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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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7,511 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,511
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 325
Gots: 1,530 | 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 hopphead31415
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a special place in my heart, because it was the beer that turned me on to IPAs. They say that hoppy beers are an acquired taste and this is mostly true. I had been a fan of wheat beers and Belgian Ales, but after trying this one for the first time a couple years ago I was hooked. I realized that I had wasted years sipping on flat toned wimpy beers for people with no advanced flavor receptors nor an appreciation for subtle nuances in IPAs that you would never detect in the non-IPA beers. This is one of my go-to beers and is refreshing and crisp any time of the year.

A-The appearance is a light golden yellow and very clear. I think that the appearance of this one is great. It has a plethora of tiny bubbles that immediately ascend to the surface making for a moderate 1.5 finger head. The head will only slowly disappear, but usually even once I’ve finished the beer, there is plenty of lacing on the glass and a thin head to tickle your lips on you last refreshing sip.

S-The smell is amazing. It has a honey based malt background, but only slightly which gives way into an herbal hop aroma. The malt is definitely honey based, but I am getting a toasty cracker aroma slightly also. The smell is punctuated with a great rose petal and herbal flavor and only a hint of some citrus which you get in the flavor, which I’ll talk about next.

T-The taste of this beer is amazing. It has a delayed release of the piney hoppiness that is so crisp and refreshing. At the end you get a surge of orange peel zest that makes for a perfect finish to this flavorful beer. I also get hints of honey-based malt and a floral herbal flavor. The honey-like maltiness is perfectly cut by the alcohol content which is a respectable 7.5% ABV. What’s really nice is that I noticed that the orange peel zest comes at the same time as the herbal floral and rose petal flavors. A very dynamic beer that every beer enthusiast should try!

M-The mouthfeel is excellent. A very smooth and crisp beer gives way to a delayed tingling from the perfectly fine tuned carbonation. The little bubbles can only be described as effervescent and come right at the end when the zesty orange citrus flavors are at their peak.

O-Overall I will say that this is an excellent beer. It is so refreshing so make sure you drink it very cold and also pour it into a worthy glass. The glass allows any beer’s characteristics to shine through and this beer is amazing. The color is much lighter and more of a yellow-golden than other IPAs that I have reviewed like Rebel Rouser from Sam Adams and Rampant IPA by New Belgium. Those beers are amazing too, but this one is different, because it focuses on the floral and piney citrus flavors more than other IPAs.

Photo of Moooope
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenH
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markdrinksbeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Epetrena
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DruB22
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grizz_Dayly77
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great beer with a great hop taste with some subtle citus notes and a nice bitterness. One of my favorites indeed!

Photo of kraytb
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chadhester23
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tekstr1der
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear gold. No foreshadowing of what’s to come. Aroma has a sharp distinctive perfume/medicinal bent, strangely reminiscent of my girlfriend's house. Though I have a strong olfactory sense, this aroma does not translate. The taste is semisweet, with caramel and wheat flavors. I have no idea what style this brew indicates – per usual from Lagunitas – but it’s delicious!

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derado
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chrisgonet
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bosoxbennie
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZacCary
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a beautiful beer!

Photo of Nevbo
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a semi-transparent gold with a thick white head. Smells of citrus zest, tropical fruits, and flowers with a touch of pepper. The taste is similar to the aroma with some added hints of apple; it's also a tad spicy and slightly bitter. The malt is there but very faint. It's crisp, refreshing, and not boozy at all, especially considering the high ABV. For $8.99 a 6 pk, this is too good to be true!

Photo of Abraham21
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome smell one of my all time favorites

Photo of Mike_Yallits
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sharkfin_24
4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of personpitch
2.82/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

stated 67 ibu's on the bottle, but the bitterness largely dissappeares in the cloying sweetness. not to my liking.

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quite hoppy for a wheat ale. But I expect and like that from Lagunitas.

Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is more towards a orange citrus IPA treat but with some wheat that is there but not full front and center. It's delicious and smells wonderful out of a mason jar with jimi hendrix spinning under a needle.

Photo of ms333
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,511 ratings.