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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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1,534 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,534
Hads: 8,213
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 427
Gots: 2,306 | 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 prg1976
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color. Decent white head, dissipates quickly.

Smell is barely there, a little sweet and malty. I'm thinking this is an older bottle.

Taste is malty sweet. A little grassy, not much there at all.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, just not sure if this is fresh or not. I'll have to pick some up again to be sure.

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Photo of Phocion
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a fizzy almost-orange-soda-like color with a thin but resilient bubbly white head and light lacing.

Aroma is sweet wheat, orange peel, and grapefruit hops. Slight hint of doughiness and very, very light toasted malt coming through as well.

Bittersweet citrus hops dominate the taste. Hops are slightly earthy as well, along with the flavor of wheat and subtle caramel malts.

Medium-bodied and carbonation. All in all, the American Pale Wheat Ale category is one style that I am not particularly fond of, but this is definitely drinkable. A little high on the ABV to be terribly sessionable, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure honey/gold into an oversize nonic. No haze, a small off-white head and impressive head lacing for an APWA. Looks refreshing!

Smell is soft tropical fruit (tangerine, orange), the slightest bit of hop bitterness, and maybe a hint of sweet grass. There is a little hop astringency and some floral notes. Also very refreshing smelling!

The taste is hop bitterness & a little hop oil/astringency (not overwhelming for me, pleasant). There is a floral/earthy component. Once I tasted it, the smell turned more towards dried grass and floral esters. There is some grainy/malt character there on the tongue (I believe I can taste the wheat) as well as some sweet vegetable/tobacco notes. Not as drying as an IPA on the back end, but still warm. Light to medium body, not as much on the crisp side as creamy. This beer lost me just a little on the bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and a great take on the style. Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange color, good lace and quick going away white head, the nose has a nice hop, juicy orange and lemon, inviting.

Not sure about the wheat but some malt backs this, softens the flavors, refreshing and balanced, a nice easy drinker. Might be as good as the best APA's, not too bitter, just right.

A beer to keep around.

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Photo of richkrull
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the first time tonight after seeing it at the beer store a few times. I really enjoyed it. Nice orange color with some good head on it. Good hop aroma and an even better taste. This is a really good ale with a good bitter finish. I'll definitely be looking for this beer again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip glass. No bottle date present. Bottle purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber. Two finger white head that sticks around a while. Nice bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Strong citrusy and floral hops are all over this brew. It smells delicious! Just like fresh picked fruit. I smell summer!

T: Hops up front and at the finish. Nothing TOO overpowering. Just perfect. Nice fruity and sweet. Very pleasant.

M: Smooth. Mild mouth coating IPA. Nothing too mouth puckering.

D: I could drink this all night! Perfect session beer. The ABV might eventually get you, but if I'd had another I would have drank it.

Overall, another delicious brew from this nice WC brewery. I seem to like every thing they put in those funny stubby bottles! Keep sending them east!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a transluscent and glowing orange color with a finger of egg-shell white head that does not hold for too long but it laces okay.

S: Strong floral hoppiness, orange and lemon zest, caramel, and fresh-cut grass.

T: Strong lemon and orange juiciness early, caramel malty middle, wiped away by strong, bittering floral hoppiness late.

M: It has a medium-light body with above average carbonation and some tongue-numbing from the hoppiness.

D: The is a little strong on the floral notes but delicious nonetheless; good stuff.

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Photo of tapman
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange in color with a large, off-white head that has some pretty sticky lacing. Head pours as high as you need it. Filtered.

Fresh pine, juicy fruit gum, hint of sweet grass and a hint of citrus for the nose.

Taste is very sweet. Hops are similar to the nose, but subdued by the intense sweetness. Not cloying like a molasses sweetness, but like a lot of a lightly kilned grain sweetness. THink Lagunitas' IPA with more malt tossed in.

A little thick, but still refreshing.

An interesting beer, I still prefer the Lagunitas IPA. It has a far superior hop flavor and a low enough abv to drink the heck out of them. THis one is good, but why so high in alcohol for a beer that is so light and that drinks so quickly?

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Photo of nickshep7
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with 2 finger white head (prett agressive pour). On the smell I get a ton of pineapple. On the second pass I picked up a good amount of orange mango juice. Very interesting and complex smell. Taste is full of floral hops. Good mouthfeel and ok drinkability. I like this brew but too sweet to throw back more than one or two.

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Photo of aleckpa
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful orange gold color with a little bit of head. Head stays throughout drinking. Great lacing.

S- As soon as I opened the cap off the beer I smelled wonderful hops and sweetness.

T- Very hoppy but so delicious. Bitter, but the sweetness balances it out very nice.

M- Very smooth. Carbonation is good.

D- Alcohol is at 7.5% but very very drinkability. Not the type to gulp down, but to drink and enjoy.

I don't review often, because I am new to craft beers and I don't feel I have the knowledge to best express my "liking" of the beer. However, this was such a great beer that I had to attempt to review it. I will purchase this beer again, and again...

Nonetheless, I hope this review helps somewhat. This is a great beer, and very affordable.

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Photo of LeftyEtc
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-An orange golden glowing body an very then white head. Ample carbination is visilbe due to the crystal clear apperance.

S-Citrus like grapefruit quaility acomponied by a huge interging hoppy nose. The more you smell this beer the deeper the craving for some serios hops. Drink it already.

T-Sweet crysal malts balanced very well with an enormous hop bill. Bitterness reminds me of sour grapfruit citrus and grape skins. Truly a wounderful tasteing hop filled brew.

M-Beautifuly cleard and crisp freshness with a lot of carbination make this a nice feeling beer along with its nearly perfect tatse for anyone whos loves hoppy beers. So much flavor and charictor packed in this beer, one of my top ten beers. At 7.5% a few of these is just plenty but i could drink nothing but these all night when i am in a hoppy mood. Truly awesome!

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light orange, pale gold color with a thick white head that resides into light meringue top and eventually settles into a spotty cap with delicate lacing.

Lovely aroma of spruce tree, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus notes. A subtle warming alcohol lingers deep underneath. Aroma is fresh and light, with nice balanced depth. Not overpowering or dominant in any one way.

Taste transitions well from the aroma and begins with strong upfront pine notes followed by pleasing tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, light mango and some citrusy juiciness. Not overly sweet or cloying in any way - in fact quite balanced and drinkable - and finishes with nice bitterness and moderate residual sweetness to whet the palate for another sip.

Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. This is a well balanced, very drinkable double IPA. Certainly one to come back to again and again.

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

A - Super clean and translucent sparkly yellow with a white, finger head. The retention is fair, the lacing is subtle, but it's there. This looks appetizing.

S - Good lord, this reminds me of my grand's lemon tree in florida. The citrus characteristics are colossal, this smells freakin great. Smells of fresh squeezed lemon, a bit of lime, orange, mango and tangerine with a bit of fresh cut grass. To reiterate, this is an amazing bouquet of citrus with a hint of sweetness and biscuit/caramel in the background.

T - Opens with a lot of that lemon lime, though the nose is way more intensely citrus than the taste is. The middle begins to sweeten up, showcasing orange, tangerine and some honey or leftover sugar and a touch of pale malt. The malt profile is really subdued, I'm wishing there was a little more to it. But fuck it, let's concentrate on the hops because they're the star here. This finishes very light and clean, with hardly any bittering at all, some of that juicy lemon and grass lingers into the finish, super refreshing.

M - Body is medium and spot on, the carbonation is on the high side, but I'm enjoying it The carbonation feels like it's scrubbing my taste buds. A beer toothbrush, if you will.

D - So drinkable, so clean, so light. Nothing lingers, the flavors are vibrant and juicy, this is a joy to drink.

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Photo of JMad
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass...

The liquid was a pale, golden, amber color with a bubbly whit head that clung to the glass. I took a sniff and first could smell grapefruit, then pineapple and sugary sweet malt. When you take a sip there is an orangey citrus bite that soon gets dominated by a sweetness, there are some background flavors of grapefruit and pine. The beer is kind of thick, it has low carbonation and is warming from the alcohol. This is a well-rounded beer, I would drink it anytime.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only go so long without drinking a Lagunitas. I'm a big fan of pale ales and it seems like everything Lagunitas makes is a pale ale or is hoppy. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is one I've had before but I haven't reviewed. Now it is time for me to give the beer its due!

The head grew thick, white, and frothy and it leaves a minimal film on top after the head eventually reduces itself. Clear and an amber-copper color is the beer with some bubbles dancing up from the bottom of the glass.

It "smells like angels ought to smell", as Marv from SinCity says, but this angel would be the angel of hoppy beer. Why didn't God make that angel? Michael is the badass angel, Gabriel is sort of God's messenger, but where is the beer angel?! Doesn't God know that beer gives Man so much enjoyment? Anyway, as with every Lagunitas beer I've had the aroma is lusciously floral from the hops with some good pine notes that go along with grapefruit/mango citrus and some wheaty malt to balance out.

The taste is much like the smell with the hop bitterness and spice tingling the tongue while the piney sweetness adds balance until the citrus and wheaty malt flavors linger at the end. Unfortunately my review won't do this beer justice. This is a very good pale ale that is full of flavor but not filling. It's very refreshing and a definite recommendation for anyone looking for a pale ale.

The little sumpin' this beer gives is a lot and it is only one of many great beers from Lagunitas.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-nice orange color white lacing and head
S-nice citrus hops up front with very little boys of wheat.
T-very hoppy with a bit of funk at the end that I can't quite put a finger on. I would never guess this to be a wheat beer.
M-light bodied and smooth. Crisp and clean.
D-very drinkable. Wish I had anoher

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Photo of mjhorn
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a fairly pale straw to golden yellow. Little head that disappeared quickly. Smell here is great, hops right there in your face with pine and pineappley citrus. Taste has a nice bitter kick with a slightly sweeter finish with bread and wheat notes. Slight peppery bite as well. Has a slightly heavier body than I expected from based on its color and pour, but fits right in with the flavor profile. Nice and refreshing beer, leaves just enough hoppy bite to make you want another sip and goes down very smooth. By the end of the glass the alcohol comes out just a tad. First beer by Lagunitas and I definitely want to check out some more.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark blonde with big frothy 2 finger white head.

S - Fresh grapefruit and orange off the top. Pale malts and some fruit-strawberries and pineapple.

T - Green citrus hops wrap around a great pale malt. Hints of grain and lemon. Finished very crisp and clean.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body, clean and zesty.

With all the citrus this would be a fantastic thirst qeuncher in the heat of the summer. I would have never known this was an American Pale.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a translucent gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thick ring of foam.

S-Grapefruit is just about the only thing I can get out of the nose which is surprising considering it is a wheat beer. It doesn't really have any of the typical nose characteristics I am used to with this style.

T-Lotes of grapefruit and some lemon notes up front followed by a nice malt/wheat backbone. It finishes with a slightly bready note. Truly delicious.

M-A little thicker than expected with a nice touch of carbonation.

D-Even though its abv. is relatively high one could drink at least three of these in a sitting. Its so delicious and easy drinking though it might creep up on you very quickly.

Until today I had yet to be blown away by a Lagunitas beer. Everything has changed as of this moment. This beer is remarkable. I will be drinking this and maybe only this until next Fall.

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Photo of tbraun1
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-12oz bottle into a pint glass-

A - Golden brown hefe color w/o the sediment cloud. Nice carbonation with a two finger head and nice lacing that hangs on the glass.

S - Nice hop kick to the nose but not overpowering followed by a lingering sweetness on the back end.

T - Hoppy but well balanced; The hops do take center stage but there is a nice yeasty flavor that comes through.

M - Feels great on the palate and was smooth to drink.

D - Very well balanced; not too hoppy/not too sweet. Easy to drink and would appeal to many different people. Def would have another.

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Photo of camp0474
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/17/10

A: Pours a clear orange color with white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Piney and grassy hops with a sweet malt smell. Smell is pretty balanced.

T: Starts with a crisp hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Sweet wheat and bready malt mixing well with some hoppy bitterness. Lingering bitterness from hops. Expected more hops from the smell, but not at all disappointed. Solid balance of hops and sweet malts and wheat. Got a lot more from this beer than I expected.

M: Smooth medium body. Great fine carbonation creates and almost creamy mouthfeel.

D: Solid balance makes this beer quite drinkable. Good display of malt and hops.

I will be honest here, did not even realize this beer was a wheat ale until I found it on here. Pleasantly surprised. Good beer!

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

The best compliment I can pay this is to compare it to a beer Southern Tier once made called Ubersun, their imperial version of Hop Sun. Great hoppy citrus flavors with a light body and pleasing carbonation to make this very drinkable. It's comparable to many of the great IPAs out there in flavor profile and body.
I would happily have this as a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of jsulko
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Tulip

Golden color Thick head that lingers well

Fruity citrus almost pineapple smell

Taste of citrus with a good feel of hops on the backend. Alcohol present slightly in the finish.

This is a new beer to me that I really find very drinkable. May become a new favorite.

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a golden honey color, a nice thin head with nice lacing that sticks around for a while.
It smells like a west coast ipa - citrus and pine, nice aroma
taste - It is like an ipa light but in a good way. Aggresive hop profile, dry hops linger, a really refreshing beer that doesn't lack in the taste department.
Mouthfeel is thin but the hops stick around to make the mouthfeel substantial.
Very sessionable beer! I will definitely pick some of this up in the spring and summer.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very clear straw/golden color. Lots of carbonation evident. The head isn't big, but it stays around awhile.

Smells like the typical Lagunitas hop profile: a wave of grapefruit and some pine, kind of thin and a bit metallic. It's not too strong, though.

Those hop flavors from the nose dominate, but it's not overwhelming at all. Underneath is a grainy flavor from the wheat malt, but this isn't much of a wheat beer. It's more like an IPA light. If you asked me to guess, I'd put the ABV much lower--maybe 5 or even less.

Thin, clean and crisp on the mouth.

This is a very, very easy drinker if you're into hop flavors. This would be a great beer to sip outside on a summer day. It's relatively light and a great showcase of mild hop flavors.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.