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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: 5346
Reviews: 1294
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.

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fmccormi

New York

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

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a Luettich-balloon glass (Bruery tulip—can’t go wrong with this bastard). Bottling date of January 30 (“03030220”) printed on the neck of the bottle in black ink, so a little over three weeks old at the time of review.

Appearance (4.0): Nice pour, 24k golden body with a slight chill haze, bone-white head of fine and fat bubbles mixed together, starting at two fingers and settling to a thick film on top. Some lacing. Nice, fine streams of little bubbles racing to the top. Could always use more lace and a more substantial head in my book, but this is a good looking beer.

Smell (4.0): Well, if Lagunitas does one thing right, it’s West Coast hop profiles. Sweet citrus—mango, pineapple, passion fruit—with some pine resin chasing the back end quickly. Very nice. Some lightly sweet, blonde grain character—a little sugary, not bad.

Taste (4.0): A great, great balance is struck here between a well-toasted, pale, grainy malts, and a very nice, piney hop profile that pops with a long-lasting, resiny bitterness. Some bitter citrus pith is the constant factor here in the flavor profile, right from the start and lasting throughout. Enjoying the subtle wheat notes in here, too—tart and slightly fruity. Almost lost underneath all those hops, but again, this is balanced, and balanced well. There’s a chalkiness in the finish that detracts a little, but not significantly.

Mouthfeel (4.0): No complaints here. Medium-bodied with a very dry finish, it’s got the type of carbonation that crests like in a wave, starting small and then foaming near the middle and dying out toward the end. You wouldn’t notice it if it wasn’t such nice, fine but active carb.

Overall (4.0): This is a very good beer. Glad to know this is year-round. It’s pleasant when the hops have died off, but I definitely like this beer fresh-fresh-fresh. Easy drinking and approachable, but not sacrificing character in any way. I like it when there’s some wheat character that’s allowed to shine through in a beer, too—too often the wheat in a beer gets washed out by spices or super-estery yeast notes, so I like it when it’s given its due with a solid ale yeast. Not that I’d consider this a particular wheaty brew—it’s more of a sidenote. But I enjoy it. Well done, Lagunitas. Keep up the good work. And yes, I’m still waiting for a bretty Hop Stoopid.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 18:44:34 | More by fmccormi
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amart79

California

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

A - yellowish golden body with a small white head.

S - fresh citrus is all over the smell, very crisp and fresh.

T - nice fresh pine, citrus notes with a little bitter hops at the very end. Taste doesn't hit you in the mouth but it's nice. Almost an orange tasting aftertaste.

M - DEcent carbonation. Nothing exciting about the feel though. Really just there and then gone.

) - Everything's there but maybe not as much as you'd like it to be. Definitely solid and I think it's a nice refreshing beer to have in the fridge at any given time.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:57:03 | More by amart79
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear rich yellow gold in color with a fluffy white head.

S - Floral hops with some citrus and grapefruit notes. Some sweet bready malt in there as well.

T - Not quite as hoppy as the nose suggests, but still more than adequate hop wise. Citrus, pine, and floral hops in the front, followed by light bready malt to balance things out. This is good stuff.

M - Medium body, with lots of carbonation. Slick feel with some dryness in the finish.

O - Great brew. I didn't pick out much of a 'wheat' character but I assume it's there. Good balance in the flavor. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 18:15:57 | More by mooseo
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

very bizarre brew here. pours a clear red tinted copper color with a one inch off white head that slowly dissipates. smells like fresh hops, grassy and earthen, english malt backing, some wheat malts as well, but does not smell like a wheat beer and its usually accompanying yeast. flavor is strangely hopped up front, not wuite fruity, a bit dry, and mildly spiced. tough to place exactly, but possibly tasting some fresh cascade hops here. feel is good, fuller bodied than most. kind of a hybrid beer in taste and feel, not a wheat beer per se, but not an ipa either. well carbonated, it carries the unique flavors of the hops. overall a cool beer, good bargain, and interesting blend of ingredients. ill most likely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 20:31:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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julian89

Georgia

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass and enjoyed with a fantastic Trader Jo's pizza topped with sauteed spinach, olives, onions, and garlic.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-gold body sporting a full inch of off-white foam. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: Smells of wheat, flowery orange, citrus, and a small hint of pine.

Taste:A very light mix of wheat and light grain. Small hints of citrus and pine. Exactly what it needs to be for a stronger pale wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Such a great beer for it's price, If I want a good beer for a good price I generally go to Lagunitas, or sometimes Abita.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 16:47:51 | More by julian89
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ONUMello

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent orange-yellow with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Quite a bit hoppier than I expected- both citrus rind and pine, but there's also under-ripe strawberry and wheat
T: Quite hoppy, with the hops continuing strongly from the first sip through the finish. The pine comes through quite a bit, along with bitter grapefruit rind and some dried flowers. A hint of wheat as well, but much more like an IPA here.
M: This is quite flabby. Medium-bodied, but I expected it to be much crisper.
O: As others have said, this is more IPA or APA like than a wheat ale, though still well made and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 20:51:52 | More by ONUMello
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chugalug06

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Massive white foamy head. Beautiful lacing remains on the glass. Brew is moderately clear.

Lots of sugary pine needles. Cotton candy comes to mind. Very wheat forward and smooth scented.

YUmmm. Bitterness is mild. Carboantion is high. Piney, resinous wheat flavors.

Highly recommended! This is an often overlooked jem... Style is very unique and stands outs as being on the top.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:18:49 | More by chugalug06
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Samuel906

California

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

Appearance:

Pour a very light, very transparent golden yellow. Fluffy, thick head that very slowly dissipated to a nice healthy lacing around the glass.

Aroma:

Loads of hops and citrus. Orange and grapefruit and some mild pine notes. Exceptional smelling beer, very refreshing.

Palate:

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. This beer is incredibly drinkable, and highly recommended for a hot day.

Taste:

Loads of citrus right off the bat. Fairly sweet with tons of hops to follow. Not very complex, but the flavors that are there are balanced and work well together. Barely any hint of alcohol. Tart fruit and the enjoyable bitterness of the hops are left on your palate.

Overall:

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, as I have many others that Laguanitas has made. This beer is an excellent drinker, light, crisp and refreshing while still giving bold hop flavor that we all love. A potent ABV, fantastic appearance, and superb smell add to make this a very well rounded beer. One to add to my "always in stock" in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 04:51:04 | More by Samuel906
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

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

Appearance: Great cotton-like foam. Solid golden. Definitely has the traditional look of a filtered wheat ale. Carbonation is a bit absent.

Smell: Fresh grapefruit and grass. This li'l sumpin' sumpin' also has a slight herbal/floral scent. IPA qualities all around.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This really tastes like an IPA. Bitter grapefruit hops and some floral notes. The grapefruit notes fit the smell, but the floral flavors are definitely faint. Pretty full-bodied like a good IPA, which I wouldn't expect in a wheat ale, and I definitely like.

Overall Drinkability: A suprising ale. The alcohol really hits you on this one. Great flavors and smells.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:45:57 | More by tjsdomer2
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: nice copper color with 1 inch white head

smell: citrus, sweet caramel, hops,

taste: citrus, grapefruit, hops, nice bready, caramel malt backbone

mouthfeel: nicely balanced beer, with moderate carbonation,

overall: a very nice beer wish Delaware would start carrying this company. So I wouldn't have to trade for it or go for a drive to find it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 19:57:57 | More by THECPJ
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match1112

Illinois

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

a: hazy dark yellow body, two fingers of thick clumpy head stay till the last drop, leaving clumpsof lacing all the way down the glass.

s: sweet spicy sugary hops and wheat.

t: pretty tasty wheat beer with a very nice hop forward profile.

m: medium body, good carbonation level. little hop twang on the tongue, but not dry or overly bitter. maybe a little oily.

o: one of my absolute favorites that got me into craft beer to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 18:04:08 | More by match1112
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JamesMN

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Crystal clear golden hue with effervescence floating up toward a soapy off-white one finger head.

Aroma: Super sweet grapefruit and citrus hops. Like candied orange peel.

Taste: What we have here is an IPA in disguise. I've actually avoided trying this beer for a long time because I'm a hop head and wheat beers are a bit of an afterthought for me, but there is some real bitterness here. The great part is that all that hop goodness sits atop a mellow malt bill so it can really shine. There is pine and citrus first then transitions to more outright bitterness and finishes with a hint of that wheat flavor that is expected with the style. This is completely the opposite of what I had in mind when reading the information on the bottle but ironically exactly what I was looking for. Leaves your palate aching slightly after the bitter bashing is has taken from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with carbonation that is almost aggressive. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Does Lagunitas make a beer that isn't an IPA? Whatever the answer, I can't wait to try another offering from them. Would I drink it again? Yep.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 06:17:05 | More by JamesMN
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

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

2 month old bottle.

Clear golden body with a white head.

Fruity hops and sweetness. Orange, grapefruit, and peach.

Solid malty backbone going on. Citrus fruit hops. Some bitterness. Medium bodied.

Super easy drinking sessionable hoppy beer here.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:27:57 | More by MattSweatshirt
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

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

A - Pours a dark but very clear gold with a huge off-white head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Honey malt and pine resin dominant the nose. Pineapple and lemon come through along with an extremely slight amount of malt.

T - Small amounts of pine resin and honey malt come through at first, followed by the grapefruit and lemon. Finished slightly malty.

M - Medium, slightly watery body with light to medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It was pretty solid. Tastes like your typical IPA. I think it's placed under the wrong style honestly.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 06:22:34 | More by SometimesIfart
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Joe_Grizzly

New Hampshire

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

I have not had a bad lay-guh-nee-tas yet

this was a little different then I expected after reading the reviews

has a malty-creamier base then I expected it too

my first go around with Belgian yeast

has a copper hue to it with huge head 2.5 finger center pour

a nice smooth drinker that I wouldn't turn down

the A.B.V is well hidden for 7.5 %

has great carbonation and tastes wonderful the hops are there but not over bearing

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 11:45:33 | More by Joe_Grizzly
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dwren89

Virginia

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

Appearance: orangey gold with great clarity and a thin white head

Aroma: toasted bread, biscuit, little bit of citrus but mostly pine hop notes with some lingering bitterness on the nose

Taste: toasty, but with prevalent hop bitterness that notes of pine and slight citrus, great bitter finish that lingers like the nose

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium body, crisp, tingly

Overall: great beer that displays strong bitterness, with pine and a little citrus notes, but also exhibiting toasty and biscuity notes. Strong bitter finish and great nose overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:04:08 | More by dwren89
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danieelol

Australia

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

Pours a kind of yellow-y golden. Good head/lacing.

Refined floral/pine/earthy bouquet. Potent, with malt balancing nicely. Ginger biscuit, ginger ale qualities.

Taste reinforced the aforementioned flavours. Has a dry and slightly astringent, "ginger"-y finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, hoppy, a little boozy. Flavour gives the impression of malt but without the sweetness.

Solid IPA, but lacking some lusciousness and a presence somehow. Would happily drink again though.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 09:52:37 | More by danieelol
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poolemhore

Maine

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - big bubble foamy white head with good retention and a deep golden color body.

S - citrus and hops are strong at first and over time mellows to a floral note.

T - well balanced flavor with a floral sweetness.

M - moderate body, a bit smoother than a typical pale ale (probably the wheat folks).

O - a good beer by Lagunitas. The hops really linger on my tongue which is interesting considering this isn't an IPA and it reminds me a lot of them. Personally not a big hop head which may be why the bitterness bugs me for just being a pale (and at that with wheat!). I don't find it to be particularly unique but very good nonetheless. Watch out as a 6er of these will get ye!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 22:57:25 | More by poolemhore
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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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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Transparent golden body with a frothy white head that leaves some lacing.

S- Lots of wheat and lots of piney hops with some grapefruit.

T- The wheat and the hops play very nicely off of each other. The beginning is a slightly sweet wheat presence with the piney and resiny hop flavors coming through in the middle. The finish has a very bitter taste with a hint of alcohol presence which is surprising because it is not as noticeable until the end.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV.

O- Very good beer that would be great if the alcohol was dialed back slightly.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 23:44:13 | More by stephenjmoore
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy gold, with lots of visible carbonation and 1 1/2 finger's worth of white head.

S: Light biscuit and cracker malts, pine, grass and citrus hops.

T: Follows the nose, with just a bit of multi-grain bread graininess. It's fairly balanced but nicely hoppy (pine and citrus primarily). Citrus (lemon, grapefruit and rind bitterness) in the hang.

M: Light body, a fairly bubbly mouthfeel, and only a bit of alcohol presence - impressively hidden for this ABV in this style.

O: This was really solid for a style that can be underwhelming so often. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 14:28:02 | More by macrosmatic
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours pale color with two fingers of dense, beautifully formed head with generous, sticky lacing. Brilliant clarity, excellent retention. Champagne like effervescence.

S: Pear, generic hops, slightly sweet pale malt, a little pepper, honey-soaked pineapple. A fairly potent aroma.

T: Grainy wheat and malt, notes of apple and pineapple, and an undertone of nondescript hops and mildly sweetish malt. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy texture, with medium-high carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty, fairly drinkable, and by no means a typical wheat beer. Solid but nothing to wow you with.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:41:55 | More by pmarlowe
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ImusBeer

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprized by this beer. The bartender told me it was a wheat but the hoppiness knocked my socks off, in a good way.

A: very little head, light cream colored some lacing. A very pale yellow in color.

S: You can tell immediately this is a hoppy beer you can smell the aroma hops inches away.

T&M: Very sharp hoppy bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel. I felt like exclaiming "aaa" after every swallow.

D: I could drink this stuff all day but you have to give your mouth a break!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 14:16:13 | More by ImusBeer
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firkinhophead

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Let's put some ice on it and keep ourselves elevated for awhile." Nice!

Pours a glowing, gold with a creamy-looking, two-finger head of egg-white yellow foam. The slightest bit of haze, but mostly clear and inviting. Head sticks around briefly, then settles to a tight cap. Some good stickage.

Aroma is of piney, citrusy hops. Very fresh aroma with no hint of alcohol. Some cookie-like malts in the background are barely perceptible. No yeast component typical in a wheat.

Taste is like no other American pale wheat, and not sure it even qualifies. This is all about burb-inducing piney hops. The wheat may serve to lighten the body, and there is a hint of breadiness mid-palate, but a firm, fruity sweetness carries the hops aloft, and all else drops away. The hops linger nicely, with only modest bitterness, and the final impression is of a fruity white wine with some grainy tannins and palate-drying resins.

Mouthfeel is sticky, but soft, yielding to a drying alcohol and hop finish. Medium-light body doesn't seem watery or thin. Carbonation is medium, but is not intrusive. Dryness wears hard after a spell.

A bit puckering for easy-drinking, it still hides its alcohol well and is thankfully not overly sweet or bubble-gummy.

Another interesting concoction from Lagunitas. A pale wheat for hopheads, what else? Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 03:23:57 | More by firkinhophead
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness dating, but its a recently released seasonal.

A- this one pours a pretty clear golden orange colored body with a small but lasting bright white colored head that leaves small rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- very muted wheat smells with plenty of hops. pine and citrus mostly.

T- again, a very mild wheat like taste upfront. theres plenty of hops at the end. lots of citrus/grapefruit and some resiny pine.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- an interesting take on an american pale wheat ale. enjoyable and easy to finish, i found myself reaching for a second without much thought. check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 20:17:13 | More by jwinship83
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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