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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Reviews: 1,598 | Ratings: 8,527
Photo of pigc
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow color with white one finger head. Head fades quickly.

S - Malty, bready wheat. Grainy.

T - Starts out with a malty flavor with some wheat flavor followed by a slight hoppy smooth finish.

M - Medium with light carbonation.

O - Somewhere between a hoppy wheat beer and a malty IPA. An interesting beer by Lagunitas that is hard to place in a specific category but it works.

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Photo of rwf08
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden straw color. Thin white head with some lacing.

S: Lots of fresh hop aroma. Mostly pine but citrus in there too. Sweet wheat in the back.

T: Good sweet wheaty malty taste with piney hops mixed in. Is nommers a flavor description?

M: It is on the fuller side with carbonation that keeps it light enough to be refreshing.

D: Easy to drink and delicious. Not my first choice for a summer beer but it is damn good. I wish this wasn't my last bottle.

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Photo of Momar42
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

A - crystal clear, light yellow color. Minimal head with no lacing, but typical for the style.

S - Very mild, but typical. Slight wheatie aroma but very faint.

T - Malty and sugary up front. Clean finish. Wheat comes through but still mild. Not alot of character and the booze is present but not as much as would be expected from the high ABV paired with this style of beer.

M - booze lingers slightly. creamy yet clean finishing. Leaves you wondering what you just drank but knowing it has some alcohol in it regardless.

O - Once again, not a style I would seek out alot. But, for what it is, Lagunitas has managed to make something drinkable. The high ABV is enjoyable though for many it might make this UNattractive as an option. Just can't bring myself to "want" any beers of this nature. Not bad I suppose but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually am not a huge fan of wheat beers, but I guess the rep on this one is that its wheat is basically hard to detect. That's to my advantage, because I find this to be delicious. Their Sucks used to be my favorite, but I believe its taste and quality lost something along the way of transforming from a seasonal to a ridiculous shelf-sitting 32 ouncer and then a new year-rounder. I wish bottled-on dates were prominent on their beers. But in any event, this one, I believe, is the perfect substitute. Indeed, this tastes like a super IPA. I think some reasonably have a basis to object on this basis to its label classification of a pale wheat. Still, regardless of what it's called, I think this is a great tasting brew

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Photo of slusk
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden with a generous white head. Good retention that fades to a thin covering but lasts. good lacing.

S: Floral, grapefruit and a bit of pine are in the forefront. Sweet fruity malt aroma springs through the hops. A bit of apple and pear.

T: A bit of pine and grapefruit but surprisingly more balanced than a typical IPA with a bright fruit, apple malt sweetness coming through whit just a hint of wheat. Very pleasant sweet finish balances the earthy pine and grapefruit aroma hops. A modest bittering charge doesn't overwhelm the palate.

M: Medium light body, a tiny bit slick. low to medium carbonation lets flavors shine. No astringency.

O: This is one of my favorites by Lagunitas. It has all the aroma hops of an IPA without a harsh bittering charge. A perfect example of an APA. Perfect balance of malt sweetness and hops. I like that the wheat doesn't take over the flavor but plays well with the other ingredients. Well done.

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Photo of earthboundagain
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

A- Pours a hazy golden hue, with a small head that does not last long. This beer has some small lacing as well.

S- Wow, This is a good smelling sucker. You have some piney and citrus hops , up front with a wheat malt twang in the background.

T- Big citrus hop up front followed by a slight pine hop, not tasting the wheat, but I think its just balancing out the hops cause for all its hoppy taste this beer is not overly bitter.

M- This beer is built on a medium body with a medium level of carbonation. It has a slight stickiness to it though.

D- This beer is 7.3% but you would never know it. This beer is such an easy drinker, I could drink till I drop.

Thoughts- This was my favorite new beer this summer, an wheat ale that bent the style lines just enough to make it unique and flavorly wonderful at the same time.

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Photo of Giovacchini
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank in late December out of a snifter.

A- nice amber color with thick head

S- very nice aromas similar to those of an IPA. Citrusy but with more malt aromas to keep it balanced.

T- mild mango and apricot flavors with a bitter/sweet after taste.

M- mild carbonation, syrupy mouthfeel.

O- every time I have this beer I appreciate it more. Although this is not an ipa it has a lot of the characteristics of a ipa. It has great drinkability and whenever I see in stock where I work I buy it.

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

Don't be mislead by the desc, "American Pale Wheat Ale". This does not taste or look like a typical "rancid" wheat beer. It is dark and heavy and mysteriously smokey. 8/4/15 from a variety six pack from State Line Liquors.

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Photo of prg1976
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color. Decent white head, dissipates quickly.

Smell is barely there, a little sweet and malty. I'm thinking this is an older bottle.

Taste is malty sweet. A little grassy, not much there at all.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, just not sure if this is fresh or not. I'll have to pick some up again to be sure.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- light gold, with orange hues, clear, 1 finger head hangs around a while

Aroma- Bright citrus, fruity, piney, earthy hops, some bready grains, very nice

Flavor- more pine here, juicy citrus hops, fairly bitter but very drinkable, slight malt backbone but theres a lot of hops going on

Mouthfeel- medium, slight astringency, fairy smooth

Overall- A damn tasty beer. Really closer to an IPA and for that reason its probable the best APWA I've had. Pretty solid all around and worth picking up.

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Photo of JonathanC
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had a lot of hype when it came to this beer which adds a unique spice to an IPA but one that I am not to find of.
First opening this beer, I was impressed by its smell and moved quickly to get a taste in. The beer first hit as a great bitter to a kind of spicy ting at the end. It provided me with interest at first taste but for some reason after the first taste I lacked the full first experience and was dismayed. Waited a little bit and tried it again and it provided a decent taste. I'm not a fan of this beer but I can see the uniqueness of spicy ting that some may appreciate.

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

Poured a bit hazy dark gold with 3 finger white head. Nice lacing. Nose was a bit piney w/ citrus. A little wheat but this is not a hefe. Feel is thicker and taste is very sweet with an IPA hop finish.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden orange, two fingers of head that lingers. Smell not strong. Taste complex, smooth, not too hoppy, long finish. Feel is creamy. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber, finger head that gradually recedes. Looks great.

S: Hoppy in the best way possible. Pine, grapefruit, slight orange. Smells delicious.

T: Citrusy, yet mildly fruity. Bitterness is well balanced. Malt on the back end, even some peach/mango. Some pine throughout. Alcohol is prevalent when it warms.

M:
I'd say medium. Alcohol taste creeps up on you as you drink. Still very pleasant though.

O:
Simply put, this beer is dank. From the complex smell and taste to the heavy mouthfeel, this beer is awesome. I've tried multiple Lagunitas brews, and I'd put this up there with the Lagunitas Sucks and the IPA. Very delicious and totally worth the price I paid for a sixer. Great ale.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straw color fairly unremarkable but off-white head quite tall and leaves some lace. Nice fruity hop aromas immediately. A delicious honeyed malt flavor leads the taste; I'm surprised how delicate the hops are given their prominence in the nose and the label's report of 64.20 IBU. The honey and fruit guide the flavor and the hops are always present but never interrupt, never overwhelm, never seem out of balance. Mouthfeel clean. What a surprise.

Brown bottle poured into a glass. Did not see a date on the bottle, but if it were fresher it would only be better, I suppose.

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Photo of originalsin
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The name here affords one some spectacular simple pleasures in life--like asking an attractive female bartender for a little sumpin sumpin.

I'm gonna be perfectly honest- having this on tap I didn't even realize it was a wheat. That was quite surprising to read on here. Just an incredibly hopped up wheat beer here. The pour is golden/orange in color with a nice white head that settles well. The nose on this brew from Lagunitas is enjoyable--lots of citrus and grapefruit right up front. I don't get any wheat here or wheat in the mouth either--so it's almost awkward. But again, the taste is heavily hopped flavors: grapefruit, citrus, lemon rind maybe if i really stretch it. The mouth feel is medium and well carbonated. This beer lacks balance and isn't what I would describe as smooth but there's still something about it that keeps me sessioning this beer all night.

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Photo of ElSid
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California

#26

Freshness Date: None

A: Golden orange, hazy, with a cap of white foam which fades to generous blankets of bubbles clinging to the glass.

S: Strong, fresh pine, citrus and a bit of cut grass. Tangerine brightness with a background of flaky cracker malt.

T: Earthy and bright following the nose. Pine, herbs, and grass topped off with freshly squeezed tangerine bitter-sweetness. Grainy, soft cracker, biscuit-like maltiness. A touch of pineapple and mango ending with more warming, pleasant bitterness.

M: Medium bodies with ample carbonation and good linger.

O: Paired with an awesome burger from Hole in the Wall on the westside of LA, which I would say leaves Umami and even Father's Office in the dust. Great hops on a wheat base, making a great, bright brew which is both familiar and original going beyond the typical west coast IPA recipe.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really beautiful beer. Dark honey color, with a thick fluffy head about 3 fingers tall. Left a lot of lacing and a thin layer of foam on top that lasted til the end. Smell was a little off putting (my bottle was undated, could have been old). Smelled a little like Lysol mixed with rubbing alcohol. There was definitely an unpleasant alcohol burn that tasted a little like rubbing alcohol, also. I realize this is a little higher than average ABV than a typical beer, but at the same time, I've had equally high ABV beers without that taste. If I looked past the alcohol burn, the beer was great; balanced with just the right amount of hops and citrusy flavors. I don't think it's quite as good as others here say, but it was okay. I'd be willing to try it again and see if my bottle really was bad.

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

"Let's put some ice on it and keep ourselves elevated for awhile." Nice!

Pours a glowing, gold with a creamy-looking, two-finger head of egg-white yellow foam. The slightest bit of haze, but mostly clear and inviting. Head sticks around briefly, then settles to a tight cap. Some good stickage.

Aroma is of piney, citrusy hops. Very fresh aroma with no hint of alcohol. Some cookie-like malts in the background are barely perceptible. No yeast component typical in a wheat.

Taste is like no other American pale wheat, and not sure it even qualifies. This is all about burb-inducing piney hops. The wheat may serve to lighten the body, and there is a hint of breadiness mid-palate, but a firm, fruity sweetness carries the hops aloft, and all else drops away. The hops linger nicely, with only modest bitterness, and the final impression is of a fruity white wine with some grainy tannins and palate-drying resins.

Mouthfeel is sticky, but soft, yielding to a drying alcohol and hop finish. Medium-light body doesn't seem watery or thin. Carbonation is medium, but is not intrusive. Dryness wears hard after a spell.

A bit puckering for easy-drinking, it still hides its alcohol well and is thankfully not overly sweet or bubble-gummy.

Another interesting concoction from Lagunitas. A pale wheat for hopheads, what else? Recommended.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Straw colore with fairly solid head that dissipates quickly, leaving good lacing.

Great nose with nice fruity hop aroma. Tastes a bit sweet for the style, which affects the drinkability.

Another great offering from Lagunitas. As stated, abit too sweet but a nice hoppy wheat ale.

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Photo of Northsider
3.01/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in bottle from Monks Pub Chicago.

Appearance is pale amber/yellow. Small white head. Smell was mostly hoppy with some wheatiness to it. Taste was mostly similar to the smell. Citrusy hop flavor dominated.

Overall I didn't care for this beer. It wasn't anything like the other Pale Wheats I've had before. This one was too hoppy for me. I was expecting a more balanced flavor of hops and wheat but I couldn't taste the wheatiness that I loved in other Pale Wheats. Just the hops and bitterness.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 6.29.14, poured into a Lagunitas Mason Glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Bright and clear, coloring similar to a fine filtered apple juice. An aggressive pour results in 1.5 fingers worth of very light, bubbly, stark white head... which slooowly dissipates leaving behind copious amount of lacing. Retains a nice moderate cap. Carbonation is very visual, and long lasting.

S: Immediately reminds me of Gumballhead, only more aggressive. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon, has a very tart aroma to its hops which is backed by a malted wheat scent. Overall, a pretty mild nose for something with 70+IBU

T: Malty sweetness, followed by a kick of crisp citrus, and finishes with a soft, bready malt that lasts a few seconds after sip, leaving your mouth with only a ghost of hop bitterness until you reach for your next taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, this beer is all sorts of dangerous given its 7.5% ABV. Pretty typical feel for the style, but the crispness is what sets it apart. Medium body with moderate, short lasting carbonation.

O: A refreshing, unique, simple beer that goes down way too easy for something that tastes so good. One of my summer go to beers.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a gauzy golden amber with a light head. Aroma is of citrus hops, tangerine, bread. Taste start off with a modest malt taste and ends with a lingering hop hit of grapefruit rind. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is very good. It is nicely carbonated and easy to drink. Overall a very well balanced, citrus-ey pale ale. Drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a yellow-amber with a pale head that soon disappeared

Smell and taste of a light pale ale (citrus and spice with a bitter finish), nothing to indicate being a wheat. Good but not memorable; lacks real complexity to savor to make for an overall good rating, and I particularly need this to justify an ABV over 7.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Other then the IBU and ABV I had no idea what to expect from this beer when I brought it home

A - It poured a clear light copper color with a 2 finger thick white head. Plenty of carbonation visible. Good Lacing.

S - Very sweet pine and grapefruit smell. It's a cross between a good IPA aroma and a Belgian Pale ale.

T - Tastes just like it smells at first. It attacks with a full citrus hop taste finishes with a very solid malt backbone. Touches of a sugary wheat malt come through on further sips and as it warms up a bit.

M - It's a fairly heavy beer, but very smooth and easy to drink. Just enough carbonation to keep the mouth from being overwhelmed.

O - Awesome beer. I don't know if I would be insulting anybody by saying this but its like a light DIPA. I'm going to keep this in the fridge as long as its around.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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