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 SeanRedd
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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 +2.9%
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 -3.1%
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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Photo of kaseydad
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great label for starters. Love the vintage looking woman enticing me to drink. "I give in!" The wording around the picture is pretty sweet as well.

Last of a six pack pour. Poured into a pint glass and met with a massiv white foamy head and apricot colored brew.

A sweet ruby red grapefruit smell packs a punch.

The smell makes you want to try it and I give in. Great hoppy, grapefruit taste. The little bottle packs a punch. A slight aftertaste wets the palate and makes the yearning for more even bigger!

Hoppy mouthfeel and you do feel the "bite" at the swallow. Not sure I taste much wheat (maybe a little after the swallow) but I'm not complaining.

At 7.3% this is dangerously drinkable. Very easy to put a few away before you know it.

Overall another great beer from the staff in Petaluma. They keep churning out great beer after great beer. Hoping this becomes a regular selection rather than a seasonal.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a fresh 6-pack from BevMo! Cypress.

A- Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a billowy white head that gradually settles down to a thin cap over the beer. Each sip leaves some sticky sheets of evil looking lacing clinging to the glass.

S- This smells like an IPA to me. The hop aromas run the gamut of plant-like to fruity. Citrusy notes of grapefruit and oranges meet tropical fruits like mango and papaya. The leafy, resiny pine notes that I get in several of Lagunitas' other beers are in here too. I also get some pithy aromas of melon rind. The malt backing provides a nice honey sweetness to the aroma, but I'm not really getting a lot of wheat malt or spices, which I was expecting.

T- This beer's wheaty characteristics are more evident in the taste than in the smell. It's still a very hop-forward flavor, but there are subtle notes of wheat malt and some peppery spiciness towards the dry finish. Again, that leafy bitterness is a dominant taste in the flavor profile.

M- A medium-light, effervescent mouthfeel with active carbonation bubbles. A nice feel for a beer that's a cross between an IPA and a Pale Wheat Ale.

D- This is a tremendous summer beer that's immensely drinkable given it's 7.3% ABV.

My favorite Lagunitas beer thus far.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Solid Offering from Lagunitas. Oh Magoo, you've done it again.

Pours a big nice white head with lacing. Golden Honey color, crisp, clean. Don't hate it because it's beautiful walking around like it's pretty boy floyd

Citrusy, earthy, wheat, hops, some bubblegum. You can smell what the Rock is cooking...

Sweet malts, lemonony citrus hops make way for straight up fresh hops that go all Rampage Jackson your tongue. What are you gonna do when Hopamania is coming down on you?

Nicely carbonated, big mouthfeel leaving you with champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

A little hoppier than Gumballhead, but just as lemony sweet and satisfying. R. Kelly is right, aint nothing wrong with a little bump and grind. Thong thong thong thong thong.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a radiant golden-orange with a finger of creamy white head that dissolves and remains a nice heavy layer around the glass. Aroma is fruity with grapefruit and various citrus, resiny hops and some sweet malts. Flavor is slightly citrusy with more grapefruit and tangerine, crisp bitterness and a sweet finish. Its light to medium bodied and has plenty of carbonation. I love the aroma of this beer, its booming with fruit and the flavor is just so damn clean. All around an extremely enjoyable brew.

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Photo of bcm119
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a bit of white lace. Sweetish, tropical fruit hop aroma. Medium-bodied with lots of juicy hop flavors, nicely integrated with light but slightly sticky malt. Clearly a west coast IPA, with big succulent hops-- pineapple and ripe citrus. Although its a bit syrupy mid-palate, it finishes adequately dry and clean. Malt profile is an anomaly for Lagunitas-- a little less supple and estery than most, which is a good thing with this rich hop flavor. Its a well-rounded package of new-school hop flavor--similar to many San Diego brews-- and the malt stays out of the way. Very nice beer, one of Lagunitas best.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a fresh golden and yellow body with shades of orange. And to top it off a pasty white fuzzy cap. A good smearing of lace existed directly across from me, otherwise it was spattered around

S: mostly hops with potent grapefruits, sugary lemons, and faint bubblegum-like whiff with caramel. Roasted notes are in quiet order and nothing to "wheaty or yeasty" comes across. I can also say that I get a whiff of sugar cookie dough
In any event, the smells are...well...tasty!

T: starts with a sharp character that say grapefruits, pineapples, and lemony/orange rinds. The sweetness is mostly caramel and is augmented by the fruity hop flavors. For some reason, I think of soft creamed peaches on a piece of toasted rusk when I drink this beer, ha!
This is an interestingly hopped pale wheat ale, one of the hoppier ones that comes to mind. The finish has that hop pop that keeps things from being too sweet

M: the body is rather light/mild and the flavors are just a bit sticky. This combination is rather nice as I got through the first glass with ease. Upon pouring my second, some pine flavors became evident on the palate

D: another top shelver from Lagunitas as this brewery continues to do good things. Has a good drinkable demeanor

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great to see another limited release offering from one of favorite brewers here in my area.I poured two into a imperial nonic with it coming out a clear lighter golden with a 1/2 finger white that was quick to fade.Ahh yeah bigtime in your face citric hop in the nose along with a touch of sweet alcohol and very light toasted wheat malt,the hop profile in the nose is just great.Intense grapefruit rind and tangerine hop flavors hit up front on the palate and then some caramel toffee shows thru along with a fading toasted what touch in the finish.Yeah it has bigtime hop wich kicks arss but there really is more to it.My new favorite American pale wheat its slightly better than Gumballhead in my book.The drinkability is just awesome for the ABV%.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful glimmering orange with a fluffy head and modest lace.

Hops run across the nose. Sweet and rindy citrus--orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Everything else takes a backseat to the rindy hops. It's a bit phenolic, and grapefruit is prominent. It's nice for a couple of sips, but I'm left wanting something more well rounded. The carbonation is smooth, and there's adequate body and a mild astringency.

The ABV is too high, and the hops become way too much after a while. I wouldn't want more than one--actually, I don't even think I'd want more than half a bottle in one sitting.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll keep this short...un-like me.

As a pale, this is arguably one of the best pales out there.

As a wheat...100% the best wheat beer I've EVER had. (I adore hops)

This was the best sumpin sumpin suprise I've had in reference to the syle of beer it is labeled as. (pale wheat) This beer holds it's own with most IPA's out there.

The wheat is there...but presented as only a small compliment to some GREAT citrissy hops.

Note... I'm not really a fan of Lagunitas Staple IPA that's on tap everywhere but their hoppy seasonals are always amazing.

For hop heads Like me...who are turned off when they see anything wheat beer...this will without a doubt make you a believer that wheat beer can be good.

Did I say I'd keep this short???

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review Disclaimer: For the style, I'm not impressed. As a very hoppy ale, I like it a lot.

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellowish-orangish with lots of tiny bubbles and about a half-finger of bright white head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a light head on top and a bit of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops, hops. I don't think this a wheat pale ale because I don't smell any wheat. I smell lots of yummy hops. A little bit of citrus. And not a whole lot else.

Taste: Hop bitterness. Sweet fruit esters. Lemon and orange tinges. Some hints of juniper and pine needles.

Mouthfeel: Very sticky sweet on the finish. I was expecting a lighter wheat pale ale, but it's sticky as any IPAs/DIPAs.

Drinkability: At first, the stickiness and the hops' bite made me think that this wasn't going to be overly drinkable, but as I slowly finish the glass, I'm wishing I had gotten more than a single bottle when I was in Texas. /tear

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Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear goldenrod hue. An aggressive pour yields a one-and-a-half finger head, but not very dense, head settles to a thin cap, with a thin rim along the glass. Thin rings of lacing develop on the glass as the beer descends.

Plenty of hops in this one, masking the light wheat grains very well. The hops are sharp, and carry plenty of citrus notes.

Sharp grapefruit in the flavor, very hard to detect the delicate wheat malts. The hops linger for a while after each sip. The wheat malts add a bit of tartness behind the hops. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

I'm really taking a liking to this style. As of now, it falls into the American Pale Wheat Ale, although this isn't typical of the style. It's pale, it's wheat, but the hops steal the show in this one. Maybe an Imperial American Pale Wheat Ale? The light, crisp, and somewhat unnoticeable wheat malts set up the perfect base for hop heads, letting the citrus and fruity flavors take over. It's also dangerous how drinkable this beer is. It isn't a session beer, keep that in mind! Recommended.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish and bright pale golden color with a small capping of off-white foam that swifts away kind of quick, leaving a partial skim and a few small, skinny patches of stringy lacing.

Aroma is clean and hoppy with a soft lemony candied waft of citrus with touches of peach, pineapple, and nectarine. Very close to what their Hop Stoopid conjures up without as much oomph to it.

Taste is more of the same and quite likeable in the hops dept. with all sorts of citrusy fuzz, pith, and pulp of peach, orange, pineapple, nectarine, and lemon mixing about. Very clean, crisp, and rounded in tone with a slower backing of pale bready malt holding it all together. Again, this is quite similar to the Stoopid.

Body is boldly clean, crisp, and semi crunchy within a steep medium feel. Grows a heavier fuzz of hoppy citrus as it goes and maintains a firm tongue tantilizing amount of fun and fuzzy hopitude to a mildly set but quite present bite of pithy, juicy, citric bitterness.

Another solid brew by Lagunitas that goes side by side along with the Hop Stoopid! A drinkable citrusy hoppy treat! Yum!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Foothills pint glass.

Pours a crisp, pale-golden hue with a skimpy cap of light custard head. Good retention, as the foam spackles thick rings of lacing with each sip. Aroma is rife with tropical fruits, especially mango, pineapple, and mandarin orange. The hops, while mostly citrus, drop notes of resinous, musty funk reminiscent of the sticky-icky. Sweetened wheat & caramel malts linger in the background.

Not sure how this beer got listed as a "Pale Wheat Ale", because it screams "IPA", dropping a bitter herbal hoppiness across the entire palate. Grapefruit zest and musty greenery hit the sides of the tongue while the middle is largely wheat malts and sweet caramel. Tropical fruit esters all over the place, but never overwhelming. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy for the style, and verges on sticky/syrupy. Thanks to a spot-on carbonation level, this beer maintains a crisp, refreshing quality to its body. Overall, a fantastic summer brew. Lagunitas has been on FIRE lately! Keep up the good work!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head is very rocky with great retention.. very clear lite orange golden brew.

The nose is immediate and surprisingly pungent hoppy.. citric hoppiness with a great pale malt backbone..

Bitter bite out of the gate with pale malts that melt quickly into an unapologetic citric hoppiness.. some floral hoppiness and minor pine come into play... but wow.. this is an IPA... no where near an American Wheat!!!! Maybe a little bready as it warms, but again the hops just strip away any malt components.

I have had a very hard time with this one... I know lagunitas used a bunch of wheat.. but really... the hops are abundant and expected..


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Photo of Haybeerman
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold/orange color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention; eventually settling to half an inch. Lightly decanted. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big oily hops; grapefruit, pine and citrus. Maybe there's malt there, who coiuld tell - either way, it smells great.

T: Grapefruit and piney hops are resiny bright. Wheat and pale malt well back in the foundation. Much hoppier than youir average wheat beer.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation sufficient to cut the oily coating.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorfully hoppy - more so than ANY wheat beer.

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Photo of gatornation
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear(some haze) golden yellow color.a beautiful reminder of summertime it has a great 1/2 head and exceptional lacing..the smell is great its pine and hops and grapefruit with a gumball smell..its very nice..the taste is superb it starts with hops and grapefruit that just permeate the taste buds there is a sweet gum, fruit taste that is ever so slight with a slight wheat and malt taste that is all in perfect balance with the hops that are in charge..taste is perfect the mouthfeel is everything b4 mentioned except to tell you that this is just a smooth and creamy wheat ...im going to call this one an IMPERIAL WHEAT.. i can not believe it is 7.3 abv...wow if you like 3f gumballhead or hop stoopid this one is a combination of both but better than either.. as you can tell highly recommended

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Photo of bennetj17
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color, 100% clear. Moderate carbonation throughout, the head is thin but holds well. Pungent orange hoppiness in the aroma, smells much like Hop Stoopid, perhaps the same hop extract? It's very nice, wouldn't know this is a wheat beer though, all I get is citrus hops.

The citrus hops continue on in the taste, but there is a bit of bready malt in there trying to pair it. The hops win out, and the bitterness is long lasting at the finish. Even with the intense hops, the flavor has a clean, refreshingness to it, staying drinkable despite being relatively one dimensional. The mouthfeel seems light, but it's definitely not thin. Carbonation is solid, not too sharp, and the beer finishes without being syrupy.

I had no idea what this beer was when I bought it, but I am glad that Stout @ Plaza Liquors recommended it. Listed as a Pale Wheat Ale I expected something completely different. This is more like an IPA really, like a slightly smaller version of Hop Stoopid in my opinion. Crisp with a blast of citrus hops, for me that is very drinkable, because I like less malty balance in my IPA's. Highly recommended, I will be buying more...

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Photo of Mdog
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good head, good lacing.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Nice sweet grapefruit, not too bitter, has some weight/wheaty balance under it.

Drinkability: Really tasty, but a little strong for a summer beer.

Saw this new one and picked up a single to try. I was really impressed, tastes a lot like Gumballhead but with more kick. I will definitely grab another sixer or two of this, if the ABV was down in the 5's it would be case worthy. Good stuff!

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Photo of smittyjr
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Recently drank a bunch of Sumpin sumpin at the City Pages Beerfest in Minneapolis. Great beer, was one of the staples besides surly at the fest. The apperance was a golden orange, decent head. The smell was heaven, grapefruits and hops, with a little malt to it. Tastes just like it smells, grapefruit, hops, sweet finish, citrusy! Mouthfeel was slightly oily with a tiny bitterness. great american pale wheat ale. not much wheat to it which was surprising to me.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas- A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

A- Light slightly hazy golden orange with a small filmy head. Slight lacing.
S- Huge Grapefruit hops with a sweet malty body.
T- Big thick sweet sugary malt with a huge grapefruit hop body. Good sweet citrus finish.
M- Thick and oily with a sweet slightly bitter hop finish.

Overall- This is a delicious IPA, An American Pale Wheat Ale? C'mon now!

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Photo of mjryan
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another hoppy ass beer from Lagunitas. Love it! Wheat hugh? Id have never known. Hazy, orange and smelly. Good smelly. Hoppy smelly. Very pungent orange, mango, apricot, grapefruit...yup I think they are all present. Sweet malts and hops, or is that sweet hops and malts? Very tropical and juicey. Smooth, gentle bitterness for such a strong, hoppy beer. Yeah, really drinkable.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color with one finger of creamy white head.

Scent of oily hops, grapefruit, pine, sugars, and fruit. Very nice pungent hops with a bit of sweetness make up one great smelling brew.

Taste of hops, pine, grapefruit, and some grain. Much more hoppy than a typical Wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and oily with good carbonation.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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