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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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5,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 5347
Reviews: 1294
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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 paulytasker

New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pint Glass..

A) Pours a pale yet bold golden color, a lot of light penetrating this brew showing off the decent amount of carbonation within. Half an inch of semi-dense white head covers the top but fades fairly quickly.

S) Very biscuity and very floral, and the combination of the two pair together perfectly to make quite the nice smelling brew. A touch of lemon rounds off the scent nicely.

T) The taste almost mirrors the nose which is exactly what I was hoping for. The floral rushes the palate but is taken over by a mild bitterness, ultimately balancing each other out to near perfection. Dried grass, oh so yummy.

M) The body is medium-light with no overpowering yeasts or hops to linger. Finishes very smooth.

O) I'm rather new to the world of hoppy wheats... if they're all this damn good, it looks like I will have to keep indulging. Great brew Lagunitas!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:07:07 | More by paulytasker
Photo of kcrosson492


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic ale. At roughly 60 IBUs, this is an ale to recommend to any of your friends, regardless of palate and preferences. Strong floral/citrus aromas with a smooth, two finger head from the bottle. This ale is the perfect supplement to a spring day.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:21:12 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of ISmith87


4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - golden amber crystal clear color, white head that dissipates pretty quickly,
S - 4.5 - Dank, garlic, pine, citrus (grapefruit, orange, papaya, mango),
T - 4.5 - Follows the nose, dankness, resin, garlic, pine, citrus with all the same stuff you see in the smell.
M - 4.5 - very bitter, light-medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is grapefruit/lemon/lime zest, nice and fruity
O - 4.5 - Great beer. I don't think I've had this fresh enough before. Lagunitas is a pretty impressive brewery, great hoppy, big beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:25:03 | More by ISmith87
Photo of oonthego


3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden unlike the hair of the little sumpin' pictured on the bottle. White foamy head.

S: Strikingly like passion fruit, citrusy, floral notes.

T: Bitter bite entangles the tongue.

M: Light and tingly.

O: Good beer wouldn't be my first pick but I wouldn't pass up an opportunity to drink it again. The name and label really gather your attention.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 01:11:22 | More by oonthego
Photo of reebtaerG


4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe couldn't read date on bottle tasted fresh

A-Pours clear golden with a medium beige 1 1/2 finger head, very good clinging lacing.

S-Aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, biscuit, grass and some floral notes.

T-Flavor is fairly bitter with some tart grapefruit.

M-Medium light body, lively, lightly dry. Medium malty sweet into medium bitter, with a light bitter aftertaste. Nice carbonation!

O-Overall another great beer by Lagunitas would be perfect for a hot summer day!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:24:14 | More by reebtaerG
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Light yellow, clear. A white one finger head that dissipates fast to medium bubbles. Frothy lacing.

S: Citrus-y hops, featuring lemons. Grassy and floral.

T: Smooth, semi- sweet. The citrus and floral balance takes away from the bitter hops. A touch of honey and spice makes everything nice. A very sessionable beer.

M: light to medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this very sought after brew. Now I see why it's so popular. A great back porch beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 15:36:09 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of AngrySnuggles


3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow. Medium head. Few bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell: Fresh, sweet, citrus, hoppy, acetone, slightly boozy.

Taste: Slightly sour, floral hops. Finishes clean. Slight acetone aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slightly carbonated. Clean finish.

Overall: Decent balance. Unique for its style. I wish there were more wheat characteristics to the beer. I would drink this again, but wouldn't take it over Gumballhead.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:28:05 | More by AngrySnuggles
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with lone bubbles letting loose to feed a big off white head that towers over this brew. So much sticky lace left behind on my imperial pint glass.

Aroma is nice floral hops mingled with good tropical fruit notes all on a honey dipped bready malt base. Lots of hop aromas but not overly bitter smelling, nice.

Taste is like the aroma to a point, nice malts sweet and bready, hops kick in more like pineapple and grapefruit combined. Flavor is good lightly bitter just not as juicy as it smelled. Some light spice in the finish with lingering hop resin.

Mouthfeel is good lighter medium with fairly mellow carbonation for the massive head.

Overall nice easy drinking brew, seems to go down way to easy for 7.5% which could lead to trouble. One of the better ones in this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 21:23:30 | More by mntlover
Photo of FLima


4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bright golden color with a thick two fingers head with decent retention.
Nice citrus tropical aroma with notes of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and mango.
Flavor mostly follows nose. Notes of grapefruits, tea leaves, toasted malts and some white bread, lemongrass, caramel, mango, honey, tangerines and pine. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Delicious and pleasant tropical IPA (or even a hoppy APA), hard to say anything bad about this beer. Balanced with a decent complexity and huge drinkability, I could drink this the whole day. Perfectly executed, great choice of hops and wheat gave it some roundness.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:29:04 | More by FLima
Photo of turbotype


4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my trusty chilled (but not frosted) Founder's glass.

Poured golden yellow. Medium head that receded fairly quick. . Moderate lacing and streaks down the glass.

Pine, oranges, banana. Nice.

Citrus. Banana. Wheat bread. Everytime I have this offering from Lagunitas, it's a little different. I chock that up to the complexity of the beer.

Crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation. Malt and hops in the aftertaste.

This is a complex ale. No other way to put it. But it is still easy to drink, warm or cold. With or without food. The way I would describe it to a friend would be... Imagine your favorite Belgian White.. All that bread and banana goodness. Now throw a well balanced single IPA at it. Poof, that's the little sumpin sumpin I think they were talking about. I love this beer and buy it when I see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 04:23:54 | More by turbotype
Photo of GinjaSlice


4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Not a big fan of how it looks its a very pale golden yellow, nice white head, and a nice even lacing
S: Great smell nice and citrusy with lots of lemon. Then with a piney smell to it
T: Good beer lots of hops upfront with citrus, the mid has a weird slight alcohol taste to me but then a smooth finish with a good aftertaste of hops on the tongue.
M: Great mouth feel seems just right and very refreshing.

Good beer with some taste and appearance lacking.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:04:26 | More by GinjaSlice
Photo of KDHicks1958


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a little reluctant to try this, because I thought it couldn't be as good as Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute. Boy, was I wrong. This is just fantastic! If this is going to be available year-round, it will be in my refridgerator year-round.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:38:27 | More by KDHicks1958
Photo of I_will_have_another


4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great ale! Perfect amount of hop profile on the aftertaste and a sweet fruity taste upfront. Bitterness lingers for a bit but quickly dissipates leaving you wanting another sip. Alcohol is hidden well. This just became one of my favorite hoppy ales. A must try. Next up for me is the Sucks Brown Shugga.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 15:10:08 | More by I_will_have_another
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:45:53 | More by arcaris22
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottling code 305 3 (Nov. 1, 2013).

Pale yellow body (clear) with a thick white head and a tight patchwork pf lacing. Aroma is strong wheat with a kiss of orange. Flavor has ripe oranges, sweet clementines. Great drinkability and flavorful to boot.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 14:01:06 | More by papat444
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pristine honey golden color with a thick, creamy white head from the wheat. The head loses a little bit of its luster, but retains nicely at about a 1/4" with an absolute barrage of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface to maintain it. The combination of the beautiful hue, thick lacing, and massive amounts of synchronized bubbles floating has this beer constantly catching my attention.

S: Sweet grains and some wheat. Hints of organic honey. A burst of citrus hop aroma comes through in the finish. Complex and aromatic.

T: Lots of floral hops with some big citrus flavors—grapefruit, orange peel, SLIGHT hints of lemon. There's a nice malt backbone underneath, but it's light and bready and slightly sweet, much like a wheat beer (go figure). The malt doesn't really lead the way, however, as it slowly fades from existence in the finish. You're left with a last huzzah of grapefruity citrus and light notes of grassy/flowery bitterness. This is one stupidly complex ale. And I mean that with all respect.

M: A nice body that sits comfortably in the medium category. Lots of silky smoothness, a light touch of creaminess. Damn near perfect carbonation. Would have scored higher, but I feel like this coats the mouth a little TOO much in the finish. This is by no means a hinderance, but I would have prefered a little bit of a drier/stickier finish.

O: The entire staff over at Lagunitas needs to pat themselves on the back for this one. Not only have they devised a geniusly complex and interesting beer, they've also devised some effin' delicious flavors. Hops, wheat, honey, light malts all wrapped up in a devilishly drinkable package. This one'll be finding its way back into my fridge in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 04:06:45 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw color. Only a slight haziness. Bountiful head with good retention and lacing. Massive C hop aroma, all over the citrus spectrum. Some gentle notes of ripe peach and apricot, too. Spicy and grassy on the tail end.

As this is quite heavily hopped, the perceived bitterness is up there in IPA territory. The flavor profile is all IPA. Loads of bitter citrus rind. Grassy and dank. Very light malt backbone, though you can detect the wheat as it just tastes a bit different than, say, an all pilsner malt IPA.

This is an IPA with wheat for all intents and purposes, and a big one at that - big aroma, big flavor. I consider it an excellent and somewhat unique beer among the year-round IPA selection.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:43:36 | More by gr0g
Photo of BeerEngineer


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

General: This is a standard in my house but I figured that I would finally review it. I enjoyed this one out of my New Belgium tulip glass. No born on date on this bottle but it's pretty fresh, it's only been in the house for a couple of days.

Appearance: Pours a light gold to normal gold color and is crystal clear. Very bright color to this. There is a great white head that is big and fluffy that diminishes pretty quickly. There is a little bit of lacing, not a lot but what there is looks really good.

Aroma: this is a very balanced aroma with a nice bit of hops with a good malt backbone. There is a little touch of orange that comes through this. I really like the aroma of this, it's really nice!

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate to moderately high and has a coating effect with each sip. The body of this is medium, and is fitting to style.

Taste: Again just like the aroma this is very balanced. There is a nice hop note but it is backed up perfectly by the malt. There are a lot of small flavors in this that come out slowly over time like orange and maybe some light citrus. it's a great beer.

Overall: This is a good beer, plan and simple. It is a standard in my fridge but until tonight I never thought to write a review.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:44:34 | More by BeerEngineer
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New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' has a clear yellow body with a moderate sized dense white head. Head has good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Aroma has a ton of bright citrus, most noticeably pineapple - the biggest pineapple aroma I have ever experienced. Also has mango and tangerine along with fluffy light white bread.

Taste starts with a bit of bread, then an explosion of pineapple, followed by a bunch of mango. Has a mango, pineapple, and tangerine finish, crisp citrusy and light bread aftertaste. Has an above average heaviness with a bit of creaminess, above average carbonation compliments beer nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 19:57:41 | More by JG-90
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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright gold with a soft white head that stays, leaving lacing.

Smell's like lemons, orange, and pineapple, with a yeasty and graininess to it.

Taste is refined, with a deep wheaty aspect, along with Citrus and pine. Also there's some fruity quality like peach and pineapple. Very tasty brew that I love to go back to time again.

Feel is lightly carbonated, with a nice pallet presence that keeps all the flavors well melded.

This is one of my favorites from Lagunitas and I will always seek this out fresh when I can.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 04:34:44 | More by BastardKing24
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow brown. Good lookin' beer!

S: Brown sugar, hops, citrus.

T: This is superb! Dry hops, brown sugar, raisins, citrus, nuts, and malt. Sort of like a really hoppy barley wine, but not quite as heavy.

M: Medium with a velvety texture. Awesome mouth feel on this one.

O: This is an excellent beer. Very well-balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:08:27 | More by titty_mcbitty
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Slightly hazed golden brew with more head than Marilyn Chambers ever gave. The aroma and taste are full of so much citrus and tropical fruit it's enough to make Carmen Miranda's head jealous. Goes down smoother than a baby's ass. Highly drinkable and a few of these makes most any woman highly bangable.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 23:01:50 | More by Loco_Joe
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3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-yellow hue with a thin white head and some lacing.

S: Mild tangerine, pineapple and some pine on the nose.

T: Malt, wheat, citrus and general tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied and carbonated.

O: Solid flavor profile, balance is good, though I would like just a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:59:48 | More by hillvt4me
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/21/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus hops and light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:02:04 | More by superspak
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Somewhere on the spectrum of gold and orange.
S - Citrus and floral and a bit of malt.
T - I first noticed hops, some pleasant fruit flavors pineapple, grapefruit, citrus a little orange its a bit sweet and has some noticeable wheat character.
M - Medium body with a slight dry and very easy to drink finish.
O - Has great flavor I will be drinking many more.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:30:14 | More by patpbr
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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