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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,602
Reviews: 1,488
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 343
Gots: 1,636 | 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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Ratings: 7,602 | Reviews: 1,488
Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes of honey, straw, and wheat along with citrus and floral notes. It smells of the same

Photo of JeffONeal
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Great floral notes dominate the nose. Taste is a floral, with a faint citrusy fruit, mild hop bitterness, and solid wheat notes. Mouthfeel is lighter, smooth, and drinkable.

Pretty bitter and hoppy for a wheat beer, but delicious and drinkable.

Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Golden/orange pour. Small white head. Aroma is floral, citrus, piney hop. Taste is a good blend. The wheat gives a nice light-medium body. Flavor has the hop pine, but balanced with the wheat, similar to some rye pales I've had. Accents of citrus, apple, pear. Finish clean, refreshing. Nice for Lagunitas to make something other than a hop bomb.

Photo of srv33
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, thin frothy head, it has a beautiful floral hop aroma. The taste is similar, very good and heavy hop profile with some exciting funkiness that makes this brew stick out a little. Medium heavy mouthfeel with a great aftertaste that lingers with more of the floral notes you get in the scent.

Photo of rrski198
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden color with medium white head. Good lacing.

S: Beautiful citrus and pine. Some great northwest hops here. Not over powering. very nice balance.

T: Very nice. Great balance and clean. Its an IPA, just feels lighter. Again, nice malt balance.

M: Good carbonation, coats the mouth nicely. Light, not overwhelming.

D: I could have quite a few of these!

Photo of Cresant
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Samuel Adams glass. No date. Lightly hazy body of apricot color. The moderate head left licks of lacing.

The smell was fantastic, juicy satsuma oranges. Bready and spicy. Floral and some sourness.

The taste was also of sweet oranges. Lingering bitterness. There was a subtle, smooth wheat flavor with a more assertive husky hops brightness in the finish. Well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium in density with adequate carbonation. This was a unique American Wheat/IPA hybrid.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, got to give Lagunitas some props for their branding and brew names. It's definitely unique, that's for sure. Fairly dark for a wheat, hazy with a pearl hued head.

A hop-forward wheat ale, with some grassy wheat and powdery yeast in the aroma.

Crisp and biscuity, with some cracked wheat hiding behind the generous leafy hops. Good florals and just diacetyl and creamed corn (dms) at the end. Got a slight alcohol twang at the end, which isn't surprising at 7.3abv.
Mouthfeel is more than expected, in the medium range, which is high for a pale wheat.

It's downright drinkable, and if it wasn't for the abv, I'd tear through a sixer of this in no time at all.

Photo of anth0ny
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear, medium gold ale. Looks light. Small white head.

I get mostly all sweet citrus in the nose, with a touch of pine. Smells almost identical to Founders All Day IPA. I like.

Sweet creamy flavor up front, a little pine and grass on the way out. Dry, mildly bitter after taste. Pretty mild flavor especially after the first few drinks, but nice balance.

Mouth is surprisingly heavier than you would think from its appearance. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of Paincane
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange gold color with off white head leaving moderate amount of lacing. Poured into pint glass.
S: Wheat, citrus, hoppy aromas
T: Very hoppy floral tastes with grapefruity citrus flavor. Wheat and malt backbone also present.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. Would definitely have more sumpin' sumpin'.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a bright orange-tan coloring to it, with no head whatsoever. Pours out with minimal carbonation bubbling, also. Aromas are hoppy, with a slight citrus and nutty sweet blend to it. Well balanced, but somewhat awkward for some reason. The flavors are light on the forward tongue, but burst onto the middle and rear tongue with light, crisp hops, a heavy dose of pepper spicing, citrus tart and sweet, and a slight toasty and breadlike character. The body remains light and crisp, true to the style, but slightly watery initially. The aftertaste is light on the spice, with a good amount of hops flavors and an even bigger amount of citrus sweetness and a slight hint of pineapple. The finish is crisp and clean, with the slightest dryness from the hops. Very tasty.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange coloring, pretty clear with tiny bubbles floating upwards. Pretty solid creamy head, tanned, with nice lacing. Big fruity citric nose, with grapefruit singing lead vocals.

Hoppy as hell, completely unbalanced. Slight notes of toasted biscuit alongside the pale malt. I get nothing like a typical Wheat Ale - which is frankly just fine, but odd that they would insist upon it. Alpha acids drip off the tongue, with grapefruit, lemon, orange, even some lime here. Finish is bitter, but it's fun to drink, and pretty interesting.

Reminds me of the first time I had Gumballhead. The comparison is hardly valid, but for an outside-the-norm Pale Wheat, hit it up.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb. Served in a unmarked pint glass.

Color is golden, with the slightest tint of copper or amber. Lively carbonation. Served with only a thin ring of head, and leaves no lacing.

The nose is not like wheat I've ever had. This is more of an IPA to me. Piney and resiny hops, with just the slightest floral quality.

Just as I would expect from the nose, hoppy and hoppy. A light carmel malt backbone, and no wheat anywhere. No sign of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light, with a bite from the hops. Bitter aftertaste. Solid drinkability.

I just wasn't feeling this beer. It's definitely not a wheat beer, and it's not even that good of an IPA.

Photo of Lerxst
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear amber with a one finger off white head that fades quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

S-Sweet, earthy malt hits first, Citrus and Floral hops follow and become most prominent.

T-Follows the nose with slightly sweet malt, citrus and floral hops with just a touch of spice of some kind.

M-Medium body, slightly creamy and oily with a crisp carb bite.

D-Very drinkable. More than one is certainly possible.

Photo of yankeej13
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Apperance- Has a copper like color to it with a slight tip of foam that dissappears almost instantly. Very mild carbonation.

Smell- Has a very good hoppy smell, nothing overpowering can smell maybe some floral hops, kinda piney.

Taste- Has a nice amount of hop flavor well balanced. Get hints of lighter more floral hops as well as a slight citrus flavor. Very good great flow and a good aftertaste in my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, goes down nice and easy. Has a good flavor that lingers along.

Overall- I really enjoyed it another great beer!

Cheers!

Photo of droomyster
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden body with a small white head that lasts for about two minutes. The nose is predominantly hoppy, with a lot of orange and lemon citrusy notes and whispers of floral aromas. Tastewise, the front and mid-palates are remarkably balanced. The malts are caramelly in nature and the hops are consistent with the nose. The hops don't dominate until the finish, which is pretty quick and dry. Not the boldest of it's style, by any means, but one of the most easily drinkable all on its own.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a golden color. Decent head, decent retention, decent lacing.

Big hop aroma. Citrus and spice. Very fruity. Some toasted malt, as well.

The bready malt and wheat are evident at the very beginning. A nice bitter hop burst follows. The hop flavor in this beer is very pleasant...it seems like it has more character than the average wheat ale. Dry, lightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied. Less carbonation than I'm used to for a wheat, but it doesn't detract from the mouthfeel. 7.3% ABV is completely masked.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, golden yellow color with a two-finger head of fizzy, tight carbonation which settles to a creamy layer of lace inducing foam. Muddled clarity with yeasty bits and a chilled haze.

S: Big citrus hop notes in the nose as well as some funky wheat and spicy yeast aromas. Very fruity and floral.

T: Sweet, toasted malt and cereal grains up front with a quickly consuming flood of bitter, citrusy and spicy herbal hops. All other fruits flavors are subdued by orange and lemon zest, leaving a slick, spicy and bitter finish.

M: Full-bodied pale wheat with loads of bitter hops and a slightly chewy wheat malt palate.

D: Probably the most hopped out pale wheat I've ever had, and decidedly American west coast hop-forward, as expected of Lagunitas. The 7.5% ABV carries a nice warming sensation but isn't really translated in a lot of alcoholic heat in the flavor. Not to be pounded in the summer heat, rather reserved for the IPA fan who wants a wheat ale.

Photo of KajII
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

It poured a nice light to medium yellow with a slight orange hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) white rocky head that lasted only a short while leaving behind some nice spotty residue that pretty much lasted throughout thus producing some good sticky lacing.

The aroma was a tad sweet and rather hoppy with a mix of floral and citrus hops, a nice sweet grain malt and an earthy yeast with definite notes of citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) and maybe a little peach.

Now the taste was unique and had a mild malty sweetness to it with a nice touch of bitterness and a strong hint of fruit initially, and pretty much had the same flavor characteristics throughout with a slightly stronger citrus hoppy presence at the end. The flavor stuck around for a decent amount of time leaving behind a nice hoppy aftertaste which lasted well after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was just a bit beyond light in body and had a mild dry yet syrupy texture with a nice soft relaxing carbonation.

Overall an IPA that is just a little sweeter than the norm, which was rather appealing and possessed a nice fruitiness yet still ended with the hoppiness that you get from a really good IPA.

Photo of adamette
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I purchased for $1.74 at Heinen's in the Cleveland area into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Light brown orange body under a one inch frothy white head. Nice look. 3.5

S Sugar sweet hops smells. Interesting, inviting. Hops are grapefruit tart, brown sugar sweetness that I recall from other Lagunitas beers. This is the smell of a big beer. 4.0

T Apparently my nose is becoming more and more accurate. The taste is of a big beer with sweet malt and grapefruit hops which is adequately balanced. 4.0

M Again, a big beer with sweet sugary and bitter hops tastes. 4.0

D Fair to good. This is a delicious beer that hides its ABV very well. 4.0

Notes: It reminds me of other Lagunitas beers, Brown Shugga and even Hairy Eyeball share some traits with this beer.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprized by this beer. The bartender told me it was a wheat but the hoppiness knocked my socks off, in a good way.

A: very little head, light cream colored some lacing. A very pale yellow in color.

S: You can tell immediately this is a hoppy beer you can smell the aroma hops inches away.

T&M: Very sharp hoppy bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel. I felt like exclaiming "aaa" after every swallow.

D: I could drink this stuff all day but you have to give your mouth a break!

Photo of glass_house
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BierFan
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice sized white head. Great head retention and lacing. Darker golden yellow, like a malt liquor.

Smell: Sweet and fruity hops. Grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Citric hops and a light body. Alcohol is a little noticeable.

This beer is heavy on the hops and alcohol and light on the malts, like many popular California brews. If that's your thing you'll like this beer.

Photo of hail_seitan
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - Crystal clear, pale yellow body with a thin white head.

S - Citrus, hay, and wildflowers.

T - Builds off of the nose, but much more pleasantly intense. Lemon and orange flavors meld with an almost strawberry-like sweetness from the wheat. A final touch of oniony dankness and more citrus leave the taste buds satisfied.

M - Fairly heavy and glutinous with a slight carbonation bite.

O - A very tasty beer that has that good ol' Lagunitas hop character. However, something about this beer, maybe the mild carbonation, really struck me as being similar to homebrews I have tried. Nonetheless, a great summertime compromise between fruity hops and fruity wheat.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is largely characterized by pine needles with a fruity edge: resin with grape and pineapple and a slightly doughy undertone. It has an eggshell-white head with a clear, light golden body; lots of lacing sticks around. The flavor is citrusy with a spicy bitterness and is reminiscent of pine needles, orange rind, and grapefruit, along with some doughiness that rounds out the flavor a little. The mouthfeel is rather crisp and medium-light in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, the flavors don't seem to mesh very well; the citrus-like flavors and bitterness seem very stark. On the other hand, it has the intense hop character of an IPA with a discernible malt influence which comes across as soft and bread-like. The hops are citrusy and bitter, siding with grapefruit, lemon, and lime without the rounding influence of some sweeter, tarter orange, etc.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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