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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

1,509 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,509
Hads: 8,085
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 418
Gots: 2,148 | 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: 1,509 | Hads: 8,085
Photo of cbak999
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was the over the top hop aroma. As soon as you pop the top, it hits you...that wonderful smell...

A - Pours into my Sam Adams special glass a crisp, yellow color. A nice white head, about 1/3 of an inch tops the beer.

S - HOPS! The smell is amazing! Piney and citrusy.

T - A bit sweet, but a real hop forward wheat IPA. I really like the taste of this as it's very close to several wheat IPAs that I have homebrewed.

M - Perfect carbonation...many CO2 bubbles rise to the top of the beer and this makes it sit very well in the mouth.

D - This is a great summer time IPA. Super smooth and nice bitterness. This is a favorite of mine and I am glad to hear that it's now been upgraded to a year round release. I will definitely be purchasing many sixers of this wonderful ale going forward! (841 characters)

Photo of afdempse
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored, thin head with light lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and smooth piney hops.

Very piney and floral, sweet clean malt and alcohol.

Medium carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet with alcoholic kick.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Would buy again if I had the chance. (271 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a yellow-amber with a pale head that soon disappeared

Smell and taste of a light pale ale (citrus and spice with a bitter finish), nothing to indicate being a wheat. Good but not memorable; lacks real complexity to savor to make for an overall good rating, and I particularly need this to justify an ABV over 7. (319 characters)

Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a gauzy golden amber with a light head. Aroma is of citrus hops, tangerine, bread. Taste start off with a modest malt taste and ends with a lingering hop hit of grapefruit rind. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is very good. It is nicely carbonated and easy to drink. Overall a very well balanced, citrus-ey pale ale. Drinkable and delicious. (354 characters)

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

A - Orangy Gold with a thick, luscious white head. Makes me drool in anticipation of the first sip.

S - Wonderful citrus smells attack my nostrils: Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, etc.

T - Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, etc. Grassy hops add some twang. Full of great flavors to tantalize your taste buds!

M - Fully moderate body with ticklish carbonation. An easy drinker.

O - This is one of my all time favorite beers. It has so much good stuff going on! A favorite for spring and summer. (496 characters)

Photo of TownDunkel
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - aww yeah

Appearance - Gold and sparkling. Head is brilliant white

Smell - Cascade like hops smell, citrusy and grapefruit

Taste - Big bitter than a nice fruity sweet that matches the smell well. I enjoyed the mellow aftertaste of coppery bitter.

Mouthfeel - Long lasting taste and medium carbonation.

Overall - This beer is so close to Dog Fish Head 90 min rating it is crazy. I would probably drink this one more due to the fruity scents but DFH had slight better carbonation. (505 characters)

Photo of Keith238
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer had a slight haze and tight lacing.

Strong citrus aroma but a big pine flavor. I agree with the previous review that this is not like other wheat beers. The wheat gives this a very earthy and bready flavor along with the obvious pale ale attributes. Very nice combination. Very drinkable, I wish I had bought more than 2 bottles. (373 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - This beer pours a nice dark golden color. A little more orange than red. Nice layer of head on top. Surprisingly clear, which I wasn't expecting.

S (5) – Smells fantastic. Get a little pine smell and some bitter/tangy smells. Makes you immediately want to dive in.

T (4.25) – Really good taste. You get that upfront bitter, and that same piney taste at the end. It almost has a better aftertaste than taste. And that’s no insult! I didn’t get a lot of malt or grain taste. I like a little bit of that to balance the hops.

F (4) – Good mouthfeel. Thin and light on the tongue. Appropriate carb level, IMO

O (4.25) – Very good beer overall. I only had one, and really wanted another. I don’t know if I’d want to drink it all the time, but I will add it to my regular rotation. (820 characters)

Photo of Tonerelia
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good deceived me at first smells like a single IPA but once you take your first sip you realize it's a pale ale. Not a huge fan of pale ales but this was good. Would I purchase this beer again most likely not, but that's mainly because I do not care for the pale ale style. Would I recommend this beer to someone who does enjoy pale ales.... Hell yes! (352 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +19%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.11.14.

A: Very see through yellow. 3 finger head that retains well. Awesome looking.

S: Lots of grapefruit. Very citrusy.

T: Grapefruit, wheat. Some malt.

M: Creamy smooth thanks in part to the wheat.

O: This blew my socks off. It's definitely a West Coast, hop forward APA/APWA/IPA, or however people want to categorize it. It has a very nice grapefruit sweetness that comes on first, followed with a slightly bitter wash that then fades into citrusy sweetness again. The alcohol is also completely hidden and it does go down easily. This is an outstanding beer and one of my favorites. (640 characters)

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is brutal stuff. The Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is in the same style category as Sam Adams Summer Ale, but o what a difference. This is a beer for hop lovers. I give it good marks because it's actually well-crafted, and beneath the hop sting there is a fine aroma, and sweetness with a little bit of citrus in it (again, from those hops). One or two of these is plenty. (367 characters)

Photo of bierbrauer
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased locally ($9.99/6). Bottle marked Day 325, 11/21/11, 43 days ago. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Slightly cloudy gold/amber. 1"+ fluffy, ivory head that leaves scattered lacing; steady effervescence.

S: Lemon and grapefruit, warm bread; floral.

T: Lemon & banana, slightly tangy/sour; caramel; growing piney bitterness; scant alcohol.

M: Crisp, with medium body and medium/high carbonation; creamy, but a bit too prickly to be smooth; slightly dry finish; low warming.

O: Fresh and delicious -- fruit/hop forward; one of my favorites from Lagunitas. (577 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance pours a sparkling orangish yellow. White fine bubbles in a very clingy head.

Aroma- pineapple passionfruit citrus boquet with an underlying soapyness. A slight yeast quality with some hints of jolly rancher green apple fruit candies.

Taste- Great balance of lightly toasted malt and fruity citrusy hops. The whole thing finishes a bit sweet but it is very pleasant. It follows the nose quite a bit.

Mouthfeel- crisp and refreshing for a lighter bodied beer. The hops stick to the mouth lik ethe lacing in the glass. Alcohol?! what alcohol?! no burn or warmth or boozy taste.

Overall- a great daily drinker despite the higher ABV. I would have another with a side of Thai food or Jalepeno Poppers. (713 characters)

Photo of bristol2120
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12 oz. bottle

pours with a fairly large off white head that stays fairly intact throughout the session

features a full bodied copper orange color

aroma has strong citrus/grapefruit notes with no detectable malt presence

taste is also characterized by a very strong hops character also continuing the citrus/grapefruit character

mouthfeel is very nice with a satisfying roundness and a very nice level of carbonation

overall, this is a satisfying brew, that would probably be well suited to drinking in warm weather. I would say though that it is far more characteristic of an IPA than a wheat beer. I would have to say it's really not a good representation of anything that would call itself a wheat beer.

I do have some reservations, due to the fact this is supposedly an american wheat ale. (813 characters)

Photo of MEsoJD
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[Poured into an Lagunitas Mason jar]

I: I've had many beers from Lagunitas, and they were always good to me, but not great. Well, today I review their most praised beer, the Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale. The interesting thing behind this beer is that the beer community can't form a consensus on whether it's a wheat beer or an ipa. Well, lets get to it.

B:[7.5% ABV, 12 FL. OZ. Bottled January 2011] I've always admired Lagunitas beer labels and would say they are my 3rd favorite(Stone 1st followed by The Great Divide). Love the texture of the label, feels like paper, but doesn't have that cheap laminated feel. General information is all there, but would of enjoyed a story/summary behind the beer like stones.

A: Orange/amber transparent body with a big carbonated/scattered head(moderate dissipation), and decent lacing.

S: For a supposed wheat beer, this sure as hell smells like an ipa. Upfront is pineapple and grapefruit with a good hop presence.

T: Citrus grapefruit is dominated with dry sweet malt, but doesn't linger after finish with some smokey hops throughout(brings out the alcohol).

M: Smooth/slightly dry finish, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and moderate alcohol presence(complemented by the hops).

O: I am a believer!!! Interesting/tasty beer in every word, and the best Lagunitas brew I've had so far. I can't say I have any gripes with this beer. The dominate grapefruit you see in many ipas is upfront, but doesn't linger after finish. I guess the only sense of a wheat beer is the finish, but it's settle. Besides that, I would classify this as an ipa. Good beer worthy of my shelf, go pick up a six pack. (1,645 characters)

Photo of jtd1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass. Golden "Clear"(Lil haze) considering it is a 7.5er. Wonderful smell of some type of sweet preserves I usually have a some fancy restaurant. The smooth sweet wheat taste is overpowered with hops. Delicious...The "wheat ipa" is proving some worth. This is one to try if you like hops!! IPA fans will like this as an alternative to their usual brew. Wheat beer fans, drink your smooth wheats and stand clear too much hops for u! Me, a good drinkin' brew! (475 characters)

Photo of jmarklan
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden / straw color w/ three fingers of dense head. Excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is fantastic. Tropical, citric, and fresh herbal hops dominate the aroma w/ a slight malt sweetness towards the end.

The taste mirrors the aroma, with the herbal hops (basil, i kid you not) taking a bit more center stage. Flavors of sweet pineapple and grapefruit appear as well. The wheat malt comes in towards the end and offers some sweetness and balance. It tastes great, but the wheat is too subtle IMO

Medium bodied, very, very smooth and refreshing even. Deceivingly drinkable despite the 7.5 abv.

Overall: Although i was looking for a bit more wheat, this beer is pretty amazing. This is the best beer I've had in quite a while. Way to go Lagunitas. (770 characters)

Photo of redmaw
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light yellow, and fairly clear with a puffy white head.
Smell: The smell is very good, I get a lot of floral and fruity notes, but can't discern specifics.
Taste: Again there are strong floral a fruity notes, with a slightly sweet undertone. This is all balanced with a strong, but note over powering bitterness. Overall I think the balance is just right.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly thick, presumably from the wheat. There is a good amount carbonation to cut through the hops and keeps the finish from being overly bitter.

Overall: This is my favorite hoppy beer, and one of my favorite beers overall. I think the balance between the slightly sweet malt background, fruity hop flavors, and strong but not overpower bitterness is perfect. I could drink this all day. (784 characters)

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

Poured 12oz bottle into 16oz glass a Mild golden color, 1 -2 finger head, mildly hazy.

Smells of Hops, Pine & Citrus with some sweetness are first thing to hit your nose. Malts and other ingredients balance well.

Tastes of citrus and sweet notes with Hops then the pine and citrus tastes abound, the malts keep the hop bite down nicely with a mild alcohol presense.

Medium hop bite, some citrus, the hops leaves a mildy bitter aftertaste of citrus and pine. finishes dry with some lingering hop aftertaste.

Good Drinkability for those who like the hops. nice amount of carbonation. Overall a good beer to take time to have one or two mixed in when your thirsty for a few. Not one for those who prefer a mild domestic brew. This is my 1st updated review of this brew. I put it as my second favorite behind Pliney. (816 characters)

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden almost amber with eggshell white colored head that builds up to an almost two finger width that leaves thin lacing stuck to the glass once it resides. The smell is a bit grassy and piney, but sweet, with a detectable sweet malt backbone. Tastes of bold bitter and hops with a definite bready wheat flavor and detectable spiciness perhaps from an excellent mixture of hops, malt, yeast, and wheat of course. medium bodied with a carbonation that is not overbearing nor underwhelming, just right. I was craving hops but had no IPAs on hand and this juicy and delicious beer did just fine. I'm glad I have a few more of this excellent pale wheat ale.

Cheers! (675 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' – Wheat Pale Ale (7.5%) - Lagunitas Brewing Co. (California)
☆☆☆☆

App: Beautiful citrine yellow color with a big, two finger head that retains very well. Big, sticky lacing way up the glass.

Smell: Big citrus hops nose up front. Lemon, with some bitter and spicy pine in the background. Sweet maltiness combining well with hints of fresh orange blossom.

Taste: Piney and floral simultaneously, this brew has a lot of hops flavors harmonizing to special character thats different than anything else I've had. Really interesting and complex, but a little hard to pin down in words. Hints of lemongrass, bitter lemon. Herbal and pungent, the alcohol is masked very well as I don't detect any of the 7.5% kick.

Mouth: Mouthfeel is light and pleasantly astringent. Carbonation is medium to light and fits this potent brew well.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/5/14 (911 characters)

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Hazy yellow orange with a big frothy white head

S: Juicy hops, grapefruit, bubble gum, wheat malt, tangerine, orange peel

T: Holy smokes! What a juicy, hoppy, citrus punch. This beer is like juicy fruit gum. Just enough sweetness to balance.

M: Creamy, medium bodied. Perfect for this hybrid.

O: I love this beer! I don't know what it is, but I want more of it. The hop bomb of an IPA, the refreshing character of a Hefe, the drinkability of a light lager. This is so money. (481 characters)

Photo of elvisdoc
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice taste and finish, IMO. A hoppy ale that is very approachable and drinkable all night long....however ABV can catch up to you....you have been warned...that said I found myself impressed with the overall flavor of this ale.

One to keep on hand for friends...this is a great beer. (290 characters)

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

Had this on-tap in Pittsburgh once, remembered liking it, picked up a sixer when I saw it at the store.

Cool bottle, also, there's a dog on the cap. Pours smoothly into a hefeweizen glass and a small head plooms about a few cms. Beer is the color of light amber.

Smells: apricot, mango, citrus, fresh-cut grass, pine resin, flowers. Smells excellent.

Taste: sweet, hoppy, fruity, downright delicious.

Mouth: a little syrupy, leaves you wanting another sip, though.

Overall, I would recommend this beer to anybody that likes beer. (536 characters)

Photo of Chcshammonde
5/5  rDev +19%

Perfect beer in my opinion. Nose is wonderful, rich, sharp hop aroma with a bit of wheat. Flavor is on point - buttery smooth, hop and wheat flavors are so good in combination. I could drink this all day and night. A real gem from Lagunitas. (248 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.