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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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6,363 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,363
Reviews: 1,351
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 222
Gots: 758 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by Duane_Opfer:
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4.51/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Couldn't find a bottled date, unless 220 is a Julian date... if so, then bottled on Aug 10th. Consumed on Sept 1st.

Pleasantly surprised...

A - Pours substantial head unless poured very gently. Head does not dissipate quickly. Light carbonation. Golden in color. Beautiful lacing as the beer is consumed.

S - Hints of tropical fruit and perhaps peach and apricot.

T - Wow. Slightly tart and loaded with flavor. Hints of lemon, lime, pineapple, pine with a bready bitterness. Completely hides the ABV. Dangerous since 7%, but goes down so easy.

M - Luxurious foaming in the mouth. Has a clean crisp feel.

O - Had to drink 3 before I finished my evaluation. I'd finish it, review my notes, and then have to have another to validate the 4.75 on taste. It's that good.

09-01-2013 23:07:15 | More by Duane_Opfer
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Hoppy wheat is what the beer geeks are callin' for. This beer has a thick, wheat-induced head and clear, pale amber color. It has some sweet breadiness underneath a big tide of hop aroma. It's super smooth and easy to drink. It has a thick flavor of soft, floral and fruity hops, and the bitterness is there, but nothing too sharp--more like dried grass or tobacco. This beer has a bit of a snappy, dry malt character and is faintly yeasty with some warming esters. The hops stay on the palate far into the aftertaste. This one has it all figured out--an amazing ale.

01-11-2011 03:45:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Great to see another limited release offering from one of favorite brewers here in my area.I poured two into a imperial nonic with it coming out a clear lighter golden with a 1/2 finger white that was quick to fade.Ahh yeah bigtime in your face citric hop in the nose along with a touch of sweet alcohol and very light toasted wheat malt,the hop profile in the nose is just great.Intense grapefruit rind and tangerine hop flavors hit up front on the palate and then some caramel toffee shows thru along with a fading toasted what touch in the finish.Yeah it has bigtime hop wich kicks arss but there really is more to it.My new favorite American pale wheat its slightly better than Gumballhead in my book.The drinkability is just awesome for the ABV%.

06-12-2009 21:29:59 | More by oberon
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

06-02-2013 14:56:18 | More by mojohawk21
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-25-2013 00:40:42 | More by aszatk01
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-06-2013 01:14:30 | More by Turbo
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

This is the best IPA I've had. I'm not a fan of IPAs but this was up my alley! Nice grapefruit taste, lower IBU bitterness than a lot of IPAs (64 IBU), and that wheat beer mix makes it much more drinkable than a lot of IPAs.

I know that they consider this a "American Pale Wheat Ale" but this is an IPA to me. It tastes just like Hop Nosh but toned down (that's an IPA.. which I do like). However you categorize this as it is tasty to me! This is better than Hop Nosh. That wheat does wonders for this beer.

I read the beer advocate description for "American Pale Wheat Ale" and it says its an Americanized version of a Hefe Weizen. That gets me interested! You know what, I don't want to call this an IPA any more since I don't like IPA that much. Sign my name on the petition for APWA!

08-08-2014 19:34:05 | More by Fear4Beer
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3.89/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours golden orange, mostly opaque and cloudy with a somewhat thin, wispy white head. Decent lacing left along the sides of the glass, more so during the latter half of the beer. Nose is a cornucopia of fruits and sweetness; grapefruits, apricots, grapes, raisins, pears. It has a nice rum and booze-like aroma overshadowing the whole thing, too. Taste follows right along with the fruit heavy theme, also adding slight orange to the mix. The booze flavor is noticeable as well, but adds a nice complexity to the flavor profile rather than hindering things. Wheat and yeast heavy all around; grains and biscuits finish things off and show up strong in the aftertaste. Another big flavor that comes out quite a bit after the beer has already been swallowed - burnt sugar, like the top of a creme brulee. Very interesting and very taste. Hop flavors are weedy, musky, and heavily vegetal. Medium body, lots of carbonation.

Very unique beer, tasty, no doubt. Possibly a little too sweet at first, but it mellows out nicely and turn into one hell of a drinker. Wheaty and fruity all around, with a nice alcohol warming through and through. Not sure if I'm in love with some of the hop flavors, though.

12-10-2012 04:23:22 | More by tectactoe
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

I was surprised twice with this brew. First, I didn't notice anywhere on this bottle that it was a wheat beer, I hate wheat beer!! I bought it because Lagunitas makes some damn fine beer, but make a wheat beer taste good, I don't think so. Therein was the second surprise, it was a fine brew.

Clear enough to read through the glass. Single finger head, but it relaxes slowly. The color is neutral amber. Lots of classic pine needle hop aroma--like an IPA balanced with a fruitiness.

The flavor matches the aroma. Noteworthy alcohol feel and flavor. Good hop bite almost from the beginning. The body is rich and gives an element of rounded malt tastes. I don't really note any wheat in this one, it's a very good pale ale.

05-18-2012 00:26:03 | More by ExtraStout
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Reviewed from notes on 9/3/10.

A: Pours a light straw-gold into a standard pint glass. A milky white one and a half finger head retains like crazy. Billows of carbonation plume up from the bottom of the glass. The lacing is a combination of clumps and splashy curves.

S: Fragrant and fresh pineapple and orange aromas drift out of the glass. I can tell that this is a wheat beer by the base aroma, but the hop presence is large and in charge. Sweet tropical fruit and citrus blend with a slight banana and clove wheat beer profile.

T: A nice, semi-bitter hop taste grips the sides of my palate for the length of the sip, while the sweet tropical fruit and citrus flavors release over my tongue. This is a very interesting collision between characteristics of a wheat beer and a hoppy APA or IPA. I like it - it's sweet, yet biting.

M: This is a crisp and light feel with a touch of creaminess and a lovely dry hop kick. The hops dry out the creamy sweetness of the beer for a palate cleansing dry finish.

D: Quite a take on a wheat ale and really a phenomenal idea. Douse a wheat ale with hops and see what happens. What happens is yumminess.

09-20-2010 22:56:17 | More by TCHopCraver
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-21-2012 23:23:17 | More by Zakk
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-18-2013 15:55:18 | More by jono0101
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-18-2012 06:24:36 | More by FLASH
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-07-2013 21:30:14 | More by npala86
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4/5  rDev -5%

05-11-2013 22:29:35 | More by Tiernan
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

Hazy brass colored pour with a slight head that leaves little to no lace. The brassy hued brew is only mildly carbonated. Great hopa nd malt balance. Really nice hop finish behind a sweet malt overtone. The piney hops don't overpower the malt sweetness but rather compliment the malt profiles. Very tastey and drinkable beer.

05-13-2011 02:37:35 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

08-18-2014 17:24:42 | More by GameOfBeers
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

02-09-2013 21:37:52 | More by woodchipper
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

11-12-2012 22:59:17 | More by dmheinz57
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-15-2012 04:41:16 | More by Dan_Bowman
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-15-2013 20:08:07 | More by SkiBum22
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-10-2014 16:42:23 | More by joemetric
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Orangish honey in color. Smells like trademarked Lagunitas - lots of tropical, lots of orange and a lighter, tangy malt. Taste comes thick and full, with the same orange and tropical hop presence. The maltiness is there, but it's repeatedly bludgeoned by the fruit flavor. The end game is a thick marmalade that delights delightfully... OK that was obnoxious, but it is delightful.

Like It? Very Much

11-19-2011 04:59:15 | More by wrycon
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4/5  rDev -5%

08-16-2014 23:17:39 | More by sdsimkins
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

A - Poured a hazy gold with a big head and lots of carbonation.

S - Citrus hops up front with some pine freshness. Not a whole lot of malt on the nose with all those delicious hops making their presence known.

T - Wow! Now that is good! Lots of hop flavors up front, great citrus flavor without too much grapefruit. The malt does not take a back seat though, it shines through pretty early with some sweetness that really balances out the hops and the alcohol. Not a big fan of wheat beer in general but this is amazing, it adds a great bready flavor without standing out. This beer lets you know that wheat is not only for lawnmower beers.

M - Not as dry as I was expecting but certainly not heavy, good middle of the road feel. I thought the carbonation was a little high but I suppose it was on for a wheat beer.

D - This is a big beer but it is very balanced and extremely drinkable.

Overall, I think this is my favorite beer from Lagunitas. I have been mixed on them in the past, thinking some are great and other fall short of expectations. This beer exceeded what I was expecting.

08-12-2009 00:01:18 | More by steelerguy
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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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