Little Sumpin' Hazy
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Little Sumpin' HazyLittle Sumpin' Hazy
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,668
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,808
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 7.04%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
149
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Summer
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Little Sumpin' HazyLittle Sumpin' Hazy
Notes: We're going au naturel for the summer with the classic wheatley-esque-ish-ness brew you know and love. With a special dry-hopping of Cashmere, Citra & Mosaic on a bed of Centennial and Chinook. Juicy, catty, and leaves you with a hop scratch that you can't help but tickle with another taste. Does that clear things up?

Sure, it's fun to throw one of those glossy layers over things... like that Juno Plasta Mandalorian Grain filter. You know, the one that whitens your teeth, lifts your cheekbones, and only shows your good side. And who doesn't love to sit back and geek out on all the tweakage. Like when ya dial up the Clarity, push the Digital Saturation to 11%, and pull back the Fromage Filter by 2x. Then go max out the Attractivo Settings, select a new vacay background and tag your favorite Dogfluencer for those little spikes of serotonin. But sometimes it's nice to let it all be the way it really is. Raw. Unfiltered. Au naturel.

30 IBU
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 149
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a large foamy white head. The head leaves a tons of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple.

T - The taste is tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and some light resinous hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Tasty IPA. Nice sweet tropical fruits throughout. At the price point would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, but not cloudy apricot gold. A nice foamy head and lacing.

The aromas are varied but somewhat subdued. Maybe that helps pick them out. Citrus, berry, grass, herb/chive/garlic, white pepper, tropical fruit.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with sweetness, then broadens into the same array of flavors on the tongue, albeit not quite as clear--somewhat muddled. The brew leaves a white pepper tingle on the tip of the tongue and a touch of booze at the finish.

The brew is well-carbonated, crisp, and drying.

Overall, it isn't really an NEIPA, but it's still a good brew.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six pack of bottles picked up at Ballinger Thriftway in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
No dating on the bottles. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Moderately hazy, golden orange color, nice white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.
Little carbonation stream visible in the glass as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (tangerine, red grapefruit and myers lemon), honeydew melon, pineapple, nectarine, strawberries and blueberries.. little to no pine presence.

Taste- Same as the smell. Juicy and almost sweet.

Feel- Medium bodied with a little carbonation on the tongue. Semi-sweet and pretty tangy.

O- This right here is a well made beer by Lagunitas. Doesn't fall quite in line with traditional NE style IPAs, but a really serviceable beer. On the affordable end of the spectrum too.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled code 184 9.

Appearance - Pours orange in color with a fair haze and white, near finger width head. Good retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds. Decent lacing with large, broken patches, some lines and small spotting.

Smell - Light aroma, with hints of citrus, pineapple, wheat and bread-like sweetness.

Taste - Citrusy. Hint of pineapple. Slight spice. No real 'juice' to speak of. Closer to your average West Coast IPA than anything I'd consider NE-Style. Finishes with mild citrusy pith.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall - One of the more bland and 'juiceless' hazies I've tried to date. It goes down nice and easy, but if you're looking for a citrusy, tropical bomb I would suggest avoiding this one.

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Photo of BB1313
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy yellowish golden; fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of floral, citrus and tropical notes. The fruits are sweet. Some malts. The flavors are very nice. Nice hop flavors with a solid bitterness, especially for the style. Nice balance between citrus and tropical fruits. Malts do their thing without dominating. It has some juicy qualities, but there's a nice dryness to this one. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with sharp active carbonation. It's very sharp, spritzy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a great "New England IPA". I like this one better than the majority of the examples that I've had over time. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is truly on point. I really like this one. Well done.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With what might be considered the original hazy ale, A Little Sumpin' Ale has always celebrated its generous use of wheat to add dimension, texture and fruit flavor to their succulent ale, so it wouldn't take Lagunitas much more effort to go ahead and push this brand over the hazy cliff.

Certainly hazy and with a deep translucent glow, Little Sumpin' Hazy Ale brings a pastel golden hue with a creamy persistent froth. A host of aromatics hinge on citrus, berry, tropical fruit and melon along with a botanical curiosity of chive, hemp and geranium. Creamy, bready and sweet on the early palate bold suggestions of shortcake layers graciously on the tongue first.

Then the malts quickly acquiesce to the hops as the ale breaches the middle palate. Leading with tangerine and red grapefruit, a quick followup of lime, lemon, cantaloup, peach, blackberry and mango all add a roundness and depth of juiciness from Cashmere, Mosaic and Citra hops. Trending moderately bitter and herbal on the late palate a peppery resinous taste comes with pine, botanical grasses and gin.

Medium bodied and not a plush as many more cereal rich varieties, Lagunitas clearly stays in their comfort zone while flirting a little more boldly with the haze. Its bitter and malty dry finish has a crisp and refreshing effect on the finish without sacrificing taste or texture. A medium long aftertaste of chive, hemp and pine outlasts the grains by a medium margin for a bitter leaning after palate.

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Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

N.E IPA? Not sure about that.
Nice cloudy golden color with a 4F head in a Tulip.
Vanilla, citrus, floral aroma.
Tropical fruit, some stone fruit followed by a very hoppy finish.
Excellent beer. It’s a hoppy ale, yes, NEIPA? No. Depending on the brewer the NEIPA style is generally less hoppy and the tropical flavors stand out more.

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Photo of Ronl12
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into wine glass. No date.
Look is nice hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. Smell is nice tropical fruit and orange. Taste follows nose and is nice and juicy. Feel is medium to light. Overall a very good NE IPA that I would drink again.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy golden straw color and has the most beautiful foamy white head imaginable. There are fruity/piney hop notes on the nose from the base Centennial/Chinook hops, and the Citra/Mosaic/Cashmere hops add dank notes and something that reminds me of Juicy Fruit chewing gum.

As I was ambling through the olfactory senses portion of this review, I was wondering to my beer nerd self if the Citra/Mosaic dry hopping was going to fit the iconic base beer hop profile, because Citra and Mosaic hops are both heavy “Alpha Male” hops, and Centennial and Chinook hops like their moment in the spotlight, too.

On the taste, the Citra/Mosaic hops indeed take the lead, and they play pretty nicely with the base hops, but they’re the slightest bit distracting. This tastes great, but not as great as the original, IMHO.

It is still worth seeking, though, and I’m glad I picked up a 6er. Cant wait to try the rest of them.

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Photo of Nass
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is no date on the bottle but since this is the first time that Lagunitas has brewed this beer then it is fresh. The pour is a hazy light orange with a little bit of sediment floating around. The aroma reminds me of some mild & sweet citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines & mangos. The taste is the same along with a slight bitter grapefruit & papaya note carrying through to the finish. Furthermore, this does taste like a refreshing juicy IPA. This is a solid take on the Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale. Cheers! A-

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Photo of Samlover55
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into IPA glass
Bottled on 180th day of 2019
Pours a hazy light orange with big bubbly white head
Grapefruit, bubble gum, grassy dankness,
Doughy taste, tart,
Feel us crisp
Overall is great on front end (look and smell) but taste is bad

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm a bit disappointed with the light flavors. But I guess for a hot summer day it works. I want more hops to come through, everything else is well done.

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Photo of sjrider
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle ,almost hazy gold/dark yellow with white head leaving some bubbly lacing. Nose is mild citrus and tropical fruit ,grassy hops with a hint of wheat malt. Taste follows with a smooth and almost creamy dryish finish. Really tasty.

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Photo of ericiidx
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' Sumpin', perhaps because of its widespread availability, is one of my all-time favorite Lagunitas beers from a brand I tend to enjoy way more often than not. They bullied me into a sale on this one (and I just can't help myself with the limited releases.)

Compares pretty favorably to Little Sumpin' Sumpin', with some key differences. It's unfiltered, so the look is... well, hazy. Think raw (light) honey poured into a glass. Very dense, very pale. I'm not sure I've had a beer that fights translucency this much before. You get a rocky, chunky head that dissipates quickly. It's noticeably less bitter and less hoppy, trading off for just a bit more sweet orange peel and grapefruit flavor (but by no means taking center stage, as can be the case sometimes.) Easier on the palate than Little Sumpin' Sumpin', but sometimes I just want a beer to bite back, you know? I often want a beer that bites back; keeps me in check for the rest of the night.

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Photo of babaracas
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a barely hazy amber with billowing off-white head, a mess of lace trailing. Smell: ripe melon, peach candy, lime zest, tangerine and wheat biscuit in the back. Taste: lemon-lime, pine needles, tangerine, less-ripe melon, white peach. Another good IPA from Lagunitas. Is it hazy enough to proclaim HAZY? Maybe not, though it does nail the lightly fluffy body.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date stamped 180 9 2. Hazy yellow-orange body has a foamy off-white head that settles into a thin layer of froth. Earthy citrus pith aroma - orange and grapefruit perhaps; a bit dank and green. Bold hop forward flavors similar to the aroma: grapefruit, orange, earthy & grassy raw, green hop, passion fruit, melon, and some biscuity grain. Resinous medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes seemingly more bitter than thd 30ibu it is. This one is good, but not great. I enjoyed drinking it, so I'd probably get it again if the price was right.

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Photo of Stooven
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the fence. It masters the pillowy yet light mouthfeel of the best NEIPAs, but the flavor profile doesn't have a ton of character. Citrusy for sure, but the absence of bitterness is just that: absence. At any rate, it's totally unrecognizable not just as a Sumpin variant, but as Lagunitas. Well worth the try, especially for the price. Straw color could be richer.

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap this is good! As mentioned below I was strolling thru Publix to see what's new. Spotted this 6 pack, last one on the shelf so I grabbed it. Taste is awesome, reminds me of some TG beers. At $10.99 for 6 it's a great deal. Enjoy mates!

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Photo of coopdog1000
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I'm the second person to review this beer!
I got a single at my Publix in Jax. Not the hippest place on earth.
Pretty good. I like the original better.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/28/2019. Pours opaquely hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, coconut, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/light earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, coconut, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, coconut, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/light earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Slight lingering resins/rinds after the finish. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this an awesome NEIPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/light earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish; great soft feel. Awesome Cashmere, Citra, Mosaic, Centennial and Chinook profile. Super juicy, vibrant, and lightly dank/earthy hops; with a great balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example as expected. Still prefer the base beer a lot more.

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Little Sumpin' Hazy from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 149 ratings