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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,482
Reviews: 1,461
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 317
Gots: 1,507 | FT: 5
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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 detlefchef
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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!

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of lostinfla
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big surprise for me here. I am not typically a wheat beer guy, but this one was a real eye opener.
Ice cold pour from bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Bright, clear orange color with a moderate snow white head. Lacing remained through out the glass and carbonation was a little on the light side for me.
A cornacopia of aromas with this one! Opened the bottle to a very bright pine / citrus smell. After the pour , got the true smell of pineapple and mango. Only improved as the temperature of the beer rose.
The taste was just the right level of fruity / maltiness - with the strong flavor of pineapple and mango showing through. Nice Hoppy bite at the finigh that lingered for just the right amount of time!

Surprise, surprise - maybe I am a wheat ale guy after all...

Photo of raul_ft
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Gjproulx
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Schuff21
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of McNealc31
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vixie
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with at least an inch of a white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind some lacing.

Fairly intense smell to it, quite a bit of hops there. Seems to be pine, citrus, and floral notes.

Starts out with a bit of malt and citrus. Little bit of grassy flavors, maybe a hint of wheat. Has a bit of a pine like aftertaste, the bitterness lingering after I swallow.

Solid smooth feel to it, goes down fairly smoothly.

Not being a hop head, I was a bit concerned about this one, but I found it a nice beer. There is a very definite hops presence there, but not to the point of dominating the beer so much that they are all you can taste. It kind of bridges the gap between a full on IPA and something less hoppy. I am still not a hop head, but this is one hops heavy beer I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of pants678
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold into an English pint. A white puffy, creamy white head that dissipates quick.

Smell of sweet coriander and wheet, orange too. Real pungent toward the end.

Semi-spicy but mostly sweet, kinda bitter and pretty subtle, very wheaty but pleasntly hoppy. The orange and citrus mixes well with pine under the honey wheat. Citric character can go overboard into acidic. Far from boring.

Could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
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.

Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a darker straw yellow with a very bready-looking 3 finger head

S - smells of crisp, grapefruity hops with a touch of pine; there is also a wheat and caramel malt presence

T - a little different from the nose. Starts off with some bready and wheaty malts (I got caramel in the nose) that fades to piney hops (the nose made me anticipate citrus). There is also a bit of a sweet floral taste throughout.

M - medium body with smooth carbonation. Well above average mouthfeel.

D - this is not your run-of-the-mill wheat beer. Very hoppy with some nice malt flavors that help make this a little more complex. Too bad I only bought one of these - I wish more were on the shelf.

Photo of bohemiandonut
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RexBanner
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bushbeer75
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Laguntias Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale poured into my tulip glass a [little] hazy gold color that formed a nice 1 ½ finger thick white head that held well while leaving thick lacing. The nose is lighter than I anticipated and is dominated by grapefruit and pine hops. The light hop presence detected by the nose comes through much stronger in the flavor. There is enough light wheat to help balance the hops. However, this American Pale Wheat Ale is definitely hop dominated – possibly the hoppiest American Pale Wheat Ale I have had…close to an American IPA. This Ale finishes a little dry with a light amount of lingering bitterness.

If you enjoy a hoppy American Pale Wheat Ale – Sumpin’ Sumpin’ is the Ale for you!

Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mackenzies in Minneapolis.

Pours a pretty hazy golden amber, very huge and thick white head forms, slowly settles leaving a shit ton of lace on the glass, very thick layer, looks pretty great. Smell is alright, wheat and amarillo kick, orange peel, quite floral, yeasty, some light fruit, touch of honey and biscuity malt, found the aroma a little messy, but alright. Taste is similar, lots of wheat character, yeast, lots of citrus, honey sweetness through the middle, lightly spicy, orange, some floral, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, light bodied with medium to high carbonation, refreshing. Not too bad but a little let down.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,482 ratings.