A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
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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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Ratings: 8,920 |  Reviews: 1,680
Photo of UA8
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours an orangy amber hue with a tall cream colored head.

S- The nose explodes with big notes of tangerines and tropical fruits, background notes of some malt sweetness.

T- Leads in super smooth with semi sweet maybe wheat malt? Midpalate explodes with citrus notes, finishes with a nice touch of spice and grapefruit rind bitterness.

M- SO smooth! Literally just rolls across the palate and down the the hatch. Carbonation is moderate to high but of a fine nature that just adds to the smooth texture.

D- This is right up there as one of my favorite Lagunitas beers. It's in credibly easy to drink and the hops while big on flavor don't trounce the palate.

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Photo of Kwadersc3
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GoingPrimal
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Pours golden, nice big fat head prob cuz I poured it fast.
S - Nose is beautiful - bubblegum, some floral hops, honey, the lightest touch of alcohol to the nose but had to dig to get it. Definite bubblegum on the nose.
T - Taste is very clean, the wheat is light and sets the background to prop up the other flavors. Wow getting some dank, resiny weed-like flavor coming through, some hop bitterness, a bit of pine. Little in the way of barley malt. Definite hop resin flavor that plays beautifully with the light bubblegum flavors. Gonna let it warm a tad and see where it takes me.
Doesn't improve as it warms, but doesn't get worse. An interesting light bitter tang at the end, and the wheat was a great touch as it really let the other flavors come through. Loving this bubblegum smell and flavor, need to know how that's done.
O - Overall an amazing, almost too drinkable IPAish wheat beer. New fav.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a translucent gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thick ring of foam.

S-Grapefruit is just about the only thing I can get out of the nose which is surprising considering it is a wheat beer. It doesn't really have any of the typical nose characteristics I am used to with this style.

T-Lotes of grapefruit and some lemon notes up front followed by a nice malt/wheat backbone. It finishes with a slightly bready note. Truly delicious.

M-A little thicker than expected with a nice touch of carbonation.

D-Even though its abv. is relatively high one could drink at least three of these in a sitting. Its so delicious and easy drinking though it might creep up on you very quickly.

Until today I had yet to be blown away by a Lagunitas beer. Everything has changed as of this moment. This beer is remarkable. I will be drinking this and maybe only this until next Fall.

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Photo of diamondc
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 12 oz.

A: Huge head. Lots of lacing. Hazy, golden in color. Beautiful.

S: Ripe tropical fruits. Pineapple, kiwi, guava, apricot. Intoxicating.

T: Lots of above fruits in the flavor, almost like drinking fruit punch, but there is some mild pine/herbal bitterness at the end. Some wheat bread/cracker malts come up while warming up.

M/O: Very well-carbonated, refreshing. Loving the hops selection used here. Surprised this isn't labeled an IPA. Definitely worth multiple purchases.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1.79 for a 12 oz bottle from the super market

A-bright gold/orange, 3/4 of an inch of head the recedes after a few seconds

S-Definitely hop forward, notes of citrus and mango, faint but noticeable yeastyness synonymous with a wheat beer,

T-an explosion on the palette, citrusy/bitter hops leads into bright red fruits/black pepper finishing with slight malt sweetness and an enjoyable level of booziness. The black pepper notes seem to be more prominent as the beer warms in the glass.

M-smooth, full bodied, medium level of carbonation, pretty damn drinkable

O: Very, pleasantly surprised. I had enjoyed their IPAs in the past, but this blew them out of the water. Very refreshing with a multitude of flavor profiles. I think this beer would go perfect with some spicy indian food or heavily season smoked ribs. Definitely will be looking for more from Lagunitas.

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Photo of budgood1
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a pale gold colour. snow white frothy head with ample staying power. chunks of lace. monster hop aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and passion fruit. sweet caramel type malts only amplify the nose. downright tropical. taste profile is more of the same...the gritty wheat aspect does show itself, showing off grainy and dry notes, but is quickly swallowed up by some malty, sweet, candy and toffee like sweetness. it melds incredibly well with the tropical like hop fruitiness and provides a decadent and delectable taste profile. at 7.5 ABV, it does throw off some heat, which can be easily detected, but is also cleverly integrated. although the hop profile is flavour forward, there is a great deal of lingering bitterness. this also provides a welcome level of dryness in the finish, melding well with the overlooked wheat bill. full bodied for a wheat inspired pale ale. tongue tingling mouthfeel...props to the hops. great drinkabilty...too good for such a high ABV ale.

overall...i would say that this is ridiculously tasty. Lagunitas nails another west coast, hop forward ale. stoopid good. ;)

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Photo of freewheeln
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Egalo215
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Andrewbeardman
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stumac
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Ram
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer! My new fav. beer !

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4.64/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured this American Pale Wheat Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a clear pale color, produced a thick white head, left an OUTSTANDING amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread and mega amounts of floral hops. Medium bodied this wheat ale had a foundation of soft malted wheat, that gives way to a citric hops. By far the best American Pale Wheat Ale I have sampled. Nothing ordinary about this beer.

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Photo of Mathed
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The floral aroma is amazing and the hoppy entrance quickly turns into a slightly bitter finish. Overall a great beer, one of my favorites.

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4.64/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Slynger
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed, deep golden tangerine color with a nice lid of fluffy off-white.

Lots of sweet fruity hops in the nose are balanced by sweet wheat (see flavor).

Grrreat! flavor. Apricots, tangerines, peaches, grapefruits of the pink variety come in mellowly mixing with sweet, lightly toast, pale wheat, and a light grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium-full body with a perfect amount of zesty, tingly carb. Lightly cloying fruits and bitterness linger before pleasantly fading away.

"The Guni's" come through with a hellava sumpin'-sumpin' in this brew. Score one for APWA.

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Photo of Burt
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass filled to the top.

A. Yellow orange that is hazy. Head is white and thick. Left a thick coating of lace all the way down the glass.

S. Big hop aroma, loved smelling this beer

T. Nice hop taste taste up front, had a little sweetness in the middle with a nice bitterness at the end.

M. Some carbonation, with a smooth coating, at 7.5% the alcohol is well hidden.

D. Was surprised how good this beer was very easy drinking and dangerously addictive. Hop heads beer for sure.

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4.64/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours golden with a half finger of foamy white head. Nice solid soapy lacing.
S - Amazing, I can smell this from the bottle. Hops, sweet citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and lime.
T - Sweet citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, lighter underlying fruits like apple and lime. Finishes slightly bitter. Light medium body and mouthfeel. Excellent.
O - An amazing, unique tasting ale.
V - Medium.

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Photo of Timmush
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I feel like I shouldn't review this because it is no way like any "american Pale Wheat ale" I ever drank. It is an amazing beer. It tastes almost like a Double IPA. The Appearance is its only downfall. It looks like a macro (believe it or not). But the taste is amazing. To me, it is a cross between hopstoopid and nugget nectar. and those are my two favorites.
I have tried 8 of the top 10 pale wheat ales and nothing tastes like this. . This is more like heaven on earth.

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Photo of BB1980
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpasquini
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Golden orange in color, leaves a very nice white head so don't poor too aggressively, leaves some lacing as well

S: Some piney hops, more citrus hop smell though, and some orange, can't tell if it's yeast or zest though, and a hint of some sweet malt

T: Pine hops hit first, then you get the citrus hops as the bitterness comes, and it leaves with orange yeast and a hint of sweet malt flavor in the after taste, very nice bitterness level in this beer, overall good balancing of flavors and bitterness

M: Nice and light, very drinkable, a hint oily, leaves your mouth a tiny bit dry but it's nice, if I didn't look at the ABV I would have thought this was a session beer

O: Great beer, good smell, taste, bitterness, if you haven't tried this yet definitely pick it up next time you see it, definitely worth the buy

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of budnick
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.1% out of 100 with 8,920 ratings
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