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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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6,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,867
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 256
Gots: 993 | 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 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
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of West Coast hops is noticeable though not too powerful. Taste is also a good mix between some citrusy hops with a nice bitter presence and a good malt backbone though wheat is hardly noticeable. Another easily drinkable beer from Lagunitas with not too much complexity.

Phyl21ca, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange wit ha finger or two of white head leading to patchy lacing.

S - Grapefruit and citrus hops with a sweet touch of honey and a hint of bready wheat.

T - Sweet citrus and grapefruit hops, a touch grassy with a hint of pine as it warms. Slightly spicy with a touch of honey sweetness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation feeling slightly slick at times. Lingering dryness in the finish.

D - Drinks closer to a big pale or an IPA. The wheat is not as noticeable as it is with other beers in this style.

brewcrew76, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale clear gold with a small white head (slow, gentle pour). Good head retention. Excellent lacing.

S: Citrus, orange and lemon hops. A touch of pine. Its got a really nice sweet toffee note to it too. Kind of smells like a DIPA.

T: Wow thats got some bitterness to it for a pale wheat! Earthy, leafy hops and grapefruit. There is some slight grainy bread sweetness to, but not as much as I thought there would be coming from the nose. Ever so slight kick from the abv. Finishes pretty dry, crisp and bitter. To me, this is a IPA.

M: Light body. Good amount of soft, small carbonation bubbles. Very effervescent like.

D: Decent. Thought it would be maltier. If there was more elements of a pale wheat, it would be better.

herman77, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of waldoiverson
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: hazy golden with good sudsy head that appears sticky and leaves very fine lacing

S: creamy grapefruit hops with a hint of tart cherry fruit

T: starts bitter with a bit of tar-like flavors then opens up the citrus rind bitterness, finally ending fairly fruity, almost like a tart apple

M: an excellent bite that isn't overpowering to the medium mouthfeel...really facilitates the flavor progression

D: rich enough for colder weather, cheeky enough for warm...good stuff

waldoiverson, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, wheat-orange brew with some decent carbonation, topped by a shallow foam head that dissipates quickly. Doesn't look like anything special.
S: Great bitter hops nose. Hints of wheat and caramel, for sure, but most distinctive is that earthy, sticky icky hops--smells delicious.
T: First tones are reminiscent of clementines, but as the beer swims back across the tongue those 64.2 IBUs come to light and release those hops like a blooming, floral arrangement. Bitter, earthy, but balanced with a touch of caramel bringing up the rear. Complex and distinct, a great tasting beer.
M: Medium bodied; not much carbonation, but still textured
D: Definitely bitter and chock full of hops, but it doesn't leave your throat with that dry, barren patch that you get some high IBU, high abv pale ales. I love that patch, but it leaves me desiring a glass of water. This beer counters the bitterness with a subdued sweetness that is at the same time refreshing and complex.

ozzyCobblepot, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ah this beer is great>>>you know with lagunitas its always very good or pretty good>>>always been satisfied with their beer>>>i think the westmalle yeast strain did this beer very well>>>i can actually relate this beer to westmalle>>>left this beer pretty dry>>>>it smells like dark fruit and def. hops>>>a little alcohol in the nose as well>>>>darn fine beer

nickthegun12, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of spicelab
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw-orange with a modest head that dissipates quickly - interesting, considering this is not the experience of most recent reviewers. Old bottle perhaps?

Smell is pretty intense grapefruit, honeydew melon and lemon zest. A mild malt presence struggles to be heard. Screams West Coast IPA to me but what the hell would I know?

Maltiness is a little more pronounced in the mouth, although tropical bitter fruits definitely rule the roost.

Mouthfeel is quite full, slightly metallic.

Could drink more, but I'd be much more likely to seek out a multitude of West Coast IPAs at around the same ABV.

spicelab, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a slightly cloudly golden orange. Small one finger head that doesn't last long, but nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smells like an IPA, nice citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some malt on the back end, but overall dominated by the hops.

T: The hop flavors are even more pronounced on the taste. Really balanced, and the hop/citrus taste upfront transitions into a sweet finish, no bitterness at all.

M/D: Medium bodied, extremely drinkable. Leaves a very nice finish. The 7.5% is hidden extremely well. Surprised me that this beer is classified as a Pale Wheat, but I will take it. A great beer.

mdaschaf, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale pours a light gold color. It's very clear. Surprisingly clear. Being a so-called "wheat," there should be some haze. Eh. What do I know? A light white head caps it off. It's about a finger deep, and falls rather quickly. Lacing was very light. Honestly...the look is not impressive.

The nose is another story. I like it! It's loaded with citric hops! White grapefruit, orange, and pineapple scents are abundant. Honestly, this smells more like an American IPA to me. There might be a little bit of a grainy scent to it, but there's not much. A bit of sweet malt is noticeable. Smells like pale to me. There might be a hint of caramel, but perhaps my nose is playing tricks. Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed. Pretty impressive here.

The flavor is damn good...even better than the nose. Saying it's loaded with hops might not do it justice. The hop flavor is all kinds of delicious. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors are all over the palate after the first sip. Delicious hop flavor! It also has a nice bitter kick, but isn't over the top by any stretch. IT's balanced a little by pale malts, but the hops clearly carry the day. I'm not getting much in terms of earthiness or graininess. Perhaps it's just buried under the avalanche of hops. Honestly, that's okay by me. Alcohol is blended well. Finishes hoppy with a ton of citric hop flavor! Delicious!

The body is light-medium. Carbonation is active, but feels light. Ultimately, this stuff goes down smooth and easy. Drinkability is extremely high. The flavor is nothing short of excellent. It's a little stronger than most APWAs you'll encounter, but damned if it doesn't invite drinking multiple bottles.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is an excellent release from Lagunitas. I don't really see, smell, or taste any evidence that this is an American Pale Wheat, but it must be. For what it's worth, it's among the best in the style if that's true. The hop presence alone carries it to the top. If you haven't had the opportunity to try this fine release from Lagunitas, do yourself a favor and find a 6-pack...or more if possible.

prototypic, Oct 23, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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