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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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7,260 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 7,260
Reviews: 1,402
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,208 | 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:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009)
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Photo of bubseymour
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful bronze/clear color with serious carbonation ongoing. Small 1 finger head that held moderate retention
Smell - Screamin citrus notes and fresh hops. My favorite beer smell.
Taste - One of the most interesting tasting beers on the pallet. The high IBU's and hoppiness hammers you at initial taste but quickly dissappears to only a very slight bitter finish with little aftertaste. Almost the opposite of most any other hop-heavy beer I've had before. Very strong beer that fries the taste buds but not that boozy. Only downside is that the other flavorings of this beer seem to be masked by the high IBU.
Mouthfeel - strong beer, nice in the mouth.

Overall - This is a beer for hop-heads no doubt. I wish some of the other flavorings could shine through the hop bite but little do. Its still a good quality beer, but its definitely an enjoyable 1 beer session, then for me, I'd need to revist at a later time. I couldn't drink 1 of these everyday or my pallet would be fried out after a 6 pack.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another selection from Lagunitas who never disappoints. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of malt sweetness with a citrus, mostly grapefruit smell. Pours to a bright yellow-orange with a multi-sized bubble foamy head. Head leaves a nice lacing on receding. Taste is a great likeness of the smell. Taste starts with a dandelion like sweet bitterness up front, then transitions into a heavy malt backbone in the middle with a tangy finish and a finish similar to the initial taste. The aftertaste stays bittersweet and fades to a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is spot on. Lagunitas continues to not disappoint.

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden light orange with a white, foamy cap that builds up to a nice size. Retains pretty well at one finger. Good rings of lace randomly places on the glass.

S- Hops up front. They lend great tropical fruit notes (peach) and a good amount of citrus. Great aroma strength, all hops but I could sniff them for hours. Really like an orange mashed into a peach. Light caramel malt after some time.

T- West Coast pine and citrus hops, the fruit fades somewhat; a good hop profile nonetheless. Grainy/biscuity light caramel malt provides the backdrop for strong hops. Grapefruit for sure.

MF- Solid, moderate body with a decent creaminess. Carbonation is on the high side. Bitterness is moderately high.

DB- A rerfreshing beer. The pine hops and citrus become somewhat out of check as time goes by. The nose is great but the taste is a bit of a let down compared to it. Good beer, but it joins the fruit hop aroma to pine-zest taste club.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a sanitized hotel glass. Sometimes you just have to make do. Slightly hazy, deep golden color, lots of bubbles and a thin white head.

A nice earthy hop aroma, some tangy citrus notes as well. Not hoppy citrus but an almost sweet candy-like aroma. Taste is also an earthy hoppiness, with citrus and tangy wheat and sweet malts again combining for a candy like effect. Some alcohol sneaking through, and some bitterness in the finish.

Medium in body, but more filling than I would like, maybe due to the heavy carbonation.

Nice tasty Pale Wheat. Glad to find it on this business trip.

Photo of Brunite
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden/orange color with a nice white head. The head eventually fades but leaves amazing lace behind.

S: Smells like an IPA. Citric hops. Slight graininess.

T: Tastes like an IPA. Gumballhead comes to mind. Crisp...refreshing....a dry grainy, husky finish. Bitterness lingers.

M: Medium body. Dry bitter finish.

O: A decent beer here. The alcohol on this is well hid. It is a nice change from a hefe or IPA if you are looking for one.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden yellow, very clear, really great to look at. Head is a shock of white, well formed with a full finger. Served in a palm tulip, this beer shows off very nicely, excellent amount of lacing. Nose is not as impressive - a bit of hops, significant amount of floral and citrus aroma. Just isn't particularly enjoyable or well balanced.

Taste is nothing spectacular like the name of the beer would suggest, but its still pretty darn good, particularly when compared against similar styles. Nice bit of fizz, light mouthfeel, its a good beer for summer. This is a nice drinkable beer, you would never expect the high abv. A good all around drink.

Photo of Bogdawg
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale clear gold with a small white head (slow, gentle pour). Good head retention. Excellent lacing.

S: Citrus, orange and lemon hops. A touch of pine. Its got a really nice sweet toffee note to it too. Kind of smells like a DIPA.

T: Wow thats got some bitterness to it for a pale wheat! Earthy, leafy hops and grapefruit. There is some slight grainy bread sweetness to, but not as much as I thought there would be coming from the nose. Ever so slight kick from the abv. Finishes pretty dry, crisp and bitter. To me, this is a IPA.

M: Light body. Good amount of soft, small carbonation bubbles. Very effervescent like.

D: Decent. Thought it would be maltier. If there was more elements of a pale wheat, it would be better.

Photo of Bfarr
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with medium tan frothy head with good retention and lacing. Citrus aroma. Crisp sweetness with light citrus hop bittering and a splash of spice and wheat. Moderate carbonation and even mouthfeel.

Seemingly yet another variation of their IPA. Still a good beer you can't go wrong with.

Photo of pants678
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold into an English pint. A white puffy, creamy white head that dissipates quick.

Smell of sweet coriander and wheet, orange too. Real pungent toward the end.

Semi-spicy but mostly sweet, kinda bitter and pretty subtle, very wheaty but pleasntly hoppy. The orange and citrus mixes well with pine under the honey wheat. Citric character can go overboard into acidic. Far from boring.

Could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of therica
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= light orange, minimal white head, slight rimming, little carbonation rising.

S= sweet malts, light candy citrus, hints of honey.

T= a bit sweet and syrupy, mild liquor, sweet malts, orange-creme hints, slight sourness, moderate hops and bitterness. It has the tartness of a wheat but there's too much candy in here for me.

M= light syrup sweetness, citrus, sweet malts, some grassy bitterness lingering.

O= decent, but I'm surprised I'm not as impressed as others here seem to be. I totally love the Sumpin' Extra IPA but then again this is a wheat beer. This one just doesn't come together as nicely for me.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a golden orange color that is pale. It has a nice thick white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Sweet wheat and clean hops.

T - A nice balance of hoppy and wheaty. Nice bitter flavor hits you, with a balance of malty sweetness and finishes clean.

O - I love this beer and would make a session if it wasn't so powerful. It doesn't taste like it is 7.5% and that could be dangerous. Try this and you will not be disappointed.

Photo of bayougutter
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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 raul_ft
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Gjproulx
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of arrogant
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Schuff21
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange, mostly opaque and cloudy with a somewhat thin, wispy white head. Decent lacing left along the sides of the glass, more so during the latter half of the beer. Nose is a cornucopia of fruits and sweetness; grapefruits, apricots, grapes, raisins, pears. It has a nice rum and booze-like aroma overshadowing the whole thing, too. Taste follows right along with the fruit heavy theme, also adding slight orange to the mix. The booze flavor is noticeable as well, but adds a nice complexity to the flavor profile rather than hindering things. Wheat and yeast heavy all around; grains and biscuits finish things off and show up strong in the aftertaste. Another big flavor that comes out quite a bit after the beer has already been swallowed - burnt sugar, like the top of a creme brulee. Very interesting and very taste. Hop flavors are weedy, musky, and heavily vegetal. Medium body, lots of carbonation.

Very unique beer, tasty, no doubt. Possibly a little too sweet at first, but it mellows out nicely and turn into one hell of a drinker. Wheaty and fruity all around, with a nice alcohol warming through and through. Not sure if I'm in love with some of the hop flavors, though.

Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clar brass colored with a hint of haze. The bleached beige suds fall fast but leave all sort of lace.
The nose is bombarded with lime, mint, grapefruit, chardonnay, and dough. It's not at all complex, but is does smell delicious.
Wheat appears up front in the mouth, with doughy dinner rolls/snack crackers. Hops tear it all up. Sour lime and grapefruit and white grapes. Bitterness comes with resin and pine sap. The finish is all disipating hops with eddies of minerals.
Medium-light bodied with enough carbonation to distract from the potency.
This is a hopped-up and boozed-up (American) wheat done fairly well.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everyone want a Lil' Sumpin Sumpin!!!! Another solid creation by Lagunitas. The color is golden clear with not much carbonation; so the head is very very thin...a;lmost non-exsistent. The nose is accented by grapefruit/citrus and you can sense a full bodyness to it. The taste is very good with citrus hints and body. The mouthfeel is good, lil punchy with the higher abv.

Photo of McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours kind of a hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Smells like honey, hops, and wheat. My first taste is about the same. It's kind of like a wheat IPA. There's some grapefruit, some grass, a little bit of malt sweetness, and long, dry, tart finish.

You'd never guess it's 7.5% ABV.

I definitely get more IPA than wheat, which is probably why I like it! Overall, it's different, certainly worth a try. Very drinkable, especially for its ABV.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma has lots of caramel, toffee and roasted malt.
The taste is malt forward, caramel sweetness, a touch of lemon bitterness. Great balance.
The texture is thicker.
Excellent.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden, almost pilsner-like appearance. Decent head and persistent lacing. Fairly hoppy aroma that I have come to expect from Lagunitas. This beer is pretty interesting because it is a wheat beer but has many characteristics of a hoppy pale ale. I get wheat beer on the front end with a bitter pale ale finish. This beer is a nice change from a typical summer beer, a good amount of hops but not over the top.

Photo of Heritage02Rider
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color reminiscent of a wheat beer, but more clear. Not lager clear, but far clearer than a average wheat beer. Very big head when poured that dissipates to a half a finger and pretty much remain through the glass. Laces nicely.

S: Citrus overtones with a pine smell. Kinda like my Grand Fir Christmas tree in my living room. Smells a bit hoppy when brought to your nose. (I gave the smell a 3.5 because I am not fond of hoppy smelling citrusy beer - some love it.)

T: Not hoppy like it smells. Perhaps the wheat counteracts the hoppy smell. I is not a traditional Belgian wheat style, but something different.

M: Smooth and not a stong carbonation although very fine bubbles continue throughout the glass.

D: I would say this is very drinkable. I will have no problem crushing the growler.

Paid $8.99 for a growler at the local beer store and as usual, any Lagunitas is a good call. Will drink this again - preferably in the summer.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,260 ratings.