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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 5348
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rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%


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:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009)
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I am somehow just now finally getting around to reviewing this one; it has been years since I've last had this beer. Looking forward to having it again. Listed here as an American pale wheat ale, I always thought it was an IPA.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright juicy orange body. Light chill haze, with three big fluffy fingers of white head. Very good head retention for the high 7.50% abv. Good thick scattered white lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The nose has all of the traditional aromas of a hoppy IPA - orange, grapefruit, papaya, pine, fruit rinds. Some soapiness present. A juicy tropical fresh smelling aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - big bitter grapefruit / orange rinds, piney, herbal, hoppy. Lemongrass / wheat presence. The wheat is more noticeable on the taste than on the aroma. Very nicely balanced.

M - Feel is crisp, creamy, and bitter. Resinous piney hops. Dry on the finish. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a delicious beer from Lagunitas, it's easy to see why this is one of their flagship beers. Deliciously drinkable.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 20:34:48 | More by mfnmbvp
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sid240

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is now my favorite beer, it was my 3rd try at American Hoppy Wheat beers. GumballHead, 80 Acre and then a Little Sumpin. Great cloudy color, terrific foamy head. I really like the citrus profiles these beers have. I like that it has a higher ABV%, the tangerine flavors don't cloud or fight the beer taste. I can't wait for the brewery to open up in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 13:55:55 | More by sid240
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AndrewCampos

California

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter.

A : golden amber clear color, white head that dissipates pretty quickly, great lacing.

S : Citrus-y hops with a piney smell to it.

T : A mild bitterness that disappears, then not sweet but fruity and flavorful.

M : Medium carbonation. Very little bitterness. Light to medium body goes down easy.

O : Pours great, smells excellent, and tastes even better. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:17:31 | More by AndrewCampos
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Gerg1

Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first pass with this beer was mediocre, but the second was much better. The yeast used with this brew is what makes it special. It has a unique and interesting flavor. It is certainly worth trying. It has a bit of a wild yeast character to it while still being clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:11:08 | More by Gerg1
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MetalMountainMastiff

California

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled poured in snifter

A - golden clear, easily seen through. 1 inch head that drops down to a lacing.

S - Fruity, citrusy,grapefruit, malty.Floral note from the hops, rose pedals. Breadiness and carmel from the malt.

T - Grapefruit ,citrus, up front followed by malt, bready caramel classic Lagunitas style.

M - light to medium body. Medium carbonation. clean feel.

O - One of the best examples if not THE best of a Wheat ale. amazingly smooth easy to drink. Never gets old.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 23:52:00 | More by MetalMountainMastiff
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Seadog20000

Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft- Providence coal Fire.

Appearance- golden robust, great lacing.

Aroma- citrus bombshell.

Taste- light pine with almost grapefruit quality, nice acidity some mineral grass notes.

Comments- Fu@?#%g Great!! Hands down the Number 1 IPA of all time. Can't get enough of that beauty. Lil Sumpin pairs so well with a vindaloo curry any night of the week. "It's a home run!" The guy at Providence beverage they call Dennis.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 05:04:57 | More by Seadog20000
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BryanCarey

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle, this beer is golden in color with a clear body. The nose on this beer is quite pronounced, featuring scents of citrus, mainly orange/tangerine, with tropical and floral notes. The white foam features somewhat larger bubbles and it does leave some lacing.

This beer has a delicious flavor that combines tropical fruit, oranges, pineapple, a little bit of honey, and wheat. The beer has a refreshing crispness and the bitterness, while supposedly 60 IBU, doesn’t seem that high and is actually well balanced for this style.

Lagunitas has scored a major hit with this beer. The nose and flavor are addictive and the beer just keeps getting better and better with each passing sip. I love the combination of tropical fruit flavors- they combine to create a flavor that most any person will find acceptable at the very least, including those who are not normally IPA fans. It’s a very tasty beer that earns a big thumbs up from me.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 04:38:40 | More by BryanCarey
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Bone53

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice one finger white head.

Smell: Mostly a floral/tropical smell and also that syrupy hop extract I get from Lagunitas' hoppy beers.

Taste: Great balance between resiny hop extract and citrus flavors. I don't really get any wheat in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body. Not too bitter and goes down extremely smooth. Very refreshing.

Overall: This beer isn't very true to the style in my opinion as I don't get much wheat flavor, which is probably why this is my favorite wheat ale lol. This would make for a perfect lighter tasting and drinkable IPA. Perfect beer for the summer. How is this 7.5%? My favorite Lagunitas's beer along with Hop Stoopid. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 05:04:06 | More by Bone53
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Bedrocker

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a brilliant golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit and floral notes mostly, with a bit of caramel in the background. Aroma is somewhat bready as well.

T: About the same as the nose, with more of an emphasis on the citrus character. Very well balanced. Spicy and biscuity for the finish with a bit of lingering hoppiness.

M: Light to medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Little bit dry on the aftertaste.

O: Extremely drinkable beer, and is one of my go-to session brews. Balanced and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:07:44 | More by Bedrocker
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barczar

Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant golden with a billowing ivory head that lingers.

Pineapple, dank cannabis, resin, and fruit cocktail form the aroma. Extremely complex, and not at all what I expected.

Flavor is less fruity, tending more toward the resiny side, but tropical fruit does ever in a softer form. What forms the backbone, bridging the gap between fruity and resiny hops.

Body is a touch on the light side, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Probably the best American wheat ale I've had. Wish the fruity character were more pronounced in the flavor, bit a great beer, overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 17:11:29 | More by barczar
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paulytasker

New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pint Glass..

A) Pours a pale yet bold golden color, a lot of light penetrating this brew showing off the decent amount of carbonation within. Half an inch of semi-dense white head covers the top but fades fairly quickly.

S) Very biscuity and very floral, and the combination of the two pair together perfectly to make quite the nice smelling brew. A touch of lemon rounds off the scent nicely.

T) The taste almost mirrors the nose which is exactly what I was hoping for. The floral rushes the palate but is taken over by a mild bitterness, ultimately balancing each other out to near perfection. Dried grass, oh so yummy.

M) The body is medium-light with no overpowering yeasts or hops to linger. Finishes very smooth.

O) I'm rather new to the world of hoppy wheats... if they're all this damn good, it looks like I will have to keep indulging. Great brew Lagunitas!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:07:07 | More by paulytasker
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kcrosson492

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic ale. At roughly 60 IBUs, this is an ale to recommend to any of your friends, regardless of palate and preferences. Strong floral/citrus aromas with a smooth, two finger head from the bottle. This ale is the perfect supplement to a spring day.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:21:12 | More by kcrosson492
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - golden amber crystal clear color, white head that dissipates pretty quickly,
S - 4.5 - Dank, garlic, pine, citrus (grapefruit, orange, papaya, mango),
T - 4.5 - Follows the nose, dankness, resin, garlic, pine, citrus with all the same stuff you see in the smell.
M - 4.5 - very bitter, light-medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is grapefruit/lemon/lime zest, nice and fruity
O - 4.5 - Great beer. I don't think I've had this fresh enough before. Lagunitas is a pretty impressive brewery, great hoppy, big beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:25:03 | More by ISmith87
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oonthego

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden unlike the hair of the little sumpin' pictured on the bottle. White foamy head.

S: Strikingly like passion fruit, citrusy, floral notes.

T: Bitter bite entangles the tongue.

M: Light and tingly.

O: Good beer wouldn't be my first pick but I wouldn't pass up an opportunity to drink it again. The name and label really gather your attention.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 01:11:22 | More by oonthego
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe couldn't read date on bottle tasted fresh

A-Pours clear golden with a medium beige 1 1/2 finger head, very good clinging lacing.

S-Aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, biscuit, grass and some floral notes.

T-Flavor is fairly bitter with some tart grapefruit.

M-Medium light body, lively, lightly dry. Medium malty sweet into medium bitter, with a light bitter aftertaste. Nice carbonation!

O-Overall another great beer by Lagunitas would be perfect for a hot summer day!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:24:14 | More by reebtaerG
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Light yellow, clear. A white one finger head that dissipates fast to medium bubbles. Frothy lacing.

S: Citrus-y hops, featuring lemons. Grassy and floral.

T: Smooth, semi- sweet. The citrus and floral balance takes away from the bitter hops. A touch of honey and spice makes everything nice. A very sessionable beer.

M: light to medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this very sought after brew. Now I see why it's so popular. A great back porch beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 15:36:09 | More by brewskifan55
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AngrySnuggles

Indiana

3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow. Medium head. Few bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell: Fresh, sweet, citrus, hoppy, acetone, slightly boozy.

Taste: Slightly sour, floral hops. Finishes clean. Slight acetone aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slightly carbonated. Clean finish.

Overall: Decent balance. Unique for its style. I wish there were more wheat characteristics to the beer. I would drink this again, but wouldn't take it over Gumballhead.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:28:05 | More by AngrySnuggles
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with lone bubbles letting loose to feed a big off white head that towers over this brew. So much sticky lace left behind on my imperial pint glass.

Aroma is nice floral hops mingled with good tropical fruit notes all on a honey dipped bready malt base. Lots of hop aromas but not overly bitter smelling, nice.

Taste is like the aroma to a point, nice malts sweet and bready, hops kick in more like pineapple and grapefruit combined. Flavor is good lightly bitter just not as juicy as it smelled. Some light spice in the finish with lingering hop resin.

Mouthfeel is good lighter medium with fairly mellow carbonation for the massive head.

Overall nice easy drinking brew, seems to go down way to easy for 7.5% which could lead to trouble. One of the better ones in this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 21:23:30 | More by mntlover
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FLima

Brazil

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bright golden color with a thick two fingers head with decent retention.
Nice citrus tropical aroma with notes of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and mango.
Flavor mostly follows nose. Notes of grapefruits, tea leaves, toasted malts and some white bread, lemongrass, caramel, mango, honey, tangerines and pine. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Delicious and pleasant tropical IPA (or even a hoppy APA), hard to say anything bad about this beer. Balanced with a decent complexity and huge drinkability, I could drink this the whole day. Perfectly executed, great choice of hops and wheat gave it some roundness.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:29:04 | More by FLima
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turbotype

Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my trusty chilled (but not frosted) Founder's glass.

Poured golden yellow. Medium head that receded fairly quick. . Moderate lacing and streaks down the glass.

Pine, oranges, banana. Nice.

Citrus. Banana. Wheat bread. Everytime I have this offering from Lagunitas, it's a little different. I chock that up to the complexity of the beer.

Crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation. Malt and hops in the aftertaste.

This is a complex ale. No other way to put it. But it is still easy to drink, warm or cold. With or without food. The way I would describe it to a friend would be... Imagine your favorite Belgian White.. All that bread and banana goodness. Now throw a well balanced single IPA at it. Poof, that's the little sumpin sumpin I think they were talking about. I love this beer and buy it when I see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 04:23:54 | More by turbotype
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GinjaSlice

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Not a big fan of how it looks its a very pale golden yellow, nice white head, and a nice even lacing
S: Great smell nice and citrusy with lots of lemon. Then with a piney smell to it
T: Good beer lots of hops upfront with citrus, the mid has a weird slight alcohol taste to me but then a smooth finish with a good aftertaste of hops on the tongue.
M: Great mouth feel seems just right and very refreshing.

Good beer with some taste and appearance lacking.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:04:26 | More by GinjaSlice
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KDHicks1958

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a little reluctant to try this, because I thought it couldn't be as good as Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute. Boy, was I wrong. This is just fantastic! If this is going to be available year-round, it will be in my refridgerator year-round.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:38:27 | More by KDHicks1958
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I_will_have_another

Alabama

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great ale! Perfect amount of hop profile on the aftertaste and a sweet fruity taste upfront. Bitterness lingers for a bit but quickly dissipates leaving you wanting another sip. Alcohol is hidden well. This just became one of my favorite hoppy ales. A must try. Next up for me is the Sucks Brown Shugga.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 15:10:08 | More by I_will_have_another
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arcaris22

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tasted this one at an event that included Lagunitas, Ballast Point, and Dogfishhead and I found myself back for several little cups of this newfound gold. An aromatically distinct, smooth ale with almost Brown ale qualities in a hoppier golden form. This one has has quickly become a staple within my rotation of beers that can be bought in a grocery store. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:45:53 | More by arcaris22
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottling code 305 3 (Nov. 1, 2013).

Pale yellow body (clear) with a thick white head and a tight patchwork pf lacing. Aroma is strong wheat with a kiss of orange. Flavor has ripe oranges, sweet clementines. Great drinkability and flavorful to boot.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 14:01:06 | More by papat444
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