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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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Reviews: 1,505
Hads: 8,070
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 416
Gots: 2,125 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.
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Photo of jhavs
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle ice cold at restaurant poured into a nonic pint glass.

A= Amber golden with a little bit of haze, nice thick foamy pure-white head that slowly settles, lacing clings all over the glass as I drink.

S= Smell has some grassy and toasty notes with citrus and caramel.

T= Nice amount of citrus and pine hop flavor with malt sweetness and earthy wheat background.

M= Lighter side of medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Nice and crisp, has enough bitterness and hop backing to balance out sweetness from the malts. Great interpretation of a wheat beer. (572 characters)

Photo of dgmirelli
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look is rich deep and attractive golden amber, although a much lighter amber, still rich in color, smell is clean deep again and minerally, taste is rich, full complex and long, wheat is prominent with the hoppy feel throughout, i prefer this hop profile to most IPA's as it is consistent and subtle compared to most, a great beer for those trying to develop a hop feel. watch out potent and these sneak up, very smooth for a 7.5. feel is great, easy for the flavor and again complex. a solid beer for the fridge and will purchase frequently. overall a solid solid beer, solid enough to be very good! (603 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is a sweet, thick caramel candy with background notes of wheat, and citrus (leaning more sugary marmalade). It pours clear and oily with a gold hue and a white, dense soap head that leaves a light, messy lace and has a moderate messy retention. The taste is a medium high sweet with a medium bitter supporting note. The texture is smooth and oily with a soft foam carbonation and a medium body. The flavor profile is primarily caramel with a bitter citrus and wheat touch. It finishes with a clove and bittersweet citrus zest that leaves a mostly clean and lightly astringent aftertaste with mellow remnants of clove and a mild citrus with a slight cloying caramel sugar and a late bread note. (739 characters)

Photo of SteveO33
4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

For the longest time I could only find IPA and PILS from Laguniats brewing. I listen to A Mediorcre Time With Tom & Dan podcast from Orlando FL and they always sing the praises of Daytime, Little Sumpin, and Sucks. I finally found "little sumpin" at a Whole Foods in Miami and I think it's my new favorite. (308 characters)

Photo of hman43
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden and clear with a full white head. It has citrus aroma and spruce. It has citrus flavors with floral, every hoppy and a quality bitter tap on the palate. (168 characters)

Photo of mkimmerlein
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't think I'd be a huge fan of this beer since I'm not generally a fan of hoppy brews. But this struck the perfect balance between the hoppiness of a pale ale and the wheat tones. Really great. (198 characters)

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable delicious Wheat Pale ale, the light hoppy notes mix so well with the wheat flavors.

Very session-able and is always a go to for any sort of get together. (169 characters)

Photo of breardon1776
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Yellow gold color. Head dissipates quickly. Taste is where its at. Hoppy, piney and earthy. And of course wheaty. Get a apricot aroma. Slight caramel hints. Goes down smooth. Feel the carbonation. A great kick and great beer overall. Accordingly to brewer, it pairs well with Fettuccini Alfredo, Chicken Tikka Masala. i would also think fish and roasted veggies. :-) (378 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale orange in color. 1/2 finger quickly dissipating head.

Aroma is of big lemony pine needles and a nice hop florelness.

Taste starts with a big burst of citrusy hops and pine. This is followed by a nice fizz of carbonation, then a malt sweetness in the middle of the mouth. The finish is a touch of wheat and moderate amount of hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a very good and easily accessible beer. It really isn't a wheat beer but more of a crisp American IPA. This would go very well with fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and a spicy remoulade sauce. It gets a 88/100. (590 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft into std pint glass.crystal clear pale gold color. Nice head with medium retention and nice sticky lacing. Beautiful citrus aroma. Delicious with nice malty balance for the forward hops. Minimal lingering bitterness. Really nice. I have had this in bottles many times and not enjoyed it as much as this (apparently fresh) draft. (339 characters)

Photo of squonk45
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

liked this one top of the line ale the L' Sucks version slightly better with more flavor but if someone offers one of this I will drink unlike a lot of beers (167 characters)

Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fanstastic. Forgot how it poured because I dived in so quick. Very smooth, bitter taste without the tingly tongue sensation. Hoppy but not overly so. Hint of pine. A nice bold consistency without being "thick". Lagunitas never ceases to please me and even though this is on the milder side of most of their brews its an A+.
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Photo of lastmango
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a bit hazy dark gold with 3 finger white head. Nice lacing. Nose was a bit piney w/ citrus. A little wheat but this is not a hefe. Feel is thicker and taste is very sweet with an IPA hop finish. (204 characters)

Photo of rockaroo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I run the meat department in a semi ghetto grocery store and I pushed them for a year to get this beer. It sells great now and I am way vindicated on my opinion that we could move this . The only grocery store beer I would even consider except SN Torpedo.
Sumpin is the best grocery store beer in this area. Beats sam an sierra and all the locals.

The beer looks, smells ,tastes, and feels high quality. Normally I spend too much on the best thing available but if I don't really Sumpin is just as satisfying. It's my session beer I guess. Good stuff, Lagunitas rules. (575 characters)

Photo of DCHritz
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey gold color with a full head and decent lacing. Piney smell with hints of bread. Taste is slight citrus and pine. Very little hint of wheat. Very refreshing summer beer. (180 characters)

Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't be mislead by the desc, "American Pale Wheat Ale". This does not taste or look like a typical "rancid" wheat beer. It is dark and heavy and mysteriously smokey. 8/4/15 from a variety six pack from State Line Liquors. (222 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually am not a huge fan of wheat beers, but I guess the rep on this one is that its wheat is basically hard to detect. That's to my advantage, because I find this to be delicious. Their Sucks used to be my favorite, but I believe its taste and quality lost something along the way of transforming from a seasonal to a ridiculous shelf-sitting 32 ouncer and then a new year-rounder. I wish bottled-on dates were prominent on their beers. But in any event, this one, I believe, is the perfect substitute. Indeed, this tastes like a super IPA. I think some reasonably have a basis to object on this basis to its label classification of a pale wheat. Still, regardless of what it's called, I think this is a great tasting brew (726 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, dark gold color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: caramel, pepper, pine and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then pepper, bread and a piney hop blast that really lingered, the 7.5% ABV is present but well disguised.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: for an American Pale Wheat Ale this tasted a lot like a traditional IPA, whatever they want to call it is fine by me, this is a good beer and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the IPA style, if you are expecting a traditional wheat beer you may be disappointed. I would buy this again no problem. (877 characters)

Photo of CGA2
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall, I just liked this beer and that's about it. I got hints of northern pine forest and exotic orange peel from the most remote parts of the Amazon rain forest. No harshness, went down smooth. Lacing was like that of a June bride...I will definitely drink again. (267 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard so much about this ale, I'm finally glad I found it.

A : Honey yellow wheat color. The head is large and in charge. Webby, thick, dense, and white for miles. Leaves lacing upon lacing as it recedes. It stands at 3 fingers.

S : Holy pine. Lots of fresh pine. Pine cone. Sharp spiced aroma. If you really like good pine aroma in your beer, that isn't skunky or artificial - just natural and tons of clarity, this is it right here. Nice nose!

T : Seems to have all of the characteristics of a pale ale but several dense layers can be sampled and peeled back. First, there's the pale wheat and yeast, pricked with pine and hop. It mellows out some and morphs into a fruity finish. It seems to happen in steps and all at once at the same time. A sharp snap of fruit and pine on the last breath. For sure a dense taste profile full of character.

M : Creamy and full of explosive carbonation. Ends semi-dry and a bit dusty.

O : Impressive, I'd have it again, but it's probably not going to be a staple in my fridge as IPA's aren't generally my thing. (1,063 characters)

Photo of Knilas
2.7/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Is it just me, or do all Lagunitas taste pretty much the same? Like drinking a Xmas tree. This one was supposed to have some wheat in it....you'd never know by the taste. Not bitter, but very hoppy. Not worth the coin...unless you enjoy drinking pine flavored beer. I'm done with Lagunitas. (295 characters)

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale wheat ale this is not. At 64 IBU, this is pretty firmly in the IPA category, and this beer is heavy on the hops. The hops are piney and citric, and though they are in no way harsh, they're really all you can taste here at all. It makes me wonder why they even bothered brewing this beer with wheat, because you really cannot taste any of it. You get a vague hint of it in the aftertaste, underneath all of the bitterness, but that's basically it. As an IPA, it's pretty good, though it lacks any sort of malt taste at all, which is something I prefer in my IPAs to balance out the hops. It's 7.5% ABV, and that alcohol is very well hidden here.

Good, but a little overrated in my opinion. (696 characters)

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell was very fresh. As with most of their beers the color was brilliant. Tasted very good. One of beeter wheats ive had. Overall one of these guys best efforts (163 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into weizen glass

L: clear, brilliant yellow that's darker (gold) at the edges (top and bottom of glass); head is not super tall, maybe 3/4-inch of white foam, but it is very thick and sticky, leaving a thick coat of suddsy white paint ; that coat of sticky foam slides back into the glass, and it doesn't lace much, but it does keep a thick skin and collar of white foam

S: mango, grass ... it's very, very sweet, almost sugary sweet, and the wheat is hard to notice, but it's in there -- a tart, grassy note; has a ton of American double IPA caramel/mango sweetness, maybe bleeding into candied orange/pineapple

T: bitter ... the rest follows the nose, mango, grass, sweet orange; again the wheat is hard to find, there's just a hint of tart grain

F: full but carbonated enough to stay crisp, dry

O: disappointing ... other than the slightest hints of tartness, this smells and tastes like an average American double IPA. the bitter bite is way too much for the style, too, and so is the sweet. if there is wheat in this brew, it's drowned dead and gone amid all the hops. (1,107 characters)

Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Sweet and grainy smell. Doesn't taste anything like a hefeweisen like I expected. Seems more like a light sweet IPA. Nice head and lacing. A bit too sweet for my taste but still nice. nb (204 characters)

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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