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: 1,486
Hads: 7,995
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 415
Gots: 2,047 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.
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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Catfish0807
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

I wish there where more ales like these! Very hoppy aroma but is surprisingly smooth on flavor. Herby flavors but not overwhelming. Excellent balance is all I have to say about this brew. (187 characters)

Photo of Chcshammonde
5/5  rDev +19%

Perfect beer in my opinion. Nose is wonderful, rich, sharp hop aroma with a bit of wheat. Flavor is on point - buttery smooth, hop and wheat flavors are so good in combination. I could drink this all day and night. A real gem from Lagunitas. (248 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really fun one, it's wheaty, citrusy, malty, hoppy goodness. It really elevates the normal wheat ale to another level.

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again. (174 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can't put it in a box, nor can you surmise its greatness by trying to define the pale wheat/IPA characteristics that embody this brew. Slightly fizzy yellow; an inch of clouds; and minimal lace comprise the nonic pint that allows me to see the girth of my fingers on the other side. The smell is delicious; reminiscent of Cameron Diaz in her younger years, yet that is another story. Hmm. Banana chips, forest sap and honey pervade my senses and invite me to delve further into this temporary escape from reality. The taste is superb. I suppose this is a hybrid, because if mother wheat had a love child with the four C's, it would result in this brilliant, yet complex bubblegum hops offering. Body is medium, and warms with additional surprises of grapefruit and peach on the tongue. Every now and then we step outside of our zone and find a beer that surprises us. For me, this was one of those times. The IPA Hunter gives this an overall rating of LARRRRRRGE! (963 characters)

Photo of GoNoles
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

If you like Gumballhead, give this a shot. Not a hop head? Don't let the IBU's scare you off, the hops aren't overwhelming. Grapefruit! Awesome beer. (151 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.45/5  rDev +6%

Pours a light amber with an off white head. The smell is full of hops with a grapefruit scent being the strongest. The beer itself has many layers to the flavors. Grapefruit and pine notes from the hops mingle well with sweet fruit and spice from the malt. The flavor was well balanced and quite tasty. A favorite for sure. (323 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale has a thick, off-white head, a clear, yellow-gold appearance, some stray bubbles, and fairly heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of strong, citrus, grapefruit, and hop resins, with background white bread. Taste is of the same elements. Bitterness is out front, but not particularly harsh or even strong. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and not at all boozy. Yes, it’s excellent, but nothing that we haven’t seen again and again for the last five to ten years.

RJT (607 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

This is a Lagunitas beer. They make good beer people. They make damn good beer at a reasonable price people! This is no exception.

Appearance: Nice head retention, but not a huge amount either. Sticks around a bit. Lighter in color for an IPA. This is a nice clear almost lager in appearance brew.

Aroma: Sweet malts, nice floral hops, very balanced. Almost a perfect example of an IPA for the masses.Even though that is not really what it is. Its close enough to guide someone on into home plate, that is the IPA world. That is in no way downgrading this beer.

Taste: Well made beer. Nice and hoppy but not to the point your mouth is turning inside out. Balanced with sweetness from the malt base. This is a perfect example of this style of beer. How a beer can be made this well, taste this good, be as readily available and at the price is really shocking. The grocery stores recently alternated sales on Lagunitas and this one was like $7.99 for a six pack. Nobody can touch that!

Overall: Try it for yourself and see. There are beers that stand out more. This one has its own character but would be one I could point to someone trying to get into the style but not sure if they really like it or not. This is a beer I would also drink as a fan of IPA's. I have drank a lot of intense beers, this isn't one of them. Its just well made and tasty. (1,358 characters)

Photo of SpartanHomebrew
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Appearance - Gold, carbonated, decent head retention, slightly cloudy
Aroma - floral hop, citrus, malty
Taste - hop forward, malty sweetness, grapefruit bitter finish, well balanced
Mouth Feel - medium body, light carbonation
Overall Impression - Very enjoyable. An IPA drinker can turn this into a session (be careful!). (322 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head.

S: Citrus hops and malt sweetness.

T: Juicy citrus and fruity hops, some tropical fruit and floral in there too, well balanced with caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: One of my go to beers. Dangerously drinkable. (343 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Very nice beer, I drank it from the bottle, no glass in sight.

On the nose it is a nice citrus pine

The bitterness is great, earthy and lingering. I found it a little watery...but it definitely made me rethink that as the 7.5% knocked me over the head.

Super solid, recommend. (280 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; when the beer was gone, my entire glass was a solid sheet of lace;

S: freshly baked yellow cake for a brief moment, then cedar, pine, and a little citrus;

T: balanced up front; grapefruit and pine at mid-palate; bitterness builds to the finish, then fades with the flavor;

M: medium bodied; very fine carbonation;

O: nicely hopped, but still well balanced; (449 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean golden with prodigious head of off-white bubbles. Spidery, wispy, wonderfully detailed lace.

Nose is crisp citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness. Absolutely stunning!

Taste is a delicious assault of hops, yet fair and balanced with the ideal amount of malts underneath. Not too bitter, not too sweet, not too tropical, not too grapefruit citrusy, just a palate-owning and perfect rendition of an American IPA.

Not much more to say, but this is one I’ll be turning to again for sure. A great experience, start to finish! (537 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma has lots of caramel, toffee and roasted malt.
The taste is malt forward, caramel sweetness, a touch of lemon bitterness. Great balance.
The texture is thicker.
Excellent. (237 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- clear golden slight orange with a pretty thick head.
S- great citrus hoppy smell
T- lots of citrus and hop with a wonderful bready finish that creates a smoother finish. Wonderful mix. Do
Feel- the more I drink the better it gets. Smooth with a unique bite.
O- I had this about a year ago, and don't remember it being this good. Lagunitas keeps getting better (368 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: A semi-clear light copper colored body holds up the thickest, creamiest cream colored head I have ever seen on a non-nitrogenated beer -- and it never recedes at all. Massive lines of thick lacing coat the glass.

Aroma: Notes of cedar and peppery spices are dominant with faint citrus on the back end.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the palate is coated with pepper notes and cedar. Plenty of hops come out for a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, on the thicker side.

Overall: Not much of a pale wheat ale, more of a double hoppy wheat I guess. It tastes great, just mis-categorized I believe. (632 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +19%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.11.14.

A: Very see through yellow. 3 finger head that retains well. Awesome looking.

S: Lots of grapefruit. Very citrusy.

T: Grapefruit, wheat. Some malt.

M: Creamy smooth thanks in part to the wheat.

O: This blew my socks off. It's definitely a West Coast, hop forward APA/APWA/IPA, or however people want to categorize it. It has a very nice grapefruit sweetness that comes on first, followed with a slightly bitter wash that then fades into citrusy sweetness again. The alcohol is also completely hidden and it does go down easily. This is an outstanding beer and one of my favorites. (640 characters)

Photo of Absalom
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Drank one the other day just because it was in the fridge, and then another; repeat until the floor looks wobbly. Damn that's good, and I don't even like wheat beer. (165 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hoppy beer with no freshness info to be found. A rare gamble on my part. Worth it? Yep.

This was a hazy straw color and it poured with a medium sized, lumpy head.

This smells at least fairly fresh. Somewhat vibrant citrus and tropical fruit plus muted wheat underneath. The hops don't come across as fresh on the tongue, but this is still damn tasty. Pungent grapefruit plus hints of pineapple and mango all but overwhelm any malt balance. The body was big and sticky. Definitely liking this one. Give me a bottled on date and this would be a regular buy for me. (566 characters)

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

An amazing fruity APA, better than Gumballhead in my opinion and I'm a Three Floyds fan boy. I'm glad Indiana has what seems to be an endless supply of a little sumpin sumpin. A+ (178 characters)

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Hazy yellow orange with a big frothy white head

S: Juicy hops, grapefruit, bubble gum, wheat malt, tangerine, orange peel

T: Holy smokes! What a juicy, hoppy, citrus punch. This beer is like juicy fruit gum. Just enough sweetness to balance.

M: Creamy, medium bodied. Perfect for this hybrid.

O: I love this beer! I don't know what it is, but I want more of it. The hop bomb of an IPA, the refreshing character of a Hefe, the drinkability of a light lager. This is so money. (481 characters)

Photo of jman42
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Had from a 12 oz bottle in a tulip glass

A = Crystal clear. Nice light golden color. Good head. So far, we're looking good.

S = Smells like an IPA (even though they say it isn't). Citrus and hops prevail.

T = Tastes like a light IPA to me. Very nice - not too hop crazy.

M = No bitter after taste that is typical of an IPA.

O = Really liked this beer. I can see what they mean when they say it is hard to categorize. (426 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured a nice clear light orange body with a half finger foamy white head. It looks quite nice, very inviting. Scents of earthy, vegetal hops, hints of tropical fruit, mostly mango, a bit of pine resin, a hint of orange and a little bit of alcohol. Overall impression of aroma is a nicely hop forward aroma that has most all of the typical West Coast aromas on display. Quite nice. Flavor begins with a nice vegetal hop flavor, mingling with pine resin, and a bit of indeterminate citrus. Bitterness is moderate. This moves into a middle with notes of orange zest and flesh and a touch of alcohol. Finish is medium-dry with notes of pine resin, earthy, vegetal hops, faint alcohol and a bit of grainy malt. Aftertaste is tropical fruit, pine resin, a bit of grainy malt and earthy hops. Overall impression is of a nicely hoppy beer that still lets a bit of the wheat malt shine through. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, resinous and slightly chewy with a nicely slick feel with medium-low carbonation. Overall impression is of a good, smooth, resinous mouthfeel that is quite nice. Overall this is a nice hoppy wheat ale that is very pleasant in aroma and flavor and is aided by a nice mouthfeel. It is quite balanced and very drinkable, a good ale. (1,255 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding American Pale Wheat Ale. Hoppy wheat ale. Pours to a nice deep wheat amber color. Aromas and tastes of pure bread. Help hide the bitter hoppiness. Very smooth and drinkable. Growler favorite. Little fruit - can't tell which. Dry malty flavor. Really good. (273 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.