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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.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer on several occasions and finally decided to write a quick review for it.

Appearance - A frothy and soapy lacing. The beer itself is a very pale and slightly caramelized yellow.

Smell - Smells of wheat, barley and strong hops. Citrus, light berries and fruits are obvious as well.

Taste - Very similar to the nose. A heavy berry-wheat taste with citrus and hops to accompany it. Heavy fruits as well; with hints of pink grapefruit, banana and pineapple.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Easily drinkable and quite hoppy. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Delicious fruit flavors chime in well with the bitterness.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Neat looking golden/copper, half finger white head and little lacing

S - Nice hop and yeast up front. Lots of pine a citrus, wheat and malt is very sweet smelling. This is very much like an American pale ale. Love the balance and how every smell lingers

T - The hops is in your face, with pine and pineapple, maybe some papaya or mango. Yeast is next, very sweet and smooth. Then the wheat and malt come at you and linger for a while. This is just well executed beer

M - Very fluffy, some carbonation, sticks to the mouth a bit, but not sticky. You can taste this beer in every corner of your mouth

D - This is drink-ability. 7.5% and goes down like butter. For the taste and the price I could session this ale

Final thought - Lagunitas does it again

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A huge 2 fingers of eggshell white head formed on top of the pale, straw colored body. The foam lasted pretty much throughout the drink, slowly receding down to a thin layer, leaving behind large tufts of itself on the sides of the glass.

The nose is like a fresh smack of citrus...oranges, lemons and grapefruits...all sitting on a bready wheat backbone.

The flavor is real similar to the nose...the hop flavor is present from beginning to end...but never real intense or overpowering. The background malty wheat flavor provides a great balance.

Light and airy mouth feel...crisp with moderate carbonation.

This is a wonderful beer...very similar to my favorite of this style, FFF Gumballhead. Probably the most refreshing beer I can get...speaking of which...I am so glad this is offered on a regular basis and distributed in my area. This will always be in stock in my fridge!

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip pint; bottled on Feb 1, 2011.

A: Pours a clear, somewhat dark golden color with two fingers of bubbly white head. Good retention, good lacing, and lots of carbonation bubbles flowing up through the glass. Very pleasant to look at.

S: A big rush of sweet, citrus hops starts things off- grapefruit and some especially tropical-smelling pineapple in particular. A good mix of other hops are detectable too, with hints of pine and floral aromas. As well-balanced as the hops are with their variety, a light wheat aroma adds even more complexity to the already great smell.

T: Similar to aroma, with a large portion of the aroma's hop flavors showing up as bitter here rather than sweet. Grapefruit overtakes the pineapple, though orange peel shows up, and a light grassiness emerges as well. The wheat is really pushed to the background here, providing a light foundation to hold up the stronger hop flavors- though a discrete bready malt flavor does come out in the middle of the flavor. Long, lingering, bittersweet citrus finish.

M: Medium-bodied with carbonation on the light side of moderate. Smooth and sticky, and even slightly creamy thanks to the bubbles- an excellent body to communicate the beer's flavors.

O: A very good beer; I enjoyed my glass wholly and will be picking this one up again. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a non-traditional IPA, even if it's not too far off-base from the style.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy,yet still clear somewhat light golden orange, with nice creamy white head, leaving a good considerable amount of foamy lacing.

Very sweet, fruits, tropical fruits, maybe some banana,pineapples hit the nose. Very pleasant.

Very citrusy and fruity, without being overly getting sick from it sweet, but sweet nonetheless. Hops come in noticeably in the end, to balance it all out. Light to average carbonation,maybe below average carbonation,which is always a plus in my book. Medium body.

A damn fine beer,very interesting. Pleasant and sweet,while still being consumable for more than one or two,it makes a good session brew and a break from the usual.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another selection from Lagunitas who never disappoints. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of malt sweetness with a citrus, mostly grapefruit smell. Pours to a bright yellow-orange with a multi-sized bubble foamy head. Head leaves a nice lacing on receding. Taste is a great likeness of the smell. Taste starts with a dandelion like sweet bitterness up front, then transitions into a heavy malt backbone in the middle with a tangy finish and a finish similar to the initial taste. The aftertaste stays bittersweet and fades to a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is spot on. Lagunitas continues to not disappoint.

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

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pale gold with a slight haze. A gentle pour produced an inch of foam that recedes to a film.

There are some nice tropical fruit aromatics on the nose. A resiny evergreen hop character is also noted, and a slight botanical, almost lavender-like note that reminds me of scented soap. A faint malty sweetness is detectable behind the hops.

The palate opens with a blend of tropical fruit (pineapple in particular) and herbal/botanical hop flavors. Pine becomes more apparent in the mid-palate, and the slight soap character that I picked up on the nose is present on the tongue as well. While the beer isn't especially sweet or malty, it does have a medium-full body from the liberal use of wheat malt. The finish is smoothly bitter and very slightly tangy. This is one of the better beers in the Lagunitas catalog.

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

Bottle poured into my New Belgium globe

Golden body,clear, with a nice white head on top, some light lacing on the glass. Smells very hoppy, big citrusy notes with some tropical fruit flavor as well. Tastes a bit more balanced than the aroma would indicate. A nice citrusy hop flavor mingles with a solid pale malt backbone. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. I wouldn't mind drinking this one again. It's a solid beer for sure. That being said I wouldn't go nuts trying to seek it out but the bang for your buck is high on this one.

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

Had this on tap at Poor Phil's in Oak Park, IL. Golden color with foamy head with good lacing. The smell is floral hop, with citrus notes. You think from the smell that it is going to be a hop bitter blast (which I don't really care for), but I was surprised that it was very smooth and well balanced with sweet malt husk and yeast flavors. Very well crafted recipe. Extremely drinkable. Definitely not a hop-tea that totally covers up the rest of the ingredients. This one exemplifies what an American IPA can be.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours amber and has about three inches of off white head.

S - It smells of fresh citrus, punctuated by a strong grapefruit aroma.

T - I get big citrus flavors. Once again, like the smell, the grapefruit is dominant. It is not a bitter grapefruit.

M - Silky smooth

D - I could probably drink this stuff from sunup to sundown. Lagunitas makes some damn fine products.

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Photo of prg1976
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color. Decent white head, dissipates quickly.

Smell is barely there, a little sweet and malty. I'm thinking this is an older bottle.

Taste is malty sweet. A little grassy, not much there at all.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, just not sure if this is fresh or not. I'll have to pick some up again to be sure.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a fizzy almost-orange-soda-like color with a thin but resilient bubbly white head and light lacing.

Aroma is sweet wheat, orange peel, and grapefruit hops. Slight hint of doughiness and very, very light toasted malt coming through as well.

Bittersweet citrus hops dominate the taste. Hops are slightly earthy as well, along with the flavor of wheat and subtle caramel malts.

Medium-bodied and carbonation. All in all, the American Pale Wheat Ale category is one style that I am not particularly fond of, but this is definitely drinkable. A little high on the ABV to be terribly sessionable, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure honey/gold into an oversize nonic. No haze, a small off-white head and impressive head lacing for an APWA. Looks refreshing!

Smell is soft tropical fruit (tangerine, orange), the slightest bit of hop bitterness, and maybe a hint of sweet grass. There is a little hop astringency and some floral notes. Also very refreshing smelling!

The taste is hop bitterness & a little hop oil/astringency (not overwhelming for me, pleasant). There is a floral/earthy component. Once I tasted it, the smell turned more towards dried grass and floral esters. There is some grainy/malt character there on the tongue (I believe I can taste the wheat) as well as some sweet vegetable/tobacco notes. Not as drying as an IPA on the back end, but still warm. Light to medium body, not as much on the crisp side as creamy. This beer lost me just a little on the bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and a great take on the style. Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange color, good lace and quick going away white head, the nose has a nice hop, juicy orange and lemon, inviting.

Not sure about the wheat but some malt backs this, softens the flavors, refreshing and balanced, a nice easy drinker. Might be as good as the best APA's, not too bitter, just right.

A beer to keep around.

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Photo of richkrull
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the first time tonight after seeing it at the beer store a few times. I really enjoyed it. Nice orange color with some good head on it. Good hop aroma and an even better taste. This is a really good ale with a good bitter finish. I'll definitely be looking for this beer again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip glass. No bottle date present. Bottle purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber. Two finger white head that sticks around a while. Nice bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Strong citrusy and floral hops are all over this brew. It smells delicious! Just like fresh picked fruit. I smell summer!

T: Hops up front and at the finish. Nothing TOO overpowering. Just perfect. Nice fruity and sweet. Very pleasant.

M: Smooth. Mild mouth coating IPA. Nothing too mouth puckering.

D: I could drink this all night! Perfect session beer. The ABV might eventually get you, but if I'd had another I would have drank it.

Overall, another delicious brew from this nice WC brewery. I seem to like every thing they put in those funny stubby bottles! Keep sending them east!

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

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a transluscent and glowing orange color with a finger of egg-shell white head that does not hold for too long but it laces okay.

S: Strong floral hoppiness, orange and lemon zest, caramel, and fresh-cut grass.

T: Strong lemon and orange juiciness early, caramel malty middle, wiped away by strong, bittering floral hoppiness late.

M: It has a medium-light body with above average carbonation and some tongue-numbing from the hoppiness.

D: The is a little strong on the floral notes but delicious nonetheless; good stuff.

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

Pale orange in color with a large, off-white head that has some pretty sticky lacing. Head pours as high as you need it. Filtered.

Fresh pine, juicy fruit gum, hint of sweet grass and a hint of citrus for the nose.

Taste is very sweet. Hops are similar to the nose, but subdued by the intense sweetness. Not cloying like a molasses sweetness, but like a lot of a lightly kilned grain sweetness. THink Lagunitas' IPA with more malt tossed in.

A little thick, but still refreshing.

An interesting beer, I still prefer the Lagunitas IPA. It has a far superior hop flavor and a low enough abv to drink the heck out of them. THis one is good, but why so high in alcohol for a beer that is so light and that drinks so quickly?

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Photo of nickshep7
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with 2 finger white head (prett agressive pour). On the smell I get a ton of pineapple. On the second pass I picked up a good amount of orange mango juice. Very interesting and complex smell. Taste is full of floral hops. Good mouthfeel and ok drinkability. I like this brew but too sweet to throw back more than one or two.

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

A- Beautiful orange gold color with a little bit of head. Head stays throughout drinking. Great lacing.

S- As soon as I opened the cap off the beer I smelled wonderful hops and sweetness.

T- Very hoppy but so delicious. Bitter, but the sweetness balances it out very nice.

M- Very smooth. Carbonation is good.

D- Alcohol is at 7.5% but very very drinkability. Not the type to gulp down, but to drink and enjoy.

I don't review often, because I am new to craft beers and I don't feel I have the knowledge to best express my "liking" of the beer. However, this was such a great beer that I had to attempt to review it. I will purchase this beer again, and again...

Nonetheless, I hope this review helps somewhat. This is a great beer, and very affordable.

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

A-An orange golden glowing body an very then white head. Ample carbination is visilbe due to the crystal clear apperance.

S-Citrus like grapefruit quaility acomponied by a huge interging hoppy nose. The more you smell this beer the deeper the craving for some serios hops. Drink it already.

T-Sweet crysal malts balanced very well with an enormous hop bill. Bitterness reminds me of sour grapfruit citrus and grape skins. Truly a wounderful tasteing hop filled brew.

M-Beautifuly cleard and crisp freshness with a lot of carbination make this a nice feeling beer along with its nearly perfect tatse for anyone whos loves hoppy beers. So much flavor and charictor packed in this beer, one of my top ten beers. At 7.5% a few of these is just plenty but i could drink nothing but these all night when i am in a hoppy mood. Truly awesome!

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

Pours a very clear light orange, pale gold color with a thick white head that resides into light meringue top and eventually settles into a spotty cap with delicate lacing.

Lovely aroma of spruce tree, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus notes. A subtle warming alcohol lingers deep underneath. Aroma is fresh and light, with nice balanced depth. Not overpowering or dominant in any one way.

Taste transitions well from the aroma and begins with strong upfront pine notes followed by pleasing tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, light mango and some citrusy juiciness. Not overly sweet or cloying in any way - in fact quite balanced and drinkable - and finishes with nice bitterness and moderate residual sweetness to whet the palate for another sip.

Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. This is a well balanced, very drinkable double IPA. Certainly one to come back to again and again.

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

A - Super clean and translucent sparkly yellow with a white, finger head. The retention is fair, the lacing is subtle, but it's there. This looks appetizing.

S - Good lord, this reminds me of my grand's lemon tree in florida. The citrus characteristics are colossal, this smells freakin great. Smells of fresh squeezed lemon, a bit of lime, orange, mango and tangerine with a bit of fresh cut grass. To reiterate, this is an amazing bouquet of citrus with a hint of sweetness and biscuit/caramel in the background.

T - Opens with a lot of that lemon lime, though the nose is way more intensely citrus than the taste is. The middle begins to sweeten up, showcasing orange, tangerine and some honey or leftover sugar and a touch of pale malt. The malt profile is really subdued, I'm wishing there was a little more to it. But fuck it, let's concentrate on the hops because they're the star here. This finishes very light and clean, with hardly any bittering at all, some of that juicy lemon and grass lingers into the finish, super refreshing.

M - Body is medium and spot on, the carbonation is on the high side, but I'm enjoying it The carbonation feels like it's scrubbing my taste buds. A beer toothbrush, if you will.

D - So drinkable, so clean, so light. Nothing lingers, the flavors are vibrant and juicy, this is a joy to drink.

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass...

The liquid was a pale, golden, amber color with a bubbly whit head that clung to the glass. I took a sniff and first could smell grapefruit, then pineapple and sugary sweet malt. When you take a sip there is an orangey citrus bite that soon gets dominated by a sweetness, there are some background flavors of grapefruit and pine. The beer is kind of thick, it has low carbonation and is warming from the alcohol. This is a well-rounded beer, I would drink it anytime.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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