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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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6,852 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,852
Reviews: 1,382
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 256
Gots: 983 | 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 WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Plum Market

a - pours a bright golden color with a big ivory head, awesome retention lacing, fairly cloudy, really great looking wheat ale

s - citrus and mango hop notes with lighter pine aroma, wheat and bready malt balance out the hops, light alcohol heat

t - not as much of a hop bomb as I remember having it on-tap in CA last year, the lemon, orange and mango hop flavors take center-stage, but the wheat and bread malt notes provide a decent amount of balance, finish is pretty dry and slightly hot

m - medium-bodied, moderate to slightly higher carbonation, fairly dry finish, moderate alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable stuff, there is some depth to the flavors and it isn't harsh on the palate, abv is evident, however, which limits drinkability somewhat

Really good beer overall -- one of the better offerings from Lagunitas in my opinion. I remember liking it a bit more on-tap, but it's well worth picking up a sixer of bottles.

WeisGuy, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clean golden with orange hues. One finger white head sticks around for the whole beer. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Nice citrus hop experience up front. Come orange peel, pineapple and topical fruits.
T: Gumballhead instantly comes to mind. Nice hoppy wheat ale. Tastes a lot like it smell citrus, tropical fruits. I don't get a whole lot of wheat character.
M: Medium mouth feel, nice lingering bitterness.
D: This is very drinkable. Nice summer brew refreshing and smooth bitterness. The high 7.5 ABV is very well hidden but catches up with you after a six pack.

Outstanding very hoppy American Pale Wheat. I loved gumballhead but it isn't available in MI. This is just even better. Outstanding!

jmich24, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a wheat beer? I honestly couldn't tell. When this one was going down, my impression was that it was another hoppy IPA-ish brew (also called, "Strong" from what I've seen). On tap at Founding Farmers in DC, most noticeable factors in this light yellow beer were its huge fruitiness, which is mainly pineapple and citrus. These help bring some sweetness to the fairly strong hop presence. A light beer, light body, pretty high in carbonation. Overall, a respectable beer, but not standard for the style, in the least. Solid.

soupyman10, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours with a long lasting bright white head of two fingers with a foamy/creamy texture. A healthy amount of chunky lace is deposited in sporadic fashion. The medium-light orange-yellow body is remarkably clear for a wheat ale.

S & T: Room filling aroma. Lightly toasted bready malts give way to a heavy dose of citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit and orange, mixed with bright, fresh summer fruit aromas and flavors. Peach and pineapple are especially prominent, making the delicous combination of flavors resonate for a long time in the mouth. Moderately sweet and, despite the high levels of hops, not overly bitter.

M: Medium-full texture with the typical slick and oily texture I've come to expect from Lagunitas. Ample carbonation, both lively and fizzy, increase the mouthfeel tremendously but overpowering any creaminess the wheat malt should have provided. The finish is bitter, but not as bitter as the hop-forward nose would suggest. I find the serving temperature sweet spot to be around 45-50 degrees.

D: Highly enjoyable and worthy of purchasing a case once a year.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden colour, slightest haze, finger of head with mild retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Citrus and pine hops, a bit of a woody bark scent with a bit of rye pepper on the finish.

T - Citrus hops off the top. The hops are definitely fruity with a bit of a pineapple flavour that lingers on the finish. A bit of pepper rye and some caramel malt also comes through nicely to balance it out. Higher ABV goes completely unnoticed.

M - Medium bodied, light on the tongue, fine carbonation, smooth finish and a slightly dry finish.

D - This was delicious with an offering of hops that slightly overpowered the malts, but was nicely balanced. The flavours were fruity and provided for a very pleasureable experience. Highly recommended to anoyone who likes hops, but doesn't want something that will overpower the tastebuds.

andrenaline, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of ratedz
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a golden/yellow color with a half inch white head. The head fades quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

Excellent smell. Lots of sweet citrusy hops...pineapple, orange, grapefruit. Hints of wheat.

Taste follows the nose with citrus notes. This reminds me more of an IPA than a pale wheat ale, but it is excellent. Sweet citrus notes followed by wheat. Mouth feel is smooth, but a little flat. Carbonation is minimal on the tongue.

Despite being 7.5% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. It is light and refreshing and it would be easy to drink multiple bottles.

ratedz, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of moosiz
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass (procured from The Gatehouse on Mac Island...wasnt me). This brew pours a vibrant straw yellow with mellow amber accents. Very clear with a stark white cap approx. 7/8" of an inch in height. it recedes quickly but leaves behind a velvety ring and swirls of foam on top. Spotty lacing from sip to sip.

Cracker, yeast, and a bit of bready malt all take a back seat to the signiture Lagunitas hop aroma. Carmel sweetness is also right there.

Bitter up front with a sugary sweet finish. Slight malty sweetness is subdued by the hops at the start but finds a way to coat the palate.

Flat mouthfeel right of the bat, but finishes well with nice subtle carbonation. crisp dry finish.

Quite drinkable at 7.5 abv. Just finishes clean making you want to try another.

moosiz, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 1 pint 6 oz. American Wheat Pale Ale into, what else, a Weizen glass and boy did it do this ale justice. Together they produced a good three finger, long-lasting, creamy head that laced the glass half the way to the bottom.

A - A cloudy orange-ish/golden color with a bountiful, creamy tan head.

S - notes of pineapple, mango, understated carmel maltiness. Strong floral aroma of citrus from this hoppy brew

T - I like a hoppy brew and this is one hoppy brew! It teeter's on the edge of too hoppy though, but still, it's nice. The malt asserts itself at first and then the bitter finishes, Bang!

M - A little more carbonation would help balance some of the hoppiness

D - A very tasty brew for those of us who like the bitter life.

BurpingtonDC, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden with a finger of foam that settled after a few minutes.

Smell: Great nose on this beer. Pineapple, grapefruit and mango, floral hops and a slight malty note.

Taste: Tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple. Bitter hops and a nice malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Another great deal from Lagunitas (probably the best value brewery in the US). Have had this on draft and out of the bottle and I think this might be my favorite summer seasonal beer.

Axic10, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of MrIncognito
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Slightly hazy orange-colored body with a 2-finger white sticky head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

S - What a wonderful smell. Strong citrus hop aroma with a candy sweetness. Orange and grapefruit predominantly. Light whiff of wheat and yeast. Like smelling a nice bouquet of flowers.

T&M - Much more of an IPA than any pale wheat ale I've had. But this is delicious. Really a mix of the two and you get highlights from both. Robust citrus hop presence that is flowery and sweet and full of orange and grapefruit flavors. Nice touch of wheat and yeast on the back of the tongue smooths this out nicely. Light to medium bodies with sturdy carbontion makes this refreshing.

D - A really great beer that I could drink alot of. The alcohol will get you as it is almost unnoticable.

MrIncognito, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a yellow gold with a big white head that slowly fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of tropical fruits, sweet malt/wheat, and a slight piney aroma. This is one of the best Pale Ales I've ever smelled. The slight sweetness of the wheat seems to have balanced out a bit of the hops.

T: The taste is huge on the tropical fruits along with a spicey pine presence and a sweet floral finish. Very balanced and not overly bitter.

M: The feel is creamy yet crisp and refreshing.

D: Highly drinkable although the AVB is a bit high and limits you to less than you actually want to drink.

This is now my favorite summer seasonal and one of my go to hoppy beers.

GregSVT, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first from Lagunitas, And it was a good one (Thanx D. Kurtz)
Poured into Pint glass, Hazy golden Yellow, 1 inch head but quickly dissipated, but a thin layer on top....beautiful.
It smells of Citrus, Plain and simple. But at first taste it like full blown IPA, American Pale Wheat Ale ? Don't know about the Wheat. Up front Grapefruit notes, then finishes Piney. As it warms, the light Malt begins to surface, but still a sharp piney bitterness. Citrus hops seem to fade. Not a great balance, but for this type of beer, I guess it's not a bad thing. Delicious.
Now on to the beer store for my next Lagunitas.

beergod1, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - foamy and soapy bright white foam, decent amount of spotty lacing around the glass. the beer is crystal clear, light amber in color.

S - loaded with Amarillo hops, sweet and floral, with some candied citrus...very clean

T - following the nose with bright floral hops, orange sugar candy, and tangerines. light subtle layer of sweet wheat malt lies underneath. yummy.

M - medium bodied with tight punchy carbonation, pleasently creamy. lingering fruity sweetness.

D - this was recently one of the first "clone" type recipes i brewed - love the style for its hop assertiveness yet ease of drink. hides a 7.5ABV very dangerously. give me more!

Stigs, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a weizen glass. An auburn color with a soapy white heading that left ringlets all the way down the glass.

Smell is very floral with a nice light crisp fruity nose and sweet malts. If I didn't know any better I'd say this was a pale ale.

Taste is well overwhelming for me. Dare I say seems to be overhopped for the style? A nice earthy, wheaty grain bill but is completely overthrown by the insane bitterness and floral taste.

Mouth is very crisp, Light bodied brew with great retention. A bit of a heavy linger of
hops.

Maybe it's me. I would like to taste the wheat grains in a wheat beer. If I would like a Pale Ale I will get one. Just a bit to hop heavy for my tastebuds.

Repost almost 3 years later now. My oh my how the palate changes or maybe the recipe ??? I don't know how I could have disliked this beer. It is now my fallback summer beer. Very tasty and Overhopped for the style ??? Whatever the hell that means. LOL. Anyway Love this stuff.

TheFightfan1, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy golden colour with an inch of white head that persists.
S - Citrus & spicy, piney hop character notes dominate.
T - Also very hoppy in the taste with citrus & spicy pine coming through the strongest. Modest bready, wheat flavour.
M - Fairly light bodied, sticky hop resin.
D - A very tasty beer indeed.

brendan13, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of devilben02
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a thin head of small, soap-like cream-colored bubbles. The aroma is clean but fruity, with big citrus notes of lemon and orange. The flavor is much of the same, with a big citrus hop character up front with some pine and a bit of an earthy undercurrent. This one may be an even more hopped-up pale wheat than I remember 3 Floyd's Gumballhead being. The texture is quite dry, and the prickly carbonation doesn't add constructively. Overall, it's an over-hopped light wheat ale that still doesn't compare to a strong pale ale but also loses the qualities of the wheat. Nice and drinkable, but not special.

devilben02, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a large head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is full of hops. Wonderful citrus and pine aromas wafting off this beer. Very one dimensional in aroma and flavor. All hops as the malt did not stand a chance against the hops. The featured hops give a powerful citrus blast to the tastebuds. A larger body than most in the style. Good carbonation without being harsh. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is a hoppier, more bitter, and brasher Gumballhead. But it is not as drinkable or enjoyable because of this. A good hop delivery device if that is your thing.

morimech, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a yellowish gold color with a thin head. Lots of lacing. Great aroma of piney hops, grapefruit, and citrus. Taste is of some nice citrus blends and a hoppy finish. This is another easy to drink beer by Lagunitas. Lots of flavor and smooth.

PicoPapa, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Liquid gold in color with a quarter inch of off white head which disappears to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Strong smell of piney-hop resin with some grapefruit. Taste is similar with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and quite drinkable. This doesn't taste as good as last years batch - which is unfortunate, as that was delicious. Still, this is a very tasty beer and quenches ones thirst on a warm summer's day quite readily.

JoeySchlitz, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Straw colore with fairly solid head that dissipates quickly, leaving good lacing.

Great nose with nice fruity hop aroma. Tastes a bit sweet for the style, which affects the drinkability.

Another great offering from Lagunitas. As stated, abit too sweet but a nice hoppy wheat ale.

ProudBeerSnob, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, pale yellow. A vigorous pour results in 1 1/2 fingers of head that fades over a few minutes, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Very attractive. The aroma is primarily of hops, with a subtle wheat smell that isn't strong but is very pleasing - it almost smells like being in a farm field.

Onto the tasting. Strong hop presence up front that lingers a while, but surprisingly the finish turns more towards the malt than to bitter hops. The hop flavors are mostly pine, with a bit of citrus that comes through in the mid-palate - it works well with the wheat. Malt flavor is strongest when I exhale, and is generally good. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit creamy, it's not what I had expected but it works here.

I haven't had all that many pale wheat ales, but Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is the clear champ among those I've sampled. If I had to describe this to someone in a bar in one sentence, it'd be "a bit like an IPA, though a bit more sessionable." Seek this one out.

FunkyMacGroovin, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm starting to really like me some Laguanitas as everything from them I've tried so far has exceeded expectations, which is a prime attribute in a brewer. This one pours tall and light golden in my weizen glass. The head is gone now but slight lace remains. Fruity nose (orange and berry) hides wisps of wheat and hops. Different is good here.

Wow, a bit unexpected and i'm not sure how to react. All the sunny fruit and wheat is whacked in the knee with a baseball bat by some hardcore hops. It's like the the beer pulls a one eighty halfway through and guns it in the opposite direction. The mouthfeel is perfect for the wheat part of this beer but a bit thin for the hop attack.

Certainly this is interesting and worthwhile to try. I have the rest of a sixer and the rest of the weekend so i hope this grows on me but right now I'm a bit underwhelmed. Did I speak too soon about Lag?

daliandragon, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear deep yellow to light orange in color. Active carbonation with a decent head; a little lace.

Smell- Citrus all the way. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange.

Taste- Actually some pine comes through now. Along with the heavilly citrus notes. Not getting a lot of wheat flavor in this one. Hoppier than expected.

Mouthfeel- medium to high carbonation. Smooth. This is spot on, probably the best aspect of this one.

Overall- I have heard this described as an amped up gumballhead. They are both hoppy wheat beers but I think the comparison really ends there. This is good but not great.

JLeege, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Columbus, Ohio,

Appearance: Hazy orange color, fluffy head, almost no lacing.

Smell: Citrus and more citrus. Orange. Some spice. Can't detect any wheat.

Taste: Initial citrus blast. Some sweetness. Hops all around but "under control", not pungent.

Mouthfeel: Light but just right. Very good carbonation, not too filling. Nice resiny feel to the tongue.

Drinkability: Super refreshing, somewhat light body but full flavor. Extremely drinkable!

A very cool and innovative mixture of pale ale and wheat. Love it!

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of DamDweller
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, 2010

Rich golden color with a slight head. It has a subtle, but sweet, banana and peach flavor balanced out with a citrus hop finish. The mouthfeel is well balanced and refreshing. It wouldn't be something to be enjoyed in the winter, but on a hot summer day or a mild fall afternoon would be easily enjoyed one after the another after another.

DamDweller, Sep 23, 2010
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,852 ratings.