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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: 1,598 | Ratings: 8,528
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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Photo of jpro
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +6.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +8.8%
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 +6.2%
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 +5.5%
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 -2.9%
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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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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