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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Reviews: 1,598 | Ratings: 8,532
Photo of alcurtsinger
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a tulip

A. Light copper. A little lighter colored than a normal IPA. The head recedes fairly fast and almost no lacing.

S. Very piny and some fruit notes. A little citrusy.

T. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, hops, a little sweet and a little malt.

M. Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied.

D. Very drinkable, I could drink these all day and I plan to.

Notes: This beer is fantastic, it has the lightness and crispness of a wheat, but the flavor profile of an IPA. Pick this limited release up.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, light golden hue with a nice head, and even better lacing.

Aroma is incredibly floral, full of sweet hop nectar.

Lightly bitter, with a big juicy hop punch. More tropical and fruity than the aroma. The half-wheat malt bill provides a lot of unoffensive fermentability, and adds lot of smoothness to the mouthfeel. There's a bready base, but nothing more than that in terms of malt flavor. Lightly creamy mouthfeel, with ideal medium-low carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable and refreshing hoppy ales I've ever had.

This beer has fifty percent wheat in the malt bill, but it's dry hopped like an IPA. This is a beer designed to let the hops shine through, and it does so beautifully. Delicious.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a nice clear bright orange with a dense white head. Loads of bubbles stick to the glass, great head retention

S: loads of aromatic piney hops up front, some sweet and earthy malts, this has a similar malt profile of some other Lagunita's brews (i.e. IPA, Maximus, Censored) paired with a strong aromatic hop profile.

T: the front features hops with a lot of bitterness, this is then taken over by some earthiness and a dash of spice. Not picking up many wheat flavors.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this one drinks nice for a 7.4 % wheat beer. It comes off much more as an IPA than a pale wheat, but it is tasty either way.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this out of a tulip. Lagunitas always impresses so I figured I'd give this one a try...

A: pours yellow-orange, some lacing and minimal head

S: California hops through and through

T: grapefruit, pine, hops on the front, sweet malt on the back end, maple syrup. Bitter finish that doesn't linger too long, hops and sweet stay with you

M: thick, decently carbonated, alcohol is well masked considering the high abv

D: I'm bored by this, no suggestion of the wheat. Though it's very drinkable like all of Lagunitas' beers, if I were to have to blind taste test this against another hoppy Lagunitas beer I'm not sure that I could tell the difference. It's pretty much just like any other strong IPA.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Clear golden body with an inch of frothy white foam on top from a hard pour. Head dies down to a somewhat bubbly cap of foam on top. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of honey and bread malts. Some fruity notes and citrusy hops.

Cereal, wheat bread and honey malts. Some fruity yeast notes that quickly give way to piney and citrusy hops that add a nice balance at the back end. Lasting bitter finish.

Clean, medium bodied, creamy and assertive carbonation.

An easy drinker indeed. Pretty IPA like for an American pale wheat ale, but I still dig it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Somewhere in between wheat yellow and burnt amber.The liquid is very slightly hazy. The head is fluffy, pretty, and retains quite well. This beer has textbook lacing. Overall quite attractive.

S-Smell is better than expected. Surprisingly stiff hop aroma. Tropical fruits and a well integrated malt. Smells like an American IPA

T-Such a brilliant taste. Exceeded expectations. Very happy with this brew. Delicious light malty side is overpowered by the hoppy explosion. Very very tasty. Juicy tropical fruit flavors are stressed on the palate. Light spicy flavor rounds out the taste.

M-Well carbonated. Light bodied. Surprised by the hop factor. Seems too light to pack such flavor. The brew is not overly bitter but the tropic taste sticks and clings to your tongue.

D-Drinks like a dream. The surprisingly high ABV is hidden masterfully. This is supposedly a wheat ale? More like a sassy IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured ontap into a pint glass. Solid fingers worth of foam. Lots & lots of lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, orange marmalade. Fruity. Hoppy.

Taste: Pine. Sweet malt (wheat malt). Something else is there, tropical and faint. Mango? Hoppy but surprised by the fruityness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Low Carbonation.

Drinkability: Average to good. Simple flavors, a bit one dimensional, but good nonetheless. I like the tropical element to this beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of tfield
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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...

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Photo of begforme4484
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of sonata2008
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Mubbly
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of seh410
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.