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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,632 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 239
Gots: 877 | 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:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle poured into a plain pint glass, it's good to see lagunitas coming out with new seasonals.

A- Lil sumpin has a hazy orange, light gold color with a fairly frothy white head about an inch in height. It fades quick coming down to a light skim, minimal lacing.

S- This one is all about the hops. A big burst of hops with a floral appeal and to a lesser extent citrus, pine. Some sweet malt in the back, aggressive for a pale wheat.

T- And as expected, a overhaul of hops with a good mix of floral qualities plus grapefruit, pineapple and pine on the end. Getting just a bit of wheat appeal in the middle although it is light. Some sweet malt in the finish, also hard to detect with all the hops in this.

M- While this is highly hopped it's not overly bitter in any way, just a touch. While the malts don't jump out at you, they do make this a fairly balanced brew. This is medium bodied with just the right amount of carb felt. Crisp and refreshing.

D- Not being a big fan of APWA, I was surprised by this one, it was not what I was expecting. Bold and assertive, yet insanely drinkable. It's not sessionable but I would not mind trying to knock down a six of it on the weekend. IMO, this is an IPA with APWA qualities. My favorite in this style to date.

BARFLYB, Jul 15, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/21/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus hops and light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag and pokesbeerdude for this brew.

First off, this is no American Pale Wheat Ale, it's an IPA for SURE!

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and piney. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, way to go Lagunitas, thanks Ben and Chuck.

Wasatch, Aug 02, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

wrightst, Aug 14, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Rustico in Arlington.

The beer is golden hued and pretty clear. The white head is about a quarter inch thick, leaving ample lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice, gaining strength as the beer is allowed to warm. Hops, citrus (particularly grapefruit) are the primary scents. The flavor takes things up a notch. Wow, what a delicious beer. Hop forward with ample contributions from citrus fruit. Easy to drink like juice. Minimal malt body and alcohol presence. Nice feel. I will be returning to this beer often. Recommended.

Huhzubendah, Mar 25, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured ontap into a pint glass. Solid fingers worth of foam. Lots & lots of lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, orange marmalade. Fruity. Hoppy.

Taste: Pine. Sweet malt (wheat malt). Something else is there, tropical and faint. Mango? Hoppy but surprised by the fruityness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Low Carbonation.

Drinkability: Average to good. Simple flavors, a bit one dimensional, but good nonetheless. I like the tropical element to this beer.

Stinkypuss, Aug 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 18, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an oddity for the style. A nice clear golden pour with semi soapy head, and it clung fairly well.
Citrus and flowers in the nose, strong. A soft biscuit kept the former in check to avoid a perfume domination.
Taste was a bit light, but not bad. Very light biscuit and the flowers died down a bit. Citrus is the forerunner, but still soft. The feel of this thing is more akin to an IPA for the bite, but not the malt. Clean and crisp, great for summer.
Nice beer.

Mebuzzard, Jul 17, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a slightly cloudly golden orange. Small one finger head that doesn't last long, but nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smells like an IPA, nice citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some malt on the back end, but overall dominated by the hops.

T: The hop flavors are even more pronounced on the taste. Really balanced, and the hop/citrus taste upfront transitions into a sweet finish, no bitterness at all.

M/D: Medium bodied, extremely drinkable. Leaves a very nice finish. The 7.5% is hidden extremely well. Surprised me that this beer is classified as a Pale Wheat, but I will take it. A great beer.

mdaschaf, Oct 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

brandoman63, Nov 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd better review this appearance before any more of the beer disappears. I've only gone in for a few sips but already the glass looks half-empty (and I'm usually optimistic about that kind of thing but this is my last bottle!) Its body is clear, marked only by the odd bubble that passes by, but its deeper than normal gold colour seems to correspond to the higher alcohol content. Its head, meanwhile, manages to stay afloat.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is a lot of sumpin' great: Hops. Zestful, brilliant and unabashed American hops. This smell of tropical citrus, grassy herbals, floral distillate and resinous pine has become as definitively American as muscle cars, baseball or apple pie. And, like the latter, it is loud, long and has a deliciously enticing scent that is dam near irresistible.

I won't say the extra alcohol isn't noted - it's rather like a nasty scar across someone's forehead. But chicks dig scars. And men are intimidated by them. It doesn't serve so much as a turn-off as it does mark of curiosity, something that gives the impression of bad-assery, fearlessness and big, brassy balls. Like that guy with the scar you assume this beer is capable of kicking some serious ass, and you're happy to have it on your side.

Trust me: there's definitely nothing little about this Sumpin' Sumpin'. Unless it's called that because it has a little sumpin' of every possible hop-derived flavour: grapefruit rind, orange peel, lemon zest, pine serum and flower petals. Apart from a smidgen of sweet biscuit, there isn't much malt-based taste to balance it out, but who cares? Frankly, I'm happier with the crushing acidity and colourful fruitiness of the hops. And that spicy mintiness.

Some beers are flavourful enough to sip contemplatively over the course of an entire evening. Others are delicious enough to want to chug in one giant gulp. As Lagunitas says: "life is uncertain. Don't sip". Guys, trust me, you don't have to tell me twice; with a beer like this that's all too easy to do. Hell, this bottle's been done for a while now!

biegaman, Dec 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a peachy gold color with good head retention and ocnsiderasble lacing. The nose is impressive (in an IPA sort of way), showing white pepper, fruity malt, and orange citrus. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, though the amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish is impressive and enjoyable (if you're a hophead), and helps to counter the malty sweetness very nicely. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the alcohol in this beer is nearly undetectable. So drinkability is really pretty good in this beer, with the light sweetness nicely countered by the drying, hoppy bitterness.

Very solid beer from Lagunitas.

John_M, Jul 30, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A gold buttery dark lemon body is made off the pour, forming a foamy uniform two finger off white head. Very nice visible slow rising carbonation from the bottom in linear fashion. Fairly clear too.

Bouquet is an effervescent lemon dry grass giving to of course lemongrass! Dry fruitiness mixed with a hint of powder. Very impressive. There's a distinct fruit on this and its kumquats!!

Thick alcohol sensation and presence over powering the dry rindy lemon zest fruit taste and cumquats. Sharp almost diminishing wheat chew if at all, coupled with apricots on the finish.

Overall this is still very impressive even with the high abv which is noticeable. The nose and aftertaste though is incredibly impressive, but for a wheat ale it lacks the grain density. Still a solid brew. Hard to score this one.

smakawhat, Aug 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

LXIXME, Aug 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a honey-orange with a quickly diminishing fizzy, flat dirty ivory capping. Visible carbonation started out strong but quickly fizzled after that. No real lacing was left.

S: The aroma upfront was wet juicy citrus composed of room temp oranges and lemons. Underneath lied a herbal scent of parsley, with light traces of wet pine needles and dry ground pepper. Light hints of burnt wheat stalks and orchids are also present which creates an odd and unique aroma which is a nice change of pace over their other usual standard operating protocol. Overall the aroma was light in strength but will definitely keep you sniffing and guessing.

T: The flavor opens up with glazed dried honey toast and toasted wheat grains. Tart and acidic there was hints of dried herbal hopping with lemon-grass and fresh wheat stalks in the middle of the palate. The drink finishes with a wet tart lemony fade with a dried tropical fruitiness of pineapple and wildflowers. Overall the flavor was as strange and enticing as the aroma. There was some boozy notes of caramel oranges as well rounding things out.

M: very bright and active with a crisp nature and a nice honey slick consistency giving this a viscose feel. This was definitely the bright spot of the drink.

D: Drinkability was good but not mind blowing. This is definitely not a session type beer but it does get progressively easier. Interesting yes. A little sumpin offers something off the beaten path in the way of hoppy wheats which drank like a amped up southern tier 422.

beerthulhu, Sep 17, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Great floral notes dominate the nose. Taste is a floral, with a faint citrusy fruit, mild hop bitterness, and solid wheat notes. Mouthfeel is lighter, smooth, and drinkable.

Pretty bitter and hoppy for a wheat beer, but delicious and drinkable.

tdm168, Sep 10, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale amber color with a white bubbly head filling the rest of the glass. The head faded fairly quickly but clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a juicy, tropical hop presence to it. It has some notes of pineapple, mango, and peach to it . Just a hint of wheat seems to come through.

The taste also shows a lot of tropical hoppy flavors. Peach seems to be the most pronounced with some pineapple and grapefruit coming through as well. A little bready malt provides a base for all the hoppyness. Some bitterness comes through in the finish balancing out the sweet hoppiness that showed up front. I love tropical hop flavors like this one, and this one is very well done.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is very good, I loved the tropical citrus flavors the hops had. Excellent beer overall and one of my new summer favorites.

billab914, Aug 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5%

Kelp, Jan 16, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Viggo, Aug 04, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

sendbeer, Nov 18, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Done as a semi-blind tasting, so I didn't know the beer style (and would have guessed APA) until entering this review.

Pours a clear golden-amber with a large near-white head. Exceptional lacing is left on the glass.

With no examination of the bottle other than a glimpse at the front label, I thought this was an APA or IPA. A bit unusual in color and aroma, but otherwise, I think this is a decent description of the sensory properties.

The aroma is dominated by piney hops, with a hint of toasted grain and a slight skunkiness (from the wheat?). The mouthfeel is slightly harsh; in retrospect, I guess this is due in part to the higher ABV. It has a medium-light body.

Taste is the strong point. The flavor is plentiful, albeit mostly from hops and without being particularly complex. Hop character is largely of the pine/resin variety but with a bit of faint citrus. Moderately strong bitterness.

O: A clean, very hoppy wheat ale suitable for hop heads. I didn't think this was a great APA or IPA -- not up with better Lagunitas offerings for one thing -- but as an Amer. Pale Wheat, it is exceptional.

chinchill, Feb 12, 2012
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.