A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

8,883 Ratings
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 Rihup
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of msumike89
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last beer on the Beers of Fame list.

Appearance: A slightly hazed orange-amber hybrid. Haze drops to almost nothing as the beer warms. Solid bright-white, creamy, rocky head. Drops to a small cap with some solid, but not intense lacing.

Smell: So much citrus it's almost jarring initially. Orange, grapefruit, touches of tangerine, all coupled with a backing bitter pine element. Nicely floral as it warms, but damn do much orange. Some slight wheat in the back. Malts run a bit sweet with some caramel running underneath.

Taste: Big juicy orange coupled with a lingering pithy/piney bitterness. Solid malt sweetness works to temper some of the more aggressive hop elements. Orange flesh and rind with some grapefruit zest thrown in for good measure. Has that distinct floral/herbal combo I associate with Lagunitas hopping. Slightly chewy biscuity malts add some needed sweetness. Nice little bite of wheat in the back to let you know it's there.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: If this is actually a pale wheat I'm the Juggernaut.

This is a solid IPA with a heavy wheat bill. One of the better IPA-style beers from Lagunitas. If I had never tried Sucks, this would easily be there best. Fresh it's downright silly. Ages pretty quickly, but remains drinkable for some time.

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Photo of brystmar
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of retry4z
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a lightly hazy dark yellow, with a thin white head.

The aroma is very hoppy, with juicy grapefruit and pineapple upfront.

Tropical fruits are also the focus of the taste as well, though they are a bit more balanced out by some light pine hop notes. There are some faint wheat and pale malt notes in the backing. There are no hints of alcohol from the relatively high ABV.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with a crisp finish.

This definitely is one of the hoppier wheat beers I have tried, or it could just pass as an IPA brewed with some wheat. Either definition works. A very easy drinking beer, especially considering the ABV.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasty. Wish it came in a bigger bottle.

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

2 month old bottle.

Clear golden body with a white head.

Fruity hops and sweetness. Orange, grapefruit, and peach.

Solid malty backbone going on. Citrus fruit hops. Some bitterness. Medium bodied.

Super easy drinking sessionable hoppy beer here.

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

12oz Bottle poured in an altbier glass (Wrong I know... but it sure looked pretty!)

Very nice golden color with a small head and light lacing. It has some hints of honey on the nose but very little hops. Upon tasting the honey is there as expected, although there's a nice kick of hops, it's crisp with a solid mouthfeel, very well rounded.

Overall my first Lagunitas and I am VERY impressed, looking for more in the future!

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of RickS95
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little on the pale side and a lot on the clear side. Dark straw golden color and very translucent, however, the head alone scores the points. A finger thick, it's brilliantly bright white. Great retention, it looks like a sticky meringue. As it eventually dies, thick lace desecrates the glass.

Tropical citrus fruits combined with pine fill the nose.

Mostly pine, with grapefruit peel and orange rind. Fairly malty for such a hoppy beer. Slight pilsner malt taste well into the finish.

A hint of sweet hits the palate as the bitterness builds. It never approaches palate destroying levels, stopping well short. The resiny oil coats the tongue and keeps all other feelings at bay. Medium bodied, it finishes with a lingering battle between slightly sweet and mostly bittering crispness.

Overall, it's a hell of a beer. Can't quite tell if it's a strong pale ale or a moderate IPA. Regardless, it's an easy drinking beer that hides it's 7.5% ABV very well.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 8,883 ratings.
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