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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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5,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 5353
Reviews: 1294
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 Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 01:36:28 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the visual evidence of wheat is not overwhelming. head and lacing are nice, but the haze is minimal. pale, though not quite gold--a pallid amber

the aroma is (quite predictably?) a hop whallop. i think it's columbus but i suppose it could be simcoe (i am out of shape, so to speak. haven't brewed in awhile...why not both?). i can't really get past the hop--the malts might have an aroma

tastes mostly like hop, too. the body is robust enough to be the hop payload's vehicle, but only barely. honestly, i hadn't noticed this one was a wheat brew. it makes sense, given how innocuous the malt bill is. i do feel an effervescent dryness at the finish, but it took some close inspection

not quite a session brew, keeping 7.3% in mind, but it won't spoil your dinner

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 19:48:28 | More by bruachan
Photo of digitalbullet


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: light oak color that allows plenty of light through with a light head that dissapates fairl quickly
smell: it smells like hops that were slightly over cooked. A good sprinkle of citrus is in the mix.
Taste: oh so smooth. Tastes like a hef with a ton of hops added. Very good citrus kick to it.
Drinkability: A dangerous brew. Very easy to drink and the high ABV will knock tour socks off

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 05:15:31 | More by digitalbullet
Photo of Thur123


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great. The head is offwhite and a little sticky. The color is a hazy amber gold or thin honey. A punch of hops from the smell... Ripe citrus and grapefruit is strongest, floral aromas too.
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Big floral hop taste that turns into grapefruit and ends bittersweet. The more I drink it the better it seems to show all its flavors. The mouthfeel is good. I love the combonation of wheat and hops like this. A good reminder that I need to keep trying with hop heavy styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 00:50:50 | More by Thur123
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up at an ABC in Miami, FL where I grabbed a mixed 6-pack (2 IPAs, 2 Censored, 2 Little Sumpins). Heard it was a Summer Ale but did not know what I was in for.

A - it looked richer than I expected for a Summer Ale. I was possibly expecting something that looked like a Kolsch, but this poured crystal clear with a rich copper color and thick white to cream-colored head.

S - Awesome. Citrus, sweet, orange...had just finished a Lagunitas IPA before this and thought for a moment I had not rinsed the glass well enough. I was wrong..lLots of sweet, citrus aroma.

T - Everything in the aroma comes thru in the first sip. Big citrus hop taste with a solid, malt and sweet hop backbone. I think the wheat malt as a base must have been mashed high to build the residual sweetness I think I taste.

M - For a Summer Ale, this beer comes across a bit heavy in the mouthfeel, but is just SO drinkable. It seems like a Three Floyd's Gumballhead on steroids.

D - Rates only a "Good" simply because I think I was looking for something lighter as a Summer Seasonal. With that said. I love it. I will buy a 6-pack tomorrow. And another next week. This might take 1st place in my Lagunitas line-up, behind my favorite, Brown Shugga.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 21:29:32 | More by TreeTopFlyer
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Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've noticed this stuff flying off the shelves since it's been available. Two fingers of spongy white head crowns a hazed translucent apricot body.

The aroma is sheer grapefruit and a bit of pine, along with an underlying sugary sweetness. A touch of biscuity malt peeps out from time to time. A bit of wheat tartness haunts the
background as it warms.

Then along comes a neatly balanced wheat tartness along with the citrus of the hops in the flavour. Sweet, tart, citrusy and bitter all at the same time. Tart wheat at first melded with tangerine and grapefruit, smoothing out in the middle and joined by a phantom sweetness, finishing with citrus and grapefruit, with white grapefruit rind lingering long and assertively into the aftertaste. More spicy in the aftertaste as it warms, could partly be from the higher abv% too, as there's also a warmth to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth at first, while just enough carbonation kicks in on the finish, almost more effervescent than abrasive.

Well then, this stuff is straight out of left field, and a wonderful surprise, it's got it all in the right places at the right time, even though I really had no idea what to expect in advance. I'm going to have to pick up more to hang on to if this is a limited edition. Even the girl on the label is pure retro pin-up cheesecake kitschy bliss. Somehow this beer manages to cater to all of my guilty pleasures, yet with enough quality to abolish any guilt whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 04:11:33 | More by IronDjinn
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on 8-3-09

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, with a filmy white head and rings of clingy lacing.

Smell is all flowery hops, light and a little on the plain side, but very enjoyable.

Taste is much like the smell, all light and fruity hops. The wheat comes in next, adding feel more than a flavor. The finish is very sweet and slightly bitter, a great balance.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style, fizzy in all the right places.

Drinkability is very good, sweet and fruity, but bitter to keep it even.

Overall, reminds me of a Gumballhead, which is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 23:34:36 | More by BMoney575
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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If anything, better in the bottle, as wheat beers sometimes are. Great beer, and a homerun for Lagunitas. Much, much hoppier than the average wheat, but the hops wotk here combined with the slightly sweet fruitiness of the wheat and yeasty esters. Pours golden with a relatively thin head and excellent clarity. Smells hoppy, tangy, and slightly sweet with notes of bubblegum and citrus. Highly herbal, with some of the same dill notes I've picked up in a few other West Coast hoppy beers recently (with Exponential Hoppiness being the king of that flavor). I wonder which hop or combination of hops are giving me that taste? Regardless, I really like the effect- particularly with the tanginess of the wheat and the fruity sweetness of the yeast. I love the taste of this. Tangy and herbal, piney and citrusy, and fruity all together. Extremely smooth, followed by a spritzy finish. Mu summer beer of choice for 2009.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 17:53:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag and pokesbeerdude for this brew.

First off, this is no American Pale Wheat Ale, it's an IPA for SURE!

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and piney. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, way to go Lagunitas, thanks Ben and Chuck.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 21:16:19 | More by Wasatch
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4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle at 45F in a pint glass.

A - This beer is a very clear orangy-red hue that poured three finger head and seemed slightly over-carbonated.

S - Fantastic hoppy smell to it that is robust but inviting. Not unexpected considering the ingredients on the label. :) Fruity indeed.

T - The taste doesn't bring nearly the kick that the smell promised. Honestly, I think this is a good thing and makes the beer much more drinkable for non-hop-addicts. Still has plenty of bitterness while staying balanced. "Wheat Ale" does not come to mind drinking this beer - certainly in line with a more traditional IPA.

M - Very light and refreshing - not watery but very smooth and crisp.

D - at 7.3 the beer was still fairly light masking the alcohol behind plenty of hops and spice. I could certainly drink a couple of these on a hot afternoon.

Overall, I was pleased with the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' after fearing I had missed it this season. Another great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 00:01:20 | More by dolbex
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of white head on a clear, polished copper colored body. Average retention and good lace.

S - Strong, fruity hop aroma with lots of pineapple and guava. Fruity yeast compliments the hops and blends in well.

T - Sweet malt and spicy hops, more pine like than the aroma. Some clove like yeast character comes out in the middle and fades to clean malt and fruity hops with moderate balancing bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, the hops in both the flavor and in the nose remind me of a toned down Hop Stupid. It is well balanced as it has a pretty strong dose of malt and most of the hop character is devoted to flavor and aroma rather than bitterness. One of Lagunitas best.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 05:43:05 | More by nickfl
Photo of alexgash


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Light haze in a glowing golden orange body. Cottony, gauze-like, off-white head. Nose shows a lot of citrus character. Juicy orange and grapefruits mix with sappy pine. Sugary cookie malt underneath with a wheat-y twang. Taste starts off with light toasted wheat notes and citrus-y hop bitterness. Sugary fruits follow, accompanied by more juicy (and piny) hop flavor. Bitterness swells. Finishes hoppy, but with a yeasty-wheat-fruit base that makes for an interesting palate. Soft, medium-full body with a protein-y wheat feel. Goes down very easily. Another great Lagunitas concoction!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 01:29:59 | More by alexgash
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden.
Smell: sweet, citrus, hoppy.
Taste: This is only my 2nd review...I would have guessed IPA or APA, not wheat, but there is a crispness I haven't tasted in either. Very tasty.
Drinkability: Wouldn't have guessed 7%. I'm drinking this fast.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 23:15:12 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of NewGeneric


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a bronze color with white head that faded slowly and left decent lacing. Smelled of pine hops and malt. Tasted of pine hops, malt, and citrusy fruit. Quite smooth, just slightly dry. Would have been nice to have a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 15:56:14 | More by NewGeneric
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of white fluffy head and average lacing

S- The smell of this one is fantastic crazy orange notes and citrus hops with some smells of sweet wheat malts to it.

T- The taste mimics with nose but its not as powerful as the smell. Grainy wheat malts off set by some good but not overly bitter citrus hopping.

M/D this drinks and feels like a lighter IPA with some really interesting smells to it. I could drink a whole bunch of these

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 19:50:34 | More by dickieb
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear orange hued body with a snow white bubble head supported by a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface.

S- The bold green grassy hops finish with a fresh pineapple aroma that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight alcohol nose in the finish.

T- The full green funky hops flavor has a green cinnamon quality to it with a pungent citrusy juicy hop finish. The pungency his big and grows even more as the beer warms. The caramel malt flavor comes through after my tongue gets used to the hops and it grows a bit as the beer warms. There is a nice soft bitter hop note that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a tight fizz that covers it.

D- This beer is soft on the bitterness which is good but it is huge on the pungency of the hops. They are well supported by pineapple and grass flavors but it is a pretty big beer for a full pint of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 17:35:19 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Hazy, golden hue, slim ivory head.

Citrus and spicy aromatics, pithy lemon with bits of pepper, and a side of melon, potent and risible.

Tastin'...Juicy right from the start. Followed by a palpable burn down the back of the throat. Again....pungent, palpable, and pretty easy to pass down the gullet. Delicious. Zesty!

At 7%, not too strong, but still big enough to make it much more interesting than the average wheat ale. I'll keep reaching for this until it disappears.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 04:44:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass a murky dark gold with a big billowy white head on top. Great retention leaves some nice sip rings along edge. Smells of tangerines, oranges, and pineapple. Wow. Big citrus notes that I was not expecting.

The mouth is crisp and bubbly. Flavor is citrus with some bitter grapefruit notes melded with sweet orange flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with some sugary malts. This is a wheat ale? Blind-tasting this, I would guess it's a red or an india pale. I like this alot, but I wouldn't ever think this was a wheat. I like what they artfully did with the style though. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 21:33:01 | More by Onenote81
Photo of JMD


4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 22:42:02 | More by JMD
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A pale golden color that pours with a small head, and several small bubble trains (like champagne).

S- A distinct citrus aroma. I didn't get very much off the nose on this beer, but what I smelled, I liked.

T- A cacophony of tropical and mildly citrus fruit, with a slight hop bitterness and some tang from the wheat. Very appetizing.

M- A medium body, but I had this crazy sensation of tiny bubbles running through my mouth... kindof like the micro-carbonation you get with nitro beers... this strange carbonation seemed to give it a much creamier texture than I would have expected.

D- For the summertime, I could drink several either by myself or with friends!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 16:29:35 | More by jgasparine
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 13:11:01 | More by berley31
Photo of Drew966


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'Ale pours a copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a fairly strong hop aroma and I can pick up some caramel malt. The flavor is pretty hoppy with some citrus like notes and I can taste crystal malt and a decent amount of caramel malt. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 00:34:32 | More by Drew966
Photo of jwc215


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with creamy off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of orange, pineapple - very citric.

The taste is of citrus - orange, pinapple - balanced by mild sweetness and a dry breadiness. There is a slight alcohol touch. Finishes dry and refreshing.


This is one hopped-up wheat "summer" beer. And a nice one at that!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 23:07:53 | More by jwc215
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass (this is classified as a wheat, after all). Body is clear golden orange with a very small whitish head. Some splotchy lace up top; more rings of lace down the glass where it narrows.

S: Wow -- grapefruity citrus and tropical fruits just jump right out of the glass. It's certainly not like any wheat ale I've ever smelled. The word "juicy" keeps coming to mind.

T: Again, juicy. Mouth-watering brown sugar-coated grapefruit is the first impression. There is a peppery bite at the finish and a lingering spice. It could be the wheat "tang" trying to break through, perhaps. That spicy bite lingers, detracting from the taste, IMO, a bit.

M: Medium in heft -- heavier than your average wheat ale, for sure.

D: Pretty good, though that lingering spicy bite does detract in the drinkability category too.

Notes: more like a California APA in many ways -- big juicy hops in the nose, for example, a clear body and the 7+% ABV -- but I do think there's something spicy that makes this more of a hybrid with the wheat ale style. Interesting, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 14:53:35 | More by Kendo
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3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 15:34:59 | More by adamette
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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