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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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Photo of wogreen
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - clear golden color

S - very potent hoppy aroma with an almost odd sweet smell to it

T - hoppiness is the dominant characteristic. i can barely taste the wheat flavor, however its a good blend that allows for a sweet wheaty finish

M - feels full bodied yet not as full as many pales.

O - a clean pale with just a hint of sweetness that balances nicely.

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Photo of wrycon
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish honey in color. Smells like trademarked Lagunitas - lots of tropical, lots of orange and a lighter, tangy malt. Taste comes thick and full, with the same orange and tropical hop presence. The maltiness is there, but it's repeatedly bludgeoned by the fruit flavor. The end game is a thick marmalade that delights delightfully... OK that was obnoxious, but it is delightful.

Like It? Very Much

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Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, pale yellow. A vigorous pour results in 1 1/2 fingers of head that fades over a few minutes, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Very attractive. The aroma is primarily of hops, with a subtle wheat smell that isn't strong but is very pleasing - it almost smells like being in a farm field.

Onto the tasting. Strong hop presence up front that lingers a while, but surprisingly the finish turns more towards the malt than to bitter hops. The hop flavors are mostly pine, with a bit of citrus that comes through in the mid-palate - it works well with the wheat. Malt flavor is strongest when I exhale, and is generally good. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit creamy, it's not what I had expected but it works here.

I haven't had all that many pale wheat ales, but Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is the clear champ among those I've sampled. If I had to describe this to someone in a bar in one sentence, it'd be "a bit like an IPA, though a bit more sessionable." Seek this one out.

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average head, which maintained. Plenty of lacing. Pours a beautiful deep golden color. The smell was understated. An interesting combination of fruity/hoppy flavor. The citrus fruitiness cuts the hoppy bitterness for a delicate balance that was quite drinkable. The 7.5% ABV was surprising. I was looking for a spring/summer ale to replace my beloved quads, and this just might fit the bill.

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Photo of challenja
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gorgeous deep orange with golden rod tones.

S: DAMN SON!!! The most aromatic Wheat Ale of all time!
Tons of citrus, tropical fruits, pineapple, fresh jungle honey, and rich flourishing malt. It stunk like some good Icky Icky. The most aromatic hop-ale that is not rated an IPA.

T: Tropical fruits, citrus (Big time Red Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon), and a nice crisp wheat finish. I was surprised that its not rated as an IPA. Very Close but not as tangerine and aromatic as their Lucky 13 beer which is also amazingly good.

MF: Medium body, silky, crisp, and sweet west coast hop sticky icky. It was a really delicious spring time beer. Good medium carbonation.

Overall: This can be considered one of my favorite drinkable Lagunitas beers. Lucky 13 is also a great summer beer. But this one of my favorite looking and smelling beers of all time.. Truly Exceptional.

Serving type: On Tap
Serving type: Bought bottles as well. Its better on Tap, more aromatic as well.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Hatzilla
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on June 16, Consumed July 9 2011.

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' pours out a golden amber with a thin half inch head. Scent is apricot, wheat, mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Taste is predominately apricot and wheat with some lemon dropping in on the finish and lingering around. Mouthfeel is velvety-smooth. Outasight! Overall, a very smooth and drinkable pale wheat ale despite the ABV. One of my go-to six pack purchases along with Racer 5.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz. pint.

A - Poured a fairly pale orange with a frothy, slightly tan head. I was expecting it to be unfiltered since that's what I'm used to with wheat beers, but, well, I get the impression this isn't going to be typical. The head faded to a thin cap and didn't leave any lacing behind.

S - Some piney hops stick out, but there's a noticeable sharpness or tang(that's more of a taste description, but it came to mind). It's almost...lemony.

T - Pretty unique. I was expecting more of a hop kick in terms of taste. I mean, it's hoppy, especially for a wheat, but the hop profile itself isn't all that impressive. Slightly citrus-y, but more along the lines of lemon with a slight bit of pine. It blends well with the wheat, atleast, which seems to be giving it a bit of a tang. Kind of grassy.

MF - Thin and enough carbonation to make it refreshing. Definitely works well with the warm weather outside. A bit sticky on the finish.

D - I could have a few, but I'd be more inclined to go with an IPA or a good German wheat than this for a second drink. I was looking forward to trying this, but I was a lot more impressed with their IPA and Maximus. This is interesting, and I can appreciate it, but I wouldn't really go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a six-pack at Capone's. Pretty excited to try this one after all the hype. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Glowing golden color with some haze. 1 finger white foamy head rises and falls, leaving a thin layer on top. Some good carbonation flow up the side of the glass helps retain the head.

Smell: All hops. Citrus and Pine aromas from the hops as well as some orange/tangerine aroma's. Not much malt or wheat aroma.

Taste: Hops. Pretty much follows the aroma, with fruity hop flavors most of the way through. Some slightly toasted wheat backs up the hops a little, but Lagunita's, as usual, is letting the hops take the prize. Bitter finish with flavor of pine.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, but has a syrupy texture to it. Bitter carbonated finish. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: It was ok, but I like hops. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

Was sort of hoping for more of a pale wheat ale like it was supposed to be, and less of an IPA. Because if you didn't tell me what it was, that's what I would have guessed. Too bad Lagunita's couldn't lay off the hops a little, but I guess that's what they do. Still a good beer though.

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Photo of WOTO97
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had the pleasure of drinking this little fella in quite some time...mmm...tasty.

Great clarity and equally fine golden color. Head retention dies off a bit as expected, but the lacing is thick and foamy.

Lots of fruit on the nose: orange peel, pineapple, pear and green apple, some red grapefruit, maybe even a touch of apricot. As it warms the wheat comes through a touch; definitely some malt character as it reaches room temp.

Flavors don't disappoint. Lingering apple rinds on the back palate along with some light pineapple notes. Front is a citrus bomb...kaboom. Lemon, almost akin to lemonade, some bitter grapefruit as well. Definitely has a helluva hop bite throughout but most noticeably on the finish, especially for a wheat beer.

Body is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Nice carbonation on this one that lends well to summer sippin'. A bit of residual stickiness so you never forget those glorious hops.

Definitely a bit of a heavy hitter coming in a touch over 7%, but these are pretty easy drinking as far as the abv goes. The alcohol is definitely not pronounced here. Kick back, relax, and enjoy.

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Photo of bpw28
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Two finger frothy egg shell head, Gold (about a 4 SRM), Amazing Lacing.

Nose: Massive amounts of Peach, Some apple when swirled, Floral, Honey,Light Yeasty. Not alot of different smells but WOW what a great nose.

Taste: Light Roast, Peach,Sage (pointing the finger at the hops), Bready, Buttery, Good Carb, Great Hoppy Bite, Nice balanced mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts: An amazing brew. Might just be a favorite. If you haven't tried it, TRY IT NOW!

Food Pairing: Pork, Chicken, BBQ Items (Rubbed, Sauced, Smoked, Whatever. Pretty Perfect Grill Brew.), Ham, Medium Cheeses (Goat Cheese would go great with this), Tofu, Fried Foods. Anything really, Not a real beef kind of brew, but anything else that comes to mind would go good.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Couldn't find a bottled date, unless 220 is a Julian date... if so, then bottled on Aug 10th. Consumed on Sept 1st.

Pleasantly surprised...

A - Pours substantial head unless poured very gently. Head does not dissipate quickly. Light carbonation. Golden in color. Beautiful lacing as the beer is consumed.

S - Hints of tropical fruit and perhaps peach and apricot.

T - Wow. Slightly tart and loaded with flavor. Hints of lemon, lime, pineapple, pine with a bready bitterness. Completely hides the ABV. Dangerous since 7%, but goes down so easy.

M - Luxurious foaming in the mouth. Has a clean crisp feel.

O - Had to drink 3 before I finished my evaluation. I'd finish it, review my notes, and then have to have another to validate the 4.75 on taste. It's that good.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful golden almost orangeish color. Very little head on pouring and what is left is minimal. Nice tight lacing ring. The beer is fairly clear.

S-Wonderful, almost like a glass of grapefruit juice. Heavy malt scent in the background remind me of a barleywine. I just wish the smell was stronger. Maybe a bit more carbonation to push it out.

T-This is a bitter one but very refreshing at the same time. The hops show more character then most of the ipa's I have tried. More of the floral and citrus characters come through, not just plain bitterness. The malt hiding in the background balances out nicely with all the hop flavors. The finish is a bit dry and there might be a bit of age on this bottle because I get the feeling the hops flavors are starting to decline. But it still is excellent and better then most.

M.F.-There is a stinging bitterness that I dont find too pleasing. Also as stated before, the finish is quite dry.

D-I think I would try this one again. But the craft beer aisle at binnys is limitless.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't exactly fit a style so it is hard to "rate to style". I will rate the beer itself. A pale wheat ale, I don't think so, more of a ipa with a little wheat.

Pours a golden color with a small white head that left minimal lacing, and very clear.

Aroma of citrusy hops, tropical fruit, sweet malts, hint of wheat and alcohol. The fruits and the hops dominate.

Taste follows the aroma with the hops playing the main role and a combination of the fruits and the wheat playing second fiddle. A nice malt backbone with a nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel was not too heavy nor too light with a good coating. Carbination remained thru the entire beer.

Overall on interesting beer and one that you just gotta try for yourself. Thanks Lagunitas for Sumpin a little different.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a fine golden wheat color. frothy bubbly head makes its presence known quickly. fades rather quickly, leaving a rather extensive amount of lacing. very clear and see through

S- and what a smell... sweet ripe orchard fruits. oranges, grapefruits, bubble gum. slight wheat notes snuck in there. Most of the smell is sweet. you get a slight bit of hops snuck in there as well.

T- Taste does resemble the smell. but the bitterness is more apparent then you would expect. Doesn't make it too better because the sweetness and the alchohol cleans the palate with every drink. has a bready taste to start, that turns sweet. finishes a little tart and bitter.

M- Sticky yet smooth. the carbonation makes this very drinkable. it drinks almost tart so each drink is like a slice of grapefruit.

D/O - i wouldn't go as far and say this is the best of its style. but it is certainly up there. its so refreshing and clean to drink that you could totally sit around a fire and drink a few of these and be as happy as you possibly could be. the alcohol in this was greatly masked and allows you to keep drinking without it tasting like a shot in each sip. all in all.. wonderful.

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a attractive golden orange with a nice white head. A lot of effervescence in this one.

Nose: Lots of citrus in this one ( grapefruit especially), floral notes are there as well. Not really getting the wheat qualities, but some sweet malts are present. It's a good smelling beer.

Taste: Again with the citrus. It almost seems juicy to me. The sweet overpowers the bitter, but there is a slight bitterness. Very nice.

Mouth: Oh yeah, this one is very drinkable. I could probably destroy a sixer in one sitting. Lots of carbonation, and a dry finish, just makes you want more.

Overall: I had to drive out of state to get this, but that's just because TN has lame beer/liquor laws. I was very pleased with the outcome, and this could easily be a session brew for me. As for the style..it doesn't strike me as what's its labeled. More of an IPA to me, however I'm not hating.

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Photo of RJIV
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellow / orange hue with little head.
Smells tropical with citrus fruits leaning towards orange and tangerine.
An orange hoppy pop upfront taste. Mouth feel is soft and wet. Ends with some fresh bread notes.
This beer is crisp, refreshing and smooth. Carbonation moves the flavors along the tongue quite nicely.

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Photo of camp0474
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/17/10

A: Pours a clear orange color with white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Piney and grassy hops with a sweet malt smell. Smell is pretty balanced.

T: Starts with a crisp hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Sweet wheat and bready malt mixing well with some hoppy bitterness. Lingering bitterness from hops. Expected more hops from the smell, but not at all disappointed. Solid balance of hops and sweet malts and wheat. Got a lot more from this beer than I expected.

M: Smooth medium body. Great fine carbonation creates and almost creamy mouthfeel.

D: Solid balance makes this beer quite drinkable. Good display of malt and hops.

I will be honest here, did not even realize this beer was a wheat ale until I found it on here. Pleasantly surprised. Good beer!

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 1 pint 6 oz. American Wheat Pale Ale into, what else, a Weizen glass and boy did it do this ale justice. Together they produced a good three finger, long-lasting, creamy head that laced the glass half the way to the bottom.

A - A cloudy orange-ish/golden color with a bountiful, creamy tan head.

S - notes of pineapple, mango, understated carmel maltiness. Strong floral aroma of citrus from this hoppy brew

T - I like a hoppy brew and this is one hoppy brew! It teeter's on the edge of too hoppy though, but still, it's nice. The malt asserts itself at first and then the bitter finishes, Bang!

M - A little more carbonation would help balance some of the hoppiness

D - A very tasty brew for those of us who like the bitter life.

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Photo of neckwrestler
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As far as Hoppy Wheats go, the IBU is just a tad too high for me and at 7.5% it's a little too alcoholic to make it sessionable (though you really can't taste the alcohol). I feel this is suited more toward IPA fanatics rather than Wheat connoisseurs. Appearance, smell and mouthfeel are great. Overall, this a very good beer and especially suited for summer, just be careful how many you drink, you'll feel it before you know it.

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Photo of rmolledo
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly more Copper than gold with a little white head.
nice Lacing.

S: Piney/Citrus hops. wheat malt.

T: like a mixture of orange peels and pine with an alcohol tingle. Spicy complexity possibly by the wheat malt used. toasted malts and floral hop after taste.

MF: very thick and slick for what I'm use to out of an IPA. slight Co2 tingle.

D: A good but very filling IPA. Alot going on flavor wise which is cool. You can tell it is 7.30%.

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Photo of mastodonj
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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 HopDiggityDawg
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 jdhende
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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 TaySuth
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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