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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

6,610 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,610
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 239
Gots: 872 | FT: 6
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 csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

csmartin6, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

prisdefer, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Alextricity
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer sure is "Sumpin'"...

Appearance: Looking good, m'lady. Your standard "beer" color. Amber. Clear. Head doesn't last long, but there's some fine lacing.

Smell: The only other Lagunitas I've had is their IPA, and this smells a bit like it. It has that sweet tea aroma, but it also has some pissed off hops. Yes. Pissed off hops. Earthiness? Whatever it is, it's a bouquet.

Taste/feel: It's definitely a Lagunitas. It has that trademark taste. This beer just takes it to another level. This thing just about smashes your face into the pavement with the bitterness and hops at the front, but on the back, there's a pleasant maltiness to balance it all out nicely. I also can taste the alcohol on a few sips here and there.

Overall, it reminds me a good bit of Lagunitas IPA, but it just has more oomph. A Little Sumpin', Sumpin', if you will. Certainly not for those new to craft. This beer's heavy on the hops with just a dash of malt. A fantastic beer on all counts.

Alextricity, Oct 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Skunkdrool, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

510a, May 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

ahbithwabm, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of BJasny
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

BJasny, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mkennedy119, Oct 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

cbcrunch, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Quackus, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

craft_shannie, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

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..

scotorum, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

HopsHopenstein, Feb 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

MaddDogg84, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Pours a nice orange color with a small white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S: A lot of citrus hops hit the nose. There is a little amount of citrus but the pine is the most prevalent.

T: The citrus hops hits the palate first and foremost. In the middle, there is a slight amount of caramel/bready malt but finishes strong with more citrus hops.

M: Leaves a bitter citrus hop residue on the palate.

D: As someone who enjoys citrus hops, this one was a great beer. I would and could certainly have multiple in a sitting despite the 7% ABV.

IronCitySteve, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev -5%

tclipse, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' smells hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Not the burn-your-soft-palate kind of hoppy, but the kind of bright, citrusy, sugary, grapefruit hoppy that is immensely enticing. Shades of white grape, apricot, and berry add to the aroma, along with confectioner's sugar and a good whiff of lightly toasted grains.

On the tongue, the beer is instantly hoppy, but continues the sugary buzz hinted at in the nose, coming across as slices of grapefruit drizzled in wildflower honey. Again, apricot and berry provide nice complements, and subsequent mouthfuls reveal an additional pine layer to the hops. Malts are present not only in the slight additional fruit flavors, but in a layer of caramelized sugars and lightly toasted grains. Late in the mouthful most of the sugars die off, exposing a wild layer of pure pine-like hops that last all the way through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, this is a great beer, and though the 64.20 IBUs make this more reminiscent of a strong IPA than an ale, when the ingredients are listed as "Hops, Malt, Hops, Hops, Yeast, Hops, Water, and Hops," this is probably to be expected.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

vcoggins, Jun 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

BigGingDrinker, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a snifter, its color is golden yellow with a small film of bubbles resting on top of the liquid. A rim of bubbles lines the sides and leaves the slightest lacing residue.

A flower like aroma is the prominent smell with a touch of skunky hops. An essence of lemon and pine exist within the hops with a crisp scent.

The beginning of the taste is mildly malty where the only resemblance of wheat exists. The rest of the sip reminds me of an IPA. Lemon, flowery-pine hops lend a crisp light balance to the malt profile. This is pretty darn good.

Light to medium in the mouth, this doesn't hold the weight a typical 7% brew has.

Very drinkable, in fact I would like another after this one.

TCgoalie, Aug 14, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Single bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, but bright golden-orange color with a 1/4" dense off-white head. Strands, walls, and islands of lacing on the glass. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. A very nice looking beer.

Smell: This is a very hoppy beer - very strong in grapefruit and mango smells, with some pine thrown in for good measure. Very appealing.

Taste: A perfect blend of citrus forward hops, a solid malt middle, and then a pine-like bitter hop finish. I'm not getting any wheat here but this is a well-done beer for something so hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fleeting on the tongue (it's there and then is gone) followed by a good thickness to the beer that lingers but not too long. There is a coating on the tongue and teeth afterwards (probably all that hop oil) but I'm not complaining. Nice.

Drinkability: I noted the higher ABV fairly quickly with this one, but that's because it was so good that I drank it fairly quickly. That being said, this one is dangerous - I want another one but I know I shouldn't it. It's a great beer - went fantastic with a meal (mustard pork-chops and potato gnocchi) and I think it would be good alone also. I can see why so many people have rated this beer highly - it is a very very good beer.

damndirtyape, Sep 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

TheMultiYeast, May 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Sazz9, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

johnyb, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Bwagner1122, Nov 02, 2013
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,610 ratings.