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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: 1,505
Hads: 8,070
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 416
Gots: 2,124 | 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 cbak999
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was the over the top hop aroma. As soon as you pop the top, it hits you...that wonderful smell...

A - Pours into my Sam Adams special glass a crisp, yellow color. A nice white head, about 1/3 of an inch tops the beer.

S - HOPS! The smell is amazing! Piney and citrusy.

T - A bit sweet, but a real hop forward wheat IPA. I really like the taste of this as it's very close to several wheat IPAs that I have homebrewed.

M - Perfect carbonation...many CO2 bubbles rise to the top of the beer and this makes it sit very well in the mouth.

D - This is a great summer time IPA. Super smooth and nice bitterness. This is a favorite of mine and I am glad to hear that it's now been upgraded to a year round release. I will definitely be purchasing many sixers of this wonderful ale going forward! (841 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice clear yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappeared and barely left any lacing.

S:Tons of piney hops and pine resin blast my nose. Just taking a wiff from the bottle i knew this was going to be awesome.

T: This beer really reminds me of the first sip i had of Pliny. I was in awe of the smell and taste and this sort of takes me back in time. Piney hops resonate with the first sip. Not much malt presence to speak of. I love it.

M: Light carbonation, but that leaves a very smooth finish on the tongue. The bitterness lingers a bit but quickly dissipates, leaving you yearning for more

D: I could drink this very often, and dare i say at less than $2/bottle i can see this replacing a greater known beer. I dont know if its sessionable since its rather high in alcohol, but i can easily sip this on a warm day and let it get away from me. I will definitely buy this again, especially since they are threatening this as a limited release. BOOO! (982 characters)

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

I liked this beer at the beer on-tap. appearance nice head and lacing in a pint glass. this beer is pretty amazing I was very impressed by it and drank two glasses. the taste is creamy and good feel to it. It is pretty drinkable the alcohol is well hidden. (256 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear amber with a one finger off white head that fades quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

S-Sweet, earthy malt hits first, Citrus and Floral hops follow and become most prominent.

T-Follows the nose with slightly sweet malt, citrus and floral hops with just a touch of spice of some kind.

M-Medium body, slightly creamy and oily with a crisp carb bite.

D-Very drinkable. More than one is certainly possible. (419 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange color with a small white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S: A lot of citrus hops hit the nose. There is a little amount of citrus but the pine is the most prevalent.

T: The citrus hops hits the palate first and foremost. In the middle, there is a slight amount of caramel/bready malt but finishes strong with more citrus hops.

M: Leaves a bitter citrus hop residue on the palate.

D: As someone who enjoys citrus hops, this one was a great beer. I would and could certainly have multiple in a sitting despite the 7% ABV. (559 characters)

Photo of rwf08
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden straw color. Thin white head with some lacing.

S: Lots of fresh hop aroma. Mostly pine but citrus in there too. Sweet wheat in the back.

T: Good sweet wheaty malty taste with piney hops mixed in. Is nommers a flavor description?

M: It is on the fuller side with carbonation that keeps it light enough to be refreshing.

D: Easy to drink and delicious. Not my first choice for a summer beer but it is damn good. I wish this wasn't my last bottle. (464 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, its color is golden yellow with a small film of bubbles resting on top of the liquid. A rim of bubbles lines the sides and leaves the slightest lacing residue.

A flower like aroma is the prominent smell with a touch of skunky hops. An essence of lemon and pine exist within the hops with a crisp scent.

The beginning of the taste is mildly malty where the only resemblance of wheat exists. The rest of the sip reminds me of an IPA. Lemon, flowery-pine hops lend a crisp light balance to the malt profile. This is pretty darn good.

Light to medium in the mouth, this doesn't hold the weight a typical 7% brew has.

Very drinkable, in fact I would like another after this one. (700 characters)

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

12oz poured into a tulip

A. Light copper. A little lighter colored than a normal IPA. The head recedes fairly fast and almost no lacing.

S. Very piny and some fruit notes. A little citrusy.

T. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, hops, a little sweet and a little malt.

M. Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied.

D. Very drinkable, I could drink these all day and I plan to.

Notes: This beer is fantastic, it has the lightness and crispness of a wheat, but the flavor profile of an IPA. Pick this limited release up. (518 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, light golden hue with a nice head, and even better lacing.

Aroma is incredibly floral, full of sweet hop nectar.

Lightly bitter, with a big juicy hop punch. More tropical and fruity than the aroma. The half-wheat malt bill provides a lot of unoffensive fermentability, and adds lot of smoothness to the mouthfeel. There's a bready base, but nothing more than that in terms of malt flavor. Lightly creamy mouthfeel, with ideal medium-low carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable and refreshing hoppy ales I've ever had.

This beer has fifty percent wheat in the malt bill, but it's dry hopped like an IPA. This is a beer designed to let the hops shine through, and it does so beautifully. Delicious. (722 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a nice clear bright orange with a dense white head. Loads of bubbles stick to the glass, great head retention

S: loads of aromatic piney hops up front, some sweet and earthy malts, this has a similar malt profile of some other Lagunita's brews (i.e. IPA, Maximus, Censored) paired with a strong aromatic hop profile.

T: the front features hops with a lot of bitterness, this is then taken over by some earthiness and a dash of spice. Not picking up many wheat flavors.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this one drinks nice for a 7.4 % wheat beer. It comes off much more as an IPA than a pale wheat, but it is tasty either way. (683 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this out of a tulip. Lagunitas always impresses so I figured I'd give this one a try...

A: pours yellow-orange, some lacing and minimal head

S: California hops through and through

T: grapefruit, pine, hops on the front, sweet malt on the back end, maple syrup. Bitter finish that doesn't linger too long, hops and sweet stay with you

M: thick, decently carbonated, alcohol is well masked considering the high abv

D: I'm bored by this, no suggestion of the wheat. Though it's very drinkable like all of Lagunitas' beers, if I were to have to blind taste test this against another hoppy Lagunitas beer I'm not sure that I could tell the difference. It's pretty much just like any other strong IPA. (706 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Clear golden body with an inch of frothy white foam on top from a hard pour. Head dies down to a somewhat bubbly cap of foam on top. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of honey and bread malts. Some fruity notes and citrusy hops.

Cereal, wheat bread and honey malts. Some fruity yeast notes that quickly give way to piney and citrusy hops that add a nice balance at the back end. Lasting bitter finish.

Clean, medium bodied, creamy and assertive carbonation.

An easy drinker indeed. Pretty IPA like for an American pale wheat ale, but I still dig it. (573 characters)

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

A-Somewhere in between wheat yellow and burnt amber.The liquid is very slightly hazy. The head is fluffy, pretty, and retains quite well. This beer has textbook lacing. Overall quite attractive.

S-Smell is better than expected. Surprisingly stiff hop aroma. Tropical fruits and a well integrated malt. Smells like an American IPA

T-Such a brilliant taste. Exceeded expectations. Very happy with this brew. Delicious light malty side is overpowered by the hoppy explosion. Very very tasty. Juicy tropical fruit flavors are stressed on the palate. Light spicy flavor rounds out the taste.

M-Well carbonated. Light bodied. Surprised by the hop factor. Seems too light to pack such flavor. The brew is not overly bitter but the tropic taste sticks and clings to your tongue.

D-Drinks like a dream. The surprisingly high ABV is hidden masterfully. This is supposedly a wheat ale? More like a sassy IPA. Love it. I think, and have had agreeing conversations with peers that this beer is great for both the beer-pros and the newbies. If this was presented to me before I began to experiment with craft beer, this would have absolutely changed my life. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured ontap into a pint glass. Solid fingers worth of foam. Lots & lots of lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, orange marmalade. Fruity. Hoppy.

Taste: Pine. Sweet malt (wheat malt). Something else is there, tropical and faint. Mango? Hoppy but surprised by the fruityness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Low Carbonation.

Drinkability: Average to good. Simple flavors, a bit one dimensional, but good nonetheless. I like the tropical element to this beer. (455 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale amber color with a white bubbly head filling the rest of the glass. The head faded fairly quickly but clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a juicy, tropical hop presence to it. It has some notes of pineapple, mango, and peach to it . Just a hint of wheat seems to come through.

The taste also shows a lot of tropical hoppy flavors. Peach seems to be the most pronounced with some pineapple and grapefruit coming through as well. A little bready malt provides a base for all the hoppyness. Some bitterness comes through in the finish balancing out the sweet hoppiness that showed up front. I love tropical hop flavors like this one, and this one is very well done.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is very good, I loved the tropical citrus flavors the hops had. Excellent beer overall and one of my new summer favorites. (965 characters)

Photo of berpwillie
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slight hazy copper color with spare head, spare lacing, and lively carb. fruity grapfruit smell, taste is much the same, very crisp and piney as well. light body, average flavor duration, and a slightly bitter finish. very crisp and refreshing. seems like a lot of lagunitas beers have a something very similar to them, and this one was no different,but still very good. (378 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not as expected at all. Poured pure yellow with a white foamy head. Expected darker or hazier

S - Mostly hops but small bit of wheat a pislner malt sort of smell. Ok hope it's hoppy.

T - Well it met my exceptions as being a pretty hoppy brew but with a name like Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale I expected more than little flavor. Mostly taste like orange rinds and pine with no real citrus or grapefruit undertones.

M - Light to medium bodied. Drinkable.

D - Well I love Lagunitas but it seems only for their big beers. Their IPA doesn't seem hopped enough and this was just a hopped up pale ale. Pretty bland yet still love the company. (634 characters)

Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy light orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head.

S- Oranges, peaches, grass, and strawberries. Not super aromatic, but it is enjoyable.

T- Oranges, grass, fruit, and a touch of alcohol.

M- Bitter and dry with a creamy amount of carbonation.

D- A very well made beer and drinks rather nicely. (322 characters)

Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saw this beer was gettin a lot of hype on BA, some people calling it the #1 summer beer of 2010, so I went ahead and bought a sixer. First bottle:

A: Into a pint glass, massive head immediately develops--I had to slow down just to keep it in the glass. 1/2 cap has great retention and produces massive lacing. Beautiful golden sparkly color is exactly what I look for in a summer beer.

S: Wheat, hops, pale malt. The mix of citrus and grassy hops complements the wheat smells very nicely.

T&M: Exceptionally smooth and refreshing taste. Begins with peppery hops, middle is lots of wheat and a strong malt body, finish is all citrusy hoppage. I love a beer that can up the IBUs without drowning out the malt, and this beer does it perfectly. Only downside is the feel, which as suggested by the pour is highly carbonated and takes away from the taste a little, but makes it even more refreshing and drinkable.

D: Dangerously high. If I had discovered this masterpiece sooner slash if it had come to Portland sooner it would've been my summer session beer. (1,058 characters)

Photo of tfield
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass

A - Bright gold, with a finger or so head. Decent lacing.

S - Tropical fruits (my wife swears its mango) with some spicy hops scent as well.

T - Peppery hops surrounded by grapefruit and citrus flavors. Not much malt to balance, the the hops flavor stands alone just fine.

M - light, well-carbonated, crisp and clean.

D - I could down a few of these easily. Easy to drink and enjoy with just about any meal. (470 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, copper/gold in color, with a nice, fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Fragrant boquet of piney, juicy, citrussy hops
Taste-Hopheads delight! Delicious onrush of juicy grapefruit and tangerine, followed by a tantalizing hop bite that teases the tastebuds into willing supplication.
Overall, wonderfully aromatic, balanced, snappy and tasty. Hard to stop at just one. A fine match for a cheeseburger with the works. One of my favorites from Lagunitas. Don't hesitate, buy that sixer! (or case) Truly an outstanding brew. (580 characters)

Photo of BarrelO
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Surprisingly clear light orange body. Giant pillowy head with great retention and tons of lacing.

S: Tropical fruit bowl with a bit of pine. Absolutely heavenly.

T: Lots of grapefruit. Maybe a bit of pineapple. Plenty of bitterness, but it's matched nicely by the malt.

M: Medium-bodied. Not really syrupy like a lot of IPAs. Enough carbonation to keep it from feeling too heavy.

D: An outstanding IPA. It's well-balanced but still packs a punch. Highly recommended. (512 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting a long time to try this one... Didn't think this one was ever going to find its way to PA this summer...

A - Three fingers worth of dense yet fluffy slightly off-white head with a rocky top... Excellent retention... A clean light gold color with a slight orange hue... Loaded with lively swirling carbonation that starts off at a moderate pace and accelerates to a blistering pace...

S - A very sharp hoppiness... Grapefruit is the dominate player, but there are notes of lemon, orange zest, and some tropical fruits... Perhaps a bit of pine... The malt base lies deep within and revolves around pale malts and bread...

T - The hops are still at the forefront, but don't dominate the palette the way the do the aroma... The hops take on a slightly more piney nature... Cracker and pale malts compliment the hops perfectly... This is a tasty one...

M - Medium bodied... Ultra lush... Ultra creamy... Clean, crisp, and super satisfying... Just the slightest carbonated kiss... Near perfection...

D - Wow... This is quite an awesome brew... Insanely quaffable... I couldn't put my glass down before wanting another sip... (1,138 characters)

Photo of begforme4484
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with an orange hue. Small off-white head that recedes with medium lacing.

Smells very balanced. There are some fruity notes on top of a bready malt base with piney hop backing.

Taste is sweet breadyness. Nice citrus notes and a tad bitter on the finish.

Clean beer, and easy to have more than one.

Only downside is it reminds me very heavily of Wilco Tango Foxtrot. Except in appearance. (412 characters)

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

Pours a mostly clear golden color with foamy two finger white head, blobs of lace. Smell: lots of pineapple and grapefruit, honeyed biscuit. Taste: pretty serious bash of grapefruit and pineapple, fades to a sweet pale malt with a hint of melon, maybe some wheat in the tangy finish. Mouthfeel: prickly, active carbonation but fairly light and refreshing. This would be the best pale wheat ever. Still pretty damn good as an IPA, would be 4/4.5/4.5/4/4. (453 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.