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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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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 zander4dawin
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Wow, this just looks like a tasty beer. Great clear golden color with a perfect creamy white head.
Smell - Grapefruit mostly, peach, little pine
Taste - Very similar to the smell, grapefruit and peachy notes. Hits a good bitterness level. Some spice notes in there, i'm guessing from the wheat.
Mouthfeel - Flavorful but still easy to drink.

Overall - Another good beer from Lagunitas. Mostly just tastes like an IPA but a good beer overall. (455 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhere between gold and amber in color. Thick white head. Nice lace that just wouldn't go away. Seriously. I helped my wife for about an hour, came back to the last couple inches of this beer, and it still had a nice lace.

Pine needles on the nose. Is this beer trying to follow Gumballhead? I'm thinking Amarillo hops, but what do I know?

Hops dominate in the taste with just a touch of wheat beer flavor at the end of your sip. I would like that ratio to be different. (475 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle
 
A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head that turns into a ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is some malt with a good dose of citrusy (grapefruit, orange) hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has some sweet malt up front with some bitterness in the finish from the citrusy hops. I love the hop profile in both the taste and aroma. Very tasty.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's a nice refreshing hoppy brew that is highly drinkable. Recommended! (600 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle no. 06696511856. Sampled on July 26, 2013.

It has a golden yellow pour and a significant foamy off-white head. The head fades but never disappears.

I enjoyed the aroma which covered a lot of ground with its pale malts, sweetness, resin, grass, and soapy esters.

The body falls into the medium range but it is so creamy it slides down my throat without a hitch.

Malty sweetness kicks off the taste experience and it is quickly overtaken by the earthiness along with some pear or maybe grapefruit flavors. Ends moderately dry. Easy to drink with a nice character. It is one I will remember. (617 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange body with a massive, coarse, sticky, and persistent off-white head. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls; the carbonation is rather slight.

Aroma: A substantial punch of citrus and pine hops combine with a strong and sweet bread malt presence. Sweet, slightly vinous alcohol is notable as well.

Taste: Opens with rather sweet malt, soon followed by a substantial hop presence, the hops dominate throughout the taste with grapefruit rind and pine tar flavors, although the malt remains as a sweet, almost honey-like undercurrent throughout the taste. Finishes with a long, drawn-out bitterness, primarily herbal and medicinal. The high alcoholic content is gracefully concealed.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-done. Considering the high alcohol and hop content, it is very drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass. (995 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Filtered golden. Crisp and white 1.25 finger head on a standard pour. Decent lacing.

S: Lemon merange and a dose of crispy, herbal yeast.

T: A surprising amount of juicy West Coast hops. The gardenbox herbal notes intertwine quite well, making this extremely refeshing. The ABV isn't detectable in the slightest.

M: Awesome texture and weight. It's a bit heavy for summertime quaffing, but because it's such a flavorful brew, it's easy to consume.

O: Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is one of the better beers from Lagunitas. It's also one of the best in-style. A well done and easy drinking offering, I certainly recommend putting one (or more) back. (713 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hop Stoopid: delicious. Lagunitas seems to have their things in order when it comes to hoppy brews, a segment of the beer population that I’ve come to know and love dearly. And as I understand it, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ is another one of those extra-bitter beers. Great, because something bitter sounds just about perfect right now. To hops!

No bottle date, but I’ve been told it’s pretty fresh. Many thanks to the man who made this possible: tripelhops. Thanks again for an awesome trade!

A: This is a beauty of a brew! Superb, bubbly lacing wraps abundantly around my glass as the big white plumage of foam starts to come down. The thing about the head that’s really striking, though, is how bubbly it looks; there’s a constant fizzing as the honeycomb cream reacts wildly with the air. Now, after a minute or two, it’s down to just a few silky suds hovering above the rich, amber body. And speaking of color, there’s another thing to note – pretty hazy. However, that golden-orange still manages to absolutely gleam from every angle. Gorgeous!

S: Now that is a damn fine hop smell. Crisp pines and grassy flowers explode in the nose, followed quickly by a creamy, toffee malt. Sensational, just like Hop Stoopid. There’s something organic floating around, though, that HS didn’t have: wheat grains. I’m picking up a mild grain husk and tropical fruitiness from just behind the malts, adding a nice touch of complexity (which I was expecting for a Pale Wheat Ale). Then, in the back, there’s a hint of carrot-cake spiciness and a nice portion of yeast breads that bring everything to a serene finish. Gotta love a nose full of fresh hops!

T: Very fruity in the front. Peach, mango, apricot, pineapple – the wheat is certainly present. Not as much in the grain department, but that’s how I like my wheat beers. Hops bounce around the palate from first to last, making the bulk of their statement in the aftertaste. For the middle of the flavor profile, however, they add mild grassy floral notes. I can taste a bit of yeast in the background, too, as esters, dough, and a bit of musty leather tones. For a wheat beer, excellent. The aftertaste is very soft, consisting primarily of a mellow hop tinge mixed with some fruit aftershocks. I can see why some people could identify this as an IPA upon first taste, but I wouldn’t have this beer without the wheat. The way those unique tastes strut their stuff in this palate is the most enjoyable aspect, in my opinion.

M: Decent, at best. It’s not as carbonated I as I would have expected from looking at the head. I think fizzy would be a more appropriate word. It’s also quite thin, which, granted, is a quality that diminishes as you drink more and more. It was undeniable with that first sip, though, and it is with the last.

O: This is the first Pale Wheat Ale I've had that I feel could stand toe-to-toe with FFF Gumballhead. It has some nice flavor profiles (especially from the wheats), but, admittedly, it’s a bit less flavorful. Still, if hoppy-yet-mellow enjoyment was what Lagunitas was aiming for, they nailed it. And if not, screw it – it's tasty! (3,156 characters)

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale and hazy light orange with a small head that leaves lacing some of its larger brothers would be jealous of.

S - Smells light and sweet. Bubblegum and pineapple come to mind. I feel hops are going to be the main course here.

T - Heavily sweet malts bring tropical hops to the front to linger on the tongue for a while. Some smoothness from the wheat and a mix of fruits sort out the back end.

M - Creamy for the style. Tingly coating all over the mouth.

D - The tingle of the hops make this one a little less refreshing than other brews of this style. Still, very tasty and I could down a few. (605 characters)

Photo of Lillenk
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was very nice. Nice golden color with a really nice white head.

Smell was huge. Lots of citrus (grapefruit) and hops. Very aromatic.

Taste was good. Very mush like an IPA with a little bit of wheat flavors. Very complex and very nice.

Mouthfeel was pretty big because of all the hops so you probably would want to drink more that one or two. (388 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A- a straw color, with a tinge of orange. Billowing white head, that laces very nicely down the glass.

S- Very orange-hoppy, like I get on a lot of Lagunitas offerings. Theres a bit more sweetness here than the APA's and IPA's they offer, likely from the wheat.

T- A smack of wheat malt up front, which is quickly beaten back by the nice hop additions, but the hops never crush you, which is very nice. It does have almost a metallic tinge on the end, which kept me from giving it higher marks.

M- really like the slick mouthfeel of this one, with the tight carbonation that tickles. Lighter side of medium bodied.

O- A very tasty offering. This would be great on a hot summer day. (726 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from BevMo in Salinas, CA.

A - Hazy orange-yellow, three-finger head the leaves nice rings of lace down the glass.

S - Definitely the best aspect of this brew. Very IPA-ish, with plenty of citrus-y hops in the foreground. Lovely.

T - Okay, temperature definitely matters with this one. At first when very cold, it's not quite what I had expected after that fantastic nose. I get the hops in the beginning, but then a sort of muddy mash-up of flavors. BUT -- once it warms up... okay, now I get it. The flavors space out and things have some room to breathe. Hops with plenty of malt on the back end.

M - Solid, definitely more IPA body than wheat. Maybe a bit of stickiness, but in a good way.

D - At first I thought that the drinkability was very high, but after finishing the first one I get the heat in my face and I feel the alcohol. I could maybe drink one more (okay, I *could* drink the whole 6-pack, but the rest of the day would be a wash). Now that I type it, I think I will have one more...

Hopefully Lagunitas will decide to keep this one around. My favorite of theirs after Hop Stoopid. (1,120 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pretty, red copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh, citrusy and with a touch of raw herbal notes that is quite nice. There is a touch of malt backbone in the nose as well, supporting crystal malt character provides a hint of caramel and there is a nice, toasted malt towards the finish. The hops contribute aromas of tangerine, candied citrus peel as well as some tropical fruit notes; the hop fruit notes seem to become more noticeable as time goes on too.

Lightly sweet tasting, but with a biting hop character from the get go. This is fairly smooth for all its hoppiness, especially up front. The lingering finish has a clean, biting, though not overwhelming, big bitterness that really lingers on the tongue. A touch of peppery carbonation and a light body (with just enough heft to carry the ample hops) make this quite the quaffable IPA; almost more of an over-the-top hoppy Pale Ale. A touch more aggressive hop character provides notes of pine, a touch of menthol, and just a touch of dank, raw hop flavor. This definitely has a nice balance of hop flavors to it; I like that the citrus / fruit notes dominate with notes of tangerine, bergamot, lots of lychee and floral tropical fruit flavors.

This really needs to be in a bigger bottle, a 12oz bottle of this is not nearly enough. Quite tasty and a nice surprise, this sits nicely as a quite drinkable beer from this brewery along with Hop Stoopid.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,629 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- light gold, with orange hues, clear, 1 finger head hangs around a while

Aroma- Bright citrus, fruity, piney, earthy hops, some bready grains, very nice

Flavor- more pine here, juicy citrus hops, fairly bitter but very drinkable, slight malt backbone but theres a lot of hops going on

Mouthfeel- medium, slight astringency, fairy smooth

Overall- A damn tasty beer. Really closer to an IPA and for that reason its probable the best APWA I've had. Pretty solid all around and worth picking up. (530 characters)

Photo of ale1
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

picked up a sixer

ingredients malt hops hops , yeast , hops
served in a malt glass
nose -barley malt don't notice wheat, if it is, it's way in the background , hops not overwhelming but there
pours a 3-4" head which settles down slowly ,appears to be naturally carbonated,
good lacing clear straw color not any haze noted.
price is a little high $9 a sixer? $7.50 and you'd sell alot more , guys will reach for the Seirra nevada pale ale as well only 0.60 cheaper

anyway back to taste , good malty taste , all the citrus hops seem to be at play
simco, citroen, just right
slightly better than the Accumalative ale we just reviewed last week from Fat Tire
because of the price i wont be purchasing this ale on a regular basis, will spend my $ on some good barleywine style for less $
overall good stuff however

i had another bottle and upgraded my review a couple of pt's today to bad grocer so greedy they would sell many more (938 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I had heard this had some sort of wheat component but to be honest it tasted a lot like Hop Stoopid and Correction Ale. Bright orange color, great head, and an aroma of juicy hop resin. The taste is citrusy and the mouthfeel is really the big difference between this and Correction Ale, this feels thicker. This was way to easy to drink and for the price I paid ($10.50 per sixer) it was worth it. Cheers to Lagunitas for producing seriously hoppy beers that don't break my wallet. (519 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a nice orange amber color with a super creamy 1 finger head that hangs around for a while. Really nice, sticky lacing.
S- Strong, sweet citrus. Orange, Ruby Red grapefruit, pineapple, hints of toffee, dark fruits and bread.
T- Orange, grapefruit, and pine over a nice malt backbone. Slight booze. I don't pick up any wheat at all.
M- On the light side, more slick than creamy. Slightly oily finish with a touch of lingering bitterness.
O- This was pretty good. I get the feeling (or at least hope) that this bottle may have been a bit on the older side. I'll try again sometime in the future. (605 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to nonic. Appearance is a clear pale golden with white thick frothy head that leaves nice lacing. Immediately get floral and citrus aromas with a hint of bread. Flavors are similar with medium sweetness from a fruit note and a lightly bitter grassy taste. Mouthfeel is lively, with a soapy texture, and a mild but lingering bitter finish. (357 characters)

Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden concentration of a brew.

Average head/retention but good lacing.

Bready and spicy and wheaty with hop oils to boot(type?). Maybe some orange rind at the end of the sip?? Nice little complexity.

This reminds me of Hopdevil but a little more oily.

Great beer. Not sessionable! (292 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is difficult to find American wheat ales that aren't pretty insipid to my palate, even from decent breweries. American wheat is such a broad style and many err on the side of bland and bubbly, presumably a profit-driven decision. On the other hand, Lagunitas rarely if ever disappoints and has a reputation for heavy-handed hopping so I snagged a six-pack of this when I happened upon it at a so-called wine market that also has a decent craft selection. Worth every penny. A bottle of this elixir pours a pleasing golden yellow with a lot of thick white head. The brewer wanted that classic wheat head retention and executed this variable like a pro ... Stuff sat there like meringue. Aroma was also pleasantly evocative of lemon meringue pie, among other signs of a solid malt-hops balance ... I get mixed citrus, a grainy spice, and a little resin or pine all on top of a graham cracker malt backbone. Palate is fairly chewy, creamy and smooth but pungently bitter: Lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, passion fruit and cantaloupe, starfruit, apricot, and a touch of something that recalls white wine, this starts like a fruit bowl but ends with a grainy, bitter coda of piney wood, green bananas, and some floral components that evoke tobacco or sweetgrass. Not particularly estery or phenolic as per the American style, this is a wheat ale hopped like an IPA and is the perfect antidote to North American wheat beers that taste like foam and not much else. May be too bitter for some expecting a more traditional wheat experience. (1,539 characters)

Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours to a two finger off-white head with a golden/orange body; looks really great.

Smell: I smelled plenty of the expected citrus and pine notes; plenty of grapefruit peel.

Taste: Acidic citrus, very floral and hoppy with a malty appearance at the tail end. Crisp and tart overall.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated; smooth and refreshing.

Overall: Really great; I would buy this one again. In all honesty, I'm more inclines to buy some Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, but all the same this is an excellent beer. (547 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ox bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer and is still there. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice layered lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready grains, sweet pale malts, and slight citrus aromas. Mostly tangerine and grapefruit in there.

Taste: Hops are more noticeable in the taste, especially the tangerine and citrus. Bitterness is also there too. A little bread and sweetness also.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, and a little treat.

Overall: This beer seems to be more pale ale than wheat, but still a good brew though. Nice and hoppy for a APWA too. (761 characters)

Photo of JRed
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with white head that leaves sugary lacing dripping down the side. The usual Lagunitas aroma permeates from the drink: strong tropical fruit, citrus, kiwi, sugar, and hops. Starts clean: tropical fruit then wet hops, alcoholic booze swing through and slick the palate with oily residue, citrus. Mouthfeel is slick, semi-oily, but fatigued carbonation make for a nonaggressive drink. A nice American Pale Wheat Ale but a bit offensive, the usual Lagunitas style. Well worth picking up, a great West Coast ale. Elegant in flavor and dangerous in ABV. Go get some. (576 characters)

Photo of freakspank
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not normally a fan of very hoppy beers but this is a great example of flavor and crisp bite. You can smell the layers of hops right from the start but the sharp taste makes this an excellent beer.. (201 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hotter than Nina Agdal's twitter feed, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin seemed ripe for the occasion.

This done sucker can get Raul into trouble. 7.5%, but it goes down quicker than... (get your mind out of the gutter, my minions!). But yeah, this dang sucker is smoother than my baby mama after she gets waxed.

Smooth, supple, more flavor than J-Lo chewin' on bubble gum...

Yep! (382 characters)

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