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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

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: 1,598 | Ratings: 8,528
Photo of Goliath
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with a two inch off white head sitting on top. There is decent head retention and a bit of spotty lacing.

The aroma is great. Hops. Citrus and pine. Simple and delicious.

The taste is ok. Again, citrus and pine. Not a whole lot else going on. As a matter of fact, it's such a familiar flavor profile that I feel like I've had this beer a thousand times before.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery with a very small carbonation presence.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is nice, but the ABV is getting towards the high end which limits intake. Overall not a bad beer, just not very unique.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On at tap at Bodega on the patio, a server's suggestion that was right on the head, served in a pint glass. A lightly clear with good retention and lacing...The aroma is nothing special, pretty light honey a little hops on the back. Easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of droomyster
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden body with a small white head that lasts for about two minutes. The nose is predominantly hoppy, with a lot of orange and lemon citrusy notes and whispers of floral aromas. Tastewise, the front and mid-palates are remarkably balanced. The malts are caramelly in nature and the hops are consistent with the nose. The hops don't dominate until the finish, which is pretty quick and dry. Not the boldest of it's style, by any means, but one of the most easily drinkable all on its own.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear golden yellow, one finger of white head retained well, nice lacing remained
S - hops of floral, perfume, and spices, light roasty malt, and hints of berry
T - perfume and floral hops up front, sweet berries, coriander, and light orange zest
M - medium carbonation and light, with a spicy bitter that you feel in your nostrils, drys a little with lingering hop bitter
D - great mix of flavour complexity with a hop feature that I always enjoy, the 7.5% ABV is well concealed, and the bitter leaves me thirsty, Lagunitas does it again!

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Photo of CPeterson
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -- Pours a clear golden with a nice head and lacing.

S -- Tropical fruits and citrus come to mind, and the hops are easily detectable.

T -- Definitely a hoppy beer, citrus and fruit character backed by bitterness with a strange foundation of sweet malt and wheat that play off each other in an interesting way. Smooth and sharp.

M -- Smooth up front and a dryness on the back.

D -- I would say that this is a solid brew that would be worth a repeat.

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

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a slightly hazy dark hay color with a slightly rocky white head. Nice fresh citrus aroma, with a lot of lemon. Good flavor of refreshing citrus and hop spice. There's a bit of wheat at the finish. Light-bodied with light carbonation. Overall this is neither an IPA nor a wheat beer, but something very in-between, though leaning towards the IPA. It is really refreshing, which I like, and easy to drink. Could be a good introduction to hops for wheat beer lovers, or a nice "staycation" for IPA lovers.

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Photo of jrosene
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love(d) this beer.

Almost turned me away with the Pale Ale title, but this is not your dad's pale ale.

The Hops they incorperate come through in a unique way and Lagunitas has a little sumpin sumpin going on here.

One of my new favorites. This has become and now will become my new summer beer.

Price is right, taste is right, and everything just works right for this brew.

Well done.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale and hazy light orange with a small head that leaves lacing some of its larger brothers would be jealous of.

S - Smells light and sweet. Bubblegum and pineapple come to mind. I feel hops are going to be the main course here.

T - Heavily sweet malts bring tropical hops to the front to linger on the tongue for a while. Some smoothness from the wheat and a mix of fruits sort out the back end.

M - Creamy for the style. Tingly coating all over the mouth.

D - The tingle of the hops make this one a little less refreshing than other brews of this style. Still, very tasty and I could down a few.

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Photo of newk340
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a blended golden amber with a thin head and visible carbonation.

S: fresh scents of pine and citrus, a rather sweet smelling ale.

T: a sizzle of sweet hops and lemon, very little bitterness to this ale, flavors recede quickly.

MF/D: very light on the tongue, short lasting, but excellent for a summer afternoon session.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice sized white head. Great head retention and lacing. Darker golden yellow, like a malt liquor.

Smell: Sweet and fruity hops. Grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Citric hops and a light body. Alcohol is a little noticeable.

This beer is heavy on the hops and alcohol and light on the malts, like many popular California brews. If that's your thing you'll like this beer.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Working on my third case of this one, its about time to review it. This is a killer session beer. Delicious fruity wheat underneath a rush of tangy and piney hops. Crisp and refreshing, leaves you wanting more every time you sip it. Nice light golden color, head is ok, froths up nicely at first and quickly dissipates. Fresh hoppy punch on initial taste followed by a sweet pineapply mid palate and dry crisp finish. Cant get enough of it. Drink it fresh.

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Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a darker straw yellow with a very bready-looking 3 finger head

S - smells of crisp, grapefruity hops with a touch of pine; there is also a wheat and caramel malt presence

T - a little different from the nose. Starts off with some bready and wheaty malts (I got caramel in the nose) that fades to piney hops (the nose made me anticipate citrus). There is also a bit of a sweet floral taste throughout.

M - medium body with smooth carbonation. Well above average mouthfeel.

D - this is not your run-of-the-mill wheat beer. Very hoppy with some nice malt flavors that help make this a little more complex. Too bad I only bought one of these - I wish more were on the shelf.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel.

A - Looks like liquid wheat in a glass. Nice pale golden ale. Poured with very little head and trace amounts of lacing.

S - Very sweet smell. Has a citrus smell of orange, grapefruit and tangerines.

T - Tastes nothing like it smells. Has a strong bitter taste that immediately hits the palate. A strong hoppy taste as well.

M - Ok. It is the type of beer that wipes away all taste immediately. Leaves a bitter almost metallic taste. It's has about a medium mouthfeel.

D - Not for me but if you like this style I am sure its drinkable as it is very light. The hoppy taste will really sit well with that crowd.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Richly hoppy, fresh and delicious offering.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Retro Lagunitas label with the 50´s pin-up like woman sitting on top of the the name. Notes "limited release" and has a framed narrative about current events, the crisis, and how to go about celebrating with the brew, including a somewhat cliché ending. It has a batch number on the neck but lacks any best by or bottling date. Shows IBUs (64.20) OG (1.076), and Alc. by Vol. (7.5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold to pale amber pour, rich frothy head, with good retention, nice surface memory and rich splashes of lacing.

S - Rich hoppy nose, resin, grapefruit, fresh and inviting presence.

T - Tuned with the aroma, long and rich hoppy sense, grapefruit, resin, distinct hoppy Lagunitas sense as the brew progresses. Malty and wheaty sense are buried as a distant foundation under the hoppy currents, maybe not so prominent in the flavor but giving it a nice easy flow.

M - Medium body with medium/high carbonation and a nice bitter uplift to the finish.

D - If one enjoys the rich hoppy profile of this wheat offering this flows like a charm. Delicious.

Notes: Another remarkable Lagunitas offering, this is certainly highlighting their dexterity with hoppy profiles and on this one they are really delivering a master lesson. And as always the price/quality ratio is remarkable, what is there not to like?

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Photo of claminat420
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a transparent amber/golden color with a solid white head. medium lacing.

S- just like some cascade/ centennial hops with the lightest sweet malt.

T- just how it smells. the alcohol is very well hidden. damn good brew.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- doing shots and still knockin a 6 pack back!!

Overall- to me this brew is better than the little sumpin extra pale ale. i did a couple shots from hard luck candy ( MADE IN MI!!!) root beer barrel vodka and still managed to knock down 5 out of the 6 pack. i will prolly do one more shot and finish the 6. even tho i'm hammered i will say this is prolly lagunitas best brew. but i still haven't had the maximus ipa.

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Photo of kaidasz
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was the summer beer of choice. i was overtaken (in a good way) by the citrus/grapefruit scents at first. then comes the creamy smooth texture of this monster. i have to say this is my favorite summer beer of all time. will await the year round releas as some have posted. great job lagunitas!

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Photo of movingtrain
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a straw yellow, light copper color. There is a nice carbonation to the beer, and a small, white head floating on top.

In the aroma there are notes of caramel, bitter fruity (citrus), pine needles, white pepper, rolled oats, and apple.

Man, that is a tasty ale. Full of the right kind of flavors. There is a really nice hop balance in this beer...fruity and bittersweet. There are notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of a wheat cracker taste to balance out the hops. There is some excellent flavor in this one.

Overall, an excellent beer. The flavors here are complex and fruity. The style is marked as a "wheat" beer, which it may be...but all flavor signs point to an IPA, and a well-done one at that.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky as heck to find this on tap in MN, but I'll give credit to Old Chicago for that. This beer plus appetizers = heaven.

I can't believe I'm reading this is an APWA, after having tasted it. For sure would've guessed APA, just because of the blast of grapefruit/citrus and the hoppiness in both the smell and taste.

Being a Lagunitas, I expected something hoppy, and they don't disappoint when they brewed up a little sumpin' sumpin' of an ale.

Pours a bit darker than most pale wheats, and displays good carbonation. I had no idea about the 7.3% ABV rating -- it just gets lost behind the wall of hops, much like the "wheat" part of the flavor.

Certainly a game changer in the 'Pale Wheat Ale' category... though I would never call it that, as it's neither pale nor at all wheaty.

Another great one from Lagunitas.

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

Citrus, grapefruit, lime, caramelized pineapple, pine sap; very floral and enticing. I would guess Amarillo, Cascade, or Centennial hops or some combination of them were used.

Medium amber hued with one finger of fluffy white head. The head actually exhibits complete Brussels lacing and is completely clear which only makes the desire to sip on this beer stronger.

Grass and grapefruits upfront with a wheat snap middle. Surprisingly bitter upfront considering I was expecting the malt to catch my taste buds first. Ends refreshingly crisp and tongue drying; salty, mineral water. Medium to high carbonation, and yet creamy.

Definitely a hop focused wheat that while not overpowering or harsh in regards to hop usage, a bit too salty and tongue drying for my liking. In any event, a thirst quencher for sure.

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

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this following the Dark spirits brewsession on the sunday before labor day. Poured from the 12oz chilled into a tulip

A - A very clear golden w/ a marigold dark shade w/ thick frothy white cap which settles to a bead ring.

S- the aroma is very hoppy w/ lots of pine esters and a subtle wheat aroma in the nose w/ mild stone fruit accent in the yeast ester

M - A lighter medium body w/ slightly bitter texture and moderate carbonation with mild acidity/astringency w/ a semi-dry finish

T - All about the hops, the flavor has a strong pine hop flavor w/ wheat cohesion. I would guess this is a c hop brew, maybe centennial or columbus with mild astringency in the flavor. The tang of yeast is gentle and completes the flavor w/ a tinge of citrus rind and grassy notes in the finish

D - A Tasty end of summer selection, thanks again tb69! I wanted to try this for a while, I think it is an IPA in wheat beer clothes basically, but plenty of west coast hop in this tasty wheat.

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Photo of musicman575
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

62 IBU's and 7.5% alcohol. I guess you expect that from a super sweet and hoppy beer. It's very fragrant (citrus, floral) with a pale, slightly copper color. The head doesn't last long at all. Don't even bother with a swirl or high pour. All you'll get is a flatter beer rather than a nice foam. It's powereful sweet side works well to cut through spicy food.

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

a- Poured a clear golden color which surprised me because this is a wheat beer. 2 finger width frothy off white head is short lived.

s- Aroma is kinda hoppy, most impressive is the tropical fruit flavor. Theres a hint of honey in the nose.

t- Oh, this is nice! Hops come through pretty well but i'd say the sweet maltiness puts up a good fight. This reminds me of bell's Oberon, but this is more hoppy.

I love the newiish trend of these summer pale wheat ales having more alcohol. I usually stay away from these, but this is great. This is not your typical "refreshing" pale wheat.

mf/d- This has body! Feel is prickly and kinda smooth. A few of these would go down just fine!

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

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into a tulip.

A - Light orange and golden body, brilliant clarity for any beer let alone a wheat, dense foamy head persists and leaves sticky lace on the way down.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest blended with a sweet malt "cracker" aroma.

T - Substantial bitterness is balanced by a fresh bread malt body. Citrus hops flavor of green apple, lemon, grapes, and some orange oil. Malt presence is noted as some alcohol warmth, but not hot... If this was given to me in a blind taste test, I'm guessing American IPA every time. Very little wheat presence noticed, and I'm OK with that here... :P

M - Moderate to light bodied, high carbonation, crisp finish and dry.

D - Medium to high even with the +7% ABV. Not normally a fan of many "wheat" offerings, but this is an IPA with some wheat in it, so I'm loving it!

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Photo of CBlack85
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mac's Speed Shop-Steele Creek, served in a pint glass

This beer is a very clear orange/light amber color. A fairly dense, tall, off white head recedes slowly, completely coating the glass with sticky lacing.

Overwhelmingly orange zest and grapefruit. Just a huge blast of citrusy hops. Really quite a beautiful aroma. Nearly smells like an IPA. I honestly get no hint of the wheat malt. Quite mouthwatering...

The taste is sweet and bready/bicuity. The initial sip blasts the tastebuds with orange zest, red grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. There is also a small biscuity/bready malt profile. I don't get any of the wheat malt at all in the flavor. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The beer finishes sweet and slightly dry.

This beer really blew me away when I first tried it, and I was pumped to find out that they recently added this to thier year round line up. Great effort by the guys at Lagunitas

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Looks a little light and adjuncty from first impressions; goldish yellow with a pure, white fizzy head. Nice lacing for the duration of consumption though.

S: Big blast of citrus hops and crackers with honey malt. Clean smell is surprisingly deep and complex for a beer of this style. I get lots of floral notes and a fresh baked bread note in there.

T: Pure excitement on the tongue. First comes a wave of citrus & floral hops, followed by a refreshing wheaty, lemony taste. The middle is pure cracker malt and sourdough bread. Finishes like a bouquet of all things mixed together, leaving not a trace of anything bitter behind.

D: Although this is not a style that I frequent, this is definitely the best of its kind that I've had.

Value: You sure get what you pay for with these Lagunitas beers.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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