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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
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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
Ranking:
#975
Reviews:
1,686
Ratings:
8,951
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
500
Gots:
3,002
Trade:
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Ratings: 8,951 |  Reviews: 1,686
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden color, the head is strong and fluffy looking. The lacing isn't bad either. The smell is hoppy, I actually thought this was an IPA not a Wheat Ale. The taste of the beer has a light wheat flavor but finished with a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel on this beer is smooth and crisp, it's got a good bite to it. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good all around. Worth having again.

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Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Heard a lot of great things about this beer, and being one of my fav breweries I was excited to try this one. Pours a semi see-thru orange, good head with a moderate amount of lacing. Not too much there for aroma, but time for the important part.. the taste. Wicked smooth beer... just nice and creamy with a nice hop kick to it, although it is a tad bit subdued. Nice and balanced and way too drinking for 7.3% ABV... and this is a pale wheat ale??? damn, they're doing something at this brewery right because this is downright delicious. I agree with a past reviewer that this tastes like a Hop Stoopid light... great description, hoppy but still has the nice easy goingness of a wheat/cream ale... great beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: A mild to moderate amount of hop bitterness dominates the overall taste; the hops are well balanced by the underlying malts, which contribute a slight amount of sweetness in the finish. Like the smell, there are lots of citrus flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation
D: The beer is very drinkable because the alcohol content is well hidden.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taking some liberties with wheat additions and a plethera of citrusy hop character, Lagunitas hits a home run with a solid and strong Pale Ale that's decidedly balanced toward the hops.

Pouring a medium hazy, bright golden color with a tinge of orange, the beer has an overall vibrant and appetizing look. A froathy off-white head caps the beer and offers great staying power and lace. Nearly ideal on all fronts.

Very citrusy-sweet to the nose. Ruby red grapefruit pulp, lemon zest, tangerine, and pineapple notes abound- all wrapped with a thin cararmel scent that keeps all the spicy hops in check. Not an overstated aroma complex, just simple and supple.

Flavors certainly deliver on what the aromas promise. Early malt sweetness is shaped with thin caramel, powdered sugar, waifers, and freshly baked light bread crust. Sweetness is met with crisp and clean citrus notes of sweet and bitter grapefruit pulp, tangerines, pineapples, and the zest of freshly grated fruits. Neutral yeast contributions keep any/all spices, fruitiness, or otherwise off flavors under threshold for a very clean and refreshing taste. A late return of malted wheat provides a soft bready note just as the citrusy hop bitterness begins to fade in finish.

Dangerously smooth, crisp, and clean- Sumpin' Ale's thin early sweetness has a quick fade to the drier and crisper hop flavor and bitterness that continues to develop headed into a snappy and savory finish. Dryness from hop resin and alcohol adds a partly-warm, partly minty-cool to close the session and with a subtle return of herbal teas and lemongrass.

An overall delicious ale that nestles comfortably in the American IPA style, and doing so in a confident but non-boastful manner. The kiss of wheat offers a welcomed bready finish and slightly elevated creaminess in body that I didn't see comming. A great variation to a style where you thought you'd seen it all.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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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3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.50% ABV confirmed. 64.20 IBU. O.G. 1.076. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - whose IPAs I usually enjoy. Lagunitas is pretty dependable, but I don't think I've had a beer from them that has blown me away.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Presentation: I like the label and bottle. I'm glad they give us details like original gravity and IBU. Plus the nonsense about the label in a square. It beats the pretentious drivel on the back of Stone bottles any day.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, good thickness, nice cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty standard appearance for the style, but the head retention is pretty impressive. Lacing is decent.

Sm: Floral hops, hints of juicy citrus, a bit of hop bitterness, maybe light pine if I really look for it, and clean pale malts. Somewhat nectary. Malty sweetness is evident. A bit grassy, with some emergent bright fruit. A pleasant average strength aroma. Quite clean.

T/Mf: Nectary up front, with clean pale malty sweetness providing the tingly light foundation. Floral hops aplenty, with hints of juicy citrus. I get none of the grass from the aroma, but I do get some light lemon tinges. Some crystal malt is at work here, though it stops far from cidery and crisp. Smooth and wet throughout, and quite light on the palate. Very clean. Pine is not present to my palate, but my be minimal to others'. Slightly dries and coarsens on the finish, bringing out that list bit of fruity nectar. Sweetness is well balanced against the hops. It doesn't beat you over the head with hoppiness; they understand balance. I don't detect any wheat; if this is indeed an "American Pale Wheat Ale" it seems shockingly barley based.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the well-hidden high ABV - which only manifests as an afterthought when your stomach warms. A good offering from Lagunitas. This would be a good IPA in any fridge (I don't consider it an "American Pale Wheat" like the site currently lists, just a very balanced IPA). Dependable and tasty. I'd definitely have this again, and I'll recommend it to friends.

B

Serve cold. Would pair well with pretty much anything light. I recommend couscous, neutral salad, rye bread and butter, or pretzels. It would be awful with chocolate.

A horrible choice for aging.

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A: Nice healthy head of nice retention. Clear pale orange-copper of nice clarity. Average vibrance. No yeast is visible.

Sm: Citrusy zest. Clove. Orange peel. Fresh wheat. Fruit. Banana. Clean barley. A moderate strength aroma. A biteen starchy. Tangerine.

T: Notes from the nose, with great balance. Hot damn that's drinkable. I do pick up on the ABV, but there's a lot of flavour here.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Has some weight on the palate. Slightly overbearing for the style, but still soft.

Dr: Drinkable, but the ABV is still noticeable. In spite of its obvious alcohol presence, I find myself quaffing it easily. I see why I bought a 6 pack of this. Nice work from Lagunitas.

B-

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poura a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Citrus wafts above the bready elements

Taste: A bit of wheat bread up front and then this beer thinks it's an IPA, with a citrus an pine assault that continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice hybrid style here; very refreshing

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of West Coast hops is noticeable though not too powerful. Taste is also a good mix between some citrusy hops with a nice bitter presence and a good malt backbone though wheat is hardly noticeable. Another easily drinkable beer from Lagunitas with not too much complexity.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pale gold with a slight haze. A gentle pour produced an inch of foam that recedes to a film.

There are some nice tropical fruit aromatics on the nose. A resiny evergreen hop character is also noted, and a slight botanical, almost lavender-like note that reminds me of scented soap. A faint malty sweetness is detectable behind the hops.

The palate opens with a blend of tropical fruit (pineapple in particular) and herbal/botanical hop flavors. Pine becomes more apparent in the mid-palate, and the slight soap character that I picked up on the nose is present on the tongue as well. While the beer isn't especially sweet or malty, it does have a medium-full body from the liberal use of wheat malt. The finish is smoothly bitter and very slightly tangy. This is one of the better beers in the Lagunitas catalog.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/21/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus hops and light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 8,951 ratings
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