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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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BA SCORE
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5,375 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5375
Reviews: 1297
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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bohemiandonut

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Held up the line in Whole Foods for 10 minutes in order to buy a single of this beer. Apparently they don't split 6-packs in SD? Tragic.

Anyhow it's been a while since my last Lagunitas, but I have high expectations.

Sumpin' pours neat and clear, classic amber color suggestive of the hoppiness to come. Seafoam head, swirl-worthy with fantastic lace and purely white.

So they're calling this a Wheat Ale... Hmm, definitely not detectable in the nose. Aroma is all hops, on the sour side of IPA, sweeter with warmth, really promising. There's something interesting going on here nose-wise that I can't quite put my finger on yet.

Wonderfully burning on the palate, quite caustic despite the low IBU's. Straight up citrus chunks of bitter with a pleasant bready softness in the mouth. As it warms the alcohol notes are very prominent, but still rather balanced by the bitter hops. I like the dry finish, it feels like this beer just instantly evaporates on your tongue.

Pretty heavy for a "Wheat Ale," but a nice long sippin' hoppy beer. I don't think this beats Maximus or IPA, but another solid entry that would be damn good on draft. Overall, I wish there was a bit more wheat character here. The abv might be nice a tad lower as well. Great choice of hops, but such recipes are getting easier and easier to pull off these days. Glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 06:17:29 | More by bohemiandonut
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear golden copper appearance with a generous puffy white head and heavy lacing.

S. On one sniff I get citrus and pine hops with a funky soapiness. On the next smell I get malt. Pretty inviting aroma if not a bit subtle.

T. I don't get any wheat from this beer but so what - it tastes damn good regardless. The hops provide most of the upfront flavor - grapefruit and a dash of lemon followed by some cracker and then good finishing bitterness.

M. Light bodied with excellent carbonation.

D. In a word - chugable. Crisp, refreshing and light bodied with no hint of alcohol to be found. Is this really 7.3% ABV? Drinks like a 4% - 5% beer. I've gotta grab another 6 pack while the weather is still warm. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:55:28 | More by bound4er
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rmolledo

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly more Copper than gold with a little white head.
nice Lacing.

S: Piney/Citrus hops. wheat malt.

T: like a mixture of orange peels and pine with an alcohol tingle. Spicy complexity possibly by the wheat malt used. toasted malts and floral hop after taste.

MF: very thick and slick for what I'm use to out of an IPA. slight Co2 tingle.

D: A good but very filling IPA. Alot going on flavor wise which is cool. You can tell it is 7.30%.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 22:24:20 | More by rmolledo
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Arbitrator

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2010 vintage. I realize Lagunitas is not a brewery most beer geeks fawn over, but this is one of their more excellent beers, in my opinion.

I picked up a sixer in 2009, another two in 2010, and I'm considering making this a "caser" in 2011. Great stuff.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a generous 2 inches of off-white head. Retention is moderate, retreating over a few minutes into a clumpy film on the brew. Leaves thick register marks down the side of the glass.

S: Citrus, particularly lemon, but there's a slightly tangy component to it that suggests orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. A light dose of spice and some wheat.

T: In my opinion, it's an extremely hoppy version of the American Pale Wheat style, but that caters to my tastes. It starts off with lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple, but wheat kicks in so quickly that the bitterness remains muted and balanced. Wheat pulls through into the finish, where there is a lightly spicy earth and pine hop flavor. I pick up a grainy biscuit taste, as well.

M: Light-medium body. Carbonation is high and crisp. Very refreshing. It's an extremely hoppy wheat beer, but it doesn't feel nuts at all. It's not very dry. Good balance.

D: I'm impressed, somewhat despite myself. Not a style I follow, and I generally stick to Lagunitas' strong ales. They did a great job with this one. It costs more than their IPA around here, but I'm willing to pay that. Please, sir, may I have some more?

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 05:01:08 | More by Arbitrator
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: A riot of hops, lemons, grassyness & pineyness, plus leafy hops too

T: Grapefruit, breadyness, a touch of honey & dryness up front. Leafy hops & grapefruit as this warms, pineapple, pear & slight grainy bread sweetness with a touch of honey too. Finishes slightly juicy, with leafy hops, a little bit of honey sweetness & pineapple as well

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, superb balance

Drinks great, easily the best American Wheat beer I've had, I believe, maybe off style a tad, but I don't care. This goes on the MUST buy list for Summer & Fall!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 03:08:26 | More by russpowell
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW!!! What a great find. Pours a dark straw color. Lots of bubbles and carbonation. Great aroma of Greapefruit but also ripe peaches and wheat. This is one of those beers that has combined two great styles into one. It has the nice little kick of hops from an IPA with the smooth thirst quenching hit of a wheat ale. Its like biting into a fresh piece of juicy fruit and grapefruit all at the same time!!! This is an outstanding example of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 00:20:24 | More by Liverpool08
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice yellow/straw color with a fluffy 1 finger head that rapidly dissappears with barely any lacing on the glass.

S - Nice citrus notes. Great typical hoppy aromas.

T - Finally a taste that is practicly identical to the nose. No loss here, just nice hops and piney resin.

M - Really solid carbonation, what you would hope to find with this style.

D - Thanks to the carbonation that hoppy/bitter aspects dont linger, which in this beer is a good thing as it leaves you wanting more. Alcohol is nicely masked. I had bought the last bottle, really wishing I had another.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 05:16:37 | More by rudzud
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cbak999

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was the over the top hop aroma. As soon as you pop the top, it hits you...that wonderful smell...

A - Pours into my Sam Adams special glass a crisp, yellow color. A nice white head, about 1/3 of an inch tops the beer.

S - HOPS! The smell is amazing! Piney and citrusy.

T - A bit sweet, but a real hop forward wheat IPA. I really like the taste of this as it's very close to several wheat IPAs that I have homebrewed.

M - Perfect carbonation...many CO2 bubbles rise to the top of the beer and this makes it sit very well in the mouth.

D - This is a great summer time IPA. Super smooth and nice bitterness. This is a favorite of mine and I am glad to hear that it's now been upgraded to a year round release. I will definitely be purchasing many sixers of this wonderful ale going forward!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:28:26 | More by cbak999
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dubinsky

California

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice clear yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappeared and barely left any lacing.

S:Tons of piney hops and pine resin blast my nose. Just taking a wiff from the bottle i knew this was going to be awesome.

T: This beer really reminds me of the first sip i had of Pliny. I was in awe of the smell and taste and this sort of takes me back in time. Piney hops resonate with the first sip. Not much malt presence to speak of. I love it.

M: Light carbonation, but that leaves a very smooth finish on the tongue. The bitterness lingers a bit but quickly dissipates, leaving you yearning for more

D: I could drink this very often, and dare i say at less than $2/bottle i can see this replacing a greater known beer. I dont know if its sessionable since its rather high in alcohol, but i can easily sip this on a warm day and let it get away from me. I will definitely buy this again, especially since they are threatening this as a limited release. BOOO!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 22:24:30 | More by dubinsky
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Lerxst

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear amber with a one finger off white head that fades quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

S-Sweet, earthy malt hits first, Citrus and Floral hops follow and become most prominent.

T-Follows the nose with slightly sweet malt, citrus and floral hops with just a touch of spice of some kind.

M-Medium body, slightly creamy and oily with a crisp carb bite.

D-Very drinkable. More than one is certainly possible.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 16:58:53 | More by Lerxst
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange color with a small white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S: A lot of citrus hops hit the nose. There is a little amount of citrus but the pine is the most prevalent.

T: The citrus hops hits the palate first and foremost. In the middle, there is a slight amount of caramel/bready malt but finishes strong with more citrus hops.

M: Leaves a bitter citrus hop residue on the palate.

D: As someone who enjoys citrus hops, this one was a great beer. I would and could certainly have multiple in a sitting despite the 7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 15:55:07 | More by IronCitySteve
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rwf08

Texas

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

A: Dark golden straw color. Thin white head with some lacing.

S: Lots of fresh hop aroma. Mostly pine but citrus in there too. Sweet wheat in the back.

T: Good sweet wheaty malty taste with piney hops mixed in. Is nommers a flavor description?

M: It is on the fuller side with carbonation that keeps it light enough to be refreshing.

D: Easy to drink and delicious. Not my first choice for a summer beer but it is damn good. I wish this wasn't my last bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 03:52:49 | More by rwf08
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, its color is golden yellow with a small film of bubbles resting on top of the liquid. A rim of bubbles lines the sides and leaves the slightest lacing residue.

A flower like aroma is the prominent smell with a touch of skunky hops. An essence of lemon and pine exist within the hops with a crisp scent.

The beginning of the taste is mildly malty where the only resemblance of wheat exists. The rest of the sip reminds me of an IPA. Lemon, flowery-pine hops lend a crisp light balance to the malt profile. This is pretty darn good.

Light to medium in the mouth, this doesn't hold the weight a typical 7% brew has.

Very drinkable, in fact I would like another after this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 22:21:19 | More by TCgoalie
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alcurtsinger

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a tulip

A. Light copper. A little lighter colored than a normal IPA. The head recedes fairly fast and almost no lacing.

S. Very piny and some fruit notes. A little citrusy.

T. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, hops, a little sweet and a little malt.

M. Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied.

D. Very drinkable, I could drink these all day and I plan to.

Notes: This beer is fantastic, it has the lightness and crispness of a wheat, but the flavor profile of an IPA. Pick this limited release up.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 17:06:40 | More by alcurtsinger
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dasenebler

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, light golden hue with a nice head, and even better lacing.

Aroma is incredibly floral, full of sweet hop nectar.

Lightly bitter, with a big juicy hop punch. More tropical and fruity than the aroma. The half-wheat malt bill provides a lot of unoffensive fermentability, and adds lot of smoothness to the mouthfeel. There's a bready base, but nothing more than that in terms of malt flavor. Lightly creamy mouthfeel, with ideal medium-low carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable and refreshing hoppy ales I've ever had.

This beer has fifty percent wheat in the malt bill, but it's dry hopped like an IPA. This is a beer designed to let the hops shine through, and it does so beautifully. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 03:40:47 | More by dasenebler
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a nice clear bright orange with a dense white head. Loads of bubbles stick to the glass, great head retention

S: loads of aromatic piney hops up front, some sweet and earthy malts, this has a similar malt profile of some other Lagunita's brews (i.e. IPA, Maximus, Censored) paired with a strong aromatic hop profile.

T: the front features hops with a lot of bitterness, this is then taken over by some earthiness and a dash of spice. Not picking up many wheat flavors.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this one drinks nice for a 7.4 % wheat beer. It comes off much more as an IPA than a pale wheat, but it is tasty either way.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 22:54:31 | More by homebrew311
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nickhiller

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this out of a tulip. Lagunitas always impresses so I figured I'd give this one a try...

A: pours yellow-orange, some lacing and minimal head

S: California hops through and through

T: grapefruit, pine, hops on the front, sweet malt on the back end, maple syrup. Bitter finish that doesn't linger too long, hops and sweet stay with you

M: thick, decently carbonated, alcohol is well masked considering the high abv

D: I'm bored by this, no suggestion of the wheat. Though it's very drinkable like all of Lagunitas' beers, if I were to have to blind taste test this against another hoppy Lagunitas beer I'm not sure that I could tell the difference. It's pretty much just like any other strong IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 22:20:42 | More by nickhiller
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billshmeinke

California

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

Poured into a nonic.

Clear golden body with an inch of frothy white foam on top from a hard pour. Head dies down to a somewhat bubbly cap of foam on top. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of honey and bread malts. Some fruity notes and citrusy hops.

Cereal, wheat bread and honey malts. Some fruity yeast notes that quickly give way to piney and citrusy hops that add a nice balance at the back end. Lasting bitter finish.

Clean, medium bodied, creamy and assertive carbonation.

An easy drinker indeed. Pretty IPA like for an American pale wheat ale, but I still dig it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 22:13:01 | More by billshmeinke
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Somewhere in between wheat yellow and burnt amber.The liquid is very slightly hazy. The head is fluffy, pretty, and retains quite well. This beer has textbook lacing. Overall quite attractive.

S-Smell is better than expected. Surprisingly stiff hop aroma. Tropical fruits and a well integrated malt. Smells like an American IPA

T-Such a brilliant taste. Exceeded expectations. Very happy with this brew. Delicious light malty side is overpowered by the hoppy explosion. Very very tasty. Juicy tropical fruit flavors are stressed on the palate. Light spicy flavor rounds out the taste.

M-Well carbonated. Light bodied. Surprised by the hop factor. Seems too light to pack such flavor. The brew is not overly bitter but the tropic taste sticks and clings to your tongue.

D-Drinks like a dream. The surprisingly high ABV is hidden masterfully. This is supposedly a wheat ale? More like a sassy IPA. Love it. I think, and have had agreeing conversations with peers that this beer is great for both the beer-pros and the newbies. If this was presented to me before I began to experiment with craft beer, this would have absolutely changed my life.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 02:51:20 | More by VelvetExtract
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billab914

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale amber color with a white bubbly head filling the rest of the glass. The head faded fairly quickly but clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a juicy, tropical hop presence to it. It has some notes of pineapple, mango, and peach to it . Just a hint of wheat seems to come through.

The taste also shows a lot of tropical hoppy flavors. Peach seems to be the most pronounced with some pineapple and grapefruit coming through as well. A little bready malt provides a base for all the hoppyness. Some bitterness comes through in the finish balancing out the sweet hoppiness that showed up front. I love tropical hop flavors like this one, and this one is very well done.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is very good, I loved the tropical citrus flavors the hops had. Excellent beer overall and one of my new summer favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 23:29:47 | More by billab914
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berpwillie

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slight hazy copper color with spare head, spare lacing, and lively carb. fruity grapfruit smell, taste is much the same, very crisp and piney as well. light body, average flavor duration, and a slightly bitter finish. very crisp and refreshing. seems like a lot of lagunitas beers have a something very similar to them, and this one was no different,but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 15:23:16 | More by berpwillie
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not as expected at all. Poured pure yellow with a white foamy head. Expected darker or hazier

S - Mostly hops but small bit of wheat a pislner malt sort of smell. Ok hope it's hoppy.

T - Well it met my exceptions as being a pretty hoppy brew but with a name like Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale I expected more than little flavor. Mostly taste like orange rinds and pine with no real citrus or grapefruit undertones.

M - Light to medium bodied. Drinkable.

D - Well I love Lagunitas but it seems only for their big beers. Their IPA doesn't seem hopped enough and this was just a hopped up pale ale. Pretty bland yet still love the company.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 04:07:27 | More by DrDemento456
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david131

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy light orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head.

S- Oranges, peaches, grass, and strawberries. Not super aromatic, but it is enjoyable.

T- Oranges, grass, fruit, and a touch of alcohol.

M- Bitter and dry with a creamy amount of carbonation.

D- A very well made beer and drinks rather nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:42:17 | More by david131
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bridgetowhophead

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saw this beer was gettin a lot of hype on BA, some people calling it the #1 summer beer of 2010, so I went ahead and bought a sixer. First bottle:

A: Into a pint glass, massive head immediately develops--I had to slow down just to keep it in the glass. 1/2 cap has great retention and produces massive lacing. Beautiful golden sparkly color is exactly what I look for in a summer beer.

S: Wheat, hops, pale malt. The mix of citrus and grassy hops complements the wheat smells very nicely.

T&M: Exceptionally smooth and refreshing taste. Begins with peppery hops, middle is lots of wheat and a strong malt body, finish is all citrusy hoppage. I love a beer that can up the IBUs without drowning out the malt, and this beer does it perfectly. Only downside is the feel, which as suggested by the pour is highly carbonated and takes away from the taste a little, but makes it even more refreshing and drinkable.

D: Dangerously high. If I had discovered this masterpiece sooner slash if it had come to Portland sooner it would've been my summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:59:04 | More by bridgetowhophead
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tfield

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass

A - Bright gold, with a finger or so head. Decent lacing.

S - Tropical fruits (my wife swears its mango) with some spicy hops scent as well.

T - Peppery hops surrounded by grapefruit and citrus flavors. Not much malt to balance, the the hops flavor stands alone just fine.

M - light, well-carbonated, crisp and clean.

D - I could down a few of these easily. Easy to drink and enjoy with just about any meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 23:14:45 | More by tfield
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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