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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby bottle with a pin up girl standing up against the name of the beer. The beer's specifications are near the middle next to the girl. Like Lagunitas, the only piece of info missing is a bottled date or best before date. Poured into a Cigar City pint glass.

This version of Little Sumpin' poured a very clear and bright yellowish amber color. Kind of like a really pale honey color. It was so clear that you could read the newspaper through it. On top was a small less than 1/4 of an inch paper white head of foam. I thought it had good retention. It left behind a long lasting skim of foam and a few streaks of lace around the glass. I usually don't like beers you can see through, but I'll make an exception for this beer.

When the cap came off, out came a strong aroma of pine. At first I thought I was stepping into a pine forest. When it was poured, the pine settled and the bitter citrus hops and citrus fruits emerged. The citrus fruits consisted of bitter grapefruit, lemon, orange, and a little pineapple. After the citrus elements had their fun, the beer then finishes up with a drop of honey and a pinch of toasted wheat.

This beer starts off slow with the toasted wheat. Once it got that out of the way, the taste then kicks into full gear. That's where the taste goes dry and bitter. I was able to pick out a nice assortment of citrus fruits. I got bitter and tart grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, and a splash of tangerine. Intermingled with the citrus fruits was the bitter citrus hops. Nothing followed the citrus elements. They didn't want any other flavor to follow them.

This is an easily affordable nicely hopped Pale Wheat Ale. I liked this version of Little Sumpin' best. Would I drink it again. I would. It's not hard to find.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Perfect golden hue and slightly hazy with a thick finger of head. Good retention of the head a very nice lacing.

S - Sweet malt/grain, minerals, papaya, citrus, and esters. Quite nice, like an IPA but sweeter and less piney.

T - Big maltiness balanced by some bitter but not overly floral or citrus-like, very well balanced. The fruit from the smell is somewhat present but the minerality more-so. Fresh and super well balanced. Esters are present naturally, but come more as an afterthought and the taste lingers in a pleasant way.

M - Thick enough to have real feel, but thin and bubbly enough to be very refreshing, especially when cold. Super balanced. Dangerous.

O - This is a dangerous beer, super balanced, very tasty, and yet refreshing especially when cold despite the higher alcohol content. This is one of those beers that could be treated as a session beer but could have you stumbling home afterwards. Wonderful stuff.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out from the bottle a blonde yellow with a sustaining 3/4" head. Laces well for a pale wheat ale.

Remarkably spry Lagunitas hops in the nose. Grapefruit rind, green pineapple, maybe tart apricot, light pine, a dose of pale wheat malts, and just a whiff of nut flesh. Great nose for the style. Hoppy and bright.

Zippy citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness with pine and floral notes. Wheat malts are in the background, but they just allow the West Coast hop profile to blaze the trail. Some nutty yeast way back there behind IPA-level humulus and bitterness. Wants to clean up in the finish, but there's always a lot of tang in that nearly minty Lagunitas hop character. Light spiciness surfaces late and becomes a slight alcohol warmth; reminding me that this wheat ale is 7.5%.

Drinks charmingly. Bitternesd isn't actually all that massive. So smooth, but with that crisp bite of carbonation that smacks the tongue around. Faster than fast in drinkability.

An outstanding example of the style, if not too far out there. Like a wheat IPA. Lagunitas doing what Lagunitas does best.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Hoppy wheat is what the beer geeks are callin' for. This beer has a thick, wheat-induced head and clear, pale amber color. It has some sweet breadiness underneath a big tide of hop aroma. It's super smooth and easy to drink. It has a thick flavor of soft, floral and fruity hops, and the bitterness is there, but nothing too sharp--more like dried grass or tobacco. This beer has a bit of a snappy, dry malt character and is faintly yeasty with some warming esters. The hops stay on the palate far into the aftertaste. This one has it all figured out--an amazing ale.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured in an altbier glass (Wrong I know... but it sure looked pretty!)

Very nice golden color with a small head and light lacing. It has some hints of honey on the nose but very little hops. Upon tasting the honey is there as expected, although there's a nice kick of hops, it's crisp with a solid mouthfeel, very well rounded.

Overall my first Lagunitas and I am VERY impressed, looking for more in the future!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with 'fridge' spelled 'frige' in the label rant - very reminiscent of 'frigo', en francais, I'd say.

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy pale golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a more or less solid, yet pockmarked paint job of lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of orange citrus cream, a bit of good ol' barley and sweet n' spicy wheat maltiness, black pepper aerosol, and some stronger, more acrid pine needle hops. The taste is bitter pine resin and sassy fleshy orange and grapefruit citrus, bready caramel malt, a hint of saltwater taffy, a bit of reduced spicy wheatiness, further grassy/floral hop notes, and some mildly sweet booze warming.

The carbonation is quite sedate in its bearing, just a faint frothiness manifesting, the body a decently hefty medium weight, especially for the style, mostly smooth, and certainly not un-creamy. It finishes with the main players still quite game - sweet caramel and wheat malts, and unabashedly brash pine and citrus hops. Ya know - Lagunitas.

American Pale Wheat Ale my sort of pale Canadian ass. I know that this is made with wheat malt, then, ok, but the rest of the story screams out tasty WC IPA, despite the wheatiness, and I'm not going to fault a damned agreeable beer for being cast in the wrong category because of the black sheep in its makeup.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have order this beer twice at a local drinking establishment. I originally picked this beer based upon the name and the brewery, and I was pleasantly awarded for my prejudice. I had never had a beer like this before. It is a refreshing wheat beer along with having the complex flavor profile of the IPA style that I have grown to adore. I cannot get too far into the ASTM profile, but I can say it ranked pretty well in all of them. In the summer, if I were not in the mood for intense maltiness, I would be sure to go with this beer.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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