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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Reviews: 1,623 | Ratings: 8,658
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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Photo of VashonGuy
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' doesn't have much wheat ale character to me, but that's not a problem. Both the hoppiness and the mouthfeel remind me more of a hoppy amber or a hoppy brown (DFH Indian Brown?), and that's a good thing. There's a real kick to this, and I got a kick out of it.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear golden color, with a solid 1-finger head that dissipated to fairly quickly. Good carbonation and lacing.

S: Powerful aroma, with an upfront hop presence, with some pine and a little bread. Gets your attention quickly!

T: Very nicely balanced between the hop, wheat and malt. The hops linger in the aftertaste, but not in a bad way.

F: Extremely Smooth finish. Creamy and full without being overly thick.

O: Becoming one of my favorite beers, especially if Safeway continues its $15/twelve pack deal.. Very smooth and drinkable, which can be a little dangerous at 7.5% ABV

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Photo of MoGuitarNthemonitor
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fair warning; I'm rating this beer after having a couple. Lagunitas is fast becoming one of my favorite brands and Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is a wonderfully pleasing ale. It has an excellent balance of hops citrus flavor and light body. The bitterness is mild and the finish it smooth. I will have this one again. Cheers!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First pour is a clear yellow with a small head that fizzed away pretty fast. It has a smell of hops, pine, and citrus. Taste is classic hops with a nice citrus zest, can tell there is orange in the background and lemon with a dry grapefruit like finish. Very clean feel with a nice balanced bitterness. Outstanding beer with quality inside and out, very nice.

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Photo of Caj1
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: clear, light amber, dense, creamy head. Very nice.

S: very much the west coast hop smell; citrus, light, green smelling grassy notes, gentle sweetness.

T: bright and crisp. Hoppy and refreshing. Malt is pretty toned down but what I expect from a west coast IPA.

M: clean and light. Wheat lends crispness. No sticky cloying feeling.

Very nice. Not a world beater but I like this a lot and it's just a quality beer. Can't go wrong here.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's all about hop and I love it. It's piney, floral and fruity (mostly grapefruit), the bitterness Is great. The wheat malt light presence permits a good balance

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Photo of Parksworker
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: golden, clear.

S: sweet, very sweet.

T: sweet, hoppie, orange taste maybe or hint of it.

F: crisp and smooth.

O: love it, smooth sipping beer!! Defiantly will buy again! Very happy

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like an IPA to me. Just barely darker than a lager. Fluffy white head. Smells like a west coast IPA with lots of grapefruit/citrus. The taste is nice, lemony and not too bitter. This one is okay; would definitely order again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a chalice. The beer pours a clear gold color with some lazy streams of bubbles rising to the surface. A bleached white head of densely packed foam rests on the surface with a depth of 1 cm and slowly fades to a sturdy surface layer. Some tight lattice on the sides of the glass. The aroma is generally sweet and fruity with orange and lemon notes and a bit of a floral presence.
First sip reveals alight to average body with fine and tingly carbonation. Beer slides down my belly very easily after each sip.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt and some wheat twang but moves to a bitey grapefruit rind flavor that lingers on my tongue after each sip. I dont get any hints of the booze and the beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing as I take each swallow. Burps are hoppy with pine and grapefruit showing up again.
This is a crisp refreshing beer that I am enjoying and I would recommend to folks that like the lighter body of a wheat ale with some solid hop character and complexity.

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Photo of zshaft
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours light orange with soapy head. nose is some lemon peel and corriander with associated orange and grapefruit. get grapefruit at the front end blending into a bunch of lemon and orange with some spices layered in there. medium body and dry finish. this is a great beer from a great brewery and is a must try. lot of flavor. nice and refreshing.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a while since I had this beer, but I remember having it on draft and it was delicious. Balanced flavors with a decent complexity. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Squire123
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clean yellow color, white cap and good lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and yes, grapefruit. Nice hop punch. Some conifer in there as well.

Taste: Hop forward as the aroma implies. Substantial heft to it though, this is no lightweight in the flavor department. Hops carry all the way through playing the dominate role, yet they don't overwhelm. Clean finish retains hop flavors in the aftertaste.

Texture: Full, no doubt about it.

Overall: This is a good one. Aroma, flavor, finish, it all comes together.

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

5/5/15 - Cinco de Mayo at the brewery in Chicago. Served right from the teet into a mason jar. Clear straw orange color with about 1/2 inch head. Tasty wheat on the hoppier side, which I like. Had a couple before the WSP show just ot be sure.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

What a great wheat ale! The most hop delivery I've experienced without any unpleasant bitterness or aftertaste.
Had this early in my "career" and was a bit overwhelmed by the grapefruitiness, but revisiting it was the right choice.

Pours clear and brassy with a one-finger creamy head. That pillow of creamy foam sticks around til the end and coats the glass like crazy.
A soothing but powerful big grapefruit aroma with sweet pineapple.
Taste is in-your-face huge with a sweet mix of floral citrus and grapefruit. Some bitterness at swallow sticks around, but is mellow against the sweet hop zing and nice malty, wheat grain finish.
A smooth feeling drink that's moderately carbonated.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear medium golden color. Two fingers of thick creamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Big time hop aroma... citrus and wheat... floral.

T/F: Malty and smooth with a mixture of yeast and bread dough quickly giving way to a classic Lagunitas hop profile. Citrus and tobacco mingled with peppercorns. Medium mouthfeel... a little bit sticky. Dry and hoppy on the finish.

O: Another great beer from Lagunitas. The hoppy wheat whatchamacallit works very well. This is one of those 'will drink any time' kinds of brews.

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Photo of CraftBeerCellar-SpaCity
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold in color w/ a thick light colored head. Perfect amount of carbonation throughout and lots of lacing. Taste and smell are citrusy, with a present hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Other present aromas are sweet pine.

On a side note, Little Sumpin' Sumpin' ale paired perfectly with my burger!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating

"A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'" is another one of those beers that has always just slipped by me without my ever getting around to reviewing it. As I've come across these beer (there have been many) I've noticed three thing: 1) they tend to be beers that I'd consider standbys, and 2) perhaps because of that they tend to be beers that I drink on tap (I don't generally like to review beers in bars and only do it when I have to). Finally, I usually assume that I've already reviewed them because I drink them so much! All of those thing go towards suggesting that they're great beers.

Let's get the easy stuff over quick: mainly clear deep gold body, frothy/creamy off-white head, excellent head retention, very good lacing. Medium body with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation.

The aroma is bright and fresh, but not overtly bold. It's floral and citrusy with Sanguinely orange, soft grapefruit, and a very slight bit of pine over a sweetish, biscuity/bready malt base.

The flavor isn't much different, and what makes the beer work so well is its balance. It's soft and supple, yet hoppy and strong. Everything melds together in one round ball. It's fruity, then more piney/herbal hoppy and malty, and finally bitter and drying in the finish with a little spritz of alcohol.

Straddling the line between a being an amped up American pale ale and an American IPA, "Little Sumpin' Sumpin'" delivers. Remarkably enjoyable, and drinkable.

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Photo of cbenson
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This a great looking beer. It reminds me of an ice-cream malt. Tall, creamy head with a sold gold color and small carbonation bubbles. The aroma is citrusy with hints of grapefruit. The flavor is sweet and fruity and reminds of orange and grapefruit. It is punctuated with a quick and diluted bitterness that rounds out the strong flavors. The alcohol taste is imperceptible. The mouthfeel is probably the best part. It is robust and interestingly textured at first and becomes something akin to flat soda as it washes down. Fantastic. An excellent summer ale.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Immediately I smelled orange. The color is a slightly hazy orange with a thick white head and beautiful lacing. I tasted distinct citrus notes most notably orange with possibly some subtle grapefruit back notes. While I'm generally not a fan of overly hoppy beers this was very pleasant and I felt well balanced.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lagunitas - Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
64.20 IBU's
7.5% ABV.'s
Pale Wheat Ale
Drank out of tulip glass

Look: It had a half inch. of very white head. It can be alot larger if poured more agressively. The body has a yellow/orangish color with a slight haze and no sediment at the bottom. There is carbonation thoughout the glass and tons of white snowy lacing.
Nose: You get pine, citrus, and grapefruit mainly.
Taste: I tasted grapefruit, citrus, apricot(once it is warmer) and tropical fruits. You can expect bitter hops that is farely present on the aftertaste. The alcohol is not extremely noticeable for the 7.5% ABV's.
moulthfeel: light and crisp
Overall: It is really not that cloudy for a wheat ale, but it is a pale wheat ale, so maybe that is why. Anytime it is a beer with wheat in it I would like to see some chunky sediment in there, but I can't complain because I always enjoy this ale. It is always consistent whether it's had in the bar, or at home in the bottle. It satisfies the craving for a light bodied beer that has hop bitterness, without being overly bitter. It is fruity without being too sweet and still tastes like beer. How do they do it? Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' is the best of it's kind for sure!

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

Clear light golden body, half in head
Smell is floral hops, orange, mango, apricot
Juicy citrus hop flavor: grapefruit, lemon, mango. Grass, a little pine and some sugar afterwards. Still more bitter than sweet though
Medium body, clean feel
A good beer. I'm glad too, because I have a case of it from the gala to drink

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Photo of AleMan66
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank this straight from the bottle, so didn't have a chance to see the color. The smell was just fine. Even though I am not particularly fond of really hoppy beer, I really like this one. There are many striking tastes in this one. It's kind of zingy. I really like it and will buy it again.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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