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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,656 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 6,656
Reviews: 1,372
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 243
Gots: 891 | 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 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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 02, 2009
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 01, 2010
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5%

Texasfan549, Jan 28, 2012
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2012
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.

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2009
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.

womencantsail, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
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.

kylehay2004, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-gold body sporting a full inch of off-white foam. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: A nose smelling of wheat fused with some fine hop notes, an aromatic blend of citrusy lemon and grapefruit, some floral orange blossoms, and a small hint of pine.

Taste: Lightly sweet, crisp, plainly crackery malted barley and wheat flavor in the fore. Fairly bold hop tastes of flowers, dried herbs, citrus fruits and even some pine. Moderately bitter. Small touch of alcohol in the mix. Finishes dry with a sparse amount of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: To be honest, this one quietly slipped in under the radar as I hadn't heard so much as a peep about it before coming across it at the Brick Store Pub recently. A pleasant surprise and a pleasant combination of wheat and India Pale Ale qualities. Nice job, Lagunitas.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 12, 2009
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.

Knapp85, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great to see another limited release offering from one of favorite brewers here in my area.I poured two into a imperial nonic with it coming out a clear lighter golden with a 1/2 finger white that was quick to fade.Ahh yeah bigtime in your face citric hop in the nose along with a touch of sweet alcohol and very light toasted wheat malt,the hop profile in the nose is just great.Intense grapefruit rind and tangerine hop flavors hit up front on the palate and then some caramel toffee shows thru along with a fading toasted what touch in the finish.Yeah it has bigtime hop wich kicks arss but there really is more to it.My new favorite American pale wheat its slightly better than Gumballhead in my book.The drinkability is just awesome for the ABV%.

oberon, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pale gold with a slight haze. A gentle pour produced an inch of foam that recedes to a film.

There are some nice tropical fruit aromatics on the nose. A resiny evergreen hop character is also noted, and a slight botanical, almost lavender-like note that reminds me of scented soap. A faint malty sweetness is detectable behind the hops.

The palate opens with a blend of tropical fruit (pineapple in particular) and herbal/botanical hop flavors. Pine becomes more apparent in the mid-palate, and the slight soap character that I picked up on the nose is present on the tongue as well. While the beer isn't especially sweet or malty, it does have a medium-full body from the liberal use of wheat malt. The finish is smoothly bitter and very slightly tangy. This is one of the better beers in the Lagunitas catalog.

largadeer, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left wispy traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, wheat, pine and some caramel. Great aroma for a wheat beer.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeastiness with a good dose of citrusy bitterness and pine flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever had. Don't know why it took me so long to buy some of this.

zeff80, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with 'fridge' spelled 'frige' in the label rant - very reminiscent of 'frigo', en francais, I'd say.

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy pale golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a more or less solid, yet pockmarked paint job of lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of orange citrus cream, a bit of good ol' barley and sweet n' spicy wheat maltiness, black pepper aerosol, and some stronger, more acrid pine needle hops. The taste is bitter pine resin and sassy fleshy orange and grapefruit citrus, bready caramel malt, a hint of saltwater taffy, a bit of reduced spicy wheatiness, further grassy/floral hop notes, and some mildly sweet booze warming.

The carbonation is quite sedate in its bearing, just a faint frothiness manifesting, the body a decently hefty medium weight, especially for the style, mostly smooth, and certainly not un-creamy. It finishes with the main players still quite game - sweet caramel and wheat malts, and unabashedly brash pine and citrus hops. Ya know - Lagunitas.

American Pale Wheat Ale my sort of pale Canadian ass. I know that this is made with wheat malt, then, ok, but the rest of the story screams out tasty WC IPA, despite the wheatiness, and I'm not going to fault a damned agreeable beer for being cast in the wrong category because of the black sheep in its makeup.

biboergosum, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5%

SocalKicks, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, wheat, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and some wheat breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppier than average wheat beer worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bright orange copper hue with a foaming huge white head leaves thick chunky lacing behind, supposedly this one is brewed with some wheat.

Aroma is all grapefruit and citrus peel with a bit of pine hop nectar going down. Sugar coated grapefruit blends nicely in the lighter toasted malt character. Big West Coast hop characteristics going on.

Flavor has grapefruit, herbal weed, and pine cone bittering hops working in full cohesion. A juicy sweet sugar coated hop entwined malt profile exists here not much accent from the wheat utilized this is a hoppy as American Pale Wheat if that's what it is.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with hop oils lubricating the palate completely, carbonation levels are moderate and carry the beer pretty easily.

Drinkability is great, but this is a strange brew. Hop burps are plentiful but it's such a weird experience I'm getting from this hop-centric brew. Hoppier than Gumballhead or Southern Tier Hop Sun, but it's so different from those two. There's no question about their wheat ale tones. If given to me blind I couldn't tell you this has wheat ale written all over it.

WVbeergeek, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +1%

RblWthACoz, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of white head on a clear, polished copper colored body. Average retention and good lace.

S - Strong, fruity hop aroma with lots of pineapple and guava. Fruity yeast compliments the hops and blends in well.

T - Sweet malt and spicy hops, more pine like than the aroma. Some clove like yeast character comes out in the middle and fades to clean malt and fruity hops with moderate balancing bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, the hops in both the flavor and in the nose remind me of a toned down Hop Stupid. It is well balanced as it has a pretty strong dose of malt and most of the hop character is devoted to flavor and aroma rather than bitterness. One of Lagunitas best.

nickfl, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear gold, with 2+ big fingers of foamy eggshell-white colored head. This shrinks down fairly quickly but still retains with a frothy ½ finger that just SLATHERS the sides of the glass with a rich latticework of sticky lace. The aroma is just EXCEEDINGLY West Coast feeling in the nose, being hugely floral, spicy, piney, and lush, with robust tropical fruit character. It's literally an explosion of hop flavors in the nose. It's so strong in fact, that you almost don't initially pick up on the smoky and sweet malt presence that glides underneath all of those hops. Some light warmth adds a touch of beef to the bouquet, pulling the flavors together into a thick hold in the nose.

The hops just rage in the taste, with a spicy and resinous bitterness that grips the tongue in an aggressive bite. Luckily, this isn't all about the hops though, as an equally beefy sweetness is there to even it out, being comprised of a thick tang of robust citrus and bready toasted wheat. The finish is all hops, with a lingering bitterness that just STICKS in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a generally creamier carbonation up front that then gives way to to a hugely slick and oily feel. This seems to literally slither down the throat, just completing the hoppy trilogy of awesomeness here. This is actually the real highlight of the beer for me, as the mix of the hop oiliness and wheat texture just combines to make for one of the easiest and most drinkable feels, that I've had in a while. Excellent!

Where the hell did this beer come from? Not only my pick for sleeper beer of the summer, this is my early favorite for sleeper pick of the year! Just HUGELY well balanced West Coast hop character here, that is beautifully packaged into an equally great quaffable Wheat Ale body. I agree with some other reviewers that this is one Lagunitas beer that should have been in bombers, as 12 oz just isn't enough for one sitting. There's definitely nothing Little about this "Sumpin'". Great stuff!

Kegatron, Jul 16, 2009
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,656 ratings.