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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
BEER INFO

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: 1,605 | Ratings: 8,575
Photo of greengorilla
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a brunescent orange color with a white head.

The scent is off the charts with the hops and awesome.

The taste is pretty darn good, but not as great as I expected from the scent.

The mouthfeel is good and the drinkablility is great. This is a great beer.

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Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue into a pint glass with a minimal head. The evident smells are light, floral hops. The taste is upfront hops, without being overwhelming. Somehow this beer manages to be both light and hoppy, a rare breed in my experiences. The hop bitterness is not to the extent of an IPA, but the hop flavor is prevalent. This could easily be a session beer, and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another wonderful label from the folks at Lagunitas. Alas we are not to judge a beer by its cover..err label. Sumpin' Sumpin' pours a nice crystal clear gold. Things are topped off by two fingers worth of bone white head. The head eventually settles to a ring. A fair amount of lace is left in its wake.

Sumpin' Sumpin's nose packs a nice wallop. The aroma is definitely hop centric. Sweetened grapefruit strikes first. Some light lemon notes hit as well. Some faint herbal/pine notes rounds things out. Malt comes through only as to sweeten the citrus notes.

This brew definitely hits as hop centric on the palate as well. The sweetened grapefruit in the nose strikes with a bit more pungency. Some sweet herbal notes are present as well. The malt is more pronounced on the palate. Some pale wheat notes, with a light toastiness make up the malt. The finish is sweet with a long lingering herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

A little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale brings some much needed interest to an American pale wheat beer. The hops are ever-present, but never overpowering. The alcohol is kept well in check. While definitely a sweet beer, it never goes syrupy. Kudos to Lagunitas for another tasty hop heads brew.

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Photo of JDH2000
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at RFD in Washington, DC. Review from notes.

A- nice clear, golden/honey color with about a half finger of head. Head dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S- nice, strong hops smell to make any hophead swoon. The hops lean towards the fruity (melon, peach) side.

T- again, the hops hit you up front and really linger. Not much bitterness, the hops are all aroma and flavor. Behind that is a nice smooth wheat malt.

M- I was a bit surprised by how smooth and refreshing this was. Also, it hides the 7.3 abv really well.

D- I could drink these all night!

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

This beer really surprised me. I was thinking--"Pale Wheat Ale? Probably not my style," but this one delivered, much like Gumballhead. Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a bit of white head. Smell is big on the hops, like a wheat IPA, kind of. Big leafy and piney hops. Taste is similar, some nice wheat malt notes backed by some serious hops. Light bodied, nicely carbonated, definitely an enjoyable take on the style. Good drinkability, though the ABV is a bit high for the style. Alcohol is nicely masked however. Good work here from a consistently decent brewery.

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Photo of Chaney
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, cloudy orange with about 1/4 inch head and a generous amount of carbonation.

S: Grapefruit sizzle, with a sweet quality that is very reminicent of "Sweet Tarts. Yummy!

T: Hoppy, but it doesn't have the upfront Cascade bitterness of an IPA. Yep.... Definitely a wheat based beer.

M: Sweet, but not sugary or syrupy at all. I actually find it very light on the palate.

D: 7.5 ABV huh? The alcohol burn is absent and this one is just flat out delicious!

Overall: "Gumballhead" .... you now have a run for your money!

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Photo of carpezytha
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chardonnay glass at 50 F

A: Clear golden/honey color with good head which retreats reluctantly to reveal nicely stratified lace.
S: Pine, chestnut, hay,
T: Not too hopped up, very well balanced bitterness.
M: Lively carbonation, smoothly balanced, medium bodied.
D: Good session beer for summer.

I am not a hop head by any means, but I do try to be as open minded as possible about very hoppy beers. Tony seems to have found a great balance in this beer which allows someone like me to enjoy the full hop flavor without being overwhelmed by it. Which is incredible in a beer at 64 IBU. Kudos to job well done.

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Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a super clear amber orange color with a thick finger of off-white foamy head with decent retention. Dies to a small collar and leaves behind rings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Hops are the focus here. Fruity, citrusy aromas up front with some hints of pineapple and just a tiny bit of pine. Malts are hidden by the hops almost totally with just a slight contribution of breadiness and a mild wheaty/grainy aroma.

T - As with the aroma, the hops are the focus. Big hits of grapefruit with a bit of orange and some pineapple. Bitterness is higher than most other pale wheat ale's I've had. This seems to be more of an IPA than anything else. Malt character is low - only minor contribution from the wheat, giving a bit of a graininess and some hints of breadlike flavor too - but totally in the background.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation level, prickly/tingley on the tongue. Lingering hop bitterness, maybe just a bit sticky and resiny.

D - Very enjoyable beer...more IPA than pale wheat ale. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness...hard to beat as a companion to spicy food. Would be easy to have a couple more of these.

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Photo of arrogant
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at selma's pizzariea in rancho santa mararita.
Deep gold color, but just something I wasn't too crazy about, although it was still very good.
Orange citrusy, with a hidh level palate hit, but wasn't a good pairing with the pesto chicken pizza. Had a hops head after this that was much better.

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Photo of leedorham
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a sexy dame on it.

A - A very pale orange in color with a 1 finger white head. Very clear.

S - The hop aroma on this beer is outstanding. Big fruity, citrusy aroma that is impossible to miss.

T - Very fruity. Picking up sweetness, tangerine, honeydew, with a bit of acidity in the background.

M - Carbonation is a bit high, but I suspect that enhances the aroma so I can forgive.

D - This is 7.3% abv? It drinks like 4%. Very easy drinker.

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Photo of imwalle
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange with a white one finger head.

Taste: HOPS. that is the first thing that comes to tongue. it is followed by a tropical note.

Smell: Hops yet again, like an IPA

Mouthfeel: Just like an IPA

Drinkability: a very drinkable beer that is slightly dry. i would love this beer in the summer or early spring.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Drinks Over Dearborne on our recent trip to Chicago. Thanks for the chat Mike!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thinner looking white head with decent retention. Orange in color with medium carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a thin film with immediate clingy lacing. Slight ring remains but leaves minimal to no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, sweet melon, and hints of butterscotch. An interesting combo and bold enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Pale malts, and sweet melon and toffee as well. Some butterscotch shows up through the middle, leading into a citrusy, bitter hop finish. A mild aftertaste of toffee, butterscotch and bitter hops. Some citrus and grapefruit in there as well. Not getting any wheat in there, but what I am getting is interesting and tasty for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and a little light on the palate. Creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable beer for sure. A more persistent and fuller head would help the look of this one, but the other aspects were very nice. It's listed as a pale wheat ale, but there's nothing wheat-like about it. It's kind of an ultra ESB crossed with an American IPA. This one is a little different than the norm, and I'm glad I picked one up on a whim. Recommended.

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Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little Sumpin' sumpin' ale--Limited Release 2009--12 oz. Bottle. 7.30% ABV-64.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial? Lacy dense white head. Clear bright soft gold color. Creamy floral hop soft malt front. Cloying creamy mellow sweet malty caramel sourdough mild fruit body. Smooth hot hop spice cloying bitter malt end. Tasty & smooth, but Odd malt notes like a cream ale? Sampled 11/5/2009. 6-Pack--$9.29

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Little Sumpin' sumpin' ale--Limited Release--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 64.20 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Pale Ale. Thin thin lace white head. Clear bright thin gold color. Lagunitas standard hop profile mild floral flowery front. Mild sweet slightly creamy rich golden cream ale pale ale tangy fruit hint crisp body. Tangy mild hop spice end. Hoppy Cream Ale? Sampled 8/25/2010. 6-Pack $9.79.

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden light orange with a white, foamy cap that builds up to a nice size. Retains pretty well at one finger. Good rings of lace randomly places on the glass.

S- Hops up front. They lend great tropical fruit notes (peach) and a good amount of citrus. Great aroma strength, all hops but I could sniff them for hours. Really like an orange mashed into a peach. Light caramel malt after some time.

T- West Coast pine and citrus hops, the fruit fades somewhat; a good hop profile nonetheless. Grainy/biscuity light caramel malt provides the backdrop for strong hops. Grapefruit for sure.

MF- Solid, moderate body with a decent creaminess. Carbonation is on the high side. Bitterness is moderately high.

DB- A rerfreshing beer. The pine hops and citrus become somewhat out of check as time goes by. The nose is great but the taste is a bit of a let down compared to it. Good beer, but it joins the fruit hop aroma to pine-zest taste club.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean yellow/ orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma grapefruity citrus hops. In the taste, citrus grapefruity hops and orange juice like, a bit sticky sweet. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel and a semi dry grapefruity citrus aftertaste. Nice hops and hides ABV, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, light gold color with a thick and creamy cap of white-ish foam. Retention is good, as is the lacing. A pretty beer, no doubt.

Nose is citrus, onion and pine hoppiness with maybe a hint of snappy wheat. Really though, this is a hop forward beer and it shows in the aroma. Unfortunately similar to many other Lagunitas offerings and does nothing new to differentiate itself from the pack.

Resinously hoppy grapefruit juice with a light wheaty malt background...what a surprise. While it is a good beer, I am becoming increasingly bored with hoppy Lagunitas offerings that seem like the same shit over and over again. Where is the originality? Innovation? I just dont see it from a brewery I still admire for doing great beers, but damn, change it up a little, please?!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Independent Bar in St. Petersburg. Enjoyed on a lovely evening after a nice theater show (Conor McPherson's [fekkin'] The Seafarer), and I happened to run into no less than three great long-lost friends to boot. I eventually recommended Sumpin Sumpin to the friends as I encountered them variously, all agreed that it smelled and tasted like the orangebud or kush and that it was totally phenomenal. My lady and I crushed a few pints and heartily agreed.

I have previously referred to LSS as the poor-man's Gumballhead. I am thinking that I may've been selling this delectable brew short of its due. It is awesome in its own right.

A - It has the look of a nice IPA.

S - It has the aroma of a phenomenal IPA.

T - The flavor is exceptionally hoppy. Where the wheat makes its contribution is anyone's guess. Big grapefruit and pine zestiness are expansive. This beer is delectable.

M - IPA. Good. Wait, this isn't IPA? Forgot...

D - If this beer is around, and you opt for something else... well, I'd like to know what that is.

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

Picked up a six pack of this brew at my local Whole Foods Market...Poured into a standard pint glass (Butte Creek pint glass)...

Not much smell, a little bit of hops
Not much head, need to try on tap
Straw-blonde color, fairly clear
Very light on the malt, just a tad bit sweet, but immediantly the hop bitterness hits you and drys out your palate...Little bit of citrus acidity
Very smooth for a high gravity beer, after about two of these I feel like grabbing some peanuts and watching the ball game...

If you like hops with minimal malt and body then this is the beer for you...Always enjoy trying all that Lagunitas has up their sleeve
Cheers

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Little Sumpin' is one of those beautiful beers! This beer pours a clear orange body allowing you to see all the lively carbonation in the glass. A white frothy head has great lacing that lasts throughout most of the drink and leaves a nice happy trail on the glass.

S: Didn't expect this to be as hoppy as it is. It's like walking through an orange and grapefruit orchard.

T: An amazing tangerine and lemon flavor with floral and hoppy notes. There is some wheat in the aftertaste, but is barely there. Malts are also evident, but a carefully hidden. A light and lean flavor, it reminds me of drinking orange juice or Blue Moon on steroids.

M: A highly carbonated beverage with a light body. The texture is very soft and fizzy on the palate.

D: Tail Gate approval or Pounding Down Approval

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Photo of dnolan36
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got my growler filled at Whole Foods in Richmond, VA today.

I just popped it open to give it a go. This poured a nice golden orange color with a slight reddish tint if viewed at certain angles. Also had just enough haze to not be able to see much through the beer.

This beer smells strong of hops and citrus.

Tasting it I was expecting more bitterness due to the strong hop set but there was almost no bitterness. Nice pine, citrus flavors in this beer. To me the taste, bitterness, finish are very well balanced here.

This overall is a very enjoyable beer. I almost wish I had gotten two growlers of it.

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

appearance - straw golden, good head and retention, sticky lacing

smell - hops, citrus, wheat

taste - bready malts and floral hops

mouthfeel - fairly light for 7 percent, well-carbonated

drinkability - this one is a monster wheat, delicious, dangerous...could session this

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Photo of rrski198
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +14.3%
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%
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 +8.6%
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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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.