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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: 8,217
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 428
Gots: 2,306 | 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 dbexpert
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a.golden,1/4 inch foam arrives on pint glass poured on a tilt, dissolves to a thin layer
s.wheat penetrates crisp citrus sour notes of hops
t.sweet tastes of wheat are wiped away with grapefruit hops, lingering long finish, an interesting style as many new hopped styles give your palate time to adjust to the approach of this brew, definitely a plus to try if you can find it!
m.balanced, with solid hop notes to stay intrigued in identifing the front
d.64.2 ibu's, 7.3% alc., gota sixer, rare where i live but definitly a drinkable brew!

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Photo of LeRose
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Twelve ounce bottle, no date, poured into SA perfect pint.

Three finger frothy white head over crystal clear golden body. The head fell to large rafts of foam, lacing very nicely from start to finish.

Aroma was mildly resinous and very slightly pine-like with nice grapefruit character, very fresh, very appealing. A slight hint of malty/wheaty sweetness on the nose. Excellent balance.

Taste is very clean, well built layers. A little bitter hit, then sweetness follows with grapefruit floating and bringing it all together. Not complex, smoothly blended flavors in harmony. The wheat doesn't dominate, maybe barely detectable, yet there is a nice sweetness that balances the bitterness. Actually seems quite lager like to me.

Feel was very bright, light to medium body, lively on the carbonation. A but of astringent finish that said take another sip. A bit of bitterness lingers.

Overall, where has this been all my life? Nice, refreshing, easy drinking beer regardless of the style. Light and bright, refreshing, tasty goodness.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Clear, golden yellow with a steady stream of bubbles leading to a one finger white foam head. Settles into a solid layer of big, bouncy bubbles and some nice lacings.

Aroma of grapefruit , floral and pine.

Hop taste on the front of the tongue. Hops with pine with a hint of citrus. Bitter aftertaste, sharpness gradually fades.

Smooth, not too carbonated. Light to light medium mouthfeel.

Good beer, worthy if repeating.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got me a little sumpin' sumpin' and I like it!

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a nice 3 finger head after and aggresive pour into a Guinness pint glass. The off-white head receded quickly but was very sticky all around.

The bouquet was sweet ripe apricot and peaches - very nice indeed.

Flavors were more of the apricot and a variety of ripe lush fruits with a backbone of bitter hops that did not overwhelm the nice fruit flavors. Very reminiscent of a fruit forward IPA.

Excellent mouthfeel, viscous with a nice residual hop bite.

Superb balance. Excellent fruits with a perfect hop character that is consistent from start to finish that doesn't drown out the fruits or aromas and leaves your 'buds intact to appreciate the total package.

Pardon me...I gotta end this review so I can go get a little more sumpin' sumpin'.

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Photo of themind
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Want a quality brew? well here it is! Lagunitas smacks a home run with this wheat fest. This beer is very good....period! it does not hold the hype as some other brews due to the fact it is produced and distributed on a larger scale but make no mistake...it's good.

Bottom Line: Fantastic offering from the boyz and girls at Lagunitas!

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a room temp. pint glass.

A-A golden amber color with a solid two-finger head that lasts with good lacing.This beer looks and pours very good.

S-There is some wheat and malt, sweet and earthy at the same time...musky.

T-A nice balanced flavor of wheat and malt. Not sweet, mildly spicy. The hops are floral, flavorful, and not overpowering.

M-Lingering hop bitterness and flavor with some body and bite, but no burn. Nice.

O- This is an excellent brew. Drinkable, tasty, a real winner. Too bad it's a 7.5, because it drinks so easy it makes me want many.

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Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours in a light, slightly hazy yellow straw color.

The aroma has grapefruit, some wheat, orange.

The flavor has a big juicy orange, melon, and grapefruit flavor. The beer has a wonderful sweet wheaty and malty middle. The finish is a bit of a bitter dry finish.

I would call this an IPA like Flower Power instead of a wheaty pale ale. It doesn't have the pop that some West Coast IPAs have because of the wheat and malt. I like the balance of this beer. I would recommend it for people trying to get into IPAs because of the good smooth bitterness.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter...pours a bright pale golden body with a fizzy generous head. Smell has a citrus hop profile with some sharpness. Taste is incredible, with a ton of lemon and orange hop notes with a crisp wheat backbone...kind of reminds me of Gumballhead, but less wheat and fruitier hops. This beer is really really good. Mouthfeel is awesome. Try this one, you won't be sorry.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally enjoyed from the bottled into a pint glass

A: a lovely clear golden color with a three finger head that quickly breaks down leaving some light foam and a touch of lacing.

S: pine, grapefruit and some tropical smells.

T: wow. Pine, some citrus and a bitterness that is nice...it gives way to a sweet finish.

M: good carbonation a little sticky and a medium body.

O: well it took me a couple of trips to NY to get it, but I finally did, and it was worth it. This is a great beer. Nice and easy to drink, full of flavor and what I expected from this brewer. Lagunitas was the brewer that started changing my mind on the west coast style of beer and this has completed the conversion. I will be buying more on my next trip.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice clear yelow-orange beer with a decent head and retention and good stickage. Nice piney hop nose to it with a solid malt backbone. Smells appetizing.

Big grapefruit and citrus flavors come out of the hops. The flavor is intense and bold, hitting all of the tastebuds and then rescinding quickly so that you can't wait for the next sip. There's a balance from the malts that takes the edge off the sharply bitter hops just enough so that they can be enjoyed to their fullest extent without making you pucker. Not much of a boozy taste, so the 7.5% ABV has the potential to sneak up on you. The mouthfeel helps along the carrying of the hop message with its moderately high carbonation and ultra-crisp, dry finish, perfect for the style. This is one of those beers that is a pleasure to enjoy just for the sake of relaxation after a hot summer day or for analyzing and dissecting the flavors. One of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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Photo of tdexterc
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden orange body. An aggressive pour yielded a nice 2 finger head which sat around for a little while. The lacing is great, and sticks to the edges quite well.

S- A nice blend of citric/grapefruity hops make it to the nose first, followed by sweet malt and faint esters poking through at the end.

T- REALLY well rounded taste. Sweet malty wheat flavors are up front followed by a wonderful wave of citric hops. There's also just enough bitter here to round it off really nicely.

M- Extraordinarily smooth mouthfeel. From start to finish, the carbonation and balance work wonders to make this beer disappear far quicker than expected, and at an admirable 7.5% that's no small feat!

In all, this is yet another great offering from lagunitas which combines the best attributes of a smooth, refreshing wheat beer and the excellent taste of an IPA. No wonder this is quickly becoming my new go-to summer beer.

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Photo of watermelon
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden orange body with a soapy white head. Lots of lacing and excellent retention.

S: Citrusy scents, pineapple and peach as well. Wheat flavors on the back end.

T: Juicy citrus flavors. Really nice flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation. Very little bitterness. Goes down super easy.

O: This may be my favorite Lagunitas beer to date(i'll have to give sucks another try). Excellent beer at an amazing value.

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Photo of imwalle
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange with a white one finger head.

Taste: HOPS. that is the first thing that comes to tongue. it is followed by a tropical note.

Smell: Hops yet again, like an IPA

Mouthfeel: Just like an IPA

Drinkability: a very drinkable beer that is slightly dry. i would love this beer in the summer or early spring.

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Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer!!!
Pours a golden orange color with a nice head on it. Nice citrus floral aroma is a preview of the tastiness that awaits in your glass. This has the hoppiness of an IPA, but the wheat balances the flavor nicely and it has a wonderful mouthfeel. I can't believe this beer is 7.5% ABV... so smooth!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish and bright pale golden color with a small capping of off-white foam that swifts away kind of quick, leaving a partial skim and a few small, skinny patches of stringy lacing.

Aroma is clean and hoppy with a soft lemony candied waft of citrus with touches of peach, pineapple, and nectarine. Very close to what their Hop Stoopid conjures up without as much oomph to it.

Taste is more of the same and quite likeable in the hops dept. with all sorts of citrusy fuzz, pith, and pulp of peach, orange, pineapple, nectarine, and lemon mixing about. Very clean, crisp, and rounded in tone with a slower backing of pale bready malt holding it all together. Again, this is quite similar to the Stoopid.

Body is boldly clean, crisp, and semi crunchy within a steep medium feel. Grows a heavier fuzz of hoppy citrus as it goes and maintains a firm tongue tantilizing amount of fun and fuzzy hopitude to a mildly set but quite present bite of pithy, juicy, citric bitterness.

Another solid brew by Lagunitas that goes side by side along with the Hop Stoopid! A drinkable citrusy hoppy treat! Yum!

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Photo of peterittenhouse
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy orange hue w/ very thin white head.

S-Interesting smell. Fruity, almost smells like peaches or candy.

T- Great stuff. Light w/ a great hop presence. Has a bit of a candy taste. Deadly. Could session by the 7.3 ABV could be a bit of a problem.

M- Smooth mouthfeel. Wheat gives this a velvety touch.

D- Overall,a great beer. This is my second session w/ this one. A very complex wheat ale that will give most a run for the money.

Go Phils

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as this brew is from the bottle, it is even more lush and tasty on-tap. Bready malts with nice wheat tang and massive citrus and floral hoppiness comes at you even fresher on-tap. The thick, coating mouthfeel is the best part of this brew. Drinkable for big-beer lovers and new-to-craft drinkers alike.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at a good temperature and poured with a mid-sized off white head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber. Aroma is hop, caramel, bread dough, fruit. Flavor is much like nose with bitterness on top, a little sweet under that then the other qualities. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, no off notes, and long. Great wheat IPA.

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Photo of hankthetank97
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent beer from Lagunitas, perhaps my favorite large brewery. Nice hop character thats balanced by roasted hops.

L: Great Amber color.

S: Hoppy smell with malty undertones

T: Light and sweet malt flavor to start with a piney hoppy finish

F: Light mouth feel for a relatively heavy beer. Nice light texture that invites a second or third glass..

O: Easy to drink. Easily a high-end daily drinker for a "beer snob". Wheat malt makes this a lighter version version of their flagship offering but Lagunitas never disappoints me.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a yellow gold with a big white head that slowly fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of tropical fruits, sweet malt/wheat, and a slight piney aroma. This is one of the best Pale Ales I've ever smelled. The slight sweetness of the wheat seems to have balanced out a bit of the hops.

T: The taste is huge on the tropical fruits along with a spicey pine presence and a sweet floral finish. Very balanced and not overly bitter.

M: The feel is creamy yet crisp and refreshing.

D: Highly drinkable although the AVB is a bit high and limits you to less than you actually want to drink.

This is now my favorite summer seasonal and one of my go to hoppy beers.

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Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Light haze in a glowing golden orange body. Cottony, gauze-like, off-white head. Nose shows a lot of citrus character. Juicy orange and grapefruits mix with sappy pine. Sugary cookie malt underneath with a wheat-y twang. Taste starts off with light toasted wheat notes and citrus-y hop bitterness. Sugary fruits follow, accompanied by more juicy (and piny) hop flavor. Bitterness swells. Finishes hoppy, but with a yeasty-wheat-fruit base that makes for an interesting palate. Soft, medium-full body with a protein-y wheat feel. Goes down very easily. Another great Lagunitas concoction!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumn leaves orange with a crystal clear countenance. The creamy crown is toasted peanut shell in color and gains a good bit of character as it melts. Honeycomb-like lace appears on all available surfaces and looks fantastic as well.

This American pale wheat ale contains a big olfactory burst of citric hoppiness to the tune of 64 IBUs. It really smells like an APA, but then wheat malt doesn't have a chance in hell with this much grapefruit zestiness in the house.

Throw any considerations of style right out the window. When this many hops are dumped into the kettles, the type of malt almost doesn't matter. If this sucker is this bright and bold now, it must have been even more buzzsaw-like back in May. Hard to imagine.

The malt tastes mostly pale with a smidgen of something more toasted. Again, any wheat flavor that might have been present is blasted into oblivion by tidal wave after tidal wave of pink grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Any hopheads looking for an aggressive alpha acid 'bite' will find it here. The finish is as tight and as focused as a laser beam.

Any beer that makes me look forward to the next mouthful while the current one is being swallowed deserves a high drinkability score. The mouthfeel is close to medium for the style and is much more silky smooth in the bottom half of the bottle. Lightly lush even.

Knowing that it was more hoptastic than most APWAs, I had a pretty good idea that this would be good beer. Truth be told, it's hoppier, more delicious and more drinkable than imagined. If you crave the little green cones like I do, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale joins Three Floyds Gumballhead on the top of the American pale wheat ale pile. Thanks to mikey711 for the bottle.

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Photo of alcurtsinger
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a tulip

A. Light copper. A little lighter colored than a normal IPA. The head recedes fairly fast and almost no lacing.

S. Very piny and some fruit notes. A little citrusy.

T. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, hops, a little sweet and a little malt.

M. Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied.

D. Very drinkable, I could drink these all day and I plan to.

Notes: This beer is fantastic, it has the lightness and crispness of a wheat, but the flavor profile of an IPA. Pick this limited release up.

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Photo of Luigi
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out golden in color, slightly hazy, and with a big fluffy white head. Head retention is very good with Lacing around the glass.

The aroma is dominated by the citrus hops, and a hint of pine at first.... But, the hops are softened by the pale malt and wheat. Giving it a yeast bread background.

At first the bitterness of the hops hit you. More citrus flavors than sharp pine compared to this ale's big sister Sumpin' wild. Soft and light bread flavors from the malt and wheat giving something like the best of of both worlds. A wheat ale combined with an AIPA. Hops do linger on the tongue for a while. But finishes semi-dry and refreshing.

Light/medium bodied with a bit a carbonation makes this ale very easy to drink. Overall I can say hope Lagunitas keeps this pale wheat crossed with a IPA around for a long time.

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Photo of jb413
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy light citrus color. A sort of orange-tinted golden yellow with three fingers of frothy white head and fairly good retention. Some nice lacing.

S - Hoppiness asserts itself in the nose, notably piney. Citrus tones abound underneath. Underlying maltiness as well.

T - A solid slightly sweet backbone from the wheat. (Fooled me there). Hops kick in midway with some moderate piney flavor. Citrusy tones intermingled in the second half, with some grapefruit/lemon. Moderately bitter finish.

MF - More of a thicker, creamier mouthfeel than similar brews, while remaining medium in body. Definitely smooth. Drinkable, indeed it drinks more like a 5-6% offering. Carbonation is fine.

O - Just a quality brew. A great combination of taste and drinkability.

EDIT: Had no idea this was a Pale Wheat. Fooled me. Way too good to be a wheat!

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.