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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
Reviews:
1,611
Ratings:
8,601
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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Photo of neckwrestler
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As far as Hoppy Wheats go, the IBU is just a tad too high for me and at 7.5% it's a little too alcoholic to make it sessionable (though you really can't taste the alcohol). I feel this is suited more toward IPA fanatics rather than Wheat connoisseurs. Appearance, smell and mouthfeel are great. Overall, this a very good beer and especially suited for summer, just be careful how many you drink, you'll feel it before you know it.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- golden color with a off white head and a below average head.

S- lots of very fresh hops, citrus, some malts and grain

T- more hops, lemon and grapefruit, washed down by a good wheat character and bitter finish. Really balanced.

O- incredibly refreshing with a really nice hop character.

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Photo of ratedz
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a golden/yellow color with a half inch white head. The head fades quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

Excellent smell. Lots of sweet citrusy hops...pineapple, orange, grapefruit. Hints of wheat.

Taste follows the nose with citrus notes. This reminds me more of an IPA than a pale wheat ale, but it is excellent. Sweet citrus notes followed by wheat. Mouth feel is smooth, but a little flat. Carbonation is minimal on the tongue.

Despite being 7.5% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. It is light and refreshing and it would be easy to drink multiple bottles.

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Photo of SPRichard
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2" white head settled to a thin cap....leaves a slight bit of lace down the sides of the glass...clear straw color....steady flow of carbonation bubbles flowing to the top of my pint

citrus....lemon....pine hops....nothing overwhelming in the nose

citrus flavors with the lemon being the most prevalent....backed up by grainy malt and a nice amount of pine hopiness to keep it balanced...slight bitterness in the finish

light with a semi-creamy body...slight pops of carbonation after each sip....makes you look forward to the next sip

i know the bottle says 7.3% ABV for this one, but i sure couldn't tell from drinking it...i only picked up a single bottle to try so i'm not sure how sessionable this one could be...just on a guess i'd say at least 4 - 5 of these should be easy (now i'll have to pick up a 6 pack to test it out, not that i'm complaining)...light, very tasty and well balanced....had it after a hot day of working in a warehouse and it was very refreshing

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Photo of SaisonedNovice
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great hoppy ale, but I couldn't really tell that wheat was used. A nice grapefruity aroma with some nice, dry bitterness. Sweet, but easy to put down.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/5/15 - Cinco de Mayo at the brewery in Chicago. Served right from the teet into a mason jar. Clear straw orange color with about 1/2 inch head. Tasty wheat on the hoppier side, which I like. Had a couple before the WSP show just ot be sure.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This little sumpin’ sumpin’ pours a warm orange amber color and carries a soft off white head. The head has very nice retention qualities and leaves equally nice lace.

The aroma is sweet and citrusy with some nice orange and ruby red grapefruit notes as well as a bit of pine. The sweetness has a fairly plain pale malt character to it. This is a very fruity smelling brew and I am also picking up on some peach and apricot aromas.

The flavor is quite interesting with a big hit of pale malt sweetness up front that yields to citrusy and fruity flavors. Orange, grapefruit, peach and pine are all present as well as some grainy and wheaty notes near the back end. Really, the contribution from the wheat malt is pretty buried though. Near the end of the sip this beer dries up considerably with a nice firm bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium with a lively carbonation that gives this beer a fairly invigorating texture. It finishes with sweet and dry character battling it while leaving some nice hop flavors on my tongue.

This beer is one of those super hoppy American wheat ales that is a nice change of pace if you are into American Pale ales. Gumball Head is still my favorite of this style, but this one is quite tasty and widely available.

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Photo of cbenson
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This a great looking beer. It reminds me of an ice-cream malt. Tall, creamy head with a sold gold color and small carbonation bubbles. The aroma is citrusy with hints of grapefruit. The flavor is sweet and fruity and reminds of orange and grapefruit. It is punctuated with a quick and diluted bitterness that rounds out the strong flavors. The alcohol taste is imperceptible. The mouthfeel is probably the best part. It is robust and interestingly textured at first and becomes something akin to flat soda as it washes down. Fantastic. An excellent summer ale.

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Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, pale yellow. A vigorous pour results in 1 1/2 fingers of head that fades over a few minutes, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Very attractive. The aroma is primarily of hops, with a subtle wheat smell that isn't strong but is very pleasing - it almost smells like being in a farm field.

Onto the tasting. Strong hop presence up front that lingers a while, but surprisingly the finish turns more towards the malt than to bitter hops. The hop flavors are mostly pine, with a bit of citrus that comes through in the mid-palate - it works well with the wheat. Malt flavor is strongest when I exhale, and is generally good. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit creamy, it's not what I had expected but it works here.

I haven't had all that many pale wheat ales, but Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is the clear champ among those I've sampled. If I had to describe this to someone in a bar in one sentence, it'd be "a bit like an IPA, though a bit more sessionable." Seek this one out.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing 'A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale @ 7.5% , served from a 6pack of 12 fl oz purchased for $18

A-pour is a pale gold from bottle to clear soft gold in the glass with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the stein

S-big west coast hops , very similar to a PNW IPA

T-big , crisp , pleasant bitter finish lingers on the palate

MF-ok carbonation , almost full bodied , a true session beer

Ov-impressive beer , not as abraisive as some IPA's , certainly not a huge bitter lingering aftertaste , butt something Lagunitas has done put's this beer in .. yes I'll have another

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Lostcarkeys
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- What a nice color for a beer. A bright yellow that is barely hazy at all!

S- A soft lingering smell of melon, unlike most other wheat ales I have tried.

T- Delectable offering for the taste buds. A powerful afterglow that holds citrous flavor in your mouth.

MF- Strong carbonation at first, smooths out into a mellow cool and crisp finish. I could pound these suckers back to back to back.

O- This is one for the collection. Grab a six pack the first opportunity you get!

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Photo of JackieKu
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Clear. Pale. Poured 4 fingers high of head and medium long retention. (4)
S: Intense lemon and lemon peel aroma. A bit grassy. Some tropical fruits (pineapple). (4)
T: Citrus. Tropical fruits. A touch of sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Dry finish. (4.2)
M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. (3.7)
O: Excellent hoppy ale. (4)

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Photo of goalie33
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A) Slightly hazy gold in color with one finger of foamy white head. Nicely carbonated. Leaves decent lacing in the glass.
S) Musty and mango-peach hops with some sweet malts in the background.
T) Bitter, hoppy beginning with a very sweet, malty finish. Transition is very smooth. Bready malt taste lingers in the back of the mouth.
M/D) Beginning of the mouthfeel is medium bodied while the finish is thick and almost syrupy. Good drinkability but not really sessionable.

Very interesting beer. The mouthfeel during the finish is unlike any I've felt. Very nice array of flavors. A pretty good beer that's worth trying.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a growler of this with the lady over homemade mac and cheese and fish stick. It was a wonderful combination. It was a great hazy mustard color with a foamy head that left some solid lacing. It smelled of pine, hops, citrus, and a hint of wheat. The wheat came thru more in the taste. It kind of reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Solid, I hope it continues to be readily available. Good West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a sixer at Frougle's poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden, mostly clear, with a fluffy three finger head. Lace and foam hangs on the side of the glass, soapy till the very end

S - Orange, mild grapefruit, pine.

T - An interesting blend. Pine, orange, breads, and some malt sweetness. Breads dominate the finish and aftertaste. A hint of bitterness.

M -A touch thin with moderately low carbonation, but it fits this beer really well

O - Goes down smooth, and carries enough taste to keep it interesting. A great summertime beverage.

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Photo of bump8628
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All around big-assed wheat beer. Tropical fruits, citrus, and crushed aspirin get out ahead of things before eventually being reeled in by a big wheaty body. As it warms the grainy cereal notes come out even more and the absurd creaminess increases. This is just a damn good craft beer. I could see drinking it all day in the summer, except that the ABV would knock me on my ass before supper.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A much more drinkable counterpart to Lagunita's A Little Sumpin' Extra Ale, with more toned down malts to let the hops stand out and shine. Definitely potent, but better.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangey gold topped by a frothy head that retains amazingly and laces like a beast.

The aroma is powdered sugar and a buttload of citrusy hops. Divine. Creamy, almost. Lots of orange peel and a touch of honey.

Taste is very rounded, grapefruit and sweet malts, light wheat, citrusy with a lot of waxy yeast and honey. A hint of spice and orange peel lingers in the finish. Well hopped in the most perfect way.

Medium to light body, could use some beefing up.

Overall a very satisfying wheat beer. Hardly surprising--I learned to expect great things from Lagunitas a long time ago.

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Photo of Lothore
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my lagunitas mason jar that was graciously given to me by the bartender at the lagunitas tap room. Huge, chunky, white head that leaves a ton of lacing on the way down.

S- Wheat, hints of apple, light fruit.

T- Lots of wheat, extremely bready with some bitter hops lingering on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Definitely a nice wheat beer. I'd pick it up again if I saw it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into pint glass , very light colored , lots of carb , great head with nice lacing

Smell is very hoppy , leaning towards earthy and grassy to me and very nice to smell

Nice refreshing drink on this beer , goes down smooth just enough carbonation to give it a little bite

The taste is more than what I expect from a wheat beer , the hops really come forward and die off towards the end leaving a complex flavor of barley and wheat

Overall I'm not a fan of wheat beer , this has been my favorite so far. I could really get behind a 6 pack of this while mowing the lawn on a hot summer day , I will test this theory in a couple months

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an orange-yellow color, reminiscent of an IPA more so than any wheat I have seen. Small fleeting head, with a copious amount of visible carbonation.
The nose lets off a moderate amount sweet grapefruit notes along with some pine and a super faint grassy-wheat smell.
Fresh citric hop flavor, with a strange tart push in the middle. Finishes off mildly bitter with a hop soaked wheaty aftertaste.
Moderately high level of carbonation and not a bit syrupy, finishes very clean and crisp.
Drinkability is freaking awesome, they go down very easily.
Solid offering. Reminds me of a less syrupy heavily mellowed out Hop Stoopid.

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Photo of wrycon
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish honey in color. Smells like trademarked Lagunitas - lots of tropical, lots of orange and a lighter, tangy malt. Taste comes thick and full, with the same orange and tropical hop presence. The maltiness is there, but it's repeatedly bludgeoned by the fruit flavor. The end game is a thick marmalade that delights delightfully... OK that was obnoxious, but it is delightful.

Like It? Very Much

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Photo of magictrokini
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ The Local. Didn't know what to expect, first "American Pale Wheat Ale," and, its a lot like an IPA. At least this one was. Poured clear copper with a short white head. Solid lacing. Fresh, citrus aroma, lots of hops. Peppery and spicy as well. No wheat. Light, clean mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very refreshing. Clean, bitter hops up front that rapidly shifts to the citrus. Lemon zest, tart oranges, grapefruit. Mellow finish without being soapy. Again, no wheat. Overall, a nice beer, drinks like a smooth, tart West-Coast IPA. Difference is all the hops with a lighter body.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful golden almost orangeish color. Very little head on pouring and what is left is minimal. Nice tight lacing ring. The beer is fairly clear.

S-Wonderful, almost like a glass of grapefruit juice. Heavy malt scent in the background remind me of a barleywine. I just wish the smell was stronger. Maybe a bit more carbonation to push it out.

T-This is a bitter one but very refreshing at the same time. The hops show more character then most of the ipa's I have tried. More of the floral and citrus characters come through, not just plain bitterness. The malt hiding in the background balances out nicely with all the hop flavors. The finish is a bit dry and there might be a bit of age on this bottle because I get the feeling the hops flavors are starting to decline. But it still is excellent and better then most.

M.F.-There is a stinging bitterness that I dont find too pleasing. Also as stated before, the finish is quite dry.

D-I think I would try this one again. But the craft beer aisle at binnys is limitless.

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Photo of zimm421
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively from a bottle into a tulip. Appears a nice orange color with fluffy white head, that leaves good lacing. Very clear, and the head never really dissipates completely.

The nose is fairly muted but the floral notes and sweet undertones are what come through the most. The taste is very well balanced. There is good caramel flavor, and the floral hops allow the beer to finish nicely bitter.

Mouthfeel is fairly sharp, and slightly sticky on the back end. Overall, this is a good brew that is very refreshing, and very full of flavor.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.
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