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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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5,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 5338
Reviews: 1293
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.

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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear slight amber, golden color with a tight white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of citrus hops. Are we sure this is a wheat?

Tastes of a good dose of citrus hops with some malt undertones. Hops are juicy grapefruits and lemon zest with some peppery spice to it. Fairly large amount of bitterness. Wheat is understated and supports the citrus bite from the hops. A little bit of sweetness from some crackery pale malt. Seriously, is this a wheat ale? Tastes a lot like a pale with some wheat malt added in. If nobody had mentioned the wheat, I would've glossed over it and focused on the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 02:29:51 | More by ocelot2500
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riversider76

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and very nice laceing.Aroma is of citrus,and piney hops.Body is medium and very carbonated. Taste is more like an IPA. Very hopped up front with a bit of a bready presence. Hoppy finish. Where's the wheat?

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 00:40:03 | More by riversider76
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 04:40:18 | More by Mebuzzard
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden yellow straw color with a thin bubbly head.

Smell is of giant citrus hops, with some light bready malts in the back. This beer smells awesome, it is like a double IPA in the nose.

Taste is amazing, this is a hop lovers pale wheat ale. So hoppy and delicious, big citrus and grapefruit notes. This beer is one of my new favorites, best wheat beer ever.

Mouthfeel is medium full with medium carbonation. Very good beer.

One of the most drinkable hoppy beers out there, I am blown away by how good this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 02:18:33 | More by pmccallum86
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully clear golden yellow color with a decent head of soft white foam. Fair amount of lacing clings to the side.

Outstanding Lagunitas hop profile present. Grapefruit and pine, but mostly the citrus in the nose. Very faint wheat presence.

Wow, that is spot on amazing. The hops take center stage. Mostly citrus with a hint of pine and pineapple. A nice balancing sweetness as well. Would never guess there is wheat in this. Tastes like a hoppy as hell pale ale. Tasty as can be.

Medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation appears to be right on the mark.

Awesome drinkability. So enjoyable to drink. Lagunitas knows how to hop things up and this is no exception. No problem tipping back a few of these, but at over seven percent, watch out.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 00:30:36 | More by jera1350
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Docer

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a little 12 oz. bottle on a beer run today just to try... right at cap opening... it smells like most of the rest of theirs... Hop Stoopid, Undercover... etc...

- Golden yellow, clear... white fluffy head... 2 fingers, down to a nice thin layer and lacing all about...

- Huge citrus hops up front... sweet candy, sugar... little bit of grain, donuts....

- Very sweet hop syrup... caramel, sugar, candy... donut glazing... citrus and pine hops galore....

- Syrupy, sticky, sweet... medium bodied....

- Bit hot, and much like the undercover investigation shutdown ale.... what I think they should do is try brewing a different beer other than bottling one that didn't quite turn out the same as the last batch and calling it something different. Huge on hops... sugary sweet... and too much like the rest of their other offerings. Kind of lost on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 22:48:44 | More by Docer
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= The pour is a nice totally translucent light amber dark yellow color with a great head on it that rises to a perfect two fingers and holds some solid retention as well as some excellent lacing. One beautiful beer.

S= Wow. Lovely hops indeed. The hops in this one are very very tropical and fruity. There's a good amount of mango smelling hops with a lot of really nice pineapple smell to it. A little grapefruit mixed in there for fun. The smell reminds me of why I love hops so much.

T= One sip and I'm sold. Amazing hop taste to this one. The hop smells are all coming through in the flavor. The difference in the taste is a nice bitterness in the finish as well as some soft more nuanced wheat taste to it. A lovely beer indeed.

M= The mouth on this one is actually really enjoyable. I love that it's a little lighter on the tongue than an IPA. The lightness actually makes me want to sip this and enjoy it in the sun more.

D= I'm sold on this beer being my go to summer beer when I'm down on money a little. Lagunitas does some amazing things with hops. This is no exception. They do a great job with their pricing as well as making some of the most wonderful beers I've tasted. Better than Gumballhead I would say.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 03:44:00 | More by jjanega08
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Two and a half finger head on a clear yellow body. Looked inviting. The head was somewhat rocky as it subsided.

Aroma started with pine hops, then some grapefruit slipped in. Sweet malt was underneath, along with a light fruitiness. This is a wheat ale?

Taste was medium malts, no wheat character. Somewhat bitter, with pine hops and hop resins prominent. Again, this does not taste like a wheat beer. Maybe their interpretation is different, but personally I don't think it goes well with the style.

Mouthfeel was just OK. Nothing special that stood out. Carbonation was average.

Drinkability... nothing stood out for me. If I was in the mood for a wheat ale, I would not go for this one. I think it was on the fringes of the style. Not a bad beer overall. But compared to others in the same class, definitely non-traditional.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 04:30:56 | More by connecticutpoet
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy, golden yellow body...slow carbonation bubbles running to the top to form a two finger, off white, creamy head...great retention which leaves sticky lacing

S - The nose is very hoppy...lots of citrus...grapefruit and orange mainly

T - The nose didn't lie...the flavor is full of hops as well...I'm not getting any malts or yeast flavors...a full on assult of hops...they have a nice citrus flavor to them up front then they have that bitter pine flavor to end the beer

M - Medium bodied...crisp but very, very bitter...not much balance

D - This was a nice, bitter beer...I don't see why they want it classified as a pale wheat ale...this was more of an IPA to me...a nice beer for the summer or a hop fix

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 13:33:14 | More by thain709
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange coloring, pretty clear with tiny bubbles floating upwards. Pretty solid creamy head, tanned, with nice lacing. Big fruity citric nose, with grapefruit singing lead vocals.

Hoppy as hell, completely unbalanced. Slight notes of toasted biscuit alongside the pale malt. I get nothing like a typical Wheat Ale - which is frankly just fine, but odd that they would insist upon it. Alpha acids drip off the tongue, with grapefruit, lemon, orange, even some lime here. Finish is bitter, but it's fun to drink, and pretty interesting.

Reminds me of the first time I had Gumballhead. The comparison is hardly valid, but for an outside-the-norm Pale Wheat, hit it up.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 05:20:03 | More by BretSikkink
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly-hsazed golden with a nice white head.

S: Smells very nice. Loads of citrus hops and a little bit of wheat briskness. Reminds me a bit of Gumballhead.

T: Lots of citrus hops and a little bit of pine character. The wheat seems to contribute a bit more to the mouthfeel, but I won't complain about the hop-forward nature of this beer.

M: Medium bodied and nicely dried out by the hops.

D: An absolutely fantastic summer beer and one of the best I've had from Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 21:47:53 | More by Thorpe429
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in a nutshell, kind of like a bigger bodied gumballhead, the biggest difference being in the aroma. pours a slightly hazy gold w/ a white head. Almost reminiscent of the unique GBH-like aroma and taste-primarily sweet tropical fruit and some lemony citrus. Nose is more muted than gbh though, and lacks that signature 3f smell. Honeyed, cake-like sweet malts. no big yeasty qualities like many other wheats. refreshing and crisp for this abv. Medium sweet bread dough/cracker like malts. wheat hardly noticeable other than a hint of refreshing sourness. Medium body. would be great with a lower abv, as it drinks like a quaffer. dangerous.
Update: having been through cases upon cases of this, this is consistently great. A great head every time, fresh every time, great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated. Nose not as good as gumballhead and the abv is a bit high for me, but otherwise great. This is the beer that turned my wife to the dark side and also her best friend. A great gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 21:34:20 | More by MrMcGibblets
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SiggyFay

Maryland

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One time a year for it's release is too long to wait. I need my little sumpin' sumpin' fix. Great Beer! Good balance of hops and malt. Alcohol Content is perfect to make this a "heavy" session beer. Looking forward to summer to see this pretty lady again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 17:49:47 | More by SiggyFay
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Lightly hazed, bright golden yellow with a thin, off-white head that left spotty lace.

S-Fairly aggressive pop of citrus (orange and tangerine) hops with a touch of sweet biscuit malt.

T-Spicy orange/tangerine hops up front with a bit of honey sweetness and a nice backing of biscuit malt chewiness.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly sharp and crisp. Good lingering bitterness.

D-Quite flavorful with pleasant orange and tangerine hp notes. Malt backing is present but doesn't get in the way. Nice job and a very nice drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:41:39 | More by Deuane
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earthboundagain

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

A- Pours a hazy golden hue, with a small head that does not last long. This beer has some small lacing as well.

S- Wow, This is a good smelling sucker. You have some piney and citrus hops , up front with a wheat malt twang in the background.

T- Big citrus hop up front followed by a slight pine hop, not tasting the wheat, but I think its just balancing out the hops cause for all its hoppy taste this beer is not overly bitter.

M- This beer is built on a medium body with a medium level of carbonation. It has a slight stickiness to it though.

D- This beer is 7.3% but you would never know it. This beer is such an easy drinker, I could drink till I drop.

Thoughts- This was my favorite new beer this summer, an wheat ale that bent the style lines just enough to make it unique and flavorly wonderful at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 20:00:02 | More by earthboundagain
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came out of nowhere. Drank it a bunch in the Tahoe/Norcal beerfest scene this summer. Bought a good deal of it in bottles too. Hear this is a "wheaty-esque" beer. I dunno, it tastes too good to be a wheat beer.

Appearance looks like nothing special, in fact, it looks a little light and cloudy to be good, like a mass produced hefe. But the aroma starts to tip its hand, that this is a quality brew. And then, the taste, so strong, bitter, and then, bam, like I dunno, Stone IPA or Speakeasy IPA, it just is gone so crisp, like Outkast, so fresh and so clean. Very drinkable, light on the palate and yet so bitter and hoppy. I'm thinkin' crystal malt and simcoe hops all over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 03:30:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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slk22

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a honey color, quite cloudy, with a small white colored head. Aroma was easily detectable, but not overpowering and consisted of a sweet orange and grapefruit combination. Very inviting. Taste follows the nose with a sweet rather than tart citrus (mandarin orange and grapefruit) bitterness on a barely detectable crystal malt backbone ending in a slightly dry finish. A bit warming as well. Mouthfeel was smooth with a light-medium body. Overall, although this offering is not overly complex, I wish this wasn't a limited edition as I really enjoyed this one. Could easily drink several of these and went back to the store to get the last bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:07:20 | More by slk22
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tegelaar

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a murky amber ale color. Chunky white foam that leaves gobs of lacing clumped on the side of the glass.

Smells of brown sugar and caramel. Perhaps this is a dated bottle as the hops are not present in the nose.

Tastes somewhat malty for something of such high IBUs. Not as hoppy as I had hoped. Very sweet with just a tinge of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is perfect in body thickness but slightly undercarbed for my tastes. Goes down smooth.

I could put down quite a few but I'd pay the price the next morning.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:22:55 | More by tegelaar
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Frosty80

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits clear, light golden brown

Smell: nose is packed full of fresh hop pine and citrus. lots of grapefruit sweetness. slight flopral presence

Taste: mild hop bitterness. great fresh hop flavors. citrusy and piney. just a hint of malt sweetness. slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. low-med body

Notes: very flavorful beer. has a dry- and wet-hopped combo going on. aroma and flavor is fantastic. probly my favorite beer from them. would not have guessed this had anything to do with the wheat category

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 19:54:15 | More by Frosty80
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 17:59:30 | More by Anthony1
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 finger head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind minimal lace.

S- Citrus & fruity hops. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit upfront. Some piney hops, wheaty malt, and caramel lingering in the background. What a great smell, so inviting!

T- Sweet and citrusy/fruity, bitter hops in the finish. Drinks more like an ipa, doesn't matter to me it's frickin delicious!

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Love how this coates the mouth, slightly sticky & syrupy.

D- I don't care if this has an abv of 7.3%, I have no problem drinking a 6 pack in a sitting. One of my favorites this summer without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:09:14 | More by Dawkfan
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. $4 for a tulip, not a bad deal. It appeared hazy yellow with a tall white head. The aroma reminds me immediately of orange soda, but then pineapple kicks in to make it more of a tropical citrus fruit punch. The flavor is equally juicy at first, but they dries out with a bit of plain malted wheat and peppery hop bitterness. This beer reminds me of the short-lived Middle Ages Imperial Double Wheat - it's big, hoppy, but not terribly bitter. All in all, a pretty tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 21:11:17 | More by tempest
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dfillius

Michigan

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

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger of white head with good retention. Hazy copper liquid.
S: West coast citrus hop is nice and bright! Centennial, maybe some Cascade present. No off smells.
T: Hoppy but more balanced than the nose would indicate. Tiny hint of floral alcohol. Tasty! Very similar to Two Hearted. Is Centennial the way many brewers are going now? - I feel like this is not an uncommon hoppiness now
M: Bitter with breathy alcohol
D: Great. My favorite from LBC so far. Easy drinking but full flavored. Keeps enticing me back for more. I'd order another and buy a sixer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 17:23:51 | More by dfillius
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DNICE555

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the B

A - Hazy orange. Decent head. Crazy lacing. When I finished this beer the top half of the pint class was painted with lacing.

S - Smells sweet. Not much else going on here.

T - Didn't notice hops up front. Sweet at first. Then the hops chimed in. Very nice. Solid pale wheat ale.

M - Light, Smooth, Sexy, Medium carbonation.

D - I generally don't like wheat beers. Love this one. Very balanced. Can't believe it's 7.3%. Well Hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 02:13:56 | More by DNICE555
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Ezekiel81923

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a six-pack at Capone's. Pretty excited to try this one after all the hype. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Glowing golden color with some haze. 1 finger white foamy head rises and falls, leaving a thin layer on top. Some good carbonation flow up the side of the glass helps retain the head.

Smell: All hops. Citrus and Pine aromas from the hops as well as some orange/tangerine aroma's. Not much malt or wheat aroma.

Taste: Hops. Pretty much follows the aroma, with fruity hop flavors most of the way through. Some slightly toasted wheat backs up the hops a little, but Lagunita's, as usual, is letting the hops take the prize. Bitter finish with flavor of pine.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, but has a syrupy texture to it. Bitter carbonated finish. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: It was ok, but I like hops. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

Was sort of hoping for more of a pale wheat ale like it was supposed to be, and less of an IPA. Because if you didn't tell me what it was, that's what I would have guessed. Too bad Lagunita's couldn't lay off the hops a little, but I guess that's what they do. Still a good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 16:57:17 | More by Ezekiel81923
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