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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

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5,371 Ratings
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Ratings: 5371
Reviews: 1296
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%


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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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber. One finger fine off-white head with a hint of wheat. Flavor follows, excellent retention and lacing. Great aroma of pine and citrus hops, lemon, caramel malt, pine and citrus hops with grapefruit and lemon, light sweet malt supports the other flavors. Wheat flavors subdued by the hops and citrus. Very nice medium, creamy body with an superb mouth feel. Very tasty and well made. Not really to style for an American pale wheat ale; not cloudy, not pale, wheat element rather subdued. However judged as another fine Lagunitas product, an interesting and tasty take on a wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 04:40:23 | More by LiquidAmber
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 23:15:21 | More by jrallen34
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dgilks

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 06:12:29 | More by dgilks
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clar brass colored with a hint of haze. The bleached beige suds fall fast but leave all sort of lace.
The nose is bombarded with lime, mint, grapefruit, chardonnay, and dough. It's not at all complex, but is does smell delicious.
Wheat appears up front in the mouth, with doughy dinner rolls/snack crackers. Hops tear it all up. Sour lime and grapefruit and white grapes. Bitterness comes with resin and pine sap. The finish is all disipating hops with eddies of minerals.
Medium-light bodied with enough carbonation to distract from the potency.
This is a hopped-up and boozed-up (American) wheat done fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 07:08:42 | More by cokes
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of white head on a clear, polished copper colored body. Average retention and good lace.

S - Strong, fruity hop aroma with lots of pineapple and guava. Fruity yeast compliments the hops and blends in well.

T - Sweet malt and spicy hops, more pine like than the aroma. Some clove like yeast character comes out in the middle and fades to clean malt and fruity hops with moderate balancing bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, the hops in both the flavor and in the nose remind me of a toned down Hop Stupid. It is well balanced as it has a pretty strong dose of malt and most of the hop character is devoted to flavor and aroma rather than bitterness. One of Lagunitas best.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 05:43:05 | More by nickfl
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blackie

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: lightly hazed amber golden with a creamy cap of white carbonation, nice retention and lace

s: the hoppy nose reeks passionfruit and red grapefruit, loaded with tropical and floral aromas atop a totally dominated wheat malt body, perhaps some soft banana esters from the yeast, a hop bomb, my gripe is that it doesn't really show any characteristics in the style - but don't really care

m: soft carbonation on the high side of medium, light-medium bodied

t: killer juicy tropical fruit hops, mostly sweet and pulpy with some crisp citrus undertones, nice sweet florals, the wheat is mostly hidden but provides a nice clean sweetness, some yeast character makes it out intact in the form of banana, moderate bitterness in the flavorful finish, strikes a few more chords than the aroma and gets a higher score as a result

d: just fine, this wheat-ipa hyrbrid is a great alternative take on the style if perhaps a cheap way to pull it off (ie. pour add a ton of hops)

standard pint at Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 22:56:23 | More by blackie
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Murphy's
Comes to the table a slightly cloudy light golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of citrus grapefruit and lemon with bits of bread and spice. The flavor follows quite well a citrus hoppy ale with a bit of bready malt and spicy wheat. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick almost bubbly mouthfeel. Pretty damn good for a hoppy wheat beer, thanks Todd for suggesting it, I wouldn't have ordered it on my own.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2013 22:58:36 | More by johnnnniee
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 12oz pint-style glass.

A: Radiant gold with a small white head that leaves some decent lace.

S: Lively aromas of spicy yeast, biscuity malts, and just a touch of citrus hops.

T: Very appealing taste - characteristic wheat-beer notes of fruit and spice with a cereal maltiness underlying it all. Quite tasty.

M: A little thin with spiky carbonation.

D: Hides the substantial ABV amazingly well; very drinkably wheat beer for this strength.

Notes: this didn't quite taste like any any beer I'd had before, but I certainly enjoyed it. Anyone who likes wheat beers should give this one a shot.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 23:34:11 | More by woosterbill
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 16:32:43 | More by chinchill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at a good temperature and poured with a mid-sized off white head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber. Aroma is hop, caramel, bread dough, fruit. Flavor is much like nose with bitterness on top, a little sweet under that then the other qualities. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, no off notes, and long. Great wheat IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 07:58:00 | More by drpimento
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FosterJM

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

621st Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12 oz

App- Golden orange with a two finger head. Lots of cling and leg. Very little in terms of bubble activity.

Smell- A very lush citrus with a ton of hops. Smells better than some of the IPAs of late.

Taste- Very hoppy and citrusy. Its small and vibrant with pretty balanced flavors. A little bitter as well. Very damp.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nice damp citrus.

Drink- I like this one a lot. Its similar to an IPA but just smaller and tastier. Id like this one again. Was quite balanced and tasty

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:15:16 | More by FosterJM
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 18:12:32 | More by spinrsx
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottled served in an SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a translucent gold with a fizzy, one inch, bright white head that settles into a creamy skim. Delicate clusters of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses wheat and orange rind. Taste consistent with nose - no real surprises; however, there is a pleasant, easy tartness to the flavor profile, with a light, earthy hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a slight astringency and a carbonation that falls just shy of lively. I can't believe I'm just discovering this beer. Easy drinking and refreshing. Looking froward to adding this into my summer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 01:14:50 | More by Jwale73
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Light haze in a glowing golden orange body. Cottony, gauze-like, off-white head. Nose shows a lot of citrus character. Juicy orange and grapefruits mix with sappy pine. Sugary cookie malt underneath with a wheat-y twang. Taste starts off with light toasted wheat notes and citrus-y hop bitterness. Sugary fruits follow, accompanied by more juicy (and piny) hop flavor. Bitterness swells. Finishes hoppy, but with a yeasty-wheat-fruit base that makes for an interesting palate. Soft, medium-full body with a protein-y wheat feel. Goes down very easily. Another great Lagunitas concoction!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 01:29:59 | More by alexgash
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks for the extra IPA I haven't had before!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of juicy oranges, pine and floral hops. Tastes of citrus, floral hoppiness, some toasted graininess, and a lighter sweet caramel in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 00:33:13 | More by hopdog
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Brent

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American pale wheat ale? Ha! Putting this beer in the class that is generally bland and insipid is an outrage. We need a new category (because there are, of course, never enough pigenholes). I suggest "double imperial American pale wheat ale" (DIAPWA). Drinks quite large, with an aggressive hopping that takes hold right from the start and dominates center stage throughout. I did not particulary get the wheat addition, other than perhaps a bit of sharpness in the malt profile. Malt took on a sweet aspect toward the finish calling to mind a DIPA. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 14:01:07 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/22/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden color with a nice solid and retentive full one inch head. Leaves wonderful thick lace rings and patches after the beer is long gone.

Smell- Stong notes of citrus and pine hops as well as a slight caramel malt mixed together with a good amount of wheat and yeast.

Taste- Impressive. Tons of hops. Pine, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits...fresh tasting to boot. A slight caramel-toffee flavor followed by a nice wheat flavor. Even though it is hopped to hell it still is nice and balanced...if that is possible.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level...crisp and lightly drying asking for another sip. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Drinkabiity- Top notch american pale wheat...hard to come by IMO. It's no threat to Gumballhead, but it's probably the best one below that..will be buying more for this summer...hopefully they make this a regular spring-summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 14:42:39 | More by GClarkage
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 04:40:18 | More by Mebuzzard
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 16:38:37 | More by tdm168
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I had heard this had some sort of wheat component but to be honest it tasted a lot like Hop Stoopid and Correction Ale. Bright orange color, great head, and an aroma of juicy hop resin. The taste is citrusy and the mouthfeel is really the big difference between this and Correction Ale, this feels thicker. This was way to easy to drink and for the price I paid ($10.50 per sixer) it was worth it. Cheers to Lagunitas for producing seriously hoppy beers that don't break my wallet.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 15:38:28 | More by ArrogantB
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Gmann

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a toasted straw color with a slight haze. The white head is pillowy and slowly settles into a puffy cap leaving fantastic lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of fresh juicy grapefruit. Good citrus aromas coming through. Some pepper, grass, and pineapple pop through but the grapefruit wins out.

Big grapefruit in the flavor as well. Bright floral hop flavor. Some rind bitterness and orange notes go along with a bit of a grassy even piney profile. Very hop flavorful. Not much from the wheat malt other than it provides a clean slate for the hops to shine.

The feel is very crisp and quite clean considering the strong hop profile. Light on the palate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with some piney bitterness in the finish. This thing drinks amazing. Easily could throw back a few of these.

Great beer, this is what AIPA's should be all about. Not sure if the wheat malt made this beer cleaner but whatever it works.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 18:13:02 | More by Gmann
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 20:06:31 | More by puboflyons
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - lightly hazed golden color with a white head that left trails of lacing and lots of rising carbonation bubbles.

S - hops, hops and more hops, sweet and citrusy.

T - there's enough malted wheat to keep things in check but the hops steal the show for the most part.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a fine drinking beer for anytime of year.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 23:32:54 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 05:16:37 | More by rudzud
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never would have guessed this to be a wheat beer; it seemed to be more of an IPA. Anyway, it was quite enjoyable.
In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lace.
Mostly floral aroma, some citrus. Sweet malt.
Resinous piney hops taste, grapefruit, good malt background. The flavors blended well together.
I thought this was a well-balanced beer.
If not sessionable, still very drinkable. My son-in-law, who's a Miller Lite type of beer drinker, really liked this beer. I was going to hide the 6pack from him; but, in an effort to further his beer education, I gave him four of the six bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 21:30:21 | More by lordofthewiens
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