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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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1,533 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,533
Hads: 8,207
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 428
Gots: 2,298 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.
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Photo of CraigS119
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at my local Party Liquors (Tampa, FL). $10.49 for the 6-pack.
A- Pour is surprisingly light and yellowy. Looks like a light beer, not a bad thing, just surprising. Creamy white head pleasantly pillows the top.
A- It's got a fruity smell I can't quite place… ah, I got it: pomelo! It's a fruit that tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit. Also has notes of barely.
F- Fruity upfront, bitter, piney, malty finish. Not as light and crisp as I would've liked.
M- Below average carbonation (for an APA).
O- Tastes like a under-carbonated IPA. Definitely a great (albeit, strong) APA for the ABV, but I'm definitely in favor of the more traditional IPAs (like Bell's Two Hearted) in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. This beer honestly gave me a half-chub on the smell, making me expect a hoppy/citrusy IPA, but then it fell flat when it came to taste. I can definitely see how some people like this beer, but it just ain't for me.

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Photo of mastodonj
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Starts off with a full fluffy head over a clear pale amber. Just goes to show you, a great IPA can be very light in color.

Smell is outstanding. fresh floral hoppiness with a plus-size citrus.

The taste follows the exceptional aroma. Just enough malt to enhance the great fresh hops.
The slightly heightened alcohol content gives it a warmth.

Mouth feel is excellent, not overly carbonated or too flat.

Wonderful ale. Frankly, I don't get the "wheat" part of the description above.
It is almost like something between an AIPA and an imperial IPA.

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Photo of TaySuth
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with a solid, off-white head that slowly recedes while leaving behind immense amounts of lacing. The lacing is perhaps that most impressive aspect of the appearance and the beer presents itself as very inviting.

Smell: Clean, wheat aroma with a buffet of citrus and fruity scents. I am having difficulty pinpointing individual aroma flavors from the hops as they seem to be diverse and well balanced with one another. Regardless, my sense of smell is satisfied as my tastebuds beg for their turn.

Taste: Amazing balance between the refreshing wheat malt and strong hop character. The citrus of the hops stands out with lemon, lime, and grapefruit and the finish is perfectly bitter. Just the right amount of bite. The alcohol is completely hidden despite the 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: I can't think of many beers with a better mouthfeel than this one. The texture is thicker than a pale ale, as it should be, but not heavy or syrup like. The carbonation is dense with fine little bubbles. Very impressive.

Overall: This is by far the finest wheat beer I have had. As a hophead, it satisfies my need for bitterness than most other wheat beers lack. I truly hope that more brewers head in the direction of aggressively hopped wheat ales.

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Photo of tittymcj
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear beer with a orange-red hue to it in light. Good head which recedes and leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

S: Very piney and hoppy, good bite to it. Has good balance though, in that the malt backs it up with a good bread smell.

T: Lots of hops, good amount of malt, but very mellow taste overall. Almost a hit of vanilla flavor in there as well, which helps to damper the bitterness of the hops.

M: Light and refreshing, in spite of how complex and full the flavor is. A bit spicy, but goes down smoothly and doesn't linger.

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

It's always a delight to see the slutty Sumpin' girl back on the shelves. But she should be holding two pineapples in front of her boobs, because this beer tastes and smells (judge Smells?) like pineapples. Delicious, delicious pineapples. Golden liquid pineapples with a fish-belly white foamy top. Oh pineapples, thank you for your flavor profile in this beer. And the zippy fun finish is a nice reminder of the slutty girl on the label.

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

A: Yellow golden body with a slight white head.

S: Another great smelling beer from Lagunitas. True west coast IPA smell with plenty of sweet citrus and hop aroma. Finishes nicely with the malt and wheat.

T: Hard to follow the believable smell this beer gives off, but it tastes pretty great as well. Mango and grapefruit with nice hop kick. The wheat is slightly detectable but not prominent.

M: Medium bodied and carbonated.

O: A really stellar offering from Lagunitas. I applaud them for making really good beer that is pretty accessible to the masses. I could drink this all day.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a golden honey color, a nice thin head with nice lacing that sticks around for a while.
It smells like a west coast ipa - citrus and pine, nice aroma
taste - It is like an ipa light but in a good way. Aggresive hop profile, dry hops linger, a really refreshing beer that doesn't lack in the taste department.
Mouthfeel is thin but the hops stick around to make the mouthfeel substantial.
Very sessionable beer! I will definitely pick some of this up in the spring and summer.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft into std pint glass.crystal clear pale gold color. Nice head with medium retention and nice sticky lacing. Beautiful citrus aroma. Delicious with nice malty balance for the forward hops. Minimal lingering bitterness. Really nice. I have had this in bottles many times and not enjoyed it as much as this (apparently fresh) draft.

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

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Cervoise tumbler glass. Pours several fingers thick white head that has absolutely FANTASTIC lacing. The color is the typical burnt orange straw.

The nose is dominant w/ citrus hops, makes me think of pine needles. Nothing else here though. Typical American version. No banana or clove or anything else.

The taste is really unique & great IMO. Hops are obviously the main focal point, but they aren't abrasive. Very citrusy. Has a decent malt backbone. Has a spicy snap on the very back end of the drink & reminds me of some of the other beers I've had that had a peppery note to them. Very nice.

The mouthfeel ranks in at medium. No doubt from the generous use of wheat malt. A very well made beer. Overall, this beer is very much drinkable & is very high on my list. One that I am so very glad is not a limited release. Will be a staple in my rotation. Prosit!!

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Photo of osusullins
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't get as geeked out about this beer as some friends of mine, but it is pretty good.

Pours a hazy orange with a thick and creamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and some subtle pine.

Taste is very hop forward. Mostly grapefruit citrus, with some pine undertones. Nice hoppy beer from start to finish. Solid malt backbone.

Nice beer. I enjoy most of Lagunitas' beers.

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

Poured a crystal clear golden color with a foamy 2 finger head. Left a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Big hop aroma. Pine and grapefruit with a bit of a sweet aroma.

Taste follows the nose with pine and pink grapefruit up front balanced well by a sturdy malt backbone. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little slick, goes down smooth. A little low on the carbonation, but it works well.

Overall this is another great beer from Lagunitas.

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

Very drinkable delicious Wheat Pale ale, the light hoppy notes mix so well with the wheat flavors.

Very session-able and is always a go to for any sort of get together.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Liquid gold in color with a quarter inch of off white head which disappears to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Strong smell of piney-hop resin with some grapefruit. Taste is similar with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and quite drinkable. This doesn't taste as good as last years batch - which is unfortunate, as that was delicious. Still, this is a very tasty beer and quenches ones thirst on a warm summer's day quite readily.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle of this brew and found a lovely light, golden color with a nice 1/2 inch head. Lacing was above average against the glass.

Smell is amazing! Smells like a christmas tree fornicated with a grapefruit and a piece of caramel, then popped out a Little Sumpin' beer, wailing and crying and begging to be opened and drank.

Taste is even better than the smell. Solid wheat flavor, followed by the strong pine hoppiness, then the grapefruit citrus and finally the soft sweetness of the caramel or subtle molasses. Really nice!

Mouthfeel is carbonated but does not scratch your throat, which is sometimes difficult to achieve.

Overall this beer is absolute quality! It has flavor, appetizing smell, strength (7.5% ABV), and a dry enough after-taste to make you want to drink more...and more...and more...y mas para mi hermanos latinos! But it...now...seriously...why are you still here...go out and buy it.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark golden color with a medium frothy white head. Good lacing.
The first thing that hits me is that it smells bitter, citrusy notes come afterward, tropical fruit, wheat, slight hint of malt.
The taste is unique, it’s bitter and has a tart sticky sweetness. Medium heavy mouthfeel. and a but of alcohol.
I like this beer and recommend it. It’s the first Lagunitas beer I ever had and it started my love affair with them.


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Photo of MikeB20
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy bright gold with an amber hue and a two finger bubbly white head. Lacing is impressive.

S: Lemon citrus hops and some pepper with a little floral aroma.

T: You get the wheat base up front but it's quickly diminished by the hop bitterness. Finishes sweet which is interesting, the hop bitterness is really in the middle of every sip.

M: Smooth for days, light body and moderate carbonation make this an easy beer to drink, this could prove to be dangerous at 7.5% ABV.

O: This is my first beer from Lagunitas, I've heard a lot about them but they've just recently become easy to find in Delaware. Part of me was hoping for this to taste like more of a wheat beer than an IPA but I'm not sure that I really care either way. It's got some really nice malt and hop aroma and flavors and goes down smooth. What else could you ask for? Recommended.

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Photo of Lillenk
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was very nice. Nice golden color with a really nice white head.

Smell was huge. Lots of citrus (grapefruit) and hops. Very aromatic.

Taste was good. Very mush like an IPA with a little bit of wheat flavors. Very complex and very nice.

Mouthfeel was pretty big because of all the hops so you probably would want to drink more that one or two.

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Photo of Keystone
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just great beer. Something refreshingly different. It may be a little sweet for some but for me it makes for a great session beer. Just enough hoppy bitterness to react well with the sweet flavor. This is the best beer I have had from lagunitas so far. It hides the 7.5% abv almost to well.

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Photo of lastmango
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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 bohemiandonut
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Held up the line in Whole Foods for 10 minutes in order to buy a single of this beer. Apparently they don't split 6-packs in SD? Tragic.

Anyhow it's been a while since my last Lagunitas, but I have high expectations.

Sumpin' pours neat and clear, classic amber color suggestive of the hoppiness to come. Seafoam head, swirl-worthy with fantastic lace and purely white.

So they're calling this a Wheat Ale... Hmm, definitely not detectable in the nose. Aroma is all hops, on the sour side of IPA, sweeter with warmth, really promising. There's something interesting going on here nose-wise that I can't quite put my finger on yet.

Wonderfully burning on the palate, quite caustic despite the low IBU's. Straight up citrus chunks of bitter with a pleasant bready softness in the mouth. As it warms the alcohol notes are very prominent, but still rather balanced by the bitter hops. I like the dry finish, it feels like this beer just instantly evaporates on your tongue.

Pretty heavy for a "Wheat Ale," but a nice long sippin' hoppy beer. I don't think this beats Maximus or IPA, but another solid entry that would be damn good on draft. Overall, I wish there was a bit more wheat character here. The abv might be nice a tad lower as well. Great choice of hops, but such recipes are getting easier and easier to pull off these days. Glad to try it.

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Photo of detlefchef
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reasonably brilliant orange color with soft but lingering head that laces nicely. Malty notes on the nose and vaguely reminiscent of compost (not a bad thing, mind you).

Tangy and honeyed with bright acid and fine toast and almond nuance.

Drinks well enough.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful light orange shade to it and totally clear. Big white fluffy head that lasts and lasts and leaves good lasing.

S: Very fruity. I get a ton of orange and apricot, maybe some peach and pineapple. Tropical fruits dominate over the pine and citrus in this one; kind of reminds me of Hopslam, but not nearly as strong. It also carries some of that wheat maltiness in the background.

T: Hops upfront. Lots of pine. Good bitterness. Pretty dry. It's easy drinking for 7.5% as no alcohol is present. A little disappointed in the taste, the pine really dominates over the rest of the wonderful bouquet I got earlier, still a nice drinking beer nonetheless, pretty refreshing. Once warmer, some of the fruitiness pokes through, which is nice.

M: Medium-thin. Medium carbonation.

This is a hop forward wheat ale. I kind of wished the balance was a bit better... the malt bill is a little weak in my opinion. Although I thought it was good and worthwhile, I've had better.

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

Golden and hazy with a one finger creamy head that looks like it will stay for a while. Smell is wonderful - pine scent predominates but there's citrus scent in there too. Taste is as expected, with piney hops predominant followed by citrus with a touch of malt. Mouth feel is light.

Wow, my tour through the pale ales is showing me that i do like a hoppy beer. I would like to see a touch more malt showing through to balance the hops, but that's not going to stop me from drinking it.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The head is smooth, creamy and off white. Nice retention. The beer is a nice, cloudy amber color.

The smell is hops, nice fresh hops. Very clean.

Mothfeel is smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

What is this, anyway? It says it's a wheat beer but it tastes like and IPA and a good one at that. Nice and hoppy and smooth. Defintite pine flavors. The alcohol is hiding somewhere but you won't find it until later. This is a nice effort. I'm looking forward to the next bottle.

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Photo of quaybr
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

A crystal-clear golden-orange body with a foamy white head that leaves more than a modest trace of lacing. Really a pretty beer.

Citrusy hops rule the nose with the slightest whiff of wheat malt that draws out some complexities as the beer warms.

Tastes of grapefruit and orange. The malt doesn't really seem to have a chance of being noticed, but, similar to the aroma it begins to quietly present itself as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel seems perfect throughout - enough body to deliver the mass amounts of hops without becoming too thick or syrupy.

It's been a few years since I last had this beers - it was one of the first craft brews I ever had, so I was relatively unaware of what I was trying - and I feel so pleasantly surprised at how fine it is. This is a great beer.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.