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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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5,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 5341
Reviews: 1294
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.

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Photo of peterittenhouse


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

A- pours a hazy orange hue w/ very thin white head.

S-Interesting smell. Fruity, almost smells like peaches or candy.

T- Great stuff. Light w/ a great hop presence. Has a bit of a candy taste. Deadly. Could session by the 7.3 ABV could be a bit of a problem.

M- Smooth mouthfeel. Wheat gives this a velvety touch.

D- Overall,a great beer. This is my second session w/ this one. A very complex wheat ale that will give most a run for the money.

Go Phils

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 02:37:34 | More by peterittenhouse
Photo of Torps

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Reidel stemless glass..

Pours a golden amber with a two finger white head from an aggressive pour. The aroma is awesome.. sweet maltiness, pineapple-y citrus hops, touch of resin and perhaps medicinal herbs. Flavor is good. Honestly, something seems lost between the aroma and taste, but this is still a good brew. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced. I'm getting citrus and some earthy grassiness. Plenty of bitterness on the finish with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is great.. I could definitely have few of these

Overall, a great brew worthy the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:18:51 | More by Torps
Photo of HaysAmerica


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Cervoise tumbler glass. Pours several fingers thick white head that has absolutely FANTASTIC lacing. The color is the typical burnt orange straw.

The nose is dominant w/ citrus hops, makes me think of pine needles. Nothing else here though. Typical American version. No banana or clove or anything else.

The taste is really unique & great IMO. Hops are obviously the main focal point, but they aren't abrasive. Very citrusy. Has a decent malt backbone. Has a spicy snap on the very back end of the drink & reminds me of some of the other beers I've had that had a peppery note to them. Very nice.

The mouthfeel ranks in at medium. No doubt from the generous use of wheat malt. A very well made beer. Overall, this beer is very much drinkable & is very high on my list. One that I am so very glad is not a limited release. Will be a staple in my rotation. Prosit!!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:25:25 | More by HaysAmerica
Photo of rudolphjacksonm


3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two-finger white head that bubbles down into a slight coating on the top which remains....pretty much forever. Heavy lacing on the glass. Some of the lacing has stuck where the beer was first poured to and hasn't moved an inch. Nice, deep-yellow color with a hint of cloudiness. 4.5

S - Floral, hoppy smell. Very pleasant and hints at the flavor. 4.0

T - Very sweet citrus flavor with strong, bitter hop notes at the end. The taste is quite bitter (almost a little too bitter for me) at the end but still e

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:47:14 | More by rudolphjacksonm
Photo of 1Nrwyscotch


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-It’s beautiful golden color with a substantial head and lacing present.
Smell- a very tropical beer it smells like summer.
Taste- the sweet fruit of a wheat ale until you are slapped in the head by the hops, not bad but awfully sweet.
Mouth feel- medium body with some carbonation.
Overall- It’s a little above average but a good warm weather beer which hides the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 21:08:34 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
Photo of dondeez21

New Jersey

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

I heard a few good things about this beer but wasnt quite sure what style it was. Grabbed a 6pack and was very impressed.
A: Copper coloer with a foamy head that disappeared rather quik.
S: Very strong citrus hops hit my nose right away
T: Was not sur ewhat style this beer was until I was half way through my glass. Very suprised it is a wheat beer. Tastes more like an IPA. Citrus hops attacked my taste buds. Very hoppy.
M: Medium mouthfeel not too light and not too heavy
D: This beer tastes great but I feel the hops are very present and may slow you down after a lint or 2.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 02:44:19 | More by dondeez21
Photo of Maction


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

A: Poured into an imperial pint glass, it appears wheat-field golden brown with orange highlights. The head pours into a tight 1" meniscus, and leaves curtains of small-holed lace down the side.

S: The aroma is white grape juice, sour lemons, and earthy vegetable garden notes.

T: The first flavor I would describe as sweet balsam, although I doubt that's what it would taste like I actually put a balsam branch in my mouth. I also get flavors of zucchini bread, rye, and herbaceous peppercorn. There is a long bitter but sweet lemony finish.

M: This feels heavier than the golden appearance would indicate. The finish gets drier as it continues, but is not sticky or unpleasant.

D: Bitter and piney but not tongue-burning, and sweet but not cloying, this is a balanced and refreshing beer. I went through two bottles quickly, and found myself wondering if this would be even more sterling right from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 15:01:09 | More by Maction
Photo of Dspohn


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

Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from a bottle into a a pint. Had tons of these over the summer, supposedly Lagunitas is making this a year-round brew. Seems probable since I calculated this to be brewed around early October from the ink julian dating on the neck.

Pours a very clear golden hue with a solid inch of dense head to fill my pint glass. Really nice lacing also. Signature Lagunitas hop smell and taste, almost hop stoopid-esque but not quite as juicy and sweet. Very refreshing wheat body that works great with the hops mostly citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon edge? Bitterness is fairly strong but not resinous or palate smacking. Some sweet malts, little bit of bubble gum and sugary candy flavor that peaks through the hops and leaves the finish clean and smooth.

Does Lagunitas make a bad beer? I've never tried one at least. Some may argue that their hop profile is one-sided, I cant necessarily disagree but I love it nonetheless. Grab one if you see it, if you like it, seek out its counterpart, lil Sumpin' Wild, Westmalle yeast and some extra strength make for another great take on this American wheat/ipa/whatever the hell this tasty thing is.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:00:13 | More by Dspohn
Photo of Trifecta1


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Brighter yellow than expected. Sweet head and carbonation bubbles.

S - Fruity and hoppy. I'd use it as cologne.

T - Follows the nose, very fruity, hints of apricot, grapefruit, even grape juice. Big floral hop flavor on top of that, but not too bitter. Awesome.

M - Light, somewhat sticky, well-carbonated.

O - Wow. Great. Will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 04:27:24 | More by Trifecta1
Photo of Hops4Pops


4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Date Reviewed: 1-19-14
Brewer: The Lagunitas Brewing Company
Product: A Little Sumpin' Ale
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 7.5%
IBUs: 64.20
Glassware: North Coast Brewing Tulip
Service Type: 12 oz bottle

A: Vigorous pour. Three fingers of eggshell-white head. Carbonation is high and true to style. Bubble size is from foam to 1/8th inch and is very consistent in the range of 1/16th inch. Head retention is excellent. Lacing is stocky and covering 90% of the glass as the head recedes. Color is Deep Gold (6 SRM) and beer is very slightly hazy. The lacing is extraordinary.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, a bit of pine, wheat malt, some more hops. As it warms the nose gets a bit stronger but not much.

T: Lemon, grapefruit, pale wheat malt, sugar, hops. Crisp and refreshing with a slightly sweet finish. Goes bitter and disappears. No hint of alcohol in taste. Aftertaste is both sweet and sour and somewhat astringent.

M: Light-Medium bodied. Starts smooth and creamy. Goes to tingly which crecendos and fades to a slight warmth and a crisp dry finish. The slight sour of the citrus in the aftertaste makes my mouth water for more. :)

O: An extremely well-constructed beer. Very drinkable. And excellent introduction beer to craft beer curious. Appearance is beautiful. Nose is very light when cold so nose it but do not expect much until it warms. The nose does not grow as big as the taste as it warms. Mouthfeel is awesome. This beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 05:38:40 | More by Hops4Pops
Photo of BeerEngineer


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

General: This is a standard in my house but I figured that I would finally review it. I enjoyed this one out of my New Belgium tulip glass. No born on date on this bottle but it's pretty fresh, it's only been in the house for a couple of days.

Appearance: Pours a light gold to normal gold color and is crystal clear. Very bright color to this. There is a great white head that is big and fluffy that diminishes pretty quickly. There is a little bit of lacing, not a lot but what there is looks really good.

Aroma: this is a very balanced aroma with a nice bit of hops with a good malt backbone. There is a little touch of orange that comes through this. I really like the aroma of this, it's really nice!

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate to moderately high and has a coating effect with each sip. The body of this is medium, and is fitting to style.

Taste: Again just like the aroma this is very balanced. There is a nice hop note but it is backed up perfectly by the malt. There are a lot of small flavors in this that come out slowly over time like orange and maybe some light citrus. it's a great beer.

Overall: This is a good beer, plan and simple. It is a standard in my fridge but until tonight I never thought to write a review.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:44:34 | More by BeerEngineer
Photo of slk22


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

Poured a honey color, quite cloudy, with a small white colored head. Aroma was easily detectable, but not overpowering and consisted of a sweet orange and grapefruit combination. Very inviting. Taste follows the nose with a sweet rather than tart citrus (mandarin orange and grapefruit) bitterness on a barely detectable crystal malt backbone ending in a slightly dry finish. A bit warming as well. Mouthfeel was smooth with a light-medium body. Overall, although this offering is not overly complex, I wish this wasn't a limited edition as I really enjoyed this one. Could easily drink several of these and went back to the store to get the last bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:07:20 | More by slk22
Photo of hillvt4me


3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-yellow hue with a thin white head and some lacing.

S: Mild tangerine, pineapple and some pine on the nose.

T: Malt, wheat, citrus and general tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied and carbonated.

O: Solid flavor profile, balance is good, though I would like just a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:59:48 | More by hillvt4me
Photo of gc4hokies


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

Pours a golden color with a tinge of copper. Thick white head. Aroma of the hops is pronounced. Definitely dry-hopped with a large quantity.

Mouthfeel is best described as good body with plentiful carbonation.

Taste is unique. The wheat flavor is pronounced along with hop bitterness. Dry finish.

This beer is really a category straddler. You definitely know the wheat is there, but this is closer to a good IPA that to some of the other wheat pale ales in this category.

Overall, I love it. Another terrific beer from Lagunitas!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:12:43 | More by gc4hokies
Photo of hopoilcrazy


3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

See this all the time, thought I should finally try it

A - Not a lot of head, but what is there leaves a ton of lacing

S - Pretty crazy: biscuit, big red gum, cookie spices, raw flour, a lot of hop presence: getting citra and chinook big time. Obviously a great amount of wheat malt and maybe roasted pale malts

T - Wheat astringency, good amount of hoppy bitterness, some juicy hops. Big malts, big hops

M - Almost drying, like tap water with some implied astringency. Alcohol is very well hidden

Definitely gets points for originality. It definitely is a "little sumpin" cause I have no idea what just happened

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 06:30:12 | More by hopoilcrazy
Photo of SirDrinxAlot


4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is clear gold with a 1 finger head that retains a good lace.

Smell. WOW. Soft citrus and pine dominate. A slight floral nose also. An air freshener should be made of this beer.

Taste is like a light/medium hopped IPA. Flavors of tangerine, pine, and a light malt/wheat backbone. Very well balanced. Medium bodied and smoooth. Will definitely be picking up more of this. Excellent summer-styled IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 02:26:50 | More by SirDrinxAlot
Photo of powellmg


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

Pours a hazy gold color with a thick white head. Strongly hoppy aroma; mostly lemon peel and pine. Thick, almost oily mouthfeel. Bitterness is balanced by a caramel sweetness. A faint sourness. Does not taste very malty but there's definitely some body behind the light, herbal flavors.

Super. Just super.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:40:05 | More by powellmg
Photo of dafizzif


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Beautiful gold with a plentiful white head and lots of spotty lacing.

Smell- Lots of floral hops and a bit of sweet malts. It actually seems to fill the room, right from the moment I opened the bottle. I may be fine with having this be the only thing I could smell for the rest of my life.

Taste- Loads of hops at first. Then it starts to sweeten up with a tinge of honey. Nice amount of banana notes from the wheat at the end.

Mouthfeel- Creamy medium-light body that goes down smooth while coating the mouth.

Overall- An excellent beer I could see myself drinking over and over, in a variety of situations, as it is way more than an IPA but far more complex and rewarding than many others out there. Highly recommended, and at its price, it can't be beat.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 21:38:55 | More by dafizzif
Photo of hoody711


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I love that this beer is year-round. Simple 6-pack, into a tulip.

A - pale yellow/orange. The head is 1-2 fingers and fades in a medium amount of time. The lacing is abundant and majestic. A nice fluffy puff of head remains on the surface.

S - sunshine and amazing. A little breadiness at the beginning that yields quickly to the glorious citrus hops. I don't smell booze at all, and there's nothing balanced here. It's grapefruit and citrus hops all the way, and it smells amazing.

T - there's a hint of smeet maltiness at the beginning and at the end but just like the nose, the citrus hops dominate. I have no complaints.

M - thicker and chewier than you would expect. Sticks around for a bit. The carbonation is dead-on. The bite sticks around for just a bit longer than I would prefer.

O - I wish all wheat beers tasted like this. This is far closer to an APA or even an IPA. My ratings are biased by my preference. If I rated on style, it'd be lower, but that would be a disservice to the beer. This beer is insanely good, and you owe it to yourself, if you're on this site, to get it if it's available. One of my top 10, across all styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:50:30 | More by hoody711
Photo of Seeker41184


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

Date Drunk: 2/7/11

12oz into pint glass

A floral-hopped wheat beer. Very drinkable, but I have some issues, if you are a light weight, you can only have like 2 since these are over 7%. The flavor is very delicious, and the lightness of the wheat is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 18:49:19 | More by Seeker41184
Photo of JDFish


4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured slightly cloudy golden into a S.A. draft glass. Immediate smell of yeast and a citrus hoppy hint. Upon first taste, it had a pleasant sweetness to it, like plum with plenty of hops hangin' around. A very nice easy drinkin' mouthfeel and a decent head. A little yeasty aftertaste, but its supreme flavor leaves you yearning for more. This was an awesome suprise to my mix 6 pack I picked up at Andersons Market in Toledo. I would definitely recommend this to friends and buy again. Great taste reigns supreme, a nice little kick at 7.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:29:31 | More by JDFish
Photo of MeowTom


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

A- Looks like a glass of liquid gold. A very very small white head to it. That's gone all but just a slight haze over the top of it.

S- Awesome citrus and piney aroma.

T- Smooth smooth smooth...Then there is the after taste of pine and bitter that just rocks! The alcohol is not over whelming until I have had a few sips and then realize there is something to it.

M- Crisp and light. Very refreshing and wonderful IPA.

O- My father just brought this back from California and I'm so glad he did. This is a first class beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 19:48:14 | More by MeowTom
Photo of Efay


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar

A- A light copper/dark amber color. not much head retention, but decent amount of lacing. White frothy foam.

S- Very grassy and piney, with subtle amounts of grapefruit and tangerine.

T- The initial taste is of sweet tangerine and grapefruit. There's some honey in there as well and this all ends with some bitterly pine notes.

M- Very light, but very carbonated and sticky. Still easy to go down as it has a light body.

O- Can't believe this is my first time trying this beer. Sweet and sticky with just a decent amount of hops. This is so drinkable, I think I'll be having more of this very soon in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 14:26:50 | More by Efay
Photo of BeerFiend2002


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

Poured into draft glass

A- Poured a golden color body with a foamy white one-finger head. I poured this a little passively.

S- Pine, grapefruit, citrus, and a sweet malt come screaming from the mouth of the glass competing for position. West Coast all the way here.

T- Nice flavor. There is a piney hop taste with grapefruit and citrusy notes in there. Then the sweet malt backbone comes in there. It doesn't overpower it, though. A little bitterness on the finish. Well-balanced, pleasant.

M- The mouthfeel is just right. It has a nice juicy, medium-body feel to it. Not quite as crisp as I like in some of the upper-echelon west coast style ales.

O- Im not a huge fan of wheats, as I tend to go toward the IPAs, Stouts, and pumpkins. However, this is a solid beer and the best wheat I ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 21:18:56 | More by BeerFiend2002
Photo of bpasquini


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Golden orange in color, leaves a very nice white head so don't poor too aggressively, leaves some lacing as well

S: Some piney hops, more citrus hop smell though, and some orange, can't tell if it's yeast or zest though, and a hint of some sweet malt

T: Pine hops hit first, then you get the citrus hops as the bitterness comes, and it leaves with orange yeast and a hint of sweet malt flavor in the after taste, very nice bitterness level in this beer, overall good balancing of flavors and bitterness

M: Nice and light, very drinkable, a hint oily, leaves your mouth a tiny bit dry but it's nice, if I didn't look at the ABV I would have thought this was a session beer

O: Great beer, good smell, taste, bitterness, if you haven't tried this yet definitely pick it up next time you see it, definitely worth the buy

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:27:09 | More by bpasquini
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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