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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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BA SCORE
94
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6,656 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 6,656
Reviews: 1,372
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 243
Gots: 891 | FT: 5
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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Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazy orange-gold color with nice some lighter orange tints along the edges; a full inch of off-white foam. Light lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with an aromatic blend of citrusy lemon and grapefruit, some floral orange blossoms and a small hint of pine.

The tastes follow the nose with a solid amount of orange citrus and slightly bitter pine hop flavors, a touch of sweetness on the finish from the crisp, crackery pils and wheat maltiness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium in terms of body with a nice crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would given how bland and boring most exampled of the style typically are, but I should have known better coming from Lagunitas. This offering is a much better take on the Pale Wheat Ale than most other offerings of this style, even thought I would consider this more a Wheat IPA given the ABV instead of a wheat pale ale. The hoppiness really makes this a great refreshing brew and one I will gladly revisit in a bottle or on draft during the warmer months of the year.

claspada, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of CMUbrew
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a slightly darker straw-gold color and is surprisingly very clear. A great looking three finger head was obtained on a moderate pour. Stickage to the glass is abundant.

S: Mostly floral nose with a lemony orange citrus edge. Not even really as hoppy as a pale ale might smell, but easily the most hops I've ever smelled on a wheat beer.

T: Hop flavors are most prominent. Lemon and other citrus zest and floral notes. The taste of the wheat malt is obvious, but plays a supporting role to the hops.

M: Has a substantial body as many good wheat beers do. Carbonation feels a bit low, but that may be due to the big head I poured.

O: Wheat beers typically aren't my thing, but it's hard to dislike anything Lagunitas hops up. Easily my favorite wheat beer as of now. Sumpin' Sumpin' is surely deserving of the praise it gets.

CMUbrew, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of ZoomanCru
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' – Wheat Pale Ale (7.5%) - Lagunitas Brewing Co. (California)
☆☆☆☆

App: Beautiful citrine yellow color with a big, two finger head that retains very well. Big, sticky lacing way up the glass.

Smell: Big citrus hops nose up front. Lemon, with some bitter and spicy pine in the background. Sweet maltiness combining well with hints of fresh orange blossom.

Taste: Piney and floral simultaneously, this brew has a lot of hops flavors harmonizing to special character thats different than anything else I've had. Really interesting and complex, but a little hard to pin down in words. Hints of lemongrass, bitter lemon. Herbal and pungent, the alcohol is masked very well as I don't detect any of the 7.5% kick.

Mouth: Mouthfeel is light and pleasantly astringent. Carbonation is medium to light and fits this potent brew well.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/5/14

ZoomanCru, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of rand
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass

A: Pours a light yellow-orange with a small head and little lacing. Seems like there's plenty of carbonation, while appearing light in body and complexion.

S: Lemon-citrus meets the nose with earthy tea tones and notes of honey. Very little alcohol.

T: Wet earthy hops combine with tea notes in the front of the sip. Tones of honey bread balance things out, with little alcohol to speak of. The taste squares with the nose except for a dash of lemon pepper. Finishes light and sweet.

Mouthfeel/drinkability/notes: I probably wouldn't have guessed that this was a wheat ale if it didn't say so on the bottle, but there's something about added wheat that always lightens things up. 7.5% is a fairly high ABV for a wheat, but it doesn't make this any harder to throw back. Not to mention everything is completely balanced. Quite refreshing...I was surprised how much I liked this given it's not my go-to style.

rand, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 7 March 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours clear golden orange. Nice column of bubbles rising up. One and a half fingers of pure white head, dense and foamy. Great retention, leaving truly lace-like lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell is an interesting mix. Lightly sweet, melony fruit, with a burst of citrus on top of it. Good stuff.

Taste is similar to the smell - melon, sweet, and a punch of orange juice. There's a little pineapple zing in the finish, too. Oddly fruity, like a tropical punch. Liking it more as I make my way through the glass. Different, and mighty tasty.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Light body, plenty of smooth carbonation. Nice.

A really interesting beer. Very fruity, in a varied way, like beer fruit punch. Unlike any other beer I've had, and quite enjoyable.

zeledonia, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden yellow hue with a touch of haze and a thin finger of fluffy white foam. I hate to say it, but it looks rather like a macro lager, but with a little haze. D'oh!

Smell: bright, refreshing citrusy/piney hops. This combination is just fantastic; it really rubs me the right way. I love it.

Taste: again, the bright and citrusy hops but this time with a little funk added. The wheat adds a bit of light refreshment as well. Damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. Nice and creamy, just the way I like it.

Drinkability: super refreshing and tasty; like I said, this beer just rubs me the right way. Good stuff.

flagmantho, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of AwYeh
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip pint; bottled on Feb 1, 2011.

A: Pours a clear, somewhat dark golden color with two fingers of bubbly white head. Good retention, good lacing, and lots of carbonation bubbles flowing up through the glass. Very pleasant to look at.

S: A big rush of sweet, citrus hops starts things off- grapefruit and some especially tropical-smelling pineapple in particular. A good mix of other hops are detectable too, with hints of pine and floral aromas. As well-balanced as the hops are with their variety, a light wheat aroma adds even more complexity to the already great smell.

T: Similar to aroma, with a large portion of the aroma's hop flavors showing up as bitter here rather than sweet. Grapefruit overtakes the pineapple, though orange peel shows up, and a light grassiness emerges as well. The wheat is really pushed to the background here, providing a light foundation to hold up the stronger hop flavors- though a discrete bready malt flavor does come out in the middle of the flavor. Long, lingering, bittersweet citrus finish.

M: Medium-bodied with carbonation on the light side of moderate. Smooth and sticky, and even slightly creamy thanks to the bubbles- an excellent body to communicate the beer's flavors.

O: A very good beer; I enjoyed my glass wholly and will be picking this one up again. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a non-traditional IPA, even if it's not too far off-base from the style.

AwYeh, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Kmat10
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden orange, fair amount of white head some lacing as well

S- Piney hops, citrus hops, very floral

T-The grains soften out the hops a lot, piney hops, citrus, sweet malt, nice level of bitterness

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, medium bitterness

O- Very good beer, great nose, nice and easy to drink, right amount of bitterness, definitely worth trying

Kmat10, May 24, 2013
Photo of Jacobob10
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, amber-orange with a long lasting head. Some sparse lacing on the glass. Heavy hop aroma with lots of grass and lemon and light bready malts in the background. Medium bodied and very refreshing despite its thick texture and bitter finish. This is a damn good beer and I would be happy drinking it anytime of year. I also found the blurb on the bottom of the box very entertaining... well worth the read.

"You ever notice how everything has to be today's version of yesterday's whatever. Well, whatever. Sometimes we wonder what the world would be like if everything was perceived for what it is, and not what it reminds you of. The sun would rise everyday as if for the first time, you'd work as if newly born, you'd see your lover next to you anew, the air would smell like flowers, work would be like the first day back in school, a beer would make your eyes roll back in your head in ecstasy - well, maybe not - but you get the idea. Cheers!"

Jacobob10, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of StoneTSR
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first remote review. Live, from Timmy O'Tooles on Ontario and Fairbanks in Chicago.

APPEARANCE: The Little Sumpin' poured from the bottle a brilliant orange with no hint of residue. Gorgeous color. The head was a bit thin and disappated quickly. Decent lacing.

SMELL: Delightful. Grapefruit and pine, a very pleasing treat for the nose.

TASTE: Bitter, dry and tart with grapefruit flavor remaining with the senses as a very strong taste. Citrus notes round it out, but the aftertaste is still dominated by grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thirst-quenching. Dry, sparkling and refreshing. Great mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Way too easy to drink for a 7.5%er.

StoneTSR, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of czfreeman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle I did not realize that this was a Pale Wheat until I read about it on BA.
Pours a light golden color, little touch of amber maltiness, gorgeous head produced from the wheat used ion the brew. This nicely adorned brew slowly settles down, leaving great lacing
Smell is hoppy upfront. It takes a bit of searching, but slowly the sweet creaminess from the wheat comes out in the nose. THe citrus hops lead into a nice mix of pale malts, wheat, floral yeasts, more of a Wheat IPA if you will.
Whereas the aroma focused more on the hops, with an under tone of wheat, the flavor shifts it more into the sweeter, cream-o wheat spectrum. Delicate pale malt, hops, light musty wheat and creamy yeastiness contribute to create quite the enjoyable brew. I am not a fan of this style, I'll take my true Bavarian Hefe anyday, as this style tends to underdeliver quite severly, however, this little "Sumpin-sumpin" is something pretty good
To some extent im reminded of a take on the Brooklyn Hopfen-Weisse when I try this, hoppy, yet yeasty and smooth. I like how the wheat spiciness meld into the hoppy spice and the pepery yeast. I would ask for a slightly creamier roundness in the mouthfeel however to stay true to this style's Bavarian roots.
Im thnking grilled shimp, sausages, pretzels, rye bread, good German traditional fare with this brew. nicely done

czfreeman, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of AltBock
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby bottle with a pin up girl standing up against the name of the beer. The beer's specifications are near the middle next to the girl. Like Lagunitas, the only piece of info missing is a bottled date or best before date. Poured into a Cigar City pint glass.

This version of Little Sumpin' poured a very clear and bright yellowish amber color. Kind of like a really pale honey color. It was so clear that you could read the newspaper through it. On top was a small less than 1/4 of an inch paper white head of foam. I thought it had good retention. It left behind a long lasting skim of foam and a few streaks of lace around the glass. I usually don't like beers you can see through, but I'll make an exception for this beer.

When the cap came off, out came a strong aroma of pine. At first I thought I was stepping into a pine forest. When it was poured, the pine settled and the bitter citrus hops and citrus fruits emerged. The citrus fruits consisted of bitter grapefruit, lemon, orange, and a little pineapple. After the citrus elements had their fun, the beer then finishes up with a drop of honey and a pinch of toasted wheat.

This beer starts off slow with the toasted wheat. Once it got that out of the way, the taste then kicks into full gear. That's where the taste goes dry and bitter. I was able to pick out a nice assortment of citrus fruits. I got bitter and tart grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, and a splash of tangerine. Intermingled with the citrus fruits was the bitter citrus hops. Nothing followed the citrus elements. They didn't want any other flavor to follow them.

This is an easily affordable nicely hopped Pale Wheat Ale. I liked this version of Little Sumpin' best. Would I drink it again. I would. It's not hard to find.

AltBock, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of krisandajt
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I finally got to try this bad boy...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, bright copper color with a nice fluffy inch of head that fades kind of quickly leaving behind a good bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: Hoppy, which is not what I expected. Citrus and pine stand out, not at all what I expected for the style. Very similar to an IPA.

Taste: Like the smell, hoppy - citrusy with a bit of pine. A mellow sweetness adds some balance to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Aaaah, refreshing and full bodied. Good carbonation, crisp taste.

Drinkability: Although this isn't what I expected, this is a very tasty brew. I will absolutely pick this one up again next time I see it.

krisandajt, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out from the bottle a blonde yellow with a sustaining 3/4" head. Laces well for a pale wheat ale.

Remarkably spry Lagunitas hops in the nose. Grapefruit rind, green pineapple, maybe tart apricot, light pine, a dose of pale wheat malts, and just a whiff of nut flesh. Great nose for the style. Hoppy and bright.

Zippy citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness with pine and floral notes. Wheat malts are in the background, but they just allow the West Coast hop profile to blaze the trail. Some nutty yeast way back there behind IPA-level humulus and bitterness. Wants to clean up in the finish, but there's always a lot of tang in that nearly minty Lagunitas hop character. Light spiciness surfaces late and becomes a slight alcohol warmth; reminding me that this wheat ale is 7.5%.

Drinks charmingly. Bitternesd isn't actually all that massive. So smooth, but with that crisp bite of carbonation that smacks the tongue around. Faster than fast in drinkability.

An outstanding example of the style, if not too far out there. Like a wheat IPA. Lagunitas doing what Lagunitas does best.

thecheapies, May 09, 2013
Photo of im4beer
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A= poured into a becker with a 1.5 finger head. Bubbly and fizzy with good lacing.

S= citrus and hop smell

T= piney hops with citrus tones

F= light mouth feel w/ mild carbonation

O= great beer, it would be hard to drink only one of these. It combines the smooth taste and drinkability of a hefeweisen with the citrusy hops of an IPA. Yummy!

im4beer, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Tonmeister
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into 16 ounce Goose Island Glass

Appearance: light amber with a medium thick white head.

Smell: Hoppy, citrusy, piney,

Taste: piney, citrusy, citric, breaddy, bitter-sweet. It goes down very smooth and it's very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium thick and highly carbonated.

Overall, This is a great hoppy beer. I'm not a big fan of Wheat Ale's but the hop presence in this one doesn't disappoint. It is definitely one of my favorites Wheat Ales.

Tonmeister, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled poured in snifter

A - golden clear, easily seen through. 1 inch head that drops down to a lacing.

S - Fruity, citrusy,grapefruit, malty.Floral note from the hops, rose pedals. Breadiness and carmel from the malt.

T - Grapefruit ,citrus, up front followed by malt, bready caramel classic Lagunitas style.

M - light to medium body. Medium carbonation. clean feel.

O - One of the best examples if not THE best of a Wheat ale. amazingly smooth easy to drink. Never gets old.

MetalMountainMastiff, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of JBraz
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange and clear with moderate carbonation rising to a minimal foam like head. No fresh by date on bottle.

S: Pale malt is the first thing to hit the nose. Then hops and fruit, like pineapple and banana. Very inviting. Reminds me of tropicana tropical fruit juice.

T: Alcohol followed by a rush of fruity hops, very similar profile to Lagunitas Sucks, but with a wheat like backbone.

M: Clean tasting beer, balance is all there. After several sips I can feel the malt sticking around on my palate.

O: Lah-goo-KNEE-tuss does it again. A wonderful offering from a brewery that can do no wrong...so far. Just moved to California and can't wait to head down to Petaluma to check out the brewery. *Good game pat* to the boys at Lagunitas (no homo).

JBraz, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of mnrider
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Has Freshness Date.

A: Pours a clear pa;e amber. Large white head with good retention and great sticky lacing.

S: Sweet malts and some floral hops. The sweetness really stands out in the aroma.

T/M: Smooth. Fruity with floral hops, nothing too bitter. Yeast and grains are nice and blend
well into the beer. A wheat kick throughout the beer brings an interesting and flavorful
addition. Slight warming of alcohol. The finish is hoppy and dry.

O: An excellent hoppy wheat ale. Easy to drink. Well balanced. Perfect ingredients. One of
better beers from Lagunitas.

Cheers!!!

mnrider, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of AndrewCampos
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter.

A : golden amber clear color, white head that dissipates pretty quickly, great lacing.

S : Citrus-y hops with a piney smell to it.

T : A mild bitterness that disappears, then not sweet but fruity and flavorful.

M : Medium carbonation. Very little bitterness. Light to medium body goes down easy.

O : Pours great, smells excellent, and tastes even better. One of my favorites.

AndrewCampos, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance
Slightly hazy dark golden color with a medium frothy white head. Good lacing.
Smell
The first thing that hits me is that it smells bitter, citrusy notes come afterward, tropical fruit, wheat, slight hint of malt.
Taste
The taste is unique, it’s bitter and has a tart sticky sweetness. Medium heavy mouthfeel. and a but of alcohol.
Overall
I like this beer and recommend it. It’s the first Lagunitas beer I ever had and it started my love affair with them.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

BeerandWhiskeyHQ, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Guden
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale gold with an off white creamy head that stays around forever.

S- A lot of American hops here giving a little grass and pine up front with a lot of citrus, and some mango and melon coming through too. There;s also a sweet candy like maltiness that shines.

T- The pine and grass from the nose again leads in the front followed by a bit of citrus and bitterness in the middle that are balanced by a fruity melon and sugary wheat malt ending. Bitterness is just the right level for a pale ale.

M- Medium bodied and moderately low in carbonation it moves around the mouth nicely and hits all the taste buds in a really good way.

D- I had been disappointed by all the other Lagunitas offerings I had tried but this one is very well done.

Guden, Apr 03, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Ptzy13, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of aval89
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber color.. produced a one finger head that quickly settles but leaves nice lacing..

S: pink grapefruit dipped in sugar... sweet caramel malts .. mango & papaya. Slight breadiness

T: sweet malts right upfront.. then the hops take over..tangerines, sweet grapefruit sprinkled w/sugar.. more mago & papaya with lemon peel bitterness finish.. some caramel is present also on finish ..

Mf: medium bodied with spot on carbonation.. dry finish on the palate..

O: very impressive brew.. goes to the top of my list in a heartbeat..

aval89, Mar 27, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

cfadams17, Aug 20, 2014
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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