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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Ratings: 9,043 |  Reviews: 1,703
Photo of CampusCrew
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: sweet hop smash and citrus aroma

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid with tons grapefruit and citrus flavor. a little sweeter than a normal IPA, but fit perfecty. This is the perfect summer beer

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: very easy and smooth. As always a great value by Lagunitas. This is one of my favorite beers on the market right now.

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a semi hazy orangeish-yellow and had (due to a bad pour by me) about 2 inches of slightly off-white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left more than average lacing.

A crisp hop aroma hits the nose without any of the wheat components noticeable. Citrus hops are the dominant flavor, so much so that I'm not finding anything else.

The body is in the middle of the road, neither thin nor full. This beer is nicely drinkable, although I suspect I would get bored after a couple.

Overall I find this to be a nice beer that I'm not sure where it fits in the big picture. Perhaps a different yeast to add some more flavors? Worth seeking out.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was good.

Appearance- gold color, transparent, good lacing

Smell- floral hops, smelled like a scent normally used in soap

Taste- hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was really good. Excellent. Definitely worth the ten bucks for a six pack

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. Surprising light colour for a hopped up beer. The hop aroma is certainly there. Good lace. Taste of moderate grapefuit. Big mouthfeel. Served too cold, a rare brainfreeze from beer. Above-average carbonation. Drying finish, with a mint-spice aftertaste. IBU must be high.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a slightly hazy bright gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is of wheat and some nice sweet fruitiness. Oh and a pretty big hop citrus presence.

The taste is way bitter. Lots of grassy notes, some pine and a hefty amount of mango makes my mouth pucker from the bitterness. The wheat is completely overwhelmed in my book and the alcohol isn't hidden all that well. Not much of an American Pale Wheat beer at all.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are both at medium levels and are nice.

Drinkability? Not that good. Between the abv and the overall bitter factor, this will be a beer that I'll finish very slowly and I have no plans on buying any more. Others seem to like it...it's just not for me.

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

12 ounce bottle purchased at package store in Westchester, NY.

Poured into a large wine glass. Nice dark peach color with a smallish one finger head, that soon will turn to mainly a white ring with some light white lilly pads on top of the beers body. It smells mainly like a typical wheat ale with some faint hops. However, upon taking a sip, it tastes more of those aformentioned hops while still maintaining the characteristics of a wheat ale, and some brown sugar there too. It tastes very good and is unique. The mouthfeel is a bit dry, a bit sweet, but leaves your palate eager to have some more of this Little Sumpin` from Lagunitas. This beer exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Been waiting to try this for a while.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with a good amount of white bubbly lacing and good amounts of sticky residual lace stamping the outsides of the glass.

Smell: Ripe fruit, like cherries and strawberries, with some sweet citrus of orange and lemon peel. Wheat softness and fruitiness commingling. I love how the wheat both softens the bitterness and adds depth with its aromas.

Taste: What's most lasting about this brew is the finish, which again carries the softness of the wheat and the sharp bitterness from the hops. Hoppier than most of the stye, it's ripe with fruit all through. Cherries and strawberries mostly, with some big citrus also. Long, fruity finish. Semi-dry with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Soft (which I've said too much but is true) and silky and smooth. A pleasure all the way. Near-perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Like many, I agree that this is more of an IPA than a wheat beer, but with the hoppiness and softness from the wheat, it's a wild combination. Possibly a bit fruitier than Uber Sun, but it's on par with it. Pretty much a perfect summer brew all around, and now I know what everyone's been talking about.

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

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a medium sized and thicker bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat, some lightly roasted malts, a nice hit of citrusy hops, then a big piney hop bite at the end of the nose.
T: Taste like the aroma except with a very large, in your face sort of piney hop flavor followed by a smoother citrusy hop flavor with sweet hints of wheat malts mixed in as well.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, fresh, and perfectly carbonated.
D: Very drinkable, even with the higher abv. This is an interesting take on the style for sure, but I have a feeling this is one of those beers they brewed and then selected the style that fits it best. Either way, I liked this beer a whole lot!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gee, an American Pale Wheat that I deemed necessary of a 6-pack purchase?I usually don't care for the style, so thanks are due to badassrandy for giving me a sample at Max's the other day

A: What a gorgeous pour! In my Duvel tulip, this sits a mostly clear light amber with a gorgeous 3-finger thick off-white head. Retention is excellent, and the lacing, beautiful. Could not possibly want more from a beer 5/5

S: Bollocks, this isn't an APWA. It's an IPA for all practical purposes. Intense pine hops up front, incredibly pungent with a lot of depth. This really is like breaking off pine leaves and sticking them in your nose. There is also an undercurrent of sweeter citrus aromas (notably oranges) that provides a good contrast. There's a little bit of sweetness as well, and it balances the hops (not necessarily a good thing for me), but the hops are so wonderfully expressed, I'm having a hard time faulting this

T: Opens up with a lot of hops. A lot. Piney and pungent, this is starting to be Lagunitas' calling card. The amount of flavor is through the roof, and the bitterness is fairly reserved. Again, the flavor components are primarily pine with some citrus. While the body is a little bigger than I'd like, the sweetness isn't overwhelming either, with a little bit of caramel coming through. I'm really not getting any wheat in here, and I'm not complaining. Finishes medium-dry with a bitter, hoppy finish with more pine and citrus character. Awesome

M: If I were to fault this beer, it would be in this department. With a drier character, this would be fantastic. The mouthfeel is rather silky and smooth. While that's an interesting change from the norm (crackling, sparking and dry) for hoppy beers, I'm not sure it enhances the appeal all that much. Still, very good.

D: Very drinkable. At $2 a bottle, this is a steal as well. I'm drinking more of this over the next few months.

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Photo of bb8189
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very surprised by this one. Heard great things in the forums but didn't realize it was billed as a pale wheat ale. hesitated at first when purchasing a 6er since I generally am not crazy about wheat pales. But, this is good stuff.

A- this one pours a pale golden amber with a fair bit of head with lacing that lasts to the final sip. an excellent start

S- plenty of hops. pine and citrus a plenty. Didn't pick up aroma of anything resembling wheat. By nose alone, I would have sworn this was a DIPA.

T- lots of citrus/grapefruit and some resiny pine.

M- medium bodied. moderate carbonation.

D-certainly good enough to have a few in an evening.

Edit: after having a couple more of these. I've noticed great variation in flavors. Particularly in that the first few bottles lacked any hints of wheat. Other bottles (from separate package and store) had much more pronounced wheat flavors. Not sure if others have noticed this.

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Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color. Two fingers of off white head leaves a decent amount of lacing. Surprisingly clear.

S: Smell changes greatly over the course of time. At first, I would have sworn this was a Pale Ale or IPA. Big hoppy nose with grapefruit and even some pine. However, I was distracted in drinking this beer and came back to it an hour or so later. As it warmed, the hops faded away while banana-clove scent that is typical of wheat beer began to shine through.

T: The same is true with the taste. At first, this beer tasted like the typical Pale Ale. Light malts with a slightly bitter finish. But as the beer warmed, the malts and hops receded, allowing for a creamer, wheat background which was followed by an odd combination of grapefruit bitterness and faint banana. Preferred the colder taste.

M: Light to medium in body and carbonation.

D: This is a good beer with an interesting range of flavors. I'll admit I'm a bit biased as my preference is for hopped up IPA's and this is a wheat beer that is hopped up good. Not sure it's so accurate for the style, but I like it, though next time I'll do my best to drink it while it's still cold.

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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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Photo of mikey711
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This is a nice golden orange hue with a one inch layer of lacey white head.

This just smells great, first it smells a bit like a juicy orange with some cherry sweetness in the background, maybe a hint of pineapple as well.

The citrus fruits come through upfront followed by a hint of alcohol spice in the first sip. Citrus is definately the dominanting flavor, but there are some pine notes.

There is a touch of harsh hop flavors but overall this is still very pleasant to drink.

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

This poured a clear gold with moderate white head. It smelled like orange and pineapple hops with some copper and honey and fresh wheat. It tasted like lemon zest and orange peel, with pineapple and nectarine balanced by fresh wheat and bready yeast, and a bit of metallic copper. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was surprisingly succulent and hoppy. It had nice body, hid the alcohol pretty well, and was easy to drink. I loved the flavor, but it was much more like Hop Stoopid or Correction Ale than a wheat beer. Since I prefer the IPA's, that was enjoyable for me, but it didn't really seem accurate for the style. Does that make this beer good or bad?? Either way, it's very tasty and refreshing for the summer.

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Photo of craytonic
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: Hazy copper-pale-golden with small head

Smell: Sweet, sweet, citrus hops, without the bitter

Taste: Those same delicious, sweet, citrus hops, with little bitter. Delicious! Grapefruit, pine bit of caramel malt, tangerine, orange, etc.

Mouthfeel: Firm but light.

Drinkability: Goes down so easy for the ABV, although the 7.3% keeps it from being a 5, needs a bit lower ABV so it can be a session beer.

This stuff beats Oberon with a stick!

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Racoon Red pint glass

Pale Wheat Ale? Oh no. I bought a six pack despite there being no indication on what type of beer this was - if I had known it was a pale wheat, I probably would have passed.

A - pours a dark yellow, crystal clear with one finger of head that just doesn't dissipate. Leaves sheets of lace as I drink.

S - Beautiful bouquet of citrus and pear. Smells fantastic!

T - Yum! Great hop flavor, and a substantial bitter kick at the end - I am really digging this beer. There is enough residual sweetness to help bring this beer into balance.

M - creamy smooth texture, high amount of carbonation. The texture reminds me of an English cask ale.

D - This beer just goes down easy. For over 7% ABV, you would never know it.

Well this beer has been a pleasant suprise! Truly outstanding. I'll have to give other wheat beers a chance if they can taste like this. There is no banana clove flavors at all, just a creamy, hoppy masterpiece

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Photo of dukew456
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass

Pours a bright clear golden color with light amber highlights. A half-inch head forms and eventually dissipates into a modest cap, leaving plenty of lacing along the way.

Smell is instantly of juicy citrus, namely tangerine and grapefruit. A very tangy hop aroma is slightly tipped by a sweet malt presence.

Taste follows suit, with grapefruit bursting out in front of the pack. The citrusy twang of the hops are offset by a slightly tart and sweet yet rich finishing malt backbone. I just glanced the 7.3% abv on this, and I'm shocked. The medium carbonation and excellent balance make this beer dangerously quaffable.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

whoa,totally blown away by this beer.poured into a pint glass with lacing that could match duvel's.giant fluffy white head that levels out to a short head that sticks throughout.

smells of citrus and pine with a slight scent of hay.very appealing.

palate is a massive rush of centennial hops.grapefruit and citrus dominate and finishes with a pronounced wheat character.awesome summer beer!

mouthfeel is moderately carbonated.

i could have a few of these.honestly i wasnt expecting much from this beer,but it's an awesome summer offering from lagunitas.

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Photo of hopdog
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks for the extra IPA I haven't had before!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of juicy oranges, pine and floral hops. Tastes of citrus, floral hoppiness, some toasted graininess, and a lighter sweet caramel in the finish.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness dating, but its a recently released seasonal.

A- this one pours a pretty clear golden orange colored body with a small but lasting bright white colored head that leaves small rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- very muted wheat smells with plenty of hops. pine and citrus mostly.

T- again, a very mild wheat like taste upfront. theres plenty of hops at the end. lots of citrus/grapefruit and some resiny pine.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- an interesting take on an american pale wheat ale. enjoyable and easy to finish, i found myself reaching for a second without much thought. check this one out.

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Photo of Shaw
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from co-worker and fellow BA thryn. Thanks!

It's a bright gold in color with a sticky head.

It has a great hoppy aroma. Huge citrus and sweet notes bombard my nose.

The taste is all about the hops. Herbal, grassy and citrus flavors all mix with a good bitterness, but not in a hit-you-over-the-head way. Thryn said this reminds her of a lighter Hopslam, and I agree. I can't detect the wheat malt in this.

The body is light, slick and oily.

Overall this is a fine beer, especially for hopheads.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale wheat??? What wheat? This is a hop bomb and is absolutely delicious. A hazy light gold with a small head.
Smell is sweet and hoppy, it promises a nice balance between hops and malt. I guess there is a grassy, wheat note in there somewhere.
Tastes wonderfully sweet, notes of grass, wheat, pine, sticky and juicy hops. Finishes dry and makes you want another sip.
Feels smooth and has a nice amount of bitey carbonation. This is by far my favorite wheat of any style.

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

a: clear golden color, moderate head settles to half finger, lots of lacing, minor bubbly streams spread around
s: difficult to make out at first, but light sweet malts mix well with lightly spiced hops and a sweet citrus aroma
t: nice interplay of sweet citrus and malts to piney hops throughout with a crisp/light hoppy finish
m: medium body with crisp carbonated finish
d: highly drinkable with a nice balance all around

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Photo of arepwhotravels
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wheat beer? Wow! It has a Krystal wheat beer appearance and displays the essences of part wheat beer/part harvest ale/part super hero. Sumpin' tastes like fresh hops were used in the making, kind of like a Sumpin' Sauvignon Blanc on Acid.

Lagunitas' seasonal offering reflects genuine ingenuity, style and a touch of madness. I don't understand how you could classify Sumpin' as an American Pale Wheat Ale because Sumpin' positions itself in a category of it's own (come on, Oberon and this are light years apart). I don’t often review many beers unless they deserve it and I can't wait to try A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' on Tap, which I know should be very soon.

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Photo of hube
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Wow. What a surprise. I can legitimately say I was blown away by this beer right off the bat. I was expecting something much closer to an IPA when I picked this sixer up this afternoon, but what I found was much sweeter, balanced by hoppy bitterness. An excellent summer beer, very light and fairly sweet, with that hop bite coming in at the finish, keeping things from getting too syrupy or sugary.

The only thing I would improve upon here would be a tad more carbonation, though that's due to personal preference.

No real complaints on this one at all. It's a re-buy and a must-buy.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 9,043 ratings