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 gkunkle
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Apex in portland out of a standard pint glass. It is a transparent golden orange color with visible carbonation and a one finger white head. Smell is very hoppy, with floral and grapefruit notes. As far as smell goes it doesn't share many attributes with a standard wheat ale, it smells more like an APA or an IPA. The taste has a little more wheat in it, but the emphasis is still on the hops not the wheat. Mouthfeel is good, very crisp and refreshing. Overall this beer is similar to gumballhead, but i think I like gumballhead better. I am not sure how I feel about this being a "wheat beer" as there isn't a lot of wheat in the taste. If you want a wheat beer then go for an american knock off of a hefeweizen, but if you are looking for an APA or IPA that has a touch of wheat in it then this is what you are looking for.

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

A: Pours a slightly-hazed golden orange with a nice white head. Small bubbles work their way to the top all the way to the last swallow.
S: Smells very nice. Heaps of citrus hops with bit of fresh wheat.
T: Lots of spicy citrus hops and a little bit of pine or spruce character. The wheat seems to contribute a bit more to the mouthfeel.
M: Light and re-freshing. Sweet start, dry finish.
D: An absolutely fantastic beer, may be considered a summer beer but due to it's spicy nature it works for the winter also. Real beer lovers use hops as mistle toe anyway.

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

The first thing that grabbed my attention was the clean, floral, citrus smell. From the first whiff I knew this was going to be good. It smelled how a fresh IPA should smell with a little extra sweetness in the nose.

The color is a light amber with about a half inch head. Really nice lacing also.

The flavor was all I was hoping for and more! It has a smooth citrusy flavor with a nice hoppy bite. On the back end is a "Little Sumpin' Sumpin'" that I would describe as an orangey sweetness.


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Photo of Long813
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Premier Wine & Spirits
Dated: NA

A: Clear orange body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Decent retention and great lacing.

S: Huge citrus notes, very pleasing. Some floral notes and wheat.

T: Pleasing citrus flavour with a little sourness. Also has a little spice to it.

M: Light bodied and medium high amount of carbonation. Mild bitterness, not much else to note.

D: Pleasing brew and def worth the buy.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd better review this appearance before any more of the beer disappears. I've only gone in for a few sips but already the glass looks half-empty (and I'm usually optimistic about that kind of thing but this is my last bottle!) Its body is clear, marked only by the odd bubble that passes by, but its deeper than normal gold colour seems to correspond to the higher alcohol content. Its head, meanwhile, manages to stay afloat.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is a lot of sumpin' great: Hops. Zestful, brilliant and unabashed American hops. This smell of tropical citrus, grassy herbals, floral distillate and resinous pine has become as definitively American as muscle cars, baseball or apple pie. And, like the latter, it is loud, long and has a deliciously enticing scent that is dam near irresistible.

I won't say the extra alcohol isn't noted - it's rather like a nasty scar across someone's forehead. But chicks dig scars. And men are intimidated by them. It doesn't serve so much as a turn-off as it does mark of curiosity, something that gives the impression of bad-assery, fearlessness and big, brassy balls. Like that guy with the scar you assume this beer is capable of kicking some serious ass, and you're happy to have it on your side.

Trust me: there's definitely nothing little about this Sumpin' Sumpin'. Unless it's called that because it has a little sumpin' of every possible hop-derived flavour: grapefruit rind, orange peel, lemon zest, pine serum and flower petals. Apart from a smidgen of sweet biscuit, there isn't much malt-based taste to balance it out, but who cares? Frankly, I'm happier with the crushing acidity and colourful fruitiness of the hops. And that spicy mintiness.

Some beers are flavourful enough to sip contemplatively over the course of an entire evening. Others are delicious enough to want to chug in one giant gulp. As Lagunitas says: "life is uncertain. Don't sip". Guys, trust me, you don't have to tell me twice; with a beer like this that's all too easy to do. Hell, this bottle's been done for a while now!

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Photo of Duff27
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One-fingered white head on top of a mid-golden/light-amber bier. Steady stream of carb bubbles rising to the surface. Little lacing.

S- Smelled this beer immediately after prying the first half of the cap off. Citrus hops reminiscent of Sculpin if my past-beer adventure memory serves me correctly. Wonderful.

T- Sweet then bitter. More citrus and hops. Dash of spice and honey thrown in there.

M- Nearly flawless I'd have to say. Crisp carb bite.

D/O- Wow, for a 7.5%abv beer one could almost make this a 6 pack night, wrecked palate and all. Alcohol presence is virtually non-recognizable...damn tasty. Wow, didn't think I'd like anything in this style more than Gumballhead but alas..here it is.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very lightly cloudy, bright golden color with a nice head. Great retention. Smells amazing...aromas of apricots, tropical fruits, very juicy, citrusy hops, yeast, lemon, bubblegum, ...outstanding!

Taste is very hop-forward, more citrus hops, tropical notes, finishes with an aspirin like astringency. Very crisp and refreshing. You just want to keep going for more and more but have to calm yourself due to the 7.5% ABV. Phenomenal beer.

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Photo of gameface23
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Apricot in color with a nice fluffy head.

S: Maybe it was too cold, but it was a little lackluster. I was expecting more from ~65 IBU's.

T: AWESOME! Tropical fruits intertwine with malt sweetness. There is certainly bitterness, but it is integrated beautifully into the overall experience.

M: Silky, creamy medium-full bodied. I really like the mouthfeel on Lagunitas beers. They could take this beer to 120 IBU's and it would still be a pleasure to drink.

D: I am definitely going to make this a regular.

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Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Beautifully clear. Apricot in color with nice white head.

S: Nice aroma. Clean hops strong grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Sweet with notes of pineapple. There is almost a honey type of aroma in it.

T: Clean bitterness, huge citrus, a hint of pine resin. And the finish is exceptionally clean. It seems to disappear leaving only a road runner style cloud of bitterness.

M: Medium in body, pretty dry. carbonation is a tad high for me, but I think it works.

D: Delicious. Just a good beer overall.

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Photo of pants678
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold into an English pint. A white puffy, creamy white head that dissipates quick.

Smell of sweet coriander and wheet, orange too. Real pungent toward the end.

Semi-spicy but mostly sweet, kinda bitter and pretty subtle, very wheaty but pleasntly hoppy. The orange and citrus mixes well with pine under the honey wheat. Citric character can go overboard into acidic. Far from boring.

Could drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Estocker
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Whoa! This is a wheat beer?

S: Smells great. Compares to the "little Sumpin Wild" but without the yeast note. A little bit of orange, a little citrus, something sweet.

T: Surprisingly good, although Lagunitas hasn't disappointed me yet. Tastes like a wheat beer that had a nice load of hops dumped into it, and of course some alcohol to bring those flavors out. Has a great, sweet, citrusy taste that is backed by a nice dry flavor that only a wheat beer could provide.

This gave me the illusion of being really drinkable until I had four of them... I made the mistake of checking the ABV afterwards. Fun night.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Aggressive pour yields a nice big fluffy three-finger white head. Clear yellow color with nice lacing.

Aroma of oranges, and a bready, earthy-type wheat aroma. Prominent is the orange/citrus aroma.

Nice bitter hop flavor with just enough sweet citrus to balance. Not your typical wheat ale. This one is strong on the hop side.

For a wheat ale, it has a little too bitter aftertaste, but since I'm a hop lover, I approve. Easy to enjoy and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Cresant
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Samuel Adams glass. No date. Lightly hazy body of apricot color. The moderate head left licks of lacing.

The smell was fantastic, juicy satsuma oranges. Bready and spicy. Floral and some sourness.

The taste was also of sweet oranges. Lingering bitterness. There was a subtle, smooth wheat flavor with a more assertive husky hops brightness in the finish. Well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium in density with adequate carbonation. This was a unique American Wheat/IPA hybrid.

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

Firstly im stoked to be able drink this big cheers to Adam to making it happen,it pours a nice vibrant orange hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a one finger head of smog across the top and average lacing,the smell is distinctly pine needle hops,bubblegum and sweet golden wheat,it has a nice medium bodied lively carbonated mouthfeel which feels really refreshing and has tastes of orange zest,piney hops and finishes with a lemon,lime golden wheat hit which is quite dry and makes you want another sip straight away,overall i cannot really say anything bad about this brew apart from the fact its not a regular on our shores and i cant wait to try the rest of their lineup ive got waiting.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color on this beer, orange golden color. Disappointing otherwise, not much head at all, very spotty if any lacing. Aroma is citrusy, lemon, and grassy vegatile notes. Also very light aroma of grapefruit. Taste is pretty fruity, with some sweetness, bitterness from the hops. Not all too complex. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer drinks well, it tastes sessionable. Overall I liked this beer more when I first tried it on tap. Perhaps just an older bottle?

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Photo of cratez
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle from Wolverine Market in Port Huron, MI.

Pours a golden amber hue with one finger of bubbly, off-white foam and sporadic dots of lace on the Duvel glass.

Smell is pineapple, tropical fruit, bubblegum, mandarin oranges, yeast esters, mango, and sugary malt.

Taste is wheat malt, peach juice, nectarine, banana smoothie, lemon, and citrusy hops with a strong and enjoyable bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, fuller than medium, resinous body, quick snap from the hops with a juicy finish and lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Wow, I could drink this all day. Easy to see why Sumpin' is ranked as the #2 APWA, as this compares quite favourably to Gumballhead. A fantastic example of the style and one of my top-rated beers.

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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles. Thin, semi-sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear body, golden in color. Melodic upward carbonation.
S) Floral, citrus POW! Sweet tangerine. Mellow caramel.
T) Floral and grassy. Subtle citrus sweetness meshed with some malty tones. The malt seems to be subverted by the floral notes of the hops (not a bad thing), but holds steady until the finish.
M) Crisp and fizzy upfront, then mellows and smooths out toward the finish. Dry with a slight tannin feel in the finish, but fairly clean. Medium body.
D) A nice brew - I don't think I would classify it as a pale wheat ale, seems more like a Pale Ale to IPA. I'd drink another.

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

A - Nice yellow with an orange tint. Slightly hazy with a few carbonation bubbles. Frothy white head that sticks around very well.

S - Right straight, i'm getting a citrus pineapple like smell. Not very floral, but I do get a floral rose-like smell as well. In the background is a very faint yeasty bread like smell.

T - Wow!
Very tame and incredibly well balanced. A very light hop bitterness with the citrus sweet taste completely melded together. I'm actually quite amazed. It tastes a lot like grapefruit juice.

M - Light to Medium; Carbonation is not too high and the flavor shoots down like water after you swallow.

D - This is where the beer hits it's 5.0
Not only is the drinkability right there with any session beer, but this is one dangerous brew. Careful when drinking because with it's 7.5% abv, it'll certainly knock you down.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with medium tan frothy head with good retention and lacing. Citrus aroma. Crisp sweetness with light citrus hop bittering and a splash of spice and wheat. Moderate carbonation and even mouthfeel.

Seemingly yet another variation of their IPA. Still a good beer you can't go wrong with.

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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 TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Miller Lite shaker pint glass at The Barley House.

Who doesn't love gettin' themselves a little sumpin' sumpin', eh? This potential entendre pours a cloudy straw topped by two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises grapefruit, melon, light onion, flowers and light caramel. The taste is more of the same, with some light clove, pepper, nutmeg thrown in for good measure. The body is medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' brew, something that I'm upset I took so long to try.

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Photo of rand
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass

A: Pours a light yellow-orange with a small head and little lacing. Seems like there's plenty of carbonation, while appearing light in body and complexion.

S: Lemon-citrus meets the nose with earthy tea tones and notes of honey. Very little alcohol.

T: Wet earthy hops combine with tea notes in the front of the sip. Tones of honey bread balance things out, with little alcohol to speak of. The taste squares with the nose except for a dash of lemon pepper. Finishes light and sweet.

Mouthfeel/drinkability/notes: I probably wouldn't have guessed that this was a wheat ale if it didn't say so on the bottle, but there's something about added wheat that always lightens things up. 7.5% is a fairly high ABV for a wheat, but it doesn't make this any harder to throw back. Not to mention everything is completely balanced. Quite refreshing...I was surprised how much I liked this given it's not my go-to style.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass on tap at The Barley House in Algonquin, IL

This beer pours a hazy orange color with decent lacing from the frothy white foam head. The smell is of lots of hops, particularly the pine and lemon aroma derived from the hops used. The taste is honestly not nearly as hoppy as I had expected, and as a matter of fact that was a good surprise. There's not a hell of a lot to the taste, but the main components are citrus (lemony) and hints of banana. It feels really nice on the tongue and is one of the better drinking beers I know.

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Photo of shand
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a golden, fairly translucent color with a fingers worth of head, that retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Smells of citrus and hops (primarily grapefruit and lime) with a touch of wheat and floral aspects. Smells super good.

Taste: This is a perfect tasting beer. Grapefruit and hops hit the forefront - these are incredibly complex hops and tend to taste just a bit different every sip. There's some lime, wheat, and bready malts hanging out to finish this out. This beer just tastes exceptional. A perfect taste for sure.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated, and dare I say, refreshing. Especially for such a hop-forward brew.

Drinkability: Wait, wait, hold on. This is 7.5% ABV? No way. This goes down so easily without any hint of alcohol. You can try to session it, although it'll get you pretty sloshed.

I love, love, love this beer. I wrote Lagunitas a few months ago begging them to keep this a year-round brew, and a few months later they announced that it would indeed be year round. This says something about it. A hoppy, complex brew that's incredibly drinkable and hides its ABV dangerously well. What's not to love?

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

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale 7.3% abv
Growler fill from tap at BierKraft. Poured into shaker, Super aroma of hops and citrus when poured. Very bubbly large white head, head glued it self to the sides of the glass and is long lasting. I've just poured my third glass and this is quite drinkable. Each pour the head gets larger and more sticky. Slightly cloudy golden color. Smooth mouthfeel, light and bitter on the tongue. Taste great, nice smooth drinkable and wheat pale ale. Mostly pale ale with some wheat.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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