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: 1,485
Hads: 7,990
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 415
Gots: 2,043 | 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 Chadpaq
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden amber with an almost honeycomb-like hue. Perhaps slightly darker than I would have pegged a beer that is notoriously this hoppy. Huge, tri-fingered head that seems to be receding rather quickly, leaving a sufficient amount of lacing.

S: Hops that seem to scream with their juicy character rather than with any bite themselves. I'm getting a strong sense of grapefruit and coriander as my nostrils delve deeper and deeper into the glass. I must be careful, or a noseful of foam is imminent!

***At this point, I should make note of the lacing. It seems to be rather patchy, but I like it. It adds a sort of hidden elegance to my glass.

T: Ah, the time has finally come to take a swig of this wondrous beverage. The head has all but receded completely as I begin my journey...

Oh my god. For lack of a better two-word term, I'm in "hop heaven." This beer is spectacular. I'm a hop-head, to be sure, but I feel like this brew could be appreciated by beer lovers of all sorts. Granted, it has enough hops to make your face turn green, but it also has an undeniable sweetness aspect to it that makes it deliciously, and dangerously, drinkable.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation, and perfect feeling on my palate. I really don't think that Pale Ales get better than this. I am typically an IPA man, but this beer alone is making me rethink my style preference.

D: Well, I started the day off with a Dead Guy Ale (My first Maibock [I'm a n00b!]) and now I'm on my second Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. I seriously doubt I'll have any of these left in my six-pack before the day is over.

A special shout-out to Mike from Brawley's for recommending this. I've known about this beer for quite some time, but was initially going to buy a bomber of Hop Stoopid before Mike recommended I put that back and buy a sixer of this. Thanks Be To Mike!

Drinkability is indeed worthy of perfect score. I'm polishing my sixer now!

One year later...

Look: Light golden orangey combination; appears to be citrusy as all getout. We'll see if the nose matches up. Minimal lacing; small amount of head.
Smell: Very fruity. Mandarin oranges, and perhaps a hint of white grape juice. A somewhat distinct yeasty character.
Taste: So citrusy. It's a hop bomb without the characteristic bitterness. I'm not terribly educated on all of the hop strains, but this one's bursting with the most citrusy of the breed. Excellent. Refreshing. Masks the 7.5% abv quite well.
Feel: Heavily carbonated. It's almost like drinking an orange, alcoholic Fanta (except much more delicious than that experience would be).
Overall: Though I've limited experience with "American Pale Wheat Ales," I like to categorize this beer as more of an American IPA with significantly more citrus and less bite. Thus, it is in my top five of American IPAs.

***Addendum: Noticed it's brewed with all of the "C" hops on the beer's BA page. I'm assuming that includes "Citrus"... (2,936 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip glass. No bottle date present. Bottle purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber. Two finger white head that sticks around a while. Nice bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Strong citrusy and floral hops are all over this brew. It smells delicious! Just like fresh picked fruit. I smell summer!

T: Hops up front and at the finish. Nothing TOO overpowering. Just perfect. Nice fruity and sweet. Very pleasant.

M: Smooth. Mild mouth coating IPA. Nothing too mouth puckering.

D: I could drink this all night! Perfect session beer. The ABV might eventually get you, but if I'd had another I would have drank it.

Overall, another delicious brew from this nice WC brewery. I seem to like every thing they put in those funny stubby bottles! Keep sending them east! (821 characters)

Photo of kaidasz
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was the summer beer of choice. i was overtaken (in a good way) by the citrus/grapefruit scents at first. then comes the creamy smooth texture of this monster. i have to say this is my favorite summer beer of all time. will await the year round releas as some have posted. great job lagunitas! (297 characters)

Photo of alysmith4
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPAs, even though it's technically classified as an "American Pale Wheat Ale." It has a ton of fresh flavor and depth of body, and the subtle nuances in smell/taste are what really make it great. There are tons of piney-grapefruit honey hops, bread-y yeast, and a bit of fruit flavor like apple and pear. There is also a little sweetness to the hops that balances out the whole beer. I could have this beer again and again. (450 characters)

Photo of turbotype
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my trusty chilled (but not frosted) Founder's glass.

Poured golden yellow. Medium head that receded fairly quick. . Moderate lacing and streaks down the glass.

Pine, oranges, banana. Nice.

Citrus. Banana. Wheat bread. Everytime I have this offering from Lagunitas, it's a little different. I chock that up to the complexity of the beer.

Crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation. Malt and hops in the aftertaste.

This is a complex ale. No other way to put it. But it is still easy to drink, warm or cold. With or without food. The way I would describe it to a friend would be... Imagine your favorite Belgian White.. All that bread and banana goodness. Now throw a well balanced single IPA at it. Poof, that's the little sumpin sumpin I think they were talking about. I love this beer and buy it when I see it. (829 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden yellow straw color with a thin bubbly head.

Smell is of giant citrus hops, with some light bready malts in the back. This beer smells awesome, it is like a double IPA in the nose.

Taste is amazing, this is a hop lovers pale wheat ale. So hoppy and delicious, big citrus and grapefruit notes. This beer is one of my new favorites, best wheat beer ever.

Mouthfeel is medium full with medium carbonation. Very good beer.

One of the most drinkable hoppy beers out there, I am blown away by how good this beer is. (537 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a slightly hazy golden with an average white head. Aroma is epically hoppy and has an evergreen overtone, promising a seriously hoppy beer. (Because of this, I thought maybe I had actually had A Little Sumpin' Stoopid instead!) Flavor is seriously hoppy and has a firm tone of grapefruit. Texture is fairly fizzy and lively, leaving behind a nice tingle. (375 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an amazing beer to end my summer with. Sumpin' sumpin' is a phenomenal brew from lagunitas, probably the best thing they have made. Living in Ohio, this is the closest thing to gumballhead I have ever had and you can't go wrong with 8.50 pitchers of this. This is a delicious wheat beer with the finish of a very floral IPA. A nice thick head with a lovely earthy summer scent. Definitely one of the tastiest and most drinkable beers I have ever had. (455 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Not sure on the date. The brewery website says approximately May release but another website with usually accurate says that the code on the neck is julian date on 1st 3 digits which would be early Sept bottling. Was a slightly hazy golden yellow color with lots of carb streams. Had an average sized head that quickly settled into a collar and thin partial film. Decent quick sliding lace.

The aroma was awesome. Lots of citrus and grapefruit blended in with good dose of pine and bready malt. Kept sniffing this throughout the session. Would love to try this one freshly released. The taste followed the aroma with great mix of c hop flavor and slightly sweet malt. Really enjoyed it. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and great aftertaste.

Overall, an amazing beer that I'm glad I tried. Been disappointed with most APWA's so almost didn't grab it but read some good things on it so did. So glad I did. Really enjoyed this one and need to go get a 6xer before they are gone. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - seasonal release. During the season it will make the heavy rotation for sure. [H,Y] (1,163 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on January 29, 2015. Sampled and reviewed on February 28, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a rich yellow/golden color with a 2.5 finger head of white foam. I didn't even pour aggressively and it took 2 pours to get this all in the glass. Smells amazing. Citrus, pine, grapefruit, oranges, hops. Lots of sweet fruit. Initial taste presents a kick-in-the-face hop presence which quickly fades into a tart sweetness with strong notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, and malt. Very smooth for a 7.5%'er. Medium weight on the tongue. Feels a bit dry on the palate, but has a nice, wet finish.

I have to say thanks to my buddy Matt for recommending this beer. The bottle calls this an ale, but it's really a sweet IPA all day long. And amazingly drinkable. The fact that this is available year-round probably makes this my new go-to beer. Love it. (901 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an amber colour with a small white head. There's plenty of bubble rising from the bottom of the beer.

The smell is sweet, wheat with some hops thrown in, grapefruit and pineapple.

The taste is very nicely balanced it has the smoothness and flavour of a wheat beer along with the bitter hoppiness an apa or ipa. There are delicious citrus fruity flavours with grapefruit and lemons.

The mouth feel is medium with low/medium carbonation.

Overall an interesting and original beer, very tasty and hides the abv very well. Have and will continue to buy regularly. (569 characters)

Photo of Piercan
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'll quote 'mkh012' who says it better than I could. "The smell of this beer is a hop citrus bomb. It really is one of the [best]-smelling beers I've ever sampled; really sharp and floral. Luckily, the taste follows the nose almost exactly. This beer opens with intense citrus hoppiness but finishes smoothly. (...) Combines the awesome citrus aspects of a good wheat beer with the floral hoppiness of an IPA".
Definitely an IPA -- be it an American "Wit" IPA. To me, only the seasonal "Little Sumpin' WILD" is closer to perfection. (535 characters)

Photo of hopfen
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Couldnt beleive I saw sixers of this down the street at the Marina Market/liquor when stopping in for some milk last night. $8.99 later I was on my way home with my first offereing from this brewery [I know, Im a late bloomer :) ]

A- Poured into a long stem tulip and noticed the golden sunset amber colors had a slight haze to them assuming due to the wheat malt used. (I didnt know this was a wheat ale when I bought it until going on Lagunitas site before I popped the bottle).

S- OMGosh, incredible! Such a rich deep citrus walloping scent my nose was doing somersaults. Slightly spicy with pine and some floral elements but what hits you is the citrus orchard. Mouthwatering smell, the best Ive smelt yet. I could just whiff it all day without taking a sip, its that good to the nose.

T- Following the footsteps of the aroma, the taste is magnificent. Simply complex with a rich fruity citrus explosion followed by an unexpected hop bomb. What a great balanced combo! The taste lingers on just long enough to make your mouth say one thing, MORE!

M- Wheat beers usually have a thick mouthfeel to them but this one breaks the rules, crisp and clean with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O- What a great tasting, smelling and overall drinking experience. The flavors hide the high ABV very nicely. Very sessionable, three bottles later I was feeling as good as it gets. This is a great brew but is more of an IPA than a wheat ale. Remarkable first impressions from this brewery. I sure do love living in Southern California and seeing sixers of this within walking distance of my house. Does it get any better? Not by much Im thinking, not by much. I would rate this a WC offering. (1,691 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, straw colored with just a tinge of amber orange, short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear and highly carbonated

S: absolutely perfect fruity hop smell, beautiful citrus, strawberry, fragrant hops balanced by a good malt backbone

T: sweet ruby red grapefruit, bitters towards the middle, finishes with a piney grapefruit peel quality

M: medium bodied with good carbonation, great aftertaste

O: the appearance was a total disappointment, however it completely improved with regards to taste and smell overall a terrific beer that missed in one little area (635 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured rom a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Citrus and hops , great smell.
Appearance- A nice gold color with a medium sized white head.
Taste- I can taste the hops, citrus and maybe some pine notes. Really good flavor
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a nice clean dry finish.
Overall- A fantastic beer, highly recommended. (361 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really fun one, it's wheaty, citrusy, malty, hoppy goodness. It really elevates the normal wheat ale to another level.

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again. (174 characters)

Photo of BBQSteve
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber orange with a few dancing bubbles in the light. Head is white and thin.

Smell is superb with that hits you in the face Lagunitas aroma.

Taste is crisp and citrusy sour piney but not over the top.

Heavy taste on the back of the palate is welcomed. Disappears quickly and leaves you wanting to repeat..

Crisp and bright on the palate.

Overall a personal favorite and new to me this week. (402 characters)

Photo of SpartanHomebrew
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Appearance - Gold, carbonated, decent head retention, slightly cloudy
Aroma - floral hop, citrus, malty
Taste - hop forward, malty sweetness, grapefruit bitter finish, well balanced
Mouth Feel - medium body, light carbonation
Overall Impression - Very enjoyable. An IPA drinker can turn this into a session (be careful!). (322 characters)

Photo of GoNoles
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

If you like Gumballhead, give this a shot. Not a hop head? Don't let the IBU's scare you off, the hops aren't overwhelming. Grapefruit! Awesome beer. (151 characters)

Photo of Scottyboy
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPA's. Everything you would want in a great IPA, citrus and flowery pine smell, a nice bitter aftertaste, nice lace remaining in the glass, nice yeast and malty balance, wonderful head after the pour - basically perfection in an IPA and I Love the cowgirl on the label - Way to go Lagunitas!!! (321 characters)

Photo of cmart332
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

My favorite non-limited non-seasonal release beers to drink from a bottle. Until I read on BA that this beer was an "American Pale Wheat Ale", I had assumed it was an IPA - piney hops with a lovely malty sweetness.

In NYC, I have found the taste quality of this beer to have a pretty high variation. When my brother was visiting NYC (from Petaluma, CA) we got one of the not-so-great six packs from a super market prompting the dreaded criticism of "It doesn't taste as good out here." Stores that have a high turnover (like a Whole Foods beer store or specialty beer stores) are your best bet for a relatively fresh batch. With this beer, freshness means everything. With the opening of the Chicago brewing site, hopefully those of us on the east coast can expect to see a steadier stream of fresh Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. (838 characters)

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

An amazing fruity APA, better than Gumballhead in my opinion and I'm a Three Floyds fan boy. I'm glad Indiana has what seems to be an endless supply of a little sumpin sumpin. A+ (178 characters)

Photo of spaceranger
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Just the name trips pleasurable feelings in my brain.
I like every product they have.
But I like Little Sumpin' the most.
When I'm standing in the refrigerated isle, staring through those glass doors, sometimes the decision is tough.
Not with this stuff. My go-to ale.
And just yesterday, look!- something new - "Lagunitas EXTRA Little Sumpin'"!!!!!
......everybody always likes EXTRA. (396 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' smells hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Not the burn-your-soft-palate kind of hoppy, but the kind of bright, citrusy, sugary, grapefruit hoppy that is immensely enticing. Shades of white grape, apricot, and berry add to the aroma, along with confectioner's sugar and a good whiff of lightly toasted grains.

On the tongue, the beer is instantly hoppy, but continues the sugary buzz hinted at in the nose, coming across as slices of grapefruit drizzled in wildflower honey. Again, apricot and berry provide nice complements, and subsequent mouthfuls reveal an additional pine layer to the hops. Malts are present not only in the slight additional fruit flavors, but in a layer of caramelized sugars and lightly toasted grains. Late in the mouthful most of the sugars die off, exposing a wild layer of pure pine-like hops that last all the way through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, this is a great beer, and though the 64.20 IBUs make this more reminiscent of a strong IPA than an ale, when the ingredients are listed as "Hops, Malt, Hops, Hops, Yeast, Hops, Water, and Hops," this is probably to be expected. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Travelwell
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who: So your just back from Bavaria.. Yes it would be nice to have an efficient public transportation system but you, you have something better.. a beer, and not just any beer, You've got a little sumpin' sumpin' up your sleeve.

What: If you have had hops on your mind all day look no further, this beer delivers with pink grapefruit hi-lights, lemon and tangerine undertones, plus a simple wheat characteristic any brauhaus could call their own.

When: Jetzt!

Where: In your backyard, in your home or.. castle, in the alps or rockies, get out, experience the world around you and remember.. beer helps with everything.

Why: Achtung baby! because you have never had so many hop's in your hefeweizen, period! (714 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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