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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: 1,560
Hads: 8,355
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 448
Gots: 2,446 | FT: 5
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

I am lucky enough to be able to get this easily where I live. I have had it on both bottles and tap. I love this beer. This could be my everyday drinking beer.

The aroma is the best part of it. When poured into a glass, there is a fantastic citrusy aroma of it. It goes down smooth. I have never been disappointed with a Lagunitas... and this one is one of my favorites from them.

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Photo of rambler85
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas always impresses. This beer is no different. It has a sweet smelling, almost floral aroma. Definitely some citrus in there as well. The beer has a bright golder color which is enhanced by a slight haziness.
Flavor is huge in this one. It starts lightly sweet and fruity. It is a big beer though. The mouth feel is quite heavy. There are also plenty of hops to balance it out.
Overall a great beer. A very nice change of pace for IPA drinkers.

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Photo of Mdg222
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nice balance between sweet & bitter. Full flavored. Strong citrus kick, grapefruity & orange peelish w/a hint of a piney element, but not overly overwhelming like some stronger IPAs. One of my go-to's.

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

A: Light copper color with peachy tones and a pillowy off-white head. Head dissipates very slowly and nicely laces the glass.

S: Huge citrus nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. Hints of orange and tropical fruit. A touch of malt and wheat lingering in the background. A great aroma.

T: Very fruity. Fresh pineapple, oranges, and grapefruit. A touch of sweetbread and carmel malt on the backend. The fruity hops dominate this one without it feeling unbalanced.

M: Medium bodied, little carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic summer brew. To me, this redefines what American Pale wheat Ales are all about. Bold flavors, high ABV, amd exceptional drinkability. I've never been a huge fan of Lagunitas, but this beer may change my opinion.

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

Had this on-tap in Pittsburgh once, remembered liking it, picked up a sixer when I saw it at the store.

Cool bottle, also, there's a dog on the cap. Pours smoothly into a hefeweizen glass and a small head plooms about a few cms. Beer is the color of light amber.

Smells: apricot, mango, citrus, fresh-cut grass, pine resin, flowers. Smells excellent.

Taste: sweet, hoppy, fruity, downright delicious.

Mouth: a little syrupy, leaves you wanting another sip, though.

Overall, I would recommend this beer to anybody that likes beer.

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Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Looks nice, this beer has a filtered orange color with lots of gold and yellow edges. The carbonation is active and there is good lace, but the head did take a significant nose-dive after the first minute.

Smell is incredible. This is up there with the best American Pale Wheats and is right up my alley. Lots of flowery and citric hops make the nose a trip down the grapefruit and orange aisle. There's also some malt that comes across as sweet but is just buried by the hops. This is off to a great start.

The first sip has me captivated. The hops are so bold and fresh tasting, they rival any other hoppy APW I can remember. Sweet kiss of malt and no real noticeable wheat other than in the mouthfeel. There's orange, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit tastes along with a crisp finish. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is good, I'd like a touch more creaminess as opposed to the slightly sharp edge the carbonation gives this. But the body is lush and light at the same time, medium in weight, and really clean. Overall, I really like this beer and will be adding it to my normal rotation. Up there with the best of the APW's.

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Photo of Jesse14
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a two finger head. The nose picks up the citrus and floral from the hops right away. Really refreshing smell that gets you excited to drink it. The first sip is definitely hop forward with a nice and mellow fruit and floral flavor balance. The carbonation is just right. The bitterness quickly subsides and you're left with a clean dry finish. It would be an A+ beer for me if it had a little more depth at the end but its not worth complaining about.

This is a dangerously balanced and refreshing beer. I could easily sit down and have 3 or 4 with dinner or a game.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was yellow golden. Probably an inch of head or so. Nice bit of lacing on the top that lasted throughout. There was also sporadic film on the sides.

Absolutely loved this smell. I got floral hops first, followed by citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and tangerine. Really, really good mix.

Tasted very similar to the smell, which I was hoping for. Once again, the floral hops came in first, while the citrus hops came in after. Left a bitter finish, but left me wanting to come back for more.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish that stayed good throughout.

I liked this beer a lot, definitely the best I’ve had in awhile. There really wasn’t a weakness in the beer. Liked it a lot.

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

A great label for starters. Love the vintage looking woman enticing me to drink. "I give in!" The wording around the picture is pretty sweet as well.

Last of a six pack pour. Poured into a pint glass and met with a massiv white foamy head and apricot colored brew.

A sweet ruby red grapefruit smell packs a punch.

The smell makes you want to try it and I give in. Great hoppy, grapefruit taste. The little bottle packs a punch. A slight aftertaste wets the palate and makes the yearning for more even bigger!

Hoppy mouthfeel and you do feel the "bite" at the swallow. Not sure I taste much wheat (maybe a little after the swallow) but I'm not complaining.

At 7.3% this is dangerously drinkable. Very easy to put a few away before you know it.

Overall another great beer from the staff in Petaluma. They keep churning out great beer after great beer. Hoping this becomes a regular selection rather than a seasonal.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas is a very recent arrival to TN and I was stoked to find out this was one of the beers we would be getting...

Extremely bright and juicy citrus hop aromas rolling off this brew... reminds me of a freshly sliced grapefruit with touches of orange thrown in... man, this smells great and very intriguing especially for a pale wheat... this has straight up IPA hoppiness although it seems somehow lighter? Hard to describe...

Bursting with bitter citrus notes, the smoothness of this beer on the finish is the only indication that this is a wheat... lots of bitterness up front and throughout with a finish that doesn't linger as long as you would expect... very delicious and refreshing... I like this a lot.... a lot...

This will be a staple on the lawnmower this year although at 7.5, too many and I'm falling off... awesome warm weather brew and one I'm glad I can get anytime

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Photo of Act25
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into .5l cylinder class labeled Spaten. Re-tasted against my current favorite: Sculpin by Ballast Point. Both are "must try". In some respects, Lagunitas gets re-rated higher than before next to this great ipa for it's originality, looks, and subtleties.

Clear golden copper with tall white head. Great retention and lacing. Kept a thin white layer over the beer all the way down, the head is pinpoint bubbles, dense and sticky.

S: Sweet malt and spicy hop upfront with follow on complexities. The beach, boardwalk, tar, hops, pine needles, and oranges.

T: Follows the aroma, and even gets better. Pine, citrus, and a silo of malt/bready sweetness. A bit of fruit tea and citrus. Orange and a pine in the aftertaste. Nice finish. Great flavor arc. Powerful. Hoppy. A little tarry, sweat, and summer afternoon in a thin dress indeed.

M: Medium weight with medium carbonation. Good amount of dryness. Great finish. Significant, slight esters fruit and seriousness.

O: Great, well-rounded, original beer. A must try. Best I have had from Lagunitas. Tastes like 100 degree day in Petaluma. Bravo! Went from a sample to hadda have a six pack. Could easily be an every day beer, but at 7.5% a little too strong for me, and my every day beer has to be in cans (It is Dales Pale Ale).

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

A - Head of about a finger and white - maybe some slight yellow in it. Body is wheaty/orange in color and not quite clear.

S - Delicious smooth hops. Some orange and floral scents. Sweet caramel malts.

T - Just a good balance of orange, grapefruit, banana, and cloves. Well rounded and smooth. The hops are so smooth and taste delicious.

M - Great carbonation on a medium body makes for a great pale ale.

O - A very smooth well balanced beer. Sure I like the Lagunitas yeast strand so I may be partial, but still great. Nice and hoppy but not bitter. Has a sweetness to it.

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Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color with a white two finger head with nice retention. The aroma has a lot of grapefruit and oranges in it. Smells really nice.

Tastes much like it smells. Nice grapefruit and orange flavors. Some sweet malt. A very nice flavor. Tastes more like and IPA than a Pale Wheat Ale. It smells and tastes like a very good IPA.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. There isn't much to say, except I like this beer a lot, and will be looking for it again.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw/gold color with a nice substantial white foam head. Good retention on the head, which sticks to the sides of the glass producing some nice lacing. Fairly clear brew.

All kinds of delicious hop aromas: citrus, tropical, herbal. Nice pungent aroma that really makes you want to dive in.

Taste is hop flavors similar to the nose up front. Resinous, oily hop goodness. Some herbal flavors as well -- mint or slight hint of basil, which a previous reviewer suggested. Citrusy hop flavors linger in the finish. Hops are balanced my a little malty sweetness and some dry biscuit flavor. Well done. 7.5% ABV was not noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable, thirst-quenching, wheat beer with some great hop flavors going on throughout the flavor profile. I will be revisiting this one come summer time.

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

Appearance: This beer pours a golden yellow with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves some nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma: Wow! You get hit big with a pungent citrus circus. Loads of grapefruit, tangerine, and peach. You can detect just a trace of the wheat in the background.

Taste: Just like the nose, this beer starts off with a great citrus hop right up front. The tangerine flavor seems to dominate most mixed with a little of the grapefruit. It finishes with a smooth caramel and wheat flavor that is somewhat drying and leaving you wanting another sip.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, slightly drying. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: This might be the best "wheat" beer I've had. It drinks far more like an IPA, than any other wheat style beer that I've had. This is a fantastic beer and will certainly be in rotation this summer.

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a tinge of copper. Thick white head. Aroma of the hops is pronounced. Definitely dry-hopped with a large quantity.

Mouthfeel is best described as good body with plentiful carbonation.

Taste is unique. The wheat flavor is pronounced along with hop bitterness. Dry finish.

This beer is really a category straddler. You definitely know the wheat is there, but this is closer to a good IPA that to some of the other wheat pale ales in this category.

Overall, I love it. Another terrific beer from Lagunitas!

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

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear (slight hazed) deep golden color with a off white head. Head is very thick and sticky. Lace clings the entire ride down the glass. Head settles to a nice half inch thick layer. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of fruit hops; pineapple, grapefruit, apricot etc. Some nice hop profiles here. Balanced by a nice malty wheat layer as well. Very good smelling brew.

Brew is crisp and refreshing; some really good hop flavors here. Brew is quick to get malty and the presence of wheat comes right at you on the middle. The hops are there, but the bitterness is not. A very nice tasting unique brew.

This is a great brew, has the sweet hop fruitiness and isn't bitter and is balanced beautifully by the wheat maltiness. Can be sessioned by the case, stellar stuff. Perfect for a BBQ or a hot day.. hell anytime of year. This would be a nice alternate to a hefe or a striaght wheat brew for some. Great stuff.

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Photo of DCHritz
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey gold color with a full head and decent lacing. Piney smell with hints of bread. Taste is slight citrus and pine. Very little hint of wheat. Very refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually am not a huge fan of wheat beers, but I guess the rep on this one is that its wheat is basically hard to detect. That's to my advantage, because I find this to be delicious. Their Sucks used to be my favorite, but I believe its taste and quality lost something along the way of transforming from a seasonal to a ridiculous shelf-sitting 32 ouncer and then a new year-rounder. I wish bottled-on dates were prominent on their beers. But in any event, this one, I believe, is the perfect substitute. Indeed, this tastes like a super IPA. I think some reasonably have a basis to object on this basis to its label classification of a pale wheat. Still, regardless of what it's called, I think this is a great tasting brew

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours slightly hazy pale golden wheat with a foamy and frothy two-finger head that retains long after the pour, leaving patches of lace.

S- bright citrusy hops with some fruity esters, notes of peach, mango and pineapple. A bit of tartness from the wheat, awesome fruit notes

T- unique flavor for the style. The fruity notes from the aroma follows closely in taste, pineapple, mango and apricot. Malty sweetness balances it out nicely and provides some sugary caramel. Just enough hops to be noticed with the wheat providing a tart kick

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish. This goes down way too easy for 7.5%!

O- this one is so refreshing and loaded with fruity flavor. The fruitiness is authentic, almost like it has fruit juice infused. Well balanced with nearly a perfect mouthfeel, could easily get through a 6pack of this!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The second offering from Lagunitas I have had and the second time in a row I have been impressed.

Out of the bottle it pours a golden ochre color with thick, white head. The head leaves a nice lacing down the glass. The odor of the beer was unlike any ale I have ever had, it was citrusy and lightly ale-like. It actually smelled sweet, but it was tamped down by the hops - a very good mix. The mouthfeel was tingly, strangely tingly, but crisp and fresh as well. I was truly surprised. The taste started tangy, spicy, and citrusy with sweet notes, then ended with a bold ale taste - about the level I'm not a fan of, but still good. Overall, the brew provided me a more enjoyable experience, it reminded me what craft beer drinking is truly all about.

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Photo of m_hall
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. Pale golden in color, with a very slight bit of haze, topped by a thick pillowy white head a good two inches tall. Head fell fairly slowly, leaving good lacing.

Aroma is fresh, pine-y and citric, with a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts. Really, this is possibly the first beer I've tasted where one does not outweigh the other on the palate- grapefruit-ishe hops seem to actually ride on top of a honey-like malt base. As the beer sits on the palate, some earthy and floral notes from the hops rise up along with faintly toasted biscuit malt tones The distinct 'snap' from the wheat in the grain bill is here, just like a good weizen. The finish is just slightly dry with lingering floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little syrupy, thicker than might be expected. The alcohol punch is surprising- this does not seem like a 7.5 % beer. This one could definitely sneak up on you.

This was my first Lagunitas beer, and I am beyond impressed. The sort of balancing act they accomplish between the malts and hops is frankly amazing. This is a classic Pale Ale, and one that everyone should try if they're serious about beer.

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Photo of jedtheavenger
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A--brownish gold with a little bit of chill haze. Pours a huge foamy head with thick sticky lacing. I'm not usually all that observant of how a beer looks, but a full glass of Little Sumpin' is just plain gorgeous.

S--juniper, grass, apples, and orange peel.

T--it's like an IPA...but not. The hops definitely have a presence, but they're neither overwhelmingly bitter nor characteristic of weaker IPAs. The elements of the smell come through in the taste, and it finishes with just a touch of bite from the alcohol. There are some beers that are best tasted in between sips. This is not one of those beers. When I am drinking it, the glass is tilted back with unprecedented frequency.

M--A little on the sticky side. Carbonation is fairly light. The mouthfeel is the only area that didn't wow me...it doesn't necessarily detract from the beer, but it doesn't stand out as spectacular.

Overall: It is hard to drink just one of these. The flavors are so incredibly balanced and it's such a beautiful looking beer that I want more. One of the cashiers at the store said she bought a case of 4 six packs and finished it off in under a week. I was skeptical at first, but I'm now determined to one-up her.

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Photo of keanex
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color with slight carbonation showing with a thin slightly off-white head that clings to the side of the glass as poured.

S: A nice blend of a piney/florally hops with a slight tropical smell. I wish it were a bit stronger, it has me wanting more.

T: Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. A nice blend of sweet malts and a clean wheat taste with an overlying varying hops flavor from florally into tropical flavors.

M: A nice creamy body to it with soft yet fizzy carbonation.

O: I really like how this tastes, it has a nice complex flavor that makes you want to sip more and more.

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Photo of quaybr
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

A crystal-clear golden-orange body with a foamy white head that leaves more than a modest trace of lacing. Really a pretty beer.

Citrusy hops rule the nose with the slightest whiff of wheat malt that draws out some complexities as the beer warms.

Tastes of grapefruit and orange. The malt doesn't really seem to have a chance of being noticed, but, similar to the aroma it begins to quietly present itself as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel seems perfect throughout - enough body to deliver the mass amounts of hops without becoming too thick or syrupy.

It's been a few years since I last had this beers - it was one of the first craft brews I ever had, so I was relatively unaware of what I was trying - and I feel so pleasantly surprised at how fine it is. This is a great beer.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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