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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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6,874 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,874
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 256
Gots: 1,000 | 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 DrinkingDrake
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from phone.
Sits in the glass with a frothy head that doesn't want to go away for about a third of the way down. A candy sweet lemon crispness from the yeast and wheat but is dominated from the amount of flowery citrus by the Amarillo and Cascade.
From first taste lot of carbonation and a citric acid bite upfront. It has to be from the heavy amount of hops on top of the crisp clean wheat. A smooth caramel sweet body that finishes with a hard, but pleasant bite. The bite become less overwhelming as it goes. Light but complex beer that goes down smooth on the first day over 60f day in Mass.

DrinkingDrake, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got a single of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. Now that spring is here I find myself grabbing Pale Wheat Ales more often then usual so I thought I would try this offering from Lagunitas to see how it stacks up. No visible freshness date. Poured from a short 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer is a little plain but the old school pin up girl helps mix things up. It poured a nice deep golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that left some nice lacing.

S- The aroma is dominated by a mixture of both citrus and floral hops, I pick up some grapefruit, lemon grass, and orange zest. I can smell some sweetness from the malts but that is about it.

T- Wow this is pretty hoppy for a wheat ale, I like it. I can pick up a little of the wheat base that imparts some orange zest and some sweetness. The main player in the brew is the hops, there are lots of citrus and floral hops in this brew that combine nicely with the wheat flavors.

M- Medium light bodied, crisp, easy drinking, and perfectly carbonated. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. This beer was heavy on the hops, almost could be called a Wheat IPA. The hops blended nicely with the wheat flavors but it didn't let much wheat come through. I was surprised how smooth this beer was for being 7.5%, it drank more like a nice pale ale, this would make a great summertime brew. I will for sure be buying this again and I recommend it to anyone that likes a good dose of hops in their beer.

StoutHunter, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into SA glass.
Golden elixir, 1.5 finger head, Belgian lace.

Beautiful aroma of hops, citrus, oranges and floral pines.

Starts with hop bitterness, carbonation, floral overtones. Smooth, fresh aftertaste complimented by a medium, dry body.

Very solid brew. Found this brew for $2, happy hour pricing, at my local watering hole.

Another in the line of Wheat brews who have copied the success of Three Floyds Gumballhead with an extra hop base.

CaptCleveland, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of BeazyB
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep Gold color

S- Amazing, citrus, grapefruit, & bubblegum aromas

T- Bitter hops (grapefruit-like) with fruity undertones. Still surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer.

M - Dry to the finish

O- I was impressed that brewers were able to capture strong complexity for such a bitter, hoppy brew. Overall I felt that the bitterness was way overpowering, leaving my mouth dried out. I could only handle 2 bottles before this characteristic became overwhelming.

BeazyB, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Jparkanzky
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Reddish/golden brown. Head vanishes quickly.

S) Smells of a strong lemongrass.

T) Hoppy with a strong flavor of fruits.

M) Dry, but not overpowering.

The beer is somewhere between a "refreshing brew" and a "hoppy flavorful sipper" for me, making it tough to find times when I'm in a mood for a beer of such characteristics.

Jparkanzky, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of IIKaRuII
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a fine golden wheat color. frothy bubbly head makes its presence known quickly. fades rather quickly, leaving a rather extensive amount of lacing. very clear and see through

S- and what a smell... sweet ripe orchard fruits. oranges, grapefruits, bubble gum. slight wheat notes snuck in there. Most of the smell is sweet. you get a slight bit of hops snuck in there as well.

T- Taste does resemble the smell. but the bitterness is more apparent then you would expect. Doesn't make it too better because the sweetness and the alchohol cleans the palate with every drink. has a bready taste to start, that turns sweet. finishes a little tart and bitter.

M- Sticky yet smooth. the carbonation makes this very drinkable. it drinks almost tart so each drink is like a slice of grapefruit.

D/O - i wouldn't go as far and say this is the best of its style. but it is certainly up there. its so refreshing and clean to drink that you could totally sit around a fire and drink a few of these and be as happy as you possibly could be. the alcohol in this was greatly masked and allows you to keep drinking without it tasting like a shot in each sip. all in all.. wonderful.

IIKaRuII, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sparkling deep golden glass holds a tight white thin head.

Smell: Big points here. Juicy fruit, both the gum and grapefruit, lemon and lime peel goodness. Just a whiff of grainy wheat but mostly just West Coast hops on a sweet base.

Taste: Not all the wonderfulness the nose promises, the hops are a bit bitter and leafy and overwhelm most other flavors. A little more earthy noble hop flavor. Still, very easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Goes a bit frothy with a prickly carbonation. Body is medium light and goes a bit dry in the finish.

Overall: Has to be one of my favorite Pale Wheat beers. The style is normally fairly bland but the hops here really kick this into another level. Screw style guidelines, this is good stuff!

Another thanks to IlludiumQ36 for a great beer.

HardTarget, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

White drapes surround the soft white head once it dies down. The drapes are like linen, and fade over time. Brilliant golden orange rings from the glass.

Heavy citrussy hops, mellowed only slightly by the faint hint of wheat.

Sugared grapefruit is dominant and wholly refreshing. A clean maltiness braces the tongue to close.

Beautifully carbonated - mellow and subtle, ends with a great crispness.

This is a really unique beer, but an exceptional one at that. Great for spring and summer alike.

mdcrouser, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of magine
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear (slight hazed) deep golden color with a off white head. Head is very thick and sticky. Lace clings the entire ride down the glass. Head settles to a nice half inch thick layer. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of fruit hops; pineapple, grapefruit, apricot etc. Some nice hop profiles here. Balanced by a nice malty wheat layer as well. Very good smelling brew.

Brew is crisp and refreshing; some really good hop flavors here. Brew is quick to get malty and the presence of wheat comes right at you on the middle. The hops are there, but the bitterness is not. A very nice tasting unique brew.

This is a great brew, has the sweet hop fruitiness and isn't bitter and is balanced beautifully by the wheat maltiness. Can be sessioned by the case, stellar stuff. Perfect for a BBQ or a hot day.. hell anytime of year. This would be a nice alternate to a hefe or a striaght wheat brew for some. Great stuff.

magine, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of UCFDan
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased this beer originally at World of Beer near UCF and then found it in Orlando at Total Wine & More. Of any Wheat Ale I've tasted, nothing else compares to Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin.

Smell - Significant citrus aroma, I actually smell pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste - Defintely higher in hops than most wheat ales. Could almost be interpreted as an IPA. I'm a big fan of IPA's though and the citrus mixes well with the hops. A slight carbonation helps as well.

Finish - Very smooth to drink, due to the citrus flavoring. You wouldn't believe this is a 7%+ ABV drink. Definitely cannot taste the extra alcohol.

If you haven't had this beer yet, put it on your list. It is by far the best offering by Lagunitas and has had me coming back for more.

UCFDan, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of diamondc
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 12 oz.

A: Huge head. Lots of lacing. Hazy, golden in color. Beautiful.

S: Ripe tropical fruits. Pineapple, kiwi, guava, apricot. Intoxicating.

T: Lots of above fruits in the flavor, almost like drinking fruit punch, but there is some mild pine/herbal bitterness at the end. Some wheat bread/cracker malts come up while warming up.

M/O: Very well-carbonated, refreshing. Loving the hops selection used here. Surprised this isn't labeled an IPA. Definitely worth multiple purchases.

diamondc, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent golden with a high, frothy, and sticky white head. Great lacing.

Floral hops with some citrus/grass scents and something that reminds me of the beach. Almost like a spicy aloe vera. Whatever it is, it smells delicious. Smells sweet, tangy, and sharp.

The hops are strong in flavor but mellow in bitterness. That's a neat effect. There's a sharpness in the carbonation too like many wheat beers. Not overly sweet with a good hop kick. But this is a guzzler. The hops aren't slowing anything down on this beer. It's very well balanced between sweetness and it's herbal and floral hops.

Absolutely great spring/summer session.

birderbeerer, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of jman892
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear golden beer with a foamy 1 finger head which fades to a film. Nice lacing

S - Smell is strong citrus fruit, predominately grapefruit and a bit of pine or grassiness

T - Sweetness right upfront, hoppy, and similar to the nose, somehwat like drinking grapefruit juice.

M - Medium body, nice crisp drinker, moderate carbonation

O - An exceptional beer, perfect for the spring/summer months. Hoppiness is there but not overwhelming, the citrus fruit flavor makes this one easy to drink, and makes me keep wanting another sip

jman892, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of VMWhelan
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with one finger of fluffy white head.

The nose is mostly hops. Grapefruit and pine with a bit of grassyness. Only a slight hint of wheat.

Taste follows the nose: fruity hops dominate followed by a grassy/earthyness. Good malty sweetness follows the hops for a nice balance. Again, slight wheat in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Not the best example of the style but very tasty in its own right. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

VMWhelan, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of hiikeeba
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours up a crystal clear amber, with a dense white head.

S - Solid Piney aroma. Not faint.

T - Some slight malt sweetness with some citrus and pine in the finish.

M - a full-bodied beer

O An aboslutely delightful beer. Nice hop malt balance and very drinkable.

hiikeeba, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of brandtbates89
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't really know how to classify this beer except that it is a really enjoyable beer to drink. Upon opening there's a hint of citrus. Don't get fooled by the appearance of this beer because its bot a little bite to it as well as a great rounded "hoppyness."

brandtbates89, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of dirtyskunk
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured to a pint...
Slightly cloudy, golden straw. Two fingers of quickly dissipating white fluffy head. Leaves thin, splotchy lacing.

Mixed citrus fruits, slight bitter hoppiness, a little grassy and floral. The aroma is nice but it doesn't jump out at me. I'll update when I taste it again.

The taste matches the smell, but adds a little bit of spice. Specific hints of apricot and pineapple with a surprisingly dry, crisp malt finish. Very nice floral hoppiness.

Light to medium mouthfeel, smooth with a crisp finish. The dry grassy feel keeps it from being too watery and boring.

Overall, a very tasty and easy-drinking beer with better than average complexity for the style, but a sneakily high ABV considering how smooth it goes down. This is a perfect spring/summer beer if you want something a little stronger in a session beer.

dirtyskunk, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Zadok
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For awhile I have been reading a blog post from a guy here in KC raving about how good this beer is. See, from past offerings I have kinda lost an interest in Lagunitas because everything just seemed kinda average. That was then this is now and the KC beer blogger was dead on, A Little Sumpin is delicious.

Pours a crisp hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head, it screams at me to head out into the sun.

The aroma is excellent, heavy hops with a mild sweetness.

The flavor is excellent as well, very distinguished hop presence but with a mild breadiness that intermingles and creates a perfect balance.

Mouth feel is crisp and clean, extremely refreshing. The right amount of carbonation.

As I said before, this brew is delicious. The abv is a little higher than desired for an everyday drinker but thats the only flaw, minor at that. This has completely transformed my previous view of Lagunitas.

Zadok, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of hmf05
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, almost amber color. A nice two finger head that quickly dissipates, but leaves beautiful lacing

S: Tons of tropical fruit like papaya, mango, pineapple. A nice carmel maltiness that balances the slight hop bitterness

T: Hops are there, but not in a bitter way. Very herbal-like quality to the hops. Nice and juicy, mostly papaya and mango flavors.

M: Medium bodied with tons of carbonation.. Relatively dry finish

D: Extremely high. Could easily drink 4 of these

O: Amazing beer. The tropical fruitiness gives this brew a nice juicy character. Good for hopheads, yet good for those who aren't. Check it out if you can

hmf05, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of rambler85
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas always impresses. This beer is no different. It has a sweet smelling, almost floral aroma. Definitely some citrus in there as well. The beer has a bright golder color which is enhanced by a slight haziness.
Flavor is huge in this one. It starts lightly sweet and fruity. It is a big beer though. The mouth feel is quite heavy. There are also plenty of hops to balance it out.
Overall a great beer. A very nice change of pace for IPA drinkers.
Cheers

rambler85, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of specksnreds
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always a delight to see the slutty Sumpin' girl back on the shelves. But she should be holding two pineapples in front of her boobs, because this beer tastes and smells (judge Smells?) like pineapples. Delicious, delicious pineapples. Golden liquid pineapples with a fish-belly white foamy top. Oh pineapples, thank you for your flavor profile in this beer. And the zippy fun finish is a nice reminder of the slutty girl on the label.

specksnreds, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled froma bottle with no freshness date. Deep yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a dense yellowish-white head that slowly reduced to a thick cap. Lot of wet sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus grapefruit and orange aromas with along with plenty of caramel sweetness and hint of toasty malt. Medium bodied with nice refreshing carbonation. Sweet malty and citrus grapefruit hop flavors are well balanced through the beginning and middle. The wheat flavor peeks through toward the end as this finishes slightly dry and very clean. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Wouldn't think twice about having it again. Lagunitas has yet to disappoint.

IronLover, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of aval89
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber color.. produced a one finger head that quickly settles but leaves nice lacing..

S: pink grapefruit dipped in sugar... sweet caramel malts .. mango & papaya. Slight breadiness

T: sweet malts right upfront.. then the hops take over..tangerines, sweet grapefruit sprinkled w/sugar.. more mago & papaya with lemon peel bitterness finish.. some caramel is present also on finish ..

Mf: medium bodied with spot on carbonation.. dry finish on the palate..

O: very impressive brew.. goes to the top of my list in a heartbeat..

aval89, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into glass

Pours a golden yellow clear tone and produces a half finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Looks like good carbonation but well see.

Theres a definite malt sweetness too the smell. More light citrus fruit.

Theres a sort of balanced taste here between the bready yeast, the hoppy bite and sweet malt. Also an alcohol presence is barelynoticeable. Sometimes i sip and get a chocolate orange taste. Good mouthfeel. The after-mouthfeel is also very smooth.

Overall this is a great beer not what I was expecting for pale wheat. Made me want another. This is my get a 6 pack beer many times.

Sensaray, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never went out of my way to try this, but my Uncle threw one my way, so why not?

A- Pours a golden/straw body with a 2 1/2 - finger white head that falls pretty quickly to a decent cap, but then remains.

S- Wow, this is a pale wheat? Big nose of floral and citrus hops, followed by a yeasty/bready hit.

T- Again, I can't believe this is an American Pale Wheat. Great citrus and floral hop flavors. Slight bitterness follows, but then a nice bready/musty flavor.

MF- Medium bodied beer that has flavors that really jump on the palate. A little dry in the finish that leaves slight chalky feeling.

LtCracker20, Mar 27, 2011
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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