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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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1,533 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,533
Hads: 8,211
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 427
Gots: 2,303 | 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 mchegash
2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.25/5
Moderate orange-gold, very clear, a good amount of visible carbonation can be seen rising. About a finger of head upon pouring, quickly dissipates to a thin layer.

Smell - 2/5
Slightly sour and funky pine/earthy/dirt-y hops. Some resinous aspects as well. Vinegar/salty. Ultimately the smell is kinda hard to describe, and I think it's kinda gross actually, though I have smelled other beers like this.

Taste - 3/5
Still has some of the nasty smell aspects in the taste, but tastes better than the smell.. Pine, resin, ?? (something I don't like), hops. A funky-sour-citrus. As mentioned, still has a slightly strange vinegary aspect.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied. Light amount of medium-light intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3/5
This beer tasted liked a bottle 400 Pound Monkey which I reviewed, but not nearly as bad. I have a feeling that I must have a gotten a bad bottle of both, because the smell and taste is really strange.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange color, served from 12 oz. bottle. The smell is amazing, very grapefruity and sweet citrusy. That continues through other layers in the taste, which is very complex. Sweet candi, toffee, pine and grapefruit, a very balanced and easy-drinking brew that still manages to not pull any punches and makes itself known.

To me, the presence of wheat malt is not noticeable to the taste, besides the yeasty sweetness that characterizes beers like Hefeweizen--instead, the wheat comes across in the overall lightness of the beer. What is actually a pretty strong brew feels airy and light, with little alcohol taste.

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Photo of TBCE
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head that settle nicely. Color is a beautiful hay yellow with consistent bubbling to the head. Smell is slight floral and fruit notes. Taste is outstanding, very hoppy (as it should be) with a combination of fruits, honey, and floral aspects. Finish and mouth feel are slightly bitter, but not off putting. Very impressive.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass a beautiful orange with fluffy white bubbles to the rim. Settles nicely with decent lacing on the glass. Incredible bouquet of floral and piney hops with a crackers and light ester notes. Taste is resiny hops, tangerines, cut grass with a semi sweet breadiness to give a balanced flavor and medium-light body to this beer. Nice crisp carbonation and excellent drinkability. I would get this again for sure!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- pours a straw yellow. A half a finger length head quickly dissipates into small patchy spots of lace in the center of the drink. The carbonation is visible.
Smell- fruity esters are dominant. Also, floral esters as well as a soapy and perfume like quality are evident. This brew has a nice aroma.
Taste- fruity; notably pear. Wheat malt. This brew is also quite herbal and spicy. A bitter and dry hops finish balances out the taste.
Feel- light and crisp. Carbonation stings the tongue. This one goes down smoothly and is quite refreshing.
Overall, a nice brew

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light, clear gold with a thick frothy white head. Fragrant with hoppy goodness, smells of citrus, pine, very floral and non specific citrus. Tastes of citrus, subdued malts and semi sweet, pine/citrus notes (lemon/grapefruit), mild bitter bite at mid to end note and pleasant sweet with an almost caramel flavor and bready/biscuit (and clean finish). Very smooth mouthfeel, medium body with fair amount of carbonation to buoy the malts and accentuate the hops.
Overall, has the best features of a wheat beer and an IPA. Well balanced sweetness with hoppy bitterness. Great beer.

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Photo of RStansel
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The wheat marries beautifully with the citrus-forward hops, keeping that resinous, piney note so pervasive within this style in check, while adding some bready texture to the mid-palate. Finishes dry but with a smooth, honeyed feel. Great balance.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, tenacious white head.

S: Aromas of minerals, pine, spruce, herbs, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, and white wheat bread dominate the nose.

T: Robust notes of minerals, crackers, wheat bread, biscuits, herbs, pine, spruce, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and grapefruit absolutely throttle the palate. The finish is predictably bitter and resinous with pronounced lemon, grapefruit, herb, and pine notes underscored by faint traces of wheat bread and minerals.

M: Medium-bodied, soft, and smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is mildly prickly. Alcohol is practically undetectable. This ale is easy to drink despite its strength.

O: A really great ale that straddles the line between a hoppy pale wheat ale and a wheat-based IPA. This one is definitely worth seeking out on a warm day.

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

Poured rom a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Citrus and hops , great smell.
Appearance- A nice gold color with a medium sized white head.
Taste- I can taste the hops, citrus and maybe some pine notes. Really good flavor
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a nice clean dry finish.
Overall- A fantastic beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 355 mL

A- Pours a Golden colour with 2 fingers of frothy white head. The head on this beer is just endless.. It took more than a few pours to get the bottle into a glass! Awesome head retention. Lots of lacing

S- Citrus and more citrus! Lots of lemon, grapefruit, orange. Great pine notes mixed in as well. Wonderful smelling ale!

T- Like the aroma, the taste is full of citrus and pine. A slight breadiness comes in but definitely not heavy on the malt like an IPA. One of the best tasting APA's I've had.

M- Medium Carbonation. Medium feel. Carbonation is nice and bubbly on the tongue but not aggressive in any way.

O- Being a New Brunswicker, I travel to the State of Maine as often as I can to seek out some great beer that's not available at home and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have come across a Sixer of Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale in a Hannaford. Easily one of the best APA's I've had and this one is even Wheat! Extremely easy to drink even at 7.5% ABV! It will be hard to measure up to this one for sure.

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Photo of do_ob
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on January 29, 2015. Sampled and reviewed on February 28, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a rich yellow/golden color with a 2.5 finger head of white foam. I didn't even pour aggressively and it took 2 pours to get this all in the glass. Smells amazing. Citrus, pine, grapefruit, oranges, hops. Lots of sweet fruit. Initial taste presents a kick-in-the-face hop presence which quickly fades into a tart sweetness with strong notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, and malt. Very smooth for a 7.5%'er. Medium weight on the tongue. Feels a bit dry on the palate, but has a nice, wet finish.

I have to say thanks to my buddy Matt for recommending this beer. The bottle calls this an ale, but it's really a sweet IPA all day long. And amazingly drinkable. The fact that this is available year-round probably makes this my new go-to beer. Love it.

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Photo of phiberoptik
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of my top five go-to beers and it's a luxury that it's so readily available. Beer this good is usually hard to find. I love that it zings hops like a double ipa but is not heavy on the malt. Easy to drink without feeling like you ate a loaf of bread. Great beer!

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Photo of HabaJohn
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I'd like to know what happened, I've had this before and it tasted like an IPA. This clearly is not an IPA. I checked the lagu website it's a wheat ale with hops added. What was I drinking before.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to nonic. Appearance is a clear pale golden with white thick frothy head that leaves nice lacing. Immediately get floral and citrus aromas with a hint of bread. Flavors are similar with medium sweetness from a fruit note and a lightly bitter grassy taste. Mouthfeel is lively, with a soapy texture, and a mild but lingering bitter finish.

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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 DoctorZombies
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pale gold (SRM 4+) with frothy white head, good carbonation from 12oz bottle; grapefruit and grass notes; lite citrus/grapefruit and grassy bitter hops; crisp, medium lite mouthfeel with lite citrus tongue coating;overall, great "west coast" style...I believe I'll have another!

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2/8- Mo Dailey Draft (Chicago) - Very good IPA offering by Lagunitas. Nice blend of taste and strength, went down smooth. Had a few when all was said and done, and I look forward to having this beer again down the road.

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Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden color with a 2" head that slowly fell to a spotty surface covering. Some lace show on the glass.

Smell: some soft citrus and floral tones come through to the nose.

Taste: mild malt sweetness with some wheat tones in the background. Oranges, a hint of lemon zest, and a floral hop presence rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Refreshing. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a beer you go to for a nice refreshing and full flavored beer.

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Photo of Lukasbane
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of bitter beers, this one reminded me of carrots. However, take the bitterness away and its a great beer. That's good news for bitter beer lovers

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a special place in my heart, because it was the beer that turned me on to IPAs. They say that hoppy beers are an acquired taste and this is mostly true. I had been a fan of wheat beers and Belgian Ales, but after trying this one for the first time a couple years ago I was hooked. I realized that I had wasted years sipping on flat toned wimpy beers for people with no advanced flavor receptors nor an appreciation for subtle nuances in IPAs that you would never detect in the non-IPA beers. This is one of my go-to beers and is refreshing and crisp any time of the year.

A-The appearance is a light golden yellow and very clear. I think that the appearance of this one is great. It has a plethora of tiny bubbles that immediately ascend to the surface making for a moderate 1.5 finger head. The head will only slowly disappear, but usually even once I’ve finished the beer, there is plenty of lacing on the glass and a thin head to tickle your lips on you last refreshing sip.

S-The smell is amazing. It has a honey based malt background, but only slightly which gives way into an herbal hop aroma. The malt is definitely honey based, but I am getting a toasty cracker aroma slightly also. The smell is punctuated with a great rose petal and herbal flavor and only a hint of some citrus which you get in the flavor, which I’ll talk about next.

T-The taste of this beer is amazing. It has a delayed release of the piney hoppiness that is so crisp and refreshing. At the end you get a surge of orange peel zest that makes for a perfect finish to this flavorful beer. I also get hints of honey-based malt and a floral herbal flavor. The honey-like maltiness is perfectly cut by the alcohol content which is a respectable 7.5% ABV. What’s really nice is that I noticed that the orange peel zest comes at the same time as the herbal floral and rose petal flavors. A very dynamic beer that every beer enthusiast should try!

M-The mouthfeel is excellent. A very smooth and crisp beer gives way to a delayed tingling from the perfectly fine tuned carbonation. The little bubbles can only be described as effervescent and come right at the end when the zesty orange citrus flavors are at their peak.

O-Overall I will say that this is an excellent beer. It is so refreshing so make sure you drink it very cold and also pour it into a worthy glass. The glass allows any beer’s characteristics to shine through and this beer is amazing. The color is much lighter and more of a yellow-golden than other IPAs that I have reviewed like Rebel Rouser from Sam Adams and Rampant IPA by New Belgium. Those beers are amazing too, but this one is different, because it focuses on the floral and piney citrus flavors more than other IPAs.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear gold. No foreshadowing of what’s to come. Aroma has a sharp distinctive perfume/medicinal bent, strangely reminiscent of my girlfriend's house. Though I have a strong olfactory sense, this aroma does not translate. The taste is semisweet, with caramel and wheat flavors. I have no idea what style this brew indicates – per usual from Lagunitas – but it’s delicious!

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Photo of Nevbo
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a semi-transparent gold with a thick white head. Smells of citrus zest, tropical fruits, and flowers with a touch of pepper. The taste is similar to the aroma with some added hints of apple; it's also a tad spicy and slightly bitter. The malt is there but very faint. It's crisp, refreshing, and not boozy at all, especially considering the high ABV. For $8.99 a 6 pk, this is too good to be true!

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Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is more towards a orange citrus IPA treat but with some wheat that is there but not full front and center. It's delicious and smells wonderful out of a mason jar with jimi hendrix spinning under a needle.

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

This is just great beer. Something refreshingly different. It may be a little sweet for some but for me it makes for a great session beer. Just enough hoppy bitterness to react well with the sweet flavor. This is the best beer I have had from lagunitas so far. It hides the 7.5% abv almost to well.

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Photo of Vixie
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with at least an inch of a white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind some lacing.

Fairly intense smell to it, quite a bit of hops there. Seems to be pine, citrus, and floral notes.

Starts out with a bit of malt and citrus. Little bit of grassy flavors, maybe a hint of wheat. Has a bit of a pine like aftertaste, the bitterness lingering after I swallow.

Solid smooth feel to it, goes down fairly smoothly.

Not being a hop head, I was a bit concerned about this one, but I found it a nice beer. There is a very definite hops presence there, but not to the point of dominating the beer so much that they are all you can taste. It kind of bridges the gap between a full on IPA and something less hoppy. I am still not a hop head, but this is one hops heavy beer I wouldn't mind having again.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.