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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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Reviews: 1,533
Hads: 8,208
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 428
Gots: 2,301 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.
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Photo of Premo88
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into weizen glass

L: clear, brilliant yellow that's darker (gold) at the edges (top and bottom of glass); head is not super tall, maybe 3/4-inch of white foam, but it is very thick and sticky, leaving a thick coat of suddsy white paint ; that coat of sticky foam slides back into the glass, and it doesn't lace much, but it does keep a thick skin and collar of white foam

S: mango, grass ... it's very, very sweet, almost sugary sweet, and the wheat is hard to notice, but it's in there -- a tart, grassy note; has a ton of American double IPA caramel/mango sweetness, maybe bleeding into candied orange/pineapple

T: bitter ... the rest follows the nose, mango, grass, sweet orange; again the wheat is hard to find, there's just a hint of tart grain

F: full but carbonated enough to stay crisp, dry

O: disappointing ... other than the slightest hints of tartness, this smells and tastes like an average American double IPA. the bitter bite is way too much for the style, too, and so is the sweet. if there is wheat in this brew, it's drowned dead and gone amid all the hops.

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Photo of claytong
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - copper with a nice head that retains for several minutes

smell - hops and then fruits, citrus, pineapple

taste - wheres the wheat? more like an ipa to me. its interesting, just not what i was hoping for, basically a repeat of smell

mouthfeel - dried out my mouth, medium body

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Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little Sumpin' sumpin' ale--Limited Release 2009--12 oz. Bottle. 7.30% ABV-64.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial? Lacy dense white head. Clear bright soft gold color. Creamy floral hop soft malt front. Cloying creamy mellow sweet malty caramel sourdough mild fruit body. Smooth hot hop spice cloying bitter malt end. Tasty & smooth, but Odd malt notes like a cream ale? Sampled 11/5/2009. 6-Pack--$9.29

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Little Sumpin' sumpin' ale--Limited Release--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 64.20 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Pale Ale. Thin thin lace white head. Clear bright thin gold color. Lagunitas standard hop profile mild floral flowery front. Mild sweet slightly creamy rich golden cream ale pale ale tangy fruit hint crisp body. Tangy mild hop spice end. Hoppy Cream Ale? Sampled 8/25/2010. 6-Pack $9.79.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice two fingers of head that slowly recedes to sticky film of foam. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Light, clear amber and honey color with good bubbling. Lots of hoppy mellow citrus aromas. Resiny bitter palate pushes too much of the sweet wheat and fruity yeast away. Interestng combination of flavors, bitter and wheaty, but isn't my cup of tea all the way. Good resiny that coats the tongue nicely. More like an IPA in my opinion than an American pale wheat ale.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date anywhere, but I assume this bottle is ~3 months old. It's been kept in the fridge for most or all of its life.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Crystal clear, polished gold body with a dense, goopy, white cap. Nice head retention and tons of lacing. Are pale wheat ales supposed to be cloudy? I dunno. The wheat seems to be making an impact on the consistency of the head; otherwise, it's unnoticeable.

Smell: Grapefruit, honey, candied orange, wheat, and resinous hops. Pretty sweet overall. Enjoyable, but nothing too special.

Taste: Herbal hops, grapefruit, lemon, pine, wheat, and spices. This tastes like Lagunitas IPA with a little wheat malt added... not sure if that necessarily makes it a pale wheat ale. Regardless, it tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel: A bit resinous, a bit creamy, and a bit prickly. Interesting. Carbonation is on the medium-high end. Not as smooth as it could be.

Drinkability: Over-hopped for the style, by a lot! I get the feeling that that's why it's ranked so much higher than the majority of pale wheat ales. Lame. This is a good beer, but it's not true to the style. Drinks like an IPA.

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Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden colour with a small, white head. Good head retention. Awesome lacing.

Big, rich, piney, resinous hop aroma with a touch of sweetness.

Sweet malt with an odd herbal bitterness. Musty hops. Really quite weird.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An interesting beer to be sure. The aroma is great too but the flavour is herbal and strange. I just don't quite get it.

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Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I never would've guessed this to be a wheat ale; when I had it, it tasted like a less complex, less well-balanced, less characterful, generally dumbed-down, more bland, knock-off version of Pliny the Elder. It had generally similar flavour characteristics and a higher-ABV IPA character overall, but without the complexity, balance, etc. Ultimately, it seems like a decent IPA, not great as that, and certainly is rather pointless as a wheat beer - who can tell? It tastes like citrusy-fruity-spicey hops and not much else.

Deep gold, it has a medium off-white head slowly-steadily shrinking to a foamy ring & wisps. It leaves only weak hints of lace.

Aroma is sweet resiny grapefruit, generally citrus pulp, lots of guava, and faint raisiny grain.

Taste is spicey-peppery leaf, grapefruit, and guava. It has light dominant bitterness with faint underlying caramelly-raisiny-fruity grain sweetness. What character it has soon blurs and degrades to be less distinguishable character overall and rather one-dimensional. It has some basic, decent character but not much. Feel, at least, is good, full, a bit creamy. Peppery-citrusy bitterness is a bit to sharp and strong at the finish and lingers. Drinkability is decent, but it is very tiresome. At least it tastes a little different from the 90% of Lagunitas beers that all taste like variations of the same beer.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a translucent pale orange/golden color with fizzy carbonation and a frothy two finger head. The retention's great, and there's tight, sticky lacing. A little generic.

S - Bright, fresh grapefruit dominates. Faint lemon zest and grassy hops. Restrained pine. I don't notice any wheat, but the pale malts lend a noticeable sweetness. Seemingly well balanced. Mild to moderate in strength.

T - Pungent cascade and centennial hopping. Spicy grapefruit zest and light perfumy floral notes open, countered by sweet caramel and pale malts. A bit grassy and alcoholic on the finish. The alcohol's definitely noticeable, but it's unobtrusive. Very well balanced. Tasty stuff.

M - Well carbonated. A little heavier then I'd like. Medium bodied.

D - You'd be hard pressed to find many beers in the style that are comparable (I can think of one). Incredibly easy drinking and well priced. A bit simple, but incredibly refreshing.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank it out of a solo bottle, poured into a British pub pint glass.

A: Golden, fully carbonated. Bubbling the entire lifespan of the glass.
S: Floral, not getting the wheat at all. Not what i expected from this beer, but the best part.
T: Meh, for a beer that i've heard great things about, the (multi varietal ?) malt was overpowering the hops. Not what i would have thought coming from a west coast company selling the west coast style, but my bottle could have been a bit old. There's a hint of the pine on the back end but still getting malt on the fore and aftertaste.
M: It is pretty crisp, not stale for sure.
O: Not horrible, not the best. I really wanted to give this one super high marks but for a style that was supposed to be a fresh take on an IPA/American PA, i'm pretty underwhelmed here.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint.

Golden copper body, the white head builds to almost two finger's. Tons of lace remains as the cap slowly deflates.

C-hops spectacularly stimulate the nose. Tons of tropical citrus to be found in here: pineapple, star fruit, grapefruit. So good! You have to really bury your nose in the drink, though.

A let down on the palate, make no mistake! It is very bitter, which is not the problem. The flavors, though, comprise aspirin, some diacetyl, a boozy bite, and finally a bit of peppery star fruit. Not NEARLY juicy enough for how the nose played.

Sumpin' has a light to medium body and is pretty crisp, also a little dry from the hop bite.

If I had to venture a guess, I would say this bottle is a little past it's prime. And I'm sure this beer is much juicier when more fresh. As is, this beer has an under whelming set of flavors.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

With a name like that how could I resist? It was pretty good. Crisp and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Poured a pale golden with a nice white head. Floral hops in the nose with a touch of citrus zest. Similar qualities in the taste: floral, citrus, a touch of spice, and sweet malts in the background. Light-medium body, crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of AndrewR
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the glass a fine weightless gold, wild honey.

The nose is endless grapefruit rolling through a fresh grass field with white flowers. Pretty. Man, grapefruit. Slightest bit of artichoke.

More citrus comes through on the medium bodied palate with weeds, kind of hollow but coats the cheeks.

Quite pleasant and smacks of Summer.


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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale wheat ale this is not. At 64 IBU, this is pretty firmly in the IPA category, and this beer is heavy on the hops. The hops are piney and citric, and though they are in no way harsh, they're really all you can taste here at all. It makes me wonder why they even bothered brewing this beer with wheat, because you really cannot taste any of it. You get a vague hint of it in the aftertaste, underneath all of the bitterness, but that's basically it. As an IPA, it's pretty good, though it lacks any sort of malt taste at all, which is something I prefer in my IPAs to balance out the hops. It's 7.5% ABV, and that alcohol is very well hidden here.

Good, but a little overrated in my opinion.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Sweet and grainy smell. Doesn't taste anything like a hefeweisen like I expected. Seems more like a light sweet IPA. Nice head and lacing. A bit too sweet for my taste but still nice. nb

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Photo of AngrySnuggles
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow. Medium head. Few bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell: Fresh, sweet, citrus, hoppy, acetone, slightly boozy.

Taste: Slightly sour, floral hops. Finishes clean. Slight acetone aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slightly carbonated. Clean finish.

Overall: Decent balance. Unique for its style. I wish there were more wheat characteristics to the beer. I would drink this again, but wouldn't take it over Gumballhead.

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Photo of Lukasbane
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of bitter beers, this one reminded me of carrots. However, take the bitterness away and its a great beer. That's good news for bitter beer lovers

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Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a weird hoppy wheaty smell

T - I don't really know if I like the idea of hoppy wheat ales it just leaves a weird taste in my mouth

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This isn't a bad beer just a hybrid style that I think is a bad idea wheat beers are light and drinkable hop the shit out of it and that brings it down

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden/amber color, with a nice snow white colored head.

S - Fruity sweet smell at first (apples, greatfruit, maybe a little cherry IMO) good sweer malty aroma, and finishes up with a touch of hops.

T - Mild apple mixed with some citrus then like the smell finishes off with a mild hoppy bitterness.

M - Very light, flows well over the palate, leaves palate dry with a lingering bitter but sweet sensation.

D - Very deceiving brew, do not judge this beer after the first few sips, let it breathe for a little while and you will find that the flavors intensify. Overall a good beer, easy to drink and I am going to have another.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12 oz. bottle

pours with a fairly large off white head that stays fairly intact throughout the session

features a full bodied copper orange color

aroma has strong citrus/grapefruit notes with no detectable malt presence

taste is also characterized by a very strong hops character also continuing the citrus/grapefruit character

mouthfeel is very nice with a satisfying roundness and a very nice level of carbonation

overall, this is a satisfying brew, that would probably be well suited to drinking in warm weather. I would say though that it is far more characteristic of an IPA than a wheat beer. I would have to say it's really not a good representation of anything that would call itself a wheat beer.

I do have some reservations, due to the fact this is supposedly an american wheat ale.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-It’s beautiful golden color with a substantial head and lacing present.
Smell- a very tropical beer it smells like summer.
Taste- the sweet fruit of a wheat ale until you are slapped in the head by the hops, not bad but awfully sweet.
Mouth feel- medium body with some carbonation.
Overall- It’s a little above average but a good warm weather beer which hides the alcohol.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful glimmering orange with a fluffy head and modest lace.

Hops run across the nose. Sweet and rindy citrus--orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Everything else takes a backseat to the rindy hops. It's a bit phenolic, and grapefruit is prominent. It's nice for a couple of sips, but I'm left wanting something more well rounded. The carbonation is smooth, and there's adequate body and a mild astringency.

The ABV is too high, and the hops become way too much after a while. I wouldn't want more than one--actually, I don't even think I'd want more than half a bottle in one sitting.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a creamy white head.
The aroma is slight citrus and toffee.
Taste is orange pitch bitter with a semi-sweet followup and a bitter, dry finish. Perhaps a slight Belgian-like funkiness as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and dry.
Overall, good but not great. A bit underwhelming.

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Photo of jobcrackerbah
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Orange peel color with a small creamy looking head that leaves a fine lacing around the glass. Bubbles consistenly float to the top.

S: Strong sweet citrus hops accompanied by a very slight malty aroma. Can't percieve any wheat.

T: The beer has too much abrasive citrus hops. The wheat isn't clearly defined in the taste and there needs to be more malt to balance the beer. There is also a spice like quality that is odd in a supposedly refreshing style.

M/D: The mouthfeel is slightly too thin with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is hurt because the beer becomes too strongly bitter to be a refreshing wheat ale. The more the beer warmed up, the more it fell apart.

I was hoping for more wheat and balance when drinking this beer. The hops aren't complex enough to warrant a high score for taste either.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-04-24 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly hazzy golden amber with a big, 2-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mild grain, apple and hop floral. Not very aromatic.

T - Quite different. At first, you might think you are having a wheat beer with the doughy malt flavor and lemon citrus but then the big, bad hop bitterness kicks in with some earthy spice, grass and mild sourness. It's a hodge-podge of flavors that comes across fairly well.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy, bubbly and mildly syrupy.

O - Not as refreshing as a straight IPA, but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a slightly hazy bright gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is of wheat and some nice sweet fruitiness. Oh and a pretty big hop citrus presence.

The taste is way bitter. Lots of grassy notes, some pine and a hefty amount of mango makes my mouth pucker from the bitterness. The wheat is completely overwhelmed in my book and the alcohol isn't hidden all that well. Not much of an American Pale Wheat beer at all.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are both at medium levels and are nice.

Drinkability? Not that good. Between the abv and the overall bitter factor, this will be a beer that I'll finish very slowly and I have no plans on buying any more. Others seem to like it...it's just not for me.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.