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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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BA SCORE
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1,507 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,507
Hads: 8,075
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 414
Gots: 2,131 | 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 OtherShoe2
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a big white foamy head. Good clarity, no bubbles, light lace.

Enormous grapefruit aroma. Smells delicious, but where is the wheat and the the rest?

I am drowning in hops. While these are quite flavorful, there is virtually nothing else. You get some malt but it's punched back by the hops. A wheat IPA? Light malt in the very finish. Not enough. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium body, needs a bit more carbonation.

Blind -- it is drinkable. Good hoppy brew, but where the hell is everything else? Overdone. Likable, but over hopped. Still, worth trying, but I doubt I could do more than 2 without getting a little bored. (645 characters)

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

A - slightly golden, light head
S - Very citrusy, hints of grapefruit.
T - Creamy citrus, almost like a grapefruit dreamcicle, with a nice hoppy finish.
M - Feels like a very lightly carbonated phosphate -- somewhere between water and syrup.
D - Punchy but refreshing, an excellent summer brew. I had one on a very warm Sunday after church, and while the label may not call someone to seek after the mysteries of the divine, the taste definitely will. (453 characters)

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

Poured into pint glass. Pours a nice clear golden color with thick white head, good retention and great lacing. Smell is of citric hops with some orange and lemon. Very much like a good West Coast IPA. Taste was similar. A dry wheat/straw taste at first followed by a citrusy hop kick on the back of the tongue. A velvety smooth mouthfeel with a slightly oily aftertaste. Overall a great beer and easy drinker. This almost could be confused for an IPA if you ask me. (466 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very full white frothy head tops a golden grain haze.

spicy wheat and piny hops mingle for a very full aroma.

a faint lemon but mostly floaral hops the wheat provides a nice mellowness, but doesn't show up too much in the flavor.

a light bodied easy sipper with the alcohol very well masked. (294 characters)

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden, almost pilsner-like appearance. Decent head and persistent lacing. Fairly hoppy aroma that I have come to expect from Lagunitas. This beer is pretty interesting because it is a wheat beer but has many characteristics of a hoppy pale ale. I get wheat beer on the front end with a bitter pale ale finish. This beer is a nice change from a typical summer beer, a good amount of hops but not over the top. (423 characters)

Photo of JBogan
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rather standard looking medium clear gold with a small white head, which soon turns into a thin film and leaves minimal lacing in my pint glass. Also, very little carbonation action present. Pretty average looking really.

The aroma is a nice blend of citric hops and fruit.

The taste mirrors the smell, with grapefruit and a slight orange presence, along with a fairly clean finish. Not overly hoppy, but fairly well balanced.

The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would have liked. I'd also prefer more carbonation, as the beer felt a bit dull in the mouth.

Overall this is a beer I'd consider having again, however it wasn't one which left a memorable impression. (682 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, fluffy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick rings of lacing. Pours a hazy amber. Lots of lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and some grassy hops. Lots of beautiful hop aroma.

Taste: Orange, tons of hop flavor (grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, some apricot maybe). Very little malt; just a tiny bit of breadiness at the end. Decent bitterness. Delicious fruity hops are what's going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty carbonated. Bright feel works great with all the hop flavor.

Drinkability: This beer is succulent and delicious; a great hop fix. Excellent summer beer.

I'm not tasting any wheat in here, though on their website Lagunitas coyly implies that there's only a slight wheat influence anyway. I'm grading this beer as something between an IPA and a DIPA; it's clear that the intention is to provide a nice, multifaceted hop treat to the drinker. It is successful. (1,018 characters)

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

I had heard a lot about this beer last year, but it never made it out to Denver. This year it did. Poured a nice light golden/straw color, with a huge white head. Good piney hops dominate both the nose and palate, although the malt is there and it balances this one out nicely. Not sure its worth $10.99 a 6 pack though. (320 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-straw body absolutely packed with bubbles. Up top, two fingers of creamy white head that fade slowly and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: Lots of herbal, citrusy, juicy, and piney hops over a sweet pale malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of moderately bitter, resinous, green, and juicy hops. Underneath, a solid backbone of pale malt and wheat keeps everything balanced nicely. Just a light hint of alcohol coming through from time to time. Crackery malt and mildly spicy and herbal hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: As advertised, this is an easy drinker (provided you don't hate hops). Just watch out for the moderately high alcohol content.

Verdict: A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is an enjoyable little beer; it's tasty, easily drinkable, and packs a hidden punch. As far as summer seasonals go, this is just what I'm looking for. (959 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with an orange tint, and one finger of off white head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus fruits and hops, and a tiny bit of wheat or bready malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruit, especially orange, piney hops, and smooth fruity malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A decent wheat ale with some nice citrus and orange in the smell and taste. Would try again. (504 characters)

Photo of detlefchef
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reasonably brilliant orange color with soft but lingering head that laces nicely. Malty notes on the nose and vaguely reminiscent of compost (not a bad thing, mind you).

Tangy and honeyed with bright acid and fine toast and almond nuance.

Drinks well enough. (261 characters)

Photo of vince4953529
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a fresh six pack as soon as it's released for the summer.

Color is golden.

I let it warm up a bit in room temperature after pulled it out from the fridge. Tastes like an IPA, and drinks like an IPA. Not much flavor of wheat, but it would make an excellent IPA. Taste is bitter hop without that annoying butterscotch taste. I like it, but I classified it as an IPA is suspect.

Very good value at about $7.50 for a six pack. Good flavor, above-average drinkability, I would probably buy another sixer of this in the future. (532 characters)

Photo of jobcrackerbah
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Orange peel color with a small creamy looking head that leaves a fine lacing around the glass. Bubbles consistenly float to the top.

S: Strong sweet citrus hops accompanied by a very slight malty aroma. Can't percieve any wheat.

T: The beer has too much abrasive citrus hops. The wheat isn't clearly defined in the taste and there needs to be more malt to balance the beer. There is also a spice like quality that is odd in a supposedly refreshing style.

M/D: The mouthfeel is slightly too thin with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is hurt because the beer becomes too strongly bitter to be a refreshing wheat ale. The more the beer warmed up, the more it fell apart.

I was hoping for more wheat and balance when drinking this beer. The hops aren't complex enough to warrant a high score for taste either. (821 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color, with a thick and frothy white head that retains well and leaves pretty lacing. The aroma is bursting with juicy hops (notes of citrus, pine, mango), along with wheat, honey, biscuit, caramel and a little rye. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with piney and citrusy hops upfront, along with mango and grapefruit, a wheaty twang, cane sugar, honey, biscuit, fruity esters and a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, and drinkability is excellent. An excellent beer from Lagunitas, it's tasty and drinkable and is quite the bargain to boot. (579 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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? (277 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.79/5  rDev +14%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of Docer
2.86/5  rDev -31.9%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.83/5  rDev +15%
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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (728 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (491 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.