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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BA SCORE
94
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7,898 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,898
Reviews: 1,566
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,952 | FT: 4
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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 zimm421
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively from a bottle into a tulip. Appears a nice orange color with fluffy white head, that leaves good lacing. Very clear, and the head never really dissipates completely.

The nose is fairly muted but the floral notes and sweet undertones are what come through the most. The taste is very well balanced. There is good caramel flavor, and the floral hops allow the beer to finish nicely bitter.

Mouthfeel is fairly sharp, and slightly sticky on the back end. Overall, this is a good brew that is very refreshing, and very full of flavor.

Photo of papat444
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottling code 305 3 (Nov. 1, 2013).

Pale yellow body (clear) with a thick white head and a tight patchwork pf lacing. Aroma is strong wheat with a kiss of orange. Flavor has ripe oranges, sweet clementines. Great drinkability and flavorful to boot.

Photo of MillRat
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left-coast hops and wheat malt. Maybe not the first beer to feature this dynamic duo, but arguably one of the best examples of it. Slight wheat beer haze with a solid white head that retreats to a persistent ring. Lots of classic left-coast citrus hops in the nose, with some pine and grapefruit supporting the lemony main note. Bitterness is solid but in proportion for a beer of medium body. At half this strength it'd make a great lawnmower beer, but full strength it is, and that limits it to a few rounds. Unless hops ain't your thing, it's hard to find any fault with this brew.

Photo of Beerandboards
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- light copper/gold color. ~2 inch head of loose white foam. Leave some light lacing down the sides.

S- very thin. Smells some light hops, sweet notes. Not a lot, but everything that is there smells good.

T- nice. Good blend of light citrus hops, orange and grapefruit. Then there is a smooth sweetness of the wheat. Almost a berry type undertone. Really a good blend of the two styles.

M- higher side of medium carbonation. Fits the flavor profile well. Little bit oily in a good way.

O - the best representation of a style that I generally don't like. Every other wheat pale I've tried seemed confused and unbalanced. Lagunitas hit the nail on the head as far as mix of hops to pair with the wheat. Great summer day beer.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to John @ Granite Liquors. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. A very pale yellow color with excellent clarity. Has a white head that starts thick, but ends up pretty thin. The thin layer skims the top of the liquid the whole time. Would've gone with a 3.5, but the lacing saved it. Sticks to the glass very well. The smell is awesome, extremely hoppy, well at least for the style. The citrus hops stand out, much like a well hopped APA or a slightly milder IPA. There are some malts that collaborate with the hops, so it finishes with a slight sweetness. The taste is good too, but a slight step down from the smell. Much like the smell, the hops are still the strong point. Tastes of grapfruit and citrus zest, providing a bit of an earthy bitter taste. The malts aren't as strong, but they start everything off with a sweet base. Can't completely figure it out, tastes like they are roasted, , maybe almost over-roasted. It's good, far more malts than many of this style, and the hop to malt ratio is great, however the bitterness to sweetness could be a little better. The mouthfeel has great body to it. I have found many APWA's to be very light, but this is a little closer to medium. My only knock on it is the bitterness comes out a little strong and there is a slight earthy bitter finish that could have been cleaner. Don't get me wrong, it's still great, just me being over-critical. Dispite how I whiny I sound about that I still find the beer very drinkable. Generally not a fan of this style but this ber has given me a healthy curiosity of it, I may try more. I'd definitely drink this more, especially in the summer.

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Lightly hazed, bright golden yellow with a thin, off-white head that left spotty lace.

S-Fairly aggressive pop of citrus (orange and tangerine) hops with a touch of sweet biscuit malt.

T-Spicy orange/tangerine hops up front with a bit of honey sweetness and a nice backing of biscuit malt chewiness.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly sharp and crisp. Good lingering bitterness.

D-Quite flavorful with pleasant orange and tangerine hp notes. Malt backing is present but doesn't get in the way. Nice job and a very nice drinking beer.

Photo of bruachan
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the visual evidence of wheat is not overwhelming. head and lacing are nice, but the haze is minimal. pale, though not quite gold--a pallid amber

the aroma is (quite predictably?) a hop whallop. i think it's columbus but i suppose it could be simcoe (i am out of shape, so to speak. haven't brewed in awhile...why not both?). i can't really get past the hop--the malts might have an aroma

tastes mostly like hop, too. the body is robust enough to be the hop payload's vehicle, but only barely. honestly, i hadn't noticed this one was a wheat brew. it makes sense, given how innocuous the malt bill is. i do feel an effervescent dryness at the finish, but it took some close inspection

not quite a session brew, keeping 7.3% in mind, but it won't spoil your dinner

Photo of tapman
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange in color with a large, off-white head that has some pretty sticky lacing. Head pours as high as you need it. Filtered.

Fresh pine, juicy fruit gum, hint of sweet grass and a hint of citrus for the nose.

Taste is very sweet. Hops are similar to the nose, but subdued by the intense sweetness. Not cloying like a molasses sweetness, but like a lot of a lightly kilned grain sweetness. THink Lagunitas' IPA with more malt tossed in.

A little thick, but still refreshing.

An interesting beer, I still prefer the Lagunitas IPA. It has a far superior hop flavor and a low enough abv to drink the heck out of them. THis one is good, but why so high in alcohol for a beer that is so light and that drinks so quickly?

Photo of HardTarget
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sparkling deep golden glass holds a tight white thin head.

Smell: Big points here. Juicy fruit, both the gum and grapefruit, lemon and lime peel goodness. Just a whiff of grainy wheat but mostly just West Coast hops on a sweet base.

Taste: Not all the wonderfulness the nose promises, the hops are a bit bitter and leafy and overwhelm most other flavors. A little more earthy noble hop flavor. Still, very easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Goes a bit frothy with a prickly carbonation. Body is medium light and goes a bit dry in the finish.

Overall: Has to be one of my favorite Pale Wheat beers. The style is normally fairly bland but the hops here really kick this into another level. Screw style guidelines, this is good stuff!

Another thanks to IlludiumQ36 for a great beer.

Photo of cagocubs
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with sticky white 1/2 finger head that laces the glass and sticks around.

S: Citrus, banana, coriander, hops, and some sweet smells.

T: Most of what comes through the nose follows to the mouth. Sweet tastes of citrus/fruit balance out the aggressive hops.

M: The mouthfeel is well balanced. The aggressive bitter nature of the beer is kept wet and from drying giving off a refreshing feeling. Great mouth coating.

Photo of HopDerek
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle enjoyed at Union Jack's Manatawny.

Pours a clear amber color with 1 finger of off-white head into a snifter. OK retention and some lacing. Smells of honey, grapefruit, orange, and toasted grain. Tastes of citrus fruits like grapefruit, orange, and tangerine, honey, wheat, and perfumey and floral hops in the finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth with a nice bitter bite. Hoppy but balanced, easy to drink. Refreshing and a good hoppy summer brew.

Photo of JizackFH
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a bright golden apricot color. It has a nice fluffy white head, that left nice lacing on the glass as it fell. Some carbonation bubbles are present.

S - The smell is very nice. It has a nice clean hop presence. There are also nice fruit notes present like orange, tangerine, and pineapple. There is also a nice sweetness present.

T - Very nice taste. It has a very clean hop profile. There are a lot of tropical fruits present. I'm surprised this is a wheat beer, I never would have thought that. The taste is good, clean and refreshing. The finish is clean, slightly bitter, and has some citrus as well.

M - It has a nice medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy. it is very refreshing, and slightly dry.

D - The drinkability is good. I think this is a great summer beer. It is really refreshing, and the taste leaves you wanting more. I would have no problem drinking a 6-pack of this.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: All but the gentlest of pours produces a massive multi-fingered ivory-colored head with outstanding retention; intimidating, even. Body's color is a very slightly cloudy gold, with a few streams of carbonation. Insane lacing on my glass, looks like sea foam, very amusing.

S: Citrus and pine through and through, courtesy of the hops. Good complexity, but nothing that I can't get from other brews. OK, that may be overly harsh, it's just doing so well that I felt like knocking it down a peg.

T: Equal mix of minty pine and citrus fruit, plus a good touch of spice. Well balanced hops varieties. Pleasing amount of bitterness, not too much, but enough to scare away lagerheads.

M: Fluid and well carbonated, high acidity despite high bitterness. Very compelling for another sip.

O: Uniquely foamy, extremely entertaining for an AIPA (yes, I deviate from beeradvocate's classification, as the packaging suggested many do). Great hop complexity, yet I feel that most other brews in this category that I've sampled can provide the same profundity. Maybe my hops palate hasn't been properly developed (quite possible), maybe I've only been sampling the finest of AIPA's (possible), but it didn't live up to its casing's hopefulness of tasting 'everything anew'. Still a great beer!

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear; golden yellow; 2 finger head, long lasting with good lacing.

Smell: I wouldn't have placed it without reading reviews, but it does smell of Papaya; hints of malt and citrus, too.

Taste: Juicy malt on start; citrusy hops hit pretty quickly and leads to a good malty sweetness; finishes fairly dry with a lingering taste of grapefruit and dried tropical fruit. Pretty well balanced between malt and sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium creaminess with a good level of carbonation.

Remarks: Pretty complex and different. Excellent beer overall.

Photo of Sam-VW
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the euston tap in London


A - golden with a medium white head slow bubbles rise from the bottom

S - freshly cut grass, citrus and slight sweet malt smell in the background

T - starts with a bitter hop kick, quite grassy then fades to a sweet citrus note with brown sugar characteristics, finishes with piny bitterness

M - smooth with medium carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- pours a straw yellow. A half a finger length head quickly dissipates into small patchy spots of lace in the center of the drink. The carbonation is visible.
Smell- fruity esters are dominant. Also, floral esters as well as a soapy and perfume like quality are evident. This brew has a nice aroma.
Taste- fruity; notably pear. Wheat malt. This brew is also quite herbal and spicy. A bitter and dry hops finish balances out the taste.
Feel- light and crisp. Carbonation stings the tongue. This one goes down smoothly and is quite refreshing.
Overall, a nice brew

Photo of kvgomps
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured typical of Lagunitas. Even, smooth, nice body.

Smell is fantastic. Citrus, wheat and some nice hops. Not too excited about this one as I don't care for wheat beers. Taste is smooth and citrusy with a biting wheat finish. Don't care for the end but I recognize that this is done well.

I think you have to really like this style to go back to it. Too many other good offerings from this brewery and at least for me, too many better styles. That being said, this is the worst brew I've had from Lagunitas and given the rating, it should speak volumes about their beers.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow gold with nice transparency . Short, bubbly white head with weak retention. Fresh, zesty hops with bleached yeast, white bread, creamy malts, grapefruits and pineapple on the aroma; floral and mildly earthy. Beautiful fresh hop flavor with smooth lemon zest, grapefruit and wheaty malts. Sour bite with a smooth, bready, hoppy mouthfeel. Clean, fresh aftertaste.

Photo of RobAM
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Good brew by a good brewery...

Photo of zander4dawin
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of CaptainHate
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The is a very refreshing all purpose beer which is deceivingly complex.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,898 ratings.