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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7,804 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,804
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 389
Gots: 1,860 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 7,804 | Reviews: 1,538
Reviews by sonata2008:
Photo of sonata2008
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Honey yellow color, cloudy. Finger width of white foam.
S: Strong hops aroma. Fruity with lots of grapefruit.
T: Very potent grapefruit taste and also quite a bit of sweetness. Bitter tang at the end. Lighter in malt taste than Lagunitas Lucky 13.
MF: Light mouth feel. Medium carbonation.
D: Very refreshing beer. Interesting combination of flavors. Nice for hot summer days. Would go well with picnic fare. Definitely would order this beer again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is more towards a orange citrus IPA treat but with some wheat that is there but not full front and center. It's delicious and smells wonderful out of a mason jar with jimi hendrix spinning under a needle.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with 'fridge' spelled 'frige' in the label rant - very reminiscent of 'frigo', en francais, I'd say.

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy pale golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a more or less solid, yet pockmarked paint job of lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of orange citrus cream, a bit of good ol' barley and sweet n' spicy wheat maltiness, black pepper aerosol, and some stronger, more acrid pine needle hops. The taste is bitter pine resin and sassy fleshy orange and grapefruit citrus, bready caramel malt, a hint of saltwater taffy, a bit of reduced spicy wheatiness, further grassy/floral hop notes, and some mildly sweet booze warming.

The carbonation is quite sedate in its bearing, just a faint frothiness manifesting, the body a decently hefty medium weight, especially for the style, mostly smooth, and certainly not un-creamy. It finishes with the main players still quite game - sweet caramel and wheat malts, and unabashedly brash pine and citrus hops. Ya know - Lagunitas.

American Pale Wheat Ale my sort of pale Canadian ass. I know that this is made with wheat malt, then, ok, but the rest of the story screams out tasty WC IPA, despite the wheatiness, and I'm not going to fault a damned agreeable beer for being cast in the wrong category because of the black sheep in its makeup.

Photo of nw14122
1.99/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Not good. Does not taste like beer. Would rather drink pink wine.

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - This beer pours a nice dark golden color. A little more orange than red. Nice layer of head on top. Surprisingly clear, which I wasn't expecting.

S (5) – Smells fantastic. Get a little pine smell and some bitter/tangy smells. Makes you immediately want to dive in.

T (4.25) – Really good taste. You get that upfront bitter, and that same piney taste at the end. It almost has a better aftertaste than taste. And that’s no insult! I didn’t get a lot of malt or grain taste. I like a little bit of that to balance the hops.

F (4) – Good mouthfeel. Thin and light on the tongue. Appropriate carb level, IMO

O (4.25) – Very good beer overall. I only had one, and really wanted another. I don’t know if I’d want to drink it all the time, but I will add it to my regular rotation.

Photo of Keystone
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just great beer. Something refreshingly different. It may be a little sweet for some but for me it makes for a great session beer. Just enough hoppy bitterness to react well with the sweet flavor. This is the best beer I have had from lagunitas so far. It hides the 7.5% abv almost to well.

Photo of echris310
2.14/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This beer is honestly. Way. Ovet rated...

Wat ever they say about it is just bs this has nice color

Nice body foam

Nice beautiful bottle

But da taste is just honestly discusting taste like over sweeted beer eith 2 much sugar or watever over bullshit they put on it

Photo of mkh012
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a disclaimer, I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers. I'm open to IPAs, but I generally dislike the almost soapy aftertaste that some of the more bitter ones have. As soon as I smelled this beer, though, I could tell Lagunitas was doing it right. The smell of this beer is a hop citrus bomb. It really is one of the better smelling beers I've ever sampled-- really sharp and floral. Luckily, the taste follows the nose almost exactly. This beer opens with intense citrus hoppiness but finishes smoothly. The perfect use of 60+ IBUs. Combines the awesome citrus aspects of a good wheat beer with the floral hoppiness of an IPA.

Photo of Coutastic
2.27/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- A dense golden/honey color. A nice spongy two finger head with great lacing to the end.

S- Overpowering citrus smell, almost like household cleaner. Extreme hoppy smell

T- A punch in the face of citrus and hops

M- Very dry, the hops linger in the aftertaste. Lysol...

D- Found this to be hard to finish, not usually my MO. Wouldn't have it again

Photo of Kingfish1965
2.57/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Way too hoppy. Long bitter aftertaste. Not a fan

Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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%.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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!

Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wrycon
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of steelerguy
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of newk340
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a blended golden amber with a thin head and visible carbonation.

S: fresh scents of pine and citrus, a rather sweet smelling ale.

T: a sizzle of sweet hops and lemon, very little bitterness to this ale, flavors recede quickly.

MF/D: very light on the tongue, short lasting, but excellent for a summer afternoon session.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never would have guessed this to be a wheat beer; it seemed to be more of an IPA. Anyway, it was quite enjoyable.
In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lace.
Mostly floral aroma, some citrus. Sweet malt.
Resinous piney hops taste, grapefruit, good malt background. The flavors blended well together.
I thought this was a well-balanced beer.
If not sessionable, still very drinkable. My son-in-law, who's a Miller Lite type of beer drinker, really liked this beer. I was going to hide the 6pack from him; but, in an effort to further his beer education, I gave him four of the six bottles.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a creamy white head.
The aroma is slight citrus and toffee.
Taste is orange pitch bitter with a semi-sweet followup and a bitter, dry finish. Perhaps a slight Belgian-like funkiness as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and dry.
Overall, good but not great. A bit underwhelming.

Photo of DamDweller
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, 2010

Rich golden color with a slight head. It has a subtle, but sweet, banana and peach flavor balanced out with a citrus hop finish. The mouthfeel is well balanced and refreshing. It wouldn't be something to be enjoyed in the winter, but on a hot summer day or a mild fall afternoon would be easily enjoyed one after the another after another.

Photo of Beaver13
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish creamy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is bready caramel malts with resiny piney hops and a little fruit. Smells a bit dank and earthy too.

The flavor is some bready malts and musty eathiness with a lot of hop bitterness - piney, floral and resiny. There's a little fruit too. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA. Some of the characteristics remind me of Gubna by OB, but it's more reserved.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very lightly cloudy, bright golden color with a nice head. Great retention. Smells amazing...aromas of apricots, tropical fruits, very juicy, citrusy hops, yeast, lemon, bubblegum, ...outstanding!

Taste is very hop-forward, more citrus hops, tropical notes, finishes with an aspirin like astringency. Very crisp and refreshing. You just want to keep going for more and more but have to calm yourself due to the 7.5% ABV. Phenomenal beer.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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