A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear orange-gold with two fingers of white head.

Aroma of grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruit with light caramel maltiness.

The taste is hoppy with grapefruit and pine along with the balance of sweet caramel malts.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

So enjoyable and so drinkable. Try it, you'll like it.

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Photo of adam42381
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden honey color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Good lacing throughout.

Smell: Rich bouquet of pine, floral and citrus hops. Smells both sweet and bitter at the same time. Nearly perfect aroma.

Taste: Flavor is quite complex. Sweet hops up front followed quickly by a hint of sweet malt and citrus in the middle. The finish is mostly grapefruit and lemon rind. Aftertaste in all hoppy bitterness. Just delicious hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Perfect late summer beer.

Overall: Excellent beer. I wish this were around all year. If you see it, buy it.

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Photo of djbow
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright amber color leaning to the yellow side. One finger head composed of tight white bubbles. Only a slight hop and wheat haze,

S- Fresh Citrus, melon, pineapple, a bit of wheat and lots of hops.

T- Follows the nose. Fresh Citrus, melon, pineapple, a bit of wheat and lots of hops. As the beer warms the 7.5% ABV becomes more noticeable.

M- Medium thin, moderate carbonation, smooth with a crisp finish. It is easy to pound these back but be careful this is 7.5% ABV beer.

O- This is a unique beer that is sort of a cross between a wheat beer and an IPA. What ever it is it is good. Grab a six pack not a single. You will wish for the six if you don't.

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Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished quickly to a thin film. Body was mostly clear with some haziness, with a nice, dark-orange color. Fantastic aroma... hops, with some citrus and wheat in there as well. Medium-body on the palate; thin, but with some slight creaminess to it as well. Average carbonation and a bitter finish. Great flavor - citrus and a small amount of wheat at first, then a very bitter aftertaste that is long-lasting. A great wheat ale / IPA... whatever the official designation may be.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Pequod's Pizza, Chicago, IL, into a pint glass

Pours like pretty much every good wheat does: hazy with a solid amount of white rocky head. Not much to say. It looks good.

The aroma is pretty fantastic for the style. This is only because of the hops. Vibrant, fresh, juicy hops. Nothing unusual here. Just the standard IPA aromas of grapefruit and pine and orange. A bit of tropicality (but not to the degree of, say, Boulevard 80-Acre).

This is a wheat IPA, even moreso than Gumballhead is. It's bursting with juicy hop flavor. But you can still taste the wheat backbone. The slight lemon quality from the wheat is accentuated by the citrus components from the hops. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is a tad slicker than most American Pale Wheat Ales, which tend to be pretty effervescent. This is due to all of the hop oils, no doubt. Still refreshing though. Overall this is about as good a beer as the pale wheat style can be.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' pours a clear straw yellow with a small, white head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with strong notes of grapefruit, lemon rind and pine. A little bit of pale malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is hoppy with a nice malt balance. It begins with grapefruit citrus and pine. Lemon rind and a little spice in the middle. In the background is a sweet pale malt and bread flavor that balances out all the hops. It finishes bitter with a lingering lemon and pine flavor when gone.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer. Best served fresh in a glass to enjoy the aroma.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Straw colored, clear body with a medium 2" head with high retention and nice sticky lacing.

S- Citrus, hops, grapefruit. Quite inviting, demands a gulp.

T- Grapefruit hops upfrunt, sweet malt throughout. Subtle bitter citrus-hop aftertaste. Nice balance. No alcohol taste.

M- Medium-low carbonation, medium body.

Overall, a highly drinkable, balanced ale. Unique and delicious. I could pound a 6 pack without even thinking twice.

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Photo of hornsup
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a good straw, yellow hazy color, has a clear characteristic to it not consistent with a wheat/hefe type beer.

S: Smells like the traditional Lagunitas sugar disposition, citrus, lemon, pine, and all other goodness. My favorite part of the beer for sure. So pungent.

T: Citrus, lemon, orange, accompanying sugar which sets it apart from all else. Has a malty taste at the end which holds it back slightly but the grapefruit, orange variants and sugar mold well together.

M: Hides alcohol well, could kill alot of these in a short period of time. Carbnation could be amped up slightly, but had a medium body. Would guess the 7.5 abv.

O: Easily the best wheat beer I've ever had, even though I would classify it as an IPA before a wheat ale. The sugar balance is perfect, but this beer can definitely change once age is put on it, so drink it fresh. Awesome beer

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Photo of avaldivia
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lagunitas.

A: Golden straw lime color. Really nice head and lacing considering that it is a wheat beer and the few I've had lately have had little to no lacing.

S: Hoppy. Definately a citrusy floral note with a hint of wheat.

T: Nice mango and citrus flavors. Wheat hits at the end.Very well hopped.

M: Medium body. Crisp with a bit of a dry finish.

O: One of my go to beers. I am not typically the biggest fan of wheat beers but this is fantastic when fresh.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No freshness date on the label. Labelled 7.5% ABV on my bottle.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow in color with a two finger, pillowy white head. Decent retention.

Aroma: Grapefruit hop notes really stand out here. Very floral and herbal as well. Aromatic and clean.

Taste: Big grapefruit notes upfront, much like the aroma. Nice balance of bitter hops and bubblegum sweetness. Really clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and with a nice amounf of carbonation. Very crisp.

Drinkability: The ABV is really well hidden. This drinks so crisp and smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall, a really drinkable, flavorful beer. Really hoppy but balanced. A great summer beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an excellent pale and wheat malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's basically an IPA brewed with wheat. The taste is great as well. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor; easy drinking with a kick ass hop character. It's malty with an equally bold hop appeal. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer. It's a bolder American wheat ale with loads of hop; my kind of beer.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly colored, bright hay yellow; good head formation and lacing.

Aroma is incredible; I can smell it sitting on the table. Big juicy hops burst out. Sweet, juicy, melon, bubble gum. Yum! Smells like no other “wheat” I’ve had.

Tastes like a big, bold IPA. I really can’t pick out any wheat, other than it having a pretty nice fluffy texture. That’s OK though, because this is a very tasty ale. Lagunitas knows how to use hops and each mouthful is just packed with delicious fruity/juicy hoppiness. Somewhat sweet up until a touch of drying bitterness that keeps it from being too much. Good balance here actually. I’d be fine with a bigger wheat profile, but it’s hard to fault something so enjoyable.

Drinkability is sky high. At 7.5%, I’m sucking this down no problem. It’s just so tasty! I will be buying a six-pack of this the next chance I get. After having this and Sucks, I’m a big fan of the brewery.

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Photo of Dope
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Big foamy head with lots of retention atop a clear golden amber pour. Very nice

S: Whoa, very strong citrus hop smell with a bit of pine. There are biscuity hops in the background too. Smells more like an IPA than a pale wheat ale.

T: Up-front citrus and pine hops, very nice. Fades very quickly and leaves almost no bitterness in the aftertaste. Can only slightly taste the biscuity malt as the hops fade.

M: Nice and clean and fairly light. Maybe one step down from an IPA. A little bit of the oily hop mouth-coating sensation but not too bad.

O: This is like an IPA with a bit of wheat and a nice clean finish with minimal bitterness. Very nice and easy to drink. Honestly I was pretty stunned as to how good this was, it was just a smidge below Gumballhead in my opinion. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poura a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Citrus wafts above the bready elements

Taste: A bit of wheat bread up front and then this beer thinks it's an IPA, with a citrus an pine assault that continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice hybrid style here; very refreshing

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Photo of rickdiaz
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Snifter;

A: A slightly hazy deep amber color with an off-white head that lingers throughout the session. Nice lacing.

S. Wheaty, Bready and fruity. Banana peels apparent.

T: Fruity esters with banana in the front and apricot near the finish. Very little hop characteristics, but present in the aftertaste.

M. Medium body/carbonation. Creamy.

Overall: Loved it! Definitely will drink this again during the spring/summer months.

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Photo of beerbully
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A-Golden clear, 1/2 inch white head, mild bubbling from bottom of glass

S-big, strong floral aroma that jumps out immediately. tropical fruit dominated by sweet grapefruit mango

T-taste follows the nose. lots of hops and some sweetness, some grassy notes

M-crisp beer that coats the mouth leaving somewhat dry finish

O-tasty refreshing beer very drinkable light to medium body quite juicy

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a very slightly hazy, golden yellow color with one finger of billowy off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Fragrant peach and citrus, good sweetness in the mix.

T: Oh boy, apricot nectar. Finish fades quickly but then the aftertaste lingers long. Just enough bitterness on the finish that you know you're not dreaming. Very tasty.

M: Light, smooth, touch of oil and cream.

O: Yeah, it's good, reminiscent of Gumballhead but more refined and integrated. This is its own thing; find it and love it.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with high carbonation and nice frothy white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops. I get mango, pineapple, and sticky sweet hop nectar. Smells like a tropical fruit salad. A sweet, light to medium beer with a rush of piney hop taste that gives to some orange & citrus hop zest. Quite bitter - can almost feel the hop resins coat my teeth. A very nice summer beer loaded on hops. The ABV does kick in after a number of these daddys. Will be looking for this one again to quench my longing for hop flavor and summer thirst. Well done.

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Photo of tony223366
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on June 5, 2011. Poured in my SA perfect pint.

A: Very nice golden color. Medium fluffy head that slowly dissipated.

S: Almost entirely citrusy hops. Maybe some bread notes on the finish.

T: Citrusy hops up fron with some sweetness. Hint of wheat and maltiness. Great bitter finished. This really did taste more like an IPA than an American Wheat. That's probably why I loved it so much!

M: Light mouthfeel with a sharp carbonation.

O: Interesting interpretation from Lagunitas. You do get more of a hoppy IPA flavor but it does show you it's Wheat backbone throughout. Very much enjoyed.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small amount of white head with mild retention of the lacing. Aroma is of flowers, hops, and citrus. The aroma carries over into the taste. Mild mouthfeel. This is a super tasty, refreshing brew. Love it.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for this one.

A-Slightly hazy, golden with amber highlights, a pool of white head and a bit of stickiness.

S-Great hop presence, citric and piney and pineapple. This is my idea of a wheatbeer!

T-Wow! Really terrific! Sweet malt and lots of sweet and juicy hops. Peach, pink grapefruit, pineapple, a cornucopia of sweet fruits. Some grainy wheat holds it all together but this one is all about the hops.

M-Crisp, light bodied, dry, smooth.

D-Oh, yes. Far and away the best Lagunitas beer I have ever had.

Holy crap, what a big surprise. I remember being un-blown away by this beer on tap but the bottle is a whole different story. A wheat IPA, awesome! In my mind, Oberon tasted this way a few years ago. This is the taste I have been chasing since.


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Photo of Roman5150
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: clear golden orange with 1 finger white head, lots of lacing. I prefer wheat beers to be unfiltered.

smell: wheat, floral, bready notes, citrus

taste: earthy, piney, herbal hoppiness fades into a smooth wheat backbone, with some citrus and grapefruit notes along the way. very floral overtones with a dry refreshing finish.

mouthfeel: decent amount of carbonation, pretty full bodied for a wheat beer

overall: A great wheat ale, smooth yet hoppy, Lagunitas struck gold with this one. One of the better American wheat beers, this packs a punch that wheat beers normally lack. Will be buying again, one of my favorite Lagunitas.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown shorty into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A slightly hazy golden color and a nice thick head. The head slowly dissipates but sticks to everything on the way down.

Wow, this smells like tropical fruit and citrus. Grapefruit, pineapple and a little bit of pine. It smells like it is going to be an interesting beer.

A smooth and luscious medium body. The flavors are very similar to the aroma just in different proportions. The grapefruit stands out and the pineapple is there in the beginning. The wheat only shows up towards the end but it's the hops that take the show. Floral, pine and citrus flavors all swirl together in this semi-dry finish.

A very good beer. I can't believe I waited so long to try this. It has plenty of big hoppy flavor, but it's all about flavor and not just about hops.

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Photo of ClarkHimself
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of LSS from my local deli, not knowing what to expect. After reading the bottom of the carrier, I thought to myself "What the hell type of beer is this going to be?"

Pours an awesome, thick white head that sat perched on the brew like an albino hockey puck. Smell was straight citrusy hops, and that's all I could concentrate on. Upon first sip, I was HOOKED. This beer has a most deliciously hopped grapefruit pop to it that I love. Drinks like an amped up pale ale, with a bit of sweetness to it.

Once I got on BA to review, I was shocked to see that it's classified on here as a wheat ale... I've never tasted a wheat ale like this. But like the packaging says, labels are often confusing and arbitrary. I'll definitely be making A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear golden pilsner color. 1 finger of sticky head and nice lacing down the glass all the way until the beer is gone

S - Orange, tangerines, and lemon. Slight hop presence and spicy feel

T - Citrus, fruity, wheat ale with a nice citrus hop kick. Very tasty! The alcohol is well hidden

M - Medium bodied and carbonation

O - About as good a wheat pale ale as I have ever had. I will be buying this beer again!

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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