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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

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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Reviews: 1,623 | Ratings: 8,658
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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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear yellow amber color with a firm and full white head and fair lacing. The aroma is lemony hops and honey and other fruit and floral nuances, very pleasant. The taste brings a curious blend of piney citrous hops mixed with caramel cracker and floral qualities for a bit of bite. The feel is medium with generous but with subtle carbonation that is very drinkable. Another great hop option from the masters at Lagunitas. Nice!

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

Pours an orangey colour with plenty of carbonation stream. Head is off-white, fairly dense and creamy with a nice, slightly crusty-looking curtain of lace. Not sure about the amount of carbonation but otherwise looks great.

Smells pleasant, light and slightly hoppy but mostly a pale malt character, lots of caramelised grain with notes of apple, pear and some strawberry. Mild toffee as well. Pleasant, light yet very aromatic nose.

Taste is tangy from the get-go with early hopping and slight yeast esters - apple, peach and some mango notes that develops nice, earthy malt flavours midway with a toffeed pecan edge to it. Bitter, resinous hops finish off with nice phenolic edge, but plenty of light, citric notes for a good balance.

Body is there and somehow that really strong carbonation doesn't really show. It's quite a smooth, creamy mouthfeel overall if a little on the thin side.

Very pleasant beer; plenty of grounding but very drinkable as well.

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

Was going to pick up a sixer of Lagunitas IPA, then saw a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' next to it on the rack. The illustrated cutie sold me.

A: A fairly average to gentle pour yielded a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to about a half-finger pretty quick, then slowly goes down to a film. Good clarity. Nice, rich color appropriate for the style. Not really mind-blowing to look at, but above average. Would have rated stronger in this area if the head proved a bit more persistent.

S: Cracking the cap, got the distinct smell of cantaloupe. Keeping your nose a few inches from the bottle mouth and melon comes to the fore. In the glass, really getting your nose down in there, it's apparent citrus hops are the dominant scent...but the overall impression is melon. As it warms, I'm getting hints of Cognac. This could be from the age of my particular sample muting the hops (March 1st bottle date, 101 days old as of right now), or it could have something to do with the unique backbone. Or it could just be allergies. Who knows, but I like it. It's unique.

T: Grains, hop bitterness, something a bit unique going on in the background (again, maybe that wheat), carmel sweetness, and melon/apricot/fruit in the nose. I like it.

M: About perfect for the style. 'Nuff said.

D: Not exactly a session beer, but definitely nice to have one or three when chillin' out.

O: This is a good, solid IPA with a little bit of a twist...a Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. =) Not quite as radical as I thought it'd be, and it doesn't really stand above others in this segment enough to sell your first born to get it, but it's easy to see how LSSA could become someone's go-to brew.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color with one finger of creamy white head.

Scent of oily hops, grapefruit, pine, sugars, and fruit. Very nice pungent hops with a bit of sweetness make up one great smelling brew.

Taste of hops, pine, grapefruit, and some grain. Much more hoppy than a typical Wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and oily with good carbonation.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass (this is classified as a wheat, after all). Body is clear golden orange with a very small whitish head. Some splotchy lace up top; more rings of lace down the glass where it narrows.

S: Wow -- grapefruity citrus and tropical fruits just jump right out of the glass. It's certainly not like any wheat ale I've ever smelled. The word "juicy" keeps coming to mind.

T: Again, juicy. Mouth-watering brown sugar-coated grapefruit is the first impression. There is a peppery bite at the finish and a lingering spice. It could be the wheat "tang" trying to break through, perhaps. That spicy bite lingers, detracting from the taste, IMO, a bit.

M: Medium in heft -- heavier than your average wheat ale, for sure.

D: Pretty good, though that lingering spicy bite does detract in the drinkability category too.

Notes: more like a California APA in many ways -- big juicy hops in the nose, for example, a clear body and the 7+% ABV -- but I do think there's something spicy that makes this more of a hybrid with the wheat ale style. Interesting, that's for sure.

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Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and very nice laceing.Aroma is of citrus,and piney hops.Body is medium and very carbonated. Taste is more like an IPA. Very hopped up front with a bit of a bready presence. Hoppy finish. Where's the wheat?

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

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a slightly hazy dark hay color with a slightly rocky white head. Nice fresh citrus aroma, with a lot of lemon. Good flavor of refreshing citrus and hop spice. There's a bit of wheat at the finish. Light-bodied with light carbonation. Overall this is neither an IPA nor a wheat beer, but something very in-between, though leaning towards the IPA. It is really refreshing, which I like, and easy to drink. Could be a good introduction to hops for wheat beer lovers, or a nice "staycation" for IPA lovers.

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Photo of ruck304
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into an ale glass. Ale pours a dark orange, almost light reddish color. Smells citrusy like lemon zest and with the color, reminds me of an orange peel. Didn't pour a thick head obviously with an ale.

Taste is very smooth and like the smell, citrusy. Well hopped and balanced nicely. Sips smooth and easy drinking.

Really enjoyed this beer. This is my first Lagunitas tasting and I will definitely explore more based on this first acquaintance.

Overall, a very hoppy, well balanced, and smooth ale.

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

Went shopping to make the lady friend some dinner. Stumbled across a Lil Sumpin Sumpin for myself. Sorry, couldn't resist.

Appearance - A light orange copper color. Quite clear. A solid inch of creamy head. It looks very nice.

Smell - Great hops on this one. Very fruity. Some tangerine and apricot. Not much citrus, and almost no pine. Very floral. There's a hint of sweet biscuit, but otherwise not a lot of malt. Smells great.

Taste - Follows the nose. The wheat is a lot stronger than on the nose, but it's still a very hoppy beer. It's got some nice sweet fruit up-front. Some really nice mellow wheat. Although the aftertaste is just a touch funky and bitter/off.

Mouthfeel - A touch thin. But pretty good. A hint more carbonation maybe?

Drinkability - The thin-ness actually helps it go down. A very drinkable 7% that's for sure. I might just go grab me another one.

This is a very good beer. It's the sort of thing that if it were only available in bombers and hyped up it would have an even bigger following. However, not sure everyone will love it, especially if they're looking for more of a wheat beer. The scores would probably be lower if I stuck strictly to category, but this beer is too good to downgrade based on names. I'll be picking up some more of it.

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

12 oz. Bottled a little over a month ago, says the Julian code.

A: Looks similar to their IPA, Sucks, and Hop Stoopid. Clear bright copper body, nice head and sticky lacing.

S: Hops, lots of sugar, almost like cake frosting. More wheat and malt as it warms up.

T: Exactly how I'd expect a hoppy wheat beer to taste. Nice balance of bitterness and breadiness (if that's even a word). Classic Lagunitas hop bite loaded with notes of pineapple.

M: Carbonation is at an adequate level. For a higher ABV beer, you wouldn't notice it much.

O: One of their best year-round beers, for sure.

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

on tap at for pete's sake in philly

A - Pours pale golden yellow with a light head which fades away into a film with some traces of lacing around the pint glass.

S - Loaded with a pleasant mixture of juicy hops, wheat, and a touch of fruit.

T - The hops jump right out initially, followed with a sweet, wheat base. An assortment of tropical fruit reveals itself, eventually turning to more oily hops and a bitter finish which disappears swiftly.

M - Light bodied and bubbly.

D - The 7.3% is masked nicely creating a highly drinkable and refreshing beer.

This is super hoppy for the style, and might be one of my favorite Lagunitas beers ever. Nice!

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Mildly hazy, bright burnished gold, and an inch of soft, white head and moderate carbonation that settles out.

Smell - Citrus, damp spruce, some sweet fruit notes and hops.

Taste - Lemons, pine, clover honey, and hops. Starts out with slightly sweet fruit and ends hoppy and dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth and snappy.

Drinkability - My days of big hop are long in the past, but this works and is a very easy drinking beer. The hops are certainly present, but are well balanced by the malt.

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

A - Pours a golden orange that immediately excites the senses, and the haze throughout points to this brew's wheaty genetics. The head is well defined, and a clean cut white. The retention is a little eager to dissipate, but it leaves behind a stiff collar which gives way to robust lacing at every sip.

S - Amazing expression of hops. A complex array of pine, citrus and grapefruit notes indicate a true american hop schedule, which bursts from the glass in an assertive, yet elegant manner. A faint bicuitiness also lingers in the background, nodding toward the gentle balance of sweetness ahead.

T - Sure enough the delicate malts roll down the carpet for the impending hop extravaganza in a manner that is as gentle on the palate as it was in the nose. Despite the clement character of the soft shortbread sweetness, it proves a dedicated partner, and as much as the hops dominate, it endures to the literal bitter end. The hops also reflect the nose, as the zesty citrus notes of orange peel and lemon rind blend into the acidic bitterness of grapefruit, and finally end on a gust of pine and unripe clementines. Throughout the transition, a distinct grassiness adds a refreshingly airy herbaceousness to the dynamic, which would make this brew a great summer feature.

M - There's a definite hop oil stickiness that's most apparent after the buffering carbonation subsides, and the beer has time to coat the palate between sips. However, take another swig and you're riding high again on buoyant body board of carbonation, bobbing over wave after wave in a sea of fresh green hops.

D/O - If you're a hop fan, this one is for the long haul. It's by no means overbearing, but it's certainly not a character to go unnoticed.

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

a- Poured a clear golden color which surprised me because this is a wheat beer. 2 finger width frothy off white head is short lived.

s- Aroma is kinda hoppy, most impressive is the tropical fruit flavor. Theres a hint of honey in the nose.

t- Oh, this is nice! Hops come through pretty well but i'd say the sweet maltiness puts up a good fight. This reminds me of bell's Oberon, but this is more hoppy.

I love the newiish trend of these summer pale wheat ales having more alcohol. I usually stay away from these, but this is great. This is not your typical "refreshing" pale wheat.

mf/d- This has body! Feel is prickly and kinda smooth. A few of these would go down just fine!

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

poured into my recently purchased Two Brother's pint glass.

pours a great golden yellow with a slight orangish tinge. a small amount of white head formed as well. the smell is hoppy freshness with a slight hint of wheat and light malt smell. the flavor is really well balanced with the wheat hitting first only to then finish with that fresh hop flavor. goes down smooth and is a really refreshing beer. A great summer drink that I will soon drink again!

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

A hoppy beer with no freshness info to be found. A rare gamble on my part. Worth it? Yep.

This was a hazy straw color and it poured with a medium sized, lumpy head.

This smells at least fairly fresh. Somewhat vibrant citrus and tropical fruit plus muted wheat underneath. The hops don't come across as fresh on the tongue, but this is still damn tasty. Pungent grapefruit plus hints of pineapple and mango all but overwhelm any malt balance. The body was big and sticky. Definitely liking this one. Give me a bottled on date and this would be a regular buy for me.

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Photo of dondeez21
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard a few good things about this beer but wasnt quite sure what style it was. Grabbed a 6pack and was very impressed.
A: Copper coloer with a foamy head that disappeared rather quik.
S: Very strong citrus hops hit my nose right away
T: Was not sur ewhat style this beer was until I was half way through my glass. Very suprised it is a wheat beer. Tastes more like an IPA. Citrus hops attacked my taste buds. Very hoppy.
M: Medium mouthfeel not too light and not too heavy
D: This beer tastes great but I feel the hops are very present and may slow you down after a lint or 2.

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

Pours a dark golden color, this is not a light summery wheat beer in appearance. Nice big fluffy head after a bit of a vigorous pour.

Talk about a blast of fresh hops coming from the head on this beer, wow. I am pretty sure the dudes at Lagunitas start each batch of beer with a mandatory 10lb sack of hops. This beer is very piney and resiny in the nose, a little bit of sweetness like pineapple is in there too...quite aromatic!

Taste is lots of fresh hop character, piney, citrusy, pineapply with some cotton candy sweetness to it as well. Call it what you will, I still think its up there with some of the IPAs I've had. The finish is a bit tangy and bitter dry but crisp and refreshing all the same.

Love this stuff, I wish it was around 5% as 7.3% is a little out of session range for me but I do like this "Summer" release more than most I've had.

Love the name too...

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

Appearance: Clear honey with a hint of rose. Clean white foam.

Smell: Distinct hop aroma with subtle grapefruit notes.

Taste: Light and bitter throughout with spice and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thin yet has tingly bite on the tongue.

Overall: A nice different IPA to drink on hot day. No heavy flavors jump out or overpower. Overall a recomendable beer.

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Photo of Weston19
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: The appearance is an amber color with a thick foamy head which quickly disappears into a nice lacing that stays there until you finish it.

S: I think the smell is the best thing about this beer. The immediate smell I encountered was sweet pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a little nuttiness. Truly one of the best smelling beers I've ever had the pleasure of smelling.

T: Taste follows the nose with a little sweetness followed by a strong taste of grapefruit. There is also a tiny hint of pineapple but the grapefruit was definitely the main flavor. Leaves a small amount of bitterness every time you take a sip.

M: Very creamy and a bit oily.

O: I thought this beer was a fine example of why Laguanitas is one of the best craft beer producers around. Everything about this beer is spot on for the type of beer that it is. Although I personally didn't like the bitterness the aftertaste left, that is just my personal opinion. Would definitely recommend it if you like this style of beer.

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

A-golden yellow color with a white head and good lacing

S-floral and citrus aromas

T-citrus and fruit flavors with floral notes and nice bitter hop flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O-a delicious ale, very drinkable

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

A - Mostly clear golden color. Not much head on the pour. Some lacing down the glass until the beer is gone

S - Orange and lemony. Some fresh cut grass too. Can smell the crisp hops.

T - Citrusy wheat ale with a nice hop kick. Good flavor! The alcohol is well hidden

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. A little thin to me.

O - A good a wheat pale ale. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle poured into chalice

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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