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.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice sized white head. Great head retention and lacing. Darker golden yellow, like a malt liquor.

Smell: Sweet and fruity hops. Grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Citric hops and a light body. Alcohol is a little noticeable.

This beer is heavy on the hops and alcohol and light on the malts, like many popular California brews. If that's your thing you'll like this beer.

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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 birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a darker straw yellow with a very bready-looking 3 finger head

S - smells of crisp, grapefruity hops with a touch of pine; there is also a wheat and caramel malt presence

T - a little different from the nose. Starts off with some bready and wheaty malts (I got caramel in the nose) that fades to piney hops (the nose made me anticipate citrus). There is also a bit of a sweet floral taste throughout.

M - medium body with smooth carbonation. Well above average mouthfeel.

D - this is not your run-of-the-mill wheat beer. Very hoppy with some nice malt flavors that help make this a little more complex. Too bad I only bought one of these - I wish more were on the shelf.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel.

A - Looks like liquid wheat in a glass. Nice pale golden ale. Poured with very little head and trace amounts of lacing.

S - Very sweet smell. Has a citrus smell of orange, grapefruit and tangerines.

T - Tastes nothing like it smells. Has a strong bitter taste that immediately hits the palate. A strong hoppy taste as well.

M - Ok. It is the type of beer that wipes away all taste immediately. Leaves a bitter almost metallic taste. It's has about a medium mouthfeel.

D - Not for me but if you like this style I am sure its drinkable as it is very light. The hoppy taste will really sit well with that crowd.

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

Richly hoppy, fresh and delicious offering.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Retro Lagunitas label with the 50´s pin-up like woman sitting on top of the the name. Notes "limited release" and has a framed narrative about current events, the crisis, and how to go about celebrating with the brew, including a somewhat cliché ending. It has a batch number on the neck but lacks any best by or bottling date. Shows IBUs (64.20) OG (1.076), and Alc. by Vol. (7.5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold to pale amber pour, rich frothy head, with good retention, nice surface memory and rich splashes of lacing.

S - Rich hoppy nose, resin, grapefruit, fresh and inviting presence.

T - Tuned with the aroma, long and rich hoppy sense, grapefruit, resin, distinct hoppy Lagunitas sense as the brew progresses. Malty and wheaty sense are buried as a distant foundation under the hoppy currents, maybe not so prominent in the flavor but giving it a nice easy flow.

M - Medium body with medium/high carbonation and a nice bitter uplift to the finish.

D - If one enjoys the rich hoppy profile of this wheat offering this flows like a charm. Delicious.

Notes: Another remarkable Lagunitas offering, this is certainly highlighting their dexterity with hoppy profiles and on this one they are really delivering a master lesson. And as always the price/quality ratio is remarkable, what is there not to like?

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Photo of claminat420
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a transparent amber/golden color with a solid white head. medium lacing.

S- just like some cascade/ centennial hops with the lightest sweet malt.

T- just how it smells. the alcohol is very well hidden. damn good brew.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- doing shots and still knockin a 6 pack back!!

Overall- to me this brew is better than the little sumpin extra pale ale. i did a couple shots from hard luck candy ( MADE IN MI!!!) root beer barrel vodka and still managed to knock down 5 out of the 6 pack. i will prolly do one more shot and finish the 6. even tho i'm hammered i will say this is prolly lagunitas best brew. but i still haven't had the maximus ipa.

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Photo of kaidasz
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was the summer beer of choice. i was overtaken (in a good way) by the citrus/grapefruit scents at first. then comes the creamy smooth texture of this monster. i have to say this is my favorite summer beer of all time. will await the year round releas as some have posted. great job lagunitas!

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Photo of movingtrain
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a straw yellow, light copper color. There is a nice carbonation to the beer, and a small, white head floating on top.

In the aroma there are notes of caramel, bitter fruity (citrus), pine needles, white pepper, rolled oats, and apple.

Man, that is a tasty ale. Full of the right kind of flavors. There is a really nice hop balance in this beer...fruity and bittersweet. There are notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of a wheat cracker taste to balance out the hops. There is some excellent flavor in this one.

Overall, an excellent beer. The flavors here are complex and fruity. The style is marked as a "wheat" beer, which it may be...but all flavor signs point to an IPA, and a well-done one at that.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky as heck to find this on tap in MN, but I'll give credit to Old Chicago for that. This beer plus appetizers = heaven.

I can't believe I'm reading this is an APWA, after having tasted it. For sure would've guessed APA, just because of the blast of grapefruit/citrus and the hoppiness in both the smell and taste.

Being a Lagunitas, I expected something hoppy, and they don't disappoint when they brewed up a little sumpin' sumpin' of an ale.

Pours a bit darker than most pale wheats, and displays good carbonation. I had no idea about the 7.3% ABV rating -- it just gets lost behind the wall of hops, much like the "wheat" part of the flavor.

Certainly a game changer in the 'Pale Wheat Ale' category... though I would never call it that, as it's neither pale nor at all wheaty.

Another great one from Lagunitas.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citrus, grapefruit, lime, caramelized pineapple, pine sap; very floral and enticing. I would guess Amarillo, Cascade, or Centennial hops or some combination of them were used.

Medium amber hued with one finger of fluffy white head. The head actually exhibits complete Brussels lacing and is completely clear which only makes the desire to sip on this beer stronger.

Grass and grapefruits upfront with a wheat snap middle. Surprisingly bitter upfront considering I was expecting the malt to catch my taste buds first. Ends refreshingly crisp and tongue drying; salty, mineral water. Medium to high carbonation, and yet creamy.

Definitely a hop focused wheat that while not overpowering or harsh in regards to hop usage, a bit too salty and tongue drying for my liking. In any event, a thirst quencher for sure.

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