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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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BA SCORE
94
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1,560 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,560
Hads: 8,350
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 443
Gots: 2,438 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Yellow gold color. Head dissipates quickly. Taste is where its at. Hoppy, piney and earthy. And of course wheaty. Get a apricot aroma. Slight caramel hints. Goes down smooth. Feel the carbonation. A great kick and great beer overall. Accordingly to brewer, it pairs well with Fettuccini Alfredo, Chicken Tikka Masala. i would also think fish and roasted veggies. :-)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

Pale golden-orange color with a very slight haze to it. White head and lots of beautiful bubbles lurking below the surface from the carbonation.

Smell is of floral hops with some tropical fruit aromas. A bit of an underlying sweetness.

Hard to believe this is a wheat beer - starts out with very straightforward grainy, dry malt; quickly followed by the hops that begin piney and floral, but quickly turn into a biting rindy bitterness that lingers for some time. In fact, this aftertaste is, to me, the most noteworthy characteristic of this brew - the resonant bitterness that fades slowly away.

Mouthfeel is a great balance of crisp carbonation and smooth, medium body. Pleasant and drinkable.

A nice offering, although, if inspired by Three Floyds' Gumballhead, it really doesn't match up. Gumballhead is so much more balanced and nuanced. This is bold and for the most part, well done, but appears hamhanded next to a brew like Gumballhead. But that's just my opinion.

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

Appearance: The color of an orange peel, and the clarity of a clean glass. The head was a two-finger snowy white cream puff.

Smell: Sinus-clearing American hops made me wonder if this was really an American IPA. The hop smell, while surprising, was simply delightful. Pine, citrus, and cool mint. As much as I tried, I couldn't get a read on the malt bill. Some lovely tropical esters opened up, however, as the beer warmed.

Taste: The hops stung like a bee, but it hurt so good. The high bitterness lasted well into the finish, but was sweetly balanced by honey drizzled pineapple and a breeze of breach malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium light mouthfeel with a highly carbonated bite. Zing! The bitterness gave this a dry finish.

Overall: Quite powerful for a pale ale, particularly one with wheat, I should think! But the sweet secondary flavors made this something special, and the hops were zany and enjoyable. Too much going on for this to be a sessionable beer, but definitely something one ought to try! Can't give this more than a 4 overall, simply because I felt it was more of an IPA than an APA.

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

A fun somewhat fruity beer that is easy to drink, certainly some caramel specialty mixing with several other grains on a two solid row base to create a flavorful ale that is sneaky good. This Ale is great for those new to craft beers but will not satisfy the strong robust pallets.

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

Tulip glass.

A: Pours pale color with two fingers of dense, beautifully formed head with generous, sticky lacing. Brilliant clarity, excellent retention. Champagne like effervescence.

S: Pear, generic hops, slightly sweet pale malt, a little pepper, honey-soaked pineapple. A fairly potent aroma.

T: Grainy wheat and malt, notes of apple and pineapple, and an undertone of nondescript hops and mildly sweetish malt. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy texture, with medium-high carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty, fairly drinkable, and by no means a typical wheat beer. Solid but nothing to wow you with.

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Photo of nickshep7
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with 2 finger white head (prett agressive pour). On the smell I get a ton of pineapple. On the second pass I picked up a good amount of orange mango juice. Very interesting and complex smell. Taste is full of floral hops. Good mouthfeel and ok drinkability. I like this brew but too sweet to throw back more than one or two.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Very pale with a fluffy snow white head and good lacing.

S: A hint of lemon and hops, but nothing really pops out here.

T: Lots of zesty hops and citrus, but there is a discernible breadiness from the wheat.

D: It goes down smooth and is very refreshing, another is not a possibility, but a necessity.

Overall: This is a great offering from Lagunitas. It is balanced and delicious and has a nice little kick to boot. A nice take on the style and must try in the summer. If other American Pale Wheat Ales are "lawnmower beers" then this is a "tractor beer"! Good stuff!

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Photo of dickieb
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of white fluffy head and average lacing

S- The smell of this one is fantastic crazy orange notes and citrus hops with some smells of sweet wheat malts to it.

T- The taste mimics with nose but its not as powerful as the smell. Grainy wheat malts off set by some good but not overly bitter citrus hopping.

M/D this drinks and feels like a lighter IPA with some really interesting smells to it. I could drink a whole bunch of these

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Photo of tittymcj
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear beer with a orange-red hue to it in light. Good head which recedes and leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

S: Very piney and hoppy, good bite to it. Has good balance though, in that the malt backs it up with a good bread smell.

T: Lots of hops, good amount of malt, but very mellow taste overall. Almost a hit of vanilla flavor in there as well, which helps to damper the bitterness of the hops.

M: Light and refreshing, in spite of how complex and full the flavor is. A bit spicy, but goes down smoothly and doesn't linger.

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Photo of Bestinyourgirl
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not an IPA guy. Drank most of this. Like a slightly gentler Rebel Rouser from Sam Adams. Smells grassy, critrusy and very early summers evening. Taste unlike an IPA. Hoppy yes, but slight bitterness that lingers a tad longer and a bit more intense. Looks amazing. Golden with amber hues. Still won't be an IPA guy, but a 6 pack once in a while would be enjoyable. Fantastic!

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in June 2015.

Appearance: Hazy light gold with almost white head. Head is very thick and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Strong citrus aroma, like grapefruits. Also get some hops and pepper aromas, but the citrus aroma dominate the others.

Taste: Nice balance and variety of flavors. There is a strong hops and citrus flavor but with a little pepper flavors as well. There is some sweetness too, and the hops do not dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very smooth.

This is an interesting IPA. It has a nice mix of grapefruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. I like the overall balance, and that the hops do not dominate the flavor. A very good ale.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Transparent golden body with a frothy white head that leaves some lacing.

S- Lots of wheat and lots of piney hops with some grapefruit.

T- The wheat and the hops play very nicely off of each other. The beginning is a slightly sweet wheat presence with the piney and resiny hop flavors coming through in the middle. The finish has a very bitter taste with a hint of alcohol presence which is surprising because it is not as noticeable until the end.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV.

O- Very good beer that would be great if the alcohol was dialed back slightly.

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Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orangey gold with great clarity and a thin white head

Aroma: toasted bread, biscuit, little bit of citrus but mostly pine hop notes with some lingering bitterness on the nose

Taste: toasty, but with prevalent hop bitterness that notes of pine and slight citrus, great bitter finish that lingers like the nose

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium body, crisp, tingly

Overall: great beer that displays strong bitterness, with pine and a little citrus notes, but also exhibiting toasty and biscuity notes. Strong bitter finish and great nose overall.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Straw color with a small head that leaves no lacing and slowly recedes. Aroma is multiple layer of west coast hops, with cimcoe and cascade standing out. Taste follows the nose with a wheat and piney hop body before a dry hopped finish that goes down easy. Well hopped without being sensory overload. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. No bitterness and the hops are pleasant without being overloading the wheat part of the beer.
This could actually pass as an IPA for some people. Good hop presence without being one dimensional. Glad Lagunitas rolled this out. Great for year round thanks to it's balance and drinkability.

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Photo of slk22
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a honey color, quite cloudy, with a small white colored head. Aroma was easily detectable, but not overpowering and consisted of a sweet orange and grapefruit combination. Very inviting. Taste follows the nose with a sweet rather than tart citrus (mandarin orange and grapefruit) bitterness on a barely detectable crystal malt backbone ending in a slightly dry finish. A bit warming as well. Mouthfeel was smooth with a light-medium body. Overall, although this offering is not overly complex, I wish this wasn't a limited edition as I really enjoyed this one. Could easily drink several of these and went back to the store to get the last bottle.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great cotton-like foam. Solid golden. Definitely has the traditional look of a filtered wheat ale. Carbonation is a bit absent.

Smell: Fresh grapefruit and grass. This li'l sumpin' sumpin' also has a slight herbal/floral scent. IPA qualities all around.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This really tastes like an IPA. Bitter grapefruit hops and some floral notes. The grapefruit notes fit the smell, but the floral flavors are definitely faint. Pretty full-bodied like a good IPA, which I wouldn't expect in a wheat ale, and I definitely like.

Overall Drinkability: A suprising ale. The alcohol really hits you on this one. Great flavors and smells.

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Photo of osusullins
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't get as geeked out about this beer as some friends of mine, but it is pretty good.

Pours a hazy orange with a thick and creamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and some subtle pine.

Taste is very hop forward. Mostly grapefruit citrus, with some pine undertones. Nice hoppy beer from start to finish. Solid malt backbone.

Nice beer. I enjoy most of Lagunitas' beers.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a transluscent and glowing orange color with a finger of egg-shell white head that does not hold for too long but it laces okay.

S: Strong floral hoppiness, orange and lemon zest, caramel, and fresh-cut grass.

T: Strong lemon and orange juiciness early, caramel malty middle, wiped away by strong, bittering floral hoppiness late.

M: It has a medium-light body with above average carbonation and some tongue-numbing from the hoppiness.

D: The is a little strong on the floral notes but delicious nonetheless; good stuff.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.