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: 1,486
Hads: 7,995
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 416
Gots: 2,048 | 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 Thur123
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great. The head is offwhite and a little sticky. The color is a hazy amber gold or thin honey. A punch of hops from the smell... Ripe citrus and grapefruit is strongest, floral aromas too.
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Big floral hop taste that turns into grapefruit and ends bittersweet. The more I drink it the better it seems to show all its flavors. The mouthfeel is good. I love the combonation of wheat and hops like this. A good reminder that I need to keep trying with hop heavy styles. (495 characters)

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a weird hoppy wheaty smell

T - I don't really know if I like the idea of hoppy wheat ales it just leaves a weird taste in my mouth

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This isn't a bad beer just a hybrid style that I think is a bad idea wheat beers are light and drinkable hop the shit out of it and that brings it down (433 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear light copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of pungent hops, both citrus and tropical, with very small amounts of wheat aromas.

Tastes good. A wheat and pale malt backbone is joined shortly by strong tropical and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of light fruit flavors come in leading to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass pretty quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this is by no means a traditional wheat beer, however like most of Lagunitas brews the hops are a nice addition. This is worth a shot. (766 characters)

Photo of TreeTopFlyer
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up at an ABC in Miami, FL where I grabbed a mixed 6-pack (2 IPAs, 2 Censored, 2 Little Sumpins). Heard it was a Summer Ale but did not know what I was in for.

A - it looked richer than I expected for a Summer Ale. I was possibly expecting something that looked like a Kolsch, but this poured crystal clear with a rich copper color and thick white to cream-colored head.

S - Awesome. Citrus, sweet, orange...had just finished a Lagunitas IPA before this and thought for a moment I had not rinsed the glass well enough. I was wrong..lLots of sweet, citrus aroma.

T - Everything in the aroma comes thru in the first sip. Big citrus hop taste with a solid, malt and sweet hop backbone. I think the wheat malt as a base must have been mashed high to build the residual sweetness I think I taste.

M - For a Summer Ale, this beer comes across a bit heavy in the mouthfeel, but is just SO drinkable. It seems like a Three Floyd's Gumballhead on steroids.

D - Rates only a "Good" simply because I think I was looking for something lighter as a Summer Seasonal. With that said. I love it. I will buy a 6-pack tomorrow. And another next week. This might take 1st place in my Lagunitas line-up, behind my favorite, Brown Shugga. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mackenzies in Minneapolis.

Pours a pretty hazy golden amber, very huge and thick white head forms, slowly settles leaving a shit ton of lace on the glass, very thick layer, looks pretty great. Smell is alright, wheat and amarillo kick, orange peel, quite floral, yeasty, some light fruit, touch of honey and biscuity malt, found the aroma a little messy, but alright. Taste is similar, lots of wheat character, yeast, lots of citrus, honey sweetness through the middle, lightly spicy, orange, some floral, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, light bodied with medium to high carbonation, refreshing. Not too bad but a little let down. (655 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've noticed this stuff flying off the shelves since it's been available. Two fingers of spongy white head crowns a hazed translucent apricot body.

The aroma is sheer grapefruit and a bit of pine, along with an underlying sugary sweetness. A touch of biscuity malt peeps out from time to time. A bit of wheat tartness haunts the
background as it warms.

Then along comes a neatly balanced wheat tartness along with the citrus of the hops in the flavour. Sweet, tart, citrusy and bitter all at the same time. Tart wheat at first melded with tangerine and grapefruit, smoothing out in the middle and joined by a phantom sweetness, finishing with citrus and grapefruit, with white grapefruit rind lingering long and assertively into the aftertaste. More spicy in the aftertaste as it warms, could partly be from the higher abv% too, as there's also a warmth to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth at first, while just enough carbonation kicks in on the finish, almost more effervescent than abrasive.

Well then, this stuff is straight out of left field, and a wonderful surprise, it's got it all in the right places at the right time, even though I really had no idea what to expect in advance. I'm going to have to pick up more to hang on to if this is a limited edition. Even the girl on the label is pure retro pin-up cheesecake kitschy bliss. Somehow this beer manages to cater to all of my guilty pleasures, yet with enough quality to abolish any guilt whatsoever. (1,458 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on 8-3-09

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, with a filmy white head and rings of clingy lacing.

Smell is all flowery hops, light and a little on the plain side, but very enjoyable.

Taste is much like the smell, all light and fruity hops. The wheat comes in next, adding feel more than a flavor. The finish is very sweet and slightly bitter, a great balance.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style, fizzy in all the right places.

Drinkability is very good, sweet and fruity, but bitter to keep it even.

Overall, reminds me of a Gumballhead, which is a good thing. (574 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag and pokesbeerdude for this brew.

First off, this is no American Pale Wheat Ale, it's an IPA for SURE!

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and piney. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, way to go Lagunitas, thanks Ben and Chuck. (498 characters)

Photo of dolbex
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle at 45F in a pint glass.

A - This beer is a very clear orangy-red hue that poured three finger head and seemed slightly over-carbonated.

S - Fantastic hoppy smell to it that is robust but inviting. Not unexpected considering the ingredients on the label. :) Fruity indeed.

T - The taste doesn't bring nearly the kick that the smell promised. Honestly, I think this is a good thing and makes the beer much more drinkable for non-hop-addicts. Still has plenty of bitterness while staying balanced. "Wheat Ale" does not come to mind drinking this beer - certainly in line with a more traditional IPA.

M - Very light and refreshing - not watery but very smooth and crisp.

D - at 7.3 the beer was still fairly light masking the alcohol behind plenty of hops and spice. I could certainly drink a couple of these on a hot afternoon.

Overall, I was pleased with the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' after fearing I had missed it this season. Another great beer from a great brewery. (992 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of white head on a clear, polished copper colored body. Average retention and good lace.

S - Strong, fruity hop aroma with lots of pineapple and guava. Fruity yeast compliments the hops and blends in well.

T - Sweet malt and spicy hops, more pine like than the aroma. Some clove like yeast character comes out in the middle and fades to clean malt and fruity hops with moderate balancing bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, the hops in both the flavor and in the nose remind me of a toned down Hop Stupid. It is well balanced as it has a pretty strong dose of malt and most of the hop character is devoted to flavor and aroma rather than bitterness. One of Lagunitas best. (772 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Risqué BBQ in Chicago. Served in a standard pint the beer is a hazy gold with a dense and clingy head.

Love the aroma of pine & grains.

I did not realize this was a wheat beer until I looked it up. I guessed an unfiltered APA. It is nicely bitter with resiny hops. There is a solid malt/wheat base that adds heft and balance. There is a bit of cracker taste in the finish.

The mouth was pleasantly oily and coating. Very easy to drink. I had three with my BBQ. I also did not realize it had a relatively high ABV until looking on BA. I guess that may explain my slightly hazy recollection of the Cubs game (or it could have been the additional 5 or so Old Styles...) Cubs won 12-0 & I think I won with this beer! (743 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle.

Light haze in a glowing golden orange body. Cottony, gauze-like, off-white head. Nose shows a lot of citrus character. Juicy orange and grapefruits mix with sappy pine. Sugary cookie malt underneath with a wheat-y twang. Taste starts off with light toasted wheat notes and citrus-y hop bitterness. Sugary fruits follow, accompanied by more juicy (and piny) hop flavor. Bitterness swells. Finishes hoppy, but with a yeasty-wheat-fruit base that makes for an interesting palate. Soft, medium-full body with a protein-y wheat feel. Goes down very easily. Another great Lagunitas concoction! (603 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden.
Smell: sweet, citrus, hoppy.
Taste: This is only my 2nd review...I would have guessed IPA or APA, not wheat, but there is a crispness I haven't tasted in either. Very tasty.
Drinkability: Wouldn't have guessed 7%. I'm drinking this fast. (262 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a bronze color with white head that faded slowly and left decent lacing. Smelled of pine hops and malt. Tasted of pine hops, malt, and citrusy fruit. Quite smooth, just slightly dry. Would have been nice to have a few more of these. (304 characters)

Photo of dickieb
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of white fluffy head and average lacing

S- The smell of this one is fantastic crazy orange notes and citrus hops with some smells of sweet wheat malts to it.

T- The taste mimics with nose but its not as powerful as the smell. Grainy wheat malts off set by some good but not overly bitter citrus hopping.

M/D this drinks and feels like a lighter IPA with some really interesting smells to it. I could drink a whole bunch of these (472 characters)

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

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear orange hued body with a snow white bubble head supported by a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface.

S- The bold green grassy hops finish with a fresh pineapple aroma that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight alcohol nose in the finish.

T- The full green funky hops flavor has a green cinnamon quality to it with a pungent citrusy juicy hop finish. The pungency his big and grows even more as the beer warms. The caramel malt flavor comes through after my tongue gets used to the hops and it grows a bit as the beer warms. There is a nice soft bitter hop note that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a tight fizz that covers it.

D- This beer is soft on the bitterness which is good but it is huge on the pungency of the hops. They are well supported by pineapple and grass flavors but it is a pretty big beer for a full pint of it. (962 characters)

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

Tap @ The Local. Didn't know what to expect, first "American Pale Wheat Ale," and, its a lot like an IPA. At least this one was. Poured clear copper with a short white head. Solid lacing. Fresh, citrus aroma, lots of hops. Peppery and spicy as well. No wheat. Light, clean mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very refreshing. Clean, bitter hops up front that rapidly shifts to the citrus. Lemon zest, tart oranges, grapefruit. Mellow finish without being soapy. Again, no wheat. Overall, a nice beer, drinks like a smooth, tart West-Coast IPA. Difference is all the hops with a lighter body. (584 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Hazy, golden hue, slim ivory head.

Citrus and spicy aromatics, pithy lemon with bits of pepper, and a side of melon, potent and risible.

Tastin'...Juicy right from the start. Followed by a palpable burn down the back of the throat. Again....pungent, palpable, and pretty easy to pass down the gullet. Delicious. Zesty!

At 7%, not too strong, but still big enough to make it much more interesting than the average wheat ale. I'll keep reaching for this until it disappears. (514 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass a murky dark gold with a big billowy white head on top. Great retention leaves some nice sip rings along edge. Smells of tangerines, oranges, and pineapple. Wow. Big citrus notes that I was not expecting.

The mouth is crisp and bubbly. Flavor is citrus with some bitter grapefruit notes melded with sweet orange flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with some sugary malts. This is a wheat ale? Blind-tasting this, I would guess it's a red or an india pale. I like this alot, but I wouldn't ever think this was a wheat. I like what they artfully did with the style though. Recommend. (607 characters)

Photo of JMD
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper color with peachy tones and a pillowy off-white head. Head dissipates very slowly and nicely laces the glass.

S: Huge citrus nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. Hints of orange and tropical fruit. A touch of malt and wheat lingering in the background. A great aroma.

T: Very fruity. Fresh pineapple, oranges, and grapefruit. A touch of sweetbread and carmel malt on the backend. The fruity hops dominate this one without it feeling unbalanced.

M: Medium bodied, little carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic summer brew. To me, this redefines what American Pale wheat Ales are all about. Bold flavors, high ABV, amd exceptional drinkability. I've never been a huge fan of Lagunitas, but this beer may change my opinion. (743 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A pale golden color that pours with a small head, and several small bubble trains (like champagne).

S- A distinct citrus aroma. I didn't get very much off the nose on this beer, but what I smelled, I liked.

T- A cacophony of tropical and mildly citrus fruit, with a slight hop bitterness and some tang from the wheat. Very appetizing.

M- A medium body, but I had this crazy sensation of tiny bubbles running through my mouth... kindof like the micro-carbonation you get with nitro beers... this strange carbonation seemed to give it a much creamier texture than I would have expected.

D- For the summertime, I could drink several either by myself or with friends! (670 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished quickly to a thin film. Body was mostly clear with some haziness, with a nice, dark-orange color. Fantastic aroma... hops, with some citrus and wheat in there as well. Medium-body on the palate; thin, but with some slight creaminess to it as well. Average carbonation and a bitter finish. Great flavor - citrus and a small amount of wheat at first, then a very bitter aftertaste that is long-lasting. A great wheat ale / IPA... whatever the official designation may be. (521 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'Ale pours a copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a fairly strong hop aroma and I can pick up some caramel malt. The flavor is pretty hoppy with some citrus like notes and I can taste crystal malt and a decent amount of caramel malt. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. (333 characters)

Photo of originalsin
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The name here affords one some spectacular simple pleasures in life--like asking an attractive female bartender for a little sumpin sumpin.

I'm gonna be perfectly honest- having this on tap I didn't even realize it was a wheat. That was quite surprising to read on here. Just an incredibly hopped up wheat beer here. The pour is golden/orange in color with a nice white head that settles well. The nose on this brew from Lagunitas is enjoyable--lots of citrus and grapefruit right up front. I don't get any wheat here or wheat in the mouth either--so it's almost awkward. But again, the taste is heavily hopped flavors: grapefruit, citrus, lemon rind maybe if i really stretch it. The mouth feel is medium and well carbonated. This beer lacks balance and isn't what I would describe as smooth but there's still something about it that keeps me sessioning this beer all night. (876 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.