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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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Reviews: 1,534
Hads: 8,218
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 428
Gots: 2,308 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.
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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional! Incredible balance of semi-sweet malts, piney resins and citrus hops. If I were on my death bed and asked what beer would I like before I meet my maker...I only hope I can still say Little Sumpin' Sumpin'!

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Photo of gryffilion
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a clear straw-gold--beautiful color and clarity! The head has gone down and left a fine, thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Much less residual carbonation than there was on the Lagunitas IPA.

On the nose, there are hints of the piney, resiny flavor that is to come. Palate-wise, this is a knockout. There's just enough bitterness to be refreshing and eye-opening and just enough malt and acidity to counterbalance it. The finish is clean and pleasant. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and one that I don't buy often enough. I plan to rectify that.

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Photo of jancona
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I definitely get a lot of citra hop flavor - it comes across as tangerine and a touch of bitter rind. A supportive malt base. The beer has a nice smooth feel with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The second offering from Lagunitas I have had and the second time in a row I have been impressed.

Out of the bottle it pours a golden ochre color with thick, white head. The head leaves a nice lacing down the glass. The odor of the beer was unlike any ale I have ever had, it was citrusy and lightly ale-like. It actually smelled sweet, but it was tamped down by the hops - a very good mix. The mouthfeel was tingly, strangely tingly, but crisp and fresh as well. I was truly surprised. The taste started tangy, spicy, and citrusy with sweet notes, then ended with a bold ale taste - about the level I'm not a fan of, but still good. Overall, the brew provided me a more enjoyable experience, it reminded me what craft beer drinking is truly all about.

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Photo of garagerock101
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! I usually mix up my beer selection but this is becoming my "go to" beer. Smooth-not too hoppy and a nice ABV. I'm stocking up on these. No wonder the lines are so long at the Lagunitas booth at the beer festivals i attend.

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Photo of arc3636
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours medium orange with 2 fingers of white head, very little lacing after head does down. pine hops dominate scent and taste. Good beer, would prefer more variety in the hop flavor

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas should give tutorials about how to do a huge, hoppy beer that is all good. That's the hallmark of Lagunitas. Every beer they make is all good. There's no dirt in it. Perhaps they don't bring the darkness like another of my favorite breweries - Stone - but Lagunitas does bring the complexity and alchemy. Unlike Stone, which makes some of my favorite beers, Lagunitas doesn't brew any beers that suck. Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is not an IPA. It's a wheat beer to end all other wheat beers. Now, personally back in the 1980s I thought Pete's ended wheat beers because it wasn't as good as Boston Lager or other craft offerings - but it didn't. Lagunitas has it here. What? Wheat. That's good.

This ale is a pleasant pale-amber color with an off-white head. The head foams up nicely and retains a bit before subsiding into a lace of foam on the top of the ale.

The aroma of this beer should be required studying for everyone who is trying to do a "west coast" hop-centric beer. Point one: it's a delightful aroma mixing citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Point two: it's all good with no dirty, nasty aspects. Point three: it doesn't smell like cat piss. This is how it's done.

This wheat beer faces a challenge. A thin-bodied wheat malt needs to stand up to all those hops that they are funneling into this brew, and it's a close match at times. The initial hop splash is great, intense and refreshing, followed by - a malt and what a malt. It is a thin-bodied, lithe wheat stalk of a malt that can take everything the hops dish out. It's got some spicy notes and some sweet notes and merges and mingles harmoniously with the hops to create what? Wheat. That's very, very good.

The feel of this beer is somewhat thin-bodied compared to some other beers from Lagunitas, since it's a wheat malt. However, it's not a deficiency. Lagunitas has worked the alchemy properly to create a thoroughly appealing, refreshing beer.

Overall, this is a great beer. It's pretty expensive, but pretty great.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange with a thick creamy white head. Smells of faint bready malts and orange citrus with pepper notes. The first thing that came to mind when I drank this beer was general tsao's chicken. I get deep strong notes of caramelized orange and spicy red pepper. It has a nice bittersweet balance with a zing and spice to it that pairs well with spicy dishes. Creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is slightly detectable at times. The taste becomes more mild and a bit sweeter as it warms. Overall a nice, unique, strong, and bitter brew.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy semi-burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Spider web lacing roams around the sides of the beer adequately.
The smell is fresh citrus in the front and as it warms, more pronounced lemon and grapefruit resounds into a gentle sweet wheatiness.
The taste was sweet with some bitter grapefruit rind flowing over a crisp wheaty bite in the aftertaste and flows right on into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a luscious sessionability. Carbonation hits low allowing the wheat to pronounce the body in this one.
Overall, what a damn nice APWA. Though I'm unsure why I drank this this time of year in cold ass Idaho, next Summer, I'll be sure damn happy to be killin' a sixer of this in my off time.

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Photo of supie12
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow such a smooth and crisp tasting beer.
It leaves a nice lace all the way down the glass with every drink.
The color is a slightly lighter Amber probably because of the style.
As usual with this brewery, I am not disappointed.
I will be buying again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A foamy two finger large head, with a dark yellowish body. Small but rapidly rising carbonation. Beautiful sight.

The hops are definitely noticeable in the nose, but it's the citrus that dominate the smell.

A fantastically balanced taste. Just as in the smell, the citrus and hops balance each other out in a beautiful fashion, I also note hints of mild chocolate in the aftertaste. Carbonation feels quite mild, tickling one's tongue in a delightful manner following the immediate taste sensation. Otherwise, a very drinkable beer - almost intimidatingly so. All in all, another exceptional brew from Lagunitas.

Bough as part of a six-pack for $11.

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Photo of Nickolai
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok so I will start by saying that this beer is probably one of my favorites now, after I drank a six pack.

L: I drank these out of the bottle so I will base it off the bottle. The Lagunitas short and fat bottle is cool. I like the way it looks. And the label for this specific beer is really nice. I love the name and styling and the pin up girl on the front draws you in.

S: This beer smells very good. I like how it smells hoppy, but not too much like an IPA. It smells piney, maybe a bit citrusy. But overall fresh and crisp.

T: Best thing about this beer. The taste is truly amazing. It is piney and citrusy like the smell, but besides that, this beer is a little hoppy, not too much, though that taste profile is definitely present. It is also quite crisp tasting, very light. Not too heavy and "sticky" like you might get with an IPA. Its also kind of bitter, but along with the other flavors here, it works and is welcome. For me at least. Not too bitter at all, just a slight bitter taste.

F: The feel is maybe a little harsh. Pretty carbonated and bitter so maybe it stings a little, but drink one and then these beers go down like water.

Overall these are delicious beers. Very easy to drink after youve had one or two and for that reason maybe a bit dangerous haha. Kind of a high alcohol content at 7.5 % abv. I easily drank 5 of these in about an hour and a half. ( gave one from my six pack to a friend.) I was pretty drunk. Just meant to have a nice night with some friends, but ended up kind of drunk by the end of the night.

Seriously fantastic beer. Found these at a Stop and Shop, and havent found them again since. I even looked at my local distributor today but couldnt find it. One of my favorites now though, hope I can find them again.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A much more drinkable counterpart to Lagunita's A Little Sumpin' Extra Ale, with more toned down malts to let the hops stand out and shine. Definitely potent, but better.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive hoppy beer. Pored into a tulip glass to a 3/4 inch head, the lacing stuck to the glass ok. Smells of citrus and piney, with hops aroma. Decent taste but not to balance for me.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours to a giant rocky ivory-colored head with moderate retention, sitting on a slightly hazy, sparkling pale gold body; lacing consists of some really nice rafts and ladders. The nose is an intense, delicious blend of grapefruit, pine and almost perfumey florals, with hints of lemon and orange as well. The palate starts with bitter grapefruit and florals, which are joined mid-palate by a nice pineyness and a good view of the lightly-toasted malt foundation. The finish is pretty clean, as just a bit of soapy nuttiness is left behind, followed by a crisp bite from the carbonation, a flash of clean wheat malt, and then a moderate bitterness that lingers, with a hint of perfume, for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body and the texture is nice and creamy. The moderate carbonation really only makes itself known on the finish, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. (12 oz bottle, no code date)

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Shiny straw yellow color with a swirly head.

S: Fresh-picked hops, candi sugar, and beeswax.

T: Heady and herbal with a grainy backbone.

F: Appropriate body and carbonation and a characteristic stickiness.

O: A very solid offering in this style.

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Photo of RJIV
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellow / orange hue with little head.
Smells tropical with citrus fruits leaning towards orange and tangerine.
An orange hoppy pop upfront taste. Mouth feel is soft and wet. Ends with some fresh bread notes.
This beer is crisp, refreshing and smooth. Carbonation moves the flavors along the tongue quite nicely.

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Photo of kshrines23
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not much to be said from what hasn't been already. It's a great beer through and through, definitely one everyone should try at some point. Very well balanced with rather complex flavors. Well done.

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Photo of Prasm
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color, poured a 2 finger head. Smells of hops and citrus - pears, very expressive. A little bitter (in a good way) in the mouth showing flavors of tart citrus - lemon and pear. Flavors persist very well through the back-end and the finish lasts for a good 30 seconds or more.

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Photo of m_hall
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. Pale golden in color, with a very slight bit of haze, topped by a thick pillowy white head a good two inches tall. Head fell fairly slowly, leaving good lacing.

Aroma is fresh, pine-y and citric, with a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts. Really, this is possibly the first beer I've tasted where one does not outweigh the other on the palate- grapefruit-ishe hops seem to actually ride on top of a honey-like malt base. As the beer sits on the palate, some earthy and floral notes from the hops rise up along with faintly toasted biscuit malt tones The distinct 'snap' from the wheat in the grain bill is here, just like a good weizen. The finish is just slightly dry with lingering floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little syrupy, thicker than might be expected. The alcohol punch is surprising- this does not seem like a 7.5 % beer. This one could definitely sneak up on you.

This was my first Lagunitas beer, and I am beyond impressed. The sort of balancing act they accomplish between the malts and hops is frankly amazing. This is a classic Pale Ale, and one that everyone should try if they're serious about beer.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour into a lager glass. Not too much head, and the head dissipate quite quickly.
A lot of citrus tasting. Light, not really hoppy at all. The alcohol level is misleading, as it hides its 7.5 degree really well.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden ale with a nice head of foam. Smells like a citrus pine forest. Crisp hoppy taste. Tastes like it should be served cold.

I'd like to do a head to head with a regular Lagunitas IPA.

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Photo of Erlkoenig
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Bright, pale yellow, pretty clean-looking. Moderate carbonation. A dense, foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly into thin clouds. Pretty thick lacing, though, that sticks pretty well.

S: First thing that came to me was citrus hops. Pine and floral hops mixed in with just a hint of breadiness, wheat. Pretty strong scent from the malts, too. The result was a nose that was very sweet and earthy.

T: Taste follows scent, but with the malts on equal footing with the hops. Citrus, pine, earthiness, brown sugar. Moderate hop bitterness. A little sweeter than I would like, but the balance is pretty good. Alcohol is very well masked.

M: Medium body and a little syrupy. A bit sticky, but there's no astringency, so that's a plus. Aftertaste lingers, mostly citrus hops and malt sweetness. Pretty smooth and creamy, but nothing outstanding.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing. It had been hyped up for me quite a bit and I wasn't disappointed, so it's a win for me. It's a little sticky-sweet, though. I'd rate a little higher if not for that, but I'll be sure to pick this up again. It's my first from Lagunitas, so I'll wanna give some of their other brews a try.

EDIT: Subsequent tastings have been less sticky-sweet. This one might have had to do with temperature or some other factor, but the malty sweetness probably isn't as heavy as I might have made it seem.

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

This is one of my favorite IPAs. If you like grapefruit & citrus tastes in your beer, you'll probably like this one. It's my go-to beer during football season.

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Photo of jhavs
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle ice cold at restaurant poured into a nonic pint glass.

A= Amber golden with a little bit of haze, nice thick foamy pure-white head that slowly settles, lacing clings all over the glass as I drink.

S= Smell has some grassy and toasty notes with citrus and caramel.

T= Nice amount of citrus and pine hop flavor with malt sweetness and earthy wheat background.

M= Lighter side of medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Nice and crisp, has enough bitterness and hop backing to balance out sweetness from the malts. Great interpretation of a wheat beer.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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