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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94
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Reviews: 1,483
Hads: 7,985
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 415
Gots: 2,041 | 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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Reviews: 1,483 | Hads: 7,985
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)

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

Another wonderful label from the folks at Lagunitas. Alas we are not to judge a beer by its cover..err label. Sumpin' Sumpin' pours a nice crystal clear gold. Things are topped off by two fingers worth of bone white head. The head eventually settles to a ring. A fair amount of lace is left in its wake.

Sumpin' Sumpin's nose packs a nice wallop. The aroma is definitely hop centric. Sweetened grapefruit strikes first. Some light lemon notes hit as well. Some faint herbal/pine notes rounds things out. Malt comes through only as to sweeten the citrus notes.

This brew definitely hits as hop centric on the palate as well. The sweetened grapefruit in the nose strikes with a bit more pungency. Some sweet herbal notes are present as well. The malt is more pronounced on the palate. Some pale wheat notes, with a light toastiness make up the malt. The finish is sweet with a long lingering herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

A little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale brings some much needed interest to an American pale wheat beer. The hops are ever-present, but never overpowering. The alcohol is kept well in check. While definitely a sweet beer, it never goes syrupy. Kudos to Lagunitas for another tasty hop heads brew. (1,256 characters)

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

Poured into a nonic.

Clear golden body with an inch of frothy white foam on top from a hard pour. Head dies down to a somewhat bubbly cap of foam on top. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of honey and bread malts. Some fruity notes and citrusy hops.

Cereal, wheat bread and honey malts. Some fruity yeast notes that quickly give way to piney and citrusy hops that add a nice balance at the back end. Lasting bitter finish.

Clean, medium bodied, creamy and assertive carbonation.

An easy drinker indeed. Pretty IPA like for an American pale wheat ale, but I still dig it. (573 characters)

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

A stand-out among the American Wheat beers. Really strong hop presence, a little pine and a little resin on the nose. Very crisp feel, bubbly & definitely a little bitter but goes down pretty easy. It's a little strong to be a perfect summer sipper, but it is an excellent. (273 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: light yellow. Clear. Thick-foamy head. Sticky lacing throughout drink.

S: orange.

T: citrus. Pine. Medium bitterness. Definite wheat in the malt profile. Alcohol is hidden well.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body. On the dry side.

O: good beer. Balanced well. Not too hoppy or malty. (307 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rather inactive copper body topped with a finger of paper white carbonation that leaves spotty lacing behind.

Orange peel, smooth mango, soft conifer notes, a touch of sweet malt character... classic smelling hoppy west coast beer.

Citrus and topical hops are intertwined with some banana and papaya... bitter pine far and away, lingering bitterness makes for a relatively dry finish. Smooth stuff, very drinkable.

Nice. (423 characters)

Photo of JLeege
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear deep yellow to light orange in color. Active carbonation with a decent head; a little lace.

Smell- Citrus all the way. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange.

Taste- Actually some pine comes through now. Along with the heavilly citrus notes. Not getting a lot of wheat flavor in this one. Hoppier than expected.

Mouthfeel- medium to high carbonation. Smooth. This is spot on, probably the best aspect of this one.

Overall- I have heard this described as an amped up gumballhead. They are both hoppy wheat beers but I think the comparison really ends there. This is good but not great. (605 characters)

Photo of KSac4115
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden caramel color. Very clear in consistency with a one-inch white foam head on the top. Smell is very pleasant with strong hints of hops and citrus flavors, possibly lemon. The wheat aspect of the beer is also prevalent. Taste is surprisingly light and flavorful. Definitely hoppy and hints of lemon. The flavors blend incredibly well to provide a very delicious beer. Carbonation is on the stronger side but fits in well with the beer. Finish is smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Overall this beer has exceeded my expectations. It is a tremendous blend of different beers styles leaving a complex, tasty, and extremely drinkable beer.

Cheers! (673 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard so much about this ale, I'm finally glad I found it.

A : Honey yellow wheat color. The head is large and in charge. Webby, thick, dense, and white for miles. Leaves lacing upon lacing as it recedes. It stands at 3 fingers.

S : Holy pine. Lots of fresh pine. Pine cone. Sharp spiced aroma. If you really like good pine aroma in your beer, that isn't skunky or artificial - just natural and tons of clarity, this is it right here. Nice nose!

T : Seems to have all of the characteristics of a pale ale but several dense layers can be sampled and peeled back. First, there's the pale wheat and yeast, pricked with pine and hop. It mellows out some and morphs into a fruity finish. It seems to happen in steps and all at once at the same time. A sharp snap of fruit and pine on the last breath. For sure a dense taste profile full of character.

M : Creamy and full of explosive carbonation. Ends semi-dry and a bit dusty.

O : Impressive, I'd have it again, but it's probably not going to be a staple in my fridge as IPA's aren't generally my thing. (1,063 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Murphy's
Comes to the table a slightly cloudy light golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of citrus grapefruit and lemon with bits of bread and spice. The flavor follows quite well a citrus hoppy ale with a bit of bready malt and spicy wheat. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick almost bubbly mouthfeel. Pretty damn good for a hoppy wheat beer, thanks Todd for suggesting it, I wouldn't have ordered it on my own. (494 characters)

Photo of ramseye4
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A=Pours a transparent copper color, with a decent 1.5 finger head.

S=Smells of primarily tropical fruity smelling hops, with a slight bit of wheat reminiscent of hefewizen hidden amongst the hops.

T= Typical hop taste found in many california ales...not that thats a bad thing!A bit of pine comes through, and the alcohol is completely hidden. The wheat, while subtle, shines through enough to make this a refreshingly different brew. This has the perfect amount of complexity.

M-Medium bodied and smooth, the carbonation pops in the mouth, and this one slides down easily, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth.

D- Absolutely amazing. this has the perfect balance between taste, ABV, and body. I really could sip on these for hours.

At first I wasn't entirely convinced, but the more I drank it the more I liked it. An outstanding offering by Lagunitas. (867 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow, slightly orange, lightly hazy brew, with nice dense head. Smells citrus, and pine, and hoppy great with some grain and malt notes...almost a sweetness there. Taste is malt and grain first, but gives to bitterness, and floral, and tropical fruits, and manufactured new-ness. Yep, you read that right, in a good, freshly made way. Mouthfeel is light for this, with a creaminess, and moderate hop echo...but I wish it to be more... and a winter warming that is nice, without being wacked with alcohol. A really terrific beer that I hope to have again. (564 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of jt31914
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure this can really be considered a pale wheat. It is like a wheat ipa perhaps.

It is golden in appearance, with no lacing but a nice half inch head upon pouring.

The Smell is sweet and hoppy. It smells if barley and humulus.

Taste is very hoppy, but in no way do i taste wheat. It is delicious nonetheless.

Nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall this is a great beer, but if i reviewed it as a wheat ale i would have to say it is not brewed properly to style. As an ipa it is great though. (498 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a nice straw gold color, with a small initial head. The aroma is full of citrusy hops, strong and pleasant. The flavor, basically, is the same: fairly bitter with a huge hoppy flavor, citrus and grassy. If there's any wheat malt flavor, I can't detect it. It's very drinkable, but really, there's little different between this and another 5 or 6 Lagunitas heavily-hopped beers. It's a well-crafted hoppy beer, but it's nothing new or interesting. (460 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.