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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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Reviews: 1,516
Hads: 8,139
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 421
Gots: 2,216 | 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.
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Photo of thryn
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale Wheat, eh? Lagunitas' Web Site says it has a little "wheaty-esque-ish-ness." OK ...

It's a golden honey-straw color with great clarity and a nice two-finger frothy white head that drops to a layer of foam, leaving a nice lace in its wake. Lazy carbonation drifts to the top.

Aroma is of floral and citrusy hops, and a nice honey scent. Is Lagunitas spiking these beers with bee nectar, or what? Maybe it's just the wheat. A smidgen of banana, but not close to the level of a usual wheat. Middle ground between a wheat and an IPA. I dig it.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but it's still very nice. Some citrusy hops right at the beginning, then honey and some summery fruit characteristics; I'm getting a bit of peach and pear. That's followed with a decidedly bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden.

Medium creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, crisp finish. Again, very much toeing the line between IPA and wheat.

Drinkable as all hell. Lagunitas, please don't retire this one!

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Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Quite clear. Pale golden orange with a large, fluffy looking, off-white head with a good amount of lacing.

S: 4.5 Sweet citrus (mostly orange with some grapefruit) at first, with lots of pine and dank following soon after. An interesting dry, earthy smell after the beer opens up a bit; I can’t quite identify it, but it almost has oaky, vanilla, chardonnay-like qualities.

T: 4 More sweet and less hops than I was expecting. Orange still dominates with a slightly minerally flavor and some light, piney hops in the background. Finishes with a little bitterness.

M: 4.25 The mouthfeel is quite good. It’s fairly thick and the finish has a pleasant dryness. It could use just a little more carbonation.

O: 4.25 The aroma is just great, but the flavors don’t quite match up. A very good beer, but with Lagunitas there are better options.

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Photo of godlessape
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a snifter in order to best capture all the aromatic qualities.
The body is a clear golden amber, with a creamy white pillow of a head that soon sinks but never leaves.
A potent caramel freight train makes it's way up your nasal passages, lugging along a hefty amount of tangerines, orange creamsicles, apricots, black pepper, and rock candy, then slams into your frontal lobe in a fiery crash. This should make the news.
That same train enters the palate and explodes into a three ring circus of spicy, piney, sweet, and citrusy indulgence.
The mouthfeel is light and easy. This brew massages the throat all the way down and the high ABV of 7.50% leaves you with a rather happy ending.
Overall, I couldn't be anymore impressed.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pristine honey golden color with a thick, creamy white head from the wheat. The head loses a little bit of its luster, but retains nicely at about a 1/4" with an absolute barrage of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface to maintain it. The combination of the beautiful hue, thick lacing, and massive amounts of synchronized bubbles floating has this beer constantly catching my attention.

S: Sweet grains and some wheat. Hints of organic honey. A burst of citrus hop aroma comes through in the finish. Complex and aromatic.

T: Lots of floral hops with some big citrus flavors—grapefruit, orange peel, SLIGHT hints of lemon. There's a nice malt backbone underneath, but it's light and bready and slightly sweet, much like a wheat beer (go figure). The malt doesn't really lead the way, however, as it slowly fades from existence in the finish. You're left with a last huzzah of grapefruity citrus and light notes of grassy/flowery bitterness. This is one stupidly complex ale. And I mean that with all respect.

M: A nice body that sits comfortably in the medium category. Lots of silky smoothness, a light touch of creaminess. Damn near perfect carbonation. Would have scored higher, but I feel like this coats the mouth a little TOO much in the finish. This is by no means a hinderance, but I would have prefered a little bit of a drier/stickier finish.

O: The entire staff over at Lagunitas needs to pat themselves on the back for this one. Not only have they devised a geniusly complex and interesting beer, they've also devised some effin' delicious flavors. Hops, wheat, honey, light malts all wrapped up in a devilishly drinkable package. This one'll be finding its way back into my fridge in the future.

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

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a brunescent orange color with a white head.

The scent is off the charts with the hops and awesome.

The taste is pretty darn good, but not as great as I expected from the scent.

The mouthfeel is good and the drinkablility is great. This is a great beer.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- A nice golden yellow/orange color which produced a great 2 finger width white head. The beer is very clear and the carbonation bubbles are very active.

S- Hops! I thought this was a wheat pale ale...is this a India Wheat Ale? Not complaining...the smell is awesome! Very prominent citrus aroma like grapefruit and oranges all rolled into one. There is some sweetness from the wheat used.

T- The first thing that hits is the sweet flavor so the wheat does present itself. Then the citrus flavor kicks in which compliments the malt perfectly. The finish is dry making you want to take another sip immediately.

M- Nice sized body of a beer. Very smooth on the palate and a good amount of carbonation in the bottle.

Once again Lagunitas leaves me impressed. I haven't had a ton of their beers, but every one that I have had has been stellar!!

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pale straw appearance, thick bubbly head with Citrus, pine, tropical fruit in the nose with cereal and hay in the background. Taste is sweet without being cloying, with fresh bread crust, bright and lively, with fruity hops reminiscent of passion fruit,mango, guava, dragon fruit. Medium thin mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Delicious beer, truly unique.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -- Pours a clear golden with a nice head and lacing.

S -- Tropical fruits and citrus come to mind, and the hops are easily detectable.

T -- Definitely a hoppy beer, citrus and fruit character backed by bitterness with a strange foundation of sweet malt and wheat that play off each other in an interesting way. Smooth and sharp.

M -- Smooth up front and a dryness on the back.

D -- I would say that this is a solid brew that would be worth a repeat.

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Photo of Zadok
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For awhile I have been reading a blog post from a guy here in KC raving about how good this beer is. See, from past offerings I have kinda lost an interest in Lagunitas because everything just seemed kinda average. That was then this is now and the KC beer blogger was dead on, A Little Sumpin is delicious.

Pours a crisp hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head, it screams at me to head out into the sun.

The aroma is excellent, heavy hops with a mild sweetness.

The flavor is excellent as well, very distinguished hop presence but with a mild breadiness that intermingles and creates a perfect balance.

Mouth feel is crisp and clean, extremely refreshing. The right amount of carbonation.

As I said before, this brew is delicious. The abv is a little higher than desired for an everyday drinker but thats the only flaw, minor at that. This has completely transformed my previous view of Lagunitas.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lagunitas continues to impress.

Hops, Hops, and more hops. some malt. Something like that on the label. And a pretty girl.

I'm not a huge fan of the cheesy name and picture, actually. But on to the beer...

Pours a nice clear yellow, a little orange. No sediment. Appropriate carbonation and head.

Smell is quite piney and citrusy. Way more than expected. A wheat ale? Huh? Smells IPA.

And it is. Taste reminded me a lot of Hop Stoopid. Clean, crisp, and fresh hops and citrus. Not as sweet as stoopid. Aftertaste a bit more dry, some spicy yeasty-ness shows the wheat beer character. Wouldn't notice it much if the label didn't tell me to think about it, however.

Mouthfeel thin for the flavors present, but not too thin. Easy drinking for sure.

The last few Lagunitas beers I've had have been great, but they all taste like IPA/DIPA variants. As a hophead, I like that. It may grow old for others.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear gold with a solid two finger head on top.

Smell: Floral hops and wheat.

Taste: hop bitterness up front, followed by a crutton-like flavor, salt crispness and a lingering citrus/pine flavor. It's a nice batch of flavors that all come together to make this brew awesome.

Drinkability: The nice crisp profile of the wheat with an american ale style yeast and hops make this guy a winner.

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

Another wonderful label from the folks at Lagunitas. Alas we are not to judge a beer by its cover..err label. Sumpin' Sumpin' pours a nice crystal clear gold. Things are topped off by two fingers worth of bone white head. The head eventually settles to a ring. A fair amount of lace is left in its wake.

Sumpin' Sumpin's nose packs a nice wallop. The aroma is definitely hop centric. Sweetened grapefruit strikes first. Some light lemon notes hit as well. Some faint herbal/pine notes rounds things out. Malt comes through only as to sweeten the citrus notes.

This brew definitely hits as hop centric on the palate as well. The sweetened grapefruit in the nose strikes with a bit more pungency. Some sweet herbal notes are present as well. The malt is more pronounced on the palate. Some pale wheat notes, with a light toastiness make up the malt. The finish is sweet with a long lingering herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

A little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale brings some much needed interest to an American pale wheat beer. The hops are ever-present, but never overpowering. The alcohol is kept well in check. While definitely a sweet beer, it never goes syrupy. Kudos to Lagunitas for another tasty hop heads brew.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow, slightly orange, lightly hazy brew, with nice dense head. Smells citrus, and pine, and hoppy great with some grain and malt notes...almost a sweetness there. Taste is malt and grain first, but gives to bitterness, and floral, and tropical fruits, and manufactured new-ness. Yep, you read that right, in a good, freshly made way. Mouthfeel is light for this, with a creaminess, and moderate hop echo...but I wish it to be more... and a winter warming that is nice, without being wacked with alcohol. A really terrific beer that I hope to have again.

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Photo of hail_seitan
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - Crystal clear, pale yellow body with a thin white head.

S - Citrus, hay, and wildflowers.

T - Builds off of the nose, but much more pleasantly intense. Lemon and orange flavors meld with an almost strawberry-like sweetness from the wheat. A final touch of oniony dankness and more citrus leave the taste buds satisfied.

M - Fairly heavy and glutinous with a slight carbonation bite.

O - A very tasty beer that has that good ol' Lagunitas hop character. However, something about this beer, maybe the mild carbonation, really struck me as being similar to homebrews I have tried. Nonetheless, a great summertime compromise between fruity hops and fruity wheat.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer with a taste profile that's both refreshing and satisfying. Enjoyed straight from the bottle - aroma of bready malt, wheat, lemon, orange rind and that signature West Coast pine forest. Tastes like a lager/wheat beer/pale ale hybrid that hits all the caramel, citrus, grain and bitter notes that you'd expect with a surprisingly dry finish. Tough to put the bottle down on a hot day - drinks like a lighter-ABV beer but it's definitely not; you just won't notice any alcohol. Enjoy cautiously.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big surprise for me here. I am not typically a wheat beer guy, but this one was a real eye opener.
Ice cold pour from bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Bright, clear orange color with a moderate snow white head. Lacing remained through out the glass and carbonation was a little on the light side for me.
A cornacopia of aromas with this one! Opened the bottle to a very bright pine / citrus smell. After the pour , got the true smell of pineapple and mango. Only improved as the temperature of the beer rose.
The taste was just the right level of fruity / maltiness - with the strong flavor of pineapple and mango showing through. Nice Hoppy bite at the finigh that lingered for just the right amount of time!

Surprise, surprise - maybe I am a wheat ale guy after all...

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Photo of VTEno17
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden, very clear, looks like a good strong ale or lager. S: definitely the low light of this beer, get some sweet bready smell and some floral notes up front but it then turns to an almost sour urine smell, sorry but that's what I'm getting here :( T: up front has a familiar ale or strong lager taste, clean and wheaty, getting a real bready malty sweetness at the back of my mouth, finishes very bitter. M: pretty light, good carbonation, pretty dry from all the hops bite. O: Why did I wait so long to give this a shot, it's a good ale with some real hops bite.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golden color, slightly hazy. The head was medium, and I had noce lacing down the glass. The smell to me wass IPA-ish, with a pronounced grapefruit and grassy aroma. Mmm, I didn't expect this, but am now excited to have bought this. The taste was also more like an IPA to me than a wheat beer. The grapefruit type taste hit me first, maybe a litte wheat in the background, but just sweep hop and fruity taste all the way through. Mouthfeel was awesome. What a great beer. I can't believe it took me this long to try one. I'll be back!

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a nice fluffy white head with sticky lacing left behind.

S: Wow. Not what you expect with a Wheat. Like everyone before me has said, this smells like an IPA. Piney and Citrusy.

T: Not like a wheat. I think the only reason I get a hint of wheat is because my eyes are reading Wheat and telling my palate that's what it is. This is not your Fathers Wheat Beer...

M: Nice medium body with ample carbonation and a very nice hoppiness.

D: I wish I could just get an IV of this shit hooked right into my veins. I'm sitting here working on my 3rd glass and we just tapped the keg! Definitely worth trying. A true Hybrid beer!

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Photo of jman892
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear golden beer with a foamy 1 finger head which fades to a film. Nice lacing

S - Smell is strong citrus fruit, predominately grapefruit and a bit of pine or grassiness

T - Sweetness right upfront, hoppy, and similar to the nose, somehwat like drinking grapefruit juice.

M - Medium body, nice crisp drinker, moderate carbonation

O - An exceptional beer, perfect for the spring/summer months. Hoppiness is there but not overwhelming, the citrus fruit flavor makes this one easy to drink, and makes me keep wanting another sip

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Photo of hiku7
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Lil Sumpin Sumpin is really a wheat based IPA and is more a specialty beer than a wheat pale ale. But however it should be categorized, it is tasty.

Pours a mostly clear (some viscosity) yellow with a small white head that didn't last, but I liked the clarity.

Smell is lemony citrus west-coast hops plus some grainy wheat malt sweetness. No esters to speak of. Very clean yeast character.

Taste is strong hop bitterness for the style, plus the lemony citrus hop flavor. Sweetness starts out the taste, but quickly gives way to the hops, which leads to a clean finish that is neither sweet nor too dry. The middle of the taste is all grainy wheat.

Medium body and smooth, with a bit of dryness in the finish to balance out the fuller sweeter body at the start. The dryness is probably due to the hops. Some noticeable alcohol warming, but not hot or harsh.

Overall, the initial sweetness is nicely balanced by the big hop bite in this beer. The sweetness and hops surround a grassy wheat malt middle. This is a go to beer for me.

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly enjoyed this offering. Thanks to Rob, brought out to the boat to pair up with some FFF and other goodies for the Hot summer day.

A: What is expected. Looks enticing

S: Wow, jumps at you. Says drink me, I smell like FFF! (coming from a local FFF resident) citrusy, piney sweetness!

T: aroma is followed by the wonderful taste that includes pine hops, orange citrus, then some soft malty notes and of course HOPS to even it all out.

M: terrific with hops and silky smooth citrus refreshments

O: I will crave this beer until I have another. Haven't been able to get my hands on it. But I will, yes I will!!

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Photo of hillvt4me
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-yellow hue with a thin white head and some lacing.

S: Mild tangerine, pineapple and some pine on the nose.

T: Malt, wheat, citrus and general tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied and carbonated.

O: Solid flavor profile, balance is good, though I would like just a bit more.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is largely characterized by pine needles with a fruity edge: resin with grape and pineapple and a slightly doughy undertone. It has an eggshell-white head with a clear, light golden body; lots of lacing sticks around. The flavor is citrusy with a spicy bitterness and is reminiscent of pine needles, orange rind, and grapefruit, along with some doughiness that rounds out the flavor a little. The mouthfeel is rather crisp and medium-light in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, the flavors don't seem to mesh very well; the citrus-like flavors and bitterness seem very stark. On the other hand, it has the intense hop character of an IPA with a discernible malt influence which comes across as soft and bread-like. The hops are citrusy and bitter, siding with grapefruit, lemon, and lime without the rounding influence of some sweeter, tarter orange, etc.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprized by this beer. The bartender told me it was a wheat but the hoppiness knocked my socks off, in a good way.

A: very little head, light cream colored some lacing. A very pale yellow in color.

S: You can tell immediately this is a hoppy beer you can smell the aroma hops inches away.

T&M: Very sharp hoppy bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel. I felt like exclaiming "aaa" after every swallow.

D: I could drink this stuff all day but you have to give your mouth a break!

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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