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
Ratings:
8,866
Reviews:
1,669
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
490
Gots:
2,913
For Trade:
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Photo of Squidlyz
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely medium clear orange with a thick pillow white head.

Nose is fragrant orange, lemon and honey with some floral tones. Nice.

Mouthfeel has nice body and character. Complex and layered flavors of lemon, oranges, malt and then to pine and grapefruit bitter. Sweet orange and fruit in the front and mid palate and grapefruit/hops on the back palate and finish. You want to keep going back for more. Long grapefruit skin hop finish.

This is an all around excellent drinking and food beer.

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Photo of dukew456
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass

Pours a bright clear golden color with light amber highlights. A half-inch head forms and eventually dissipates into a modest cap, leaving plenty of lacing along the way.

Smell is instantly of juicy citrus, namely tangerine and grapefruit. A very tangy hop aroma is slightly tipped by a sweet malt presence.

Taste follows suit, with grapefruit bursting out in front of the pack. The citrusy twang of the hops are offset by a slightly tart and sweet yet rich finishing malt backbone. I just glanced the 7.3% abv on this, and I'm shocked. The medium carbonation and excellent balance make this beer dangerously quaffable.

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Photo of ChuckTom
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a pure golden color with a with the faintest hint of cloudiness. There is a thick fast rising white head that settles slowly with a thin pillowy remnant and a good quality lacing down the glass.

The nose is sharp pine and grass riding on malted breadiness and subtle notes of fruit, floral hops and some pepper.

The taste is a nice dry bitter hopping that has a sweet rush and sharp bitter finish. The malt is surging sweet and dry. Nice a simple notes with complex surges.

The moutfeel is rich and just right.

Overall an exceptional beer that is excellent to drink.

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Photo of drizzyny
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd score this a 5 but I believe in always leaving room for improvement. Amazing hop quality, amazing nose, amazing flavor. How they make a 7% abv beer and keep it so nice for a summer day is beyond me. I had several IPA's after this, including some truly fantastic beers, and they imparted far more bitterness w/o any of the hop flavor. This spoiled my palate because it was so good. Please enjoy...

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Photo of Pharkle
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. I had no idea this was a wheat until I read about it. I would consider this an almost ideal American Pale Ale. Nice appearance in the glass, slight haze, plenty of head and lace on the glass. Bursting with American hop aroma, excellent malt/hop flavor balance, smooth and silky mouthfeel. A great beer that may win over those who shy away from "hoppy" beers. I was so impressed by the quality of this beer that I had another despite the large selection on tap at Beer Run. One of the best.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A huge 2 fingers of eggshell white head formed on top of the pale, straw colored body. The foam lasted pretty much throughout the drink, slowly receding down to a thin layer, leaving behind large tufts of itself on the sides of the glass.

The nose is like a fresh smack of citrus...oranges, lemons and grapefruits...all sitting on a bready wheat backbone.

The flavor is real similar to the nose...the hop flavor is present from beginning to end...but never real intense or overpowering. The background malty wheat flavor provides a great balance.

Light and airy mouth feel...crisp with moderate carbonation.

This is a wonderful beer...very similar to my favorite of this style, FFF Gumballhead. Probably the most refreshing beer I can get...speaking of which...I am so glad this is offered on a regular basis and distributed in my area. This will always be in stock in my fridge!

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Racoon Red pint glass

Pale Wheat Ale? Oh no. I bought a six pack despite there being no indication on what type of beer this was - if I had known it was a pale wheat, I probably would have passed.

A - pours a dark yellow, crystal clear with one finger of head that just doesn't dissipate. Leaves sheets of lace as I drink.

S - Beautiful bouquet of citrus and pear. Smells fantastic!

T - Yum! Great hop flavor, and a substantial bitter kick at the end - I am really digging this beer. There is enough residual sweetness to help bring this beer into balance.

M - creamy smooth texture, high amount of carbonation. The texture reminds me of an English cask ale.

D - This beer just goes down easy. For over 7% ABV, you would never know it.

Well this beer has been a pleasant suprise! Truly outstanding. I'll have to give other wheat beers a chance if they can taste like this. There is no banana clove flavors at all, just a creamy, hoppy masterpiece

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Photo of Reema
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reradford
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peacebone116
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my tap directly into a Delirium snifter--lines were cleaned within 2 days of the following review, taken in mid-May 2011.

A: Cloudy golden straw color. Thick finger of head that stays for days!

N: Pineapple, mango, & grapefruit.

T/M: Crisp hoppy citrus dominates, much like the nose. There is not much malt flavor to speak of, and the beer's body only further support this interpretation; the beer has a very light mouth-feel, which is most attributable to the heavy wheat bill this beer has.

Most people that I have shared this one with are incredible surprised to find out that is an American Pale Wheat...but after they learn that, they are not surprised by the categorization as much as they are impressed with Lagunitas's execution. If it were not for such an incredibly high ABV, this would the ultimate summer beer! It does not fill you up, it is crisp and refreshing on a hot day, but it really does creep up on you fast! At 7.5%, this beer may drink just a little too easy!

Overall, another winner from the good people of Petaluma!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: sweet hop smash and citrus aroma

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid with tons grapefruit and citrus flavor. a little sweeter than a normal IPA, but fit perfecty. This is the perfect summer beer

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: very easy and smooth. As always a great value by Lagunitas. This is one of my favorite beers on the market right now.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

General: This is a standard in my house but I figured that I would finally review it. I enjoyed this one out of my New Belgium tulip glass. No born on date on this bottle but it's pretty fresh, it's only been in the house for a couple of days.

Appearance: Pours a light gold to normal gold color and is crystal clear. Very bright color to this. There is a great white head that is big and fluffy that diminishes pretty quickly. There is a little bit of lacing, not a lot but what there is looks really good.

Aroma: this is a very balanced aroma with a nice bit of hops with a good malt backbone. There is a little touch of orange that comes through this. I really like the aroma of this, it's really nice!

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate to moderately high and has a coating effect with each sip. The body of this is medium, and is fitting to style.

Taste: Again just like the aroma this is very balanced. There is a nice hop note but it is backed up perfectly by the malt. There are a lot of small flavors in this that come out slowly over time like orange and maybe some light citrus. it's a great beer.

Overall: This is a good beer, plan and simple. It is a standard in my fridge but until tonight I never thought to write a review.

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Photo of parkead2
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbak999
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was the over the top hop aroma. As soon as you pop the top, it hits you...that wonderful smell...

A - Pours into my Sam Adams special glass a crisp, yellow color. A nice white head, about 1/3 of an inch tops the beer.

S - HOPS! The smell is amazing! Piney and citrusy.

T - A bit sweet, but a real hop forward wheat IPA. I really like the taste of this as it's very close to several wheat IPAs that I have homebrewed.

M - Perfect carbonation...many CO2 bubbles rise to the top of the beer and this makes it sit very well in the mouth.

D - This is a great summer time IPA. Super smooth and nice bitterness. This is a favorite of mine and I am glad to hear that it's now been upgraded to a year round release. I will definitely be purchasing many sixers of this wonderful ale going forward!

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Photo of Aaryah
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gameface23
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Apricot in color with a nice fluffy head.

S: Maybe it was too cold, but it was a little lackluster. I was expecting more from ~65 IBU's.

T: AWESOME! Tropical fruits intertwine with malt sweetness. There is certainly bitterness, but it is integrated beautifully into the overall experience.

M: Silky, creamy medium-full bodied. I really like the mouthfeel on Lagunitas beers. They could take this beer to 120 IBU's and it would still be a pleasure to drink.

D: I am definitely going to make this a regular.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance- dark orange to light brown, small nice white bubbles stream the glass, moderate foam head laces the glass, lively carbonation

Smell- wow beautiful great nose, great citrus hops and and strong grapefruit dominate the nose, fantastic nose

Taste- great citrus and fruit light up front with a strong hop and fruity hop background, wheat is faint if noticable at all if anything i think its bring out more citrus in the hops, very taste hop flavor, great hop flavor impressive

Mouthfeel- smooth creamy and nicely carbonated, good mouthfeel as its nicely medium to light, good hoppy summertime mouthfeel

Drinkability- Highly drinkable and enjoyable, a very good and unique beer with a beautiful use of hops to bring out bright vibrant flavor, alcohol is well integrated, very good beer i will be getting while i can get it

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Photo of godlessape
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a snifter in order to best capture all the aromatic qualities.
The body is a clear golden amber, with a creamy white pillow of a head that soon sinks but never leaves.
A potent caramel freight train makes it's way up your nasal passages, lugging along a hefty amount of tangerines, orange creamsicles, apricots, black pepper, and rock candy, then slams into your frontal lobe in a fiery crash. This should make the news.
That same train enters the palate and explodes into a three ring circus of spicy, piney, sweet, and citrusy indulgence.
The mouthfeel is light and easy. This brew massages the throat all the way down and the high ABV of 7.50% leaves you with a rather happy ending.
Overall, I couldn't be anymore impressed.

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Photo of BeerDown
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SudsSurfer
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of bensbeers
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears the color of honey; has a richer color than a witbier but not as rich as an IPA; 2finger, fluffy head. First thing that hits the nose is grapefruit; moderately hoppy scent with notes of smooth, malt sweetness. What an interesting taste this one has; full of floral hops - earthy and bitter - yet it finishes so sweet; notes of caramel and vanilla come out with a swirl around the mouth, and it ultimately leaves you with a sweet/slightly bitter aftertaste. I'd call this a medium-bodied brew; moderately effervescent, yet thick enough to linger on the tongue.

Lagunitas strikes again. This beer has a lot of character. At first, you think it's another Cali-style, hoppy beer, but it is full of sweet flavors as well. I really dug the range of flavors i experienced from my first whiff to my last sip. Highly recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of shoretaxi
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevkize
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 8,866 ratings.
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