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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
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:
1,631
Ratings:
8,693
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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Photo of packard2989
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid brew. Very nice balance of hop flavor. Drinkability is great, who would have guessed it is 7.5%! Not too heavy, very smooth down the shoot.
I went out on a whim buying this ale, I had never heard of it but am very impressed. Drinking from bottle is nice... it might be better from a glass though.

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Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-purs a slightly hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head with exceptional retention
S-lots of hop aroma of citrus and grapefruit
T-Sweet malt followed by a nice orange flavor, met with hop bitterness and finishes a little sweet wityh lingering hop bitterness. Very well balanced
M-light-medium body
O-A very well balanced wheat beer with nice fruit focus but not overally sweet or bitter.

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Photo of jhavs
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle ice cold at restaurant poured into a nonic pint glass.

A= Amber golden with a little bit of haze, nice thick foamy pure-white head that slowly settles, lacing clings all over the glass as I drink.

S= Smell has some grassy and toasty notes with citrus and caramel.

T= Nice amount of citrus and pine hop flavor with malt sweetness and earthy wheat background.

M= Lighter side of medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Nice and crisp, has enough bitterness and hop backing to balance out sweetness from the malts. Great interpretation of a wheat beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 2012 Autumn Brew Review, from notes.

Pour was slightly hazy, orange, with a billowing white foam head and lots of lace.

Smell was ripe citrus fruit. Grapefruit and oranges, and pine. Hints of wheat and pale malt. Taste is very similar to nose. Loads of ripe citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple along with wheat, cracker and even a little bite of pine resin. Medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation. Very juicy. Delicious.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look is rich deep and attractive golden amber, although a much lighter amber, still rich in color, smell is clean deep again and minerally, taste is rich, full complex and long, wheat is prominent with the hoppy feel throughout, i prefer this hop profile to most IPA's as it is consistent and subtle compared to most, a great beer for those trying to develop a hop feel. watch out potent and these sneak up, very smooth for a 7.5. feel is great, easy for the flavor and again complex. a solid beer for the fridge and will purchase frequently. overall a solid solid beer, solid enough to be very good!

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice golden-brown with a brighter yellow hue. Head pours thick and vibrant white and retains fairly well. Leaves a bunch of lacing. Bubbles rise to the top in effervescence.

S-Piney hops, salty, grapefruit, faint notes of sweet malt on the back. Aggressive as hell up front, but I like it.

T-Grapefruit, earthy hops, pine and abrasive floral notes precede a wheaty, sweet aftertaste that leaves the palate with a slight char taste to go along with the aggressive hops. Very nice.

MF-Wet, oily, smooth and medium bodied with a light finish.

O-Well done. I wasn't expecting so many hops but I enjoyed it. It's more of an IPA than an APA, but, whatever. It's delicious.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no date. Summer 2010 batch labeled @ 7.5% ABV.

Pours clear gold/yellow with a two finger foamy white head. Was kinda hoping for some haze, but this is crystal clear. Leaves some initial rings of lacing and maintains a faint cap.

Aroma is very hoppy up front, particularly citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, keep inhaling and some wheat and banana come into play. Pretty one-dimensional, but pretty darn nice.

Flavor also starts very hoppy, citrus, pine, earthy hops, some wheat characteristics but they are having a hard time fighting against the hops. Finishes relatively dry with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation, very easy drinking...perhaps a bit dangerous at 7.5% ABV.

A deceptive brew. I hate wheat beers, but I sure do like this one. 'Course this is more IPA than Wheat so that helps score points with my palate.

Scoring this one to style is tough as it is categorized as a Wheat Ale here, but this has far more IPA characteristics than Wheat. However, since it is in this (perhaps wrong) category, its gonna score really high for me as I hate Wheats but love IPAs...

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved the aromas of berries and floral tones. Right in my wheelhouse. The taste does pair with the smell very well. Bitter hops that fades to smooth crisp finish. Not overly sweet which helps in the fact that i'm able to drink a few at a time and not get sick of the beer. Overall it is a beer I like to keep in the frig on a regular basis if i can find it. Very good Lagunitas.

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Photo of bound4er
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear golden copper appearance with a generous puffy white head and heavy lacing.

S. On one sniff I get citrus and pine hops with a funky soapiness. On the next smell I get malt. Pretty inviting aroma if not a bit subtle.

T. I don't get any wheat from this beer but so what - it tastes damn good regardless. The hops provide most of the upfront flavor - grapefruit and a dash of lemon followed by some cracker and then good finishing bitterness.

M. Light bodied with excellent carbonation.

D. In a word - chugable. Crisp, refreshing and light bodied with no hint of alcohol to be found. Is this really 7.3% ABV? Drinks like a 4% - 5% beer. I've gotta grab another 6 pack while the weather is still warm. Nicely done.

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great to see another limited release offering from one of favorite brewers here in my area.I poured two into a imperial nonic with it coming out a clear lighter golden with a 1/2 finger white that was quick to fade.Ahh yeah bigtime in your face citric hop in the nose along with a touch of sweet alcohol and very light toasted wheat malt,the hop profile in the nose is just great.Intense grapefruit rind and tangerine hop flavors hit up front on the palate and then some caramel toffee shows thru along with a fading toasted what touch in the finish.Yeah it has bigtime hop wich kicks arss but there really is more to it.My new favorite American pale wheat its slightly better than Gumballhead in my book.The drinkability is just awesome for the ABV%.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a myriad of colors from golden to orange even brown to copper. Beautiful coloring but the head was too quickly fleeting to access it's true character.

The scent was luscious fruits like grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, apricots and a touch of Orange. Some malt scent was available but was set deep in the smell.

Described as a Pale Wheat Ale, I'd rival any DIPA with the fruitiness of the hops here. Tons of character as tangerines, grapefruit, peach, apricot, lemon and orange burst onto a backdrop of floral pine. The back bone wheat is lost in a juicy fruit array. This is so well done, so good and tasty, I'd put it against so many of the top dogs.

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Photo of BeerOCD
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*My first review so go easy on me.

A: Generous 1 finger head, plenty of carbonation. Beautiful and golden. The bottle art made me think it was some left-over summer ale at first. This is deceptive as this is a year-round brew.

S: Strong smell of floral and grapefruit.

T: I love how that citrus hits you and then doesn't sit around to linger. You have to catch it and when you do it's wonderful

M: Really nice on the mouth. I let this one sit on the tongue for a bit.

O: Wow, I will definitely buy this again. I usually don't sit down and drink 3 beers at once now a days but I kept coming back for more of this. I was surprised how easy these go down given the abv rating.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour into a lager glass. Not too much head, and the head dissipate quite quickly.
A lot of citrus tasting. Light, not really hoppy at all. The alcohol level is misleading, as it hides its 7.5 degree really well.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft into std pint glass.crystal clear pale gold color. Nice head with medium retention and nice sticky lacing. Beautiful citrus aroma. Delicious with nice malty balance for the forward hops. Minimal lingering bitterness. Really nice. I have had this in bottles many times and not enjoyed it as much as this (apparently fresh) draft.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear golden straw color with large soapy head that hangs around, good lacing

S: Smell is pretty strong, floral hops dominate, little bit of pine in there

T: The hops are really aggressive on the front end, floral and pine, wheat malts at the end to balance, really nice taste to it

M: Medium, good carbonation

O: This is a really good beer. It is strong in all the measurables. Really enjoy it and I will not hesitate to try this again especially if I can find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of curasowa
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden-orange color with two fingers of fluffy head that fades slowly with a thick curtain of lace.

Aroma: Lots of juicy, citrus and pine hop aroma with some grassy, caramel malt in the background.

Taste: A touch of creamy malt up front, then just an avalanche of juicy, fresh hop bitterness. Bitterness fades pretty quickly on the finish, with just a hint lingering until the next sip.

The Rest: Super smooth and drinkable, a fantastic beer!

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale ale color, very clear for having wheat. White head with so-so head retention. I would have presumed the wheat content would stabilized the head, but it's most likely the 7.5% A.B.V. knocking it back. Smells like maybe Centennial and Citra hops, with a fairly neutral yeast. Both in the smell and taste, you couldn't ask for much more as an example of American hops. Intense citrus almost pineapple flavors and aromas. Sweetness and bitterness are very suiting. Body is on the thinner side which also surprises me because of the wheat. I assume this is made with a sugar adjunct, but it is very cleanly fermented. Thus the thin body and respectable ABV. Very tasty sixer. Everything about the beer accentuates hops. Would gladly have again.

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Photo of thetomG
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Rodan...

Pours a clear golden/amber color with a gorgeous large white foamy head. Aroma is fantastic - easily my favorite aspect of this beer - very nice waves of fruity scents comprised of sweet melons and citrus. Really remarkable.

Flavor is like a more mellow version of the smell but with a touch of bitterness added in. Very well carbonated - mouthfeel feels very appropriate for the style.

Will definitely be drinking this one again - very tasty and one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a brunescent orange color with a white head.

The scent is off the charts with the hops and awesome.

The taste is pretty darn good, but not as great as I expected from the scent.

The mouthfeel is good and the drinkablility is great. This is a great beer.

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Photo of rringler
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Extremely clear, golden, with one to one and a half fingers of white head. Very clear with no particulates in the beer. The head sticks around a bit and laces pretty well.

S: The sweet malty smell is forward, but you can tell there's some spicy/herbal hops in there.

T: No big surprises here; it starts with sweet malts, but finishes with some nice, citrusy hops. It does taste a little bit boozy, but it is 7.5% abv.

M: A bit lighter, but maybe that's because it tastes quite a bit like an IPA. Carbonation is great and leaves just enough oily taste on the tongue.

O: Love me some Lagunitas, and this one doesn't disappoint. They've basically brewed an IPA, just with a wheat malt. I'm excited to try this one in the summer.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear gold with a solid two finger head on top.

Smell: Floral hops and wheat.

Taste: hop bitterness up front, followed by a crutton-like flavor, salt crispness and a lingering citrus/pine flavor. It's a nice batch of flavors that all come together to make this brew awesome.

Drinkability: The nice crisp profile of the wheat with an american ale style yeast and hops make this guy a winner.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ah this beer is great>>>you know with lagunitas its always very good or pretty good>>>always been satisfied with their beer>>>i think the westmalle yeast strain did this beer very well>>>i can actually relate this beer to westmalle>>>left this beer pretty dry>>>>it smells like dark fruit and def. hops>>>a little alcohol in the nose as well>>>>darn fine beer

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll keep this short...un-like me.

As a pale, this is arguably one of the best pales out there.

As a wheat...100% the best wheat beer I've EVER had. (I adore hops)

This was the best sumpin sumpin suprise I've had in reference to the syle of beer it is labeled as. (pale wheat) This beer holds it's own with most IPA's out there.

The wheat is there...but presented as only a small compliment to some GREAT citrissy hops.

Note... I'm not really a fan of Lagunitas Staple IPA that's on tap everywhere but their hoppy seasonals are always amazing.

For hop heads Like me...who are turned off when they see anything wheat beer...this will without a doubt make you a believer that wheat beer can be good.

Did I say I'd keep this short???

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Photo of Rob23
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Piny,bity,floraly.This is a standard in my area.I have consumed so much of it I had to take a few months off.I love this ale.Stands up with any IPA even though it is not considered an IPA.It can be found most everywhere in the country and is very fairly priced.No need to go into a long description.If you have not tried it.Do it now.Cheers!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon peel), floral hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey flavors, pine hops and wheat. I don't think this beer is made with honey, but it seems to me that there's a honey-like sweetness noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth and has good carbonation. It's very easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I think this is a pretty good brew, it's definitely worth a try!

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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