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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,860
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 257
Gots: 989 | 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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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 into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, wheat, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and some wheat breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppier than average wheat beer worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellowish amber. 2 finger bone white head. Decent retention. Not much lacing. Smell is a grapefruit bomb. Big grapefruity citrus, some orange, some tropicals. Awesome smell.

Taste follows the smell, but shows a bit more of the light malt base. Sugar Cookie malts, but very lightly. Great canvas for the hop character. Light medium bodied, with nice prickly carbonation. Works well. Extremely drinkable and doesn't even show a hint if the abv.

HURTemHIZZY, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of phantomwyse
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dainty honey color with a one finer off white head of ambiguous bubbles.

S: Characteristic Lagunitas hops, very pine-like, very oily, touches of dense and sweet grapefruit. Malts are like sugar cookies and just there.

T: More mellow on the hops than the nose would suggest. This is not to say this isn't a hoppy beer, pine dominates with a bit of citrus fruit. Malts are skittish and don't want to join the party.

M: Here's where this beer shines, medium bodied - starts of off silky and finishes dry with a certain effervescence that brings some bitterness up into the nose.

D: Standard Lagunitas fare, fairly good, but nothing spectacular.

phantomwyse, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear gold with a solid two finger head on top.

Smell: Floral hops and wheat.

Taste: hop bitterness up front, followed by a crutton-like flavor, salt crispness and a lingering citrus/pine flavor. It's a nice batch of flavors that all come together to make this brew awesome.

Drinkability: The nice crisp profile of the wheat with an american ale style yeast and hops make this guy a winner.

wmtxbb, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of climax
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pale wheat ale with 65 IBUs? Interesting, let's dive in. It pours a gold color with good clarity. The head was on the small side, but left alot of tight lace bubbles on the side.

The nose was a refreshing citrus splash. Lemon and passion fruit mixed in with an almost artificially sweet peach aroma blend bitter and sweet quite well. Grassy notes emerge a bit more as it sits, and the sweetness becomes slightly subdued.

The flavor does the same. Hop bitterness is high, but this isn't a pale ale, and it's certainly no wheat beer. The wheat and yeast flavors add sweetness to the lupulin fiesta that really makes me think about what I'm drinking. My second sip yields soapy and herbal tones that last through the hop oil finish.

The body is around medium with a slick feel and very sharp carbonation. The tingle lasts long through the dry finish. Boy, I think I found a refreshing summer drinker.... that has a load of hops even! I'm impressed, Bravo Lagunitas for filling a gap for the green-geeks out there, this beer is a little sumpin' sumpin' different.

climax, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Burt
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass filled to the top.

A. Yellow orange that is hazy. Head is white and thick. Left a thick coating of lace all the way down the glass.

S. Big hop aroma, loved smelling this beer

T. Nice hop taste taste up front, had a little sweetness in the middle with a nice bitterness at the end.

M. Some carbonation, with a smooth coating, at 7.5% the alcohol is well hidden.

D. Was surprised how good this beer was very easy drinking and dangerously addictive. Hop heads beer for sure.

Burt, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of SirRuss
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange that immediately excites the senses, and the haze throughout points to this brew's wheaty genetics. The head is well defined, and a clean cut white. The retention is a little eager to dissipate, but it leaves behind a stiff collar which gives way to robust lacing at every sip.

S - Amazing expression of hops. A complex array of pine, citrus and grapefruit notes indicate a true american hop schedule, which bursts from the glass in an assertive, yet elegant manner. A faint bicuitiness also lingers in the background, nodding toward the gentle balance of sweetness ahead.

T - Sure enough the delicate malts roll down the carpet for the impending hop extravaganza in a manner that is as gentle on the palate as it was in the nose. Despite the clement character of the soft shortbread sweetness, it proves a dedicated partner, and as much as the hops dominate, it endures to the literal bitter end. The hops also reflect the nose, as the zesty citrus notes of orange peel and lemon rind blend into the acidic bitterness of grapefruit, and finally end on a gust of pine and unripe clementines. Throughout the transition, a distinct grassiness adds a refreshingly airy herbaceousness to the dynamic, which would make this brew a great summer feature.

M - There's a definite hop oil stickiness that's most apparent after the buffering carbonation subsides, and the beer has time to coat the palate between sips. However, take another swig and you're riding high again on buoyant body board of carbonation, bobbing over wave after wave in a sea of fresh green hops.

D/O - If you're a hop fan, this one is for the long haul. It's by no means overbearing, but it's certainly not a character to go unnoticed.

SirRuss, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of kirkpjr
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a NB globe.

A: Pours a pale gold color with just over 1 finger head. Small sheets of lacing.

S: Now I know why I was told this one is like Gumballhead - juicy grapefruit, citrus, and tropical hops. No real wheat backbone at all evident.

T: Nice bitter grapefruit and citrus tones. Really not a wheat beer at all, but I came in expecting this. Lemon zest rounds out the hop profile, with no real malt at all on the back - only a faint sweetness.

M: Resinous hops. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D: Borderline IPA/APA, but enjoyable nevertheless. This one is light enough and crisp enough to be highly drinkable.

kirkpjr, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An IPA crossed with a wheat beer then pumped up to close to DIPA regions works when the brewery is Lagunitas. Hoppy, citrusy and crisp the beer is at times light like a wheat beer then big hops like an IPA. Very drinkable and thirst quenching. Excellent beer that is luckily available in BC

canucklehead, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, appears to have been bottled 12/7/10.

Looks gorgeous, but not really like any kind of a wheat beer at all and definitely like an IPA. Clear deep gold beer with a classic IPA head with a finger of retention, big packs of bubbles already clinging to the glass.

It sure smells like a West Coast IPA too. Pine and grapefruit pith abound with a sweet edge. I'm rating this mainly as an American IPA. Orange marmalade, yum.

Orange battles with grapefruit and pine says it's the boss. This is superb. Some wheat bread cowers behind all these hops. Bitterness is low to moderate; flavor is the game.

A more aggressive carbonation makes the hops explode all over the tongue, making them all the more alive, fruity, and irresistible.

I'm drinking this really quickly, as it's an amazing surprise, and there is not a trace of the alcohol. If you want a hop smack, this will do you as well as Stone IPA or even Blind Pig.

brewerburgundy, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of heebes
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

Pours a clear pale golden with a thin foamy white head. Nose is dominated by grapefruit hops, citrus and flowery auroma. Good notes of caramel malts. Taste is a chewy, bready malt upfront, some woody/grassy characteristics too. Sharp bitterness towards the finish which is dry in the mouthfeel. Smooth and medium bodied. Easy drinker here, my only regret is not getting a six pack.

heebes, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Lothore
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my lagunitas mason jar that was graciously given to me by the bartender at the lagunitas tap room. Huge, chunky, white head that leaves a ton of lacing on the way down.

S- Wheat, hints of apple, light fruit.

T- Lots of wheat, extremely bready with some bitter hops lingering on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Definitely a nice wheat beer. I'd pick it up again if I saw it on tap somewhere.

Lothore, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (dated Nov 30) poured into a wheat beer glass

A: Gentle pour leads to a 1 finger 1 frothy head that slowly dissipates to a thin film that sticks around. Light golden yellow/orange, clear, lots of bubbles.

S: This is no wheat ale! I get a ton of citrus; mango, grapefruit, tangerine/orange, lemon zest. There seems to be a little pine/earthy hop aromas in the background. I sense a fair amount of sweetness.

T: Initial taste is all the citrus, then comes pine hops. There is a ton of caramel malt here, maybe a little sweet for my taste (similar to hop stoopid). Flavors seem to last forever and then finishes dry, bittersweet pine and a little citrus. Seems to be a little peppery. I get absolutely no wheat, if someone handed this to me unknowingly I'd swear it was a standard IPA.

M: Medium-high crisp carbonation, medium to full body, chewy, very smooth to the finish, finishes dry and bitter and the pine (and little citrus) lingers forever.

D: The only knock against this is I think it's just a bit too sweet, but besides that, I'm drinking this way faster than most brews. 7.5% ABV is virtually invisible.

They call this a wheat beer, I call this a damned good IPA.

Satchboogie, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first remote review. Live, from Timmy O'Tooles on Ontario and Fairbanks in Chicago.

APPEARANCE: The Little Sumpin' poured from the bottle a brilliant orange with no hint of residue. Gorgeous color. The head was a bit thin and disappated quickly. Decent lacing.

SMELL: Delightful. Grapefruit and pine, a very pleasing treat for the nose.

TASTE: Bitter, dry and tart with grapefruit flavor remaining with the senses as a very strong taste. Citrus notes round it out, but the aftertaste is still dominated by grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thirst-quenching. Dry, sparkling and refreshing. Great mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Way too easy to drink for a 7.5%er.

StoneTSR, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6pk at The Beer Store in Southampton, PA
Purchase price: $12.99/6pk
Served and enjoyed on New Year's Day 2011 in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Golden, slightly opaque color. Nice, frothy one finger head that slowly dissipated to a thin white head. Good amount of bubbles rising from the etching on the bottom of the DFH Signature Glass.

S - Really nice smell of citrus, pine, hops and caramel. To me this smells like a nice IPA but I know the style is that of a wheat ale but regardless, it smells great.

T - Absolutely amazing! What a fantastic and tasty combination of citrus, hops, malty sweetness and a piney resin. The alcohol is well disguised behind all the flavors.

M - Good amount of carbonation. A slightly bitter, hoppy taste remains after each sip...again very reminiscent of an IPA.

D - I think I've found a beer that I would consider to be in my top 5 favorites. I really enjoyed the perfect combination of flavors. This is a heavier beer and the 7+ ABV might keep you from over indulging but I might try to session this...they're that tasty. I'm not a huge wheat beer fan but again, I cannot over emphasize how much this reminds me of an IPA but style name be damned...This is a great beer!

Overall: Highly recommended. I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Lagunitas beers that I've had up until now and this is my favorite of theirs so far. I will be purchasing again without a doubt.

Cheers!

BuxMontBeerLover, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Golden, medium grade honey. A vigorous pour into a pint glass settled down into about a finger of creamy white head.

S - Bright grapefruit citrus up front with lemon and orange peel playing a supporting role. Backdrop of light pine.

T - Opens with smooth malt that ramps up quickly into fresh grapefruit and orange rind. Touch of green grass after the initial bitter that mellows into lighter woody / cedar notes. Delicious bready malt holds the profile together. Finishes with honey, grapefruit, and apricot.

Wonderfully well balanced; the flavors blend through each other to form a continuous and coherent whole.

Gets even better as it warms.

M - Super smooth profile with some nice beveled edges. Medium body with a round mouthfeel. Semi-bitter/sweet finish.

D - Almost no booze in the profile for the 7+% AB. Holds a great hop character that isn't clawing and doesn't leave a sharp bitterness or dryness in on your palate. The flavors are fantastic and the carbonation is restrained but refreshing. A fantastic American session beer.

vfgccp, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of CAcreeks
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to believe this is considered a Wheat Ale, a type I usually avoid. Fortunately I did not know before buying a 6-pack! I picked it because the label said IBU 74.2, and indeed, it is more like IPA than wheat beer. Better than regular Lagunitas IPA, not as good as their Maximus IPA. The label is kind of stupid, like St. Pauli Girl, so I turned the bottles around in our refrigerator so my wife couldn't see them.

CAcreeks, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale has a yellow colour and a good head that lasts. It has a nice hoppy smell with a hint of citrus. The taste is hoppy with a hint of citrus bitterness. It's nice and foamy in the mouth and very drinakable. It's delicious.

vandemonian, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, golden yellow color with a two-finger head of fizzy, tight carbonation which settles to a creamy layer of lace inducing foam. Muddled clarity with yeasty bits and a chilled haze.

S: Big citrus hop notes in the nose as well as some funky wheat and spicy yeast aromas. Very fruity and floral.

T: Sweet, toasted malt and cereal grains up front with a quickly consuming flood of bitter, citrusy and spicy herbal hops. All other fruits flavors are subdued by orange and lemon zest, leaving a slick, spicy and bitter finish.

M: Full-bodied pale wheat with loads of bitter hops and a slightly chewy wheat malt palate.

D: Probably the most hopped out pale wheat I've ever had, and decidedly American west coast hop-forward, as expected of Lagunitas. The 7.5% ABV carries a nice warming sensation but isn't really translated in a lot of alcoholic heat in the flavor. Not to be pounded in the summer heat, rather reserved for the IPA fan who wants a wheat ale.

Gambrinus1184, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a bright golden apricot color. It has a nice fluffy white head, that left nice lacing on the glass as it fell. Some carbonation bubbles are present.

S - The smell is very nice. It has a nice clean hop presence. There are also nice fruit notes present like orange, tangerine, and pineapple. There is also a nice sweetness present.

T - Very nice taste. It has a very clean hop profile. There are a lot of tropical fruits present. I'm surprised this is a wheat beer, I never would have thought that. The taste is good, clean and refreshing. The finish is clean, slightly bitter, and has some citrus as well.

M - It has a nice medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy. it is very refreshing, and slightly dry.

D - The drinkability is good. I think this is a great summer beer. It is really refreshing, and the taste leaves you wanting more. I would have no problem drinking a 6-pack of this.

JizackFH, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of 05Harley
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled # 33378714 (bottled on November 29th)

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $10.99/6-pack

Appearance: Pours a hazey golden color with a 1" soapy white head. A steady stream of bubbles rise from the bottom which add to the visual experience. A decent amount of lacing stains the glass through the finish.

Smell: A noticeable grapefruit nose right up front followed by floral notes and a pine aroma. Quite pleasing.

Taste: Starts out sort of sweet and spicey messing with my head like some crazy dipping sauce my wife would buy. But in the end it finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: A perfect amount of carbonation. Hops tingle the tongue at first then follow through with some bitternes. Ends faintly dry. Tastebuds scream for more.

Drinkability: Starts out fairly lite and refreshing and finishes with some hop bitterness. I must say I didn't know what to expect with a hoppy wheat beer, but I like it. A pretty good beer overall and one I enjoy regularly.

05Harley, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Prostman81
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: What I would call your typical "West Coast Golden" color. To be expected for the type of beer.

S: Definitely a citrusy aroma permeates through the head of this. Not overwhelming, but again, to be expected

T/M/D: This one set me back in my seat a little. A terrific explosion of hop flavor dominates. Candied grapfruit/tangerine/orange flavors. Wonderful. What really surprises me though is that the mouthfeel of this beer really has a nice chewyness to it. I've heard that Lagunitas uses the Fuller's yeast strain, and in my experience of using that strain in my own homebrewed IPAs, I'd say that's what really lends a hand here in the body of the beer. Overall there is still a great crispness to the beer that invites you to take another drink. This falls within my classification of dangerously drinkable beers. The 7.5% sure gives a whallop, but it's too late to do anything about it because all of a sudden you've pounded 3 of them down.

I'm really starting to get a lot of respect for this brewery, and am sorry that it's taken me this long to get around to trying this and some of their other terrific offerings.

Prostman81, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we have another interesting beer, a hoppy wheat, from a brewery whose name I have yet to learn how to pronounce. Is it Lah-gun-itas? Lah-goon-itas? Lagoon-eetas? However you pronounce their name, their beer is always well crafted. "Lag-you-nitas?

The "Little Sumpin" opens with a thick glob of a head atop a light golden body, within which rise a sporadic school of carbonation bubbles. Lay-gun-ee-tus? Upon raising your glass for the initial sip, the nose is immediately overwhelmed by a hearty aroma of grapefruit. This grapefruit theme continues on to the palate; however, there is perceptible malt finish here. As for the mouthfeel: it is moderately chewy without any identification to discern it to be a wheat ale - in fact, one could mistake it for an IPA, albeit one with a lighter body. Lagoon-it-is?

jjboesen, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6-pack of this beer from Shop 'N Save for $8.99. Poured beer into a Tulip glass and the rest is history.

Appearance- Blondish color, lacey head, and cloudy throughout

Smell- Very hoppy, has a hint of pine aroma with a peppermint background.

Taste- Tastes like a wheat beer mixed with some Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied beer, is anxiously awaiting on my palate for another drink to keep setting me up for Nothing...

Drinkability- May be easy to drink for some but others could only drink one of these and have to switch to something lighter/sweeter. I enjoyed 4 out of the 6-pack and let my girlfriend's Dad have the other two.

DCon, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Heritage02Rider
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color reminiscent of a wheat beer, but more clear. Not lager clear, but far clearer than a average wheat beer. Very big head when poured that dissipates to a half a finger and pretty much remain through the glass. Laces nicely.

S: Citrus overtones with a pine smell. Kinda like my Grand Fir Christmas tree in my living room. Smells a bit hoppy when brought to your nose. (I gave the smell a 3.5 because I am not fond of hoppy smelling citrusy beer - some love it.)

T: Not hoppy like it smells. Perhaps the wheat counteracts the hoppy smell. I is not a traditional Belgian wheat style, but something different.

M: Smooth and not a stong carbonation although very fine bubbles continue throughout the glass.

D: I would say this is very drinkable. I will have no problem crushing the growler.

Paid $8.99 for a growler at the local beer store and as usual, any Lagunitas is a good call. Will drink this again - preferably in the summer.

Heritage02Rider, Dec 18, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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