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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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BA SCORE
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6,609 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,609
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 239
Gots: 872 | 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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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a great golden straw color with a slight amber hue in it, pours with a finger of pure white foamy head that lingers nicely
S: great scent, pure resinous hop scent, little to no malt, slight sweetness
T: very unique taste, strong citrus hop but also something else that i cant put my finger on, must be the combination of the wheat and hops, really great
M: intense carbonation tingle, disappears from the palate very quickly though
O: really love this brew, such a unique and great taste, really a great brew

BigPlay1824, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%

Appears orange gold in color. It's half hazy...I can see my fingers through the glass but they're blurry. Head is one-finger in size, but it fades.

BAM! Wonderful aroma of PINE and a meld of citrus goodness in the likes of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Amazing fresh hop oils.

Sweet acidic citrus flavors dominate and invite the taste buds to the party. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit are the primary players. Sweet malt provides a subtle backdrop for the hop flavors to get their dance party on. A pleasant bitterness lingers after a crisp finish and mouthfeel.

This is a bigger ale that deceptively acts light and refreshing while bitch slapping you with american citrus-hop goodness. I could see people accidentally having too many of these.

jbertsch, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

A hazy golden concentration of a brew.

Average head/retention but good lacing.

Bready and spicy and wheaty with hop oils to boot(type?). Maybe some orange rind at the end of the sip?? Nice little complexity.

This reminds me of Hopdevil but a little more oily.

Great beer. Not sessionable!

mafiasentinel21, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Nice golden color. Head is very small and doesn't hang out long.

Delicious hop bouquet. Very citric and fruity/sweet.

Flavor is a good maltiness covered in awesome hop flavor. Hops are almost all flavor; very little bitterness, just a mild amount in the finish. Nothing harsh. High ABV not noticed at all (in the flavor).

Full body/creamy mouthfeel.

Excellent. Could drink myself to death with this beer.

Hoagie1973, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Samp01
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

A nice golden copper pour with a nice white head. Aroma of floral citrusy hops, with some nice fruity esters and malt. Taste is spicy fruity hoppiness, some light lemon with some sweet malt. Has a light to medium body with very nice carbonation, and a nice crisp mouth feel. Finish has a nice citrusy floral hops, with some fruity spicy character and some maltiness for balance, ending with a nice hoppy bite. Overall a surprisingly good crisp summer IPA.

Samp01, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer I picked up accidentally and was a pleasant surprise!
It poured a nice, rich and clear medium gold with a white creamy head, which leaves excellent lacing.
The smell is very fruity. Citrus , lemon, peach and pineapple.
The taste was much more complex. Up front I noticed the citrus selection of hops with all the fruity flavors. Than in the middle a more bitter hop is present. At the finish I feel malt, and a presence of honey. Good carbonation gives the beer a great feel throughout. I really like this beer and will definitely recommend this .

Hopfenpeter, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

A: 3/4" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over straw coloured liquid with good clarity.

S: Citrus and malt.

T: Refreshing taste of citrusy hops and malt. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is somewhat faint.

M: Medium viscosity and medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A good ale that is somewhat sweet and malty. Very freshing and citrusy, this beer is an easy drinker.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of angusdegraosta
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

This is brutal stuff. The Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is in the same style category as Sam Adams Summer Ale, but o what a difference. This is a beer for hop lovers. I give it good marks because it's actually well-crafted, and beneath the hop sting there is a fine aroma, and sweetness with a little bit of citrus in it (again, from those hops). One or two of these is plenty.

angusdegraosta, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +4%

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon peel), floral hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey flavors, pine hops and wheat. I don't think this beer is made with honey, but it seems to me that there's a honey-like sweetness noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth and has good carbonation. It's very easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I think this is a pretty good brew, it's definitely worth a try!

bluejacket74, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of dafizzif
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Look- Beautiful gold with a plentiful white head and lots of spotty lacing.

Smell- Lots of floral hops and a bit of sweet malts. It actually seems to fill the room, right from the moment I opened the bottle. I may be fine with having this be the only thing I could smell for the rest of my life.

Taste- Loads of hops at first. Then it starts to sweeten up with a tinge of honey. Nice amount of banana notes from the wheat at the end.

Mouthfeel- Creamy medium-light body that goes down smooth while coating the mouth.

Overall- An excellent beer I could see myself drinking over and over, in a variety of situations, as it is way more than an IPA but far more complex and rewarding than many others out there. Highly recommended, and at its price, it can't be beat.

dafizzif, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A- golden color with a off white head and a below average head.

S- lots of very fresh hops, citrus, some malts and grain

T- more hops, lemon and grapefruit, washed down by a good wheat character and bitter finish. Really balanced.

O- incredibly refreshing with a really nice hop character.

Tschnab, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' smells hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Not the burn-your-soft-palate kind of hoppy, but the kind of bright, citrusy, sugary, grapefruit hoppy that is immensely enticing. Shades of white grape, apricot, and berry add to the aroma, along with confectioner's sugar and a good whiff of lightly toasted grains.

On the tongue, the beer is instantly hoppy, but continues the sugary buzz hinted at in the nose, coming across as slices of grapefruit drizzled in wildflower honey. Again, apricot and berry provide nice complements, and subsequent mouthfuls reveal an additional pine layer to the hops. Malts are present not only in the slight additional fruit flavors, but in a layer of caramelized sugars and lightly toasted grains. Late in the mouthful most of the sugars die off, exposing a wild layer of pure pine-like hops that last all the way through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, this is a great beer, and though the 64.20 IBUs make this more reminiscent of a strong IPA than an ale, when the ingredients are listed as "Hops, Malt, Hops, Hops, Yeast, Hops, Water, and Hops," this is probably to be expected.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

A - Pours a light honey with with an one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is a little lacing that clings to the glass...

S - Lots of floral hoppy notes. Also pick up some citrus fruits and some sweet malts. Smells like an IPA..

T - Starts off sweet with some oranges and tangerines in the mix. Floral hops are present through out. Finishes with a smooth bitter hoppiness. Very nice balance between sweet and bitter. Abv is very well hidden...

M - Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - This one goes down very easily. A definite session beer that I will be adding to my regular rotation...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.38/5  rDev +4%

A nice clear yelow-orange beer with a decent head and retention and good stickage. Nice piney hop nose to it with a solid malt backbone. Smells appetizing.

Big grapefruit and citrus flavors come out of the hops. The flavor is intense and bold, hitting all of the tastebuds and then rescinding quickly so that you can't wait for the next sip. There's a balance from the malts that takes the edge off the sharply bitter hops just enough so that they can be enjoyed to their fullest extent without making you pucker. Not much of a boozy taste, so the 7.5% ABV has the potential to sneak up on you. The mouthfeel helps along the carrying of the hop message with its moderately high carbonation and ultra-crisp, dry finish, perfect for the style. This is one of those beers that is a pleasure to enjoy just for the sake of relaxation after a hot summer day or for analyzing and dissecting the flavors. One of my favorites from Lagunitas.

chodinheaven, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of yankeej13
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

Apperance- Has a copper like color to it with a slight tip of foam that dissappears almost instantly. Very mild carbonation.

Smell- Has a very good hoppy smell, nothing overpowering can smell maybe some floral hops, kinda piney.

Taste- Has a nice amount of hop flavor well balanced. Get hints of lighter more floral hops as well as a slight citrus flavor. Very good great flow and a good aftertaste in my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, goes down nice and easy. Has a good flavor that lingers along.

Overall- I really enjoyed it another great beer!

Cheers!

yankeej13, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Corsendonk Tulip, 2011 production, well stored.

Pours a nice one finger head, thick, settles down into a 1/8” cap which hangs in there, a lively beer. Very attractive deep golden grain color.

Exceptional, powerful, yeasty, distinct banana smell, strong citrusy hop aromas, blonde malt, rather classy and very, very enjoyable, lasts and lasts. What it may lack in complexity it more than makes up for in shear enjoyment.

Crisp, hop bitter flavors on the first taste, followed by distinct yeast, citrus, some banana again, nice refined carbonation adds balance, smooth, full body, golden grain/bread, hops linger throughout the serving. Delicious!

Very good finish, hops, lots of citrus, and noticeable banana/yeast.

This is delicious ale and a surprise from Lagunitas which mostly has not overly impressed me with their offerings, but with this they have hit a home run. Very, very drinkable even though the ABV is 7.5%, the ABV is never noticeable. A unique taste, different from any other ale I can think of at this time. Definitely worth buying by the case, even though it is a little pricey in my area at around $48. Note: Even my “Light Beer” buddies liked this one!

JTSbeerislife, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, freshness date of 16000117 (the 160th day of the year, June 9th??)

Pours a light straw yellow with a decent white head with good retention, seems to be pretty well filtered. Smells of citrus and floral hops, a nice sweet smell and some bread malts. Feel very tingly, good carbonation, medium and silky. Taste is pretty good, you get loads of sweet malts up front, a little herbal notes, perhaps a little sweet banana tasting yeast esters(?) and on the end you get plenty of floral hoppy goodness and grapefruit. Overall a pretty tasty beer, the high ABV is very well masked.

DavidST, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.38/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint glass.

A: Pale straw color with tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Aggressive pour leads to a one-finger head that doesn't last long but leads strong lacing throughout.

S: Hoppy throughout the nose, but I'm picking up a strong malt backend. Alcohol is slightly present in the nose as well.

T: Very nicely balanced sweetness with bitter hops. This is a wonderful representation of a wheat wine. It's like a perfect love child of Hop Stoopid and a really nice wheat beer. It's got the appearance and smell of an IPA but the taste of a hoppy wheat beer.

M: Creamy feel, lingering bitter aftertaste that leaves me sipping over and over.

O: A delicious beer. I can't wait to get my hands on some more.

suspect, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of sethmeister
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Gold with a touch of orange and a tight ivory colored head which drops to a skim. Verify little lace.

Fruity scent wafts. Nose in close I get citrus - oranges, tangerines and grapefruit - and fresh bread.

Taste is citrus - orange and grapefruit - with a touch of pine. Tangy and slightly sour wheat grain beneath. Mild bitterness. Earthy, and herbal notes. Mint. There's a slight suggestion of toastiness. Just a hint of dankness.

Mouth is a very silky, coating medium.

Drinkability is very high; quite refreshing and easy to drink.

Great beer. Not intensely bitter yet full of hop flavor and satisfying wheat malt.

sethmeister, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

A- Pours a beautiful golden blonde with a two finger head. Nice tracks of sticky lacing all over the glass. Excellent carbonation bubbling up from my DFH Signature glass.

S- Sharp notes of grapefruit and orange juice! Fresh cut grass with underlying piney notes. Nice malty sweetness that balances with the fruity hops.

T- Nice smooth wheat, brilliant citrusy hop burst!!! Fresh cut grass and wheat. Very well balanced! Really nice sweetness on the front of the tongue, nice bitterness in the back. Very clean tasting...

M- Nothing overwhelming... just a fantastic balance between piney/citrusy/sweet and bitter. Really nice carbonation.

O- I'm not gonna say this is a sessionable brew because of the abv, but it certainly drinks like one. Delicious, refreshing and fantastic! $12/6-pack is probably a bit much, but I've never had it and really wanted to try it. Well done once again Lagunitas!

Thickfreakness, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a stubby bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a transparent shade of orange with a quick fading, two finger white head. The head leaves decent lacing, and doesn't totally fade, leaving a nice haze on top of the beer. The beer isn't as translucent as some summer wheats, but not as hazy as a hefeweizen. Looks nice

S- getting lemony and citrus notes out of this one. Pretty standard for a wheat, though maybe a little more citrus than I'm typically used to

T- an odd quality for a wheat: it's got a great hoppy bite to it. The hoppy bite is balanced nicely by a slight sweetness from the citrus. It's pretty interesting, and good

M- it's actually a little too thick for me. I like my wheats to be paper thin and super refreshing...this is a little too syrupy for my tastes

O- damn good wheat beer. I love the hoppiness that comes to the table in this one

bigfnjoe, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of tastybeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer is golden colored and clear. Nice head at first that fades to nothing but a white ring. Aroma is filled with orange candy, pineapple, floral hops, lightly toasted bread, and various other delightful happy aromas. I am enjoying every fragrant sniff. Taste is full of hoppy goodness, both bitter and flavor, more yummy bread malt, and fresh grains. Mouthfeel has a nice grainy/resiny texture to it, and underneath that its smooth. Good level of carbonation and medium to light body. Very drinkable indeed. Overall I am a fan of this beer.

tastybeer, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with high carbonation and nice frothy white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops. I get mango, pineapple, and sticky sweet hop nectar. Smells like a tropical fruit salad. A sweet, light to medium beer with a rush of piney hop taste that gives to some orange & citrus hop zest. Quite bitter - can almost feel the hop resins coat my teeth. A very nice summer beer loaded on hops. The ABV does kick in after a number of these daddys. Will be looking for this one again to quench my longing for hop flavor and summer thirst. Well done.

jwhancher, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into a 22 oz pint-style glass (more room for a hard pour). As it poured, it looked very yellow, but once in the glass, it settled into a solid golden color with a good head with excellent retention and lacing. First sniff yielded floral hop aromas and...for some reason (on the first sniff)..peach. Yeah, I know it sounds odd, but that's what I smelled, and I DID like it. It drifted into the fruity/floral hops scent after that. Taste reflected the label with hops in the ingredients listing hops several times. Hoppy with a clean crisp finish. All in all, a pretty damn good beer that I would get again. I wouldn't mind giving it a taste on tap...

FrankenBeerStein, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Aroma started off pretty heavy on grapefruit hops, but settled down into a sweet fruitiness that was very, very nice.

Starts off with a hoppy snap with an abundance of citric, grapefruit hoppiness with some definite floral notes. Very crisp upfront. However, in the body, this intermingles with a nice, sweet fruitiness that really helps counteract the bitterness quite well. It's even on par with the hops I'd say for a brief moment. Not bad. Finishes with a rather resinous bitterness that would rival many IPA's (but certainly not the top tier ones). Interesting thing is, I think this beer has more bitterness than Lagunitas' own IPA does.

I love it! Awesome beer. The bitterness of many IPA's with a nice, sweet fruitiness underneath that provides excellent balance. A great ale.

NODAK, Jul 20, 2011
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,609 ratings.