leaves a dry after feel and sticky lips. leaves you wanting more.

please send bottles up to Seattle!

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

Sample bottle poured into my Duvel snifter.

A-Pours a chestnut amber with a 1/2 inch of white head that leaves chunky lacing.

S-Mandarin orange,grapefruit

T/M-Exactly like the regular Little Sumpin' Sumpin' but with a really nice Belgian feel. Fruity, estery Belgian yeast. Alternately citric and piney hops. The finish is bitter and lingering.

D-This is really drinkable. I'm almost finished the 22oz and I'm ready for another one!

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, no freshness date.

Pours an unfiltered pale yellow/gold with bubbles rising and a nice creamy bone white head that stays and plays.

Aroma is like Little sumpin' sumpin' on crack. Citrus aromas are strong with tangerine, grapefruit and papaya coming to mind, the special yeast gives it a tart apple fruitiness that compliments the hops oh so well.

Taste is more or less of the smell, super juicy and full of tropical fruit flavours. Slight bitterness stays around playing with your taste buds. This beer might have the most citrus forward flavors than any like it.

Mouthfeel is crisp clean and refreshing. light to medium carbonation, almost creamy but certainly delicious. semi dry finish.

Great drinkability at 8.85% ABV. I wish and pray this could be a year round or seasonal at some point. One of my new favorite brews, Thank you Lagunitas, A+.

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Photo of frognot
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear golden orange with a dark off-white head that disipates and leves nice lacing in a Chimay goblet.
Smell: Lots and lots of citrus jump right out with a little whiff of yeast. The citrus hides the hops that don't show up until that first sip.
Taste: Bam! Lots of hops and fruit flavors mixed but the hops finally win as the dominant flavor.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with just a tiny bit of oiliness noted.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Split the 22 oz bomber but could have easily enjoyed the entire bottle myself then opened another one.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super clear golden color. Remarkably clear. Poured with a finger of white head with excellent lacing.

S: This is supposed to be the Westmalle strain. It smells like it. Very fruity and estery. Quite a bit of hops as well.

T: A really nice take on the style. They let the yeast shine and fermented nice and hot. Super fruity. The malt comes across nicely as well. Enough hops to let you know this was made in Cali as well. It also retains quite a bit of their house flavor. Maybe they used both strains to ferment this out. The grain comes across so nicely. Lots of honey sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium body. Good carbonation.

D: It really is an easy drinker. Their website lists it at 7.5. It is almost in tripel territory but I really enjoyed this. I have it at one of the BA fests and thought it was great.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of perfectly clear, copper colored body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves moderately thick lace.

S - Strong citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with notes of pineapple, mango, and orange. Some light pine notes in the background with a touch of vanilla and sweet, bready malt.

T - Sweet, biscuit like malt up front with lots of fruity hops. Flavors of mango, pineapple, and vanilla give way in the middle to yeast notes of pear and clove. Finishes with lots of soft, bready malt and pear/pineapple yeast notes along with tropical hop flavors and moderate bitterness. Some lingering fruitiness blends well in the aftertaste with the juicy hops and hits a light tobacco note as everything fades away.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very, very nice. This seems to be, more than anything, a Belgian IPA, but it has a really strong malt and yeast character that one rarely sees in American brewed interpretations of the style. The fruity hops work perfectly with the Belgian yeast and in the finish it is hard to tell which flavors are coming from hops and which are the yeast. All of this complexity is supported by a lightly sweet and perfectly smooth base of malty goodness that makes the beer eminently drinkable. This is an excellent beer, I would love to see it as a regular seasonal.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold with a very big, fluffy head that sticks around for a long time.

S- Starts out with a big blast of hops; tons of grapefruit and a little pine. This is soon joined by a sweet bubblegum aroma. The hops and the yeast aromas mingle nicely to create a very appetizing smell.

T- Hops take the lead with lots of bright citrus flavors. The malt provides a nice backdrop but doesn't add a whole lot to the flavor besides a pleasant sweetness. Same thing with the yeast: it's not as evident as it was in the smell. I'm thinking that the yeast flavors blend in with the hop flavors and I'm having a hard time picking them out. Still, the overall flavor is very nice. Finishes with a fairly high bitterness.

M- Quite light considering the beer's ABV and exceptionally smooth. Carbonation is slightly prickly, but the overall impression is almost a little creamy. Very nice.

D- Very high considering its strength. I'd never guess this was 8.5%. The bitterness and assertive flavor is the only thing limiting the drinkability, and it doesn't limit it too much. I could easily finish a bomber and then some.

Very impressive effort by Lagunitas. I'm always a little wary of beers that combine American hops and Belgian yeast, but this one works. Lagunitas is becoming one of my favorite breweries. Their beers are always solid and the prices can't be beat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Black Star Co-op pint.

Little Sumpin' Wild, much like its predecessors, pours well and sports a hefty crown of sticky foam the color of faded newspaper. Lots of carbonation rising up through the tawny-golden liquid, while lace clings to the glass after each sip. Phenomenal nose--not much different than Sumpin' Sumpin' with bountiful pineapple and mango fruitiness bursting forth. Piny hops and sweet, caramel-wheat malts peel away to reveal a hint of spiciness in the background suggesting that the Westmalle yeast is, indeed, in action.

The flavor opens up as the most aggressive "Sumpin'" to date, as rugged, leafy hop cones lay down a smacking bitterness quickly followed by tropical fruit-flavored booze. The smooth wheat malt and Belgian yeast notes are a bit overpowered, here, but I like the result nonetheless. Mouthfeel nears heavily-bodied, with a sticky, syrupy finish that lingers with hop oils and more alcohol. Sumpin' Wild is just that: Wild. It takes the palate for a complex roller-coaster ride and keeps me coming back for more. Recommended.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Looks nice right off the bat. Pours a very pretty yellow/gold, looking almost like a BMC lager-type. Gets high marks because the appearance totally defies the super smell that's wafting my way. That scent is hop-forward, but is slightly muted and doesn't get carried away.

The taste is phenomenal. There is bitterness, sweetness, and breadiness from the belgian yeast that usually isn't my bag. But here, the hops are perfect for this yeast, and they meld together into some great flavors. I concentrate on a different flavor with every sip, and I feel like I could drink 10 of these and still be picking out new flavors. And every one is excellent.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice as well. The steady head keeps each sip pleasant. A pleasant bitterness hangs around after every sip, which is the perfect conclusion to each gulp.

Drinkability is off the charts. If this were food, I would eat it for three meals a day. Get it while you can.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours light golden with a finger of fluffy head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Nose is similar to the regular Sumpin' Sumpin', but the Westmalle yeast really does add to it. Sweet and bitter citrus, hoppy bite, sour fruits and breadyness from the yeast.

Taste: Grapefruit bitterness and some tangerine sweetness, bitter hops, bready malt and a very nice yeasty taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky.

Drinkability: As always, a quality product at a reasonable (in general and by PA standards) price from Lagunitas. I really enjoyed this brew and I like that the Westmalle yeast added to this beer. Definitely might have to get some more bottles of this...if it doesn't sell out before I do!

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. I could drink this stuff all day. This beer pours yellow-orange-gold (a color I just made up) with a big puffy white head. It's entirely transparent; filtered, I guess - not really sure why that's necessary. The aroma is big and hoppy. Lots of wildflowers, tangerines, candied lemon peel. Underneath the hop aromas, the Westmalle yeast chimes in with earth, bright stone fruits and some very mild spice. The malt lends a honeyed bread note. It's quite a nice aroma, though much more hop-dominant than any Belgian beer I've tried. The flavor is fairly sweet with an excellently bitter finish. The hop-malt balance is quite nice. Mouthfeel is appropriate. "Wild" or not (and it's definitely not, in the sense that most expected) this is an excellent beer. I'm actually enjoying this bottle more than the draft version I tried over the summer.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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