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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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5,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 5377
Reviews: 1297
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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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Photo of jmich24


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clean golden with orange hues. One finger white head sticks around for the whole beer. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Nice citrus hop experience up front. Come orange peel, pineapple and topical fruits.
T: Gumballhead instantly comes to mind. Nice hoppy wheat ale. Tastes a lot like it smell citrus, tropical fruits. I don't get a whole lot of wheat character.
M: Medium mouth feel, nice lingering bitterness.
D: This is very drinkable. Nice summer brew refreshing and smooth bitterness. The high 7.5 ABV is very well hidden but catches up with you after a six pack.

Outstanding very hoppy American Pale Wheat. I loved gumballhead but it isn't available in MI. This is just even better. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:01:23 | More by jmich24
Photo of ADZA


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firstly im stoked to be able drink this big cheers to Adam to making it happen,it pours a nice vibrant orange hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a one finger head of smog across the top and average lacing,the smell is distinctly pine needle hops,bubblegum and sweet golden wheat,it has a nice medium bodied lively carbonated mouthfeel which feels really refreshing and has tastes of orange zest,piney hops and finishes with a lemon,lime golden wheat hit which is quite dry and makes you want another sip straight away,overall i cannot really say anything bad about this brew apart from the fact its not a regular on our shores and i cant wait to try the rest of their lineup ive got waiting.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 06:07:42 | More by ADZA
Photo of Duff27


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One-fingered white head on top of a mid-golden/light-amber bier. Steady stream of carb bubbles rising to the surface. Little lacing.

S- Smelled this beer immediately after prying the first half of the cap off. Citrus hops reminiscent of Sculpin if my past-beer adventure memory serves me correctly. Wonderful.

T- Sweet then bitter. More citrus and hops. Dash of spice and honey thrown in there.

M- Nearly flawless I'd have to say. Crisp carb bite.

D/O- Wow, for a 7.5%abv beer one could almost make this a 6 pack night, wrecked palate and all. Alcohol presence is virtually non-recognizable...damn tasty. Wow, didn't think I'd like anything in this style more than Gumballhead but alas..here it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:37:41 | More by Duff27
Photo of BeTheBall


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golden color, slightly hazy. The head was medium, and I had noce lacing down the glass. The smell to me wass IPA-ish, with a pronounced grapefruit and grassy aroma. Mmm, I didn't expect this, but am now excited to have bought this. The taste was also more like an IPA to me than a wheat beer. The grapefruit type taste hit me first, maybe a litte wheat in the background, but just sweep hop and fruity taste all the way through. Mouthfeel was awesome. What a great beer. I can't believe it took me this long to try one. I'll be back!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 15:00:35 | More by BeTheBall
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color. Head is very small and doesn't hang out long.

Delicious hop bouquet. Very citric and fruity/sweet.

Flavor is a good maltiness covered in awesome hop flavor. Hops are almost all flavor; very little bitterness, just a mild amount in the finish. Nothing harsh. High ABV not noticed at all (in the flavor).

Full body/creamy mouthfeel.

Excellent. Could drink myself to death with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:10:49 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of csiewert


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with a finger of thick white head that retains and laces well. The aroma starts with spicy, herbal and piney hops, with a hint of caramel. The taste starts with notes of wheat and bready malt and finishes clean with spicy herbal hops. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with no lingering harsh flavors. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 16:41:56 | More by csiewert
Photo of keanex

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color with slight carbonation showing with a thin slightly off-white head that clings to the side of the glass as poured.

S: A nice blend of a piney/florally hops with a slight tropical smell. I wish it were a bit stronger, it has me wanting more.

T: Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. A nice blend of sweet malts and a clean wheat taste with an overlying varying hops flavor from florally into tropical flavors.

M: A nice creamy body to it with soft yet fizzy carbonation.

O: I really like how this tastes, it has a nice complex flavor that makes you want to sip more and more.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:05:50 | More by keanex
Photo of tyamhydrogen


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a whole lot of experience with this style in the past, but I like most of what I've had from Lagunitas in the past and the price is always right. Poured into a pint glass.

A- A well-carbonated, pale yellow. Good lacing, a one finger head. Very good head retention. I like the way it looks.

S- Wow. As soon as I popped the bottle I knew the nose on this one would be incredible. Tropical fruits abound. A bit of floral hops.

T- Not quite as tropical as the nose, but certainly quite hoppy in just the way I like. Sweet, light malts. The wheat is slightly noticeable on the latter portion of the taste without overpowering the hop flavors. They work well together. A tiny hint of alcohol at the end, but not too hot for the ABV. Slightly lingering hoppy aftertaste.

M- Well-carbonated, light-bodied.

O- Extremely drinkable and certainly one of the best offerings I've sampled from Lagunitas. I'm usually not super crazy about wheat beers, but I will definitely buy this one again. Very enjoyable and definitely makes me want to try more highly regarded APWAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:40:57 | More by tyamhydrogen
Photo of hoody711


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I love that this beer is year-round. Simple 6-pack, into a tulip.

A - pale yellow/orange. The head is 1-2 fingers and fades in a medium amount of time. The lacing is abundant and majestic. A nice fluffy puff of head remains on the surface.

S - sunshine and amazing. A little breadiness at the beginning that yields quickly to the glorious citrus hops. I don't smell booze at all, and there's nothing balanced here. It's grapefruit and citrus hops all the way, and it smells amazing.

T - there's a hint of smeet maltiness at the beginning and at the end but just like the nose, the citrus hops dominate. I have no complaints.

M - thicker and chewier than you would expect. Sticks around for a bit. The carbonation is dead-on. The bite sticks around for just a bit longer than I would prefer.

O - I wish all wheat beers tasted like this. This is far closer to an APA or even an IPA. My ratings are biased by my preference. If I rated on style, it'd be lower, but that would be a disservice to the beer. This beer is insanely good, and you owe it to yourself, if you're on this site, to get it if it's available. One of my top 10, across all styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:50:30 | More by hoody711
Photo of BierJager89


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a white head.

S: Mango, pineapple and pine in the nose.

T: Very drinkable, nice blend of wheat, malt, mango, pineapple and general tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied, fairly smooth.

O: Definitely worth a try. Fruit is definitely one of the things I look for in wheat pale ales, and this delivers. My favorite Lagunitas beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:50:04 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Danny1217


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden amber color with a nice white head that dissipates after a couple minutes. Nice lacing is left behind.
Nice floral hop aroma. Very earthy, with some citrus as well.
Similar to the smell, very floral and earthy. A bit of citrus. The wheat gives it a slight sweet fruity taste. Very interesting balance going on there. I like it! Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable at 7.5% ABV.

A really good IPA with some wheat malt base. Interesting and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 04:39:45 | More by Danny1217
Photo of jimmah120


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled the beginning of april, consumed the middle of may.

light honey amber color with a big fluffy head. smell is tangy tropical fruit, pine, lemon-lime. taste is light and wheaty, with a big hop punch at the end. feel is medium and not astringent.

a very hoppy and malty wheat beer. another great lagunitas beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 17:32:27 | More by jimmah120
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Gorgeous golden pour with thick foamy head that leaves impressive lacing up and down the glass.
Smell - some lemon and orange zest, hint of grapefruit, sourdough and perhaps cloves.
Taste - an almost perfect hop forward wheat ale! Citrus hops and bready malts and yeast paired very well!
Feel - refreshing and easy to drink! A well balanced summer brew!
Overall - an almost perfect beer for a hophead looking for something a little (but not too) different to have on the beach or by the pool!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:50:51 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of DoreenAndDave


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a gauzy golden amber with a light head. Aroma is of citrus hops, tangerine, bread. Taste start off with a modest malt taste and ends with a lingering hop hit of grapefruit rind. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is very good. It is nicely carbonated and easy to drink. Overall a very well balanced, citrus-ey pale ale. Drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:39:21 | More by DoreenAndDave
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is straw to copper, head is light tan nice and dense, not much lacing but good looking brew.

Smell is floral, grapefruit, zest and lemony, hint of pine, malt is subdued but definitely a fresh smelling brew.

Taste is very well balanced with wheat and pale malts providing backbone, but the hops come through so strongly in a great tasting way, fresh, floral, fruity in terms of grapefruit/lemon.

Mouthfeel is more on the bitter side, as expected, maybe distracts from the wheat presence, but still very good.

Overall, a very nicely done, slightly unique brew - I need to add more wheat to my homebrewed IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:13:51 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at High Dive in Park Slope.

A - Pours a lively gold with tons if bubbles rising in the glass. Average head that seemed to last.

S - Overall citrus (probably grapefruit) and a bit of grass perhaps. A very light aroma.

T - Amazing. Ripe fruits up front that give way to a roasted malt flavor. The wheat flavor is subtle.

M - 7.5% ABV is hidden quite nicely as I put away a few too many of these without realizing it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 17:54:47 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of LeahMarieVT


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours bright: a clean, pale ochre. A subtle presence on the palette. I’ve been consuming this beer with pleasure long before I decided to pen its impressions, so it is fun to reflect upon tasting it tonight. A robust wheaty-ness, with a hint of a clover/pine hoppy-sharpness, a rounding dryness to finish.

Lagunitas is a favorite, so I am slightly biased. The complexity of this brew renders it a favorite!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:04:07 | More by LeahMarieVT
Photo of drgonzo3705


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a nice fluffy white head with sticky lacing left behind.

S: Wow. Not what you expect with a Wheat. Like everyone before me has said, this smells like an IPA. Piney and Citrusy.

T: Not like a wheat. I think the only reason I get a hint of wheat is because my eyes are reading Wheat and telling my palate that's what it is. This is not your Fathers Wheat Beer...

M: Nice medium body with ample carbonation and a very nice hoppiness.

D: I wish I could just get an IV of this shit hooked right into my veins. I'm sitting here working on my 3rd glass and we just tapped the keg! Definitely worth trying. A true Hybrid beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 01:54:07 | More by drgonzo3705
Photo of bennetj17


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color, 100% clear. Moderate carbonation throughout, the head is thin but holds well. Pungent orange hoppiness in the aroma, smells much like Hop Stoopid, perhaps the same hop extract? It's very nice, wouldn't know this is a wheat beer though, all I get is citrus hops.

The citrus hops continue on in the taste, but there is a bit of bready malt in there trying to pair it. The hops win out, and the bitterness is long lasting at the finish. Even with the intense hops, the flavor has a clean, refreshingness to it, staying drinkable despite being relatively one dimensional. The mouthfeel seems light, but it's definitely not thin. Carbonation is solid, not too sharp, and the beer finishes without being syrupy.

I had no idea what this beer was when I bought it, but I am glad that Stout @ Plaza Liquors recommended it. Listed as a Pale Wheat Ale I expected something completely different. This is more like an IPA really, like a slightly smaller version of Hop Stoopid in my opinion. Crisp with a blast of citrus hops, for me that is very drinkable, because I like less malty balance in my IPA's. Highly recommended, I will be buying more...

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 05:49:59 | More by bennetj17
Photo of hube


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Wow. What a surprise. I can legitimately say I was blown away by this beer right off the bat. I was expecting something much closer to an IPA when I picked this sixer up this afternoon, but what I found was much sweeter, balanced by hoppy bitterness. An excellent summer beer, very light and fairly sweet, with that hop bite coming in at the finish, keeping things from getting too syrupy or sugary.

The only thing I would improve upon here would be a tad more carbonation, though that's due to personal preference.

No real complaints on this one at all. It's a re-buy and a must-buy.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:02:25 | More by hube
Photo of erosier


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a medium sized and thicker bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat, some lightly roasted malts, a nice hit of citrusy hops, then a big piney hop bite at the end of the nose.
T: Taste like the aroma except with a very large, in your face sort of piney hop flavor followed by a smoother citrusy hop flavor with sweet hints of wheat malts mixed in as well.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, fresh, and perfectly carbonated.
D: Very drinkable, even with the higher abv. This is an interesting take on the style for sure, but I have a feeling this is one of those beers they brewed and then selected the style that fits it best. Either way, I liked this beer a whole lot!

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 13:46:50 | More by erosier
Photo of projectflam86


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours slightly hazy golden color with thick sticky lacing.

S- Lots of pine and floral hop aroma. A bit of citrus notes with a noticeable yeast presence.

T- Strong hoppy bitterness initially. Pine and bitter grapefruit flavors mixed with a light malt sweetness and wheat notes. All west coast hop flavor here!

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- Wow, this is one hoppy Pale Wheat! Feels like an IPA with a smidge of yeast and wheat flavor. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 04:13:14 | More by projectflam86
Photo of snaotheus


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a slightly orange yellow, a thin ring of head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Smells of grass and pine and flowers.

Taste is sweet and loaded with hops. Citrus is very strong, and the sweetness makes me think of honey.

Mouthfeel is very light, nicely carbonated, a little clingy. Very pleasant.

Extremely drinkable beer, especially on a hot day (like when I tried it on tap yesterday...delicious).

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 20:37:15 | More by snaotheus
Photo of Kegatron


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear gold, with 2+ big fingers of foamy eggshell-white colored head. This shrinks down fairly quickly but still retains with a frothy ½ finger that just SLATHERS the sides of the glass with a rich latticework of sticky lace. The aroma is just EXCEEDINGLY West Coast feeling in the nose, being hugely floral, spicy, piney, and lush, with robust tropical fruit character. It's literally an explosion of hop flavors in the nose. It's so strong in fact, that you almost don't initially pick up on the smoky and sweet malt presence that glides underneath all of those hops. Some light warmth adds a touch of beef to the bouquet, pulling the flavors together into a thick hold in the nose.

The hops just rage in the taste, with a spicy and resinous bitterness that grips the tongue in an aggressive bite. Luckily, this isn't all about the hops though, as an equally beefy sweetness is there to even it out, being comprised of a thick tang of robust citrus and bready toasted wheat. The finish is all hops, with a lingering bitterness that just STICKS in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a generally creamier carbonation up front that then gives way to to a hugely slick and oily feel. This seems to literally slither down the throat, just completing the hoppy trilogy of awesomeness here. This is actually the real highlight of the beer for me, as the mix of the hop oiliness and wheat texture just combines to make for one of the easiest and most drinkable feels, that I've had in a while. Excellent!

Where the hell did this beer come from? Not only my pick for sleeper beer of the summer, this is my early favorite for sleeper pick of the year! Just HUGELY well balanced West Coast hop character here, that is beautifully packaged into an equally great quaffable Wheat Ale body. I agree with some other reviewers that this is one Lagunitas beer that should have been in bombers, as 12 oz just isn't enough for one sitting. There's definitely nothing Little about this "Sumpin'". Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 12:07:32 | More by Kegatron
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear orange hued body with a snow white bubble head supported by a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface.

S- The bold green grassy hops finish with a fresh pineapple aroma that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight alcohol nose in the finish.

T- The full green funky hops flavor has a green cinnamon quality to it with a pungent citrusy juicy hop finish. The pungency his big and grows even more as the beer warms. The caramel malt flavor comes through after my tongue gets used to the hops and it grows a bit as the beer warms. There is a nice soft bitter hop note that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a tight fizz that covers it.

D- This beer is soft on the bitterness which is good but it is huge on the pungency of the hops. They are well supported by pineapple and grass flavors but it is a pretty big beer for a full pint of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 17:35:19 | More by rhoadsrage
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