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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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7,583 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,583
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 339
Gots: 1,616 | 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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Ratings: 7,583 | Reviews: 1,484
Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a touch of amber, slight chill haze. Modest head and carbonation. Deeply fruity and bitter. I don't taste any of the usual wheat flavors, but it is rather sharp and acidic. More of a Belgian character. I would have called it a Tripel, but it is considerably more bitter than any I've had. Interesting and well-made beer that is worth a try. Quite fragrant and spicy in the nose. I like the "Wild" version a little more with its bolder Belgian weirdness. From a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of afdempse
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored, thin head with light lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and smooth piney hops.

Very piney and floral, sweet clean malt and alcohol.

Medium carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet with alcoholic kick.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Would buy again if I had the chance.

Photo of denver10
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey golden with a huge white foamy head. A nice sweet malt underbody providing some nice doughiness to the aroma sitting alongside some grassy hops and some grapefruit. Flavor offers some moderately bitter grassy and citric hops alongside some sweet wheat malt. A crisp, medium bodied. Overall, not a bad beer.

Photo of eyncognito
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour produces a three fingered, ivory white head on this pale wheat ale. Color is a brilliant golden, quite attractive. However, for a wheat ale-this is filtered and doesn't have the cloudiness I desire, even if this is an American Pale Wheat. Head retention is rather weak, fading to a thin collar within a minute or so, leaving no lacing. Aroma is pure hop goodness with big time notes of sweet lemon, orange, and pine. Little to no wheat tartness emerges, leaving this somewhat wanting. Regardless of that, I scored it above average because of Lagunita's hop brilliance.

Taste is hop-forward, sweet lemon leads the way bolstered by a light touch of wheat and sweet light crackery malt. Mid-palate a light orange flourish emerges, along with a honey sweetness. I don't know how much wheat was included in the malt bill, but this ale could use some wheat tartness and perhaps better attenuation. The somewhat dry bitterness on the finish is pleasant and bolsters the overall taste score.

Body is medium bodied, as is the carbonation. A slightly more vigorous carbonation would be appreciated. Drinkability is a bit of a conundrum. Served fresh this is a quenching hop-monster for the style, however I'm not sure a 7.3% abv is necessary. I like my pale wheats to be sessionable and boy do I want to down a sixer of this in a hurry. That, however, is not recommended. All together, this a well put together ale, certainly in the west coast tradition of brilliant hops, but could use some work. Recommended for hop heads who are hesitant to sample wheat beers.

Photo of nearengine
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jdwilliamson79
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewUSA
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Lagunitas A lil sumpin Wild
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Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20
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Overall 86/100

Solid beer, caramel notes jump out to me. Light, buttery and easy to drink. I would buy again, probably wouldn't brag about it though.

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

Notes from phone.
Sits in the glass with a frothy head that doesn't want to go away for about a third of the way down. A candy sweet lemon crispness from the yeast and wheat but is dominated from the amount of flowery citrus by the Amarillo and Cascade.
From first taste lot of carbonation and a citric acid bite upfront. It has to be from the heavy amount of hops on top of the crisp clean wheat. A smooth caramel sweet body that finishes with a hard, but pleasant bite. The bite become less overwhelming as it goes. Light but complex beer that goes down smooth on the first day over 60f day in Mass.

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

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,583 ratings.