A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #67
Ranked #1,357
4.22 | pDev: 9.95%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
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
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Photo of colts9016
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #1415

I was browsing the top IPA with the most rating and discovered I have not rated this beer. I have drunk this beer on a few occasions, learning this, I am rectifying the situation. The beer is 44 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour of the beer produced a massive two-fingered head. Excellent head retention. The bright foam is airy and billowy. As the foam dissipated, it is leaving lots of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 4, pale straw yellow with amber hues. This beer is cloudless with a few carbonation bubbles. This IPA is a beautiful looking beer.

The initial aromas in the beer are grapefruit, resin, pine, toasted malts, and a hint of mangos. Nosing further in the glass, I smell biscuits, bread crust, earthiness, oranges, fruity esters, and a touch of herbal.

The flavors in the beer are wheat, fresh-cut grass, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, fruity esters, herbal, mangos, pineapple, pine, resin, biscuits, bread crust, and bright floral bouquet.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-low carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

This IPA is bursting with grapefruit, floral, and wheat. The balance in the beer is impeccable. A solid example of an IPA, I quickly finished this beer, wanting another.

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

Bottle. Clear golden color. White head with lace.

Nice west coast ipa. Earthy, floral, weedy, and a bit dank. Bready malts with a bit of citrus. Easy drinking a full of flavor. Nice bitterness.

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

A: clear golden amber color with a little orange. 1.5 finger frothy white head that turns rocky

S: strong grapefruit, peach, mango. Strong malts, fresh bread. Nice pepper in the yeast

T: strong sweet malt upfront. Dankness orange, mango, and pineapple behind that. Big bready malts. Bitter grapefruit and some sweet lemon. Some grass at the end

M: medium mouthfeel, almost sticky but not. High carbonation

O: very solid IPA. West Coast for sure, some bitterness and tropical notes. Dangerous, given the ABV

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful three finger head, straw yellow in color, transparent.
Smell - citrus with a little bit of malts. smell is light but pleasant.
Taste - hoppy bitterness hits first, and its a complex mix of hoppy flavors followed by a mellow wheat finish.
Feel - light to medium bodied, high carbonation, a pretty easy sipping beer but fairly heavy at 7.5% ABV.
Overall - this is a really nice American IPA that is bold on flavor yet remains remarkably drinkable due to the wheat addition. a really delicious beer to sip on any time of the year.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear as glass, copper in color. Nice white head. Good retention.

Smells citrusy, earthy, and tangy. Grapefruit and lemon, iced tea, mango, and some dry biscuits.

Tastes of lemon, mango, grapefruit, and iced tea. Some biscuit malt. A bit of caramel sweetness. Something tangy. Quite subdued. Dry with a bit of bitterness.

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Photo of Singlefinpin
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appears light amber with a foamy head and lacing that dropped quickly.
Smells citrusy and piney.
Taste follows the nose, a little boozy taste as well
Mouth feel is medium plus for an ale.
Overall a very nice ale that I would definitely order again.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle. Light amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Citrus and pine smell. Medium body, a little sticky. Very malty taste with some earth and pine notes. A great showcase for West Coast hops.

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Photo of mishi_d
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with white head, floral and hoppy aroma, taste is floral with citrus and pine, medium bitterness, medium body, average carbonation.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear gold. One finger of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Piney hops and a slight gummy candy note. The normally light wheat malt is obviously buried by IPA hoppiness.

Taste: Piney, citrusy hops with very low bitterness. Tiny wheat malt flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full, chewy body with somewhat low carbonation.

Overall: The heavy hop presence overwhelms the more subtle flavors that a wheat malt could provide, but the low bitterness prevents it from being difficult to drink.

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

heck of a beer at a terrific price point.
L: it's a pretty one. crystal clear golden yellow. nice head that lingers
S: floral, lightly sweet. a bit of honey
T: very nice, unique flavor. bit of a wheat beer taste. some citrus and a dry finish
F: smooth rich texture. very pleasant
O: another winner from lagunitas. well done!

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant color, liquid, transparent good. Small white head that leaves a surprising amount of lacing.
S: West coast hops. Citrus. Malts
T: decidedly malty with a typical West coast IPA hop blend.
F: Fantastic mouthfeel. Drinks smoothly. No alcohol burn.
O: Slept on this for a long time. Very satisfied with it.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. No dating information found on label or bottle.
Clear, gold colored body. One finger of dense, white head with an aggressive pour, and the head has staying power. Leaves behind strings and spots of lacing.
Aroma of citrus hops along with the sharpness of the wheat malt. Seems to have a good balanced malt base.
Taste has the bitterness from the hops and the sharpness from the wheat. Flavors are orange and grapefruit, with a dry grain finish.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
The wheat malt introduces a differences approach to a more bitter IPA, but the blend works well.

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Photo of EJPA_0425
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

When I took my first sip, I said "This is not very exciting". But after a while it's definitely in my top 10 IPAs. Pours a rather boring orangish golden color with almost no haze. Smells of quite fresh hops with a touch of hemp. Tastes like any other IPA after the first sip but opens up to be a very fresh hoppy beer as you continue. For someting thats 7.5% it's quite refreshing and drinkable compared to some other IPAs. Overall definitely something I would recommend.

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Photo of Maxkelly9
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was definitely enjoyable. Can recognize the wheat part, and can appreciate the hop content. Definitely a 50/50. Worth trying if youre a standard beer drinker looking to open your pallet.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured, clear, golden amber, and bubble, and formed a head that was under half a finger thick. The aroma was clean and hoppy featuring mostly pine and grapefruit pith. The taste was citric up front with flavors of tangerine and grapefruit and a bitter finish. The body was medium to light in density and a mouth coating feel. I have had this beer several times on occasion, but decided but was tardy in posting a review so decided to specifically pick up a six pack for this review. It is better than I recall being and will need to make it a part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with solid head and good carbonation. Scent and taste are pine and hop forward with some malt and sweet in the background. A bit less than medium mouthfeel, with a mostly pine aftertaste that mellows.

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Photo of RichardWeed
3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting, but not as refreshing as the IPA. A bit citrusy, more than I like, but very good.
Nice head on the first glass, but the rest direct down the neck. Good, but not great like thre IPA. Nice buzz though as my typing demonstrates. Would by the IPA over Sumpin next time at the liquor house.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is basically regular Lagunitas IPA that smokes a bit too much.
Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass:
L: 4 finger head with a honey transparent base.
S: Resin
T: Lagunitas IPA but danker and sweeter, really weird but pleasant fruit taste (watermelon, strawberry) halfway through the pour
F: A bit thin, but some carbonation
O: The same as Lagunitas IPA, but a bit stronger and sweeter. I'll take another.

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Photo of Brook82
2.1/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Light golden color, moderate carbonation, about 3/4 " head with appealing lacing in pint glass. I have made it a point to try IPA's once every blue moon. My palate never did and still doesn't appreciate them. Aroma and flavor just too citrusy and the dry bitter aftertaste is too dominate. So I guess I should give up with IPA's. "It's not you, ir's me." Cheers !

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Photo of bbtkd
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, 7.5% ABV. Pours pale yellow with a one finger white head. Nose is Malty and piney, taste is sweet, honey, slightly bitter. Smooth mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of ThomasBrady
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am a fan of west coast IPAs due to their piney, almost earthy taste and this beer really hits that for me. One of the best beers I've had period. Great price point. Perfect blend of hops and smoothness that works perfectly with the fruity flavor. Adding this bad boy to the rotation.

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

Poured a moderate white head that dissipated rather slowly. Has a very fresh and pleasant citrus aroma. The taste is bitter and malty. Overall, an excellent ale!

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A zinger. This one comes in with a huge wallop of citrus, piney, floral, and earthy hops. Chewy wheat malt back the beer up providing an ample backbone for 7.5 abv. Tasty.

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

12 oz. Bottle. (Rare for me to buy a bottle these days) update notes on 10/5/19*

Pours out mostly clear and golden. A fine white cap of foam crests, falls, spreads out quick. Only a ring is leftover.* Effervescent appearance, jazzy bubbles that create a large foamy done of white, rocky and we'll retained. Lots of lace.

The hops smell mostly earthy with hints of lemmon zest, freshly chucked corn and citrus. Malt is of light summer field grains and subtle toffee. Earthy and herbal mostly, but it's the freshness of the hop smell that gets me. Deep red fruits, toffee malt and spicy Earth. Very nice.

The wheat malt proves to be light and crispy. A fresh and easy mouthfeel with a malty bite that goes a long way. The wheat has a nice sour malty flavor that melds with some rather earthy, sweet fruity and herbal hop flavors. The hops also provide a subtle citrus and tangy flavor that goes on for a bit. Light, yet complex and full of flavor from both the golden malty tones and gaggle of hops.

The mouthfeel finishes light and dry, making it CRAZY drinkable for 7.5% abv. And over 64 IBU's. I'm usually very pleased with Lagunitas, as they have wild, uncategorized styles that really impress me. This hoppy wheat beer thing sure does.

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Photo of Urtravel
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: beautiful yellow clear color with quick disappearing head and lace
S: fruitiness up front with hoppy backend
T: follows smell but nicely finished hops
F: smooth and refreshing
O: very nicely done

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