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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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6,628 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,628
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 239
Gots: 876 | 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 musicman575
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

62 IBU's and 7.5% alcohol. I guess you expect that from a super sweet and hoppy beer. It's very fragrant (citrus, floral) with a pale, slightly copper color. The head doesn't last long at all. Don't even bother with a swirl or high pour. All you'll get is a flatter beer rather than a nice foam. It's powereful sweet side works well to cut through spicy food.

musicman575, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- Poured a clear golden color which surprised me because this is a wheat beer. 2 finger width frothy off white head is short lived.

s- Aroma is kinda hoppy, most impressive is the tropical fruit flavor. Theres a hint of honey in the nose.

t- Oh, this is nice! Hops come through pretty well but i'd say the sweet maltiness puts up a good fight. This reminds me of bell's Oberon, but this is more hoppy.

I love the newiish trend of these summer pale wheat ales having more alcohol. I usually stay away from these, but this is great. This is not your typical "refreshing" pale wheat.

mf/d- This has body! Feel is prickly and kinda smooth. A few of these would go down just fine!

kbnooshay, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into a tulip.

A - Light orange and golden body, brilliant clarity for any beer let alone a wheat, dense foamy head persists and leaves sticky lace on the way down.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest blended with a sweet malt "cracker" aroma.

T - Substantial bitterness is balanced by a fresh bread malt body. Citrus hops flavor of green apple, lemon, grapes, and some orange oil. Malt presence is noted as some alcohol warmth, but not hot... If this was given to me in a blind taste test, I'm guessing American IPA every time. Very little wheat presence noticed, and I'm OK with that here... :P

M - Moderate to light bodied, high carbonation, crisp finish and dry.

D - Medium to high even with the +7% ABV. Not normally a fan of many "wheat" offerings, but this is an IPA with some wheat in it, so I'm loving it!

ectomorph, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mac's Speed Shop-Steele Creek, served in a pint glass

This beer is a very clear orange/light amber color. A fairly dense, tall, off white head recedes slowly, completely coating the glass with sticky lacing.

Overwhelmingly orange zest and grapefruit. Just a huge blast of citrusy hops. Really quite a beautiful aroma. Nearly smells like an IPA. I honestly get no hint of the wheat malt. Quite mouthwatering...

The taste is sweet and bready/bicuity. The initial sip blasts the tastebuds with orange zest, red grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. There is also a small biscuity/bready malt profile. I don't get any of the wheat malt at all in the flavor. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The beer finishes sweet and slightly dry.

This beer really blew me away when I first tried it, and I was pumped to find out that they recently added this to thier year round line up. Great effort by the guys at Lagunitas

CBlack85, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Looks a little light and adjuncty from first impressions; goldish yellow with a pure, white fizzy head. Nice lacing for the duration of consumption though.

S: Big blast of citrus hops and crackers with honey malt. Clean smell is surprisingly deep and complex for a beer of this style. I get lots of floral notes and a fresh baked bread note in there.

T: Pure excitement on the tongue. First comes a wave of citrus & floral hops, followed by a refreshing wheaty, lemony taste. The middle is pure cracker malt and sourdough bread. Finishes like a bouquet of all things mixed together, leaving not a trace of anything bitter behind.

D: Although this is not a style that I frequent, this is definitely the best of its kind that I've had.

Value: You sure get what you pay for with these Lagunitas beers.

WeezyBoPeep, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, but bright golden-orange color with a 1/4" dense off-white head. Strands, walls, and islands of lacing on the glass. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. A very nice looking beer.

Smell: This is a very hoppy beer - very strong in grapefruit and mango smells, with some pine thrown in for good measure. Very appealing.

Taste: A perfect blend of citrus forward hops, a solid malt middle, and then a pine-like bitter hop finish. I'm not getting any wheat here but this is a well-done beer for something so hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fleeting on the tongue (it's there and then is gone) followed by a good thickness to the beer that lingers but not too long. There is a coating on the tongue and teeth afterwards (probably all that hop oil) but I'm not complaining. Nice.

Drinkability: I noted the higher ABV fairly quickly with this one, but that's because it was so good that I drank it fairly quickly. That being said, this one is dangerous - I want another one but I know I shouldn't it. It's a great beer - went fantastic with a meal (mustard pork-chops and potato gnocchi) and I think it would be good alone also. I can see why so many people have rated this beer highly - it is a very very good beer.

damndirtyape, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of a74gent
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a little head that quickly dissipates. The nose is just grapefruitey to me with the slightest bit of tomato sauce acidity (wtf?).

Strange for me to get such hoppiness in this style..almost like they need a new style. Put this one in that category with Gumballhead.

The taste is bitter hops with a mild bit of wheat tossed in. I could not drink more than one of these particularly as it warms.

a74gent, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled on 8/2/10) into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden/copper color with a nice sticky creamy white head. Meduim carbonation level.

Aroma: The hops really shine through with mango and grapefruit. A nice touch of sweet malts in there too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tons of tropical fruit flavor here. Mango, grapefruit, orange, and peaches. Finishes with some light caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is very good with a light creaminess and mild hop bitterness. I really like the balance.

Drinkability: Wow! I really like this one. A very nicely done summer brew. Lots of citrus hop aroma/flavor, mild hop bitterness, and an easy drinking brew for such a high ABV. I will have to be sure to pick this up every summer.

ballz50401, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a golden yellow with a creamy white, fluffy, pillow like head that refuses to die. I love this one.

S: Complementing the wheat, the hops add wonderful notes of fresh citrus. This is probably the most hoped up wheat beer in the world.

T: The flavor follow suit, and is exceptionally smooth with the wheat malt. Amazing indeed, this brew drinks like a wheat, with the flavor profile of an APA.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. The drink is boarder line excellent. This is 7.5%? I don't think so.

TKEbeerman, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright yellow gold with a small 1/2 finger head (poured it too cold)

smell oh boy i think there might be some hops in this one

taste is all about the hops - juicy citrus/pine
with fruit flavors of mango peach - reminds me of hop stoopid a little

mouthfeel is light crisp refreshing just what a summtime beer should be - and still very good on this cool night

drinkability is good no matter what time of year it is

jsh420, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden yellow hue with a touch of haze and a thin finger of fluffy white foam. I hate to say it, but it looks rather like a macro lager, but with a little haze. D'oh!

Smell: bright, refreshing citrusy/piney hops. This combination is just fantastic; it really rubs me the right way. I love it.

Taste: again, the bright and citrusy hops but this time with a little funk added. The wheat adds a bit of light refreshment as well. Damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. Nice and creamy, just the way I like it.

Drinkability: super refreshing and tasty; like I said, this beer just rubs me the right way. Good stuff.

flagmantho, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of brunop
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i go back and forth on this brew. the "limited release" gets me going on a bit. (if it really's "limited").

soemetimes it tastes hoppier than others. a little inconsistent (in bottles at least).

but when it's good, it's GOOD.

nb--i had a pint or two at melt bar and grilled in cleveland.

^a whole different animal. EXCELLENT on draft. freakin' outta this world.

bottom line--in bottles i can give this an A- or B+. on draft fresh--a solid A.

brunop, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice, clear golden color. A one finger white head has pretty good retention. A little bit of lacing here with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Very strong. Lots of floral hops and pine.

T - Very complex. There are some floral hops upfront followed by notes of pine. The thing that gets me is the after taste. It's like biting into a grapefruit. It also has notes of orange, pine and maybe a bit of pineapple. No wheat at all.

T - Light mouthfeel. Very good balance. Good carbonation.

D - Considering the higher ABV for a wheat ale this goes down real easy.

LairdChisholm, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at draftingroom exton.

A- comes my way with a small cap of bright white loose foam the settles quickly to few wisp and a light ring. Golden yellow in color.

S- citrus and sweet honey. Big bright tangerines and tart oranges. Hints of cut grass and earth.

T- this is one hopped up pale wheat. Loads of light yet bold citrus and tropical fruits. Fresh wheat and honey.

M- on the lighter of body with a pleasant refreshing carb.

D- this is one killer pale wheat. I can't get enough of it. A great summer day brew for labor day weekend.

oglmcdgl, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of nicnut45
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful golden almost orangeish color. Very little head on pouring and what is left is minimal. Nice tight lacing ring. The beer is fairly clear.

S-Wonderful, almost like a glass of grapefruit juice. Heavy malt scent in the background remind me of a barleywine. I just wish the smell was stronger. Maybe a bit more carbonation to push it out.

T-This is a bitter one but very refreshing at the same time. The hops show more character then most of the ipa's I have tried. More of the floral and citrus characters come through, not just plain bitterness. The malt hiding in the background balances out nicely with all the hop flavors. The finish is a bit dry and there might be a bit of age on this bottle because I get the feeling the hops flavors are starting to decline. But it still is excellent and better then most.

M.F.-There is a stinging bitterness that I dont find too pleasing. Also as stated before, the finish is quite dry.

D-I think I would try this one again. But the craft beer aisle at binnys is limitless.

nicnut45, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. The body is a light yellow golden color, like a diluted honey. A thin creamy white head tops the brew which dissipates fast, nice cling action on the glass and leaves a thin top layer.

The smell I get reminds me of the wheat malty flavor of other wheat beers, that nice thicker creamy scent. But this one is accompanied by a huge amount of hops just like Lagunitas does most of their brews.

The flavors are great and quite varied, I get a nice bittering hop initially which is balanced with the sweeter wheat malt they added. The aftertaste gives you a sour citrusy flavor as well.

Although the color is very light don't let that decieve you, this brew has a great mouthfeel, it's solid which fills the palate completely with all the flavor in the brew at every taste.

Extremely drinkable, has a huge range of flavors and I really can't even put this beer into one category which I like about it. It has the wheat beer flavors but also those of an india pale ale combined with a mouthfeel I would expect out of a scottish cream ale. It's one of the more complex flavor profiles I have found with Lagunitas and it won't dissapoint.

dwilson01, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of jbone78
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the little store. I forgot it was sitting outside the cooler, so it is a bit warm.

Pours a slight hazy golden/yellow. Nice white fluffy frothy head. Might be cause it's a tad too warm. Smells of nice citrus hops. Kinda has the same hop character as Hop Stoopid meaning has that very crisp apple flavored hop taste. I do like it. Very nice refreshing tasting beer.

-Bye

jbone78, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a sanitized hotel glass. Sometimes you just have to make do. Slightly hazy, deep golden color, lots of bubbles and a thin white head.

A nice earthy hop aroma, some tangy citrus notes as well. Not hoppy citrus but an almost sweet candy-like aroma. Taste is also an earthy hoppiness, with citrus and tangy wheat and sweet malts again combining for a candy like effect. Some alcohol sneaking through, and some bitterness in the finish.

Medium in body, but more filling than I would like, maybe due to the heavy carbonation.

Nice tasty Pale Wheat. Glad to find it on this business trip.

ZimZamZoom, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Looks nice, this beer has a filtered orange color with lots of gold and yellow edges. The carbonation is active and there is good lace, but the head did take a significant nose-dive after the first minute.

Smell is incredible. This is up there with the best American Pale Wheats and is right up my alley. Lots of flowery and citric hops make the nose a trip down the grapefruit and orange aisle. There's also some malt that comes across as sweet but is just buried by the hops. This is off to a great start.

The first sip has me captivated. The hops are so bold and fresh tasting, they rival any other hoppy APW I can remember. Sweet kiss of malt and no real noticeable wheat other than in the mouthfeel. There's orange, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit tastes along with a crisp finish. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is good, I'd like a touch more creaminess as opposed to the slightly sharp edge the carbonation gives this. But the body is lush and light at the same time, medium in weight, and really clean. Overall, I really like this beer and will be adding it to my normal rotation. Up there with the best of the APW's.

jampics2, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep golden color thin head and quickly fading lace. now things start to get better smells fruity along with some pine resin. then the first taste. hops hit you right off then the different fruit flavors mixing with that pine resin and the smooth thick mouthfeel lets you know that your drinking a nice beer here. drinkability? i definitely need more.

billybob, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at for pete's sake in philly

A - Pours pale golden yellow with a light head which fades away into a film with some traces of lacing around the pint glass.

S - Loaded with a pleasant mixture of juicy hops, wheat, and a touch of fruit.

T - The hops jump right out initially, followed with a sweet, wheat base. An assortment of tropical fruit reveals itself, eventually turning to more oily hops and a bitter finish which disappears swiftly.

M - Light bodied and bubbly.

D - The 7.3% is masked nicely creating a highly drinkable and refreshing beer.

This is super hoppy for the style, and might be one of my favorite Lagunitas beers ever. Nice!

xnicknj, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Torps
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Reidel stemless glass..

Pours a golden amber with a two finger white head from an aggressive pour. The aroma is awesome.. sweet maltiness, pineapple-y citrus hops, touch of resin and perhaps medicinal herbs. Flavor is good. Honestly, something seems lost between the aroma and taste, but this is still a good brew. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced. I'm getting citrus and some earthy grassiness. Plenty of bitterness on the finish with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is great.. I could definitely have few of these

Overall, a great brew worthy the price of admission.

Torps, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a SA Perfect Pint.

One word describes the color of this beer, gold. Eggshell colored fluffy 1.5 finger head rises and stays for quite a while, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell has fresh cut oranges and other citrusy hop notes.

Taste is a bit piney with some citrus rind up front but moves very quickly into just a light hop aftertaste that keeps you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit watery there's some nice fine carbonation throughout.

This beer is drinkable given the ABV, the alcohol makes its presence known but isn't overwhelming by any means.

STEG, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of greengorilla
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a brunescent orange color with a white head.

The scent is off the charts with the hops and awesome.

The taste is pretty darn good, but not as great as I expected from the scent.

The mouthfeel is good and the drinkablility is great. This is a great beer.

greengorilla, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of ebby82
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue into a pint glass with a minimal head. The evident smells are light, floral hops. The taste is upfront hops, without being overwhelming. Somehow this beer manages to be both light and hoppy, a rare breed in my experiences. The hop bitterness is not to the extent of an IPA, but the hop flavor is prevalent. This could easily be a session beer, and I highly recommend it.

ebby82, Aug 29, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,628 ratings.