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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

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottled a little over a month ago, says the Julian code.

A: Looks similar to their IPA, Sucks, and Hop Stoopid. Clear bright copper body, nice head and sticky lacing.

S: Hops, lots of sugar, almost like cake frosting. More wheat and malt as it warms up.

T: Exactly how I'd expect a hoppy wheat beer to taste. Nice balance of bitterness and breadiness (if that's even a word). Classic Lagunitas hop bite loaded with notes of pineapple.

M: Carbonation is at an adequate level. For a higher ABV beer, you wouldn't notice it much.

O: One of their best year-round beers, for sure.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at for pete's sake in philly

A - Pours pale golden yellow with a light head which fades away into a film with some traces of lacing around the pint glass.

S - Loaded with a pleasant mixture of juicy hops, wheat, and a touch of fruit.

T - The hops jump right out initially, followed with a sweet, wheat base. An assortment of tropical fruit reveals itself, eventually turning to more oily hops and a bitter finish which disappears swiftly.

M - Light bodied and bubbly.

D - The 7.3% is masked nicely creating a highly drinkable and refreshing beer.

This is super hoppy for the style, and might be one of my favorite Lagunitas beers ever. Nice!

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Photo of FourQuarters
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Mildly hazy, bright burnished gold, and an inch of soft, white head and moderate carbonation that settles out.

Smell - Citrus, damp spruce, some sweet fruit notes and hops.

Taste - Lemons, pine, clover honey, and hops. Starts out with slightly sweet fruit and ends hoppy and dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth and snappy.

Drinkability - My days of big hop are long in the past, but this works and is a very easy drinking beer. The hops are certainly present, but are well balanced by the malt.

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Photo of SirRuss
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange that immediately excites the senses, and the haze throughout points to this brew's wheaty genetics. The head is well defined, and a clean cut white. The retention is a little eager to dissipate, but it leaves behind a stiff collar which gives way to robust lacing at every sip.

S - Amazing expression of hops. A complex array of pine, citrus and grapefruit notes indicate a true american hop schedule, which bursts from the glass in an assertive, yet elegant manner. A faint bicuitiness also lingers in the background, nodding toward the gentle balance of sweetness ahead.

T - Sure enough the delicate malts roll down the carpet for the impending hop extravaganza in a manner that is as gentle on the palate as it was in the nose. Despite the clement character of the soft shortbread sweetness, it proves a dedicated partner, and as much as the hops dominate, it endures to the literal bitter end. The hops also reflect the nose, as the zesty citrus notes of orange peel and lemon rind blend into the acidic bitterness of grapefruit, and finally end on a gust of pine and unripe clementines. Throughout the transition, a distinct grassiness adds a refreshingly airy herbaceousness to the dynamic, which would make this brew a great summer feature.

M - There's a definite hop oil stickiness that's most apparent after the buffering carbonation subsides, and the beer has time to coat the palate between sips. However, take another swig and you're riding high again on buoyant body board of carbonation, bobbing over wave after wave in a sea of fresh green hops.

D/O - If you're a hop fan, this one is for the long haul. It's by no means overbearing, but it's certainly not a character to go unnoticed.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- Poured a clear golden color which surprised me because this is a wheat beer. 2 finger width frothy off white head is short lived.

s- Aroma is kinda hoppy, most impressive is the tropical fruit flavor. Theres a hint of honey in the nose.

t- Oh, this is nice! Hops come through pretty well but i'd say the sweet maltiness puts up a good fight. This reminds me of bell's Oberon, but this is more hoppy.

I love the newiish trend of these summer pale wheat ales having more alcohol. I usually stay away from these, but this is great. This is not your typical "refreshing" pale wheat.

mf/d- This has body! Feel is prickly and kinda smooth. A few of these would go down just fine!

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Photo of SirBenton
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my recently purchased Two Brother's pint glass.

pours a great golden yellow with a slight orangish tinge. a small amount of white head formed as well. the smell is hoppy freshness with a slight hint of wheat and light malt smell. the flavor is really well balanced with the wheat hitting first only to then finish with that fresh hop flavor. goes down smooth and is a really refreshing beer. A great summer drink that I will soon drink again!

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Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hoppy beer with no freshness info to be found. A rare gamble on my part. Worth it? Yep.

This was a hazy straw color and it poured with a medium sized, lumpy head.

This smells at least fairly fresh. Somewhat vibrant citrus and tropical fruit plus muted wheat underneath. The hops don't come across as fresh on the tongue, but this is still damn tasty. Pungent grapefruit plus hints of pineapple and mango all but overwhelm any malt balance. The body was big and sticky. Definitely liking this one. Give me a bottled on date and this would be a regular buy for me.

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Photo of dondeez21
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard a few good things about this beer but wasnt quite sure what style it was. Grabbed a 6pack and was very impressed.
A: Copper coloer with a foamy head that disappeared rather quik.
S: Very strong citrus hops hit my nose right away
T: Was not sur ewhat style this beer was until I was half way through my glass. Very suprised it is a wheat beer. Tastes more like an IPA. Citrus hops attacked my taste buds. Very hoppy.
M: Medium mouthfeel not too light and not too heavy
D: This beer tastes great but I feel the hops are very present and may slow you down after a lint or 2.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color, this is not a light summery wheat beer in appearance. Nice big fluffy head after a bit of a vigorous pour.

Talk about a blast of fresh hops coming from the head on this beer, wow. I am pretty sure the dudes at Lagunitas start each batch of beer with a mandatory 10lb sack of hops. This beer is very piney and resiny in the nose, a little bit of sweetness like pineapple is in there too...quite aromatic!

Taste is lots of fresh hop character, piney, citrusy, pineapply with some cotton candy sweetness to it as well. Call it what you will, I still think its up there with some of the IPAs I've had. The finish is a bit tangy and bitter dry but crisp and refreshing all the same.

Love this stuff, I wish it was around 5% as 7.3% is a little out of session range for me but I do like this "Summer" release more than most I've had.

Love the name too...

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Photo of MrWriggles
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear honey with a hint of rose. Clean white foam.

Smell: Distinct hop aroma with subtle grapefruit notes.

Taste: Light and bitter throughout with spice and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thin yet has tingly bite on the tongue.

Overall: A nice different IPA to drink on hot day. No heavy flavors jump out or overpower. Overall a recomendable beer.

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Photo of Weston19
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: The appearance is an amber color with a thick foamy head which quickly disappears into a nice lacing that stays there until you finish it.

S: I think the smell is the best thing about this beer. The immediate smell I encountered was sweet pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a little nuttiness. Truly one of the best smelling beers I've ever had the pleasure of smelling.

T: Taste follows the nose with a little sweetness followed by a strong taste of grapefruit. There is also a tiny hint of pineapple but the grapefruit was definitely the main flavor. Leaves a small amount of bitterness every time you take a sip.

M: Very creamy and a bit oily.

O: I thought this beer was a fine example of why Laguanitas is one of the best craft beer producers around. Everything about this beer is spot on for the type of beer that it is. Although I personally didn't like the bitterness the aftertaste left, that is just my personal opinion. Would definitely recommend it if you like this style of beer.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden yellow color with a white head and good lacing

S-floral and citrus aromas

T-citrus and fruit flavors with floral notes and nice bitter hop flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O-a delicious ale, very drinkable

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Photo of tjbaretta
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mostly clear golden color. Not much head on the pour. Some lacing down the glass until the beer is gone

S - Orange and lemony. Some fresh cut grass too. Can smell the crisp hops.

T - Citrusy wheat ale with a nice hop kick. Good flavor! The alcohol is well hidden

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. A little thin to me.

O - A good a wheat pale ale. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle poured into chalice

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Photo of beerphan
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a golden clear orange with a large fluffy quick receding head. Chunks of lace line the glass in patches. Carbonation is large and in charge.

Nose: FLoral, orange, some yeast, pale malts, lemon zest. Big hoppy nose. Love American styles!

Sweet pale malts add some biscuity tones. Hops smack you in the face with herbal citric stinginess and lingering bitterness. Thick for the style mouth, but kind of oil slicky. Drying.

Huge American wheat for you hop lovers out there, i know I enjoyed it and will again. Alas, if all wheat beers were this good, I wouldn't wish the cooler weren't so clogged with them this time of year. 7.3% could be dangerous.

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Photo of DamDweller
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Shiny straw yellow color with a swirly head.

S: Fresh-picked hops, candi sugar, and beeswax.

T: Heady and herbal with a grainy backbone.

F: Appropriate body and carbonation and a characteristic stickiness.

O: A very solid offering in this style.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really love how different this is! It has the fresh citrus and pine notes of an IPA with smooth, mellow undertones of orange peel and vanilla. It feels like an IPA and wheat beer working together and it is such a good combination! The overall product is fresh and citrusy with a smooth creamy finish. I plan on buying this again very soon.

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Photo of VTEno17
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden, very clear, looks like a good strong ale or lager. S: definitely the low light of this beer, get some sweet bready smell and some floral notes up front but it then turns to an almost sour urine smell, sorry but that's what I'm getting here :( T: up front has a familiar ale or strong lager taste, clean and wheaty, getting a real bready malty sweetness at the back of my mouth, finishes very bitter. M: pretty light, good carbonation, pretty dry from all the hops bite. O: Why did I wait so long to give this a shot, it's a good ale with some real hops bite.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange, gold with a thick white head that leaves beautiful lacing.

S: This beer has a wonderful aroma of grapefruit, lemon, vanilla, and slight bubblegum. Hops rule the smell though there are plenty of sweet tones.

T: Starts with slight bread but hops quickly take over and stay in the driver's seat. There is some mango and lemon followed by grapefruit. The finish has some bread return and a pleasant tinge of bitterness from the hops. Citrus and a herbal grassy taste lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium with nice carbonation.

Overall: This is a really great beer. It has a wonderful aroma, ripe and crisp fruity flavors that have enough bitterness to rein in sweetness, and it is not too heavy. However, the ABV is a tad bit heavy and, though you could enjoy a few of these in a row, you might regret drinking too many. This beer is perfect for sunny spring days that still have a bit of chill or dampness in the air.

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Photo of LeoPanna
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -2.1%
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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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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