A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,483 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,483
Hads: 7,978
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 415
Gots: 2,036 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,483 | Hads: 7,978
Photo of TheHoppiest
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear gold with a sticky white head.

Has a hoppy pine smell, with pleasant floral and honey notes and hints of orange and grass.

Has a slightly strange combination of herbal wheat and spicy hop. Fruity, floral, piney and bitter, this aromatic brew starts savory and ends bitter.

Medium to light bodied, it is rather crisp and clean, despite it's full flavor.

I find myself all over the map on this one. I like it, but find it odd and taxing. I want more, but then feel I've had enough. Little sumpin' sumpin'? OK, I'll try a little mo'! (597 characters)

Photo of JMad
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass...

The liquid was a pale, golden, amber color with a bubbly whit head that clung to the glass. I took a sniff and first could smell grapefruit, then pineapple and sugary sweet malt. When you take a sip there is an orangey citrus bite that soon gets dominated by a sweetness, there are some background flavors of grapefruit and pine. The beer is kind of thick, it has low carbonation and is warming from the alcohol. This is a well-rounded beer, I would drink it anytime. (515 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear golden hue with effervescence floating up toward a soapy off-white one finger head.

Aroma: Super sweet grapefruit and citrus hops. Like candied orange peel.

Taste: What we have here is an IPA in disguise. I've actually avoided trying this beer for a long time because I'm a hop head and wheat beers are a bit of an afterthought for me, but there is some real bitterness here. The great part is that all that hop goodness sits atop a mellow malt bill so it can really shine. There is pine and citrus first then transitions to more outright bitterness and finishes with a hint of that wheat flavor that is expected with the style. This is completely the opposite of what I had in mind when reading the information on the bottle but ironically exactly what I was looking for. Leaves your palate aching slightly after the bitter bashing is has taken from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with carbonation that is almost aggressive. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Does Lagunitas make a beer that isn't an IPA? Whatever the answer, I can't wait to try another offering from them. Would I drink it again? Yep. (1,165 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into glass tumbler, no drink-by date

Appearance is a clear golden amber coloration with a white head. Active carb visible. Head dissappears relatively soon after pour. Smells of intense floral hops with a hint of pine and some sweetness. In the taste the floral hops are just as prominent as in the smell with notes of clover honey, roses and apricot. Some caramel malt comes out. As it warms the malt better asserts itself and a slight taste of alcohol emerges. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a medium body and carb.

Very interesting, BA lists it as a wheat ale, based off my tasting I would've assumed it was a very floral IPA. I'm not sure I was detecting any of the wheat other than in a certain light brightness in the beer. All around a good beer, but not super exciting. Hides its alcohol well. (830 characters)

Photo of bierfreundlich
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly hazy gold with thin head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Extreme pineapple smell--like a fresh cut pineapple--followed by floral and citrus hops. Very fragrant.

T - The taste is reminiscent of pine but mostly hop flavor, with little bitterness.

M - Thin and thick at the same time with a crisp finish.

O - A very delicious beer. (356 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear enough to read through the glass. Single finger head, but it relaxes slowly. The color is neutral amber.

Lots of classic pine needle hop aroma--like an IPA.

The flavor matches the aroma. Noteworthy alcohol feel and flavor. Lots of hop bite almost from the beginning. The body is rich and gives an element of rounded malt tastes. I don't really note any wheat in this one, but it's still a very good pale ale. (416 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pour a very light, very transparent golden yellow. Fluffy, thick head that very slowly dissipated to a nice healthy lacing around the glass.


Loads of hops and citrus. Orange and grapefruit and some mild pine notes. Exceptional smelling beer, very refreshing.


Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. This beer is incredibly drinkable, and highly recommended for a hot day.


Loads of citrus right off the bat. Fairly sweet with tons of hops to follow. Not very complex, but the flavors that are there are balanced and work well together. Barely any hint of alcohol. Tart fruit and the enjoyable bitterness of the hops are left on your palate.


I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, as I have many others that Laguanitas has made. This beer is an excellent drinker, light, crisp and refreshing while still giving bold hop flavor that we all love. A potent ABV, fantastic appearance, and superb smell add to make this a very well rounded beer. One to add to my "always in stock" in my fridge. (1,056 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (662 characters)

Photo of exonthebottle
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer at the beer on-tap. appearance nice head and lacing in a pint glass. this beer is pretty amazing I was very impressed by it and drank two glasses. the taste is creamy and good feel to it. It is pretty drinkable the alcohol is well hidden. (256 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A pale golden color that pours with a small head, and several small bubble trains (like champagne).

S- A distinct citrus aroma. I didn't get very much off the nose on this beer, but what I smelled, I liked.

T- A cacophony of tropical and mildly citrus fruit, with a slight hop bitterness and some tang from the wheat. Very appetizing.

M- A medium body, but I had this crazy sensation of tiny bubbles running through my mouth... kindof like the micro-carbonation you get with nitro beers... this strange carbonation seemed to give it a much creamier texture than I would have expected.

D- For the summertime, I could drink several either by myself or with friends! (670 characters)

Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy light orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head.

S- Oranges, peaches, grass, and strawberries. Not super aromatic, but it is enjoyable.

T- Oranges, grass, fruit, and a touch of alcohol.

M- Bitter and dry with a creamy amount of carbonation.

D- A very well made beer and drinks rather nicely. (322 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (320 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (473 characters)

Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catching up on some reviews from notes, tasted 4/9/11.

A: The color is a golden orange/amber with a finger thick white head that slowly dissipates and leaves some lacing.

S: A nice citrus scent is the majority with some piney hops and a bit of maltiness coming through as well. Kind of smells like an IPA.

T: Hints of citrus to begin but the upfront taste is mostly hops, this is followed by a lot of malts. The finish is malty and well balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied with tingly carbonation. The feel is malty.

D: This beer is crisp and smooth, it drinks more like a session but also some some bite to it. A solid beer to have on a nice warm day. (658 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light gold and clear with two fingers of foam that won’t fall down. Lots of clinging lace. The nose is grapefruit, pine and a little resin. As it warms it smells like wheat and honey. The malt is a surprising standout in the glass. Bready and lots of biscuit. The hops are vigorous earthy and herbal. Their spiciness is tamed down by the big malt character. What a surprise this beer was. A celebration of hops without being overly fruity or bitter. A celebration of pale malt that was straightforward and not overly sweet . Robust yet easy to drink with a lightly oily mouthfeel and a long dry finish. This beer really does have a little sumpin’ sumpin’. (667 characters)

Photo of Joe_Grizzly
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not had a bad lay-guh-nee-tas yet

this was a little different then I expected after reading the reviews

has a malty-creamier base then I expected it too

my first go around with Belgian yeast

has a copper hue to it with huge head 2.5 finger center pour

a nice smooth drinker that I wouldn't turn down

the A.B.V is well hidden for 7.5 %

has great carbonation and tastes wonderful the hops are there but not over bearing (431 characters)

Photo of arcaris22
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tasted this one at an event that included Lagunitas, Ballast Point, and Dogfishhead and I found myself back for several little cups of this newfound gold. An aromatically distinct, smooth ale with almost Brown ale qualities in a hoppier golden form. This one has has quickly become a staple within my rotation of beers that can be bought in a grocery store. A great beer. (379 characters)

Photo of beerlust
4/5  rDev -4.8%

This is very good beer, first taste was a little off but quickly got better. By the bottom of the glass I definitely wanted another.
Pleasantly hoppy. I rarely buy any sort of wheat beer, I just did not notice it on the packaging. I have purchased this more than once! And though I still
generally loathe wheat. The other two exceptions to my 'no-wheat' policy are Bell's Oberon and 3 Floyd's Gumball.
Also noticed a slew of new Lagunitas products near me, including several 'real' IPAs. Now that I know that they are brewing in
Chicago, can they be added to the 'best beer in the midwest' list? (598 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Big rocky white head. Decent retention, spotty lacing.

S: Lots of fruit on the nose. Melons mostly, and fruit juice. Kiwi-strawberry, honeydew melon. Grapefruit comes across as pithy rather than bitter. Mango puree. Floral notes abound. Subtle resinous hop oil scent.

T: A measured amount of bitterness and hop oil tastes handle the palate with kid gloves. Melon rind. Tame hop bitterness resurfaces, but this time with tastes of pine and citrus. Mango and other tropical fruits meld together and are reminiscent of a fruit juice blend. A touch of sweet dough and wheat provide a nice malt anchor. Finishes with more fruity and mildly oily bitterness.

M: Light and fluffy thanks to the wheat, a bit slick owing to the hop oils. Mild carbonation.

O: A nice, refreshing beer. Tasty and inoffensively hoppy.

Notes: A lively, fruity hop profile makes this much better than your average American Pale Wheat Ale. A very tasty treat. A great transition beer as well; the inexperienced beer drinker can cut his or her teeth on it and use it as a stepping stone to some of the harder-hitting hoppy beers. (1,162 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber with an off white head that falls leaving a surface scum and oily lacing on the glass.

Wow, the aroma is all hops, bright citrusy grapefruity hops and little else.

In the wake of the aroma it's little wonder that the flavor follows suit. Bitter grapefruit all the way with a liberal splash of generic citrus and resin. As it warms the malt comes through just enough to provide a modicum of contrast to the hop presence as well as another edge of bitterness from the wheat. The malt is slightly sweet, lightly bready and a touch grainy. Alcohol is felt as a slight warming on the tongue.

The mouthfeel aproaches medium in body, very smooth with just enough carbonation to liven things up a bit.

Initially I did not think I would like this beer and I'm no stranger to liking hoppy beers but it was oviously a bit on the cold side initially. I warmed up to it as it warmed up and I now find a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' something indeed! (953 characters)

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy dark yellow body, two fingers of thick clumpy head stay till the last drop, leaving clumpsof lacing all the way down the glass.

s: sweet spicy sugary hops and wheat.

t: pretty tasty wheat beer with a very nice hop forward profile.

m: medium body, good carbonation level. little hop twang on the tongue, but not dry or overly bitter. maybe a little oily.

o: one of my absolute favorites that got me into craft beer to begin with. (440 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really surprised me. I was thinking--"Pale Wheat Ale? Probably not my style," but this one delivered, much like Gumballhead. Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a bit of white head. Smell is big on the hops, like a wheat IPA, kind of. Big leafy and piney hops. Taste is similar, some nice wheat malt notes backed by some serious hops. Light bodied, nicely carbonated, definitely an enjoyable take on the style. Good drinkability, though the ABV is a bit high for the style. Alcohol is nicely masked however. Good work here from a consistently decent brewery. (569 characters)

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful light orange shade to it and totally clear. Big white fluffy head that lasts and lasts and leaves good lasing.

S: Very fruity. I get a ton of orange and apricot, maybe some peach and pineapple. Tropical fruits dominate over the pine and citrus in this one; kind of reminds me of Hopslam, but not nearly as strong. It also carries some of that wheat maltiness in the background.

T: Hops upfront. Lots of pine. Good bitterness. Pretty dry. It's easy drinking for 7.5% as no alcohol is present. A little disappointed in the taste, the pine really dominates over the rest of the wonderful bouquet I got earlier, still a nice drinking beer nonetheless, pretty refreshing. Once warmer, some of the fruitiness pokes through, which is nice.

M: Medium-thin. Medium carbonation.

This is a hop forward wheat ale. I kind of wished the balance was a bit better... the malt bill is a little weak in my opinion. Although I thought it was good and worthwhile, I've had better. (979 characters)

Photo of amart79
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - yellowish golden body with a small white head.

S - fresh citrus is all over the smell, very crisp and fresh.

T - nice fresh pine, citrus notes with a little bitter hops at the very end. Taste doesn't hit you in the mouth but it's nice. Almost an orange tasting aftertaste.

M - DEcent carbonation. Nothing exciting about the feel though. Really just there and then gone.

) - Everything's there but maybe not as much as you'd like it to be. Definitely solid and I think it's a nice refreshing beer to have in the fridge at any given time. (548 characters)

Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange.

Smell is very sweet and reminiscent of cotton candy. Citrus, and light peach.

Taste is fruity with some peach flavors. A bit of citrus and some pine. Yeasty, ginger, lemon and mango.
Great mouthfeel. Smooth,light nice carbonation and very easy to drink.
I don't really see the wheat part of the beer. To me it's mostly just an IPA. Albeit a verygood IPA.

Lagunitas makes some very different and very tasty beers. This is a really good one from them. (478 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.