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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Ratings: 7,913
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 410
Gots: 1,972 | FT: 5
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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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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.

Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber color and formed a snow white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, pepper, and caramel. The flavor was of malt, caramel, and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish slightly smokey.

Photo of wertperch
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drunk this beer so many times, it's fast become a favourite of mine. It's a pale amber with a excellent crowning head that holds well, laces the glass prettily as it goes down.

The nose is gently hoppy and quite fruity, with clear notes of tangerine and bready wheatiness. A little bitterness balances a sweet savour of herb bread, and the light, slightly spicy citrus carries through to a dry finish that is clean and fresh after the maltiness.

It's a great food beer, good with sturdy salads and light to moderately flavoured dishes. I'd pick it as a good introduction to food pairing with lightly spiced meats and cheeses. There's little to fault, it's a superbly balanced pale wheat brew that continually surprises.

Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even though I've had 'A Little Sumpin Extra' and 'A Little Sumpin Wild' before, I have never had the original. Excited to finally try it and review it. Bottle date is 11/10/10.

Pours a pale orange with a big sudsy white head. Retains at half a finger leaving some good lacing. No sediment visible.

Pretty hoppy scent as expected. Mostly piny and a little herbal, citrus and some wheat/bready notes.

Taste is also mostly herbal and piny, with citrus and grapefruit on the lower end of the hop spectrum. Although quite hoppy, this still maintains a wheat ale feel with strong grainy and wheat tastes. Lemony notes become stronger with warmth.

Mouthfeel is a bit spiky and overcarbonated. Not much in the way of alcohol presence.

For some reason I thought this would have more a 'bright' hop presence. Does a good a job at still drinking like a wheat ale, though a very hoppy one. Improved as it warmed too.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass

a- pale with a slight light honey color, 1/2 inch frothy white foamy head...sticky lacing

s- pure tropical paradise ..mostly grapefruit from the hops

t- similiar to the way it smells, very fruity, delicious, lingering grapefruit in terms of hops...good amount of sweet caramel in the forefront and throughout

m- very smooth and creamy due to the wheat malt, i believe all ipas should have a slight wheat malt in there to give the beer some texture

d- very drinkable, great balance of hops and malt

Photo of chilly460
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, golden yellow color with a hazy body. Two-finger head with tight carbonation which settles to a even layer of lace.

S: Big floral hop notes in the nose as well as some wheat and spicy aromas.

T: Sweet, toasted malt and plain grains up front with a piney and grassy hops.

M: Full-bodied pale wheat some chewiness from the wheat.

D: Pretty interesting full hopped american wheat is a nice "mild" IPA with a clean sweetness. Very easy to drink.

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

Poured from the bottle a clear orange-gold with two fingers of white head.

Aroma of grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruit with light caramel maltiness.

The taste is hoppy with grapefruit and pine along with the balance of sweet caramel malts.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

So enjoyable and so drinkable. Try it, you'll like it.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a clear golden yellow with a medium amount of foam that disapated almost immediately. The smell of piney hops was evident in the aroma. But, the taste of bitter hops, citrus (lemon & orange rind), with a hint of yeast was also evident in the flavor. The bittness was not overpowering, but, could of been a little more sutle. This American Pale Whea Ale, was more like an IPA rather than the Wheat Ale.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, wheat, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and some wheat breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppier than average wheat beer worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellowish amber. 2 finger bone white head. Decent retention. Not much lacing. Smell is a grapefruit bomb. Big grapefruity citrus, some orange, some tropicals. Awesome smell.

Taste follows the smell, but shows a bit more of the light malt base. Sugar Cookie malts, but very lightly. Great canvas for the hop character. Light medium bodied, with nice prickly carbonation. Works well. Extremely drinkable and doesn't even show a hint if the abv.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dainty honey color with a one finer off white head of ambiguous bubbles.

S: Characteristic Lagunitas hops, very pine-like, very oily, touches of dense and sweet grapefruit. Malts are like sugar cookies and just there.

T: More mellow on the hops than the nose would suggest. This is not to say this isn't a hoppy beer, pine dominates with a bit of citrus fruit. Malts are skittish and don't want to join the party.

M: Here's where this beer shines, medium bodied - starts of off silky and finishes dry with a certain effervescence that brings some bitterness up into the nose.

D: Standard Lagunitas fare, fairly good, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear gold with a solid two finger head on top.

Smell: Floral hops and wheat.

Taste: hop bitterness up front, followed by a crutton-like flavor, salt crispness and a lingering citrus/pine flavor. It's a nice batch of flavors that all come together to make this brew awesome.

Drinkability: The nice crisp profile of the wheat with an american ale style yeast and hops make this guy a winner.

Photo of climax
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pale wheat ale with 65 IBUs? Interesting, let's dive in. It pours a gold color with good clarity. The head was on the small side, but left alot of tight lace bubbles on the side.

The nose was a refreshing citrus splash. Lemon and passion fruit mixed in with an almost artificially sweet peach aroma blend bitter and sweet quite well. Grassy notes emerge a bit more as it sits, and the sweetness becomes slightly subdued.

The flavor does the same. Hop bitterness is high, but this isn't a pale ale, and it's certainly no wheat beer. The wheat and yeast flavors add sweetness to the lupulin fiesta that really makes me think about what I'm drinking. My second sip yields soapy and herbal tones that last through the hop oil finish.

The body is around medium with a slick feel and very sharp carbonation. The tingle lasts long through the dry finish. Boy, I think I found a refreshing summer drinker.... that has a load of hops even! I'm impressed, Bravo Lagunitas for filling a gap for the green-geeks out there, this beer is a little sumpin' sumpin' different.

Photo of Burt
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass filled to the top.

A. Yellow orange that is hazy. Head is white and thick. Left a thick coating of lace all the way down the glass.

S. Big hop aroma, loved smelling this beer

T. Nice hop taste taste up front, had a little sweetness in the middle with a nice bitterness at the end.

M. Some carbonation, with a smooth coating, at 7.5% the alcohol is well hidden.

D. Was surprised how good this beer was very easy drinking and dangerously addictive. Hop heads beer for sure.

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

A - Pours a golden orange that immediately excites the senses, and the haze throughout points to this brew's wheaty genetics. The head is well defined, and a clean cut white. The retention is a little eager to dissipate, but it leaves behind a stiff collar which gives way to robust lacing at every sip.

S - Amazing expression of hops. A complex array of pine, citrus and grapefruit notes indicate a true american hop schedule, which bursts from the glass in an assertive, yet elegant manner. A faint bicuitiness also lingers in the background, nodding toward the gentle balance of sweetness ahead.

T - Sure enough the delicate malts roll down the carpet for the impending hop extravaganza in a manner that is as gentle on the palate as it was in the nose. Despite the clement character of the soft shortbread sweetness, it proves a dedicated partner, and as much as the hops dominate, it endures to the literal bitter end. The hops also reflect the nose, as the zesty citrus notes of orange peel and lemon rind blend into the acidic bitterness of grapefruit, and finally end on a gust of pine and unripe clementines. Throughout the transition, a distinct grassiness adds a refreshingly airy herbaceousness to the dynamic, which would make this brew a great summer feature.

M - There's a definite hop oil stickiness that's most apparent after the buffering carbonation subsides, and the beer has time to coat the palate between sips. However, take another swig and you're riding high again on buoyant body board of carbonation, bobbing over wave after wave in a sea of fresh green hops.

D/O - If you're a hop fan, this one is for the long haul. It's by no means overbearing, but it's certainly not a character to go unnoticed.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a NB globe.

A: Pours a pale gold color with just over 1 finger head. Small sheets of lacing.

S: Now I know why I was told this one is like Gumballhead - juicy grapefruit, citrus, and tropical hops. No real wheat backbone at all evident.

T: Nice bitter grapefruit and citrus tones. Really not a wheat beer at all, but I came in expecting this. Lemon zest rounds out the hop profile, with no real malt at all on the back - only a faint sweetness.

M: Resinous hops. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D: Borderline IPA/APA, but enjoyable nevertheless. This one is light enough and crisp enough to be highly drinkable.

Photo of canucklehead
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An IPA crossed with a wheat beer then pumped up to close to DIPA regions works when the brewery is Lagunitas. Hoppy, citrusy and crisp the beer is at times light like a wheat beer then big hops like an IPA. Very drinkable and thirst quenching. Excellent beer that is luckily available in BC

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Hoppy wheat is what the beer geeks are callin' for. This beer has a thick, wheat-induced head and clear, pale amber color. It has some sweet breadiness underneath a big tide of hop aroma. It's super smooth and easy to drink. It has a thick flavor of soft, floral and fruity hops, and the bitterness is there, but nothing too sharp--more like dried grass or tobacco. This beer has a bit of a snappy, dry malt character and is faintly yeasty with some warming esters. The hops stay on the palate far into the aftertaste. This one has it all figured out--an amazing ale.

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

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, appears to have been bottled 12/7/10.

Looks gorgeous, but not really like any kind of a wheat beer at all and definitely like an IPA. Clear deep gold beer with a classic IPA head with a finger of retention, big packs of bubbles already clinging to the glass.

It sure smells like a West Coast IPA too. Pine and grapefruit pith abound with a sweet edge. I'm rating this mainly as an American IPA. Orange marmalade, yum.

Orange battles with grapefruit and pine says it's the boss. This is superb. Some wheat bread cowers behind all these hops. Bitterness is low to moderate; flavor is the game.

A more aggressive carbonation makes the hops explode all over the tongue, making them all the more alive, fruity, and irresistible.

I'm drinking this really quickly, as it's an amazing surprise, and there is not a trace of the alcohol. If you want a hop smack, this will do you as well as Stone IPA or even Blind Pig.

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

12 oz

Pours a clear pale golden with a thin foamy white head. Nose is dominated by grapefruit hops, citrus and flowery auroma. Good notes of caramel malts. Taste is a chewy, bready malt upfront, some woody/grassy characteristics too. Sharp bitterness towards the finish which is dry in the mouthfeel. Smooth and medium bodied. Easy drinker here, my only regret is not getting a six pack.

Photo of Lothore
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my lagunitas mason jar that was graciously given to me by the bartender at the lagunitas tap room. Huge, chunky, white head that leaves a ton of lacing on the way down.

S- Wheat, hints of apple, light fruit.

T- Lots of wheat, extremely bready with some bitter hops lingering on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Definitely a nice wheat beer. I'd pick it up again if I saw it on tap somewhere.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (dated Nov 30) poured into a wheat beer glass

A: Gentle pour leads to a 1 finger 1 frothy head that slowly dissipates to a thin film that sticks around. Light golden yellow/orange, clear, lots of bubbles.

S: This is no wheat ale! I get a ton of citrus; mango, grapefruit, tangerine/orange, lemon zest. There seems to be a little pine/earthy hop aromas in the background. I sense a fair amount of sweetness.

T: Initial taste is all the citrus, then comes pine hops. There is a ton of caramel malt here, maybe a little sweet for my taste (similar to hop stoopid). Flavors seem to last forever and then finishes dry, bittersweet pine and a little citrus. Seems to be a little peppery. I get absolutely no wheat, if someone handed this to me unknowingly I'd swear it was a standard IPA.

M: Medium-high crisp carbonation, medium to full body, chewy, very smooth to the finish, finishes dry and bitter and the pine (and little citrus) lingers forever.

D: The only knock against this is I think it's just a bit too sweet, but besides that, I'm drinking this way faster than most brews. 7.5% ABV is virtually invisible.

They call this a wheat beer, I call this a damned good IPA.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first remote review. Live, from Timmy O'Tooles on Ontario and Fairbanks in Chicago.

APPEARANCE: The Little Sumpin' poured from the bottle a brilliant orange with no hint of residue. Gorgeous color. The head was a bit thin and disappated quickly. Decent lacing.

SMELL: Delightful. Grapefruit and pine, a very pleasing treat for the nose.

TASTE: Bitter, dry and tart with grapefruit flavor remaining with the senses as a very strong taste. Citrus notes round it out, but the aftertaste is still dominated by grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thirst-quenching. Dry, sparkling and refreshing. Great mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Way too easy to drink for a 7.5%er.

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

Picked up a 6pk at The Beer Store in Southampton, PA
Purchase price: $12.99/6pk
Served and enjoyed on New Year's Day 2011 in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Golden, slightly opaque color. Nice, frothy one finger head that slowly dissipated to a thin white head. Good amount of bubbles rising from the etching on the bottom of the DFH Signature Glass.

S - Really nice smell of citrus, pine, hops and caramel. To me this smells like a nice IPA but I know the style is that of a wheat ale but regardless, it smells great.

T - Absolutely amazing! What a fantastic and tasty combination of citrus, hops, malty sweetness and a piney resin. The alcohol is well disguised behind all the flavors.

M - Good amount of carbonation. A slightly bitter, hoppy taste remains after each sip...again very reminiscent of an IPA.

D - I think I've found a beer that I would consider to be in my top 5 favorites. I really enjoyed the perfect combination of flavors. This is a heavier beer and the 7+ ABV might keep you from over indulging but I might try to session this...they're that tasty. I'm not a huge wheat beer fan but again, I cannot over emphasize how much this reminds me of an IPA but style name be damned...This is a great beer!

Overall: Highly recommended. I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Lagunitas beers that I've had up until now and this is my favorite of theirs so far. I will be purchasing again without a doubt.

Cheers!

Photo of vfgccp
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Golden, medium grade honey. A vigorous pour into a pint glass settled down into about a finger of creamy white head.

S - Bright grapefruit citrus up front with lemon and orange peel playing a supporting role. Backdrop of light pine.

T - Opens with smooth malt that ramps up quickly into fresh grapefruit and orange rind. Touch of green grass after the initial bitter that mellows into lighter woody / cedar notes. Delicious bready malt holds the profile together. Finishes with honey, grapefruit, and apricot.

Wonderfully well balanced; the flavors blend through each other to form a continuous and coherent whole.

Gets even better as it warms.

M - Super smooth profile with some nice beveled edges. Medium body with a round mouthfeel. Semi-bitter/sweet finish.

D - Almost no booze in the profile for the 7+% AB. Holds a great hop character that isn't clawing and doesn't leave a sharp bitterness or dryness in on your palate. The flavors are fantastic and the carbonation is restrained but refreshing. A fantastic American session beer.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,913 ratings.