1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

7,482 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,482
Reviews: 1,461
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 317
Gots: 1,507 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,482 | Reviews: 1,461 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: strawy yellow, a bit hazy but mostly clear. two fingers of a white foamy head, and leaves a little bit of a lacing.

Smell: strong floral hops, and some wheat

Taste: a touch of fruitiness, wheat and floral hops

Mouthfeel: slightly refreshing but a touch too bitter

Overall: pretty good but i think ill take oberon or all day ipa over it for a summer beer.

Photo of evyoung
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
-yellow orange and almost no transparency (I can barely see my fingers through the glass)
-small white/off-white head that dissipates quickly, within about a minute or two
-there is some pretty good lacing with some vertical string-like lacing down the sides

Smell:
-on first sniff there is not a whole lot there--some obvious malt sweetness but that is about it

Mouthfeel:
-oily hops and sticky malt
-carbonation was just right, but could have used more body

Taste:
-the typical syrupy sweetness that I’ve come to love and expect from Lagunitas is certainly present, but not as full-bodied as some of their other offerings
-the hop bitterness is detectable and becomes more prominent as the beer warms but not highlighted. Still, it is a well-balanced beer

Overall:
A Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale is not quite what I expected. It lacks something near the finish as far as the body goes. However, the balance is good, and it’s light enough to enjoy a few of them, maybe hanging out outside with some friends. It doesn’t quite match up to their 13th Anniversary alt. which I would prefer in the same fashion over this one, and one in which I tried very recently. That being said, I would pick this up again.

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two-finger white head that bubbles down into a slight coating on the top which remains....pretty much forever. Heavy lacing on the glass. Some of the lacing has stuck where the beer was first poured to and hasn't moved an inch. Nice, deep-yellow color with a hint of cloudiness. 4.5

S - Floral, hoppy smell. Very pleasant and hints at the flavor. 4.0

T - Very sweet citrus flavor with strong, bitter hop notes at the end. The taste is quite bitter (almost a little too bitter for me) at the end but still e

Photo of ncketchum
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a SN pint glass

A - pours a beautiful golden yellow, lots of head that sticks around for quite some time

S - hops, citrus, and spice

T - lots of citrus and bitterness from the hops initially, then a big malty backbone.

M - fairly dry, alcohol is well hidden. Not too thin

O - overall, this is an easy drinking ale, and not just your run of the mill pale ale. Definitely would drink this again.

Photo of ComputerBeer
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I guess that this is a west coast American whet beer. There is nothing that would identify this as a wheet beer. If I didn't know I would have just thought tint be a unfiltered pale ale.
But... It us a good pale ale. Filled with American hops. The classic flavors and aromas of citrus. The beer was served very cold but it seemed to have a fine mouthfeel and tasted fresh and clean.

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of hopdog
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks for the extra IPA I haven't had before!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of juicy oranges, pine and floral hops. Tastes of citrus, floral hoppiness, some toasted graininess, and a lighter sweet caramel in the finish.

Photo of Wiffler27
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beltz15
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of JBogan
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rather standard looking medium clear gold with a small white head, which soon turns into a thin film and leaves minimal lacing in my pint glass. Also, very little carbonation action present. Pretty average looking really.

The aroma is a nice blend of citric hops and fruit.

The taste mirrors the smell, with grapefruit and a slight orange presence, along with a fairly clean finish. Not overly hoppy, but fairly well balanced.

The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would have liked. I'd also prefer more carbonation, as the beer felt a bit dull in the mouth.

Overall this is a beer I'd consider having again, however it wasn't one which left a memorable impression.

Photo of oonthego
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden unlike the hair of the little sumpin' pictured on the bottle. White foamy head.

S: Strikingly like passion fruit, citrusy, floral notes.

T: Bitter bite entangles the tongue.

M: Light and tingly.

O: Good beer wouldn't be my first pick but I wouldn't pass up an opportunity to drink it again. The name and label really gather your attention.

Photo of BlkHawkFan01
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of DerekDudley
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LordBeardman
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a mason jar looking mug from the brewer.

A: dark golden with a thin white head.

S: hops and alcohol

T: good amount of bitterness. Mostly just taste the hops.

M: crisp but not too crisp. Goes down smooth. Good beer to drink at the sports bar.

O: decent ipa. I would order again.

Photo of jessycho
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - I'd be hard pressed to pick a more beautiful beer between the Little Sumpin' and Kasteel's Triple. Absolutely stunning golden color with a light pale head and some nice notes of carbonation. Maybe it's just this one occasion, but the way the light is hitting it is incredible.

S - Very standard American Pale Wheat aromas. Wheat with light citrus hops, mostly orange.

T - Very crisp wheat flavor with good malt and a subtle orange citrus zest. I'm sure you could squeeze a bit of orange into this one, but really don't need to.

M - Despite it's beautiful appearance, not a whole lot of action going on in the mouth. I like a lot of carbonation, but this one is definitely keeper nonetheless.

O - All in all, incredible beer. Great beer to default to on a regular basis.

Photo of unclerob
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waldoiverson
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: hazy golden with good sudsy head that appears sticky and leaves very fine lacing

S: creamy grapefruit hops with a hint of tart cherry fruit

T: starts bitter with a bit of tar-like flavors then opens up the citrus rind bitterness, finally ending fairly fruity, almost like a tart apple

M: an excellent bite that isn't overpowering to the medium mouthfeel...really facilitates the flavor progression

D: rich enough for colder weather, cheeky enough for warm...good stuff

Photo of phantomwyse
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dainty honey color with a one finer off white head of ambiguous bubbles.

S: Characteristic Lagunitas hops, very pine-like, very oily, touches of dense and sweet grapefruit. Malts are like sugar cookies and just there.

T: More mellow on the hops than the nose would suggest. This is not to say this isn't a hoppy beer, pine dominates with a bit of citrus fruit. Malts are skittish and don't want to join the party.

M: Here's where this beer shines, medium bodied - starts of off silky and finishes dry with a certain effervescence that brings some bitterness up into the nose.

D: Standard Lagunitas fare, fairly good, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of Maxwell
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clean golden color like very light yellow piss, though there is a little of the wheat haze towards the middle and lots of bubbles tumbling up from the bottom. The head is finger thin with big white bubbles and a nice easy retention at a half a finger that leaves sticky thin clouds of lacing on the side of the glass. The beers smells surprisingly nice and wet with pine hops and some nice citrusy tingles, but I don’t notice any of the wheat in the smell and the malt and yeast seem to be light in the smell. The beer tastes much like it smells, thick with resin-like pine hops. The malts are faint in the initial sip as the hops take the full “blam” but the after taste is a lovely light sweet wheat malt with side tingling from the hops. There are also some nice light citrus tangs in this beer reminiscent of oranges and mango. The mouthfeel is initially really rough with carbonation and the hops bitter bite, leaving the tongue feeling assaulted. The beer is really clean and refreshing on the tongue, but the after feel is only lightly tingly with hop and a slight bitter-burn on the tongue, while the rest of the mouth has a thin sheen of saliva. That initial mouthfeel is too rough for my taste, but mellows out to a more manageable state. Overall the beer a nice hopbomb of a pale wheat ale, reminiscent more of Sierra Nevada’s Pale ale or an IPA than of anything thing else I have tried. This is admittedly my first heavily hopped wheat ale, and I love the hops in it, and the aftertaste of wheat malt is very intriguing, but the rest of it isn’t very different from other ales.

Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey as a single for two dollars, poured into a Lost Coast pint glass, color is golden yellow with some orange, 3/4 inch ceamy white head with decent retention and leaving some small amounts of lacing, aroma consists of wheat, lots of citrus including grapefruit, floral accents, pine, herbal accents, and , flavor is full of hops at first which is really not true to style but I am not complaining, some citrus and very mild wheat in the middle, finish has a large amount of hoppiness and citrus too, some lingering pine in the aftertaste, nicely balanced between fruit and hops, dry, citrusy and slightly chewy mouthfeel, moderatate level of carbonation, medium bodied, could drink a few of these, taste is complex for the style, no alcohol in the flavor, pretty refreshing when served cold and balanced, definitely not your ordinary wheat beer, love the amount of hops in this beer, would drink again, hope this is brewed again

Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color. Two fingers of off white head leaves a decent amount of lacing. Surprisingly clear.

S: Smell changes greatly over the course of time. At first, I would have sworn this was a Pale Ale or IPA. Big hoppy nose with grapefruit and even some pine. However, I was distracted in drinking this beer and came back to it an hour or so later. As it warmed, the hops faded away while banana-clove scent that is typical of wheat beer began to shine through.

T: The same is true with the taste. At first, this beer tasted like the typical Pale Ale. Light malts with a slightly bitter finish. But as the beer warmed, the malts and hops receded, allowing for a creamer, wheat background which was followed by an odd combination of grapefruit bitterness and faint banana. Preferred the colder taste.

M: Light to medium in body and carbonation.

D: This is a good beer with an interesting range of flavors. I'll admit I'm a bit biased as my preference is for hopped up IPA's and this is a wheat beer that is hopped up good. Not sure it's so accurate for the style, but I like it, though next time I'll do my best to drink it while it's still cold.

Photo of bayougutter
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't exactly fit a style so it is hard to "rate to style". I will rate the beer itself. A pale wheat ale, I don't think so, more of a ipa with a little wheat.

Pours a golden color with a small white head that left minimal lacing, and very clear.

Aroma of citrusy hops, tropical fruit, sweet malts, hint of wheat and alcohol. The fruits and the hops dominate.

Taste follows the aroma with the hops playing the main role and a combination of the fruits and the wheat playing second fiddle. A nice malt backbone with a nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel was not too heavy nor too light with a good coating. Carbination remained thru the entire beer.

Overall on interesting beer and one that you just gotta try for yourself. Thanks Lagunitas for Sumpin a little different.

Photo of arrogant
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at selma's pizzariea in rancho santa mararita.
Deep gold color, but just something I wasn't too crazy about, although it was still very good.
Orange citrusy, with a hidh level palate hit, but wasn't a good pairing with the pesto chicken pizza. Had a hops head after this that was much better.

Photo of waltc21
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,482 ratings.