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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: 1,507
Hads: 8,075
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 414
Gots: 2,131 | 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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Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden yellow hue with a touch of haze and a thin finger of fluffy white foam. I hate to say it, but it looks rather like a macro lager, but with a little haze. D'oh!

Smell: bright, refreshing citrusy/piney hops. This combination is just fantastic; it really rubs me the right way. I love it.

Taste: again, the bright and citrusy hops but this time with a little funk added. The wheat adds a bit of light refreshment as well. Damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. Nice and creamy, just the way I like it.

Drinkability: super refreshing and tasty; like I said, this beer just rubs me the right way. Good stuff. (727 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a slightly cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and hops. Taste is good, citrus, hops, a touch of wheat, not really what I expected from this style, but good nonetheless. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (292 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle
 
A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head that turns into a ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is some malt with a good dose of citrusy (grapefruit, orange) hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has some sweet malt up front with some bitterness in the finish from the citrusy hops. I love the hop profile in both the taste and aroma. Very tasty.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's a nice refreshing hoppy brew that is highly drinkable. Recommended! (600 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mackenzies in Minneapolis.

Pours a pretty hazy golden amber, very huge and thick white head forms, slowly settles leaving a shit ton of lace on the glass, very thick layer, looks pretty great. Smell is alright, wheat and amarillo kick, orange peel, quite floral, yeasty, some light fruit, touch of honey and biscuity malt, found the aroma a little messy, but alright. Taste is similar, lots of wheat character, yeast, lots of citrus, honey sweetness through the middle, lightly spicy, orange, some floral, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, light bodied with medium to high carbonation, refreshing. Not too bad but a little let down. (655 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a slightly hazy bright gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is of wheat and some nice sweet fruitiness. Oh and a pretty big hop citrus presence.

The taste is way bitter. Lots of grassy notes, some pine and a hefty amount of mango makes my mouth pucker from the bitterness. The wheat is completely overwhelmed in my book and the alcohol isn't hidden all that well. Not much of an American Pale Wheat beer at all.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are both at medium levels and are nice.

Drinkability? Not that good. Between the abv and the overall bitter factor, this will be a beer that I'll finish very slowly and I have no plans on buying any more. Others seem to like it...it's just not for me. (712 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just reviewed a different California version of American Pale Wheat Ale (from Firehouse) and it pales in comparison to this one. First of all, the aroma just jumps out of this pint glass with bright citrus tones and fruitiness and a little yeast ester. The appearance is a slightly hazed copper with a dirty white head. Flavor is bright and vibrant as well. To me, this one would compare favorably to another wheat/APA hybrid that I know of...New Glarus Cracked Wheat. This one tilts more on the side of APA though whereas the Cracked Wheat is more balanced and the Wheat properties are more distinguished. The flavor here is bright and vibrant with citrus hop qualities. The 64.2 IBU really doesn't scathe that much. Wheat characteristics are light and in the background. Carbonation is pretty vigorous and this would pare nicely with a lot of different kinds of foods. All in all, a nice beer. (897 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold/orange color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention; eventually settling to half an inch. Lightly decanted. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big oily hops; grapefruit, pine and citrus. Maybe there's malt there, who coiuld tell - either way, it smells great.

T: Grapefruit and piney hops are resiny bright. Wheat and pale malt well back in the foundation. Much hoppier than youir average wheat beer.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation sufficient to cut the oily coating.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorfully hoppy - more so than ANY wheat beer. (571 characters)

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

Taken from notes on 1.2.2012
12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light, clear orange with a large bubble, near-white head. Solid retention.

S - Strong pine, citrus, and some grass.

T - Grapefruit, pine, orange, lemon.

D - Average body and carbonation for the style.

O - Great flavors. Refreshing and delicious. I love it and I am mad that it took me so long to try it. (387 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came out of nowhere. Drank it a bunch in the Tahoe/Norcal beerfest scene this summer. Bought a good deal of it in bottles too. Hear this is a "wheaty-esque" beer. I dunno, it tastes too good to be a wheat beer.

Appearance looks like nothing special, in fact, it looks a little light and cloudy to be good, like a mass produced hefe. But the aroma starts to tip its hand, that this is a quality brew. And then, the taste, so strong, bitter, and then, bam, like I dunno, Stone IPA or Speakeasy IPA, it just is gone so crisp, like Outkast, so fresh and so clean. Very drinkable, light on the palate and yet so bitter and hoppy. I'm thinkin' crystal malt and simcoe hops all over this one. (696 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 20/5/13

A clear golden liquid with lots of bubbles throughout, large three finger head has great retention with a thick film at the bottom even after I drank all the liquid, a couple thick rings followed by continuous lace to the bottom, were off to a great start

S tropical punch going on here, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and some peaches work well with pine, hard toffee and a little dry cereal is the only evidence of wheat, just a little booze and lemon rind

T slightly more grains and slightly less tropical hops, lots of citrus and the pineapples candied, pines stronger and although its very tasty the nose had just a little sumpin over it

M a nice bitter snap, a little gritty on the gums, not too heavy and not as many bubbles as I would guess from looking at it but that still leaves lots of life, piney rind and cereal linger on the finish

O I didn't mind drinking a solid IPA when I thought I was going to drink a wheat beer, hopped right up and I guess I shouldn't be surprised knowing who brewed it

I suppose this is one way to brew the best of a style, hop the hell out of a beer with some wheat malt and try to pass it off as a "Pale Wheat Ale". However you brand this one its great and I'd buy it again in a flash (1,276 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle no. 06696511856. Sampled on July 26, 2013.

It has a golden yellow pour and a significant foamy off-white head. The head fades but never disappears.

I enjoyed the aroma which covered a lot of ground with its pale malts, sweetness, resin, grass, and soapy esters.

The body falls into the medium range but it is so creamy it slides down my throat without a hitch.

Malty sweetness kicks off the taste experience and it is quickly overtaken by the earthiness along with some pear or maybe grapefruit flavors. Ends moderately dry. Easy to drink with a nice character. It is one I will remember. (617 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden colour with a small, white head. Good head retention. Awesome lacing.

Big, rich, piney, resinous hop aroma with a touch of sweetness.

Sweet malt with an odd herbal bitterness. Musty hops. Really quite weird.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An interesting beer to be sure. The aroma is great too but the flavour is herbal and strange. I just don't quite get it. (401 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Lagunitas beer in a long time. They finally made it to VT!

Pours a pretty golden yellow color with a white head of foam. It looks like a lemon meringue with the hue.

Hoppy with a touch of mango and slight apricot. It's not overhopped even at 7.5%.

Mmmm mango and grapefruit from the hops brighten up the taste buds. Hard to believe that this is an APWA because it's so well-done that I couldn't tell that there was wheat present.

Lingering citrus notes pepper the mouthfeel, followed by a slight amount of clove.

Very well done! A very interesting take on the style. I believe that the other ratings are justified as well. (638 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice two fingers of head that slowly recedes to sticky film of foam. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Light, clear amber and honey color with good bubbling. Lots of hoppy mellow citrus aromas. Resiny bitter palate pushes too much of the sweet wheat and fruity yeast away. Interestng combination of flavors, bitter and wheaty, but isn't my cup of tea all the way. Good resiny that coats the tongue nicely. More like an IPA in my opinion than an American pale wheat ale. (475 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon peel), floral hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey flavors, pine hops and wheat. I don't think this beer is made with honey, but it seems to me that there's a honey-like sweetness noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth and has good carbonation. It's very easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I think this is a pretty good brew, it's definitely worth a try! (668 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear light copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of pungent hops, both citrus and tropical, with very small amounts of wheat aromas.

Tastes good. A wheat and pale malt backbone is joined shortly by strong tropical and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of light fruit flavors come in leading to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass pretty quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this is by no means a traditional wheat beer, however like most of Lagunitas brews the hops are a nice addition. This is worth a shot. (766 characters)

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges. grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of hops. As well, there is a quite a bit of citrus flavour and a bit of a apricot sweetness. The beer finishes with a citrusy/fruity aftertaste with a lot of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer and would be happy to drink it again anytime. It's very well balanced and the taste is delicious. It reminded me a little bit of the Aprihop beer by DogFish head. If I had to drink one type of beer for the rest of my life it would be along the lines of this one. (877 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice yellow/straw color with a fluffy 1 finger head that rapidly dissappears with barely any lacing on the glass.

S - Nice citrus notes. Great typical hoppy aromas.

T - Finally a taste that is practicly identical to the nose. No loss here, just nice hops and piney resin.

M - Really solid carbonation, what you would hope to find with this style.

D - Thanks to the carbonation that hoppy/bitter aspects dont linger, which in this beer is a good thing as it leaves you wanting more. Alcohol is nicely masked. I had bought the last bottle, really wishing I had another. (576 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazy orange-gold color with nice some lighter orange tints along the edges; a full inch of off-white foam. Light lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with an aromatic blend of citrusy lemon and grapefruit, some floral orange blossoms and a small hint of pine.

The tastes follow the nose with a solid amount of orange citrus and slightly bitter pine hop flavors, a touch of sweetness on the finish from the crisp, crackery pils and wheat maltiness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium in terms of body with a nice crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would given how bland and boring most exampled of the style typically are, but I should have known better coming from Lagunitas. This offering is a much better take on the Pale Wheat Ale than most other offerings of this style, even thought I would consider this more a Wheat IPA given the ABV instead of a wheat pale ale. The hoppiness really makes this a great refreshing brew and one I will gladly revisit in a bottle or on draft during the warmer months of the year. (1,083 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not as expected at all. Poured pure yellow with a white foamy head. Expected darker or hazier

S - Mostly hops but small bit of wheat a pislner malt sort of smell. Ok hope it's hoppy.

T - Well it met my exceptions as being a pretty hoppy brew but with a name like Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale I expected more than little flavor. Mostly taste like orange rinds and pine with no real citrus or grapefruit undertones.

M - Light to medium bodied. Drinkable.

D - Well I love Lagunitas but it seems only for their big beers. Their IPA doesn't seem hopped enough and this was just a hopped up pale ale. Pretty bland yet still love the company. (634 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On at tap at Bodega on the patio, a server's suggestion that was right on the head, served in a pint glass. A lightly clear with good retention and lacing...The aroma is nothing special, pretty light honey a little hops on the back. Easy to drink and tasty. (257 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, sharp aroma of citrus, wheat, and hops.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, lemon, wheat, hops, a mild maltiness. Not quite in keeping with the typical American Pale Wheat Ale flavors, but still is very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This beer is not like others of the style - and that's a good thing. Drinkable. (529 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: nice copper color with 1 inch white head

smell: citrus, sweet caramel, hops,

taste: citrus, grapefruit, hops, nice bready, caramel malt backbone

mouthfeel: nicely balanced beer, with moderate carbonation,

overall: a very nice beer wish Delaware would start carrying this company. So I wouldn't have to trade for it or go for a drive to find it.

Cheers,
The CPJ (400 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, graciously gifted to me by the shopkeep at brawleys...i've been there maybe 10 times and i think i have gotten free (great) beer 3 times

appearance: served in a standard pint, kind of a pale straw-golden body with and underdeveloped eggshell head and decent lacing. would love to see a big cap on a beer like this

smell: great nose - very gumballhead-esque in my opinion. punchy bright citrus hops, grapefruit zest, bubblegum, orange peel, light notes of sharp wheat and grass

taste: follows the aroma well - nice juicy hop profile...zesty hops, grapefruit and orange zest, crisp wheat, lemon extract...sweet beer

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing - worth a sixer purchase for sure

drinkability: nice (716 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gee, an American Pale Wheat that I deemed necessary of a 6-pack purchase?I usually don't care for the style, so thanks are due to badassrandy for giving me a sample at Max's the other day

A: What a gorgeous pour! In my Duvel tulip, this sits a mostly clear light amber with a gorgeous 3-finger thick off-white head. Retention is excellent, and the lacing, beautiful. Could not possibly want more from a beer 5/5

S: Bollocks, this isn't an APWA. It's an IPA for all practical purposes. Intense pine hops up front, incredibly pungent with a lot of depth. This really is like breaking off pine leaves and sticking them in your nose. There is also an undercurrent of sweeter citrus aromas (notably oranges) that provides a good contrast. There's a little bit of sweetness as well, and it balances the hops (not necessarily a good thing for me), but the hops are so wonderfully expressed, I'm having a hard time faulting this

T: Opens up with a lot of hops. A lot. Piney and pungent, this is starting to be Lagunitas' calling card. The amount of flavor is through the roof, and the bitterness is fairly reserved. Again, the flavor components are primarily pine with some citrus. While the body is a little bigger than I'd like, the sweetness isn't overwhelming either, with a little bit of caramel coming through. I'm really not getting any wheat in here, and I'm not complaining. Finishes medium-dry with a bitter, hoppy finish with more pine and citrus character. Awesome

M: If I were to fault this beer, it would be in this department. With a drier character, this would be fantastic. The mouthfeel is rather silky and smooth. While that's an interesting change from the norm (crackling, sparking and dry) for hoppy beers, I'm not sure it enhances the appeal all that much. Still, very good.

D: Very drinkable. At $2 a bottle, this is a steal as well. I'm drinking more of this over the next few months. (1,906 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.