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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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Reviews: 1,625 | Ratings: 8,660
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with a thin off white head that quickly clears to bubbles around the edge of the glass. Nose is pine, hops, a little grass, light caramel, sugars, grapefruit and other tropical notes. Great flavors to this IPA - some wheat, bitter grapefruit, orange, light mango, hops, pine, light sugars, touch of lemon, caramel malt in the background. Medium bodied with soft carbontation leading to a bitter sweet finish. A solid IPA !

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear orange colored body and gives a one finger foamy white head, has a very nice, almost perfect spider web lacing appears. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: has the citrus and pine up front with some light malts in the background.

T: pine a bit more in front than the rest of the flavors.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, standard.

O: wow, I actually did not think this beer was going to be this good. Right now, I'm wishing I would have bought a six pack of this.

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

This beer pours a golden straw color with only a slight haze, kind of surprising since this is a wheat beer. Had a nice head that fades into a wispy ring. The nose is mostly hops. Lovely piney and citrusy hops dominates while some sweet malts linger in the background. Taste just like the nose suggest. First its citrus and piney hops followed by a nice light malt flavor then a nice floral hoppy bitterness to wash it all down. Very nice. I'm not picking up on very many typicaly wheat beer flavors, I'm guessing they just wanted a nice light malt base to let those beautiful hop flavors and aromas to shine through. Nice mouthfeel and nice body, Not to heavy or thin. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 6.29.14, poured into a Lagunitas Mason Glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Bright and clear, coloring similar to a fine filtered apple juice. An aggressive pour results in 1.5 fingers worth of very light, bubbly, stark white head... which slooowly dissipates leaving behind copious amount of lacing. Retains a nice moderate cap. Carbonation is very visual, and long lasting.

S: Immediately reminds me of Gumballhead, only more aggressive. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon, has a very tart aroma to its hops which is backed by a malted wheat scent. Overall, a pretty mild nose for something with 70+IBU

T: Malty sweetness, followed by a kick of crisp citrus, and finishes with a soft, bready malt that lasts a few seconds after sip, leaving your mouth with only a ghost of hop bitterness until you reach for your next taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, this beer is all sorts of dangerous given its 7.5% ABV. Pretty typical feel for the style, but the crispness is what sets it apart. Medium body with moderate, short lasting carbonation.

O: A refreshing, unique, simple beer that goes down way too easy for something that tastes so good. One of my summer go to beers.

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

A - Pours a light golden colour, slightest haze, finger of head with mild retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Citrus and pine hops, a bit of a woody bark scent with a bit of rye pepper on the finish.

T - Citrus hops off the top. The hops are definitely fruity with a bit of a pineapple flavour that lingers on the finish. A bit of pepper rye and some caramel malt also comes through nicely to balance it out. Higher ABV goes completely unnoticed.

M - Medium bodied, light on the tongue, fine carbonation, smooth finish and a slightly dry finish.

D - This was delicious with an offering of hops that slightly overpowered the malts, but was nicely balanced. The flavours were fruity and provided for a very pleasureable experience. Highly recommended to anoyone who likes hops, but doesn't want something that will overpower the tastebuds.

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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from mymrnngjkt.

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a light orange tint to it. About two fingers of near white head sit on top and settle to a mostly full, solid lace. Leaves a few rings of stick on the sides.

Smell has a very nice, super fresh citrusy hop aroma. Very fruity; lots of pineapple, some honey sweetness.

Good amount of hop flavor here, as well - citrusy, pineapple, very fruity. Hops have a bite to them, though, with some snappy bitterness and herbal, dirty flavor. There's a bit of sweetness, but not a lot. The hop flavor is here but it's slightly astringent and biting, making it a touch out of balance

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bitter bite in the finish. It's crips and relatively creamy; not super smooth.

This is pretty tasty stuff. Quite a hoppy APWA, and although it's a bit out of balance it's still quite tasty.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow color w/ a thin white head. Looking forward to this one after reading some very positive reviews. Smell is very crisp and citrus based, and the hops are there as well. Wow- this beer is an animal! A hop crazed, crisp, lemony animal that shocks my palate. Very smooth though, especially the finish and aftertaste. This beer makes me feel alive.... alive w/ hops! I also don't really taste the alcohol in this one. At 7.5%, it's not a huge ABV, but impressive that I don't detect anything. Very stealthy... The drinkability is great- I could put down several of these pretty easily and not think twice about it. I really like this beer, and will be buying it again for sure. Another fantastic effort by Lagunitas.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is in the same style category as Sam Adams Summer Ale, but o what a difference. This is stronger stuff in every way. Beneath the hop sting there is a fine aroma, and sweetness with a little bit of citrus in it (again, from those hops). One or two of these is plenty.

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

a: clear golden color, moderate head settles to half finger, lots of lacing, minor bubbly streams spread around
s: difficult to make out at first, but light sweet malts mix well with lightly spiced hops and a sweet citrus aroma
t: nice interplay of sweet citrus and malts to piney hops throughout with a crisp/light hoppy finish
m: medium body with crisp carbonated finish
d: highly drinkable with a nice balance all around

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citrus, grapefruit, lime, caramelized pineapple, pine sap; very floral and enticing. I would guess Amarillo, Cascade, or Centennial hops or some combination of them were used.

Medium amber hued with one finger of fluffy white head. The head actually exhibits complete Brussels lacing and is completely clear which only makes the desire to sip on this beer stronger.

Grass and grapefruits upfront with a wheat snap middle. Surprisingly bitter upfront considering I was expecting the malt to catch my taste buds first. Ends refreshingly crisp and tongue drying; salty, mineral water. Medium to high carbonation, and yet creamy.

Definitely a hop focused wheat that while not overpowering or harsh in regards to hop usage, a bit too salty and tongue drying for my liking. In any event, a thirst quencher for sure.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange color with a small white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S: A lot of citrus hops hit the nose. There is a little amount of citrus but the pine is the most prevalent.

T: The citrus hops hits the palate first and foremost. In the middle, there is a slight amount of caramel/bready malt but finishes strong with more citrus hops.

M: Leaves a bitter citrus hop residue on the palate.

D: As someone who enjoys citrus hops, this one was a great beer. I would and could certainly have multiple in a sitting despite the 7% ABV.

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Photo of Misflt
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Do people really find these pretentious reviews helpful?? One sounded like someone trying to be hip at a "Poetry Slam" ..... anyway....

The beer.

Look - Its got a nice Dark Golden color. Decent head, 1-2 fingers, very white. Decent lacing.

Nose - Spicy, floral, piney. Not much alcohol comes through which is surprising due to its high ABV. Not too hoppy on the nose, but they are there, mostly early addition hops for bittering.

Taste - Citrus bomb! Like Grapefruit?? Your gonna love this! Its solid grapefruit with pine and floral notes. Medium hopiness. Its a sleeper IPA.

Overall - It drinks well, not overly carbonated, nice mouth feel, not too filling. Good beer. Its definitely a different wheat beer.

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

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this following the Dark spirits brewsession on the sunday before labor day. Poured from the 12oz chilled into a tulip

A - A very clear golden w/ a marigold dark shade w/ thick frothy white cap which settles to a bead ring.

S- the aroma is very hoppy w/ lots of pine esters and a subtle wheat aroma in the nose w/ mild stone fruit accent in the yeast ester

M - A lighter medium body w/ slightly bitter texture and moderate carbonation with mild acidity/astringency w/ a semi-dry finish

T - All about the hops, the flavor has a strong pine hop flavor w/ wheat cohesion. I would guess this is a c hop brew, maybe centennial or columbus with mild astringency in the flavor. The tang of yeast is gentle and completes the flavor w/ a tinge of citrus rind and grassy notes in the finish

D - A Tasty end of summer selection, thanks again tb69! I wanted to try this for a while, I think it is an IPA in wheat beer clothes basically, but plenty of west coast hop in this tasty wheat.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd better review this appearance before any more of the beer disappears. I've only gone in for a few sips but already the glass looks half-empty (and I'm usually optimistic about that kind of thing but this is my last bottle!) Its body is clear, marked only by the odd bubble that passes by, but its deeper than normal gold colour seems to correspond to the higher alcohol content. Its head, meanwhile, manages to stay afloat.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is a lot of sumpin' great: Hops. Zestful, brilliant and unabashed American hops. This smell of tropical citrus, grassy herbals, floral distillate and resinous pine has become as definitively American as muscle cars, baseball or apple pie. And, like the latter, it is loud, long and has a deliciously enticing scent that is dam near irresistible.

I won't say the extra alcohol isn't noted - it's rather like a nasty scar across someone's forehead. But chicks dig scars. And men are intimidated by them. It doesn't serve so much as a turn-off as it does mark of curiosity, something that gives the impression of bad-assery, fearlessness and big, brassy balls. Like that guy with the scar you assume this beer is capable of kicking some serious ass, and you're happy to have it on your side.

Trust me: there's definitely nothing little about this Sumpin' Sumpin'. Unless it's called that because it has a little sumpin' of every possible hop-derived flavour: grapefruit rind, orange peel, lemon zest, pine serum and flower petals. Apart from a smidgen of sweet biscuit, there isn't much malt-based taste to balance it out, but who cares? Frankly, I'm happier with the crushing acidity and colourful fruitiness of the hops. And that spicy mintiness.

Some beers are flavourful enough to sip contemplatively over the course of an entire evening. Others are delicious enough to want to chug in one giant gulp. As Lagunitas says: "life is uncertain. Don't sip". Guys, trust me, you don't have to tell me twice; with a beer like this that's all too easy to do. Hell, this bottle's been done for a while now!

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

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into a tulip.

A - Light orange and golden body, brilliant clarity for any beer let alone a wheat, dense foamy head persists and leaves sticky lace on the way down.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest blended with a sweet malt "cracker" aroma.

T - Substantial bitterness is balanced by a fresh bread malt body. Citrus hops flavor of green apple, lemon, grapes, and some orange oil. Malt presence is noted as some alcohol warmth, but not hot... If this was given to me in a blind taste test, I'm guessing American IPA every time. Very little wheat presence noticed, and I'm OK with that here... :P

M - Moderate to light bodied, high carbonation, crisp finish and dry.

D - Medium to high even with the +7% ABV. Not normally a fan of many "wheat" offerings, but this is an IPA with some wheat in it, so I'm loving it!

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Photo of J30wang
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real hoppy, which was unexpected. Very citrusy and really quite sweet to taste. It reminded me a bit of Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA.

Smelled fantastic--I was hugging the empty bottle after I had finished, just taking whiff after whiff of that floral, hoppy aroma. This is a heavier pale ale compared to say, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

I enjoyed this very much, but a little too heavy for Close-to-Summer weather for me. Might enjoy this better in the fall. Highly Recommend!

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Photo of brian44556
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's Pint Glass. No date on the bottle.

Burnt straw color that forms a decent white head that disintegrates rather quickly. Nice lacing around the sides of the glass. Smells of earthy hops, wheat, and grass. Very refreshing taste. A little bitter upfront, but that is balanced out with a nice refreshing wheat finish. Good carbonation. Overall a great beer. I would consider this Gumballheads twin brother, not identical twin, but pretty close. Has all of the characteristics to make this a top tier beer, and putting this in the same class as Gumballhead is an outstanding compliment. Well done Lagunitas!

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Photo of belgiumbud
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of this brew at my local Whole Foods Market...Poured into a standard pint glass (Butte Creek pint glass)...

Not much smell, a little bit of hops
Not much head, need to try on tap
Straw-blonde color, fairly clear
Very light on the malt, just a tad bit sweet, but immediantly the hop bitterness hits you and drys out your palate...Little bit of citrus acidity
Very smooth for a high gravity beer, after about two of these I feel like grabbing some peanuts and watching the ball game...

If you like hops with minimal malt and body then this is the beer for you...Always enjoy trying all that Lagunitas has up their sleeve

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Photo of JimKal
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip with a nice amber-gold appearance. Delivered a nice two inch head that dissipated pretty quickly but left behind some nice lacing.

S:Nice hoppy odor that lasted as long as the beer.

T: A really hop forward taste that was not as intense as the best IPAs but unlike any other wheat beer I've had. These hops linger and stand up well to a spicy chili that I was having with the beer.

M: Despite the hop bite it had the smoothness of a wheat beer. Really quite interesting.

O: I really liked this one and it will make a regular appearance in my beer lineup - particularly now that the hot weather has finally arrived.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale wheat??? What wheat? This is a hop bomb and is absolutely delicious. A hazy light gold with a small head.
Smell is sweet and hoppy, it promises a nice balance between hops and malt. I guess there is a grassy, wheat note in there somewhere.
Tastes wonderfully sweet, notes of grass, wheat, pine, sticky and juicy hops. Finishes dry and makes you want another sip.
Feels smooth and has a nice amount of bitey carbonation. This is by far my favorite wheat of any style.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great gift from my sis-in-law.

A. Clear, honey gold. Finger of eggshell white head with good retention and consistent lacing. Really nice.

S. Citrus zest, orange peel, caramel, biscuit, a little brown sugar and bread crust. I really like how bright this smells, with an underlying wheat mellowness. Excellent.

T. Lots of citrus zest, candied orange and lemon, toasted bread crust, carmelized sugar, and some more herbal and bitter resinous notes. Hops are very forward. Finish is dry and crackery.

M. Moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and reasonably refreshing. A little bit of alcohol and hop burn betrays a slight lack of balance. Wheat malt could use a slightly more prominent role in the overall profile.

O. A very good pale wheat, though definitely on the hoppier side. Beautiful nose and well integrated flavors make this a worthwhile visit.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company
---12oz bottle poured into pint glass---

Clear amber color with a sturdy one finger head and good sticky lace.

Oh the smell! Strong citrus smells almost drown out the sweet malt.

Grapefruit and orange with a hint of pine

The wheat definitely takes a back seat to the delicious hops. Good amounts of carbonation, and fairly well balanced.

I really enjoyed this beer! Pours great, smells excellent, and tastes even better. Flavor lingers in your mouth, begging you to have another - and I think I will!

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Photo of alex_hart
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, crisp, dark hay color with good carbonation visible. A starch white half finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.

Smell: Sweet, flowery, some candied sugar and a small amount of hop presence.

Taste: This is delicious. It follows the nose in the best way possible. It is so smooth from beginning to end. The floral notes come out strong and the sweetness really keeps everything flowing. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied but edging closer to medium. Good carbonation and is extremely soft, smooth, and drinkable.

Overall: This is my favorite from Lagunitas so far. Absolute gem.

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

Clear golden body. One finger white head perched atop. Head retention is very decent. As the head recedes moderate lacing left clinging to the glass.

Strong fruit aroma seems to be a standard of Lagunitas. Juicy tangelo, grapefruit, mango, guava and pineapple. Sweet pale malt with a touch of caramel set underneath provides a sturdy base for the pleasantly strong hops.

Flavor mimics the nose perfectly. The hops are strong with the malt remains subtle in a supporting role. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange flavors. Very slight pithy bitterness, the sweet juicy hop flavors certainly overpowering the biting bitter flavors. Malt flavors are very complimentary, sweet caramel flavor meshes very well with the hops.

Medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. Clean and smooth texture. Sweetness is slightly clinging but the finish still manages to be slightly dry.

Very drinkable, Lil Sumpin Sumpin is just a damn good beer. Great balance between fruitiness, bitterness and sweetness. Very easy to enjoy a few in a sitting.

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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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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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