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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,583
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 339
Gots: 1,616 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 7,583 | Reviews: 1,484
Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a golden brown color with nice some orange tint. The head is surprisingly minimal.

S: A lot of pine and citrus notes from the hops, with only a slight touch of wheat (not that I'm complaining). This is more of an IPA or APA from the nose, anyway.

T: The flavors are very similar to what the nose would indicate. Good citrus (orange) and bitter hop flavors, a touch of sweetness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body with a nice crisp, refreshing finish.

D: A much better take on the Pale Wheat Ale than the usual "hefeweizen" that American breweries make. The hoppiness really makes this a great refreshing brew.

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pale gold with a slight haze. A gentle pour produced an inch of foam that recedes to a film.

There are some nice tropical fruit aromatics on the nose. A resiny evergreen hop character is also noted, and a slight botanical, almost lavender-like note that reminds me of scented soap. A faint malty sweetness is detectable behind the hops.

The palate opens with a blend of tropical fruit (pineapple in particular) and herbal/botanical hop flavors. Pine becomes more apparent in the mid-palate, and the slight soap character that I picked up on the nose is present on the tongue as well. While the beer isn't especially sweet or malty, it does have a medium-full body from the liberal use of wheat malt. The finish is smoothly bitter and very slightly tangy. This is one of the better beers in the Lagunitas catalog.

Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great to see another limited release offering from one of favorite brewers here in my area.I poured two into a imperial nonic with it coming out a clear lighter golden with a 1/2 finger white that was quick to fade.Ahh yeah bigtime in your face citric hop in the nose along with a touch of sweet alcohol and very light toasted wheat malt,the hop profile in the nose is just great.Intense grapefruit rind and tangerine hop flavors hit up front on the palate and then some caramel toffee shows thru along with a fading toasted what touch in the finish.Yeah it has bigtime hop wich kicks arss but there really is more to it.My new favorite American pale wheat its slightly better than Gumballhead in my book.The drinkability is just awesome for the ABV%.

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

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-gold body sporting a full inch of off-white foam. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: A nose smelling of wheat fused with some fine hop notes, an aromatic blend of citrusy lemon and grapefruit, some floral orange blossoms, and a small hint of pine.

Taste: Lightly sweet, crisp, plainly crackery malted barley and wheat flavor in the fore. Fairly bold hop tastes of flowers, dried herbs, citrus fruits and even some pine. Moderately bitter. Small touch of alcohol in the mix. Finishes dry with a sparse amount of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: To be honest, this one quietly slipped in under the radar as I hadn't heard so much as a peep about it before coming across it at the Brick Store Pub recently. A pleasant surprise and a pleasant combination of wheat and India Pale Ale qualities. Nice job, Lagunitas.

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

12oz bottle, with 'fridge' spelled 'frige' in the label rant - very reminiscent of 'frigo', en francais, I'd say.

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy pale golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a more or less solid, yet pockmarked paint job of lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of orange citrus cream, a bit of good ol' barley and sweet n' spicy wheat maltiness, black pepper aerosol, and some stronger, more acrid pine needle hops. The taste is bitter pine resin and sassy fleshy orange and grapefruit citrus, bready caramel malt, a hint of saltwater taffy, a bit of reduced spicy wheatiness, further grassy/floral hop notes, and some mildly sweet booze warming.

The carbonation is quite sedate in its bearing, just a faint frothiness manifesting, the body a decently hefty medium weight, especially for the style, mostly smooth, and certainly not un-creamy. It finishes with the main players still quite game - sweet caramel and wheat malts, and unabashedly brash pine and citrus hops. Ya know - Lagunitas.

American Pale Wheat Ale my sort of pale Canadian ass. I know that this is made with wheat malt, then, ok, but the rest of the story screams out tasty WC IPA, despite the wheatiness, and I'm not going to fault a damned agreeable beer for being cast in the wrong category because of the black sheep in its makeup.

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left wispy traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, wheat, pine and some caramel. Great aroma for a wheat beer.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeastiness with a good dose of citrusy bitterness and pine flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever had. Don't know why it took me so long to buy some of this.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Miller Lite shaker pint glass at The Barley House.

Who doesn't love gettin' themselves a little sumpin' sumpin', eh? This potential entendre pours a cloudy straw topped by two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises grapefruit, melon, light onion, flowers and light caramel. The taste is more of the same, with some light clove, pepper, nutmeg thrown in for good measure. The body is medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' brew, something that I'm upset I took so long to try.

Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of white head on a clear, polished copper colored body. Average retention and good lace.

S - Strong, fruity hop aroma with lots of pineapple and guava. Fruity yeast compliments the hops and blends in well.

T - Sweet malt and spicy hops, more pine like than the aroma. Some clove like yeast character comes out in the middle and fades to clean malt and fruity hops with moderate balancing bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, the hops in both the flavor and in the nose remind me of a toned down Hop Stupid. It is well balanced as it has a pretty strong dose of malt and most of the hop character is devoted to flavor and aroma rather than bitterness. One of Lagunitas best.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, wheat, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and some wheat breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppier than average wheat beer worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear gold, with 2+ big fingers of foamy eggshell-white colored head. This shrinks down fairly quickly but still retains with a frothy ½ finger that just SLATHERS the sides of the glass with a rich latticework of sticky lace. The aroma is just EXCEEDINGLY West Coast feeling in the nose, being hugely floral, spicy, piney, and lush, with robust tropical fruit character. It's literally an explosion of hop flavors in the nose. It's so strong in fact, that you almost don't initially pick up on the smoky and sweet malt presence that glides underneath all of those hops. Some light warmth adds a touch of beef to the bouquet, pulling the flavors together into a thick hold in the nose.

The hops just rage in the taste, with a spicy and resinous bitterness that grips the tongue in an aggressive bite. Luckily, this isn't all about the hops though, as an equally beefy sweetness is there to even it out, being comprised of a thick tang of robust citrus and bready toasted wheat. The finish is all hops, with a lingering bitterness that just STICKS in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a generally creamier carbonation up front that then gives way to to a hugely slick and oily feel. This seems to literally slither down the throat, just completing the hoppy trilogy of awesomeness here. This is actually the real highlight of the beer for me, as the mix of the hop oiliness and wheat texture just combines to make for one of the easiest and most drinkable feels, that I've had in a while. Excellent!

Where the hell did this beer come from? Not only my pick for sleeper beer of the summer, this is my early favorite for sleeper pick of the year! Just HUGELY well balanced West Coast hop character here, that is beautifully packaged into an equally great quaffable Wheat Ale body. I agree with some other reviewers that this is one Lagunitas beer that should have been in bombers, as 12 oz just isn't enough for one sitting. There's definitely nothing Little about this "Sumpin'". Great stuff!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bright orange copper hue with a foaming huge white head leaves thick chunky lacing behind, supposedly this one is brewed with some wheat.

Aroma is all grapefruit and citrus peel with a bit of pine hop nectar going down. Sugar coated grapefruit blends nicely in the lighter toasted malt character. Big West Coast hop characteristics going on.

Flavor has grapefruit, herbal weed, and pine cone bittering hops working in full cohesion. A juicy sweet sugar coated hop entwined malt profile exists here not much accent from the wheat utilized this is a hoppy as American Pale Wheat if that's what it is.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with hop oils lubricating the palate completely, carbonation levels are moderate and carry the beer pretty easily.

Drinkability is great, but this is a strange brew. Hop burps are plentiful but it's such a weird experience I'm getting from this hop-centric brew. Hoppier than Gumballhead or Southern Tier Hop Sun, but it's so different from those two. There's no question about their wheat ale tones. If given to me blind I couldn't tell you this has wheat ale written all over it.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this following the Dark spirits brewsession on the sunday before labor day. Poured from the 12oz chilled into a tulip

A - A very clear golden w/ a marigold dark shade w/ thick frothy white cap which settles to a bead ring.

S- the aroma is very hoppy w/ lots of pine esters and a subtle wheat aroma in the nose w/ mild stone fruit accent in the yeast ester

M - A lighter medium body w/ slightly bitter texture and moderate carbonation with mild acidity/astringency w/ a semi-dry finish

T - All about the hops, the flavor has a strong pine hop flavor w/ wheat cohesion. I would guess this is a c hop brew, maybe centennial or columbus with mild astringency in the flavor. The tang of yeast is gentle and completes the flavor w/ a tinge of citrus rind and grassy notes in the finish

D - A Tasty end of summer selection, thanks again tb69! I wanted to try this for a while, I think it is an IPA in wheat beer clothes basically, but plenty of west coast hop in this tasty wheat.

Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: A riot of hops, lemons, grassyness & pineyness, plus leafy hops too

T: Grapefruit, breadyness, a touch of honey & dryness up front. Leafy hops & grapefruit as this warms, pineapple, pear & slight grainy bread sweetness with a touch of honey too. Finishes slightly juicy, with leafy hops, a little bit of honey sweetness & pineapple as well

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, superb balance

Drinks great, easily the best American Wheat beer I've had, I believe, maybe off style a tad, but I don't care. This goes on the MUST buy list for Summer & Fall!

Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a touch of amber, slight chill haze. Modest head and carbonation. Deeply fruity and bitter. I don't taste any of the usual wheat flavors, but it is rather sharp and acidic. More of a Belgian character. I would have called it a Tripel, but it is considerably more bitter than any I've had. Interesting and well-made beer that is worth a try. Quite fragrant and spicy in the nose. I like the "Wild" version a little more with its bolder Belgian weirdness. From a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

With a name like that how could I resist? It was pretty good. Crisp and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Poured a pale golden with a nice white head. Floral hops in the nose with a touch of citrus zest. Similar qualities in the taste: floral, citrus, a touch of spice, and sweet malts in the background. Light-medium body, crisp and drinkable.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Heard a lot of great things about this beer, and being one of my fav breweries I was excited to try this one. Pours a semi see-thru orange, good head with a moderate amount of lacing. Not too much there for aroma, but time for the important part.. the taste. Wicked smooth beer... just nice and creamy with a nice hop kick to it, although it is a tad bit subdued. Nice and balanced and way too drinking for 7.3% ABV... and this is a pale wheat ale??? damn, they're doing something at this brewery right because this is downright delicious. I agree with a past reviewer that this tastes like a Hop Stoopid light... great description, hoppy but still has the nice easy goingness of a wheat/cream ale... great beer.

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Hazy, golden hue, slim ivory head.

Citrus and spicy aromatics, pithy lemon with bits of pepper, and a side of melon, potent and risible.

Tastin'...Juicy right from the start. Followed by a palpable burn down the back of the throat. Again....pungent, palpable, and pretty easy to pass down the gullet. Delicious. Zesty!

At 7%, not too strong, but still big enough to make it much more interesting than the average wheat ale. I'll keep reaching for this until it disappears.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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