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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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BA SCORE
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1,505 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,505
Hads: 8,074
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 415
Gots: 2,125 | 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 jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow color w/ a thin white head. Looking forward to this one after reading some very positive reviews. Smell is very crisp and citrus based, and the hops are there as well. Wow- this beer is an animal! A hop crazed, crisp, lemony animal that shocks my palate. Very smooth though, especially the finish and aftertaste. This beer makes me feel alive.... alive w/ hops! I also don't really taste the alcohol in this one. At 7.5%, it's not a huge ABV, but impressive that I don't detect anything. Very stealthy... The drinkability is great- I could put down several of these pretty easily and not think twice about it. I really like this beer, and will be buying it again for sure. Another fantastic effort by Lagunitas. (740 characters)

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A good transparent golden straw color with a firm white head. A very thin ring of sediment in the bottle. I expected a bit more cloudiness and sediment. Smells like a hoppy IPA. Not too much malt in the scent but a small hint to their presence. Makes for a superb IPA but a little under malted for a wheat beer to my taste. A good all around mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer for it's alcohol content but in all it lacks a strong wheat malt for me.
Cheers! (458 characters)

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden color, similar to a pilsner, but slightly darker and more opaque. Great head retention and thickness that is pure white. Parts with a thin and scattered lace on the glass.

S - Hops definitely dominate this aroma. The malts are present and the spices from the wheat are noticeable, but the hop bitterness really stands out.

T - This beer is an "American Pale Wheat Ale." The name describes the taste perfectly in terms of color, lightness, and a hint of spicy flavor. The flavors completely mask the 7.5% abv. with the aid of the 64.2 IBUs.

M - This beer really satiates all parts of the tongue by delivering exactly what it states. No hot alcohol burn, but a perfect kick from the hops and wheat.

D - At 7.5% abv. this beer is dangerously drinkable. The light color and crisp taste really throw me off. I feel as though I'm drinking a normal, lower %, pale ale until I look at the bottle. (917 characters)

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice golden orange. Slightly cloudy. No head.

Smell: Warm caramel malts. Hints of nutmeg. A bit spicy. Hops are a mix of orange peel and pine cone. Nice sweet balance. Doesn't burn my eyelids off.

Taste: I didn't know this was a wheat ale when my wife picked this out for me at bev mo'. This is really pleasant. It has a tropical punch quality.Sweet tart and sugary. The malts blend well with the hops. This beer is finely balanced. The general taste is somewhat close sweet white wine. The hops aren't super astringent and they finish well. This is really mild tasting being a 7.5 abv beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. It has a little bit of the swish factor because it doesn't dissolve instantly.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these easily and be more intodxicated than I would want to be, due to the high ABV. It would be a good finisher for a hefeweizen tasting session. (905 characters)

Photo of goalie33
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A) Slightly hazy gold in color with one finger of foamy white head. Nicely carbonated. Leaves decent lacing in the glass.
S) Musty and mango-peach hops with some sweet malts in the background.
T) Bitter, hoppy beginning with a very sweet, malty finish. Transition is very smooth. Bready malt taste lingers in the back of the mouth.
M/D) Beginning of the mouthfeel is medium bodied while the finish is thick and almost syrupy. Good drinkability but not really sessionable.

Very interesting beer. The mouthfeel during the finish is unlike any I've felt. Very nice array of flavors. A pretty good beer that's worth trying. (666 characters)

Photo of beerdown77
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For starters, I prefer this to A Little Sumpin' Wild. I'm not a huge fan of Belgium styles, and I thought this was more mild and drinkable. It Pours orange-yellow with big foamy head. The smell and taste is sweet and floral, with some sourness to follow. It has a nice medium body that is crisp. I prefer the orange-hoppy bite in this brew to the thick sweetness in the Wild. It has a wheatiness, almost making it a hybrid of sorts. I had a few of these. (454 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Very pale with a fluffy snow white head and good lacing.

S: A hint of lemon and hops, but nothing really pops out here.

T: Lots of zesty hops and citrus, but there is a discernible breadiness from the wheat.

D: It goes down smooth and is very refreshing, another is not a possibility, but a necessity.

Overall: This is a great offering from Lagunitas. It is balanced and delicious and has a nice little kick to boot. A nice take on the style and must try in the summer. If other American Pale Wheat Ales are "lawnmower beers" then this is a "tractor beer"! Good stuff! (623 characters)

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangy Gold with a thick, luscious white head. Makes me drool in anticipation of the first sip.

S - Wonderful citrus smells attack my nostrils: Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, etc.

T - Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, etc. Grassy hops add some twang. Full of great flavors to tantalize your taste buds!

M - Fully moderate body with ticklish carbonation. An easy drinker.

O - This is one of my all time favorite beers. It has so much good stuff going on! A favorite for spring and summer. (496 characters)

Photo of kohoutek
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden amber beer with feisty zips of carbonation trailing from the bottom. A nice bright appearance. Nice white sticky lace clings to the glass. Bubbles are of medium size and medium persistence. Attractive covering of permafoam throughout the drinking experience.

Aromas and flavors of earthen hops, spicy, sweet, dried leaves and grass. The dry hops may have been a bit brown or steeped too long. Sticky cotton candy, slight vanilla, blonde pipe tobacco. Suprisingly subtle bitterness for 64 IBUs, nice smooth finish. Slight French bread maltiness, finishes relatively light bodied and dry.

Overall, a bit too grassy and feel that the the dry hops missed their peak. I bet this beer would be much better on tap when very fresh. (740 characters)

Photo of mjn5036
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American Pale Wheat Ale, huh? Interesting...

12oz bottle popped open and poured into my White Birch glass. This one pours a golden amber color with a dash of tangerine/orange. A fairly sizeable three finger bone white head arises and falls in approximately two minutes. What is left is a great wispy, sticky white lacing clinging all over the glass.

The smell on this thing knocked my socks off. This is the fruitiest beer I have ever come in contact with. The initial smell is damn near the smell of a freshly opened can of fruit cocktail. Pear and apricot dominate the profile. Sweet citrusy hops and tangerine are found. It smells like fresh fruit and is simply amazing. From the smell I wouldn't call this one a wheat ale as it smells quite hoppy, but this is still one of the best smelling pale ales I have ever encountered. The fastidious sweet breadiness helps confirm the wheat ale part of it.

A lot of pear, apricot and tangerine in the taste. Very floral and citrusy with some grassy flavors as well. A nice bitter hoppy bite latches onto your taste buds and stays for the ride. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose but it is still incredibly enjoyable.

This one is super smooth and extremely easy to drink...dangerously easy to put down at 7%. Drinkability would be higher if the flavor could match the incredible nose on this thing. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and the alcohol is not really detectable. A solid brew indeed. (1,457 characters)

Photo of packard2989
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid brew. Very nice balance of hop flavor. Drinkability is great, who would have guessed it is 7.5%! Not too heavy, very smooth down the shoot.
I went out on a whim buying this ale, I had never heard of it but am very impressed. Drinking from bottle is nice... it might be better from a glass though. (303 characters)

Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The kind of head you'd expected from a wheat beer, frothy white foam cap. Pale amber color that has a slight haze to it.

S: Way more hops than your typical wheat ale. Very floral and grassy but balanced by a sweet bready aroma.

T: Not as much hops in the mouth as the nose, though certainly more than your typical wheat ale. In some ways its reminding me of Gumbalhead with a more bitter finish. It has a sweet bubblegum and fruit start that's cut quickly by the bitter hops. Malt backbone is present in the finish.

M: Somewhat disappointing, it seems as so as you swallow it all trace is gone. Probably due to the thin body and high carbonation. I guess that's kind of how it's suppose to be though.

D: On a hot day I could easily see myself drinking a six pack of this and not even thinking twice about it being over 7%. Its crisp and refreshing with enough hop presence to take in before each gulp. (908 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber color and formed a snow white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, pepper, and caramel. The flavor was of malt, caramel, and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish slightly smokey. (310 characters)

Photo of wertperch
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drunk this beer so many times, it's fast become a favourite of mine. It's a pale amber with a excellent crowning head that holds well, laces the glass prettily as it goes down.

The nose is gently hoppy and quite fruity, with clear notes of tangerine and bready wheatiness. A little bitterness balances a sweet savour of herb bread, and the light, slightly spicy citrus carries through to a dry finish that is clean and fresh after the maltiness.

It's a great food beer, good with sturdy salads and light to moderately flavoured dishes. I'd pick it as a good introduction to food pairing with lightly spiced meats and cheeses. There's little to fault, it's a superbly balanced pale wheat brew that continually surprises. (728 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even though I've had 'A Little Sumpin Extra' and 'A Little Sumpin Wild' before, I have never had the original. Excited to finally try it and review it. Bottle date is 11/10/10.

Pours a pale orange with a big sudsy white head. Retains at half a finger leaving some good lacing. No sediment visible.

Pretty hoppy scent as expected. Mostly piny and a little herbal, citrus and some wheat/bready notes.

Taste is also mostly herbal and piny, with citrus and grapefruit on the lower end of the hop spectrum. Although quite hoppy, this still maintains a wheat ale feel with strong grainy and wheat tastes. Lemony notes become stronger with warmth.

Mouthfeel is a bit spiky and overcarbonated. Not much in the way of alcohol presence.

For some reason I thought this would have more a 'bright' hop presence. Does a good a job at still drinking like a wheat ale, though a very hoppy one. Improved as it warmed too. (910 characters)

Photo of ken2cart1
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass

a- pale with a slight light honey color, 1/2 inch frothy white foamy head...sticky lacing

s- pure tropical paradise ..mostly grapefruit from the hops

t- similiar to the way it smells, very fruity, delicious, lingering grapefruit in terms of hops...good amount of sweet caramel in the forefront and throughout

m- very smooth and creamy due to the wheat malt, i believe all ipas should have a slight wheat malt in there to give the beer some texture

d- very drinkable, great balance of hops and malt (525 characters)

Photo of chilly460
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, golden yellow color with a hazy body. Two-finger head with tight carbonation which settles to a even layer of lace.

S: Big floral hop notes in the nose as well as some wheat and spicy aromas.

T: Sweet, toasted malt and plain grains up front with a piney and grassy hops.

M: Full-bodied pale wheat some chewiness from the wheat.

D: Pretty interesting full hopped american wheat is a nice "mild" IPA with a clean sweetness. Very easy to drink. (507 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear orange-gold with two fingers of white head.

Aroma of grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruit with light caramel maltiness.

The taste is hoppy with grapefruit and pine along with the balance of sweet caramel malts.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

So enjoyable and so drinkable. Try it, you'll like it. (354 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a clear golden yellow with a medium amount of foam that disapated almost immediately. The smell of piney hops was evident in the aroma. But, the taste of bitter hops, citrus (lemon & orange rind), with a hint of yeast was also evident in the flavor. The bittness was not overpowering, but, could of been a little more sutle. This American Pale Whea Ale, was more like an IPA rather than the Wheat Ale. (427 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, wheat, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and some wheat breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppier than average wheat beer worth drinking for a long time. (765 characters)

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellowish amber. 2 finger bone white head. Decent retention. Not much lacing. Smell is a grapefruit bomb. Big grapefruity citrus, some orange, some tropicals. Awesome smell.

Taste follows the smell, but shows a bit more of the light malt base. Sugar Cookie malts, but very lightly. Great canvas for the hop character. Light medium bodied, with nice prickly carbonation. Works well. Extremely drinkable and doesn't even show a hint if the abv. (471 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dainty honey color with a one finer off white head of ambiguous bubbles.

S: Characteristic Lagunitas hops, very pine-like, very oily, touches of dense and sweet grapefruit. Malts are like sugar cookies and just there.

T: More mellow on the hops than the nose would suggest. This is not to say this isn't a hoppy beer, pine dominates with a bit of citrus fruit. Malts are skittish and don't want to join the party.

M: Here's where this beer shines, medium bodied - starts of off silky and finishes dry with a certain effervescence that brings some bitterness up into the nose.

D: Standard Lagunitas fare, fairly good, but nothing spectacular. (661 characters)

Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear gold with a solid two finger head on top.

Smell: Floral hops and wheat.

Taste: hop bitterness up front, followed by a crutton-like flavor, salt crispness and a lingering citrus/pine flavor. It's a nice batch of flavors that all come together to make this brew awesome.

Drinkability: The nice crisp profile of the wheat with an american ale style yeast and hops make this guy a winner. (438 characters)

Photo of climax
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pale wheat ale with 65 IBUs? Interesting, let's dive in. It pours a gold color with good clarity. The head was on the small side, but left alot of tight lace bubbles on the side.

The nose was a refreshing citrus splash. Lemon and passion fruit mixed in with an almost artificially sweet peach aroma blend bitter and sweet quite well. Grassy notes emerge a bit more as it sits, and the sweetness becomes slightly subdued.

The flavor does the same. Hop bitterness is high, but this isn't a pale ale, and it's certainly no wheat beer. The wheat and yeast flavors add sweetness to the lupulin fiesta that really makes me think about what I'm drinking. My second sip yields soapy and herbal tones that last through the hop oil finish.

The body is around medium with a slick feel and very sharp carbonation. The tingle lasts long through the dry finish. Boy, I think I found a refreshing summer drinker.... that has a load of hops even! I'm impressed, Bravo Lagunitas for filling a gap for the green-geeks out there, this beer is a little sumpin' sumpin' different. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Burt
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass filled to the top.

A. Yellow orange that is hazy. Head is white and thick. Left a thick coating of lace all the way down the glass.

S. Big hop aroma, loved smelling this beer

T. Nice hop taste taste up front, had a little sweetness in the middle with a nice bitterness at the end.

M. Some carbonation, with a smooth coating, at 7.5% the alcohol is well hidden.

D. Was surprised how good this beer was very easy drinking and dangerously addictive. Hop heads beer for sure. (500 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.