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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7,909 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,909
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 407
Gots: 1,965 | FT: 5
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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.
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Ratings: 7,909 | Reviews: 1,568
Photo of mjhorn
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a fairly pale straw to golden yellow. Little head that disappeared quickly. Smell here is great, hops right there in your face with pine and pineappley citrus. Taste has a nice bitter kick with a slightly sweeter finish with bread and wheat notes. Slight peppery bite as well. Has a slightly heavier body than I expected from based on its color and pour, but fits right in with the flavor profile. Nice and refreshing beer, leaves just enough hoppy bite to make you want another sip and goes down very smooth. By the end of the glass the alcohol comes out just a tad. First beer by Lagunitas and I definitely want to check out some more.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark blonde with big frothy 2 finger white head.

S - Fresh grapefruit and orange off the top. Pale malts and some fruit-strawberries and pineapple.

T - Green citrus hops wrap around a great pale malt. Hints of grain and lemon. Finished very crisp and clean.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body, clean and zesty.

With all the citrus this would be a fantastic thirst qeuncher in the heat of the summer. I would have never known this was an American Pale.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a translucent gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thick ring of foam.

S-Grapefruit is just about the only thing I can get out of the nose which is surprising considering it is a wheat beer. It doesn't really have any of the typical nose characteristics I am used to with this style.

T-Lotes of grapefruit and some lemon notes up front followed by a nice malt/wheat backbone. It finishes with a slightly bready note. Truly delicious.

M-A little thicker than expected with a nice touch of carbonation.

D-Even though its abv. is relatively high one could drink at least three of these in a sitting. Its so delicious and easy drinking though it might creep up on you very quickly.

Until today I had yet to be blown away by a Lagunitas beer. Everything has changed as of this moment. This beer is remarkable. I will be drinking this and maybe only this until next Fall.

Photo of tbraun1
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-12oz bottle into a pint glass-

A - Golden brown hefe color w/o the sediment cloud. Nice carbonation with a two finger head and nice lacing that hangs on the glass.

S - Nice hop kick to the nose but not overpowering followed by a lingering sweetness on the back end.

T - Hoppy but well balanced; The hops do take center stage but there is a nice yeasty flavor that comes through.

M - Feels great on the palate and was smooth to drink.

D - Very well balanced; not too hoppy/not too sweet. Easy to drink and would appeal to many different people. Def would have another.

Photo of camp0474
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/17/10

A: Pours a clear orange color with white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Piney and grassy hops with a sweet malt smell. Smell is pretty balanced.

T: Starts with a crisp hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Sweet wheat and bready malt mixing well with some hoppy bitterness. Lingering bitterness from hops. Expected more hops from the smell, but not at all disappointed. Solid balance of hops and sweet malts and wheat. Got a lot more from this beer than I expected.

M: Smooth medium body. Great fine carbonation creates and almost creamy mouthfeel.

D: Solid balance makes this beer quite drinkable. Good display of malt and hops.

I will be honest here, did not even realize this beer was a wheat ale until I found it on here. Pleasantly surprised. Good beer!

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best compliment I can pay this is to compare it to a beer Southern Tier once made called Ubersun, their imperial version of Hop Sun. Great hoppy citrus flavors with a light body and pleasing carbonation to make this very drinkable. It's comparable to many of the great IPAs out there in flavor profile and body.
I would happily have this as a staple in my fridge.

Photo of jsulko
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Tulip

Golden color Thick head that lingers well

Fruity citrus almost pineapple smell

Taste of citrus with a good feel of hops on the backend. Alcohol present slightly in the finish.

This is a new beer to me that I really find very drinkable. May become a new favorite.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a golden honey color, a nice thin head with nice lacing that sticks around for a while.
It smells like a west coast ipa - citrus and pine, nice aroma
taste - It is like an ipa light but in a good way. Aggresive hop profile, dry hops linger, a really refreshing beer that doesn't lack in the taste department.
Mouthfeel is thin but the hops stick around to make the mouthfeel substantial.
Very sessionable beer! I will definitely pick some of this up in the spring and summer.

Photo of musicforairports
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very clear straw/golden color. Lots of carbonation evident. The head isn't big, but it stays around awhile.

Smells like the typical Lagunitas hop profile: a wave of grapefruit and some pine, kind of thin and a bit metallic. It's not too strong, though.

Those hop flavors from the nose dominate, but it's not overwhelming at all. Underneath is a grainy flavor from the wheat malt, but this isn't much of a wheat beer. It's more like an IPA light. If you asked me to guess, I'd put the ABV much lower--maybe 5 or even less.

Thin, clean and crisp on the mouth.

This is a very, very easy drinker if you're into hop flavors. This would be a great beer to sip outside on a summer day. It's relatively light and a great showcase of mild hop flavors.

Photo of patreely12
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pretty clear straw. very bright. tall frothy head, off-white with a yellow tint. good bit of carbonation visible.

S - bitter orange peels and piney hops are dominant. faintest hint of some malts. just enough of something to give it a bit of a sweetness too.

T/M - mild bitterness on the front, from the citrus and the hops. cleans up with the malt, wheat. the presence of the wheat isn't as prevalent as expected. hint of the alcohol on the back, not really noticeable. very crisp and refreshing. finishes really clean on the palate. light bodied, high carbonation.

D - good drinkability. would be great in the summer or with a meal. really impressed with this one.

Photo of joshuasamantha
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- kind of hazy honey blonde in color with a minimal amount of foam and a slight lacing in the glass. A little bubbly too!
S- Piney and bright
T- Refreshing and yummy
M- Very light and crisp
D-Very drinkable. A good beer to share with friends or keep all to yourself

Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour golden in color with a slight haze. A big fluffy white head sits on top and lingers awhile.
A beautiful hop bouquet greets you with citrus and grapefruit. A strong wheatish malt backbone there too.
Sutle wheat beer taste that struggles to make itself known under the thick grapefruit and floral hoppiness.
A medium mouthfeel to this beer with a dry finish. Bitter hops as well as bready and/or yeasty nuiances lingers well into the aftertaste.
A good solid wheat beer with a fantastic hop character about itself.

Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw colored with a decent frothy head that sticks around longer than most heads do. Real mustache hanger here.

S - Brilliant piney hops overpowers most anything else in the aroma.

T - Awesomely bitter. Earthy hops with a tart touch come across just in front of a delicately balanced malty backbone. Not too much of anything, yet plenty of everything. Make sense?

M - Well bodied with just a bit more than medium carbonation. Some bitterness in the aftertaste that doesn't take away from the experience at all.

Great one from Lagunitas. I'll be adding this to my "keep in stock" list for the fridge!

Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow color w/ a thin white head. Looking forward to this one after reading some very positive reviews. Smell is very crisp and citrus based, and the hops are there as well. Wow- this beer is an animal! A hop crazed, crisp, lemony animal that shocks my palate. Very smooth though, especially the finish and aftertaste. This beer makes me feel alive.... alive w/ hops! I also don't really taste the alcohol in this one. At 7.5%, it's not a huge ABV, but impressive that I don't detect anything. Very stealthy... The drinkability is great- I could put down several of these pretty easily and not think twice about it. I really like this beer, and will be buying it again for sure. Another fantastic effort by Lagunitas.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A good transparent golden straw color with a firm white head. A very thin ring of sediment in the bottle. I expected a bit more cloudiness and sediment. Smells like a hoppy IPA. Not too much malt in the scent but a small hint to their presence. Makes for a superb IPA but a little under malted for a wheat beer to my taste. A good all around mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer for it's alcohol content but in all it lacks a strong wheat malt for me.
Cheers!

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden color, similar to a pilsner, but slightly darker and more opaque. Great head retention and thickness that is pure white. Parts with a thin and scattered lace on the glass.

S - Hops definitely dominate this aroma. The malts are present and the spices from the wheat are noticeable, but the hop bitterness really stands out.

T - This beer is an "American Pale Wheat Ale." The name describes the taste perfectly in terms of color, lightness, and a hint of spicy flavor. The flavors completely mask the 7.5% abv. with the aid of the 64.2 IBUs.

M - This beer really satiates all parts of the tongue by delivering exactly what it states. No hot alcohol burn, but a perfect kick from the hops and wheat.

D - At 7.5% abv. this beer is dangerously drinkable. The light color and crisp taste really throw me off. I feel as though I'm drinking a normal, lower %, pale ale until I look at the bottle.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice golden orange. Slightly cloudy. No head.

Smell: Warm caramel malts. Hints of nutmeg. A bit spicy. Hops are a mix of orange peel and pine cone. Nice sweet balance. Doesn't burn my eyelids off.

Taste: I didn't know this was a wheat ale when my wife picked this out for me at bev mo'. This is really pleasant. It has a tropical punch quality.Sweet tart and sugary. The malts blend well with the hops. This beer is finely balanced. The general taste is somewhat close sweet white wine. The hops aren't super astringent and they finish well. This is really mild tasting being a 7.5 abv beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. It has a little bit of the swish factor because it doesn't dissolve instantly.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these easily and be more intodxicated than I would want to be, due to the high ABV. It would be a good finisher for a hefeweizen tasting session.

Photo of goalie33
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A) Slightly hazy gold in color with one finger of foamy white head. Nicely carbonated. Leaves decent lacing in the glass.
S) Musty and mango-peach hops with some sweet malts in the background.
T) Bitter, hoppy beginning with a very sweet, malty finish. Transition is very smooth. Bready malt taste lingers in the back of the mouth.
M/D) Beginning of the mouthfeel is medium bodied while the finish is thick and almost syrupy. Good drinkability but not really sessionable.

Very interesting beer. The mouthfeel during the finish is unlike any I've felt. Very nice array of flavors. A pretty good beer that's worth trying.

Photo of beerdown77
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For starters, I prefer this to A Little Sumpin' Wild. I'm not a huge fan of Belgium styles, and I thought this was more mild and drinkable. It Pours orange-yellow with big foamy head. The smell and taste is sweet and floral, with some sourness to follow. It has a nice medium body that is crisp. I prefer the orange-hoppy bite in this brew to the thick sweetness in the Wild. It has a wheatiness, almost making it a hybrid of sorts. I had a few of these.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Very pale with a fluffy snow white head and good lacing.

S: A hint of lemon and hops, but nothing really pops out here.

T: Lots of zesty hops and citrus, but there is a discernible breadiness from the wheat.

D: It goes down smooth and is very refreshing, another is not a possibility, but a necessity.

Overall: This is a great offering from Lagunitas. It is balanced and delicious and has a nice little kick to boot. A nice take on the style and must try in the summer. If other American Pale Wheat Ales are "lawnmower beers" then this is a "tractor beer"! Good stuff!

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangy Gold with a thick, luscious white head. Makes me drool in anticipation of the first sip.

S - Wonderful citrus smells attack my nostrils: Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, etc.

T - Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, etc. Grassy hops add some twang. Full of great flavors to tantalize your taste buds!

M - Fully moderate body with ticklish carbonation. An easy drinker.

O - This is one of my all time favorite beers. It has so much good stuff going on! A favorite for spring and summer.

Photo of kohoutek
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden amber beer with feisty zips of carbonation trailing from the bottom. A nice bright appearance. Nice white sticky lace clings to the glass. Bubbles are of medium size and medium persistence. Attractive covering of permafoam throughout the drinking experience.

Aromas and flavors of earthen hops, spicy, sweet, dried leaves and grass. The dry hops may have been a bit brown or steeped too long. Sticky cotton candy, slight vanilla, blonde pipe tobacco. Suprisingly subtle bitterness for 64 IBUs, nice smooth finish. Slight French bread maltiness, finishes relatively light bodied and dry.

Overall, a bit too grassy and feel that the the dry hops missed their peak. I bet this beer would be much better on tap when very fresh.

Photo of mjn5036
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American Pale Wheat Ale, huh? Interesting...

12oz bottle popped open and poured into my White Birch glass. This one pours a golden amber color with a dash of tangerine/orange. A fairly sizeable three finger bone white head arises and falls in approximately two minutes. What is left is a great wispy, sticky white lacing clinging all over the glass.

The smell on this thing knocked my socks off. This is the fruitiest beer I have ever come in contact with. The initial smell is damn near the smell of a freshly opened can of fruit cocktail. Pear and apricot dominate the profile. Sweet citrusy hops and tangerine are found. It smells like fresh fruit and is simply amazing. From the smell I wouldn't call this one a wheat ale as it smells quite hoppy, but this is still one of the best smelling pale ales I have ever encountered. The fastidious sweet breadiness helps confirm the wheat ale part of it.

A lot of pear, apricot and tangerine in the taste. Very floral and citrusy with some grassy flavors as well. A nice bitter hoppy bite latches onto your taste buds and stays for the ride. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose but it is still incredibly enjoyable.

This one is super smooth and extremely easy to drink...dangerously easy to put down at 7%. Drinkability would be higher if the flavor could match the incredible nose on this thing. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and the alcohol is not really detectable. A solid brew indeed.

Photo of packard2989
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid brew. Very nice balance of hop flavor. Drinkability is great, who would have guessed it is 7.5%! Not too heavy, very smooth down the shoot.
I went out on a whim buying this ale, I had never heard of it but am very impressed. Drinking from bottle is nice... it might be better from a glass though.

Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The kind of head you'd expected from a wheat beer, frothy white foam cap. Pale amber color that has a slight haze to it.

S: Way more hops than your typical wheat ale. Very floral and grassy but balanced by a sweet bready aroma.

T: Not as much hops in the mouth as the nose, though certainly more than your typical wheat ale. In some ways its reminding me of Gumbalhead with a more bitter finish. It has a sweet bubblegum and fruit start that's cut quickly by the bitter hops. Malt backbone is present in the finish.

M: Somewhat disappointing, it seems as so as you swallow it all trace is gone. Probably due to the thin body and high carbonation. I guess that's kind of how it's suppose to be though.

D: On a hot day I could easily see myself drinking a six pack of this and not even thinking twice about it being over 7%. Its crisp and refreshing with enough hop presence to take in before each gulp.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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