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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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 JJBlanche
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was going to pick up a sixer of Lagunitas IPA, then saw a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' next to it on the rack. The illustrated cutie sold me.

A: A fairly average to gentle pour yielded a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to about a half-finger pretty quick, then slowly goes down to a film. Good clarity. Nice, rich color appropriate for the style. Not really mind-blowing to look at, but above average. Would have rated stronger in this area if the head proved a bit more persistent.

S: Cracking the cap, got the distinct smell of cantaloupe. Keeping your nose a few inches from the bottle mouth and melon comes to the fore. In the glass, really getting your nose down in there, it's apparent citrus hops are the dominant scent...but the overall impression is melon. As it warms, I'm getting hints of Cognac. This could be from the age of my particular sample muting the hops (March 1st bottle date, 101 days old as of right now), or it could have something to do with the unique backbone. Or it could just be allergies. Who knows, but I like it. It's unique.

T: Grains, hop bitterness, something a bit unique going on in the background (again, maybe that wheat), carmel sweetness, and melon/apricot/fruit in the nose. I like it.

M: About perfect for the style. 'Nuff said.

D: Not exactly a session beer, but definitely nice to have one or three when chillin' out.

O: This is a good, solid IPA with a little bit of a twist...a Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. =) Not quite as radical as I thought it'd be, and it doesn't really stand above others in this segment enough to sell your first born to get it, but it's easy to see how LSSA could become someone's go-to brew.

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

Bottle date: May 19th (139th day of the year). This is the freshest I've ever tried this beer and man is it good fresh!

Golden light body, lots of carb bubbles, tiny white fizzy head, spotty lacing all over the glass.

On the nose, I sense a floral/citrus hop dominance of the C-family of hops along with Amarillo. I detect a good amount of pine too from Simcoe. There's also a hint of stone fruit flavor such as peach. Overall, the taste is smooth and doesn't overpower.

The flavor is much like the aroma, but accentuated more. It has a grapefruit backbone with a lot of pine support and a hint of honey-dipped caramel candy sweetness.

Moderate body, nice oily mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation.

Love this beer fresh!!! Now that it's year round that will be a little harder to accomplish on the East Coast. I'll be sure to look for the bottling dates on future batches.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've seen this beer around lately and decided to finally give it a shot. Let's see what this little Sumpin has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear orange-yellow with a solid 1" of fluffy light orange foam that was maintained by lots of bubbles rising. The head was airy looking, but still was >1/2 height more than a minute after the pour. The head never completely disappears and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass on the way down.

Aroma: The aroma has lots of hops in it with only a subtle emphasis on the citrusy American hops. It borders more on floral, but is still well blended. There is a subtle sweetness starting to come out as the beer warms up some as a very light caramel. I get a subtle chalkiness that indicates to me that there is some pretty serious bittering, but it doesn't seem like it is grossly out of balance with the water (like Otter Creek DIPA).

Taste: The flavor isn't nearly as hoppy as you would expect from the aroma, but it is still firmly weighted toward the hops. The body is medium, but the carbonation is high, so that all makes it lighter on the palate. The alcohol is well hidden and only dries out the back of the throat a bit with the hops in the finish. The finish is definitely balanced toward the hops and it dries out the back of the throat a bit, but it isn't annoying or anything.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. It has a good balance, blend of hops, and the malt bill is subtle but compliments the ensemble. That said, I am a malt-head, so this one finished just a bit bitter for my taste, but it was still pretty nice to the back of your throat. I will enjoy the rest of my six-pack no doubt, though I am not sure when the urge will strike me to buy this again just for pleasure.

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

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Cervoise tumbler glass. Pours several fingers thick white head that has absolutely FANTASTIC lacing. The color is the typical burnt orange straw.

The nose is dominant w/ citrus hops, makes me think of pine needles. Nothing else here though. Typical American version. No banana or clove or anything else.

The taste is really unique & great IMO. Hops are obviously the main focal point, but they aren't abrasive. Very citrusy. Has a decent malt backbone. Has a spicy snap on the very back end of the drink & reminds me of some of the other beers I've had that had a peppery note to them. Very nice.

The mouthfeel ranks in at medium. No doubt from the generous use of wheat malt. A very well made beer. Overall, this beer is very much drinkable & is very high on my list. One that I am so very glad is not a limited release. Will be a staple in my rotation. Prosit!!

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Photo of CHickman
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded extremely slowly and left excellent lacing; a great looking beer.

Smells of big sweet floral hops up front, followed by flowers, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon, mango, sweet malt, caramel, wet bread and brown sugar; great citrus hoppy nose that smells like an IPA, so it’s funny to see this classified as a wheat beer.

Tastes like grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, brown sugar, sweet malt, light grains, wet bread, cinnamon and some other delicious light spices that were not clear as I drank it last night, but I must now assume were wheat or coriander since this is a wheat ale; this is very pungent and tasty, even refreshing for such a hoppy beer. The Sumpin’ special must be the amount of hops used to make a wheat beer taste like an IPA – crazy concept, but it worked well.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and oily slick, with light fizzy carbonation, a light to medium body and a bitter zesty finish. A high recommendation for a great beer that is extremely drinkable as I had 4 on tap last light. I look forward to drinking this again soon as it was excellent.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear pale gold. Head is about a finger and a half of white foam. Head does last a decent amount and leave some small lacing.
S: light grapefruit hop, lightly sweet, and just a very light touch of pine.
T: hops lend toward grapefruit with more pine on the back end. Nice amount of sweetness, a touch of honey.
M: smooth nice carbonation, lingers but not coating.
O: good all around, balanced hop and malt.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly clear lite orange in color with a crispy white head.

S: This is a sweet malty smelling beer with big tangerine hops here.

T: Oh man, my friend was right, this is DELICIOUS! The tangerine smell continues though on the taste as well. It's hoppy, especially for a wheat ale. Drinks like an IPA. Good malt base, and those hops are a nice balance, teetering on more bitter than sweet. This is a killer beer!

M: Carbonated a bit on the high side, and medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable, nothing really sticks to the mouth at all and is really easy drinking.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Faintly hazy deep golden color. Two fingers of white foam that receded quickly and left good sticky lacing. Settled to a white frothy cap.

Smell: Sweet and floral hops. Orange, grapefruit and a bit of pine...but the sweet malts add a honey-like note beneath. A very good smelling beer.

Taste: Hoppier and slightly more bitter than usual Pale Wheat Ales, but in a good way. The wheat and sweet malts balance really well with the clean and bitter hops, making this a really well balanced Pale Ale. Just a touch sweeter than most American Pale Ale's, as a wheat ale should be. Very tasty.

Mouth Feel: Moderate carbonation, creamy body with a dry finish.

Overall: A really flavorful Wheat Pale Ale. Just the right amount of hops to balance the sweetness, and good flavors all around. Not too weak on the flavors like many Wheat Pale Ales, and a respectable ABV. Another winner from Lagunitas!

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Photo of Groomsy
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Julian date on bottle neck states that the beer was bottled on March 9. Purchased as a single for $1.89 at Ozzy's in Waverly, OH.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark gold/orange body, topped by a fading two finger head of bright white pillowy foam. Fairly light color for what many call an IPA. Lots of carbonation bubbles race to the top of the beer - very lively and exciting invitation to drink of the hop nectar in the glass. Great web-like lacing down the glass. The head doesn't stick around for too long, but retains fairly well with a full cap of foam.

Smell: Big citrusy hops out front, mainly grapefruit and orange, as well as some lemon and mango which emerge as the beer warms. Some wheat and malt sweetness lingering in the background. Wow, is this really an APWA? Smells more like an IPA with a hint of wheat in there. A fantastic smelling West Coast style IPA with a nice twist. A good change.

Taste: Very bright, penetrating fruit and citrus on the front of the tongue - very signature American hop flavors, especially grapefruit and some grassy/piney lingering notes. Followed by a smooth grainy malt sweetness on the middle of the palate and finishes with some rich wheat presence to balance the robust hop flavors. Excellent stuff here. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I was greatly pleased by this. A hophead's dream with a wheat sweetness and smoothness, though I wanted a little more variety in the hop flavors and complexity.

Mouthfeel: While the wheat is fairly understated in the flavor, it's compensated for in the smooth, silky mouthfeel. I haven't encountered many beers which made me really anticipate the next drink; this is one of them which does. Medium bodied with well-placed carbonation and a big sticky finish. Superb mouthfeel for an IPA.

Overall: A good twist to the American IPA style, and the alcohol is very well hidden. A fantastic summer beer for hop lovers. Track this down.

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 13oz tulip glass. Pours a clear orange yellow. Nice 1 inch white sticky head. This beer is different then any beer out. Like a sweet IPA. Smell is mango, pappia, pineapple, grapefruit, and piney hops. Taste is all that, but stronger. A little alcohol in the finish. Medium body and very easy to drink. Just a wonderful and unique beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everyone want a Lil' Sumpin Sumpin!!!! Another solid creation by Lagunitas. The color is golden clear with not much carbonation; so the head is very very thin...a;lmost non-exsistent. The nose is accented by grapefruit/citrus and you can sense a full bodyness to it. The taste is very good with citrus hints and body. The mouthfeel is good, lil punchy with the higher abv.

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Photo of pintOast
2.88/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased a six pack on on sale for $6.99 (along with the rest of Lagunitas limited releases) at my local market. Maybe I got a sixer that went south because something was just not right about this beer. Maybe that is why it was on sale? I'm not going to go through the usual breakdown except these overall comments:

I can't quite place what hop(s) were used for bittering and aroma but it had a really funky smell and taste to it attributed by the hopping. It wasn't a skunk smell, which anyone can pinpoint for spoiled brew, but it was enough of an off smell and taste that makes me think the hops in this particular batch were rank. I'm through the fourth beer over the past week and they all have tasted the same.

In general I'm a fan of what Lagunitas puts out BUT I'm sorry to report that this particular release has been hard to get down. This Lil Sumpin' has got sumpin' not quite right about it.

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Photo of beerman207
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok....so I'm in love with Lagunitas. I have yet to have a bad beer for them and just recently found that I can get the brews in Ohio. Look out! More of these will be consumed.

A: Lightest orange, a nie white head which is quite fluffy which leaves some good lacing behind.

S: Nose is wheat, hops, malt, some candied apple? Maybe even some pears. Nice

T: Flavor is fantastic - the hops and malt balance nicely and the pear flavor is apparent along with maybe some apple as wel as the wheat coming in here and there. Very good and very refreshing

M: Mouthfeel is moderate

O: Damn, just a great beer. Lagunitis - you are quickly moving up on my brewery list.

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Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on Julian date 102 (April 12, 2011).

Appearance: Just barely hazy orangish-gold with frothy white head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Tart and sweet grapefruit and tangerine, as well as some spicy pine. Smells like Lagunitas, but milder.

Taste: Sharp citrus (grapefruit, orange), spice, pepper and fresh cut grass overpower the light dry wheat malts. Ends with a light wave of bitterness and spiciness. Great balance.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, creamy body with a pretty dry finish. Slightly warming.

Overall: Wheat IPA. Not too surprising coming from Lagunitas. Flavorful, complex and refreshing.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges. grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of hops. As well, there is a quite a bit of citrus flavour and a bit of a apricot sweetness. The beer finishes with a citrusy/fruity aftertaste with a lot of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer and would be happy to drink it again anytime. It's very well balanced and the taste is delicious. It reminded me a little bit of the Aprihop beer by DogFish head. If I had to drink one type of beer for the rest of my life it would be along the lines of this one.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an excellent pale and wheat malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's basically an IPA brewed with wheat. The taste is great as well. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor; easy drinking with a kick ass hop character. It's malty with an equally bold hop appeal. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer. It's a bolder American wheat ale with loads of hop; my kind of beer.

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Photo of bpw28
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Two finger frothy egg shell head, Gold (about a 4 SRM), Amazing Lacing.

Nose: Massive amounts of Peach, Some apple when swirled, Floral, Honey,Light Yeasty. Not alot of different smells but WOW what a great nose.

Taste: Light Roast, Peach,Sage (pointing the finger at the hops), Bready, Buttery, Good Carb, Great Hoppy Bite, Nice balanced mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts: An amazing brew. Might just be a favorite. If you haven't tried it, TRY IT NOW!

Food Pairing: Pork, Chicken, BBQ Items (Rubbed, Sauced, Smoked, Whatever. Pretty Perfect Grill Brew.), Ham, Medium Cheeses (Goat Cheese would go great with this), Tofu, Fried Foods. Anything really, Not a real beef kind of brew, but anything else that comes to mind would go good.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: orange/yellow, fluffy 2 finger top, nice lacing

S: big wheat, pine, pineapple, peach

T: sweet wheat, malt, nice lingering bitter finish

M: med/light. body, slick/oily feel

O: Interesting; the most intense APWA.
Lagunitas makes very nice beers, either solid to yum!
This is shocked me, great summer/session brew.
You may want to gulp this, ABV is well hidden.
Still one of the best breweries for your money.


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Photo of McNealc31
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours kind of a hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Smells like honey, hops, and wheat. My first taste is about the same. It's kind of like a wheat IPA. There's some grapefruit, some grass, a little bit of malt sweetness, and long, dry, tart finish.

You'd never guess it's 7.5% ABV.

I definitely get more IPA than wheat, which is probably why I like it! Overall, it's different, certainly worth a try. Very drinkable, especially for its ABV.

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Photo of LOCAL
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a golden yellow with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves some nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma: Wow! You get hit big with a pungent citrus circus. Loads of grapefruit, tangerine, and peach. You can detect just a trace of the wheat in the background.

Taste: Just like the nose, this beer starts off with a great citrus hop right up front. The tangerine flavor seems to dominate most mixed with a little of the grapefruit. It finishes with a smooth caramel and wheat flavor that is somewhat drying and leaving you wanting another sip.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, slightly drying. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: This might be the best "wheat" beer I've had. It drinks far more like an IPA, than any other wheat style beer that I've had. This is a fantastic beer and will certainly be in rotation this summer.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears very quickly. Scent is very hoppy with some nice wheat aromas as well. I also get some earthiness and grassy aromas. Even hints of meat??? Taste is initially tropical and citrus fruit forward, then I get some floral flavors. The wheat is definitely in the flavor, along with some nice grassy and delicious hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp to perfection. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a great offering from Lagunitas, and just in time for the summer.

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Photo of SirBenton
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my recently purchased Two Brother's pint glass.

pours a great golden yellow with a slight orangish tinge. a small amount of white head formed as well. the smell is hoppy freshness with a slight hint of wheat and light malt smell. the flavor is really well balanced with the wheat hitting first only to then finish with that fresh hop flavor. goes down smooth and is a really refreshing beer. A great summer drink that I will soon drink again!

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Photo of pratyk
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle

Appearance: Clear, Amber colored ale with a moderately thick head.

Smell: Probably one of the best smelling beers out there. A nice tropical fruity aroma (Peaches / Pineapple) with some hoppy undertones.

Taste: Tropical Fruits + Citrus + Hops at first with a Malty finish that's on the sweeter side. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with medium carbonation. Does not feel like a 7.50Z% ABV beer. Very easy to drink and might I add, easy to over-drink if not careful :)

Overall: Great Great brew. Tastes and feels like an IPA but as easy to drink as a Wittbier. One word: Stunning!

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange, with a moderate head made up of small interlocking bubbles. Aroma is hoppy, with some big citrus notes (I'm picking up oranges) coming to the forefront. The wheat character is there, but it's subdued. If I was tasting this blind I probably would call it an IPA or Pale Ale based on the aroma. Taste is pretty stunning. I had several of these the other day and they went down smooth and easy. This beer is bursting at the seams with flavor, with huge fruity IPA notes hitting the palate first, chased by wonderful malt that's highlighted by the wheat. Not all that bitter, which is nice in a beer like this. The second sip showcases more of the hop profile, with big pine and grass notes this time. Malt flavor errs on the sweet side rather than the dry, which means that this one goes down quick and easy - and at 7.3% ABV that's something you may want to monitor. Carbonation is relatively high, but given the wheat character and malt sweetness, that's actually welcome. Tastes like an IPA but it's easy to drink like a Wheat Beer. Fantastic and unique.

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Photo of challenja
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gorgeous deep orange with golden rod tones.

S: DAMN SON!!! The most aromatic Wheat Ale of all time!
Tons of citrus, tropical fruits, pineapple, fresh jungle honey, and rich flourishing malt. It stunk like some good Icky Icky. The most aromatic hop-ale that is not rated an IPA.

T: Tropical fruits, citrus (Big time Red Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon), and a nice crisp wheat finish. I was surprised that its not rated as an IPA. Very Close but not as tangerine and aromatic as their Lucky 13 beer which is also amazingly good.

MF: Medium body, silky, crisp, and sweet west coast hop sticky icky. It was a really delicious spring time beer. Good medium carbonation.

Overall: This can be considered one of my favorite drinkable Lagunitas beers. Lucky 13 is also a great summer beer. But this one of my favorite looking and smelling beers of all time.. Truly Exceptional.

Serving type: On Tap
Serving type: Bought bottles as well. Its better on Tap, more aromatic as well.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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