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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

BEER STATS
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1,611
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Avg:
4.19
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23.15%
 
 
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Reviews by mattcrill:
Photo of mattcrill
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Huge floral and citrus notes up front. Light caramel background aromatics but the hops are boss here. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Clear amber pour with a bone white cap that retains well.

Flavor: Big pithy citrus notes. Lots of grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of lifesavers. Balance is to the hoppy bitterness. Finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily, high carbonation with a bit of a bite.

Overall impression: Worthy of the hype. More like an APA or even a light IPA but whatever they call it, it's a keeper.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is more towards a orange citrus IPA treat but with some wheat that is there but not full front and center. It's delicious and smells wonderful out of a mason jar with jimi hendrix spinning under a needle.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Hoppy wheat is what the beer geeks are callin' for. This beer has a thick, wheat-induced head and clear, pale amber color. It has some sweet breadiness underneath a big tide of hop aroma. It's super smooth and easy to drink. It has a thick flavor of soft, floral and fruity hops, and the bitterness is there, but nothing too sharp--more like dried grass or tobacco. This beer has a bit of a snappy, dry malt character and is faintly yeasty with some warming esters. The hops stay on the palate far into the aftertaste. This one has it all figured out--an amazing ale.

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Photo of MitchVanSomf
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

my humble opinion: one of the best beers ever.
Hard to find another beer so balanced between its hoppy character, wheat base and natural fruity aroma. I can't think of a time or place not to drink this.
While it's somewhat mass produced and available everywhere, that a good thing for all.
To me this is the beer that put Lagunitas on the map.
pout this in a nice glass, kick your feet up and life will get better

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Photo of laramis
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass a very clear bright gold color; had a bright white and thick head about a finger and a half in size that retained well and left lacing. The reason I gave its looks such high marks is in the little things, the head looked very dense and sticky, the rush of bubbles; it was all very appealing.

S: This worried me when I first opened the bottle. There was a very strong pine smell, I was expecting a more balanced beer since it is a wheat ale but it smelled almost like an IPA. On the whole though the sent was well done: pine, maybe grass, plus grapefruit and other citrus and fruit with a slight hint of bread. Not what I expected, but good.

T: Much more balanced then the scent implied. There is a large amount of hops up front, not to bitter but they still make a statement. This is followed by citrus fruits, and at the end the wheat and bread flavors, though these were the weakest overall.

M: Well carbonated giving a thick frothy feel. The tingle of the bitter hops can be felt on the tongue. It finishes smooth leaving a pine/citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing.

O: While I am not a big fan of hoppy beers and I was not expecting so much hops in this one in particular, I found myself really enjoying this beer. It was balanced and refreshing, there was a good complexity to the flavors and they matched nicely together. I certainly would recommend this beer with the caveat that one should be prepared for a lot of hops and a hint of wheat, which is actually not a bad combo.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with 'fridge' spelled 'frige' in the label rant - very reminiscent of 'frigo', en francais, I'd say.

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy pale golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a more or less solid, yet pockmarked paint job of lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of orange citrus cream, a bit of good ol' barley and sweet n' spicy wheat maltiness, black pepper aerosol, and some stronger, more acrid pine needle hops. The taste is bitter pine resin and sassy fleshy orange and grapefruit citrus, bready caramel malt, a hint of saltwater taffy, a bit of reduced spicy wheatiness, further grassy/floral hop notes, and some mildly sweet booze warming.

The carbonation is quite sedate in its bearing, just a faint frothiness manifesting, the body a decently hefty medium weight, especially for the style, mostly smooth, and certainly not un-creamy. It finishes with the main players still quite game - sweet caramel and wheat malts, and unabashedly brash pine and citrus hops. Ya know - Lagunitas.

American Pale Wheat Ale my sort of pale Canadian ass. I know that this is made with wheat malt, then, ok, but the rest of the story screams out tasty WC IPA, despite the wheatiness, and I'm not going to fault a damned agreeable beer for being cast in the wrong category because of the black sheep in its makeup.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straw color fairly unremarkable but off-white head quite tall and leaves some lace. Nice fruity hop aromas immediately. A delicious honeyed malt flavor leads the taste; I'm surprised how delicate the hops are given their prominence in the nose and the label's report of 64.20 IBU. The honey and fruit guide the flavor and the hops are always present but never interrupt, never overwhelm, never seem out of balance. Mouthfeel clean. What a surprise.

Brown bottle poured into a glass. Did not see a date on the bottle, but if it were fresher it would only be better, I suppose.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - This beer pours a nice dark golden color. A little more orange than red. Nice layer of head on top. Surprisingly clear, which I wasn't expecting.

S (5) – Smells fantastic. Get a little pine smell and some bitter/tangy smells. Makes you immediately want to dive in.

T (4.25) – Really good taste. You get that upfront bitter, and that same piney taste at the end. It almost has a better aftertaste than taste. And that’s no insult! I didn’t get a lot of malt or grain taste. I like a little bit of that to balance the hops.

F (4) – Good mouthfeel. Thin and light on the tongue. Appropriate carb level, IMO

O (4.25) – Very good beer overall. I only had one, and really wanted another. I don’t know if I’d want to drink it all the time, but I will add it to my regular rotation.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured center from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. I actually had to pour canted because the head was so large. Clean pale straw color with a thick creamy head of consistent fine-moderate sized bubbles that would make you think it were nitrous were it not for the bubble size. Thick retention stays around and leaves thick sticky lacing. As you drink the sip lines stay on the glass. Several streams of carbonation mostly concentrated around the center of the glass.. Looks fantastic

S: Buttered toast aroma with a floral hop and lemon in the finish.

T: Buttered white toast body with a little caramel. Easy lime finish. Extremely easy to drink and this will be gone in no time. Very easy to drink for a 7.5% beer.

F: Creamy mouthfeel and the hops are zippy on the tongue in the finish.

6/23/15
Snifter glass

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Photo of Keystone
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just great beer. Something refreshingly different. It may be a little sweet for some but for me it makes for a great session beer. Just enough hoppy bitterness to react well with the sweet flavor. This is the best beer I have had from lagunitas so far. It hides the 7.5% abv almost to well.

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Photo of Erlkoenig
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Bright, pale yellow, pretty clean-looking. Moderate carbonation. A dense, foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly into thin clouds. Pretty thick lacing, though, that sticks pretty well.

S: First thing that came to me was citrus hops. Pine and floral hops mixed in with just a hint of breadiness, wheat. Pretty strong scent from the malts, too. The result was a nose that was very sweet and earthy.

T: Taste follows scent, but with the malts on equal footing with the hops. Citrus, pine, earthiness, brown sugar. Moderate hop bitterness. A little sweeter than I would like, but the balance is pretty good. Alcohol is very well masked.

M: Medium body and a little syrupy. A bit sticky, but there's no astringency, so that's a plus. Aftertaste lingers, mostly citrus hops and malt sweetness. Pretty smooth and creamy, but nothing outstanding.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing. It had been hyped up for me quite a bit and I wasn't disappointed, so it's a win for me. It's a little sticky-sweet, though. I'd rate a little higher if not for that, but I'll be sure to pick this up again. It's my first from Lagunitas, so I'll wanna give some of their other brews a try.

EDIT: Subsequent tastings have been less sticky-sweet. This one might have had to do with temperature or some other factor, but the malty sweetness probably isn't as heavy as I might have made it seem.

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Photo of echris310
2.14/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This beer is honestly. Way. Ovet rated...

Wat ever they say about it is just bs this has nice color

Nice body foam

Nice beautiful bottle

But da taste is just honestly discusting taste like over sweeted beer eith 2 much sugar or watever over bullshit they put on it

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Photo of m_hall
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. Pale golden in color, with a very slight bit of haze, topped by a thick pillowy white head a good two inches tall. Head fell fairly slowly, leaving good lacing.

Aroma is fresh, pine-y and citric, with a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts. Really, this is possibly the first beer I've tasted where one does not outweigh the other on the palate- grapefruit-ishe hops seem to actually ride on top of a honey-like malt base. As the beer sits on the palate, some earthy and floral notes from the hops rise up along with faintly toasted biscuit malt tones The distinct 'snap' from the wheat in the grain bill is here, just like a good weizen. The finish is just slightly dry with lingering floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little syrupy, thicker than might be expected. The alcohol punch is surprising- this does not seem like a 7.5 % beer. This one could definitely sneak up on you.

This was my first Lagunitas beer, and I am beyond impressed. The sort of balancing act they accomplish between the malts and hops is frankly amazing. This is a classic Pale Ale, and one that everyone should try if they're serious about beer.

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Photo of mkh012
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a disclaimer, I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers. I'm open to IPAs, but I generally dislike the almost soapy aftertaste that some of the more bitter ones have. As soon as I smelled this beer, though, I could tell Lagunitas was doing it right. The smell of this beer is a hop citrus bomb. It really is one of the better smelling beers I've ever sampled-- really sharp and floral. Luckily, the taste follows the nose almost exactly. This beer opens with intense citrus hoppiness but finishes smoothly. The perfect use of 60+ IBUs. Combines the awesome citrus aspects of a good wheat beer with the floral hoppiness of an IPA.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lagunitas - Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
64.20 IBU's
7.5% ABV.'s
Pale Wheat Ale
Drank out of tulip glass

Look: It had a half inch. of very white head. It can be alot larger if poured more agressively. The body has a yellow/orangish color with a slight haze and no sediment at the bottom. There is carbonation thoughout the glass and tons of white snowy lacing.
Nose: You get pine, citrus, and grapefruit mainly.
Taste: I tasted grapefruit, citrus, apricot(once it is warmer) and tropical fruits. You can expect bitter hops that is farely present on the aftertaste. The alcohol is not extremely noticeable for the 7.5% ABV's.
moulthfeel: light and crisp
Overall: It is really not that cloudy for a wheat ale, but it is a pale wheat ale, so maybe that is why. Anytime it is a beer with wheat in it I would like to see some chunky sediment in there, but I can't complain because I always enjoy this ale. It is always consistent whether it's had in the bar, or at home in the bottle. It satisfies the craving for a light bodied beer that has hop bitterness, without being overly bitter. It is fruity without being too sweet and still tastes like beer. How do they do it? Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' is the best of it's kind for sure!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a clear, golden-honey color with a frothy, snow-white head and really extensive lacing. It smells of malt, grapefruit, pine, honey, and floral hops. The taste is much maltier than I anticipated but in a good way. The taste also features grapefruit, pine, caramel, and hops. The balance between malt and hop is outstanding This ale is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and with an ABV of 7.5%, it is very easy to drink. Overall, this is an outstanding ale, deserving of its excellent rating and reputation. You can drink this one casually or accompanying a hearty meal. It's outstanding!

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Photo of Coutastic
2.27/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- A dense golden/honey color. A nice spongy two finger head with great lacing to the end.

S- Overpowering citrus smell, almost like household cleaner. Extreme hoppy smell

T- A punch in the face of citrus and hops

M- Very dry, the hops linger in the aftertaste. Lysol...

D- Found this to be hard to finish, not usually my MO. Wouldn't have it again

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Photo of Kingfish1965
2.57/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Way too hoppy. Long bitter aftertaste. Not a fan

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Photo of Waggles
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. Medium carbonation with nice 1-inch head and good lacing that lingered for a good while. Color honey amber with a dash of orange.
S: Grapefruit, tangerines, and sourdough bread. Not getting much of the pine that others have described, compared to an IPA.
T: Heavy on the hops for a Pale Ale. Well-balanced and full, with fruit up front and some somewhat bitter pine, grass and spice in the back end. Can just barely taste the wheat. Every sip makes me want more.
M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Tingles all the way down. Refreshing to the end.
O: One of my favorite all-around beers, enjoyable for hopheads and wheat-lovers alike.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Beautiful crisp and lightly amber-almost clear beer. Very bubbly and nice head.
S-Sweet malts, hops, pine, and citrus... Smells sophisticated.
T-Amazing flavor; sweet malts mixed with citrusy hops. Near perfect balance between sweet and bitter. I didn't know beer could taste this good.
F-Perfect amount of carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel, crisp, clean and, refreshing.
O-This may be one of my new favorites. This beer is so amazingly brewed. I can't get enough of it. You definitely need to try this beer.

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Photo of garagerock101
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! I usually mix up my beer selection but this is becoming my "go to" beer. Smooth-not too hoppy and a nice ABV. I'm stocking up on these. No wonder the lines are so long at the Lagunitas booth at the beer festivals i attend.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden ale with a nice head of foam. Smells like a citrus pine forest. Crisp hoppy taste. Tastes like it should be served cold.

I'd like to do a head to head with a regular Lagunitas IPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great to see another limited release offering from one of favorite brewers here in my area.I poured two into a imperial nonic with it coming out a clear lighter golden with a 1/2 finger white that was quick to fade.Ahh yeah bigtime in your face citric hop in the nose along with a touch of sweet alcohol and very light toasted wheat malt,the hop profile in the nose is just great.Intense grapefruit rind and tangerine hop flavors hit up front on the palate and then some caramel toffee shows thru along with a fading toasted what touch in the finish.Yeah it has bigtime hop wich kicks arss but there really is more to it.My new favorite American pale wheat its slightly better than Gumballhead in my book.The drinkability is just awesome for the ABV%.

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Photo of don1481
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into plastic hotel cup. Le sigh.

Appearance: Straw colored liquid with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing along the side of the cup.

Smell: Very hop forward, but a little bit of sweetness to the nose.

Taste: Very much like the nose. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: a bittersweet aftertaste lingers.

Overall: a very nice, easily accessible beer.

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Photo of mojohawk21
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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