Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild Ale

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Type: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
  • Brewed by: Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Availability: September
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  • Region Available: USA, CAN
  • Aroma: Hoppy
  • Aroma Description: Flowers / Perfume / Herbs / Grass
  • Serve at Temperature: Cold
  • Container: Shaker Pints and Tumblers
  • Website: www.lagunitas.com
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  • 30 
  • 3.9/5 
  • 07.80% 
  • 1894/3670 
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Another Big Sister of the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale.... Loads of Malted Wheat for a Curious Malt Foundation and a Light Color, But Our Belgian Yeast Leaves a Huge Flavor and Complexishness.

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Reviews: 3

  • Jul 18, 2013
    kaj-ii (769)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
    3.6
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    [Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

    The pour was a crystal clear reddish orange with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was fully lasting, reducing slightly to a medium cap with excellent sheets of lacing which coated the entire glass.

    The aroma was very bold with a grain malt, floral hops and a sweet Belgian wild yeast with notes of citrus (orange), bubblegum, caramel and a light fruity ester (banana and pineapple).

    The taste was lightly sweet and fruity with a malty caramel sweetness being rather pronounced at first, and then became mildly hoppy with a slight citrus presence and a lightly peppery alcohol finish. The flavor lingered for a good while after the swallow, with a lightly spicy hop taste finally giving way to a slight alcohol warming.

    Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body with a creamy yet oily texture and a carbonation that was about average.

    Overall I was rather impressed by this brew, the wild yeast really brings out some wonderful flavors normally not found in an IPA. Props to the brewer on this one...

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    Serving type: 22oz Bottle
  • Sep 10, 2011
    mcnealc31 (205)Rank: Beer DrinkerGroup: Ohio Beer Lovers
    3.5
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    The hops hit you immediately with Lagunitas Sumpin’ Wild Ale. Clear straw color with a big white head that doesn’t stick around for long. Checking in at more than 70 IBUs, there is a bit of a lip pucker factor with the huge hop flavor. But there is some sweetness in there, too, and a hint of cherries, even. As it warms I’m getting some wheat malt coming through, which is adding a nice layer of flavor.

    Overall, it’s good, but the hops dominate everything else.
  • Aug 13, 2011
    TheCorkStops (70)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: Barley Wine
    3.8
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    The Limited Release from Lagunitas, the Little Sumpin' Wild Ale is an interesting little brew. This Belgian-style pale ale is labeled as 72 ibu, and 8.85% abv. Fermented with a Westmalle yeast strain, this is going to be interesting...

    The color is a very nice golden amber, and clear, with a fairly lively foam. The foam isn't super thick, but with a little swirl in the glass, it is easily revived.

    The nose is just a bit hoppy, but full of floral hops rather than bitter hops. The aromas are also a bit piney, with a touch of tropical fruits. The nose is definitely reminding me of the Little Sumpin Sumpin.

    The flavor is quite smooth, and unexpectedly so. The hops are definitely present in soft, floral form. There's an interesting sweetness about it, despite the high the high alcohol. The body is big, but very smooth. We are comparing to a Lagunitas version of Delirium Tremens.

    Overall, a pretty nice drinking beer. Tasty, smooth, and well-made.