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: 1,514
Hads: 8,133
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 420
Gots: 2,208 | FT: 6
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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 BierFan
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice sized white head. Great head retention and lacing. Darker golden yellow, like a malt liquor.

Smell: Sweet and fruity hops. Grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Citric hops and a light body. Alcohol is a little noticeable.

This beer is heavy on the hops and alcohol and light on the malts, like many popular California brews. If that's your thing you'll like this beer.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Working on my third case of this one, its about time to review it. This is a killer session beer. Delicious fruity wheat underneath a rush of tangy and piney hops. Crisp and refreshing, leaves you wanting more every time you sip it. Nice light golden color, head is ok, froths up nicely at first and quickly dissipates. Fresh hoppy punch on initial taste followed by a sweet pineapply mid palate and dry crisp finish. Cant get enough of it. Drink it fresh.

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Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a darker straw yellow with a very bready-looking 3 finger head

S - smells of crisp, grapefruity hops with a touch of pine; there is also a wheat and caramel malt presence

T - a little different from the nose. Starts off with some bready and wheaty malts (I got caramel in the nose) that fades to piney hops (the nose made me anticipate citrus). There is also a bit of a sweet floral taste throughout.

M - medium body with smooth carbonation. Well above average mouthfeel.

D - this is not your run-of-the-mill wheat beer. Very hoppy with some nice malt flavors that help make this a little more complex. Too bad I only bought one of these - I wish more were on the shelf.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel.

A - Looks like liquid wheat in a glass. Nice pale golden ale. Poured with very little head and trace amounts of lacing.

S - Very sweet smell. Has a citrus smell of orange, grapefruit and tangerines.

T - Tastes nothing like it smells. Has a strong bitter taste that immediately hits the palate. A strong hoppy taste as well.

M - Ok. It is the type of beer that wipes away all taste immediately. Leaves a bitter almost metallic taste. It's has about a medium mouthfeel.

D - Not for me but if you like this style I am sure its drinkable as it is very light. The hoppy taste will really sit well with that crowd.

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

Richly hoppy, fresh and delicious offering.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Retro Lagunitas label with the 50´s pin-up like woman sitting on top of the the name. Notes "limited release" and has a framed narrative about current events, the crisis, and how to go about celebrating with the brew, including a somewhat cliché ending. It has a batch number on the neck but lacks any best by or bottling date. Shows IBUs (64.20) OG (1.076), and Alc. by Vol. (7.5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold to pale amber pour, rich frothy head, with good retention, nice surface memory and rich splashes of lacing.

S - Rich hoppy nose, resin, grapefruit, fresh and inviting presence.

T - Tuned with the aroma, long and rich hoppy sense, grapefruit, resin, distinct hoppy Lagunitas sense as the brew progresses. Malty and wheaty sense are buried as a distant foundation under the hoppy currents, maybe not so prominent in the flavor but giving it a nice easy flow.

M - Medium body with medium/high carbonation and a nice bitter uplift to the finish.

D - If one enjoys the rich hoppy profile of this wheat offering this flows like a charm. Delicious.

Notes: Another remarkable Lagunitas offering, this is certainly highlighting their dexterity with hoppy profiles and on this one they are really delivering a master lesson. And as always the price/quality ratio is remarkable, what is there not to like?

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Photo of claminat420
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a transparent amber/golden color with a solid white head. medium lacing.

S- just like some cascade/ centennial hops with the lightest sweet malt.

T- just how it smells. the alcohol is very well hidden. damn good brew.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- doing shots and still knockin a 6 pack back!!

Overall- to me this brew is better than the little sumpin extra pale ale. i did a couple shots from hard luck candy ( MADE IN MI!!!) root beer barrel vodka and still managed to knock down 5 out of the 6 pack. i will prolly do one more shot and finish the 6. even tho i'm hammered i will say this is prolly lagunitas best brew. but i still haven't had the maximus ipa.

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Photo of kaidasz
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was the summer beer of choice. i was overtaken (in a good way) by the citrus/grapefruit scents at first. then comes the creamy smooth texture of this monster. i have to say this is my favorite summer beer of all time. will await the year round releas as some have posted. great job lagunitas!

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Photo of movingtrain
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a straw yellow, light copper color. There is a nice carbonation to the beer, and a small, white head floating on top.

In the aroma there are notes of caramel, bitter fruity (citrus), pine needles, white pepper, rolled oats, and apple.

Man, that is a tasty ale. Full of the right kind of flavors. There is a really nice hop balance in this beer...fruity and bittersweet. There are notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of a wheat cracker taste to balance out the hops. There is some excellent flavor in this one.

Overall, an excellent beer. The flavors here are complex and fruity. The style is marked as a "wheat" beer, which it may be...but all flavor signs point to an IPA, and a well-done one at that.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky as heck to find this on tap in MN, but I'll give credit to Old Chicago for that. This beer plus appetizers = heaven.

I can't believe I'm reading this is an APWA, after having tasted it. For sure would've guessed APA, just because of the blast of grapefruit/citrus and the hoppiness in both the smell and taste.

Being a Lagunitas, I expected something hoppy, and they don't disappoint when they brewed up a little sumpin' sumpin' of an ale.

Pours a bit darker than most pale wheats, and displays good carbonation. I had no idea about the 7.3% ABV rating -- it just gets lost behind the wall of hops, much like the "wheat" part of the flavor.

Certainly a game changer in the 'Pale Wheat Ale' category... though I would never call it that, as it's neither pale nor at all wheaty.

Another great one from Lagunitas.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citrus, grapefruit, lime, caramelized pineapple, pine sap; very floral and enticing. I would guess Amarillo, Cascade, or Centennial hops or some combination of them were used.

Medium amber hued with one finger of fluffy white head. The head actually exhibits complete Brussels lacing and is completely clear which only makes the desire to sip on this beer stronger.

Grass and grapefruits upfront with a wheat snap middle. Surprisingly bitter upfront considering I was expecting the malt to catch my taste buds first. Ends refreshingly crisp and tongue drying; salty, mineral water. Medium to high carbonation, and yet creamy.

Definitely a hop focused wheat that while not overpowering or harsh in regards to hop usage, a bit too salty and tongue drying for my liking. In any event, a thirst quencher for sure.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this following the Dark spirits brewsession on the sunday before labor day. Poured from the 12oz chilled into a tulip

A - A very clear golden w/ a marigold dark shade w/ thick frothy white cap which settles to a bead ring.

S- the aroma is very hoppy w/ lots of pine esters and a subtle wheat aroma in the nose w/ mild stone fruit accent in the yeast ester

M - A lighter medium body w/ slightly bitter texture and moderate carbonation with mild acidity/astringency w/ a semi-dry finish

T - All about the hops, the flavor has a strong pine hop flavor w/ wheat cohesion. I would guess this is a c hop brew, maybe centennial or columbus with mild astringency in the flavor. The tang of yeast is gentle and completes the flavor w/ a tinge of citrus rind and grassy notes in the finish

D - A Tasty end of summer selection, thanks again tb69! I wanted to try this for a while, I think it is an IPA in wheat beer clothes basically, but plenty of west coast hop in this tasty wheat.

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Photo of musicman575
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

62 IBU's and 7.5% alcohol. I guess you expect that from a super sweet and hoppy beer. It's very fragrant (citrus, floral) with a pale, slightly copper color. The head doesn't last long at all. Don't even bother with a swirl or high pour. All you'll get is a flatter beer rather than a nice foam. It's powereful sweet side works well to cut through spicy food.

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

a- Poured a clear golden color which surprised me because this is a wheat beer. 2 finger width frothy off white head is short lived.

s- Aroma is kinda hoppy, most impressive is the tropical fruit flavor. Theres a hint of honey in the nose.

t- Oh, this is nice! Hops come through pretty well but i'd say the sweet maltiness puts up a good fight. This reminds me of bell's Oberon, but this is more hoppy.

I love the newiish trend of these summer pale wheat ales having more alcohol. I usually stay away from these, but this is great. This is not your typical "refreshing" pale wheat.

mf/d- This has body! Feel is prickly and kinda smooth. A few of these would go down just fine!

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Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into a tulip.

A - Light orange and golden body, brilliant clarity for any beer let alone a wheat, dense foamy head persists and leaves sticky lace on the way down.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest blended with a sweet malt "cracker" aroma.

T - Substantial bitterness is balanced by a fresh bread malt body. Citrus hops flavor of green apple, lemon, grapes, and some orange oil. Malt presence is noted as some alcohol warmth, but not hot... If this was given to me in a blind taste test, I'm guessing American IPA every time. Very little wheat presence noticed, and I'm OK with that here... :P

M - Moderate to light bodied, high carbonation, crisp finish and dry.

D - Medium to high even with the +7% ABV. Not normally a fan of many "wheat" offerings, but this is an IPA with some wheat in it, so I'm loving it!

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Photo of CBlack85
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mac's Speed Shop-Steele Creek, served in a pint glass

This beer is a very clear orange/light amber color. A fairly dense, tall, off white head recedes slowly, completely coating the glass with sticky lacing.

Overwhelmingly orange zest and grapefruit. Just a huge blast of citrusy hops. Really quite a beautiful aroma. Nearly smells like an IPA. I honestly get no hint of the wheat malt. Quite mouthwatering...

The taste is sweet and bready/bicuity. The initial sip blasts the tastebuds with orange zest, red grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. There is also a small biscuity/bready malt profile. I don't get any of the wheat malt at all in the flavor. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The beer finishes sweet and slightly dry.

This beer really blew me away when I first tried it, and I was pumped to find out that they recently added this to thier year round line up. Great effort by the guys at Lagunitas

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Looks a little light and adjuncty from first impressions; goldish yellow with a pure, white fizzy head. Nice lacing for the duration of consumption though.

S: Big blast of citrus hops and crackers with honey malt. Clean smell is surprisingly deep and complex for a beer of this style. I get lots of floral notes and a fresh baked bread note in there.

T: Pure excitement on the tongue. First comes a wave of citrus & floral hops, followed by a refreshing wheaty, lemony taste. The middle is pure cracker malt and sourdough bread. Finishes like a bouquet of all things mixed together, leaving not a trace of anything bitter behind.

D: Although this is not a style that I frequent, this is definitely the best of its kind that I've had.

Value: You sure get what you pay for with these Lagunitas beers.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, but bright golden-orange color with a 1/4" dense off-white head. Strands, walls, and islands of lacing on the glass. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. A very nice looking beer.

Smell: This is a very hoppy beer - very strong in grapefruit and mango smells, with some pine thrown in for good measure. Very appealing.

Taste: A perfect blend of citrus forward hops, a solid malt middle, and then a pine-like bitter hop finish. I'm not getting any wheat here but this is a well-done beer for something so hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fleeting on the tongue (it's there and then is gone) followed by a good thickness to the beer that lingers but not too long. There is a coating on the tongue and teeth afterwards (probably all that hop oil) but I'm not complaining. Nice.

Drinkability: I noted the higher ABV fairly quickly with this one, but that's because it was so good that I drank it fairly quickly. That being said, this one is dangerous - I want another one but I know I shouldn't it. It's a great beer - went fantastic with a meal (mustard pork-chops and potato gnocchi) and I think it would be good alone also. I can see why so many people have rated this beer highly - it is a very very good beer.

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Photo of a74gent
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a little head that quickly dissipates. The nose is just grapefruitey to me with the slightest bit of tomato sauce acidity (wtf?).

Strange for me to get such hoppiness in this style..almost like they need a new style. Put this one in that category with Gumballhead.

The taste is bitter hops with a mild bit of wheat tossed in. I could not drink more than one of these particularly as it warms.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled on 8/2/10) into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden/copper color with a nice sticky creamy white head. Meduim carbonation level.

Aroma: The hops really shine through with mango and grapefruit. A nice touch of sweet malts in there too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tons of tropical fruit flavor here. Mango, grapefruit, orange, and peaches. Finishes with some light caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is very good with a light creaminess and mild hop bitterness. I really like the balance.

Drinkability: Wow! I really like this one. A very nicely done summer brew. Lots of citrus hop aroma/flavor, mild hop bitterness, and an easy drinking brew for such a high ABV. I will have to be sure to pick this up every summer.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a golden yellow with a creamy white, fluffy, pillow like head that refuses to die. I love this one.

S: Complementing the wheat, the hops add wonderful notes of fresh citrus. This is probably the most hoped up wheat beer in the world.

T: The flavor follow suit, and is exceptionally smooth with the wheat malt. Amazing indeed, this brew drinks like a wheat, with the flavor profile of an APA.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. The drink is boarder line excellent. This is 7.5%? I don't think so.

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Photo of jsh420
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright yellow gold with a small 1/2 finger head (poured it too cold)

smell oh boy i think there might be some hops in this one

taste is all about the hops - juicy citrus/pine
with fruit flavors of mango peach - reminds me of hop stoopid a little

mouthfeel is light crisp refreshing just what a summtime beer should be - and still very good on this cool night

drinkability is good no matter what time of year it is

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Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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

i go back and forth on this brew. the "limited release" gets me going on a bit. (if it really's "limited").

soemetimes it tastes hoppier than others. a little inconsistent (in bottles at least).

but when it's good, it's GOOD.

nb--i had a pint or two at melt bar and grilled in cleveland.

^a whole different animal. EXCELLENT on draft. freakin' outta this world.

bottom line--in bottles i can give this an A- or B+. on draft fresh--a solid A.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice, clear golden color. A one finger white head has pretty good retention. A little bit of lacing here with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Very strong. Lots of floral hops and pine.

T - Very complex. There are some floral hops upfront followed by notes of pine. The thing that gets me is the after taste. It's like biting into a grapefruit. It also has notes of orange, pine and maybe a bit of pineapple. No wheat at all.

T - Light mouthfeel. Very good balance. Good carbonation.

D - Considering the higher ABV for a wheat ale this goes down real easy.

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

On tap at draftingroom exton.

A- comes my way with a small cap of bright white loose foam the settles quickly to few wisp and a light ring. Golden yellow in color.

S- citrus and sweet honey. Big bright tangerines and tart oranges. Hints of cut grass and earth.

T- this is one hopped up pale wheat. Loads of light yet bold citrus and tropical fruits. Fresh wheat and honey.

M- on the lighter of body with a pleasant refreshing carb.

D- this is one killer pale wheat. I can't get enough of it. A great summer day brew for labor day weekend.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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