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 Ahypercube
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A signature Lagunitas brew into a pint glass:

L: A straw yellow body with 4 fingers of big bubbly white head that dissipates moderately quickly, leaving strong clumpy lacing that lingers on the glass. Nice.

S: Pear, apricot and cantaloupe with a tangy undertone of pineapple, blood orange and passion fruit, ending in black peppery spicy notes.

T: Sour initially, with apricot and pineapple building into blood orange, grapefruit, tangerine, cloves, pepper, and bitter pine for a finish. Very hop-forward.

F: Creamy, smooth, delicious. Exactly what I hope for from beer.

O: Fantastic IPA. Perhaps the greatest ever brewed on such a large scale.

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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 drgonzo767
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Dark amber, visible carbonation, light quarter finger head, consistent lacing.

Smell is light. There is citrus, pine, resin, raspberries, light wheat,

Taste is the bomb. Crisp citrus, wheat, hop, some spice. It starts wheat then everything else comes in layers. Damn. It's all there, just such balance and in order. That's always an accomplishment, nothing hits hits you over the head.

Feels so damn good. Good carbonation,light oils, dryness, clean finish. ABV is very well hidden, I always like that.

What is it A wheat? An IPA? Not sure. If you love both, it gives you both. If you only love one or the other, well it gives you enough, too. It's a fine offering, so satisfying. I am always happy to see this on my local store shelf. Great beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good amount of hop bitterness along with citrus and slight maltiness. The wheat is somewhat apparent but not too noticeable. Overall one of my favorite Lagunitas.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet smell with a slightly boozy aftertaste. The alcohol quashes the wheat which, for me, is a good thing. Tastes more like an IPA but definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Dconklin15
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As close to perfect it can get for me. The first smell when you pop the cap is inviting and the taste is second to none. You can taste the perfect mix of hops and it's not overwhelming after the first sip.

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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 Marius
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at De Paas. Clear golden with a thin white head. Notes of oranges, grapefruit, caramel and pine resin Medium body, medium carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap. Pours clear and golden with a thin sense foam. This beer had someone but mostly citrus on the nose with orange pithe. The taste was fascinating. The clean creaminess of wheat shines through mellow and juicy to start but the finish is citrussy with a lightly sweet mandarin orange and balanced with the herbaceous green hops bitterness. Nicely balanced. I especially appreciated the creamy texture which surprisingly went nicely with the orange tartness.

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Photo of Holderness
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L -- A clear, moderately effervescent pale orange with a robust bone white head. Moderate lacing
S -- Incredibly robust yet clean floral and citric hop aromas dominate, with notes of apricot, raspberries, and wheat
T -- Very similar to Sculpin, but without the overwhelming bitterness. They took a classic taste and perfected it
F -- Refreshing and inebriating!
O -- One of my favorite go-tos. Tasty at all times of year, and only 11 bucks for a six pack

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber IPA with white retaining head. Smells of citrusy hops and the taste is spot on, pure. Medium bodied with nice smooth finish. Beautifully hop-balanced bitterness. Perfect.

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Photo of SwervyEarvy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh my. Perfection in a tulip glass.

Look: quite pleasant. Deep amber appearance. It just screams, "try me".

Smell: hints of citrus (perhaps acai berry?), lingering hoppiness. Slight coriander-like spiciness.

Taste: whoa so unique. Not quite a wheat beer, not quite an ipa. It really stands out. Quite complex. Mid-palate hops (amarillo or centennial hops) with a scrumptious citrus taste that stays in your mouth for hours.

Feel: not overly bitter, very nice going down. High drinkability.

Overall: lil' sumpin sumpin is simply outstanding.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I get a nose of citrus hops with this beer. To me it tastes like a good IPA like a Hopdevil or similar. Really good citrus tastes with the bitterness and yet sweetness at the end. Very carbonated and great ending feel to this beer. Good beer ! I love the fact that the 7 1/2 % is well hidden. Wet lingering faint bitterness.

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Photo of D1noB
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's comes on strong and is a mouthful, orange and bitter with a mediumness to it, hops sprinkled throughout.

Taste Rating in Words: It's being punched in the face when you don't expect it and then the pain fades and you realize they pulled there punch and ran.

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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, light amber color with a half inch white head that was well retained and left a little lacing. Aroma is a beautiful, bright citrus with a sweet malt presence and pine. Taste is bold orange with a little bitterness, sweet malts, a bit of pepper, bread and caramel. Excellent balance to this beer, well carbonated, smooth mouthfeel, goes down really easy, almost impossible to stop at one.

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Photo of Jmatz
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The various iterations of the "little sumpin'" moniker have yielded some "fun to try" beers, but good ol original sumpin' is still sumpin' special.

Poured into a pint glass, it doesn't look that impressive, a medium amber color, lots of bubbles, a small soapy head. It's not Lagunitas' most impressive smelling beer either, a quick shot of hops and pine, anD then, boozy alcohol tingles.

But we drink beer with our mouths. And lil' sumpin' delivers. Great mouthfeel, substantial, but clean, and the carbonation makes this 7.5 very drinkable. The taste is great, hop forward, with bread malts and a bit of warm alcohol on the tail end. Clean finish, with a slight lingering (but pleasant) bitterness.

This is an excellent American hoppy wheat ale...highly reccomended.

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Photo of frodo_of_the_shire
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Before knowing exactly what I was drinking, assumed this beer was an unusually balanced IPA. Definite hoppiness, citrus, grapefruit and pine with a pleasant bitterness, IBU 64. Paralleled with smooth, sweet wheat aroma and taste that linger in the palette. An easy drinker, smooth, balanced, and delicious. At 7.5%, this hoppy wheat ale will get you there in couple. Easily one of my recent favorites from lagunitas, a welcome shift from their IPA I usually get. Will be enjoying again.

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

Out of the bottle boured a medium copper, fitered clear, with a white frothy persistent head. Immediately hit with fruity hops evoking notes of pineapple, mango and peach, also resinous pine, and a relatively moderate caramel malt backbone. On the palate more fruit replays with peach perceived more as sweet canned peaches. Pleasnt lingering hop bitterness balanced with the malt. Rich and refreshing.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pale amber color. Large foamy white head.

S: Very hoppy nose. I get pineapple and grapefruit aromas.

T: Lots of citrus flavors up front. Some malt and bitterness in the finish.

F: Very smooth and refreshing.

O: I am a big fan of this style, and this is the best hoppy wheat I have had thus far. I am a "ticker" for the most part and don't go out of my way to try most beers more than once, but this is one I will have to come back to.

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Photo of BeerTv
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
(ABV: 7.5%) (IBU: 65)

This category of an American pale wheat ale is essentially an American rendition of a Hefeweizen/Weissbier.
The style belends the best charactersitics of pale ales and wheat beers allowing for a blast of American centered hops with an apparent level of sweetness from the grains used in the brewing process. The combination of these 2 styles allow for a complex blend of flavors and aromas to emerge from the glass.

AROMA - orange and lemon peel zest, mild grapefruit presence, grassy earthyness, light caramel notes, smells like an IPA with its powerful hop aromas

APPEARANCE – clear honey amber hue, bright white thick head, dense streaks of lacing

FLAVOR – dominating hop characteristics ranging from floral/piney to citrus hoppiness, ruby grapefruit zest, honey sweetness, lemon and oragne zest, slight hints of bread with a light wheat finish,

MOUTHFEEL – silky smooth, crisp carbonation with slight dryness mid-palate, soft bready finish,

OVERALL – this is the definition of a hoppy wheat beer; whenever you find the word "American" in the beer's style category you can almost guarantee an immense hop presence, hop heads will enjoy this wheat ale deviation from their classic hoppy IPA's. This pale wheat ale is more along the lines of an American IPA style with a touch of wheat, which is completely fine.

In fact, on the bottle's label it notes the ingredients are: Hops, malt, hops, yeast, hops, water and hops. Sensing a dominating ingredient at all? Nonetheless, a delicious hybrid combination of hop profiles with slight honey sweetness and touch of grain.

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Photo of joekoz007
2.86/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into am IPA glass. Slightly cloudy, pale yellow in color. Aroma is dark and dank, causing expectations of a fine IPA. Taste is way different than the smell. Yeasty and "wheaty" up front with a hoppy/yeasty finish. Lightly carbonated for a light mouthfeel. Overall, somewhat disappointing. From the aroma, was expecting something more juicy and hoppy but was left disappointed.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and sweet, perfect blending of the two tastes. Pale and clear with medium whipped cream head. Aroma is yeast, sour, citrus, floral all at the same time. Taste is more focused on sharp citrus (yellow grapefruit) with subtle flavor elements of the above aromas. Nice!

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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 akolb
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bready, piney, citrusy aroma. Taste has fruity, tropical hops, wheat, orange, and crackery malts. Very nice. Moderate bitterness. Leaves a bright, clean, hoppy aftertaste. Full bodied but still crisp and refreshing. This is a great IPA/wheat beer hybrid.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoying a glass of this in-tap at Lou Malnati's pizzeria in Chicago while I wait for the pizza to arrive. Served in paint glass, this beer is a vey clear, medium golden color with a white head that's about half an inch thick when first served. Head settles pretty quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Barely any lacing to speak of. Aromas of slightly toasted, somewhat biscuity, caramel malt notes and certainly some wheat, rounded out with a bit if hops. The taste pretty. Much follow suit with slightly atoasted, biscuity, fairly mildly sweet caramel malt presence along with some wheat notes that give way to n earthy, slightly citrusy, floral hop presence. Good balance of flavors. Has a very crisp, slightly prickly, somewhat smooth and frothy medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish. Beau to drink in a good way.


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