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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Reviews: 1,623 | Ratings: 8,658
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass. Big sticky off white head sits atop a pale gold beer with perfect clarity. I expected a little haze has most beers of this style try to emulate true Hefeweizens. I can already tell this beer is doing its own thing.

S- Really really nice smell. It fills the room. Lemony, orangey, grassy, floral, sweet and wheaty.

T- Wow this stuff is good. I always heard it was but I didnt expect this much out of it. Nice balance between sweet citrus, spicy wheat and yeast and bittering hops. Starts out orangey and citrusy sweet with a touch of bitter rind. It breaks into snappy, grainy wheat and then into a nice even pine resin bitterness.

M- Good carbonation, nice smooth quenching body.

D- Wow, I need more of this stuff. This really is the ultimate summer APWA.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, sharp aroma of citrus, wheat, and hops.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, lemon, wheat, hops, a mild maltiness. Not quite in keeping with the typical American Pale Wheat Ale flavors, but still is very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This beer is not like others of the style - and that's a good thing. Drinkable.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as this brew is from the bottle, it is even more lush and tasty on-tap. Bready malts with nice wheat tang and massive citrus and floral hoppiness comes at you even fresher on-tap. The thick, coating mouthfeel is the best part of this brew. Drinkable for big-beer lovers and new-to-craft drinkers alike.

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Photo of beerhan
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an amazing beer to end my summer with. Sumpin' sumpin' is a phenomenal brew from lagunitas, probably the best thing they have made. Living in Ohio, this is the closest thing to gumballhead I have ever had and you can't go wrong with 8.50 pitchers of this. This is a delicious wheat beer with the finish of a very floral IPA. A nice thick head with a lovely earthy summer scent. Definitely one of the tastiest and most drinkable beers I have ever had.

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

Clear golden amber with an off white head that falls leaving a surface scum and oily lacing on the glass.

Wow, the aroma is all hops, bright citrusy grapefruity hops and little else.

In the wake of the aroma it's little wonder that the flavor follows suit. Bitter grapefruit all the way with a liberal splash of generic citrus and resin. As it warms the malt comes through just enough to provide a modicum of contrast to the hop presence as well as another edge of bitterness from the wheat. The malt is slightly sweet, lightly bready and a touch grainy. Alcohol is felt as a slight warming on the tongue.

The mouthfeel aproaches medium in body, very smooth with just enough carbonation to liven things up a bit.

Initially I did not think I would like this beer and I'm no stranger to liking hoppy beers but it was oviously a bit on the cold side initially. I warmed up to it as it warmed up and I now find a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' something indeed!

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Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color with a white two finger head with nice retention. The aroma has a lot of grapefruit and oranges in it. Smells really nice.

Tastes much like it smells. Nice grapefruit and orange flavors. Some sweet malt. A very nice flavor. Tastes more like and IPA than a Pale Wheat Ale. It smells and tastes like a very good IPA.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. There isn't much to say, except I like this beer a lot, and will be looking for it again.

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

Stamped 17564713 if that means anything.

Served cool into the OSU pint glass, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' has a golden yellow color, great clarity, and a thick sticky white top. It settles slowly leaving a thin sheet of lace down the glass.

The aroma is especially hoppy and fresh. There is a great citrus burst that just smells fantastic. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit... you get the idea.

Flavor is also very enjoyable. It has a nice sweetness that helps to balance out the hop bitterness. That being said, it's one of those beers that seems really hoppy but never actually kills the palate.

The wheat base seems to give it a really smooth mouthfeel and light body.

Overall a wonderfully hoppy summer ale that I wish Lagunitas would make all year 'round.

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Photo of WOTO97
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had the pleasure of drinking this little fella in quite some time...mmm...tasty.

Great clarity and equally fine golden color. Head retention dies off a bit as expected, but the lacing is thick and foamy.

Lots of fruit on the nose: orange peel, pineapple, pear and green apple, some red grapefruit, maybe even a touch of apricot. As it warms the wheat comes through a touch; definitely some malt character as it reaches room temp.

Flavors don't disappoint. Lingering apple rinds on the back palate along with some light pineapple notes. Front is a citrus bomb...kaboom. Lemon, almost akin to lemonade, some bitter grapefruit as well. Definitely has a helluva hop bite throughout but most noticeably on the finish, especially for a wheat beer.

Body is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Nice carbonation on this one that lends well to summer sippin'. A bit of residual stickiness so you never forget those glorious hops.

Definitely a bit of a heavy hitter coming in a touch over 7%, but these are pretty easy drinking as far as the abv goes. The alcohol is definitely not pronounced here. Kick back, relax, and enjoy.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden/amber color, with a nice snow white colored head.

S - Fruity sweet smell at first (apples, greatfruit, maybe a little cherry IMO) good sweer malty aroma, and finishes up with a touch of hops.

T - Mild apple mixed with some citrus then like the smell finishes off with a mild hoppy bitterness.

M - Very light, flows well over the palate, leaves palate dry with a lingering bitter but sweet sensation.

D - Very deceiving brew, do not judge this beer after the first few sips, let it breathe for a little while and you will find that the flavors intensify. Overall a good beer, easy to drink and I am going to have another.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, 7.5% abv. Slightly hazy, bright golden color. Great airy off-white head. Great head retention. Excellent patches of lace.

Aroma is filled with citrusy goodness, with a slight pine edge. Hops are big and juicy here. Faint candy like malt in the background. Loads of juicy grapefruit sums it up.

Pale malt background really let's the malt shine. Some sweetness up front. Bitterness comes across very juicy, with a nice citrus feel. Not overly harsh on the bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, this is one drinkable brew. I love the juicy hop aroma and flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Held up the line in Whole Foods for 10 minutes in order to buy a single of this beer. Apparently they don't split 6-packs in SD? Tragic.

Anyhow it's been a while since my last Lagunitas, but I have high expectations.

Sumpin' pours neat and clear, classic amber color suggestive of the hoppiness to come. Seafoam head, swirl-worthy with fantastic lace and purely white.

So they're calling this a Wheat Ale... Hmm, definitely not detectable in the nose. Aroma is all hops, on the sour side of IPA, sweeter with warmth, really promising. There's something interesting going on here nose-wise that I can't quite put my finger on yet.

Wonderfully burning on the palate, quite caustic despite the low IBU's. Straight up citrus chunks of bitter with a pleasant bready softness in the mouth. As it warms the alcohol notes are very prominent, but still rather balanced by the bitter hops. I like the dry finish, it feels like this beer just instantly evaporates on your tongue.

Pretty heavy for a "Wheat Ale," but a nice long sippin' hoppy beer. I don't think this beats Maximus or IPA, but another solid entry that would be damn good on draft. Overall, I wish there was a bit more wheat character here. The abv might be nice a tad lower as well. Great choice of hops, but such recipes are getting easier and easier to pull off these days. Glad to try it.

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Photo of bound4er
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear golden copper appearance with a generous puffy white head and heavy lacing.

S. On one sniff I get citrus and pine hops with a funky soapiness. On the next smell I get malt. Pretty inviting aroma if not a bit subtle.

T. I don't get any wheat from this beer but so what - it tastes damn good regardless. The hops provide most of the upfront flavor - grapefruit and a dash of lemon followed by some cracker and then good finishing bitterness.

M. Light bodied with excellent carbonation.

D. In a word - chugable. Crisp, refreshing and light bodied with no hint of alcohol to be found. Is this really 7.3% ABV? Drinks like a 4% - 5% beer. I've gotta grab another 6 pack while the weather is still warm. Nicely done.

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

A: Slightly more Copper than gold with a little white head.
nice Lacing.

S: Piney/Citrus hops. wheat malt.

T: like a mixture of orange peels and pine with an alcohol tingle. Spicy complexity possibly by the wheat malt used. toasted malts and floral hop after taste.

MF: very thick and slick for what I'm use to out of an IPA. slight Co2 tingle.

D: A good but very filling IPA. Alot going on flavor wise which is cool. You can tell it is 7.30%.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2010 vintage. I realize Lagunitas is not a brewery most beer geeks fawn over, but this is one of their more excellent beers, in my opinion.

I picked up a sixer in 2009, another two in 2010, and I'm considering making this a "caser" in 2011. Great stuff.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a generous 2 inches of off-white head. Retention is moderate, retreating over a few minutes into a clumpy film on the brew. Leaves thick register marks down the side of the glass.

S: Citrus, particularly lemon, but there's a slightly tangy component to it that suggests orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. A light dose of spice and some wheat.

T: In my opinion, it's an extremely hoppy version of the American Pale Wheat style, but that caters to my tastes. It starts off with lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple, but wheat kicks in so quickly that the bitterness remains muted and balanced. Wheat pulls through into the finish, where there is a lightly spicy earth and pine hop flavor. I pick up a grainy biscuit taste, as well.

M: Light-medium body. Carbonation is high and crisp. Very refreshing. It's an extremely hoppy wheat beer, but it doesn't feel nuts at all. It's not very dry. Good balance.

D: I'm impressed, somewhat despite myself. Not a style I follow, and I generally stick to Lagunitas' strong ales. They did a great job with this one. It costs more than their IPA around here, but I'm willing to pay that. Please, sir, may I have some more?

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Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: A riot of hops, lemons, grassyness & pineyness, plus leafy hops too

T: Grapefruit, breadyness, a touch of honey & dryness up front. Leafy hops & grapefruit as this warms, pineapple, pear & slight grainy bread sweetness with a touch of honey too. Finishes slightly juicy, with leafy hops, a little bit of honey sweetness & pineapple as well

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, superb balance

Drinks great, easily the best American Wheat beer I've had, I believe, maybe off style a tad, but I don't care. This goes on the MUST buy list for Summer & Fall!

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW!!! What a great find. Pours a dark straw color. Lots of bubbles and carbonation. Great aroma of Greapefruit but also ripe peaches and wheat. This is one of those beers that has combined two great styles into one. It has the nice little kick of hops from an IPA with the smooth thirst quenching hit of a wheat ale. Its like biting into a fresh piece of juicy fruit and grapefruit all at the same time!!! This is an outstanding example of craft beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice yellow/straw color with a fluffy 1 finger head that rapidly dissappears with barely any lacing on the glass.

S - Nice citrus notes. Great typical hoppy aromas.

T - Finally a taste that is practicly identical to the nose. No loss here, just nice hops and piney resin.

M - Really solid carbonation, what you would hope to find with this style.

D - Thanks to the carbonation that hoppy/bitter aspects dont linger, which in this beer is a good thing as it leaves you wanting more. Alcohol is nicely masked. I had bought the last bottle, really wishing I had another.

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

another gem i found on tap at barleys last night, thrilled again to be able to try this one fresh i ordered it up right away. served cold an poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/14/2010.

really a nice well rounded pour with a medium amber color that had a good bit of cloudiness to it. smooth little head of white comes up about to an inch before setting back down to earth.

really great aroma here, tons of grapefruit, lemons, hints of light orange are hitting me in the face all at once, near flawless execution here. warming brings out a light malt touch to it but a hop driven ipa for sure. flavor follows through almost exactly albeit it a little lighter overall. crisp and clean hops lead the way with a smooth, steady and even carbonation that keeps it all in check. light dancing of bitter citrus and a good dry finish sealed the deal for me.

overall this was as solid as they come. really just a great example of the style and something i would do again in a minute.

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Photo of cbak999
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was the over the top hop aroma. As soon as you pop the top, it hits you...that wonderful smell...

A - Pours into my Sam Adams special glass a crisp, yellow color. A nice white head, about 1/3 of an inch tops the beer.

S - HOPS! The smell is amazing! Piney and citrusy.

T - A bit sweet, but a real hop forward wheat IPA. I really like the taste of this as it's very close to several wheat IPAs that I have homebrewed.

M - Perfect carbonation...many CO2 bubbles rise to the top of the beer and this makes it sit very well in the mouth.

D - This is a great summer time IPA. Super smooth and nice bitterness. This is a favorite of mine and I am glad to hear that it's now been upgraded to a year round release. I will definitely be purchasing many sixers of this wonderful ale going forward!

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Photo of dubinsky
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice clear yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappeared and barely left any lacing.

S:Tons of piney hops and pine resin blast my nose. Just taking a wiff from the bottle i knew this was going to be awesome.

T: This beer really reminds me of the first sip i had of Pliny. I was in awe of the smell and taste and this sort of takes me back in time. Piney hops resonate with the first sip. Not much malt presence to speak of. I love it.

M: Light carbonation, but that leaves a very smooth finish on the tongue. The bitterness lingers a bit but quickly dissipates, leaving you yearning for more

D: I could drink this very often, and dare i say at less than $2/bottle i can see this replacing a greater known beer. I dont know if its sessionable since its rather high in alcohol, but i can easily sip this on a warm day and let it get away from me. I will definitely buy this again, especially since they are threatening this as a limited release. BOOO!

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

I liked this beer at the beer on-tap. appearance nice head and lacing in a pint glass. this beer is pretty amazing I was very impressed by it and drank two glasses. the taste is creamy and good feel to it. It is pretty drinkable the alcohol is well hidden.

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

A-Pours clear amber with a one finger off white head that fades quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

S-Sweet, earthy malt hits first, Citrus and Floral hops follow and become most prominent.

T-Follows the nose with slightly sweet malt, citrus and floral hops with just a touch of spice of some kind.

M-Medium body, slightly creamy and oily with a crisp carb bite.

D-Very drinkable. More than one is certainly possible.

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

A: Pours a nice orange color with a small white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S: A lot of citrus hops hit the nose. There is a little amount of citrus but the pine is the most prevalent.

T: The citrus hops hits the palate first and foremost. In the middle, there is a slight amount of caramel/bready malt but finishes strong with more citrus hops.

M: Leaves a bitter citrus hop residue on the palate.

D: As someone who enjoys citrus hops, this one was a great beer. I would and could certainly have multiple in a sitting despite the 7% ABV.

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Photo of rwf08
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden straw color. Thin white head with some lacing.

S: Lots of fresh hop aroma. Mostly pine but citrus in there too. Sweet wheat in the back.

T: Good sweet wheaty malty taste with piney hops mixed in. Is nommers a flavor description?

M: It is on the fuller side with carbonation that keeps it light enough to be refreshing.

D: Easy to drink and delicious. Not my first choice for a summer beer but it is damn good. I wish this wasn't my last bottle.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, its color is golden yellow with a small film of bubbles resting on top of the liquid. A rim of bubbles lines the sides and leaves the slightest lacing residue.

A flower like aroma is the prominent smell with a touch of skunky hops. An essence of lemon and pine exist within the hops with a crisp scent.

The beginning of the taste is mildly malty where the only resemblance of wheat exists. The rest of the sip reminds me of an IPA. Lemon, flowery-pine hops lend a crisp light balance to the malt profile. This is pretty darn good.

Light to medium in the mouth, this doesn't hold the weight a typical 7% brew has.

Very drinkable, in fact I would like another after this one.

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