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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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6,726 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,726
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 246
Gots: 927 | FT: 5
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 Beejay
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Beautifully clear. Apricot in color with nice white head.

S: Nice aroma. Clean hops strong grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Sweet with notes of pineapple. There is almost a honey type of aroma in it.

T: Clean bitterness, huge citrus, a hint of pine resin. And the finish is exceptionally clean. It seems to disappear leaving only a road runner style cloud of bitterness.

M: Medium in body, pretty dry. carbonation is a tad high for me, but I think it works.

D: Delicious. Just a good beer overall.

Beejay, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of pants678
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold into an English pint. A white puffy, creamy white head that dissipates quick.

Smell of sweet coriander and wheet, orange too. Real pungent toward the end.

Semi-spicy but mostly sweet, kinda bitter and pretty subtle, very wheaty but pleasntly hoppy. The orange and citrus mixes well with pine under the honey wheat. Citric character can go overboard into acidic. Far from boring.

Could drink a few of these in a sitting.

pants678, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Estocker
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Whoa! This is a wheat beer?

S: Smells great. Compares to the "little Sumpin Wild" but without the yeast note. A little bit of orange, a little citrus, something sweet.

T: Surprisingly good, although Lagunitas hasn't disappointed me yet. Tastes like a wheat beer that had a nice load of hops dumped into it, and of course some alcohol to bring those flavors out. Has a great, sweet, citrusy taste that is backed by a nice dry flavor that only a wheat beer could provide.

This gave me the illusion of being really drinkable until I had four of them... I made the mistake of checking the ABV afterwards. Fun night.

Estocker, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Aggressive pour yields a nice big fluffy three-finger white head. Clear yellow color with nice lacing.

Aroma of oranges, and a bready, earthy-type wheat aroma. Prominent is the orange/citrus aroma.

Nice bitter hop flavor with just enough sweet citrus to balance. Not your typical wheat ale. This one is strong on the hop side.

For a wheat ale, it has a little too bitter aftertaste, but since I'm a hop lover, I approve. Easy to enjoy and fairly drinkable.

FanofHefe, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Samuel Adams glass. No date. Lightly hazy body of apricot color. The moderate head left licks of lacing.

The smell was fantastic, juicy satsuma oranges. Bready and spicy. Floral and some sourness.

The taste was also of sweet oranges. Lingering bitterness. There was a subtle, smooth wheat flavor with a more assertive husky hops brightness in the finish. Well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium in density with adequate carbonation. This was a unique American Wheat/IPA hybrid.

Cresant, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firstly im stoked to be able drink this big cheers to Adam to making it happen,it pours a nice vibrant orange hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a one finger head of smog across the top and average lacing,the smell is distinctly pine needle hops,bubblegum and sweet golden wheat,it has a nice medium bodied lively carbonated mouthfeel which feels really refreshing and has tastes of orange zest,piney hops and finishes with a lemon,lime golden wheat hit which is quite dry and makes you want another sip straight away,overall i cannot really say anything bad about this brew apart from the fact its not a regular on our shores and i cant wait to try the rest of their lineup ive got waiting.

ADZA, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color on this beer, orange golden color. Disappointing otherwise, not much head at all, very spotty if any lacing. Aroma is citrusy, lemon, and grassy vegatile notes. Also very light aroma of grapefruit. Taste is pretty fruity, with some sweetness, bitterness from the hops. Not all too complex. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer drinks well, it tastes sessionable. Overall I liked this beer more when I first tried it on tap. Perhaps just an older bottle?

pmlondrigan, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of cratez
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle from Wolverine Market in Port Huron, MI. Pours a golden amber hue with one finger of bubbly, off-white foam and sporadic dots of lace on the Duvel glass. Smell is pineapple, tropical fruit, bubblegum, mandarin oranges, yeast esters, slight phenolic note, mango, and candy sugar. Taste is fruity pale and wheat malts, peach juice, nectarine, banana smoothie, lemon, very fresh, green, and citrusy hops with a strong and enjoyable bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, fuller than medium, resinous body, quick snap from the hops with a juicy finish and lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Wow, this wheat ale is absolute nectar. I could drink it all day. Easy to see why Sumpin' is ranked as the #2 APWA, as this compares quite favourably to Gumballhead. A fantastic example of the style and one of my top 10 highest-rated beers.

cratez, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles. Thin, semi-sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear body, golden in color. Melodic upward carbonation.
S) Floral, citrus POW! Sweet tangerine. Mellow caramel.
T) Floral and grassy. Subtle citrus sweetness meshed with some malty tones. The malt seems to be subverted by the floral notes of the hops (not a bad thing), but holds steady until the finish.
M) Crisp and fizzy upfront, then mellows and smooths out toward the finish. Dry with a slight tannin feel in the finish, but fairly clean. Medium body.
D) A nice brew - I don't think I would classify it as a pale wheat ale, seems more like a Pale Ale to IPA. I'd drink another.

u2carew, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Transatlantic
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice yellow with an orange tint. Slightly hazy with a few carbonation bubbles. Frothy white head that sticks around very well.

S - Right straight, i'm getting a citrus pineapple like smell. Not very floral, but I do get a floral rose-like smell as well. In the background is a very faint yeasty bread like smell.

T - Wow!
Very tame and incredibly well balanced. A very light hop bitterness with the citrus sweet taste completely melded together. I'm actually quite amazed. It tastes a lot like grapefruit juice.

M - Light to Medium; Carbonation is not too high and the flavor shoots down like water after you swallow.

D - This is where the beer hits it's 5.0
Not only is the drinkability right there with any session beer, but this is one dangerous brew. Careful when drinking because with it's 7.5% abv, it'll certainly knock you down.

Transatlantic, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with medium tan frothy head with good retention and lacing. Citrus aroma. Crisp sweetness with light citrus hop bittering and a splash of spice and wheat. Moderate carbonation and even mouthfeel.

Seemingly yet another variation of their IPA. Still a good beer you can't go wrong with.

Bfarr, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date anywhere, but I assume this bottle is ~3 months old. It's been kept in the fridge for most or all of its life.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Crystal clear, polished gold body with a dense, goopy, white cap. Nice head retention and tons of lacing. Are pale wheat ales supposed to be cloudy? I dunno. The wheat seems to be making an impact on the consistency of the head; otherwise, it's unnoticeable.

Smell: Grapefruit, honey, candied orange, wheat, and resinous hops. Pretty sweet overall. Enjoyable, but nothing too special.

Taste: Herbal hops, grapefruit, lemon, pine, wheat, and spices. This tastes like Lagunitas IPA with a little wheat malt added... not sure if that necessarily makes it a pale wheat ale. Regardless, it tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel: A bit resinous, a bit creamy, and a bit prickly. Interesting. Carbonation is on the medium-high end. Not as smooth as it could be.

Drinkability: Over-hopped for the style, by a lot! I get the feeling that that's why it's ranked so much higher than the majority of pale wheat ales. Lame. This is a good beer, but it's not true to the style. Drinks like an IPA.

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Miller Lite shaker pint glass at The Barley House.

Who doesn't love gettin' themselves a little sumpin' sumpin', eh? This potential entendre pours a cloudy straw topped by two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises grapefruit, melon, light onion, flowers and light caramel. The taste is more of the same, with some light clove, pepper, nutmeg thrown in for good measure. The body is medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' brew, something that I'm upset I took so long to try.

TMoney2591, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of rand
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass

A: Pours a light yellow-orange with a small head and little lacing. Seems like there's plenty of carbonation, while appearing light in body and complexion.

S: Lemon-citrus meets the nose with earthy tea tones and notes of honey. Very little alcohol.

T: Wet earthy hops combine with tea notes in the front of the sip. Tones of honey bread balance things out, with little alcohol to speak of. The taste squares with the nose except for a dash of lemon pepper. Finishes light and sweet.

Mouthfeel/drinkability/notes: I probably wouldn't have guessed that this was a wheat ale if it didn't say so on the bottle, but there's something about added wheat that always lightens things up. 7.5% is a fairly high ABV for a wheat, but it doesn't make this any harder to throw back. Not to mention everything is completely balanced. Quite refreshing...I was surprised how much I liked this given it's not my go-to style.

rand, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass on tap at The Barley House in Algonquin, IL

This beer pours a hazy orange color with decent lacing from the frothy white foam head. The smell is of lots of hops, particularly the pine and lemon aroma derived from the hops used. The taste is honestly not nearly as hoppy as I had expected, and as a matter of fact that was a good surprise. There's not a hell of a lot to the taste, but the main components are citrus (lemony) and hints of banana. It feels really nice on the tongue and is one of the better drinking beers I know.

Vdubb86, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of shand
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a golden, fairly translucent color with a fingers worth of head, that retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Smells of citrus and hops (primarily grapefruit and lime) with a touch of wheat and floral aspects. Smells super good.

Taste: This is a perfect tasting beer. Grapefruit and hops hit the forefront - these are incredibly complex hops and tend to taste just a bit different every sip. There's some lime, wheat, and bready malts hanging out to finish this out. This beer just tastes exceptional. A perfect taste for sure.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated, and dare I say, refreshing. Especially for such a hop-forward brew.

Drinkability: Wait, wait, hold on. This is 7.5% ABV? No way. This goes down so easily without any hint of alcohol. You can try to session it, although it'll get you pretty sloshed.

I love, love, love this beer. I wrote Lagunitas a few months ago begging them to keep this a year-round brew, and a few months later they announced that it would indeed be year round. This says something about it. A hoppy, complex brew that's incredibly drinkable and hides its ABV dangerously well. What's not to love?

shand, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale 7.3% abv
Growler fill from tap at BierKraft. Poured into shaker, Super aroma of hops and citrus when poured. Very bubbly large white head, head glued it self to the sides of the glass and is long lasting. I've just poured my third glass and this is quite drinkable. Each pour the head gets larger and more sticky. Slightly cloudy golden color. Smooth mouthfeel, light and bitter on the tongue. Taste great, nice smooth drinkable and wheat pale ale. Mostly pale ale with some wheat.

acurtis, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light golden in color with a white head - slightly yellowish.

Smells of grapefruit and fresh citrus, backed by some subtle floral notes.

Tastes heavy of grapefruit but not all bitter rind - it has a nice full flavor of the flesh of the fruit. A very nice wheat beer more hoppy than others I've had.

Chickenhawk9932, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Lillenk
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was very nice. Nice golden color with a really nice white head.

Smell was huge. Lots of citrus (grapefruit) and hops. Very aromatic.

Taste was good. Very mush like an IPA with a little bit of wheat flavors. Very complex and very nice.

Mouthfeel was pretty big because of all the hops so you probably would want to drink more that one or two.

Lillenk, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ChugginOil
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper in color with a fingers worth of head. Decent lacing.

S- Piney hops with faint fruit/citrus notes. Faint alcohol is present as well.

T- a lot of carbonation up front with pine hops working away. A good blend of hop flavors is satisfying. Pretty damn bitter! Carbonation is a bit aggressive.

M- Again, the carbonation is a bit harsh but ends with a pretty smooth finish.

D- Alcohol is well hidden which makes it easy to drink. Along with a good mix of hop flavors.

ChugginOil, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ramseye4
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A=Pours a transparent copper color, with a decent 1.5 finger head.

S=Smells of primarily tropical fruity smelling hops, with a slight bit of wheat reminiscent of hefewizen hidden amongst the hops.

T= Typical hop taste found in many california ales...not that thats a bad thing!A bit of pine comes through, and the alcohol is completely hidden. The wheat, while subtle, shines through enough to make this a refreshingly different brew. This has the perfect amount of complexity.

M-Medium bodied and smooth, the carbonation pops in the mouth, and this one slides down easily, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth.

D- Absolutely amazing. this has the perfect balance between taste, ABV, and body. I really could sip on these for hours.

At first I wasn't entirely convinced, but the more I drank it the more I liked it. An outstanding offering by Lagunitas.

ramseye4, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of isualum12
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

smells like peaches. Theere is nothing else that hits me as hard as the strong smell of peaches.

I will be honest I drank it right out of the bottle. I poured it once before but damn if I can remeber.

The taste is sweat with the taste of peaches. I really enjoy it. There is a carbonization that hits you and bothers me a little. That carbonization takes away from my mouthfeel.

I honestly couldn't drink several of these in a row. One would be my max.

The 7.5% will sneak up on you I think because you don't taste it...

isualum12, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Dspohn
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from a bottle into a a pint. Had tons of these over the summer, supposedly Lagunitas is making this a year-round brew. Seems probable since I calculated this to be brewed around early October from the ink julian dating on the neck.

Pours a very clear golden hue with a solid inch of dense head to fill my pint glass. Really nice lacing also. Signature Lagunitas hop smell and taste, almost hop stoopid-esque but not quite as juicy and sweet. Very refreshing wheat body that works great with the hops mostly citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon edge? Bitterness is fairly strong but not resinous or palate smacking. Some sweet malts, little bit of bubble gum and sugary candy flavor that peaks through the hops and leaves the finish clean and smooth.

Does Lagunitas make a bad beer? I've never tried one at least. Some may argue that their hop profile is one-sided, I cant necessarily disagree but I love it nonetheless. Grab one if you see it, if you like it, seek out its counterpart, lil Sumpin' Wild, Westmalle yeast and some extra strength make for another great take on this American wheat/ipa/whatever the hell this tasty thing is.

Dspohn, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden colour, with a filmy head of white close-knit bubbles. Body is very clear for a wheat beer, but I guess that's what you get when it's not bottle-conditioned. Light body. To be fair, I'm pretty disappointed in the appearance.

It gets better once we get into it, however. Big hoppy aroma on the nose, clearly delineating it from a hef, or a European style wheat beer. Big citric notes of West coast hops, with a slight sweetness, and a twinge of acidity that I'd normally associate with the wheat if not for the big hop aromas. Very nice, very pleasant.

Taste is extremely interesting, and very good indeed. Slight hoppiness throughout, but mellowed perfectly with a sweet wheat bite, the two mix together to give a fragrant, luscious character of dried apricots. Light marzipan character on the back, which dries out into a distinct but mild hop bite which cleanses the palate with bitterness. Ooh, such lovely flavours on the palate. Such a unique blend as well, which is where this beer shines. You couldn't get quite the same effect if not for the hops and the wheat. Lovely.

Feel is light and smooth, with enough sparkle to accentuate the characters on the palate.

Don't judge a book by its cover. I'm glad I didn't (eventually), because this is a really tasty brew, and an exceptionally drinkable one. The characters are unusual, but balance against each other well. I love slightly off-kilter beers that still work so well. This is a good example of one.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden bodied brew, small but sturdy foamy white head, leaves its mark on the glass. Big hop scent for a wheat, definitely not run of the mill for a wheat. Citrus hops, grapefruit, nice wheat undertones, but its dominated by the hops. Alcohol spiciness is a bit more noticeable due to the wheat character i think. Thin to med bodied. Very interesting and pretty damn good tasting too. Try it

Tballz420, Nov 01, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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