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 | website

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
Reviews:
1,622
Ratings:
8,648
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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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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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only go so long without drinking a Lagunitas. I'm a big fan of pale ales and it seems like everything Lagunitas makes is a pale ale or is hoppy. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is one I've had before but I haven't reviewed. Now it is time for me to give the beer its due!

The head grew thick, white, and frothy and it leaves a minimal film on top after the head eventually reduces itself. Clear and an amber-copper color is the beer with some bubbles dancing up from the bottom of the glass.

It "smells like angels ought to smell", as Marv from SinCity says, but this angel would be the angel of hoppy beer. Why didn't God make that angel? Michael is the badass angel, Gabriel is sort of God's messenger, but where is the beer angel?! Doesn't God know that beer gives Man so much enjoyment? Anyway, as with every Lagunitas beer I've had the aroma is lusciously floral from the hops with some good pine notes that go along with grapefruit/mango citrus and some wheaty malt to balance out.

The taste is much like the smell with the hop bitterness and spice tingling the tongue while the piney sweetness adds balance until the citrus and wheaty malt flavors linger at the end. Unfortunately my review won't do this beer justice. This is a very good pale ale that is full of flavor but not filling. It's very refreshing and a definite recommendation for anyone looking for a pale ale.

The little sumpin' this beer gives is a lot and it is only one of many great beers from Lagunitas.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-nice orange color white lacing and head
S-nice citrus hops up front with very little boys of wheat.
T-very hoppy with a bit of funk at the end that I can't quite put a finger on. I would never guess this to be a wheat beer.
M-light bodied and smooth. Crisp and clean.
D-very drinkable. Wish I had anoher

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Photo of mjhorn
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a fairly pale straw to golden yellow. Little head that disappeared quickly. Smell here is great, hops right there in your face with pine and pineappley citrus. Taste has a nice bitter kick with a slightly sweeter finish with bread and wheat notes. Slight peppery bite as well. Has a slightly heavier body than I expected from based on its color and pour, but fits right in with the flavor profile. Nice and refreshing beer, leaves just enough hoppy bite to make you want another sip and goes down very smooth. By the end of the glass the alcohol comes out just a tad. First beer by Lagunitas and I definitely want to check out some more.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark blonde with big frothy 2 finger white head.

S - Fresh grapefruit and orange off the top. Pale malts and some fruit-strawberries and pineapple.

T - Green citrus hops wrap around a great pale malt. Hints of grain and lemon. Finished very crisp and clean.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body, clean and zesty.

With all the citrus this would be a fantastic thirst qeuncher in the heat of the summer. I would have never known this was an American Pale.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a translucent gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thick ring of foam.

S-Grapefruit is just about the only thing I can get out of the nose which is surprising considering it is a wheat beer. It doesn't really have any of the typical nose characteristics I am used to with this style.

T-Lotes of grapefruit and some lemon notes up front followed by a nice malt/wheat backbone. It finishes with a slightly bready note. Truly delicious.

M-A little thicker than expected with a nice touch of carbonation.

D-Even though its abv. is relatively high one could drink at least three of these in a sitting. Its so delicious and easy drinking though it might creep up on you very quickly.

Until today I had yet to be blown away by a Lagunitas beer. Everything has changed as of this moment. This beer is remarkable. I will be drinking this and maybe only this until next Fall.

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Photo of tbraun1
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-12oz bottle into a pint glass-

A - Golden brown hefe color w/o the sediment cloud. Nice carbonation with a two finger head and nice lacing that hangs on the glass.

S - Nice hop kick to the nose but not overpowering followed by a lingering sweetness on the back end.

T - Hoppy but well balanced; The hops do take center stage but there is a nice yeasty flavor that comes through.

M - Feels great on the palate and was smooth to drink.

D - Very well balanced; not too hoppy/not too sweet. Easy to drink and would appeal to many different people. Def would have another.

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Photo of camp0474
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/17/10

A: Pours a clear orange color with white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Piney and grassy hops with a sweet malt smell. Smell is pretty balanced.

T: Starts with a crisp hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Sweet wheat and bready malt mixing well with some hoppy bitterness. Lingering bitterness from hops. Expected more hops from the smell, but not at all disappointed. Solid balance of hops and sweet malts and wheat. Got a lot more from this beer than I expected.

M: Smooth medium body. Great fine carbonation creates and almost creamy mouthfeel.

D: Solid balance makes this beer quite drinkable. Good display of malt and hops.

I will be honest here, did not even realize this beer was a wheat ale until I found it on here. Pleasantly surprised. Good beer!

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

The best compliment I can pay this is to compare it to a beer Southern Tier once made called Ubersun, their imperial version of Hop Sun. Great hoppy citrus flavors with a light body and pleasing carbonation to make this very drinkable. It's comparable to many of the great IPAs out there in flavor profile and body.
I would happily have this as a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of jsulko
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Tulip

Golden color Thick head that lingers well

Fruity citrus almost pineapple smell

Taste of citrus with a good feel of hops on the backend. Alcohol present slightly in the finish.

This is a new beer to me that I really find very drinkable. May become a new favorite.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a golden honey color, a nice thin head with nice lacing that sticks around for a while.
It smells like a west coast ipa - citrus and pine, nice aroma
taste - It is like an ipa light but in a good way. Aggresive hop profile, dry hops linger, a really refreshing beer that doesn't lack in the taste department.
Mouthfeel is thin but the hops stick around to make the mouthfeel substantial.
Very sessionable beer! I will definitely pick some of this up in the spring and summer.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very clear straw/golden color. Lots of carbonation evident. The head isn't big, but it stays around awhile.

Smells like the typical Lagunitas hop profile: a wave of grapefruit and some pine, kind of thin and a bit metallic. It's not too strong, though.

Those hop flavors from the nose dominate, but it's not overwhelming at all. Underneath is a grainy flavor from the wheat malt, but this isn't much of a wheat beer. It's more like an IPA light. If you asked me to guess, I'd put the ABV much lower--maybe 5 or even less.

Thin, clean and crisp on the mouth.

This is a very, very easy drinker if you're into hop flavors. This would be a great beer to sip outside on a summer day. It's relatively light and a great showcase of mild hop flavors.

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Photo of patreely12
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pretty clear straw. very bright. tall frothy head, off-white with a yellow tint. good bit of carbonation visible.

S - bitter orange peels and piney hops are dominant. faintest hint of some malts. just enough of something to give it a bit of a sweetness too.

T/M - mild bitterness on the front, from the citrus and the hops. cleans up with the malt, wheat. the presence of the wheat isn't as prevalent as expected. hint of the alcohol on the back, not really noticeable. very crisp and refreshing. finishes really clean on the palate. light bodied, high carbonation.

D - good drinkability. would be great in the summer or with a meal. really impressed with this one.

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

A- kind of hazy honey blonde in color with a minimal amount of foam and a slight lacing in the glass. A little bubbly too!
S- Piney and bright
T- Refreshing and yummy
M- Very light and crisp
D-Very drinkable. A good beer to share with friends or keep all to yourself

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour golden in color with a slight haze. A big fluffy white head sits on top and lingers awhile.
A beautiful hop bouquet greets you with citrus and grapefruit. A strong wheatish malt backbone there too.
Sutle wheat beer taste that struggles to make itself known under the thick grapefruit and floral hoppiness.
A medium mouthfeel to this beer with a dry finish. Bitter hops as well as bready and/or yeasty nuiances lingers well into the aftertaste.
A good solid wheat beer with a fantastic hop character about itself.

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Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw colored with a decent frothy head that sticks around longer than most heads do. Real mustache hanger here.

S - Brilliant piney hops overpowers most anything else in the aroma.

T - Awesomely bitter. Earthy hops with a tart touch come across just in front of a delicately balanced malty backbone. Not too much of anything, yet plenty of everything. Make sense?

M - Well bodied with just a bit more than medium carbonation. Some bitterness in the aftertaste that doesn't take away from the experience at all.

Great one from Lagunitas. I'll be adding this to my "keep in stock" list for the fridge!

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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 JordanEllwanger
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A good transparent golden straw color with a firm white head. A very thin ring of sediment in the bottle. I expected a bit more cloudiness and sediment. Smells like a hoppy IPA. Not too much malt in the scent but a small hint to their presence. Makes for a superb IPA but a little under malted for a wheat beer to my taste. A good all around mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer for it's alcohol content but in all it lacks a strong wheat malt for me.
Cheers!

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden color, similar to a pilsner, but slightly darker and more opaque. Great head retention and thickness that is pure white. Parts with a thin and scattered lace on the glass.

S - Hops definitely dominate this aroma. The malts are present and the spices from the wheat are noticeable, but the hop bitterness really stands out.

T - This beer is an "American Pale Wheat Ale." The name describes the taste perfectly in terms of color, lightness, and a hint of spicy flavor. The flavors completely mask the 7.5% abv. with the aid of the 64.2 IBUs.

M - This beer really satiates all parts of the tongue by delivering exactly what it states. No hot alcohol burn, but a perfect kick from the hops and wheat.

D - At 7.5% abv. this beer is dangerously drinkable. The light color and crisp taste really throw me off. I feel as though I'm drinking a normal, lower %, pale ale until I look at the bottle.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice golden orange. Slightly cloudy. No head.

Smell: Warm caramel malts. Hints of nutmeg. A bit spicy. Hops are a mix of orange peel and pine cone. Nice sweet balance. Doesn't burn my eyelids off.

Taste: I didn't know this was a wheat ale when my wife picked this out for me at bev mo'. This is really pleasant. It has a tropical punch quality.Sweet tart and sugary. The malts blend well with the hops. This beer is finely balanced. The general taste is somewhat close sweet white wine. The hops aren't super astringent and they finish well. This is really mild tasting being a 7.5 abv beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. It has a little bit of the swish factor because it doesn't dissolve instantly.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these easily and be more intodxicated than I would want to be, due to the high ABV. It would be a good finisher for a hefeweizen tasting session.

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Photo of goalie33
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A) Slightly hazy gold in color with one finger of foamy white head. Nicely carbonated. Leaves decent lacing in the glass.
S) Musty and mango-peach hops with some sweet malts in the background.
T) Bitter, hoppy beginning with a very sweet, malty finish. Transition is very smooth. Bready malt taste lingers in the back of the mouth.
M/D) Beginning of the mouthfeel is medium bodied while the finish is thick and almost syrupy. Good drinkability but not really sessionable.

Very interesting beer. The mouthfeel during the finish is unlike any I've felt. Very nice array of flavors. A pretty good beer that's worth trying.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For starters, I prefer this to A Little Sumpin' Wild. I'm not a huge fan of Belgium styles, and I thought this was more mild and drinkable. It Pours orange-yellow with big foamy head. The smell and taste is sweet and floral, with some sourness to follow. It has a nice medium body that is crisp. I prefer the orange-hoppy bite in this brew to the thick sweetness in the Wild. It has a wheatiness, almost making it a hybrid of sorts. I had a few of these.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Very pale with a fluffy snow white head and good lacing.

S: A hint of lemon and hops, but nothing really pops out here.

T: Lots of zesty hops and citrus, but there is a discernible breadiness from the wheat.

D: It goes down smooth and is very refreshing, another is not a possibility, but a necessity.

Overall: This is a great offering from Lagunitas. It is balanced and delicious and has a nice little kick to boot. A nice take on the style and must try in the summer. If other American Pale Wheat Ales are "lawnmower beers" then this is a "tractor beer"! Good stuff!

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangy Gold with a thick, luscious white head. Makes me drool in anticipation of the first sip.

S - Wonderful citrus smells attack my nostrils: Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, etc.

T - Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, etc. Grassy hops add some twang. Full of great flavors to tantalize your taste buds!

M - Fully moderate body with ticklish carbonation. An easy drinker.

O - This is one of my all time favorite beers. It has so much good stuff going on! A favorite for spring and summer.

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