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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Ratings: 7,281
Reviews: 1,407
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 284
Gots: 1,249 | 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 scotorum
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right from the gitgo, the 1940s pinup gal in the tight tank top and shorts suggests a good time is coming. The stubby brown bottle takes me back in time. And the name of this brew is irresistably fun. So far so great!

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Unfortunately my new cooler had frozen this one solid (no kidding!) while it was up against the back inside wall. Expecting this might adversely affect the taste.

a: Almost clear golden amber with a two finger fluffy white head which receded to a heavy surface film and dense, even, lingering lacing.

s: Ah sweet grapefruit! Makes your brain project the image of yellow grapefruit sections on a spoon.

t: A citrus-resiny, hoppy delight. So many pale ales today are hopped more than they used to be. This one is as well (64 IBUs is nothing to sneeze at), but it feels balanced and light-tasting.

m: Light to moderate, smooooth! Finishes clean considering the IBUs.

o: A perfect summer refresher. Again my brew for review may have tasted lighter than was intended since it was discovered to have been accidentally frozen, which in my experience tends to make beer more watery-tasting when the ice melts back into the brew. If so, as long as the weather is hot, I'd recommend freezing your LALSSAs, because this is damn good!

I had my first LALSSA a month or so before I started writing reviews on BA. I remember it being excellent. This one did not change my opinion. I'm on a taste-everything-new-you-can-afford-to-pour-down-your-gullet-and-a-few-you-can't summer binge, but when that is done, I'm expecting this one will be on my list of repeat buys for 2014 and beyond. That is if I'm still allowed to drink beer when national health fascism kicks in..

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Hot chesty lady on the lable, cant pass a beer up with boobs on it.

Poured from a brown stuby twist off bottle into a pub glass, producing a 1'' white sudzy head. Slow to receed leaving behind a generous coating of white rings all the way down.
A thin cap is left ontop of the beer. The color is a transparent darker gold.

Aroma is super citric with pine and orange peel with a bit of lemon zest. Mildly sweet with more of a hop bittering/ dry aroma. Mild bready yeasty aroma, just a touch of bubblegum and spicie amerillo aroma. A good amount of dry hopping had to go into this, as the aroma hops are pretty pungeant.

Upfront somwhat sweet with carbonation presence thoughout. Hops are a big part of this beer, but do not overwhelm.
Pine and grapefruit up front, with more of an acidic sweeter hop profile coming into the middle with pinneaple and a bit of spice.
Wheat is picked up just into the swallow. There is a bit of creamyness here too, even with the carbonation abundance, normal for the style.
The finish is much more dry and bitter, with peppery hops lingering alonside lemon rind and just a touch of that pinneaple acidic fruity hop taste. Its overall dry though into the finish with plenty of bitters.
The only real sweetness was upfront on first sip, a touch of fermented honey there too.

This is a crisp and refreshing take on the style, all the more enjoyable by the abunance of hops. Hop heads, eat your heart out. Those looking for a blue moon type of beer will not find it here. This is a fantastic addition to the Lagunitas lineup.

No heat or warming to be found.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great cotton-like foam. Solid golden. Definitely has the traditional look of a filtered wheat ale. Carbonation is a bit absent.

Smell: Fresh grapefruit and grass. This li'l sumpin' sumpin' also has a slight herbal/floral scent. IPA qualities all around.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This really tastes like an IPA. Bitter grapefruit hops and some floral notes. The grapefruit notes fit the smell, but the floral flavors are definitely faint. Pretty full-bodied like a good IPA, which I wouldn't expect in a wheat ale, and I definitely like.

Overall Drinkability: A suprising ale. The alcohol really hits you on this one. Great flavors and smells.

Photo of ninaturner
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Yellow/golden color. Brighter than I originally expected.

Aroma: The aroma is my favorite part. A lot of citrus, especially grapefruit and orange. Honestly, I think I might like the aroma better than the taste.

Taste: More bitter than I expected, but in a good way... it is a good compliment to the rich citrus flavors. They didn't go over the top with the carbonation, which I liked a lot. Just a very smooth, slightly bitter taste that makes it easy to drink. I like the crispness of the after taste, which is rare with hoppy beers.

Overall: One of my favorite American Pale Wheat Ales to date. You've got to like the slight bitterness and the mix of citrus to enjoy this one. Very drinkable beer, perfect any time. Also, I should note that it tends to be more fragrant and taste better as it gets closer to room temperature.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of riversider76
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and very nice laceing.Aroma is of citrus,and piney hops.Body is medium and very carbonated. Taste is more like an IPA. Very hopped up front with a bit of a bready presence. Hoppy finish. Where's the wheat?

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mscudder
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A pale , almost exhausted golden yellow. Poured with a nice full head and leaves some attractive lacing.

S - Dominated by citrus hops with some light wheat malts in the background. Smells refreshing, and frankly just makes me want to dive in.

T - Starts with a nice smooth citrus hop flavor which dims into tastes of sweet fruits. This is all tied together by a solid malt backbone, which while holding the beer together does not make an overbearing presence. This is truly fantastic.

M - Velvety smooth with ideal carbonation. Medium body that is nearly creamy while retaining the hoppy character that I have grown to love.

O - Overall this is a fantastic brew that hits almost every note spot on. While speaking amongst some friends, we have concluded this is one of the best deals available, and if I had to have a nice brew to sip on a a sunny afternoon, there is none better than a little sumpin' sumpin'! Not to mention at $10.49 a sixer with wide availability, this is simply the benchmark.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Reaper16
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Pequod's Pizza, Chicago, IL, into a pint glass

Pours like pretty much every good wheat does: hazy with a solid amount of white rocky head. Not much to say. It looks good.

The aroma is pretty fantastic for the style. This is only because of the hops. Vibrant, fresh, juicy hops. Nothing unusual here. Just the standard IPA aromas of grapefruit and pine and orange. A bit of tropicality (but not to the degree of, say, Boulevard 80-Acre).

This is a wheat IPA, even moreso than Gumballhead is. It's bursting with juicy hop flavor. But you can still taste the wheat backbone. The slight lemon quality from the wheat is accentuated by the citrus components from the hops. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is a tad slicker than most American Pale Wheat Ales, which tend to be pretty effervescent. This is due to all of the hop oils, no doubt. Still refreshing though. Overall this is about as good a beer as the pale wheat style can be.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours out clear gold with a thin head. Slightly dark for a pale wheat ale. Getting a fruity nose with faint notes of orange and pineapple. Nice!

The beer is light-to-medium-bodied with a nice firm mouthfeel and very refreshing flavor profile. In the front of the mouth, the beer follows the nose quite well as you get refreshing, slightly sweet tropical fruit flavors along with a slight grainy, wheat-like taste. At mid-palate, the hops come along and dry things up nicely. The finish is very well-sustained for a wheat bear. You get a little graininess and tiny bit of booziness and are left with a slightly tart, pleasant herbal tea taste in your mouth that lingers nicely.

I picked up a bottle of this on a recent trip to North Carolina. It has to be the best wheat ale I've had since FFF Gumballhead. It is crisp and refreshing, but the ABV is a bit high for a beer like this so you have to be a little careful with it. Still, if this was available in Northern KY, I'd probably drink it all summer long. It's terrific. Bravo Lagunitas!

Edit: This beer is now available in NKY. I'm done for.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of therica
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= light orange, minimal white head, slight rimming, little carbonation rising.

S= sweet malts, light candy citrus, hints of honey.

T= a bit sweet and syrupy, mild liquor, sweet malts, orange-creme hints, slight sourness, moderate hops and bitterness. It has the tartness of a wheat but there's too much candy in here for me.

M= light syrup sweetness, citrus, sweet malts, some grassy bitterness lingering.

O= decent, but I'm surprised I'm not as impressed as others here seem to be. I totally love the Sumpin' Extra IPA but then again this is a wheat beer. This one just doesn't come together as nicely for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rather inactive copper body topped with a finger of paper white carbonation that leaves spotty lacing behind.

Orange peel, smooth mango, soft conifer notes, a touch of sweet malt character... classic smelling hoppy west coast beer.

Citrus and topical hops are intertwined with some banana and papaya... bitter pine far and away, lingering bitterness makes for a relatively dry finish. Smooth stuff, very drinkable.


Photo of CloudStrife
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Oct. 26th 2012.

A: Pours a clear light golden color, maybe a slight haze. Two finger dense white head, sticks around for a couple minutes. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Great hoppy aroma on this, nice piney nose with earthiness to it. The wheat comes through on the tail end as a mild malt

T: Certainly hop forward but stays pretty balanced. As with the aroma there is some earthiness and pine resins. Wheat comes through toward the backend and really smooths things out.

M: Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly nectar like quality to it, which I like in my hoppy beers.

Overall this is a beer I could drink all the time. Would love to try this even fresher to see how much more the hops come out. Would recommend to any hophead, probably too much for those who are more into wheat beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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