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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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7,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,390
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 299
Gots: 1,379 | FT: 5
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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 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

Photo of phantomwyse
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dainty honey color with a one finer off white head of ambiguous bubbles.

S: Characteristic Lagunitas hops, very pine-like, very oily, touches of dense and sweet grapefruit. Malts are like sugar cookies and just there.

T: More mellow on the hops than the nose would suggest. This is not to say this isn't a hoppy beer, pine dominates with a bit of citrus fruit. Malts are skittish and don't want to join the party.

M: Here's where this beer shines, medium bodied - starts of off silky and finishes dry with a certain effervescence that brings some bitterness up into the nose.

D: Standard Lagunitas fare, fairly good, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of Maxwell
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clean golden color like very light yellow piss, though there is a little of the wheat haze towards the middle and lots of bubbles tumbling up from the bottom. The head is finger thin with big white bubbles and a nice easy retention at a half a finger that leaves sticky thin clouds of lacing on the side of the glass. The beers smells surprisingly nice and wet with pine hops and some nice citrusy tingles, but I don’t notice any of the wheat in the smell and the malt and yeast seem to be light in the smell. The beer tastes much like it smells, thick with resin-like pine hops. The malts are faint in the initial sip as the hops take the full “blam” but the after taste is a lovely light sweet wheat malt with side tingling from the hops. There are also some nice light citrus tangs in this beer reminiscent of oranges and mango. The mouthfeel is initially really rough with carbonation and the hops bitter bite, leaving the tongue feeling assaulted. The beer is really clean and refreshing on the tongue, but the after feel is only lightly tingly with hop and a slight bitter-burn on the tongue, while the rest of the mouth has a thin sheen of saliva. That initial mouthfeel is too rough for my taste, but mellows out to a more manageable state. Overall the beer a nice hopbomb of a pale wheat ale, reminiscent more of Sierra Nevada’s Pale ale or an IPA than of anything thing else I have tried. This is admittedly my first heavily hopped wheat ale, and I love the hops in it, and the aftertaste of wheat malt is very intriguing, but the rest of it isn’t very different from other ales.

Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey as a single for two dollars, poured into a Lost Coast pint glass, color is golden yellow with some orange, 3/4 inch ceamy white head with decent retention and leaving some small amounts of lacing, aroma consists of wheat, lots of citrus including grapefruit, floral accents, pine, herbal accents, and , flavor is full of hops at first which is really not true to style but I am not complaining, some citrus and very mild wheat in the middle, finish has a large amount of hoppiness and citrus too, some lingering pine in the aftertaste, nicely balanced between fruit and hops, dry, citrusy and slightly chewy mouthfeel, moderatate level of carbonation, medium bodied, could drink a few of these, taste is complex for the style, no alcohol in the flavor, pretty refreshing when served cold and balanced, definitely not your ordinary wheat beer, love the amount of hops in this beer, would drink again, hope this is brewed again

Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color. Two fingers of off white head leaves a decent amount of lacing. Surprisingly clear.

S: Smell changes greatly over the course of time. At first, I would have sworn this was a Pale Ale or IPA. Big hoppy nose with grapefruit and even some pine. However, I was distracted in drinking this beer and came back to it an hour or so later. As it warmed, the hops faded away while banana-clove scent that is typical of wheat beer began to shine through.

T: The same is true with the taste. At first, this beer tasted like the typical Pale Ale. Light malts with a slightly bitter finish. But as the beer warmed, the malts and hops receded, allowing for a creamer, wheat background which was followed by an odd combination of grapefruit bitterness and faint banana. Preferred the colder taste.

M: Light to medium in body and carbonation.

D: This is a good beer with an interesting range of flavors. I'll admit I'm a bit biased as my preference is for hopped up IPA's and this is a wheat beer that is hopped up good. Not sure it's so accurate for the style, but I like it, though next time I'll do my best to drink it while it's still cold.

Photo of bayougutter
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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 arrogant
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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 waltc21
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a slightly hazy straw with a large foamy head. Smells of piney and earthy hops, and lots of malt. Taste is initially very hoppy with earthy tones, but finishes really syrupy, not what I was expecting at all after the smell. It doesn't fully ruin it, but it does bring it down a little. Beer is carbonated correctly and for its light body, even with the syrupy taste still goes down smooth. Overall, an above average beer.

Photo of Brunite
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bfarr
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with slightly underwhelming carbonation, likely due to its time sitting out unbottled. This (along with the serving glass) also hurts its head, both in terms of retention and lacing. The head (and some decent lacing) does appear after agitated swirling, however.

S: Massive notes of tropical fruits; mango, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, and the like. This is something I'd expect from a good DIPA, not a 'dinky wheat ale'. There's also some vaguely sweet, bready malt buried beneath the fruit explosion.

T: Hoppy - but not in a generically bitter sense. Rather, it yanks out huge tropical fruit flavors without any oppressive bitterness. The wheat malt gives a unique sweetness combined with the hops...only thing is, this sweetness honest-to-God becomes cloying after about halfway. Even still, it's pretty good, but the first part is much better than the second.

M: Well carbonated, betraying its initial weak carbonation appearance. The body is a little thick, and it finishes rather wet at first, transitioning into some dryness in the aftertaste.

O: This is almost a tale of two beers. At first, it's one of the best beers I've ever had. Later, it's tiring hop/malt sweetness renders it merely 'good'. Still a nice wheat IPA that's a great value, even when it's less than fresh.

Photo of pjvie
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. Surprising light colour for a hopped up beer. The hop aroma is certainly there. Good lace. Taste of moderate grapefuit. Big mouthfeel. Served too cold, a rare brainfreeze from beer. Above-average carbonation. Drying finish, with a mint-spice aftertaste. IBU must be high.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a light white head that resolves quickly and left just a little lacing.

The nose has a ton of hops for a wheat ale and as just about everyone else has mentioned, smells more like an ipa than a wheat beer. The hops are all citrus with a lemon zest.

The taste resembles an ipa as well and the nose is a bitter citrus. The wheat is in there and tries to break through but is overshadowed by hops. There is a slight buttery taste.

Body is light like a wheat beer and cut with a crisp carbonation. The finish is not as dry as I expected from the initial hop taste, but is dry nonetheless.

This is a nice summer beer with fresh flavor and a light enough body to consume a few in the hot sun. The abv is a little high to be as sessionable as most wheats.

Overall, this was a nice take on a wheat for those that like hops like I do. However, I felt like this one had an identity crisis. For me, it lies somewhere in between a light ipa and a hopped up wheat but was not really true to either style.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to treyrab for this beer. Procured in BeerSwap 1.0

A: Pours a clear golden color into my pint glass. Almost the same color as BMC offerings, but with a little more head. Thick walls of bubbles lace down the sides of the glass.

S/T: Floral and citrusy hops abound, which was a nice surprise, given that I thought that I might have taken too long to drink this. There is no hop bitterness to speak of, and the hops provide an almost fruity flavor. The taste is much the same, adding in a nice caramel malt sweetness to complement the hops.

M/D: Sticky and resinous without being over carbonated, the texture is perfect. I would drink this every time I barbecued if I had it on hand.

Photo of jbraico
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After reading some of he review maybe I came with too high of expectations. I like the beer, but it's nowhere near as good as their brown Suggs substitute.

Very clear pour with a great golden color. The smell had some sweetness to it. A little hoppy taste, but not strong or over powering. Very smooth going done.

Overall it's a very good beer, but not sure that I'll be going back for the price it cost.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
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 herman77
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
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 therica
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
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 bluHatter
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange colored crisp beer with sharp fruity flavor and a lasting bitter finish. It smells very fruity and sweet - lightly grapefruit and orange, which helps to offset its bitter bite.

The flavor is malty and sweet, with dark amber notes, which melts quickly into a harsh bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue long afterwards. There is no doubt that this is a 7.50% ABV beer - it certainly won't be mistaken for anything lighter.

Overall, this beer is an excellent sipping beer for those of us who like something a little more on the bitter side.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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