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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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Ratings: 5343
Reviews: 1294
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

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Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's one I can't believe I haven't tried yet. I have to admit a lot of American wheat beers turn me off, but this hoppyness aspect will likely win me over. Everyone seems to love this one. Okay, starting with the looks: Pretty good... It's a very clear, sun-kissed straw color and has an airy, sea-foam like head, which dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation. The aroma is amazing, with a lot going on. Very fresh and juicy fruit esters, and a slightly masked resinous tang. Syrupy malts, a biscuity demeanor and honeysuckle.

The blend of flavors in this one really hits the spot! It begins with a splash of citrus and honey, with a soft, malty center, finishing up with a tail of grassyness and orange rind. It's got a slightly sharp, medium mouthfeel that pleasantly lingers. Overall, this brew defies any sort of set style. Not a bad drink for any time of the day - would over-power a meal but is great on it's own. I may have another one now!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:41:41 | More by Neorebel
Photo of thepliceisright


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Poured a beautiful gold with a 1/4 inch white head. Nice lacing.

S - A noticeable citrus and some fruit hit my nose almost immediately. Hints of wheat as well. Smells like an IPA.

T - I drank this too cold at first. And, booze was the first thing I noticed. Like, taking a shot of liquor booze. I waited about 15 minutes, and then tried again. Much better. Citrus and a little bit of alcohol up front, followed by slight bitterness. Tastes more a more fruity as it got warmer. I taste some pineapple?

M - Like an IPA, although leaves your mouth feeling kind of sticky then dry.

O - I wish I would have waited for the temperature to come up a bit before drinking. But, after it did, this beer tastes wonderful. I don't taste the wheat at all, even though I caught a whiff of it at first smell. Definitely a very citrus, fruity beer. Tastes like an IPA. A great brew by Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:45:33 | More by thepliceisright
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden orange body with a soapy white head. Lots of lacing and excellent retention.

S: Citrusy scents, pineapple and peach as well. Wheat flavors on the back end.

T: Juicy citrus flavors. Really nice flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation. Very little bitterness. Goes down super easy.

O: This may be my favorite Lagunitas beer to date(i'll have to give sucks another try). Excellent beer at an amazing value.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 04:07:45 | More by watermelon
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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - pours a honeyed orange golden. A solid finger of sticky white lace, good stick at the high water mark.

Aroma - orange creamsicle, tangerine, pineapple juice. On the lighter side but smells terrific.

Taste - wheaty base, very unique pineapple and orange flavor. Not sweet but fruity and flavorful. Finishes a little wet, fruity, and just slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - slightly slick, good fluffy crispness, medium weight.

Overall - excellent ale with superb sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:08:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Golden-yellow. Transforms bright orange when held to light. Creamy, foamy white head few fingers thick. The pillow soft head breaks down into cascading waves of tide that clings to glass nicely. Above average retention. Spotty lacing is left after beer is gone. Consistent tendrils of carbonation bubbles whiplash around the height of glass.

S-Peach. Apricot. Slight pine. Orange. Lemon. Astringency. Green apple. Floral bouquets.

T-Super peach. Like sticking a straw in a soft lush peach and sucking the nectar. Slight resin. Clean alcohol tingle. Slight pine. Sour cider. APWA's are so refreshing you barely perceive wheat. Would give taste a 6 if I could.

M-Moderate/medium body. Smooth. Creamy. Fluid yet can be swished and slightly chewed. Wets palate. Leaves thinnest oily trace of lubrication. Love the medium level of sour citrus aftertaste. Won't pucker your mouth yet makes you smack your lips. Clean alcoholic tingle.

O-Versatile beer. It can be labeled IPA if need be. There is enough bitter hop and pine in it. I tend to keep a sixer at all times of Sumpin' Sumpin'. Great alone or with food. Super refreshing that doesn't compromise on flavor. I love it's level of 7.5% ABV as well. Brownie points for the artsy vintage bottle label.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:37:21 | More by shacawgo24
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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*My first review so go easy on me.

A: Generous 1 finger head, plenty of carbonation. Beautiful and golden. The bottle art made me think it was some left-over summer ale at first. This is deceptive as this is a year-round brew.

S: Strong smell of floral and grapefruit.

T: I love how that citrus hits you and then doesn't sit around to linger. You have to catch it and when you do it's wonderful

M: Really nice on the mouth. I let this one sit on the tongue for a bit.

O: Wow, I will definitely buy this again. I usually don't sit down and drink 3 beers at once now a days but I kept coming back for more of this. I was surprised how easy these go down given the abv rating.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:33:07 | More by BeerOCD
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New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very refreshing beer.. poured it on wheat glass with nice 3 finger white head that stays.. gold colored.. smell is piney, grassy, refreshing green mangoes and pineapple nose. the taste follows the nose citrusy sweet, fresh hops, pineapple and green mangoes. finish with slight bitterness that leaves bready like texture in the mouth
Overall- outstanding beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 21:55:01 | More by potatojuice
Photo of poolemhore


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - big bubble foamy white head with good retention and a deep golden color body.

S - citrus and hops are strong at first and over time mellows to a floral note.

T - well balanced flavor with a floral sweetness.

M - moderate body, a bit smoother than a typical pale ale (probably the wheat folks).

O - a good beer by Lagunitas. The hops really linger on my tongue which is interesting considering this isn't an IPA and it reminds me a lot of them. Personally not a big hop head which may be why the bitterness bugs me for just being a pale (and at that with wheat!). I don't find it to be particularly unique but very good nonetheless. Watch out as a 6er of these will get ye!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 22:57:25 | More by poolemhore
Photo of BWED


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft pint

A- Clear golden, just the slightest haze in the glass. Great white head. Speckles of lacing are left behind. Really beautiful looking beer.

S- Juicy citrus, sweet floral notes, a little rosy, just a bit of bread/toasted grain character.

T- Juicy (again) sweetness of citrus and stone fruits. Slight grain flavor. Great taste!

M- Medium light, with fairly mild carbonation. Bittersweet finish is really nice.

O- Juicy beer (as mentioned above) Really great and just the perfect amount of bitterness to level things out. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 21:35:15 | More by BWED
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New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Murphy's
Comes to the table a slightly cloudy light golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of citrus grapefruit and lemon with bits of bread and spice. The flavor follows quite well a citrus hoppy ale with a bit of bready malt and spicy wheat. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick almost bubbly mouthfeel. Pretty damn good for a hoppy wheat beer, thanks Todd for suggesting it, I wouldn't have ordered it on my own.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2013 22:58:36 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Swim424


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into sweetwater snifter

Pours a Nice yellowish/gold with a nice little head on it.

Smells of hops and sweet goodness

Tastes is a wheaty sweetness upfront, finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness on the end.

MF-Medium/light body. Nice and smooth feeling.

O-This is pretty damn good. Not a huge wheat fan, but these guys did it right. highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:33:22 | More by Swim424
Photo of Born_Beerknurd


4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into pint glass

Relatively clear straw/golden/yellowy color with small but airy white head that lingers and leaves small amount of lacing on glass

Lots of hops and citrusy tropical fruits. I get mostly grapefruit and tangerine mixed in with a some piney hoppy notes

Very well balanced, floral, hoppy. Tastes more like an IPA than a wheat beer, due to such strong hop characteristics and the higher ABV.

Crisp clean finish. Very carbonated almost to point that reminds me of a Belgian IPA. Nice alcohol smoothness to balance out all of the hops.

Another very solid beer from Lagunitas. Drank more like an IPA or APA than a pale wheat, not very much wheat characteristic however still an excellent beer that packs a puch in ABV yet I could still throw back five or six of

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 02:44:55 | More by Born_Beerknurd
Photo of ale1


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

picked up a sixer

ingredients malt hops hops , yeast , hops
served in a malt glass
nose -barley malt don't notice wheat, if it is, it's way in the background , hops not overwhelming but there
pours a 3-4" head which settles down slowly ,appears to be naturally carbonated,
good lacing clear straw color not any haze noted.
price is a little high $9 a sixer? $7.50 and you'd sell alot more , guys will reach for the Seirra nevada pale ale as well only 0.60 cheaper

anyway back to taste , good malty taste , all the citrus hops seem to be at play
simco, citroen, just right
slightly better than the Accumalative ale we just reviewed last week from Fat Tire
because of the price i wont be purchasing this ale on a regular basis, will spend my $ on some good barleywine style for less $
overall good stuff however

i had another bottle and upgraded my review a couple of pt's today to bad grocer so greedy they would sell many more

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:30:16 | More by ale1
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange with a small but lasting head

S: There's a lot going on here, but the lemon and pine definitely stick out.

T: It's just as hoppy as you'd expect, which is to say that it's really, really hoppy. There's a strong citrus flavor to it (lemon, really) and a pineapple aftertaste. I can definitely taste the caramel and bready flavors as well but those are clearly secondary.

F: The hops really "pop" in your mouth and the finish is very crisp. Feels pretty carbonated but honestly it could just be the hops.

Overall: I'm rarely a fan of super hoppy beers but this complex brew is definitely a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:17:04 | More by walkinginplace
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a full head that laces well. Light nose of piney hops, with citrus in the background, against a touch of malt sweetness. Light body and well carbonated. Taste is mostly piney hops against some grapefruit and sweetness. Well balanced, but not very flavorful or complex overall. Clean finish with a bit of hop flavor and bitterness. Slight grapefruit bitterness tends to linger.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:50:59 | More by tillmac62
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice golden amber color supporting a thin dissipating head leaving fair lace. Smell has a nice balance of malt and hops bringing out a sweet citrusy aroma. Taste has that same balance with the sweet malt and hop that finishes clean. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. One of the better and easier drinking IPA's I've had in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:25:01 | More by Bookseeb
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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tonight I'm reviewing Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale against Sierra Nevada 2013 Celebration "Fresh Hop Ale" and Firestone Walker Double Jack IIPA.

Maybe it's unfair to compare a seasonal beer with two solid IIPA's, but that said, that's what I'm drinking tonight.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is dark yellow with a bodacious head that settled down to about a finger high.

The aroma is citrus and pine resin, the taste similar, slightly sweet with a delightful aftertaste.

This is one of my favorite brews from Lagunitas, available year round, it is a regular in my IIPA rotation. I consider it a top 10 in the IIPA's I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:01:50 | More by joeworrall
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is difficult to find American wheat ales that aren't pretty insipid to my palate, even from decent breweries. American wheat is such a broad style and many err on the side of bland and bubbly, presumably a profit-driven decision. On the other hand, Lagunitas rarely if ever disappoints and has a reputation for heavy-handed hopping so I snagged a six-pack of this when I happened upon it at a so-called wine market that also has a decent craft selection. Worth every penny. A bottle of this elixir pours a pleasing golden yellow with a lot of thick white head. The brewer wanted that classic wheat head retention and executed this variable like a pro ... Stuff sat there like meringue. Aroma was also pleasantly evocative of lemon meringue pie, among other signs of a solid malt-hops balance ... I get mixed citrus, a grainy spice, and a little resin or pine all on top of a graham cracker malt backbone. Palate is fairly chewy, creamy and smooth but pungently bitter: Lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, passion fruit and cantaloupe, starfruit, apricot, and a touch of something that recalls white wine, this starts like a fruit bowl but ends with a grainy, bitter coda of piney wood, green bananas, and some floral components that evoke tobacco or sweetgrass. Not particularly estery or phenolic as per the American style, this is a wheat ale hopped like an IPA and is the perfect antidote to North American wheat beers that taste like foam and not much else. May be too bitter for some expecting a more traditional wheat experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 16:39:28 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pale straw appearance, thick bubbly head with Citrus, pine, tropical fruit in the nose with cereal and hay in the background. Taste is sweet without being cloying, with fresh bread crust, bright and lively, with fruity hops reminiscent of passion fruit,mango, guava, dragon fruit. Medium thin mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Delicious beer, truly unique.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 21:28:25 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company
---12oz bottle poured into pint glass---

Clear amber color with a sturdy one finger head and good sticky lace.

Oh the smell! Strong citrus smells almost drown out the sweet malt.

Grapefruit and orange with a hint of pine

The wheat definitely takes a back seat to the delicious hops. Good amounts of carbonation, and fairly well balanced.

I really enjoyed this beer! Pours great, smells excellent, and tastes even better. Flavor lingers in your mouth, begging you to have another - and I think I will!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:10:32 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoying a sixer of this excellent pale ale.

Pours a straw yellow gold with a fluffy white head that exhibits good retention.

Smells floral and taste really really good. This one is an Instant favorite. This beer makes me proud to be a native Californian born and raised.

Overall....try it....just try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 00:53:09 | More by Braheem
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a nice orange amber color with a super creamy 1 finger head that hangs around for a while. Really nice, sticky lacing.
S- Strong, sweet citrus. Orange, Ruby Red grapefruit, pineapple, hints of toffee, dark fruits and bread.
T- Orange, grapefruit, and pine over a nice malt backbone. Slight booze. I don't pick up any wheat at all.
M- On the light side, more slick than creamy. Slightly oily finish with a touch of lingering bitterness.
O- This was pretty good. I get the feeling (or at least hope) that this bottle may have been a bit on the older side. I'll try again sometime in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 22:30:42 | More by tmm313
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Quebec (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange-tinged gold with over three inches of white head that clumpily settles to a suitable coating with some globs of creamy bubbles. Good retention; good lacing.

Citrus and dank, earthy hops with a strong malt backbone. Very good.

Soft and earthy. Strong malt/hop interplay makes for a full, cohesive flavor. Dark and sweet right off the bat, but it brightens up with a pronounced yeasty, slightly estery bite at the end.

Light to medium body with good carbonation. Slow, gentle finish.

Really enjoyable, interesting beer!
Nice looking and extremely fragrant from the second you open it. The taste was far more complex than I had anticipated but it is so "together" that it is a bit hard to accurately parse out. I think most of this, along with the bready bite comes from the wheat and is a testament to how much it brings various aspects of this beer together through its addition. Excellent example of what an ale is and what it can be.
Would have again; well worth finding.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 21:08:50 | More by TheDoctor
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3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint.

Golden copper body, the white head builds to almost two finger's. Tons of lace remains as the cap slowly deflates.

C-hops spectacularly stimulate the nose. Tons of tropical citrus to be found in here: pineapple, star fruit, grapefruit. So good! You have to really bury your nose in the drink, though.

A let down on the palate, make no mistake! It is very bitter, which is not the problem. The flavors, though, comprise aspirin, some diacetyl, a boozy bite, and finally a bit of peppery star fruit. Not NEARLY juicy enough for how the nose played.

Sumpin' has a light to medium body and is pretty crisp, also a little dry from the hop bite.

If I had to venture a guess, I would say this bottle is a little past it's prime. And I'm sure this beer is much juicier when more fresh. As is, this beer has an under whelming set of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 10:16:12 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Took the beer straight from a 38-degree fridge and poured it into a pint glass. The head was minimal, even with a rather careless pour down the side of the glass. While small, the head is very tight, and it coats the glass all the way down. At cold fridge temperature, its flavor doesn't have a chance to really open up. Carbonation dominates your tongue. Let it warm up to the mid to high 40s, and the beer comes alive. It's smells like honey wheat bread, and tastes about the same, with a lingering maltiness, and a sweetness that sticks with you. Overall, it's a very good beer that is nice to sip on when you get home from work.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:50:48 | More by dwagner003
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