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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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7,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,506
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 323
Gots: 1,527 | 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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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a weizen glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is listed in a Julian code as "120," or May 1st. Relatively fresh, so this is exciting.

Pours a classic Lagunitas look as far as all of their hoppier beers go, complete with a golden amber color that is as clear as they get, filled with bubbles that rise playfully to the top, and about 2 fingers of head that eventually go down to a third, but one that never seems to let up. Lacing is slightly present, although not as much as expected. With the wheat malts, I expected this to be slightly cloudy, but instead it looks like a straightforward West Coast IPA. Can't really rate this to style, but it is appealing on its own.

The aroma consists of a lively, vibrant combo of hop resins atop some slight breadiness and graininess. While I can't make out too much of the malts or wheat here (aside from the bread flavors), this is awash with warm citrus aromas, such as orange and limes, as well as pineapple, mango, and touch of grapefruit. Everything is really breezy, instead of super dry and astringent, and definitely doesn't assault the nose in the same way, say, Gumballhead does. A touch of crispness, as well as sweetness, balances things out a bit. Awesome stuff.

Right at the front, there's an immediate rush of citrus and floral notes caused by the hops that drench the tongue in hoppy resins, and then let go to make room for the bready crisp flavors that lie underneath. I'm getting oranges, tangerines, pineapple, as well that awesome mango/passion fruit tropical combo that I also get with Sucks and Hop Stoopid. As soon as the resins die down a bit, the bready, slightly wheat-y factor comes in, although it's so subtle I may as well continue to hype the hop flavors. As this warms up, it definitely reveals itself, often resembling faded rye or wheat characteristics. A little bit of buttery flavors creep in from the malts, and it definitely makes everything far more chewy. The finish is semi-dry, with a dab of sweetness from the malts and oiliness from the hops that makes this very easy to drink. Definitely an ideal summertime beer - I could sip a bunch of these in a row if it weren't for the scarily hidden alcohol.

This is most definitely the Gumballhead of the West Coast, and I love how affordable and easy that this is to find around these parts. Flavorful, juicy, but ultimately very refreshing. Works well for the warm weather. What's there not to like? I think with this one and ton of past successes I've had with Lagunitas, I can officially call them one of my new favorites. Well done, keep it up as always!

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass. This is a nice clear straw color with a big creamy looking white head that sits atop about two fingers high. Really great retention on this one, it last thoughout most of the drink.

A very unique smell on this. Spicy hops right up front followed by a good citrus aroma to finish this one off. A nice candied orange zest flavor to this. A little bit of a spicy pepper flavor with a piney hop finish.

The body on this seems a bit heavier than I would like on the style; even a little sticky. Not a bad beer, very enjoyable. Glad to see this in six packs relatively locally.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of doughanson78
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light golden/yellow/straw color. Faint haziness. Fluffy pure white head with great retention. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops. Grapefruit mainly. Also pineapple, mango, light orange and lemon. Light caramel malts also.

T: Even though the nose is dominated by hops the first thing I get and continues throughout is sweet caramel malts. The malts must change the hops because I get almost not citrus. Instead a floral/soapy hop flavor. Finishes with a light bitterness and slight grapefruit sourness.

M: Maybe a tad light in body. Being a pale "wheat" ale I was hoping for thicker. It does got a nice creaminess tho.

O: Definitely a very tasty/VERY drinkable beer. Love the malts calming the bitterness down as much as it does. Although I do love the assault of hops every now and then.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy apricot color with a dense eggshell head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a bouquet of citrusy hops. Some distinct grapefruit and peachy tones. A true olfactory delight.

Tastes like it smells. A blast of citrusy hops upfront that levels out midway through and helps ease each swallow down my throat. Only a medium bitterness which maintains an almost perfect balance with the malt. No detectable wheat or other malt flavors, but absolutely not necessary in this beer.

Medium body, full carbonation.

A masterful blend of hops with tremendous overall balance. As pleasing on the palate as a hoppy beer can get, and deceptively drinkable at over 7%.

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3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date anywhere, but I assume this bottle is ~3 months old. It's been kept in the fridge for most or all of its life.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Crystal clear, polished gold body with a dense, goopy, white cap. Nice head retention and tons of lacing. Are pale wheat ales supposed to be cloudy? I dunno. The wheat seems to be making an impact on the consistency of the head; otherwise, it's unnoticeable.

Smell: Grapefruit, honey, candied orange, wheat, and resinous hops. Pretty sweet overall. Enjoyable, but nothing too special.

Taste: Herbal hops, grapefruit, lemon, pine, wheat, and spices. This tastes like Lagunitas IPA with a little wheat malt added... not sure if that necessarily makes it a pale wheat ale. Regardless, it tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel: A bit resinous, a bit creamy, and a bit prickly. Interesting. Carbonation is on the medium-high end. Not as smooth as it could be.

Drinkability: Over-hopped for the style, by a lot! I get the feeling that that's why it's ranked so much higher than the majority of pale wheat ales. Lame. This is a good beer, but it's not true to the style. Drinks like an IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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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%

Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles. Thin, semi-sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear body, golden in color. Melodic upward carbonation.
S) Floral, citrus POW! Sweet tangerine. Mellow caramel.
T) Floral and grassy. Subtle citrus sweetness meshed with some malty tones. The malt seems to be subverted by the floral notes of the hops (not a bad thing), but holds steady until the finish.
M) Crisp and fizzy upfront, then mellows and smooths out toward the finish. Dry with a slight tannin feel in the finish, but fairly clean. Medium body.
D) A nice brew - I don't think I would classify it as a pale wheat ale, seems more like a Pale Ale to IPA. I'd drink another.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange.

Smell is very sweet and reminiscent of cotton candy. Citrus, and light peach.

Taste is fruity with some peach flavors. A bit of citrus and some pine. Yeasty, ginger, lemon and mango.
Great mouthfeel. Smooth,light nice carbonation and very easy to drink.
I don't really see the wheat part of the beer. To me it's mostly just an IPA. Albeit a verygood IPA.

Lagunitas makes some very different and very tasty beers. This is a really good one from them.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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