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 Krisp09
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice straw color with one finger of bright white head. Aroma is amazing with lots of citrus and some floral notes as well.
Taste is similar to aroma of some of malty sweetness on back end. Finishes really smooth with some mild residual bitterness, ridiculously well balanced

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Without a shadow of a doubt, my beer of the year for 2009. Loved it when it was totally fresh, love it as it gets a bit older. Very unique taste up front and that great Lagunitas hop onslaught on the back end, balanced but just a nice amount of sweetness. Hard to believe the ABV is over 7% on this masterpiece. Juicy greatness and just a true joy to drink over and over. Glorious.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very huge smell of juicy fruits maybe some berry smell in there too and then some sweetness.. what an excellent aroma. This is definitely what I expect from Lagunitas. It still has that juicy fruity hop taste with a spicy hop kick in the beginning and a good almost piney bitter finish at the end. You get a huge sweetness in the middle that blends real well with the tremendous hop flavor and then the wheat finishing in the back with the hop bitterness. The hop profile is very close to their other beers like their regular IPA, Maximus, and Hop Stoopid. ALthough they are all very similar I still like this beer just as much as them. Even though the hops shine the most in this beer that wheat malt really completes it and gives Lagunita's regular hopped up beers a good twist. Definitely recommend this beer its like a wheat IPA.

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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 yuenglingfan101
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a plnt glass. Golden wheat color with little head but. the taste was indescribable and irrestistable and it could makes me drink over and over again. a wonderful beer from a unique brewery this one is surely worth trying. two thumbs up!!!

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Photo of wallygatorca
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle from a six (approx. 9-10 packs purchased and consumed), about time I reviewed here, this one is worthy of my first.

A - Orange, but still pale

S - glorious, and should be infused into incense

T - Hops (pine, citrus, floral), top the wheat

M - it lingers just enough to take another swig

O - Will be on my short list of brews I will gravitate to when looking at any retail beer fridge or tap lineup. Can be downed year round with anticipation and enthusiasm.

Keep in mind, I'm an IPA/Double IPA fan and this one hits the spot for me. If you're all about the wheat, this may not be exactly what your reaching for.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, copper/gold in color, with a nice, fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Fragrant boquet of piney, juicy, citrussy hops
Taste-Hopheads delight! Delicious onrush of juicy grapefruit and tangerine, followed by a tantalizing hop bite that teases the tastebuds into willing supplication.
Overall, wonderfully aromatic, balanced, snappy and tasty. Hard to stop at just one. A fine match for a cheeseburger with the works. One of my favorites from Lagunitas. Don't hesitate, buy that sixer! (or case) Truly an outstanding brew.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A very versatile and drinkable beer. When you are looking for a wheat beer, but want something with a little more bite, Little Sumpin' delivers. When you've got a taste for something hoppy, but don't want a bitter hop-bomb, Little Sumpin' delivers. A party at my house is not a party without a case of Little Sumpin'. That said, I generally don't buy it during Winter, when I tend to go for brown ales and some asked IPAs. little Sumpin' just seems to be a warm weather beer for me. I like it ice cold and with grilled or spicy foods. It is a great beer.

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Photo of Braheem
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoying a sixer of this excellent pale ale.

Pours a straw yellow gold with a fluffy white head that exhibits good retention.

Smells floral and taste really really good. This one is an Instant favorite. This beer makes me proud to be a native Californian born and raised.

Overall....try it....just try it.

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Photo of potatojuice
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very refreshing beer.. poured it on wheat glass with nice 3 finger white head that stays.. gold colored.. smell is piney, grassy, refreshing green mangoes and pineapple nose. the taste follows the nose citrusy sweet, fresh hops, pineapple and green mangoes. finish with slight bitterness that leaves bready like texture in the mouth
Overall- outstanding beer!

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Photo of MitchVanSomf
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

my humble opinion: one of the best beers ever.
Hard to find another beer so balanced between its hoppy character, wheat base and natural fruity aroma. I can't think of a time or place not to drink this.
While it's somewhat mass produced and available everywhere, that a good thing for all.
To me this is the beer that put Lagunitas on the map.
pout this in a nice glass, kick your feet up and life will get better

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Photo of dubinsky
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice clear yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappeared and barely left any lacing.

S:Tons of piney hops and pine resin blast my nose. Just taking a wiff from the bottle i knew this was going to be awesome.

T: This beer really reminds me of the first sip i had of Pliny. I was in awe of the smell and taste and this sort of takes me back in time. Piney hops resonate with the first sip. Not much malt presence to speak of. I love it.

M: Light carbonation, but that leaves a very smooth finish on the tongue. The bitterness lingers a bit but quickly dissipates, leaving you yearning for more

D: I could drink this very often, and dare i say at less than $2/bottle i can see this replacing a greater known beer. I dont know if its sessionable since its rather high in alcohol, but i can easily sip this on a warm day and let it get away from me. I will definitely buy this again, especially since they are threatening this as a limited release. BOOO!

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Photo of 1after909
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just downed one of these. Another fine offering from the Lagunitas stable. It was in the IPA section of my beer emporium. Good thing as I don't generally care for wheats and prabably wouldn't have grabbed one off the shelf.

Had an appearance a little darker than a lager but none of the wha=eat kickback on the smell & taste that you get sometimes.

Will gladly pick up more than one next timne after this worthwhile trial

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Photo of barondebourgogne
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful deep straw to light orange color with exceptional clarity for a wheat ale. Head disappated quickly for wheat. Did not have the expected foamy tight, white head.

Smell: Booming hops swirling with sweet malt in the aroma. Citrusy, piney and fruity. Loads of pineapple and ripe peach.

Taste: Here is where the wheat makes it appearance with a refreshing tart bite on the first sip that counters the malt backbone. Hops enter stage right behind that tartness, followed by a sweet, candy malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Hop bitterness, malt sweetness and wheat tartness battle for front stage on the tongue. A very unique and gratifying mouthfeel experience!

Drinkability: A unique and fun limited release from Lagunitas. A bit "big" all around for a summer ale. I would have enjoyed this more if the gravity was toned down so that I could enjoy on a hot summer day. Does not quench the thirst with a crispness as I would desire. Still a great beer that everyone should enjoy.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy yellow, sticky white lacing that sticks from the beginning to the end of the glass. Beautiful.

S - the hops hit my nose before I even poured. Pine hops foreward, floral, with a slight citrus funk. Beautiful.

T - HOPS! Pine hops, citrus rind, buscuity malts. This is absolutely delicious.

M - crisp and smooth. Med carbonation, slight sting/afterburn from the massive hops and alcohol. Very drinkable.

O - this beer is absolutely perfect for my taste, the hops and malts are balanced perfectly and leave the most delicious aftertaste. The only thing that is keeping this score excellent across the board is that I dont agree that this is an american pale wheat ale style, it is a straight up IPA, and it would be a perfect one.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears orange gold in color. It's half hazy...I can see my fingers through the glass but they're blurry. Head is one-finger in size, but it fades.

BAM! Wonderful aroma of PINE and a meld of citrus goodness in the likes of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Amazing fresh hop oils.

Sweet acidic citrus flavors dominate and invite the taste buds to the party. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit are the primary players. Sweet malt provides a subtle backdrop for the hop flavors to get their dance party on. A pleasant bitterness lingers after a crisp finish and mouthfeel.

This is a bigger ale that deceptively acts light and refreshing while bitch slapping you with american citrus-hop goodness. I could see people accidentally having too many of these.

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Photo of crazyfraser
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never heard of it when purchased.

Smell was great, kinda hoppy, aned fruity,

taste was very hoppy, kinda grapefruity, a lil bitter, just what I love.
mouthfeel was smooth and a lil bubbly. very easy to drink.

overall a great brew. will buy again fo sho

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Photo of garagerock101
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! I usually mix up my beer selection but this is becoming my "go to" beer. Smooth-not too hoppy and a nice ABV. I'm stocking up on these. No wonder the lines are so long at the Lagunitas booth at the beer festivals i attend.

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Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is more towards a orange citrus IPA treat but with some wheat that is there but not full front and center. It's delicious and smells wonderful out of a mason jar with jimi hendrix spinning under a needle.

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Photo of Chris-P
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golsen straw. Fluffy head with nice lacing. S - intense citrus, grapefruit, hint of pine. T- hoppy but in a very citrus way that comes off as refreshing. M - slightly thicker mouthfeel than expected. A bit creamy, likely from the wheat. Overall - without a doubt, my favorite IPA. It just doesn't get much better than this n

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Photo of DearthVader
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank God this beer is year round! I can't believe it took me so long to actually try it. Instantly a staple in my fridge.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Stone IPA glass.

Golden orange that is slightly see through. Fluffy 2 finger head with incredible retention. Kept a half finger fluff throughout the beer. Leaves extremely thick lacing. You can see carbonation racing to the top.

Smells of sweet wheat soaked in grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, slight peach, and sprinkled with pine needles. So damn good!

Taste follows the smell. Starts off with a sweet citrus hop that rolls into the grapefruit and it finishes with a dry wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth as silk. Great carbonation that really makes this beer dangerously drinkable at its 7.5% ABV.

Obviously I loved this beer. I'm really starting to become a believer in Lagunitas. Time after time, they impress the hell out of me. Will revisit this beer in about.... right now. Cheers!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= The pour is a nice totally translucent light amber dark yellow color with a great head on it that rises to a perfect two fingers and holds some solid retention as well as some excellent lacing. One beautiful beer.

S= Wow. Lovely hops indeed. The hops in this one are very very tropical and fruity. There's a good amount of mango smelling hops with a lot of really nice pineapple smell to it. A little grapefruit mixed in there for fun. The smell reminds me of why I love hops so much.

T= One sip and I'm sold. Amazing hop taste to this one. The hop smells are all coming through in the flavor. The difference in the taste is a nice bitterness in the finish as well as some soft more nuanced wheat taste to it. A lovely beer indeed.

M= The mouth on this one is actually really enjoyable. I love that it's a little lighter on the tongue than an IPA. The lightness actually makes me want to sip this and enjoy it in the sun more.

D= I'm sold on this beer being my go to summer beer when I'm down on money a little. Lagunitas does some amazing things with hops. This is no exception. They do a great job with their pricing as well as making some of the most wonderful beers I've tasted. Better than Gumballhead I would say.

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Photo of ironbike1
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I put this beer off for years and now I regret it. Local shop had it on tap and I had to try it. WOW!!
Appearance is light orange with a thin white head.
Smell is awesome and full of fruits and floral scents.
Taste is similar to nugget nectar yet smoother to the tongue.
Overall this is an incredible beer worth every bit of the ratings it gets. Very smooth and full of flavor, the only negative I give it if I have to is a little bit to watery on mouthfeel. Otherwise this is a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Wow! This beer is amazing! I am so suprized by this wonderful ale.

A-Pours a almost clear golden color with a tight creamy bubbly white head that has good retention and very sticky beautiful lacing. Very nice visual appeal.

S-The aroma is SOOOoooo good!!! I can't get enough of those pungent lemon zesty hops!!! SOOOOooo nice. The lemon zest is almost candied, with a touch of wheat in the aroma. As the head fades, the malt backbone comes through more. But the hops are prevelent throughout. A very lovely aroma.

T-The taste is much of the same, but the wheat and malt hits first with a resiny, piny and lemon zest hop flavor with of coarse a big kick of hop bitterness that lingers forever.

M-Very big feel that fully coats the mouth but is cleased by the bitterness that has a good one two punch on my palate.

D-I love drinking this smooth beer. There is no fusal alcohol at all to this beer. A very drinkable beer given the higher abv. Thank you Lagunitas. Go get some Little Sumpin Extra Ale, it is very good.

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Photo of CupcakeNY
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful brass color with a 3 finger head that is very slow to recede, but leaves a nice bit of lace when it does. Nose is full of hops--citrus and pine, maybe a touch of bread. Mouthfeel is smooth, with good body and nearly-undetectable alcohol. Taste is boldly bitter, with more grapefruit than pine in the taste compared to the nose, clean on the palate, not too astringent, extremely easy to drink. A top-drawer wheat IPA, one of the best I've had. Too bad it's a limited release!

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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