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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

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 arfenhouse
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear Light copper with large white head. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Decent dose of sweet malt and spicy hop upfront. Peach, pine needles, and oranges.

T: Pine and a grainy malt/bready sweetness. A very brief neutral grain note in the middle. Getting some peach and citrus. Orange and a little pine in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good amount of dryness.

O: Good, well-rounded beer. Great price too. This beer will make its way into my rotation of 6 pk. purchases.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow brown. Good lookin' beer!

S: Brown sugar, hops, citrus.

T: This is superb! Dry hops, brown sugar, raisins, citrus, nuts, and malt. Sort of like a really hoppy barley wine, but not quite as heavy.

M: Medium with a velvety texture. Awesome mouth feel on this one.

O: This is an excellent beer. Very well-balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of dickieb
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of white fluffy head and average lacing

S- The smell of this one is fantastic crazy orange notes and citrus hops with some smells of sweet wheat malts to it.

T- The taste mimics with nose but its not as powerful as the smell. Grainy wheat malts off set by some good but not overly bitter citrus hopping.

M/D this drinks and feels like a lighter IPA with some really interesting smells to it. I could drink a whole bunch of these

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never went out of my way to try this, but my Uncle threw one my way, so why not?

A- Pours a golden/straw body with a 2 1/2 - finger white head that falls pretty quickly to a decent cap, but then remains.

S- Wow, this is a pale wheat? Big nose of floral and citrus hops, followed by a yeasty/bready hit.

T- Again, I can't believe this is an American Pale Wheat. Great citrus and floral hop flavors. Slight bitterness follows, but then a nice bready/musty flavor.

MF- Medium bodied beer that has flavors that really jump on the palate. A little dry in the finish that leaves slight chalky feeling.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled # 33378714 (bottled on November 29th)

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $10.99/6-pack

Appearance: Pours a hazey golden color with a 1" soapy white head. A steady stream of bubbles rise from the bottom which add to the visual experience. A decent amount of lacing stains the glass through the finish.

Smell: A noticeable grapefruit nose right up front followed by floral notes and a pine aroma. Quite pleasing.

Taste: Starts out sort of sweet and spicey messing with my head like some crazy dipping sauce my wife would buy. But in the end it finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: A perfect amount of carbonation. Hops tingle the tongue at first then follow through with some bitternes. Ends faintly dry. Tastebuds scream for more.

Drinkability: Starts out fairly lite and refreshing and finishes with some hop bitterness. I must say I didn't know what to expect with a hoppy wheat beer, but I like it. A pretty good beer overall and one I enjoy regularly.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an orange-yellow color, reminiscent of an IPA more so than any wheat I have seen. Small fleeting head, with a copious amount of visible carbonation.
The nose lets off a moderate amount sweet grapefruit notes along with some pine and a super faint grassy-wheat smell.
Fresh citric hop flavor, with a strange tart push in the middle. Finishes off mildly bitter with a hop soaked wheaty aftertaste.
Moderately high level of carbonation and not a bit syrupy, finishes very clean and crisp.
Drinkability is freaking awesome, they go down very easily.
Solid offering. Reminds me of a less syrupy heavily mellowed out Hop Stoopid.

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Photo of keanex
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color with slight carbonation showing with a thin slightly off-white head that clings to the side of the glass as poured.

S: A nice blend of a piney/florally hops with a slight tropical smell. I wish it were a bit stronger, it has me wanting more.

T: Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. A nice blend of sweet malts and a clean wheat taste with an overlying varying hops flavor from florally into tropical flavors.

M: A nice creamy body to it with soft yet fizzy carbonation.

O: I really like how this tastes, it has a nice complex flavor that makes you want to sip more and more.

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Photo of phiberoptik
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of my top five go-to beers and it's a luxury that it's so readily available. Beer this good is usually hard to find. I love that it zings hops like a double ipa but is not heavy on the malt. Easy to drink without feeling like you ate a loaf of bread. Great beer!

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange, with a moderate head made up of small interlocking bubbles. Aroma is hoppy, with some big citrus notes (I'm picking up oranges) coming to the forefront. The wheat character is there, but it's subdued. If I was tasting this blind I probably would call it an IPA or Pale Ale based on the aroma. Taste is pretty stunning. I had several of these the other day and they went down smooth and easy. This beer is bursting at the seams with flavor, with huge fruity IPA notes hitting the palate first, chased by wonderful malt that's highlighted by the wheat. Not all that bitter, which is nice in a beer like this. The second sip showcases more of the hop profile, with big pine and grass notes this time. Malt flavor errs on the sweet side rather than the dry, which means that this one goes down quick and easy - and at 7.3% ABV that's something you may want to monitor. Carbonation is relatively high, but given the wheat character and malt sweetness, that's actually welcome. Tastes like an IPA but it's easy to drink like a Wheat Beer. Fantastic and unique.

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

Bottle date: May 19th (139th day of the year). This is the freshest I've ever tried this beer and man is it good fresh!

Golden light body, lots of carb bubbles, tiny white fizzy head, spotty lacing all over the glass.

On the nose, I sense a floral/citrus hop dominance of the C-family of hops along with Amarillo. I detect a good amount of pine too from Simcoe. There's also a hint of stone fruit flavor such as peach. Overall, the taste is smooth and doesn't overpower.

The flavor is much like the aroma, but accentuated more. It has a grapefruit backbone with a lot of pine support and a hint of honey-dipped caramel candy sweetness.

Moderate body, nice oily mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation.

Love this beer fresh!!! Now that it's year round that will be a little harder to accomplish on the East Coast. I'll be sure to look for the bottling dates on future batches.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange colored crisp beer with sharp fruity flavor and a lasting bitter finish. It smells very fruity and sweet - lightly grapefruit and orange, which helps to offset its bitter bite.

The flavor is malty and sweet, with dark amber notes, which melts quickly into a harsh bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue long afterwards. There is no doubt that this is a 7.50% ABV beer - it certainly won't be mistaken for anything lighter.

Overall, this beer is an excellent sipping beer for those of us who like something a little more on the bitter side.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into beer mug.

A: Clear pale amber color with a thick frothy white head. Big globs of lacing all over.

S: Sweet citrus fruit and floral hops are very dominant, and smell delicious! Lots of grapefruit and mango. Also a good amount of caramel malt sweetness, almost like a graham cracker pie crust.

T: Pine and citrus fruit with a nice sweetness from the malt up front. Great balancing to showcase the hops without over doing it. It finishes on the bitter end with more grapefruit and little malt presence.

M: Light slick body, medium-high carbonation, and REALLY drinkable.

O: WOW. Lagunitas you've done it again. This is the best American wheat beer I've ever had. I would even rate this highly if it were an IPA, but it's a wheat beer! Really freaking good. A must try.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ah this beer is great>>>you know with lagunitas its always very good or pretty good>>>always been satisfied with their beer>>>i think the westmalle yeast strain did this beer very well>>>i can actually relate this beer to westmalle>>>left this beer pretty dry>>>>it smells like dark fruit and def. hops>>>a little alcohol in the nose as well>>>>darn fine beer

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Photo of alphagnome
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, deep gold body that is crowned by a thin, white head. Minimal lacing but decent carbonation.

Very interesting... I find myself struggling to describe it. Sweet fruit notes such as pineapple, mango, kiwi, and other various citrus notes. Citra hops are apparent. Thin wheat notes. And.... burnt rubber?

Much, much sweeter than the sweet nose led me to believe it would be. What little bitterness can be found here resides right up front and a bit on the tail end, both vanish quickly. The majority of flavor here is composed of tropical fruits. Light pine and honey notes can be found. No alcohol is detectable.

Light, clean, zesty, and refreshing. Light carbonation. Easy to drink.

A unique take on the style but too light on hop character. Definitely worth grabbing but far from a favorite.

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Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orangey gold with great clarity and a thin white head

Aroma: toasted bread, biscuit, little bit of citrus but mostly pine hop notes with some lingering bitterness on the nose

Taste: toasty, but with prevalent hop bitterness that notes of pine and slight citrus, great bitter finish that lingers like the nose

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium body, crisp, tingly

Overall: great beer that displays strong bitterness, with pine and a little citrus notes, but also exhibiting toasty and biscuity notes. Strong bitter finish and great nose overall.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a clear amber color with three fingers of pale yellow head. Great retention and lacing that draped down the glass

S: Huge pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit scents.

T: Big pine up front, tropical fruit follows. Similar to the nose.

M: Medium carb and medium body. Nothing too crazy here.

O: One of my favorite pale ales to date. Almost could be considered an IPA. Probably why I like it so much. The only other beer I've had in these ranks is Oskar Blues Pale Ale.

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Photo of hophead247
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange with modest white head. Aromas of grapefruit, honey, flowers, and peaches. Lightly sweet subdued malt backbone with medium tart strong citrus middle and lightly bitter grassy hops. Medium body with average carbonation and slightly chewy texture. Juicy and citrusy with a great complex fresh hop finish. Whether it's a wheat ale, or IPA, I did it....

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Photo of Sensaray
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into glass

Pours a golden yellow clear tone and produces a half finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Looks like good carbonation but well see.

Theres a definite malt sweetness too the smell. More light citrus fruit.

Theres a sort of balanced taste here between the bready yeast, the hoppy bite and sweet malt. Also an alcohol presence is barelynoticeable. Sometimes i sip and get a chocolate orange taste. Good mouthfeel. The after-mouthfeel is also very smooth.

Overall this is a great beer not what I was expecting for pale wheat. Made me want another. This is my get a 6 pack beer many times.

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

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in June 2015.

Appearance: Hazy light gold with almost white head. Head is very thick and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Strong citrus aroma, like grapefruits. Also get some hops and pepper aromas, but the citrus aroma dominate the others.

Taste: Nice balance and variety of flavors. There is a strong hops and citrus flavor but with a little pepper flavors as well. There is some sweetness too, and the hops do not dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very smooth.

This is an interesting IPA. It has a nice mix of grapefruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. I like the overall balance, and that the hops do not dominate the flavor. A very good ale.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: clear golden orange with 1 finger white head, lots of lacing. I prefer wheat beers to be unfiltered.

smell: wheat, floral, bready notes, citrus

taste: earthy, piney, herbal hoppiness fades into a smooth wheat backbone, with some citrus and grapefruit notes along the way. very floral overtones with a dry refreshing finish.

mouthfeel: decent amount of carbonation, pretty full bodied for a wheat beer

overall: A great wheat ale, smooth yet hoppy, Lagunitas struck gold with this one. One of the better American wheat beers, this packs a punch that wheat beers normally lack. Will be buying again, one of my favorite Lagunitas.

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Photo of travis875
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a craft pub glass. Nice thick white head with great lacing. Head dissipated slowly. Smells of floral aromas, hoppy, citrusy lemon notes. Tastes of lemon rind upfront that shifts nicely to bitter hops at the end. Overall very smooth and drinkable. A good summer beer.

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Photo of mjryan
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another hoppy ass beer from Lagunitas. Love it! Wheat hugh? Id have never known. Hazy, orange and smelly. Good smelly. Hoppy smelly. Very pungent orange, mango, apricot, grapefruit...yup I think they are all present. Sweet malts and hops, or is that sweet hops and malts? Very tropical and juicey. Smooth, gentle bitterness for such a strong, hoppy beer. Yeah, really drinkable.

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Photo of Elimination
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to a good american wheat taste, but was surprised when I poured this.

Look is a amber yellow, thin lacy head with a few bubbles rising.

Smell is hops, very little wheat, a slight malt. Really is not like any kind of wheat, american or german, that I have ever had. The smell is slight citrus, hops, a bit of rum perhaps?

Taste: Malty backbone, hops forward, sweet, but finishes dry. The hops present a bit of that citrus, slight grapefruit, a bit of lemon. very little presence of wheat which im surprised about, really was craving a wheat, but im still happy

Mouthfeel is exceptional, the bubbles flow nicely, great thickness that goes away quick.

Drink is very good for the 7+ abv, doest feel this strong.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Very nice golden honey color, with a decent head and beautiful lacing. Smell isn't as pronounced as I'd expect, slight notes of honey, pine and grapefruit. Nice malty flavor, with subtle citric fruits and light, damp woodiness, with a surprisingly tropical fruit note. Light mouth feel, nicely carbonated. Overall a great pale wheat ale, perfect for the first warm day of the year.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellowish amber. 2 finger bone white head. Decent retention. Not much lacing. Smell is a grapefruit bomb. Big grapefruity citrus, some orange, some tropicals. Awesome smell.

Taste follows the smell, but shows a bit more of the light malt base. Sugar Cookie malts, but very lightly. Great canvas for the hop character. Light medium bodied, with nice prickly carbonation. Works well. Extremely drinkable and doesn't even show a hint if the abv.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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