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: 7,983
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 415
Gots: 2,041 | 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 GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/22/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden color with a nice solid and retentive full one inch head. Leaves wonderful thick lace rings and patches after the beer is long gone.

Smell- Stong notes of citrus and pine hops as well as a slight caramel malt mixed together with a good amount of wheat and yeast.

Taste- Impressive. Tons of hops. Pine, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits...fresh tasting to boot. A slight caramel-toffee flavor followed by a nice wheat flavor. Even though it is hopped to hell it still is nice and balanced...if that is possible.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level...crisp and lightly drying asking for another sip. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Drinkabiity- Top notch american pale wheat...hard to come by IMO. It's no threat to Gumballhead, but it's probably the best one below that..will be buying more for this summer...hopefully they make this a regular spring-summer beer. (1,040 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a billowy two finger white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within, with them slowly popping over time. The head fades very slowly over time to leave a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a floral hop aroma with a good presence of pine and citrus hop smells. The floral aromas are of a mix of jasmine and an almost dandelion smell. The sweet tangerine, caramel, and the spicy notes of a peppercorn and thyme that are also in the nose complement well the floral and pine hop smells and make for a great smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and citrus hop taste. Quickly the taste sweetens with tangerine/orange flavors coming to the tongue. Along with these, comes some notes of caramel, which start out weaker, but exchanges in strength with the sweeter citrus over the rest of the taste. Floral and pine hop flavors, that were detected in the nose, start coming to the tongue. They get a bit stronger as the taste advances to the end, but never really grow too overpowering in taste. In the end with a light herbal and spicy flavor comes to the tongue, with the beer leaving a rather satisfying lightly hopped sweeter citrus and green taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to average side for a 7.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is above normal with tons of tiny prickly carbonation bubbles. Normally I like a bit of a thicker body in a hoppier beer, but in this case, the floral and pine hop and spice notes that are in the taste are very well complemented by both the thinner body and the higher carbonation.

Overall – Quite delicious. Not the standard hopped brew which is loaded with citrus hop, this one has a very nice hopped profile, blending nicely a sweeter body with a variety of hop flavors. (1,940 characters)

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep golden to orange with nice foamy head. Smell is amazing. Lots of bright citrus fruit with a hint a pine. Quite hoppy for a wheat beer but very tasty. Sour lemon tartness and bready with a full body. Some sweetness from the malt is present but it's balanced by the bready yeast and wheat, by the lemony sourness and by the hops. Not what I was expecting but very enjoyable. (417 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, pours hazed, Lighter amber, on the yellowy side, frothy off white head, retentive powers in evience, ample stick, ringed and spotty on the sides of the inner glass. Nose is boldly of juicy citrus and grainy HOPS. Bold full flavor APWA, on the way hoppy side and I like it, yes I do. More grapefruit, more resiny dryness, long dry and hop infused finish. If you like Hops and you like wheat beer...this is gonna be a hit..Very enjoyable "summer beer"..hope this is not too much of a "limited release" (516 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly hazy copper orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six fingers of white foam head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus fruit esters. Big hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Some earthy hops and pine resin. Lots of wheat malts with hints of grain, biscuit, and cracker. A very ripe and fruity smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a big burst of citrus fruit esters and wheat grains. Big notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, lemon, and apricot. Solid mix of herbal, earthy hops and spicy pine resin. The bitterness is pretty clean and smooth for such a heavily hopped beer. Good notes of wheat grains and bready biscuit. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth. Alcohol is hidden really well.

Overall: A really good juicy ale. Has all the citrus flavor you expect from a West Coast IPA, but with more wheat and less bitterness. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - foamy and soapy bright white foam, decent amount of spotty lacing around the glass. the beer is crystal clear, light amber in color.

S - loaded with Amarillo hops, sweet and floral, with some candied citrus...very clean

T - following the nose with bright floral hops, orange sugar candy, and tangerines. light subtle layer of sweet wheat malt lies underneath. yummy.

M - medium bodied with tight punchy carbonation, pleasently creamy. lingering fruity sweetness.

D - this was recently one of the first "clone" type recipes i brewed - love the style for its hop assertiveness yet ease of drink. hides a 7.5ABV very dangerously. give me more! (694 characters)

Photo of Prostman81
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: What I would call your typical "West Coast Golden" color. To be expected for the type of beer.

S: Definitely a citrusy aroma permeates through the head of this. Not overwhelming, but again, to be expected

T/M/D: This one set me back in my seat a little. A terrific explosion of hop flavor dominates. Candied grapfruit/tangerine/orange flavors. Wonderful. What really surprises me though is that the mouthfeel of this beer really has a nice chewyness to it. I've heard that Lagunitas uses the Fuller's yeast strain, and in my experience of using that strain in my own homebrewed IPAs, I'd say that's what really lends a hand here in the body of the beer. Overall there is still a great crispness to the beer that invites you to take another drink. This falls within my classification of dangerously drinkable beers. The 7.5% sure gives a whallop, but it's too late to do anything about it because all of a sudden you've pounded 3 of them down.

I'm really starting to get a lot of respect for this brewery, and am sorry that it's taken me this long to get around to trying this and some of their other terrific offerings. (1,125 characters)

Photo of Tdizzle
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a fresh 6-pack from BevMo! Cypress.

A- Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a billowy white head that gradually settles down to a thin cap over the beer. Each sip leaves some sticky sheets of evil looking lacing clinging to the glass.

S- This smells like an IPA to me. The hop aromas run the gamut of plant-like to fruity. Citrusy notes of grapefruit and oranges meet tropical fruits like mango and papaya. The leafy, resiny pine notes that I get in several of Lagunitas' other beers are in here too. I also get some pithy aromas of melon rind. The malt backing provides a nice honey sweetness to the aroma, but I'm not really getting a lot of wheat malt or spices, which I was expecting.

T- This beer's wheaty characteristics are more evident in the taste than in the smell. It's still a very hop-forward flavor, but there are subtle notes of wheat malt and some peppery spiciness towards the dry finish. Again, that leafy bitterness is a dominant taste in the flavor profile.

M- A medium-light, effervescent mouthfeel with active carbonation bubbles. A nice feel for a beer that's a cross between an IPA and a Pale Wheat Ale.

D- This is a tremendous summer beer that's immensely drinkable given it's 7.3% ABV.

My favorite Lagunitas beer thus far. (1,308 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden with a finger of foam that settled after a few minutes.

Smell: Great nose on this beer. Pineapple, grapefruit and mango, floral hops and a slight malty note.

Taste: Tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple. Bitter hops and a nice malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Another great deal from Lagunitas (probably the best value brewery in the US). Have had this on draft and out of the bottle and I think this might be my favorite summer seasonal beer. (567 characters)

Photo of supercolter
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good pale wheat ale. Appearance was good, darker yellow color with some head and lacing. Smell is of sweet citrus and florals with a spicy and bready aftertaste that dissapates quickly. Taste is similar with some additional strength coming from the floral hops. Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and light on the tongue.
Drinkability- I could have had several of these. (386 characters)

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6pk at The Beer Store in Southampton, PA
Purchase price: $12.99/6pk
Served and enjoyed on New Year's Day 2011 in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Golden, slightly opaque color. Nice, frothy one finger head that slowly dissipated to a thin white head. Good amount of bubbles rising from the etching on the bottom of the DFH Signature Glass.

S - Really nice smell of citrus, pine, hops and caramel. To me this smells like a nice IPA but I know the style is that of a wheat ale but regardless, it smells great.

T - Absolutely amazing! What a fantastic and tasty combination of citrus, hops, malty sweetness and a piney resin. The alcohol is well disguised behind all the flavors.

M - Good amount of carbonation. A slightly bitter, hoppy taste remains after each sip...again very reminiscent of an IPA.

D - I think I've found a beer that I would consider to be in my top 5 favorites. I really enjoyed the perfect combination of flavors. This is a heavier beer and the 7+ ABV might keep you from over indulging but I might try to session this...they're that tasty. I'm not a huge wheat beer fan but again, I cannot over emphasize how much this reminds me of an IPA but style name be damned...This is a great beer!

Overall: Highly recommended. I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Lagunitas beers that I've had up until now and this is my favorite of theirs so far. I will be purchasing again without a doubt.

Cheers! (1,441 characters)

Photo of Pecafaced
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- A nice golden yellow/orange color which produced a great 2 finger width white head. The beer is very clear and the carbonation bubbles are very active.

S- Hops! I thought this was a wheat pale ale...is this a India Wheat Ale? Not complaining...the smell is awesome! Very prominent citrus aroma like grapefruit and oranges all rolled into one. There is some sweetness from the wheat used.

T- The first thing that hits is the sweet flavor so the wheat does present itself. Then the citrus flavor kicks in which compliments the malt perfectly. The finish is dry making you want to take another sip immediately.

M- Nice sized body of a beer. Very smooth on the palate and a good amount of carbonation in the bottle.

Once again Lagunitas leaves me impressed. I haven't had a ton of their beers, but every one that I have had has been stellar!! (888 characters)

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Corsendonk Tulip, 2011 production, well stored.

Pours a nice one finger head, thick, settles down into a 1/8” cap which hangs in there, a lively beer. Very attractive deep golden grain color.

Exceptional, powerful, yeasty, distinct banana smell, strong citrusy hop aromas, blonde malt, rather classy and very, very enjoyable, lasts and lasts. What it may lack in complexity it more than makes up for in shear enjoyment.

Crisp, hop bitter flavors on the first taste, followed by distinct yeast, citrus, some banana again, nice refined carbonation adds balance, smooth, full body, golden grain/bread, hops linger throughout the serving. Delicious!

Very good finish, hops, lots of citrus, and noticeable banana/yeast.

This is delicious ale and a surprise from Lagunitas which mostly has not overly impressed me with their offerings, but with this they have hit a home run. Very, very drinkable even though the ABV is 7.5%, the ABV is never noticeable. A unique taste, different from any other ale I can think of at this time. Definitely worth buying by the case, even though it is a little pricey in my area at around $48. Note: Even my “Light Beer” buddies liked this one! (1,209 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma started off pretty heavy on grapefruit hops, but settled down into a sweet fruitiness that was very, very nice.

Starts off with a hoppy snap with an abundance of citric, grapefruit hoppiness with some definite floral notes. Very crisp upfront. However, in the body, this intermingles with a nice, sweet fruitiness that really helps counteract the bitterness quite well. It's even on par with the hops I'd say for a brief moment. Not bad. Finishes with a rather resinous bitterness that would rival many IPA's (but certainly not the top tier ones). Interesting thing is, I think this beer has more bitterness than Lagunitas' own IPA does.

I love it! Awesome beer. The bitterness of many IPA's with a nice, sweet fruitiness underneath that provides excellent balance. A great ale. (787 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear orange-gold with two fingers of white head.

Aroma of grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruit with light caramel maltiness.

The taste is hoppy with grapefruit and pine along with the balance of sweet caramel malts.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

So enjoyable and so drinkable. Try it, you'll like it. (354 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden honey color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Good lacing throughout.

Smell: Rich bouquet of pine, floral and citrus hops. Smells both sweet and bitter at the same time. Nearly perfect aroma.

Taste: Flavor is quite complex. Sweet hops up front followed quickly by a hint of sweet malt and citrus in the middle. The finish is mostly grapefruit and lemon rind. Aftertaste in all hoppy bitterness. Just delicious hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Perfect late summer beer.

Overall: Excellent beer. I wish this were around all year. If you see it, buy it. (722 characters)

Photo of djbow
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright amber color leaning to the yellow side. One finger head composed of tight white bubbles. Only a slight hop and wheat haze,

S- Fresh Citrus, melon, pineapple, a bit of wheat and lots of hops.

T- Follows the nose. Fresh Citrus, melon, pineapple, a bit of wheat and lots of hops. As the beer warms the 7.5% ABV becomes more noticeable.

M- Medium thin, moderate carbonation, smooth with a crisp finish. It is easy to pound these back but be careful this is 7.5% ABV beer.

O- This is a unique beer that is sort of a cross between a wheat beer and an IPA. What ever it is it is good. Grab a six pack not a single. You will wish for the six if you don't. (662 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished quickly to a thin film. Body was mostly clear with some haziness, with a nice, dark-orange color. Fantastic aroma... hops, with some citrus and wheat in there as well. Medium-body on the palate; thin, but with some slight creaminess to it as well. Average carbonation and a bitter finish. Great flavor - citrus and a small amount of wheat at first, then a very bitter aftertaste that is long-lasting. A great wheat ale / IPA... whatever the official designation may be. (521 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Pequod's Pizza, Chicago, IL, into a pint glass

Pours like pretty much every good wheat does: hazy with a solid amount of white rocky head. Not much to say. It looks good.

The aroma is pretty fantastic for the style. This is only because of the hops. Vibrant, fresh, juicy hops. Nothing unusual here. Just the standard IPA aromas of grapefruit and pine and orange. A bit of tropicality (but not to the degree of, say, Boulevard 80-Acre).

This is a wheat IPA, even moreso than Gumballhead is. It's bursting with juicy hop flavor. But you can still taste the wheat backbone. The slight lemon quality from the wheat is accentuated by the citrus components from the hops. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is a tad slicker than most American Pale Wheat Ales, which tend to be pretty effervescent. This is due to all of the hop oils, no doubt. Still refreshing though. Overall this is about as good a beer as the pale wheat style can be. (944 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' pours a clear straw yellow with a small, white head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with strong notes of grapefruit, lemon rind and pine. A little bit of pale malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is hoppy with a nice malt balance. It begins with grapefruit citrus and pine. Lemon rind and a little spice in the middle. In the background is a sweet pale malt and bread flavor that balances out all the hops. It finishes bitter with a lingering lemon and pine flavor when gone.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer. Best served fresh in a glass to enjoy the aroma. (735 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Straw colored, clear body with a medium 2" head with high retention and nice sticky lacing.

S- Citrus, hops, grapefruit. Quite inviting, demands a gulp.

T- Grapefruit hops upfrunt, sweet malt throughout. Subtle bitter citrus-hop aftertaste. Nice balance. No alcohol taste.

M- Medium-low carbonation, medium body.

Overall, a highly drinkable, balanced ale. Unique and delicious. I could pound a 6 pack without even thinking twice. (550 characters)

Photo of hornsup
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a good straw, yellow hazy color, has a clear characteristic to it not consistent with a wheat/hefe type beer.

S: Smells like the traditional Lagunitas sugar disposition, citrus, lemon, pine, and all other goodness. My favorite part of the beer for sure. So pungent.

T: Citrus, lemon, orange, accompanying sugar which sets it apart from all else. Has a malty taste at the end which holds it back slightly but the grapefruit, orange variants and sugar mold well together.

M: Hides alcohol well, could kill alot of these in a short period of time. Carbnation could be amped up slightly, but had a medium body. Would guess the 7.5 abv.

O: Easily the best wheat beer I've ever had, even though I would classify it as an IPA before a wheat ale. The sugar balance is perfect, but this beer can definitely change once age is put on it, so drink it fresh. Awesome beer (911 characters)

Photo of avaldivia
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lagunitas.

A: Golden straw lime color. Really nice head and lacing considering that it is a wheat beer and the few I've had lately have had little to no lacing.

S: Hoppy. Definately a citrusy floral note with a hint of wheat.

T: Nice mango and citrus flavors. Wheat hits at the end.Very well hopped.

M: Medium body. Crisp with a bit of a dry finish.

O: One of my go to beers. I am not typically the biggest fan of wheat beers but this is fantastic when fresh. (474 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No freshness date on the label. Labelled 7.5% ABV on my bottle.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow in color with a two finger, pillowy white head. Decent retention.

Aroma: Grapefruit hop notes really stand out here. Very floral and herbal as well. Aromatic and clean.

Taste: Big grapefruit notes upfront, much like the aroma. Nice balance of bitter hops and bubblegum sweetness. Really clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and with a nice amounf of carbonation. Very crisp.

Drinkability: The ABV is really well hidden. This drinks so crisp and smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall, a really drinkable, flavorful beer. Really hoppy but balanced. A great summer beer. (745 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an excellent pale and wheat malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's basically an IPA brewed with wheat. The taste is great as well. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor; easy drinking with a kick ass hop character. It's malty with an equally bold hop appeal. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer. It's a bolder American wheat ale with loads of hop; my kind of beer. (569 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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