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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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Reviews: 1,507
Hads: 8,075
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 414
Gots: 2,131 | 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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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in a nutshell, kind of like a bigger bodied gumballhead, the biggest difference being in the aroma. pours a slightly hazy gold w/ a white head. Almost reminiscent of the unique GBH-like aroma and taste-primarily sweet tropical fruit and some lemony citrus. Nose is more muted than gbh though, and lacks that signature 3f smell. Honeyed, cake-like sweet malts. no big yeasty qualities like many other wheats. refreshing and crisp for this abv. Medium sweet bread dough/cracker like malts. wheat hardly noticeable other than a hint of refreshing sourness. Medium body. would be great with a lower abv, as it drinks like a quaffer. dangerous.
Update: having been through cases upon cases of this, this is consistently great. A great head every time, fresh every time, great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated. Nose not as good as gumballhead and the abv is a bit high for me, but otherwise great. This is the beer that turned my wife to the dark side and also her best friend. A great gateway beer. (992 characters)

Photo of SiggyFay
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One time a year for it's release is too long to wait. I need my little sumpin' sumpin' fix. Great Beer! Good balance of hops and malt. Alcohol Content is perfect to make this a "heavy" session beer. Looking forward to summer to see this pretty lady again. (255 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Lightly hazed, bright golden yellow with a thin, off-white head that left spotty lace.

S-Fairly aggressive pop of citrus (orange and tangerine) hops with a touch of sweet biscuit malt.

T-Spicy orange/tangerine hops up front with a bit of honey sweetness and a nice backing of biscuit malt chewiness.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly sharp and crisp. Good lingering bitterness.

D-Quite flavorful with pleasant orange and tangerine hp notes. Malt backing is present but doesn't get in the way. Nice job and a very nice drinking beer. (533 characters)

Photo of earthboundagain
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

A- Pours a hazy golden hue, with a small head that does not last long. This beer has some small lacing as well.

S- Wow, This is a good smelling sucker. You have some piney and citrus hops , up front with a wheat malt twang in the background.

T- Big citrus hop up front followed by a slight pine hop, not tasting the wheat, but I think its just balancing out the hops cause for all its hoppy taste this beer is not overly bitter.

M- This beer is built on a medium body with a medium level of carbonation. It has a slight stickiness to it though.

D- This beer is 7.3% but you would never know it. This beer is such an easy drinker, I could drink till I drop.

Thoughts- This was my favorite new beer this summer, an wheat ale that bent the style lines just enough to make it unique and flavorly wonderful at the same time. (842 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came out of nowhere. Drank it a bunch in the Tahoe/Norcal beerfest scene this summer. Bought a good deal of it in bottles too. Hear this is a "wheaty-esque" beer. I dunno, it tastes too good to be a wheat beer.

Appearance looks like nothing special, in fact, it looks a little light and cloudy to be good, like a mass produced hefe. But the aroma starts to tip its hand, that this is a quality brew. And then, the taste, so strong, bitter, and then, bam, like I dunno, Stone IPA or Speakeasy IPA, it just is gone so crisp, like Outkast, so fresh and so clean. Very drinkable, light on the palate and yet so bitter and hoppy. I'm thinkin' crystal malt and simcoe hops all over this one. (696 characters)

Photo of slk22
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a honey color, quite cloudy, with a small white colored head. Aroma was easily detectable, but not overpowering and consisted of a sweet orange and grapefruit combination. Very inviting. Taste follows the nose with a sweet rather than tart citrus (mandarin orange and grapefruit) bitterness on a barely detectable crystal malt backbone ending in a slightly dry finish. A bit warming as well. Mouthfeel was smooth with a light-medium body. Overall, although this offering is not overly complex, I wish this wasn't a limited edition as I really enjoyed this one. Could easily drink several of these and went back to the store to get the last bottle. (654 characters)

Photo of tegelaar
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a murky amber ale color. Chunky white foam that leaves gobs of lacing clumped on the side of the glass.

Smells of brown sugar and caramel. Perhaps this is a dated bottle as the hops are not present in the nose.

Tastes somewhat malty for something of such high IBUs. Not as hoppy as I had hoped. Very sweet with just a tinge of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is perfect in body thickness but slightly undercarbed for my tastes. Goes down smooth.

I could put down quite a few but I'd pay the price the next morning. (523 characters)

Photo of Frosty80
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits clear, light golden brown

Smell: nose is packed full of fresh hop pine and citrus. lots of grapefruit sweetness. slight flopral presence

Taste: mild hop bitterness. great fresh hop flavors. citrusy and piney. just a hint of malt sweetness. slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. low-med body

Notes: very flavorful beer. has a dry- and wet-hopped combo going on. aroma and flavor is fantastic. probly my favorite beer from them. would not have guessed this had anything to do with the wheat category (531 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (414 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 finger head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind minimal lace.

S- Citrus & fruity hops. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit upfront. Some piney hops, wheaty malt, and caramel lingering in the background. What a great smell, so inviting!

T- Sweet and citrusy/fruity, bitter hops in the finish. Drinks more like an ipa, doesn't matter to me it's frickin delicious!

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Love how this coates the mouth, slightly sticky & syrupy.

D- I don't care if this has an abv of 7.3%, I have no problem drinking a 6 pack in a sitting. One of my favorites this summer without a doubt. (653 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger of white head with good retention. Hazy copper liquid.
S: West coast citrus hop is nice and bright! Centennial, maybe some Cascade present. No off smells.
T: Hoppy but more balanced than the nose would indicate. Tiny hint of floral alcohol. Tasty! Very similar to Two Hearted. Is Centennial the way many brewers are going now? - I feel like this is not an uncommon hoppiness now
M: Bitter with breathy alcohol
D: Great. My favorite from LBC so far. Easy drinking but full flavored. Keeps enticing me back for more. I'd order another and buy a sixer again. (615 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the B

A - Hazy orange. Decent head. Crazy lacing. When I finished this beer the top half of the pint class was painted with lacing.

S - Smells sweet. Not much else going on here.

T - Didn't notice hops up front. Sweet at first. Then the hops chimed in. Very nice. Solid pale wheat ale.

M - Light, Smooth, Sexy, Medium carbonation.

D - I generally don't like wheat beers. Love this one. Very balanced. Can't believe it's 7.3%. Well Hidden. (456 characters)

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a six-pack at Capone's. Pretty excited to try this one after all the hype. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Glowing golden color with some haze. 1 finger white foamy head rises and falls, leaving a thin layer on top. Some good carbonation flow up the side of the glass helps retain the head.

Smell: All hops. Citrus and Pine aromas from the hops as well as some orange/tangerine aroma's. Not much malt or wheat aroma.

Taste: Hops. Pretty much follows the aroma, with fruity hop flavors most of the way through. Some slightly toasted wheat backs up the hops a little, but Lagunita's, as usual, is letting the hops take the prize. Bitter finish with flavor of pine.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, but has a syrupy texture to it. Bitter carbonated finish. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: It was ok, but I like hops. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

Was sort of hoping for more of a pale wheat ale like it was supposed to be, and less of an IPA. Because if you didn't tell me what it was, that's what I would have guessed. Too bad Lagunita's couldn't lay off the hops a little, but I guess that's what they do. Still a good beer though. (1,151 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a 10oz goblet

A bright golden body with just a touch of haze keeps this from being completely transparent. A small, frothy white cap didn't keep for very long and settled to a thin collar.

Hmmm. Tons of bright, citrus hops here. Lemons and tangerines with a strong piney character as well. Some clean, toasted pale malt lays very low.

Hops really leap out of the glass and smack you in the face. More fruity and fresh up front with a bitter, piney kick in the finish. An extremely clean toasted wheat body with tons of hops over top. Lemons, tangerines, prickly pine and a boozy finish.

Thick and syrupy for a pale wheat. Hop oil and resin really thicken this one up and make for a crisp, dry finish. Not overly refreshing, which is what I usually look for in a pale wheat.

For a lover of hops, this one is fairly drinkable. But it is confusing to the palate. Once I got about 3/4ths of the way through, I just wanted it to be over, even though the hophead in me rather enjoyed it. I guess it just wasn't what I was expecting.

It appears as though the folks at Lagunitas have stumbled upon this hop profile that they are now using to hop the hell out of a fairly basic pale wheat. Not sure if I dislike it or love it. (1,270 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, orangy copper color, full frothy white head with good lacing. Smell is hop dominant with a focus on grapefruit and pine. Slighty spicyness and a decent carmel malt like whiff with some earthy and floral notes. Taste is very hop dominant with grapefruit, piney and spicy hops up front. Back end has a little malty sweetness to it - honey and carmel like. Only a faint earthy wheat taste. Medium to full bodied, ample carbonation and slightly sticky.

Tastes more like an IPA, akin to maybe DFH 90 minute - hop forward with a malty background. (552 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Without a shadow of a doubt, my beer of the year for 2009. Loved it when it was totally fresh, love it as it gets a bit older. Very unique taste up front and that great Lagunitas hop onslaught on the back end, balanced but just a nice amount of sweetness. Hard to believe the ABV is over 7% on this masterpiece. Juicy greatness and just a true joy to drink over and over. Glorious. (381 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I finally got to try this bad boy...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, bright copper color with a nice fluffy inch of head that fades kind of quickly leaving behind a good bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: Hoppy, which is not what I expected. Citrus and pine stand out, not at all what I expected for the style. Very similar to an IPA.

Taste: Like the smell, hoppy - citrusy with a bit of pine. A mellow sweetness adds some balance to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Aaaah, refreshing and full bodied. Good carbonation, crisp taste.

Drinkability: Although this isn't what I expected, this is a very tasty brew. I will absolutely pick this one up again next time I see it. (659 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, got to give Lagunitas some props for their branding and brew names. It's definitely unique, that's for sure. Fairly dark for a wheat, hazy with a pearl hued head.

A hop-forward wheat ale, with some grassy wheat and powdery yeast in the aroma.

Crisp and biscuity, with some cracked wheat hiding behind the generous leafy hops. Good florals and just diacetyl and creamed corn (dms) at the end. Got a slight alcohol twang at the end, which isn't surprising at 7.3abv.
Mouthfeel is more than expected, in the medium range, which is high for a pale wheat.

It's downright drinkable, and if it wasn't for the abv, I'd tear through a sixer of this in no time at all. (679 characters)

Photo of peterittenhouse
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy orange hue w/ very thin white head.

S-Interesting smell. Fruity, almost smells like peaches or candy.

T- Great stuff. Light w/ a great hop presence. Has a bit of a candy taste. Deadly. Could session by the 7.3 ABV could be a bit of a problem.

M- Smooth mouthfeel. Wheat gives this a velvety touch.

D- Overall,a great beer. This is my second session w/ this one. A very complex wheat ale that will give most a run for the money.

Go Phils (457 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from BevMo in Mountain View, poured into pint glass.

A - Bright golden appearance with a white head.

S - Aroma of tropical fruit, sweet malt, and piney/citrusy hops.

T - Sweet pale malt, honey, pineapple, and fresh citrusy hops.

M - Body-medium light. A very crisp and refreshing summer beer.

D - Drinks like a session beer but will kick your ass at 7.7%. (369 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a honey-orange with a quickly diminishing fizzy, flat dirty ivory capping. Visible carbonation started out strong but quickly fizzled after that. No real lacing was left.

S: The aroma upfront was wet juicy citrus composed of room temp oranges and lemons. Underneath lied a herbal scent of parsley, with light traces of wet pine needles and dry ground pepper. Light hints of burnt wheat stalks and orchids are also present which creates an odd and unique aroma which is a nice change of pace over their other usual standard operating protocol. Overall the aroma was light in strength but will definitely keep you sniffing and guessing.

T: The flavor opens up with glazed dried honey toast and toasted wheat grains. Tart and acidic there was hints of dried herbal hopping with lemon-grass and fresh wheat stalks in the middle of the palate. The drink finishes with a wet tart lemony fade with a dried tropical fruitiness of pineapple and wildflowers. Overall the flavor was as strange and enticing as the aroma. There was some boozy notes of caramel oranges as well rounding things out.

M: very bright and active with a crisp nature and a nice honey slick consistency giving this a viscose feel. This was definitely the bright spot of the drink.

D: Drinkability was good but not mind blowing. This is definitely not a session type beer but it does get progressively easier. Interesting yes. A little sumpin offers something off the beaten path in the way of hoppy wheats which drank like a amped up southern tier 422. (1,533 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Wow! This beer is amazing! I am so suprized by this wonderful ale.

A-Pours a almost clear golden color with a tight creamy bubbly white head that has good retention and very sticky beautiful lacing. Very nice visual appeal.

S-The aroma is SOOOoooo good!!! I can't get enough of those pungent lemon zesty hops!!! SOOOOooo nice. The lemon zest is almost candied, with a touch of wheat in the aroma. As the head fades, the malt backbone comes through more. But the hops are prevelent throughout. A very lovely aroma.

T-The taste is much of the same, but the wheat and malt hits first with a resiny, piny and lemon zest hop flavor with of coarse a big kick of hop bitterness that lingers forever.

M-Very big feel that fully coats the mouth but is cleased by the bitterness that has a good one two punch on my palate.

D-I love drinking this smooth beer. There is no fusal alcohol at all to this beer. A very drinkable beer given the higher abv. Thank you Lagunitas. Go get some Little Sumpin Extra Ale, it is very good. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/13/09

A - Slightly hazy gold. Poured a 3/4 inch head which held on by about 50%. Decent lacing at the start but grows weak towards the end.

S - Juicy nose; grapefruit stands out more than anything. Bits of malt sweetness.

T - Spicy citrus hop bitterness. Floral with hints of pine. Over-toasted yet restrained malts nicely offset the hops. Something in there seems medicinal, but only reveals itself sporadically throughout.

M - Medium-bodied with good carbonation; it's nice & prickly. Bitterness lingers for a moment or two. There is a bit of a numbing effect as well.

D - Easily drinkable. This is solid Lagunitas & worth a shot. (664 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumn leaves orange with a crystal clear countenance. The creamy crown is toasted peanut shell in color and gains a good bit of character as it melts. Honeycomb-like lace appears on all available surfaces and looks fantastic as well.

This American pale wheat ale contains a big olfactory burst of citric hoppiness to the tune of 64 IBUs. It really smells like an APA, but then wheat malt doesn't have a chance in hell with this much grapefruit zestiness in the house.

Throw any considerations of style right out the window. When this many hops are dumped into the kettles, the type of malt almost doesn't matter. If this sucker is this bright and bold now, it must have been even more buzzsaw-like back in May. Hard to imagine.

The malt tastes mostly pale with a smidgen of something more toasted. Again, any wheat flavor that might have been present is blasted into oblivion by tidal wave after tidal wave of pink grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Any hopheads looking for an aggressive alpha acid 'bite' will find it here. The finish is as tight and as focused as a laser beam.

Any beer that makes me look forward to the next mouthful while the current one is being swallowed deserves a high drinkability score. The mouthfeel is close to medium for the style and is much more silky smooth in the bottom half of the bottle. Lightly lush even.

Knowing that it was more hoptastic than most APWAs, I had a pretty good idea that this would be good beer. Truth be told, it's hoppier, more delicious and more drinkable than imagined. If you crave the little green cones like I do, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale joins Three Floyds Gumballhead on the top of the American pale wheat ale pile. Thanks to mikey711 for the bottle. (1,725 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.