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 FatBoyGotSwagger
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%

Julian date 276.
A Pours a rich golden body with a fluffy off-white head.
S The aroma is jumping out of the glass, tropical hops and a peppery spice. Pine and oranges as it warms up.
T Interesting combination of ripe fruit on the first sips that lead to a flash of bitterness and the slightest amount of spice. As it warms the taste of the hops is more bitter and piney.
M Slick going down and mildly bitter after. When warmer I would call the mouth feel creamy.
O This is a fantastic Belgian style IIPA. Not to funky and hoppy in all the right ways. This ale is dangerously drinkable for the alcohol content.

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Photo of beerbully
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee

A- Light golden clear beer 1 1/2' thick white head leaving a great deal of lacing that lingers on the side of the glass (4.5)

S-Floral citrus hops with some yeasty funk, tropical fruits pineapple mango (4.3)

T- follows the nose as the citrus hops battle with the yeast funk and sweet tropical fruits............pleasant on the tongue....slight peppery notes along with some bready malts (4.3

M-some effervescence, slightly less than medium bodied, long dry finish (4.0)

O-somewhere between an IPA and saison....really good beer.......very drinkable......ABV well hidden to the point of danger......well done and will be buying more of this one (4.35)

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malts immediately give way to crisp bite from the Beglian (or Belgian-inspired) yeasting, which provides the aggressive and dominant elements of this beer; indeed, this very excellent elaboration of standard A Little Sumpin' is almost a beer built backward: the yeast and attendant flavors provide the skeletal system upon which all the other elements operate.

The sweetness of the malt is light, and clings only slightly to the yeasty superstructure—a fact echoed in the warm, bright gilded brown color of the brew. The nose is sharp and banana-apply, heralding the yeast-dominant nature of the beer, but belying how generously hopped the ale ultimately is: sugary-floral notes suffuse each sip, and a mellow but lingering bitterness rides this sumptuous-yet-lithe through to the end. I suppose it's a summer beer—BA lists its availability as such, and it's sunny and refreshing enough that I could imagine drinking it if the tempts are under eight-five F—but I've only found it in Fall, when it really shines as a downright ideal avatar of transitioning season: clean yet heavy, clean yet bold, crisp yet tinged with a slowly-dying sweetness.

I really like A Little Sumpin'; I love its wild sister.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%

If I'm reading the bottle correctly this may have been brewed in May 2014 and I'm seeing it in my area of Frederick, MD for first time in early November 2014 (5-6 months). Have to say, it is very similar to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch in most all attributes (had a RB just the other day). Perhaps this one has a tad extra bitterness in finish but overall this is yet another very solid brew from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottle into a Tallgrass Tulip.
A: Golden tangerine, big head. Looks good.
S: Best thing about this one. Pineapple, mango, pepper, clove, sweet malts, more citrus.
T: Though everything is there, there's more and the whole doesn't quite match the excellence of the nose. Sweet malt, and then bitter medicinal hops, citrus, yeast on the finish that lingers and moderately dry. A little funk, but not much; spices and pepper too.
M: moderate body, creamy, a bit of bite, moderately dry on the finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall: No question that it is a Lagunitas brew; and these guys are set up nicely for this style (or mash up). It has a lot of good interesting stuff going on.

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Photo of TooGood
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in Lagunita's mason jar glass. Poured a golden yellow with a 1 inch frothy head, very well carbonated and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell for lack of a better term is very Lagunita's, I think all their beers have a certain aroma that clearly defines them. The taste is slightly sweet and bitter at the same time, sweetness up front then a more bitter finish. The mouthfeel is terrific, very smooth. Overall another very good beer by Lagunita's, they really have yet to disappoint me in any of their offerings.

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

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass a very nice dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very very nice thick creamy two plus finger head, which leaves some very thick sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, but with a nice malty sweetness thrown in, slightly yeasty, slightly citrusy.. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, kinda chewy, and citrusy. Medium body with a nice bitter, slightly dry finish. Overall another very tasty brew from Lagunitas. I'll say it again, and I've said it for years, for the price it's very hard to beat this brewery.

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Photo of Tele
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 10/30/14

A: 4.25 Pours a coppery-gold with a bit of haziness. The off-white head is quite large and dissipates rather slowly.

S: 4.25 Bright hops come first with lots of citrus and tropical fruit, especially pineapple. There’s also a fairly strong malt background with a good amount of fresh bread aromas. Some interesting spices are coming through too; there’s mainly pepper and nutmeg, which are rather unexpected considering the other aromas present.

T: 3.75 Fairly strong hop presence up front with similar flavors as the nose. However, the hops are quickly taken over by malt. The result is a rather sweet and muted finish with traces of hop bitterness.

M: 3.75 The body is rather thin and feels a bit unsatisfying, which is surprising given the strength of this beer. Carbonation levels are good, but overall it could be more substantial.

O: 4 The aromas are very nice on this beer and it would be much better if the flavors matched the complexity from the nose a bit more. Definitely not a bad beer by any means and it is quite drinkable, however there are more interesting options out there.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz Bottle.Taste is a grapefruit flavor with a touch of bitterness.ABV is 8.8.I liked this.I goes down really nice.Another one of Lagunitas great brews.Threw back a couple of these last night and they were going down real nice.Give it a try.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium very slightly hazy amber with one finger of head.
Smells of nice belgian funk and mild sweet barnyard.
Tastes really nice for the ABV. Belgian yeast is present in waves over the tongue.
Finishes a little dry which is nice and no alcohol burn.
I was impressed with this Belgian from Lag.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Very well balanced. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, a little bit of funk and a nice touch of malt in the backbone. will buy more this season fore sure.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

More like a Belgian tripel then an IPA....but still has that signature Lagunitas taste with a great mango note in the hops.......be careful these go down way way easy!
I have tried like 100 different beers since the summer....and I have to say everything I have from Lagunitas has been wonderful! This beer will give long strange tripel a run for its money!

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Notes from 10/14/14

A - 2 fingers of bubbly rolling white head. Good retention and great lacing. Honey colored body.

S - A little dry funk (Belgian yeast). Some sweeter fruit followed by way more yeast.

T - Sweet citrus (grapefruit) with some bitterness. Them a little pineapple and stone fruit. Finishes with yeast and more citrus rind bitterness.

M - Effervescent. Tingly on the tongue. Finishes on the dryer side for an IPA.

O - Fun, way too drinkable IPA. Love the base beer and this is a great variant.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly hazy dark yellow, with a nice inch of head. Nice lacing. Aroma isn't huge, but I get some slight pineapple, a little bit of slight yeasty funk, and some grassy notes. The taste is much bigger than the smell, with lots of pineapple, mango, and biscuit, along with that funky, yeasty flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, with a lot of carbonation to add some good "bite" to this beer. The alcohol is very well hidden in this 8.8% beer. Overall, this is another outstanding beer from Lagunitas - as expected.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4/5  rDev -2.4%

No label information. Little Sumpin' Wild is brewed in the style of a Belgian IPA. Served above degrees Fahrenheit. Available in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours an eggshell white head of a creamy froth consistency over a moderately hazy honey amber body with moderate relaxed carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. Aroma is citrusy, peppery and effervescent with a biscuity malt character body with a moderate sweetness. The flavor is similar, biscuity malt with an herbal and peppery hop bite, slightly dry and crackery. The texture is lightly chewy, peppery and moderately dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a slightly creamy texture. Balance is slightly spicy and peppery over sweet. Alcohol presence is light, off characters are minimal. A pretty tasty Belgian IPA with lots of peppery and spicy hop flavor and bitterness to match.

Lagunitas Brewing Company's
Little Sumpin' Wild Ale

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, orange due and 1/2 inch head that stays around and sticks to the side. I had just brewed an all Motueka hop IPA that looks almost identical poured, so I have high hopes from the start. Plus, Lagunitas is a great brewery. It still retains a nice hoppy nose although I should have finished off the bottles long ago for a fresher hop flavor. I wasn't expecting a typical west-coast IPA flavor based on the Trappist yeast and knowing it was an attempt at a Belgian version of the regular Little Sumpin', but it remains very west-coast in flavor profile with just bit of the phenolic flavor profile I expected. Still, it is hard to complain when it is absolutely delicious...just not exactly what I expected. Somewhere between fruity and peppery. Nice bite, but not harsh. Overall, well balanced with adequate malt, but finishes appropriately dry. I will definately add this to my regular inventory.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (257 3 6381 1420)

A: Light copper color with only a short-lived pencil head that leaves slight lacing.

S: Sweet smelling, lots of malt and candi sugar. It smells sort of like a barleywine an a dubbel/tripel/quad. I can't quite place the exact beer that this reminds me of. I get no hops but this one is a bit older. Even a bit floral.

T: Lots of sweet malt with a well-crafted Belgian flavor/spice to it, that is quite tasty. Malt

M: Quite smooth, with only a faint tingle. Even a bit foamy.

O: Good stuff, even if it is all malt at this point. I need to get a fresh one.

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Photo of Somebody_Else
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice dark honey color, slightly cloudy.

Smell: about average, I guess. Maybe a little tiny bit of banana ester?

Taste: round, complete, plenty of hops with a firm malt backbone. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is right with my favorites. The hops recycle nicely allowing me to draw out the pint and linger over the delicious flavors.

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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 dank203
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours a bit of a golden yellow , slightly unfiltered look. lot of head and lacing. aroma is a bit mild, a little boozy and hoppy, pineapple. the flavor is wonderful, got a lot of bubblegum up front and a pale ale ish quality with the malts. a little salty and tart, grapefruity. overall very nice

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

Has a clear golden yellow color, with fluffy white head that holds on nicely. Looks to be well carbonated. Smell is awesome, real spicy smell. Can really pick up on the spice in the taste and it blends well with the citrus, and sweetness. Not a very bitter IPA, with only bitterness at very end. This beer is extremely good. Nice fizzy feel, yet very creamy. Overall this is one great beer form a great brewery. Lagunitas IPAs never seem to disappoint me.

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Photo of tmm313
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, light amber body. Creamy 1/2 finger head with nice sticky lacing.

S- Tropical fruit and pineapple dominate. Orange, peach, fresh hops, a little pine, a touch of caramel, and earthy hop spices. Very inviting. After the glass was empty, the residue smelled like bananas.

T- Sweet tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, and light pine up front. Resinous pine, some earthy hop spice, grapefruit, and rind on the finish. Awesome caramel backbone flows underneath basically from beginning to end.

M- On the thicker side of medium. Oily and resinous with nice carbonation. Coats the entire mouth. Nice lingering bitterness without being too much.

O- This was a damn good beer. It had huge aromas and flavors, and was extremely well balanced. There was a lot going on, and it all was awesome. I would have again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of retry4z
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comparing this Belgian IPA to likes of Piraat, Wild Ale is much different, resembling more an American IPA. American Hops are evident, with a tad of sweetness. Aroma of molasses, pine, and light fruitiness. Carbonation is high, feels almost like drinking soda. Full bodied, non-existent head. Bitter (pleasant) aftertaste lingers for a little bit. Overall, decent Ale, but was looking forward to try this and it did not meet my expectations.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' Wild
Lagunitas Brewing Company, California
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Honey orange, lovely floating yeast. Huge head with great retention and good lacing.

Pineapple and orange zest. Funky yeast, peppery alcohol.

Bitter/sweet pineapple, chewy bread. Spicy alcohol and tart hops.

Medium body, really enjoyable alcohol presence, bitter goodness. Sticky and spicy.

This beer is a great representation of the style. Every time I have a white/belgian IPA I am pissed that I don't give it more attention. I'll buy this anytime.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trademark aggressive Lagunitas flavor hopping meets a Trappist yeast strain? How could this conceivably suck? Of course it couldn't. In fact is pretty freaking amazing. A peachy orange color, very fizzy, quite cloudy and with a whole shit ton of yeast and hop character on the nose ... Smells AND tastes of sugary caramel malts, saltwater taffy, rye bread, juicy red grapefruit, blood oranges, canned mandarins, pine resin, woody pineapple, and non-descript wildflowers. Spicy phenols abound and remind one of caraway, cumin, and white pepper. These and the strong piney hop resins prevent things from becoming cloyingly sweet, nicely balancing out the influence of the fairly syrupy body and saccharine citrus/tropical flavors. There is a pleasant degree of aromatic alcohol character. I actually brought a few of these to a house party despite figuring that this sort of thing would be too much for most people. In fact two of my good buddies were angry that I did not bring more ("Mmm, boozy pineapple juice"). Apparently a Belgian IPA done right can score new fans and this is a world-class brew, redolent with complexity and yet balanced enough to be drinkable in quantity (but watch the ABV. Seriously).

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A Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,538 ratings.
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