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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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Reviews: 1,516
Hads: 8,139
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 421
Gots: 2,216 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 1,516 | Hads: 8,139
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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Photo of Peter_Anderson
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Intense citrus , floral and hop smell, but tastewise this beer tries too hard to be something it is not with an overly intense IPA approach. Will not buy again.

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Photo of 1Bonehed
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Poured into 25oz mug down side finishing with center pour. Left a significant head, perhaps I was a bit aggressive on the pour. Head was very white & frothy, leaving significant lacing as it slowly dissipated. Very light, clean & clear body, slightly orange/yellow hue. Looked extremely light & refreshing, just what I was in the mood for.

SMELL: HOPS!!!, Amazingly strong yet complex aroma. The smell seemed to combine lots of hops characteristics with citrus, pine & a fruity sweetness lingering. Don't have to stick your nose in to get an idea of what this ale is about.

TASTE: It pretty much taste like it smells. Heavy hops flavors with a nice citrus sharpness to it. Neat blend of slightly tangy/sweet fruitiness going on with a blend of malt & alcohol flavors holding it all together giving it a nice finish. I'm a bit surprised that the alcohol flavor wasn't more prevalent. I REALLY like the complexity of this ale.

FEEL: It had a bit heavier body than I anticipated based on the look. That being said, it was smooth & refreshing, making me want for more. This is an extremely drinkable ale.

OVERALL: I think this is probably one of the best beers I've ever had. I may have found a new "go-to" beer, definitely in the ale style. I'm sipping on my second one as I write this review & the only problem I have is I don't have another in the fridge. Not only would I recommend this to a friend, I'd beg them to try it. Thoroughly impressed with this beer.

If you haven't tried this one out yet, I hope this review convinces you to try it...CHEERS

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Photo of RickS95
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little on the pale side and a lot on the clear side. Dark straw golden color and very translucent, however, the head alone scores the points. A finger thick, it's brilliantly bright white. Great retention, it looks like a sticky meringue. As it eventually dies, thick lace desecrates the glass.

Tropical citrus fruits combined with pine fill the nose.

Mostly pine, with grapefruit peel and orange rind. Fairly malty for such a hoppy beer. Slight pilsner malt taste well into the finish.

A hint of sweet hits the palate as the bitterness builds. It never approaches palate destroying levels, stopping well short. The resiny oil coats the tongue and keeps all other feelings at bay. Medium bodied, it finishes with a lingering battle between slightly sweet and mostly bittering crispness.

Overall, it's a hell of a beer. Can't quite tell if it's a strong pale ale or a moderate IPA. Regardless, it's an easy drinking beer that hides it's 7.5% ABV very well.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hop presence, nice mouthfeel, but there was an unexpected, and in my opinion unnecessary, sweetness to this beer that I found distracting. It didn't seem to play well with the good things going on in this brew, and it knocked the whole thing out of balance for me.

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Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A straw yellow color, slightly hazy with a thin lace head. Beautiful balanced hop aroma, almost IPA-like. Taste is well balanced too, not too much hop bite, just enough to make it and interesting blend with the wheat malt. I could almost think of this as a session beer if it weren't 7.5%.

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Photo of dacoit
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer. Hazy yellow-orange, great head, fine citrusy hoppiness without being overpowering, substantial but not too heavy, refreshing and complex. Nothing like it.

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Photo of dikebrewery
2.78/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mehhh not a hop head sooo ya, this beer poured great looked and smelled beautiful. Give me a beer I can sit and easily drink over this one. However it was fun to try. If it's your thing cool.

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Photo of pugbutter
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, at least it's sweeter than their IPA...

Really, whose idea was it to not only FILTER a wheat beer, but also dump a handful of hops into it?

It's a good beer. But it's an AWFUL representation of the style (and I bought it expecting a witbier/hefeweizen!). Drink this only if you really like Lagunitas in general, because you only get a touch of sweetness from the wheat.

I'll buy this again when I want a slightly milder IPA from their other offerings. They do make a good brew if you like bitterness.

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Photo of Piercan
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'll quote 'mkh012' who says it better than I could. "The smell of this beer is a hop citrus bomb. It really is one of the [best]-smelling beers I've ever sampled; really sharp and floral. Luckily, the taste follows the nose almost exactly. This beer opens with intense citrus hoppiness but finishes smoothly. (...) Combines the awesome citrus aspects of a good wheat beer with the floral hoppiness of an IPA".
Definitely an IPA -- be it an American "Wit" IPA. To me, only the seasonal "Little Sumpin' WILD" is closer to perfection.

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Photo of mkh012
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a disclaimer, I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers. I'm open to IPAs, but I generally dislike the almost soapy aftertaste that some of the more bitter ones have. As soon as I smelled this beer, though, I could tell Lagunitas was doing it right. The smell of this beer is a hop citrus bomb. It really is one of the better smelling beers I've ever sampled-- really sharp and floral. Luckily, the taste follows the nose almost exactly. This beer opens with intense citrus hoppiness but finishes smoothly. The perfect use of 60+ IBUs. Combines the awesome citrus aspects of a good wheat beer with the floral hoppiness of an IPA.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a creamy white head.
The aroma is slight citrus and toffee.
Taste is orange pitch bitter with a semi-sweet followup and a bitter, dry finish. Perhaps a slight Belgian-like funkiness as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and dry.
Overall, good but not great. A bit underwhelming.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank it out of a solo bottle, poured into a British pub pint glass.

A: Golden, fully carbonated. Bubbling the entire lifespan of the glass.
S: Floral, not getting the wheat at all. Not what i expected from this beer, but the best part.
T: Meh, for a beer that i've heard great things about, the (multi varietal ?) malt was overpowering the hops. Not what i would have thought coming from a west coast company selling the west coast style, but my bottle could have been a bit old. There's a hint of the pine on the back end but still getting malt on the fore and aftertaste.
M: It is pretty crisp, not stale for sure.
O: Not horrible, not the best. I really wanted to give this one super high marks but for a style that was supposed to be a fresh take on an IPA/American PA, i'm pretty underwhelmed here.

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Photo of rockclimberscott1
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recommended to me by a friend so I didn't know what to expect since I love almost all styles of beer so this was a grab and go. If I was blindfolded I would have said it's a straight up IPA as I cannot detect the wheat. Very hoppy with a nice finish. Grapefruit with a tinge of blood orange. Smells like an IPA. Overall an amazing beer.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy golden orange color with a foamy white head.
Smells floral and hoppy. Slight biscuit aroma.
Nice malty flavor with a hoppy finish. Easy drinking and damn tasty.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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