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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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7,247 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 7,247
Reviews: 1,402
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 281
Gots: 1,196 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. Surprising light colour for a hopped up beer. The hop aroma is certainly there. Good lace. Taste of moderate grapefuit. Big mouthfeel. Served too cold, a rare brainfreeze from beer. Above-average carbonation. Drying finish, with a mint-spice aftertaste. IBU must be high.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear light honey orange color with a small 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Decent rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet grains, honey, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet honey, grapefruit juice, biscuit, and citrus zest. The honey flavor is really noticeable to me and it's very delicious. Very, very mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is good with a nice level of carbonation that makes form a crisp and clean feel. Overall, this is a good beer with a surprising honey taste. I am surprised to see that it is a wheat ale. I am not too sure if this one is past it's prime (I have been sitting on it for months) because the hops aren't too overwhelming but this is good either way.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly-hsazed golden with a nice white head.

S: Smells very nice. Loads of citrus hops and a little bit of wheat briskness. Reminds me a bit of Gumballhead.

T: Lots of citrus hops and a little bit of pine character. The wheat seems to contribute a bit more to the mouthfeel, but I won't complain about the hop-forward nature of this beer.

M: Medium bodied and nicely dried out by the hops.

D: An absolutely fantastic summer beer and one of the best I've had from Lagunitas.

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GRG1313
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely medium clear orange with a thick pillow white head.

Nose is fragrant orange, lemon and honey with some floral tones. Nice.

Mouthfeel has nice body and character. Complex and layered flavors of lemon, oranges, malt and then to pine and grapefruit bitter. Sweet orange and fruit in the front and mid palate and grapefruit/hops on the back palate and finish. You want to keep going back for more. Long grapefruit skin hop finish.

This is an all around excellent drinking and food beer.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: A mild to moderate amount of hop bitterness dominates the overall taste; the hops are well balanced by the underlying malts, which contribute a slight amount of sweetness in the finish. Like the smell, there are lots of citrus flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation
D: The beer is very drinkable because the alcohol content is well hidden.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poura a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Citrus wafts above the bready elements

Taste: A bit of wheat bread up front and then this beer thinks it's an IPA, with a citrus an pine assault that continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice hybrid style here; very refreshing

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taking some liberties with wheat additions and a plethera of citrusy hop character, Lagunitas hits a home run with a solid and strong Pale Ale that's decidedly balanced toward the hops.

Pouring a medium hazy, bright golden color with a tinge of orange, the beer has an overall vibrant and appetizing look. A froathy off-white head caps the beer and offers great staying power and lace. Nearly ideal on all fronts.

Very citrusy-sweet to the nose. Ruby red grapefruit pulp, lemon zest, tangerine, and pineapple notes abound- all wrapped with a thin cararmel scent that keeps all the spicy hops in check. Not an overstated aroma complex, just simple and supple.

Flavors certainly deliver on what the aromas promise. Early malt sweetness is shaped with thin caramel, powdered sugar, waifers, and freshly baked light bread crust. Sweetness is met with crisp and clean citrus notes of sweet and bitter grapefruit pulp, tangerines, pineapples, and the zest of freshly grated fruits. Neutral yeast contributions keep any/all spices, fruitiness, or otherwise off flavors under threshold for a very clean and refreshing taste. A late return of malted wheat provides a soft bready note just as the citrusy hop bitterness begins to fade in finish.

Dangerously smooth, crisp, and clean- Sumpin' Ale's thin early sweetness has a quick fade to the drier and crisper hop flavor and bitterness that continues to develop headed into a snappy and savory finish. Dryness from hop resin and alcohol adds a partly-warm, partly minty-cool to close the session and with a subtle return of herbal teas and lemongrass.

An overall delicious ale that nestles comfortably in the American IPA style, and doing so in a confident but non-boastful manner. The kiss of wheat offers a welcomed bready finish and slightly elevated creaminess in body that I didn't see comming. A great variation to a style where you thought you'd seen it all.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumn leaves orange with a crystal clear countenance. The creamy crown is toasted peanut shell in color and gains a good bit of character as it melts. Honeycomb-like lace appears on all available surfaces and looks fantastic as well.

This American pale wheat ale contains a big olfactory burst of citric hoppiness to the tune of 64 IBUs. It really smells like an APA, but then wheat malt doesn't have a chance in hell with this much grapefruit zestiness in the house.

Throw any considerations of style right out the window. When this many hops are dumped into the kettles, the type of malt almost doesn't matter. If this sucker is this bright and bold now, it must have been even more buzzsaw-like back in May. Hard to imagine.

The malt tastes mostly pale with a smidgen of something more toasted. Again, any wheat flavor that might have been present is blasted into oblivion by tidal wave after tidal wave of pink grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Any hopheads looking for an aggressive alpha acid 'bite' will find it here. The finish is as tight and as focused as a laser beam.

Any beer that makes me look forward to the next mouthful while the current one is being swallowed deserves a high drinkability score. The mouthfeel is close to medium for the style and is much more silky smooth in the bottom half of the bottle. Lightly lush even.

Knowing that it was more hoptastic than most APWAs, I had a pretty good idea that this would be good beer. Truth be told, it's hoppier, more delicious and more drinkable than imagined. If you crave the little green cones like I do, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale joins Three Floyds Gumballhead on the top of the American pale wheat ale pile. Thanks to mikey711 for the bottle.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger head, golden and clear. Some retention, not much lace.

S: mild grapefruit aroma with some bread notes.

T: Starts with moderate hops, nice grapefruit/orange notes moving to a very nice green apple finish.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. Very drinkable and flavorful. Nice job of capturing the fruit notes and hops together without one overshadowing the other.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another gem i found on tap at barleys last night, thrilled again to be able to try this one fresh i ordered it up right away. served cold an poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/14/2010.

really a nice well rounded pour with a medium amber color that had a good bit of cloudiness to it. smooth little head of white comes up about to an inch before setting back down to earth.

really great aroma here, tons of grapefruit, lemons, hints of light orange are hitting me in the face all at once, near flawless execution here. warming brings out a light malt touch to it but a hop driven ipa for sure. flavor follows through almost exactly albeit it a little lighter overall. crisp and clean hops lead the way with a smooth, steady and even carbonation that keeps it all in check. light dancing of bitter citrus and a good dry finish sealed the deal for me.

overall this was as solid as they come. really just a great example of the style and something i would do again in a minute.

Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a golden brown color with nice some orange tint. The head is surprisingly minimal.

S: A lot of pine and citrus notes from the hops, with only a slight touch of wheat (not that I'm complaining). This is more of an IPA or APA from the nose, anyway.

T: The flavors are very similar to what the nose would indicate. Good citrus (orange) and bitter hop flavors, a touch of sweetness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body with a nice crisp, refreshing finish.

D: A much better take on the Pale Wheat Ale than the usual "hefeweizen" that American breweries make. The hoppiness really makes this a great refreshing brew.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden color, the head is strong and fluffy looking. The lacing isn't bad either. The smell is hoppy, I actually thought this was an IPA not a Wheat Ale. The taste of the beer has a light wheat flavor but finished with a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel on this beer is smooth and crisp, it's got a good bite to it. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good all around. Worth having again.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5%

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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