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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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1,533 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,533
Hads: 8,205
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 428
Gots: 2,296 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,533 | Hads: 8,205
Photo of maedhros09
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear gold with a nice white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing
Smell: Classic citrusy and piney fresh hop aromas
Taste: Somewhat sweet, lightly fruity, a bit of that wheaty dry bitterness combines with citric acidity in the finish
Feel: Light bodied, somewhat effervescent mouthfeel

Overall: The wheat seems to serve mostly to lighten the body and provide a lighter carbonation, though there is what might be a hint of wheat in the palate as well. A very nice, lightly sweet IPA

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured from a bottle to a pint glass, a copper/blonde tint and well carbonated, creamy white head.
S-Strong floral, citrus, orange, grapefruit aroma
T-A complex and wonderfully that produces such a unique and interesting taste profile. The malt has rich medium that's far better than many others in the category. It delivers a white bread biscuit type character. And then a well suited citrus orange notes balance it out. In addition, it has a slightly bitter but eminently pleasing finish.
M-Carbonation is more noticeable than other wheat beers and wheat body does provide pleasant and bready mouthfeel.
O-It's combination of wheat malt and hop balance I typically don't find in other wheat beers. It's so smooth, distinctive, and pleasing; a favorite indeed.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite wheat ale by far!! Phenomenal tasting beer. Great citrus notes. A little of that wheaty/yeasty/funk to it. Another goodie from Lagunitas! Great summer drinking beer.

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Photo of bwood06
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A -Frothy and slightly creamy white head that is slow to dissipate. Slow rising carbonation. Not a lot of carbonation. Slightly hazy and golden in color. Ever so slight amber tint. 4.25/5

S - Citrus/grapefruit up front. Light butter note and light malt backing to the grapefruit aroma. 4/5

T - Grapefruit/citrus hoppy main flavor. White bread malt flavor with a slight hint of butter. Lingering bitterness on the back end. Hops and bitterness dominate the flavor profile. 3.75/5

M - Medium bodied but retains a light summery feeling. Carbonation is noticeable but allows for the drinker to concentrate more on the flavor instead of the feel. 4.25/5

O - Good quality beer that has a ton of flavor. Major emphasis on the hops here which is no surprise. Definitely a good beer to go with spicy dishes. 4/5

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Photo of justinp444
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a half inch white head. Smells of tropical citrus hops, bread-y sweet malt, grapefruit, with a bit of grass and spice. Taste is light and complex with some peppery spice and grapefruit hop. It has a sweet malt and good amount of bitter. Light body with a moderate mouth feel.

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Photo of MrUse
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer so much I was compelled to write a review. Has a great hoppy, almost citrus taste. Not usually biggest fan of citrus but this just works fantastically in this beer. There will always be room in my fridge for a six pack of this fine brew.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, producing a generous amount of rocky white head with good retention and plenty o lacing. Golden colored, the aroma was something new and different in an entirely good way. There was citrus, but also a sweet bready aroma, every breath alternated between juicy APA goodness and Hefe estery sweetness. Smooth and medium bodied, nary a bitter bite. A big wheat ale with just enough hoppy goodness to make this one a standout. To be enjoyed again and again.

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Photo of whynot44
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very slightly hazy gold color with a substantial foamy white head that dissipates quickly leaving some decent lacing.

The aroma is citrus and yeast with a bready background.

The taste is hops up front, grapefruit, some slightly sweet fruitiness, light cracker background, coriander and black pepper at the finish, very nicely balanced and enjoyable.

Medium bodied, but smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall this is a very enjoyable ale, almost too drinkable.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1.79 for a 12 oz bottle from the super market

A-bright gold/orange, 3/4 of an inch of head the recedes after a few seconds

S-Definitely hop forward, notes of citrus and mango, faint but noticeable yeastyness synonymous with a wheat beer,

T-an explosion on the palette, citrusy/bitter hops leads into bright red fruits/black pepper finishing with slight malt sweetness and an enjoyable level of booziness. The black pepper notes seem to be more prominent as the beer warms in the glass.

M-smooth, full bodied, medium level of carbonation, pretty damn drinkable

O: Very, pleasantly surprised. I had enjoyed their IPAs in the past, but this blew them out of the water. Very refreshing with a multitude of flavor profiles. I think this beer would go perfect with some spicy indian food or heavily season smoked ribs. Definitely will be looking for more from Lagunitas.

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Photo of 98green
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know of Lagunitas but didn't know the style on this one. Ordered it off a weak tap list. Awesome smell and flavor. If it is really a pale wheat as BA says it is amazing for the style. I should know better than to doubt Lagunitas

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Foggy light gold, heavy head.

S: Citrus is right there and very forward, hoppy.

T/F: Balanced and varied. Hops is present throughout and very nice with the slight citrus. Mid body, smooth. Varied feel like the taste.

O: Though it has a great rating, I feel it is a looked over beer. Very nice enjoyed everyone of the six pack i had. I would buy again and again and even an extra just to give to others. Another winner from Lagunitas.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Could smell the citrus and bread. Tasted the same as smell, but better. This is one fine ale. I would recommend and will keep on hand. Will have to make room. Great stuff.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in June 2015.

Appearance: Hazy light gold with almost white head. Head is very thick and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Strong citrus aroma, like grapefruits. Also get some hops and pepper aromas, but the citrus aroma dominate the others.

Taste: Nice balance and variety of flavors. There is a strong hops and citrus flavor but with a little pepper flavors as well. There is some sweetness too, and the hops do not dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very smooth.

This is an interesting IPA. It has a nice mix of grapefruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. I like the overall balance, and that the hops do not dominate the flavor. A very good ale.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured center from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. I actually had to pour canted because the head was so large. Clean pale straw color with a thick creamy head of consistent fine-moderate sized bubbles that would make you think it were nitrous were it not for the bubble size. Thick retention stays around and leaves thick sticky lacing. As you drink the sip lines stay on the glass. Several streams of carbonation mostly concentrated around the center of the glass.. Looks fantastic

S: Buttered toast aroma with a floral hop and lemon in the finish.

T: Buttered white toast body with a little caramel. Easy lime finish. Extremely easy to drink and this will be gone in no time. Very easy to drink for a 7.5% beer.

F: Creamy mouthfeel and the hops are zippy on the tongue in the finish.

Snifter glass

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Photo of ralph-pine
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer to enjoy on special occasions. Exquisit bitterness, beautiful and powerful! If you want to impress your friends, give them one Lagunitas Little Sumpin!

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer with a taste profile that's both refreshing and satisfying. Enjoyed straight from the bottle - aroma of bready malt, wheat, lemon, orange rind and that signature West Coast pine forest. Tastes like a lager/wheat beer/pale ale hybrid that hits all the caramel, citrus, grain and bitter notes that you'd expect with a surprisingly dry finish. Tough to put the bottle down on a hot day - drinks like a lighter-ABV beer but it's definitely not; you just won't notice any alcohol. Enjoy cautiously.

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Photo of Strve
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly refreshing for such a high alcohol content. Peppery bite but I really enjoyed the aroma and feel. The waiter recommended it over Sculpin and I would agree.

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Photo of Uhopia
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When you go wheat, this can't be beat. I've tried. It can't. No better hop character, malt/wheat balance on the planet. In fact, half the people that taste it do not even know it is a wheat beer. See? Nobody touches it. OK. maybe Gumballhead but that's it!...Or Oberon.

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Photo of Bestinyourgirl
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not an IPA guy. Drank most of this. Like a slightly gentler Rebel Rouser from Sam Adams. Smells grassy, critrusy and very early summers evening. Taste unlike an IPA. Hoppy yes, but slight bitterness that lingers a tad longer and a bit more intense. Looks amazing. Golden with amber hues. Still won't be an IPA guy, but a 6 pack once in a while would be enjoyable. Fantastic!

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Photo of Krisp09
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice straw color with one finger of bright white head. Aroma is amazing with lots of citrus and some floral notes as well.
Taste is similar to aroma of some of malty sweetness on back end. Finishes really smooth with some mild residual bitterness, ridiculously well balanced

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Photo of J30wang
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real hoppy, which was unexpected. Very citrusy and really quite sweet to taste. It reminded me a bit of Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA.

Smelled fantastic--I was hugging the empty bottle after I had finished, just taking whiff after whiff of that floral, hoppy aroma. This is a heavier pale ale compared to say, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

I enjoyed this very much, but a little too heavy for Close-to-Summer weather for me. Might enjoy this better in the fall. Highly Recommend!

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Photo of Lahoi
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm admitedly a beer novice, so take this for what it's worth: this might be the best beer I've ever tried. The carton states how we should cease classifying everything and simply let it be what it is. Amen, especially as it pertains to this beer.

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Photo of Jmalpha1
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great aroma, great taste, and a great overall beer for the summer. Tasted great on tap, bottled seemed good too, maybe a little strong with the alcohol content which was more apparent in the bottle for some reason. One of my favorites.

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale has a whole lotta sumpin goin on. Aroma is fantastic. Flavors of hops and tanginess play together nicely. So much flavors! Lagunitas kills it again.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An overall great beer. Citrusy and bright, the slight wheat haziness and grain pairs perfectly with the otherwise crisp, dryness. Beautiful white head lasts until the last wonderful drop.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.