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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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7,392 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,392
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 299
Gots: 1,380 | 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 mjryan
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another hoppy ass beer from Lagunitas. Love it! Wheat hugh? Id have never known. Hazy, orange and smelly. Good smelly. Hoppy smelly. Very pungent orange, mango, apricot, grapefruit...yup I think they are all present. Sweet malts and hops, or is that sweet hops and malts? Very tropical and juicey. Smooth, gentle bitterness for such a strong, hoppy beer. Yeah, really drinkable.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp yellow with a frothy off white head. Aroma is some crisp citrus hops and wheat with a touch of spice. The taste is more like a wheat beer than the bottle I had a few weeks ago, there is a decent amount of citrus hops as well making this a truly unique beer. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence, but it's drinkable. This is a truly unique beer, one I would certainly have again.

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

I've seen this beer around lately and decided to finally give it a shot. Let's see what this little Sumpin has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear orange-yellow with a solid 1" of fluffy light orange foam that was maintained by lots of bubbles rising. The head was airy looking, but still was >1/2 height more than a minute after the pour. The head never completely disappears and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass on the way down.

Aroma: The aroma has lots of hops in it with only a subtle emphasis on the citrusy American hops. It borders more on floral, but is still well blended. There is a subtle sweetness starting to come out as the beer warms up some as a very light caramel. I get a subtle chalkiness that indicates to me that there is some pretty serious bittering, but it doesn't seem like it is grossly out of balance with the water (like Otter Creek DIPA).

Taste: The flavor isn't nearly as hoppy as you would expect from the aroma, but it is still firmly weighted toward the hops. The body is medium, but the carbonation is high, so that all makes it lighter on the palate. The alcohol is well hidden and only dries out the back of the throat a bit with the hops in the finish. The finish is definitely balanced toward the hops and it dries out the back of the throat a bit, but it isn't annoying or anything.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. It has a good balance, blend of hops, and the malt bill is subtle but compliments the ensemble. That said, I am a malt-head, so this one finished just a bit bitter for my taste, but it was still pretty nice to the back of your throat. I will enjoy the rest of my six-pack no doubt, though I am not sure when the urge will strike me to buy this again just for pleasure.

Photo of sonata2008
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Honey yellow color, cloudy. Finger width of white foam.
S: Strong hops aroma. Fruity with lots of grapefruit.
T: Very potent grapefruit taste and also quite a bit of sweetness. Bitter tang at the end. Lighter in malt taste than Lagunitas Lucky 13.
MF: Light mouth feel. Medium carbonation.
D: Very refreshing beer. Interesting combination of flavors. Nice for hot summer days. Would go well with picnic fare. Definitely would order this beer again.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Aggressive pour yields a nice big fluffy three-finger white head. Clear yellow color with nice lacing.

Aroma of oranges, and a bready, earthy-type wheat aroma. Prominent is the orange/citrus aroma.

Nice bitter hop flavor with just enough sweet citrus to balance. Not your typical wheat ale. This one is strong on the hop side.

For a wheat ale, it has a little too bitter aftertaste, but since I'm a hop lover, I approve. Easy to enjoy and fairly drinkable.

Photo of Kinsman
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's about time I get around to reviewing this tasty beer. Pours a light amber color with just a hint of cloudiness and a moderately sized white head that leaves a sticky web of lace behind.

Aroma is big on the hops up front with lots of citrus fruit with some floralness thrown in there too. Little room is left for some bready malt aromas in the background.

Hoppy with out being too bitter on the palate. Some herbal and floral character form the hops mixed in with the citrus flavors. Malt flavors provide a strong backbone with some bread-like and slightly sweet qualities to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but comes across with a crisp and slightly dry refreshing quality to it. Overall, A Little Sumpin Sumpin is not just a funny name designed to sell beer, it has the flavor to back it up. Hoppy wheats are a great treat.

Photo of Ivan52
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Prcass
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of blinky1717
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Azeotrope
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Cletts206
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JeffONeal
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Great floral notes dominate the nose. Taste is a floral, with a faint citrusy fruit, mild hop bitterness, and solid wheat notes. Mouthfeel is lighter, smooth, and drinkable.

Pretty bitter and hoppy for a wheat beer, but delicious and drinkable.

Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Golden/orange pour. Small white head. Aroma is floral, citrus, piney hop. Taste is a good blend. The wheat gives a nice light-medium body. Flavor has the hop pine, but balanced with the wheat, similar to some rye pales I've had. Accents of citrus, apple, pear. Finish clean, refreshing. Nice for Lagunitas to make something other than a hop bomb.

Photo of srv33
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, thin frothy head, it has a beautiful floral hop aroma. The taste is similar, very good and heavy hop profile with some exciting funkiness that makes this brew stick out a little. Medium heavy mouthfeel with a great aftertaste that lingers with more of the floral notes you get in the scent.

Photo of rrski198
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden color with medium white head. Good lacing.

S: Beautiful citrus and pine. Some great northwest hops here. Not over powering. very nice balance.

T: Very nice. Great balance and clean. Its an IPA, just feels lighter. Again, nice malt balance.

M: Good carbonation, coats the mouth nicely. Light, not overwhelming.

D: I could have quite a few of these!

Photo of Cresant
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Samuel Adams glass. No date. Lightly hazy body of apricot color. The moderate head left licks of lacing.

The smell was fantastic, juicy satsuma oranges. Bready and spicy. Floral and some sourness.

The taste was also of sweet oranges. Lingering bitterness. There was a subtle, smooth wheat flavor with a more assertive husky hops brightness in the finish. Well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium in density with adequate carbonation. This was a unique American Wheat/IPA hybrid.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, got to give Lagunitas some props for their branding and brew names. It's definitely unique, that's for sure. Fairly dark for a wheat, hazy with a pearl hued head.

A hop-forward wheat ale, with some grassy wheat and powdery yeast in the aroma.

Crisp and biscuity, with some cracked wheat hiding behind the generous leafy hops. Good florals and just diacetyl and creamed corn (dms) at the end. Got a slight alcohol twang at the end, which isn't surprising at 7.3abv.
Mouthfeel is more than expected, in the medium range, which is high for a pale wheat.

It's downright drinkable, and if it wasn't for the abv, I'd tear through a sixer of this in no time at all.

Photo of anth0ny
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear, medium gold ale. Looks light. Small white head.

I get mostly all sweet citrus in the nose, with a touch of pine. Smells almost identical to Founders All Day IPA. I like.

Sweet creamy flavor up front, a little pine and grass on the way out. Dry, mildly bitter after taste. Pretty mild flavor especially after the first few drinks, but nice balance.

Mouth is surprisingly heavier than you would think from its appearance. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of Paincane
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange gold color with off white head leaving moderate amount of lacing. Poured into pint glass.
S: Wheat, citrus, hoppy aromas
T: Very hoppy floral tastes with grapefruity citrus flavor. Wheat and malt backbone also present.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. Would definitely have more sumpin' sumpin'.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a bright orange-tan coloring to it, with no head whatsoever. Pours out with minimal carbonation bubbling, also. Aromas are hoppy, with a slight citrus and nutty sweet blend to it. Well balanced, but somewhat awkward for some reason. The flavors are light on the forward tongue, but burst onto the middle and rear tongue with light, crisp hops, a heavy dose of pepper spicing, citrus tart and sweet, and a slight toasty and breadlike character. The body remains light and crisp, true to the style, but slightly watery initially. The aftertaste is light on the spice, with a good amount of hops flavors and an even bigger amount of citrus sweetness and a slight hint of pineapple. The finish is crisp and clean, with the slightest dryness from the hops. Very tasty.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange coloring, pretty clear with tiny bubbles floating upwards. Pretty solid creamy head, tanned, with nice lacing. Big fruity citric nose, with grapefruit singing lead vocals.

Hoppy as hell, completely unbalanced. Slight notes of toasted biscuit alongside the pale malt. I get nothing like a typical Wheat Ale - which is frankly just fine, but odd that they would insist upon it. Alpha acids drip off the tongue, with grapefruit, lemon, orange, even some lime here. Finish is bitter, but it's fun to drink, and pretty interesting.

Reminds me of the first time I had Gumballhead. The comparison is hardly valid, but for an outside-the-norm Pale Wheat, hit it up.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb. Served in a unmarked pint glass.

Color is golden, with the slightest tint of copper or amber. Lively carbonation. Served with only a thin ring of head, and leaves no lacing.

The nose is not like wheat I've ever had. This is more of an IPA to me. Piney and resiny hops, with just the slightest floral quality.

Just as I would expect from the nose, hoppy and hoppy. A light carmel malt backbone, and no wheat anywhere. No sign of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light, with a bite from the hops. Bitter aftertaste. Solid drinkability.

I just wasn't feeling this beer. It's definitely not a wheat beer, and it's not even that good of an IPA.

Photo of Lerxst
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear amber with a one finger off white head that fades quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

S-Sweet, earthy malt hits first, Citrus and Floral hops follow and become most prominent.

T-Follows the nose with slightly sweet malt, citrus and floral hops with just a touch of spice of some kind.

M-Medium body, slightly creamy and oily with a crisp carb bite.

D-Very drinkable. More than one is certainly possible.

Photo of yankeej13
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Apperance- Has a copper like color to it with a slight tip of foam that dissappears almost instantly. Very mild carbonation.

Smell- Has a very good hoppy smell, nothing overpowering can smell maybe some floral hops, kinda piney.

Taste- Has a nice amount of hop flavor well balanced. Get hints of lighter more floral hops as well as a slight citrus flavor. Very good great flow and a good aftertaste in my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, goes down nice and easy. Has a good flavor that lingers along.

Overall- I really enjoyed it another great beer!

Cheers!

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,392 ratings.