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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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Reviews: 1,533
Hads: 8,207
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 428
Gots: 2,298 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.
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Reviews: 1,533 | Hads: 8,207
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful glimmering orange with a fluffy head and modest lace.

Hops run across the nose. Sweet and rindy citrus--orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Everything else takes a backseat to the rindy hops. It's a bit phenolic, and grapefruit is prominent. It's nice for a couple of sips, but I'm left wanting something more well rounded. The carbonation is smooth, and there's adequate body and a mild astringency.

The ABV is too high, and the hops become way too much after a while. I wouldn't want more than one--actually, I don't even think I'd want more than half a bottle in one sitting.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden hazy, straw, big head, lacing
Hops are hard to the nose and tongue. A citrusy bouquet and mouth. The wheat tries to fight it off but the hops win. Light boozy tingle.
Light on the mouth, especially for the 7.5%.
This is a pale wheat? Ha! More like a wheat IPA. Thanks again Lagunitas, for making a beer that doesn't quite fit into a specific style.

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Photo of amnesia85
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Purchased a 6 pack for $10.50 from a great big beer store in my area. Served in a hill farmstead stem at 45 deg F.
A: Crystal clear, golden amber toned with a small 2cm head from a moderately aggressive pour which dissipates to form a ring and a tiny island of single layer Co2 bubbles. Champagne bubbles arising from the bottom. This beer chokes up a good sized head when agitated and it appears to be white with a yellow tinge.

A: Lemon, yeast, bread, wheat.

T: thick sliced bread, yeasty with a hint of citrus fruit, malt present in the background. The taste of stale bread lingers on minutes after sipping.

M: clean, crisp, lightly carbonated. This beer is light and goes down easy.

O: the wheat really shines through on this one, and im not getting the hop profile I would expect from a beer going neck and neck with gumball head. I think I prefer this beer out of the bottle because I get less wheat taste from it. I will drink it again because there are 5 left from the 6-pack. I would like to try this beer fresh from the brewery to get a better idea of where they were trying to take the hop profile.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...this is friggin' delicious. Poured from a bottle into a goblet, and let me first say, love the pinup-girl label. All beers should have pinup-girl labels. Gave it a good pour, and didn't get much of a head there, but what was there was densely formed by lots of tiny bubbles. For a wheat, not real cloudy (I even gave it a swirl at the end, which I think did absolutely nothing), but really nice light amber color. The nose is great, pine, candy, berry, definitely some sour yeastiness. Love it. Flavor is great, sweet but nice backing bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel is pretty perfect, light with a punch. Overall, this is a kickass beer. Totally worthy of the over-ten-bucks pricetag, and I will definitely get this again.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent, yet sharp edges with plenty of offensive knudges. The little sumpin' of a paradox. Sweet, bitter, syrupy ride to dry. WTF? Light yet heavy? Clear yet thick? Pineapple. banana, kiwi, to pepper/salt dry completion. A wave of flavor, filling the body, showcasing the yeast, tying in a plethora of flavor that doesn't settle; drifts, mixes, teases, deceives. The booze shows on taste and cognitive function. A pale American on steroids...what else is new? Keep it up.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've never brewed anything quite this good.
It's got a light amber appearance.
A very fruity aroma, like a fruit cocktail.
Tastes like tropical fruit with a nice malt backbone.
The ABV is very well hidden.
This is one of my favorite beers and it proves that you don't need to throw a bunch of money away to drink some of the finest beer in the land.

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Photo of SSS
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Very nice beer, I drank it from the bottle, no glass in sight.

On the nose it is a nice citrus pine

The bitterness is great, earthy and lingering. I found it a little watery...but it definitely made me rethink that as the 7.5% knocked me over the head.

Super solid, recommend.

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Photo of watermelon
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden orange body with a soapy white head. Lots of lacing and excellent retention.

S: Citrusy scents, pineapple and peach as well. Wheat flavors on the back end.

T: Juicy citrus flavors. Really nice flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation. Very little bitterness. Goes down super easy.

O: This may be my favorite Lagunitas beer to date(i'll have to give sucks another try). Excellent beer at an amazing value.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale and hazy light orange with a small head that leaves lacing some of its larger brothers would be jealous of.

S - Smells light and sweet. Bubblegum and pineapple come to mind. I feel hops are going to be the main course here.

T - Heavily sweet malts bring tropical hops to the front to linger on the tongue for a while. Some smoothness from the wheat and a mix of fruits sort out the back end.

M - Creamy for the style. Tingly coating all over the mouth.

D - The tingle of the hops make this one a little less refreshing than other brews of this style. Still, very tasty and I could down a few.

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Photo of musicman575
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

62 IBU's and 7.5% alcohol. I guess you expect that from a super sweet and hoppy beer. It's very fragrant (citrus, floral) with a pale, slightly copper color. The head doesn't last long at all. Don't even bother with a swirl or high pour. All you'll get is a flatter beer rather than a nice foam. It's powereful sweet side works well to cut through spicy food.

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Photo of godlessape
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a snifter in order to best capture all the aromatic qualities.
The body is a clear golden amber, with a creamy white pillow of a head that soon sinks but never leaves.
A potent caramel freight train makes it's way up your nasal passages, lugging along a hefty amount of tangerines, orange creamsicles, apricots, black pepper, and rock candy, then slams into your frontal lobe in a fiery crash. This should make the news.
That same train enters the palate and explodes into a three ring circus of spicy, piney, sweet, and citrusy indulgence.
The mouthfeel is light and easy. This brew massages the throat all the way down and the high ABV of 7.50% leaves you with a rather happy ending.
Overall, I couldn't be anymore impressed.

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Photo of a74gent
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a little head that quickly dissipates. The nose is just grapefruitey to me with the slightest bit of tomato sauce acidity (wtf?).

Strange for me to get such hoppiness in this style..almost like they need a new style. Put this one in that category with Gumballhead.

The taste is bitter hops with a mild bit of wheat tossed in. I could not drink more than one of these particularly as it warms.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- pours predominantly clear goldish yellow with a bit of haze. has about an inch of frothy white head with pretty good retention

Ar- citrusy hops especially lemon, biscuity malts and light wheat

T- wow, crazy complexity going on here. starts off tasting hoppy like an APA with citrus/piney hoppy notes up front and then finishes off with a touch of lemon tang from the wheat I presume. Solid biscuit malt backbone balances this brew nicely

M- medium bodied, good carbo for the style, a bit sticky on the finish

O- I love this beer, well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. The alcohol is hidden well and the pricing is spot on...another win for lagunitas

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Photo of arc3636
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours medium orange with 2 fingers of white head, very little lacing after head does down. pine hops dominate scent and taste. Good beer, would prefer more variety in the hop flavor

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Photo of thryn
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale Wheat, eh? Lagunitas' Web Site says it has a little "wheaty-esque-ish-ness." OK ...

It's a golden honey-straw color with great clarity and a nice two-finger frothy white head that drops to a layer of foam, leaving a nice lace in its wake. Lazy carbonation drifts to the top.

Aroma is of floral and citrusy hops, and a nice honey scent. Is Lagunitas spiking these beers with bee nectar, or what? Maybe it's just the wheat. A smidgen of banana, but not close to the level of a usual wheat. Middle ground between a wheat and an IPA. I dig it.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but it's still very nice. Some citrusy hops right at the beginning, then honey and some summery fruit characteristics; I'm getting a bit of peach and pear. That's followed with a decidedly bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden.

Medium creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, crisp finish. Again, very much toeing the line between IPA and wheat.

Drinkable as all hell. Lagunitas, please don't retire this one!

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pristine honey golden color with a thick, creamy white head from the wheat. The head loses a little bit of its luster, but retains nicely at about a 1/4" with an absolute barrage of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface to maintain it. The combination of the beautiful hue, thick lacing, and massive amounts of synchronized bubbles floating has this beer constantly catching my attention.

S: Sweet grains and some wheat. Hints of organic honey. A burst of citrus hop aroma comes through in the finish. Complex and aromatic.

T: Lots of floral hops with some big citrus flavors—grapefruit, orange peel, SLIGHT hints of lemon. There's a nice malt backbone underneath, but it's light and bready and slightly sweet, much like a wheat beer (go figure). The malt doesn't really lead the way, however, as it slowly fades from existence in the finish. You're left with a last huzzah of grapefruity citrus and light notes of grassy/flowery bitterness. This is one stupidly complex ale. And I mean that with all respect.

M: A nice body that sits comfortably in the medium category. Lots of silky smoothness, a light touch of creaminess. Damn near perfect carbonation. Would have scored higher, but I feel like this coats the mouth a little TOO much in the finish. This is by no means a hinderance, but I would have prefered a little bit of a drier/stickier finish.

O: The entire staff over at Lagunitas needs to pat themselves on the back for this one. Not only have they devised a geniusly complex and interesting beer, they've also devised some effin' delicious flavors. Hops, wheat, honey, light malts all wrapped up in a devilishly drinkable package. This one'll be finding its way back into my fridge in the future.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a brunescent orange color with a white head.

The scent is off the charts with the hops and awesome.

The taste is pretty darn good, but not as great as I expected from the scent.

The mouthfeel is good and the drinkablility is great. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Pecafaced
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- A nice golden yellow/orange color which produced a great 2 finger width white head. The beer is very clear and the carbonation bubbles are very active.

S- Hops! I thought this was a wheat pale ale...is this a India Wheat Ale? Not complaining...the smell is awesome! Very prominent citrus aroma like grapefruit and oranges all rolled into one. There is some sweetness from the wheat used.

T- The first thing that hits is the sweet flavor so the wheat does present itself. Then the citrus flavor kicks in which compliments the malt perfectly. The finish is dry making you want to take another sip immediately.

M- Nice sized body of a beer. Very smooth on the palate and a good amount of carbonation in the bottle.

Once again Lagunitas leaves me impressed. I haven't had a ton of their beers, but every one that I have had has been stellar!!

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pale straw appearance, thick bubbly head with Citrus, pine, tropical fruit in the nose with cereal and hay in the background. Taste is sweet without being cloying, with fresh bread crust, bright and lively, with fruity hops reminiscent of passion fruit,mango, guava, dragon fruit. Medium thin mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Delicious beer, truly unique.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -- Pours a clear golden with a nice head and lacing.

S -- Tropical fruits and citrus come to mind, and the hops are easily detectable.

T -- Definitely a hoppy beer, citrus and fruit character backed by bitterness with a strange foundation of sweet malt and wheat that play off each other in an interesting way. Smooth and sharp.

M -- Smooth up front and a dryness on the back.

D -- I would say that this is a solid brew that would be worth a repeat.

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Photo of Zadok
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For awhile I have been reading a blog post from a guy here in KC raving about how good this beer is. See, from past offerings I have kinda lost an interest in Lagunitas because everything just seemed kinda average. That was then this is now and the KC beer blogger was dead on, A Little Sumpin is delicious.

Pours a crisp hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head, it screams at me to head out into the sun.

The aroma is excellent, heavy hops with a mild sweetness.

The flavor is excellent as well, very distinguished hop presence but with a mild breadiness that intermingles and creates a perfect balance.

Mouth feel is crisp and clean, extremely refreshing. The right amount of carbonation.

As I said before, this brew is delicious. The abv is a little higher than desired for an everyday drinker but thats the only flaw, minor at that. This has completely transformed my previous view of Lagunitas.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lagunitas continues to impress.

Hops, Hops, and more hops. some malt. Something like that on the label. And a pretty girl.

I'm not a huge fan of the cheesy name and picture, actually. But on to the beer...

Pours a nice clear yellow, a little orange. No sediment. Appropriate carbonation and head.

Smell is quite piney and citrusy. Way more than expected. A wheat ale? Huh? Smells IPA.

And it is. Taste reminded me a lot of Hop Stoopid. Clean, crisp, and fresh hops and citrus. Not as sweet as stoopid. Aftertaste a bit more dry, some spicy yeasty-ness shows the wheat beer character. Wouldn't notice it much if the label didn't tell me to think about it, however.

Mouthfeel thin for the flavors present, but not too thin. Easy drinking for sure.

The last few Lagunitas beers I've had have been great, but they all taste like IPA/DIPA variants. As a hophead, I like that. It may grow old for others.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear gold with a solid two finger head on top.

Smell: Floral hops and wheat.

Taste: hop bitterness up front, followed by a crutton-like flavor, salt crispness and a lingering citrus/pine flavor. It's a nice batch of flavors that all come together to make this brew awesome.

Drinkability: The nice crisp profile of the wheat with an american ale style yeast and hops make this guy a winner.

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Photo of hail_seitan
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - Crystal clear, pale yellow body with a thin white head.

S - Citrus, hay, and wildflowers.

T - Builds off of the nose, but much more pleasantly intense. Lemon and orange flavors meld with an almost strawberry-like sweetness from the wheat. A final touch of oniony dankness and more citrus leave the taste buds satisfied.

M - Fairly heavy and glutinous with a slight carbonation bite.

O - A very tasty beer that has that good ol' Lagunitas hop character. However, something about this beer, maybe the mild carbonation, really struck me as being similar to homebrews I have tried. Nonetheless, a great summertime compromise between fruity hops and fruity wheat.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.