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:
1,614
Ratings:
8,629
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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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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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 bmeehan
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' smells of floral hops with a strong piney overtone. Its taste is a bit bitter, and not reminiscent of most other wheat beers, but it's not undrinkable, either. I don't get the sweet notes from it that other reviewers have; what I smelled and tasted were much more floral.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours golden, clear with a light orange tint. Lots of tiny carbonation rising. Small white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Grapefruit, honey, lilikoi [passion fruit]

T: Like the aroma, grapefruit and lilikoi. Some light malts and a malt sweetness.

F: Medium-light bodied and nicely cleansing.

O: Very nice. Very drinkable. Definitely recommend picking up a six-pack or two.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really beautiful beer. Dark honey color, with a thick fluffy head about 3 fingers tall. Left a lot of lacing and a thin layer of foam on top that lasted til the end. Smell was a little off putting (my bottle was undated, could have been old). Smelled a little like Lysol mixed with rubbing alcohol. There was definitely an unpleasant alcohol burn that tasted a little like rubbing alcohol, also. I realize this is a little higher than average ABV than a typical beer, but at the same time, I've had equally high ABV beers without that taste. If I looked past the alcohol burn, the beer was great; balanced with just the right amount of hops and citrusy flavors. I don't think it's quite as good as others here say, but it was okay. I'd be willing to try it again and see if my bottle really was bad.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured semi aggressively into pint glass. Good 3 finger head. I had a slight head cold so smell and taste is prob a bit off. Lacing stuck around throughout. Mouthfeel was pleasant. Could get the hops to come thru still even with a cold. I've been lookin for a decent beer to stock up a few for a good drink without having to think about how it compares to the last, this may be it.

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Photo of SMZBrew
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a weizen glass creating a 3 inch head with nice retention and lacing down the whole side of the glass that pretty much stayed there as I drank this beer. Aroma is all hops. There is wheat breadiness and sweetness somewhere in there but the hops takes over. Taste is basically all hops front, middle and back. The good part is that the hops is very balanced. Not too much and does not stay on the palate too long. The part that may not appeal to everyone is that the hops basically takes over the whole thing. Wheat beers are pretty mild so throwing so much hoppy flavor in there basically makes this a one-note type deal. Solid drinking beer just not enough complexity for me.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of citrussy, grassy hops. A bit tropical. Somewhat sweet smelling. Fresh bread malt aroma. Pine needles, grapefruit, and a little honey.

Pours clear light amber with an off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Juicy citrus fruits on the palate. Marmalade and pine. Floury wheat flavor rounds things off. Some sweetness upfront, honey-like. Finishes fairly dry though.

Crisp medium body, medium carbonation. Mouthfilling but not cloying. Some hop resin lingers with some floury wheat.

Drinks more like an IPA with notable wheat flavor. Not complaining though.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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