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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,507
Hads: 8,081
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 416
Gots: 2,140 | 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 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. (390 characters)

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. (541 characters)

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. (742 characters)

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! (603 characters)

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. (1,725 characters)

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. (518 characters)

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. (829 characters)

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! (859 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very good clarity on this beer. The body is a medium shade of gold. The had is a wonderfully fluffy white pillow. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Immediate hop aromas. I get some tangerine scents and some pine. It smells very nice.

T: I'm first approached with some bitter grapefruit flavor, then some of the pine comes in. It's not a slam of bitterness, but just right. After this, there is a grain flavor that pops up. The hop flavors and grain flavors are wonderful.

M: It feels fairly dry. The mouth is kept alive by the bitterness, and medium carbonation. It's feels pretty good.

O: Overall I did like the beer. I think this beer (wheat or not) is a contender for many pale ales out there. I would highly recommend it to any hop lovers. It was enjoyable to drink. (776 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fluid oz's bottle
Served in a pint glass

Gorgeous appearance. The liquid poured an absolutely crystal clear, brassy yellow and was topped by a three-finger crown of tight, billowing, light tan foam. The head faded to a substantial crop of froth and left thick rings of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was very hoppy for the style. Tons of smooth, grassy, floral hops. Even though this was made with American hops, it smelled a lot like Saaz. Soft yet punchy. Touch of lemon. There was a slight, pale malt sweetness. The hops turned a bit more grapefruit-like as the beer warmed. Crisp and dry.

The taste was remarkably smooth. Floral and grassy hops came through strong. Crackery malts helped maintain balance. Lots of lemony tartness. Wheaty and crisp. The hops turned citrusy, punchy and semi-bitter on the finish. Tart, dry and refreshing. Some grapefruit-like pithiness was noticeable. For a 7.5% ABV beer, this was amazingly quaffable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Soft and pillowy on the palate with a fine, slick effervescence.

I was so tempted to refer to this beer as an outstanding version of a session ale but, at 7.5% ABV, this is anything but that. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is another outstanding example of the no frills kind-of-beers that the folks at Lagunitas are so good at creating. (1,335 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottle into a snifter at about cellar temperature.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' has a two-finger white head and a clear sunset orange body. It looks very nice.

The aroma is wonderful. There's definitely some citrus, but an awesome scent of pine and hops come through even stronger. It may be summer now, but it reminds me of the family Christmas tree in December!

It tastes like orange, dry, resiny spruce needles, and hops. If there's any trace of alcohol here, it's very subtle.

The mouthfeel is substantially carbonated, but not at all overwhelming.

This beer delivers quite a bit MORE than a "LITTLE Sumpin' Sumpin'." It's got a LOT of sumpin'... sumpin' GOOD. (679 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a brilliantly hoppy treat!

Disturbingly bright yellow colour is instantly overpowered by a delectable aroma of pineapple and citrus hops. The flavour is of hops at start, middle and delightful finish. Although there is a baseline of caramelized malts, "west coast" hops are at the forefront : tropical fruits including mango, pineapple and passion-fruit, plus pink grapefruit and other citrus tones. Personally I don't pick up on any wheat tones and there is a dangerous lack of alcohol warmth with this 7.5% ABV...

All in all, a stunningly enjoyable beer. Definitely one I’ll try to find again. (609 characters)

Photo of Dools9
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler pint.

A: Clear, gloden orange. Fluffy two finger head, plenty of patchy lacing, head retained to a thin skim after about five minutes.

S: Lots of dank citrus and tropical fruits. Sweet apricots, mangos, pineapples, cotton candy sweetness. Some mild notes of pine hop resin. Very big, robust nose, I could smell it as soon as I cracked the bottle.

T: Bittersweet tropical citrus fruits, much like the nose there's a good dose of pineapples, mangos, overripe peaches . There is a nice sweet malt backbone on the finish that keeps this a very balanced brew. Hops do linger more with each sip. Not in your face bitter, but very pleasant. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Heavy end of medium bodied, slick hop oil feel. Carbonation is smooth and spot on creamy feel. Slight alcohol as it warms up but hardly noticeable.

O: You could tell this was a Lagunitas brew after the first sip. Huge tropical fruit aromas and flavor. Has that signature west coast tropical thing going on. Very nicely balanced ale and most definitely worth a try. (1,059 characters)

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

whoa,totally blown away by this beer.poured into a pint glass with lacing that could match duvel's.giant fluffy white head that levels out to a short head that sticks throughout.

smells of citrus and pine with a slight scent of hay.very appealing.

palate is a massive rush of centennial hops.grapefruit and citrus dominate and finishes with a pronounced wheat character.awesome summer beer!

mouthfeel is moderately carbonated.

i could have a few of these.honestly i wasnt expecting much from this beer,but it's an awesome summer offering from lagunitas. (557 characters)

Photo of hman43
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden and clear with a full white head. It has citrus aroma and spruce. It has citrus flavors with floral, every hoppy and a quality bitter tap on the palate. (168 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Somewhere on the spectrum of gold and orange.
S - Citrus and floral and a bit of malt.
T - I first noticed hops, some pleasant fruit flavors pineapple, grapefruit, citrus a little orange its a bit sweet and has some noticeable wheat character.
M - Medium body with a slight dry and very easy to drink finish.
O - Has great flavor I will be drinking many more. (365 characters)

Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange with minimal to no haziness. Big fluffy head quickly recedes but gives good lacing.

Smell is awesome. Up there with my two favs in this category - PtE and nugget nectar. Tangerines, lemon, hint of onion and pine.

Taste starts with a nice citrus hop bitterness and finishes more on the herbal side.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect in an ipa-like beer, but oddly quaffable for 7.5

Overall a really great beer, but I'd prefer a bit more haze to make it easier to convince myself this isn't an ipa. (521 characters)

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)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.