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: 1,483
Hads: 7,980
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 415
Gots: 2,038 | FT: 5
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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 climax
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pale wheat ale with 65 IBUs? Interesting, let's dive in. It pours a gold color with good clarity. The head was on the small side, but left alot of tight lace bubbles on the side.

The nose was a refreshing citrus splash. Lemon and passion fruit mixed in with an almost artificially sweet peach aroma blend bitter and sweet quite well. Grassy notes emerge a bit more as it sits, and the sweetness becomes slightly subdued.

The flavor does the same. Hop bitterness is high, but this isn't a pale ale, and it's certainly no wheat beer. The wheat and yeast flavors add sweetness to the lupulin fiesta that really makes me think about what I'm drinking. My second sip yields soapy and herbal tones that last through the hop oil finish.

The body is around medium with a slick feel and very sharp carbonation. The tingle lasts long through the dry finish. Boy, I think I found a refreshing summer drinker.... that has a load of hops even! I'm impressed, Bravo Lagunitas for filling a gap for the green-geeks out there, this beer is a little sumpin' sumpin' different. (1,066 characters)

Photo of billybob
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep golden color thin head and quickly fading lace. now things start to get better smells fruity along with some pine resin. then the first taste. hops hit you right off then the different fruit flavors mixing with that pine resin and the smooth thick mouthfeel lets you know that your drinking a nice beer here. drinkability? i definitely need more. (359 characters)

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice, clear golden color. A one finger white head has pretty good retention. A little bit of lacing here with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Very strong. Lots of floral hops and pine.

T - Very complex. There are some floral hops upfront followed by notes of pine. The thing that gets me is the after taste. It's like biting into a grapefruit. It also has notes of orange, pine and maybe a bit of pineapple. No wheat at all.

T - Light mouthfeel. Very good balance. Good carbonation.

D - Considering the higher ABV for a wheat ale this goes down real easy. (576 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint glass.

A: Pale straw color with tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Aggressive pour leads to a one-finger head that doesn't last long but leads strong lacing throughout.

S: Hoppy throughout the nose, but I'm picking up a strong malt backend. Alcohol is slightly present in the nose as well.

T: Very nicely balanced sweetness with bitter hops. This is a wonderful representation of a wheat wine. It's like a perfect love child of Hop Stoopid and a really nice wheat beer. It's got the appearance and smell of an IPA but the taste of a hoppy wheat beer.

M: Creamy feel, lingering bitter aftertaste that leaves me sipping over and over.

O: A delicious beer. I can't wait to get my hands on some more. (773 characters)

Photo of brandtbates89
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't really know how to classify this beer except that it is a really enjoyable beer to drink. Upon opening there's a hint of citrus. Don't get fooled by the appearance of this beer because its bot a little bite to it as well as a great rounded "hoppyness." (260 characters)

Photo of vince4953529
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a fresh six pack as soon as it's released for the summer.

Color is golden.

I let it warm up a bit in room temperature after pulled it out from the fridge. Tastes like an IPA, and drinks like an IPA. Not much flavor of wheat, but it would make an excellent IPA. Taste is bitter hop without that annoying butterscotch taste. I like it, but I classified it as an IPA is suspect.

Very good value at about $7.50 for a six pack. Good flavor, above-average drinkability, I would probably buy another sixer of this in the future. (532 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good head, good lacing.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Nice sweet grapefruit, not too bitter, has some weight/wheaty balance under it.

Drinkability: Really tasty, but a little strong for a summer beer.

Saw this new one and picked up a single to try. I was really impressed, tastes a lot like Gumballhead but with more kick. I will definitely grab another sixer or two of this, if the ABV was down in the 5's it would be case worthy. Good stuff! (471 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold/orange color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention; eventually settling to half an inch. Lightly decanted. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big oily hops; grapefruit, pine and citrus. Maybe there's malt there, who coiuld tell - either way, it smells great.

T: Grapefruit and piney hops are resiny bright. Wheat and pale malt well back in the foundation. Much hoppier than youir average wheat beer.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation sufficient to cut the oily coating.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorfully hoppy - more so than ANY wheat beer. (571 characters)

Photo of ddgsrock
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There is a nice blend of sweetness and "hoppiness" in this beer. It has a very nice nose. Gotta love what they put on their bottles! I am curious...they state that the beer has 64.20 for International Bitterness Units (IBUs). Is it acidity/PH? How is that tested? Original gravity and alcohol by volume is certainly easy to test. (329 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixer mixer from Oades

A & S: piney and citrus hops. Semi-clear yellow beer. White fizzy head. Lively bubbles rising from the top. Not much lacing. Pours a half a finger, dies to a thin layer but then it is retained till the finish.

T & M: Basically perfect blend of citrus (lemon) and piney hops. Balanced with a light, sweet malty backbone. Finish is semi dry and semi bitter. With a touch of yeast. Medium bodied but crisp and smooth. Pretty highly carbonated, but becomes quite less carbonated as it warms but is still shape in carbonation. Super drinkable. Aftertaste carries on for a long time.

O: Best American Pale Wheat ive tried to date by a long shot Oberon has nothing on this beer! (698 characters)

Photo of jdg204
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first of my 2nd mix 6 pack from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, my new 2nd home. Also my first Lagunitas so I was excited to try this summer brew.

A: Hazy, golden color with a slim ivory head that stuck around for most of the ride and left good lacing.

S: Citrus and spicy aromatics with a side of melon.

T: Really quite fantastic, opens with the wheaty, citrus combo which is followed up perfectly bit a crispy, hoppy, yeasty undertone. I'm a huge fan of balance and this brew has got it in spades.

M: Medium body with good carbonation, lovely aftertaste.

D: A fantastic balance between Summer Wheat and IPA, an excellent brew. Well this was quite a first experience with Lagunitas and one that will ensure I'm back for more. The best Pale Wheat Ale I've had yet, a wonderful experience. If you're looking for something unique and refreshing but with a bit of bite and body, go with this brew! (901 characters)

Photo of hrmhrm
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like the wonderful bastard child of IPA meets summer lager. Incredibly complex while remaining light enough to enjoy on a hot day by the pool. Beautiful combination of hops and malt. I don't do the citrusy-melon-tarball-bootheel-plum thing, but to me too many Lagunitas brews are ruined by an overpowering taste of burned sugar. Not this one. A real classic. Best Lagunitas I've tasted thus far. (402 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in a nutshell, kind of like a bigger bodied gumballhead, the biggest difference being in the aroma. pours a slightly hazy gold w/ a white head. Almost reminiscent of the unique GBH-like aroma and taste-primarily sweet tropical fruit and some lemony citrus. Nose is more muted than gbh though, and lacks that signature 3f smell. Honeyed, cake-like sweet malts. no big yeasty qualities like many other wheats. refreshing and crisp for this abv. Medium sweet bread dough/cracker like malts. wheat hardly noticeable other than a hint of refreshing sourness. Medium body. would be great with a lower abv, as it drinks like a quaffer. dangerous.
Update: having been through cases upon cases of this, this is consistently great. A great head every time, fresh every time, great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated. Nose not as good as gumballhead and the abv is a bit high for me, but otherwise great. This is the beer that turned my wife to the dark side and also her best friend. A great gateway beer. (992 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours clear and golden with a nice frothy head which looks like it's intent on leaving lace.

S- Sweet from the wheat, but substantially bitter at the same time. Some sweetness in a fruity way as well.

T- I'd almost classify this as an IPA first. The hops are quite abundant. The wheat is somewhat muted behind the hop barrage, but they sweeten the brew in a very elegant way.

Grapefruit is the initial hop flavor, but soon after pine resin becomes abundantly clear. There's a sweetness that comes in with this which tastes quite like honey.

There's a hint of spice in the flavor if you really look for it, but the spice is mostly recognizable in the aftertaste.

M- Medium full. Very creamy. Carbonation feels just right as it fills the drink out, but is otherwise fairly hidden. Slightly dry and considerably sticky finish.

O/D- Drinkabiliy is exceptional. Alcohol is nowhere near the taste buds.

Considering I'm not a fan of wheat beers, this is a large success, and somewhat an indicator that this is misclassified or that it's a great variation from the style.

Again, Lagunitas leaves me wanting more. I recommend this to any hop lovers, or wheat beer lovers looking to branch out. (1,203 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Little Sumpin' is a slightly hazy, deep golden color with a big, white soapy head that leaves thick gobs of lacing. The smell is mostly of citrusy/piney hops with subtle hints of wheat in the background. The flavor is similar to the nose, with the citrusy hops taking center stage. Very nicely hopped but not mouth puckeringly bitter, this beer has great flavor. The mouthfeel is rather full with a thick carbonation that adds to the viscousness. Overall a very good beer, worth having again. (534 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle, this beer is golden in color with a clear body. The nose on this beer is quite pronounced, featuring scents of citrus, mainly orange/tangerine, with tropical and floral notes. The white foam features somewhat larger bubbles and it does leave some lacing.

This beer has a delicious flavor that combines tropical fruit, oranges, pineapple, a little bit of honey, and wheat. The beer has a refreshing crispness and the bitterness, while supposedly 60 IBU, doesn’t seem that high and is actually well balanced for this style.

Lagunitas has scored a major hit with this beer. The nose and flavor are addictive and the beer just keeps getting better and better with each passing sip. I love the combination of tropical fruit flavors- they combine to create a flavor that most any person will find acceptable at the very least, including those who are not normally IPA fans. It’s a very tasty beer that earns a big thumbs up from me. (956 characters)

Photo of searsclone
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a new belgium globe glass. crystal clear goden color with a bright white head

smells sweet and hoppy and grassy

tastes is mostly hop upfront, then honey and malt and bread

feels crisp and es really easy to drink

overall, I didn't know what to expect from this one. I would call it a pale ale, but I get some wheat out of it too. good for a hot day and will probably be really good with rich foods (426 characters)

Photo of MeowTom
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like a glass of liquid gold. A very very small white head to it. That's gone all but just a slight haze over the top of it.

S- Awesome citrus and piney aroma.

T- Smooth smooth smooth...Then there is the after taste of pine and bitter that just rocks! The alcohol is not over whelming until I have had a few sips and then realize there is something to it.

M- Crisp and light. Very refreshing and wonderful IPA.

O- My father just brought this back from California and I'm so glad he did. This is a first class beer. (527 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the best IPA I've had. I'm not a fan of IPAs but this was up my alley! Nice grapefruit taste, lower IBU bitterness than a lot of IPAs (64 IBU), and that wheat beer mix makes it much more drinkable than a lot of IPAs.

I know that they consider this a "American Pale Wheat Ale" but this is an IPA to me. It tastes just like Hop Nosh but toned down (that's an IPA.. which I do like). However you categorize this as it is tasty to me! This is better than Hop Nosh. That wheat does wonders for this beer.

I read the beer advocate description for "American Pale Wheat Ale" and it says its an Americanized version of a Hefe Weizen. That gets me interested! You know what, I don't want to call this an IPA any more since I don't like IPA that much. Sign my name on the petition for APWA! (789 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Yellow gold body with off-white head. Foam was beautiful but way too much, had to wait several minutes for it to die down before I could pour the rest.

S: Walking through a field of hop flowers on a bright spring day, chewing a toasted English biscuit.

T: Wheat beers aren't typically my favorite, and I didn't see anywhere on the label that it was wheat. The smell had me optimistic though. Sure enough, doesn't really taste like wheat to me, just a good, clean IPA with pine and citrus notes.

M: Smoothly carbonated, all around pretty nice.

O: Great for an IPA, I'd happily grab a six pack. If you wanted a wheat beer I think you'd be more disappointed. The label uses the word hops eight times though, so I don't see that happening too often. (806 characters)

Photo of Beerevity
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow with a white head. Plenty of bubbles rising in the glass long after the pour and great lacing.

S - Passionfruit and strawberry. The combination of wheat malt and hops aroma is utterly amazing.

T - Clean, fruity and slightly bitter with just the right malt backbone. A great change from your average IPA. I haven't ever tasted a beer in this category with such pronounced fruit flavors.

M - On the lighter side with great carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O - This is a wonderful beer and I'm glad I finally gave it a chance. I would have no idea it's a 7.5 on the ABV scale, it's very well hidden by the sensational flavor and drinkability. (667 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left wispy traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, wheat, pine and some caramel. Great aroma for a wheat beer.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeastiness with a good dose of citrusy bitterness and pine flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever had. Don't know why it took me so long to buy some of this. (514 characters)

Photo of wogreen
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - clear golden color

S - very potent hoppy aroma with an almost odd sweet smell to it

T - hoppiness is the dominant characteristic. i can barely taste the wheat flavor, however its a good blend that allows for a sweet wheaty finish

M - feels full bodied yet not as full as many pales.

O - a clean pale with just a hint of sweetness that balances nicely. (360 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish gold with a good amount of white frothy head. Smells really wonderful. Light hops over sweet wheat. A nice light fruitiness on the nose. Tastes as OT s,ells. Sweet and hoppy. Especially for a pale wheat. Lots of great lighter fruit on he tongue with pine and grape fruit coming through on the hops. Very solid brew overall, definitely wish I had access to this (382 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale amber color with a white bubbly head filling the rest of the glass. The head faded fairly quickly but clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a juicy, tropical hop presence to it. It has some notes of pineapple, mango, and peach to it . Just a hint of wheat seems to come through.

The taste also shows a lot of tropical hoppy flavors. Peach seems to be the most pronounced with some pineapple and grapefruit coming through as well. A little bready malt provides a base for all the hoppyness. Some bitterness comes through in the finish balancing out the sweet hoppiness that showed up front. I love tropical hop flavors like this one, and this one is very well done.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is very good, I loved the tropical citrus flavors the hops had. Excellent beer overall and one of my new summer favorites. (965 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.