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: 7,899
Reviews: 1,566
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,953 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice, clear golden color. A one finger white head has pretty good retention. A little bit of lacing here with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Very strong. Lots of floral hops and pine.

T - Very complex. There are some floral hops upfront followed by notes of pine. The thing that gets me is the after taste. It's like biting into a grapefruit. It also has notes of orange, pine and maybe a bit of pineapple. No wheat at all.

T - Light mouthfeel. Very good balance. Good carbonation.

D - Considering the higher ABV for a wheat ale this goes down real easy.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at draftingroom exton.

A- comes my way with a small cap of bright white loose foam the settles quickly to few wisp and a light ring. Golden yellow in color.

S- citrus and sweet honey. Big bright tangerines and tart oranges. Hints of cut grass and earth.

T- this is one hopped up pale wheat. Loads of light yet bold citrus and tropical fruits. Fresh wheat and honey.

M- on the lighter of body with a pleasant refreshing carb.

D- this is one killer pale wheat. I can't get enough of it. A great summer day brew for labor day weekend.

Photo of nicnut45
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful golden almost orangeish color. Very little head on pouring and what is left is minimal. Nice tight lacing ring. The beer is fairly clear.

S-Wonderful, almost like a glass of grapefruit juice. Heavy malt scent in the background remind me of a barleywine. I just wish the smell was stronger. Maybe a bit more carbonation to push it out.

T-This is a bitter one but very refreshing at the same time. The hops show more character then most of the ipa's I have tried. More of the floral and citrus characters come through, not just plain bitterness. The malt hiding in the background balances out nicely with all the hop flavors. The finish is a bit dry and there might be a bit of age on this bottle because I get the feeling the hops flavors are starting to decline. But it still is excellent and better then most.

M.F.-There is a stinging bitterness that I dont find too pleasing. Also as stated before, the finish is quite dry.

D-I think I would try this one again. But the craft beer aisle at binnys is limitless.

Photo of dwilson01
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. The body is a light yellow golden color, like a diluted honey. A thin creamy white head tops the brew which dissipates fast, nice cling action on the glass and leaves a thin top layer.

The smell I get reminds me of the wheat malty flavor of other wheat beers, that nice thicker creamy scent. But this one is accompanied by a huge amount of hops just like Lagunitas does most of their brews.

The flavors are great and quite varied, I get a nice bittering hop initially which is balanced with the sweeter wheat malt they added. The aftertaste gives you a sour citrusy flavor as well.

Although the color is very light don't let that decieve you, this brew has a great mouthfeel, it's solid which fills the palate completely with all the flavor in the brew at every taste.

Extremely drinkable, has a huge range of flavors and I really can't even put this beer into one category which I like about it. It has the wheat beer flavors but also those of an india pale ale combined with a mouthfeel I would expect out of a scottish cream ale. It's one of the more complex flavor profiles I have found with Lagunitas and it won't dissapoint.

Photo of jbone78
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the little store. I forgot it was sitting outside the cooler, so it is a bit warm.

Pours a slight hazy golden/yellow. Nice white fluffy frothy head. Might be cause it's a tad too warm. Smells of nice citrus hops. Kinda has the same hop character as Hop Stoopid meaning has that very crisp apple flavored hop taste. I do like it. Very nice refreshing tasting beer.

-Bye

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a sanitized hotel glass. Sometimes you just have to make do. Slightly hazy, deep golden color, lots of bubbles and a thin white head.

A nice earthy hop aroma, some tangy citrus notes as well. Not hoppy citrus but an almost sweet candy-like aroma. Taste is also an earthy hoppiness, with citrus and tangy wheat and sweet malts again combining for a candy like effect. Some alcohol sneaking through, and some bitterness in the finish.

Medium in body, but more filling than I would like, maybe due to the heavy carbonation.

Nice tasty Pale Wheat. Glad to find it on this business trip.

Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Looks nice, this beer has a filtered orange color with lots of gold and yellow edges. The carbonation is active and there is good lace, but the head did take a significant nose-dive after the first minute.

Smell is incredible. This is up there with the best American Pale Wheats and is right up my alley. Lots of flowery and citric hops make the nose a trip down the grapefruit and orange aisle. There's also some malt that comes across as sweet but is just buried by the hops. This is off to a great start.

The first sip has me captivated. The hops are so bold and fresh tasting, they rival any other hoppy APW I can remember. Sweet kiss of malt and no real noticeable wheat other than in the mouthfeel. There's orange, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit tastes along with a crisp finish. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is good, I'd like a touch more creaminess as opposed to the slightly sharp edge the carbonation gives this. But the body is lush and light at the same time, medium in weight, and really clean. Overall, I really like this beer and will be adding it to my normal rotation. Up there with the best of the APW's.

Photo of billybob
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep golden color thin head and quickly fading lace. now things start to get better smells fruity along with some pine resin. then the first taste. hops hit you right off then the different fruit flavors mixing with that pine resin and the smooth thick mouthfeel lets you know that your drinking a nice beer here. drinkability? i definitely need more.

Photo of xnicknj
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at for pete's sake in philly

A - Pours pale golden yellow with a light head which fades away into a film with some traces of lacing around the pint glass.

S - Loaded with a pleasant mixture of juicy hops, wheat, and a touch of fruit.

T - The hops jump right out initially, followed with a sweet, wheat base. An assortment of tropical fruit reveals itself, eventually turning to more oily hops and a bitter finish which disappears swiftly.

M - Light bodied and bubbly.

D - The 7.3% is masked nicely creating a highly drinkable and refreshing beer.

This is super hoppy for the style, and might be one of my favorite Lagunitas beers ever. Nice!

Photo of Torps
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Reidel stemless glass..

Pours a golden amber with a two finger white head from an aggressive pour. The aroma is awesome.. sweet maltiness, pineapple-y citrus hops, touch of resin and perhaps medicinal herbs. Flavor is good. Honestly, something seems lost between the aroma and taste, but this is still a good brew. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced. I'm getting citrus and some earthy grassiness. Plenty of bitterness on the finish with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is great.. I could definitely have few of these

Overall, a great brew worthy the price of admission.

Photo of STEG
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a SA Perfect Pint.

One word describes the color of this beer, gold. Eggshell colored fluffy 1.5 finger head rises and stays for quite a while, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell has fresh cut oranges and other citrusy hop notes.

Taste is a bit piney with some citrus rind up front but moves very quickly into just a light hop aftertaste that keeps you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit watery there's some nice fine carbonation throughout.

This beer is drinkable given the ABV, the alcohol makes its presence known but isn't overwhelming by any means.

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

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a brunescent orange color with a white head.

The scent is off the charts with the hops and awesome.

The taste is pretty darn good, but not as great as I expected from the scent.

The mouthfeel is good and the drinkablility is great. This is a great beer.

Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue into a pint glass with a minimal head. The evident smells are light, floral hops. The taste is upfront hops, without being overwhelming. Somehow this beer manages to be both light and hoppy, a rare breed in my experiences. The hop bitterness is not to the extent of an IPA, but the hop flavor is prevalent. This could easily be a session beer, and I highly recommend it.

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

Another wonderful label from the folks at Lagunitas. Alas we are not to judge a beer by its cover..err label. Sumpin' Sumpin' pours a nice crystal clear gold. Things are topped off by two fingers worth of bone white head. The head eventually settles to a ring. A fair amount of lace is left in its wake.

Sumpin' Sumpin's nose packs a nice wallop. The aroma is definitely hop centric. Sweetened grapefruit strikes first. Some light lemon notes hit as well. Some faint herbal/pine notes rounds things out. Malt comes through only as to sweeten the citrus notes.

This brew definitely hits as hop centric on the palate as well. The sweetened grapefruit in the nose strikes with a bit more pungency. Some sweet herbal notes are present as well. The malt is more pronounced on the palate. Some pale wheat notes, with a light toastiness make up the malt. The finish is sweet with a long lingering herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

A little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale brings some much needed interest to an American pale wheat beer. The hops are ever-present, but never overpowering. The alcohol is kept well in check. While definitely a sweet beer, it never goes syrupy. Kudos to Lagunitas for another tasty hop heads brew.

Photo of JDH2000
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at RFD in Washington, DC. Review from notes.

A- nice clear, golden/honey color with about a half finger of head. Head dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S- nice, strong hops smell to make any hophead swoon. The hops lean towards the fruity (melon, peach) side.

T- again, the hops hit you up front and really linger. Not much bitterness, the hops are all aroma and flavor. Behind that is a nice smooth wheat malt.

M- I was a bit surprised by how smooth and refreshing this was. Also, it hides the 7.3 abv really well.

D- I could drink these all night!

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

This beer really surprised me. I was thinking--"Pale Wheat Ale? Probably not my style," but this one delivered, much like Gumballhead. Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a bit of white head. Smell is big on the hops, like a wheat IPA, kind of. Big leafy and piney hops. Taste is similar, some nice wheat malt notes backed by some serious hops. Light bodied, nicely carbonated, definitely an enjoyable take on the style. Good drinkability, though the ABV is a bit high for the style. Alcohol is nicely masked however. Good work here from a consistently decent brewery.

Photo of Chaney
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, cloudy orange with about 1/4 inch head and a generous amount of carbonation.

S: Grapefruit sizzle, with a sweet quality that is very reminicent of "Sweet Tarts. Yummy!

T: Hoppy, but it doesn't have the upfront Cascade bitterness of an IPA. Yep.... Definitely a wheat based beer.

M: Sweet, but not sugary or syrupy at all. I actually find it very light on the palate.

D: 7.5 ABV huh? The alcohol burn is absent and this one is just flat out delicious!

Overall: "Gumballhead" .... you now have a run for your money!

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

Poured into Chardonnay glass at 50 F

A: Clear golden/honey color with good head which retreats reluctantly to reveal nicely stratified lace.
S: Pine, chestnut, hay,
T: Not too hopped up, very well balanced bitterness.
M: Lively carbonation, smoothly balanced, medium bodied.
D: Good session beer for summer.

I am not a hop head by any means, but I do try to be as open minded as possible about very hoppy beers. Tony seems to have found a great balance in this beer which allows someone like me to enjoy the full hop flavor without being overwhelmed by it. Which is incredible in a beer at 64 IBU. Kudos to job well done.

Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a super clear amber orange color with a thick finger of off-white foamy head with decent retention. Dies to a small collar and leaves behind rings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Hops are the focus here. Fruity, citrusy aromas up front with some hints of pineapple and just a tiny bit of pine. Malts are hidden by the hops almost totally with just a slight contribution of breadiness and a mild wheaty/grainy aroma.

T - As with the aroma, the hops are the focus. Big hits of grapefruit with a bit of orange and some pineapple. Bitterness is higher than most other pale wheat ale's I've had. This seems to be more of an IPA than anything else. Malt character is low - only minor contribution from the wheat, giving a bit of a graininess and some hints of breadlike flavor too - but totally in the background.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation level, prickly/tingley on the tongue. Lingering hop bitterness, maybe just a bit sticky and resiny.

D - Very enjoyable beer...more IPA than pale wheat ale. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness...hard to beat as a companion to spicy food. Would be easy to have a couple more of these.

Photo of arrogant
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at selma's pizzariea in rancho santa mararita.
Deep gold color, but just something I wasn't too crazy about, although it was still very good.
Orange citrusy, with a hidh level palate hit, but wasn't a good pairing with the pesto chicken pizza. Had a hops head after this that was much better.

Photo of leedorham
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a sexy dame on it.

A - A very pale orange in color with a 1 finger white head. Very clear.

S - The hop aroma on this beer is outstanding. Big fruity, citrusy aroma that is impossible to miss.

T - Very fruity. Picking up sweetness, tangerine, honeydew, with a bit of acidity in the background.

M - Carbonation is a bit high, but I suspect that enhances the aroma so I can forgive.

D - This is 7.3% abv? It drinks like 4%. Very easy drinker.

Photo of imwalle
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange with a white one finger head.

Taste: HOPS. that is the first thing that comes to tongue. it is followed by a tropical note.

Smell: Hops yet again, like an IPA

Mouthfeel: Just like an IPA

Drinkability: a very drinkable beer that is slightly dry. i would love this beer in the summer or early spring.

Photo of Jeffo
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Drinks Over Dearborne on our recent trip to Chicago. Thanks for the chat Mike!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thinner looking white head with decent retention. Orange in color with medium carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a thin film with immediate clingy lacing. Slight ring remains but leaves minimal to no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, sweet melon, and hints of butterscotch. An interesting combo and bold enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Pale malts, and sweet melon and toffee as well. Some butterscotch shows up through the middle, leading into a citrusy, bitter hop finish. A mild aftertaste of toffee, butterscotch and bitter hops. Some citrus and grapefruit in there as well. Not getting any wheat in there, but what I am getting is interesting and tasty for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and a little light on the palate. Creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable beer for sure. A more persistent and fuller head would help the look of this one, but the other aspects were very nice. It's listed as a pale wheat ale, but there's nothing wheat-like about it. It's kind of an ultra ESB crossed with an American IPA. This one is a little different than the norm, and I'm glad I picked one up on a whim. Recommended.

Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little Sumpin' sumpin' ale--Limited Release 2009--12 oz. Bottle. 7.30% ABV-64.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial? Lacy dense white head. Clear bright soft gold color. Creamy floral hop soft malt front. Cloying creamy mellow sweet malty caramel sourdough mild fruit body. Smooth hot hop spice cloying bitter malt end. Tasty & smooth, but Odd malt notes like a cream ale? Sampled 11/5/2009. 6-Pack--$9.29

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Little Sumpin' sumpin' ale--Limited Release--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 64.20 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Pale Ale. Thin thin lace white head. Clear bright thin gold color. Lagunitas standard hop profile mild floral flowery front. Mild sweet slightly creamy rich golden cream ale pale ale tangy fruit hint crisp body. Tangy mild hop spice end. Hoppy Cream Ale? Sampled 8/25/2010. 6-Pack $9.79.

Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden light orange with a white, foamy cap that builds up to a nice size. Retains pretty well at one finger. Good rings of lace randomly places on the glass.

S- Hops up front. They lend great tropical fruit notes (peach) and a good amount of citrus. Great aroma strength, all hops but I could sniff them for hours. Really like an orange mashed into a peach. Light caramel malt after some time.

T- West Coast pine and citrus hops, the fruit fades somewhat; a good hop profile nonetheless. Grainy/biscuity light caramel malt provides the backdrop for strong hops. Grapefruit for sure.

MF- Solid, moderate body with a decent creaminess. Carbonation is on the high side. Bitterness is moderately high.

DB- A rerfreshing beer. The pine hops and citrus become somewhat out of check as time goes by. The nose is great but the taste is a bit of a let down compared to it. Good beer, but it joins the fruit hop aroma to pine-zest taste club.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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