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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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5,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 5378
Reviews: 1297
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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 RaulMondesi


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hotter than Nina Agdal's twitter feed, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin seemed ripe for the occasion.

This done sucker can get Raul into trouble. 7.5%, but it goes down quicker than... (get your mind out of the gutter, my minions!). But yeah, this dang sucker is smoother than my baby mama after she gets waxed.

Smooth, supple, more flavor than J-Lo chewin' on bubble gum...


Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:29:45 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Duane_Opfer


4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Couldn't find a bottled date, unless 220 is a Julian date... if so, then bottled on Aug 10th. Consumed on Sept 1st.

Pleasantly surprised...

A - Pours substantial head unless poured very gently. Head does not dissipate quickly. Light carbonation. Golden in color. Beautiful lacing as the beer is consumed.

S - Hints of tropical fruit and perhaps peach and apricot.

T - Wow. Slightly tart and loaded with flavor. Hints of lemon, lime, pineapple, pine with a bready bitterness. Completely hides the ABV. Dangerous since 7%, but goes down so easy.

M - Luxurious foaming in the mouth. Has a clean crisp feel.

O - Had to drink 3 before I finished my evaluation. I'd finish it, review my notes, and then have to have another to validate the 4.75 on taste. It's that good.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 23:07:15 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of bnes09


4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Transparent golden color. Rich creamy head on the pour, about a finger and a half. Retreats to a solid layer of froth and covers the glass in lacing.

Biscuity malt in the aroma. Citrus and Italian herb spices.

Wheat malt flavor at the forefront balanced with a pungent citrus and ginger hop bitterness. Very spicy overall. Great balance.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Coarse, grainy texture mid-drink. Dry finish.

Good stuff. Complex and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 23:03:09 | More by bnes09
Photo of Jacurdy60


4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice golden-brown with a brighter yellow hue. Head pours thick and vibrant white and retains fairly well. Leaves a bunch of lacing. Bubbles rise to the top in effervescence.

S-Piney hops, salty, grapefruit, faint notes of sweet malt on the back. Aggressive as hell up front, but I like it.

T-Grapefruit, earthy hops, pine and abrasive floral notes precede a wheaty, sweet aftertaste that leaves the palate with a slight char taste to go along with the aggressive hops. Very nice.

MF-Wet, oily, smooth and medium bodied with a light finish.

O-Well done. I wasn't expecting so many hops but I enjoyed it. It's more of an IPA than an APA, but, whatever. It's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:33:49 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at High Dive in Park Slope.

A - Pours a lively gold with tons if bubbles rising in the glass. Average head that seemed to last.

S - Overall citrus (probably grapefruit) and a bit of grass perhaps. A very light aroma.

T - Amazing. Ripe fruits up front that give way to a roasted malt flavor. The wheat flavor is subtle.

M - 7.5% ABV is hidden quite nicely as I put away a few too many of these without realizing it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 17:54:47 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of matjack85


4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this single 12oz bottle as part of a build-yur-own six pack for $9.99 at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL. Could not find any kind of freshness date on it.

The beer poured a perectly clear golden/orange color, so it's obviously filtered. Big frothy white 4-finer head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Surprisingly stong hoppy smell along with a fruity character.

Huge wheat malt flavor along with an apricot taste. Plenty of mild piny hops for balance, yet it's really not that bitter at just 20 IBU's. I also get an additional kiss of honey-like sweetness.

Light to medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

A very unique tasting beer, and also a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 07:26:58 | More by matjack85
Photo of lukester


4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Of all the Stellar breweries out there, this place is my favorite for creativity and consistent quality. Their hop profiles are much like other world class breweries such as Green Flash, Russian River, Firestone walker that I also love. I've not been able to clone this profile in a homebrew and can only wonder if it is hop extract that is the secret....

As for ALSS this beer is Lagunitas in a nutshell, playful name, unique flavor and a very solid beer. Like all their IPAs, it pours out very light in color with a light lacy head. The body is nice, not too heavy but obviously qualifies as a light DIPA. I just wish I could pickup a half barrel for my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 05:01:36 | More by lukester
Photo of Joe_Grizzly

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not had a bad lay-guh-nee-tas yet

this was a little different then I expected after reading the reviews

has a malty-creamier base then I expected it too

my first go around with Belgian yeast

has a copper hue to it with huge head 2.5 finger center pour

a nice smooth drinker that I wouldn't turn down

the A.B.V is well hidden for 7.5 %

has great carbonation and tastes wonderful the hops are there but not over bearing

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 11:45:33 | More by Joe_Grizzly
Photo of Ri0


4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled August 3. Reviewed August 22.

A - Sun kissed orange with a cloudy appearance. Billowy 2.5 finger white head that fades and leaves a fat collar and thick swaths of lacing behind.

S - Delicate tropical and citrus notes from the Amarillo hops. Orange, ripe pineapple, and mango. Some sweet honeysuckle and wheat Ritz cracker complete the aroma.

T - Starts with the tropical and citrus of ripe pineapple, mango, and orange. The sweetness follows with honey, bread, and some wheat Ritz cracker. A bit of pine and citrus bitterness on the finish.

M - Rich and well carbonated with a medium light body. Fluid and well carbonated, high acidity despite high bitterness. Very compelling for another sip.

O - Amarillo hops added to a Wheat Ale = delicious and a great beer for anytime of the year. One of my favorite Lagunitas offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:49:24 | More by Ri0
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: All but the gentlest of pours produces a massive multi-fingered ivory-colored head with outstanding retention; intimidating, even. Body's color is a very slightly cloudy gold, with a few streams of carbonation. Insane lacing on my glass, looks like sea foam, very amusing.

S: Citrus and pine through and through, courtesy of the hops. Good complexity, but nothing that I can't get from other brews. OK, that may be overly harsh, it's just doing so well that I felt like knocking it down a peg.

T: Equal mix of minty pine and citrus fruit, plus a good touch of spice. Well balanced hops varieties. Pleasing amount of bitterness, not too much, but enough to scare away lagerheads.

M: Fluid and well carbonated, high acidity despite high bitterness. Very compelling for another sip.

O: Uniquely foamy, extremely entertaining for an AIPA (yes, I deviate from beeradvocate's classification, as the packaging suggested many do). Great hop complexity, yet I feel that most other brews in this category that I've sampled can provide the same profundity. Maybe my hops palate hasn't been properly developed (quite possible), maybe I've only been sampling the finest of AIPA's (possible), but it didn't live up to its casing's hopefulness of tasting 'everything anew'. Still a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 07:58:25 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of mnrider


4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Has Freshness Date.

A: Pours a clear pa;e amber. Large white head with good retention and great sticky lacing.

S: Sweet malts and some floral hops. The sweetness really stands out in the aroma.

T/M: Smooth. Fruity with floral hops, nothing too bitter. Yeast and grains are nice and blend
well into the beer. A wheat kick throughout the beer brings an interesting and flavorful
addition. Slight warming of alcohol. The finish is hoppy and dry.

O: An excellent hoppy wheat ale. Easy to drink. Well balanced. Perfect ingredients. One of
better beers from Lagunitas.


Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 21:16:51 | More by mnrider
Photo of Isoruku


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delightful, fun beer. And the only wheat beer I have every truly loved. I'm normally an IPA drinker, and as a rule tend to avoid wheat beers. The first time I tried Little Sumpin' I did a double-take. It's a wonderfully flavorful blend of orange, lemon, various spices, with a hint of pineapple. There is an unmistakable hoppiness complemented by a layered, citrusy aroma. Don't be put off by the description of the "fruity" character of this beer - it's complex, a bit malty, with just the right degree of bitterness.

(It should be added that I had a bottle of Little Sumpin' recently and it was not nearly as good as the on tap version.)

Overall, a wheat beer for IPA drinkers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 12:40:30 | More by Isoruku
Photo of amnesia85


3.44/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Purchased a 6 pack for $10.50 from a great big beer store in my area. Served in a hill farmstead stem at 45 deg F.
A: Crystal clear, golden amber toned with a small 2cm head from a moderately aggressive pour which dissipates to form a ring and a tiny island of single layer Co2 bubbles. Champagne bubbles arising from the bottom. This beer chokes up a good sized head when agitated and it appears to be white with a yellow tinge.

A: Lemon, yeast, bread, wheat.

T: thick sliced bread, yeasty with a hint of citrus fruit, malt present in the background. The taste of stale bread lingers on minutes after sipping.

M: clean, crisp, lightly carbonated. This beer is light and goes down easy.

O: the wheat really shines through on this one, and im not getting the hop profile I would expect from a beer going neck and neck with gumball head. I think I prefer this beer out of the bottle because I get less wheat taste from it. I will drink it again because there are 5 left from the 6-pack. I would like to try this beer fresh from the brewery to get a better idea of where they were trying to take the hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:38:37 | More by amnesia85
Photo of sfprint


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Champagne like carbonation and surprising bright orange. transparent. fruity and hoppy on the nose with some warm spices. smooth taste, light, but hinting towards an amber, but like a not so bitter ipa. pretty damn delicious. smooth on the tongue, light to medium body. I would certainly drink again. delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 16:30:37 | More by sfprint
Photo of EmpireStrikesBock


4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is gaining popularity in Chicago for many reasons (Lagunitas opening their facility in the city, good distribution and great marketing) but the main reason it's owning the casual beer scene here is BECAUSE IT RULES.

Not to bring popularity into the discussion, that's not important. But this beer is gaining notoriety and I am a regular consumer of this when at pubs and restaurants.

This beer smells, feels, looks amazing. It tastes better than all that.

It has the appearance that any pale what ale SHOULD have. A nice orange-peel look to it. A beauty in a pint glass, even if it's a shit bartender pouring it.

Good citrus aroma before plunging into a smorgasbord of flavors ending in a dry finish.

I'd recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 14:52:16 | More by EmpireStrikesBock
Photo of McStagger


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful golden orange. Two fingers bleach white head. Fairly rocky, with moderate dissipation. Laing is stellar. Carbonation appears subdued. Impressive looking.

S: Huge burst of citric madness. Grapefruit bomb from the nose. Also has that onion/garlic note, with pine needles, citric soapiness and tropical fruit galore. Very, very fragrant.

T: Intro is soft...pillowy, definitely the wheat, but that is quickly overtaken by the hops in this one. Huge citrus notes, with lots of grapefruit and lemon. Tropical fruit pops up, as does stone fruit.

M: If the wheat has any presence here, it seems to be in the texture. This beer is soft and pillowy. Very, VERY light bodied for how hoppy it is.

O: I'm sold. I had been avoiding this one for almost two years, simply due to the fact that it's labeled a "wheat beer". I should kick myself. This is a deliciously hopped beer with an amazingly light body. Considering the mad availability and downright reasonable price, I have a new staple IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 07:03:01 | More by McStagger
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a sixer at Frougle's poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden, mostly clear, with a fluffy three finger head. Lace and foam hangs on the side of the glass, soapy till the very end

S - Orange, mild grapefruit, pine.

T - An interesting blend. Pine, orange, breads, and some malt sweetness. Breads dominate the finish and aftertaste. A hint of bitterness.

M -A touch thin with moderately low carbonation, but it fits this beer really well

O - Goes own smooth, and carries enough taste to keep it interesting. A great summertime beverage.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:04:58 | More by Apellonious
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color of an orange peel, and the clarity of a clean glass. The head was a two-finger snowy white cream puff.

Smell: Sinus-clearing American hops made me wonder if this was really an American IPA. The hop smell, while surprising, was simply delightful. Pine, citrus, and cool mint. As much as I tried, I couldn't get a read on the malt bill. Some lovely tropical esters opened up, however, as the beer warmed.

Taste: The hops stung like a bee, but it hurt so good. The high bitterness lasted well into the finish, but was sweetly balanced by honey drizzled pineapple and a breeze of breach malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium light mouthfeel with a highly carbonated bite. Zing! The bitterness gave this a dry finish.

Overall: Quite powerful for a pale ale, particularly one with wheat, I should think! But the sweet secondary flavors made this something special, and the hops were zany and enjoyable. Too much going on for this to be a sessionable beer, but definitely something one ought to try! Can't give this more than a 4 overall, simply because I felt it was more of an IPA than an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 13:18:58 | More by BethanyB
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light orangish-yellow, not quite pilsner light but close, finger of head, decent lacing, pretty clear

Smell is pineapple, pear, grapefruit, peach, bread, wheat and a ting of honey sweetness, A joy to smell to say the least.

Taste is pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, bready malt, wheat, hint of pepper, bittering pine on the finish while remaining slightly sweet at the same time.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, average carbonation, slightly drying, not as drying as a IPA though.

I have had this many a time, but for some reason never gave it a score. I see why people compare it to Sucks.... All Lagunitas beers seem to have that amazing citrus quality that I for one just love. They are all different in there way, some more malty, some more bitter, some more piney.... But I think we can all agree you know a Lagunitas beer when you taste it!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:48:59 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours pale color with two fingers of dense, beautifully formed head with generous, sticky lacing. Brilliant clarity, excellent retention. Champagne like effervescence.

S: Pear, generic hops, slightly sweet pale malt, a little pepper, honey-soaked pineapple. A fairly potent aroma.

T: Grainy wheat and malt, notes of apple and pineapple, and an undertone of nondescript hops and mildly sweetish malt. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy texture, with medium-high carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty, fairly drinkable, and by no means a typical wheat beer. Solid but nothing to wow you with.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:41:55 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of lostinfla


3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big surprise for me here. I am not typically a wheat beer guy, but this one was a real eye opener.
Ice cold pour from bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Bright, clear orange color with a moderate snow white head. Lacing remained through out the glass and carbonation was a little on the light side for me.
A cornacopia of aromas with this one! Opened the bottle to a very bright pine / citrus smell. After the pour , got the true smell of pineapple and mango. Only improved as the temperature of the beer rose.
The taste was just the right level of fruity / maltiness - with the strong flavor of pineapple and mango showing through. Nice Hoppy bite at the finigh that lingered for just the right amount of time!

Surprise, surprise - maybe I am a wheat ale guy after all...

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:36:48 | More by lostinfla
Photo of Weston19


4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: The appearance is an amber color with a thick foamy head which quickly disappears into a nice lacing that stays there until you finish it.

S: I think the smell is the best thing about this beer. The immediate smell I encountered was sweet pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a little nuttiness. Truly one of the best smelling beers I've ever had the pleasure of smelling.

T: Taste follows the nose with a little sweetness followed by a strong taste of grapefruit. There is also a tiny hint of pineapple but the grapefruit was definitely the main flavor. Leaves a small amount of bitterness every time you take a sip.

M: Very creamy and a bit oily.

O: I thought this beer was a fine example of why Laguanitas is one of the best craft beer producers around. Everything about this beer is spot on for the type of beer that it is. Although I personally didn't like the bitterness the aftertaste left, that is just my personal opinion. Would definitely recommend it if you like this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 05:17:59 | More by Weston19
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear golden/copper colour with a smallish white head.

Nose is hoppy, with citrus and tropical fruit sticking out. Grapefruit, orange, papaya. Quite a nice scent.

The hops are all there in the flavour as well, grapefruit being the standout. Moderately bitter. Crisp wheat flavours come out, which I didn't really detect in the nose. Finish is a bit soapy.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit oily.

Overall, quite good. Nice beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 16:39:16 | More by jrenihan
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle no. 06696511856. Sampled on July 26, 2013.

It has a golden yellow pour and a significant foamy off-white head. The head fades but never disappears.

I enjoyed the aroma which covered a lot of ground with its pale malts, sweetness, resin, grass, and soapy esters.

The body falls into the medium range but it is so creamy it slides down my throat without a hitch.

Malty sweetness kicks off the taste experience and it is quickly overtaken by the earthiness along with some pear or maybe grapefruit flavors. Ends moderately dry. Easy to drink with a nice character. It is one I will remember.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 20:06:31 | More by puboflyons
Photo of hoody711


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I love that this beer is year-round. Simple 6-pack, into a tulip.

A - pale yellow/orange. The head is 1-2 fingers and fades in a medium amount of time. The lacing is abundant and majestic. A nice fluffy puff of head remains on the surface.

S - sunshine and amazing. A little breadiness at the beginning that yields quickly to the glorious citrus hops. I don't smell booze at all, and there's nothing balanced here. It's grapefruit and citrus hops all the way, and it smells amazing.

T - there's a hint of smeet maltiness at the beginning and at the end but just like the nose, the citrus hops dominate. I have no complaints.

M - thicker and chewier than you would expect. Sticks around for a bit. The carbonation is dead-on. The bite sticks around for just a bit longer than I would prefer.

O - I wish all wheat beers tasted like this. This is far closer to an APA or even an IPA. My ratings are biased by my preference. If I rated on style, it'd be lower, but that would be a disservice to the beer. This beer is insanely good, and you owe it to yourself, if you're on this site, to get it if it's available. One of my top 10, across all styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:50:30 | More by hoody711
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,378 ratings.