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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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear light honey orange color with a small 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Decent rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet grains, honey, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet honey, grapefruit juice, biscuit, and citrus zest. The honey flavor is really noticeable to me and it's very delicious. Very, very mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is good with a nice level of carbonation that makes form a crisp and clean feel. Overall, this is a good beer with a surprising honey taste. I am surprised to see that it is a wheat ale. I am not too sure if this one is past it's prime (I have been sitting on it for months) because the hops aren't too overwhelming but this is good either way.

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Photo of zrab11
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful golden orange color with a 1 finger head.

S-Has the smell of orange citrus and also some grain and hops

T- Has a nice yeasty ipa taste. Very crisp tasting with some nice citrus and hop flavors coming though

M-Medium body with nice carbonation. Really crisp and refreshing

D-OVerall this was a really nice beer. Almost tasted like an IPA but the wheaty grainess made you remember it was a wheat beer. Id love to have this again. Nice beer

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a tinge of copper. Thick white head. Aroma of the hops is pronounced. Definitely dry-hopped with a large quantity.

Mouthfeel is best described as good body with plentiful carbonation.

Taste is unique. The wheat flavor is pronounced along with hop bitterness. Dry finish.

This beer is really a category straddler. You definitely know the wheat is there, but this is closer to a good IPA that to some of the other wheat pale ales in this category.

Overall, I love it. Another terrific beer from Lagunitas!

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Photo of jessycho
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - I'd be hard pressed to pick a more beautiful beer between the Little Sumpin' and Kasteel's Triple. Absolutely stunning golden color with a light pale head and some nice notes of carbonation. Maybe it's just this one occasion, but the way the light is hitting it is incredible.

S - Very standard American Pale Wheat aromas. Wheat with light citrus hops, mostly orange.

T - Very crisp wheat flavor with good malt and a subtle orange citrus zest. I'm sure you could squeeze a bit of orange into this one, but really don't need to.

M - Despite it's beautiful appearance, not a whole lot of action going on in the mouth. I like a lot of carbonation, but this one is definitely keeper nonetheless.

O - All in all, incredible beer. Great beer to default to on a regular basis.

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Photo of mellostello
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer!

Drank from a growler poured off the tap.

L: Gold-Orange; White head

A: Pine and Citrus aroma

T: Smooth with slight-bitter pine taste. Very drinkable. Before I know it my glass is empty.

M: Creamy and carbonated at the same time

Loved it and look forward to another growler

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small amount of white head with mild retention of the lacing. Aroma is of flowers, hops, and citrus. The aroma carries over into the taste. Mild mouthfeel. This is a super tasty, refreshing brew. Love it.

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Photo of Brunite
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden/orange color with a nice white head. The head eventually fades but leaves amazing lace behind.

S: Smells like an IPA. Citric hops. Slight graininess.

T: Tastes like an IPA. Gumballhead comes to mind. Crisp...refreshing....a dry grainy, husky finish. Bitterness lingers.

M: Medium body. Dry bitter finish.

O: A decent beer here. The alcohol on this is well hid. It is a nice change from a hefe or IPA if you are looking for one.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

Pale golden-orange color with a very slight haze to it. White head and lots of beautiful bubbles lurking below the surface from the carbonation.

Smell is of floral hops with some tropical fruit aromas. A bit of an underlying sweetness.

Hard to believe this is a wheat beer - starts out with very straightforward grainy, dry malt; quickly followed by the hops that begin piney and floral, but quickly turn into a biting rindy bitterness that lingers for some time. In fact, this aftertaste is, to me, the most noteworthy characteristic of this brew - the resonant bitterness that fades slowly away.

Mouthfeel is a great balance of crisp carbonation and smooth, medium body. Pleasant and drinkable.

A nice offering, although, if inspired by Three Floyds' Gumballhead, it really doesn't match up. Gumballhead is so much more balanced and nuanced. This is bold and for the most part, well done, but appears hamhanded next to a brew like Gumballhead. But that's just my opinion.

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Photo of Pecafaced
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- A nice golden yellow/orange color which produced a great 2 finger width white head. The beer is very clear and the carbonation bubbles are very active.

S- Hops! I thought this was a wheat pale ale...is this a India Wheat Ale? Not complaining...the smell is awesome! Very prominent citrus aroma like grapefruit and oranges all rolled into one. There is some sweetness from the wheat used.

T- The first thing that hits is the sweet flavor so the wheat does present itself. Then the citrus flavor kicks in which compliments the malt perfectly. The finish is dry making you want to take another sip immediately.

M- Nice sized body of a beer. Very smooth on the palate and a good amount of carbonation in the bottle.

Once again Lagunitas leaves me impressed. I haven't had a ton of their beers, but every one that I have had has been stellar!!

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Photo of DearthVader
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank God this beer is year round! I can't believe it took me so long to actually try it. Instantly a staple in my fridge.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Stone IPA glass.

Golden orange that is slightly see through. Fluffy 2 finger head with incredible retention. Kept a half finger fluff throughout the beer. Leaves extremely thick lacing. You can see carbonation racing to the top.

Smells of sweet wheat soaked in grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, slight peach, and sprinkled with pine needles. So damn good!

Taste follows the smell. Starts off with a sweet citrus hop that rolls into the grapefruit and it finishes with a dry wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth as silk. Great carbonation that really makes this beer dangerously drinkable at its 7.5% ABV.

Obviously I loved this beer. I'm really starting to become a believer in Lagunitas. Time after time, they impress the hell out of me. Will revisit this beer in about.... right now. Cheers!

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish gold with a good amount of white frothy head. Smells really wonderful. Light hops over sweet wheat. A nice light fruitiness on the nose. Tastes as OT s,ells. Sweet and hoppy. Especially for a pale wheat. Lots of great lighter fruit on he tongue with pine and grape fruit coming through on the hops. Very solid brew overall, definitely wish I had access to this

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Photo of PGHeppJr
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes 02JUN2010

On draft at Kickback's GastroPub, poured into a .3L weizen glass.

This is a wheat beer? Could have fooled me. Would've never guessed, outside its light and slightly cloudy color this wasn't an American Pale Ale. Grapefruit all over the place, eeeasy drinker, surprising for weighing in at the 7.5% ABV. My only wish is that the balance leaned more towards wheat than the pale ale side.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-04-24 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly hazzy golden amber with a big, 2-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mild grain, apple and hop floral. Not very aromatic.

T - Quite different. At first, you might think you are having a wheat beer with the doughy malt flavor and lemon citrus but then the big, bad hop bitterness kicks in with some earthy spice, grass and mild sourness. It's a hodge-podge of flavors that comes across fairly well.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy, bubbly and mildly syrupy.

O - Not as refreshing as a straight IPA, but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a slightly cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and hops. Taste is good, citrus, hops, a touch of wheat, not really what I expected from this style, but good nonetheless. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of scubazook
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a The Bruery tulip

Appearance: Dark golden/light orange in color, good clarity even wheat is used. Large off-white long lasting head.

Smell: Fresh squeezed grape fruits and orange, some fragrant floral hops are evident, a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Rich citrucy hop bitterness up front. A hint of sweetness like fresh muscat, hop bitterness is moderate, not overly bitter which I like. Wheat flavor is very subtle almost non.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, medium high carbonation.

Notes: Even I'm not a big fan of wheat beer, this is one of my favorite beer from Lagunitas, absolutely delicious with the floral citrus hop aroma/flavors are wonderful. As 7.5% AVB, this is very crisp and dangerously smooth..

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle

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Photo of tinusch
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

goddamn, goddamn, goddamn i love this beer. ive said it three times and ill say it again: i fucking love this beer and no less than wanton profanity will suffice. in as many ways as it's an ipa, it's something else entirely. thick, sticky and creamy on the tongue, tastes of copious, copious and sugary-sweet citric hops with a rich, sturdy undercurrent of everything from chocolate to grapefruit to an evergreen tree, and a euphoric alcohol warming sensation like mumma rubbin' vicks on yo' tummy. one of my favorites.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear gold with a sticky white head.

Has a hoppy pine smell, with pleasant floral and honey notes and hints of orange and grass.

Has a slightly strange combination of herbal wheat and spicy hop. Fruity, floral, piney and bitter, this aromatic brew starts savory and ends bitter.

Medium to light bodied, it is rather crisp and clean, despite it's full flavor.

I find myself all over the map on this one. I like it, but find it odd and taxing. I want more, but then feel I've had enough. Little sumpin' sumpin'? OK, I'll try a little mo'!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Big rocky white head. Decent retention, spotty lacing.

S: Lots of fruit on the nose. Melons mostly, and fruit juice. Kiwi-strawberry, honeydew melon. Grapefruit comes across as pithy rather than bitter. Mango puree. Floral notes abound. Subtle resinous hop oil scent.

T: A measured amount of bitterness and hop oil tastes handle the palate with kid gloves. Melon rind. Tame hop bitterness resurfaces, but this time with tastes of pine and citrus. Mango and other tropical fruits meld together and are reminiscent of a fruit juice blend. A touch of sweet dough and wheat provide a nice malt anchor. Finishes with more fruity and mildly oily bitterness.

M: Light and fluffy thanks to the wheat, a bit slick owing to the hop oils. Mild carbonation.

O: A nice, refreshing beer. Tasty and inoffensively hoppy.

Notes: A lively, fruity hop profile makes this much better than your average American Pale Wheat Ale. A very tasty treat. A great transition beer as well; the inexperienced beer drinker can cut his or her teeth on it and use it as a stepping stone to some of the harder-hitting hoppy beers.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass. This is a nice clear straw color with a big creamy looking white head that sits atop about two fingers high. Really great retention on this one, it last thoughout most of the drink.

A very unique smell on this. Spicy hops right up front followed by a good citrus aroma to finish this one off. A nice candied orange zest flavor to this. A little bit of a spicy pepper flavor with a piney hop finish.

The body on this seems a bit heavier than I would like on the style; even a little sticky. Not a bad beer, very enjoyable. Glad to see this in six packs relatively locally.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of BeazyB
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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