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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 BrewCrew2010
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden orange capped with a dense, fast receding, white head that leaves some light lacing.

S: I smell this one once I opened the bottle. Strong aroma of sweet malts, floral & citrus hops, tropical fruit mixed with honey, clove, & a hint of booze.

T: Taste follows the smell. Nice flavor of citrus hops, tropical fruit, & sweet pale malts. A lot more hops then expected honestly and a little spicy. Not really noticing the high ABV as much in the taste as I did with the smell.

M: Nice creamy texture, medium-full body, tingling texture.

O: Great beer. Honestly I thought this was a DIPA at times and not a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Very drinkable. Looking forward for this coming out again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love Lagunitas so really looking forward to trying this bomber. Pours a nice golden color, hop aroma just exudes from the glass... never had such a pungent beer and I love it! Taste is medium to heavy bodied, nice mouthfeel and well balanced. For the ABV its surprisingly VERY smooth, lots of hop character too. This does taste similar to a lot of other Lagunitas offering mind you, but I happen to love how their beers taste. Nice clean finish, wayyyy too easy to drink. One of the better beers I've had in a while, highly recommended.

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Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with lots of tropical fruit notes and subtle pale malt presence. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel along with subtle graham crackery malt and subtle creaminess. Slightly earthy with faint pine needle but mostlythe nose is bursting with fresh citrus hops.

Medium bodied with a nice dry hop bite up front with hints of earthy pine that are quickly balanced by swee tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as a pale malt backbone that has hits of graham cracker and biscuit. Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon peel and orange along with some subtle spice and a sweet yet bitter dry finish. I'm also picking up some crisp light fruit, mostly apple and pear, and slight alcohol sweetness but overall the ABV is excellently masked. A very unique hybrid of a west coast IPA and a belgian strog ale. Complex, uber fresh, delicious and dangerously drinkable. I have to stop myself from pounding the whole glass down too quickly. Highly recommended!

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

22 oz. poured to a pint. Nice head to start and definitely laces all the way down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit and bubblegum with a little funkiness that smells great.

Taste is very smooth with a very subtle wheat flavor. Most of the flavor comes from the hops, very citrussy tropical flavored hops. I can't taste too much 'wild' yeast flavor but it's there enough.

Great carbonation in the beer and very drinkable.

After about half a pint you can taste the twinge of brett. Very nice.

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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 dv8sean
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back-to-back tasting with A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. Guess I'll sleep well tonight...

I don't know if the reputed Beligan yeast (Westmalle?) has been confirmed, but sure seems like a safe bet. It has all the pineapple-clove-banana-mild-funk that I've come to love as a drinker and homebrewer.

Stronger malt presence and higher ABV gives the brewer permission to go over the top on hops. Not that a Lagunitas brewer would ask permission to do so. For anything.

Aside from its namesake cousin, I can't think of another beer to compare this to. That alone says something. Whole heartedly agree with the others that have described this as a "bucket list" beer. Big and beguiling. Good luck trying to figure it out or pin it down.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is pine right up front. Grapefruit, maybe something like green onion, lemon and some really grassy notes wrapping it all up. Taste is citrus, grassy, grapefruit, some sweetness that is almost honey like. The bitterness makes the mouth pucker in a good way and it lingers around filling your mouth with piney flavors. There's a slight warming in the stomach from the ABV, but there's no heat or booziness in the taste. This is a damn fine brew. Pretty unique while remaining familiar to hopheads.

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Photo of hoser
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the brewery in the fall of 2010 and was blown away glad we are getting this seasonal in Alberta. Obviously with Lagunitas this is a hop oil grapefruit bomb, I don't really pickup the Westmalle/Westvleteren yeast maybe just a hint more fruitiness. Hope to enjoy many more of these before they are gone.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- a very light orange in color with nice white head foaming off the pour, small amount of little bubbles slowly go up the glass

Smell- wow super fragrant nose, sharp grapefruit hops and i mean very grapefruit hops, just a fantastic nose

Taste- very good balance of hops and malts, with good push of citrus and grapefruit hops that you get off the nose, good malt up front and nice lingering flavor on the finish, very enjoyable flavor profile

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy with very very low carbonation

Drinkability- really super easily drinkable, just has such a nice balance that you are really left craving more, nice balance of being hoppy with long finish and just enough malt to keep it enjoyable, definitely one to try especially if you like citrus style of hopped beers, the alcohol is very extremely hidden and couldnt go thru a 22 ozer very quickly, very nice beer thumbs up LAGUNITAS

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Photo of Or80rowley
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer @ 575 pizza!!!

A. Light gold fairly clear, two finger white head

S. Pineapple first, apple, and grapefruit. The smell is very good

T. Grapefruit, malt, into bitter clean finish

M. Light body, refreshing, a nice grain aftertaste

O. This is a surprising IPA that I have overlooked, glad I tried it

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

12 oz bottle, bottled 7/23/2011, purchased at a bottle shop and well stored since.

Poured into a Corsendunk Tulip.

Pours a nice one finger or better head, which slowly subsides to a solid 1/8” cap, very nice lace. The head is easily revived with a swirl, a very lively Ale.
Beautiful golden amber color.

The smell slams you with wonderful bready yeast, and a definite Belgium Saison style of aroma, even some candied smells, then you smell the citrusy hops, but they are outgunned by the yeast/malt.

Incredibly delicious flavors of yeast, golden malt, and a great crisp acidity with perfectly balanced carbonation, some good bitter citrus hops sneak in, followed by more malt, mildly sweet but not cloying at all, the yeast and malt eventually win the battle. A full bodied mouth feel. Yes it’s real ale!

Long, bitter/hop/malt/yeast (in that order), infused finish, with some candied sugar at the very end. Interesting.

Well it’s perfectly natural to compare this with A Little Sumpin, Sumpin Ale, but let’s just say they are both excellent on their own merits. This definitely has a Belgium slant to it, an Americanized Saison, and for that reason I find this Ale to be just delicious! Overall everything comes together in this ale, the yeast, the malt, the hops, and even the sweetness, to deliver an excellent balanced ale. A pleasure to drink, and for me, despite the virtually unnoticeable 9.4% ABV, an Ale I can drink several of back to back. This is one of the few brews I enjoyed slightly colder, seems perfect at around 50 degrees. Lagunitas continues to impress me!

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Photo of davey101
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden orange, with a big fluffy head that sticks around for quite a while

S - If I didn't see the description I would have sworn this was an IPA. Lots of piney hops and grapefruit. Some lemons and herbal grassiness as well.

T - More IPA'ness. Hops, hops, and bitter hops. Lots of pine and grapefruit, and the finish does have a certain belgian yeast quality to it. This is very tasty, like a super hopped saison. Alcohol was hidden well.

O - I'm another sucker who got fooled into thinking this was a wild ale. I was left impressed though, and I have yet to have a lagunitas brew that has let me down. Really good stuff!

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orangey color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, sweet aroma of hops, yeast, and lighter fruits.

T: Tasted of hops, some citrus, Belgian yeast, and spices. Never had a BSPA like this, where the hops totally dominate the flavor. Almost closer in character to a double IPA. Very vibrant and tasty.

M: A lot of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An unusual take on the style, to be sure. Very drinkable, though.

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

A 12oz bottle was poured into a pint glass creating a frothy, 2-finger off-white head. As the foam quickly dissipated, there was some lacing that stuck around as this amber colored beer was consumed.

Aroma was big on grapefruit, with a noticeable citrus, pine smell as well. I picked up a slight whiff of the Belgian funk that makes this beer wild.

Flavor profile of the beer matches up pretty well with the aromas, with a strong bitter finish to compliment the various grapefruit/citrus tastes. The Belgian yeast comes through on the back end of the beer, as the remnants of each drink lingers on your tongue.

Overall, this beer is phenomenal. The bitterness and pungent aromas hide the ABV well, and the mouthfeel matches up very well with similar (I)IPA's. Here's to hoping this sees the same unLimited production as the original Sumpin Sumpin.

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

Appearance - Pours a strikingly clear golden, 2 fingers head. Retains head very well, looks beautiful.

Nose - Wow. Very complex. Honey, some citrus, lot of esters, mildly herbaceous. Again, beautiful.

Taste - Sweet at first, fading to a citrus zing and some spiciness, then into a pleasant lingering bitterness that persists. Some mild booziness at the end, but the bitterness blends well with it. Very well crafted. As it warms, it's changing quite a bit.

Mouthfeel - Very nice. Lot of zing from the carbonation which really carries the bitterness and spice across. Round, but not cloying.

Drinkability - Yes. Will buy it when I find it. Excellent beer, and very reasonably priced. I'd pick this one over some more "authentic" Belgian beers even if they were the same price.

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

A: A very clear amber pour. Nice fluffy white head, great lacing. A little bit of retention is nice too.

S: Smells great. Reminds me a lot of lil sumpin sumpin (naturally). Great bready malt, great grapefruit and pine too. Banana and cloves mixed in this time though, very very nice.

T: Taste follows the nose. Citrusy up front with some nice mild banana in the middle. Great malt backbone, very bready with maybe some caramel throughout. Bitter pine kicks in in the follow-through along with a bit of alcohol bite at the very end.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied despite the higher ABV. Carbonation keeps it lighter and crisper. Has sort of a thick mouth coating feel though at the same time. Hard to describe.

O: Quite good. I wouldn't really categorize this as a BPA - at least a typical one. This is basically a stronger lil' sumpin sumpin with the added complexity of some belgian yeast.

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Photo of matt062286
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Bright golden yellow. Slightly hazy. Little to no head retention and minimal lacing.

Smell - A wide range of fruit. Orange, apricot and concord grape are noticeable up front, in that order. Also a bit of clove in there. One of, if not the sweetest smelling beer ever.

Taste - Very much like it smells, very sweet citrus-y hops off the bat. A bit of apricot, and banana like flavors add to the uniqueness of this beer. A very well balanced hybrid between an American pale ale and a Belgian style ale. It captures quite well that Belgian taste due to the yeast used. This beer also tasted remarkably fresh, not sure if this was from the beer itself or if the keg was just tapped.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability - I was surprised to see this beer comes in at 8.5%. Tasted more like a 5-6% beer. Greater than expected drinkability.

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

Bottle into a snifter

A - A crystal slear orange amber colored body witha large (3 finer) sticky white head that lingers and laces.

S - Big bold hop aroma that is very sharp and spicy earthen with some must and slight citrus on the back end.

T & M & D - Awesome hop front end with both a citrus and earthen pine profile. Then the mouth turns to a sugar profile of caramelized burnt sugars and sweet light candies. The Funk that comes from the 'wild' is obvious up front as the taste is someone airy and playful and yeasty. The beer medium bodied to light which is suprising for the abv!

O - Suprisingly light in nature and a very cool beer to drink. i have been sipping this one for a while and I am still not sure that I am being accurate with my description. My only advice is go try one for youself and enjoy. Great brew.


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

22oz bomber poured into a RR stemmed glass. Thanks for the glass Bill.

A: Orange amber, little head, slight lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit, little bit of pine. Slight bitter.

T:Tastes like it smells, grapefruit up front with orange citrus, pine, slight bitter that rounds it out nice. Flavors I like.

M: Medium body, pretty good carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty good, for me. I like this brew and will probably have more.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, golden orange color with one finger of light cream head. Good retention and lace, active carbonation.

S: Pepper, fruity esters and bubble gum. Smells yummy.

T: Starts with light mixed fruits, orange and pears and apples, ends slightly dry with a little pepper and oak, tiny bit of alcohol. Lightly sweet.

M: Light, creamy in the mouth and astringent on the finish.

O: Love this beer. First had it on Oktoberfest this year, but no way I could review it after a zillion beers before it. Picked some up in Illinois today and glad to review it now with fresh taste buds. Do be forewarned, that 9.4% is well hidden, don't let it catch you off guard.

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Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a golden color with orange hues, a solid head with nice lacing. The nose was filled with floral grapefruit citrus, yeast characteristics, a little bubblegum. The taste was very nice, floral citrus, grapefruit, bubblegum, a slight tint of clove and spice and a clean pine that blends fantastically with the bubblegum flavors. The carbonation levels are very nice and a very clean bitter resin coats the palate. I rank this a very drinkable beer based on the fact I will be buying more bottles because it tasted so damned good.

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

Bright yellow body topped off with a chunky white head. Powerful aroma reeling with muskmelon, bubblegum, and lemon. Zing and zest abound with every mouthful. Malt-like with a tangy bitterness. Medium-bodied; chewy.

Based on the name, I was initially expecting something like a Flemish wild ale, but this is most definitely a distinctive, complex, and extremely well-balanced IPA. A wild and outstanding beer; one that every IPA casual fan and connoisseur should experience at least once...

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

This brew pours a semi see through golden hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy white two finger head which slowly recedes to leave a nice film right across the top with lacing everywhere,the smell is really nice and reminds me of a hot summer's day which is like today and the aromas are pineapple,mango,citrus,paw paw and piney hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated which gives it that nice smooth feel and has tastes of mango,lychee,kiwi fruit,some light toffee and finishes with a floral hoppy finish,overall i really like this drop and will revisit as its damn tasty and perfect for a day like today.

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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