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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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BA SCORE
94
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5,348 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5348
Reviews: 1294
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%


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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tyamhydrogen

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a whole lot of experience with this style in the past, but I like most of what I've had from Lagunitas in the past and the price is always right. Poured into a pint glass.

A- A well-carbonated, pale yellow. Good lacing, a one finger head. Very good head retention. I like the way it looks.

S- Wow. As soon as I popped the bottle I knew the nose on this one would be incredible. Tropical fruits abound. A bit of floral hops.

T- Not quite as tropical as the nose, but certainly quite hoppy in just the way I like. Sweet, light malts. The wheat is slightly noticeable on the latter portion of the taste without overpowering the hop flavors. They work well together. A tiny hint of alcohol at the end, but not too hot for the ABV. Slightly lingering hoppy aftertaste.

M- Well-carbonated, light-bodied.

O- Extremely drinkable and certainly one of the best offerings I've sampled from Lagunitas. I'm usually not super crazy about wheat beers, but I will definitely buy this one again. Very enjoyable and definitely makes me want to try more highly regarded APWAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:40:57 | More by tyamhydrogen
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hoody711

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I love that this beer is year-round. Simple 6-pack, into a tulip.

A - pale yellow/orange. The head is 1-2 fingers and fades in a medium amount of time. The lacing is abundant and majestic. A nice fluffy puff of head remains on the surface.

S - sunshine and amazing. A little breadiness at the beginning that yields quickly to the glorious citrus hops. I don't smell booze at all, and there's nothing balanced here. It's grapefruit and citrus hops all the way, and it smells amazing.

T - there's a hint of smeet maltiness at the beginning and at the end but just like the nose, the citrus hops dominate. I have no complaints.

M - thicker and chewier than you would expect. Sticks around for a bit. The carbonation is dead-on. The bite sticks around for just a bit longer than I would prefer.

O - I wish all wheat beers tasted like this. This is far closer to an APA or even an IPA. My ratings are biased by my preference. If I rated on style, it'd be lower, but that would be a disservice to the beer. This beer is insanely good, and you owe it to yourself, if you're on this site, to get it if it's available. One of my top 10, across all styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:50:30 | More by hoody711
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BierJager89

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a white head.

S: Mango, pineapple and pine in the nose.

T: Very drinkable, nice blend of wheat, malt, mango, pineapple and general tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied, fairly smooth.

O: Definitely worth a try. Fruit is definitely one of the things I look for in wheat pale ales, and this delivers. My favorite Lagunitas beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:50:04 | More by BierJager89
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Danny1217

Florida

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden amber color with a nice white head that dissipates after a couple minutes. Nice lacing is left behind.
Nice floral hop aroma. Very earthy, with some citrus as well.
Similar to the smell, very floral and earthy. A bit of citrus. The wheat gives it a slight sweet fruity taste. Very interesting balance going on there. I like it! Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable at 7.5% ABV.

A really good IPA with some wheat malt base. Interesting and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 04:39:45 | More by Danny1217
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled the beginning of april, consumed the middle of may.

light honey amber color with a big fluffy head. smell is tangy tropical fruit, pine, lemon-lime. taste is light and wheaty, with a big hop punch at the end. feel is medium and not astringent.

a very hoppy and malty wheat beer. another great lagunitas beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 17:32:27 | More by jimmah120
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Gorgeous golden pour with thick foamy head that leaves impressive lacing up and down the glass.
Smell - some lemon and orange zest, hint of grapefruit, sourdough and perhaps cloves.
Taste - an almost perfect hop forward wheat ale! Citrus hops and bready malts and yeast paired very well!
Feel - refreshing and easy to drink! A well balanced summer brew!
Overall - an almost perfect beer for a hophead looking for something a little (but not too) different to have on the beach or by the pool!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:50:51 | More by DenverHopHead
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DoreenAndDave

Maine

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a gauzy golden amber with a light head. Aroma is of citrus hops, tangerine, bread. Taste start off with a modest malt taste and ends with a lingering hop hit of grapefruit rind. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is very good. It is nicely carbonated and easy to drink. Overall a very well balanced, citrus-ey pale ale. Drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:39:21 | More by DoreenAndDave
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is straw to copper, head is light tan nice and dense, not much lacing but good looking brew.

Smell is floral, grapefruit, zest and lemony, hint of pine, malt is subdued but definitely a fresh smelling brew.

Taste is very well balanced with wheat and pale malts providing backbone, but the hops come through so strongly in a great tasting way, fresh, floral, fruity in terms of grapefruit/lemon.

Mouthfeel is more on the bitter side, as expected, maybe distracts from the wheat presence, but still very good.

Overall, a very nicely done, slightly unique brew - I need to add more wheat to my homebrewed IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:13:51 | More by mvanaskie13
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at High Dive in Park Slope.

A - Pours a lively gold with tons if bubbles rising in the glass. Average head that seemed to last.

S - Overall citrus (probably grapefruit) and a bit of grass perhaps. A very light aroma.

T - Amazing. Ripe fruits up front that give way to a roasted malt flavor. The wheat flavor is subtle.

M - 7.5% ABV is hidden quite nicely as I put away a few too many of these without realizing it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 17:54:47 | More by WheelsPSU
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LeahMarieVT

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours bright: a clean, pale ochre. A subtle presence on the palette. I’ve been consuming this beer with pleasure long before I decided to pen its impressions, so it is fun to reflect upon tasting it tonight. A robust wheaty-ness, with a hint of a clover/pine hoppy-sharpness, a rounding dryness to finish.

Lagunitas is a favorite, so I am slightly biased. The complexity of this brew renders it a favorite!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:04:07 | More by LeahMarieVT
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drgonzo3705

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a nice fluffy white head with sticky lacing left behind.

S: Wow. Not what you expect with a Wheat. Like everyone before me has said, this smells like an IPA. Piney and Citrusy.

T: Not like a wheat. I think the only reason I get a hint of wheat is because my eyes are reading Wheat and telling my palate that's what it is. This is not your Fathers Wheat Beer...

M: Nice medium body with ample carbonation and a very nice hoppiness.

D: I wish I could just get an IV of this shit hooked right into my veins. I'm sitting here working on my 3rd glass and we just tapped the keg! Definitely worth trying. A true Hybrid beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 01:54:07 | More by drgonzo3705
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color, 100% clear. Moderate carbonation throughout, the head is thin but holds well. Pungent orange hoppiness in the aroma, smells much like Hop Stoopid, perhaps the same hop extract? It's very nice, wouldn't know this is a wheat beer though, all I get is citrus hops.

The citrus hops continue on in the taste, but there is a bit of bready malt in there trying to pair it. The hops win out, and the bitterness is long lasting at the finish. Even with the intense hops, the flavor has a clean, refreshingness to it, staying drinkable despite being relatively one dimensional. The mouthfeel seems light, but it's definitely not thin. Carbonation is solid, not too sharp, and the beer finishes without being syrupy.

I had no idea what this beer was when I bought it, but I am glad that Stout @ Plaza Liquors recommended it. Listed as a Pale Wheat Ale I expected something completely different. This is more like an IPA really, like a slightly smaller version of Hop Stoopid in my opinion. Crisp with a blast of citrus hops, for me that is very drinkable, because I like less malty balance in my IPA's. Highly recommended, I will be buying more...

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 05:49:59 | More by bennetj17
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hube

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Wow. What a surprise. I can legitimately say I was blown away by this beer right off the bat. I was expecting something much closer to an IPA when I picked this sixer up this afternoon, but what I found was much sweeter, balanced by hoppy bitterness. An excellent summer beer, very light and fairly sweet, with that hop bite coming in at the finish, keeping things from getting too syrupy or sugary.

The only thing I would improve upon here would be a tad more carbonation, though that's due to personal preference.

No real complaints on this one at all. It's a re-buy and a must-buy.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:02:25 | More by hube
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erosier

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a medium sized and thicker bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat, some lightly roasted malts, a nice hit of citrusy hops, then a big piney hop bite at the end of the nose.
T: Taste like the aroma except with a very large, in your face sort of piney hop flavor followed by a smoother citrusy hop flavor with sweet hints of wheat malts mixed in as well.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, fresh, and perfectly carbonated.
D: Very drinkable, even with the higher abv. This is an interesting take on the style for sure, but I have a feeling this is one of those beers they brewed and then selected the style that fits it best. Either way, I liked this beer a whole lot!

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 13:46:50 | More by erosier
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours slightly hazy golden color with thick sticky lacing.

S- Lots of pine and floral hop aroma. A bit of citrus notes with a noticeable yeast presence.

T- Strong hoppy bitterness initially. Pine and bitter grapefruit flavors mixed with a light malt sweetness and wheat notes. All west coast hop flavor here!

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- Wow, this is one hoppy Pale Wheat! Feels like an IPA with a smidge of yeast and wheat flavor. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 04:13:14 | More by projectflam86
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snaotheus

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a slightly orange yellow, a thin ring of head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Smells of grass and pine and flowers.

Taste is sweet and loaded with hops. Citrus is very strong, and the sweetness makes me think of honey.

Mouthfeel is very light, nicely carbonated, a little clingy. Very pleasant.

Extremely drinkable beer, especially on a hot day (like when I tried it on tap yesterday...delicious).

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 20:37:15 | More by snaotheus
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear gold, with 2+ big fingers of foamy eggshell-white colored head. This shrinks down fairly quickly but still retains with a frothy ½ finger that just SLATHERS the sides of the glass with a rich latticework of sticky lace. The aroma is just EXCEEDINGLY West Coast feeling in the nose, being hugely floral, spicy, piney, and lush, with robust tropical fruit character. It's literally an explosion of hop flavors in the nose. It's so strong in fact, that you almost don't initially pick up on the smoky and sweet malt presence that glides underneath all of those hops. Some light warmth adds a touch of beef to the bouquet, pulling the flavors together into a thick hold in the nose.

The hops just rage in the taste, with a spicy and resinous bitterness that grips the tongue in an aggressive bite. Luckily, this isn't all about the hops though, as an equally beefy sweetness is there to even it out, being comprised of a thick tang of robust citrus and bready toasted wheat. The finish is all hops, with a lingering bitterness that just STICKS in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a generally creamier carbonation up front that then gives way to to a hugely slick and oily feel. This seems to literally slither down the throat, just completing the hoppy trilogy of awesomeness here. This is actually the real highlight of the beer for me, as the mix of the hop oiliness and wheat texture just combines to make for one of the easiest and most drinkable feels, that I've had in a while. Excellent!

Where the hell did this beer come from? Not only my pick for sleeper beer of the summer, this is my early favorite for sleeper pick of the year! Just HUGELY well balanced West Coast hop character here, that is beautifully packaged into an equally great quaffable Wheat Ale body. I agree with some other reviewers that this is one Lagunitas beer that should have been in bombers, as 12 oz just isn't enough for one sitting. There's definitely nothing Little about this "Sumpin'". Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 12:07:32 | More by Kegatron
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear orange hued body with a snow white bubble head supported by a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface.

S- The bold green grassy hops finish with a fresh pineapple aroma that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight alcohol nose in the finish.

T- The full green funky hops flavor has a green cinnamon quality to it with a pungent citrusy juicy hop finish. The pungency his big and grows even more as the beer warms. The caramel malt flavor comes through after my tongue gets used to the hops and it grows a bit as the beer warms. There is a nice soft bitter hop note that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a tight fizz that covers it.

D- This beer is soft on the bitterness which is good but it is huge on the pungency of the hops. They are well supported by pineapple and grass flavors but it is a pretty big beer for a full pint of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 17:35:19 | More by rhoadsrage
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earthboundagain

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

A- Pours a hazy golden hue, with a small head that does not last long. This beer has some small lacing as well.

S- Wow, This is a good smelling sucker. You have some piney and citrus hops , up front with a wheat malt twang in the background.

T- Big citrus hop up front followed by a slight pine hop, not tasting the wheat, but I think its just balancing out the hops cause for all its hoppy taste this beer is not overly bitter.

M- This beer is built on a medium body with a medium level of carbonation. It has a slight stickiness to it though.

D- This beer is 7.3% but you would never know it. This beer is such an easy drinker, I could drink till I drop.

Thoughts- This was my favorite new beer this summer, an wheat ale that bent the style lines just enough to make it unique and flavorly wonderful at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 20:00:02 | More by earthboundagain
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully clear golden yellow color with a decent head of soft white foam. Fair amount of lacing clings to the side.

Outstanding Lagunitas hop profile present. Grapefruit and pine, but mostly the citrus in the nose. Very faint wheat presence.

Wow, that is spot on amazing. The hops take center stage. Mostly citrus with a hint of pine and pineapple. A nice balancing sweetness as well. Would never guess there is wheat in this. Tastes like a hoppy as hell pale ale. Tasty as can be.

Medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation appears to be right on the mark.

Awesome drinkability. So enjoyable to drink. Lagunitas knows how to hop things up and this is no exception. No problem tipping back a few of these, but at over seven percent, watch out.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 00:30:36 | More by jera1350
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Mubbly

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Searched everywhere for this beer. Took me a long time, but it was worth it.

A medium sized white head bubbles out of a medium speed pour. Very clean and crisp looking amber glow. Some lacing left on the glass.

Smells great! Grapefruit and pine. Forresty, fresh, earthy and some booze. Sweet candy/fruity quality. Biscuits and honey? Very interesting and inviting.

Tastes great, too! Enters the mouth in a shy and smooth manner, with a touch of carbonation followed by hops. Good combination of grapefruit and pine flavors. Dark chocolate, lemon, and lime bitterness lingers on the tongue. I think of it as a light summer version of Hop Stoopid. I thank the wheat for the smoothness going down, but can't taste much of it. Hmm.

Rolls across the tongue smoothly. Some welcomed medium-high carbonation which blends in with the bitterness of the hops. Satisfying medium feel.. great for the summer.

This beer is slick.. goes down easy, but will catch up on you fast. I could probably finish off a 6-pack by myself. Very flavorful and complex enough to keep my interest.

Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 02:09:11 | More by Mubbly
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babaracas

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear golden color with foamy two finger white head, blobs of lace. Smell: lots of pineapple and grapefruit, honeyed biscuit. Taste: pretty serious bash of grapefruit and pineapple, fades to a sweet pale malt with a hint of melon, maybe some wheat in the tangy finish. Mouthfeel: prickly, active carbonation but fairly light and refreshing. This would be the best pale wheat ever. Still pretty damn good as an IPA, would be 4/4.5/4.5/4/4.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 23:59:44 | More by babaracas
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW!!! What a great find. Pours a dark straw color. Lots of bubbles and carbonation. Great aroma of Greapefruit but also ripe peaches and wheat. This is one of those beers that has combined two great styles into one. It has the nice little kick of hops from an IPA with the smooth thirst quenching hit of a wheat ale. Its like biting into a fresh piece of juicy fruit and grapefruit all at the same time!!! This is an outstanding example of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 00:20:24 | More by Liverpool08
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stamped 17564713 if that means anything.

Served cool into the OSU pint glass, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' has a golden yellow color, great clarity, and a thick sticky white top. It settles slowly leaving a thin sheet of lace down the glass.

The aroma is especially hoppy and fresh. There is a great citrus burst that just smells fantastic. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit... you get the idea.

Flavor is also very enjoyable. It has a nice sweetness that helps to balance out the hop bitterness. That being said, it's one of those beers that seems really hoppy but never actually kills the palate.

The wheat base seems to give it a really smooth mouthfeel and light body.

Overall a wonderfully hoppy summer ale that I wish Lagunitas would make all year 'round.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 17:22:41 | More by GilGarp
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ballz50401

Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled on 8/2/10) into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden/copper color with a nice sticky creamy white head. Meduim carbonation level.

Aroma: The hops really shine through with mango and grapefruit. A nice touch of sweet malts in there too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tons of tropical fruit flavor here. Mango, grapefruit, orange, and peaches. Finishes with some light caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is very good with a light creaminess and mild hop bitterness. I really like the balance.

Drinkability: Wow! I really like this one. A very nicely done summer brew. Lots of citrus hop aroma/flavor, mild hop bitterness, and an easy drinking brew for such a high ABV. I will have to be sure to pick this up every summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 05:06:53 | More by ballz50401
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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