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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

7,245 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,245
Reviews: 1,402
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 281
Gots: 1,190 | 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:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a honey-orange with a quickly diminishing fizzy, flat dirty ivory capping. Visible carbonation started out strong but quickly fizzled after that. No real lacing was left.

S: The aroma upfront was wet juicy citrus composed of room temp oranges and lemons. Underneath lied a herbal scent of parsley, with light traces of wet pine needles and dry ground pepper. Light hints of burnt wheat stalks and orchids are also present which creates an odd and unique aroma which is a nice change of pace over their other usual standard operating protocol. Overall the aroma was light in strength but will definitely keep you sniffing and guessing.

T: The flavor opens up with glazed dried honey toast and toasted wheat grains. Tart and acidic there was hints of dried herbal hopping with lemon-grass and fresh wheat stalks in the middle of the palate. The drink finishes with a wet tart lemony fade with a dried tropical fruitiness of pineapple and wildflowers. Overall the flavor was as strange and enticing as the aroma. There was some boozy notes of caramel oranges as well rounding things out.

M: very bright and active with a crisp nature and a nice honey slick consistency giving this a viscose feel. This was definitely the bright spot of the drink.

D: Drinkability was good but not mind blowing. This is definitely not a session type beer but it does get progressively easier. Interesting yes. A little sumpin offers something off the beaten path in the way of hoppy wheats which drank like a amped up southern tier 422.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a bright orange-tan coloring to it, with no head whatsoever. Pours out with minimal carbonation bubbling, also. Aromas are hoppy, with a slight citrus and nutty sweet blend to it. Well balanced, but somewhat awkward for some reason. The flavors are light on the forward tongue, but burst onto the middle and rear tongue with light, crisp hops, a heavy dose of pepper spicing, citrus tart and sweet, and a slight toasty and breadlike character. The body remains light and crisp, true to the style, but slightly watery initially. The aftertaste is light on the spice, with a good amount of hops flavors and an even bigger amount of citrus sweetness and a slight hint of pineapple. The finish is crisp and clean, with the slightest dryness from the hops. Very tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head is very rocky with great retention.. very clear lite orange golden brew.

The nose is immediate and surprisingly pungent hoppy.. citric hoppiness with a great pale malt backbone..

Bitter bite out of the gate with pale malts that melt quickly into an unapologetic citric hoppiness.. some floral hoppiness and minor pine come into play... but wow.. this is an IPA... no where near an American Wheat!!!! Maybe a little bready as it warms, but again the hops just strip away any malt components.

I have had a very hard time with this one... I know lagunitas used a bunch of wheat.. but really... the hops are abundant and expected..

4/4/4/3.5/4

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mackenzies in Minneapolis.

Pours a pretty hazy golden amber, very huge and thick white head forms, slowly settles leaving a shit ton of lace on the glass, very thick layer, looks pretty great. Smell is alright, wheat and amarillo kick, orange peel, quite floral, yeasty, some light fruit, touch of honey and biscuity malt, found the aroma a little messy, but alright. Taste is similar, lots of wheat character, yeast, lots of citrus, honey sweetness through the middle, lightly spicy, orange, some floral, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, light bodied with medium to high carbonation, refreshing. Not too bad but a little let down.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Filtered golden. Crisp and white 1.25 finger head on a standard pour. Decent lacing.

S: Lemon merange and a dose of crispy, herbal yeast.

T: A surprising amount of juicy West Coast hops. The gardenbox herbal notes intertwine quite well, making this extremely refeshing. The ABV isn't detectable in the slightest.

M: Awesome texture and weight. It's a bit heavy for summertime quaffing, but because it's such a flavorful brew, it's easy to consume.

O: Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is one of the better beers from Lagunitas. It's also one of the best in-style. A well done and easy drinking offering, I certainly recommend putting one (or more) back.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just reviewed a different California version of American Pale Wheat Ale (from Firehouse) and it pales in comparison to this one. First of all, the aroma just jumps out of this pint glass with bright citrus tones and fruitiness and a little yeast ester. The appearance is a slightly hazed copper with a dirty white head. Flavor is bright and vibrant as well. To me, this one would compare favorably to another wheat/APA hybrid that I know of...New Glarus Cracked Wheat. This one tilts more on the side of APA though whereas the Cracked Wheat is more balanced and the Wheat properties are more distinguished. The flavor here is bright and vibrant with citrus hop qualities. The 64.2 IBU really doesn't scathe that much. Wheat characteristics are light and in the background. Carbonation is pretty vigorous and this would pare nicely with a lot of different kinds of foods. All in all, a nice beer.

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4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came out of nowhere. Drank it a bunch in the Tahoe/Norcal beerfest scene this summer. Bought a good deal of it in bottles too. Hear this is a "wheaty-esque" beer. I dunno, it tastes too good to be a wheat beer.

Appearance looks like nothing special, in fact, it looks a little light and cloudy to be good, like a mass produced hefe. But the aroma starts to tip its hand, that this is a quality brew. And then, the taste, so strong, bitter, and then, bam, like I dunno, Stone IPA or Speakeasy IPA, it just is gone so crisp, like Outkast, so fresh and so clean. Very drinkable, light on the palate and yet so bitter and hoppy. I'm thinkin' crystal malt and simcoe hops all over this one.

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4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Murphy's
Comes to the table a slightly cloudy light golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of citrus grapefruit and lemon with bits of bread and spice. The flavor follows quite well a citrus hoppy ale with a bit of bready malt and spicy wheat. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick almost bubbly mouthfeel. Pretty damn good for a hoppy wheat beer, thanks Todd for suggesting it, I wouldn't have ordered it on my own.

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3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a semi hazy orangeish-yellow and had (due to a bad pour by me) about 2 inches of slightly off-white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left more than average lacing.

A crisp hop aroma hits the nose without any of the wheat components noticeable. Citrus hops are the dominant flavor, so much so that I'm not finding anything else.

The body is in the middle of the road, neither thin nor full. This beer is nicely drinkable, although I suspect I would get bored after a couple.

Overall I find this to be a nice beer that I'm not sure where it fits in the big picture. Perhaps a different yeast to add some more flavors? Worth seeking out.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really dug this beer and didn't realize it was a wheat until after I had drunk it. There's not much wheat flavor and it's closer to an cali-APA in style. Wow it's good. Slightly opaque, light gold color. Floral hops in the nose continue in the mouth, with balanced flavors and restrained bitterness. Tremendously drinkable. A delicious beer that I can't wait to drink again.

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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 1.2.2012
12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light, clear orange with a large bubble, near-white head. Solid retention.

S - Strong pine, citrus, and some grass.

T - Grapefruit, pine, orange, lemon.

D - Average body and carbonation for the style.

O - Great flavors. Refreshing and delicious. I love it and I am mad that it took me so long to try it.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber. One finger fine off-white head with a hint of wheat. Flavor follows, excellent retention and lacing. Great aroma of pine and citrus hops, lemon, caramel malt, pine and citrus hops with grapefruit and lemon, light sweet malt supports the other flavors. Wheat flavors subdued by the hops and citrus. Very nice medium, creamy body with an superb mouth feel. Very tasty and well made. Not really to style for an American pale wheat ale; not cloudy, not pale, wheat element rather subdued. However judged as another fine Lagunitas product, an interesting and tasty take on a wheat ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden yellow hue with a touch of haze and a thin finger of fluffy white foam. I hate to say it, but it looks rather like a macro lager, but with a little haze. D'oh!

Smell: bright, refreshing citrusy/piney hops. This combination is just fantastic; it really rubs me the right way. I love it.

Taste: again, the bright and citrusy hops but this time with a little funk added. The wheat adds a bit of light refreshment as well. Damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. Nice and creamy, just the way I like it.

Drinkability: super refreshing and tasty; like I said, this beer just rubs me the right way. Good stuff.

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear light copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of pungent hops, both citrus and tropical, with very small amounts of wheat aromas.

Tastes good. A wheat and pale malt backbone is joined shortly by strong tropical and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of light fruit flavors come in leading to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass pretty quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this is by no means a traditional wheat beer, however like most of Lagunitas brews the hops are a nice addition. This is worth a shot.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 7,245 ratings.