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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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7,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,514
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 328
Gots: 1,532 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a weizen glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is listed in a Julian code as "120," or May 1st. Relatively fresh, so this is exciting.

Pours a classic Lagunitas look as far as all of their hoppier beers go, complete with a golden amber color that is as clear as they get, filled with bubbles that rise playfully to the top, and about 2 fingers of head that eventually go down to a third, but one that never seems to let up. Lacing is slightly present, although not as much as expected. With the wheat malts, I expected this to be slightly cloudy, but instead it looks like a straightforward West Coast IPA. Can't really rate this to style, but it is appealing on its own.

The aroma consists of a lively, vibrant combo of hop resins atop some slight breadiness and graininess. While I can't make out too much of the malts or wheat here (aside from the bread flavors), this is awash with warm citrus aromas, such as orange and limes, as well as pineapple, mango, and touch of grapefruit. Everything is really breezy, instead of super dry and astringent, and definitely doesn't assault the nose in the same way, say, Gumballhead does. A touch of crispness, as well as sweetness, balances things out a bit. Awesome stuff.

Right at the front, there's an immediate rush of citrus and floral notes caused by the hops that drench the tongue in hoppy resins, and then let go to make room for the bready crisp flavors that lie underneath. I'm getting oranges, tangerines, pineapple, as well that awesome mango/passion fruit tropical combo that I also get with Sucks and Hop Stoopid. As soon as the resins die down a bit, the bready, slightly wheat-y factor comes in, although it's so subtle I may as well continue to hype the hop flavors. As this warms up, it definitely reveals itself, often resembling faded rye or wheat characteristics. A little bit of buttery flavors creep in from the malts, and it definitely makes everything far more chewy. The finish is semi-dry, with a dab of sweetness from the malts and oiliness from the hops that makes this very easy to drink. Definitely an ideal summertime beer - I could sip a bunch of these in a row if it weren't for the scarily hidden alcohol.

This is most definitely the Gumballhead of the West Coast, and I love how affordable and easy that this is to find around these parts. Flavorful, juicy, but ultimately very refreshing. Works well for the warm weather. What's there not to like? I think with this one and ton of past successes I've had with Lagunitas, I can officially call them one of my new favorites. Well done, keep it up as always!

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,514 ratings.