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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

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Reviews: 1,534
Hads: 8,215
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 427
Gots: 2,306 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.
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Photo of rrski198
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden color with medium white head. Good lacing.

S: Beautiful citrus and pine. Some great northwest hops here. Not over powering. very nice balance.

T: Very nice. Great balance and clean. Its an IPA, just feels lighter. Again, nice malt balance.

M: Good carbonation, coats the mouth nicely. Light, not overwhelming.

D: I could have quite a few of these!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a slightly hazy golden with an average white head. Aroma is epically hoppy and has an evergreen overtone, promising a seriously hoppy beer. (Because of this, I thought maybe I had actually had A Little Sumpin' Stoopid instead!) Flavor is seriously hoppy and has a firm tone of grapefruit. Texture is fairly fizzy and lively, leaving behind a nice tingle.

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Photo of nas5755
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A clear golden beer that poured out a frothy little beast of a head that just hung out throughout my entire glass, big clumps of lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose was floral hopes, tangerine citrus.

The taste was fantastic, hoppy citrus flavors, orange, grapefruit, lemon, huge floral notes, that lead into wheat flavors on with some piney hop resins on the finish.

Nice medium to medium light beer with a nice finish, good carbonation levels on the medium high side.

This is a great summer beer and something I could drink all season long.

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Photo of malty
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As this is a seasonal release, I'm assuming this is pretty fresh. I can't find any freshness date on the bottle or label.

Poured into my stemmed Anyinger tulip-style glass a glowing gold with brilliant clarity. A good amount of visible uprising carbonation sustains a bright white fluffy 1/2" head. Crazy amounts of splotchy and wide sheets of lace all the way down.

The nose on this baby screams luscious, fresh, oily glorious hops. It has a very similar nose to the Nugget Nectar I tried a few weeks ago. There's some sweet wheat malt going on under the hop assault, making it a little rounder and fruitier.

Man, this baby's got some stones in the hop department! And yes, there's that tamarind flavor I strongly detected in the Nugget Nectar AND in PtE. Warrior hops maybe? Anyway, it's very tasty. A bit savory & zesty with lots of unique character. The wheat malt bill on this (I'd bet) is a bit more substantial than most American Pale Wheat Ales as it's very soft and sweet. It's very hop forward and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is soft, airy and a shade heavier than light bodied. The ultra, ultra fine carbonation makes this a absolute sensory bullseye. The clean, flavorful dry and zippy finish is delightful.

Drinkability is crazy good. On a beautiful breezy 78F summer's afternoon, it's pretty much perfect.

Overall a fantastically hoppy refreshing Pale Wheat Ale. It's the West Coasts version of a FFF Gumball Head! The hop intensity and flavor is big, bright and clean. I'll definitely be heading back to the store where I bought this single and purchase a couple sixers for certain.

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Photo of jpro
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Griffon (21Aug10)... Poured a light honey gold into a shaker pint with a one-finger, gently poured head; good sheets of lace. Smell is dominated by tropical fruits, some citrus and peach rind. Taste is a good mix of sweet hops (pineapple, apricot, mango) and some drier grapefruit rind and peach rind on the finish. A touch of wheat / grain provides some malt balance, but hops are the focus of this beer. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing - an awesome summertime IPA - errr... "American Pale Wheat!" Haha - tastes like an IPA to me - just a little lighter in color and body (yet its abv is actually higher than Lagunitas IPA??). Really impressed by this one.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Yellow/golden color. Brighter than I originally expected.

Aroma: The aroma is my favorite part. A lot of citrus, especially grapefruit and orange. Honestly, I think I might like the aroma better than the taste.

Taste: More bitter than I expected, but in a good way... it is a good compliment to the rich citrus flavors. They didn't go over the top with the carbonation, which I liked a lot. Just a very smooth, slightly bitter taste that makes it easy to drink. I like the crispness of the after taste, which is rare with hoppy beers.

Overall: One of my favorite American Pale Wheat Ales to date. You've got to like the slight bitterness and the mix of citrus to enjoy this one. Very drinkable beer, perfect any time. Also, I should note that it tends to be more fragrant and taste better as it gets closer to room temperature.

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Photo of hughesm4
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.
a-It looks like a pale ale perhaps a little light with a very slight opacity.
s-Very full and balanced between citrus and cascade hops. Extremely strong, but not overpowering. This is the best quality of the beer.
t-There is a nice balance of hops, but cascade takes the lead. There is a nice, slight bitterness in the initial taste that switches to a very very light malty sweet aftertaste.
m/d-very light in the mouth and goes down really smooth. This is much more drinkable than I expected

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Photo of Bobbydigi
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one pours a crystal clear golden color, almost a morning pee yellow when held up to the light. Some white head with fair lacing.

S - WOW one of the best smelling beers I've had in a long time. Loads of hops, lots of grapefruit, oranges and other citrus fruits i can't put my finger on. Floral hops are present but more of a background note.

T - Just like the nose lots of hops, but very little bitter finish and a clean after taste. It Reminds me a lot of a fresh hop beer. I really don't get any wheat from this one at all though. I was actually surprised to see that it is listed as a pale wheat.

M - Very smooth and well carbonated.

D - I wish this beer was year around it would be one of my go to beer. Very well done.

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Photo of millikeith
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice gold color. Two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Left a single thin ring that left a little lacing here and there.

Smell: Grapefruit-dominant citrus that brings Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA to mind.

Taste: Piney and citrus hop awesomeness. Hard time placing malts, but they are less prominent. "straw-like" from another review is a good description.

Mouthfeel: Typical of an IPA. Refreshing amount of carbonation.

Love this delicious and very drinkable ale. They can call it whatever they want, but I'm calling it an IPA. Would love to see them make this a year-rounder.

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Photo of adam42381
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden honey color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Good lacing throughout.

Smell: Rich bouquet of pine, floral and citrus hops. Smells both sweet and bitter at the same time. Nearly perfect aroma.

Taste: Flavor is quite complex. Sweet hops up front followed quickly by a hint of sweet malt and citrus in the middle. The finish is mostly grapefruit and lemon rind. Aftertaste in all hoppy bitterness. Just delicious hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Perfect late summer beer.

Overall: Excellent beer. I wish this were around all year. If you see it, buy it.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to John @ Granite Liquors. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. A very pale yellow color with excellent clarity. Has a white head that starts thick, but ends up pretty thin. The thin layer skims the top of the liquid the whole time. Would've gone with a 3.5, but the lacing saved it. Sticks to the glass very well. The smell is awesome, extremely hoppy, well at least for the style. The citrus hops stand out, much like a well hopped APA or a slightly milder IPA. There are some malts that collaborate with the hops, so it finishes with a slight sweetness. The taste is good too, but a slight step down from the smell. Much like the smell, the hops are still the strong point. Tastes of grapfruit and citrus zest, providing a bit of an earthy bitter taste. The malts aren't as strong, but they start everything off with a sweet base. Can't completely figure it out, tastes like they are roasted, , maybe almost over-roasted. It's good, far more malts than many of this style, and the hop to malt ratio is great, however the bitterness to sweetness could be a little better. The mouthfeel has great body to it. I have found many APWA's to be very light, but this is a little closer to medium. My only knock on it is the bitterness comes out a little strong and there is a slight earthy bitter finish that could have been cleaner. Don't get me wrong, it's still great, just me being over-critical. Dispite how I whiny I sound about that I still find the beer very drinkable. Generally not a fan of this style but this ber has given me a healthy curiosity of it, I may try more. I'd definitely drink this more, especially in the summer.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass. Big sticky off white head sits atop a pale gold beer with perfect clarity. I expected a little haze has most beers of this style try to emulate true Hefeweizens. I can already tell this beer is doing its own thing.

S- Really really nice smell. It fills the room. Lemony, orangey, grassy, floral, sweet and wheaty.

T- Wow this stuff is good. I always heard it was but I didnt expect this much out of it. Nice balance between sweet citrus, spicy wheat and yeast and bittering hops. Starts out orangey and citrusy sweet with a touch of bitter rind. It breaks into snappy, grainy wheat and then into a nice even pine resin bitterness.

M- Good carbonation, nice smooth quenching body.

D- Wow, I need more of this stuff. This really is the ultimate summer APWA.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, sharp aroma of citrus, wheat, and hops.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, lemon, wheat, hops, a mild maltiness. Not quite in keeping with the typical American Pale Wheat Ale flavors, but still is very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This beer is not like others of the style - and that's a good thing. Drinkable.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as this brew is from the bottle, it is even more lush and tasty on-tap. Bready malts with nice wheat tang and massive citrus and floral hoppiness comes at you even fresher on-tap. The thick, coating mouthfeel is the best part of this brew. Drinkable for big-beer lovers and new-to-craft drinkers alike.

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Photo of beerhan
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an amazing beer to end my summer with. Sumpin' sumpin' is a phenomenal brew from lagunitas, probably the best thing they have made. Living in Ohio, this is the closest thing to gumballhead I have ever had and you can't go wrong with 8.50 pitchers of this. This is a delicious wheat beer with the finish of a very floral IPA. A nice thick head with a lovely earthy summer scent. Definitely one of the tastiest and most drinkable beers I have ever had.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber with an off white head that falls leaving a surface scum and oily lacing on the glass.

Wow, the aroma is all hops, bright citrusy grapefruity hops and little else.

In the wake of the aroma it's little wonder that the flavor follows suit. Bitter grapefruit all the way with a liberal splash of generic citrus and resin. As it warms the malt comes through just enough to provide a modicum of contrast to the hop presence as well as another edge of bitterness from the wheat. The malt is slightly sweet, lightly bready and a touch grainy. Alcohol is felt as a slight warming on the tongue.

The mouthfeel aproaches medium in body, very smooth with just enough carbonation to liven things up a bit.

Initially I did not think I would like this beer and I'm no stranger to liking hoppy beers but it was oviously a bit on the cold side initially. I warmed up to it as it warmed up and I now find a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' something indeed!

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Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color with a white two finger head with nice retention. The aroma has a lot of grapefruit and oranges in it. Smells really nice.

Tastes much like it smells. Nice grapefruit and orange flavors. Some sweet malt. A very nice flavor. Tastes more like and IPA than a Pale Wheat Ale. It smells and tastes like a very good IPA.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. There isn't much to say, except I like this beer a lot, and will be looking for it again.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stamped 17564713 if that means anything.

Served cool into the OSU pint glass, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' has a golden yellow color, great clarity, and a thick sticky white top. It settles slowly leaving a thin sheet of lace down the glass.

The aroma is especially hoppy and fresh. There is a great citrus burst that just smells fantastic. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit... you get the idea.

Flavor is also very enjoyable. It has a nice sweetness that helps to balance out the hop bitterness. That being said, it's one of those beers that seems really hoppy but never actually kills the palate.

The wheat base seems to give it a really smooth mouthfeel and light body.

Overall a wonderfully hoppy summer ale that I wish Lagunitas would make all year 'round.

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Photo of WOTO97
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had the pleasure of drinking this little fella in quite some time...mmm...tasty.

Great clarity and equally fine golden color. Head retention dies off a bit as expected, but the lacing is thick and foamy.

Lots of fruit on the nose: orange peel, pineapple, pear and green apple, some red grapefruit, maybe even a touch of apricot. As it warms the wheat comes through a touch; definitely some malt character as it reaches room temp.

Flavors don't disappoint. Lingering apple rinds on the back palate along with some light pineapple notes. Front is a citrus bomb...kaboom. Lemon, almost akin to lemonade, some bitter grapefruit as well. Definitely has a helluva hop bite throughout but most noticeably on the finish, especially for a wheat beer.

Body is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Nice carbonation on this one that lends well to summer sippin'. A bit of residual stickiness so you never forget those glorious hops.

Definitely a bit of a heavy hitter coming in a touch over 7%, but these are pretty easy drinking as far as the abv goes. The alcohol is definitely not pronounced here. Kick back, relax, and enjoy.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden/amber color, with a nice snow white colored head.

S - Fruity sweet smell at first (apples, greatfruit, maybe a little cherry IMO) good sweer malty aroma, and finishes up with a touch of hops.

T - Mild apple mixed with some citrus then like the smell finishes off with a mild hoppy bitterness.

M - Very light, flows well over the palate, leaves palate dry with a lingering bitter but sweet sensation.

D - Very deceiving brew, do not judge this beer after the first few sips, let it breathe for a little while and you will find that the flavors intensify. Overall a good beer, easy to drink and I am going to have another.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, 7.5% abv. Slightly hazy, bright golden color. Great airy off-white head. Great head retention. Excellent patches of lace.

Aroma is filled with citrusy goodness, with a slight pine edge. Hops are big and juicy here. Faint candy like malt in the background. Loads of juicy grapefruit sums it up.

Pale malt background really let's the malt shine. Some sweetness up front. Bitterness comes across very juicy, with a nice citrus feel. Not overly harsh on the bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, this is one drinkable brew. I love the juicy hop aroma and flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Held up the line in Whole Foods for 10 minutes in order to buy a single of this beer. Apparently they don't split 6-packs in SD? Tragic.

Anyhow it's been a while since my last Lagunitas, but I have high expectations.

Sumpin' pours neat and clear, classic amber color suggestive of the hoppiness to come. Seafoam head, swirl-worthy with fantastic lace and purely white.

So they're calling this a Wheat Ale... Hmm, definitely not detectable in the nose. Aroma is all hops, on the sour side of IPA, sweeter with warmth, really promising. There's something interesting going on here nose-wise that I can't quite put my finger on yet.

Wonderfully burning on the palate, quite caustic despite the low IBU's. Straight up citrus chunks of bitter with a pleasant bready softness in the mouth. As it warms the alcohol notes are very prominent, but still rather balanced by the bitter hops. I like the dry finish, it feels like this beer just instantly evaporates on your tongue.

Pretty heavy for a "Wheat Ale," but a nice long sippin' hoppy beer. I don't think this beats Maximus or IPA, but another solid entry that would be damn good on draft. Overall, I wish there was a bit more wheat character here. The abv might be nice a tad lower as well. Great choice of hops, but such recipes are getting easier and easier to pull off these days. Glad to try it.

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Photo of bound4er
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear golden copper appearance with a generous puffy white head and heavy lacing.

S. On one sniff I get citrus and pine hops with a funky soapiness. On the next smell I get malt. Pretty inviting aroma if not a bit subtle.

T. I don't get any wheat from this beer but so what - it tastes damn good regardless. The hops provide most of the upfront flavor - grapefruit and a dash of lemon followed by some cracker and then good finishing bitterness.

M. Light bodied with excellent carbonation.

D. In a word - chugable. Crisp, refreshing and light bodied with no hint of alcohol to be found. Is this really 7.3% ABV? Drinks like a 4% - 5% beer. I've gotta grab another 6 pack while the weather is still warm. Nicely done.

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Photo of rmolledo
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly more Copper than gold with a little white head.
nice Lacing.

S: Piney/Citrus hops. wheat malt.

T: like a mixture of orange peels and pine with an alcohol tingle. Spicy complexity possibly by the wheat malt used. toasted malts and floral hop after taste.

MF: very thick and slick for what I'm use to out of an IPA. slight Co2 tingle.

D: A good but very filling IPA. Alot going on flavor wise which is cool. You can tell it is 7.30%.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2010 vintage. I realize Lagunitas is not a brewery most beer geeks fawn over, but this is one of their more excellent beers, in my opinion.

I picked up a sixer in 2009, another two in 2010, and I'm considering making this a "caser" in 2011. Great stuff.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a generous 2 inches of off-white head. Retention is moderate, retreating over a few minutes into a clumpy film on the brew. Leaves thick register marks down the side of the glass.

S: Citrus, particularly lemon, but there's a slightly tangy component to it that suggests orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. A light dose of spice and some wheat.

T: In my opinion, it's an extremely hoppy version of the American Pale Wheat style, but that caters to my tastes. It starts off with lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple, but wheat kicks in so quickly that the bitterness remains muted and balanced. Wheat pulls through into the finish, where there is a lightly spicy earth and pine hop flavor. I pick up a grainy biscuit taste, as well.

M: Light-medium body. Carbonation is high and crisp. Very refreshing. It's an extremely hoppy wheat beer, but it doesn't feel nuts at all. It's not very dry. Good balance.

D: I'm impressed, somewhat despite myself. Not a style I follow, and I generally stick to Lagunitas' strong ales. They did a great job with this one. It costs more than their IPA around here, but I'm willing to pay that. Please, sir, may I have some more?

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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