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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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 blackie
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: lightly hazed amber golden with a creamy cap of white carbonation, nice retention and lace

s: the hoppy nose reeks passionfruit and red grapefruit, loaded with tropical and floral aromas atop a totally dominated wheat malt body, perhaps some soft banana esters from the yeast, a hop bomb, my gripe is that it doesn't really show any characteristics in the style - but don't really care

m: soft carbonation on the high side of medium, light-medium bodied

t: killer juicy tropical fruit hops, mostly sweet and pulpy with some crisp citrus undertones, nice sweet florals, the wheat is mostly hidden but provides a nice clean sweetness, some yeast character makes it out intact in the form of banana, moderate bitterness in the flavorful finish, strikes a few more chords than the aroma and gets a higher score as a result

d: just fine, this wheat-ipa hyrbrid is a great alternative take on the style if perhaps a cheap way to pull it off (ie. pour add a ton of hops)

standard pint at Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

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

Appearance - Pours an orange yellow with slight haze and an off-white head. Some splotchy lacing.
Smell - Mostly citrus; lemon, grapefruit, some sweetness, possibly from the yeast?
Taste - Strong kick of juicy grapefruit, very surprising for the appearance and nose. Sweetness and nice malt backbone.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied beer with a crisp, refreshing nature.
Drinkability - Very drinkable, a great combination of of IPA and wheat beers.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, nice lacing.

S: Vibrant orange and pine hop notes.

T: The great hop presence from the nose comes through in the flavour, mixing with the light wheat and bread to create a great flavour. Definitely hop dominated.

M: Smooth and refreshing, crisp, medium-bodied.

D: I liked this ale from Lagunitas a lot, I'm glad I finally got to try it, I just hope I can find a bottle around here. Clean, refreshing, would make a great summertime beer, cliche I know, but it's the truth.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a slightly orange yellow, a thin ring of head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Smells of grass and pine and flowers.

Taste is sweet and loaded with hops. Citrus is very strong, and the sweetness makes me think of honey.

Mouthfeel is very light, nicely carbonated, a little clingy. Very pleasant.

Extremely drinkable beer, especially on a hot day (like when I tried it on tap yesterday...delicious).

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

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-gold body sporting a full inch of off-white foam. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: A nose smelling of wheat fused with some fine hop notes, an aromatic blend of citrusy lemon and grapefruit, some floral orange blossoms, and a small hint of pine.

Taste: Lightly sweet, crisp, plainly crackery malted barley and wheat flavor in the fore. Fairly bold hop tastes of flowers, dried herbs, citrus fruits and even some pine. Moderately bitter. Small touch of alcohol in the mix. Finishes dry with a sparse amount of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: To be honest, this one quietly slipped in under the radar as I hadn't heard so much as a peep about it before coming across it at the Brick Store Pub recently. A pleasant surprise and a pleasant combination of wheat and India Pale Ale qualities. Nice job, Lagunitas.

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

12 ounce bottle, pours hazed, Lighter amber, on the yellowy side, frothy off white head, retentive powers in evience, ample stick, ringed and spotty on the sides of the inner glass. Nose is boldly of juicy citrus and grainy HOPS. Bold full flavor APWA, on the way hoppy side and I like it, yes I do. More grapefruit, more resiny dryness, long dry and hop infused finish. If you like Hops and you like wheat beer...this is gonna be a hit..Very enjoyable "summer beer"..hope this is not too much of a "limited release"

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Sweet candy aroma over a citrus hop base. I really am intrigued by the candy sweetness.

Appearance - Orange tinted yellow color with a decent level of carbonation supporting a white head.

Taste - This is pretty much my limit in hops. Not too much hop bitterness and that sweetness I smelled provides a wonderful balance to the hops. This is a refreshing beer that finishes with a pine hop taste. The sweetness at the beginning really sets up the hops nicely.

Notes - The mouthfeel was good and had that hop film that you may or may not like.

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Photo of beerphan
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a golden clear orange with a large fluffy quick receding head. Chunks of lace line the glass in patches. Carbonation is large and in charge.

Nose: FLoral, orange, some yeast, pale malts, lemon zest. Big hoppy nose. Love American styles!

Sweet pale malts add some biscuity tones. Hops smack you in the face with herbal citric stinginess and lingering bitterness. Thick for the style mouth, but kind of oil slicky. Drying.

Huge American wheat for you hop lovers out there, i know I enjoyed it and will again. Alas, if all wheat beers were this good, I wouldn't wish the cooler weren't so clogged with them this time of year. 7.3% could be dangerous.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went shopping to make the lady friend some dinner. Stumbled across a Lil Sumpin Sumpin for myself. Sorry, couldn't resist.

Appearance - A light orange copper color. Quite clear. A solid inch of creamy head. It looks very nice.

Smell - Great hops on this one. Very fruity. Some tangerine and apricot. Not much citrus, and almost no pine. Very floral. There's a hint of sweet biscuit, but otherwise not a lot of malt. Smells great.

Taste - Follows the nose. The wheat is a lot stronger than on the nose, but it's still a very hoppy beer. It's got some nice sweet fruit up-front. Some really nice mellow wheat. Although the aftertaste is just a touch funky and bitter/off.

Mouthfeel - A touch thin. But pretty good. A hint more carbonation maybe?

Drinkability - The thin-ness actually helps it go down. A very drinkable 7% that's for sure. I might just go grab me another one.

This is a very good beer. It's the sort of thing that if it were only available in bombers and hyped up it would have an even bigger following. However, not sure everyone will love it, especially if they're looking for more of a wheat beer. The scores would probably be lower if I stuck strictly to category, but this beer is too good to downgrade based on names. I'll be picking up some more of it.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear yellow amber color with a firm and full white head and fair lacing. The aroma is lemony hops and honey and other fruit and floral nuances, very pleasant. The taste brings a curious blend of piney citrous hops mixed with caramel cracker and floral qualities for a bit of bite. The feel is medium with generous but with subtle carbonation that is very drinkable. Another great hop option from the masters at Lagunitas. Nice!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden straw color. A smooth pour produces almost two fingers of Eggshell white head, that when receeds leaves tons of thick, sticky lace.

A: Big hoppy nose, very unexpected from a wheat beer. Almost smells like an IPA. I also get wheaty malts, lemon, grapefruit, and honey.

T: Man, this is really good. Bready malts are balanced very nicely with the big hops. I really can't beleive this is a wheat beer! It finishes dry and bitter, with no hint of the alcohol.

M: Light body. High amount of carbonation gives it a sting at the back of the throat, but expected from the style.

D and overall impression: I could drink a shit ton of this out on the lake on a hot summer day. The ABV is hidden and this one is a thirst quencher. Overall, I am really impressed with this beer. We need to see more of these hoppy wheat beers. Skal.

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Photo of mullenite
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


This beer is a beautiful golden color with only a cap of white head, the lacing on the other hand is fabulous.

This beer smells like flowers, i'm not good enough to pick out flowers but it is very floral (not in the hoppy way).

The taste is very floral, not bitter at all, there is a little bit of biscuit malt in the flavor. This beer with a rose as a garnish.

The mouthfeel is medium body with perfect carbonation.
This beer is surprisingly easy to drink. The flowers are not as bad as the fraoch heather beer which is good thing.

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Photo of eberkman
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge, frothy, sticky eggshell head that does not seem to reduce. The smell is a grapefruit bomb -- like sticking your nose into a huge vat of fresh-squeezed ruby red. Delicious but not a lot else present there. Very hoppy brew -- mostly cascades -- big grapefruit presence like in the aroma. But overbalanced by an enormously sweet maltiness -- perhaps too sweet. Not very wheaty. And though it has wheat, it's much more akin to a DIPA than a "Pale Wheat Ale." Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy with a good spritely tingle at the end. A little too cloyingly sweet and a little too big to session. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. Their beer list described it as an IPA brewed with wheat, and I have to say that my impressions were much more in line with this style categorization than with American Pale Wheat Ale. If this is an APWA, it's definitely the hoppiest one (by FAR) that I've ever had.

Pours very clear copper with a moderately sticky eggshell white head.

Smells very piney and citrusy, especially grapefruity.

I can detect almost all of the usual suspects of hops flavors: grapefruit, pine, earthy tones/marijuana. The first impression as it hits the tongue is very, very sweet tropical fruit like pineapple and mango, then it becomes more bitter. Pine is strongest while it's cold.

The body is surprisingly thick for the style (whichever it is) and the carbonation tickles the mouth in the most pleasant of ways. Very drinkable for me. Yum yum in my tum tum. I am always amazed at Lagunitas's ability to deliver great beers (especially IPA-ish ones, IMO) at a reasonable cost. Bravo!

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass golden yellow with a thick white head. Head contains large bubbles and disapaites rather quickly. Nice amount of bubbles going up the glass, much like champagne. Smell is very sweet with bread notes. Taste has a nice hop bite up front, lots of subtle fruit hints. Mellows nicely with the malted sweetness from the nose.

This is a really nice session wheat. Very easy to drink with lots of flavor.

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Photo of Keith238
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer had a slight haze and tight lacing.

Strong citrus aroma but a big pine flavor. I agree with the previous review that this is not like other wheat beers. The wheat gives this a very earthy and bready flavor along with the obvious pale ale attributes. Very nice combination. Very drinkable, I wish I had bought more than 2 bottles.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle got in a trade with mjl21...thanks for everything Mike!

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow/orange color. Nice one finger off white head that goes away rather quickly leaving some thin sticky lacing.

S- This smells not like most wheat beers. The upfront smell of course is wheat but right behind that is some citrus hop smell (grapefruit and some mango) along with hints of piney hops as well.

T- Once again this is not like most wheat beers at all. Big citrus hop kick right upfront that I enjoy in most IPA's which kicks into a kind of piney hop and wheaty taste and ends with more of a citrus hops burst I think. Overall not like a wheat at all but more like IPA as far as taste is concerned.

M- This is a light to medium light mouthfeel to it. There is good carbonation to this beer making it dance over the palate when you sip it. It leaves a nice little hop resin on the tounge letting you taste it long after it's gone. The aftertaste is a nice piney hop with a little citrus in there as well.

D- This is a very drinkable beer to say the least. I am glad I got a couple of bottles of this in a trade. The sad thing is I already drank the two I got. If I could get this in my state I would drink this all the time. Too bad like most beers I enjoy a lot I can't get it. Very good beer!

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Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing and reading some good reviews on this one I decided to go to SouthBayDrugs and buy two small bottles of this to try tonight.

Pours a clear, light amber color with a creamy inch of foam on top. Decent retention and a bit of lacing as well.

Yum, pine and citrus candy on the nose, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, peaches, lime, hints of grass, and a sweet and slightly nutty malt background. Resiny hop aroma, a good dose of pine upfront but eventually yields to the tropical and citrus hops. Hints of biscuit in the background with a touch of caramel. I can't deny that this smell very appetizing.

The taste is quite different from the aroma. First I get a mixture of toast and bready malts on the front with hints of toffee and a bitter tropical finish. Pine flavors are evident in the finish. Bitter grapefruit, lemon rind, un-ripped peach, and bitter orange can be tasted in the finish. A sweeter orange flavor develops on the 2nd and 3rd sip. I can taste some zesty wheat flavors after a few sips. Definitely more wheat flavors later on. Somewhat of an odd wheat zest, sweetness, and bitter hop combination of flavors.

High carbonation, not sure if it's the carbonation that slightly stings the tongue or the hop bitterness, maybe it's a combination of the two. Full bodied.

Pretty good beer overall, wouldn't mind having again, not blown away as I first thought I would but hard to beat for the price.

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Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey as a single for two dollars, poured into a Lost Coast pint glass, color is golden yellow with some orange, 3/4 inch ceamy white head with decent retention and leaving some small amounts of lacing, aroma consists of wheat, lots of citrus including grapefruit, floral accents, pine, herbal accents, and , flavor is full of hops at first which is really not true to style but I am not complaining, some citrus and very mild wheat in the middle, finish has a large amount of hoppiness and citrus too, some lingering pine in the aftertaste, nicely balanced between fruit and hops, dry, citrusy and slightly chewy mouthfeel, moderatate level of carbonation, medium bodied, could drink a few of these, taste is complex for the style, no alcohol in the flavor, pretty refreshing when served cold and balanced, definitely not your ordinary wheat beer, love the amount of hops in this beer, would drink again, hope this is brewed again

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a totally clear light bright orange with a very nice fluffy white head that retains very well and leaves great lacing.

Nose is actually more IPA than wheat beer. I can get the wheat base a bit, but it is clear that this is going to be a hop driven brew.

Well, taste balances it out a bit, but this is still pretty much an IPA. Hops don't jump out hard right away, but get progressively stronger as each sip progresses across the palate. A nice bitter finish is actually balanced out by a fairly strong malt presence coupled with a...

...mouthfeel that is much more viscous than i anticipated. Not soupy or anything, but just a touch higher than i like in an...IPAish...beer.

Drinkability is pretty strong. Lagunitas likes to over-malt the hell out of everything, but this is definitely an exception to the rule, as despite a somewhat viscous feel, the sweetness is tamed and balances the hop presence well without fighting for center stage. The abv feels about what it claims to be

Overall definitely the best lagunitas ive had in a while. Im not terribly amazed with it, but its a nice IPAish kind of thing, and i could easily put a couple away. A well crafted, and very well balanced beer, and one i will probably re visit with lethargic and intermittent regularity (or lack thereof). A well made...hoppy beer...

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Photo of rugerj
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a pale orange color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing left in glass. The smell is fruity/citrusy, not sure if this is only from the hops, I assume the yeast plays a big part here. Not as hoppy as it smells but has a fair hop bite. Lots of fruity/citrus flavors come through; again I assume the yeast helped with this. Carbonation was good and beer has a good full mouth fell that is soft on the palate.

A good, unique beer that is well made. However, it did not live up to hype for me. Probably wouldn't buy again since I like other Lagunitas offerings much better.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours slightly hazy golden color with thick sticky lacing.

S- Lots of pine and floral hop aroma. A bit of citrus notes with a noticeable yeast presence.

T- Strong hoppy bitterness initially. Pine and bitter grapefruit flavors mixed with a light malt sweetness and wheat notes. All west coast hop flavor here!

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- Wow, this is one hoppy Pale Wheat! Feels like an IPA with a smidge of yeast and wheat flavor. Well done.

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Photo of scifan
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden straw color with only a slight haze, kind of surprising since this is a wheat beer. Had a nice head that fades into a wispy ring. The nose is mostly hops. Lovely piney and citrusy hops dominates while some sweet malts linger in the background. Taste just like the nose suggest. First its citrus and piney hops followed by a nice light malt flavor then a nice floral hoppy bitterness to wash it all down. Very nice. I'm not picking up on very many typicaly wheat beer flavors, I'm guessing they just wanted a nice light malt base to let those beautiful hop flavors and aromas to shine through. Nice mouthfeel and nice body, Not to heavy or thin. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Golden/orange pour. Small white head. Aroma is floral, citrus, piney hop. Taste is a good blend. The wheat gives a nice light-medium body. Flavor has the hop pine, but balanced with the wheat, similar to some rye pales I've had. Accents of citrus, apple, pear. Finish clean, refreshing. Nice for Lagunitas to make something other than a hop bomb.

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Photo of Jayli
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light gold color with a two finger foamy white head. I was surprised by the lack of haze given that this is a wheat ale. The nose is outstanding. Really though - it's most reminiscent of an IPA to me - pine and grapefruit citrus are the most predominant. There is a touch of malt backbone detectable. Taste is very high on citrus with touch of piney bite up front, lending to a nice sweet malt, touch of honey flavoring possibly, and then comes back with more citrus hop flavoring. The is a well concocted brew but much more IPA driven then a Pale Wheat. Even with that being said, it's downright tasty and perfect for the summer. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean feel, goes down easy, alcohol is not even remotely detectable. This is a great, but dangerous beer as I can see myself kicking back on a hot summers day with them.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 9,045 ratings