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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: 1,560
Hads: 8,354
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 446
Gots: 2,445 | FT: 5
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 LeoPanna
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

crisp and golden, no cloudiness

funky wheat/ipa hybrid; cherries and salted almond brittle in the nose

taste is deceptive. feels like an ipa, has the bite of an ipa, but I can definitely see how it stems from a pale wheat/hefe tradition. to be honest, this is hard to label, it's unique and delicious.

the mouthfeel is superb: mellow and clean.

i like this beer. don't know how many i could drink in a row or if i'd have it often, but it's a good idea to throw a bottle of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' into your rotation.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - aww yeah

Appearance - Gold and sparkling. Head is brilliant white

Smell - Cascade like hops smell, citrusy and grapefruit

Taste - Big bitter than a nice fruity sweet that matches the smell well. I enjoyed the mellow aftertaste of coppery bitter.

Mouthfeel - Long lasting taste and medium carbonation.

Overall - This beer is so close to Dog Fish Head 90 min rating it is crazy. I would probably drink this one more due to the fruity scents but DFH had slight better carbonation.

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with one finger of fluffy white head.

The nose is mostly hops. Grapefruit and pine with a bit of grassyness. Only a slight hint of wheat.

Taste follows the nose: fruity hops dominate followed by a grassy/earthyness. Good malty sweetness follows the hops for a nice balance. Again, slight wheat in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Not the best example of the style but very tasty in its own right. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear slight amber, golden color with a tight white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of citrus hops. Are we sure this is a wheat?

Tastes of a good dose of citrus hops with some malt undertones. Hops are juicy grapefruits and lemon zest with some peppery spice to it. Fairly large amount of bitterness. Wheat is understated and supports the citrus bite from the hops. A little bit of sweetness from some crackery pale malt. Seriously, is this a wheat ale? Tastes a lot like a pale with some wheat malt added in. If nobody had mentioned the wheat, I would've glossed over it and focused on the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Beautifully clear. Apricot in color with nice white head.

S: Nice aroma. Clean hops strong grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Sweet with notes of pineapple. There is almost a honey type of aroma in it.

T: Clean bitterness, huge citrus, a hint of pine resin. And the finish is exceptionally clean. It seems to disappear leaving only a road runner style cloud of bitterness.

M: Medium in body, pretty dry. carbonation is a tad high for me, but I think it works.

D: Delicious. Just a good beer overall.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was good.

Appearance- gold color, transparent, good lacing

Smell- floral hops, smelled like a scent normally used in soap

Taste- hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was really good. Excellent. Definitely worth the ten bucks for a six pack

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Photo of tfield
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass

A - Bright gold, with a finger or so head. Decent lacing.

S - Tropical fruits (my wife swears its mango) with some spicy hops scent as well.

T - Peppery hops surrounded by grapefruit and citrus flavors. Not much malt to balance, the the hops flavor stands alone just fine.

M - light, well-carbonated, crisp and clean.

D - I could down a few of these easily. Easy to drink and enjoy with just about any meal.

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Photo of slusk
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden with a generous white head. Good retention that fades to a thin covering but lasts. good lacing.

S: Floral, grapefruit and a bit of pine are in the forefront. Sweet fruity malt aroma springs through the hops. A bit of apple and pear.

T: A bit of pine and grapefruit but surprisingly more balanced than a typical IPA with a bright fruit, apple malt sweetness coming through whit just a hint of wheat. Very pleasant sweet finish balances the earthy pine and grapefruit aroma hops. A modest bittering charge doesn't overwhelm the palate.

M: Medium light body, a tiny bit slick. low to medium carbonation lets flavors shine. No astringency.

O: This is one of my favorites by Lagunitas. It has all the aroma hops of an IPA without a harsh bittering charge. A perfect example of an APA. Perfect balance of malt sweetness and hops. I like that the wheat doesn't take over the flavor but plays well with the other ingredients. Well done.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a transparent shade of orange with a quick fading, two finger white head. The head leaves decent lacing, and doesn't totally fade, leaving a nice haze on top of the beer. The beer isn't as translucent as some summer wheats, but not as hazy as a hefeweizen. Looks nice

S- getting lemony and citrus notes out of this one. Pretty standard for a wheat, though maybe a little more citrus than I'm typically used to

T- an odd quality for a wheat: it's got a great hoppy bite to it. The hoppy bite is balanced nicely by a slight sweetness from the citrus. It's pretty interesting, and good

M- it's actually a little too thick for me. I like my wheats to be paper thin and super refreshing...this is a little too syrupy for my tastes

O- damn good wheat beer. I love the hoppiness that comes to the table in this one

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Photo of eberkman
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge, frothy, sticky eggshell head that does not seem to reduce. The smell is a grapefruit bomb -- like sticking your nose into a huge vat of fresh-squeezed ruby red. Delicious but not a lot else present there. Very hoppy brew -- mostly cascades -- big grapefruit presence like in the aroma. But overbalanced by an enormously sweet maltiness -- perhaps too sweet. Not very wheaty. And though it has wheat, it's much more akin to a DIPA than a "Pale Wheat Ale." Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy with a good spritely tingle at the end. A little too cloyingly sweet and a little too big to session. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Swim424
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into sweetwater snifter

Pours a Nice yellowish/gold with a nice little head on it.

Smells of hops and sweet goodness

Tastes is a wheaty sweetness upfront, finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness on the end.

MF-Medium/light body. Nice and smooth feeling.

O-This is pretty damn good. Not a huge wheat fan, but these guys did it right. highly recommend.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours a nice clear golden color with thick white head, good retention and great lacing. Smell is of citric hops with some orange and lemon. Very much like a good West Coast IPA. Taste was similar. A dry wheat/straw taste at first followed by a citrusy hop kick on the back of the tongue. A velvety smooth mouthfeel with a slightly oily aftertaste. Overall a great beer and easy drinker. This almost could be confused for an IPA if you ask me.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with a thin off white head that quickly clears to bubbles around the edge of the glass. Nose is pine, hops, a little grass, light caramel, sugars, grapefruit and other tropical notes. Great flavors to this IPA - some wheat, bitter grapefruit, orange, light mango, hops, pine, light sugars, touch of lemon, caramel malt in the background. Medium bodied with soft carbontation leading to a bitter sweet finish. A solid IPA !

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear orange colored body and gives a one finger foamy white head, has a very nice, almost perfect spider web lacing appears. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: has the citrus and pine up front with some light malts in the background.

T: pine a bit more in front than the rest of the flavors.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, standard.

O: wow, I actually did not think this beer was going to be this good. Right now, I'm wishing I would have bought a six pack of this.

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Photo of scifan
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden straw color with only a slight haze, kind of surprising since this is a wheat beer. Had a nice head that fades into a wispy ring. The nose is mostly hops. Lovely piney and citrusy hops dominates while some sweet malts linger in the background. Taste just like the nose suggest. First its citrus and piney hops followed by a nice light malt flavor then a nice floral hoppy bitterness to wash it all down. Very nice. I'm not picking up on very many typicaly wheat beer flavors, I'm guessing they just wanted a nice light malt base to let those beautiful hop flavors and aromas to shine through. Nice mouthfeel and nice body, Not to heavy or thin. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 6.29.14, poured into a Lagunitas Mason Glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Bright and clear, coloring similar to a fine filtered apple juice. An aggressive pour results in 1.5 fingers worth of very light, bubbly, stark white head... which slooowly dissipates leaving behind copious amount of lacing. Retains a nice moderate cap. Carbonation is very visual, and long lasting.

S: Immediately reminds me of Gumballhead, only more aggressive. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon, has a very tart aroma to its hops which is backed by a malted wheat scent. Overall, a pretty mild nose for something with 70+IBU

T: Malty sweetness, followed by a kick of crisp citrus, and finishes with a soft, bready malt that lasts a few seconds after sip, leaving your mouth with only a ghost of hop bitterness until you reach for your next taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, this beer is all sorts of dangerous given its 7.5% ABV. Pretty typical feel for the style, but the crispness is what sets it apart. Medium body with moderate, short lasting carbonation.

O: A refreshing, unique, simple beer that goes down way too easy for something that tastes so good. One of my summer go to beers.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden colour, slightest haze, finger of head with mild retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Citrus and pine hops, a bit of a woody bark scent with a bit of rye pepper on the finish.

T - Citrus hops off the top. The hops are definitely fruity with a bit of a pineapple flavour that lingers on the finish. A bit of pepper rye and some caramel malt also comes through nicely to balance it out. Higher ABV goes completely unnoticed.

M - Medium bodied, light on the tongue, fine carbonation, smooth finish and a slightly dry finish.

D - This was delicious with an offering of hops that slightly overpowered the malts, but was nicely balanced. The flavours were fruity and provided for a very pleasureable experience. Highly recommended to anoyone who likes hops, but doesn't want something that will overpower the tastebuds.

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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from mymrnngjkt.

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a light orange tint to it. About two fingers of near white head sit on top and settle to a mostly full, solid lace. Leaves a few rings of stick on the sides.

Smell has a very nice, super fresh citrusy hop aroma. Very fruity; lots of pineapple, some honey sweetness.

Good amount of hop flavor here, as well - citrusy, pineapple, very fruity. Hops have a bite to them, though, with some snappy bitterness and herbal, dirty flavor. There's a bit of sweetness, but not a lot. The hop flavor is here but it's slightly astringent and biting, making it a touch out of balance

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bitter bite in the finish. It's crips and relatively creamy; not super smooth.

This is pretty tasty stuff. Quite a hoppy APWA, and although it's a bit out of balance it's still quite tasty.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow color w/ a thin white head. Looking forward to this one after reading some very positive reviews. Smell is very crisp and citrus based, and the hops are there as well. Wow- this beer is an animal! A hop crazed, crisp, lemony animal that shocks my palate. Very smooth though, especially the finish and aftertaste. This beer makes me feel alive.... alive w/ hops! I also don't really taste the alcohol in this one. At 7.5%, it's not a huge ABV, but impressive that I don't detect anything. Very stealthy... The drinkability is great- I could put down several of these pretty easily and not think twice about it. I really like this beer, and will be buying it again for sure. Another fantastic effort by Lagunitas.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is in the same style category as Sam Adams Summer Ale, but o what a difference. This is stronger stuff in every way. Beneath the hop sting there is a fine aroma, and sweetness with a little bit of citrus in it (again, from those hops). One or two of these is plenty.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: clear golden color, moderate head settles to half finger, lots of lacing, minor bubbly streams spread around
s: difficult to make out at first, but light sweet malts mix well with lightly spiced hops and a sweet citrus aroma
t: nice interplay of sweet citrus and malts to piney hops throughout with a crisp/light hoppy finish
m: medium body with crisp carbonated finish
d: highly drinkable with a nice balance all around

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citrus, grapefruit, lime, caramelized pineapple, pine sap; very floral and enticing. I would guess Amarillo, Cascade, or Centennial hops or some combination of them were used.

Medium amber hued with one finger of fluffy white head. The head actually exhibits complete Brussels lacing and is completely clear which only makes the desire to sip on this beer stronger.

Grass and grapefruits upfront with a wheat snap middle. Surprisingly bitter upfront considering I was expecting the malt to catch my taste buds first. Ends refreshingly crisp and tongue drying; salty, mineral water. Medium to high carbonation, and yet creamy.

Definitely a hop focused wheat that while not overpowering or harsh in regards to hop usage, a bit too salty and tongue drying for my liking. In any event, a thirst quencher for sure.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange color with a small white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S: A lot of citrus hops hit the nose. There is a little amount of citrus but the pine is the most prevalent.

T: The citrus hops hits the palate first and foremost. In the middle, there is a slight amount of caramel/bready malt but finishes strong with more citrus hops.

M: Leaves a bitter citrus hop residue on the palate.

D: As someone who enjoys citrus hops, this one was a great beer. I would and could certainly have multiple in a sitting despite the 7% ABV.

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Photo of Misflt
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Do people really find these pretentious reviews helpful?? One sounded like someone trying to be hip at a "Poetry Slam" ..... anyway....

The beer.

Look - Its got a nice Dark Golden color. Decent head, 1-2 fingers, very white. Decent lacing.

Nose - Spicy, floral, piney. Not much alcohol comes through which is surprising due to its high ABV. Not too hoppy on the nose, but they are there, mostly early addition hops for bittering.

Taste - Citrus bomb! Like Grapefruit?? Your gonna love this! Its solid grapefruit with pine and floral notes. Medium hopiness. Its a sleeper IPA.

Overall - It drinks well, not overly carbonated, nice mouth feel, not too filling. Good beer. Its definitely a different wheat beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this following the Dark spirits brewsession on the sunday before labor day. Poured from the 12oz chilled into a tulip

A - A very clear golden w/ a marigold dark shade w/ thick frothy white cap which settles to a bead ring.

S- the aroma is very hoppy w/ lots of pine esters and a subtle wheat aroma in the nose w/ mild stone fruit accent in the yeast ester

M - A lighter medium body w/ slightly bitter texture and moderate carbonation with mild acidity/astringency w/ a semi-dry finish

T - All about the hops, the flavor has a strong pine hop flavor w/ wheat cohesion. I would guess this is a c hop brew, maybe centennial or columbus with mild astringency in the flavor. The tang of yeast is gentle and completes the flavor w/ a tinge of citrus rind and grassy notes in the finish

D - A Tasty end of summer selection, thanks again tb69! I wanted to try this for a while, I think it is an IPA in wheat beer clothes basically, but plenty of west coast hop in this tasty wheat.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.