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
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
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#1,985
Reviews:
1,726
Ratings:
9,141
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Ratings: 9,141 |  Reviews: 1,726
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Heard a lot of great things about this beer, and being one of my fav breweries I was excited to try this one. Pours a semi see-thru orange, good head with a moderate amount of lacing. Not too much there for aroma, but time for the important part.. the taste. Wicked smooth beer... just nice and creamy with a nice hop kick to it, although it is a tad bit subdued. Nice and balanced and way too drinking for 7.3% ABV... and this is a pale wheat ale??? damn, they're doing something at this brewery right because this is downright delicious. I agree with a past reviewer that this tastes like a Hop Stoopid light... great description, hoppy but still has the nice easy goingness of a wheat/cream ale... great beer.

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Photo of elniko
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Rich amber with a nominal head that turned a little oily. Some lacing apparent along with nice carbonation.

S: Wonderful nose, I would expect nothing less from Lagunitas. Piney, lemony zest with just a hint of the wheat backbone.

T & M: Wow...this is one fine brew. I wasn't sure what to expect with a hopped up wheat but Lagunitas pulled it off. Nicely balanced and nicely bodied as well. Finish is just a touch on the sweet side with the hoppy tones coming through too.

D: Heavens yes this is drinkable, I will be picking this one up again. Lagunitas is quickly becoming my favorite brewery due to quality of the brews and the price too.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely medium clear orange with a thick pillow white head.

Nose is fragrant orange, lemon and honey with some floral tones. Nice.

Mouthfeel has nice body and character. Complex and layered flavors of lemon, oranges, malt and then to pine and grapefruit bitter. Sweet orange and fruit in the front and mid palate and grapefruit/hops on the back palate and finish. You want to keep going back for more. Long grapefruit skin hop finish.

This is an all around excellent drinking and food beer.

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Photo of qchic
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fun name, fun label. I like Lagunitas more and more all the time. Upon pouring, it appears a slightly hazy gold with a huge meringue-like head that for a few moments sat higher than the rim of my glass. Immediately, lots of piney and citrusy hops in the aroma, and a touch of banana. While quite bitter, the flavor is balanced by sweet malt, almost honey-like, but the hops never stop asserting themselves. There's also some tangy orange/tangerine. Searching for wheat, I failed. Perhaps it keeps the body on the lighter end of medium, but it's not even on the label where ingredients are listed. Anyhoo,the carbonation is gentle and the hops give the mouthfeel slickness. As with some other Lagunitas brews, I find the aroma to be its best characteristic, but it's also quite drinkable. Light, but packed full of hoppy flavor. I could go for another.

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Photo of JAStheAce
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sumpin sumpim pours out a clear bright shiny golden lemon with a decent amount of head. Smells piney, fruity, hoppy, and perfumey. Big oily hop taste as well as some citric zest and a colossal bitter aftertaste. Light mouthfeel with balanced carbonation. A solid brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice two fingers of head that slowly recedes to sticky film of foam. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Light, clear amber and honey color with good bubbling. Lots of hoppy mellow citrus aromas. Resiny bitter palate pushes too much of the sweet wheat and fruity yeast away. Interestng combination of flavors, bitter and wheaty, but isn't my cup of tea all the way. Good resiny that coats the tongue nicely. More like an IPA in my opinion than an American pale wheat ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bright orange copper hue with a foaming huge white head leaves thick chunky lacing behind, supposedly this one is brewed with some wheat.

Aroma is all grapefruit and citrus peel with a bit of pine hop nectar going down. Sugar coated grapefruit blends nicely in the lighter toasted malt character. Big West Coast hop characteristics going on.

Flavor has grapefruit, herbal weed, and pine cone bittering hops working in full cohesion. A juicy sweet sugar coated hop entwined malt profile exists here not much accent from the wheat utilized this is a hoppy as American Pale Wheat if that's what it is.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with hop oils lubricating the palate completely, carbonation levels are moderate and carry the beer pretty easily.

Drinkability is great, but this is a strange brew. Hop burps are plentiful but it's such a weird experience I'm getting from this hop-centric brew. Hoppier than Gumballhead or Southern Tier Hop Sun, but it's so different from those two. There's no question about their wheat ale tones. If given to me blind I couldn't tell you this has wheat ale written all over it.

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Photo of firkinhophead
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Let's put some ice on it and keep ourselves elevated for awhile." Nice!

Pours a glowing, gold with a creamy-looking, two-finger head of egg-white yellow foam. The slightest bit of haze, but mostly clear and inviting. Head sticks around briefly, then settles to a tight cap. Some good stickage.

Aroma is of piney, citrusy hops. Very fresh aroma with no hint of alcohol. Some cookie-like malts in the background are barely perceptible. No yeast component typical in a wheat.

Taste is like no other American pale wheat, and not sure it even qualifies. This is all about burb-inducing piney hops. The wheat may serve to lighten the body, and there is a hint of breadiness mid-palate, but a firm, fruity sweetness carries the hops aloft, and all else drops away. The hops linger nicely, with only modest bitterness, and the final impression is of a fruity white wine with some grainy tannins and palate-drying resins.

Mouthfeel is sticky, but soft, yielding to a drying alcohol and hop finish. Medium-light body doesn't seem watery or thin. Carbonation is medium, but is not intrusive. Dryness wears hard after a spell.

A bit puckering for easy-drinking, it still hides its alcohol well and is thankfully not overly sweet or bubble-gummy.

Another interesting concoction from Lagunitas. A pale wheat for hopheads, what else? Recommended.

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Photo of froghop
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours semi-clear orange-yellow with a small egg shell head, very good lacing.

smell is of hops, floral, and citrus.

taste is tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, a little caramel, and a touch of wood bark, end is very hoppy but not over bitter.

very nice brew overall.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a golden brown color with nice some orange tint. The head is surprisingly minimal.

S: A lot of pine and citrus notes from the hops, with only a slight touch of wheat (not that I'm complaining). This is more of an IPA or APA from the nose, anyway.

T: The flavors are very similar to what the nose would indicate. Good citrus (orange) and bitter hop flavors, a touch of sweetness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body with a nice crisp, refreshing finish.

D: A much better take on the Pale Wheat Ale than the usual "hefeweizen" that American breweries make. The hoppiness really makes this a great refreshing brew.

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

a.golden,1/4 inch foam arrives on pint glass poured on a tilt, dissolves to a thin layer
s.wheat penetrates crisp citrus sour notes of hops
t.sweet tastes of wheat are wiped away with grapefruit hops, lingering long finish, an interesting style as many new hopped styles give your palate time to adjust to the approach of this brew, definitely a plus to try if you can find it!
m.balanced, with solid hop notes to stay intrigued in identifing the front
d.64.2 ibu's, 7.3% alc., gota sixer, rare where i live but definitly a drinkable brew!

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

A: Poured into an imperial pint glass, it appears wheat-field golden brown with orange highlights. The head pours into a tight 1" meniscus, and leaves curtains of small-holed lace down the side.

S: The aroma is white grape juice, sour lemons, and earthy vegetable garden notes.

T: The first flavor I would describe as sweet balsam, although I doubt that's what it would taste like I actually put a balsam branch in my mouth. I also get flavors of zucchini bread, rye, and herbaceous peppercorn. There is a long bitter but sweet lemony finish.

M: This feels heavier than the golden appearance would indicate. The finish gets drier as it continues, but is not sticky or unpleasant.

D: Bitter and piney but not tongue-burning, and sweet but not cloying, this is a balanced and refreshing beer. I went through two bottles quickly, and found myself wondering if this would be even more sterling right from the tap.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprized by this beer. The bartender told me it was a wheat but the hoppiness knocked my socks off, in a good way.

A: very little head, light cream colored some lacing. A very pale yellow in color.

S: You can tell immediately this is a hoppy beer you can smell the aroma hops inches away.

T&M: Very sharp hoppy bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel. I felt like exclaiming "aaa" after every swallow.

D: I could drink this stuff all day but you have to give your mouth a break!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a nice straw gold color, with a small initial head. The aroma is full of citrusy hops, strong and pleasant. The flavor, basically, is the same: fairly bitter with a huge hoppy flavor, citrus and grassy. If there's any wheat malt flavor, I can't detect it. It's very drinkable, but really, there's little different between this and another 5 or 6 Lagunitas heavily-hopped beers. It's a well-crafted hoppy beer, but it's nothing new or interesting.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stubby 12 ounce twist off bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for $2. The ale appears a super clear golden yellow color with about two fingers of dense, lingering bone white foam. Notes of lemon zest, orange, grapefruit, fruity floral hops, lightly toasted wheat and grain, pine. Pleasantly bitter in the finish and just where is that 7%+ alcohol hiding? Medium in both body and carbonation. This will be a warm weather staple in my house as long as it's available. Another winner for lah-goo-knee-tuss.

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

Had this on-tap tonight at Mad Mex in the North Hills.

A- Body is a slightly translucent light amber/orange color. Served with less than 1 finger foamy white head. Head fades to a thick collar and has pretty god retention from there with a little bit of lacing left all the way down the glass. Body is uniformly translucent.

S- A light accent of piny and citrusy hops come to the nose first followed by a slight wheat and yeast presence.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose. Citrus and piny hops come through first with a big presence of wheat and yeast in the background. Refreshing piny hop flavor comes through most for the finish with a hint of alcohol and more wheat to balance it out. The finish is also fairly clean with nothing lingering except a very slight hint of sweet bready yeast.

M- Medium tingly carbonation and medium weight body.

D- This is a very good Pale Wheat Ale that is similar to hop sun, uber sun, and gumballhead. What I like a lot about this one is that its an imperial hoppy wheat beer that isn't as intense as uber sun. I'm glad I've discovered this one and will mix it with my summer beer line-up. Definitely worth it and my favorite beer by this brewing company so far.

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Photo of dondeez21
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard a few good things about this beer but wasnt quite sure what style it was. Grabbed a 6pack and was very impressed.
A: Copper coloer with a foamy head that disappeared rather quik.
S: Very strong citrus hops hit my nose right away
T: Was not sur ewhat style this beer was until I was half way through my glass. Very suprised it is a wheat beer. Tastes more like an IPA. Citrus hops attacked my taste buds. Very hoppy.
M: Medium mouthfeel not too light and not too heavy
D: This beer tastes great but I feel the hops are very present and may slow you down after a lint or 2.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a light white head that resolves quickly and left just a little lacing.

The nose has a ton of hops for a wheat ale and as just about everyone else has mentioned, smells more like an ipa than a wheat beer. The hops are all citrus with a lemon zest.

The taste resembles an ipa as well and the nose is a bitter citrus. The wheat is in there and tries to break through but is overshadowed by hops. There is a slight buttery taste.

Body is light like a wheat beer and cut with a crisp carbonation. The finish is not as dry as I expected from the initial hop taste, but is dry nonetheless.

This is a nice summer beer with fresh flavor and a light enough body to consume a few in the hot sun. The abv is a little high to be as sessionable as most wheats.

Overall, this was a nice take on a wheat for those that like hops like I do. However, I felt like this one had an identity crisis. For me, it lies somewhere in between a light ipa and a hopped up wheat but was not really true to either style.

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

12oz single, graciously gifted to me by the shopkeep at brawleys...i've been there maybe 10 times and i think i have gotten free (great) beer 3 times

appearance: served in a standard pint, kind of a pale straw-golden body with and underdeveloped eggshell head and decent lacing. would love to see a big cap on a beer like this

smell: great nose - very gumballhead-esque in my opinion. punchy bright citrus hops, grapefruit zest, bubblegum, orange peel, light notes of sharp wheat and grass

taste: follows the aroma well - nice juicy hop profile...zesty hops, grapefruit and orange zest, crisp wheat, lemon extract...sweet beer

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing - worth a sixer purchase for sure

drinkability: nice

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Photo of gunnerman
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours a nice yellow red color with a fluffy head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smell is simply amazing, the fresh hop smell of citrus aroma coming from the glass. Only a few beers have such an amazing hop smell to them and this is one of them. Taste is pretty awesome with a nice sweet malt taste with a nice overall hop bitterness towards the finish. This fresh feels like a nice IPA, strong and to the point with a nice hop profile, the alcohol also lends to a smooth warm finish. Overall this beer is really sumpin' and I was very impressed, Lagunitas knows how to make fine products.

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Photo of SPRichard
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2" white head settled to a thin cap....leaves a slight bit of lace down the sides of the glass...clear straw color....steady flow of carbonation bubbles flowing to the top of my pint

citrus....lemon....pine hops....nothing overwhelming in the nose

citrus flavors with the lemon being the most prevalent....backed up by grainy malt and a nice amount of pine hopiness to keep it balanced...slight bitterness in the finish

light with a semi-creamy body...slight pops of carbonation after each sip....makes you look forward to the next sip

i know the bottle says 7.3% ABV for this one, but i sure couldn't tell from drinking it...i only picked up a single bottle to try so i'm not sure how sessionable this one could be...just on a guess i'd say at least 4 - 5 of these should be easy (now i'll have to pick up a 6 pack to test it out, not that i'm complaining)...light, very tasty and well balanced....had it after a hot day of working in a warehouse and it was very refreshing

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from BevMo in Salinas, CA.

A - Hazy orange-yellow, three-finger head the leaves nice rings of lace down the glass.

S - Definitely the best aspect of this brew. Very IPA-ish, with plenty of citrus-y hops in the foreground. Lovely.

T - Okay, temperature definitely matters with this one. At first when very cold, it's not quite what I had expected after that fantastic nose. I get the hops in the beginning, but then a sort of muddy mash-up of flavors. BUT -- once it warms up... okay, now I get it. The flavors space out and things have some room to breathe. Hops with plenty of malt on the back end.

M - Solid, definitely more IPA body than wheat. Maybe a bit of stickiness, but in a good way.

D - At first I thought that the drinkability was very high, but after finishing the first one I get the heat in my face and I feel the alcohol. I could maybe drink one more (okay, I *could* drink the whole 6-pack, but the rest of the day would be a wash). Now that I type it, I think I will have one more...

Hopefully Lagunitas will decide to keep this one around. My favorite of theirs after Hop Stoopid.

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is clear gold with a 1 finger head that retains a good lace.

Smell. WOW. Soft citrus and pine dominate. A slight floral nose also. An air freshener should be made of this beer.

Taste is like a light/medium hopped IPA. Flavors of tangerine, pine, and a light malt/wheat backbone. Very well balanced. Medium bodied and smoooth. Will definitely be picking up more of this. Excellent summer-styled IPA.

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

Pours a hazy dark orange.

Smell is very sweet and reminiscent of cotton candy. Citrus, and light peach.

Taste is fruity with some peach flavors. A bit of citrus and some pine. Yeasty, ginger, lemon and mango.
Great mouthfeel. Smooth,light nice carbonation and very easy to drink.
I don't really see the wheat part of the beer. To me it's mostly just an IPA. Albeit a verygood IPA.

Lagunitas makes some very different and very tasty beers. This is a really good one from them.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhere between gold and amber in color. Thick white head. Nice lace that just wouldn't go away. Seriously. I helped my wife for about an hour, came back to the last couple inches of this beer, and it still had a nice lace.

Pine needles on the nose. Is this beer trying to follow Gumballhead? I'm thinking Amarillo hops, but what do I know?

Hops dominate in the taste with just a touch of wheat beer flavor at the end of your sip. I would like that ratio to be different.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 9,141 ratings