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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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5,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,915
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 186
Gots: 535 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009)
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Photo of IronCitySteve


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange color with a small white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S: A lot of citrus hops hit the nose. There is a little amount of citrus but the pine is the most prevalent.

T: The citrus hops hits the palate first and foremost. In the middle, there is a slight amount of caramel/bready malt but finishes strong with more citrus hops.

M: Leaves a bitter citrus hop residue on the palate.

D: As someone who enjoys citrus hops, this one was a great beer. I would and could certainly have multiple in a sitting despite the 7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 15:55:07 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For starters, I prefer this to A Little Sumpin' Wild. I'm not a huge fan of Belgium styles, and I thought this was more mild and drinkable. It Pours orange-yellow with big foamy head. The smell and taste is sweet and floral, with some sourness to follow. It has a nice medium body that is crisp. I prefer the orange-hoppy bite in this brew to the thick sweetness in the Wild. It has a wheatiness, almost making it a hybrid of sorts. I had a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 22:07:33 | More by beerdown77
Photo of JJBlanche


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was going to pick up a sixer of Lagunitas IPA, then saw a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' next to it on the rack. The illustrated cutie sold me.

A: A fairly average to gentle pour yielded a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to about a half-finger pretty quick, then slowly goes down to a film. Good clarity. Nice, rich color appropriate for the style. Not really mind-blowing to look at, but above average. Would have rated stronger in this area if the head proved a bit more persistent.

S: Cracking the cap, got the distinct smell of cantaloupe. Keeping your nose a few inches from the bottle mouth and melon comes to the fore. In the glass, really getting your nose down in there, it's apparent citrus hops are the dominant scent...but the overall impression is melon. As it warms, I'm getting hints of Cognac. This could be from the age of my particular sample muting the hops (March 1st bottle date, 101 days old as of right now), or it could have something to do with the unique backbone. Or it could just be allergies. Who knows, but I like it. It's unique.

T: Grains, hop bitterness, something a bit unique going on in the background (again, maybe that wheat), carmel sweetness, and melon/apricot/fruit in the nose. I like it.

M: About perfect for the style. 'Nuff said.

D: Not exactly a session beer, but definitely nice to have one or three when chillin' out.

O: This is a good, solid IPA with a little bit of a twist...a Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. =) Not quite as radical as I thought it'd be, and it doesn't really stand above others in this segment enough to sell your first born to get it, but it's easy to see how LSSA could become someone's go-to brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 05:29:20 | More by JJBlanche
Photo of Jeffo


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Drinks Over Dearborne on our recent trip to Chicago. Thanks for the chat Mike!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thinner looking white head with decent retention. Orange in color with medium carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a thin film with immediate clingy lacing. Slight ring remains but leaves minimal to no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, sweet melon, and hints of butterscotch. An interesting combo and bold enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Pale malts, and sweet melon and toffee as well. Some butterscotch shows up through the middle, leading into a citrusy, bitter hop finish. A mild aftertaste of toffee, butterscotch and bitter hops. Some citrus and grapefruit in there as well. Not getting any wheat in there, but what I am getting is interesting and tasty for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and a little light on the palate. Creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable beer for sure. A more persistent and fuller head would help the look of this one, but the other aspects were very nice. It's listed as a pale wheat ale, but there's nothing wheat-like about it. It's kind of an ultra ESB crossed with an American IPA. This one is a little different than the norm, and I'm glad I picked one up on a whim. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 10:52:54 | More by Jeffo
Photo of hoppytobehere


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottled a little over a month ago, says the Julian code.

A: Looks similar to their IPA, Sucks, and Hop Stoopid. Clear bright copper body, nice head and sticky lacing.

S: Hops, lots of sugar, almost like cake frosting. More wheat and malt as it warms up.

T: Exactly how I'd expect a hoppy wheat beer to taste. Nice balance of bitterness and breadiness (if that's even a word). Classic Lagunitas hop bite loaded with notes of pineapple.

M: Carbonation is at an adequate level. For a higher ABV beer, you wouldn't notice it much.

O: One of their best year-round beers, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:09:51 | More by hoppytobehere
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at for pete's sake in philly

A - Pours pale golden yellow with a light head which fades away into a film with some traces of lacing around the pint glass.

S - Loaded with a pleasant mixture of juicy hops, wheat, and a touch of fruit.

T - The hops jump right out initially, followed with a sweet, wheat base. An assortment of tropical fruit reveals itself, eventually turning to more oily hops and a bitter finish which disappears swiftly.

M - Light bodied and bubbly.

D - The 7.3% is masked nicely creating a highly drinkable and refreshing beer.

This is super hoppy for the style, and might be one of my favorite Lagunitas beers ever. Nice!

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 00:20:22 | More by xnicknj
Photo of belgiumbud


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of this brew at my local Whole Foods Market...Poured into a standard pint glass (Butte Creek pint glass)...

Not much smell, a little bit of hops
Not much head, need to try on tap
Straw-blonde color, fairly clear
Very light on the malt, just a tad bit sweet, but immediantly the hop bitterness hits you and drys out your palate...Little bit of citrus acidity
Very smooth for a high gravity beer, after about two of these I feel like grabbing some peanuts and watching the ball game...

If you like hops with minimal malt and body then this is the beer for you...Always enjoy trying all that Lagunitas has up their sleeve

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 23:48:57 | More by belgiumbud
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw color. Only a slight haziness. Bountiful head with good retention and lacing. Massive C hop aroma, all over the citrus spectrum. Some gentle notes of ripe peach and apricot, too. Spicy and grassy on the tail end.

As this is quite heavily hopped, the perceived bitterness is up there in IPA territory. The flavor profile is all IPA. Loads of bitter citrus rind. Grassy and dank. Very light malt backbone, though you can detect the wheat as it just tastes a bit different than, say, an all pilsner malt IPA.

This is an IPA with wheat for all intents and purposes, and a big one at that - big aroma, big flavor. I consider it an excellent and somewhat unique beer among the year-round IPA selection.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:43:36 | More by gr0g
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Vivid grapefruit, citrus, and hops. Some malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Toasted malt and citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly smooth.

O: This is a good beer. That being said, it was hoppier and less wheat-like than I was expecting from the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:03:10 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- golden color with a off white head and a below average head.

S- lots of very fresh hops, citrus, some malts and grain

T- more hops, lemon and grapefruit, washed down by a good wheat character and bitter finish. Really balanced.

O- incredibly refreshing with a really nice hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 07:48:28 | More by Tschnab
Photo of brendan13


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy golden colour with an inch of white head that persists.
S - Citrus & spicy, piney hop character notes dominate.
T - Also very hoppy in the taste with citrus & spicy pine coming through the strongest. Modest bready, wheat flavour.
M - Fairly light bodied, sticky hop resin.
D - A very tasty beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 08:42:28 | More by brendan13
Photo of StaveHooks


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark blonde with big frothy 2 finger white head.

S - Fresh grapefruit and orange off the top. Pale malts and some fruit-strawberries and pineapple.

T - Green citrus hops wrap around a great pale malt. Hints of grain and lemon. Finished very crisp and clean.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body, clean and zesty.

With all the citrus this would be a fantastic thirst qeuncher in the heat of the summer. I would have never known this was an American Pale.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:26:13 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of slusk


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden with a generous white head. Good retention that fades to a thin covering but lasts. good lacing.

S: Floral, grapefruit and a bit of pine are in the forefront. Sweet fruity malt aroma springs through the hops. A bit of apple and pear.

T: A bit of pine and grapefruit but surprisingly more balanced than a typical IPA with a bright fruit, apple malt sweetness coming through whit just a hint of wheat. Very pleasant sweet finish balances the earthy pine and grapefruit aroma hops. A modest bittering charge doesn't overwhelm the palate.

M: Medium light body, a tiny bit slick. low to medium carbonation lets flavors shine. No astringency.

O: This is one of my favorites by Lagunitas. It has all the aroma hops of an IPA without a harsh bittering charge. A perfect example of an APA. Perfect balance of malt sweetness and hops. I like that the wheat doesn't take over the flavor but plays well with the other ingredients. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 20:46:19 | More by slusk
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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into sweetwater snifter

Pours a Nice yellowish/gold with a nice little head on it.

Smells of hops and sweet goodness

Tastes is a wheaty sweetness upfront, finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness on the end.

MF-Medium/light body. Nice and smooth feeling.

O-This is pretty damn good. Not a huge wheat fan, but these guys did it right. highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:33:22 | More by Swim424
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear orange colored body and gives a one finger foamy white head, has a very nice, almost perfect spider web lacing appears. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: has the citrus and pine up front with some light malts in the background.

T: pine a bit more in front than the rest of the flavors.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, standard.

O: wow, I actually did not think this beer was going to be this good. Right now, I'm wishing I would have bought a six pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 01:27:29 | More by BeerKangaroo
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New York

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 6.29.14, poured into a Lagunitas Mason Glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Bright and clear, coloring similar to a fine filtered apple juice. An aggressive pour results in 1.5 fingers worth of very light, bubbly, stark white head... which slooowly dissipates leaving behind copious amount of lacing. Retains a nice moderate cap. Carbonation is very visual, and long lasting.

S: Immediately reminds me of Gumballhead, only more aggressive. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon, has a very tart aroma to its hops which is backed by a malted wheat scent. Overall, a pretty mild nose for something with 70+IBU

T: Malty sweetness, followed by a kick of crisp citrus, and finishes with a soft, bready malt that lasts a few seconds after sip, leaving your mouth with only a ghost of hop bitterness until you reach for your next taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, this beer is all sorts of dangerous given its 7.5% ABV. Pretty typical feel for the style, but the crispness is what sets it apart. Medium body with moderate, short lasting carbonation.

O: A refreshing, unique, simple beer that goes down way too easy for something that tastes so good. One of my summer go to beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 22:56:55 | More by untitledeuphoria
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company
---12oz bottle poured into pint glass---

Clear amber color with a sturdy one finger head and good sticky lace.

Oh the smell! Strong citrus smells almost drown out the sweet malt.

Grapefruit and orange with a hint of pine

The wheat definitely takes a back seat to the delicious hops. Good amounts of carbonation, and fairly well balanced.

I really enjoyed this beer! Pours great, smells excellent, and tastes even better. Flavor lingers in your mouth, begging you to have another - and I think I will!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:10:32 | More by Kevin-Wieken
Photo of alex_hart


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, crisp, dark hay color with good carbonation visible. A starch white half finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.

Smell: Sweet, flowery, some candied sugar and a small amount of hop presence.

Taste: This is delicious. It follows the nose in the best way possible. It is so smooth from beginning to end. The floral notes come out strong and the sweetness really keeps everything flowing. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied but edging closer to medium. Good carbonation and is extremely soft, smooth, and drinkable.

Overall: This is my favorite from Lagunitas so far. Absolute gem.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 22:52:34 | More by alex_hart
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 9/3/10.

A: Pours a light straw-gold into a standard pint glass. A milky white one and a half finger head retains like crazy. Billows of carbonation plume up from the bottom of the glass. The lacing is a combination of clumps and splashy curves.

S: Fragrant and fresh pineapple and orange aromas drift out of the glass. I can tell that this is a wheat beer by the base aroma, but the hop presence is large and in charge. Sweet tropical fruit and citrus blend with a slight banana and clove wheat beer profile.

T: A nice, semi-bitter hop taste grips the sides of my palate for the length of the sip, while the sweet tropical fruit and citrus flavors release over my tongue. This is a very interesting collision between characteristics of a wheat beer and a hoppy APA or IPA. I like it - it's sweet, yet biting.

M: This is a crisp and light feel with a touch of creaminess and a lovely dry hop kick. The hops dry out the creamy sweetness of the beer for a palate cleansing dry finish.

D: Quite a take on a wheat ale and really a phenomenal idea. Douse a wheat ale with hops and see what happens. What happens is yumminess.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 22:56:17 | More by TCHopCraver
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes 02JUN2010

On draft at Kickback's GastroPub, poured into a .3L weizen glass.

This is a wheat beer? Could have fooled me. Would've never guessed, outside its light and slightly cloudy color this wasn't an American Pale Ale. Grapefruit all over the place, eeeasy drinker, surprising for weighing in at the 7.5% ABV. My only wish is that the balance leaned more towards wheat than the pale ale side.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 18:31:25 | More by PGHeppJr
Photo of whoneeds8


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass golden yellow with a thick white head. Head contains large bubbles and disapaites rather quickly. Nice amount of bubbles going up the glass, much like champagne. Smell is very sweet with bread notes. Taste has a nice hop bite up front, lots of subtle fruit hints. Mellows nicely with the malted sweetness from the nose.

This is a really nice session wheat. Very easy to drink with lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 22:20:55 | More by whoneeds8
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange, gold with a thick white head that leaves beautiful lacing.

S: This beer has a wonderful aroma of grapefruit, lemon, vanilla, and slight bubblegum. Hops rule the smell though there are plenty of sweet tones.

T: Starts with slight bread but hops quickly take over and stay in the driver's seat. There is some mango and lemon followed by grapefruit. The finish has some bread return and a pleasant tinge of bitterness from the hops. Citrus and a herbal grassy taste lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium with nice carbonation.

Overall: This is a really great beer. It has a wonderful aroma, ripe and crisp fruity flavors that have enough bitterness to rein in sweetness, and it is not too heavy. However, the ABV is a tad bit heavy and, though you could enjoy a few of these in a row, you might regret drinking too many. This beer is perfect for sunny spring days that still have a bit of chill or dampness in the air.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 21:13:13 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of LeoPanna

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

crisp and golden, no cloudiness

funky wheat/ipa hybrid; cherries and salted almond brittle in the nose

taste is deceptive. feels like an ipa, has the bite of an ipa, but I can definitely see how it stems from a pale wheat/hefe tradition. to be honest, this is hard to label, it's unique and delicious.

the mouthfeel is superb: mellow and clean.

i like this beer. don't know how many i could drink in a row or if i'd have it often, but it's a good idea to throw a bottle of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' into your rotation.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:53:07 | More by LeoPanna
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - lightly carbonated, pale yellow orange clear. Light finger and half head, slighly off white, settles to half inch.

S - heavy piney hops. Reminds me of a bag of chronic skunk bud! Deep citrus grapefruit aromas. This wheat ale smells like an IPA. smelling the bottle after empty I can smell some of the malts, honey, yeast.

T - Crisp, hoppy but not too bitter. The malts are up front and hops take over and linger for awhile finishing cleanly. Citrus flavor throughout this beer.

M - Med/light body, carbonation provides a zip to it. Well blended beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 00:33:22 | More by lionhrt9
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into an imperial pint glass, it appears wheat-field golden brown with orange highlights. The head pours into a tight 1" meniscus, and leaves curtains of small-holed lace down the side.

S: The aroma is white grape juice, sour lemons, and earthy vegetable garden notes.

T: The first flavor I would describe as sweet balsam, although I doubt that's what it would taste like I actually put a balsam branch in my mouth. I also get flavors of zucchini bread, rye, and herbaceous peppercorn. There is a long bitter but sweet lemony finish.

M: This feels heavier than the golden appearance would indicate. The finish gets drier as it continues, but is not sticky or unpleasant.

D: Bitter and piney but not tongue-burning, and sweet but not cloying, this is a balanced and refreshing beer. I went through two bottles quickly, and found myself wondering if this would be even more sterling right from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 15:01:09 | More by Maction
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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