Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Wild, a special-release from the tricksters at Lagunitas Brewing Company, poured a crystal clear, soft golden brown into the glass and was topped by a small, sticky white head. The nose carried funky banana, herb, and pepper notes... very wild smelling.
Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild ale opened with a spicy orchard fruit start. The middle became very herbal, with mint, basil, and grass coming through surprisingly strong. As the ale faded it became very peppery and dry, with some heat being picked up from the high ABV.
Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild is exactly that, WILD. Having spent months exploring the funky world of farm and wild ales, this is one of the more surprising, especially coming from Lagunitas. Frankly, the herbality of the yeast brings this ale close to drinking like a gruit in the middle. Hats off to Lagunitas, heading to the fridge to grab another.