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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

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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Photo of mikey711
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This is a nice golden orange hue with a one inch layer of lacey white head.

This just smells great, first it smells a bit like a juicy orange with some cherry sweetness in the background, maybe a hint of pineapple as well.

The citrus fruits come through upfront followed by a hint of alcohol spice in the first sip. Citrus is definately the dominanting flavor, but there are some pine notes.

There is a touch of harsh hop flavors but overall this is still very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of rwf08
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden straw color. Thin white head with some lacing.

S: Lots of fresh hop aroma. Mostly pine but citrus in there too. Sweet wheat in the back.

T: Good sweet wheaty malty taste with piney hops mixed in. Is nommers a flavor description?

M: It is on the fuller side with carbonation that keeps it light enough to be refreshing.

D: Easy to drink and delicious. Not my first choice for a summer beer but it is damn good. I wish this wasn't my last bottle.

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Photo of Dspohn
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from a bottle into a a pint. Had tons of these over the summer, supposedly Lagunitas is making this a year-round brew. Seems probable since I calculated this to be brewed around early October from the ink julian dating on the neck.

Pours a very clear golden hue with a solid inch of dense head to fill my pint glass. Really nice lacing also. Signature Lagunitas hop smell and taste, almost hop stoopid-esque but not quite as juicy and sweet. Very refreshing wheat body that works great with the hops mostly citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon edge? Bitterness is fairly strong but not resinous or palate smacking. Some sweet malts, little bit of bubble gum and sugary candy flavor that peaks through the hops and leaves the finish clean and smooth.

Does Lagunitas make a bad beer? I've never tried one at least. Some may argue that their hop profile is one-sided, I cant necessarily disagree but I love it nonetheless. Grab one if you see it, if you like it, seek out its counterpart, lil Sumpin' Wild, Westmalle yeast and some extra strength make for another great take on this American wheat/ipa/whatever the hell this tasty thing is.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mac's Speed Shop-Steele Creek, served in a pint glass

This beer is a very clear orange/light amber color. A fairly dense, tall, off white head recedes slowly, completely coating the glass with sticky lacing.

Overwhelmingly orange zest and grapefruit. Just a huge blast of citrusy hops. Really quite a beautiful aroma. Nearly smells like an IPA. I honestly get no hint of the wheat malt. Quite mouthwatering...

The taste is sweet and bready/bicuity. The initial sip blasts the tastebuds with orange zest, red grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. There is also a small biscuity/bready malt profile. I don't get any of the wheat malt at all in the flavor. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The beer finishes sweet and slightly dry.

This beer really blew me away when I first tried it, and I was pumped to find out that they recently added this to thier year round line up. Great effort by the guys at Lagunitas

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Photo of TheCondor
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On my last trip to the liquor store (the haul of which I posted in the forums), I grabbed a six pack of this. I have had it before but it has been a while, but I knew it was good. I had also heard BA’s talking about how good it was, so I knew I was in for a treat. First Lagunitas product I have reviewed. Side poured with standard speed from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a nice almost transparent dark gold color with a decent, two finger head that dissipates at a moderate rate. Excellent lacing is left on the glass, almost glued to the side.

Smell – An onslaught of hoppiness. Orange, grapefruit, pine, resin, floral notes, all the things that make hops so wonderful in a beer just explode out of this one.

Taste – Much like the nose, the full gamut of hops greatness is on display on the palate here. There is a bready malt and wheat backbone, but it takes a backseat to the hops.

Mouthfeel – Clean, crisp, good carbonation and medium body, finished razor sharp. Really well done.

Overall – This is an outstanding beer, but I have one question. American Pale Wheat Ale? This is the same category that Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat and Sam Adam’s Coastal Wheat and Summer Ale is in. Not that there’s anything wrong with those beers, but Lagunitas destroyed all of them with this. Until I read the classification of the brew on BA this morning, I thought this was may be a light IPA, or an aggressively hopped APA. I would have never guessed APWA. Regardless of all that, this is an exceptional beer for a good price that I can get most anytime. I would highly recommend this to anyone, and I will be drinking it again. Well done by Lagunitas, I’m going to call this a hybrid of styles.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly-hsazed golden with a nice white head.

S: Smells very nice. Loads of citrus hops and a little bit of wheat briskness. Reminds me a bit of Gumballhead.

T: Lots of citrus hops and a little bit of pine character. The wheat seems to contribute a bit more to the mouthfeel, but I won't complain about the hop-forward nature of this beer.

M: Medium bodied and nicely dried out by the hops.

D: An absolutely fantastic summer beer and one of the best I've had from Lagunitas.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like that I can get this beer relatively fresh in the middle of nowhere. Pours a yellow color with some cloudiness that shows off the 50% wheat grain bill. Very enjoyable C hop aroma, you definitely can make a nice aromatic beer with C hops despite some often prevalent subjective wisdom running contrary to that thought.

Plenty of good green vegetal C hop goodness in the taste, bitter but not overly. Mouthfeel really does wheat beers well, nice and light, dry body that really lets the hops shine.

Easily top 1st tier wheat beer, done very well, better than almost any other I can think of. Easy availability will hurt its score on the BA top beers board, not rare enough, but to those who aren't into Pokemon level stuff, this really satisfies taste buds and the wallet. Sorry, no fedex bux here.

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Photo of flexabull
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a small off white head.

Aromas are of sweet hard candies, hoppy citrus fruits, and pink grapefruits. Nice nose on this one.

Taste is bone dry, with lots of spices, soft wheat flavors, and light citrus hops. Finish is bitter, with a floral taste, more spiciness, and a definite mineral hop bite. This is a hoppy and flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel is good, and as noted very dry, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. This is a pretty power packed little brew. Not sure I could drink more than a couple, but this is very tasty, and well worth trying. And yet another winner from Lagunitas.

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Photo of IPA1978
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge fan of this beer. This is a go to staple in my beer fridge.

A- Light copper, loads of head and nice lace.

S- Citrus hops, tropical fruits, yeasty wheat aromas.

T- Fruity, citrus, rind, lemony hops, after taste of hops is floral and fresh not to bitter. Nice malty, sweet bread backbone.

M- medium body with some slick oily hop feel and velvety carbonation.

O- This is a superbly drinkable beer that fits any season. A year round go to beer for me!

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Photo of Morey
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pours an appealing orange-copper color (mostly orange when held to the light), with just a touch of haze to it. Head stood about one finger tall following a medium pour. Decent lacing.

Amazing aroma filled with orange zest, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple.

Taste is very fruity with moderate hop bitterness. Wheat and malts helps to balance things out towards the middle. Fruit flavor lingers in the finish with just a touch of bittterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to low carbonation.

A top-notch beer here. Pretty much an Ipa IMO.

Morey's Bottom Line: This one exceeded my expectations. Very tropical and fruity. I wish that I knew how old this bottle was, but there's nothing but a code (24210308) on the neck of the bottle, and I''m not sure what it means.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 1.2.2012
12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light, clear orange with a large bubble, near-white head. Solid retention.

S - Strong pine, citrus, and some grass.

T - Grapefruit, pine, orange, lemon.

D - Average body and carbonation for the style.

O - Great flavors. Refreshing and delicious. I love it and I am mad that it took me so long to try it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, sharp aroma of citrus, wheat, and hops.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, lemon, wheat, hops, a mild maltiness. Not quite in keeping with the typical American Pale Wheat Ale flavors, but still is very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This beer is not like others of the style - and that's a good thing. Drinkable.

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Photo of SethB2
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I told myself that I wasn't reviewing anymore, but alas, I couldn't help myself with this one. Partially because I see the classification is American Pale Wheat Ale. Listen, I don't care if this thing is made with wheat, corn or fermented cow chips. This beer is an IPA through and through. And a pretty good one at that.

So after a nearly 2.5 year reviewing hiatus, here we go.

A - Clear golden brown with a puffy white head. A little lace clings to the sides.

S - Hops baby. Tons of them. Not completely different from their standard IPA, but a little cleaner and more pronounce. Citris (specifically pineapple)dominates this one, along with a little pine. Smells great.

T - Solid. You can taste a bit of the wheat when it first hits your tongue, but that goes away quickly once the citris arrives and sends it down the hole. Tasty stuff.

M - Very good. Much smoother than Lagunitas typical IPAs. Finishes a bit on the dry side, but not puckeringly dry.

D - Off the charts. A beer like this that logs in at 7.3 abv could be really dangerous. Tasty enough to be sessionable, but complex enough to make you pay attention to each sip. I really like this stuff a lot.

Edited: I don't know what "viney" tastes like, but apparently the reviewer after me does. If you make it all the way through that review, I'll mail you a gold star. And a sympathy card. As sample from the master:

"The beer finished with a nice mildly sweet lemon grass earthieness of viney earthy pungent bittering hops, there also where notes of a sweetness of lots of candied yeast and sugars as well as candied sweetness of banana's and a mildly undertones of citrus coming through in the finish."

-the guy after me (I didn't edit that). God bless English class.

But still, it's a good beer. Drink it. You'll like.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice clear yellow with a good amount of head at the top that leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of citrus on this brew, a lot of tropical fruit up front, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon.

T: A good bitterness, and great mixture of all the tropical fruits, grapefruit is really present throughout the sipping.

M: Medium bodied and moderate amount of grapefruit.

O: A good beer overall, good amount of everything and well balanced throughout, lagunitas never dissappoints.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/21/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus hops and light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour golden in color with a slight haze. A big fluffy white head sits on top and lingers awhile.
A beautiful hop bouquet greets you with citrus and grapefruit. A strong wheatish malt backbone there too.
Sutle wheat beer taste that struggles to make itself known under the thick grapefruit and floral hoppiness.
A medium mouthfeel to this beer with a dry finish. Bitter hops as well as bready and/or yeasty nuiances lingers well into the aftertaste.
A good solid wheat beer with a fantastic hop character about itself.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 20/5/13

A clear golden liquid with lots of bubbles throughout, large three finger head has great retention with a thick film at the bottom even after I drank all the liquid, a couple thick rings followed by continuous lace to the bottom, were off to a great start

S tropical punch going on here, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and some peaches work well with pine, hard toffee and a little dry cereal is the only evidence of wheat, just a little booze and lemon rind

T slightly more grains and slightly less tropical hops, lots of citrus and the pineapples candied, pines stronger and although its very tasty the nose had just a little sumpin over it

M a nice bitter snap, a little gritty on the gums, not too heavy and not as many bubbles as I would guess from looking at it but that still leaves lots of life, piney rind and cereal linger on the finish

O I didn't mind drinking a solid IPA when I thought I was going to drink a wheat beer, hopped right up and I guess I shouldn't be surprised knowing who brewed it

I suppose this is one way to brew the best of a style, hop the hell out of a beer with some wheat malt and try to pass it off as a "Pale Wheat Ale". However you brand this one its great and I'd buy it again in a flash

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours into my pint glass like golden straw, with about one and a half fingers of head that dissipates into a thin layer that leaves very nice lacing.

S - Love the hops, grapefruit and spice. Smells somewhat dry and bitter as well.

T - Very complex. Dry pine hops in the front with some spice that melt into a malty bitterness as it mellows on the palate.

M - Carbonation is right on with this brew. Nice and crisp with just the right amount of bitterness.

D - IPA meets hefeweizen, very drinkable, very delicious, enjoy!

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden orange, two fingers of head that lingers. Smell not strong. Taste complex, smooth, not too hoppy, long finish. Feel is creamy. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of MartyMaltose
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in pint glass. Not my usual style, but one of the best hop flavors I've had, and balanced tastefully against the rest. Delicious! Really easy drinking for a wheat. From the description it seems like maybe it's still 50% barley; maybe that's why.

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Photo of mltobin
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at package store in Westchester, NY.

Poured into a large wine glass. Nice dark peach color with a smallish one finger head, that soon will turn to mainly a white ring with some light white lilly pads on top of the beers body. It smells mainly like a typical wheat ale with some faint hops. However, upon taking a sip, it tastes more of those aformentioned hops while still maintaining the characteristics of a wheat ale, and some brown sugar there too. It tastes very good and is unique. The mouthfeel is a bit dry, a bit sweet, but leaves your palate eager to have some more of this Little Sumpin` from Lagunitas. This beer exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Somewhere in between wheat yellow and burnt amber.The liquid is very slightly hazy. The head is fluffy, pretty, and retains quite well. This beer has textbook lacing. Overall quite attractive.

S-Smell is better than expected. Surprisingly stiff hop aroma. Tropical fruits and a well integrated malt. Smells like an American IPA

T-Such a brilliant taste. Exceeded expectations. Very happy with this brew. Delicious light malty side is overpowered by the hoppy explosion. Very very tasty. Juicy tropical fruit flavors are stressed on the palate. Light spicy flavor rounds out the taste.

M-Well carbonated. Light bodied. Surprised by the hop factor. Seems too light to pack such flavor. The brew is not overly bitter but the tropic taste sticks and clings to your tongue.

D-Drinks like a dream. The surprisingly high ABV is hidden masterfully. This is supposedly a wheat ale? More like a sassy IPA.

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Photo of STEG
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a SA Perfect Pint.

One word describes the color of this beer, gold. Eggshell colored fluffy 1.5 finger head rises and stays for quite a while, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell has fresh cut oranges and other citrusy hop notes.

Taste is a bit piney with some citrus rind up front but moves very quickly into just a light hop aftertaste that keeps you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit watery there's some nice fine carbonation throughout.

This beer is drinkable given the ABV, the alcohol makes its presence known but isn't overwhelming by any means.

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Photo of ZAP
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep golden color...not much head..

S-Great aroma...big citrus (oranges,tangerines) and also a real fragrant floral hoppiness as well...not much wheat on the aroma but an awesome hop aroma..

T-The flavors are really impressive too....hops are perfumey and floral with some slight citrus....and then on the very long finish there is a fantastic wheat cracker flavor...hops definitely lead and produce nice hop burps..

M-Not much carbonation...some booziness evident...a splash of alcohol I guess you could say..

D-Might as well call this a wheat ipa....damn nice....much different than New Glarus's fantastic Cracked Wheat....this is more of an IPA base with some wheat where that one has more weizen characteristics along with the big hops...both are nice in their own ways...

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Photo of Tonerelia
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good deceived me at first smells like a single IPA but once you take your first sip you realize it's a pale ale. Not a huge fan of pale ales but this was good. Would I purchase this beer again most likely not, but that's mainly because I do not care for the pale ale style. Would I recommend this beer to someone who does enjoy pale ales.... Hell yes!

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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