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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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

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a weizen glass. An auburn color with a soapy white heading that left ringlets all the way down the glass.

Smell is very floral with a nice light crisp fruity nose and sweet malts. If I didn't know any better I'd say this was a pale ale.

Taste is well overwhelming for me. Dare I say seems to be overhopped for the style? A nice earthy, wheaty grain bill but is completely overthrown by the insane bitterness and floral taste.

Mouth is very crisp, Light bodied brew with great retention. A bit of a heavy linger of

Maybe it's me. I would like to taste the wheat grains in a wheat beer. If I would like a Pale Ale I will get one. Just a bit to hop heavy for my tastebuds.

Repost almost 3 years later now. My oh my how the palate changes or maybe the recipe ??? I don't know how I could have disliked this beer. It is now my fallback summer beer. Very tasty and Overhopped for the style ??? Whatever the hell that means. LOL. Anyway Love this stuff.

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Photo of brendan13
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy golden colour with an inch of white head that persists.
S - Citrus & spicy, piney hop character notes dominate.
T - Also very hoppy in the taste with citrus & spicy pine coming through the strongest. Modest bready, wheat flavour.
M - Fairly light bodied, sticky hop resin.
D - A very tasty beer indeed.

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Photo of devilben02
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a thin head of small, soap-like cream-colored bubbles. The aroma is clean but fruity, with big citrus notes of lemon and orange. The flavor is much of the same, with a big citrus hop character up front with some pine and a bit of an earthy undercurrent. This one may be an even more hopped-up pale wheat than I remember 3 Floyd's Gumballhead being. The texture is quite dry, and the prickly carbonation doesn't add constructively. Overall, it's an over-hopped light wheat ale that still doesn't compare to a strong pale ale but also loses the qualities of the wheat. Nice and drinkable, but not special.

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

Clear golden color with a large head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is full of hops. Wonderful citrus and pine aromas wafting off this beer. Very one dimensional in aroma and flavor. All hops as the malt did not stand a chance against the hops. The featured hops give a powerful citrus blast to the tastebuds. A larger body than most in the style. Good carbonation without being harsh. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is a hoppier, more bitter, and brasher Gumballhead. But it is not as drinkable or enjoyable because of this. A good hop delivery device if that is your thing.

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

12oz bottle. Pours a yellowish gold color with a thin head. Lots of lacing. Great aroma of piney hops, grapefruit, and citrus. Taste is of some nice citrus blends and a hoppy finish. This is another easy to drink beer by Lagunitas. Lots of flavor and smooth.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Liquid gold in color with a quarter inch of off white head which disappears to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Strong smell of piney-hop resin with some grapefruit. Taste is similar with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and quite drinkable. This doesn't taste as good as last years batch - which is unfortunate, as that was delicious. Still, this is a very tasty beer and quenches ones thirst on a warm summer's day quite readily.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Straw colore with fairly solid head that dissipates quickly, leaving good lacing.

Great nose with nice fruity hop aroma. Tastes a bit sweet for the style, which affects the drinkability.

Another great offering from Lagunitas. As stated, abit too sweet but a nice hoppy wheat ale.

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Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, pale yellow. A vigorous pour results in 1 1/2 fingers of head that fades over a few minutes, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Very attractive. The aroma is primarily of hops, with a subtle wheat smell that isn't strong but is very pleasing - it almost smells like being in a farm field.

Onto the tasting. Strong hop presence up front that lingers a while, but surprisingly the finish turns more towards the malt than to bitter hops. The hop flavors are mostly pine, with a bit of citrus that comes through in the mid-palate - it works well with the wheat. Malt flavor is strongest when I exhale, and is generally good. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit creamy, it's not what I had expected but it works here.

I haven't had all that many pale wheat ales, but Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is the clear champ among those I've sampled. If I had to describe this to someone in a bar in one sentence, it'd be "a bit like an IPA, though a bit more sessionable." Seek this one out.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm starting to really like me some Laguanitas as everything from them I've tried so far has exceeded expectations, which is a prime attribute in a brewer. This one pours tall and light golden in my weizen glass. The head is gone now but slight lace remains. Fruity nose (orange and berry) hides wisps of wheat and hops. Different is good here.

Wow, a bit unexpected and i'm not sure how to react. All the sunny fruit and wheat is whacked in the knee with a baseball bat by some hardcore hops. It's like the the beer pulls a one eighty halfway through and guns it in the opposite direction. The mouthfeel is perfect for the wheat part of this beer but a bit thin for the hop attack.

Certainly this is interesting and worthwhile to try. I have the rest of a sixer and the rest of the weekend so i hope this grows on me but right now I'm a bit underwhelmed. Did I speak too soon about Lag?

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Photo of JLeege
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear deep yellow to light orange in color. Active carbonation with a decent head; a little lace.

Smell- Citrus all the way. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange.

Taste- Actually some pine comes through now. Along with the heavilly citrus notes. Not getting a lot of wheat flavor in this one. Hoppier than expected.

Mouthfeel- medium to high carbonation. Smooth. This is spot on, probably the best aspect of this one.

Overall- I have heard this described as an amped up gumballhead. They are both hoppy wheat beers but I think the comparison really ends there. This is good but not great.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Columbus, Ohio,

Appearance: Hazy orange color, fluffy head, almost no lacing.

Smell: Citrus and more citrus. Orange. Some spice. Can't detect any wheat.

Taste: Initial citrus blast. Some sweetness. Hops all around but "under control", not pungent.

Mouthfeel: Light but just right. Very good carbonation, not too filling. Nice resiny feel to the tongue.

Drinkability: Super refreshing, somewhat light body but full flavor. Extremely drinkable!

A very cool and innovative mixture of pale ale and wheat. Love it!

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Photo of DamDweller
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, 2010

Rich golden color with a slight head. It has a subtle, but sweet, banana and peach flavor balanced out with a citrus hop finish. The mouthfeel is well balanced and refreshing. It wouldn't be something to be enjoyed in the winter, but on a hot summer day or a mild fall afternoon would be easily enjoyed one after the another after another.

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

Reviewed from notes on 9/3/10.

A: Pours a light straw-gold into a standard pint glass. A milky white one and a half finger head retains like crazy. Billows of carbonation plume up from the bottom of the glass. The lacing is a combination of clumps and splashy curves.

S: Fragrant and fresh pineapple and orange aromas drift out of the glass. I can tell that this is a wheat beer by the base aroma, but the hop presence is large and in charge. Sweet tropical fruit and citrus blend with a slight banana and clove wheat beer profile.

T: A nice, semi-bitter hop taste grips the sides of my palate for the length of the sip, while the sweet tropical fruit and citrus flavors release over my tongue. This is a very interesting collision between characteristics of a wheat beer and a hoppy APA or IPA. I like it - it's sweet, yet biting.

M: This is a crisp and light feel with a touch of creaminess and a lovely dry hop kick. The hops dry out the creamy sweetness of the beer for a palate cleansing dry finish.

D: Quite a take on a wheat ale and really a phenomenal idea. Douse a wheat ale with hops and see what happens. What happens is yumminess.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Fresh 12oz/ bottle from the brewery

Smell: Floral and fresh OJ IPA aroma, much more like an IPA than the pale wheat designation it has. Definite malt character - caramel - and light spice.

Taste: Lots of juicy citrus without the oiliness of an IPA up front. Fairly sweet, on par with juice sweetness, though bitterness is present and is incredibly smooth and drinkable. Full bodied, almost heavy which wasn't expected for the style and gives an overall impression of creaminess. The middle is mellow and smooth with a little husky graininess though with no more than a hint of wheat. Towards the finish there's a hint of ripe apples followed by a rush of oily orange peel bitterness that is the transition to a very IPA-like finish. Intense but smooth pithy grapefruit/orange bitterness with significant oiliness that really lingers with a touch of wheat. Leaves you wanting more.

Notes: The beer is very unique and really makes me say "there really is a little something in there" that makes you think and question your taste buds. It's a little off but everything just works. Leans towards an IPA.

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Photo of soze47
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An oddly deceiving beer. Seemed a lot bigger when compared to others of the same style.

Appearance: Light orange, very clear. Moderate foam head that dissipates rather quickly but sticks to the class while drinking.

Aroma: Hops are very present. Amarillo floral qualities seem to stick out the most.

Taste: Very hard to describe and it evolves from your first to last drink. Hops are the star here, but it is balanced by a tangy, almost sour orange taste. It lays on the tongue and asks for another drink. Great addictive balance here.

Mouthfeel: At once crisp and big. After a few drinks, you almost taste this beer on the roof of your mouth as much as your tongue. This beer comes off light when it goes in, but swallows like the higher ABV beer that it is.

Drinkability: At 7.5, it is all dangerously gulpable. You'll want to keep drinking it, but pacing yourself is necessary with a beer this nuanced.

Overall: This has become one of my favorites and am sad that it is a limited release from a brewery, Lagunitas, that is fast becoming one of my favorites. You can't call this beer an outright hop-bomb. You can't call it a pure wheat ale as it is too hoppy. The tang is what gets me. With the hops and big body, this is a memorable beer.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No freshness date on the label. Labelled 7.5% ABV on my bottle.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow in color with a two finger, pillowy white head. Decent retention.

Aroma: Grapefruit hop notes really stand out here. Very floral and herbal as well. Aromatic and clean.

Taste: Big grapefruit notes upfront, much like the aroma. Nice balance of bitter hops and bubblegum sweetness. Really clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and with a nice amounf of carbonation. Very crisp.

Drinkability: The ABV is really well hidden. This drinks so crisp and smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall, a really drinkable, flavorful beer. Really hoppy but balanced. A great summer beer.

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Photo of Goliath
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with a two inch off white head sitting on top. There is decent head retention and a bit of spotty lacing.

The aroma is great. Hops. Citrus and pine. Simple and delicious.

The taste is ok. Again, citrus and pine. Not a whole lot else going on. As a matter of fact, it's such a familiar flavor profile that I feel like I've had this beer a thousand times before.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery with a very small carbonation presence.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is nice, but the ABV is getting towards the high end which limits intake. Overall not a bad beer, just not very unique.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On at tap at Bodega on the patio, a server's suggestion that was right on the head, served in a pint glass. A lightly clear with good retention and lacing...The aroma is nothing special, pretty light honey a little hops on the back. Easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of droomyster
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden body with a small white head that lasts for about two minutes. The nose is predominantly hoppy, with a lot of orange and lemon citrusy notes and whispers of floral aromas. Tastewise, the front and mid-palates are remarkably balanced. The malts are caramelly in nature and the hops are consistent with the nose. The hops don't dominate until the finish, which is pretty quick and dry. Not the boldest of it's style, by any means, but one of the most easily drinkable all on its own.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear golden yellow, one finger of white head retained well, nice lacing remained
S - hops of floral, perfume, and spices, light roasty malt, and hints of berry
T - perfume and floral hops up front, sweet berries, coriander, and light orange zest
M - medium carbonation and light, with a spicy bitter that you feel in your nostrils, drys a little with lingering hop bitter
D - great mix of flavour complexity with a hop feature that I always enjoy, the 7.5% ABV is well concealed, and the bitter leaves me thirsty, Lagunitas does it again!

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Photo of CPeterson
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -- Pours a clear golden with a nice head and lacing.

S -- Tropical fruits and citrus come to mind, and the hops are easily detectable.

T -- Definitely a hoppy beer, citrus and fruit character backed by bitterness with a strange foundation of sweet malt and wheat that play off each other in an interesting way. Smooth and sharp.

M -- Smooth up front and a dryness on the back.

D -- I would say that this is a solid brew that would be worth a repeat.

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

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a slightly hazy dark hay color with a slightly rocky white head. Nice fresh citrus aroma, with a lot of lemon. Good flavor of refreshing citrus and hop spice. There's a bit of wheat at the finish. Light-bodied with light carbonation. Overall this is neither an IPA nor a wheat beer, but something very in-between, though leaning towards the IPA. It is really refreshing, which I like, and easy to drink. Could be a good introduction to hops for wheat beer lovers, or a nice "staycation" for IPA lovers.

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Photo of jrosene
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love(d) this beer.

Almost turned me away with the Pale Ale title, but this is not your dad's pale ale.

The Hops they incorperate come through in a unique way and Lagunitas has a little sumpin sumpin going on here.

One of my new favorites. This has become and now will become my new summer beer.

Price is right, taste is right, and everything just works right for this brew.

Well done.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale and hazy light orange with a small head that leaves lacing some of its larger brothers would be jealous of.

S - Smells light and sweet. Bubblegum and pineapple come to mind. I feel hops are going to be the main course here.

T - Heavily sweet malts bring tropical hops to the front to linger on the tongue for a while. Some smoothness from the wheat and a mix of fruits sort out the back end.

M - Creamy for the style. Tingly coating all over the mouth.

D - The tingle of the hops make this one a little less refreshing than other brews of this style. Still, very tasty and I could down a few.

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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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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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