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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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6,629 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,629
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 239
Gots: 876 | FT: 6
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:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale ale color, very clear for having wheat. White head with so-so head retention. I would have presumed the wheat content would stabilized the head, but it's most likely the 7.5% A.B.V. knocking it back. Smells like maybe Centennial and Citra hops, with a fairly neutral yeast. Both in the smell and taste, you couldn't ask for much more as an example of American hops. Intense citrus almost pineapple flavors and aromas. Sweetness and bitterness are very suiting. Body is on the thinner side which also surprises me because of the wheat. I assume this is made with a sugar adjunct, but it is very cleanly fermented. Thus the thin body and respectable ABV. Very tasty sixer. Everything about the beer accentuates hops. Would gladly have again.

mlazzaro, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bench Warmers, The Big, OR $3.75 a pint into chilled shaker glass (argh).

Straw yellow clear body (once the friggin frost on the glass disappeared) multiple streams of medium size bubbles under finger and a half frozen frothy white head, medium dissipation with not much lacing. Citrusy nose, lemony, clean wheat body with good dose of apparently citrus hops on back end. Taste is once again citrusy, almost like someone put the proverbial lemon wedge in here, a bit of piney resin for balance. Mouthfeel close to medium, a bit heavy for the style, fairly dry, astringent finish. Not exactly my cup of tea, a bit heavy on the lemon esters and tres hoppy for the style, but ABV relatively well hidden, though this is my no means a session beer.

jdense, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Morey
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pours an appealing orange-copper color (mostly orange when held to the light), with just a touch of haze to it. Head stood about one finger tall following a medium pour. Decent lacing.

Amazing aroma filled with orange zest, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple.

Taste is very fruity with moderate hop bitterness. Wheat and malts helps to balance things out towards the middle. Fruit flavor lingers in the finish with just a touch of bittterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to low carbonation.

A top-notch beer here. Pretty much an Ipa IMO.

Morey's Bottom Line: This one exceeded my expectations. Very tropical and fruity. I wish that I knew how old this bottle was, but there's nothing but a code (24210308) on the neck of the bottle, and I''m not sure what it means.

Morey, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color with a pretty nice white head with good retention.

S: Lots of pine, grapefruit and some pale malts.

T: I don't know what it is about Lagunitas beers, but not one of them has really impressed me so far. Maybe at this point, it's becoming a mental thing. This one just didn't do it for me, though. It had a strong pine hop flavor and some floral hops thrown in as well. A dash of bready malts and then a ton of hop resin that gave it a really harsh bitterness. The balance felt way off and I probably wouldn't want to try this one again.

notchucknorris, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of blackcompg
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my beer glass.

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of white head, color is a brite yellow amber color, slight haze, nice lacing.

Smell - Smell is straight pine, with just a touch of honey.

Taste - Whoah, pine, citrus, little bit of grassy meadow, a nice sweetness like tart pineapple juice. I'm getting yellow and red grapefruits, some orange, touch of papaya, and some wonderful pine notes. Really balance nicely - complex flavors come all at once, and last throughout the entire sip. Slight citrus rind bittering at the end, just letting you know its time for another sip - no alcohol whatsoever, perfectly hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium carb adds a nice crispness and tingle, smooth drinker, very refreshing, nice mouthfeel - feels like a great ipa.

Overall - I am constantly impressed by Lagunitas, and Little Sumpin is such a great IPA. So complex and so well balanced. Hops are mostly citrus and pine, multi-layered, and the sweetness comes from ripe citrus and some candied pine. Highly recommend.

blackcompg, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I accidently bought this beer today, because I went to buy a Little Sumpin Wild Ale and somebody switched them out.
I poured it into a pnt glass and it has a nice gold color. The head isnt very big and fades away after sitting for a few minutes.
The smell is just amazing. It has a lot of pine scents and some sweetness.
The taste is also very enjoyable. It has a lot of pine and your typical typical IPA tastes, but the lingering aftertaste is kind of sour and very tasty.
The beer has a lot of crispness.

Overall this is beer is amazing. I really enjoy every aspect of it and I was fortunate somebody made the switch in the 6 pack.

gtermi, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Fadefury
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden/Amber/Yellowish look to it. Pours a strong tall head that retains itself for a while.

S: You can smell the large amount of hops in the beer. This beer also has a really tropical citrusy smell to it.

T: Hopes + Fruits. A very sweet taste to it in my opinion.

M: Goes down smooth and contains little bitterness. A decent amount of carbonation makes it perfect.

Overall, I would not call this your standard wheat ale. This beer can be a bit pricey compared to other wheat ales but it is worth the money. Especially if you are looking for something on the higher end of quality. I could easily sit and drink these all night. Fantastic beer.

Fadefury, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of hopking311
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my snifter a golden amber color with one finger off white head. Head dissapates quick

smells sweet, malty, earthy.. definately picking up The C.. hops

Malty Sweet flavor, not like most other wheat beers Ive had.. has a nice hoppy finish like no other.. Im really impressed

Medium body light carbonation.

Almost a Wheaty IPA.. I dont know how to explain this.. Its got malty body of a red.. hop bitterness of an ipa and wheaty grainy body indicative of the usual wheat beers im not to fond of.. But the body and hops make this an enjoyable session.

hopking311, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale golden-yellow in color witha moderate cast of haze. Decent white head has fairly good retention.

Aroma-Mmm, grapefruit hops, followed closely by pine, orange, resin, and citrus. Hops are quite zesty and juicy, and there's some slight pineapple and mango tropical fruit notes to it. Slight whiff of perfumy/roselike alcohols. Slight bready malt character to it as well.

Flavor-Lightly sweet spritzy wheat and caramel malt with bread undertones is quickly overtaken by tropical fruit and grapefruit. Orange and resiny pine rush in and moderate to moderately high hop bitterness expands on the palate in the finish. Finishes with citrus hop flavors and light alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate, smooth carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and full from the use of wheat.

This beer kicks ass. Great aroma, great flavor, smooth, easy drinking (especially for a beer of 7.5% alcohol!), it's so good in so many regards. One of my favorite Lagunitas beers.

plfahey, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of joepais
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap as well as bottle the tap brew had a lot more hop character
The tulip glass that was handed to me had a great three finger head with tons of lacing . The body was amber in color and a bit cloudy.

The nose was hop forward nice citrus and floral I think the wheat adds to this. Another thing the wheat does is keep this beer light in the mouthfeel making it dangerous to drink. The flavor is bitter citrus’ with a light sweetness in the finish. Great carbonation and a fun beer to drink.

Overall a good IPA hybrid, if I found it on tap I would not turn it down.

joepais, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Jesse14
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a two finger head. The nose picks up the citrus and floral from the hops right away. Really refreshing smell that gets you excited to drink it. The first sip is definitely hop forward with a nice and mellow fruit and floral flavor balance. The carbonation is just right. The bitterness quickly subsides and you're left with a clean dry finish. It would be an A+ beer for me if it had a little more depth at the end but its not worth complaining about.

This is a dangerously balanced and refreshing beer. I could easily sit down and have 3 or 4 with dinner or a game.

Jesse14, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of evyoung
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
-yellow orange and almost no transparency (I can barely see my fingers through the glass)
-small white/off-white head that dissipates quickly, within about a minute or two
-there is some pretty good lacing with some vertical string-like lacing down the sides

Smell:
-on first sniff there is not a whole lot there--some obvious malt sweetness but that is about it

Mouthfeel:
-oily hops and sticky malt
-carbonation was just right, but could have used more body

Taste:
-the typical syrupy sweetness that I’ve come to love and expect from Lagunitas is certainly present, but not as full-bodied as some of their other offerings
-the hop bitterness is detectable and becomes more prominent as the beer warms but not highlighted. Still, it is a well-balanced beer

Overall:
A Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale is not quite what I expected. It lacks something near the finish as far as the body goes. However, the balance is good, and it’s light enough to enjoy a few of them, maybe hanging out outside with some friends. It doesn’t quite match up to their 13th Anniversary alt. which I would prefer in the same fashion over this one, and one in which I tried very recently. That being said, I would pick this up again.

evyoung, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Lil Sumpin Sumpin is really a wheat based IPA and is more a specialty beer than a wheat pale ale. But however it should be categorized, it is tasty.

Pours a mostly clear (some viscosity) yellow with a small white head that didn't last, but I liked the clarity.

Smell is lemony citrus west-coast hops plus some grainy wheat malt sweetness. No esters to speak of. Very clean yeast character.

Taste is strong hop bitterness for the style, plus the lemony citrus hop flavor. Sweetness starts out the taste, but quickly gives way to the hops, which leads to a clean finish that is neither sweet nor too dry. The middle of the taste is all grainy wheat.

Medium body and smooth, with a bit of dryness in the finish to balance out the fuller sweeter body at the start. The dryness is probably due to the hops. Some noticeable alcohol warming, but not hot or harsh.

Overall, the initial sweetness is nicely balanced by the big hop bite in this beer. The sweetness and hops surround a grassy wheat malt middle. This is a go to beer for me.

hiku7, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours one and half fingers worth of very creamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Clear pale body.

Smells of juicy citrus fruits and lightly bready malts. Touch of crystal/sugary malts.

Tastes again of juicy fruits, passion, citrus, touch of piney resin. Carmel and sugary sweet malts mix in nicely with the piney and citrus malts. Since having a few different brews by Lagunitas it's become apparent this has what I find to be they're signature malt bill. It has this firm underlying sugary sweet taste.

Mouthfeel is medium dry, medium carbonation. Medium bitterness on the finish, slightly coating and sticky.

Overall this is a highly drinkable beer. Very balanced and interesting. The citrus mixed with the sweet malts is quite pleasant. I'd get this again and again.
$1.80 a single.

Homebrew35, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of EA728
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow with very little head.

S: Apples and oranges with a subtle grain/bread aroma

T: hoppy with a fruity feel. apples and citrus again. not too bitter, but could be called an IPA. didn't really enjoy the fruity flavors much

M: easy to drink, with average moderate carbonation.

O: better than average Wheat ale, nice hoppyness, but the fruityness ruined it for me. I would drink again if offered, but I wouldn't go buy it.

EA728, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of pigc
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow color with white one finger head. Head fades quickly.

S - Malty, bready wheat. Grainy.

T - Starts out with a malty flavor with some wheat flavor followed by a slight hoppy smooth finish.

M - Medium with light carbonation.

O - Somewhere between a hoppy wheat beer and a malty IPA. An interesting beer by Lagunitas that is hard to place in a specific category but it works.

pigc, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden almost amber with eggshell white colored head that builds up to an almost two finger width that leaves thin lacing stuck to the glass once it resides. The smell is a bit grassy and piney, but sweet, with a detectable sweet malt backbone. Tastes of bold bitter and hops with a definite bready wheat flavor and detectable spiciness perhaps from an excellent mixture of hops, malt, yeast, and wheat of course. medium bodied with a carbonation that is not overbearing nor underwhelming, just right. I was craving hops but had no IPAs on hand and this juicy and delicious beer did just fine. I'm glad I have a few more of this excellent pale wheat ale.

Cheers!

antlerwrestler19, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Paincane
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange gold color with off white head leaving moderate amount of lacing. Poured into pint glass.
S: Wheat, citrus, hoppy aromas
T: Very hoppy floral tastes with grapefruity citrus flavor. Wheat and malt backbone also present.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. Would definitely have more sumpin' sumpin'.

Paincane, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of jtd1969
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass. Golden "Clear"(Lil haze) considering it is a 7.5er. Wonderful smell of some type of sweet preserves I usually have a some fancy restaurant. The smooth sweet wheat taste is overpowered with hops. Delicious...The "wheat ipa" is proving some worth. This is one to try if you like hops!! IPA fans will like this as an alternative to their usual brew. Wheat beer fans, drink your smooth wheats and stand clear too much hops for u! Me, a good drinkin' brew!

jtd1969, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey colour with plenty of carbonation stream. Head is off-white, fairly dense and creamy with a nice, slightly crusty-looking curtain of lace. Not sure about the amount of carbonation but otherwise looks great.

Smells pleasant, light and slightly hoppy but mostly a pale malt character, lots of caramelised grain with notes of apple, pear and some strawberry. Mild toffee as well. Pleasant, light yet very aromatic nose.

Taste is tangy from the get-go with early hopping and slight yeast esters - apple, peach and some mango notes that develops nice, earthy malt flavours midway with a toffeed pecan edge to it. Bitter, resinous hops finish off with nice phenolic edge, but plenty of light, citric notes for a good balance.

Body is there and somehow that really strong carbonation doesn't really show. It's quite a smooth, creamy mouthfeel overall if a little on the thin side.

Very pleasant beer; plenty of grounding but very drinkable as well.

laituegonflable, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in the Spokane area for $1.99.

Poured a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head that took it's time dropping. Lots of lace.

Big floral nose, with grassy and citrusy notes within. Also a substantial, biscuity malt and some earthy undertones.

This tastes like what I might imagine a pale wheat ale like those made by Pyramid or Widmer might taste if it were massively hopped. The taste starts off with some grassy hops with some piney and citrusy notes in the background. Then the malts kick in, with a earthy, bready flavor that matches the hops. Mildly bitter at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that comes with some oily hops.

It's been a while since I've had a beer from Lagunitas this drinkable. I'd consider several of these if it were on tap at my local.

woemad, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Great floral notes dominate the nose. Taste is a floral, with a faint citrusy fruit, mild hop bitterness, and solid wheat notes. Mouthfeel is lighter, smooth, and drinkable.

Pretty bitter and hoppy for a wheat beer, but delicious and drinkable.

tdm168, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of industrialswill
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've never brewed anything quite this good.
It's got a light amber appearance.
A very fruity aroma, like a fruit cocktail.
Tastes like tropical fruit with a nice malt backbone.
The ABV is very well hidden.
This is one of my favorite beers and it proves that you don't need to throw a bunch of money away to drink some of the finest beer in the land.

industrialswill, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
A: Pours pale straw yellow, thick white head at first but bubbles its way down, minimal lacing.

S: Hoppy most def, but theres something else almost like whole grain untoasted bread methinks...

T&M: First thing I notice is how easy it goes down, very smooth and drinkable. I had finished my portion before dissecting the piss out of it, but taste was similar to smell but a bit dry.

O: Maybe first wheat pale ale I have had but then again I'll have to reexamine.

Brewski4Drewski, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is a clear, pale golden ale with a thin, dense white head that leave very nice lacing on the glass. The bold, hoppy aroma has notes of lemon, spruce, wintergreen... maybe berries and apple. It smells great! It has a full, fluffy mouthfeel that lightens up a lot at the finish and leaves the mouth very dry. It tastes quite a bit like the aroma, but decidedly more piny. The hops are the focus here and it's pretty bitter. The malt is resiny and peppery. A pine resin bitterness lingers for a while after the taste. It's a bold and tasty beer. This is what I expect from Lagunitas.

yesyouam, Sep 07, 2011
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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