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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,063 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,063
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 198
Gots: 604 | 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:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009)
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-14-2011 18:57:15 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-14-2011 18:44:54 | More by Hessian257
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 18:39:13 | More by sjstraub
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throwback

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 17:53:24 | More by throwback
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dnh2

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-14-2011 17:29:42 | More by dnh2
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RandyJ

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 17:03:59 | More by RandyJ
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-14-2011 16:47:14 | More by seanwhite
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BelgianDip

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 16:30:00 | More by BelgianDip
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mater

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-14-2011 11:45:04 | More by mater
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goldennectar

Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz.bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Nice white head & beautiful golden color

Smell: Hops & Pine - Extremely fragrant and fresh. Slight hint of citrus

Taste: Hops Malt Citrus Balanced & Fresh and did I say hoppy? But not bitter, Full of flavor

Mouthfeel: Crisp & Balanced Finishes very well & not overly dry,
actually a fantastic finsh that leaves you wanting another mouthful.
This beer defines mouthfeel for me!

Overall: WOW Very drinkable. Very flavorful. This was a big surprise, I was expecting
more bitterness from the hops but it is extremely drinkable. And the flavors! WOW
I see more of these in my future.

I own a beer and wine drive thru and this was a recommendation from a customer. I bought some not
ever having tasted a beer from Lagunitas. This will be a staple on my shelf!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 21:27:04 | More by goldennectar
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1/2" head that recedes to bubbles fairly quickly

S: Nice spicy hops, wheat malt, and some light fruits like lemon

T: Follows the smell, a nice peppery spice with wheat, lemon zest, and earthy hops. Not too bitter, but the lingering flavor does indeed reveal the 64 IBUs

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. More body than most pale wheat ales, most likely due to the higher abv

O: A sneakily easy to drink pale wheat that would go great for summertime drinking, but also goes well any time of the year because of the higher abv

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 16:22:27 | More by BEERMILER12
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rickdiaz

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Snifter;

A: A slightly hazy deep amber color with an off-white head that lingers throughout the session. Nice lacing.

S. Wheaty, Bready and fruity. Banana peels apparent.

T: Fruity esters with banana in the front and apricot near the finish. Very little hop characteristics, but present in the aftertaste.

M. Medium body/carbonation. Creamy.

Overall: Loved it! Definitely will drink this again during the spring/summer months.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 05:49:18 | More by rickdiaz
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BeerT3ch

Georgia

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

This review might just be based off the bottle I poured, but "Little Sumpin' sumpin' has a very small to no head, low lacing;pale orange in color, smells delicious and great taste. Looking for a mild beer with a little kick and nice fruity notes this is the one. Maybe I'll take a trip to the brewery and have it poured. nonetheless I enjoy this beer time, after time.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 04:02:54 | More by BeerT3ch
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rudolphjacksonm

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two-finger white head that bubbles down into a slight coating on the top which remains....pretty much forever. Heavy lacing on the glass. Some of the lacing has stuck where the beer was first poured to and hasn't moved an inch. Nice, deep-yellow color with a hint of cloudiness. 4.5

S - Floral, hoppy smell. Very pleasant and hints at the flavor. 4.0

T - Very sweet citrus flavor with strong, bitter hop notes at the end. The taste is quite bitter (almost a little too bitter for me) at the end but still e

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:47:14 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a very slightly hazy, golden yellow color with one finger of billowy off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Fragrant peach and citrus, good sweetness in the mix.

T: Oh boy, apricot nectar. Finish fades quickly but then the aftertaste lingers long. Just enough bitterness on the finish that you know you're not dreaming. Very tasty.

M: Light, smooth, touch of oil and cream.

O: Yeah, it's good, reminiscent of Gumballhead but more refined and integrated. This is its own thing; find it and love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:27:00 | More by AmericanGothic
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A- a straw color, with a tinge of orange. Billowing white head, that laces very nicely down the glass.

S- Very orange-hoppy, like I get on a lot of Lagunitas offerings. Theres a bit more sweetness here than the APA's and IPA's they offer, likely from the wheat.

T- A smack of wheat malt up front, which is quickly beaten back by the nice hop additions, but the hops never crush you, which is very nice. It does have almost a metallic tinge on the end, which kept me from giving it higher marks.

M- really like the slick mouthfeel of this one, with the tight carbonation that tickles. Lighter side of medium bodied.

O- A very tasty offering. This would be great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:20:49 | More by JWU
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taking some liberties with wheat additions and a plethera of citrusy hop character, Lagunitas hits a home run with a solid and strong Pale Ale that's decidedly balanced toward the hops.

Pouring a medium hazy, bright golden color with a tinge of orange, the beer has an overall vibrant and appetizing look. A froathy off-white head caps the beer and offers great staying power and lace. Nearly ideal on all fronts.

Very citrusy-sweet to the nose. Ruby red grapefruit pulp, lemon zest, tangerine, and pineapple notes abound- all wrapped with a thin cararmel scent that keeps all the spicy hops in check. Not an overstated aroma complex, just simple and supple.

Flavors certainly deliver on what the aromas promise. Early malt sweetness is shaped with thin caramel, powdered sugar, waifers, and freshly baked light bread crust. Sweetness is met with crisp and clean citrus notes of sweet and bitter grapefruit pulp, tangerines, pineapples, and the zest of freshly grated fruits. Neutral yeast contributions keep any/all spices, fruitiness, or otherwise off flavors under threshold for a very clean and refreshing taste. A late return of malted wheat provides a soft bready note just as the citrusy hop bitterness begins to fade in finish.

Dangerously smooth, crisp, and clean- Sumpin' Ale's thin early sweetness has a quick fade to the drier and crisper hop flavor and bitterness that continues to develop headed into a snappy and savory finish. Dryness from hop resin and alcohol adds a partly-warm, partly minty-cool to close the session and with a subtle return of herbal teas and lemongrass.

An overall delicious ale that nestles comfortably in the American IPA style, and doing so in a confident but non-boastful manner. The kiss of wheat offers a welcomed bready finish and slightly elevated creaminess in body that I didn't see comming. A great variation to a style where you thought you'd seen it all.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 16:58:54 | More by BEERchitect
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear yellow orange pour with a whispy white head. Tons of lacing and a very nice retention.

S: Wheat, citrus hop smell. Piney and delicious.

T: Wow, American Pale Wheat Ale? More like delicious IPA. Piney, wheaty citrus, fruity, floral. Wow. No malts coming through, all hops. Very tasty.

MF: Light and nicely carbonated.

O: This was delicious! How is it so widely available? Never expected it to be this tasty. Going to have to pick up another 6er.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 04:21:13 | More by russwbeck
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osusullins

Illinois

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

I don't get as geeked out about this beer as some friends of mine, but it is pretty good.

Pours a hazy orange with a thick and creamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and some subtle pine.

Taste is very hop forward. Mostly grapefruit citrus, with some pine undertones. Nice hoppy beer from start to finish. Solid malt backbone.

Nice beer. I enjoy most of Lagunitas' beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 02:49:03 | More by osusullins
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Little Sumpin' is a slightly hazy, deep golden color with a big, white soapy head that leaves thick gobs of lacing. The smell is mostly of citrusy/piney hops with subtle hints of wheat in the background. The flavor is similar to the nose, with the citrusy hops taking center stage. Very nicely hopped but not mouth puckeringly bitter, this beer has great flavor. The mouthfeel is rather full with a thick carbonation that adds to the viscousness. Overall a very good beer, worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 21:20:11 | More by gmfessen
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cindiwindi1025

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy yellow, sticky white lacing that sticks from the beginning to the end of the glass. Beautiful.

S - the hops hit my nose before I even poured. Pine hops foreward, floral, with a slight citrus funk. Beautiful.

T - HOPS! Pine hops, citrus rind, buscuity malts. This is absolutely delicious.

M - crisp and smooth. Med carbonation, slight sting/afterburn from the massive hops and alcohol. Very drinkable.

O - this beer is absolutely perfect for my taste, the hops and malts are balanced perfectly and leave the most delicious aftertaste. The only thing that is keeping this score excellent across the board is that I dont agree that this is an american pale wheat ale style, it is a straight up IPA, and it would be a perfect one.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 01:20:59 | More by cindiwindi1025
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donovanneb

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The category says American Pale Wheat Ale, but I would put this under the pseudo-IPA, really not supposed to be an IPA, but tastes, smells and feels like an IPA. Brimming with flavors and smells, everything is well made and refined. Excellent beer that I would definitely get again, but then again I have 5 more bottles to enjoy.

Maybe not as in your face as the Lagunitas IPA or left hook in your face with the Hop Stoopid, but definitely a step up from what I would consider a Pale Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 18:13:37 | More by donovanneb
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ruck304

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into an ale glass. Ale pours a dark orange, almost light reddish color. Smells citrusy like lemon zest and with the color, reminds me of an orange peel. Didn't pour a thick head obviously with an ale.

Taste is very smooth and like the smell, citrusy. Well hopped and balanced nicely. Sips smooth and easy drinking.

Really enjoyed this beer. This is my first Lagunitas tasting and I will definitely explore more based on this first acquaintance.

Overall, a very hoppy, well balanced, and smooth ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:30:44 | More by ruck304
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a brilliantly hoppy treat!

Disturbingly bright yellow colour is instantly overpowered by a delectable aroma of pineapple and citrus hops. The flavour is of hops at start, middle and delightful finish. Although there is a baseline of caramelized malts, "west coast" hops are at the forefront : tropical fruits including mango, pineapple and passion-fruit, plus pink grapefruit and other citrus tones. Personally I don't pick up on any wheat tones and there is a dangerous lack of alcohol warmth with this 7.5% ABV...

All in all, a stunningly enjoyable beer. Definitely one I’ll try to find again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 23:42:30 | More by hopsolutely
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mullenpc

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light hazy orange. Head is a 1 finger off-white color

Smell - Perfection. This beer is on par with Hopslam in terms of its aroma. Huge sweet citrus with small notes of tropical fuits. Peaches and orange and lemon peel as well. Just an incredible aroma.

Taste - The taste leaves a little bit to be desired after the incredible aroma of this beer. Sweet orange and lemon dominate with a very balanced wheat beer/ipa finish. Bitter but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is light to medium. The finish on this beer is more in line with a wheat beer, very clean and not overly bitter.

Overall - I love this beer. It really straddles the line between wheat beer and IPA, with an IPA leaning aroma and a wheat beer finish, but the taste straddles the line perfectly, creating a great balance between a wheat beer and an American stlyle IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 04:05:37 | More by mullenpc
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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