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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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5,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 5346
Reviews: 1294
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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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Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft- Providence coal Fire.

Appearance- golden robust, great lacing.

Aroma- citrus bombshell.

Taste- light pine with almost grapefruit quality, nice acidity some mineral grass notes.

Comments- Fu@?#%g Great!! Hands down the Number 1 IPA of all time. Can't get enough of that beauty. Lil Sumpin pairs so well with a vindaloo curry any night of the week. "It's a home run!" The guy at Providence beverage they call Dennis.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 05:04:57 | More by Seadog20000
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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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


Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 17:58:52 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Murphy's
Comes to the table a slightly cloudy light golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of citrus grapefruit and lemon with bits of bread and spice. The flavor follows quite well a citrus hoppy ale with a bit of bready malt and spicy wheat. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick almost bubbly mouthfeel. Pretty damn good for a hoppy wheat beer, thanks Todd for suggesting it, I wouldn't have ordered it on my own.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2013 22:58:36 | More by johnnnniee
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a mason jar looking mug from the brewer.

A: dark golden with a thin white head.

S: hops and alcohol

T: good amount of bitterness. Mostly just taste the hops.

M: crisp but not too crisp. Goes down smooth. Good beer to drink at the sports bar.

O: decent ipa. I would order again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 17:49:50 | More by LordBeardman
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New York

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at High Dive in Park Slope.

A - Pours a lively gold with tons if bubbles rising in the glass. Average head that seemed to last.

S - Overall citrus (probably grapefruit) and a bit of grass perhaps. A very light aroma.

T - Amazing. Ripe fruits up front that give way to a roasted malt flavor. The wheat flavor is subtle.

M - 7.5% ABV is hidden quite nicely as I put away a few too many of these without realizing it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 17:54:47 | More by WheelsPSU
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delightful, fun beer. And the only wheat beer I have every truly loved. I'm normally an IPA drinker, and as a rule tend to avoid wheat beers. The first time I tried Little Sumpin' I did a double-take. It's a wonderfully flavorful blend of orange, lemon, various spices, with a hint of pineapple. There is an unmistakable hoppiness complemented by a layered, citrusy aroma. Don't be put off by the description of the "fruity" character of this beer - it's complex, a bit malty, with just the right degree of bitterness.

(It should be added that I had a bottle of Little Sumpin' recently and it was not nearly as good as the on tap version.)

Overall, a wheat beer for IPA drinkers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 12:40:30 | More by Isoruku
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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is gaining popularity in Chicago for many reasons (Lagunitas opening their facility in the city, good distribution and great marketing) but the main reason it's owning the casual beer scene here is BECAUSE IT RULES.

Not to bring popularity into the discussion, that's not important. But this beer is gaining notoriety and I am a regular consumer of this when at pubs and restaurants.

This beer smells, feels, looks amazing. It tastes better than all that.

It has the appearance that any pale what ale SHOULD have. A nice orange-peel look to it. A beauty in a pint glass, even if it's a shit bartender pouring it.

Good citrus aroma before plunging into a smorgasbord of flavors ending in a dry finish.

I'd recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 14:52:16 | More by EmpireStrikesBock
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New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color of an orange peel, and the clarity of a clean glass. The head was a two-finger snowy white cream puff.

Smell: Sinus-clearing American hops made me wonder if this was really an American IPA. The hop smell, while surprising, was simply delightful. Pine, citrus, and cool mint. As much as I tried, I couldn't get a read on the malt bill. Some lovely tropical esters opened up, however, as the beer warmed.

Taste: The hops stung like a bee, but it hurt so good. The high bitterness lasted well into the finish, but was sweetly balanced by honey drizzled pineapple and a breeze of breach malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium light mouthfeel with a highly carbonated bite. Zing! The bitterness gave this a dry finish.

Overall: Quite powerful for a pale ale, particularly one with wheat, I should think! But the sweet secondary flavors made this something special, and the hops were zany and enjoyable. Too much going on for this to be a sessionable beer, but definitely something one ought to try! Can't give this more than a 4 overall, simply because I felt it was more of an IPA than an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 13:18:58 | More by BethanyB
Photo of Bernardkowalski

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 00:55:13 | More by Bernardkowalski
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New York

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours in a light, slightly hazy yellow straw color.

The aroma has grapefruit, some wheat, orange.

The flavor has a big juicy orange, melon, and grapefruit flavor. The beer has a wonderful sweet wheaty and malty middle. The finish is a bit of a bitter dry finish.

I would call this an IPA like Flower Power instead of a wheaty pale ale. It doesn't have the pop that some West Coast IPAs have because of the wheat and malt. I like the balance of this beer. I would recommend it for people trying to get into IPAs because of the good smooth bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 03:40:21 | More by dar482
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar

A- A light copper/dark amber color. not much head retention, but decent amount of lacing. White frothy foam.

S- Very grassy and piney, with subtle amounts of grapefruit and tangerine.

T- The initial taste is of sweet tangerine and grapefruit. There's some honey in there as well and this all ends with some bitterly pine notes.

M- Very light, but very carbonated and sticky. Still easy to go down as it has a light body.

O- Can't believe this is my first time trying this beer. Sweet and sticky with just a decent amount of hops. This is so drinkable, I think I'll be having more of this very soon in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 14:26:50 | More by Efay
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light straw gold, great lacing.

S- floral bitterness, citrus hops, pine needles.

T- piney hop bitterness, green apple, plenty of bitter character and shows increasing complexity.

M- light body, drinks light for the ABV, prickly carbonation. Highly refreshing and really drinkable.

One of the Lagunitas' better beers, really enjoyed it, crisp and bitter and remains really pleasant and interesting. Lots of nice hop intensity, clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 19:19:48 | More by mick303
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Pequod's Pizza, Chicago, IL, into a pint glass

Pours like pretty much every good wheat does: hazy with a solid amount of white rocky head. Not much to say. It looks good.

The aroma is pretty fantastic for the style. This is only because of the hops. Vibrant, fresh, juicy hops. Nothing unusual here. Just the standard IPA aromas of grapefruit and pine and orange. A bit of tropicality (but not to the degree of, say, Boulevard 80-Acre).

This is a wheat IPA, even moreso than Gumballhead is. It's bursting with juicy hop flavor. But you can still taste the wheat backbone. The slight lemon quality from the wheat is accentuated by the citrus components from the hops. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is a tad slicker than most American Pale Wheat Ales, which tend to be pretty effervescent. This is due to all of the hop oils, no doubt. Still refreshing though. Overall this is about as good a beer as the pale wheat style can be.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 20:21:21 | More by Reaper16
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at Wild Monk. Served in a Stone IPA shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice one finger height of pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap and collar that leaves some nice sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Juicy citrus on the nose. some candied orange and definite tangerine. Sweet wheaty malts are present on the back end as well.

T: Nicely hopped just like the nose. Burst of citrus fruits and tree fruits with a little bit of lingering herbal bitterness to give it another depth of flavor. There is a nice cracked wheat and sweet malt body to the beer as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium high carbonation level. The finish is creamy and sweet with a tinge of bitterness.

O: I'm very impressed by this beer. Great citrus hop presence with a sweet malt and wheat body. I will definitely revisit in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 14:00:14 | More by Treebs
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 2012 Autumn Brew Review, from notes.

Pour was slightly hazy, orange, with a billowing white foam head and lots of lace.

Smell was ripe citrus fruit. Grapefruit and oranges, and pine. Hints of wheat and pale malt. Taste is very similar to nose. Loads of ripe citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple along with wheat, cracker and even a little bite of pine resin. Medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation. Very juicy. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 20:21:46 | More by JackieTH
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a toasted straw color. Unlike your typical “wheat beer” this has a gobsmack of hops. There’s a light aroma with some floral notes… and Lagunitas’ trademark hop aroma. Flavor is smooth, light, with a bit of a funk—and some generous hopping hiding behind this. It’s strong but hides it well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 08:20:55 | More by elNopalero
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper pour that is cloudy. White foam holds the top of the glass, and then laces the glass.

S - Floral smell of hops. Has a perfume-like fregrance. Sweet smell of fruit is there as well. Fresh grain aroma is noted.

T - Mild citrus notes in first sip. Medley of aromantic hops give a mild bitter bite. The finish has more of a berry sweetness.

M - While the blend of hops is nice, unlike a traditional IPA this seemed a bit more tedious as the glass was comsumed. I wouldn't call this sessionable. One was enough.

O - A wheat ale that has enough hoppy bite to keep the IPA lover's attention. I'd have this one with some BBQ, which I did when I tried it. Smoky mesquite and this are made for each other.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 23:17:55 | More by socon67
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stand-out among the American Wheat beers. Really strong hop presence, a little pine and a little resin on the nose. Very crisp feel, bubbly & definitely a little bitter but goes down pretty easy. It's a little strong to be a perfect summer sipper, but it is an excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 20:28:01 | More by TheRealBigC
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: this beer pours a slightly darker gold color, not much bubbles off the body. White head though is thick, about a full inch..real nice.

Smell: light grapefruit and but f'n strong hops, very potent and pleasant that you just keep going sniff after sniff.

Taste: Bitter with a hit of grapefruit that blows your tongue away. It is bitter but a light piney feel that helps it go down that much better

Mouth: medium to heavy most definitely. Not the easiest to drink but the real beer advocates will not say no.

Overall: very good and no complaints on my end. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 00:38:23 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 22:06:37 | More by srv33
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have order this beer twice at a local drinking establishment. I originally picked this beer based upon the name and the brewery, and I was pleasantly awarded for my prejudice. I had never had a beer like this before. It is a refreshing wheat beer along with having the complex flavor profile of the IPA style that I have grown to adore. I cannot get too far into the ASTM profile, but I can say it ranked pretty well in all of them. In the summer, if I were not in the mood for intense maltiness, I would be sure to go with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 13:44:00 | More by omokoro
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Rustico in Arlington.

The beer is golden hued and pretty clear. The white head is about a quarter inch thick, leaving ample lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice, gaining strength as the beer is allowed to warm. Hops, citrus (particularly grapefruit) are the primary scents. The flavor takes things up a notch. Wow, what a delicious beer. Hop forward with ample contributions from citrus fruit. Easy to drink like juice. Minimal malt body and alcohol presence. Nice feel. I will be returning to this beer often. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 20:16:01 | More by Huhzubendah
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West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass on tap

A - Clear golden-amber with one finger off white head with moderate lacing

S - Very hoppy citrus orange and lemon scent with pine cones and big wheat smells throughout.

T - Great tasty wheat body with sweet citrus hops. Pretty sweet, but nice balance overall

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

O - One of the best beers at lagunitas and one of my favorite hoppy wheat beers

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 16:38:43 | More by williamjbauer
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I put this beer off for years and now I regret it. Local shop had it on tap and I had to try it. WOW!!
Appearance is light orange with a thin white head.
Smell is awesome and full of fruits and floral scents.
Taste is similar to nugget nectar yet smoother to the tongue.
Overall this is an incredible beer worth every bit of the ratings it gets. Very smooth and full of flavor, the only negative I give it if I have to is a little bit to watery on mouthfeel. Otherwise this is a new favorite of mine.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 22:29:00 | More by ironbike1
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't get as geeked out about this beer as some friends of mine, but it is pretty good.

Pours a hazy orange with a thick and creamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and some subtle pine.

Taste is very hop forward. Mostly grapefruit citrus, with some pine undertones. Nice hoppy beer from start to finish. Solid malt backbone.

Nice beer. I enjoy most of Lagunitas' beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 02:49:03 | More by osusullins
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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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