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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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6,364 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,364
Reviews: 1,351
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 222
Gots: 758 | FT: 6
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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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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

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

10-23-2011 04:05:37 | More by mullenpc
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Brent

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

American pale wheat ale? Ha! Putting this beer in the class that is generally bland and insipid is an outrage. We need a new category (because there are, of course, never enough pigenholes). I suggest "double imperial American pale wheat ale" (DIAPWA). Drinks quite large, with an aggressive hopping that takes hold right from the start and dominates center stage throughout. I did not particulary get the wheat addition, other than perhaps a bit of sharpness in the malt profile. Malt took on a sweet aspect toward the finish calling to mind a DIPA. Nicely done.

10-17-2011 14:01:07 | More by Brent
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tony223366

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on June 5, 2011. Poured in my SA perfect pint.

A: Very nice golden color. Medium fluffy head that slowly dissipated.

S: Almost entirely citrusy hops. Maybe some bread notes on the finish.

T: Citrusy hops up fron with some sweetness. Hint of wheat and maltiness. Great bitter finished. This really did taste more like an IPA than an American Wheat. That's probably why I loved it so much!

M: Light mouthfeel with a sharp carbonation.

O: Interesting interpretation from Lagunitas. You do get more of a hoppy IPA flavor but it does show you it's Wheat backbone throughout. Very much enjoyed.

10-17-2011 07:11:25 | More by tony223366
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obrike

Texas

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%

Bought a sixer at Specs in Round Rock...have not had in a long time...what's wrong with me?

Appearance was nothing to write home about...dull honey color, decent head, fades quickly and leaves a decent amount of lace.

Fresh mango, pineapple, crushed pine needles in the scent. This really has the smell of an IPA or DIPA,

Wow...that's a great flavor! Quite a mix of everything...tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, sugary caramel malt that does not overpower, and a big slap of orange/citrus at the end. Incredibly good. For the style, this one gets extra credit in the overall score.

No hint of booze at all in this one. An incredible American Pale Wheat Ale...although it feels much more like a IPA/DIPA.

Just another quality release from the gang at Lagunitas. Easily one of the top beers of this style to say the least!

10-15-2011 00:22:38 | More by obrike
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

A: 2 finger head, golden and clear. Some retention, not much lace.

S: mild grapefruit aroma with some bread notes.

T: Starts with moderate hops, nice grapefruit/orange notes moving to a very nice green apple finish.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. Very drinkable and flavorful. Nice job of capturing the fruit notes and hops together without one overshadowing the other.

10-14-2011 01:19:04 | More by kylehay2004
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Another review that will probably get lost among all the others. Oh well.

From the bottle: "So, we're all on collective disability. That's cool. Let's put some ice on it and keep ourselves elevated for a while. So, what's on the tube ...? Honey ...? Get me a beer from the fridge ... Will ya ...? Sweetie ...? Pleeease ...?"; "Un-Limited Release".

My pour created three fingers of dense eggnog colored head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow. Nose smelled like pineapples and freshly mown grass. Mouthfeel was medium and the pineapple taste was right out of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers. How did they accomplish this one? Man, this was so mellow and coupled with the ABV, I was feeling good about myself. The finish was semi-sweet and very pleasant. That may do it for me this evening.

10-10-2011 22:47:14 | More by woodychandler
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – clear light amber color, with about two fingers’ worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – very sweet smell, almost like orange juice or grapefruit juice.

Taste – slightly hoppy, but most noticeable is the citrusy taste, which indeed still seems to be that of orange or grapefruit.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew, and not bad tasting at all. Tasting it in the fall now, but it was probably aimed at being a summer beer, which makes a lot of sense.

10-10-2011 21:23:04 | More by Nerudamann
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csiewert

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

This beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with a finger of thick white head that retains and laces well. The aroma starts with spicy, herbal and piney hops, with a hint of caramel. The taste starts with notes of wheat and bready malt and finishes clean with spicy herbal hops. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with no lingering harsh flavors. Overall a great beer.

10-09-2011 16:41:56 | More by csiewert
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a cloudy murky bright pale orange color. Lovely color and a nice 2 finger head is present. Big hopped up grapefruit aroma. Also some tropical fruit, maybe pineapple on the aroma. The aroma is very inviting and is dominated by the hops. Low smooth bitterness with a sweet hoppy finish. Loads of flavor, very tropical, citrusy, and overall just fruity. Finishes with a pleasant crisp sweetness. Solid mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I love this beer, it has a little of everything. Its hoppy with fantastic flavor and aroma, but an overall low bitterness for such hop flavor. It drinks very well and I could always grab another after the first.

10-08-2011 18:18:28 | More by ShemRahBoo
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Pale ale color, very clear for having wheat. White head with so-so head retention. I would have presumed the wheat content would stabilized the head, but it's most likely the 7.5% A.B.V. knocking it back. Smells like maybe Centennial and Citra hops, with a fairly neutral yeast. Both in the smell and taste, you couldn't ask for much more as an example of American hops. Intense citrus almost pineapple flavors and aromas. Sweetness and bitterness are very suiting. Body is on the thinner side which also surprises me because of the wheat. I assume this is made with a sugar adjunct, but it is very cleanly fermented. Thus the thin body and respectable ABV. Very tasty sixer. Everything about the beer accentuates hops. Would gladly have again.

10-06-2011 13:22:47 | More by mlazzaro
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jdense

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%

On tap at Bench Warmers, The Big, OR $3.75 a pint into chilled shaker glass (argh).

Straw yellow clear body (once the friggin frost on the glass disappeared) multiple streams of medium size bubbles under finger and a half frozen frothy white head, medium dissipation with not much lacing. Citrusy nose, lemony, clean wheat body with good dose of apparently citrus hops on back end. Taste is once again citrusy, almost like someone put the proverbial lemon wedge in here, a bit of piney resin for balance. Mouthfeel close to medium, a bit heavy for the style, fairly dry, astringent finish. Not exactly my cup of tea, a bit heavy on the lemon esters and tres hoppy for the style, but ABV relatively well hidden, though this is my no means a session beer.

10-05-2011 19:51:39 | More by jdense
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pours an appealing orange-copper color (mostly orange when held to the light), with just a touch of haze to it. Head stood about one finger tall following a medium pour. Decent lacing.

Amazing aroma filled with orange zest, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple.

Taste is very fruity with moderate hop bitterness. Wheat and malts helps to balance things out towards the middle. Fruit flavor lingers in the finish with just a touch of bittterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to low carbonation.

A top-notch beer here. Pretty much an Ipa IMO.

Morey's Bottom Line: This one exceeded my expectations. Very tropical and fruity. I wish that I knew how old this bottle was, but there's nothing but a code (24210308) on the neck of the bottle, and I''m not sure what it means.

10-04-2011 22:01:39 | More by Morey
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notchucknorris

California

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%

A: Golden color with a pretty nice white head with good retention.

S: Lots of pine, grapefruit and some pale malts.

T: I don't know what it is about Lagunitas beers, but not one of them has really impressed me so far. Maybe at this point, it's becoming a mental thing. This one just didn't do it for me, though. It had a strong pine hop flavor and some floral hops thrown in as well. A dash of bready malts and then a ton of hop resin that gave it a really harsh bitterness. The balance felt way off and I probably wouldn't want to try this one again.

10-03-2011 12:19:08 | More by notchucknorris
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blackcompg

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my beer glass.

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of white head, color is a brite yellow amber color, slight haze, nice lacing.

Smell - Smell is straight pine, with just a touch of honey.

Taste - Whoah, pine, citrus, little bit of grassy meadow, a nice sweetness like tart pineapple juice. I'm getting yellow and red grapefruits, some orange, touch of papaya, and some wonderful pine notes. Really balance nicely - complex flavors come all at once, and last throughout the entire sip. Slight citrus rind bittering at the end, just letting you know its time for another sip - no alcohol whatsoever, perfectly hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium carb adds a nice crispness and tingle, smooth drinker, very refreshing, nice mouthfeel - feels like a great ipa.

Overall - I am constantly impressed by Lagunitas, and Little Sumpin is such a great IPA. So complex and so well balanced. Hops are mostly citrus and pine, multi-layered, and the sweetness comes from ripe citrus and some candied pine. Highly recommend.

10-02-2011 04:03:23 | More by blackcompg
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gtermi

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

I accidently bought this beer today, because I went to buy a Little Sumpin Wild Ale and somebody switched them out.
I poured it into a pnt glass and it has a nice gold color. The head isnt very big and fades away after sitting for a few minutes.
The smell is just amazing. It has a lot of pine scents and some sweetness.
The taste is also very enjoyable. It has a lot of pine and your typical typical IPA tastes, but the lingering aftertaste is kind of sour and very tasty.
The beer has a lot of crispness.

Overall this is beer is amazing. I really enjoy every aspect of it and I was fortunate somebody made the switch in the 6 pack.

09-30-2011 23:30:31 | More by gtermi
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Fadefury

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Golden/Amber/Yellowish look to it. Pours a strong tall head that retains itself for a while.

S: You can smell the large amount of hops in the beer. This beer also has a really tropical citrusy smell to it.

T: Hopes + Fruits. A very sweet taste to it in my opinion.

M: Goes down smooth and contains little bitterness. A decent amount of carbonation makes it perfect.

Overall, I would not call this your standard wheat ale. This beer can be a bit pricey compared to other wheat ales but it is worth the money. Especially if you are looking for something on the higher end of quality. I could easily sit and drink these all night. Fantastic beer.

09-29-2011 19:08:38 | More by Fadefury
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hopking311

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours into my snifter a golden amber color with one finger off white head. Head dissapates quick

smells sweet, malty, earthy.. definately picking up The C.. hops

Malty Sweet flavor, not like most other wheat beers Ive had.. has a nice hoppy finish like no other.. Im really impressed

Medium body light carbonation.

Almost a Wheaty IPA.. I dont know how to explain this.. Its got malty body of a red.. hop bitterness of an ipa and wheaty grainy body indicative of the usual wheat beers im not to fond of.. But the body and hops make this an enjoyable session.

09-28-2011 04:45:13 | More by hopking311
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plfahey

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale golden-yellow in color witha moderate cast of haze. Decent white head has fairly good retention.

Aroma-Mmm, grapefruit hops, followed closely by pine, orange, resin, and citrus. Hops are quite zesty and juicy, and there's some slight pineapple and mango tropical fruit notes to it. Slight whiff of perfumy/roselike alcohols. Slight bready malt character to it as well.

Flavor-Lightly sweet spritzy wheat and caramel malt with bread undertones is quickly overtaken by tropical fruit and grapefruit. Orange and resiny pine rush in and moderate to moderately high hop bitterness expands on the palate in the finish. Finishes with citrus hop flavors and light alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate, smooth carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and full from the use of wheat.

This beer kicks ass. Great aroma, great flavor, smooth, easy drinking (especially for a beer of 7.5% alcohol!), it's so good in so many regards. One of my favorite Lagunitas beers.

09-27-2011 04:32:31 | More by plfahey
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joepais

Maine

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

I had this on tap as well as bottle the tap brew had a lot more hop character
The tulip glass that was handed to me had a great three finger head with tons of lacing . The body was amber in color and a bit cloudy.

The nose was hop forward nice citrus and floral I think the wheat adds to this. Another thing the wheat does is keep this beer light in the mouthfeel making it dangerous to drink. The flavor is bitter citrus’ with a light sweetness in the finish. Great carbonation and a fun beer to drink.

Overall a good IPA hybrid, if I found it on tap I would not turn it down.

09-24-2011 19:26:58 | More by joepais
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Jesse14

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a golden amber with a two finger head. The nose picks up the citrus and floral from the hops right away. Really refreshing smell that gets you excited to drink it. The first sip is definitely hop forward with a nice and mellow fruit and floral flavor balance. The carbonation is just right. The bitterness quickly subsides and you're left with a clean dry finish. It would be an A+ beer for me if it had a little more depth at the end but its not worth complaining about.

This is a dangerously balanced and refreshing beer. I could easily sit down and have 3 or 4 with dinner or a game.

09-24-2011 18:03:03 | More by Jesse14
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evyoung

California

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Appearance:
-yellow orange and almost no transparency (I can barely see my fingers through the glass)
-small white/off-white head that dissipates quickly, within about a minute or two
-there is some pretty good lacing with some vertical string-like lacing down the sides

Smell:
-on first sniff there is not a whole lot there--some obvious malt sweetness but that is about it

Mouthfeel:
-oily hops and sticky malt
-carbonation was just right, but could have used more body

Taste:
-the typical syrupy sweetness that I’ve come to love and expect from Lagunitas is certainly present, but not as full-bodied as some of their other offerings
-the hop bitterness is detectable and becomes more prominent as the beer warms but not highlighted. Still, it is a well-balanced beer

Overall:
A Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale is not quite what I expected. It lacks something near the finish as far as the body goes. However, the balance is good, and it’s light enough to enjoy a few of them, maybe hanging out outside with some friends. It doesn’t quite match up to their 13th Anniversary alt. which I would prefer in the same fashion over this one, and one in which I tried very recently. That being said, I would pick this up again.

09-23-2011 02:39:42 | More by evyoung
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hiku7

California

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

A Lil Sumpin Sumpin is really a wheat based IPA and is more a specialty beer than a wheat pale ale. But however it should be categorized, it is tasty.

Pours a mostly clear (some viscosity) yellow with a small white head that didn't last, but I liked the clarity.

Smell is lemony citrus west-coast hops plus some grainy wheat malt sweetness. No esters to speak of. Very clean yeast character.

Taste is strong hop bitterness for the style, plus the lemony citrus hop flavor. Sweetness starts out the taste, but quickly gives way to the hops, which leads to a clean finish that is neither sweet nor too dry. The middle of the taste is all grainy wheat.

Medium body and smooth, with a bit of dryness in the finish to balance out the fuller sweeter body at the start. The dryness is probably due to the hops. Some noticeable alcohol warming, but not hot or harsh.

Overall, the initial sweetness is nicely balanced by the big hop bite in this beer. The sweetness and hops surround a grassy wheat malt middle. This is a go to beer for me.

09-20-2011 02:57:07 | More by hiku7
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1%

Pours one and half fingers worth of very creamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Clear pale body.

Smells of juicy citrus fruits and lightly bready malts. Touch of crystal/sugary malts.

Tastes again of juicy fruits, passion, citrus, touch of piney resin. Carmel and sugary sweet malts mix in nicely with the piney and citrus malts. Since having a few different brews by Lagunitas it's become apparent this has what I find to be they're signature malt bill. It has this firm underlying sugary sweet taste.

Mouthfeel is medium dry, medium carbonation. Medium bitterness on the finish, slightly coating and sticky.

Overall this is a highly drinkable beer. Very balanced and interesting. The citrus mixed with the sweet malts is quite pleasant. I'd get this again and again.
$1.80 a single.

09-19-2011 01:10:50 | More by Homebrew35
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EA728

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Clear yellow with very little head.

S: Apples and oranges with a subtle grain/bread aroma

T: hoppy with a fruity feel. apples and citrus again. not too bitter, but could be called an IPA. didn't really enjoy the fruity flavors much

M: easy to drink, with average moderate carbonation.

O: better than average Wheat ale, nice hoppyness, but the fruityness ruined it for me. I would drink again if offered, but I wouldn't go buy it.

09-18-2011 16:54:18 | More by EA728
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,364 ratings.