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 MADhombrewer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear golden color with a big white, fluffy head. 4.5/5

Smell- Big citrus hop note with a smooth wheat finish. Some pineiness as well. 4.5/5

Taste- Orange and caramel. Lots of citrus flavored hops. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- I can only describe this as a crisp creaminess. Very good mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall- Lagunitas rarely disappoints me. This is no exception. This is one of the beers that is always in my fridge during summer. 4.5/5

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

Poured from a 12oz brown shorty into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A slightly hazy golden color and a nice thick head. The head slowly dissipates but sticks to everything on the way down.

Wow, this smells like tropical fruit and citrus. Grapefruit, pineapple and a little bit of pine. It smells like it is going to be an interesting beer.

A smooth and luscious medium body. The flavors are very similar to the aroma just in different proportions. The grapefruit stands out and the pineapple is there in the beginning. The wheat only shows up towards the end but it's the hops that take the show. Floral, pine and citrus flavors all swirl together in this semi-dry finish.

A very good beer. I can't believe I waited so long to try this. It has plenty of big hoppy flavor, but it's all about flavor and not just about hops.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my tap directly into a Delirium snifter--lines were cleaned within 2 days of the following review, taken in mid-May 2011.

A: Cloudy golden straw color. Thick finger of head that stays for days!

N: Pineapple, mango, & grapefruit.

T/M: Crisp hoppy citrus dominates, much like the nose. There is not much malt flavor to speak of, and the beer's body only further support this interpretation; the beer has a very light mouth-feel, which is most attributable to the heavy wheat bill this beer has.

Most people that I have shared this one with are incredible surprised to find out that is an American Pale Wheat...but after they learn that, they are not surprised by the categorization as much as they are impressed with Lagunitas's execution. If it were not for such an incredibly high ABV, this would the ultimate summer beer! It does not fill you up, it is crisp and refreshing on a hot day, but it really does creep up on you fast! At 7.5%, this beer may drink just a little too easy!

Overall, another winner from the good people of Petaluma!

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear, bright golden-yellow while yielding a fluffy off-white head. very respectable retention and a lot of nice lacing. great presentation.

nose is very nice, offering a lot of citric and tropical hoppiness with some background characters of floral hops and wheat. wow, really good.

taste follows the nose well - exceeds it even - with tons of citrus and tropical fruit, some floral notes and a wheat malt backbone. very tasty. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this is my first (and definitely not last) go-round with sumpin sumpin and color me impressed. really digging this beer. would be perfect for a summer barbecue.

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Photo of claytong
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - copper with a nice head that retains for several minutes

smell - hops and then fruits, citrus, pineapple

taste - wheres the wheat? more like an ipa to me. its interesting, just not what i was hoping for, basically a repeat of smell

mouthfeel - dried out my mouth, medium body

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

Lagunitas, I have a feeling, will soon be one of my favorite breweries. This is their 2nd offering I've had, the first being the Undercover Shutdown Ale (which I loved).

12 oz bottles (4) consumed from the bottle at a birthday party last night. Didnt pour it (which is why 3.0 appearance - sorry). Edit: hazy orange with lacing scattered & descent booze legs. Looks damn good.

Smell from the bottle is hop heaven. It just smells like a big cooler of fresh mixed floral & citrus hops! If I could bottle this smell & use it as a fragrance, I would. Nose doesnt get much better than this!

Taste is the same but I could surely pick up the wheat base in both taste & mouthfeel. The fresh hop madness works really well with the strong wheat base - very interesting & delicious! Legitimately, it was almost as if I were eating fresh hops that tasted out of this world good. Even my burps were ALL HOPS! Needless to say, I was very much looking forward to my numerous tasty burps. This one was not so bitter at all. The hops acted as more of a fresh floral/citrus hop taste - almost as if they just combined a shitload of varietal low alpha acid hops to the boil.

Mouthfeel was nice, a bit on the thicker side, but it worked really well with the moderate-high carbonation & the wheat/fresh hops mixture.

Bought this 6pack for $9.99. Not a bad price at all for such a delicious beer.

Lagunitas is impressing me more & more. Looking forward to sampling the rest of their offerings in due time.

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Photo of draheim
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (code 13096417 stamped on neck) poured into a Duvel tulip on the back patio after pulling weeds and cutting grass for 5 hours. No way this beer's gonna suck.

Hazy golden orange beer with a nice fluffy white head.

Aroma is big tropical notes: oranges, pineapple, and peaches.

Taste follows the nose, with just a touch more bitterness. Nice crisp hop bite.

This one's incredibly drinkable. I could easily keep this one stocked in the fridge all year, or at least all summer.

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Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a lightly hazy dark yellow, with a thin white head.

The aroma is very hoppy, with juicy grapefruit and pineapple upfront.

Tropical fruits are also the focus of the taste as well, though they are a bit more balanced out by some light pine hop notes. There are some faint wheat and pale malt notes in the backing. There are no hints of alcohol from the relatively high ABV.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with a crisp finish.

This definitely is one of the hoppier wheat beers I have tried, or it could just pass as an IPA brewed with some wheat. Either definition works. A very easy drinking beer, especially considering the ABV.

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Photo of jamespub
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this after a long day of driving and spending money. needed to relax. the AC just went out in the house again, and it really hit the spot.

A- Amber, copper in color. clear with a finger head at pour. dissipates down to thing bubble covering. some faint lacing, not much.

S- Good smell. Hops and sweetness. some wet grass maybe. good, crisp smell.

T- I really like it. Has some characteristics of 90 minute IPA, although a side by side would probably show their stark differences. Good malt to balance out the hop bite. has a mild berry-like sweetness. Taste lingers a bit. very refreshing.

M- better than average. easy drinker....really, this is a tough category for me. feels wet and cool.

O- I will get this beer again. great for the price. refreshing enough on hot days, yet malty enough to scratch an itch if you want something a little "heavier"

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

A: Beautiful light orange shade to it and totally clear. Big white fluffy head that lasts and lasts and leaves good lasing.

S: Very fruity. I get a ton of orange and apricot, maybe some peach and pineapple. Tropical fruits dominate over the pine and citrus in this one; kind of reminds me of Hopslam, but not nearly as strong. It also carries some of that wheat maltiness in the background.

T: Hops upfront. Lots of pine. Good bitterness. Pretty dry. It's easy drinking for 7.5% as no alcohol is present. A little disappointed in the taste, the pine really dominates over the rest of the wonderful bouquet I got earlier, still a nice drinking beer nonetheless, pretty refreshing. Once warmer, some of the fruitiness pokes through, which is nice.

M: Medium-thin. Medium carbonation.

This is a hop forward wheat ale. I kind of wished the balance was a bit better... the malt bill is a little weak in my opinion. Although I thought it was good and worthwhile, I've had better.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a bright orange-tan coloring to it, with no head whatsoever. Pours out with minimal carbonation bubbling, also. Aromas are hoppy, with a slight citrus and nutty sweet blend to it. Well balanced, but somewhat awkward for some reason. The flavors are light on the forward tongue, but burst onto the middle and rear tongue with light, crisp hops, a heavy dose of pepper spicing, citrus tart and sweet, and a slight toasty and breadlike character. The body remains light and crisp, true to the style, but slightly watery initially. The aftertaste is light on the spice, with a good amount of hops flavors and an even bigger amount of citrus sweetness and a slight hint of pineapple. The finish is crisp and clean, with the slightest dryness from the hops. Very tasty.

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

This beer poured a very nice bright goldish orange with a perfect white head that is revived easily.

Nose is not significant

Taste is the key. A nice fruity blend of apricots and orange. A nice subtle malt back ground. Not piny or citrus to speak of.

Mouth feel is creamy yet carbonated.

Overall I am really enjoying this beer. Actually, I love it. It is like a blend of an IPA and wheat beer all in one. Another unique offering by this brewer and they have shown the knack for avoiding the run of the mill brews.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with an off white head.

Aromas are fruit forward and hop dominated. Vanilla, orange, peach, tangerine; a striking fragrance.

Subdued caramel malt flavors are quickly lost amongst the hops. Tangerine is the most prominant hops flavor with some spicy, grassy, floral goodness adding complexity.

Medium body with good carbonation make for a mouthfeel that promoted drinkability.

It seems strange to call a 7.5 ABV, 64 IBU beer sessionable, maybe that's going to far. But I would say this is a lighter, softer, Summer friendly IPA that doesn't seem to sacrifice anything in the hop department to achieve its aformentioned qualities. Damn fine work by the guys at Lagunitas.

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Photo of jduffy21
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this American pale wheat... In fact it is my first. It pours a hazy golden yellow. The head is thick and sticks around all the way to the last sip. The smell is that of an american pale ale. There is a just enough hops, but not that big bite... Very pleasant and very drinkable. This went down fairly quickly. I want more of these. I thought this was a very unique tasting beer. If you like apa's and wheat beers this is a great choice .

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No visible best before date.

A: Significant head (~1 finger) for this glass. It stays just coating the surface for ages until I disturb it with my drinking. Molten gold, just barely clear. Good looking beer.

S: Whoah there! Huge grapefruit and pine. A ruby-red blast filled with delicious pine sap. One-dimensional, maybe, but strong, powerful, and right up my alley.

T: Delicious! Tastes like a Double IPA. Pleasantly astringent hops linger for ages on the aftertaste. The maintaste is slightly bready and the maltiness balances out the tartish grapefruit. The wheatiness is notable, but in the background. The six-pack packaging makes a joke about beer sites trying to classify the style, and I see their point. It's a bit in-between, but it. is. good.

M: Citrus and drying. Scattered carbonation. Very nice.

O: A fantastic and really interesting beer. Recommended for hopheads and lovers of grapefruit. This is my second in a week, and I think I'll go buy a few more.

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

A: Big foamy head with lots of retention atop a clear golden amber pour. Very nice

S: Whoa, very strong citrus hop smell with a bit of pine. There are biscuity hops in the background too. Smells more like an IPA than a pale wheat ale.

T: Up-front citrus and pine hops, very nice. Fades very quickly and leaves almost no bitterness in the aftertaste. Can only slightly taste the biscuity malt as the hops fade.

M: Nice and clean and fairly light. Maybe one step down from an IPA. A little bit of the oily hop mouth-coating sensation but not too bad.

O: This is like an IPA with a bit of wheat and a nice clean finish with minimal bitterness. Very nice and easy to drink. Honestly I was pretty stunned as to how good this was, it was just a smidge below Gumballhead in my opinion. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Beautiful bronze/clear color with serious carbonation ongoing. Small 1 finger head that held moderate retention
Smell - Screamin citrus notes and fresh hops. My favorite beer smell.
Taste - Citrus hops upfront then sweetness follows and a very slight bitter finish with little aftertaste. Sweetness in there as well. Not really tasting much wheat backing.

Mouthfeel - Nice in the mouth.

Overall - Another outstanding beer from Lagunitas

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Photo of BBP
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours clear and golden with a nice frothy head which looks like it's intent on leaving lace.

S- Sweet from the wheat, but substantially bitter at the same time. Some sweetness in a fruity way as well.

T- I'd almost classify this as an IPA first. The hops are quite abundant. The wheat is somewhat muted behind the hop barrage, but they sweeten the brew in a very elegant way.

Grapefruit is the initial hop flavor, but soon after pine resin becomes abundantly clear. There's a sweetness that comes in with this which tastes quite like honey.

There's a hint of spice in the flavor if you really look for it, but the spice is mostly recognizable in the aftertaste.

M- Medium full. Very creamy. Carbonation feels just right as it fills the drink out, but is otherwise fairly hidden. Slightly dry and considerably sticky finish.

O/D- Drinkabiliy is exceptional. Alcohol is nowhere near the taste buds.

Considering I'm not a fan of wheat beers, this is a large success, and somewhat an indicator that this is misclassified or that it's a great variation from the style.

Again, Lagunitas leaves me wanting more. I recommend this to any hop lovers, or wheat beer lovers looking to branch out.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This little sumpin’ sumpin’ pours a warm orange amber color and carries a soft off white head. The head has very nice retention qualities and leaves equally nice lace.

The aroma is sweet and citrusy with some nice orange and ruby red grapefruit notes as well as a bit of pine. The sweetness has a fairly plain pale malt character to it. This is a very fruity smelling brew and I am also picking up on some peach and apricot aromas.

The flavor is quite interesting with a big hit of pale malt sweetness up front that yields to citrusy and fruity flavors. Orange, grapefruit, peach and pine are all present as well as some grainy and wheaty notes near the back end. Really, the contribution from the wheat malt is pretty buried though. Near the end of the sip this beer dries up considerably with a nice firm bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium with a lively carbonation that gives this beer a fairly invigorating texture. It finishes with sweet and dry character battling it while leaving some nice hop flavors on my tongue.

This beer is one of those super hoppy American wheat ales that is a nice change of pace if you are into American Pale ales. Gumball Head is still my favorite of this style, but this one is quite tasty and widely available.

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Photo of MillRat
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left-coast hops and wheat malt. Maybe not the first beer to feature this dynamic duo, but arguably one of the best examples of it. Slight wheat beer haze with a solid white head that retreats to a persistent ring. Lots of classic left-coast citrus hops in the nose, with some pine and grapefruit supporting the lemony main note. Bitterness is solid but in proportion for a beer of medium body. At half this strength it'd make a great lawnmower beer, but full strength it is, and that limits it to a few rounds. Unless hops ain't your thing, it's hard to find any fault with this brew.

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Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with half a finger of bubbly white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and peach. A little toasted light grain.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit and piney hops. Pretty dry. A little peach in there.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice. The hops go well with the wheat base.

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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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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 8,776 ratings.
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