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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,507
Hads: 8,079
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 416
Gots: 2,140 | FT: 5
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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 beerman207
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok....so I'm in love with Lagunitas. I have yet to have a bad beer for them and just recently found that I can get the brews in Ohio. Look out! More of these will be consumed.

A: Lightest orange, a nie white head which is quite fluffy which leaves some good lacing behind.

S: Nose is wheat, hops, malt, some candied apple? Maybe even some pears. Nice

T: Flavor is fantastic - the hops and malt balance nicely and the pear flavor is apparent along with maybe some apple as wel as the wheat coming in here and there. Very good and very refreshing

M: Mouthfeel is moderate

O: Damn, just a great beer. Lagunitis - you are quickly moving up on my brewery list. (660 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only go so long without drinking a Lagunitas. I'm a big fan of pale ales and it seems like everything Lagunitas makes is a pale ale or is hoppy. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is one I've had before but I haven't reviewed. Now it is time for me to give the beer its due!

The head grew thick, white, and frothy and it leaves a minimal film on top after the head eventually reduces itself. Clear and an amber-copper color is the beer with some bubbles dancing up from the bottom of the glass.

It "smells like angels ought to smell", as Marv from SinCity says, but this angel would be the angel of hoppy beer. Why didn't God make that angel? Michael is the badass angel, Gabriel is sort of God's messenger, but where is the beer angel?! Doesn't God know that beer gives Man so much enjoyment? Anyway, as with every Lagunitas beer I've had the aroma is lusciously floral from the hops with some good pine notes that go along with grapefruit/mango citrus and some wheaty malt to balance out.

The taste is much like the smell with the hop bitterness and spice tingling the tongue while the piney sweetness adds balance until the citrus and wheaty malt flavors linger at the end. Unfortunately my review won't do this beer justice. This is a very good pale ale that is full of flavor but not filling. It's very refreshing and a definite recommendation for anyone looking for a pale ale.

The little sumpin' this beer gives is a lot and it is only one of many great beers from Lagunitas. (1,488 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with half a finger of bubbly white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and peach. A little toasted light grain.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit and piney hops. Pretty dry. A little peach in there.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice. The hops go well with the wheat base. (387 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking at mom's after a delicious spaghetti dinner. Slightly hazy light golden color with half finger almost white head.

Nose is juicy, sweet, slightly citrusy with syrupy tropical fruit notes. Robust and well rounded nose.

Taste is slightly sweet, malty, and honey like with biting floral and citrus notes.

Moderate carbonation, tight but very bitter finish.

Overall very good. Well rounded. Will drink again! (416 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a fizzy almost-orange-soda-like color with a thin but resilient bubbly white head and light lacing.

Aroma is sweet wheat, orange peel, and grapefruit hops. Slight hint of doughiness and very, very light toasted malt coming through as well.

Bittersweet citrus hops dominate the taste. Hops are slightly earthy as well, along with the flavor of wheat and subtle caramel malts.

Medium-bodied and carbonation. All in all, the American Pale Wheat Ale category is one style that I am not particularly fond of, but this is definitely drinkable. A little high on the ABV to be terribly sessionable, but definitely worth a try. (667 characters)

Photo of walkinginplace
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange with a small but lasting head

S: There's a lot going on here, but the lemon and pine definitely stick out.

T: It's just as hoppy as you'd expect, which is to say that it's really, really hoppy. There's a strong citrus flavor to it (lemon, really) and a pineapple aftertaste. I can definitely taste the caramel and bready flavors as well but those are clearly secondary.

F: The hops really "pop" in your mouth and the finish is very crisp. Feels pretty carbonated but honestly it could just be the hops.

Overall: I'm rarely a fan of super hoppy beers but this complex brew is definitely a keeper. (614 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Drinks Over Dearborne on our recent trip to Chicago. Thanks for the chat Mike!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thinner looking white head with decent retention. Orange in color with medium carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a thin film with immediate clingy lacing. Slight ring remains but leaves minimal to no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, sweet melon, and hints of butterscotch. An interesting combo and bold enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Pale malts, and sweet melon and toffee as well. Some butterscotch shows up through the middle, leading into a citrusy, bitter hop finish. A mild aftertaste of toffee, butterscotch and bitter hops. Some citrus and grapefruit in there as well. Not getting any wheat in there, but what I am getting is interesting and tasty for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and a little light on the palate. Creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable beer for sure. A more persistent and fuller head would help the look of this one, but the other aspects were very nice. It's listed as a pale wheat ale, but there's nothing wheat-like about it. It's kind of an ultra ESB crossed with an American IPA. This one is a little different than the norm, and I'm glad I picked one up on a whim. Recommended. (1,357 characters)

Photo of neckwrestler
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As far as Hoppy Wheats go, the IBU is just a tad too high for me and at 7.5% it's a little too alcoholic to make it sessionable (though you really can't taste the alcohol). I feel this is suited more toward IPA fanatics rather than Wheat connoisseurs. Appearance, smell and mouthfeel are great. Overall, this a very good beer and especially suited for summer, just be careful how many you drink, you'll feel it before you know it. (430 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- golden color with a off white head and a below average head.

S- lots of very fresh hops, citrus, some malts and grain

T- more hops, lemon and grapefruit, washed down by a good wheat character and bitter finish. Really balanced.

O- incredibly refreshing with a really nice hop character. (292 characters)

Photo of ratedz
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a golden/yellow color with a half inch white head. The head fades quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

Excellent smell. Lots of sweet citrusy hops...pineapple, orange, grapefruit. Hints of wheat.

Taste follows the nose with citrus notes. This reminds me more of an IPA than a pale wheat ale, but it is excellent. Sweet citrus notes followed by wheat. Mouth feel is smooth, but a little flat. Carbonation is minimal on the tongue.

Despite being 7.5% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. It is light and refreshing and it would be easy to drink multiple bottles. (624 characters)

Photo of SPRichard
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2" white head settled to a thin cap....leaves a slight bit of lace down the sides of the glass...clear straw color....steady flow of carbonation bubbles flowing to the top of my pint

citrus....lemon....pine hops....nothing overwhelming in the nose

citrus flavors with the lemon being the most prevalent....backed up by grainy malt and a nice amount of pine hopiness to keep it balanced...slight bitterness in the finish

light with a semi-creamy body...slight pops of carbonation after each sip....makes you look forward to the next sip

i know the bottle says 7.3% ABV for this one, but i sure couldn't tell from drinking it...i only picked up a single bottle to try so i'm not sure how sessionable this one could be...just on a guess i'd say at least 4 - 5 of these should be easy (now i'll have to pick up a 6 pack to test it out, not that i'm complaining)...light, very tasty and well balanced....had it after a hot day of working in a warehouse and it was very refreshing (980 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This little sumpin’ sumpin’ pours a warm orange amber color and carries a soft off white head. The head has very nice retention qualities and leaves equally nice lace.

The aroma is sweet and citrusy with some nice orange and ruby red grapefruit notes as well as a bit of pine. The sweetness has a fairly plain pale malt character to it. This is a very fruity smelling brew and I am also picking up on some peach and apricot aromas.

The flavor is quite interesting with a big hit of pale malt sweetness up front that yields to citrusy and fruity flavors. Orange, grapefruit, peach and pine are all present as well as some grainy and wheaty notes near the back end. Really, the contribution from the wheat malt is pretty buried though. Near the end of the sip this beer dries up considerably with a nice firm bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium with a lively carbonation that gives this beer a fairly invigorating texture. It finishes with sweet and dry character battling it while leaving some nice hop flavors on my tongue.

This beer is one of those super hoppy American wheat ales that is a nice change of pace if you are into American Pale ales. Gumball Head is still my favorite of this style, but this one is quite tasty and widely available. (1,254 characters)

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, pale yellow. A vigorous pour results in 1 1/2 fingers of head that fades over a few minutes, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Very attractive. The aroma is primarily of hops, with a subtle wheat smell that isn't strong but is very pleasing - it almost smells like being in a farm field.

Onto the tasting. Strong hop presence up front that lingers a while, but surprisingly the finish turns more towards the malt than to bitter hops. The hop flavors are mostly pine, with a bit of citrus that comes through in the mid-palate - it works well with the wheat. Malt flavor is strongest when I exhale, and is generally good. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit creamy, it's not what I had expected but it works here.

I haven't had all that many pale wheat ales, but Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is the clear champ among those I've sampled. If I had to describe this to someone in a bar in one sentence, it'd be "a bit like an IPA, though a bit more sessionable." Seek this one out. (1,058 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing 'A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale @ 7.5% , served from a 6pack of 12 fl oz purchased for $18

A-pour is a pale gold from bottle to clear soft gold in the glass with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the stein

S-big west coast hops , very similar to a PNW IPA

T-big , crisp , pleasant bitter finish lingers on the palate

MF-ok carbonation , almost full bodied , a true session beer

Ov-impressive beer , not as abraisive as some IPA's , certainly not a huge bitter lingering aftertaste , butt something Lagunitas has done put's this beer in .. yes I'll have another

prost LampertLand (616 characters)

Photo of Lostcarkeys
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- What a nice color for a beer. A bright yellow that is barely hazy at all!

S- A soft lingering smell of melon, unlike most other wheat ales I have tried.

T- Delectable offering for the taste buds. A powerful afterglow that holds citrous flavor in your mouth.

MF- Strong carbonation at first, smooths out into a mellow cool and crisp finish. I could pound these suckers back to back to back.

O- This is one for the collection. Grab a six pack the first opportunity you get! (480 characters)

Photo of goalie33
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A) Slightly hazy gold in color with one finger of foamy white head. Nicely carbonated. Leaves decent lacing in the glass.
S) Musty and mango-peach hops with some sweet malts in the background.
T) Bitter, hoppy beginning with a very sweet, malty finish. Transition is very smooth. Bready malt taste lingers in the back of the mouth.
M/D) Beginning of the mouthfeel is medium bodied while the finish is thick and almost syrupy. Good drinkability but not really sessionable.

Very interesting beer. The mouthfeel during the finish is unlike any I've felt. Very nice array of flavors. A pretty good beer that's worth trying. (666 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a growler of this with the lady over homemade mac and cheese and fish stick. It was a wonderful combination. It was a great hazy mustard color with a foamy head that left some solid lacing. It smelled of pine, hops, citrus, and a hint of wheat. The wheat came thru more in the taste. It kind of reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Solid, I hope it continues to be readily available. Good West Coast IPA. (412 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a sixer at Frougle's poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden, mostly clear, with a fluffy three finger head. Lace and foam hangs on the side of the glass, soapy till the very end

S - Orange, mild grapefruit, pine.

T - An interesting blend. Pine, orange, breads, and some malt sweetness. Breads dominate the finish and aftertaste. A hint of bitterness.

M -A touch thin with moderately low carbonation, but it fits this beer really well

O - Goes down smooth, and carries enough taste to keep it interesting. A great summertime beverage. (555 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All around big-assed wheat beer. Tropical fruits, citrus, and crushed aspirin get out ahead of things before eventually being reeled in by a big wheaty body. As it warms the grainy cereal notes come out even more and the absurd creaminess increases. This is just a damn good craft beer. I could see drinking it all day in the summer, except that the ABV would knock me on my ass before supper. (393 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangey gold topped by a frothy head that retains amazingly and laces like a beast.

The aroma is powdered sugar and a buttload of citrusy hops. Divine. Creamy, almost. Lots of orange peel and a touch of honey.

Taste is very rounded, grapefruit and sweet malts, light wheat, citrusy with a lot of waxy yeast and honey. A hint of spice and orange peel lingers in the finish. Well hopped in the most perfect way.

Medium to light body, could use some beefing up.

Overall a very satisfying wheat beer. Hardly surprising--I learned to expect great things from Lagunitas a long time ago. (598 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my lagunitas mason jar that was graciously given to me by the bartender at the lagunitas tap room. Huge, chunky, white head that leaves a ton of lacing on the way down.

S- Wheat, hints of apple, light fruit.

T- Lots of wheat, extremely bready with some bitter hops lingering on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Definitely a nice wheat beer. I'd pick it up again if I saw it on tap somewhere. (436 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into pint glass , very light colored , lots of carb , great head with nice lacing

Smell is very hoppy , leaning towards earthy and grassy to me and very nice to smell

Nice refreshing drink on this beer , goes down smooth just enough carbonation to give it a little bite

The taste is more than what I expect from a wheat beer , the hops really come forward and die off towards the end leaving a complex flavor of barley and wheat

Overall I'm not a fan of wheat beer , this has been my favorite so far. I could really get behind a 6 pack of this while mowing the lawn on a hot summer day , I will test this theory in a couple months (655 characters)

Photo of BDLbrewster
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an orange-yellow color, reminiscent of an IPA more so than any wheat I have seen. Small fleeting head, with a copious amount of visible carbonation.
The nose lets off a moderate amount sweet grapefruit notes along with some pine and a super faint grassy-wheat smell.
Fresh citric hop flavor, with a strange tart push in the middle. Finishes off mildly bitter with a hop soaked wheaty aftertaste.
Moderately high level of carbonation and not a bit syrupy, finishes very clean and crisp.
Drinkability is freaking awesome, they go down very easily.
Solid offering. Reminds me of a less syrupy heavily mellowed out Hop Stoopid. (629 characters)

Photo of wrycon
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (401 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.