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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
94
outstanding

7,107 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,107
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,116 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009)
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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

Gjproulx, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of arrogant
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at selma's pizzariea in rancho santa mararita.
Deep gold color, but just something I wasn't too crazy about, although it was still very good.
Orange citrusy, with a hidh level palate hit, but wasn't a good pairing with the pesto chicken pizza. Had a hops head after this that was much better.

arrogant, Aug 28, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

Schuff21, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange, mostly opaque and cloudy with a somewhat thin, wispy white head. Decent lacing left along the sides of the glass, more so during the latter half of the beer. Nose is a cornucopia of fruits and sweetness; grapefruits, apricots, grapes, raisins, pears. It has a nice rum and booze-like aroma overshadowing the whole thing, too. Taste follows right along with the fruit heavy theme, also adding slight orange to the mix. The booze flavor is noticeable as well, but adds a nice complexity to the flavor profile rather than hindering things. Wheat and yeast heavy all around; grains and biscuits finish things off and show up strong in the aftertaste. Another big flavor that comes out quite a bit after the beer has already been swallowed - burnt sugar, like the top of a creme brulee. Very interesting and very taste. Hop flavors are weedy, musky, and heavily vegetal. Medium body, lots of carbonation.

Very unique beer, tasty, no doubt. Possibly a little too sweet at first, but it mellows out nicely and turn into one hell of a drinker. Wheaty and fruity all around, with a nice alcohol warming through and through. Not sure if I'm in love with some of the hop flavors, though.

tectactoe, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clar brass colored with a hint of haze. The bleached beige suds fall fast but leave all sort of lace.
The nose is bombarded with lime, mint, grapefruit, chardonnay, and dough. It's not at all complex, but is does smell delicious.
Wheat appears up front in the mouth, with doughy dinner rolls/snack crackers. Hops tear it all up. Sour lime and grapefruit and white grapes. Bitterness comes with resin and pine sap. The finish is all disipating hops with eddies of minerals.
Medium-light bodied with enough carbonation to distract from the potency.
This is a hopped-up and boozed-up (American) wheat done fairly well.

cokes, Jun 19, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everyone want a Lil' Sumpin Sumpin!!!! Another solid creation by Lagunitas. The color is golden clear with not much carbonation; so the head is very very thin...a;lmost non-exsistent. The nose is accented by grapefruit/citrus and you can sense a full bodyness to it. The taste is very good with citrus hints and body. The mouthfeel is good, lil punchy with the higher abv.

WoodBrew, May 29, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours kind of a hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Smells like honey, hops, and wheat. My first taste is about the same. It's kind of like a wheat IPA. There's some grapefruit, some grass, a little bit of malt sweetness, and long, dry, tart finish.

You'd never guess it's 7.5% ABV.

I definitely get more IPA than wheat, which is probably why I like it! Overall, it's different, certainly worth a try. Very drinkable, especially for its ABV.

McNealc31, May 19, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma has lots of caramel, toffee and roasted malt.
The taste is malt forward, caramel sweetness, a touch of lemon bitterness. Great balance.
The texture is thicker.
Excellent.

Fatehunter, Oct 05, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden, almost pilsner-like appearance. Decent head and persistent lacing. Fairly hoppy aroma that I have come to expect from Lagunitas. This beer is pretty interesting because it is a wheat beer but has many characteristics of a hoppy pale ale. I get wheat beer on the front end with a bitter pale ale finish. This beer is a nice change from a typical summer beer, a good amount of hops but not over the top.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 27, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color reminiscent of a wheat beer, but more clear. Not lager clear, but far clearer than a average wheat beer. Very big head when poured that dissipates to a half a finger and pretty much remain through the glass. Laces nicely.

S: Citrus overtones with a pine smell. Kinda like my Grand Fir Christmas tree in my living room. Smells a bit hoppy when brought to your nose. (I gave the smell a 3.5 because I am not fond of hoppy smelling citrusy beer - some love it.)

T: Not hoppy like it smells. Perhaps the wheat counteracts the hoppy smell. I is not a traditional Belgian wheat style, but something different.

M: Smooth and not a stong carbonation although very fine bubbles continue throughout the glass.

D: I would say this is very drinkable. I will have no problem crushing the growler.

Paid $8.99 for a growler at the local beer store and as usual, any Lagunitas is a good call. Will drink this again - preferably in the summer.

Heritage02Rider, Dec 18, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, sunny color, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy white two finger head. Lacing is plentiful and foamy.

Nice pleasant floral hop aroma, and little bit of bready malts.

Taste had a nice little hop bit, slightly piny, but some citrus. Nice sweet bready malt character.

The feel was nice and crisp, light in body, but a bit creamy and slick. Carbonation was good.

Overall, one of the better examples of the style. Reminds me slightly of Gumballhead, but not quite as tasty.

EgadBananas, May 09, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of rocky off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: An assortment of grapefruit citrus and piney hops advertise this beer's nature, with some grainy pale malt contributing a complimentary sense of sweetness.

T: Begins fairly balanced and just off-dry, with grain and hops coming together well. Ultimately the advantage goes to the hops, as they transition from a restrained floral and tropical fruit aromatics to the modestly bitter finish.

M: Medium viscosity--resinous, sticky, and palate-coating--with light carbonation.

D: From the first sip this beer shouts "Lagunitas" with its recognizable combination of floral and citrus aromatic qualities--the IPA is definitely there, as in Sumpin' Extra. Even Hop Stoopid may be eligible for first cousin-status. Despite the evident resemblance to other family members, this beer should not be known by association alone. From a stylistic standpoint it is miles from the middle, with all the qualities of a strong IPA--not exactly what one might expect from a wheat beer.

beagle75, Oct 11, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reasonably brilliant orange color with soft but lingering head that laces nicely. Malty notes on the nose and vaguely reminiscent of compost (not a bad thing, mind you).

Tangy and honeyed with bright acid and fine toast and almond nuance.

Drinks well enough.

detlefchef, Jul 22, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Feb 09, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a bronze color with white head that faded slowly and left decent lacing. Smelled of pine hops and malt. Tasted of pine hops, malt, and citrusy fruit. Quite smooth, just slightly dry. Would have been nice to have a few more of these.

NewGeneric, Jul 28, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

ChrisISO_SJ, Nov 06, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful golden blonde with a two finger head. Nice tracks of sticky lacing all over the glass. Excellent carbonation bubbling up from my DFH Signature glass.

S- Sharp notes of grapefruit and orange juice! Fresh cut grass with underlying piney notes. Nice malty sweetness that balances with the fruity hops.

T- Nice smooth wheat, brilliant citrusy hop burst!!! Fresh cut grass and wheat. Very well balanced! Really nice sweetness on the front of the tongue, nice bitterness in the back. Very clean tasting...

M- Nothing overwhelming... just a fantastic balance between piney/citrusy/sweet and bitter. Really nice carbonation.

O- I'm not gonna say this is a sessionable brew because of the abv, but it certainly drinks like one. Delicious, refreshing and fantastic! $12/6-pack is probably a bit much, but I've never had it and really wanted to try it. Well done once again Lagunitas!

Thickfreakness, Jul 23, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz shorty bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 2" off-white head. Lacing coats half of the glass.

S- honey, orange, citrus some spice

T- pale malts, sweet citrus (orange and grapefruit), some pine bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice creamy feel that drinks very smooth.

O- Nice balance beer. Can see a lot of even non-craft drinkers liking this, or I guess a very approachable beer.

kawilliams81, Aug 09, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'Ale pours a copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a fairly strong hop aroma and I can pick up some caramel malt. The flavor is pretty hoppy with some citrus like notes and I can taste crystal malt and a decent amount of caramel malt. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Drew966, Jul 20, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Held up the line in Whole Foods for 10 minutes in order to buy a single of this beer. Apparently they don't split 6-packs in SD? Tragic.

Anyhow it's been a while since my last Lagunitas, but I have high expectations.

Sumpin' pours neat and clear, classic amber color suggestive of the hoppiness to come. Seafoam head, swirl-worthy with fantastic lace and purely white.

So they're calling this a Wheat Ale... Hmm, definitely not detectable in the nose. Aroma is all hops, on the sour side of IPA, sweeter with warmth, really promising. There's something interesting going on here nose-wise that I can't quite put my finger on yet.

Wonderfully burning on the palate, quite caustic despite the low IBU's. Straight up citrus chunks of bitter with a pleasant bready softness in the mouth. As it warms the alcohol notes are very prominent, but still rather balanced by the bitter hops. I like the dry finish, it feels like this beer just instantly evaporates on your tongue.

Pretty heavy for a "Wheat Ale," but a nice long sippin' hoppy beer. I don't think this beats Maximus or IPA, but another solid entry that would be damn good on draft. Overall, I wish there was a bit more wheat character here. The abv might be nice a tad lower as well. Great choice of hops, but such recipes are getting easier and easier to pull off these days. Glad to try it.

bohemiandonut, Aug 18, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

morebeergood, Aug 26, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

RexBanner, Oct 04, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

See this all the time, thought I should finally try it

A - Not a lot of head, but what is there leaves a ton of lacing

S - Pretty crazy: biscuit, big red gum, cookie spices, raw flour, a lot of hop presence: getting citra and chinook big time. Obviously a great amount of wheat malt and maybe roasted pale malts

T - Wheat astringency, good amount of hoppy bitterness, some juicy hops. Big malts, big hops

M - Almost drying, like tap water with some implied astringency. Alcohol is very well hidden

Definitely gets points for originality. It definitely is a "little sumpin" cause I have no idea what just happened

hopoilcrazy, May 16, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

antoneloc, Sep 29, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

Jd2391, Apr 18, 2013
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,107 ratings.