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:
1,649
Ratings:
8,774
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,649 | Ratings: 8,774
Photo of RichardMNixon
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Yellow gold body with off-white head. Foam was beautiful but way too much, had to wait several minutes for it to die down before I could pour the rest.

S: Walking through a field of hop flowers on a bright spring day, chewing a toasted English biscuit.

T: Wheat beers aren't typically my favorite, and I didn't see anywhere on the label that it was wheat. The smell had me optimistic though. Sure enough, doesn't really taste like wheat to me, just a good, clean IPA with pine and citrus notes.

M: Smoothly carbonated, all around pretty nice.

O: Great for an IPA, I'd happily grab a six pack. If you wanted a wheat beer I think you'd be more disappointed. The label uses the word hops eight times though, so I don't see that happening too often.

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Photo of ThorSon
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great wheat IPA that was recommended by the beer store guy. Was looking for Deschutes Fresh Squeezed but they were out. They recommended Sumpin' Sumpin' as having some citrus and good balance wheat IPA, and boy they were right. Plus its a Chicago beer and I love the Windy City. Middle of the road amber clear color, smell is a mix of hops, wheat, citrus, smooth going down and a little bitter finish. A nice alternative to Fresh Squeezed. I would definitely recommend it as a regular beer to have in your fridge, your friends will be impressed.

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Photo of coleheideman
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured it into a ceramic mug (all ive got at college) Beautiful orange yellow amber type color. Head was small, off white, size of head probably reduced by the container and my cruddy wash job.
Smells fruity, pineapple maybe, citrus with a hoppy smell at the very end.

Taste is sweet initially with a kind of hoppy bite to it, the sweetness persists for a while, becoming really nice in the middle of my swallow before giving in to hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The sweetness might put some people off but it seems well balanced to me, and definitely doesn't give away the alcohol content. Do yourself a favor and stock up on this one, I have had a craving for it for months. Overall maybe the best ipa I have had so far.

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Photo of Beerevity
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow with a white head. Plenty of bubbles rising in the glass long after the pour and great lacing.

S - Passionfruit and strawberry. The combination of wheat malt and hops aroma is utterly amazing.

T - Clean, fruity and slightly bitter with just the right malt backbone. A great change from your average IPA. I haven't ever tasted a beer in this category with such pronounced fruit flavors.

M - On the lighter side with great carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O - This is a wonderful beer and I'm glad I finally gave it a chance. I would have no idea it's a 7.5 on the ABV scale, it's very well hidden by the sensational flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left wispy traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, wheat, pine and some caramel. Great aroma for a wheat beer.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeastiness with a good dose of citrusy bitterness and pine flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever had. Don't know why it took me so long to buy some of this.

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Photo of wogreen
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - clear golden color

S - very potent hoppy aroma with an almost odd sweet smell to it

T - hoppiness is the dominant characteristic. i can barely taste the wheat flavor, however its a good blend that allows for a sweet wheaty finish

M - feels full bodied yet not as full as many pales.

O - a clean pale with just a hint of sweetness that balances nicely.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish gold with a good amount of white frothy head. Smells really wonderful. Light hops over sweet wheat. A nice light fruitiness on the nose. Tastes as OT s,ells. Sweet and hoppy. Especially for a pale wheat. Lots of great lighter fruit on he tongue with pine and grape fruit coming through on the hops. Very solid brew overall, definitely wish I had access to this

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Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale amber color with a white bubbly head filling the rest of the glass. The head faded fairly quickly but clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a juicy, tropical hop presence to it. It has some notes of pineapple, mango, and peach to it . Just a hint of wheat seems to come through.

The taste also shows a lot of tropical hoppy flavors. Peach seems to be the most pronounced with some pineapple and grapefruit coming through as well. A little bready malt provides a base for all the hoppyness. Some bitterness comes through in the finish balancing out the sweet hoppiness that showed up front. I love tropical hop flavors like this one, and this one is very well done.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is very good, I loved the tropical citrus flavors the hops had. Excellent beer overall and one of my new summer favorites.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Orange/golden tan. Not much head or alot of lacing.

Smell - Hops, wheat, citrus fruits like pineapple, orange, graefruit. Some lemon, sugars and spices. Smells really good.

Taste - A mild and citric hoppy kick. Wheat is present but overshadowed from the hops. Its grassy, and a little bitter. I get some honey on the end of drink, along with a little booze. Lemon is mixed in with some spices and sugars also.

Mouthfeel - Soild kick but easy to drink. tounge gets sweet hops, some honey and lemon. After taste is a little dry.

Overall - Very impressive drink. Its a little strong for a wheat ale but really this isnt anything like traditonal wheat ales. 7.5% and hoppy, this could pass for a ipa. Very tasty and hoppy!

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fanstastic. Forgot how it poured because I dived in so quick. Very smooth, bitter taste without the tingly tongue sensation. Hoppy but not overly so. Hint of pine. A nice bold consistency without being "thick". Lagunitas never ceases to please me and even though this is on the milder side of most of their brews its an A+.
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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, appears to have been bottled 12/7/10.

Looks gorgeous, but not really like any kind of a wheat beer at all and definitely like an IPA. Clear deep gold beer with a classic IPA head with a finger of retention, big packs of bubbles already clinging to the glass.

It sure smells like a West Coast IPA too. Pine and grapefruit pith abound with a sweet edge. I'm rating this mainly as an American IPA. Orange marmalade, yum.

Orange battles with grapefruit and pine says it's the boss. This is superb. Some wheat bread cowers behind all these hops. Bitterness is low to moderate; flavor is the game.

A more aggressive carbonation makes the hops explode all over the tongue, making them all the more alive, fruity, and irresistible.

I'm drinking this really quickly, as it's an amazing surprise, and there is not a trace of the alcohol. If you want a hop smack, this will do you as well as Stone IPA or even Blind Pig.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, 7.5% abv. Slightly hazy, bright golden color. Great airy off-white head. Great head retention. Excellent patches of lace.

Aroma is filled with citrusy goodness, with a slight pine edge. Hops are big and juicy here. Faint candy like malt in the background. Loads of juicy grapefruit sums it up.

Pale malt background really let's the malt shine. Some sweetness up front. Bitterness comes across very juicy, with a nice citrus feel. Not overly harsh on the bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, this is one drinkable brew. I love the juicy hop aroma and flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful crystal clear golden, with a plentiful amount of head. Very visually appealing.

S- Piney, resin-y, citric, and bread-y aromas, with some yeasty tones in the background.

T- I get flavors of grapefruit, pine, some wheat-y bread-y-ness, and some spicy tones. Nice dry finish with a bitterness that doesn't linger too much. Simple enough to be refreshing and complicated enough to be interesting throughout.

M- Medium bodied, and an ample amount of carbonation, however it could have used a bit more in my opinion (that could be attributed to an uncharacteristically aggressive pour on my part). Tiny bit of stickiness left but it doesn't detract much at all.

D- Very drinkable to me, however I am a hophead, so if you're not you might not find it to be.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Nov 26th, 2013.

Appearance: Pale golden body capped off by a white fluffy head. The head really exploded on this one. A few bubbles seen circulating throughout the glass. Great sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: The first whiff basically contains the basic APWA characteristics... yeast, grains, and fruity hops. Pronounced notes of grapefruit and floral aromas really hit the nose on the next few sniffs.

Taste: Hops up front. Sweet citrus and floral notes. The malts try to even this one out, but they are overpowered from the hops. A rather sweet finish on this one, grapefruit with sweetener comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, about average for the style. Light-Medium body. Very smooth, goes down easily.

Overall: A hoppy take on a rather predictable style. Though I missed the malts, this is certainly a tasty beer. I want more.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours up a crystal clear amber, with a dense white head.

S - Solid Piney aroma. Not faint.

T - Some slight malt sweetness with some citrus and pine in the finish.

M - a full-bodied beer

O An aboslutely delightful beer. Nice hop malt balance and very drinkable.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured from a bottle to a pint glass, a copper/blonde tint and well carbonated, creamy white head.
S-Strong floral, citrus, orange, grapefruit aroma
T-A complex and wonderfully that produces such a unique and interesting taste profile. The malt has rich medium that's far better than many others in the category. It delivers a white bread biscuit type character. And then a well suited citrus orange notes balance it out. In addition, it has a slightly bitter but eminently pleasing finish.
M-Carbonation is more noticeable than other wheat beers and wheat body does provide pleasant and bready mouthfeel.
O-It's combination of wheat malt and hop balance I typically don't find in other wheat beers. It's so smooth, distinctive, and pleasing; a favorite indeed.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass a beautiful orange with fluffy white bubbles to the rim. Settles nicely with decent lacing on the glass. Incredible bouquet of floral and piney hops with a crackers and light ester notes. Taste is resiny hops, tangerines, cut grass with a semi sweet breadiness to give a balanced flavor and medium-light body to this beer. Nice crisp carbonation and excellent drinkability. I would get this again for sure!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a golden brown color with nice some orange tint. The head is surprisingly minimal.

S: A lot of pine and citrus notes from the hops, with only a slight touch of wheat (not that I'm complaining). This is more of an IPA or APA from the nose, anyway.

T: The flavors are very similar to what the nose would indicate. Good citrus (orange) and bitter hop flavors, a touch of sweetness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body with a nice crisp, refreshing finish.

D: A much better take on the Pale Wheat Ale than the usual "hefeweizen" that American breweries make. The hoppiness really makes this a great refreshing brew.

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Photo of JayQue
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really outstanding beer, more so because it is classified in a style that usually includes some pretty wimpy beers. This one would hold its own as an IPA or APA as well. Nice amber color. Head and lacing are a bit light. Good floral hoppy smell, prepares you for the great, pronounced taste.

Strong floral and citrus hop flavor with some balancing bready maltiness. Strong flavors, very pleasant...could drink this until the alcohol caught up with me. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich, just right for a hoppy beer.

This is a great beer, I'm surprised I never sought it out before...I will now!!!! This is a new favorite.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A haze of yellow-orange. Soft fluffy three-finger head.

S: A heady, spicy pine hop burst with hints of sweetness.

T: Piney hop flavor that gives way to a fruit sweetness. Hints of vanilla adds a layer of pleasant complexity.

M: Some carbonation bite on the front of the tongue. Finishes creamy and satisfying.

D: A nice balance of crisp hoppiness with subtle sweetness. Can't think of many beers I'd enjoy more on a warm summer day.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

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Photo of AirBob
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 7/16/14 - Consumed from a tulip

A: 1/4 inch white, frothy head. Body is a nice golden, honey color.

S: Light citrus hops. Peach/pear fruitiness. Maybe a little sweet melon.

T: Peach and pear upfront followed by a well-balanced citrus hop bitterness and malty smoothness. Clean finish.

M: Rich but not sticky. Carbonation leaves a slight and refreshing tingle which accompanies the fruit well.

O: Refreshing and tasty brew. For $9 a sixer, it's worth buying any day. Great alternative to typical west coast IPA.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale orange color with a large white foamy head. Head slowly recedes leaving a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is very citrusy, heavy floral hops. Hints of pine, alcohol, and bubblemgum. Definitely more like and IPA.

Taste is very well balanced. A nice balance of citrus notes and wheat lead the way. Grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and orange rind. Pine comes in a bit as it warms.

Body is light-medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Only thing I would say this beer could improve would be to add a bit more carbonation. Supreme drinkability here, I could knock back quite a few of these.

Overall, this beer is a lot better than I remember it being. I could see this one being very versatile. Has a session type appeal to it, but could work well in other settings. Another good effort by Lagunitas.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

White drapes surround the soft white head once it dies down. The drapes are like linen, and fade over time. Brilliant golden orange rings from the glass.

Heavy citrussy hops, mellowed only slightly by the faint hint of wheat.

Sugared grapefruit is dominant and wholly refreshing. A clean maltiness braces the tongue to close.

Beautifully carbonated - mellow and subtle, ends with a great crispness.

This is a really unique beer, but an exceptional one at that. Great for spring and summer alike.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass. Big sticky off white head sits atop a pale gold beer with perfect clarity. I expected a little haze has most beers of this style try to emulate true Hefeweizens. I can already tell this beer is doing its own thing.

S- Really really nice smell. It fills the room. Lemony, orangey, grassy, floral, sweet and wheaty.

T- Wow this stuff is good. I always heard it was but I didnt expect this much out of it. Nice balance between sweet citrus, spicy wheat and yeast and bittering hops. Starts out orangey and citrusy sweet with a touch of bitter rind. It breaks into snappy, grainy wheat and then into a nice even pine resin bitterness.

M- Good carbonation, nice smooth quenching body.

D- Wow, I need more of this stuff. This really is the ultimate summer APWA.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw gold and crystal clear. 2 finger off-white head dissipates slowish and leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

Bright citrus hop aroma. Lemon, grapefruit, and bitter orange. Light wheat malt and biscuit.

Wheat comes through stronger on tongue than the nose. Biscuit and dough. Grapefruit hops. More citrus in the form of lemon, orange rind, and nectarine.

Smooth mild mouth feel with good hop bite. Medium carbonation. Citrus lingers. Just the right amount of bitterness.

Big citrus with good malt balance. Drinks like a light IPA more than a wheat ale.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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