A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #75
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,546
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.95%
Reviews:
1,825
Ratings:
9,508
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Notes: Brewed with 50% wheat malt; Willamette, Santiam, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus hops. This special ale is something fairly new under the sun. It's got a lot of wheat, it's rich with hops, it finishes dry. We've watched with some amusement as the internet beer rating sites argues over how to 'classify' it. We're in the camp with Japhy Ryder when he declares to Ray Smith that "Comparisons are odious!" You ever notice how everything has to be today's version of yesterday's whatever. Well, whatEver. Sometimes we wonder what the world would be like if everything was perceived for what it is, and not what it reminds you of. The sun would rise everyday as if for the first time, you'd wake as if newly born, you'd see your lover next to you anew, the air would smell like flowers, work would be like the first day back in school, a beer would make your eyes roll back in your head in ecstasy... well, maybe not... but you get the idea.....

Way smooth and silky with a nice wheatly-esque-ish-ness. A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky body. A hoppy pale wheat ale that is great for IPA fans but so smooth that the hefeweizen fans dig it too.

64 IBU
Reviews: 1,825 | Ratings: 9,508 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hbeimers from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All of the hoppy flavor of an IPA with the smoothness of a wheat beer! Easy to enjoy whether you're a casual beer drinker or a fanatic. One of the best widely-available beers

Nov 15, 2021
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AcidCatfish

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a wide-mouth tulip.

Looks - golden, almost honey-like. Beautiful white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Not too transparent of a beer, but definitely not hazy at all.

Smells - I pick up malt from the wheat. Not unlike a bread. Floral scents come in. Something herbal as well, pine? Attractive smell for sure.

Tastes - Not too heavy on citrus. I get a more floral-forward note. Malt comes in as it starts to go down. The finish is resin, piney, and slightly dry. Some spice is in there somewhere as well. Peppercorn fruit or grapefruit peel comes to mind. Well-rounded. Nothing seems out of place. I enjoy more citrusy and juicy IPA's over floral IPA's, but this isn't too bad. It doesn't scream IPA though. Alcohol is hidden nicely, though if you are a lightweight like me it does sneak up on you. There are tropical fruit notes in there, but I'm not getting as much pineapple as I'd hoped. Pineapple is such an interesting note to bring out with just hops and malt that I was excited to experience it. But, no, I'm getting notes which are more like mamay than pineapple, in my opinion.

Feels - Amazing. Easily the best part of the beer. It is smooth. Slightly effervescent. Medium to light in body. Perfect because it doesn't lay too much on the tongue or linger too much on your soft palate. Doesn't feel heavy in the stomach.

Overall, I can say this beer is highly enjoyable. I do prefer other Lagunitas offerings (Maximus, Super Cluster, Sonomica), but this is a very nice beer to change up your stock. Feels like a wheat, tastes like a wheat beer, but is overall more on the dry and dank side like you'd expect from an IPA. Not so much an IPA in my opinion though, more on the side of an American Wheat Pale Ale over a traditional, or even American, IPA in that you won't find too much of the citrus and pine or cedar from an IPA. That isn't a bad thing though. This beer is great.

Nov 13, 2021
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy and not as bitter as their other ipas still solid bitterness but overal not as much solid beer would definitely drink again if in tap somewhere.

Aug 13, 2021
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CharlesForbin from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful white cap with lots of white lacing.
Alcohol well masked.
Inexpensive.
I can really taste the wheat then the hops hit but they are just right.
Spent half the glass trying to classify. Did I pour 1/2 wheat beer and 1/2 an IPA?
IDK how to classify this. But I'll have another please!
-- mid way thru the 2d one- now that I know what to expect it really starts to come into its own. This is one you have to try and I would suggest having more than one.

Jul 09, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Indecipherable code on bottom.
Pretty, golden beer, crystal clear with lazy bubbles wafting to the top. A low white head slumps to a persistent film below flecks of sticky lace.
The aroma is beery in an old school way. Up front malt notes of honey and white sugar followed by floral hops along with the green pine cone thing. Hints of cherries and berries and just a touch of citrus.
Really well balanced between the sweet and bitter in a medium bodied vehicle. Flavors of wild flower honey and lightly kilned grains blend with sharp and tart hop acids lending a crisp lettuce and black pepper character. Smoothly drinable and refreshing, the wheat giving a unique compliment to the firm bitterness.
The finish is long with lingering pepper and alcohol burps.
Not bad at all for a mass production (by craft standards anyway) beer sold singly in a tall boy can for @$4.

Jul 05, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small head with light lacing.

Smells of piney hops.

Tastes of hops and malt with a wheat tang to it. There are also light pineapple and citrus tastes. Has a slightly bitter hop finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Clean dry mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable hop forward brew.

Jun 13, 2021
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers I've had a lot before but never gotten round to reviewing it. Here goes:

A: Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a clear golden color with a slightly off-white head with low retention.

S: Slightly sweet, slightly soapy. Honey, caramel malt, and a solid malt backbone. Hop profile ha light pine and some citrus, but less in-your-face than some IPAs.

T: Balance and a light sweetness are the first impressions. Light citrus and apple. Tastes really fresh and bright. Pineapple tempered by a light bitterness. Malt profile has plenty of sweetness and bread. Smooth and slightly dry.

Overall: This is a super drinkable beer. Smooth, tasty, fresh. True that it is hard to put your finger on - not quite an IPA (in the typical sense), but not sure what else to call it. How about just "good."

Jun 02, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smooth feel is great, this is definitely a good brew, a taste the alcohol a weeeeee bit but overall a pretty good beer for sure. Good hop aroma and flavor and idk the smoothness is definitely noted

May 24, 2021
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RedBalloon from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can dated 3/25/21 poured into a Teku on 5/2/21.

Pours 1" of bubbly white head. A golden, slightly translucent color.

Aromas of faint pine, dank grass, sweet malt, and a little booze.

Pine and herbal flavors are well balanced with sweet malt flavors. A crisp wheat flavor as well.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, astringent and effervescent. Not too dry, oily or sticky. Smooth and refreshing.

A delicious, well-balanced, easy drinking IPA.

May 23, 2021
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deleted_user_1314598

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a month old 6 pack of bottles and poured this fresh brew into my 14.2 ounce Teku beer glass..Presented a beautiful 2 finger thick carbonated rich head, and had a beautiful copper gold tint with a slight amber glow.

Langunitas always seem to do a great job on there dates and quality control and did a superb job with this one..I'm getting pineapple/grapefruit, with a slight smack of caramel creaminess to even every thing out..

The smell is nice and hoppy, with pine notes that come through with a slight wheat soaked wood smell that resonates off each sip of this well done American IPA..I'm definitely a fan of Langunitas and this is one of my favorites from them..

Last but not least, this brew goes down like silk, even at 7.5..There is absolutely no alcohol burn with this one..

May 14, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a translucent bright yellow with a quarter finger, eggshell white head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Pungent overripened spicy grapefruit and sweet orange with very, very slight hints of white bread. Not to undersell the aroma; although it's strong, I'm not getting much else besides grapefruit and orange. A little one dimensional.

Taste: Clean and dry. Bitter pine sap upfront complimented by a gentle sugar cookie flavor. Underlying hints of orange and grapefruit peel. Tropical but very dry. I don't know if it's just my imagination but I'm also getting notes of coffee? It's way in the back on the finish. Obviously not a straight black coffee flavor , more of a latté or cappuccino + cream taste.

Feel: Medium bodied. High carbonation. 7.5% ABV is well hidden.

Overall: Strange (in a good way). It's hearty and rich, boozy almost - yet well balanced, mildly sessionable and well carbonated.

Apr 15, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, from Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. ABV is 7.5%. 64.2 IBU, OG 1076. Golden colour, large white head. Very nice sweetish and fruity aroma, notes of American hops and pale crystal malts, hints of fresh orange marmalade. The flavour has a nice hoppiness throughout, but is unfortunately a bit too sweet for my taste. Bitter finish. Well worth sampling. Rerate: Bottle in California. Found it not too sweet this time. Very good beer.

Mar 22, 2021
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berkough from Nevada

3.27/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty straight forward and standard American IPA, but not quite in the upper eschelons. It's a little "soapy" on the tongue, it has light airy bubbles that when combined with the bitterness can be off-putting if you're not used to drinking IPAs. It has a proper alcohol level at 7.5%, and goes down smooth with a nice effervescence.

Mar 18, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden amber body sporting a large white head along with good lacing. Subtle but pleasant aroma, bready, slightly floral. The taste of hops take a step forward then back again while doing a two-step with the malts. Beauty in the balance. Aftertaste on the spicier side. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with an average length finish.

Mar 15, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

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

I have been eyeing this IPA for a while now and glad to finally come around to it. Right away the head is huge, uniform bubbles, large and frothy. Pearly white. There is just a slight ale fog, but mostly translucent. A bright gold. Orange lemon frosting, bread crusts and grass. There are a ridiculous range of hops here, every note of IPA. Dominantly candied orange ending piney. Rather juicy. Very soft and full. Sweet biscuit, orange scone, and clean lemon finish. Forest notes.
This is such a complex brew with a multitude of scents and flavors all mingling together. It is whatever IPA you prefer. Northwest pine, New England orange juice, West Coast bitter. I couldn't turn it down.

Mar 03, 2021
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haines710 from Delaware

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It had been a while since I had this beer. Not sure why I didn’t review it before. These days I usually buy Super Cluster ad my default Lagunitas but felt like something different. Very pleasantly surprised with this beer. It has great taste and feel. I like it as a winter beer when you’re not feeling like a juice bomb hazy and just want a solid hoppy beer with good mouthfeel and a nice bitter finish. Loving this right now and will definitely buy more since it’s only $10 for a six pack of 12 oz cans.

Mar 02, 2021
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simonrgilbert57 from California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid beer. Laces nicely with a good head (although its color is somewhat forgettable). Get a bit of wheaty malt smell in the nose but not much else. Wheat really comes out in the front with teh hops coming in at the middle. Maltiness stays in the back. Overall it's an interesting and well-executed flavor that I'm not sure I love. Feel is smooth but not too light. Overall a good beer that I'd recommend if you're feeling a bit more adventurous but want to stay in the IPA world. Won't blow your socks off though.

Mar 02, 2021
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Shroom from South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Riedel IPA beer glass given to me by my cousin-in-law from Chicago.
Smooth, aromatic, and delicious; this IPA is one of the best I’ve tried. Highly recommended; purchased at Walmart for $19.99 for a twelve pack bottles.

Feb 13, 2021
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gvickery from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I’ve been drinking this for a few years and can’t believe I hadn’t reviewed it.
Look: Dark gold/orange, mostly clear, cream colored head.
Smell: Not as aromatic as some, there’s some citrus and a slight brown sugary smell that I get.
Taste: Mostly citrus hops with some pine in the backend. Very slight sweetness. A little intense hop bitterness on the finish as you’d expect at 60+ IBU’s, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: Mostly dry, there’s no cloying sweetness that some IPA’s have to counteract the hops. You won’t know it’s 7.5 ABV until you’re half way thru a 19.2oz can.

Jan 25, 2021
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MrOH from Malta

4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Crystal clear deep gold, nice white head with great retention and lace.
Black currant, muscadine grape, ruby red grapefruit, a hint of pine.
Tastes like it smells, underlying bready malt
Medium-light bodied with appropriate carbonation
Forgot how good this one is. Needs to get back into my regular rotation.

Jan 25, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 can with 255 code

Clear golden color with one finger's white head. Partial cap with large bubbled, partial lacing curtains.
Orange, pine, floral hop aromas
Light pine, pineapple, orange, white pepper, lime, lemon zest flavors
Smooth light feel with a hop tingle developing across the tongue, no alcohol heat, good carbonation.
A great hop and malt combination, consistent quality, a year around favorite.

Jan 10, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It smells fruity and hoppy but like the asshole of Maximus or Hop Stoopid. Still the smell is good.

It tastes extremely hoppy but without irony it is incredibly grape fruity and fresh.

The mouthfeel is foamy and smooth but the finish is bitter with a lot of hops.

Despite the fact that I've had this brew so much, it's delicious. It's bright and light and hoppy, I give it a 4.9 out of 6. Still really good.

Dec 29, 2020
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.
About half-inch head formed and dissipated quickly. Some lacing on the glass.
Color is golden yellow and translucent.
Aroma is inviting you with juicy hoppiness.
Taste is juicy, fruity but in a subtle way.
Mouthfeel is oh so smooth and silky with hoppiness building in the background.
Overall, a luxurious tasting and sumptuous feeling beer that is a pale ale! i am beyond IPAs at this point and always love a good pale ale- you get all the hoppy flavor profiles without the crazy bite of all out hops.
Well done.

Dec 23, 2020
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

$1.85 ($10.99 six-pack), 7.5%ABV, 12 fl oz., No canned date, Mug, 46.4ºF (8.0ºC)

Overall: Wow, this beer is delicious. pleasant surprise from Lagunitas. Taste and smell is great. The look was pretty filtered but still some little guys floating around. Over all I give this beer a 98 cheers!

Dec 10, 2020
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mycousinvinny from New York

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a translucent golden yellow with about 1/2 inch-3/4 of an inch white head. Great acing.
hint of some floral and citrus
Tastes mildly of sweet citrus along with good bitterness with a hint of lemon.
Mouthfeel is light. Good bitter aftertaste. Mild carbonation.
Overall, this is a great tasting beer

Dec 04, 2020
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