A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
8,869
Reviews:
1,669
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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490
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2,915
For Trade:
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Ratings: 8,869 |  Reviews: 1,669
Photo of kshrines23
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not much to be said from what hasn't been already. It's a great beer through and through, definitely one everyone should try at some point. Very well balanced with rather complex flavors. Well done.

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Photo of dirkpitt
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Hopportunistic
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Golden/Amber/Yellowish look to it. Pours a strong tall head that retains itself for a while.

S: You can smell the large amount of hops in the beer. This beer also has a really tropical citrusy smell to it.

T: Hopes + Fruits. A very sweet taste to it in my opinion.

M: Goes down smooth and contains little bitterness. A decent amount of carbonation makes it perfect.

Overall, I would not call this your standard wheat ale. This beer can be a bit pricey compared to other wheat ales but it is worth the money. Especially if you are looking for something on the higher end of quality. I could easily sit and drink these all night. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of TaySuth
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with a solid, off-white head that slowly recedes while leaving behind immense amounts of lacing. The lacing is perhaps that most impressive aspect of the appearance and the beer presents itself as very inviting.

Smell: Clean, wheat aroma with a buffet of citrus and fruity scents. I am having difficulty pinpointing individual aroma flavors from the hops as they seem to be diverse and well balanced with one another. Regardless, my sense of smell is satisfied as my tastebuds beg for their turn.

Taste: Amazing balance between the refreshing wheat malt and strong hop character. The citrus of the hops stands out with lemon, lime, and grapefruit and the finish is perfectly bitter. Just the right amount of bite. The alcohol is completely hidden despite the 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: I can't think of many beers with a better mouthfeel than this one. The texture is thicker than a pale ale, as it should be, but not heavy or syrup like. The carbonation is dense with fine little bubbles. Very impressive.

Overall: This is by far the finest wheat beer I have had. As a hophead, it satisfies my need for bitterness than most other wheat beers lack. I truly hope that more brewers head in the direction of aggressively hopped wheat ales.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow brown. Good lookin' beer!

S: Brown sugar, hops, citrus.

T: This is superb! Dry hops, brown sugar, raisins, citrus, nuts, and malt. Sort of like a really hoppy barley wine, but not quite as heavy.

M: Medium with a velvety texture. Awesome mouth feel on this one.

O: This is an excellent beer. Very well-balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of JGCraver
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. This serving arrived in a dimpled mug and showed a golden honey color. It held a film of a head that was white, and on the thicker side. Lacing was also thick, and what little head there was showed slow recession. Carbonation appeared normal, and a faint haze was about the brew, with no outright sediment. The aroma exploded with sweetness, but not overly so. It had gargantuan notes of pineapple, mango, and an acidic tangerine. Malts appeared to be caramel and slightly darker in origin, but interspersed with paler inclusions. Hops were also robust, with a predominantly citric vibe. There was an additional bubblegum estery sweetness, but this was rather faint. Even further there was a brown sugar sweetness, with cutting steely yeast and a bittering orange peel. As we sipped, the taste opened up with sweet bubblegum esters, brown sugar sweetness, and bittering citric hops, with bitter wheaty grain. The middle moved us forward with cleaner caramel malts and honey/nectary sweetness. The ending notes were even cleaner with a washing of booze and caramel maltiness. The aftertaste breathed of bittered wheat and yeast, tangy citric hops, an alcoholic bite, and a faint metallic flavoring. The body was medium and the carbonation was standard. The feel to each sip was cooling and absurdly soft, with wonderful slurp and smack. Coating was thick, with an unfettered froth throughout. The abv was appropriate and drinkability was phenomenal.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was both how sweet it was and was not. By this we mean that both the aromas and flavors were fruity and sweet, but at no point were either of them overwhelming. This was in part due to the big hop and alcohol characters. In the end this is a superb beer, with an unmatched aroma, correspondingly remarkable flavor, and a glorious feel, making this something that we could drink all day long.

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Photo of freshcarl
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wethead
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer, and as many of you know, I do not review beers like many others :)

STRONG "C" Hops, so if you do not like those hops, this beer is not for you,

STRONG grapefruit bitter taste, but so awesome!

I have had this from the keg and the bottle.

Great wheat beer with a GIANT citrus taste!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of areich6
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfect golden colr with little head. No lacing.

S: Hops and fruit. Smells really good. The citrus fruit smell is very strong and there are more hoppy scents in this beer as compared to other beers of this style.

T: Excellent. A little bit of hoppy kick that gives way to a very strong orange and lemon zest. Citric sour and sweetness.

M: Extremely smooth with just a little bit of carbonation. Goes down extremely easily. Perfect summer beer with quite a bit of alcohol in it at 7.5%.

O: This is a very good beer. I feel it is slightly comparable to Lagunitas Sucks, just a little lighter in the body. Can't wait to drink one of these while mowing my lawn this summer.

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Photo of Jabberwocky
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe I am picky, but for me some beers have flavors that wear out over time. The novelty of it wears off and taste taste that I so enjoyed on first sip becomes stale. This is definitely NOT that kind of beer. I never tire of this beer, this is an old standby.

I tend to drink this straight from the bottle so I can't comment on how it pours, but the beer has medium viscosity and medium high carbonation. It has a great first bite! Hoppy, slightly floral and reminiscent of of a way an evergreen forest smells. Very slight sweetness. Lasting hopiness that sticks to the back of the throat but not in a displeasing way. It is more IPA than wheat but still has some qualities of a wheat ale. It has that snapiness of wheat ales but the wonderful bite of an IPA. One would not think that it is 7.5% by drinking it.

As it says on the bottle: Life is short, don't sip.

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Photo of GlennWB
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Light, cloudy orange with about 1/4 inch head and a generous amount of carbonation.

S: Grapefruit sizzle, with a sweet quality that is very reminicent of "Sweet Tarts. Yummy!

T: Hoppy, but it doesn't have the upfront Cascade bitterness of an IPA. Yep.... Definitely a wheat based beer.

M: Sweet, but not sugary or syrupy at all. I actually find it very light on the palate.

D: 7.5 ABV huh? The alcohol burn is absent and this one is just flat out delicious!

Overall: "Gumballhead" .... you now have a run for your money!

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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 jco3
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TonyFrac
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlabadia
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kinmundy77
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It is a cloudy light gold. Large foamy head with lots of lacing.

Smells very malty and grainy. Kind of like Cherrios. Some citrus too.

A wonderful balance of soft pale malts and wheat and the orange, lemon, and grapefruit flavored hops.

So, so smooth. Very full and chewy feel while still having a light, easy drinking body overall.

A phenomenal pale wheat beer.

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Photo of BuzzFee
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TomFdds
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This first time I ever had this I had no idea what it was, and just finished a long bike ride. I was completely blown away. Get some.

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Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of martinimike82
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 8,869 ratings.
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