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: 1,483
Hads: 7,975
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 416
Gots: 2,035 | 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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gee, an American Pale Wheat that I deemed necessary of a 6-pack purchase?I usually don't care for the style, so thanks are due to badassrandy for giving me a sample at Max's the other day

A: What a gorgeous pour! In my Duvel tulip, this sits a mostly clear light amber with a gorgeous 3-finger thick off-white head. Retention is excellent, and the lacing, beautiful. Could not possibly want more from a beer 5/5

S: Bollocks, this isn't an APWA. It's an IPA for all practical purposes. Intense pine hops up front, incredibly pungent with a lot of depth. This really is like breaking off pine leaves and sticking them in your nose. There is also an undercurrent of sweeter citrus aromas (notably oranges) that provides a good contrast. There's a little bit of sweetness as well, and it balances the hops (not necessarily a good thing for me), but the hops are so wonderfully expressed, I'm having a hard time faulting this

T: Opens up with a lot of hops. A lot. Piney and pungent, this is starting to be Lagunitas' calling card. The amount of flavor is through the roof, and the bitterness is fairly reserved. Again, the flavor components are primarily pine with some citrus. While the body is a little bigger than I'd like, the sweetness isn't overwhelming either, with a little bit of caramel coming through. I'm really not getting any wheat in here, and I'm not complaining. Finishes medium-dry with a bitter, hoppy finish with more pine and citrus character. Awesome

M: If I were to fault this beer, it would be in this department. With a drier character, this would be fantastic. The mouthfeel is rather silky and smooth. While that's an interesting change from the norm (crackling, sparking and dry) for hoppy beers, I'm not sure it enhances the appeal all that much. Still, very good.

D: Very drinkable. At $2 a bottle, this is a steal as well. I'm drinking more of this over the next few months. (1,906 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a slightly hazy golden with an average white head. Aroma is epically hoppy and has an evergreen overtone, promising a seriously hoppy beer. (Because of this, I thought maybe I had actually had A Little Sumpin' Stoopid instead!) Flavor is seriously hoppy and has a firm tone of grapefruit. Texture is fairly fizzy and lively, leaving behind a nice tingle. (375 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange, mostly opaque and cloudy with a somewhat thin, wispy white head. Decent lacing left along the sides of the glass, more so during the latter half of the beer. Nose is a cornucopia of fruits and sweetness; grapefruits, apricots, grapes, raisins, pears. It has a nice rum and booze-like aroma overshadowing the whole thing, too. Taste follows right along with the fruit heavy theme, also adding slight orange to the mix. The booze flavor is noticeable as well, but adds a nice complexity to the flavor profile rather than hindering things. Wheat and yeast heavy all around; grains and biscuits finish things off and show up strong in the aftertaste. Another big flavor that comes out quite a bit after the beer has already been swallowed - burnt sugar, like the top of a creme brulee. Very interesting and very taste. Hop flavors are weedy, musky, and heavily vegetal. Medium body, lots of carbonation.

Very unique beer, tasty, no doubt. Possibly a little too sweet at first, but it mellows out nicely and turn into one hell of a drinker. Wheaty and fruity all around, with a nice alcohol warming through and through. Not sure if I'm in love with some of the hop flavors, though. (1,198 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Came as a clear brown-tinted gold with a soapy head and some spotty lacing. A strong hop smell with faint sweetness and some lemon/citric notes and yeast. Smooth, a little creamy, light-bodied. Hops are there and make their presence known buth the citric notes, along with a hint of spice, aren't completely overpowered. Nice fluffiness in the mouthfeel makes the beer go down easy, although the balance is slightly off and there is a little bit of funkiness in the taste. A hoppy wheat beer is an interesting combo and this isn't a bad beer, yet I don't know if I'd drink it again. I think I'd rather have a wheat beer and then an IPA. (636 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear yellow amber color with a firm and full white head and fair lacing. The aroma is lemony hops and honey and other fruit and floral nuances, very pleasant. The taste brings a curious blend of piney citrous hops mixed with caramel cracker and floral qualities for a bit of bite. The feel is medium with generous but with subtle carbonation that is very drinkable. Another great hop option from the masters at Lagunitas. Nice! (430 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours a pale, golden-straw color with slight haze, nice rocky, white head holds good retention & leaves thick lacing on the glass. Juicy, fruity aroma, juicy fruit gum, tropical, mango, floral hop. It's tangy and a bit tart, tropical fruit, mango, mandarin, juicy fruit gum, mild bitterness on the clean finish. Medium body, nice carbonation allows flavors to meld on the palate. Overall, I always enjoy this hopped up version of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Really nice flavors here; perfect for summertime, but with the higher ABV it's less sessionable than most APWA's. (584 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Somewhere in between wheat yellow and burnt amber.The liquid is very slightly hazy. The head is fluffy, pretty, and retains quite well. This beer has textbook lacing. Overall quite attractive.

S-Smell is better than expected. Surprisingly stiff hop aroma. Tropical fruits and a well integrated malt. Smells like an American IPA

T-Such a brilliant taste. Exceeded expectations. Very happy with this brew. Delicious light malty side is overpowered by the hoppy explosion. Very very tasty. Juicy tropical fruit flavors are stressed on the palate. Light spicy flavor rounds out the taste.

M-Well carbonated. Light bodied. Surprised by the hop factor. Seems too light to pack such flavor. The brew is not overly bitter but the tropic taste sticks and clings to your tongue.

D-Drinks like a dream. The surprisingly high ABV is hidden masterfully. This is supposedly a wheat ale? More like a sassy IPA. Love it. I think, and have had agreeing conversations with peers that this beer is great for both the beer-pros and the newbies. If this was presented to me before I began to experiment with craft beer, this would have absolutely changed my life. (1,150 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, light gold color with a thick and creamy cap of white-ish foam. Retention is good, as is the lacing. A pretty beer, no doubt.

Nose is citrus, onion and pine hoppiness with maybe a hint of snappy wheat. Really though, this is a hop forward beer and it shows in the aroma. Unfortunately similar to many other Lagunitas offerings and does nothing new to differentiate itself from the pack.

Resinously hoppy grapefruit juice with a light wheaty malt background...what a surprise. While it is a good beer, I am becoming increasingly bored with hoppy Lagunitas offerings that seem like the same shit over and over again. Where is the originality? Innovation? I just dont see it from a brewery I still admire for doing great beers, but damn, change it up a little, please?! (803 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottled served in an SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a translucent gold with a fizzy, one inch, bright white head that settles into a creamy skim. Delicate clusters of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses wheat and orange rind. Taste consistent with nose - no real surprises; however, there is a pleasant, easy tartness to the flavor profile, with a light, earthy hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a slight astringency and a carbonation that falls just shy of lively. I can't believe I'm just discovering this beer. Easy drinking and refreshing. Looking froward to adding this into my summer rotation. (665 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass on tap

A - Clear golden-amber with one finger off white head with moderate lacing

S - Very hoppy citrus orange and lemon scent with pine cones and big wheat smells throughout.

T - Great tasty wheat body with sweet citrus hops. Pretty sweet, but nice balance overall

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

O - One of the best beers at lagunitas and one of my favorite hoppy wheat beers (413 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, orangy copper color, full frothy white head with good lacing. Smell is hop dominant with a focus on grapefruit and pine. Slighty spicyness and a decent carmel malt like whiff with some earthy and floral notes. Taste is very hop dominant with grapefruit, piney and spicy hops up front. Back end has a little malty sweetness to it - honey and carmel like. Only a faint earthy wheat taste. Medium to full bodied, ample carbonation and slightly sticky.

Tastes more like an IPA, akin to maybe DFH 90 minute - hop forward with a malty background. (552 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep golden color...not much head..

S-Great aroma...big citrus (oranges,tangerines) and also a real fragrant floral hoppiness as well...not much wheat on the aroma but an awesome hop aroma..

T-The flavors are really impressive too....hops are perfumey and floral with some slight citrus....and then on the very long finish there is a fantastic wheat cracker flavor...hops definitely lead and produce nice hop burps..

M-Not much carbonation...some booziness evident...a splash of alcohol I guess you could say..

D-Might as well call this a wheat ipa....damn nice....much different than New Glarus's fantastic Cracked Wheat....this is more of an IPA base with some wheat where that one has more weizen characteristics along with the big hops...both are nice in their own ways... (782 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a 10oz goblet

A bright golden body with just a touch of haze keeps this from being completely transparent. A small, frothy white cap didn't keep for very long and settled to a thin collar.

Hmmm. Tons of bright, citrus hops here. Lemons and tangerines with a strong piney character as well. Some clean, toasted pale malt lays very low.

Hops really leap out of the glass and smack you in the face. More fruity and fresh up front with a bitter, piney kick in the finish. An extremely clean toasted wheat body with tons of hops over top. Lemons, tangerines, prickly pine and a boozy finish.

Thick and syrupy for a pale wheat. Hop oil and resin really thicken this one up and make for a crisp, dry finish. Not overly refreshing, which is what I usually look for in a pale wheat.

For a lover of hops, this one is fairly drinkable. But it is confusing to the palate. Once I got about 3/4ths of the way through, I just wanted it to be over, even though the hophead in me rather enjoyed it. I guess it just wasn't what I was expecting.

It appears as though the folks at Lagunitas have stumbled upon this hop profile that they are now using to hop the hell out of a fairly basic pale wheat. Not sure if I dislike it or love it. (1,270 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean yellow/ orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma grapefruity citrus hops. In the taste, citrus grapefruity hops and orange juice like, a bit sticky sweet. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel and a semi dry grapefruity citrus aftertaste. Nice hops and hides ABV, smooth and easy to drink. (314 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at a good temperature and poured with a mid-sized off white head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber. Aroma is hop, caramel, bread dough, fruit. Flavor is much like nose with bitterness on top, a little sweet under that then the other qualities. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, no off notes, and long. Great wheat IPA. (390 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish and bright pale golden color with a small capping of off-white foam that swifts away kind of quick, leaving a partial skim and a few small, skinny patches of stringy lacing.

Aroma is clean and hoppy with a soft lemony candied waft of citrus with touches of peach, pineapple, and nectarine. Very close to what their Hop Stoopid conjures up without as much oomph to it.

Taste is more of the same and quite likeable in the hops dept. with all sorts of citrusy fuzz, pith, and pulp of peach, orange, pineapple, nectarine, and lemon mixing about. Very clean, crisp, and rounded in tone with a slower backing of pale bready malt holding it all together. Again, this is quite similar to the Stoopid.

Body is boldly clean, crisp, and semi crunchy within a steep medium feel. Grows a heavier fuzz of hoppy citrus as it goes and maintains a firm tongue tantilizing amount of fun and fuzzy hopitude to a mildly set but quite present bite of pithy, juicy, citric bitterness.

Another solid brew by Lagunitas that goes side by side along with the Hop Stoopid! A drinkable citrusy hoppy treat! Yum! (1,096 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color. Produced a nice cap of white froth; decent retention.

(S)- A bright citrus aroma. Lots of lemon, lime, orange, and pineapple. Hints at pine too, but a superb overall juicy citrus aroma.

(T)- A nice combo of piney citrus meets a subtle sweet caramel malt backbone.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The pine and citrus meet well in the middle with a good play of bitter and sweet on the backend.

(O)- Definitely a solid beer for the style. Everything in the right place and well balanced, if not a touch more hoppy than the norm. (614 characters)

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. (824 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a billowy two finger white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within, with them slowly popping over time. The head fades very slowly over time to leave a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a floral hop aroma with a good presence of pine and citrus hop smells. The floral aromas are of a mix of jasmine and an almost dandelion smell. The sweet tangerine, caramel, and the spicy notes of a peppercorn and thyme that are also in the nose complement well the floral and pine hop smells and make for a great smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and citrus hop taste. Quickly the taste sweetens with tangerine/orange flavors coming to the tongue. Along with these, comes some notes of caramel, which start out weaker, but exchanges in strength with the sweeter citrus over the rest of the taste. Floral and pine hop flavors, that were detected in the nose, start coming to the tongue. They get a bit stronger as the taste advances to the end, but never really grow too overpowering in taste. In the end with a light herbal and spicy flavor comes to the tongue, with the beer leaving a rather satisfying lightly hopped sweeter citrus and green taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to average side for a 7.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is above normal with tons of tiny prickly carbonation bubbles. Normally I like a bit of a thicker body in a hoppier beer, but in this case, the floral and pine hop and spice notes that are in the taste are very well complemented by both the thinner body and the higher carbonation.

Overall – Quite delicious. Not the standard hopped brew which is loaded with citrus hop, this one has a very nice hopped profile, blending nicely a sweeter body with a variety of hop flavors. (1,940 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant golden with a billowing ivory head that lingers.

Pineapple, dank cannabis, resin, and fruit cocktail form the aroma. Extremely complex, and not at all what I expected.

Flavor is less fruity, tending more toward the resiny side, but tropical fruit does ever in a softer form. What forms the backbone, bridging the gap between fruity and resiny hops.

Body is a touch on the light side, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Probably the best American wheat ale I've had. Wish the fruity character were more pronounced in the flavor, but a great beer, overall. (594 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I had heard this had some sort of wheat component but to be honest it tasted a lot like Hop Stoopid and Correction Ale. Bright orange color, great head, and an aroma of juicy hop resin. The taste is citrusy and the mouthfeel is really the big difference between this and Correction Ale, this feels thicker. This was way to easy to drink and for the price I paid ($10.50 per sixer) it was worth it. Cheers to Lagunitas for producing seriously hoppy beers that don't break my wallet. (519 characters)

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy murky bright pale orange color. Lovely color and a nice 2 finger head is present. Big hopped up grapefruit aroma. Also some tropical fruit, maybe pineapple on the aroma. The aroma is very inviting and is dominated by the hops. Low smooth bitterness with a sweet hoppy finish. Loads of flavor, very tropical, citrusy, and overall just fruity. Finishes with a pleasant crisp sweetness. Solid mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I love this beer, it has a little of everything. Its hoppy with fantastic flavor and aroma, but an overall low bitterness for such hop flavor. It drinks very well and I could always grab another after the first. (653 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No visible best before date.

A: Significant head (~1 finger) for this glass. It stays just coating the surface for ages until I disturb it with my drinking. Molten gold, just barely clear. Good looking beer.

S: Whoah there! Huge grapefruit and pine. A ruby-red blast filled with delicious pine sap. One-dimensional, maybe, but strong, powerful, and right up my alley.

T: Delicious! Tastes like a Double IPA. Pleasantly astringent hops linger for ages on the aftertaste. The maintaste is slightly bready and the maltiness balances out the tartish grapefruit. The wheatiness is notable, but in the background. The six-pack packaging makes a joke about beer sites trying to classify the style, and I see their point. It's a bit in-between, but it. is. good.

M: Citrus and drying. Scattered carbonation. Very nice.

O: A fantastic and really interesting beer. Recommended for hopheads and lovers of grapefruit. This is my second in a week, and I think I'll go buy a few more. (1,034 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at package store in Westchester, NY.

Poured into a large wine glass. Nice dark peach color with a smallish one finger head, that soon will turn to mainly a white ring with some light white lilly pads on top of the beers body. It smells mainly like a typical wheat ale with some faint hops. However, upon taking a sip, it tastes more of those aformentioned hops while still maintaining the characteristics of a wheat ale, and some brown sugar there too. It tastes very good and is unique. The mouthfeel is a bit dry, a bit sweet, but leaves your palate eager to have some more of this Little Sumpin` from Lagunitas. This beer exceeded my expectations. (677 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never would have guessed this to be a wheat beer; it seemed to be more of an IPA. Anyway, it was quite enjoyable.
In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lace.
Mostly floral aroma, some citrus. Sweet malt.
Resinous piney hops taste, grapefruit, good malt background. The flavors blended well together.
I thought this was a well-balanced beer.
If not sessionable, still very drinkable. My son-in-law, who's a Miller Lite type of beer drinker, really liked this beer. I was going to hide the 6pack from him; but, in an effort to further his beer education, I gave him four of the six bottles. (627 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.