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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,398
Reviews: 1,434
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 300
Gots: 1,388 | 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 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.

Photo of brew3crew
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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

A - Pours a golden yellow color with white one finger head. Head fades quickly.

S - Malty, bready wheat. Grainy.

T - Starts out with a malty flavor with some wheat flavor followed by a slight hoppy smooth finish.

M - Medium with light carbonation.

O - Somewhere between a hoppy wheat beer and a malty IPA. An interesting beer by Lagunitas that is hard to place in a specific category but it works.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Faintly hazy deep golden color. Two fingers of white foam that receded quickly and left good sticky lacing. Settled to a white frothy cap.

Smell: Sweet and floral hops. Orange, grapefruit and a bit of pine...but the sweet malts add a honey-like note beneath. A very good smelling beer.

Taste: Hoppier and slightly more bitter than usual Pale Wheat Ales, but in a good way. The wheat and sweet malts balance really well with the clean and bitter hops, making this a really well balanced Pale Ale. Just a touch sweeter than most American Pale Ale's, as a wheat ale should be. Very tasty.

Mouth Feel: Moderate carbonation, creamy body with a dry finish.

Overall: A really flavorful Wheat Pale Ale. Just the right amount of hops to balance the sweetness, and good flavors all around. Not too weak on the flavors like many Wheat Pale Ales, and a respectable ABV. Another winner from Lagunitas!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of West Coast hops is noticeable though not too powerful. Taste is also a good mix between some citrusy hops with a nice bitter presence and a good malt backbone though wheat is hardly noticeable. Another easily drinkable beer from Lagunitas with not too much complexity.

Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden light orange with a white, foamy cap that builds up to a nice size. Retains pretty well at one finger. Good rings of lace randomly places on the glass.

S- Hops up front. They lend great tropical fruit notes (peach) and a good amount of citrus. Great aroma strength, all hops but I could sniff them for hours. Really like an orange mashed into a peach. Light caramel malt after some time.

T- West Coast pine and citrus hops, the fruit fades somewhat; a good hop profile nonetheless. Grainy/biscuity light caramel malt provides the backdrop for strong hops. Grapefruit for sure.

MF- Solid, moderate body with a decent creaminess. Carbonation is on the high side. Bitterness is moderately high.

DB- A rerfreshing beer. The pine hops and citrus become somewhat out of check as time goes by. The nose is great but the taste is a bit of a let down compared to it. Good beer, but it joins the fruit hop aroma to pine-zest taste club.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin layer of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is very similar to that of a west coast IPA - tropical hops (pineapple and mango) with just a hint of pine resin. The aroma of this beer is very strong, I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle...even before I began to pour it.

T: The flavor is a nice balance between pale malts and pine/tropical (pineapple and mango) hops. There is subtle hints of wheat and citrus zest.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, not a style that I have experienced often but definitely one that I enjoyed. I really liked the aroma of this beer.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/13/09

A - Slightly hazy gold. Poured a 3/4 inch head which held on by about 50%. Decent lacing at the start but grows weak towards the end.

S - Juicy nose; grapefruit stands out more than anything. Bits of malt sweetness.

T - Spicy citrus hop bitterness. Floral with hints of pine. Over-toasted yet restrained malts nicely offset the hops. Something in there seems medicinal, but only reveals itself sporadically throughout.

M - Medium-bodied with good carbonation; it's nice & prickly. Bitterness lingers for a moment or two. There is a bit of a numbing effect as well.

D - Easily drinkable. This is solid Lagunitas & worth a shot.

Photo of beagle75
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of antoneloc
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jsprain1
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden, slightly orange, essentially clear. Thick white head fizzes out pretty quickly.
S- Smell is slightly wheaty, but the C-hops overwhelm it pretty much. Citrus, and a bit tropical.
T- It's sweet and a bit crackery, but the tropical fruit flavors overwhelm it. Getting a lot of orange and mango.
M- Light body, fizzy carbonation. Gives the impression of fizzy water. Needs a bit more body.
O- It really is more of an IPA with some wheat ale notes than the other way around. Still a tasty beer though. Very easily drinkable for a 7.5% beer.

Photo of FiremanChris
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear light gold. A huge white head forms and leaves some prolific thick and chunky lacing all the way down the glass as I drink it.

The smell is of tangerine and pine. Not much else here.

Tastes strange though. While there is a bitter hop focus, it's not overpowering. A tangy flavor rounds out the beer to remind the drinker of the wheat.

Feels smooth and light, yet the tang from the wheat aspect makes this not such an easy drinking beer.

A new style for me, and I am not a fan. While the nose is kind of IPAish, I feel I could not drink a whole lot of this beer. I don't know if it was the tangy wheat or the strangeness, but either way, my last one. Glad I could pick this up as a single at Total Wine in Brea, as a whole sixer would have made me sad.

DOA

Photo of Didier
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of EA728
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow with very little head.

S: Apples and oranges with a subtle grain/bread aroma

T: hoppy with a fruity feel. apples and citrus again. not too bitter, but could be called an IPA. didn't really enjoy the fruity flavors much

M: easy to drink, with average moderate carbonation.

O: better than average Wheat ale, nice hoppyness, but the fruityness ruined it for me. I would drink again if offered, but I wouldn't go buy it.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,398 ratings.