A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Photo of Maction
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into an imperial pint glass, it appears wheat-field golden brown with orange highlights. The head pours into a tight 1" meniscus, and leaves curtains of small-holed lace down the side.

S: The aroma is white grape juice, sour lemons, and earthy vegetable garden notes.

T: The first flavor I would describe as sweet balsam, although I doubt that's what it would taste like I actually put a balsam branch in my mouth. I also get flavors of zucchini bread, rye, and herbaceous peppercorn. There is a long bitter but sweet lemony finish.

M: This feels heavier than the golden appearance would indicate. The finish gets drier as it continues, but is not sticky or unpleasant.

D: Bitter and piney but not tongue-burning, and sweet but not cloying, this is a balanced and refreshing beer. I went through two bottles quickly, and found myself wondering if this would be even more sterling right from the tap.

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Photo of Samp01
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden copper pour with a nice white head. Aroma of floral citrusy hops, with some nice fruity esters and malt. Taste is spicy fruity hoppiness, some light lemon with some sweet malt. Has a light to medium body with very nice carbonation, and a nice crisp mouth feel. Finish has a nice citrusy floral hops, with some fruity spicy character and some maltiness for balance, ending with a nice hoppy bite. Overall a surprisingly good crisp summer IPA.

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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles. Thin, semi-sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear body, golden in color. Melodic upward carbonation.
S) Floral, citrus POW! Sweet tangerine. Mellow caramel.
T) Floral and grassy. Subtle citrus sweetness meshed with some malty tones. The malt seems to be subverted by the floral notes of the hops (not a bad thing), but holds steady until the finish.
M) Crisp and fizzy upfront, then mellows and smooths out toward the finish. Dry with a slight tannin feel in the finish, but fairly clean. Medium body.
D) A nice brew - I don't think I would classify it as a pale wheat ale, seems more like a Pale Ale to IPA. I'd drink another.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A gold buttery dark lemon body is made off the pour, forming a foamy uniform two finger off white head. Very nice visible slow rising carbonation from the bottom in linear fashion. Fairly clear too.

Bouquet is an effervescent lemon dry grass giving to of course lemongrass! Dry fruitiness mixed with a hint of powder. Very impressive. There's a distinct fruit on this and its kumquats!!

Thick alcohol sensation and presence over powering the dry rindy lemon zest fruit taste and cumquats. Sharp almost diminishing wheat chew if at all, coupled with apricots on the finish.

Overall this is still very impressive even with the high abv which is noticeable. The nose and aftertaste though is incredibly impressive, but for a wheat ale it lacks the grain density. Still a solid brew. Hard to score this one.

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Photo of matjack85
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this single 12oz bottle as part of a build-yur-own six pack for $9.99 at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL. Could not find any kind of freshness date on it.

The beer poured a perectly clear golden/orange color, so it's obviously filtered. Big frothy white 4-finer head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Surprisingly stong hoppy smell along with a fruity character.

Huge wheat malt flavor along with an apricot taste. Plenty of mild piny hops for balance, yet it's really not that bitter at just 20 IBU's. I also get an additional kiss of honey-like sweetness.

Light to medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

A very unique tasting beer, and also a very good one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Keith238
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer had a slight haze and tight lacing.

Strong citrus aroma but a big pine flavor. I agree with the previous review that this is not like other wheat beers. The wheat gives this a very earthy and bready flavor along with the obvious pale ale attributes. Very nice combination. Very drinkable, I wish I had bought more than 2 bottles.

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Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw colored with a decent frothy head that sticks around longer than most heads do. Real mustache hanger here.

S - Brilliant piney hops overpowers most anything else in the aroma.

T - Awesomely bitter. Earthy hops with a tart touch come across just in front of a delicately balanced malty backbone. Not too much of anything, yet plenty of everything. Make sense?

M - Well bodied with just a bit more than medium carbonation. Some bitterness in the aftertaste that doesn't take away from the experience at all.

Great one from Lagunitas. I'll be adding this to my "keep in stock" list for the fridge!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a little haze, moderate carbonation, 2 fingers of yellow tinged white head.

S: Pineapple candy, jackfruit, light cayenne, light pine, onion, bready quality.

T: Pineapple, jackfruit, little pine, tart crisp character and an underlying sweetness, fruity and perfume qualities.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation, slight sweet resinous feel.

O: Complex fruity and floral beer. Very interesting and worth trying. My favourite in this style so far.

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Photo of hopking311
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my snifter a golden amber color with one finger off white head. Head dissapates quick

smells sweet, malty, earthy.. definately picking up The C.. hops

Malty Sweet flavor, not like most other wheat beers Ive had.. has a nice hoppy finish like no other.. Im really impressed

Medium body light carbonation.

Almost a Wheaty IPA.. I dont know how to explain this.. Its got malty body of a red.. hop bitterness of an ipa and wheaty grainy body indicative of the usual wheat beers im not to fond of.. But the body and hops make this an enjoyable session.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangy Gold with a thick, luscious white head. Makes me drool in anticipation of the first sip.

S - Wonderful citrus smells attack my nostrils: Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, etc.

T - Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, etc. Grassy hops add some twang. Full of great flavors to tantalize your taste buds!

M - Fully moderate body with ticklish carbonation. An easy drinker.

O - This is one of my all time favorite beers. It has so much good stuff going on! A favorite for spring and summer.

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Photo of ralph-pine
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer to enjoy on special occasions. Exquisit bitterness, beautiful and powerful! If you want to impress your friends, give them one Lagunitas Little Sumpin!

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with creamy off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of orange, pineapple - very citric.

The taste is of citrus - orange, pinapple - balanced by mild sweetness and a dry breadiness. There is a slight alcohol touch. Finishes dry and refreshing.


This is one hopped-up wheat "summer" beer. And a nice one at that!

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Photo of soupyman10
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a wheat beer? I honestly couldn't tell. When this one was going down, my impression was that it was another hoppy IPA-ish brew (also called, "Strong" from what I've seen). On tap at Founding Farmers in DC, most noticeable factors in this light yellow beer were its huge fruitiness, which is mainly pineapple and citrus. These help bring some sweetness to the fairly strong hop presence. A light beer, light body, pretty high in carbonation. Overall, a respectable beer, but not standard for the style, in the least. Solid.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours well with a fingert thick white head, and has a semi hazy golden colored body.

The aroma is hoppy arid, along with citrus orange and grapefruit mixed together.

The taste is a good mix of bubblegum, grapefruit, and perhaps barely ripe strawberry.

Lightly carbonated, sour puckering gives a wetness to the palate, and kind of coats the warmness from the alcohol.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a yellowish gold color with a thin head. Lots of lacing. Great aroma of piney hops, grapefruit, and citrus. Taste is of some nice citrus blends and a hoppy finish. This is another easy to drink beer by Lagunitas. Lots of flavor and smooth.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color. Produced a nice cap of white froth; decent retention.

(S)- A bright citrus aroma. Lots of lemon, lime, orange, and pineapple. Hints at pine too, but a superb overall juicy citrus aroma.

(T)- A nice combo of piney citrus meets a subtle sweet caramel malt backbone.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The pine and citrus meet well in the middle with a good play of bitter and sweet on the backend.

(O)- Definitely a solid beer for the style. Everything in the right place and well balanced, if not a touch more hoppy than the norm.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never went out of my way to try this, but my Uncle threw one my way, so why not?

A- Pours a golden/straw body with a 2 1/2 - finger white head that falls pretty quickly to a decent cap, but then remains.

S- Wow, this is a pale wheat? Big nose of floral and citrus hops, followed by a yeasty/bready hit.

T- Again, I can't believe this is an American Pale Wheat. Great citrus and floral hop flavors. Slight bitterness follows, but then a nice bready/musty flavor.

MF- Medium bodied beer that has flavors that really jump on the palate. A little dry in the finish that leaves slight chalky feeling.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of citrussy, grassy hops. A bit tropical. Somewhat sweet smelling. Fresh bread malt aroma. Pine needles, grapefruit, and a little honey.

Pours clear light amber with an off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Juicy citrus fruits on the palate. Marmalade and pine. Floury wheat flavor rounds things off. Some sweetness upfront, honey-like. Finishes fairly dry though.

Crisp medium body, medium carbonation. Mouthfilling but not cloying. Some hop resin lingers with some floury wheat.

Drinks more like an IPA with notable wheat flavor. Not complaining though.

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Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a super clear amber orange color with a thick finger of off-white foamy head with decent retention. Dies to a small collar and leaves behind rings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Hops are the focus here. Fruity, citrusy aromas up front with some hints of pineapple and just a tiny bit of pine. Malts are hidden by the hops almost totally with just a slight contribution of breadiness and a mild wheaty/grainy aroma.

T - As with the aroma, the hops are the focus. Big hits of grapefruit with a bit of orange and some pineapple. Bitterness is higher than most other pale wheat ale's I've had. This seems to be more of an IPA than anything else. Malt character is low - only minor contribution from the wheat, giving a bit of a graininess and some hints of breadlike flavor too - but totally in the background.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation level, prickly/tingley on the tongue. Lingering hop bitterness, maybe just a bit sticky and resiny.

D - Very enjoyable beer...more IPA than pale wheat ale. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness...hard to beat as a companion to spicy food. Would be easy to have a couple more of these.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22 oz pint-style glass (more room for a hard pour). As it poured, it looked very yellow, but once in the glass, it settled into a solid golden color with a good head with excellent retention and lacing. First sniff yielded floral hop aromas and...for some reason (on the first sniff)..peach. Yeah, I know it sounds odd, but that's what I smelled, and I DID like it. It drifted into the fruity/floral hops scent after that. Taste reflected the label with hops in the ingredients listing hops several times. Hoppy with a clean crisp finish. All in all, a pretty damn good beer that I would get again. I wouldn't mind giving it a taste on tap...

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Photo of littlelorib
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy with a one finger creamy head that looks like it will stay for a while. Smell is wonderful - pine scent predominates but there's citrus scent in there too. Taste is as expected, with piney hops predominant followed by citrus with a touch of malt. Mouth feel is light.

Wow, my tour through the pale ales is showing me that i do like a hoppy beer. I would like to see a touch more malt showing through to balance the hops, but that's not going to stop me from drinking it.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typically cryptic bottle with some hops and a random blurb not defining the beer inside. Purchased on curiosity.

Pale clear pour with nice head and bubbles

Smells eerily similar to Hop Stoopid

Tastes, in my opinion, like Hop Stoopid Junior with a twist of Maximus. Both enjoyable beers, so congratulations on your marital union.

A wheat beer eh? Color me flummoxed.

Gonna drink a few of these.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rich golden color with small bright white head

S: honey malt with some real nice hops in there! Smells like Nelson Sauvin to me!!

T: good taste no alcohol taste starts off sweet finish is slightly dry again getting the Nelson Sauvin hops in here!

M: light mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable this beer is a great summer ipa type of beer

overall: I really enjoyed this one! really nice mix of hops and malt I loved it! Gunna have to drink more of this next summer! Cheers to Lagunitas!

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A good transparent golden straw color with a firm white head. A very thin ring of sediment in the bottle. I expected a bit more cloudiness and sediment. Smells like a hoppy IPA. Not too much malt in the scent but a small hint to their presence. Makes for a superb IPA but a little under malted for a wheat beer to my taste. A good all around mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer for it's alcohol content but in all it lacks a strong wheat malt for me.

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