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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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6,847 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,847
Reviews: 1,382
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 256
Gots: 981 | FT: 6
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 tempest
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. $4 for a tulip, not a bad deal. It appeared hazy yellow with a tall white head. The aroma reminds me immediately of orange soda, but then pineapple kicks in to make it more of a tropical citrus fruit punch. The flavor is equally juicy at first, but they dries out with a bit of plain malted wheat and peppery hop bitterness. This beer reminds me of the short-lived Middle Ages Imperial Double Wheat - it's big, hoppy, but not terribly bitter. All in all, a pretty tasty beer.

tempest, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head is very rocky with great retention.. very clear lite orange golden brew.

The nose is immediate and surprisingly pungent hoppy.. citric hoppiness with a great pale malt backbone..

Bitter bite out of the gate with pale malts that melt quickly into an unapologetic citric hoppiness.. some floral hoppiness and minor pine come into play... but wow.. this is an IPA... no where near an American Wheat!!!! Maybe a little bready as it warms, but again the hops just strip away any malt components.

I have had a very hard time with this one... I know lagunitas used a bunch of wheat.. but really... the hops are abundant and expected..

4/4/4/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of dickieb
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of white fluffy head and average lacing

S- The smell of this one is fantastic crazy orange notes and citrus hops with some smells of sweet wheat malts to it.

T- The taste mimics with nose but its not as powerful as the smell. Grainy wheat malts off set by some good but not overly bitter citrus hopping.

M/D this drinks and feels like a lighter IPA with some really interesting smells to it. I could drink a whole bunch of these

dickieb, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of sethmeister
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with a touch of orange and a tight ivory colored head which drops to a skim. Verify little lace.

Fruity scent wafts. Nose in close I get citrus - oranges, tangerines and grapefruit - and fresh bread.

Taste is citrus - orange and grapefruit - with a touch of pine. Tangy and slightly sour wheat grain beneath. Mild bitterness. Earthy, and herbal notes. Mint. There's a slight suggestion of toastiness. Just a hint of dankness.

Mouth is a very silky, coating medium.

Drinkability is very high; quite refreshing and easy to drink.

Great beer. Not intensely bitter yet full of hop flavor and satisfying wheat malt.

sethmeister, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of TreeTopFlyer
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up at an ABC in Miami, FL where I grabbed a mixed 6-pack (2 IPAs, 2 Censored, 2 Little Sumpins). Heard it was a Summer Ale but did not know what I was in for.

A - it looked richer than I expected for a Summer Ale. I was possibly expecting something that looked like a Kolsch, but this poured crystal clear with a rich copper color and thick white to cream-colored head.

S - Awesome. Citrus, sweet, orange...had just finished a Lagunitas IPA before this and thought for a moment I had not rinsed the glass well enough. I was wrong..lLots of sweet, citrus aroma.

T - Everything in the aroma comes thru in the first sip. Big citrus hop taste with a solid, malt and sweet hop backbone. I think the wheat malt as a base must have been mashed high to build the residual sweetness I think I taste.

M - For a Summer Ale, this beer comes across a bit heavy in the mouthfeel, but is just SO drinkable. It seems like a Three Floyd's Gumballhead on steroids.

D - Rates only a "Good" simply because I think I was looking for something lighter as a Summer Seasonal. With that said. I love it. I will buy a 6-pack tomorrow. And another next week. This might take 1st place in my Lagunitas line-up, behind my favorite, Brown Shugga.

TreeTopFlyer, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of J23hc
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into mug. Fairly murky orange/yellow body with smaller head than expected. Smell is pretty intense, lots of sweet citrus and spice. Flavor is very much like an ipa with a different mouthfeel. Not so crispy, more watery. This is basically a pale ale bordering ipa with some wheat. It really is hoppy and well rounded but just doesn't have the wow factor that a fuller mouthful would give it

J23hc, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an oddity for the style. A nice clear golden pour with semi soapy head, and it clung fairly well.
Citrus and flowers in the nose, strong. A soft biscuit kept the former in check to avoid a perfume domination.
Taste was a bit light, but not bad. Very light biscuit and the flowers died down a bit. Citrus is the forerunner, but still soft. The feel of this thing is more akin to an IPA for the bite, but not the malt. Clean and crisp, great for summer.
Nice beer.

Mebuzzard, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Elimination
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to a good american wheat taste, but was surprised when I poured this.

Look is a amber yellow, thin lacy head with a few bubbles rising.

Smell is hops, very little wheat, a slight malt. Really is not like any kind of wheat, american or german, that I have ever had. The smell is slight citrus, hops, a bit of rum perhaps?

Taste: Malty backbone, hops forward, sweet, but finishes dry. The hops present a bit of that citrus, slight grapefruit, a bit of lemon. very little presence of wheat which im surprised about, really was craving a wheat, but im still happy

Mouthfeel is exceptional, the bubbles flow nicely, great thickness that goes away quick.

Drink is very good for the 7+ abv, doest feel this strong.

Elimination, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a lightly-hazed sunny yellow color with a stable two finger head and decent whorls of lacing on the glass.

Smells at first like a freshly sliced pineapple, but further investigation reveals orange and lemon peel, wheat twang, and an even build of florals and perfume with a touch of herbal and resinous hopping.

Taste follows suit of the nose, but de-emphasizes the citrus peel somewhat and magnifies the resinous / pith aspects of the hopping to keep that hoppy bite going upon the tongue. Long extended bitter finish that just won't quit.

Medium body and carbonation levels, a bit oily.

WastingFreetime, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of brureview
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a hefeweizen glass. Nice honey color with a three finger head.

The aroma wasn't too strong with some grapefruit and citrus.

Nicely carbonated.

The taste was excellent. Very strong grapefruit-citrus- a prominent characteristic of the beer.
Overall, a solid beer. Tastes more like an IPA. The aroma is a bit light. The finish is the dominant
offering of the beer.

brureview, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: this beer pours a slightly darker gold color, not much bubbles off the body. White head though is thick, about a full inch..real nice.

Smell: light grapefruit and but f'n strong hops, very potent and pleasant that you just keep going sniff after sniff.

Taste: Bitter with a hit of grapefruit that blows your tongue away. It is bitter but a light piney feel that helps it go down that much better

Mouth: medium to heavy most definitely. Not the easiest to drink but the real beer advocates will not say no.

Overall: very good and no complaints on my end. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of mjryan
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another hoppy ass beer from Lagunitas. Love it! Wheat hugh? Id have never known. Hazy, orange and smelly. Good smelly. Hoppy smelly. Very pungent orange, mango, apricot, grapefruit...yup I think they are all present. Sweet malts and hops, or is that sweet hops and malts? Very tropical and juicey. Smooth, gentle bitterness for such a strong, hoppy beer. Yeah, really drinkable.

mjryan, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp yellow with a frothy off white head. Aroma is some crisp citrus hops and wheat with a touch of spice. The taste is more like a wheat beer than the bottle I had a few weeks ago, there is a decent amount of citrus hops as well making this a truly unique beer. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence, but it's drinkable. This is a truly unique beer, one I would certainly have again.

atsprings, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've seen this beer around lately and decided to finally give it a shot. Let's see what this little Sumpin has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear orange-yellow with a solid 1" of fluffy light orange foam that was maintained by lots of bubbles rising. The head was airy looking, but still was >1/2 height more than a minute after the pour. The head never completely disappears and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass on the way down.

Aroma: The aroma has lots of hops in it with only a subtle emphasis on the citrusy American hops. It borders more on floral, but is still well blended. There is a subtle sweetness starting to come out as the beer warms up some as a very light caramel. I get a subtle chalkiness that indicates to me that there is some pretty serious bittering, but it doesn't seem like it is grossly out of balance with the water (like Otter Creek DIPA).

Taste: The flavor isn't nearly as hoppy as you would expect from the aroma, but it is still firmly weighted toward the hops. The body is medium, but the carbonation is high, so that all makes it lighter on the palate. The alcohol is well hidden and only dries out the back of the throat a bit with the hops in the finish. The finish is definitely balanced toward the hops and it dries out the back of the throat a bit, but it isn't annoying or anything.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. It has a good balance, blend of hops, and the malt bill is subtle but compliments the ensemble. That said, I am a malt-head, so this one finished just a bit bitter for my taste, but it was still pretty nice to the back of your throat. I will enjoy the rest of my six-pack no doubt, though I am not sure when the urge will strike me to buy this again just for pleasure.

SkeeterHawk, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of sonata2008
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Honey yellow color, cloudy. Finger width of white foam.
S: Strong hops aroma. Fruity with lots of grapefruit.
T: Very potent grapefruit taste and also quite a bit of sweetness. Bitter tang at the end. Lighter in malt taste than Lagunitas Lucky 13.
MF: Light mouth feel. Medium carbonation.
D: Very refreshing beer. Interesting combination of flavors. Nice for hot summer days. Would go well with picnic fare. Definitely would order this beer again.

sonata2008, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Aggressive pour yields a nice big fluffy three-finger white head. Clear yellow color with nice lacing.

Aroma of oranges, and a bready, earthy-type wheat aroma. Prominent is the orange/citrus aroma.

Nice bitter hop flavor with just enough sweet citrus to balance. Not your typical wheat ale. This one is strong on the hop side.

For a wheat ale, it has a little too bitter aftertaste, but since I'm a hop lover, I approve. Easy to enjoy and fairly drinkable.

FanofHefe, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of glass_house
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

glass_house, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Prcass
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Prcass, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of blinky1717
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

blinky1717, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Azeotrope
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Azeotrope, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Cletts206
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Cletts206, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of JeffONeal
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

JeffONeal, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Great floral notes dominate the nose. Taste is a floral, with a faint citrusy fruit, mild hop bitterness, and solid wheat notes. Mouthfeel is lighter, smooth, and drinkable.

Pretty bitter and hoppy for a wheat beer, but delicious and drinkable.

tdm168, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of ImusBeer
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprized by this beer. The bartender told me it was a wheat but the hoppiness knocked my socks off, in a good way.

A: very little head, light cream colored some lacing. A very pale yellow in color.

S: You can tell immediately this is a hoppy beer you can smell the aroma hops inches away.

T&M: Very sharp hoppy bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel. I felt like exclaiming "aaa" after every swallow.

D: I could drink this stuff all day but you have to give your mouth a break!

ImusBeer, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Kinsman
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's about time I get around to reviewing this tasty beer. Pours a light amber color with just a hint of cloudiness and a moderately sized white head that leaves a sticky web of lace behind.

Aroma is big on the hops up front with lots of citrus fruit with some floralness thrown in there too. Little room is left for some bready malt aromas in the background.

Hoppy with out being too bitter on the palate. Some herbal and floral character form the hops mixed in with the citrus flavors. Malt flavors provide a strong backbone with some bread-like and slightly sweet qualities to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but comes across with a crisp and slightly dry refreshing quality to it. Overall, A Little Sumpin Sumpin is not just a funny name designed to sell beer, it has the flavor to back it up. Hoppy wheats are a great treat.

Kinsman, May 07, 2011
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,847 ratings.