A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
1,644
Ratings:
8,747
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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Photo of newk340
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a blended golden amber with a thin head and visible carbonation.

S: fresh scents of pine and citrus, a rather sweet smelling ale.

T: a sizzle of sweet hops and lemon, very little bitterness to this ale, flavors recede quickly.

MF/D: very light on the tongue, short lasting, but excellent for a summer afternoon session.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden color with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Lots of fruity and sweet aromas along with a little bit of bread.

T: Just like the smell, there taste if very fruity and sweet along with some bready flavors. Mainly citrus and floral flavors balance nicely with the light malt backbone. Really nice!

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: As a hop-head, this is right up my alley. I haven't has many Wheat Beers, but this is about ideal for me. I really enjoyed this one and will be buying more!

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Photo of patreely12
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pretty clear straw. very bright. tall frothy head, off-white with a yellow tint. good bit of carbonation visible.

S - bitter orange peels and piney hops are dominant. faintest hint of some malts. just enough of something to give it a bit of a sweetness too.

T/M - mild bitterness on the front, from the citrus and the hops. cleans up with the malt, wheat. the presence of the wheat isn't as prevalent as expected. hint of the alcohol on the back, not really noticeable. very crisp and refreshing. finishes really clean on the palate. light bodied, high carbonation.

D - good drinkability. would be great in the summer or with a meal. really impressed with this one.

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Photo of Groomsy
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Julian date on bottle neck states that the beer was bottled on March 9. Purchased as a single for $1.89 at Ozzy's in Waverly, OH.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark gold/orange body, topped by a fading two finger head of bright white pillowy foam. Fairly light color for what many call an IPA. Lots of carbonation bubbles race to the top of the beer - very lively and exciting invitation to drink of the hop nectar in the glass. Great web-like lacing down the glass. The head doesn't stick around for too long, but retains fairly well with a full cap of foam.

Smell: Big citrusy hops out front, mainly grapefruit and orange, as well as some lemon and mango which emerge as the beer warms. Some wheat and malt sweetness lingering in the background. Wow, is this really an APWA? Smells more like an IPA with a hint of wheat in there. A fantastic smelling West Coast style IPA with a nice twist. A good change.

Taste: Very bright, penetrating fruit and citrus on the front of the tongue - very signature American hop flavors, especially grapefruit and some grassy/piney lingering notes. Followed by a smooth grainy malt sweetness on the middle of the palate and finishes with some rich wheat presence to balance the robust hop flavors. Excellent stuff here. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I was greatly pleased by this. A hophead's dream with a wheat sweetness and smoothness, though I wanted a little more variety in the hop flavors and complexity.

Mouthfeel: While the wheat is fairly understated in the flavor, it's compensated for in the smooth, silky mouthfeel. I haven't encountered many beers which made me really anticipate the next drink; this is one of them which does. Medium bodied with well-placed carbonation and a big sticky finish. Superb mouthfeel for an IPA.

Overall: A good twist to the American IPA style, and the alcohol is very well hidden. A fantastic summer beer for hop lovers. Track this down.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only go so long without drinking a Lagunitas. I'm a big fan of pale ales and it seems like everything Lagunitas makes is a pale ale or is hoppy. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is one I've had before but I haven't reviewed. Now it is time for me to give the beer its due!

The head grew thick, white, and frothy and it leaves a minimal film on top after the head eventually reduces itself. Clear and an amber-copper color is the beer with some bubbles dancing up from the bottom of the glass.

It "smells like angels ought to smell", as Marv from SinCity says, but this angel would be the angel of hoppy beer. Why didn't God make that angel? Michael is the badass angel, Gabriel is sort of God's messenger, but where is the beer angel?! Doesn't God know that beer gives Man so much enjoyment? Anyway, as with every Lagunitas beer I've had the aroma is lusciously floral from the hops with some good pine notes that go along with grapefruit/mango citrus and some wheaty malt to balance out.

The taste is much like the smell with the hop bitterness and spice tingling the tongue while the piney sweetness adds balance until the citrus and wheaty malt flavors linger at the end. Unfortunately my review won't do this beer justice. This is a very good pale ale that is full of flavor but not filling. It's very refreshing and a definite recommendation for anyone looking for a pale ale.

The little sumpin' this beer gives is a lot and it is only one of many great beers from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Swim424
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into sweetwater snifter

Pours a Nice yellowish/gold with a nice little head on it.

Smells of hops and sweet goodness

Tastes is a wheaty sweetness upfront, finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness on the end.

MF-Medium/light body. Nice and smooth feeling.

O-This is pretty damn good. Not a huge wheat fan, but these guys did it right. highly recommend.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking at mom's after a delicious spaghetti dinner. Slightly hazy light golden color with half finger almost white head.

Nose is juicy, sweet, slightly citrusy with syrupy tropical fruit notes. Robust and well rounded nose.

Taste is slightly sweet, malty, and honey like with biting floral and citrus notes.

Moderate carbonation, tight but very bitter finish.

Overall very good. Well rounded. Will drink again!

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Photo of onedogtwodog
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that I am in the southwestern US I've been looking for an alternative to Peak Organic Summer Ale, which I love. This is a very good beer but not quite what I was looking for, i will grab another six and try it again. I will still keep searching for something similar to the Peak Organic though.

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Photo of lastmango
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a bit hazy dark gold with 3 finger white head. Nice lacing. Nose was a bit piney w/ citrus. A little wheat but this is not a hefe. Feel is thicker and taste is very sweet with an IPA hop finish.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my tap directly into a Delirium snifter--lines were cleaned within 2 days of the following review, taken in mid-May 2011.

A: Cloudy golden straw color. Thick finger of head that stays for days!

N: Pineapple, mango, & grapefruit.

T/M: Crisp hoppy citrus dominates, much like the nose. There is not much malt flavor to speak of, and the beer's body only further support this interpretation; the beer has a very light mouth-feel, which is most attributable to the heavy wheat bill this beer has.

Most people that I have shared this one with are incredible surprised to find out that is an American Pale Wheat...but after they learn that, they are not surprised by the categorization as much as they are impressed with Lagunitas's execution. If it were not for such an incredibly high ABV, this would the ultimate summer beer! It does not fill you up, it is crisp and refreshing on a hot day, but it really does creep up on you fast! At 7.5%, this beer may drink just a little too easy!

Overall, another winner from the good people of Petaluma!

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Photo of aranheaney
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing with my new review format, I enjoyed this delicacy during game seven as my beloved Celtics went to their demise (go Thunder!!!) Poured into a Stone Nonic pint glass. As it says on the bottom of the six pack carrier, this beer defies categorization and I happily agree. As a steady IPA and DIPA consumer, I found this to be a more than refreshing change of pace, it will definitely be a regular in my summer rotation. Heartily endorsed by the White Creek KRU!!!!

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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 mattbk
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, slightly hazy, medium carbonation, pretty nice looking.
S: Heavy centennial and chinook aroma, but fairly fresh, pine and grapefruit, decent.
T: OK, I am partial to not liking Chinook, and this is definitely featuring Chinook hops. I always get this cherry like sweetness from combining Chinook and malt, and it is featured here. The sweetness sort of builds. There is certainly an underlying pineyness and slightly orange flavor. The malts are kind of weird, perhaps a bit soapy. The wheat not doing much here, perhaps dries out the finish a tad, but playing back seat to hops and other sweet (honey?) malt character. Perhaps a bit lemony also, like lemon rind. As it warms, Cascade flavor coming out as well. This is not a poorly made beer, just not my style. Balanced, not overwhelming bitterness. Hop flavor and malt character doing its share to round things out.
M: Medium, maybe medium-full. Medium carbonation. A bit filling.
O: Hop heads (especially Chinook heads) will love this beer. I appreciate it, not my style.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Translucent golden amber. Big fluffy off white head. Appears to be strongly carbonated.

S - Fruity and citrusy hops dominate the aroma. That's most of what I'm getting, but I like it. Definitely a different take on the style.

T - The softness of the wheat set against the sharp hop flavors really stands out for me on this beer. It's really different, and I really like it. I get a bit of caramel sweetness up front, and the bitter flavors come out more strongly as the beer slides back.

M - It does seem to be well carbonated, which gives the beer a nice prickly mouthfeel. It is on the lighter side of medium bodies, which I also like.

O - Overall, this was not what I was expecting, which was great. I really really liked this beer, and it is probably my favorite of the Lagunitas beers that I have tried.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. The body is a light yellow golden color, like a diluted honey. A thin creamy white head tops the brew which dissipates fast, nice cling action on the glass and leaves a thin top layer.

The smell I get reminds me of the wheat malty flavor of other wheat beers, that nice thicker creamy scent. But this one is accompanied by a huge amount of hops just like Lagunitas does most of their brews.

The flavors are great and quite varied, I get a nice bittering hop initially which is balanced with the sweeter wheat malt they added. The aftertaste gives you a sour citrusy flavor as well.

Although the color is very light don't let that decieve you, this brew has a great mouthfeel, it's solid which fills the palate completely with all the flavor in the brew at every taste.

Extremely drinkable, has a huge range of flavors and I really can't even put this beer into one category which I like about it. It has the wheat beer flavors but also those of an india pale ale combined with a mouthfeel I would expect out of a scottish cream ale. It's one of the more complex flavor profiles I have found with Lagunitas and it won't dissapoint.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright gold with a soft white head that stays, leaving lacing.

Smell's like lemons, orange, and pineapple, with a yeasty and graininess to it.

Taste is refined, with a deep wheaty aspect, along with Citrus and pine. Also there's some fruity quality like peach and pineapple. Very tasty brew that I love to go back to time again.

Feel is lightly carbonated, with a nice pallet presence that keeps all the flavors well melded.

This is one of my favorites from Lagunitas and I will always seek this out fresh when I can.

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Photo of VTEno17
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden, very clear, looks like a good strong ale or lager. S: definitely the low light of this beer, get some sweet bready smell and some floral notes up front but it then turns to an almost sour urine smell, sorry but that's what I'm getting here :( T: up front has a familiar ale or strong lager taste, clean and wheaty, getting a real bready malty sweetness at the back of my mouth, finishes very bitter. M: pretty light, good carbonation, pretty dry from all the hops bite. O: Why did I wait so long to give this a shot, it's a good ale with some real hops bite.

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Photo of arc3636
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours medium orange with 2 fingers of white head, very little lacing after head does down. pine hops dominate scent and taste. Good beer, would prefer more variety in the hop flavor

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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 Triglycerides
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden colour with a two finger wide head which dissipated fairly quickly. Leaves brilliant lacing.

S: Nose dominated by a pleasant hoppy aroma. Somewhat resiny with citrus in the background as well.

T: Citrus is a bit more prominent than in the smell. Definitely a fair amount of west coast hops which provide a nice crispness to the beer. There's also a clean finish on the beer with lingering hops. Taste is rather difficult to throw into any singular category, although there's definitely nothing wrong with this one.

M: Feels nice and smooth, definitely makes you want to head for another sip.

O: A very spot-on beer I'll certainly be coming back for somewhat regularly. Definitely has great flavours for the value of the beer. As I said, this beer does not easily fall into a specific category, but it's certainly a great brew.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a great beer... This beer once was in the top 250.. How it dropped off, I have no idea. This beer is definitely one of the best Ale's I've tasted.. I don't want to compare it to Sucks but they are somewhat similar ... It has a misty golden look, nice hoppy ale taste..I love the label of the bottle... Old fashion looking.. Cheers!!!

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Photo of Tripphop
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Working on my third case of this one, its about time to review it. This is a killer session beer. Delicious fruity wheat underneath a rush of tangy and piney hops. Crisp and refreshing, leaves you wanting more every time you sip it. Nice light golden color, head is ok, froths up nicely at first and quickly dissipates. Fresh hoppy punch on initial taste followed by a sweet pineapply mid palate and dry crisp finish. Cant get enough of it. Drink it fresh.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...this is friggin' delicious. Poured from a bottle into a goblet, and let me first say, love the pinup-girl label. All beers should have pinup-girl labels. Gave it a good pour, and didn't get much of a head there, but what was there was densely formed by lots of tiny bubbles. For a wheat, not real cloudy (I even gave it a swirl at the end, which I think did absolutely nothing), but really nice light amber color. The nose is great, pine, candy, berry, definitely some sour yeastiness. Love it. Flavor is great, sweet but nice backing bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel is pretty perfect, light with a punch. Overall, this is a kickass beer. Totally worthy of the over-ten-bucks pricetag, and I will definitely get this again.

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Photo of brian44556
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's Pint Glass. No date on the bottle.

Burnt straw color that forms a decent white head that disintegrates rather quickly. Nice lacing around the sides of the glass. Smells of earthy hops, wheat, and grass. Very refreshing taste. A little bitter upfront, but that is balanced out with a nice refreshing wheat finish. Good carbonation. Overall a great beer. I would consider this Gumballheads twin brother, not identical twin, but pretty close. Has all of the characteristics to make this a top tier beer, and putting this in the same class as Gumballhead is an outstanding compliment. Well done Lagunitas!

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Photo of godlessape
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a snifter in order to best capture all the aromatic qualities.
The body is a clear golden amber, with a creamy white pillow of a head that soon sinks but never leaves.
A potent caramel freight train makes it's way up your nasal passages, lugging along a hefty amount of tangerines, orange creamsicles, apricots, black pepper, and rock candy, then slams into your frontal lobe in a fiery crash. This should make the news.
That same train enters the palate and explodes into a three ring circus of spicy, piney, sweet, and citrusy indulgence.
The mouthfeel is light and easy. This brew massages the throat all the way down and the high ABV of 7.50% leaves you with a rather happy ending.
Overall, I couldn't be anymore impressed.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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