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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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6,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,114
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 199
Gots: 629 | 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.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden almost amber with eggshell white colored head that builds up to an almost two finger width that leaves thin lacing stuck to the glass once it resides. The smell is a bit grassy and piney, but sweet, with a detectable sweet malt backbone. Tastes of bold bitter and hops with a definite bready wheat flavor and detectable spiciness perhaps from an excellent mixture of hops, malt, yeast, and wheat of course. medium bodied with a carbonation that is not overbearing nor underwhelming, just right. I was craving hops but had no IPAs on hand and this juicy and delicious beer did just fine. I'm glad I have a few more of this excellent pale wheat ale.


Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 04:45:59 | More by antlerwrestler19
Photo of Paincane


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange gold color with off white head leaving moderate amount of lacing. Poured into pint glass.
S: Wheat, citrus, hoppy aromas
T: Very hoppy floral tastes with grapefruity citrus flavor. Wheat and malt backbone also present.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. Would definitely have more sumpin' sumpin'.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 21:01:57 | More by Paincane
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass. Golden "Clear"(Lil haze) considering it is a 7.5er. Wonderful smell of some type of sweet preserves I usually have a some fancy restaurant. The smooth sweet wheat taste is overpowered with hops. Delicious...The "wheat ipa" is proving some worth. This is one to try if you like hops!! IPA fans will like this as an alternative to their usual brew. Wheat beer fans, drink your smooth wheats and stand clear too much hops for u! Me, a good drinkin' brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:15:11 | More by jtd1969
Photo of laituegonflable


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey colour with plenty of carbonation stream. Head is off-white, fairly dense and creamy with a nice, slightly crusty-looking curtain of lace. Not sure about the amount of carbonation but otherwise looks great.

Smells pleasant, light and slightly hoppy but mostly a pale malt character, lots of caramelised grain with notes of apple, pear and some strawberry. Mild toffee as well. Pleasant, light yet very aromatic nose.

Taste is tangy from the get-go with early hopping and slight yeast esters - apple, peach and some mango notes that develops nice, earthy malt flavours midway with a toffeed pecan edge to it. Bitter, resinous hops finish off with nice phenolic edge, but plenty of light, citric notes for a good balance.

Body is there and somehow that really strong carbonation doesn't really show. It's quite a smooth, creamy mouthfeel overall if a little on the thin side.

Very pleasant beer; plenty of grounding but very drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 04:20:27 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of woemad


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in the Spokane area for $1.99.

Poured a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head that took it's time dropping. Lots of lace.

Big floral nose, with grassy and citrusy notes within. Also a substantial, biscuity malt and some earthy undertones.

This tastes like what I might imagine a pale wheat ale like those made by Pyramid or Widmer might taste if it were massively hopped. The taste starts off with some grassy hops with some piney and citrusy notes in the background. Then the malts kick in, with a earthy, bready flavor that matches the hops. Mildly bitter at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that comes with some oily hops.

It's been a while since I've had a beer from Lagunitas this drinkable. I'd consider several of these if it were on tap at my local.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 20:00:48 | More by woemad
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Great floral notes dominate the nose. Taste is a floral, with a faint citrusy fruit, mild hop bitterness, and solid wheat notes. Mouthfeel is lighter, smooth, and drinkable.

Pretty bitter and hoppy for a wheat beer, but delicious and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 16:38:37 | More by tdm168
Photo of industrialswill


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've never brewed anything quite this good.
It's got a light amber appearance.
A very fruity aroma, like a fruit cocktail.
Tastes like tropical fruit with a nice malt backbone.
The ABV is very well hidden.
This is one of my favorite beers and it proves that you don't need to throw a bunch of money away to drink some of the finest beer in the land.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 20:12:55 | More by industrialswill
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
A: Pours pale straw yellow, thick white head at first but bubbles its way down, minimal lacing.

S: Hoppy most def, but theres something else almost like whole grain untoasted bread methinks...

T&M: First thing I notice is how easy it goes down, very smooth and drinkable. I had finished my portion before dissecting the piss out of it, but taste was similar to smell but a bit dry.

O: Maybe first wheat pale ale I have had but then again I'll have to reexamine.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 20:25:21 | More by Brewski4Drewski
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is a clear, pale golden ale with a thin, dense white head that leave very nice lacing on the glass. The bold, hoppy aroma has notes of lemon, spruce, wintergreen... maybe berries and apple. It smells great! It has a full, fluffy mouthfeel that lightens up a lot at the finish and leaves the mouth very dry. It tastes quite a bit like the aroma, but decidedly more piny. The hops are the focus here and it's pretty bitter. The malt is resiny and peppery. A pine resin bitterness lingers for a while after the taste. It's a bold and tasty beer. This is what I expect from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 13:48:52 | More by yesyouam
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hop Stoopid: delicious. Lagunitas seems to have their things in order when it comes to hoppy brews, a segment of the beer population that I’ve come to know and love dearly. And as I understand it, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ is another one of those extra-bitter beers. Great, because something bitter sounds just about perfect right now. To hops!

No bottle date, but I’ve been told it’s pretty fresh. Many thanks to the man who made this possible: tripelhops. Thanks again for an awesome trade!

A: This is a beauty of a brew! Superb, bubbly lacing wraps abundantly around my glass as the big white plumage of foam starts to come down. The thing about the head that’s really striking, though, is how bubbly it looks; there’s a constant fizzing as the honeycomb cream reacts wildly with the air. Now, after a minute or two, it’s down to just a few silky suds hovering above the rich, amber body. And speaking of color, there’s another thing to note – pretty hazy. However, that golden-orange still manages to absolutely gleam from every angle. Gorgeous!

S: Now that is a damn fine hop smell. Crisp pines and grassy flowers explode in the nose, followed quickly by a creamy, toffee malt. Sensational, just like Hop Stoopid. There’s something organic floating around, though, that HS didn’t have: wheat grains. I’m picking up a mild grain husk and tropical fruitiness from just behind the malts, adding a nice touch of complexity (which I was expecting for a Pale Wheat Ale). Then, in the back, there’s a hint of carrot-cake spiciness and a nice portion of yeast breads that bring everything to a serene finish. Gotta love a nose full of fresh hops!

T: Very fruity in the front. Peach, mango, apricot, pineapple – the wheat is certainly present. Not as much in the grain department, but that’s how I like my wheat beers. Hops bounce around the palate from first to last, making the bulk of their statement in the aftertaste. For the middle of the flavor profile, however, they add mild grassy floral notes. I can taste a bit of yeast in the background, too, as esters, dough, and a bit of musty leather tones. For a wheat beer, excellent. The aftertaste is very soft, consisting primarily of a mellow hop tinge mixed with some fruit aftershocks. I can see why some people could identify this as an IPA upon first taste, but I wouldn’t have this beer without the wheat. The way those unique tastes strut their stuff in this palate is the most enjoyable aspect, in my opinion.

M: Decent, at best. It’s not as carbonated I as I would have expected from looking at the head. I think fizzy would be a more appropriate word. It’s also quite thin, which, granted, is a quality that diminishes as you drink more and more. It was undeniable with that first sip, though, and it is with the last.

O: This is the first Pale Wheat Ale I've had that I feel could stand toe-to-toe with FFF Gumballhead. It has some nice flavor profiles (especially from the wheats), but, admittedly, it’s a bit less flavorful. Still, if hoppy-yet-mellow enjoyment was what Lagunitas was aiming for, they nailed it. And if not, screw it – it's tasty!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 23:41:49 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a attractive golden orange with a nice white head. A lot of effervescence in this one.

Nose: Lots of citrus in this one ( grapefruit especially), floral notes are there as well. Not really getting the wheat qualities, but some sweet malts are present. It's a good smelling beer.

Taste: Again with the citrus. It almost seems juicy to me. The sweet overpowers the bitter, but there is a slight bitterness. Very nice.

Mouth: Oh yeah, this one is very drinkable. I could probably destroy a sixer in one sitting. Lots of carbonation, and a dry finish, just makes you want more.

Overall: I had to drive out of state to get this, but that's just because TN has lame beer/liquor laws. I was very pleased with the outcome, and this could easily be a session brew for me. As for the style..it doesn't strike me as what's its labeled. More of an IPA to me, however I'm not hating.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 21:51:46 | More by Jenkster4
Photo of bayougutter


3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't exactly fit a style so it is hard to "rate to style". I will rate the beer itself. A pale wheat ale, I don't think so, more of a ipa with a little wheat.

Pours a golden color with a small white head that left minimal lacing, and very clear.

Aroma of citrusy hops, tropical fruit, sweet malts, hint of wheat and alcohol. The fruits and the hops dominate.

Taste follows the aroma with the hops playing the main role and a combination of the fruits and the wheat playing second fiddle. A nice malt backbone with a nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel was not too heavy nor too light with a good coating. Carbination remained thru the entire beer.

Overall on interesting beer and one that you just gotta try for yourself. Thanks Lagunitas for Sumpin a little different.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 17:02:06 | More by bayougutter
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden hazy, straw, big head, lacing
Hops are hard to the nose and tongue. A citrusy bouquet and mouth. The wheat tries to fight it off but the hops win. Light boozy tingle.
Light on the mouth, especially for the 7.5%.
This is a pale wheat? Ha! More like a wheat IPA. Thanks again Lagunitas, for making a beer that doesn't quite fit into a specific style.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 09:08:05 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of pijiu


2.03/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Amber color, rich and bright orange.

S- The best thing about this beer. The strongest notes are peach and apricot; hints of citrus.

T- What taste? It was hoppy and had a bitter finish. Taste was disappointing and simple in light of the nice aroma.

M- Typical of a light ale. Fizzy and thin.

O- This beer was a let down in terms of big anticipation with much less pay-off. The bouquet was very promising, but none of the flavors that were suggested in the aroma played out on the palate. The flavor disappeared quickly after swallowing.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 00:47:22 | More by pijiu
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden, slightly orange, essentially clear. Thick white head fizzes out pretty quickly.
S- Smell is slightly wheaty, but the C-hops overwhelm it pretty much. Citrus, and a bit tropical.
T- It's sweet and a bit crackery, but the tropical fruit flavors overwhelm it. Getting a lot of orange and mango.
M- Light body, fizzy carbonation. Gives the impression of fizzy water. Needs a bit more body.
O- It really is more of an IPA with some wheat ale notes than the other way around. Still a tasty beer though. Very easily drinkable for a 7.5% beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 00:40:05 | More by jsprain1
Photo of mactrail


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a touch of amber, slight chill haze. Modest head and carbonation. Deeply fruity and bitter. I don't taste any of the usual wheat flavors, but it is rather sharp and acidic. More of a Belgian character. I would have called it a Tripel, but it is considerably more bitter than any I've had. Interesting and well-made beer that is worth a try. Quite fragrant and spicy in the nose. I like the "Wild" version a little more with its bolder Belgian weirdness. From a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 06:44:48 | More by mactrail
Photo of cagocubs


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with sticky white 1/2 finger head that laces the glass and sticks around.

S: Citrus, banana, coriander, hops, and some sweet smells.

T: Most of what comes through the nose follows to the mouth. Sweet tastes of citrus/fruit balance out the aggressive hops.

M: The mouthfeel is well balanced. The aggressive bitter nature of the beer is kept wet and from drying giving off a refreshing feeling. Great mouth coating.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:42:46 | More by cagocubs
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3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 8/6/11.

A: Amber color w/ a very white frothy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Lots of hoppy citrus smells. Grapefruit, some light grain in the background.

T: Very light taste. Mostly hops, maybe faintly taste some wheat but the hops overpower it by a lot.

M: Very light feel w/ high carb feel. A little bit of alcohol burn on the mouth at the end.

O: If you want a hoppy pale ale w/ some wheat flavor, this one might be for you. It had too much hops and not enough wheat for its style in my opinion. That being said, an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 05:33:09 | More by gregshead
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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange colored crisp beer with sharp fruity flavor and a lasting bitter finish. It smells very fruity and sweet - lightly grapefruit and orange, which helps to offset its bitter bite.

The flavor is malty and sweet, with dark amber notes, which melts quickly into a harsh bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue long afterwards. There is no doubt that this is a 7.50% ABV beer - it certainly won't be mistaken for anything lighter.

Overall, this beer is an excellent sipping beer for those of us who like something a little more on the bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 04:53:36 | More by bluHatter
Photo of dgilks


3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden colour with a small, white head. Good head retention. Awesome lacing.

Big, rich, piney, resinous hop aroma with a touch of sweetness.

Sweet malt with an odd herbal bitterness. Musty hops. Really quite weird.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An interesting beer to be sure. The aroma is great too but the flavour is herbal and strange. I just don't quite get it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 06:12:29 | More by dgilks
Photo of bilyboy65


2.55/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very hopy bitter beer. Much more like a pale ale then the wheat style. Beautiful to look at, but then like so many women ruined once the mouth is involved.

Now for the review.

A: nice dark gold color, almost a bronzeish color. Lots of carbonation that doesn't feed much of a head.

S: Hopy with a lot of diactle. Can smell the alcohol on this beer.

T: Much of the same as the nose. Very thick hops with a lot of diactle. Some malts try to seep into the tongue as you let it sit there. The more it does the more it seems to be made of extracts for malts. Very bitter finish.

M: Very syrupy as it sits there and passes through. Thankfully it's a light bodied beer and doesn't leave much of a trail.

O: Can't say much good about this beer except that it's strong.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 17:22:10 | More by bilyboy65
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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured slightly cloudy golden into a S.A. draft glass. Immediate smell of yeast and a citrus hoppy hint. Upon first taste, it had a pleasant sweetness to it, like plum with plenty of hops hangin' around. A very nice easy drinkin' mouthfeel and a decent head. A little yeasty aftertaste, but its supreme flavor leaves you yearning for more. This was an awesome suprise to my mix 6 pack I picked up at Andersons Market in Toledo. I would definitely recommend this to friends and buy again. Great taste reigns supreme, a nice little kick at 7.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:29:31 | More by JDFish
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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. This serving arrived in a dimpled mug and showed a golden honey color. It held a film of a head that was white, and on the thicker side. Lacing was also thick, and what little head there was showed slow recession. Carbonation appeared normal, and a faint haze was about the brew, with no outright sediment. The aroma exploded with sweetness, but not overly so. It had gargantuan notes of pineapple, mango, and an acidic tangerine. Malts appeared to be caramel and slightly darker in origin, but interspersed with paler inclusions. Hops were also robust, with a predominantly citric vibe. There was an additional bubblegum estery sweetness, but this was rather faint. Even further there was a brown sugar sweetness, with cutting steely yeast and a bittering orange peel. As we sipped, the taste opened up with sweet bubblegum esters, brown sugar sweetness, and bittering citric hops, with bitter wheaty grain. The middle moved us forward with cleaner caramel malts and honey/nectary sweetness. The ending notes were even cleaner with a washing of booze and caramel maltiness. The aftertaste breathed of bittered wheat and yeast, tangy citric hops, an alcoholic bite, and a faint metallic flavoring. The body was medium and the carbonation was standard. The feel to each sip was cooling and absurdly soft, with wonderful slurp and smack. Coating was thick, with an unfettered froth throughout. The abv was appropriate and drinkability was phenomenal.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was both how sweet it was and was not. By this we mean that both the aromas and flavors were fruity and sweet, but at no point were either of them overwhelming. This was in part due to the big hop and alcohol characters. In the end this is a superb beer, with an unmatched aroma, correspondingly remarkable flavor, and a glorious feel, making this something that we could drink all day long.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 22:08:33 | More by TheBrewo
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Rhode Island

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

A: Light amber body. Puffy white head, some lacing in spots.

S: Has a delicate wheat note, and candied citrus hops, smells pretty sweet, a touch bitter due to hops.

T: Sweet, but not overwhelming. Has a slight hop bite to it that doesn't dominate. Getting an orange and lemon Pez candy flavor from it. Incredibly well balanced wheat and hop taste, one of the best in the style.

M: Sharp, crisp, light to medium body, the carbonation has a subtle tingle to it, enhancing the flavors.

O/D: Finally got to try this, and a leader for "APWAs."

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 03:36:08 | More by mostpoetsdo
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, at my house.

A: About a finger and a half of standard white head. Color was an orange tinted amber. The beer was just slightly hazy.

S: Zesty hops, a slight fruity note.

T: Wheaty malt flavor, tangerine fruit, oily zesty hops

M: Medium bodied, oils stick in your mouth

O: Addicting beer, I couldn't keep myself from drinking it. 7.5% abv sneaks up on you and since I enjoyed it so fast, I felt a little goofy afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 15:33:26 | More by layinbrix
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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