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 kitekid
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Pours a nice clear amber with a thick white head
-pine on the nose with a citrus/orange hint
-bright and crisp. pine comes through in the taste, found that it finished rich and complex with just a slight citrus "bite"
-very full, rich feel to it
-one of my favorite beers ... but I confess to being a bit of a "homer" when it comes to NorCal beers

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

12 oz. bottle
no date but it's fresh
clear amber and a nice white head
good lacing as I empty
notes of pine, floral
good balance and not bitter.
I like the mouthfeel because it's chewy, but clean
alcohol doesn't hit until the third one !
so be careful.enjoy

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Photo of YumaLaowai
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, wasn't expecting that at all. Very good; gets even better as you drink it. Has a sweetish kick but yet doesn't let the sweet overpower the ale. Holycow did just one get me buzzing.

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Photo of MattBeer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really dislike hefeweizens, and wheat beers generally. Something in that style has to be as mainstream as a Blue Moon or a Shock Top for it to not be a drain pour.

So I can't believe I like this beer. I like it a lot. It has all the bitterness of a good Cali IPA, with a good bready balance, and none of that ick that ruins most wheat beers that people tell me are supposed to be "refreshing."

Well this is refreshing--and delicious.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: gold with a thin white head
Smell: Floral, citrus, and pine
Taste: floral, citrus at first, then a hint of wheat at the end
Feel: high carbonation, medium body
Overall: I find this beer more like an ipa due to the amount of hops, that being said if it was categorized as an ipa I would have liked it more. Would I buy again? Yes, I have bought this before.

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

Look - clear and golden with a white head, great retention, and pretty lacing.
Smell - crisp hops in the form of citrus and pine along with caramel malts and faint yeast notes.
Taste - rich hoppy flavors are strongest, similar to the nose, but there's also a sweet malty backbone that rounds it out. It finishes dry with yeast notes lingering in the aftertaste.
Feel - high carbonation, medium body, and smooth finish.

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Photo of Bullyy56
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the first real craft beer I've tried, and I was very impressed by it's quality and relative affordability.
The look is just plain awesome, with a golden color and creamy 1.5 finger head.
You can smell the alcohol, but you also get floral scents; a lot of citrus notes, not very off putting.
The taste is extraordinarily citrusy and bitter, but not too harsh, grapefruit is what I can pick out the most, subtle maltiness in the flavor. Is rather hop forward for a wheat beer (not a bad thing), and very vibrant on the palate
The feel is also like drinking grapefruit juice, although a lot smoother. Not harsh by any means, but you can feel the bitterness on the back end. Very refreshing to drink.
This was by dar rhe hoppiest beer iv tried. For a wheat ale, it drinks a lot like an IPA with its hop fowardness, which again, isn't a bad thing. This was a very refreshing beer to drink, especially at a barbecue! I'm kinda mad that I only had 2 beers out if the 6 pack I bought, but that's what beer is for, right? To enjoy with good company during fun times! Glad I had this for my first real craft beer.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with an average head. Smell is bitter citrus. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is light and easy to drink. Overall, perfect for a hot day.

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Photo of Ada_Ace
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised with this guy in wethersfield CT. On tap.

Truly is a wheat-ish ale with a smooth almost even silky finish.

Taste is a wonderful mix with a somewhat fruityness to it.

Look is unappealing to me but some may enjoy, very clear dull yellow with a thin lacey head.

Over all a nice hybrid of hefeweizen and Ipa, as advertised. Worth a taste, maybe not buying a case before trying.

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Photo of Thy_Philosopher_King
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first Lagunitas I've tried, and let me say it was quite amazing. While I always had my eye on it while shopping for a good opener, I finally got the right chance to buy it. It was only a sixer, and I paid a decent $12 for it with taxes and everything; well worth the money I'd say. It poured beautifully, I truly do not like drinking out of a bottle if I can avoid I will. It caught me buy surprise but it was perfect, i wasn't expecting it to hit the spot the way it did. I didn't pair it with anything, I had it with a few buddies, and I'll have to say it's one of the beers I will be buying for occasions from here on out.

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Photo of aronamerican
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like hazy liquid gold with interminable head. Lacing becomes an eternal fixture. Smells sweet with hints of hay, like dropped candy in a petting zoo. Not bad overall, though I'm not convinced it lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear with a golden amber color. Bubbly head with solid retention and lacing. Aroma is fruit and citrus with some bread malt. The flavor is similar. Sweet, bread malt characteristics. Hops is floral, tropical fruit and grapefruit. Bitter aftertaste that lingers on the palate. A good beer overall.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, translucent yellow. Smells of wheat, yeast, orange, and a hint of berry. Taste is driven by piney hops upfront, followed by a nice, slick, malt finish. Overall, a strong, well-balanced beer.

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

Another fine pale ale from lagunitas..

Big malt background to balance,out any amount of hops they want to add..

My favorite so far is still their day time session ale but this could replace it easily and has more abv.

Lagunitas knows how to brew an ipa/apa/pale ale

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy hoppy ale..not too bitter and great aftertaste. Smooth and piney. Living close to Chicago ..which is the eastern coast brewery for Lagunitas...We get this oh so fresh!

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Photo of Chillichamp03
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin is a nicely balanced IPA. It has a nice clear hue and developed a decent head when poured into a tulip glass. The aroma is nice with hints of apricot/citrus and it finishes very clean. Feel is great, although the beer needs a rather vigorous pour to develop a nice head.

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

A drinkable hoppy ale, with a well balanced profile.

Foam quickly dissipates, and the first taste semi-sweet, citrusy, only slightly bitter, and very drinkable.

It is a fairly strong beer, but doesn't taste so. You have to watch out with this one.

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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 sjdevel
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 4.75
A beautiful gold color and very clear. A 2-finger head was generated from a 12oz bottle pour. Decent head retention. A nice and vigorous bubbling continues on.

Smell: 4.25
A pungent citrus and pine aroma. A slight caramel/malty sweetness as well. It is quite sweet and tart smelling.

Taste: 4.75
A nice hoppy bite at first. The bitterness lingers even though sweet malt and toffee wedges in. It has a bit of a smoky flavor when the hops and malt back off. It is quite savory and buttery tasting.

Feel: 4.5
Medium bodied. Quite bubbly and interesting on the tongue.

Overall: 4.5
This is a great IPA from Laguanitas (yet another). I would most definitely buy a 6 pack of this (or any package). Bought as a single in a mixed 6.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear Amber tap pour with a thin foam cap. Aroma is muted. Lacing is prominent on draughts. Flavors include bright fruit notes ( pineapple melon) and some pine hop. Bitterness is moderate. Finish is smooth. I suspect that may be the wheat assist. - very accessible.

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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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