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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

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5,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 5375
Reviews: 1297
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%

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 BeerMaverick


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden color, similar to a pilsner, but slightly darker and more opaque. Great head retention and thickness that is pure white. Parts with a thin and scattered lace on the glass.

S - Hops definitely dominate this aroma. The malts are present and the spices from the wheat are noticeable, but the hop bitterness really stands out.

T - This beer is an "American Pale Wheat Ale." The name describes the taste perfectly in terms of color, lightness, and a hint of spicy flavor. The flavors completely mask the 7.5% abv. with the aid of the 64.2 IBUs.

M - This beer really satiates all parts of the tongue by delivering exactly what it states. No hot alcohol burn, but a perfect kick from the hops and wheat.

D - At 7.5% abv. this beer is dangerously drinkable. The light color and crisp taste really throw me off. I feel as though I'm drinking a normal, lower %, pale ale until I look at the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:26:19 | More by BeerMaverick
Photo of mgbickel


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A huge 2 fingers of eggshell white head formed on top of the pale, straw colored body. The foam lasted pretty much throughout the drink, slowly receding down to a thin layer, leaving behind large tufts of itself on the sides of the glass.

The nose is like a fresh smack of citrus...oranges, lemons and grapefruits...all sitting on a bready wheat backbone.

The flavor is real similar to the nose...the hop flavor is present from beginning to end...but never real intense or overpowering. The background malty wheat flavor provides a great balance.

Light and airy mouth feel...crisp with moderate carbonation.

This is a wonderful beer...very similar to my favorite of this style, FFF Gumballhead. Probably the most refreshing beer I can get...speaking of which...I am so glad this is offered on a regular basis and distributed in my area. This will always be in stock in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:48:38 | More by mgbickel
Photo of tlazaroff


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly clear lite orange in color with a crispy white head.

S: This is a sweet malty smelling beer with big tangerine hops here.

T: Oh man, my friend was right, this is DELICIOUS! The tangerine smell continues though on the taste as well. It's hoppy, especially for a wheat ale. Drinks like an IPA. Good malt base, and those hops are a nice balance, teetering on more bitter than sweet. This is a killer beer!

M: Carbonated a bit on the high side, and medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable, nothing really sticks to the mouth at all and is really easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:08:21 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded extremely slowly and left excellent lacing; a great looking beer.

Smells of big sweet floral hops up front, followed by flowers, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon, mango, sweet malt, caramel, wet bread and brown sugar; great citrus hoppy nose that smells like an IPA, so it’s funny to see this classified as a wheat beer.

Tastes like grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, brown sugar, sweet malt, light grains, wet bread, cinnamon and some other delicious light spices that were not clear as I drank it last night, but I must now assume were wheat or coriander since this is a wheat ale; this is very pungent and tasty, even refreshing for such a hoppy beer. The Sumpin’ special must be the amount of hops used to make a wheat beer taste like an IPA – crazy concept, but it worked well.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and oily slick, with light fizzy carbonation, a light to medium body and a bitter zesty finish. A high recommendation for a great beer that is extremely drinkable as I had 4 on tap last light. I look forward to drinking this again soon as it was excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 04:01:43 | More by CHickman
Photo of peacebone116


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my tap directly into a Delirium snifter--lines were cleaned within 2 days of the following review, taken in mid-May 2011.

A: Cloudy golden straw color. Thick finger of head that stays for days!

N: Pineapple, mango, & grapefruit.

T/M: Crisp hoppy citrus dominates, much like the nose. There is not much malt flavor to speak of, and the beer's body only further support this interpretation; the beer has a very light mouth-feel, which is most attributable to the heavy wheat bill this beer has.

Most people that I have shared this one with are incredible surprised to find out that is an American Pale Wheat...but after they learn that, they are not surprised by the categorization as much as they are impressed with Lagunitas's execution. If it were not for such an incredibly high ABV, this would the ultimate summer beer! It does not fill you up, it is crisp and refreshing on a hot day, but it really does creep up on you fast! At 7.5%, this beer may drink just a little too easy!

Overall, another winner from the good people of Petaluma!

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 19:09:51 | More by peacebone116
Photo of Pharkle


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. I had no idea this was a wheat until I read about it. I would consider this an almost ideal American Pale Ale. Nice appearance in the glass, slight haze, plenty of head and lace on the glass. Bursting with American hop aroma, excellent malt/hop flavor balance, smooth and silky mouthfeel. A great beer that may win over those who shy away from "hoppy" beers. I was so impressed by the quality of this beer that I had another despite the large selection on tap at Beer Run. One of the best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 02:37:00 | More by Pharkle
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a great golden straw color with a slight amber hue in it, pours with a finger of pure white foamy head that lingers nicely
S: great scent, pure resinous hop scent, little to no malt, slight sweetness
T: very unique taste, strong citrus hop but also something else that i cant put my finger on, must be the combination of the wheat and hops, really great
M: intense carbonation tingle, disappears from the palate very quickly though
O: really love this brew, such a unique and great taste, really a great brew

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:13:43 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of russwbeck


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear yellow orange pour with a whispy white head. Tons of lacing and a very nice retention.

S: Wheat, citrus hop smell. Piney and delicious.

T: Wow, American Pale Wheat Ale? More like delicious IPA. Piney, wheaty citrus, fruity, floral. Wow. No malts coming through, all hops. Very tasty.

MF: Light and nicely carbonated.

O: This was delicious! How is it so widely available? Never expected it to be this tasty. Going to have to pick up another 6er.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 04:21:13 | More by russwbeck
Photo of thebornotaku


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle in to a Lagunitas mason jar style pint glass for authenticity. It's how they serve them at the Lagunitas Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary, so that's how I'm gonna drink it!

Color is gold-amber. Minimal head because I pour deliberately to avoid head. A little cloudy, probably because it's a wheat beer.

Smell is hoppy. Very similar to their IPA in this regard. I don't know what kind of hops they use specifically but it does smell like the same kind in their IPA. I also pick off a good amount of wheat and citrus.

Taste is VERY good. Quick hops on the front, followed by the wheatiness in the middle and it finishes off with crisp citrus. Each note plays off the last and there's plenty of subtleties. Not excessively bitter given how well balanced it is. A lot more drinkable than their (lower IBU) IPA. The IPA is 50 something IBUs and this is 64.20, but this is way easier to drink. Sweet, cirtusy, wheaty, hoppy, and I'm picking off a little pine too. Absolutely wonderful.

Mouth feel is good, a little more body than their IPA, well carbonated and overall just pleasant.

Overall this one surprised me, it has a lot more citrus and wheat than the nose lets on and it's incredibly good. I was reluctant about trying it before because it costs $9.89 at my work but this beer is fantastic. Definately a Lagunitas brew because they did it proper with the hops, but also really flavorful and balanced. I feel like this beer would be just as "at home" next to the pool on a hot day as it would be with a nice meal or even sitting at your computer and just enjoying a beer. Versatile, complex and most importantly, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 10:12:02 | More by thebornotaku
Photo of titty_mcbitty


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow brown. Good lookin' beer!

S: Brown sugar, hops, citrus.

T: This is superb! Dry hops, brown sugar, raisins, citrus, nuts, and malt. Sort of like a really hoppy barley wine, but not quite as heavy.

M: Medium with a velvety texture. Awesome mouth feel on this one.

O: This is an excellent beer. Very well-balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:08:27 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of dbell23


4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a plain old pint glass. Huge head that never goes away. Great lacing. Slightly dark golden color. Great looking beer.

Smell is mild hops with nice malt. I think I want to drink this.

Taste is great. Mild hoppiness to start, malty- hoppy in the middle with a lingering hop that is very pleasant. Refreshing deliousness. The hops are definitely present but they don't whack you in the head, they just taste good.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Lightly carbonated and smoooth. This is a drinker.

Overall a very refreshing beer. Me and miss sumpin' will be spending some serious time together this summer. I tried this beer on a cool fall day and liked it ok, but its unseasonably warm today and after a long bike ride this is it. Lagunitas is a really good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 00:39:38 | More by dbell23
Photo of wethead

New York

4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer, and as many of you know, I do not review beers like many others :)

STRONG "C" Hops, so if you do not like those hops, this beer is not for you,

STRONG grapefruit bitter taste, but so awesome!

I have had this from the keg and the bottle.

Great wheat beer with a GIANT citrus taste!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 09:39:53 | More by wethead
Photo of bensbeers


4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears the color of honey; has a richer color than a witbier but not as rich as an IPA; 2finger, fluffy head. First thing that hits the nose is grapefruit; moderately hoppy scent with notes of smooth, malt sweetness. What an interesting taste this one has; full of floral hops - earthy and bitter - yet it finishes so sweet; notes of caramel and vanilla come out with a swirl around the mouth, and it ultimately leaves you with a sweet/slightly bitter aftertaste. I'd call this a medium-bodied brew; moderately effervescent, yet thick enough to linger on the tongue.

Lagunitas strikes again. This beer has a lot of character. At first, you think it's another Cali-style, hoppy beer, but it is full of sweet flavors as well. I really dug the range of flavors i experienced from my first whiff to my last sip. Highly recommended. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:24:03 | More by bensbeers
Photo of TaySuth


4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with a solid, off-white head that slowly recedes while leaving behind immense amounts of lacing. The lacing is perhaps that most impressive aspect of the appearance and the beer presents itself as very inviting.

Smell: Clean, wheat aroma with a buffet of citrus and fruity scents. I am having difficulty pinpointing individual aroma flavors from the hops as they seem to be diverse and well balanced with one another. Regardless, my sense of smell is satisfied as my tastebuds beg for their turn.

Taste: Amazing balance between the refreshing wheat malt and strong hop character. The citrus of the hops stands out with lemon, lime, and grapefruit and the finish is perfectly bitter. Just the right amount of bite. The alcohol is completely hidden despite the 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: I can't think of many beers with a better mouthfeel than this one. The texture is thicker than a pale ale, as it should be, but not heavy or syrup like. The carbonation is dense with fine little bubbles. Very impressive.

Overall: This is by far the finest wheat beer I have had. As a hophead, it satisfies my need for bitterness than most other wheat beers lack. I truly hope that more brewers head in the direction of aggressively hopped wheat ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 01:41:32 | More by TaySuth
Photo of STEELERFAN2390


4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a duvel glass

A-yellowish golden with a great head,bubbly

S-I smell the bready sweetness and hop aroma from a couple feet away.... nice

M-pretty crisp ,medium carbonation. the hops do a little dance on your tongue.

T-citrus lemon caramel hops...well balanced

O- I enjoy this beer a lot. nice hops but not too much. well balanced with flavor and carbonation. ill keep on drinking this.

purchased at the fresh market in naples ,fl for 9.99$ a sixer

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 23:15:01 | More by STEELERFAN2390
Photo of Jabberwocky


4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe I am picky, but for me some beers have flavors that wear out over time. The novelty of it wears off and taste taste that I so enjoyed on first sip becomes stale. This is definitely NOT that kind of beer. I never tire of this beer, this is an old standby.

I tend to drink this straight from the bottle so I can't comment on how it pours, but the beer has medium viscosity and medium high carbonation. It has a great first bite! Hoppy, slightly floral and reminiscent of of a way an evergreen forest smells. Very slight sweetness. Lasting hopiness that sticks to the back of the throat but not in a displeasing way. It is more IPA than wheat but still has some qualities of a wheat ale. It has that snapiness of wheat ales but the wonderful bite of an IPA. One would not think that it is 7.5% by drinking it.

As it says on the bottle: Life is short, don't sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 02:50:33 | More by Jabberwocky
Photo of Timmush

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I feel like I shouldn't review this because it is no way like any "american Pale Wheat ale" I ever drank. It is an amazing beer. It tastes almost like a Double IPA. The Appearance is its only downfall. It looks like a macro (believe it or not). But the taste is amazing. To me, it is a cross between hopstoopid and nugget nectar. and those are my two favorites.
I have tried 8 of the top 10 pale wheat ales and nothing tastes like this. . This is more like heaven on earth.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:42:12 | More by Timmush
Photo of GRG1313


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely medium clear orange with a thick pillow white head.

Nose is fragrant orange, lemon and honey with some floral tones. Nice.

Mouthfeel has nice body and character. Complex and layered flavors of lemon, oranges, malt and then to pine and grapefruit bitter. Sweet orange and fruit in the front and mid palate and grapefruit/hops on the back palate and finish. You want to keep going back for more. Long grapefruit skin hop finish.

This is an all around excellent drinking and food beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 07:29:25 | More by GRG1313
Photo of dukew456


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass

Pours a bright clear golden color with light amber highlights. A half-inch head forms and eventually dissipates into a modest cap, leaving plenty of lacing along the way.

Smell is instantly of juicy citrus, namely tangerine and grapefruit. A very tangy hop aroma is slightly tipped by a sweet malt presence.

Taste follows suit, with grapefruit bursting out in front of the pack. The citrusy twang of the hops are offset by a slightly tart and sweet yet rich finishing malt backbone. I just glanced the 7.3% abv on this, and I'm shocked. The medium carbonation and excellent balance make this beer dangerously quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 02:27:29 | More by dukew456
Photo of CampusCrew


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: sweet hop smash and citrus aroma

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid with tons grapefruit and citrus flavor. a little sweeter than a normal IPA, but fit perfecty. This is the perfect summer beer

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: very easy and smooth. As always a great value by Lagunitas. This is one of my favorite beers on the market right now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 23:37:43 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Burt

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass filled to the top.

A. Yellow orange that is hazy. Head is white and thick. Left a thick coating of lace all the way down the glass.

S. Big hop aroma, loved smelling this beer

T. Nice hop taste taste up front, had a little sweetness in the middle with a nice bitterness at the end.

M. Some carbonation, with a smooth coating, at 7.5% the alcohol is well hidden.

D. Was surprised how good this beer was very easy drinking and dangerously addictive. Hop heads beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 02:47:10 | More by Burt
Photo of diamondc


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 12 oz.

A: Huge head. Lots of lacing. Hazy, golden in color. Beautiful.

S: Ripe tropical fruits. Pineapple, kiwi, guava, apricot. Intoxicating.

T: Lots of above fruits in the flavor, almost like drinking fruit punch, but there is some mild pine/herbal bitterness at the end. Some wheat bread/cracker malts come up while warming up.

M/O: Very well-carbonated, refreshing. Loving the hops selection used here. Surprised this isn't labeled an IPA. Definitely worth multiple purchases.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 06:37:19 | More by diamondc
Photo of budgood1


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a pale gold colour. snow white frothy head with ample staying power. chunks of lace. monster hop aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and passion fruit. sweet caramel type malts only amplify the nose. downright tropical. taste profile is more of the same...the gritty wheat aspect does show itself, showing off grainy and dry notes, but is quickly swallowed up by some malty, sweet, candy and toffee like sweetness. it melds incredibly well with the tropical like hop fruitiness and provides a decadent and delectable taste profile. at 7.5 ABV, it does throw off some heat, which can be easily detected, but is also cleverly integrated. although the hop profile is flavour forward, there is a great deal of lingering bitterness. this also provides a welcome level of dryness in the finish, melding well with the overlooked wheat bill. full bodied for a wheat inspired pale ale. tongue tingling mouthfeel...props to the hops. great drinkabilty...too good for such a high ABV ale.

overall...i would say that this is ridiculously tasty. Lagunitas nails another west coast, hop forward ale. stoopid good. ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 23:05:19 | More by budgood1
Photo of godlessape


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a snifter in order to best capture all the aromatic qualities.
The body is a clear golden amber, with a creamy white pillow of a head that soon sinks but never leaves.
A potent caramel freight train makes it's way up your nasal passages, lugging along a hefty amount of tangerines, orange creamsicles, apricots, black pepper, and rock candy, then slams into your frontal lobe in a fiery crash. This should make the news.
That same train enters the palate and explodes into a three ring circus of spicy, piney, sweet, and citrusy indulgence.
The mouthfeel is light and easy. This brew massages the throat all the way down and the high ABV of 7.50% leaves you with a rather happy ending.
Overall, I couldn't be anymore impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:47:03 | More by godlessape
Photo of GossageBrewery


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured this American Pale Wheat Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a clear pale color, produced a thick white head, left an OUTSTANDING amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread and mega amounts of floral hops. Medium bodied this wheat ale had a foundation of soft malted wheat, that gives way to a citric hops. By far the best American Pale Wheat Ale I have sampled. Nothing ordinary about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:30:59 | More by GossageBrewery
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