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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

7,245 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 7,245
Reviews: 1,402
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 281
Gots: 1,190 | FT: 5
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 Ryan011235
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Drazzamatazz
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The kind of head you'd expected from a wheat beer, frothy white foam cap. Pale amber color that has a slight haze to it.

S: Way more hops than your typical wheat ale. Very floral and grassy but balanced by a sweet bready aroma.

T: Not as much hops in the mouth as the nose, though certainly more than your typical wheat ale. In some ways its reminding me of Gumbalhead with a more bitter finish. It has a sweet bubblegum and fruit start that's cut quickly by the bitter hops. Malt backbone is present in the finish.

M: Somewhat disappointing, it seems as so as you swallow it all trace is gone. Probably due to the thin body and high carbonation. I guess that's kind of how it's suppose to be though.

D: On a hot day I could easily see myself drinking a six pack of this and not even thinking twice about it being over 7%. Its crisp and refreshing with enough hop presence to take in before each gulp.

Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Drinkerofales
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 breakingbland
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Citrus (probably grapefruit) with slight sweet spice (maybe orange).

Taste: Follows the aroma but not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest. The sweetness is nicely mellow. Hops linger along with some orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, with a somewhat light carbonation.

Overall: A nicely balanced, refreshing beer with very interesting and nicely done hops. Although this isn't my favorite style, I liked it -- definitely palatable to a malt head like me.

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is brutal stuff. The Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is in the same style category as Sam Adams Summer Ale, but o what a difference. This is a beer for hop lovers. I give it good marks because it's actually well-crafted, and beneath the hop sting there is a fine aroma, and sweetness with a little bit of citrus in it (again, from those hops). One or two of these is plenty.

Photo of EA728
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a clear golden yellow with a medium amount of foam that disapated almost immediately. The smell of piney hops was evident in the aroma. But, the taste of bitter hops, citrus (lemon & orange rind), with a hint of yeast was also evident in the flavor. The bittness was not overpowering, but, could of been a little more sutle. This American Pale Whea Ale, was more like an IPA rather than the Wheat Ale.

Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 brew3crew
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 thepliceisright
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Poured a beautiful gold with a 1/4 inch white head. Nice lacing.

S - A noticeable citrus and some fruit hit my nose almost immediately. Hints of wheat as well. Smells like an IPA.

T - I drank this too cold at first. And, booze was the first thing I noticed. Like, taking a shot of liquor booze. I waited about 15 minutes, and then tried again. Much better. Citrus and a little bit of alcohol up front, followed by slight bitterness. Tastes more a more fruity as it got warmer. I taste some pineapple?

M - Like an IPA, although leaves your mouth feeling kind of sticky then dry.

O - I wish I would have waited for the temperature to come up a bit before drinking. But, after it did, this beer tastes wonderful. I don't taste the wheat at all, even though I caught a whiff of it at first smell. Definitely a very citrus, fruity beer. Tastes like an IPA. A great brew by Lagunitas.

Photo of rab53
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pigc
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 hillvt4me
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-yellow hue with a thin white head and some lacing.

S: Mild tangerine, pineapple and some pine on the nose.

T: Malt, wheat, citrus and general tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied and carbonated.

O: Solid flavor profile, balance is good, though I would like just a bit more.

Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average head, which maintained. Plenty of lacing. Pours a beautiful deep golden color. The smell was understated. An interesting combination of fruity/hoppy flavor. The citrus fruitiness cuts the hoppy bitterness for a delicate balance that was quite drinkable. The 7.5% ABV was surprising. I was looking for a spring/summer ale to replace my beloved quads, and this just might fit the bill.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. $4 for a tulip, not a bad deal. It appeared hazy yellow with a tall white head. The aroma reminds me immediately of orange soda, but then pineapple kicks in to make it more of a tropical citrus fruit punch. The flavor is equally juicy at first, but they dries out with a bit of plain malted wheat and peppery hop bitterness. This beer reminds me of the short-lived Middle Ages Imperial Double Wheat - it's big, hoppy, but not terribly bitter. All in all, a pretty tasty beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head is very rocky with great retention.. very clear lite orange golden brew.

The nose is immediate and surprisingly pungent hoppy.. citric hoppiness with a great pale malt backbone..

Bitter bite out of the gate with pale malts that melt quickly into an unapologetic citric hoppiness.. some floral hoppiness and minor pine come into play... but wow.. this is an IPA... no where near an American Wheat!!!! Maybe a little bready as it warms, but again the hops just strip away any malt components.

I have had a very hard time with this one... I know lagunitas used a bunch of wheat.. but really... the hops are abundant and expected..

4/4/4/3.5/4

Photo of dickieb
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of white fluffy head and average lacing

S- The smell of this one is fantastic crazy orange notes and citrus hops with some smells of sweet wheat malts to it.

T- The taste mimics with nose but its not as powerful as the smell. Grainy wheat malts off set by some good but not overly bitter citrus hopping.

M/D this drinks and feels like a lighter IPA with some really interesting smells to it. I could drink a whole bunch of these

Photo of sethmeister
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with a touch of orange and a tight ivory colored head which drops to a skim. Verify little lace.

Fruity scent wafts. Nose in close I get citrus - oranges, tangerines and grapefruit - and fresh bread.

Taste is citrus - orange and grapefruit - with a touch of pine. Tangy and slightly sour wheat grain beneath. Mild bitterness. Earthy, and herbal notes. Mint. There's a slight suggestion of toastiness. Just a hint of dankness.

Mouth is a very silky, coating medium.

Drinkability is very high; quite refreshing and easy to drink.

Great beer. Not intensely bitter yet full of hop flavor and satisfying wheat malt.

Photo of TreeTopFlyer
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up at an ABC in Miami, FL where I grabbed a mixed 6-pack (2 IPAs, 2 Censored, 2 Little Sumpins). Heard it was a Summer Ale but did not know what I was in for.

A - it looked richer than I expected for a Summer Ale. I was possibly expecting something that looked like a Kolsch, but this poured crystal clear with a rich copper color and thick white to cream-colored head.

S - Awesome. Citrus, sweet, orange...had just finished a Lagunitas IPA before this and thought for a moment I had not rinsed the glass well enough. I was wrong..lLots of sweet, citrus aroma.

T - Everything in the aroma comes thru in the first sip. Big citrus hop taste with a solid, malt and sweet hop backbone. I think the wheat malt as a base must have been mashed high to build the residual sweetness I think I taste.

M - For a Summer Ale, this beer comes across a bit heavy in the mouthfeel, but is just SO drinkable. It seems like a Three Floyd's Gumballhead on steroids.

D - Rates only a "Good" simply because I think I was looking for something lighter as a Summer Seasonal. With that said. I love it. I will buy a 6-pack tomorrow. And another next week. This might take 1st place in my Lagunitas line-up, behind my favorite, Brown Shugga.

Photo of J23hc
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into mug. Fairly murky orange/yellow body with smaller head than expected. Smell is pretty intense, lots of sweet citrus and spice. Flavor is very much like an ipa with a different mouthfeel. Not so crispy, more watery. This is basically a pale ale bordering ipa with some wheat. It really is hoppy and well rounded but just doesn't have the wow factor that a fuller mouthful would give it

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an oddity for the style. A nice clear golden pour with semi soapy head, and it clung fairly well.
Citrus and flowers in the nose, strong. A soft biscuit kept the former in check to avoid a perfume domination.
Taste was a bit light, but not bad. Very light biscuit and the flowers died down a bit. Citrus is the forerunner, but still soft. The feel of this thing is more akin to an IPA for the bite, but not the malt. Clean and crisp, great for summer.
Nice beer.

Photo of Elimination
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to a good american wheat taste, but was surprised when I poured this.

Look is a amber yellow, thin lacy head with a few bubbles rising.

Smell is hops, very little wheat, a slight malt. Really is not like any kind of wheat, american or german, that I have ever had. The smell is slight citrus, hops, a bit of rum perhaps?

Taste: Malty backbone, hops forward, sweet, but finishes dry. The hops present a bit of that citrus, slight grapefruit, a bit of lemon. very little presence of wheat which im surprised about, really was craving a wheat, but im still happy

Mouthfeel is exceptional, the bubbles flow nicely, great thickness that goes away quick.

Drink is very good for the 7+ abv, doest feel this strong.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a lightly-hazed sunny yellow color with a stable two finger head and decent whorls of lacing on the glass.

Smells at first like a freshly sliced pineapple, but further investigation reveals orange and lemon peel, wheat twang, and an even build of florals and perfume with a touch of herbal and resinous hopping.

Taste follows suit of the nose, but de-emphasizes the citrus peel somewhat and magnifies the resinous / pith aspects of the hopping to keep that hoppy bite going upon the tongue. Long extended bitter finish that just won't quit.

Medium body and carbonation levels, a bit oily.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,245 ratings.