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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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Reviews: 1,560
Hads: 8,350
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 442
Gots: 2,435 | FT: 5
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 Damian
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fluid oz's bottle
Served in a pint glass

Gorgeous appearance. The liquid poured an absolutely crystal clear, brassy yellow and was topped by a three-finger crown of tight, billowing, light tan foam. The head faded to a substantial crop of froth and left thick rings of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was very hoppy for the style. Tons of smooth, grassy, floral hops. Even though this was made with American hops, it smelled a lot like Saaz. Soft yet punchy. Touch of lemon. There was a slight, pale malt sweetness. The hops turned a bit more grapefruit-like as the beer warmed. Crisp and dry.

The taste was remarkably smooth. Floral and grassy hops came through strong. Crackery malts helped maintain balance. Lots of lemony tartness. Wheaty and crisp. The hops turned citrusy, punchy and semi-bitter on the finish. Tart, dry and refreshing. Some grapefruit-like pithiness was noticeable. For a 7.5% ABV beer, this was amazingly quaffable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Soft and pillowy on the palate with a fine, slick effervescence.

I was so tempted to refer to this beer as an outstanding version of a session ale but, at 7.5% ABV, this is anything but that. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is another outstanding example of the no frills kind-of-beers that the folks at Lagunitas are so good at creating.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottle into a snifter at about cellar temperature.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' has a two-finger white head and a clear sunset orange body. It looks very nice.

The aroma is wonderful. There's definitely some citrus, but an awesome scent of pine and hops come through even stronger. It may be summer now, but it reminds me of the family Christmas tree in December!

It tastes like orange, dry, resiny spruce needles, and hops. If there's any trace of alcohol here, it's very subtle.

The mouthfeel is substantially carbonated, but not at all overwhelming.

This beer delivers quite a bit MORE than a "LITTLE Sumpin' Sumpin'." It's got a LOT of sumpin'... sumpin' GOOD.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a brilliantly hoppy treat!

Disturbingly bright yellow colour is instantly overpowered by a delectable aroma of pineapple and citrus hops. The flavour is of hops at start, middle and delightful finish. Although there is a baseline of caramelized malts, "west coast" hops are at the forefront : tropical fruits including mango, pineapple and passion-fruit, plus pink grapefruit and other citrus tones. Personally I don't pick up on any wheat tones and there is a dangerous lack of alcohol warmth with this 7.5% ABV...

All in all, a stunningly enjoyable beer. Definitely one I’ll try to find again.

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Photo of Dools9
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler pint.

A: Clear, gloden orange. Fluffy two finger head, plenty of patchy lacing, head retained to a thin skim after about five minutes.

S: Lots of dank citrus and tropical fruits. Sweet apricots, mangos, pineapples, cotton candy sweetness. Some mild notes of pine hop resin. Very big, robust nose, I could smell it as soon as I cracked the bottle.

T: Bittersweet tropical citrus fruits, much like the nose there's a good dose of pineapples, mangos, overripe peaches . There is a nice sweet malt backbone on the finish that keeps this a very balanced brew. Hops do linger more with each sip. Not in your face bitter, but very pleasant. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Heavy end of medium bodied, slick hop oil feel. Carbonation is smooth and spot on creamy feel. Slight alcohol as it warms up but hardly noticeable.

O: You could tell this was a Lagunitas brew after the first sip. Huge tropical fruit aromas and flavor. Has that signature west coast tropical thing going on. Very nicely balanced ale and most definitely worth a try.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

whoa,totally blown away by this beer.poured into a pint glass with lacing that could match duvel's.giant fluffy white head that levels out to a short head that sticks throughout.

smells of citrus and pine with a slight scent of hay.very appealing.

palate is a massive rush of centennial hops.grapefruit and citrus dominate and finishes with a pronounced wheat character.awesome summer beer!

mouthfeel is moderately carbonated.

i could have a few of these.honestly i wasnt expecting much from this beer,but it's an awesome summer offering from lagunitas.

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Photo of hman43
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden and clear with a full white head. It has citrus aroma and spruce. It has citrus flavors with floral, every hoppy and a quality bitter tap on the palate.

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Photo of patpbr
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Somewhere on the spectrum of gold and orange.
S - Citrus and floral and a bit of malt.
T - I first noticed hops, some pleasant fruit flavors pineapple, grapefruit, citrus a little orange its a bit sweet and has some noticeable wheat character.
M - Medium body with a slight dry and very easy to drink finish.
O - Has great flavor I will be drinking many more.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange with minimal to no haziness. Big fluffy head quickly recedes but gives good lacing.

Smell is awesome. Up there with my two favs in this category - PtE and nugget nectar. Tangerines, lemon, hint of onion and pine.

Taste starts with a nice citrus hop bitterness and finishes more on the herbal side.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect in an ipa-like beer, but oddly quaffable for 7.5

Overall a really great beer, but I'd prefer a bit more haze to make it easier to convince myself this isn't an ipa.

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Photo of Nickolai
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok so I will start by saying that this beer is probably one of my favorites now, after I drank a six pack.

L: I drank these out of the bottle so I will base it off the bottle. The Lagunitas short and fat bottle is cool. I like the way it looks. And the label for this specific beer is really nice. I love the name and styling and the pin up girl on the front draws you in.

S: This beer smells very good. I like how it smells hoppy, but not too much like an IPA. It smells piney, maybe a bit citrusy. But overall fresh and crisp.

T: Best thing about this beer. The taste is truly amazing. It is piney and citrusy like the smell, but besides that, this beer is a little hoppy, not too much, though that taste profile is definitely present. It is also quite crisp tasting, very light. Not too heavy and "sticky" like you might get with an IPA. Its also kind of bitter, but along with the other flavors here, it works and is welcome. For me at least. Not too bitter at all, just a slight bitter taste.

F: The feel is maybe a little harsh. Pretty carbonated and bitter so maybe it stings a little, but drink one and then these beers go down like water.

Overall these are delicious beers. Very easy to drink after youve had one or two and for that reason maybe a bit dangerous haha. Kind of a high alcohol content at 7.5 % abv. I easily drank 5 of these in about an hour and a half. ( gave one from my six pack to a friend.) I was pretty drunk. Just meant to have a nice night with some friends, but ended up kind of drunk by the end of the night.

Seriously fantastic beer. Found these at a Stop and Shop, and havent found them again since. I even looked at my local distributor today but couldnt find it. One of my favorites now though, hope I can find them again.

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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.

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

pours a deep golden color thin head and quickly fading lace. now things start to get better smells fruity along with some pine resin. then the first taste. hops hit you right off then the different fruit flavors mixing with that pine resin and the smooth thick mouthfeel lets you know that your drinking a nice beer here. drinkability? i definitely need more.

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

A - Pours a nice, clear golden color. A one finger white head has pretty good retention. A little bit of lacing here with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Very strong. Lots of floral hops and pine.

T - Very complex. There are some floral hops upfront followed by notes of pine. The thing that gets me is the after taste. It's like biting into a grapefruit. It also has notes of orange, pine and maybe a bit of pineapple. No wheat at all.

T - Light mouthfeel. Very good balance. Good carbonation.

D - Considering the higher ABV for a wheat ale this goes down real easy.

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

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint glass.

A: Pale straw color with tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Aggressive pour leads to a one-finger head that doesn't last long but leads strong lacing throughout.

S: Hoppy throughout the nose, but I'm picking up a strong malt backend. Alcohol is slightly present in the nose as well.

T: Very nicely balanced sweetness with bitter hops. This is a wonderful representation of a wheat wine. It's like a perfect love child of Hop Stoopid and a really nice wheat beer. It's got the appearance and smell of an IPA but the taste of a hoppy wheat beer.

M: Creamy feel, lingering bitter aftertaste that leaves me sipping over and over.

O: A delicious beer. I can't wait to get my hands on some more.

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Photo of brandtbates89
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't really know how to classify this beer except that it is a really enjoyable beer to drink. Upon opening there's a hint of citrus. Don't get fooled by the appearance of this beer because its bot a little bite to it as well as a great rounded "hoppyness."

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Photo of vince4953529
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a fresh six pack as soon as it's released for the summer.

Color is golden.

I let it warm up a bit in room temperature after pulled it out from the fridge. Tastes like an IPA, and drinks like an IPA. Not much flavor of wheat, but it would make an excellent IPA. Taste is bitter hop without that annoying butterscotch taste. I like it, but I classified it as an IPA is suspect.

Very good value at about $7.50 for a six pack. Good flavor, above-average drinkability, I would probably buy another sixer of this in the future.

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

Appearance: Gold, good head, good lacing.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Nice sweet grapefruit, not too bitter, has some weight/wheaty balance under it.

Drinkability: Really tasty, but a little strong for a summer beer.

Saw this new one and picked up a single to try. I was really impressed, tastes a lot like Gumballhead but with more kick. I will definitely grab another sixer or two of this, if the ABV was down in the 5's it would be case worthy. Good stuff!

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

A: Bright gold/orange color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention; eventually settling to half an inch. Lightly decanted. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big oily hops; grapefruit, pine and citrus. Maybe there's malt there, who coiuld tell - either way, it smells great.

T: Grapefruit and piney hops are resiny bright. Wheat and pale malt well back in the foundation. Much hoppier than youir average wheat beer.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation sufficient to cut the oily coating.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorfully hoppy - more so than ANY wheat beer.

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Photo of ddgsrock
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There is a nice blend of sweetness and "hoppiness" in this beer. It has a very nice nose. Gotta love what they put on their bottles! I am curious...they state that the beer has 64.20 for International Bitterness Units (IBUs). Is it acidity/PH? How is that tested? Original gravity and alcohol by volume is certainly easy to test.

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Photo of minterro
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixer mixer from Oades

A & S: piney and citrus hops. Semi-clear yellow beer. White fizzy head. Lively bubbles rising from the top. Not much lacing. Pours a half a finger, dies to a thin layer but then it is retained till the finish.

T & M: Basically perfect blend of citrus (lemon) and piney hops. Balanced with a light, sweet malty backbone. Finish is semi dry and semi bitter. With a touch of yeast. Medium bodied but crisp and smooth. Pretty highly carbonated, but becomes quite less carbonated as it warms but is still shape in carbonation. Super drinkable. Aftertaste carries on for a long time.

O: Best American Pale Wheat ive tried to date by a long shot Oberon has nothing on this beer!

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Photo of jdg204
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first of my 2nd mix 6 pack from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, my new 2nd home. Also my first Lagunitas so I was excited to try this summer brew.

A: Hazy, golden color with a slim ivory head that stuck around for most of the ride and left good lacing.

S: Citrus and spicy aromatics with a side of melon.

T: Really quite fantastic, opens with the wheaty, citrus combo which is followed up perfectly bit a crispy, hoppy, yeasty undertone. I'm a huge fan of balance and this brew has got it in spades.

M: Medium body with good carbonation, lovely aftertaste.

D: A fantastic balance between Summer Wheat and IPA, an excellent brew. Well this was quite a first experience with Lagunitas and one that will ensure I'm back for more. The best Pale Wheat Ale I've had yet, a wonderful experience. If you're looking for something unique and refreshing but with a bit of bite and body, go with this brew!

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Photo of hrmhrm
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like the wonderful bastard child of IPA meets summer lager. Incredibly complex while remaining light enough to enjoy on a hot day by the pool. Beautiful combination of hops and malt. I don't do the citrusy-melon-tarball-bootheel-plum thing, but to me too many Lagunitas brews are ruined by an overpowering taste of burned sugar. Not this one. A real classic. Best Lagunitas I've tasted thus far.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in a nutshell, kind of like a bigger bodied gumballhead, the biggest difference being in the aroma. pours a slightly hazy gold w/ a white head. Almost reminiscent of the unique GBH-like aroma and taste-primarily sweet tropical fruit and some lemony citrus. Nose is more muted than gbh though, and lacks that signature 3f smell. Honeyed, cake-like sweet malts. no big yeasty qualities like many other wheats. refreshing and crisp for this abv. Medium sweet bread dough/cracker like malts. wheat hardly noticeable other than a hint of refreshing sourness. Medium body. would be great with a lower abv, as it drinks like a quaffer. dangerous.
Update: having been through cases upon cases of this, this is consistently great. A great head every time, fresh every time, great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated. Nose not as good as gumballhead and the abv is a bit high for me, but otherwise great. This is the beer that turned my wife to the dark side and also her best friend. A great gateway beer.

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Photo of BBP
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours clear and golden with a nice frothy head which looks like it's intent on leaving lace.

S- Sweet from the wheat, but substantially bitter at the same time. Some sweetness in a fruity way as well.

T- I'd almost classify this as an IPA first. The hops are quite abundant. The wheat is somewhat muted behind the hop barrage, but they sweeten the brew in a very elegant way.

Grapefruit is the initial hop flavor, but soon after pine resin becomes abundantly clear. There's a sweetness that comes in with this which tastes quite like honey.

There's a hint of spice in the flavor if you really look for it, but the spice is mostly recognizable in the aftertaste.

M- Medium full. Very creamy. Carbonation feels just right as it fills the drink out, but is otherwise fairly hidden. Slightly dry and considerably sticky finish.

O/D- Drinkabiliy is exceptional. Alcohol is nowhere near the taste buds.

Considering I'm not a fan of wheat beers, this is a large success, and somewhat an indicator that this is misclassified or that it's a great variation from the style.

Again, Lagunitas leaves me wanting more. I recommend this to any hop lovers, or wheat beer lovers looking to branch out.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Little Sumpin' is a slightly hazy, deep golden color with a big, white soapy head that leaves thick gobs of lacing. The smell is mostly of citrusy/piney hops with subtle hints of wheat in the background. The flavor is similar to the nose, with the citrusy hops taking center stage. Very nicely hopped but not mouth puckeringly bitter, this beer has great flavor. The mouthfeel is rather full with a thick carbonation that adds to the viscousness. Overall a very good beer, worth having again.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle, this beer is golden in color with a clear body. The nose on this beer is quite pronounced, featuring scents of citrus, mainly orange/tangerine, with tropical and floral notes. The white foam features somewhat larger bubbles and it does leave some lacing.

This beer has a delicious flavor that combines tropical fruit, oranges, pineapple, a little bit of honey, and wheat. The beer has a refreshing crispness and the bitterness, while supposedly 60 IBU, doesn’t seem that high and is actually well balanced for this style.

Lagunitas has scored a major hit with this beer. The nose and flavor are addictive and the beer just keeps getting better and better with each passing sip. I love the combination of tropical fruit flavors- they combine to create a flavor that most any person will find acceptable at the very least, including those who are not normally IPA fans. It’s a very tasty beer that earns a big thumbs up from me.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.