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.

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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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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

With a name like that how could I resist? It was pretty good. Crisp and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Poured a pale golden with a nice white head. Floral hops in the nose with a touch of citrus zest. Similar qualities in the taste: floral, citrus, a touch of spice, and sweet malts in the background. Light-medium body, crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brass colored pour with a slight head that leaves little to no lace. The brassy hued brew is only mildly carbonated. Great hopa nd malt balance. Really nice hop finish behind a sweet malt overtone. The piney hops don't overpower the malt sweetness but rather compliment the malt profiles. Very tastey and drinkable beer.

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Photo of habanosdarklord
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color. Smells great, you get a nice peach aroma that goes along with pine. Some sugar in the aroma as well, and it has some malt. The taste starts off with that pine/citrus. It finishes with a chalk like texture, just slightly. Overall, I heard good things about this beer, but it just didn't do it for me. I thought the aroma was the best part of this beer. I wouldn't turn one down, it has it's good qualities, but I wouldn't buy anymore anytime soon.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a delcious looking strong straw golden color. There is some slight haze and there is a nice 0.5 inch dense white head that is quite strong and recedes at a medium pace.

S - Wow. Aroma starts off with some slight grassy and dank hop character. Very impressive notes. More like a lighter IPA aroma. There is some slight grainy and bready wheat notes in the nose but its mostly nice and hoppy. Very Cali like.

T & M - Taste starts off with some nice dank and citrusy hop character with some nice dank pine notes ass well. The hops are grassy and fresh with a nice spice to them. This is balanced by some nice slight wheat sweetness that is quite refreshing and makes the beer more drinkable. I'm still surprised this is not a light IPA. It is pretty delicious and refreshing with a great hop character that supplements and plays along perfectly with a refreshing and crisp wheat backbone.

O - Pretty delicious brew with a great hop bite. Smooth and refreshing brew.

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