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: 1,486
Hads: 7,994
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.57%
Wants: 415
Gots: 2,047 | 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 ramseye4
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A=Pours a transparent copper color, with a decent 1.5 finger head.

S=Smells of primarily tropical fruity smelling hops, with a slight bit of wheat reminiscent of hefewizen hidden amongst the hops.

T= Typical hop taste found in many california ales...not that thats a bad thing!A bit of pine comes through, and the alcohol is completely hidden. The wheat, while subtle, shines through enough to make this a refreshingly different brew. This has the perfect amount of complexity.

M-Medium bodied and smooth, the carbonation pops in the mouth, and this one slides down easily, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth.

D- Absolutely amazing. this has the perfect balance between taste, ABV, and body. I really could sip on these for hours.

At first I wasn't entirely convinced, but the more I drank it the more I liked it. An outstanding offering by Lagunitas. (867 characters)

Photo of isualum12
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

smells like peaches. Theere is nothing else that hits me as hard as the strong smell of peaches.

I will be honest I drank it right out of the bottle. I poured it once before but damn if I can remeber.

The taste is sweat with the taste of peaches. I really enjoy it. There is a carbonization that hits you and bothers me a little. That carbonization takes away from my mouthfeel.

I honestly couldn't drink several of these in a row. One would be my max.

The 7.5% will sneak up on you I think because you don't taste it... (527 characters)

Photo of Dspohn
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from a bottle into a a pint. Had tons of these over the summer, supposedly Lagunitas is making this a year-round brew. Seems probable since I calculated this to be brewed around early October from the ink julian dating on the neck.

Pours a very clear golden hue with a solid inch of dense head to fill my pint glass. Really nice lacing also. Signature Lagunitas hop smell and taste, almost hop stoopid-esque but not quite as juicy and sweet. Very refreshing wheat body that works great with the hops mostly citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon edge? Bitterness is fairly strong but not resinous or palate smacking. Some sweet malts, little bit of bubble gum and sugary candy flavor that peaks through the hops and leaves the finish clean and smooth.

Does Lagunitas make a bad beer? I've never tried one at least. Some may argue that their hop profile is one-sided, I cant necessarily disagree but I love it nonetheless. Grab one if you see it, if you like it, seek out its counterpart, lil Sumpin' Wild, Westmalle yeast and some extra strength make for another great take on this American wheat/ipa/whatever the hell this tasty thing is. (1,159 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden colour, with a filmy head of white close-knit bubbles. Body is very clear for a wheat beer, but I guess that's what you get when it's not bottle-conditioned. Light body. To be fair, I'm pretty disappointed in the appearance.

It gets better once we get into it, however. Big hoppy aroma on the nose, clearly delineating it from a hef, or a European style wheat beer. Big citric notes of West coast hops, with a slight sweetness, and a twinge of acidity that I'd normally associate with the wheat if not for the big hop aromas. Very nice, very pleasant.

Taste is extremely interesting, and very good indeed. Slight hoppiness throughout, but mellowed perfectly with a sweet wheat bite, the two mix together to give a fragrant, luscious character of dried apricots. Light marzipan character on the back, which dries out into a distinct but mild hop bite which cleanses the palate with bitterness. Ooh, such lovely flavours on the palate. Such a unique blend as well, which is where this beer shines. You couldn't get quite the same effect if not for the hops and the wheat. Lovely.

Feel is light and smooth, with enough sparkle to accentuate the characters on the palate.

Don't judge a book by its cover. I'm glad I didn't (eventually), because this is a really tasty brew, and an exceptionally drinkable one. The characters are unusual, but balance against each other well. I love slightly off-kilter beers that still work so well. This is a good example of one. (1,489 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden bodied brew, small but sturdy foamy white head, leaves its mark on the glass. Big hop scent for a wheat, definitely not run of the mill for a wheat. Citrus hops, grapefruit, nice wheat undertones, but its dominated by the hops. Alcohol spiciness is a bit more noticeable due to the wheat character i think. Thin to med bodied. Very interesting and pretty damn good tasting too. Try it (397 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of West Coast hops is noticeable though not too powerful. Taste is also a good mix between some citrusy hops with a nice bitter presence and a good malt backbone though wheat is hardly noticeable. Another easily drinkable beer from Lagunitas with not too much complexity. (390 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange wit ha finger or two of white head leading to patchy lacing.

S - Grapefruit and citrus hops with a sweet touch of honey and a hint of bready wheat.

T - Sweet citrus and grapefruit hops, a touch grassy with a hint of pine as it warms. Slightly spicy with a touch of honey sweetness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation feeling slightly slick at times. Lingering dryness in the finish.

D - Drinks closer to a big pale or an IPA. The wheat is not as noticeable as it is with other beers in this style. (522 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale clear gold with a small white head (slow, gentle pour). Good head retention. Excellent lacing.

S: Citrus, orange and lemon hops. A touch of pine. Its got a really nice sweet toffee note to it too. Kind of smells like a DIPA.

T: Wow thats got some bitterness to it for a pale wheat! Earthy, leafy hops and grapefruit. There is some slight grainy bread sweetness to, but not as much as I thought there would be coming from the nose. Ever so slight kick from the abv. Finishes pretty dry, crisp and bitter. To me, this is a IPA.

M: Light body. Good amount of soft, small carbonation bubbles. Very effervescent like.

D: Decent. Thought it would be maltier. If there was more elements of a pale wheat, it would be better. (728 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: hazy golden with good sudsy head that appears sticky and leaves very fine lacing

S: creamy grapefruit hops with a hint of tart cherry fruit

T: starts bitter with a bit of tar-like flavors then opens up the citrus rind bitterness, finally ending fairly fruity, almost like a tart apple

M: an excellent bite that isn't overpowering to the medium mouthfeel...really facilitates the flavor progression

D: rich enough for colder weather, cheeky enough for warm...good stuff (500 characters)

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, wheat-orange brew with some decent carbonation, topped by a shallow foam head that dissipates quickly. Doesn't look like anything special.
S: Great bitter hops nose. Hints of wheat and caramel, for sure, but most distinctive is that earthy, sticky icky hops--smells delicious.
T: First tones are reminiscent of clementines, but as the beer swims back across the tongue those 64.2 IBUs come to light and release those hops like a blooming, floral arrangement. Bitter, earthy, but balanced with a touch of caramel bringing up the rear. Complex and distinct, a great tasting beer.
M: Medium bodied; not much carbonation, but still textured
D: Definitely bitter and chock full of hops, but it doesn't leave your throat with that dry, barren patch that you get some high IBU, high abv pale ales. I love that patch, but it leaves me desiring a glass of water. This beer counters the bitterness with a subdued sweetness that is at the same time refreshing and complex. (980 characters)

Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ah this beer is great>>>you know with lagunitas its always very good or pretty good>>>always been satisfied with their beer>>>i think the westmalle yeast strain did this beer very well>>>i can actually relate this beer to westmalle>>>left this beer pretty dry>>>>it smells like dark fruit and def. hops>>>a little alcohol in the nose as well>>>>darn fine beer (437 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw-orange with a modest head that dissipates quickly - interesting, considering this is not the experience of most recent reviewers. Old bottle perhaps?

Smell is pretty intense grapefruit, honeydew melon and lemon zest. A mild malt presence struggles to be heard. Screams West Coast IPA to me but what the hell would I know?

Maltiness is a little more pronounced in the mouth, although tropical bitter fruits definitely rule the roost.

Mouthfeel is quite full, slightly metallic.

Could drink more, but I'd be much more likely to seek out a multitude of West Coast IPAs at around the same ABV. (606 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a slightly cloudly golden orange. Small one finger head that doesn't last long, but nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smells like an IPA, nice citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some malt on the back end, but overall dominated by the hops.

T: The hop flavors are even more pronounced on the taste. Really balanced, and the hop/citrus taste upfront transitions into a sweet finish, no bitterness at all.

M/D: Medium bodied, extremely drinkable. Leaves a very nice finish. The 7.5% is hidden extremely well. Surprised me that this beer is classified as a Pale Wheat, but I will take it. A great beer. (649 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale pours a light gold color. It's very clear. Surprisingly clear. Being a so-called "wheat," there should be some haze. Eh. What do I know? A light white head caps it off. It's about a finger deep, and falls rather quickly. Lacing was very light. Honestly...the look is not impressive.

The nose is another story. I like it! It's loaded with citric hops! White grapefruit, orange, and pineapple scents are abundant. Honestly, this smells more like an American IPA to me. There might be a little bit of a grainy scent to it, but there's not much. A bit of sweet malt is noticeable. Smells like pale to me. There might be a hint of caramel, but perhaps my nose is playing tricks. Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed. Pretty impressive here.

The flavor is damn good...even better than the nose. Saying it's loaded with hops might not do it justice. The hop flavor is all kinds of delicious. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors are all over the palate after the first sip. Delicious hop flavor! It also has a nice bitter kick, but isn't over the top by any stretch. IT's balanced a little by pale malts, but the hops clearly carry the day. I'm not getting much in terms of earthiness or graininess. Perhaps it's just buried under the avalanche of hops. Honestly, that's okay by me. Alcohol is blended well. Finishes hoppy with a ton of citric hop flavor! Delicious!

The body is light-medium. Carbonation is active, but feels light. Ultimately, this stuff goes down smooth and easy. Drinkability is extremely high. The flavor is nothing short of excellent. It's a little stronger than most APWAs you'll encounter, but damned if it doesn't invite drinking multiple bottles.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is an excellent release from Lagunitas. I don't really see, smell, or taste any evidence that this is an American Pale Wheat, but it must be. For what it's worth, it's among the best in the style if that's true. The hop presence alone carries it to the top. If you haven't had the opportunity to try this fine release from Lagunitas, do yourself a favor and find a 6-pack...or more if possible. (2,133 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with 'fridge' spelled 'frige' in the label rant - very reminiscent of 'frigo', en francais, I'd say.

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy pale golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a more or less solid, yet pockmarked paint job of lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of orange citrus cream, a bit of good ol' barley and sweet n' spicy wheat maltiness, black pepper aerosol, and some stronger, more acrid pine needle hops. The taste is bitter pine resin and sassy fleshy orange and grapefruit citrus, bready caramel malt, a hint of saltwater taffy, a bit of reduced spicy wheatiness, further grassy/floral hop notes, and some mildly sweet booze warming.

The carbonation is quite sedate in its bearing, just a faint frothiness manifesting, the body a decently hefty medium weight, especially for the style, mostly smooth, and certainly not un-creamy. It finishes with the main players still quite game - sweet caramel and wheat malts, and unabashedly brash pine and citrus hops. Ya know - Lagunitas.

American Pale Wheat Ale my sort of pale Canadian ass. I know that this is made with wheat malt, then, ok, but the rest of the story screams out tasty WC IPA, despite the wheatiness, and I'm not going to fault a damned agreeable beer for being cast in the wrong category because of the black sheep in its makeup. (1,425 characters)

Photo of FourQuarters
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Mildly hazy, bright burnished gold, and an inch of soft, white head and moderate carbonation that settles out.

Smell - Citrus, damp spruce, some sweet fruit notes and hops.

Taste - Lemons, pine, clover honey, and hops. Starts out with slightly sweet fruit and ends hoppy and dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth and snappy.

Drinkability - My days of big hop are long in the past, but this works and is a very easy drinking beer. The hops are certainly present, but are well balanced by the malt. (563 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never would have guessed this to be a wheat beer; it seemed to be more of an IPA. Anyway, it was quite enjoyable.
In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lace.
Mostly floral aroma, some citrus. Sweet malt.
Resinous piney hops taste, grapefruit, good malt background. The flavors blended well together.
I thought this was a well-balanced beer.
If not sessionable, still very drinkable. My son-in-law, who's a Miller Lite type of beer drinker, really liked this beer. I was going to hide the 6pack from him; but, in an effort to further his beer education, I gave him four of the six bottles. (627 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Not sure on the date. The brewery website says approximately May release but another website with usually accurate says that the code on the neck is julian date on 1st 3 digits which would be early Sept bottling. Was a slightly hazy golden yellow color with lots of carb streams. Had an average sized head that quickly settled into a collar and thin partial film. Decent quick sliding lace.

The aroma was awesome. Lots of citrus and grapefruit blended in with good dose of pine and bready malt. Kept sniffing this throughout the session. Would love to try this one freshly released. The taste followed the aroma with great mix of c hop flavor and slightly sweet malt. Really enjoyed it. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and great aftertaste.

Overall, an amazing beer that I'm glad I tried. Been disappointed with most APWA's so almost didn't grab it but read some good things on it so did. So glad I did. Really enjoyed this one and need to go get a 6xer before they are gone. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - seasonal release. During the season it will make the heavy rotation for sure. [H,Y] (1,163 characters)

Photo of hophead247
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange with modest white head. Aromas of grapefruit, honey, flowers, and peaches. Lightly sweet subdued malt backbone with medium tart strong citrus middle and lightly bitter grassy hops. Medium body with average carbonation and slightly chewy texture. Juicy and citrusy with a great complex fresh hop finish. Whether it's a wheat ale, or IPA, I did it.... (369 characters)

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. (1,367 characters)

Photo of JamisonM
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rich golden color with small bright white head

S: honey malt with some real nice hops in there! Smells like Nelson Sauvin to me!!

T: good taste no alcohol taste starts off sweet finish is slightly dry again getting the Nelson Sauvin hops in here!

M: light mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable this beer is a great summer ipa type of beer

overall: I really enjoyed this one! really nice mix of hops and malt I loved it! Gunna have to drink more of this next summer! Cheers to Lagunitas! (501 characters)

Photo of ComputerBeer
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I guess that this is a west coast American whet beer. There is nothing that would identify this as a wheet beer. If I didn't know I would have just thought tint be a unfiltered pale ale.
But... It us a good pale ale. Filled with American hops. The classic flavors and aromas of citrus. The beer was served very cold but it seemed to have a fine mouthfeel and tasted fresh and clean. (383 characters)

Photo of fourplayed
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into 16oz glass a Mild golden color, 1 -2 finger head, mildly hazy.

Smells of Hops, Pine & Citrus with some sweetness are first thing to hit your nose. Malts and other ingredients balance well.

Tastes of citrus and sweet notes with Hops then the pine and citrus tastes abound, the malts keep the hop bite down nicely with a mild alcohol presense.

Medium hop bite, some citrus, the hops leaves a mildy bitter aftertaste of citrus and pine. finishes dry with some lingering hop aftertaste.

Good Drinkability for those who like the hops. nice amount of carbonation. Overall a good beer to take time to have one or two mixed in when your thirsty for a few. Not one for those who prefer a mild domestic brew. This is my 1st updated review of this brew. I put it as my second favorite behind Pliney. (816 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of rocky off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: An assortment of grapefruit citrus and piney hops advertise this beer's nature, with some grainy pale malt contributing a complimentary sense of sweetness.

T: Begins fairly balanced and just off-dry, with grain and hops coming together well. Ultimately the advantage goes to the hops, as they transition from a restrained floral and tropical fruit aromatics to the modestly bitter finish.

M: Medium viscosity--resinous, sticky, and palate-coating--with light carbonation.

D: From the first sip this beer shouts "Lagunitas" with its recognizable combination of floral and citrus aromatic qualities--the IPA is definitely there, as in Sumpin' Extra. Even Hop Stoopid may be eligible for first cousin-status. Despite the evident resemblance to other family members, this beer should not be known by association alone. From a stylistic standpoint it is miles from the middle, with all the qualities of a strong IPA--not exactly what one might expect from a wheat beer. (1,135 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- two plus fingers head that fades gradually, beautiful golden honey with a touch of haze to it.

s- lots of citrus, grapefruit, light lemon, not alot of wheat, some pine and a touch of honey. delicious.

t- wowza. really smooth, grapefruit, lots of hops, sappy pine, wheat smooths everything out but takes a backseat to the bitter hops and lets them shine. this is what all apwas should taste like.

m- smooth medium body, very slick.

d- awesome, i picked up a case of this without tasting it and don't regret it for a second. this beer definately lived up to all the hype. (576 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.