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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
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1,630
Ratings:
8,688
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumn leaves orange with a crystal clear countenance. The creamy crown is toasted peanut shell in color and gains a good bit of character as it melts. Honeycomb-like lace appears on all available surfaces and looks fantastic as well.

This American pale wheat ale contains a big olfactory burst of citric hoppiness to the tune of 64 IBUs. It really smells like an APA, but then wheat malt doesn't have a chance in hell with this much grapefruit zestiness in the house.

Throw any considerations of style right out the window. When this many hops are dumped into the kettles, the type of malt almost doesn't matter. If this sucker is this bright and bold now, it must have been even more buzzsaw-like back in May. Hard to imagine.

The malt tastes mostly pale with a smidgen of something more toasted. Again, any wheat flavor that might have been present is blasted into oblivion by tidal wave after tidal wave of pink grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Any hopheads looking for an aggressive alpha acid 'bite' will find it here. The finish is as tight and as focused as a laser beam.

Any beer that makes me look forward to the next mouthful while the current one is being swallowed deserves a high drinkability score. The mouthfeel is close to medium for the style and is much more silky smooth in the bottom half of the bottle. Lightly lush even.

Knowing that it was more hoptastic than most APWAs, I had a pretty good idea that this would be good beer. Truth be told, it's hoppier, more delicious and more drinkable than imagined. If you crave the little green cones like I do, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale joins Three Floyds Gumballhead on the top of the American pale wheat ale pile. Thanks to mikey711 for the bottle.

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

12oz poured into a tulip

A. Light copper. A little lighter colored than a normal IPA. The head recedes fairly fast and almost no lacing.

S. Very piny and some fruit notes. A little citrusy.

T. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, hops, a little sweet and a little malt.

M. Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied.

D. Very drinkable, I could drink these all day and I plan to.

Notes: This beer is fantastic, it has the lightness and crispness of a wheat, but the flavor profile of an IPA. Pick this limited release up.

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

Pours out golden in color, slightly hazy, and with a big fluffy white head. Head retention is very good with Lacing around the glass.

The aroma is dominated by the citrus hops, and a hint of pine at first.... But, the hops are softened by the pale malt and wheat. Giving it a yeast bread background.

At first the bitterness of the hops hit you. More citrus flavors than sharp pine compared to this ale's big sister Sumpin' wild. Soft and light bread flavors from the malt and wheat giving something like the best of of both worlds. A wheat ale combined with an AIPA. Hops do linger on the tongue for a while. But finishes semi-dry and refreshing.

Light/medium bodied with a bit a carbonation makes this ale very easy to drink. Overall I can say hope Lagunitas keeps this pale wheat crossed with a IPA around for a long time.

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Photo of jb413
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy light citrus color. A sort of orange-tinted golden yellow with three fingers of frothy white head and fairly good retention. Some nice lacing.

S - Hoppiness asserts itself in the nose, notably piney. Citrus tones abound underneath. Underlying maltiness as well.

T - A solid slightly sweet backbone from the wheat. (Fooled me there). Hops kick in midway with some moderate piney flavor. Citrusy tones intermingled in the second half, with some grapefruit/lemon. Moderately bitter finish.

MF - More of a thicker, creamier mouthfeel than similar brews, while remaining medium in body. Definitely smooth. Drinkable, indeed it drinks more like a 5-6% offering. Carbonation is fine.

O - Just a quality brew. A great combination of taste and drinkability.

EDIT: Had no idea this was a Pale Wheat. Fooled me. Way too good to be a wheat!

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Photo of teromous
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very good clarity on this beer. The body is a medium shade of gold. The had is a wonderfully fluffy white pillow. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Immediate hop aromas. I get some tangerine scents and some pine. It smells very nice.

T: I'm first approached with some bitter grapefruit flavor, then some of the pine comes in. It's not a slam of bitterness, but just right. After this, there is a grain flavor that pops up. The hop flavors and grain flavors are wonderful.

M: It feels fairly dry. The mouth is kept alive by the bitterness, and medium carbonation. It's feels pretty good.

O: Overall I did like the beer. I think this beer (wheat or not) is a contender for many pale ales out there. I would highly recommend it to any hop lovers. It was enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fluid oz's bottle
Served in a pint glass

Gorgeous appearance. The liquid poured an absolutely crystal clear, brassy yellow and was topped by a three-finger crown of tight, billowing, light tan foam. The head faded to a substantial crop of froth and left thick rings of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was very hoppy for the style. Tons of smooth, grassy, floral hops. Even though this was made with American hops, it smelled a lot like Saaz. Soft yet punchy. Touch of lemon. There was a slight, pale malt sweetness. The hops turned a bit more grapefruit-like as the beer warmed. Crisp and dry.

The taste was remarkably smooth. Floral and grassy hops came through strong. Crackery malts helped maintain balance. Lots of lemony tartness. Wheaty and crisp. The hops turned citrusy, punchy and semi-bitter on the finish. Tart, dry and refreshing. Some grapefruit-like pithiness was noticeable. For a 7.5% ABV beer, this was amazingly quaffable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Soft and pillowy on the palate with a fine, slick effervescence.

I was so tempted to refer to this beer as an outstanding version of a session ale but, at 7.5% ABV, this is anything but that. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is another outstanding example of the no frills kind-of-beers that the folks at Lagunitas are so good at creating.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottle into a snifter at about cellar temperature.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' has a two-finger white head and a clear sunset orange body. It looks very nice.

The aroma is wonderful. There's definitely some citrus, but an awesome scent of pine and hops come through even stronger. It may be summer now, but it reminds me of the family Christmas tree in December!

It tastes like orange, dry, resiny spruce needles, and hops. If there's any trace of alcohol here, it's very subtle.

The mouthfeel is substantially carbonated, but not at all overwhelming.

This beer delivers quite a bit MORE than a "LITTLE Sumpin' Sumpin'." It's got a LOT of sumpin'... sumpin' GOOD.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a brilliantly hoppy treat!

Disturbingly bright yellow colour is instantly overpowered by a delectable aroma of pineapple and citrus hops. The flavour is of hops at start, middle and delightful finish. Although there is a baseline of caramelized malts, "west coast" hops are at the forefront : tropical fruits including mango, pineapple and passion-fruit, plus pink grapefruit and other citrus tones. Personally I don't pick up on any wheat tones and there is a dangerous lack of alcohol warmth with this 7.5% ABV...

All in all, a stunningly enjoyable beer. Definitely one I’ll try to find again.

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Photo of Dools9
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler pint.

A: Clear, gloden orange. Fluffy two finger head, plenty of patchy lacing, head retained to a thin skim after about five minutes.

S: Lots of dank citrus and tropical fruits. Sweet apricots, mangos, pineapples, cotton candy sweetness. Some mild notes of pine hop resin. Very big, robust nose, I could smell it as soon as I cracked the bottle.

T: Bittersweet tropical citrus fruits, much like the nose there's a good dose of pineapples, mangos, overripe peaches . There is a nice sweet malt backbone on the finish that keeps this a very balanced brew. Hops do linger more with each sip. Not in your face bitter, but very pleasant. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Heavy end of medium bodied, slick hop oil feel. Carbonation is smooth and spot on creamy feel. Slight alcohol as it warms up but hardly noticeable.

O: You could tell this was a Lagunitas brew after the first sip. Huge tropical fruit aromas and flavor. Has that signature west coast tropical thing going on. Very nicely balanced ale and most definitely worth a try.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

whoa,totally blown away by this beer.poured into a pint glass with lacing that could match duvel's.giant fluffy white head that levels out to a short head that sticks throughout.

smells of citrus and pine with a slight scent of hay.very appealing.

palate is a massive rush of centennial hops.grapefruit and citrus dominate and finishes with a pronounced wheat character.awesome summer beer!

mouthfeel is moderately carbonated.

i could have a few of these.honestly i wasnt expecting much from this beer,but it's an awesome summer offering from lagunitas.

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Photo of hman43
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden and clear with a full white head. It has citrus aroma and spruce. It has citrus flavors with floral, every hoppy and a quality bitter tap on the palate.

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Photo of patpbr
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Somewhere on the spectrum of gold and orange.
S - Citrus and floral and a bit of malt.
T - I first noticed hops, some pleasant fruit flavors pineapple, grapefruit, citrus a little orange its a bit sweet and has some noticeable wheat character.
M - Medium body with a slight dry and very easy to drink finish.
O - Has great flavor I will be drinking many more.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange with minimal to no haziness. Big fluffy head quickly recedes but gives good lacing.

Smell is awesome. Up there with my two favs in this category - PtE and nugget nectar. Tangerines, lemon, hint of onion and pine.

Taste starts with a nice citrus hop bitterness and finishes more on the herbal side.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect in an ipa-like beer, but oddly quaffable for 7.5

Overall a really great beer, but I'd prefer a bit more haze to make it easier to convince myself this isn't an ipa.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straw color fairly unremarkable but off-white head quite tall and leaves some lace. Nice fruity hop aromas immediately. A delicious honeyed malt flavor leads the taste; I'm surprised how delicate the hops are given their prominence in the nose and the label's report of 64.20 IBU. The honey and fruit guide the flavor and the hops are always present but never interrupt, never overwhelm, never seem out of balance. Mouthfeel clean. What a surprise.

Brown bottle poured into a glass. Did not see a date on the bottle, but if it were fresher it would only be better, I suppose.

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Photo of Nickolai
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok so I will start by saying that this beer is probably one of my favorites now, after I drank a six pack.

L: I drank these out of the bottle so I will base it off the bottle. The Lagunitas short and fat bottle is cool. I like the way it looks. And the label for this specific beer is really nice. I love the name and styling and the pin up girl on the front draws you in.

S: This beer smells very good. I like how it smells hoppy, but not too much like an IPA. It smells piney, maybe a bit citrusy. But overall fresh and crisp.

T: Best thing about this beer. The taste is truly amazing. It is piney and citrusy like the smell, but besides that, this beer is a little hoppy, not too much, though that taste profile is definitely present. It is also quite crisp tasting, very light. Not too heavy and "sticky" like you might get with an IPA. Its also kind of bitter, but along with the other flavors here, it works and is welcome. For me at least. Not too bitter at all, just a slight bitter taste.

F: The feel is maybe a little harsh. Pretty carbonated and bitter so maybe it stings a little, but drink one and then these beers go down like water.

Overall these are delicious beers. Very easy to drink after youve had one or two and for that reason maybe a bit dangerous haha. Kind of a high alcohol content at 7.5 % abv. I easily drank 5 of these in about an hour and a half. ( gave one from my six pack to a friend.) I was pretty drunk. Just meant to have a nice night with some friends, but ended up kind of drunk by the end of the night.

Seriously fantastic beer. Found these at a Stop and Shop, and havent found them again since. I even looked at my local distributor today but couldnt find it. One of my favorites now though, hope I can find them again.

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Photo of climax
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pale wheat ale with 65 IBUs? Interesting, let's dive in. It pours a gold color with good clarity. The head was on the small side, but left alot of tight lace bubbles on the side.

The nose was a refreshing citrus splash. Lemon and passion fruit mixed in with an almost artificially sweet peach aroma blend bitter and sweet quite well. Grassy notes emerge a bit more as it sits, and the sweetness becomes slightly subdued.

The flavor does the same. Hop bitterness is high, but this isn't a pale ale, and it's certainly no wheat beer. The wheat and yeast flavors add sweetness to the lupulin fiesta that really makes me think about what I'm drinking. My second sip yields soapy and herbal tones that last through the hop oil finish.

The body is around medium with a slick feel and very sharp carbonation. The tingle lasts long through the dry finish. Boy, I think I found a refreshing summer drinker.... that has a load of hops even! I'm impressed, Bravo Lagunitas for filling a gap for the green-geeks out there, this beer is a little sumpin' sumpin' different.

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Photo of billybob
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep golden color thin head and quickly fading lace. now things start to get better smells fruity along with some pine resin. then the first taste. hops hit you right off then the different fruit flavors mixing with that pine resin and the smooth thick mouthfeel lets you know that your drinking a nice beer here. drinkability? i definitely need more.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice, clear golden color. A one finger white head has pretty good retention. A little bit of lacing here with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Very strong. Lots of floral hops and pine.

T - Very complex. There are some floral hops upfront followed by notes of pine. The thing that gets me is the after taste. It's like biting into a grapefruit. It also has notes of orange, pine and maybe a bit of pineapple. No wheat at all.

T - Light mouthfeel. Very good balance. Good carbonation.

D - Considering the higher ABV for a wheat ale this goes down real easy.

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Photo of suspect
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint glass.

A: Pale straw color with tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Aggressive pour leads to a one-finger head that doesn't last long but leads strong lacing throughout.

S: Hoppy throughout the nose, but I'm picking up a strong malt backend. Alcohol is slightly present in the nose as well.

T: Very nicely balanced sweetness with bitter hops. This is a wonderful representation of a wheat wine. It's like a perfect love child of Hop Stoopid and a really nice wheat beer. It's got the appearance and smell of an IPA but the taste of a hoppy wheat beer.

M: Creamy feel, lingering bitter aftertaste that leaves me sipping over and over.

O: A delicious beer. I can't wait to get my hands on some more.

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Photo of brandtbates89
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't really know how to classify this beer except that it is a really enjoyable beer to drink. Upon opening there's a hint of citrus. Don't get fooled by the appearance of this beer because its bot a little bite to it as well as a great rounded "hoppyness."

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Photo of BeerLovingSonofA
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite beer of the Lagunitas catalog. Memorable.

12oz. cold bottle - no date

Pours a cloudy orange/gold-copper with a thin white head. Leaves a nice film on the glass.
The taste is oranges/citrus; fruity mixed with hops. Crisp hints of pine, wheat and spice. Bright and fresh. My guess is this brew ages poorly. It tastes hoppier than many wheat Americans. Delicious.

For a mass market beer that can be found at the specialties and grocery chains alike - nationally, it's special. It's a outstanding warm weather beer but it's available year round.

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Photo of vince4953529
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a fresh six pack as soon as it's released for the summer.

Color is golden.

I let it warm up a bit in room temperature after pulled it out from the fridge. Tastes like an IPA, and drinks like an IPA. Not much flavor of wheat, but it would make an excellent IPA. Taste is bitter hop without that annoying butterscotch taste. I like it, but I classified it as an IPA is suspect.

Very good value at about $7.50 for a six pack. Good flavor, above-average drinkability, I would probably buy another sixer of this in the future.

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Photo of Mdog
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good head, good lacing.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Nice sweet grapefruit, not too bitter, has some weight/wheaty balance under it.

Drinkability: Really tasty, but a little strong for a summer beer.

Saw this new one and picked up a single to try. I was really impressed, tastes a lot like Gumballhead but with more kick. I will definitely grab another sixer or two of this, if the ABV was down in the 5's it would be case worthy. Good stuff!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold/orange color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention; eventually settling to half an inch. Lightly decanted. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big oily hops; grapefruit, pine and citrus. Maybe there's malt there, who coiuld tell - either way, it smells great.

T: Grapefruit and piney hops are resiny bright. Wheat and pale malt well back in the foundation. Much hoppier than youir average wheat beer.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation sufficient to cut the oily coating.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorfully hoppy - more so than ANY wheat beer.

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Photo of ddgsrock
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There is a nice blend of sweetness and "hoppiness" in this beer. It has a very nice nose. Gotta love what they put on their bottles! I am curious...they state that the beer has 64.20 for International Bitterness Units (IBUs). Is it acidity/PH? How is that tested? Original gravity and alcohol by volume is certainly easy to test.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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