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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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6,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,614
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 John_M
4/5  rDev -5%

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a peachy gold color with good head retention and ocnsiderasble lacing. The nose is impressive (in an IPA sort of way), showing white pepper, fruity malt, and orange citrus. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, though the amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish is impressive and enjoyable (if you're a hophead), and helps to counter the malty sweetness very nicely. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the alcohol in this beer is nearly undetectable. So drinkability is really pretty good in this beer, with the light sweetness nicely countered by the drying, hoppy bitterness.

Very solid beer from Lagunitas.

John_M, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%

A delightful hop aroma with a mild sharpness reminiscent of a DIPA. Pretty forward and uncomplicated.
The smallish head disappear quickly although mild lacing from the remaining ring does appear when drinking. Pretty clear golden color.
This is a pretty big and bold ale. Impressive with both its hop intensity and strong wheat flavors. Dryness and lingering hop bitterness. Hop flavors that push the envelop to the distasteful (cheesey) flavor I so much do not like or prefer. Fortunately it's fairly mild in this brew, but distinct enough to not be able to ignore.
Fairly big body for style. Carbonation is fairly full which I think helps this brew and it has a sharpness which is consistent with the hop intensity.
Overall I'm dissappointed in this brew, considering it's reputation. It's not even close to gumballhead in any aspects. Having said that, it has it's own pleasures. It warms nicely making it something to be enjoyed slowly.

garymuchow, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Thanks to Kegatron for this one.

A-Slightly hazy, golden with amber highlights, a pool of white head and a bit of stickiness.

S-Great hop presence, citric and piney and pineapple. This is my idea of a wheatbeer!

T-Wow! Really terrific! Sweet malt and lots of sweet and juicy hops. Peach, pink grapefruit, pineapple, a cornucopia of sweet fruits. Some grainy wheat holds it all together but this one is all about the hops.

M-Crisp, light bodied, dry, smooth.

D-Oh, yes. Far and away the best Lagunitas beer I have ever had.

Holy crap, what a big surprise. I remember being un-blown away by this beer on tap but the bottle is a whole different story. A wheat IPA, awesome! In my mind, Oberon tasted this way a few years ago. This is the taste I have been chasing since.


sholland119, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of thetomG
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap @ Rodan...

Pours a clear golden/amber color with a gorgeous large white foamy head. Aroma is fantastic - easily my favorite aspect of this beer - very nice waves of fruity scents comprised of sweet melons and citrus. Really remarkable.

Flavor is like a more mellow version of the smell but with a touch of bitterness added in. Very well carbonated - mouthfeel feels very appropriate for the style.

Will definitely be drinking this one again - very tasty and one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

thetomG, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish creamy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is bready caramel malts with resiny piney hops and a little fruit. Smells a bit dank and earthy too.

The flavor is some bready malts and musty eathiness with a lot of hop bitterness - piney, floral and resiny. There's a little fruit too. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA. Some of the characteristics remind me of Gubna by OB, but it's more reserved.

Beaver13, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp yellow with a frothy off white head. Aroma is some crisp citrus hops and wheat with a touch of spice. The taste is more like a wheat beer than the bottle I had a few weeks ago, there is a decent amount of citrus hops as well making this a truly unique beer. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence, but it's drinkable. This is a truly unique beer, one I would certainly have again.

atsprings, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

appearance- dark orange to light brown, small nice white bubbles stream the glass, moderate foam head laces the glass, lively carbonation

Smell- wow beautiful great nose, great citrus hops and and strong grapefruit dominate the nose, fantastic nose

Taste- great citrus and fruit light up front with a strong hop and fruity hop background, wheat is faint if noticable at all if anything i think its bring out more citrus in the hops, very taste hop flavor, great hop flavor impressive

Mouthfeel- smooth creamy and nicely carbonated, good mouthfeel as its nicely medium to light, good hoppy summertime mouthfeel

Drinkability- Highly drinkable and enjoyable, a very good and unique beer with a beautiful use of hops to bring out bright vibrant flavor, alcohol is well integrated, very good beer i will be getting while i can get it

Stunner97, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%

Pours medium gold with a big white foamy head. Good clarity, no bubbles, light lace.

Enormous grapefruit aroma. Smells delicious, but where is the wheat and the the rest?

I am drowning in hops. While these are quite flavorful, there is virtually nothing else. You get some malt but it's punched back by the hops. A wheat IPA? Light malt in the very finish. Not enough. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium body, needs a bit more carbonation.

Blind -- it is drinkable. Good hoppy brew, but where the hell is everything else? Overdone. Likable, but over hopped. Still, worth trying, but I doubt I could do more than 2 without getting a little bored.

OtherShoe2, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of iota
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

A - slightly golden, light head
S - Very citrusy, hints of grapefruit.
T - Creamy citrus, almost like a grapefruit dreamcicle, with a nice hoppy finish.
M - Feels like a very lightly carbonated phosphate -- somewhere between water and syrup.
D - Punchy but refreshing, an excellent summer brew. I had one on a very warm Sunday after church, and while the label may not call someone to seek after the mysteries of the divine, the taste definitely will.

iota, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into pint glass. Pours a nice clear golden color with thick white head, good retention and great lacing. Smell is of citric hops with some orange and lemon. Very much like a good West Coast IPA. Taste was similar. A dry wheat/straw taste at first followed by a citrusy hop kick on the back of the tongue. A velvety smooth mouthfeel with a slightly oily aftertaste. Overall a great beer and easy drinker. This almost could be confused for an IPA if you ask me.

bunnyhustle, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of bfields4
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

very full white frothy head tops a golden grain haze.

spicy wheat and piny hops mingle for a very full aroma.

a faint lemon but mostly floaral hops the wheat provides a nice mellowness, but doesn't show up too much in the flavor.

a light bodied easy sipper with the alcohol very well masked.

bfields4, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a light golden, almost pilsner-like appearance. Decent head and persistent lacing. Fairly hoppy aroma that I have come to expect from Lagunitas. This beer is pretty interesting because it is a wheat beer but has many characteristics of a hoppy pale ale. I get wheat beer on the front end with a bitter pale ale finish. This beer is a nice change from a typical summer beer, a good amount of hops but not over the top.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of JBogan
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours a rather standard looking medium clear gold with a small white head, which soon turns into a thin film and leaves minimal lacing in my pint glass. Also, very little carbonation action present. Pretty average looking really.

The aroma is a nice blend of citric hops and fruit.

The taste mirrors the smell, with grapefruit and a slight orange presence, along with a fairly clean finish. Not overly hoppy, but fairly well balanced.

The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would have liked. I'd also prefer more carbonation, as the beer felt a bit dull in the mouth.

Overall this is a beer I'd consider having again, however it wasn't one which left a memorable impression.

JBogan, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.25/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, fluffy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick rings of lacing. Pours a hazy amber. Lots of lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and some grassy hops. Lots of beautiful hop aroma.

Taste: Orange, tons of hop flavor (grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, some apricot maybe). Very little malt; just a tiny bit of breadiness at the end. Decent bitterness. Delicious fruity hops are what's going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty carbonated. Bright feel works great with all the hop flavor.

Drinkability: This beer is succulent and delicious; a great hop fix. Excellent summer beer.

I'm not tasting any wheat in here, though on their website Lagunitas coyly implies that there's only a slight wheat influence anyway. I'm grading this beer as something between an IPA and a DIPA; it's clear that the intention is to provide a nice, multifaceted hop treat to the drinker. It is successful.

Pahn, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -5%

I had heard a lot about this beer last year, but it never made it out to Denver. This year it did. Poured a nice light golden/straw color, with a huge white head. Good piney hops dominate both the nose and palate, although the malt is there and it balances this one out nicely. Not sure its worth $10.99 a 6 pack though.

emmasdad, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-straw body absolutely packed with bubbles. Up top, two fingers of creamy white head that fade slowly and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: Lots of herbal, citrusy, juicy, and piney hops over a sweet pale malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of moderately bitter, resinous, green, and juicy hops. Underneath, a solid backbone of pale malt and wheat keeps everything balanced nicely. Just a light hint of alcohol coming through from time to time. Crackery malt and mildly spicy and herbal hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: As advertised, this is an easy drinker (provided you don't hate hops). Just watch out for the moderately high alcohol content.

Verdict: A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is an enjoyable little beer; it's tasty, easily drinkable, and packs a hidden punch. As far as summer seasonals go, this is just what I'm looking for.

BeanBone, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with an orange tint, and one finger of off white head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus fruits and hops, and a tiny bit of wheat or bready malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruit, especially orange, piney hops, and smooth fruity malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A decent wheat ale with some nice citrus and orange in the smell and taste. Would try again.

mdfb79, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of detlefchef
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Reasonably brilliant orange color with soft but lingering head that laces nicely. Malty notes on the nose and vaguely reminiscent of compost (not a bad thing, mind you).

Tangy and honeyed with bright acid and fine toast and almond nuance.

Drinks well enough.

detlefchef, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of vince4953529
4.38/5  rDev +4%

Bought a fresh six pack as soon as it's released for the summer.

Color is golden.

I let it warm up a bit in room temperature after pulled it out from the fridge. Tastes like an IPA, and drinks like an IPA. Not much flavor of wheat, but it would make an excellent IPA. Taste is bitter hop without that annoying butterscotch taste. I like it, but I classified it as an IPA is suspect.

Very good value at about $7.50 for a six pack. Good flavor, above-average drinkability, I would probably buy another sixer of this in the future.

vince4953529, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of jobcrackerbah
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%

A: Orange peel color with a small creamy looking head that leaves a fine lacing around the glass. Bubbles consistenly float to the top.

S: Strong sweet citrus hops accompanied by a very slight malty aroma. Can't percieve any wheat.

T: The beer has too much abrasive citrus hops. The wheat isn't clearly defined in the taste and there needs to be more malt to balance the beer. There is also a spice like quality that is odd in a supposedly refreshing style.

M/D: The mouthfeel is slightly too thin with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is hurt because the beer becomes too strongly bitter to be a refreshing wheat ale. The more the beer warmed up, the more it fell apart.

I was hoping for more wheat and balance when drinking this beer. The hops aren't complex enough to warrant a high score for taste either.

jobcrackerbah, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a clear gold color, with a thick and frothy white head that retains well and leaves pretty lacing. The aroma is bursting with juicy hops (notes of citrus, pine, mango), along with wheat, honey, biscuit, caramel and a little rye. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with piney and citrusy hops upfront, along with mango and grapefruit, a wheaty twang, cane sugar, honey, biscuit, fruity esters and a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, and drinkability is excellent. An excellent beer from Lagunitas, it's tasty and drinkable and is quite the bargain to boot.

silver0rlead, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a clear slight amber, golden color with a tight white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of citrus hops. Are we sure this is a wheat?

Tastes of a good dose of citrus hops with some malt undertones. Hops are juicy grapefruits and lemon zest with some peppery spice to it. Fairly large amount of bitterness. Wheat is understated and supports the citrus bite from the hops. A little bit of sweetness from some crackery pale malt. Seriously, is this a wheat ale? Tastes a lot like a pale with some wheat malt added in. If nobody had mentioned the wheat, I would've glossed over it and focused on the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of riversider76
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a nice clear golden with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and very nice laceing.Aroma is of citrus,and piney hops.Body is medium and very carbonated. Taste is more like an IPA. Very hopped up front with a bit of a bready presence. Hoppy finish. Where's the wheat?

riversider76, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

This was an oddity for the style. A nice clear golden pour with semi soapy head, and it clung fairly well.
Citrus and flowers in the nose, strong. A soft biscuit kept the former in check to avoid a perfume domination.
Taste was a bit light, but not bad. Very light biscuit and the flowers died down a bit. Citrus is the forerunner, but still soft. The feel of this thing is more akin to an IPA for the bite, but not the malt. Clean and crisp, great for summer.
Nice beer.

Mebuzzard, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
4.8/5  rDev +14%

Pours a brilliant golden yellow straw color with a thin bubbly head.

Smell is of giant citrus hops, with some light bready malts in the back. This beer smells awesome, it is like a double IPA in the nose.

Taste is amazing, this is a hop lovers pale wheat ale. So hoppy and delicious, big citrus and grapefruit notes. This beer is one of my new favorites, best wheat beer ever.

Mouthfeel is medium full with medium carbonation. Very good beer.

One of the most drinkable hoppy beers out there, I am blown away by how good this beer is.

pmccallum86, Jul 16, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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