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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: 1,507
Hads: 8,081
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 416
Gots: 2,141 | 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 Bierguy5
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, 7.5% abv. Slightly hazy, bright golden color. Great airy off-white head. Great head retention. Excellent patches of lace.

Aroma is filled with citrusy goodness, with a slight pine edge. Hops are big and juicy here. Faint candy like malt in the background. Loads of juicy grapefruit sums it up.

Pale malt background really let's the malt shine. Some sweetness up front. Bitterness comes across very juicy, with a nice citrus feel. Not overly harsh on the bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, this is one drinkable brew. I love the juicy hop aroma and flavor. Very nice. (619 characters)

Photo of anchordrinker
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful crystal clear golden, with a plentiful amount of head. Very visually appealing.

S- Piney, resin-y, citric, and bread-y aromas, with some yeasty tones in the background.

T- I get flavors of grapefruit, pine, some wheat-y bread-y-ness, and some spicy tones. Nice dry finish with a bitterness that doesn't linger too much. Simple enough to be refreshing and complicated enough to be interesting throughout.

M- Medium bodied, and an ample amount of carbonation, however it could have used a bit more in my opinion (that could be attributed to an uncharacteristically aggressive pour on my part). Tiny bit of stickiness left but it doesn't detract much at all.

D- Very drinkable to me, however I am a hophead, so if you're not you might not find it to be. (775 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Nov 26th, 2013.

Appearance: Pale golden body capped off by a white fluffy head. The head really exploded on this one. A few bubbles seen circulating throughout the glass. Great sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: The first whiff basically contains the basic APWA characteristics... yeast, grains, and fruity hops. Pronounced notes of grapefruit and floral aromas really hit the nose on the next few sniffs.

Taste: Hops up front. Sweet citrus and floral notes. The malts try to even this one out, but they are overpowered from the hops. A rather sweet finish on this one, grapefruit with sweetener comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, about average for the style. Light-Medium body. Very smooth, goes down easily.

Overall: A hoppy take on a rather predictable style. Though I missed the malts, this is certainly a tasty beer. I want more. (918 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours up a crystal clear amber, with a dense white head.

S - Solid Piney aroma. Not faint.

T - Some slight malt sweetness with some citrus and pine in the finish.

M - a full-bodied beer

O An aboslutely delightful beer. Nice hop malt balance and very drinkable. (268 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured from a bottle to a pint glass, a copper/blonde tint and well carbonated, creamy white head.
S-Strong floral, citrus, orange, grapefruit aroma
T-A complex and wonderfully that produces such a unique and interesting taste profile. The malt has rich medium that's far better than many others in the category. It delivers a white bread biscuit type character. And then a well suited citrus orange notes balance it out. In addition, it has a slightly bitter but eminently pleasing finish.
M-Carbonation is more noticeable than other wheat beers and wheat body does provide pleasant and bready mouthfeel.
O-It's combination of wheat malt and hop balance I typically don't find in other wheat beers. It's so smooth, distinctive, and pleasing; a favorite indeed. (765 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass a beautiful orange with fluffy white bubbles to the rim. Settles nicely with decent lacing on the glass. Incredible bouquet of floral and piney hops with a crackers and light ester notes. Taste is resiny hops, tangerines, cut grass with a semi sweet breadiness to give a balanced flavor and medium-light body to this beer. Nice crisp carbonation and excellent drinkability. I would get this again for sure! (430 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a golden brown color with nice some orange tint. The head is surprisingly minimal.

S: A lot of pine and citrus notes from the hops, with only a slight touch of wheat (not that I'm complaining). This is more of an IPA or APA from the nose, anyway.

T: The flavors are very similar to what the nose would indicate. Good citrus (orange) and bitter hop flavors, a touch of sweetness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body with a nice crisp, refreshing finish.

D: A much better take on the Pale Wheat Ale than the usual "hefeweizen" that American breweries make. The hoppiness really makes this a great refreshing brew. (658 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really outstanding beer, more so because it is classified in a style that usually includes some pretty wimpy beers. This one would hold its own as an IPA or APA as well. Nice amber color. Head and lacing are a bit light. Good floral hoppy smell, prepares you for the great, pronounced taste.

Strong floral and citrus hop flavor with some balancing bready maltiness. Strong flavors, very pleasant...could drink this until the alcohol caught up with me. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich, just right for a hoppy beer.

This is a great beer, I'm surprised I never sought it out before...I will now!!!! This is a new favorite. (617 characters)

Photo of eljefe21
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A haze of yellow-orange. Soft fluffy three-finger head.

S: A heady, spicy pine hop burst with hints of sweetness.

T: Piney hop flavor that gives way to a fruit sweetness. Hints of vanilla adds a layer of pleasant complexity.

M: Some carbonation bite on the front of the tongue. Finishes creamy and satisfying.

D: A nice balance of crisp hoppiness with subtle sweetness. Can't think of many beers I'd enjoy more on a warm summer day.

Served: in an imperial pint glass. (475 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 7/16/14 - Consumed from a tulip

A: 1/4 inch white, frothy head. Body is a nice golden, honey color.

S: Light citrus hops. Peach/pear fruitiness. Maybe a little sweet melon.

T: Peach and pear upfront followed by a well-balanced citrus hop bitterness and malty smoothness. Clean finish.

M: Rich but not sticky. Carbonation leaves a slight and refreshing tingle which accompanies the fruit well.

O: Refreshing and tasty brew. For $9 a sixer, it's worth buying any day. Great alternative to typical west coast IPA. (527 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale orange color with a large white foamy head. Head slowly recedes leaving a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is very citrusy, heavy floral hops. Hints of pine, alcohol, and bubblemgum. Definitely more like and IPA.

Taste is very well balanced. A nice balance of citrus notes and wheat lead the way. Grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and orange rind. Pine comes in a bit as it warms.

Body is light-medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Only thing I would say this beer could improve would be to add a bit more carbonation. Supreme drinkability here, I could knock back quite a few of these.

Overall, this beer is a lot better than I remember it being. I could see this one being very versatile. Has a session type appeal to it, but could work well in other settings. Another good effort by Lagunitas. (812 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

White drapes surround the soft white head once it dies down. The drapes are like linen, and fade over time. Brilliant golden orange rings from the glass.

Heavy citrussy hops, mellowed only slightly by the faint hint of wheat.

Sugared grapefruit is dominant and wholly refreshing. A clean maltiness braces the tongue to close.

Beautifully carbonated - mellow and subtle, ends with a great crispness.

This is a really unique beer, but an exceptional one at that. Great for spring and summer alike. (503 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass. Big sticky off white head sits atop a pale gold beer with perfect clarity. I expected a little haze has most beers of this style try to emulate true Hefeweizens. I can already tell this beer is doing its own thing.

S- Really really nice smell. It fills the room. Lemony, orangey, grassy, floral, sweet and wheaty.

T- Wow this stuff is good. I always heard it was but I didnt expect this much out of it. Nice balance between sweet citrus, spicy wheat and yeast and bittering hops. Starts out orangey and citrusy sweet with a touch of bitter rind. It breaks into snappy, grainy wheat and then into a nice even pine resin bitterness.

M- Good carbonation, nice smooth quenching body.

D- Wow, I need more of this stuff. This really is the ultimate summer APWA. (803 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice one finger white head.

Smell: Ton of tropical and citrus fruits. I love when a beer smells juicy and this hits that mark.

Taste: Tropical but also some pine I didn't get in the smell. I don't really get any wheat in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body. Not too bitter and goes down extremely smooth. Very refreshing.

Overall: This beer isn't very true to the style in my opinion as I don't get much wheat flavor, which is probably why this is my favorite wheat ale lol. This would make for a great lighter tasting and drinkable IPA. I find myself drinking an awful lot of this during the spring and summer months. How is this 7.5%? My favorite Lagunitas's beer along with Hop Stoopid. Highly recommended. (825 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Heard a lot of great things about this beer, and being one of my fav breweries I was excited to try this one. Pours a semi see-thru orange, good head with a moderate amount of lacing. Not too much there for aroma, but time for the important part.. the taste. Wicked smooth beer... just nice and creamy with a nice hop kick to it, although it is a tad bit subdued. Nice and balanced and way too drinking for 7.3% ABV... and this is a pale wheat ale??? damn, they're doing something at this brewery right because this is downright delicious. I agree with a past reviewer that this tastes like a Hop Stoopid light... great description, hoppy but still has the nice easy goingness of a wheat/cream ale... great beer. (712 characters)

Photo of deereless
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice thin layer of foam that sticks around, some decent lacing along the edge, light gold with hint of copper – 4.00, S: Amazing nose – very gentle sweetness, lots of tropical fruits including pineapple and some citric grapefruit, quite floral, bready malts though they definitely play second fiddle to the hops – 4.50, T: Tons of grapefruit and lemon zest, hint of chalkiness and heap of bitterness, subtle sweetness – 4.50, M: Mouth feel is crisp and clean – 4.25, D: Very refreshing with wonderful hop bite, extremely drinkable beer – 4.25 (557 characters)

Photo of Uhopia
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When you go wheat, this can't be beat. I've tried. It can't. No better hop character, malt/wheat balance on the planet. In fact, half the people that taste it do not even know it is a wheat beer. See? Nobody touches it. OK. maybe Gumballhead but that's it!...Or Oberon. (269 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - This beer pours a nice dark golden color. A little more orange than red. Nice layer of head on top. Surprisingly clear, which I wasn't expecting.

S (5) – Smells fantastic. Get a little pine smell and some bitter/tangy smells. Makes you immediately want to dive in.

T (4.25) – Really good taste. You get that upfront bitter, and that same piney taste at the end. It almost has a better aftertaste than taste. And that’s no insult! I didn’t get a lot of malt or grain taste. I like a little bit of that to balance the hops.

F (4) – Good mouthfeel. Thin and light on the tongue. Appropriate carb level, IMO

O (4.25) – Very good beer overall. I only had one, and really wanted another. I don’t know if I’d want to drink it all the time, but I will add it to my regular rotation. (820 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale orange in color. 1/2 finger quickly dissipating head.

Aroma is of big lemony pine needles and a nice hop florelness.

Taste starts with a big burst of citrusy hops and pine. This is followed by a nice fizz of carbonation, then a malt sweetness in the middle of the mouth. The finish is a touch of wheat and moderate amount of hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a very good and easily accessible beer. It really isn't a wheat beer but more of a crisp American IPA. This would go very well with fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and a spicy remoulade sauce. It gets a 88/100. (590 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/22/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden color with a nice solid and retentive full one inch head. Leaves wonderful thick lace rings and patches after the beer is long gone.

Smell- Stong notes of citrus and pine hops as well as a slight caramel malt mixed together with a good amount of wheat and yeast.

Taste- Impressive. Tons of hops. Pine, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits...fresh tasting to boot. A slight caramel-toffee flavor followed by a nice wheat flavor. Even though it is hopped to hell it still is nice and balanced...if that is possible.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level...crisp and lightly drying asking for another sip. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Drinkabiity- Top notch american pale wheat...hard to come by IMO. It's no threat to Gumballhead, but it's probably the best one below that..will be buying more for this summer...hopefully they make this a regular spring-summer beer. (1,040 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a billowy two finger white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within, with them slowly popping over time. The head fades very slowly over time to leave a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a floral hop aroma with a good presence of pine and citrus hop smells. The floral aromas are of a mix of jasmine and an almost dandelion smell. The sweet tangerine, caramel, and the spicy notes of a peppercorn and thyme that are also in the nose complement well the floral and pine hop smells and make for a great smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and citrus hop taste. Quickly the taste sweetens with tangerine/orange flavors coming to the tongue. Along with these, comes some notes of caramel, which start out weaker, but exchanges in strength with the sweeter citrus over the rest of the taste. Floral and pine hop flavors, that were detected in the nose, start coming to the tongue. They get a bit stronger as the taste advances to the end, but never really grow too overpowering in taste. In the end with a light herbal and spicy flavor comes to the tongue, with the beer leaving a rather satisfying lightly hopped sweeter citrus and green taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to average side for a 7.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is above normal with tons of tiny prickly carbonation bubbles. Normally I like a bit of a thicker body in a hoppier beer, but in this case, the floral and pine hop and spice notes that are in the taste are very well complemented by both the thinner body and the higher carbonation.

Overall – Quite delicious. Not the standard hopped brew which is loaded with citrus hop, this one has a very nice hopped profile, blending nicely a sweeter body with a variety of hop flavors. (1,940 characters)

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep golden to orange with nice foamy head. Smell is amazing. Lots of bright citrus fruit with a hint a pine. Quite hoppy for a wheat beer but very tasty. Sour lemon tartness and bready with a full body. Some sweetness from the malt is present but it's balanced by the bready yeast and wheat, by the lemony sourness and by the hops. Not what I was expecting but very enjoyable. (417 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, pours hazed, Lighter amber, on the yellowy side, frothy off white head, retentive powers in evience, ample stick, ringed and spotty on the sides of the inner glass. Nose is boldly of juicy citrus and grainy HOPS. Bold full flavor APWA, on the way hoppy side and I like it, yes I do. More grapefruit, more resiny dryness, long dry and hop infused finish. If you like Hops and you like wheat beer...this is gonna be a hit..Very enjoyable "summer beer"..hope this is not too much of a "limited release" (516 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly hazy copper orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six fingers of white foam head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus fruit esters. Big hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Some earthy hops and pine resin. Lots of wheat malts with hints of grain, biscuit, and cracker. A very ripe and fruity smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a big burst of citrus fruit esters and wheat grains. Big notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, lemon, and apricot. Solid mix of herbal, earthy hops and spicy pine resin. The bitterness is pretty clean and smooth for such a heavily hopped beer. Good notes of wheat grains and bready biscuit. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth. Alcohol is hidden really well.

Overall: A really good juicy ale. Has all the citrus flavor you expect from a West Coast IPA, but with more wheat and less bitterness. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - foamy and soapy bright white foam, decent amount of spotty lacing around the glass. the beer is crystal clear, light amber in color.

S - loaded with Amarillo hops, sweet and floral, with some candied citrus...very clean

T - following the nose with bright floral hops, orange sugar candy, and tangerines. light subtle layer of sweet wheat malt lies underneath. yummy.

M - medium bodied with tight punchy carbonation, pleasently creamy. lingering fruity sweetness.

D - this was recently one of the first "clone" type recipes i brewed - love the style for its hop assertiveness yet ease of drink. hides a 7.5ABV very dangerously. give me more! (694 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.