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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Photo of Lillenk
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was very nice. Nice golden color with a really nice white head.

Smell was huge. Lots of citrus (grapefruit) and hops. Very aromatic.

Taste was good. Very mush like an IPA with a little bit of wheat flavors. Very complex and very nice.

Mouthfeel was pretty big because of all the hops so you probably would want to drink more that one or two.

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Photo of JWU
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A- a straw color, with a tinge of orange. Billowing white head, that laces very nicely down the glass.

S- Very orange-hoppy, like I get on a lot of Lagunitas offerings. Theres a bit more sweetness here than the APA's and IPA's they offer, likely from the wheat.

T- A smack of wheat malt up front, which is quickly beaten back by the nice hop additions, but the hops never crush you, which is very nice. It does have almost a metallic tinge on the end, which kept me from giving it higher marks.

M- really like the slick mouthfeel of this one, with the tight carbonation that tickles. Lighter side of medium bodied.

O- A very tasty offering. This would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from BevMo in Salinas, CA.

A - Hazy orange-yellow, three-finger head the leaves nice rings of lace down the glass.

S - Definitely the best aspect of this brew. Very IPA-ish, with plenty of citrus-y hops in the foreground. Lovely.

T - Okay, temperature definitely matters with this one. At first when very cold, it's not quite what I had expected after that fantastic nose. I get the hops in the beginning, but then a sort of muddy mash-up of flavors. BUT -- once it warms up... okay, now I get it. The flavors space out and things have some room to breathe. Hops with plenty of malt on the back end.

M - Solid, definitely more IPA body than wheat. Maybe a bit of stickiness, but in a good way.

D - At first I thought that the drinkability was very high, but after finishing the first one I get the heat in my face and I feel the alcohol. I could maybe drink one more (okay, I *could* drink the whole 6-pack, but the rest of the day would be a wash). Now that I type it, I think I will have one more...

Hopefully Lagunitas will decide to keep this one around. My favorite of theirs after Hop Stoopid.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pretty, red copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh, citrusy and with a touch of raw herbal notes that is quite nice. There is a touch of malt backbone in the nose as well, supporting crystal malt character provides a hint of caramel and there is a nice, toasted malt towards the finish. The hops contribute aromas of tangerine, candied citrus peel as well as some tropical fruit notes; the hop fruit notes seem to become more noticeable as time goes on too.

Lightly sweet tasting, but with a biting hop character from the get go. This is fairly smooth for all its hoppiness, especially up front. The lingering finish has a clean, biting, though not overwhelming, big bitterness that really lingers on the tongue. A touch of peppery carbonation and a light body (with just enough heft to carry the ample hops) make this quite the quaffable IPA; almost more of an over-the-top hoppy Pale Ale. A touch more aggressive hop character provides notes of pine, a touch of menthol, and just a touch of dank, raw hop flavor. This definitely has a nice balance of hop flavors to it; I like that the citrus / fruit notes dominate with notes of tangerine, bergamot, lots of lychee and floral tropical fruit flavors.

This really needs to be in a bigger bottle, a 12oz bottle of this is not nearly enough. Quite tasty and a nice surprise, this sits nicely as a quite drinkable beer from this brewery along with Hop Stoopid.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- light gold, with orange hues, clear, 1 finger head hangs around a while

Aroma- Bright citrus, fruity, piney, earthy hops, some bready grains, very nice

Flavor- more pine here, juicy citrus hops, fairly bitter but very drinkable, slight malt backbone but theres a lot of hops going on

Mouthfeel- medium, slight astringency, fairy smooth

Overall- A damn tasty beer. Really closer to an IPA and for that reason its probable the best APWA I've had. Pretty solid all around and worth picking up.

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Photo of ale1
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

picked up a sixer

ingredients malt hops hops , yeast , hops
served in a malt glass
nose -barley malt don't notice wheat, if it is, it's way in the background , hops not overwhelming but there
pours a 3-4" head which settles down slowly ,appears to be naturally carbonated,
good lacing clear straw color not any haze noted.
price is a little high $9 a sixer? $7.50 and you'd sell alot more , guys will reach for the Seirra nevada pale ale as well only 0.60 cheaper

anyway back to taste , good malty taste , all the citrus hops seem to be at play
simco, citroen, just right
slightly better than the Accumalative ale we just reviewed last week from Fat Tire
because of the price i wont be purchasing this ale on a regular basis, will spend my $ on some good barleywine style for less $
overall good stuff however

i had another bottle and upgraded my review a couple of pt's today to bad grocer so greedy they would sell many more

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I had heard this had some sort of wheat component but to be honest it tasted a lot like Hop Stoopid and Correction Ale. Bright orange color, great head, and an aroma of juicy hop resin. The taste is citrusy and the mouthfeel is really the big difference between this and Correction Ale, this feels thicker. This was way to easy to drink and for the price I paid ($10.50 per sixer) it was worth it. Cheers to Lagunitas for producing seriously hoppy beers that don't break my wallet.

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Photo of tmm313
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a nice orange amber color with a super creamy 1 finger head that hangs around for a while. Really nice, sticky lacing.
S- Strong, sweet citrus. Orange, Ruby Red grapefruit, pineapple, hints of toffee, dark fruits and bread.
T- Orange, grapefruit, and pine over a nice malt backbone. Slight booze. I don't pick up any wheat at all.
M- On the light side, more slick than creamy. Slightly oily finish with a touch of lingering bitterness.
O- This was pretty good. I get the feeling (or at least hope) that this bottle may have been a bit on the older side. I'll try again sometime in the future.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to nonic. Appearance is a clear pale golden with white thick frothy head that leaves nice lacing. Immediately get floral and citrus aromas with a hint of bread. Flavors are similar with medium sweetness from a fruit note and a lightly bitter grassy taste. Mouthfeel is lively, with a soapy texture, and a mild but lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden concentration of a brew.

Average head/retention but good lacing.

Bready and spicy and wheaty with hop oils to boot(type?). Maybe some orange rind at the end of the sip?? Nice little complexity.

This reminds me of Hopdevil but a little more oily.

Great beer. Not sessionable!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is difficult to find American wheat ales that aren't pretty insipid to my palate, even from decent breweries. American wheat is such a broad style and many err on the side of bland and bubbly, presumably a profit-driven decision. On the other hand, Lagunitas rarely if ever disappoints and has a reputation for heavy-handed hopping so I snagged a six-pack of this when I happened upon it at a so-called wine market that also has a decent craft selection. Worth every penny. A bottle of this elixir pours a pleasing golden yellow with a lot of thick white head. The brewer wanted that classic wheat head retention and executed this variable like a pro ... Stuff sat there like meringue. Aroma was also pleasantly evocative of lemon meringue pie, among other signs of a solid malt-hops balance ... I get mixed citrus, a grainy spice, and a little resin or pine all on top of a graham cracker malt backbone. Palate is fairly chewy, creamy and smooth but pungently bitter: Lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, passion fruit and cantaloupe, starfruit, apricot, and a touch of something that recalls white wine, this starts like a fruit bowl but ends with a grainy, bitter coda of piney wood, green bananas, and some floral components that evoke tobacco or sweetgrass. Not particularly estery or phenolic as per the American style, this is a wheat ale hopped like an IPA and is the perfect antidote to North American wheat beers that taste like foam and not much else. May be too bitter for some expecting a more traditional wheat experience.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours to a two finger off-white head with a golden/orange body; looks really great.

Smell: I smelled plenty of the expected citrus and pine notes; plenty of grapefruit peel.

Taste: Acidic citrus, very floral and hoppy with a malty appearance at the tail end. Crisp and tart overall.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated; smooth and refreshing.

Overall: Really great; I would buy this one again. In all honesty, I'm more inclines to buy some Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, but all the same this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ox bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer and is still there. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice layered lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready grains, sweet pale malts, and slight citrus aromas. Mostly tangerine and grapefruit in there.

Taste: Hops are more noticeable in the taste, especially the tangerine and citrus. Bitterness is also there too. A little bread and sweetness also.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, and a little treat.

Overall: This beer seems to be more pale ale than wheat, but still a good brew though. Nice and hoppy for a APWA too.

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Photo of JRed
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with white head that leaves sugary lacing dripping down the side. The usual Lagunitas aroma permeates from the drink: strong tropical fruit, citrus, kiwi, sugar, and hops. Starts clean: tropical fruit then wet hops, alcoholic booze swing through and slick the palate with oily residue, citrus. Mouthfeel is slick, semi-oily, but fatigued carbonation make for a nonaggressive drink. A nice American Pale Wheat Ale but a bit offensive, the usual Lagunitas style. Well worth picking up, a great West Coast ale. Elegant in flavor and dangerous in ABV. Go get some.

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Photo of freakspank
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not normally a fan of very hoppy beers but this is a great example of flavor and crisp bite. You can smell the layers of hops right from the start but the sharp taste makes this an excellent beer..

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Photo of zonker17
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle pour to shaker. 2 finger head that reduces to a film with serious lacing. Nose of mango, pineapple. Big malt backbone comes with hop profile that is mostly fruity and just a little bitter. Medium heavy body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hotter than Nina Agdal's twitter feed, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin seemed ripe for the occasion.

This done sucker can get Raul into trouble. 7.5%, but it goes down quicker than... (get your mind out of the gutter, my minions!). But yeah, this dang sucker is smoother than my baby mama after she gets waxed.

Smooth, supple, more flavor than J-Lo chewin' on bubble gum...

Yep!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another review that will probably get lost among all the others. Oh well.

From the bottle: "So, we're all on collective disability. That's cool. Let's put some ice on it and keep ourselves elevated for a while. So, what's on the tube ...? Honey ...? Get me a beer from the fridge ... Will ya ...? Sweetie ...? Pleeease ...?"; "Un-Limited Release".

My pour created three fingers of dense eggnog colored head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow. Nose smelled like pineapples and freshly mown grass. Mouthfeel was medium and the pineapple taste was right out of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers. How did they accomplish this one? Man, this was so mellow and coupled with the ABV, I was feeling good about myself. The finish was semi-sweet and very pleasant. That may do it for me this evening.

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Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a lightly hazy dark yellow, with a thin white head.

The aroma is very hoppy, with juicy grapefruit and pineapple upfront.

Tropical fruits are also the focus of the taste as well, though they are a bit more balanced out by some light pine hop notes. There are some faint wheat and pale malt notes in the backing. There are no hints of alcohol from the relatively high ABV.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with a crisp finish.

This definitely is one of the hoppier wheat beers I have tried, or it could just pass as an IPA brewed with some wheat. Either definition works. A very easy drinking beer, especially considering the ABV.

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Photo of kell50
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pulled from the fridge and poured straight into a pint glass. Not particularly sure on bottling date.

A - Pours a ale yellow orange , quite indicative of a pale wheat beer. Half a finger head sits atop a fluffy off-white head.

S - Big piney hops! Deep citrus- orange, grapefruit aromas. This wheat ale smells like an fresh American PA.

T - Crisp, citrusy, & hoppy. Quite different than the typical pale wheat ale.

M - Med/light body, carbonation provides a zip to it. Super drinkable in a hot day. I will say that the alcohol is fairly noticeable; which to me a negative.

O - A very enjoyable, well crafted beer. Definitely a beer I will return to time and time again.

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Photo of poolemhore
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - big bubble foamy white head with good retention and a deep golden color body.

S - citrus and hops are strong at first and over time mellows to a floral note.

T - well balanced flavor with a floral sweetness.

M - moderate body, a bit smoother than a typical pale ale (probably the wheat folks).

O - a good beer by Lagunitas. The hops really linger on my tongue which is interesting considering this isn't an IPA and it reminds me a lot of them. Personally not a big hop head which may be why the bitterness bugs me for just being a pale (and at that with wheat!). I don't find it to be particularly unique but very good nonetheless. Watch out as a 6er of these will get ye!

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Photo of jpro
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Griffon (21Aug10)... Poured a light honey gold into a shaker pint with a one-finger, gently poured head; good sheets of lace. Smell is dominated by tropical fruits, some citrus and peach rind. Taste is a good mix of sweet hops (pineapple, apricot, mango) and some drier grapefruit rind and peach rind on the finish. A touch of wheat / grain provides some malt balance, but hops are the focus of this beer. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing - an awesome summertime IPA - errr... "American Pale Wheat!" Haha - tastes like an IPA to me - just a little lighter in color and body (yet its abv is actually higher than Lagunitas IPA??). Really impressed by this one.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden hazy, straw, big head, lacing
Hops are hard to the nose and tongue. A citrusy bouquet and mouth. The wheat tries to fight it off but the hops win. Light boozy tingle.
Light on the mouth, especially for the 7.5%.
This is a pale wheat? Ha! More like a wheat IPA. Thanks again Lagunitas, for making a beer that doesn't quite fit into a specific style.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a totally clear light bright orange with a very nice fluffy white head that retains very well and leaves great lacing.

Nose is actually more IPA than wheat beer. I can get the wheat base a bit, but it is clear that this is going to be a hop driven brew.

Well, taste balances it out a bit, but this is still pretty much an IPA. Hops don't jump out hard right away, but get progressively stronger as each sip progresses across the palate. A nice bitter finish is actually balanced out by a fairly strong malt presence coupled with a...

...mouthfeel that is much more viscous than i anticipated. Not soupy or anything, but just a touch higher than i like in an...IPAish...beer.

Drinkability is pretty strong. Lagunitas likes to over-malt the hell out of everything, but this is definitely an exception to the rule, as despite a somewhat viscous feel, the sweetness is tamed and balances the hop presence well without fighting for center stage. The abv feels about what it claims to be

Overall definitely the best lagunitas ive had in a while. Im not terribly amazed with it, but its a nice IPAish kind of thing, and i could easily put a couple away. A well crafted, and very well balanced beer, and one i will probably re visit with lethargic and intermittent regularity (or lack thereof). A well made...hoppy beer...

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Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale has a yellow colour and a good head that lasts. It has a nice hoppy smell with a hint of citrus. The taste is hoppy with a hint of citrus bitterness. It's nice and foamy in the mouth and very drinakable. It's delicious.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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