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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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7,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,398
Reviews: 1,434
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 300
Gots: 1,388 | 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 BeerManDan
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a clear golden yellow with a medium amount of foam that disapated almost immediately. The smell of piney hops was evident in the aroma. But, the taste of bitter hops, citrus (lemon & orange rind), with a hint of yeast was also evident in the flavor. The bittness was not overpowering, but, could of been a little more sutle. This American Pale Whea Ale, was more like an IPA rather than the Wheat Ale.

Photo of Jd2391
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Rockford
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rab53
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a large head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is full of hops. Wonderful citrus and pine aromas wafting off this beer. Very one dimensional in aroma and flavor. All hops as the malt did not stand a chance against the hops. The featured hops give a powerful citrus blast to the tastebuds. A larger body than most in the style. Good carbonation without being harsh. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is a hoppier, more bitter, and brasher Gumballhead. But it is not as drinkable or enjoyable because of this. A good hop delivery device if that is your thing.

Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The kind of head you'd expected from a wheat beer, frothy white foam cap. Pale amber color that has a slight haze to it.

S: Way more hops than your typical wheat ale. Very floral and grassy but balanced by a sweet bready aroma.

T: Not as much hops in the mouth as the nose, though certainly more than your typical wheat ale. In some ways its reminding me of Gumbalhead with a more bitter finish. It has a sweet bubblegum and fruit start that's cut quickly by the bitter hops. Malt backbone is present in the finish.

M: Somewhat disappointing, it seems as so as you swallow it all trace is gone. Probably due to the thin body and high carbonation. I guess that's kind of how it's suppose to be though.

D: On a hot day I could easily see myself drinking a six pack of this and not even thinking twice about it being over 7%. Its crisp and refreshing with enough hop presence to take in before each gulp.

Photo of Elimination
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to a good american wheat taste, but was surprised when I poured this.

Look is a amber yellow, thin lacy head with a few bubbles rising.

Smell is hops, very little wheat, a slight malt. Really is not like any kind of wheat, american or german, that I have ever had. The smell is slight citrus, hops, a bit of rum perhaps?

Taste: Malty backbone, hops forward, sweet, but finishes dry. The hops present a bit of that citrus, slight grapefruit, a bit of lemon. very little presence of wheat which im surprised about, really was craving a wheat, but im still happy

Mouthfeel is exceptional, the bubbles flow nicely, great thickness that goes away quick.

Drink is very good for the 7+ abv, doest feel this strong.

Photo of breakingbland
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Citrus (probably grapefruit) with slight sweet spice (maybe orange).

Taste: Follows the aroma but not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest. The sweetness is nicely mellow. Hops linger along with some orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, with a somewhat light carbonation.

Overall: A nicely balanced, refreshing beer with very interesting and nicely done hops. Although this isn't my favorite style, I liked it -- definitely palatable to a malt head like me.

Photo of hillvt4me
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-yellow hue with a thin white head and some lacing.

S: Mild tangerine, pineapple and some pine on the nose.

T: Malt, wheat, citrus and general tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied and carbonated.

O: Solid flavor profile, balance is good, though I would like just a bit more.

Photo of brureview
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a hefeweizen glass. Nice honey color with a three finger head.

The aroma wasn't too strong with some grapefruit and citrus.

Nicely carbonated.

The taste was excellent. Very strong grapefruit-citrus- a prominent characteristic of the beer.
Overall, a solid beer. Tastes more like an IPA. The aroma is a bit light. The finish is the dominant
offering of the beer.

Photo of thepliceisright
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Poured a beautiful gold with a 1/4 inch white head. Nice lacing.

S - A noticeable citrus and some fruit hit my nose almost immediately. Hints of wheat as well. Smells like an IPA.

T - I drank this too cold at first. And, booze was the first thing I noticed. Like, taking a shot of liquor booze. I waited about 15 minutes, and then tried again. Much better. Citrus and a little bit of alcohol up front, followed by slight bitterness. Tastes more a more fruity as it got warmer. I taste some pineapple?

M - Like an IPA, although leaves your mouth feeling kind of sticky then dry.

O - I wish I would have waited for the temperature to come up a bit before drinking. But, after it did, this beer tastes wonderful. I don't taste the wheat at all, even though I caught a whiff of it at first smell. Definitely a very citrus, fruity beer. Tastes like an IPA. A great brew by Lagunitas.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: this beer pours a slightly darker gold color, not much bubbles off the body. White head though is thick, about a full inch..real nice.

Smell: light grapefruit and but f'n strong hops, very potent and pleasant that you just keep going sniff after sniff.

Taste: Bitter with a hit of grapefruit that blows your tongue away. It is bitter but a light piney feel that helps it go down that much better

Mouth: medium to heavy most definitely. Not the easiest to drink but the real beer advocates will not say no.

Overall: very good and no complaints on my end. Salud!

Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average head, which maintained. Plenty of lacing. Pours a beautiful deep golden color. The smell was understated. An interesting combination of fruity/hoppy flavor. The citrus fruitiness cuts the hoppy bitterness for a delicate balance that was quite drinkable. The 7.5% ABV was surprising. I was looking for a spring/summer ale to replace my beloved quads, and this just might fit the bill.

Photo of hopoilcrazy
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

See this all the time, thought I should finally try it

A - Not a lot of head, but what is there leaves a ton of lacing

S - Pretty crazy: biscuit, big red gum, cookie spices, raw flour, a lot of hop presence: getting citra and chinook big time. Obviously a great amount of wheat malt and maybe roasted pale malts

T - Wheat astringency, good amount of hoppy bitterness, some juicy hops. Big malts, big hops

M - Almost drying, like tap water with some implied astringency. Alcohol is very well hidden

Definitely gets points for originality. It definitely is a "little sumpin" cause I have no idea what just happened

Photo of whiterapid
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sethmeister
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with a touch of orange and a tight ivory colored head which drops to a skim. Verify little lace.

Fruity scent wafts. Nose in close I get citrus - oranges, tangerines and grapefruit - and fresh bread.

Taste is citrus - orange and grapefruit - with a touch of pine. Tangy and slightly sour wheat grain beneath. Mild bitterness. Earthy, and herbal notes. Mint. There's a slight suggestion of toastiness. Just a hint of dankness.

Mouth is a very silky, coating medium.

Drinkability is very high; quite refreshing and easy to drink.

Great beer. Not intensely bitter yet full of hop flavor and satisfying wheat malt.

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is brutal stuff. The Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is in the same style category as Sam Adams Summer Ale, but o what a difference. This is a beer for hop lovers. I give it good marks because it's actually well-crafted, and beneath the hop sting there is a fine aroma, and sweetness with a little bit of citrus in it (again, from those hops). One or two of these is plenty.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. $4 for a tulip, not a bad deal. It appeared hazy yellow with a tall white head. The aroma reminds me immediately of orange soda, but then pineapple kicks in to make it more of a tropical citrus fruit punch. The flavor is equally juicy at first, but they dries out with a bit of plain malted wheat and peppery hop bitterness. This beer reminds me of the short-lived Middle Ages Imperial Double Wheat - it's big, hoppy, but not terribly bitter. All in all, a pretty tasty beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head is very rocky with great retention.. very clear lite orange golden brew.

The nose is immediate and surprisingly pungent hoppy.. citric hoppiness with a great pale malt backbone..

Bitter bite out of the gate with pale malts that melt quickly into an unapologetic citric hoppiness.. some floral hoppiness and minor pine come into play... but wow.. this is an IPA... no where near an American Wheat!!!! Maybe a little bready as it warms, but again the hops just strip away any malt components.

I have had a very hard time with this one... I know lagunitas used a bunch of wheat.. but really... the hops are abundant and expected..

4/4/4/3.5/4

Photo of TreeTopFlyer
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up at an ABC in Miami, FL where I grabbed a mixed 6-pack (2 IPAs, 2 Censored, 2 Little Sumpins). Heard it was a Summer Ale but did not know what I was in for.

A - it looked richer than I expected for a Summer Ale. I was possibly expecting something that looked like a Kolsch, but this poured crystal clear with a rich copper color and thick white to cream-colored head.

S - Awesome. Citrus, sweet, orange...had just finished a Lagunitas IPA before this and thought for a moment I had not rinsed the glass well enough. I was wrong..lLots of sweet, citrus aroma.

T - Everything in the aroma comes thru in the first sip. Big citrus hop taste with a solid, malt and sweet hop backbone. I think the wheat malt as a base must have been mashed high to build the residual sweetness I think I taste.

M - For a Summer Ale, this beer comes across a bit heavy in the mouthfeel, but is just SO drinkable. It seems like a Three Floyd's Gumballhead on steroids.

D - Rates only a "Good" simply because I think I was looking for something lighter as a Summer Seasonal. With that said. I love it. I will buy a 6-pack tomorrow. And another next week. This might take 1st place in my Lagunitas line-up, behind my favorite, Brown Shugga.

Photo of J23hc
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into mug. Fairly murky orange/yellow body with smaller head than expected. Smell is pretty intense, lots of sweet citrus and spice. Flavor is very much like an ipa with a different mouthfeel. Not so crispy, more watery. This is basically a pale ale bordering ipa with some wheat. It really is hoppy and well rounded but just doesn't have the wow factor that a fuller mouthful would give it

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a lightly-hazed sunny yellow color with a stable two finger head and decent whorls of lacing on the glass.

Smells at first like a freshly sliced pineapple, but further investigation reveals orange and lemon peel, wheat twang, and an even build of florals and perfume with a touch of herbal and resinous hopping.

Taste follows suit of the nose, but de-emphasizes the citrus peel somewhat and magnifies the resinous / pith aspects of the hopping to keep that hoppy bite going upon the tongue. Long extended bitter finish that just won't quit.

Medium body and carbonation levels, a bit oily.

Photo of dwilson01
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. The body is a light yellow golden color, like a diluted honey. A thin creamy white head tops the brew which dissipates fast, nice cling action on the glass and leaves a thin top layer.

The smell I get reminds me of the wheat malty flavor of other wheat beers, that nice thicker creamy scent. But this one is accompanied by a huge amount of hops just like Lagunitas does most of their brews.

The flavors are great and quite varied, I get a nice bittering hop initially which is balanced with the sweeter wheat malt they added. The aftertaste gives you a sour citrusy flavor as well.

Although the color is very light don't let that decieve you, this brew has a great mouthfeel, it's solid which fills the palate completely with all the flavor in the brew at every taste.

Extremely drinkable, has a huge range of flavors and I really can't even put this beer into one category which I like about it. It has the wheat beer flavors but also those of an india pale ale combined with a mouthfeel I would expect out of a scottish cream ale. It's one of the more complex flavor profiles I have found with Lagunitas and it won't dissapoint.

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness dating, but its a recently released seasonal.

A- this one pours a pretty clear golden orange colored body with a small but lasting bright white colored head that leaves small rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- very muted wheat smells with plenty of hops. pine and citrus mostly.

T- again, a very mild wheat like taste upfront. theres plenty of hops at the end. lots of citrus/grapefruit and some resiny pine.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- an interesting take on an american pale wheat ale. enjoyable and easy to finish, i found myself reaching for a second without much thought. check this one out.

Photo of elvisdoc
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice taste and finish, IMO. A hoppy ale that is very approachable and drinkable all night long....however ABV can catch up to you....you have been warned...that said I found myself impressed with the overall flavor of this ale.

One to keep on hand for friends...this is a great beer.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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