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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7,901 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,901
Reviews: 1,566
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,953 | FT: 4
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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 billab914
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale amber color with a white bubbly head filling the rest of the glass. The head faded fairly quickly but clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a juicy, tropical hop presence to it. It has some notes of pineapple, mango, and peach to it . Just a hint of wheat seems to come through.

The taste also shows a lot of tropical hoppy flavors. Peach seems to be the most pronounced with some pineapple and grapefruit coming through as well. A little bready malt provides a base for all the hoppyness. Some bitterness comes through in the finish balancing out the sweet hoppiness that showed up front. I love tropical hop flavors like this one, and this one is very well done.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is very good, I loved the tropical citrus flavors the hops had. Excellent beer overall and one of my new summer favorites.

Photo of berpwillie
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slight hazy copper color with spare head, spare lacing, and lively carb. fruity grapfruit smell, taste is much the same, very crisp and piney as well. light body, average flavor duration, and a slightly bitter finish. very crisp and refreshing. seems like a lot of lagunitas beers have a something very similar to them, and this one was no different,but still very good.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not as expected at all. Poured pure yellow with a white foamy head. Expected darker or hazier

S - Mostly hops but small bit of wheat a pislner malt sort of smell. Ok hope it's hoppy.

T - Well it met my exceptions as being a pretty hoppy brew but with a name like Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale I expected more than little flavor. Mostly taste like orange rinds and pine with no real citrus or grapefruit undertones.

M - Light to medium bodied. Drinkable.

D - Well I love Lagunitas but it seems only for their big beers. Their IPA doesn't seem hopped enough and this was just a hopped up pale ale. Pretty bland yet still love the company.

Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy light orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head.

S- Oranges, peaches, grass, and strawberries. Not super aromatic, but it is enjoyable.

T- Oranges, grass, fruit, and a touch of alcohol.

M- Bitter and dry with a creamy amount of carbonation.

D- A very well made beer and drinks rather nicely.

Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saw this beer was gettin a lot of hype on BA, some people calling it the #1 summer beer of 2010, so I went ahead and bought a sixer. First bottle:

A: Into a pint glass, massive head immediately develops--I had to slow down just to keep it in the glass. 1/2 cap has great retention and produces massive lacing. Beautiful golden sparkly color is exactly what I look for in a summer beer.

S: Wheat, hops, pale malt. The mix of citrus and grassy hops complements the wheat smells very nicely.

T&M: Exceptionally smooth and refreshing taste. Begins with peppery hops, middle is lots of wheat and a strong malt body, finish is all citrusy hoppage. I love a beer that can up the IBUs without drowning out the malt, and this beer does it perfectly. Only downside is the feel, which as suggested by the pour is highly carbonated and takes away from the taste a little, but makes it even more refreshing and drinkable.

D: Dangerously high. If I had discovered this masterpiece sooner slash if it had come to Portland sooner it would've been my summer session beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass

A - Bright gold, with a finger or so head. Decent lacing.

S - Tropical fruits (my wife swears its mango) with some spicy hops scent as well.

T - Peppery hops surrounded by grapefruit and citrus flavors. Not much malt to balance, the the hops flavor stands alone just fine.

M - light, well-carbonated, crisp and clean.

D - I could down a few of these easily. Easy to drink and enjoy with just about any meal.

Photo of hosehead83
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, copper/gold in color, with a nice, fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Fragrant boquet of piney, juicy, citrussy hops
Taste-Hopheads delight! Delicious onrush of juicy grapefruit and tangerine, followed by a tantalizing hop bite that teases the tastebuds into willing supplication.
Overall, wonderfully aromatic, balanced, snappy and tasty. Hard to stop at just one. A fine match for a cheeseburger with the works. One of my favorites from Lagunitas. Don't hesitate, buy that sixer! (or case) Truly an outstanding brew.

Photo of BarrelO
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Surprisingly clear light orange body. Giant pillowy head with great retention and tons of lacing.

S: Tropical fruit bowl with a bit of pine. Absolutely heavenly.

T: Lots of grapefruit. Maybe a bit of pineapple. Plenty of bitterness, but it's matched nicely by the malt.

M: Medium-bodied. Not really syrupy like a lot of IPAs. Enough carbonation to keep it from feeling too heavy.

D: An outstanding IPA. It's well-balanced but still packs a punch. Highly recommended.

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting a long time to try this one... Didn't think this one was ever going to find its way to PA this summer...

A - Three fingers worth of dense yet fluffy slightly off-white head with a rocky top... Excellent retention... A clean light gold color with a slight orange hue... Loaded with lively swirling carbonation that starts off at a moderate pace and accelerates to a blistering pace...

S - A very sharp hoppiness... Grapefruit is the dominate player, but there are notes of lemon, orange zest, and some tropical fruits... Perhaps a bit of pine... The malt base lies deep within and revolves around pale malts and bread...

T - The hops are still at the forefront, but don't dominate the palette the way the do the aroma... The hops take on a slightly more piney nature... Cracker and pale malts compliment the hops perfectly... This is a tasty one...

M - Medium bodied... Ultra lush... Ultra creamy... Clean, crisp, and super satisfying... Just the slightest carbonated kiss... Near perfection...

D - Wow... This is quite an awesome brew... Insanely quaffable... I couldn't put my glass down before wanting another sip...

Photo of begforme4484
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with an orange hue. Small off-white head that recedes with medium lacing.

Smells very balanced. There are some fruity notes on top of a bready malt base with piney hop backing.

Taste is sweet breadyness. Nice citrus notes and a tad bitter on the finish.

Clean beer, and easy to have more than one.

Only downside is it reminds me very heavily of Wilco Tango Foxtrot. Except in appearance.

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

Pours a mostly clear golden color with foamy two finger white head, blobs of lace. Smell: lots of pineapple and grapefruit, honeyed biscuit. Taste: pretty serious bash of grapefruit and pineapple, fades to a sweet pale malt with a hint of melon, maybe some wheat in the tangy finish. Mouthfeel: prickly, active carbonation but fairly light and refreshing. This would be the best pale wheat ever. Still pretty damn good as an IPA, would be 4/4.5/4.5/4/4.

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

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Limited Release
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a honey golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Nice head on top that quickly transforms to a big ole' lace around the glassware that leaves trails of sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Sweet smellin' nose with whiffs of fruits, perhaps some citrus fruits and ripe apples.

Oh yeah, one of those beers I go in for a sip and before I know it, I'm going back in for more. Nicely complex with thisl dry wheat thing going on with a monster hop presence on the finish. Zesty, tart and sweet juice flavors. I dig that juicy peach and tart Granny Smith apple bite.

Imagine one of your favorite hoppy IPA's and a classic dry wheat beer having an offspring. Nicely crafted and mighty enjoyable.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Noticeable clear in color with a light golden honey color. Excellent head and textbook lacing that stuck around even after I finished my beer.

Nice citrusy hoppy aromas and tastes on a claen wheat body. Dry finish with crisp hop flavor. This seems high on the hop flavor scale without too much percieved bitterness. The most hop fwd APWA I have had to date - but well done. APWA meets IPA.
I love this beer. The most enjoyable "surprise beer" I have had in quite awhile.

And I usually dont even like most Lagunitas offerings, well nix that - this is a slam dunk!

Photo of sonata2008
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Honey yellow color, cloudy. Finger width of white foam.
S: Strong hops aroma. Fruity with lots of grapefruit.
T: Very potent grapefruit taste and also quite a bit of sweetness. Bitter tang at the end. Lighter in malt taste than Lagunitas Lucky 13.
MF: Light mouth feel. Medium carbonation.
D: Very refreshing beer. Interesting combination of flavors. Nice for hot summer days. Would go well with picnic fare. Definitely would order this beer again.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden yellow, very clear, really great to look at. Head is a shock of white, well formed with a full finger. Served in a palm tulip, this beer shows off very nicely, excellent amount of lacing. Nose is not as impressive - a bit of hops, significant amount of floral and citrus aroma. Just isn't particularly enjoyable or well balanced.

Taste is nothing spectacular like the name of the beer would suggest, but its still pretty darn good, particularly when compared against similar styles. Nice bit of fizz, light mouthfeel, its a good beer for summer. This is a nice drinkable beer, you would never expect the high abv. A good all around drink.

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

Searched everywhere for this beer. Took me a long time, but it was worth it.

A medium sized white head bubbles out of a medium speed pour. Very clean and crisp looking amber glow. Some lacing left on the glass.

Smells great! Grapefruit and pine. Forresty, fresh, earthy and some booze. Sweet candy/fruity quality. Biscuits and honey? Very interesting and inviting.

Tastes great, too! Enters the mouth in a shy and smooth manner, with a touch of carbonation followed by hops. Good combination of grapefruit and pine flavors. Dark chocolate, lemon, and lime bitterness lingers on the tongue. I think of it as a light summer version of Hop Stoopid. I thank the wheat for the smoothness going down, but can't taste much of it. Hmm.

Rolls across the tongue smoothly. Some welcomed medium-high carbonation which blends in with the bitterness of the hops. Satisfying medium feel.. great for the summer.

This beer is slick.. goes down easy, but will catch up on you fast. I could probably finish off a 6-pack by myself. Very flavorful and complex enough to keep my interest.

Well done.

Photo of seh410
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden yellow with one finger of an extremely foamy off-white/brownish head. The head is made up of lots of huge bubbles and quickly dissipates into a ring around the edge of the glass. Streams of bubbles continue to rise up from the bottom of the glass long after the head dissipates

Aroma: Very citrusy hoppy aroma with a little hint of tropical fruit - maybe papaya or pineapple. In the back is a nice malty sweetness, kind of like caramel flavored cotton candy

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of hops - citrus and pine dominate. There's a bit of malty sweetness but not as much in the nose and a very tiny bit of wheat hiding in the background. The mouthfeel is nice - dry and light and the finish is rather bitter and lingering.

Notes: This is a pretty bitter wheat beer, but definitely very drinkable. I was hoping it would taste a lot like Three Floyd's Gumballhead, but I was a little disappointed. It's much less fruity and tropical than Gumballhead, but good just the same.

Photo of silentjay
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear yellow/copper with a big, white head that sticks around a while and leaves random spots on the glass.

very piney aroma. tropical fruits come into play as well. grapefruit, orange, pineapple, banana, etc. some from the hops, but also some seem to be coming from wheat. not bad.

flavor is piney as well though not as dominate as in the aroma, but with lots of wheat coming through (think wheat bread, not witbier) as well. lemon, grass, lemongrass, orange, lots of grapefruit, biscuit, banana, pineapple. hoppy, which with lagunitas should be expected, but not especially pleasing for me.

light/medium bodied with a crispness from the wheat, but some hop resin left in the mouth.

goes down rather well, but its very lagunitas styled. bitter, kind of sour, and resiny hop-forward. not too refreshing for a wheat beer, and not quite as tasty as an IPA/DIPA. not bad, though.

Photo of BB1313
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, wow. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beutiful golden color w/ nice white fluffy head and sticky lacing. This is definitely one of the best smelling beers I've ever come across. Super hoppy w/ tropical fruits bursting, specifically pineapple. The taste is just as good, but more subtle. I personally am not getting alot of wheat. Mouthfeel is very juicy. Drinkability is good, so be careful at 7.5%, the alcohol is well hidden.

Damn, I feel like I'm drinking an IPA, super hoppy! This is great for the summer, too bad it's not year-round. Lagunitas really really comes though with this one. Recommended to anybody.

Photo of Elimination
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to a good american wheat taste, but was surprised when I poured this.

Look is a amber yellow, thin lacy head with a few bubbles rising.

Smell is hops, very little wheat, a slight malt. Really is not like any kind of wheat, american or german, that I have ever had. The smell is slight citrus, hops, a bit of rum perhaps?

Taste: Malty backbone, hops forward, sweet, but finishes dry. The hops present a bit of that citrus, slight grapefruit, a bit of lemon. very little presence of wheat which im surprised about, really was craving a wheat, but im still happy

Mouthfeel is exceptional, the bubbles flow nicely, great thickness that goes away quick.

Drink is very good for the 7+ abv, doest feel this strong.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours bright yellow with two fingers of tight white head. Thick and craggy lacing.

Smell -- Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, some spice, grainy wheat and mild hop sweetness.

Taste -- Very hop-forward. Grapefruit, lemon, and pine are pronounced from start to finish. Bready malts lay the base along with grainy wheat. Finish is grapefruit and wheat.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- Wow, this was VERY strong in the hop department, somewhat to its disadvantage. A bit too one-note for me to go back to, but still not bad.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no date. Summer 2010 batch labeled @ 7.5% ABV.

Pours clear gold/yellow with a two finger foamy white head. Was kinda hoping for some haze, but this is crystal clear. Leaves some initial rings of lacing and maintains a faint cap.

Aroma is very hoppy up front, particularly citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, keep inhaling and some wheat and banana come into play. Pretty one-dimensional, but pretty darn nice.

Flavor also starts very hoppy, citrus, pine, earthy hops, some wheat characteristics but they are having a hard time fighting against the hops. Finishes relatively dry with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation, very easy drinking...perhaps a bit dangerous at 7.5% ABV.

A deceptive brew. I hate wheat beers, but I sure do like this one. 'Course this is more IPA than Wheat so that helps score points with my palate.

Scoring this one to style is tough as it is categorized as a Wheat Ale here, but this has far more IPA characteristics than Wheat. However, since it is in this (perhaps wrong) category, its gonna score really high for me as I hate Wheats but love IPAs...

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a hazed copper color with fast rising head, retention and lace is prominent. very attractive beer.

Hop profile of DIPA!!! Super pungent citrus blasts with Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, orange, and dank pine all blasting through my nose. having a hard time picking out the wheat and malts but they are in their somewhere.

BAM, Hops straight down the throat. not overly aggressive but bitter enough to deter the casual light beer drinker. Hops taste in essence with the scent but a nice caramel/wheat malt backbone balance it all out very well. Outstanding

Medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel to it, moderate prickly carbonation. Very refreshing finish with a tasty afterthought of fruity citrus hops.

7.5% abv 64.20 I.B.U this Summer wheat ale is the best ive had in a long time. Easy drinker for the hop head in us all.

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

A - Pours into my pint glass like golden straw, with about one and a half fingers of head that dissipates into a thin layer that leaves very nice lacing.

S - Love the hops, grapefruit and spice. Smells somewhat dry and bitter as well.

T - Very complex. Dry pine hops in the front with some spice that melt into a malty bitterness as it mellows on the palate.

M - Carbonation is right on with this brew. Nice and crisp with just the right amount of bitterness.

D - IPA meets hefeweizen, very drinkable, very delicious, enjoy!

Photo of schoolboy
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled on this new fave two days ago at World Wines in Mentor. Being a fan of Lagunitas, and seeing a reasonably high ABV, I thought it would be worth a try. I was looking for a price and didn't see one, but still, Lagunitas makes first rate stuff.

I got one semi cold and had it the other day and was shocked by the number of flavors mixed in this one. It's hoppy, it's malty, it has a wheat yeast taste. All going on at the same time.

Unlike some other Lagunitas brews, this one is balanced nicely with enough hops to overcome the yeast and malt (some of the others are very malty). The ABV will come after you, so be careful.

This morning I headed over to the store where I got this and bought two more sixes (of the three they had). Price was not on my mind (I think it was $10 or $11) I apologized for hoarding.They told me the last one I didn't buy is the last one they will have (it had just come in Thursday and that was all they will get). California is a long way from NE Ohio, and I may not see a Little Sumpin again for a while, but it sure is sumpin good.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,901 ratings.