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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,611 Reviews
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,611
Ratings:
8,601
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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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 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 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 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

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

Aroma:
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?

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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 MemphisSooner
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Hazy yellow orange with a big frothy white head

S: Juicy hops, grapefruit, bubble gum, wheat malt, tangerine, orange peel

T: Holy smokes! What a juicy, hoppy, citrus punch. This beer is like juicy fruit gum. Just enough sweetness to balance.

M: Creamy, medium bodied. Perfect for this hybrid.

O: I love this beer! I don't know what it is, but I want more of it. The hop bomb of an IPA, the refreshing character of a Hefe, the drinkability of a light lager. This is so money.

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

A - Super clean and translucent sparkly yellow with a white, finger head. The retention is fair, the lacing is subtle, but it's there. This looks appetizing.

S - Good lord, this reminds me of my grand's lemon tree in florida. The citrus characteristics are colossal, this smells freakin great. Smells of fresh squeezed lemon, a bit of lime, orange, mango and tangerine with a bit of fresh cut grass. To reiterate, this is an amazing bouquet of citrus with a hint of sweetness and biscuit/caramel in the background.

T - Opens with a lot of that lemon lime, though the nose is way more intensely citrus than the taste is. The middle begins to sweeten up, showcasing orange, tangerine and some honey or leftover sugar and a touch of pale malt. The malt profile is really subdued, I'm wishing there was a little more to it. But fuck it, let's concentrate on the hops because they're the star here. This finishes very light and clean, with hardly any bittering at all, some of that juicy lemon and grass lingers into the finish, super refreshing.

M - Body is medium and spot on, the carbonation is on the high side, but I'm enjoying it The carbonation feels like it's scrubbing my taste buds. A beer toothbrush, if you will.

D - So drinkable, so clean, so light. Nothing lingers, the flavors are vibrant and juicy, this is a joy to drink.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Light golden and clear with moderate carbonation and a white one finger head. Light wispy lacing clings to the glass.

S- Strong malts with sourdough bread. Dank and pine hop aroma is abundant.

T- Sour malts and dank hops come on strong, then dissipate gradually to leave a nice spicy feel.

M- Seems to start flat but redeems itself nicely. Medium bodied .

O- This brews best attribute is the look, and it is sexy. But I think this one goes like this... Its not you, its me... We should see other people... Although I can appreciate the the time put into this ale, it just isn't my cup of tea. I remember this one differently though and I need one more go at it to decide.

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

Translucent golden with a high, frothy, and sticky white head. Great lacing.

Floral hops with some citrus/grass scents and something that reminds me of the beach. Almost like a spicy aloe vera. Whatever it is, it smells delicious. Smells sweet, tangy, and sharp.

The hops are strong in flavor but mellow in bitterness. That's a neat effect. There's a sharpness in the carbonation too like many wheat beers. Not overly sweet with a good hop kick. But this is a guzzler. The hops aren't slowing anything down on this beer. It's very well balanced between sweetness and it's herbal and floral hops.

Absolutely great spring/summer session.

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

Hazy brass colored pour with a slight head that leaves little to no lace. The brassy hued brew is only mildly carbonated. Great hopa nd malt balance. Really nice hop finish behind a sweet malt overtone. The piney hops don't overpower the malt sweetness but rather compliment the malt profiles. Very tastey and drinkable beer.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a bronze color with white head that faded slowly and left decent lacing. Smelled of pine hops and malt. Tasted of pine hops, malt, and citrusy fruit. Quite smooth, just slightly dry. Would have been nice to have a few more of these.

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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 vince4953529
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a fresh six pack as soon as it's released for the summer.

Color is golden.

I let it warm up a bit in room temperature after pulled it out from the fridge. Tastes like an IPA, and drinks like an IPA. Not much flavor of wheat, but it would make an excellent IPA. Taste is bitter hop without that annoying butterscotch taste. I like it, but I classified it as an IPA is suspect.

Very good value at about $7.50 for a six pack. Good flavor, above-average drinkability, I would probably buy another sixer of this in the future.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.
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