A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#989
Reviews:
1,693
Ratings:
8,990
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of clayrock81
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Came as a clear brown-tinted gold with a soapy head and some spotty lacing. A strong hop smell with faint sweetness and some lemon/citric notes and yeast. Smooth, a little creamy, light-bodied. Hops are there and make their presence known buth the citric notes, along with a hint of spice, aren't completely overpowered. Nice fluffiness in the mouthfeel makes the beer go down easy, although the balance is slightly off and there is a little bit of funkiness in the taste. A hoppy wheat beer is an interesting combo and this isn't a bad beer, yet I don't know if I'd drink it again. I think I'd rather have a wheat beer and then an IPA.

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

A-Deep golden color...not much head..

S-Great aroma...big citrus (oranges,tangerines) and also a real fragrant floral hoppiness as well...not much wheat on the aroma but an awesome hop aroma..

T-The flavors are really impressive too....hops are perfumey and floral with some slight citrus....and then on the very long finish there is a fantastic wheat cracker flavor...hops definitely lead and produce nice hop burps..

M-Not much carbonation...some booziness evident...a splash of alcohol I guess you could say..

D-Might as well call this a wheat ipa....damn nice....much different than New Glarus's fantastic Cracked Wheat....this is more of an IPA base with some wheat where that one has more weizen characteristics along with the big hops...both are nice in their own ways...

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Photo of BenJames1984
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again, Lagunitas, you've outdone yourselves again.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Rich and deep straw color filled with rising bubbles. Topped off with a frothy, white head.

S- Hops right on the nose. Prominent notes of citrus, with a tad of floral.

T- Up front, a blast of hops. Trailing closely behind, a nice bit of a sour flavor. Different, but good.

M and D- Highly carbonated, so a bit of tingle on my tongue. The 64 IBUs make a presence, but dont dominant the beer entirely. Overall, good stuff.

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

I just reviewed a different California version of American Pale Wheat Ale (from Firehouse) and it pales in comparison to this one. First of all, the aroma just jumps out of this pint glass with bright citrus tones and fruitiness and a little yeast ester. The appearance is a slightly hazed copper with a dirty white head. Flavor is bright and vibrant as well. To me, this one would compare favorably to another wheat/APA hybrid that I know of...New Glarus Cracked Wheat. This one tilts more on the side of APA though whereas the Cracked Wheat is more balanced and the Wheat properties are more distinguished. The flavor here is bright and vibrant with citrus hop qualities. The 64.2 IBU really doesn't scathe that much. Wheat characteristics are light and in the background. Carbonation is pretty vigorous and this would pare nicely with a lot of different kinds of foods. All in all, a nice beer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy apricot color with a dense eggshell head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a bouquet of citrusy hops. Some distinct grapefruit and peachy tones. A true olfactory delight.

Tastes like it smells. A blast of citrusy hops upfront that levels out midway through and helps ease each swallow down my throat. Only a medium bitterness which maintains an almost perfect balance with the malt. No detectable wheat or other malt flavors, but absolutely not necessary in this beer.

Medium body, full carbonation.

A masterful blend of hops with tremendous overall balance. As pleasing on the palate as a hoppy beer can get, and deceptively drinkable at over 7%.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/22/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden color with a nice solid and retentive full one inch head. Leaves wonderful thick lace rings and patches after the beer is long gone.

Smell- Stong notes of citrus and pine hops as well as a slight caramel malt mixed together with a good amount of wheat and yeast.

Taste- Impressive. Tons of hops. Pine, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits...fresh tasting to boot. A slight caramel-toffee flavor followed by a nice wheat flavor. Even though it is hopped to hell it still is nice and balanced...if that is possible.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level...crisp and lightly drying asking for another sip. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Drinkabiity- Top notch american pale wheat...hard to come by IMO. It's no threat to Gumballhead, but it's probably the best one below that..will be buying more for this summer...hopefully they make this a regular spring-summer beer.

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

Pale Wheat, eh? Lagunitas' Web Site says it has a little "wheaty-esque-ish-ness." OK ...

It's a golden honey-straw color with great clarity and a nice two-finger frothy white head that drops to a layer of foam, leaving a nice lace in its wake. Lazy carbonation drifts to the top.

Aroma is of floral and citrusy hops, and a nice honey scent. Is Lagunitas spiking these beers with bee nectar, or what? Maybe it's just the wheat. A smidgen of banana, but not close to the level of a usual wheat. Middle ground between a wheat and an IPA. I dig it.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but it's still very nice. Some citrusy hops right at the beginning, then honey and some summery fruit characteristics; I'm getting a bit of peach and pear. That's followed with a decidedly bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden.

Medium creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, crisp finish. Again, very much toeing the line between IPA and wheat.

Drinkable as all hell. Lagunitas, please don't retire this one!

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

I don't care what style you consider this beer...grab a 6er and hang on tight!

Two fingers of white head over a semi-cloudy amber. Aromas are perfume like, and the hops feature roasted pines...I dream of a forest baking in an oven. That sounds bad, I know. Moving on to taste: Same toasted pines and floral hops that are just delicious and lingering all over my palate after each sip. Some herbal in the back. There are barely any malt characteristics that I can pull out of this beer. This is a hop bomb and that is that. Mouthfeel is medium and almost creamy. Go out and buy this beer. Support an incredible brewery!

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A medium golden color body with two fingers of fluffy white head, some jagged lacing,medum carbonation. Aroma is very nice , very hoppy and bright , lemon grass and grapefruit. Flavor starts bitter with some lemon and grapefruit, a hint of resin , maybe a hint of grass, finishes ever so slightly sweet , and the bitterness does not seem to linger long , begging another sip, a very fresh tasting smooth drinker , and I assume to be highly sessional .

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

Pours a bright copper/orange with a nice head that dies down to a thin layer after a few minutes...

Smell is of sweet citrus, grapefruit. Light caramel sweetness.
Smells delicious.

Thick citrusy hops...forcing you to cut through them with a machete. Brilliant, and balanced nicely with the sweetness. Great orange flavours...

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Not overbearing at all.

Probably served this a bit too warm, but it still hides the alcohol like a champ...I'd have no idea this is 7.30% without it on the label. Fantastic.

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Photo of Timmush
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I feel like I shouldn't review this because it is no way like any "american Pale Wheat ale" I ever drank. It is an amazing beer. It tastes almost like a Double IPA. The Appearance is its only downfall. It looks like a macro (believe it or not). But the taste is amazing. To me, it is a cross between hopstoopid and nugget nectar. and those are my two favorites.
I have tried 8 of the top 10 pale wheat ales and nothing tastes like this. . This is more like heaven on earth.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This little Sumpin' Sumpin is surprisingly good.

The appearance is pretty good, it looks just like a liquified penny, but light comes through very well. The head is an off white finger head that leaves a very scarce lacing around the glass.

The smell is good also, smells of grapefruit. The hops that they used are really fruity, piney, and obviously smell like a nice IPA hop.

The taste is great. Has a nice grapefruit taste, one of the most overwhelming fruit tastes that I have experienced in a brew. I am sure it is because of the hops that they use, but still, fruity. Also has a IPA flavor that I love, but comes with a fuller body then an IPA. I blame the wheat that was used, but not in a bad way, just gives a different mouthfeel and addition of flavor.

The drinkability is good, could easily put down a sixer of these. Easily.

J

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

A little sumpin' sumpin' ale has a translucent body that is about the color of a shiny penny. A lot of active carbonation bubbles move around in there. About a finger and a half of white head that doesn't last long, but does leave a few globs of lacing behind.

The aroma has lots of hops; creating a piney and citrusy aroma that comes together to remind me of perfume.

This beer is all bite and no bark. Or maybe all hop bite and wheat? Up front the beer tastes a little bit like perfume for a short burst, but that flavor breaks off into more distinct hop flavor that include intense, bitter citrus and resiny pine. Some more light fruitiness and a slight bubble gum flavor comes in next. In the very finish a touch of wheat that makes of the backbone of this beer is noticeable. The hop profile is pretty good, but for me I would like a little bit more of a wheat backbone.

Light bodied with lots of carbonation. The bitterness dies down in the finish and is replaced by wheat, which leaves a nice aftertaste and allows for a smooth feeling finish.

Pretty drinkable beer. Lagunitas and I just don't seem to get along, but this one was pretty good.

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Photo of jdklks
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- The worst part of the beer. Transparent golden with slight touches of amber and a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, but at least laces the sides of the glass with its residue. very bubbly, fizzy-looking beer.

S- The smell is of pure hoppy fruitiness, like that of a DIPA.

T- It is difficult for me to believe that this is an "american pale wheat ale", because it tastes so much like an IPA. A big hop profile with only a hint of the wheat maltiness characteristic of its style. slightly fruity with a bitter end, although in the aftertaste the sweetness of fruit comes to the fore.

M- Certainly highly carbonated, which is not my favorite thing for a beer to be, although here it doesn't hurt too badly as this beer is perfect for a hot summer day. will definitely be taking this one up to Tahoe a few times this year. a light-medium body.

D- After a hot day, I might as well forget about having any of the two six packs I bought left over.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The waitress asked me what I wanted, I said a little sumpin sumpin. This is what she gave me instead.

Beautiful pale yellow brew with a fine white head.

I could neither smell nor taste anything wheat about this beer. The resiny hops dominate everything about this beer. And alcohol is a little high for the stated style. I'm not sure that there is a correct style for this beer.

But I know I like a little sumpin sumpin, and when I can't get it, I'll settle for this beer. More please.

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

Pours a dark golden color, this is not a light summery wheat beer in appearance. Nice big fluffy head after a bit of a vigorous pour.

Talk about a blast of fresh hops coming from the head on this beer, wow. I am pretty sure the dudes at Lagunitas start each batch of beer with a mandatory 10lb sack of hops. This beer is very piney and resiny in the nose, a little bit of sweetness like pineapple is in there too...quite aromatic!

Taste is lots of fresh hop character, piney, citrusy, pineapply with some cotton candy sweetness to it as well. Call it what you will, I still think its up there with some of the IPAs I've had. The finish is a bit tangy and bitter dry but crisp and refreshing all the same.

Love this stuff, I wish it was around 5% as 7.3% is a little out of session range for me but I do like this "Summer" release more than most I've had.

Love the name too...

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Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clar brass colored with a hint of haze. The bleached beige suds fall fast but leave all sort of lace.
The nose is bombarded with lime, mint, grapefruit, chardonnay, and dough. It's not at all complex, but is does smell delicious.
Wheat appears up front in the mouth, with doughy dinner rolls/snack crackers. Hops tear it all up. Sour lime and grapefruit and white grapes. Bitterness comes with resin and pine sap. The finish is all disipating hops with eddies of minerals.
Medium-light bodied with enough carbonation to distract from the potency.
This is a hopped-up and boozed-up (American) wheat done fairly well.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle I did not realize that this was a Pale Wheat until I read about it on BA.
Pours a light golden color, little touch of amber maltiness, gorgeous head produced from the wheat used ion the brew. This nicely adorned brew slowly settles down, leaving great lacing
Smell is hoppy upfront. It takes a bit of searching, but slowly the sweet creaminess from the wheat comes out in the nose. THe citrus hops lead into a nice mix of pale malts, wheat, floral yeasts, more of a Wheat IPA if you will.
Whereas the aroma focused more on the hops, with an under tone of wheat, the flavor shifts it more into the sweeter, cream-o wheat spectrum. Delicate pale malt, hops, light musty wheat and creamy yeastiness contribute to create quite the enjoyable brew. I am not a fan of this style, I'll take my true Bavarian Hefe anyday, as this style tends to underdeliver quite severly, however, this little "Sumpin-sumpin" is something pretty good
To some extent im reminded of a take on the Brooklyn Hopfen-Weisse when I try this, hoppy, yet yeasty and smooth. I like how the wheat spiciness meld into the hoppy spice and the pepery yeast. I would ask for a slightly creamier roundness in the mouthfeel however to stay true to this style's Bavarian roots.
Im thnking grilled shimp, sausages, pretzels, rye bread, good German traditional fare with this brew. nicely done

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright golden-orange color, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves a pretty sheen of lace in its wake. Aroma is fairly sweet and floral, with a strong grapefruit character from the hops.
Palate is full of citrusy hops up front, lots of grapefruit notes. Very light bready malt provides some balance, and a light fruity sweetness emerges before capitulating to the bitter, hoppy finish.
Body is nice and light from the pale malt and somewhat silky from the wheat. This is a highly drinkable ale that I look forward to having more of this summer. I wouldn't expect less from Lagunitas.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a yellow-amber with a pale head that soon disappeared

Smell and taste of a light pale ale (citrus and spice with a bitter finish), nothing to indicate being a wheat. Good but not memorable; lacks real complexity to savor to make for an overall good rating, and I particularly need this to justify an ABV over 7.

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Photo of Slynger
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed, deep golden tangerine color with a nice lid of fluffy off-white.

Lots of sweet fruity hops in the nose are balanced by sweet wheat (see flavor).

Grrreat! flavor. Apricots, tangerines, peaches, grapefruits of the pink variety come in mellowly mixing with sweet, lightly toast, pale wheat, and a light grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium-full body with a perfect amount of zesty, tingly carb. Lightly cloying fruits and bitterness linger before pleasantly fading away.

"The Guni's" come through with a hellava sumpin'-sumpin' in this brew. Score one for APWA.

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Photo of JRed
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with white head that leaves sugary lacing dripping down the side. The usual Lagunitas aroma permeates from the drink: strong tropical fruit, citrus, kiwi, sugar, and hops. Starts clean: tropical fruit then wet hops, alcoholic booze swing through and slick the palate with oily residue, citrus. Mouthfeel is slick, semi-oily, but fatigued carbonation make for a nonaggressive drink. A nice American Pale Wheat Ale but a bit offensive, the usual Lagunitas style. Well worth picking up, a great West Coast ale. Elegant in flavor and dangerous in ABV. Go get some.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent, yet sharp edges with plenty of offensive knudges. The little sumpin' of a paradox. Sweet, bitter, syrupy ride to dry. WTF? Light yet heavy? Clear yet thick? Pineapple. banana, kiwi, to pepper/salt dry completion. A wave of flavor, filling the body, showcasing the yeast, tying in a plethora of flavor that doesn't settle; drifts, mixes, teases, deceives. The booze shows on taste and cognitive function. A pale American on steroids...what else is new? Keep it up.

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

Pours a clear gold color with a small off white head.

Aromas are of sweet hard candies, hoppy citrus fruits, and pink grapefruits. Nice nose on this one.

Taste is bone dry, with lots of spices, soft wheat flavors, and light citrus hops. Finish is bitter, with a floral taste, more spiciness, and a definite mineral hop bite. This is a hoppy and flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel is good, and as noted very dry, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. This is a pretty power packed little brew. Not sure I could drink more than a couple, but this is very tasty, and well worth trying. And yet another winner from Lagunitas.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle enjoyed at Union Jack's Manatawny.

Pours a clear amber color with 1 finger of off-white head into a snifter. OK retention and some lacing. Smells of honey, grapefruit, orange, and toasted grain. Tastes of citrus fruits like grapefruit, orange, and tangerine, honey, wheat, and perfumey and floral hops in the finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth with a nice bitter bite. Hoppy but balanced, easy to drink. Refreshing and a good hoppy summer brew.

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