Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,514 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,514
Hads: 8,134
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 420
Gots: 2,212 | FT: 6
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,514 | Hads: 8,134
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.

 219 characters

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.

 510 characters

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

 155 characters

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.

 2,747 characters

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!

 385 characters

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!

 408 characters

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.

 214 characters

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.

 298 characters

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.

 841 characters

Photo of freakspank
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not normally a fan of very hoppy beers but this is a great example of flavor and crisp bite. You can smell the layers of hops right from the start but the sharp taste makes this an excellent beer..

 201 characters

Photo of Clarahope
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium hop. Smells more citrusy and spicy, not alcohol smell which is surprising for higher level. Little too citrusy of a hop for me, need more of a smooth aftertaste rather than grapefruit notes. Enjoyable beer overall

 220 characters

Photo of DeepBrew
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tall Heifen glass.

A: Clear golden color, topped by huge white foam that hangs on forever. It leaves behind a generous lace. After pouring only carbonation visible when taking a sip.

S: Great floral smell of hops, fruit and a hint of honey.

T: Taste follows smell with great balance between the bitter, flavor hops and malt sweetness.

M: Medium-low mouthfeel, with alcohol well hidden, low carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, well-balanced and flavorful beer.

 489 characters

Photo of Misflt
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Do people really find these pretentious reviews helpful?? One sounded like someone trying to be hip at a "Poetry Slam" ..... anyway....

The beer.

Look - Its got a nice Dark Golden color. Decent head, 1-2 fingers, very white. Decent lacing.

Nose - Spicy, floral, piney. Not much alcohol comes through which is surprising due to its high ABV. Not too hoppy on the nose, but they are there, mostly early addition hops for bittering.

Taste - Citrus bomb! Like Grapefruit?? Your gonna love this! Its solid grapefruit with pine and floral notes. Medium hopiness. Its a sleeper IPA.

Overall - It drinks well, not overly carbonated, nice mouth feel, not too filling. Good beer. Its definitely a different wheat beer.

 714 characters

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

Slightly misty golden, small white head.
Smell of pineapple, mango, sweeter grapefruit, salty buttered biscuits, caramel glazed peach.
Sweet malty goodness, caramel, hints of honey, sweet orange and tropical fruit (mostly some mango pulp). Grapefruit peel and pine, nice and hoppy with a long finish, just mildly bitter to slowly tone down the sweetness.
Aftertaste is hoppy, lingering mellow malt sweetness, still keeping those tropical hints. Pinch of salt. Medium body and carbonation, a tiny bit sticky,
A really solid wheat ale, with some complexity and quite intense. One of the best i've ever had.

 604 characters

Photo of KillerJigger
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved the aromas of berries and floral tones. Right in my wheelhouse. The taste does pair with the smell very well. Bitter hops that fades to smooth crisp finish. Not overly sweet which helps in the fact that i'm able to drink a few at a time and not get sick of the beer. Overall it is a beer I like to keep in the frig on a regular basis if i can find it. Very good Lagunitas.

 385 characters

Photo of Beric
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served: 11 January 2015

Appearance: Pours a bright golden color with a touch of haze, but not too much. Brilliant white head that leaves great lacing.

Smell: Huge citrus hop burst, with a touch of pine and grapefruit bitterness.

Taste: Soft sweet malts smoothed by a kiss of banana notes from the wheat and yeast, but overall a hoppy beer with lots of citrus notes. Very refreshing, even at 7.5%.

Mouthfeel: Soft and silky on the tongue with medium body and effervescent carbonation.

Overall: One of the best hoppy wheats I've had, and substantially better than the overhyped Gumballhead. Highly recommended.

 613 characters

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours golden with a half finger of foamy white head. Nice solid soapy lacing.
S - Amazing, I can smell this from the bottle. Hops, sweet citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and lime.
T - Sweet citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, lighter underlying fruits like apple and lime. Finishes slightly bitter. Light medium body and mouthfeel. Excellent.
O - An amazing, unique tasting ale.
V - Medium.

 393 characters

Photo of snilsen13
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For when you're looking for something heavy that is affordable, well made and really drinkable, drink 'Sumpin Ale. It's just spot on for providing a nice hop aroma without overwhelming a really clean malt flavor. The body is just fabulous, as is the ABV. I don't find it boozy either. It's really well balanced.

 316 characters

Photo of onedogtwodog
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that I am in the southwestern US I've been looking for an alternative to Peak Organic Summer Ale, which I love. This is a very good beer but not quite what I was looking for, i will grab another six and try it again. I will still keep searching for something similar to the Peak Organic though.

 300 characters

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

The smell of spiced fruit and orange peel follow immediately into the flavor up front that turns into a great, smooth but dry bitter finish. Another from Lagunitas that doesn't disappoint.

 189 characters

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful looking pale ale! Golden yellow translucent body with a minimal egg white head. Pine hops punch through other clean/soapy smells, hinting at a very refreshing brew. Tastes of lemon, orange, and pear juices. Possibly some biscuity malts there, but piney hops overtake the taste buds before there's any chance of balance. Feels light and refreshing. Subtle carbonated and somewhat creamy. Overall, one of the most refreshing wheat beers I've had, but not enough hop/malt balance for my liking. I was hoping the malts would come out towards the end, as citrusy hops dominated everything, but no dice :/ Still, Little Sumpin' is one tasty Lagunitas brew worth trying.

 675 characters

Photo of dansbeerrun
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wife has a 90 minute every night. I picked up this Ca beer in Miami last week and super clean. Nice IBU's and ABV. Hate to type it but a "mini" 90 min IPA? Tonight, I am sticking to Founders Dirty Bastard, Centennial and Breakfast Stout. Happy New Years!

 254 characters

Photo of fps_dean
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden amber color with moderate head which shrinks down slowly and a small amount remains.

Smells off wheat and piney, floral hops.

Tastes very much like an IPA with piney and floral hops, with a very noticeable amount of wheat. Very different than most wheat ales, as it's really a wheat IPA, and Lagunitas pulled this off very well.

Moderate body and moderately carbonated. Goes down smoothly, and among the smoothest I've had from Lagunitas.

Overall, this is a great beer and probably my favorite from Lagunitas as well, who I am quite the fan of. I tried this for the first time on thanksgiving and drank it with my brother in law and we both absolutely loved this brew and have since bought it again.

 721 characters

Photo of BarmatChaser
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Didn't know what kind of Ale this was supposed to be when I bought it. First whiff and I said, "oh, a light IPA." Then I tasted it. What the heck, this ain't no IPA. Is it? Could it be? A wheat beer? But I don't really like wheat beers. An orange, pineapple, piney sweetness came through that was unexpected and fantastic. Hops are there, but really balanced with the other flavors. This beer is complex, smooth, and extremely drinkable. I wish I had more than just the single I bought. Definitely buying more of this soon

 551 characters

Photo of GoingPrimal
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

A - Pours golden, nice big fat head prob cuz I poured it fast.
S - Nose is beautiful - bubblegum, some floral hops, honey, the lightest touch of alcohol to the nose but had to dig to get it. Definite bubblegum on the nose.
T - Taste is very clean, the wheat is light and sets the background to prop up the other flavors. Wow getting some dank, resiny weed-like flavor coming through, some hop bitterness, a bit of pine. Little in the way of barley malt. Definite hop resin flavor that plays beautifully with the light bubblegum flavors. Gonna let it warm a tad and see where it takes me.
Doesn't improve as it warms, but doesn't get worse. An interesting light bitter tang at the end, and the wheat was a great touch as it really let the other flavors come through. Loving this bubblegum smell and flavor, need to know how that's done.
O - Overall an amazing, almost too drinkable IPAish wheat beer. New fav.

 912 characters

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.