A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Reviews: 1,593 | Ratings: 8,495
Photo of HardTarget
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sparkling deep golden glass holds a tight white thin head.

Smell: Big points here. Juicy fruit, both the gum and grapefruit, lemon and lime peel goodness. Just a whiff of grainy wheat but mostly just West Coast hops on a sweet base.

Taste: Not all the wonderfulness the nose promises, the hops are a bit bitter and leafy and overwhelm most other flavors. A little more earthy noble hop flavor. Still, very easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Goes a bit frothy with a prickly carbonation. Body is medium light and goes a bit dry in the finish.

Overall: Has to be one of my favorite Pale Wheat beers. The style is normally fairly bland but the hops here really kick this into another level. Screw style guidelines, this is good stuff!

Another thanks to IlludiumQ36 for a great beer.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

White drapes surround the soft white head once it dies down. The drapes are like linen, and fade over time. Brilliant golden orange rings from the glass.

Heavy citrussy hops, mellowed only slightly by the faint hint of wheat.

Sugared grapefruit is dominant and wholly refreshing. A clean maltiness braces the tongue to close.

Beautifully carbonated - mellow and subtle, ends with a great crispness.

This is a really unique beer, but an exceptional one at that. Great for spring and summer alike.

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Photo of magine
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear (slight hazed) deep golden color with a off white head. Head is very thick and sticky. Lace clings the entire ride down the glass. Head settles to a nice half inch thick layer. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of fruit hops; pineapple, grapefruit, apricot etc. Some nice hop profiles here. Balanced by a nice malty wheat layer as well. Very good smelling brew.

Brew is crisp and refreshing; some really good hop flavors here. Brew is quick to get malty and the presence of wheat comes right at you on the middle. The hops are there, but the bitterness is not. A very nice tasting unique brew.

This is a great brew, has the sweet hop fruitiness and isn't bitter and is balanced beautifully by the wheat maltiness. Can be sessioned by the case, stellar stuff. Perfect for a BBQ or a hot day.. hell anytime of year. This would be a nice alternate to a hefe or a striaght wheat brew for some. Great stuff.

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Photo of UCFDan
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased this beer originally at World of Beer near UCF and then found it in Orlando at Total Wine & More. Of any Wheat Ale I've tasted, nothing else compares to Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin.

Smell - Significant citrus aroma, I actually smell pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste - Defintely higher in hops than most wheat ales. Could almost be interpreted as an IPA. I'm a big fan of IPA's though and the citrus mixes well with the hops. A slight carbonation helps as well.

Finish - Very smooth to drink, due to the citrus flavoring. You wouldn't believe this is a 7%+ ABV drink. Definitely cannot taste the extra alcohol.

If you haven't had this beer yet, put it on your list. It is by far the best offering by Lagunitas and has had me coming back for more.

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Photo of diamondc
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 12 oz.

A: Huge head. Lots of lacing. Hazy, golden in color. Beautiful.

S: Ripe tropical fruits. Pineapple, kiwi, guava, apricot. Intoxicating.

T: Lots of above fruits in the flavor, almost like drinking fruit punch, but there is some mild pine/herbal bitterness at the end. Some wheat bread/cracker malts come up while warming up.

M/O: Very well-carbonated, refreshing. Loving the hops selection used here. Surprised this isn't labeled an IPA. Definitely worth multiple purchases.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent golden with a high, frothy, and sticky white head. Great lacing.

Floral hops with some citrus/grass scents and something that reminds me of the beach. Almost like a spicy aloe vera. Whatever it is, it smells delicious. Smells sweet, tangy, and sharp.

The hops are strong in flavor but mellow in bitterness. That's a neat effect. There's a sharpness in the carbonation too like many wheat beers. Not overly sweet with a good hop kick. But this is a guzzler. The hops aren't slowing anything down on this beer. It's very well balanced between sweetness and it's herbal and floral hops.

Absolutely great spring/summer session.

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Photo of jman892
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear golden beer with a foamy 1 finger head which fades to a film. Nice lacing

S - Smell is strong citrus fruit, predominately grapefruit and a bit of pine or grassiness

T - Sweetness right upfront, hoppy, and similar to the nose, somehwat like drinking grapefruit juice.

M - Medium body, nice crisp drinker, moderate carbonation

O - An exceptional beer, perfect for the spring/summer months. Hoppiness is there but not overwhelming, the citrus fruit flavor makes this one easy to drink, and makes me keep wanting another sip

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with one finger of fluffy white head.

The nose is mostly hops. Grapefruit and pine with a bit of grassyness. Only a slight hint of wheat.

Taste follows the nose: fruity hops dominate followed by a grassy/earthyness. Good malty sweetness follows the hops for a nice balance. Again, slight wheat in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Not the best example of the style but very tasty in its own right. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours up a crystal clear amber, with a dense white head.

S - Solid Piney aroma. Not faint.

T - Some slight malt sweetness with some citrus and pine in the finish.

M - a full-bodied beer

O An aboslutely delightful beer. Nice hop malt balance and very drinkable.

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Photo of brandtbates89
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't really know how to classify this beer except that it is a really enjoyable beer to drink. Upon opening there's a hint of citrus. Don't get fooled by the appearance of this beer because its bot a little bite to it as well as a great rounded "hoppyness."

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured to a pint...
Slightly cloudy, golden straw. Two fingers of quickly dissipating white fluffy head. Leaves thin, splotchy lacing.

Mixed citrus fruits, slight bitter hoppiness, a little grassy and floral. The aroma is nice but it doesn't jump out at me. I'll update when I taste it again.

The taste matches the smell, but adds a little bit of spice. Specific hints of apricot and pineapple with a surprisingly dry, crisp malt finish. Very nice floral hoppiness.

Light to medium mouthfeel, smooth with a crisp finish. The dry grassy feel keeps it from being too watery and boring.

Overall, a very tasty and easy-drinking beer with better than average complexity for the style, but a sneakily high ABV considering how smooth it goes down. This is a perfect spring/summer beer if you want something a little stronger in a session beer.

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Photo of Zadok
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For awhile I have been reading a blog post from a guy here in KC raving about how good this beer is. See, from past offerings I have kinda lost an interest in Lagunitas because everything just seemed kinda average. That was then this is now and the KC beer blogger was dead on, A Little Sumpin is delicious.

Pours a crisp hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head, it screams at me to head out into the sun.

The aroma is excellent, heavy hops with a mild sweetness.

The flavor is excellent as well, very distinguished hop presence but with a mild breadiness that intermingles and creates a perfect balance.

Mouth feel is crisp and clean, extremely refreshing. The right amount of carbonation.

As I said before, this brew is delicious. The abv is a little higher than desired for an everyday drinker but thats the only flaw, minor at that. This has completely transformed my previous view of Lagunitas.

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Photo of hmf05
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, almost amber color. A nice two finger head that quickly dissipates, but leaves beautiful lacing

S: Tons of tropical fruit like papaya, mango, pineapple. A nice carmel maltiness that balances the slight hop bitterness

T: Hops are there, but not in a bitter way. Very herbal-like quality to the hops. Nice and juicy, mostly papaya and mango flavors.

M: Medium bodied with tons of carbonation.. Relatively dry finish

D: Extremely high. Could easily drink 4 of these

O: Amazing beer. The tropical fruitiness gives this brew a nice juicy character. Good for hopheads, yet good for those who aren't. Check it out if you can

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Photo of rambler85
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas always impresses. This beer is no different. It has a sweet smelling, almost floral aroma. Definitely some citrus in there as well. The beer has a bright golder color which is enhanced by a slight haziness.
Flavor is huge in this one. It starts lightly sweet and fruity. It is a big beer though. The mouth feel is quite heavy. There are also plenty of hops to balance it out.
Overall a great beer. A very nice change of pace for IPA drinkers.
Cheers

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Photo of specksnreds
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always a delight to see the slutty Sumpin' girl back on the shelves. But she should be holding two pineapples in front of her boobs, because this beer tastes and smells (judge Smells?) like pineapples. Delicious, delicious pineapples. Golden liquid pineapples with a fish-belly white foamy top. Oh pineapples, thank you for your flavor profile in this beer. And the zippy fun finish is a nice reminder of the slutty girl on the label.

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Photo of IronLover
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled froma bottle with no freshness date. Deep yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a dense yellowish-white head that slowly reduced to a thick cap. Lot of wet sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus grapefruit and orange aromas with along with plenty of caramel sweetness and hint of toasty malt. Medium bodied with nice refreshing carbonation. Sweet malty and citrus grapefruit hop flavors are well balanced through the beginning and middle. The wheat flavor peeks through toward the end as this finishes slightly dry and very clean. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Wouldn't think twice about having it again. Lagunitas has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of aval89
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber color.. produced a one finger head that quickly settles but leaves nice lacing..

S: pink grapefruit dipped in sugar... sweet caramel malts .. mango & papaya. Slight breadiness

T: sweet malts right upfront.. then the hops take over..tangerines, sweet grapefruit sprinkled w/sugar.. more mago & papaya with lemon peel bitterness finish.. some caramel is present also on finish ..

Mf: medium bodied with spot on carbonation.. dry finish on the palate..

O: very impressive brew.. goes to the top of my list in a heartbeat..

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Photo of Sensaray
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into glass

Pours a golden yellow clear tone and produces a half finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Looks like good carbonation but well see.

Theres a definite malt sweetness too the smell. More light citrus fruit.

Theres a sort of balanced taste here between the bready yeast, the hoppy bite and sweet malt. Also an alcohol presence is barelynoticeable. Sometimes i sip and get a chocolate orange taste. Good mouthfeel. The after-mouthfeel is also very smooth.

Overall this is a great beer not what I was expecting for pale wheat. Made me want another. This is my get a 6 pack beer many times.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never went out of my way to try this, but my Uncle threw one my way, so why not?

A- Pours a golden/straw body with a 2 1/2 - finger white head that falls pretty quickly to a decent cap, but then remains.

S- Wow, this is a pale wheat? Big nose of floral and citrus hops, followed by a yeasty/bready hit.

T- Again, I can't believe this is an American Pale Wheat. Great citrus and floral hop flavors. Slight bitterness follows, but then a nice bready/musty flavor.

MF- Medium bodied beer that has flavors that really jump on the palate. A little dry in the finish that leaves slight chalky feeling.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange, gold with a thick white head that leaves beautiful lacing.

S: This beer has a wonderful aroma of grapefruit, lemon, vanilla, and slight bubblegum. Hops rule the smell though there are plenty of sweet tones.

T: Starts with slight bread but hops quickly take over and stay in the driver's seat. There is some mango and lemon followed by grapefruit. The finish has some bread return and a pleasant tinge of bitterness from the hops. Citrus and a herbal grassy taste lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium with nice carbonation.

Overall: This is a really great beer. It has a wonderful aroma, ripe and crisp fruity flavors that have enough bitterness to rein in sweetness, and it is not too heavy. However, the ABV is a tad bit heavy and, though you could enjoy a few of these in a row, you might regret drinking too many. This beer is perfect for sunny spring days that still have a bit of chill or dampness in the air.

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Photo of Travelwell
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who: So your just back from Bavaria.. Yes it would be nice to have an efficient public transportation system but you, you have something better.. a beer, and not just any beer, You've got a little sumpin' sumpin' up your sleeve.

What: If you have had hops on your mind all day look no further, this beer delivers with pink grapefruit hi-lights, lemon and tangerine undertones, plus a simple wheat characteristic any brauhaus could call their own.

When: Jetzt!

Where: In your backyard, in your home or.. castle, in the alps or rockies, get out, experience the world around you and remember.. beer helps with everything.

Why: Achtung baby! because you have never had so many hop's in your hefeweizen, period!

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Photo of boralyl
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - ours one finger of white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves some nice sticky lacing. The beer is clear and has a golden-straw color. There is visible carbonation.

S - The aroma is very fruity with classic wheat overtones. It consists of a little citrus, mango, and lemon. A very nice display of hops.

M - Light-Medium in body with active carbonation. The carbonation is prickly and has a nice crisp bite to it.

T - First is a nice bready malt flavor that is quickly bombarded with hops. I get mango and pineapple followed by some citrus. The wheat malt comes in near the finish and there is a slight bitterness from the hops that lingers.

The hops are showcased very well in this beer and the wheat complements it nicely. I really love the hop profile on this beer. It's like a bigger, more tropical gumballhead. I highly recommend giving this beer a try.

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Photo of alkemy
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 12 ounce bottle and into a pint glass...

A - Crystal clear slightly orange golden hue with two fingers of fluffy off-white head.

S - Sweet and hoppy. After the rush of hops, there's a vanilla mixed with a bit of bubblegum. Also a good bit of mango and a little pineapple.

T - I found the aroma more citrusy than the taste, but the taste is still very good. The sweetness really takes the edge off any bite the citrus might have. Mango was still there. The vanilla I noticed in the nose was absent on the tongue. Hops are the main attraction here and they don't disappoint.

M - Medium feel. Feels quite refreshing and finishes very clean.

D - Despite the ABV, this is light, refreshing, and oh so drinkable. You could put down a sixer of these without batting an eye.

Lagunitas always seems to come through for me.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer on several occasions and finally decided to write a quick review for it.

Appearance - A frothy and soapy lacing. The beer itself is a very pale and slightly caramelized yellow.

Smell - Smells of wheat, barley and strong hops. Citrus, light berries and fruits are obvious as well.

Taste - Very similar to the nose. A heavy berry-wheat taste with citrus and hops to accompany it. Heavy fruits as well; with hints of pink grapefruit, banana and pineapple.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Easily drinkable and quite hoppy. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Delicious fruit flavors chime in well with the bitterness.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Neat looking golden/copper, half finger white head and little lacing

S - Nice hop and yeast up front. Lots of pine a citrus, wheat and malt is very sweet smelling. This is very much like an American pale ale. Love the balance and how every smell lingers

T - The hops is in your face, with pine and pineapple, maybe some papaya or mango. Yeast is next, very sweet and smooth. Then the wheat and malt come at you and linger for a while. This is just well executed beer

M - Very fluffy, some carbonation, sticks to the mouth a bit, but not sticky. You can taste this beer in every corner of your mouth

D - This is drink-ability. 7.5% and goes down like butter. For the taste and the price I could session this ale

Final thought - Lagunitas does it again

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,593 ratings.