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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: 1,507
Hads: 8,082
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 416
Gots: 2,141 | 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 woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another review that will probably get lost among all the others. Oh well.

From the bottle: "So, we're all on collective disability. That's cool. Let's put some ice on it and keep ourselves elevated for a while. So, what's on the tube ...? Honey ...? Get me a beer from the fridge ... Will ya ...? Sweetie ...? Pleeease ...?"; "Un-Limited Release".

My pour created three fingers of dense eggnog colored head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow. Nose smelled like pineapples and freshly mown grass. Mouthfeel was medium and the pineapple taste was right out of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers. How did they accomplish this one? Man, this was so mellow and coupled with the ABV, I was feeling good about myself. The finish was semi-sweet and very pleasant. That may do it for me this evening. (828 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a lightly hazy dark yellow, with a thin white head.

The aroma is very hoppy, with juicy grapefruit and pineapple upfront.

Tropical fruits are also the focus of the taste as well, though they are a bit more balanced out by some light pine hop notes. There are some faint wheat and pale malt notes in the backing. There are no hints of alcohol from the relatively high ABV.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with a crisp finish.

This definitely is one of the hoppier wheat beers I have tried, or it could just pass as an IPA brewed with some wheat. Either definition works. A very easy drinking beer, especially considering the ABV. (677 characters)

Photo of kell50
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pulled from the fridge and poured straight into a pint glass. Not particularly sure on bottling date.

A - Pours a ale yellow orange , quite indicative of a pale wheat beer. Half a finger head sits atop a fluffy off-white head.

S - Big piney hops! Deep citrus- orange, grapefruit aromas. This wheat ale smells like an fresh American PA.

T - Crisp, citrusy, & hoppy. Quite different than the typical pale wheat ale.

M - Med/light body, carbonation provides a zip to it. Super drinkable in a hot day. I will say that the alcohol is fairly noticeable; which to me a negative.

O - A very enjoyable, well crafted beer. Definitely a beer I will return to time and time again. (678 characters)

Photo of poolemhore
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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! (681 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Griffon (21Aug10)... Poured a light honey gold into a shaker pint with a one-finger, gently poured head; good sheets of lace. Smell is dominated by tropical fruits, some citrus and peach rind. Taste is a good mix of sweet hops (pineapple, apricot, mango) and some drier grapefruit rind and peach rind on the finish. A touch of wheat / grain provides some malt balance, but hops are the focus of this beer. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing - an awesome summertime IPA - errr... "American Pale Wheat!" Haha - tastes like an IPA to me - just a little lighter in color and body (yet its abv is actually higher than Lagunitas IPA??). Really impressed by this one. (693 characters)

Photo of dbmernin83
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden hazy, straw, big head, lacing
Hops are hard to the nose and tongue. A citrusy bouquet and mouth. The wheat tries to fight it off but the hops win. Light boozy tingle.
Light on the mouth, especially for the 7.5%.
This is a pale wheat? Ha! More like a wheat IPA. Thanks again Lagunitas, for making a beer that doesn't quite fit into a specific style. (362 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a totally clear light bright orange with a very nice fluffy white head that retains very well and leaves great lacing.

Nose is actually more IPA than wheat beer. I can get the wheat base a bit, but it is clear that this is going to be a hop driven brew.

Well, taste balances it out a bit, but this is still pretty much an IPA. Hops don't jump out hard right away, but get progressively stronger as each sip progresses across the palate. A nice bitter finish is actually balanced out by a fairly strong malt presence coupled with a...

...mouthfeel that is much more viscous than i anticipated. Not soupy or anything, but just a touch higher than i like in an...IPAish...beer.

Drinkability is pretty strong. Lagunitas likes to over-malt the hell out of everything, but this is definitely an exception to the rule, as despite a somewhat viscous feel, the sweetness is tamed and balances the hop presence well without fighting for center stage. The abv feels about what it claims to be

Overall definitely the best lagunitas ive had in a while. Im not terribly amazed with it, but its a nice IPAish kind of thing, and i could easily put a couple away. A well crafted, and very well balanced beer, and one i will probably re visit with lethargic and intermittent regularity (or lack thereof). A well made...hoppy beer... (1,326 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale has a yellow colour and a good head that lasts. It has a nice hoppy smell with a hint of citrus. The taste is hoppy with a hint of citrus bitterness. It's nice and foamy in the mouth and very drinakable. It's delicious. (246 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Plum Market

a - pours a bright golden color with a big ivory head, awesome retention lacing, fairly cloudy, really great looking wheat ale

s - citrus and mango hop notes with lighter pine aroma, wheat and bready malt balance out the hops, light alcohol heat

t - not as much of a hop bomb as I remember having it on-tap in CA last year, the lemon, orange and mango hop flavors take center-stage, but the wheat and bread malt notes provide a decent amount of balance, finish is pretty dry and slightly hot

m - medium-bodied, moderate to slightly higher carbonation, fairly dry finish, moderate alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable stuff, there is some depth to the flavors and it isn't harsh on the palate, abv is evident, however, which limits drinkability somewhat

Really good beer overall -- one of the better offerings from Lagunitas in my opinion. I remember liking it a bit more on-tap, but it's well worth picking up a sixer of bottles. (964 characters)

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Sweet candy aroma over a citrus hop base. I really am intrigued by the candy sweetness.

Appearance - Orange tinted yellow color with a decent level of carbonation supporting a white head.

Taste - This is pretty much my limit in hops. Not too much hop bitterness and that sweetness I smelled provides a wonderful balance to the hops. This is a refreshing beer that finishes with a pine hop taste. The sweetness at the beginning really sets up the hops nicely.

Notes - The mouthfeel was good and had that hop film that you may or may not like. (552 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium gold. Attractive textured white head of fine foam that sticks around for a good while.

S - A comforting and familiar malty smell I can't quite put my finger on, underneath a hoppy smell that's borderline a lunchmeat note I don't want. But that seems to fade throughout the glass. There's also a light floral nectar sort of smell, which may border on orange-vanilla.

T - Very smooth. A gentle, cool, honey malt flavor with a moderate hop tang on the back end.

M - Soft

O - A pleasant, soft, fruity, floral, sweet-ish sipper. There's one note in the nose I don't like, but that's the only thing I don't like. (622 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Miller Lite shaker pint glass at The Barley House.

Who doesn't love gettin' themselves a little sumpin' sumpin', eh? This potential entendre pours a cloudy straw topped by two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises grapefruit, melon, light onion, flowers and light caramel. The taste is more of the same, with some light clove, pepper, nutmeg thrown in for good measure. The body is medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' brew, something that I'm upset I took so long to try. (546 characters)

Photo of Long813
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Premier Wine & Spirits
Dated: NA

A: Clear orange body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Decent retention and great lacing.

S: Huge citrus notes, very pleasing. Some floral notes and wheat.

T: Pleasing citrus flavour with a little sourness. Also has a little spice to it.

M: Light bodied and medium high amount of carbonation. Mild bitterness, not much else to note.

D: Pleasing brew and def worth the buy. (425 characters)

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden almost amber with eggshell white colored head that builds up to an almost two finger width that leaves thin lacing stuck to the glass once it resides. The smell is a bit grassy and piney, but sweet, with a detectable sweet malt backbone. Tastes of bold bitter and hops with a definite bready wheat flavor and detectable spiciness perhaps from an excellent mixture of hops, malt, yeast, and wheat of course. medium bodied with a carbonation that is not overbearing nor underwhelming, just right. I was craving hops but had no IPAs on hand and this juicy and delicious beer did just fine. I'm glad I have a few more of this excellent pale wheat ale.

Cheers! (675 characters)

Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into draft glass

A- Poured a golden color body with a foamy white one-finger head. I poured this a little passively.

S- Pine, grapefruit, citrus, and a sweet malt come screaming from the mouth of the glass competing for position. West Coast all the way here.

T- Nice flavor. There is a piney hop taste with grapefruit and citrusy notes in there. Then the sweet malt backbone comes in there. It doesn't overpower it, though. A little bitterness on the finish. Well-balanced, pleasant.

M- The mouthfeel is just right. It has a nice juicy, medium-body feel to it. Not quite as crisp as I like in some of the upper-echelon west coast style ales.

O- Im not a huge fan of wheats, as I tend to go toward the IPAs, Stouts, and pumpkins. However, this is a solid beer and the best wheat I ever had. (802 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear pale gold. Head is about a finger and a half of white foam. Head does last a decent amount and leave some small lacing.
S: light grapefruit hop, lightly sweet, and just a very light touch of pine.
T: hops lend toward grapefruit with more pine on the back end. Nice amount of sweetness, a touch of honey.
M: smooth nice carbonation, lingers but not coating.
O: good all around, balanced hop and malt. (417 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A hazy dark golden in color. Aromas of various citrus fruits, and some pine cone. Taste begins with some apricot, then a bready middle, and a piney aftertaste. Mouthfeel is extra rich and creamy. Overall a quite strong, but quite good wheat beer. I assumed it was an IPA before I went to BA. (291 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big white frothy head, clear golden color. Head stays, tons of lacing. Impressive

S: Piney citrus hop bight, some wheaty malts,

T: Sweet lemon citrus notes, caramel, molasses biscuity malt backbone. Pine-y crisp finish. Very bright colors, definitely a summer brew. Even a hint of alcohol heat. Some peppery notes in there too. More pale ale than wheat.

M: Very heavy full mouthfeel, high carbonation, not a real session brew.

O: Very tastey brew overall, well made, another quality brew from Lagunitas. They never dissapoint. More like a malty/wheaty pale ale. For a summer seasonal it stands out, this is no lawn-mower beer. (636 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass a murky dark gold with a big billowy white head on top. Great retention leaves some nice sip rings along edge. Smells of tangerines, oranges, and pineapple. Wow. Big citrus notes that I was not expecting.

The mouth is crisp and bubbly. Flavor is citrus with some bitter grapefruit notes melded with sweet orange flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with some sugary malts. This is a wheat ale? Blind-tasting this, I would guess it's a red or an india pale. I like this alot, but I wouldn't ever think this was a wheat. I like what they artfully did with the style though. Recommend. (607 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with a diesel 3 finger head that retains itself nicely.

Smell: Mango and citrus from the hops.

Taste: Nice citrus hop profile backed up by some bready malts. Smooth, balanced and delicious. The aftertaste is nice and pleasant in that it's both bitter and sweet. Again, this is a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Oily stickiness coats the tongue nicely. Despite this, the brew is on the lighter side and very easy to drink.

Overall: Easy drinking with a nice balanced flavor. What's not to like? (523 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in the Spokane area for $1.99.

Poured a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head that took it's time dropping. Lots of lace.

Big floral nose, with grassy and citrusy notes within. Also a substantial, biscuity malt and some earthy undertones.

This tastes like what I might imagine a pale wheat ale like those made by Pyramid or Widmer might taste if it were massively hopped. The taste starts off with some grassy hops with some piney and citrusy notes in the background. Then the malts kick in, with a earthy, bready flavor that matches the hops. Mildly bitter at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that comes with some oily hops.

It's been a while since I've had a beer from Lagunitas this drinkable. I'd consider several of these if it were on tap at my local. (832 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden orange. Good carbonation. Really big, fluffy white head with good retention and lots of strong bands of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet grapefruit and malty aromas, along with underlying crisp wheat.

T/M: Mostly sweet and malty, with a good amount of citrus and grapefruit hops mixed in as well, quickly flowing over the initial malt base. A bit of puckering bitterness in the followthrough. A little prickly on the tongue.

O: A very good wheat ale with loads of hops flavor that nevertheless doesn't overlap the essential crisp, refreshing wheat character of this beer. The relatively high ABV for the style is also very well-hidden. (651 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into perfect pint glass. Big fluffy, creamy white, 3 finger head; it's very frothy. Eventually settles, with legit cling. Very nice golden honey, light yellow color. Smell consists of light pine hops, wheat, sweet resinous hop. Taste is similar. Grassy wheat, some pine, cream, sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, with light bitterness from hops, smooth. Very good, overall. This has been one my favorites since I first tried it. It's crisp and refreshing on this summer evening. (493 characters)

Photo of smooth_aleing
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Very nice golden honey color, with a decent head and beautiful lacing. Smell isn't as pronounced as I'd expect, slight notes of honey, pine and grapefruit. Nice malty flavor, with subtle citric fruits and light, damp woodiness, with a surprisingly tropical fruit note. Light mouth feel, nicely carbonated. Overall a great pale wheat ale, perfect for the first warm day of the year. (418 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, tenacious white head.

S: Aromas of minerals, pine, spruce, herbs, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, and white wheat bread dominate the nose.

T: Robust notes of minerals, crackers, wheat bread, biscuits, herbs, pine, spruce, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and grapefruit absolutely throttle the palate. The finish is predictably bitter and resinous with pronounced lemon, grapefruit, herb, and pine notes underscored by faint traces of wheat bread and minerals.

M: Medium-bodied, soft, and smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is mildly prickly. Alcohol is practically undetectable. This ale is easy to drink despite its strength.

O: A really great ale that straddles the line between a hoppy pale wheat ale and a wheat-based IPA. This one is definitely worth seeking out on a warm day. (824 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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