This week we have the Little Sumpin' Wild from Lagunitas Brewing, out of Petaluma, California. The Little Sumpin' Wild is a Belgian take on their Little Sumpin' Sumpin', a pale wheat ale that borders on an IPA. It's a little stronger at 8.8% and is fermented with Westmalle Trappist yeast to give it a distinct Belgian flavor profile.
Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jeff Herman (Tiger Deaux-nuts), Dan Fisher, and Mandi Kaelberer.
Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Deep golden color, not a lot of head on this one.
Aroma: Funky with a good noble hop aroma, and also some citrus. The Belgian yeast funk is present right away.
Taste: Tart, hoppy, no boozy flavors, the alcohol is well hidden beneath the yeasty funk.
Mouthfeel: Dan said that this one finished very tart, and I agree. It has that expected high level of carbonation from a Belgian-styled brew.
Overall: I would love to have this one on hand regularly, it's a great example of a Belgian IPA and at a great price. This one comes strongly recommended from the panel if you see it in Texas or elsewhere.
Overall Rating: 81
My Rating: 74