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
lagunitas.com

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:
1,640
Ratings:
8,738
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,640 | Ratings: 8,738
Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into a tulip.

A - Light orange and golden body, brilliant clarity for any beer let alone a wheat, dense foamy head persists and leaves sticky lace on the way down.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest blended with a sweet malt "cracker" aroma.

T - Substantial bitterness is balanced by a fresh bread malt body. Citrus hops flavor of green apple, lemon, grapes, and some orange oil. Malt presence is noted as some alcohol warmth, but not hot... If this was given to me in a blind taste test, I'm guessing American IPA every time. Very little wheat presence noticed, and I'm OK with that here... :P

M - Moderate to light bodied, high carbonation, crisp finish and dry.

D - Medium to high even with the +7% ABV. Not normally a fan of many "wheat" offerings, but this is an IPA with some wheat in it, so I'm loving it!

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Photo of J30wang
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real hoppy, which was unexpected. Very citrusy and really quite sweet to taste. It reminded me a bit of Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA.

Smelled fantastic--I was hugging the empty bottle after I had finished, just taking whiff after whiff of that floral, hoppy aroma. This is a heavier pale ale compared to say, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

I enjoyed this very much, but a little too heavy for Close-to-Summer weather for me. Might enjoy this better in the fall. Highly Recommend!

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Photo of brian44556
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's Pint Glass. No date on the bottle.

Burnt straw color that forms a decent white head that disintegrates rather quickly. Nice lacing around the sides of the glass. Smells of earthy hops, wheat, and grass. Very refreshing taste. A little bitter upfront, but that is balanced out with a nice refreshing wheat finish. Good carbonation. Overall a great beer. I would consider this Gumballheads twin brother, not identical twin, but pretty close. Has all of the characteristics to make this a top tier beer, and putting this in the same class as Gumballhead is an outstanding compliment. Well done Lagunitas!

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Photo of belgiumbud
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of this brew at my local Whole Foods Market...Poured into a standard pint glass (Butte Creek pint glass)...

Not much smell, a little bit of hops
Not much head, need to try on tap
Straw-blonde color, fairly clear
Very light on the malt, just a tad bit sweet, but immediantly the hop bitterness hits you and drys out your palate...Little bit of citrus acidity
Very smooth for a high gravity beer, after about two of these I feel like grabbing some peanuts and watching the ball game...

If you like hops with minimal malt and body then this is the beer for you...Always enjoy trying all that Lagunitas has up their sleeve
Cheers

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Photo of JimKal
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip with a nice amber-gold appearance. Delivered a nice two inch head that dissipated pretty quickly but left behind some nice lacing.

S:Nice hoppy odor that lasted as long as the beer.

T: A really hop forward taste that was not as intense as the best IPAs but unlike any other wheat beer I've had. These hops linger and stand up well to a spicy chili that I was having with the beer.

M: Despite the hop bite it had the smoothness of a wheat beer. Really quite interesting.

O: I really liked this one and it will make a regular appearance in my beer lineup - particularly now that the hot weather has finally arrived.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale wheat??? What wheat? This is a hop bomb and is absolutely delicious. A hazy light gold with a small head.
Smell is sweet and hoppy, it promises a nice balance between hops and malt. I guess there is a grassy, wheat note in there somewhere.
Tastes wonderfully sweet, notes of grass, wheat, pine, sticky and juicy hops. Finishes dry and makes you want another sip.
Feels smooth and has a nice amount of bitey carbonation. This is by far my favorite wheat of any style.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great gift from my sis-in-law.

A. Clear, honey gold. Finger of eggshell white head with good retention and consistent lacing. Really nice.

S. Citrus zest, orange peel, caramel, biscuit, a little brown sugar and bread crust. I really like how bright this smells, with an underlying wheat mellowness. Excellent.

T. Lots of citrus zest, candied orange and lemon, toasted bread crust, carmelized sugar, and some more herbal and bitter resinous notes. Hops are very forward. Finish is dry and crackery.

M. Moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and reasonably refreshing. A little bit of alcohol and hop burn betrays a slight lack of balance. Wheat malt could use a slightly more prominent role in the overall profile.

O. A very good pale wheat, though definitely on the hoppier side. Beautiful nose and well integrated flavors make this a worthwhile visit.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company
---12oz bottle poured into pint glass---

Appearance
Clear amber color with a sturdy one finger head and good sticky lace.

Smell
Oh the smell! Strong citrus smells almost drown out the sweet malt.

Taste
Grapefruit and orange with a hint of pine

Mouth-feel
The wheat definitely takes a back seat to the delicious hops. Good amounts of carbonation, and fairly well balanced.

Overall
I really enjoyed this beer! Pours great, smells excellent, and tastes even better. Flavor lingers in your mouth, begging you to have another - and I think I will!

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Photo of alex_hart
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, crisp, dark hay color with good carbonation visible. A starch white half finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.

Smell: Sweet, flowery, some candied sugar and a small amount of hop presence.

Taste: This is delicious. It follows the nose in the best way possible. It is so smooth from beginning to end. The floral notes come out strong and the sweetness really keeps everything flowing. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied but edging closer to medium. Good carbonation and is extremely soft, smooth, and drinkable.

Overall: This is my favorite from Lagunitas so far. Absolute gem.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden body. One finger white head perched atop. Head retention is very decent. As the head recedes moderate lacing left clinging to the glass.

Strong fruit aroma seems to be a standard of Lagunitas. Juicy tangelo, grapefruit, mango, guava and pineapple. Sweet pale malt with a touch of caramel set underneath provides a sturdy base for the pleasantly strong hops.

Flavor mimics the nose perfectly. The hops are strong with the malt remains subtle in a supporting role. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange flavors. Very slight pithy bitterness, the sweet juicy hop flavors certainly overpowering the biting bitter flavors. Malt flavors are very complimentary, sweet caramel flavor meshes very well with the hops.

Medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. Clean and smooth texture. Sweetness is slightly clinging but the finish still manages to be slightly dry.

Very drinkable, Lil Sumpin Sumpin is just a damn good beer. Great balance between fruitiness, bitterness and sweetness. Very easy to enjoy a few in a sitting.

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Photo of beerman207
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok....so I'm in love with Lagunitas. I have yet to have a bad beer for them and just recently found that I can get the brews in Ohio. Look out! More of these will be consumed.

A: Lightest orange, a nie white head which is quite fluffy which leaves some good lacing behind.

S: Nose is wheat, hops, malt, some candied apple? Maybe even some pears. Nice

T: Flavor is fantastic - the hops and malt balance nicely and the pear flavor is apparent along with maybe some apple as wel as the wheat coming in here and there. Very good and very refreshing

M: Mouthfeel is moderate

O: Damn, just a great beer. Lagunitis - you are quickly moving up on my brewery list.

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

I can only go so long without drinking a Lagunitas. I'm a big fan of pale ales and it seems like everything Lagunitas makes is a pale ale or is hoppy. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is one I've had before but I haven't reviewed. Now it is time for me to give the beer its due!

The head grew thick, white, and frothy and it leaves a minimal film on top after the head eventually reduces itself. Clear and an amber-copper color is the beer with some bubbles dancing up from the bottom of the glass.

It "smells like angels ought to smell", as Marv from SinCity says, but this angel would be the angel of hoppy beer. Why didn't God make that angel? Michael is the badass angel, Gabriel is sort of God's messenger, but where is the beer angel?! Doesn't God know that beer gives Man so much enjoyment? Anyway, as with every Lagunitas beer I've had the aroma is lusciously floral from the hops with some good pine notes that go along with grapefruit/mango citrus and some wheaty malt to balance out.

The taste is much like the smell with the hop bitterness and spice tingling the tongue while the piney sweetness adds balance until the citrus and wheaty malt flavors linger at the end. Unfortunately my review won't do this beer justice. This is a very good pale ale that is full of flavor but not filling. It's very refreshing and a definite recommendation for anyone looking for a pale ale.

The little sumpin' this beer gives is a lot and it is only one of many great beers from Lagunitas.

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

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with half a finger of bubbly white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and peach. A little toasted light grain.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit and piney hops. Pretty dry. A little peach in there.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice. The hops go well with the wheat base.

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

Drinking at mom's after a delicious spaghetti dinner. Slightly hazy light golden color with half finger almost white head.

Nose is juicy, sweet, slightly citrusy with syrupy tropical fruit notes. Robust and well rounded nose.

Taste is slightly sweet, malty, and honey like with biting floral and citrus notes.

Moderate carbonation, tight but very bitter finish.

Overall very good. Well rounded. Will drink again!

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Photo of mntlover
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with lone bubbles letting loose to feed a big off white head that towers over this brew. So much sticky lace left behind on my imperial pint glass.

Aroma is nice floral hops mingled with good tropical fruit notes all on a honey dipped bready malt base. Lots of hop aromas but not overly bitter smelling, nice.

Taste is like the aroma to a point, nice malts sweet and bready, hops kick in more like pineapple and grapefruit combined. Flavor is good lightly bitter just not as juicy as it smelled. Some light spice in the finish with lingering hop resin.

Mouthfeel is good lighter medium with fairly mellow carbonation for the massive head.

Overall nice easy drinking brew, seems to go down way to easy for 7.5% which could lead to trouble. One of the better ones in this style.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a fizzy almost-orange-soda-like color with a thin but resilient bubbly white head and light lacing.

Aroma is sweet wheat, orange peel, and grapefruit hops. Slight hint of doughiness and very, very light toasted malt coming through as well.

Bittersweet citrus hops dominate the taste. Hops are slightly earthy as well, along with the flavor of wheat and subtle caramel malts.

Medium-bodied and carbonation. All in all, the American Pale Wheat Ale category is one style that I am not particularly fond of, but this is definitely drinkable. A little high on the ABV to be terribly sessionable, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of walkinginplace
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange with a small but lasting head

S: There's a lot going on here, but the lemon and pine definitely stick out.

T: It's just as hoppy as you'd expect, which is to say that it's really, really hoppy. There's a strong citrus flavor to it (lemon, really) and a pineapple aftertaste. I can definitely taste the caramel and bready flavors as well but those are clearly secondary.

F: The hops really "pop" in your mouth and the finish is very crisp. Feels pretty carbonated but honestly it could just be the hops.

Overall: I'm rarely a fan of super hoppy beers but this complex brew is definitely a keeper.

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

Got this one at Drinks Over Dearborne on our recent trip to Chicago. Thanks for the chat Mike!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thinner looking white head with decent retention. Orange in color with medium carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a thin film with immediate clingy lacing. Slight ring remains but leaves minimal to no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, sweet melon, and hints of butterscotch. An interesting combo and bold enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Pale malts, and sweet melon and toffee as well. Some butterscotch shows up through the middle, leading into a citrusy, bitter hop finish. A mild aftertaste of toffee, butterscotch and bitter hops. Some citrus and grapefruit in there as well. Not getting any wheat in there, but what I am getting is interesting and tasty for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and a little light on the palate. Creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable beer for sure. A more persistent and fuller head would help the look of this one, but the other aspects were very nice. It's listed as a pale wheat ale, but there's nothing wheat-like about it. It's kind of an ultra ESB crossed with an American IPA. This one is a little different than the norm, and I'm glad I picked one up on a whim. Recommended.

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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 stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and sweet, perfect blending of the two tastes. Pale and clear with medium whipped cream head. Aroma is yeast, sour, citrus, floral all at the same time. Taste is more focused on sharp citrus (yellow grapefruit) with subtle flavor elements of the above aromas. Nice!

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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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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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