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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
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6,881 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 6,881
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 258
Gots: 1,008 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear enough to read through the glass. Single finger head, but it relaxes slowly. The color is neutral amber.

Lots of classic pine needle hop aroma--like an IPA.

The flavor matches the aroma. Noteworthy alcohol feel and flavor. Lots of hop bite almost from the beginning. The body is rich and gives an element of rounded malt tastes. I don't really note any wheat in this one, but it's still a very good pale ale.

smcolw, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pretty, red copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh, citrusy and with a touch of raw herbal notes that is quite nice. There is a touch of malt backbone in the nose as well, supporting crystal malt character provides a hint of caramel and there is a nice, toasted malt towards the finish. The hops contribute aromas of tangerine, candied citrus peel as well as some tropical fruit notes; the hop fruit notes seem to become more noticeable as time goes on too.

Lightly sweet tasting, but with a biting hop character from the get go. This is fairly smooth for all its hoppiness, especially up front. The lingering finish has a clean, biting, though not overwhelming, big bitterness that really lingers on the tongue. A touch of peppery carbonation and a light body (with just enough heft to carry the ample hops) make this quite the quaffable IPA; almost more of an over-the-top hoppy Pale Ale. A touch more aggressive hop character provides notes of pine, a touch of menthol, and just a touch of dank, raw hop flavor. This definitely has a nice balance of hop flavors to it; I like that the citrus / fruit notes dominate with notes of tangerine, bergamot, lots of lychee and floral tropical fruit flavors.

This really needs to be in a bigger bottle, a 12oz bottle of this is not nearly enough. Quite tasty and a nice surprise, this sits nicely as a quite drinkable beer from this brewery along with Hop Stoopid.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.50% ABV confirmed. 64.20 IBU. O.G. 1.076. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - whose IPAs I usually enjoy. Lagunitas is pretty dependable, but I don't think I've had a beer from them that has blown me away.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Presentation: I like the label and bottle. I'm glad they give us details like original gravity and IBU. Plus the nonsense about the label in a square. It beats the pretentious drivel on the back of Stone bottles any day.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, good thickness, nice cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty standard appearance for the style, but the head retention is pretty impressive. Lacing is decent.

Sm: Floral hops, hints of juicy citrus, a bit of hop bitterness, maybe light pine if I really look for it, and clean pale malts. Somewhat nectary. Malty sweetness is evident. A bit grassy, with some emergent bright fruit. A pleasant average strength aroma. Quite clean.

T/Mf: Nectary up front, with clean pale malty sweetness providing the tingly light foundation. Floral hops aplenty, with hints of juicy citrus. I get none of the grass from the aroma, but I do get some light lemon tinges. Some crystal malt is at work here, though it stops far from cidery and crisp. Smooth and wet throughout, and quite light on the palate. Very clean. Pine is not present to my palate, but my be minimal to others'. Slightly dries and coarsens on the finish, bringing out that list bit of fruity nectar. Sweetness is well balanced against the hops. It doesn't beat you over the head with hoppiness; they understand balance. I don't detect any wheat; if this is indeed an "American Pale Wheat Ale" it seems shockingly barley based.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the well-hidden high ABV - which only manifests as an afterthought when your stomach warms. A good offering from Lagunitas. This would be a good IPA in any fridge (I don't consider it an "American Pale Wheat" like the site currently lists, just a very balanced IPA). Dependable and tasty. I'd definitely have this again, and I'll recommend it to friends.

B

Serve cold. Would pair well with pretty much anything light. I recommend couscous, neutral salad, rye bread and butter, or pretzels. It would be awful with chocolate.

A horrible choice for aging.

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03.31.14: Truncated notes.

A: Nice healthy head of nice retention. Clear pale orange-copper of nice clarity. Average vibrance. No yeast is visible.

Sm: Citrusy zest. Clove. Orange peel. Fresh wheat. Fruit. Banana. Clean barley. A moderate strength aroma. A biteen starchy. Tangerine.

T: Notes from the nose, with great balance. Hot damn that's drinkable. I do pick up on the ABV, but there's a lot of flavour here.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Has some weight on the palate. Slightly overbearing for the style, but still soft.

Dr: Drinkable, but the ABV is still noticeable. In spite of its obvious alcohol presence, I find myself quaffing it easily. I see why I bought a 6 pack of this. Nice work from Lagunitas.

B-

kojevergas, Nov 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

oriolesfan4, Jun 29, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, nice lacing.

S: Vibrant orange and pine hop notes.

T: The great hop presence from the nose comes through in the flavour, mixing with the light wheat and bread to create a great flavour. Definitely hop dominated.

M: Smooth and refreshing, crisp, medium-bodied.

D: I liked this ale from Lagunitas a lot, I'm glad I finally got to try it, I just hope I can find a bottle around here. Clean, refreshing, would make a great summertime beer, cliche I know, but it's the truth.

Halcyondays, Jul 12, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/22/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden color with a nice solid and retentive full one inch head. Leaves wonderful thick lace rings and patches after the beer is long gone.

Smell- Stong notes of citrus and pine hops as well as a slight caramel malt mixed together with a good amount of wheat and yeast.

Taste- Impressive. Tons of hops. Pine, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits...fresh tasting to boot. A slight caramel-toffee flavor followed by a nice wheat flavor. Even though it is hopped to hell it still is nice and balanced...if that is possible.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level...crisp and lightly drying asking for another sip. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Drinkabiity- Top notch american pale wheat...hard to come by IMO. It's no threat to Gumballhead, but it's probably the best one below that..will be buying more for this summer...hopefully they make this a regular spring-summer beer.

GClarkage, Jun 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

drewone, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another review that will probably get lost among all the others. Oh well.

From the bottle: "So, we're all on collective disability. That's cool. Let's put some ice on it and keep ourselves elevated for a while. So, what's on the tube ...? Honey ...? Get me a beer from the fridge ... Will ya ...? Sweetie ...? Pleeease ...?"; "Un-Limited Release".

My pour created three fingers of dense eggnog colored head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow. Nose smelled like pineapples and freshly mown grass. Mouthfeel was medium and the pineapple taste was right out of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers. How did they accomplish this one? Man, this was so mellow and coupled with the ABV, I was feeling good about myself. The finish was semi-sweet and very pleasant. That may do it for me this evening.

woodychandler, Oct 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +18.8%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

wrightst, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

orangesol, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kegatron for hooking me up with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear color of golden copper with a rich 2 finger off-white froth that paints a complete wall of lace that sticks to the glass.

The nose has a grassy to leafy hop aspect that is somewhat pine-like and fruity to floral. A bit of biscuit-like grainy and wheat is noted across the back. There is an overall catty, dank to almost cheesy aspect to this brew's nose that is enjoyable.

The taste of the hops are a bit catty and cheesy with a dank appeal. The bitterness is pretty tame here but works to contrast a bit of biscuit to wheat-like grain flavor that is quite prominent here. The aftertaste is a little leafy and vegetative with some bitter herbal rind flavoring.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall quite drinkable with that 7.5% abv really integrated well. This was a pretty drinkable brew that I would not mind having again and drinking pretty effortlessly during the summer.

stakem, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden colour, with a filmy head of white close-knit bubbles. Body is very clear for a wheat beer, but I guess that's what you get when it's not bottle-conditioned. Light body. To be fair, I'm pretty disappointed in the appearance.

It gets better once we get into it, however. Big hoppy aroma on the nose, clearly delineating it from a hef, or a European style wheat beer. Big citric notes of West coast hops, with a slight sweetness, and a twinge of acidity that I'd normally associate with the wheat if not for the big hop aromas. Very nice, very pleasant.

Taste is extremely interesting, and very good indeed. Slight hoppiness throughout, but mellowed perfectly with a sweet wheat bite, the two mix together to give a fragrant, luscious character of dried apricots. Light marzipan character on the back, which dries out into a distinct but mild hop bite which cleanses the palate with bitterness. Ooh, such lovely flavours on the palate. Such a unique blend as well, which is where this beer shines. You couldn't get quite the same effect if not for the hops and the wheat. Lovely.

Feel is light and smooth, with enough sparkle to accentuate the characters on the palate.

Don't judge a book by its cover. I'm glad I didn't (eventually), because this is a really tasty brew, and an exceptionally drinkable one. The characters are unusual, but balance against each other well. I love slightly off-kilter beers that still work so well. This is a good example of one.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 02, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin layer of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is very similar to that of a west coast IPA - tropical hops (pineapple and mango) with just a hint of pine resin. The aroma of this beer is very strong, I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle...even before I began to pour it.

T: The flavor is a nice balance between pale malts and pine/tropical (pineapple and mango) hops. There is subtle hints of wheat and citrus zest.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, not a style that I have experienced often but definitely one that I enjoyed. I really liked the aroma of this beer.

dbrauneis, Feb 28, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, pours hazed, Lighter amber, on the yellowy side, frothy off white head, retentive powers in evience, ample stick, ringed and spotty on the sides of the inner glass. Nose is boldly of juicy citrus and grainy HOPS. Bold full flavor APWA, on the way hoppy side and I like it, yes I do. More grapefruit, more resiny dryness, long dry and hop infused finish. If you like Hops and you like wheat beer...this is gonna be a hit..Very enjoyable "summer beer"..hope this is not too much of a "limited release"

Billolick, Jul 12, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. $4 for a tulip, not a bad deal. It appeared hazy yellow with a tall white head. The aroma reminds me immediately of orange soda, but then pineapple kicks in to make it more of a tropical citrus fruit punch. The flavor is equally juicy at first, but they dries out with a bit of plain malted wheat and peppery hop bitterness. This beer reminds me of the short-lived Middle Ages Imperial Double Wheat - it's big, hoppy, but not terribly bitter. All in all, a pretty tasty beer.

tempest, Oct 21, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If anything, better in the bottle, as wheat beers sometimes are. Great beer, and a homerun for Lagunitas. Much, much hoppier than the average wheat, but the hops wotk here combined with the slightly sweet fruitiness of the wheat and yeasty esters. Pours golden with a relatively thin head and excellent clarity. Smells hoppy, tangy, and slightly sweet with notes of bubblegum and citrus. Highly herbal, with some of the same dill notes I've picked up in a few other West Coast hoppy beers recently (with Exponential Hoppiness being the king of that flavor). I wonder which hop or combination of hops are giving me that taste? Regardless, I really like the effect- particularly with the tanginess of the wheat and the fruity sweetness of the yeast. I love the taste of this. Tangy and herbal, piney and citrusy, and fruity all together. Extremely smooth, followed by a spritzy finish. Mu summer beer of choice for 2009.

Georgiabeer, Aug 03, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/21/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus hops and light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

ejimhof, May 11, 2013
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,881 ratings.