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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
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:
1,611
Ratings:
8,600
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
467
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2,702
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Reviews: 1,611 | Ratings: 8,600
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I used to love this beer but I think the beer world's changed a bit.

This beer just wasn't as satisfying as I was hoping for. Felt malt-heavy in flavor and feel and the thickness on display here was unwelcome rather than rich. I was getting some tropical fruit flavor and aroma (as a matter of fact a good amount on the aroma) but a few sips in I just wanted the Born Yesterday rather than this. This just feels clunky and burly by comparison and without the pop or flavor dynamic.

It doesn't help that I couldn't for the life of me figure out the date this was bottled. An old Lagunitas complaint.

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Photo of primocarnerra
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer started off promising,with a nice head and lovely aroma and color. However, the taste throws me off......bitter and hoppy, a bit different presumably due to the wheat angle, but in a bad way. There was no joy in drinking this. I had to eat pretzels after every swig to get the taste out of my mouth. This is my least favorite Lagunitas offering.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Bright yellow colored ale, with a very mild turbidity. Pours a nice, white head that displays excellent retention. Carbonation is apparent.
S: Floral hop character is most prominent. Somewhat piney and resinous. There are sweet wheat notes as well, though they are very mild
T: Hops once again are most prominent, definitely resinous in character, somewhat floral as well. However, these bitter aspects are perfectly rounded out by a nice sweet character from the malts used. Well balanced flavor
F: Super solid, very silky and smooth, carbonation is medium and crisp. Goes back easy and has a nice bite of bitterness.
O: Great beer. Hops are a little 1 note but I like the idea behind this beer and found it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a pint glass at a restaurant. 1 finger head.
Clear gold color. Beautiful lacing that lingers.
Minimal smell.
Taste is prototypical American IPA.
Overall, very drinkable, enjoyable ale.

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Photo of MACrist
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear amber/orange with 2 fingers of off white, creamy head that settles down to a nice layer on top. Mild, small bubbles rising. Very nice, thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: A mix of big piney notes and caramel malt. Maybe some citrus rind lurking far in the background.
TASTE: I would say just as described in the aroma. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Mild building bitterness over the course of the beer.
FEEL: Medium thin body, smooth on the palate. A little slick up front, drying on the finish. Carbonation is medium full.
OVERALL: I like big pine notes and a nice sweet malt balance, so this one is a winner, to me.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a golden yellow/straw with a half finger white head and a lot of lacing. Smells of Apple cantaloupe, and honeydew. A really a unique smell I think. Taste Is not as good as the smell here but still pretty darn good, a lot more bitter than expected can really taste the hops, and I think the over riding taste is partially fermented apples. Mouthfeel is typical of an IPA, can't even taste the 7.5 percent truly dangerous on a mid Summer's night ha.
Overall a great offering that's offered even at local grocery stores with minimal selection. Would reccomend 4/5

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Photo of puck1225
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites, surprised I had not reviewed it earlier! Poured from a bottle into a tall glass, clear yellow. Very nice head and lacing. Citrusy smell and taste, orange and lemon. Clean and crisp feel. A great beer!

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite goto beers. Always in my rotation, always in my fridge. Lots of great hops and at a 7.5%.... well you can't even tell it has a great taste that is everlasting with superb hops smashing your taste buds!!

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company - A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. 7.5% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 12/28/15 (Code 362 5).

Look: Semi hazy bright yellow body, with a huge three finger head from aggressive pour. Slowly settles, leaving sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Dank hops and citrus fruits, not much else here.

Feel: Light body, pretty smooth and creamy. Has some faint carbonation.

Taste: Pretty bitter; hops, grass, pine resin, and some light citrus taste, just dulled by bitterness.

Overall: My first American Pale Wheat Ale style of beer. I've had less bitter IPAs than this, but it was still enjoyable, although it seemed like one regardless.

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Photo of thebeers
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt and orange citrus hops, which continues over to the taste. Fairly mild bitterness, with a relatively light body and good carbonation in the mouthfeel. Well balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated December 18th, 2015 I believe (352 5, Julian-dating). Yellow gold, slightly pale wheat beer look, a little opaque with a bright white foam that lingers. Smell is very hoppy, resinous citrus and pine, just a little creamy textured. Taste is on point with the smell but a bit more relaxed, with a cool, refreshing wheat backbone that is almost equally as apparent as the mellow but potent hoppy flavors. Very drinkable sessiony ale, interesting take on both IPA and wheat styles with a bit of a dominant IPA character. White lacing stacking up the glass. Cheers.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks great, golden. Fluffy white head. Smells amazing, it's been a while since I've had a wheat, my favorite style, so this smell has me super excited. So crisp.
It tastes American. Kind of pale, kind of spicy, tied loosely together by its yeast. I think I could call this a session beer. The carbonation is enjoyable in a strange way with this one.

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Photo of jt1theo
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a very fine refreshing Ale. It is crisp and refreshing. Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick head that retains it's wonderful pine and citrus aroma. Taste mimics aroma with a slight sweetness. I first had this one on one of the hottest days last summer and fell in love with it. Just had another tonight, Feb. 20th and it was just as good. It is just a very fine unpretentious beer that has never left me bored. Every time I drink one it is like anew. Complex in its simplicity.

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Photo of Chris585
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden. Frothy. Slight hop sweetness. Sticky, sweet floral hops. Good mix of malt to hops. A little sweet for me. I don't see this as top notch in category. Not enough dryness to knock off the feel. Good beer

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden orange, two fingers of head that lingers. Smell not strong. Taste complex, smooth, not too hoppy, long finish. Feel is creamy. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of kitch
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle with Julian date of 222 5, so bottled on 10th August 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau American wheat beer glass.

Appearance: It poured a nice clear clean golden copper colour with a one finger off white head that stuck around for a while and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong grapefruit, pine and mandarin with a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness. There’s also a hint of lime.

Taste: Grapefruit, lemon zest and pine bitterness with orange, mandarin and light honey sweetness. The finish is a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: This was not bad but perhaps started out a little on the sweet side for me. I didn’t get much of the wheatiness though, but the lightly bitter finish was nice.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, just a great wheat IPA. Perfectly refreshing for any hop head, and ALMOST subtle enough for those who are not. Especially in the warmer weather. Cheers!

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Photo of Harn_SOLO
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA by Lagunitas who's been in the hop business for awhile. Love my California beers and this one ranks on top. I would consider it a golden-style india pale ale, as the color is bright yellow and has a butter and biscuit taste. Great mixture of sappy pine notes with citrus flavor as well. This one goes down easy, and also has a nice ABV at 7.5%.

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Photo of don1481
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into plastic hotel cup. Le sigh.

Appearance: Straw colored liquid with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing along the side of the cup.

Smell: Very hop forward, but a little bit of sweetness to the nose.

Taste: Very much like the nose. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: a bittersweet aftertaste lingers.

Overall: a very nice, easily accessible beer.

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Photo of Waggles
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. Medium carbonation with nice 1-inch head and good lacing that lingered for a good while. Color honey amber with a dash of orange.
S: Grapefruit, tangerines, and sourdough bread. Not getting much of the pine that others have described, compared to an IPA.
T: Heavy on the hops for a Pale Ale. Well-balanced and full, with fruit up front and some somewhat bitter pine, grass and spice in the back end. Can just barely taste the wheat. Every sip makes me want more.
M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Tingles all the way down. Refreshing to the end.
O: One of my favorite all-around beers, enjoyable for hopheads and wheat-lovers alike.

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

Bought a 12oz bottle from Bev Mart $2.25
Golden color
Citrus smell
Medium carbonation
Smooth sweet hoppy taste, slight citrus taste
Overall a really easy drinking beer that does not taste like a high alcohol beer so got to take it easy when drinking it. I would buy again.

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Photo of laramis
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass a very clear bright gold color; had a bright white and thick head about a finger and a half in size that retained well and left lacing. The reason I gave its looks such high marks is in the little things, the head looked very dense and sticky, the rush of bubbles; it was all very appealing.

S: This worried me when I first opened the bottle. There was a very strong pine smell, I was expecting a more balanced beer since it is a wheat ale but it smelled almost like an IPA. On the whole though the sent was well done: pine, maybe grass, plus grapefruit and other citrus and fruit with a slight hint of bread. Not what I expected, but good.

T: Much more balanced then the scent implied. There is a large amount of hops up front, not to bitter but they still make a statement. This is followed by citrus fruits, and at the end the wheat and bread flavors, though these were the weakest overall.

M: Well carbonated giving a thick frothy feel. The tingle of the bitter hops can be felt on the tongue. It finishes smooth leaving a pine/citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing.

O: While I am not a big fan of hoppy beers and I was not expecting so much hops in this one in particular, I found myself really enjoying this beer. It was balanced and refreshing, there was a good complexity to the flavors and they matched nicely together. I certainly would recommend this beer with the caveat that one should be prepared for a lot of hops and a hint of wheat, which is actually not a bad combo.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw gold and crystal clear. 2 finger off-white head dissipates slowish and leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

Bright citrus hop aroma. Lemon, grapefruit, and bitter orange. Light wheat malt and biscuit.

Wheat comes through stronger on tongue than the nose. Biscuit and dough. Grapefruit hops. More citrus in the form of lemon, orange rind, and nectarine.

Smooth mild mouth feel with good hop bite. Medium carbonation. Citrus lingers. Just the right amount of bitterness.

Big citrus with good malt balance. Drinks like a light IPA more than a wheat ale.

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Photo of SaisonedNovice
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great hoppy ale, but I couldn't really tell that wheat was used. A nice grapefruity aroma with some nice, dry bitterness. Sweet, but easy to put down.

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Photo of IPA_Weather
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hard Rock in Tahoe- tasted wonderful. I've had this one many times and really like its balance and taste. I'm not a huge fan of straight up wheat beers. This one you might not even guess that it is thanks to the strong hop character.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.
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