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 88caprice
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

What a great wheat ale! The most hop delivery I've experienced without any unpleasant bitterness or aftertaste.
Had this early in my "career" and was a bit overwhelmed by the grapefruitiness, but revisiting it was the right choice.

Pours clear and brassy with a one-finger creamy head. That pillow of creamy foam sticks around til the end and coats the glass like crazy.
A soothing but powerful big grapefruit aroma with sweet pineapple.
Taste is in-your-face huge with a sweet mix of floral citrus and grapefruit. Some bitterness at swallow sticks around, but is mellow against the sweet hop zing and nice malty, wheat grain finish.
A smooth feeling drink that's moderately carbonated.

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Photo of obrike
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bought a sixer at Specs in Round Rock...have not had in a long time...what's wrong with me?

Appearance was nothing to write home about...dull honey color, decent head, fades quickly and leaves a decent amount of lace.

Fresh mango, pineapple, crushed pine needles in the scent. This really has the smell of an IPA or DIPA,

Wow...that's a great flavor! Quite a mix of everything...tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, sugary caramel malt that does not overpower, and a big slap of orange/citrus at the end. Incredibly good. For the style, this one gets extra credit in the overall score.

No hint of booze at all in this one. An incredible American Pale Wheat Ale...although it feels much more like a IPA/DIPA.

Just another quality release from the gang at Lagunitas. Easily one of the top beers of this style to say the least!

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Photo of beerguy04
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with an average head. Smell is bitter citrus. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is light and easy to drink. Overall, perfect for a hot day.

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Photo of matcris
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 BeerTv
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
(ABV: 7.5%) (IBU: 65)

This category of an American pale wheat ale is essentially an American rendition of a Hefeweizen/Weissbier.
The style belends the best charactersitics of pale ales and wheat beers allowing for a blast of American centered hops with an apparent level of sweetness from the grains used in the brewing process. The combination of these 2 styles allow for a complex blend of flavors and aromas to emerge from the glass.

AROMA - orange and lemon peel zest, mild grapefruit presence, grassy earthyness, light caramel notes, smells like an IPA with its powerful hop aromas

APPEARANCE – clear honey amber hue, bright white thick head, dense streaks of lacing

FLAVOR – dominating hop characteristics ranging from floral/piney to citrus hoppiness, ruby grapefruit zest, honey sweetness, lemon and oragne zest, slight hints of bread with a light wheat finish,

MOUTHFEEL – silky smooth, crisp carbonation with slight dryness mid-palate, soft bready finish,

OVERALL – this is the definition of a hoppy wheat beer; whenever you find the word "American" in the beer's style category you can almost guarantee an immense hop presence, hop heads will enjoy this wheat ale deviation from their classic hoppy IPA's. This pale wheat ale is more along the lines of an American IPA style with a touch of wheat, which is completely fine.

In fact, on the bottle's label it notes the ingredients are: Hops, malt, hops, yeast, hops, water and hops. Sensing a dominating ingredient at all? Nonetheless, a delicious hybrid combination of hop profiles with slight honey sweetness and touch of grain.

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Photo of Bedrocker
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a brilliant golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit and floral notes mostly, with a bit of caramel in the background. Aroma is somewhat bready as well.

T: About the same as the nose, with more of an emphasis on the citrus character. Very well balanced. Spicy and biscuity for the finish with a bit of lingering hoppiness.

M: Light to medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Little bit dry on the aftertaste.

O: Extremely drinkable beer, and is one of my go-to session brews. Balanced and very tasty.

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Photo of FLima
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bright golden color with a thick two fingers head with decent retention.
Nice citrus tropical aroma with notes of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and mango.
Flavor mostly follows nose. Notes of grapefruits, tea leaves, toasted malts and some white bread, lemongrass, caramel, mango, honey, tangerines and pine. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Delicious and pleasant tropical IPA (or even a hoppy APA), hard to say anything bad about this beer. Balanced with a decent complexity and huge drinkability, I could drink this the whole day. Perfectly executed, great choice of hops and wheat gave it some roundness.

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Photo of Treebs
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at Wild Monk. Served in a Stone IPA shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice one finger height of pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap and collar that leaves some nice sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Juicy citrus on the nose. some candied orange and definite tangerine. Sweet wheaty malts are present on the back end as well.

T: Nicely hopped just like the nose. Burst of citrus fruits and tree fruits with a little bit of lingering herbal bitterness to give it another depth of flavor. There is a nice cracked wheat and sweet malt body to the beer as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium high carbonation level. The finish is creamy and sweet with a tinge of bitterness.

O: I'm very impressed by this beer. Great citrus hop presence with a sweet malt and wheat body. I will definitely revisit in the future.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: gold with a thin white head
Smell: Floral, citrus, and pine
Taste: floral, citrus at first, then a hint of wheat at the end
Feel: high carbonation, medium body
Overall: I find this beer more like an ipa due to the amount of hops, that being said if it was categorized as an ipa I would have liked it more. Would I buy again? Yes, I have bought this before.

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

My favorite wheat ale by far!! Phenomenal tasting beer. Great citrus notes. A little of that wheaty/yeasty/funk to it. Another goodie from Lagunitas! Great summer drinking beer.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice golden amber color supporting a thin dissipating head leaving fair lace. Smell has a nice balance of malt and hops bringing out a sweet citrusy aroma. Taste has that same balance with the sweet malt and hop that finishes clean. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. One of the better and easier drinking IPA's I've had in awhile.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Beautiful crisp and lightly amber-almost clear beer. Very bubbly and nice head.
S-Sweet malts, hops, pine, and citrus... Smells sophisticated.
T-Amazing flavor; sweet malts mixed with citrusy hops. Near perfect balance between sweet and bitter. I didn't know beer could taste this good.
F-Perfect amount of carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel, crisp, clean and, refreshing.
O-This may be one of my new favorites. This beer is so amazingly brewed. I can't get enough of it. You definitely need to try this beer.

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

Never would have guessed this to be a wheat beer; it seemed to be more of an IPA. Anyway, it was quite enjoyable.
In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lace.
Mostly floral aroma, some citrus. Sweet malt.
Resinous piney hops taste, grapefruit, good malt background. The flavors blended well together.
I thought this was a well-balanced beer.
If not sessionable, still very drinkable. My son-in-law, who's a Miller Lite type of beer drinker, really liked this beer. I was going to hide the 6pack from him; but, in an effort to further his beer education, I gave him four of the six bottles.

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

12oz bottle poured into a globe. Bottled August 14 of hopefully this year.

A: A slow pour gave me three-plus fingers. Body is a lovely light bronze.

S: Smells great! Good amount of fruity hops and a bit of peppery spice. Some grapefruit, pear, mango and rye.

T: Real nice. Starts slow and refreshing and then hits you with a big burst of flavor mid-palate. The rye spiciness from the aroma provides a flavorful dry finish.

M: Body is light to medium. Carb is on the high side. Texture is fairly dry, but refreshing.

O: More complexity than your typical pale wheat beer. The abundance of hops certainly contributes to this. Some of the hop characteristics remind me of Flower Power although I wouldn’t say that these are similar beers. A terrific full-flavored warm weather beer.

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

Served in a pint glass on tap

A - Clear golden-amber with one finger off white head with moderate lacing

S - Very hoppy citrus orange and lemon scent with pine cones and big wheat smells throughout.

T - Great tasty wheat body with sweet citrus hops. Pretty sweet, but nice balance overall

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

O - One of the best beers at lagunitas and one of my favorite hoppy wheat beers

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Photo of 05Harley
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled # 33378714 (bottled on November 29th)

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $10.99/6-pack

Appearance: Pours a hazey golden color with a 1" soapy white head. A steady stream of bubbles rise from the bottom which add to the visual experience. A decent amount of lacing stains the glass through the finish.

Smell: A noticeable grapefruit nose right up front followed by floral notes and a pine aroma. Quite pleasing.

Taste: Starts out sort of sweet and spicey messing with my head like some crazy dipping sauce my wife would buy. But in the end it finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: A perfect amount of carbonation. Hops tingle the tongue at first then follow through with some bitternes. Ends faintly dry. Tastebuds scream for more.

Drinkability: Starts out fairly lite and refreshing and finishes with some hop bitterness. I must say I didn't know what to expect with a hoppy wheat beer, but I like it. A pretty good beer overall and one I enjoy regularly.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Pours a slightly cloudly golden orange. Small one finger head that doesn't last long, but nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smells like an IPA, nice citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some malt on the back end, but overall dominated by the hops.

T: The hop flavors are even more pronounced on the taste. Really balanced, and the hop/citrus taste upfront transitions into a sweet finish, no bitterness at all.

M/D: Medium bodied, extremely drinkable. Leaves a very nice finish. The 7.5% is hidden extremely well. Surprised me that this beer is classified as a Pale Wheat, but I will take it. A great beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas- A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

A- Light slightly hazy golden orange with a small filmy head. Slight lacing.
S- Huge Grapefruit hops with a sweet malty body.
T- Big thick sweet sugary malt with a huge grapefruit hop body. Good sweet citrus finish.
M- Thick and oily with a sweet slightly bitter hop finish.

Overall- This is a delicious IPA, An American Pale Wheat Ale? C'mon now!

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Photo of mikey711
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This is a nice golden orange hue with a one inch layer of lacey white head.

This just smells great, first it smells a bit like a juicy orange with some cherry sweetness in the background, maybe a hint of pineapple as well.

The citrus fruits come through upfront followed by a hint of alcohol spice in the first sip. Citrus is definately the dominanting flavor, but there are some pine notes.

There is a touch of harsh hop flavors but overall this is still very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of rwf08
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden straw color. Thin white head with some lacing.

S: Lots of fresh hop aroma. Mostly pine but citrus in there too. Sweet wheat in the back.

T: Good sweet wheaty malty taste with piney hops mixed in. Is nommers a flavor description?

M: It is on the fuller side with carbonation that keeps it light enough to be refreshing.

D: Easy to drink and delicious. Not my first choice for a summer beer but it is damn good. I wish this wasn't my last bottle.

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

Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from a bottle into a a pint. Had tons of these over the summer, supposedly Lagunitas is making this a year-round brew. Seems probable since I calculated this to be brewed around early October from the ink julian dating on the neck.

Pours a very clear golden hue with a solid inch of dense head to fill my pint glass. Really nice lacing also. Signature Lagunitas hop smell and taste, almost hop stoopid-esque but not quite as juicy and sweet. Very refreshing wheat body that works great with the hops mostly citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon edge? Bitterness is fairly strong but not resinous or palate smacking. Some sweet malts, little bit of bubble gum and sugary candy flavor that peaks through the hops and leaves the finish clean and smooth.

Does Lagunitas make a bad beer? I've never tried one at least. Some may argue that their hop profile is one-sided, I cant necessarily disagree but I love it nonetheless. Grab one if you see it, if you like it, seek out its counterpart, lil Sumpin' Wild, Westmalle yeast and some extra strength make for another great take on this American wheat/ipa/whatever the hell this tasty thing is.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mac's Speed Shop-Steele Creek, served in a pint glass

This beer is a very clear orange/light amber color. A fairly dense, tall, off white head recedes slowly, completely coating the glass with sticky lacing.

Overwhelmingly orange zest and grapefruit. Just a huge blast of citrusy hops. Really quite a beautiful aroma. Nearly smells like an IPA. I honestly get no hint of the wheat malt. Quite mouthwatering...

The taste is sweet and bready/bicuity. The initial sip blasts the tastebuds with orange zest, red grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. There is also a small biscuity/bready malt profile. I don't get any of the wheat malt at all in the flavor. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The beer finishes sweet and slightly dry.

This beer really blew me away when I first tried it, and I was pumped to find out that they recently added this to thier year round line up. Great effort by the guys at Lagunitas

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

On my last trip to the liquor store (the haul of which I posted in the forums), I grabbed a six pack of this. I have had it before but it has been a while, but I knew it was good. I had also heard BA’s talking about how good it was, so I knew I was in for a treat. First Lagunitas product I have reviewed. Side poured with standard speed from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a nice almost transparent dark gold color with a decent, two finger head that dissipates at a moderate rate. Excellent lacing is left on the glass, almost glued to the side.

Smell – An onslaught of hoppiness. Orange, grapefruit, pine, resin, floral notes, all the things that make hops so wonderful in a beer just explode out of this one.

Taste – Much like the nose, the full gamut of hops greatness is on display on the palate here. There is a bready malt and wheat backbone, but it takes a backseat to the hops.

Mouthfeel – Clean, crisp, good carbonation and medium body, finished razor sharp. Really well done.

Overall – This is an outstanding beer, but I have one question. American Pale Wheat Ale? This is the same category that Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat and Sam Adam’s Coastal Wheat and Summer Ale is in. Not that there’s anything wrong with those beers, but Lagunitas destroyed all of them with this. Until I read the classification of the brew on BA this morning, I thought this was may be a light IPA, or an aggressively hopped APA. I would have never guessed APWA. Regardless of all that, this is an exceptional beer for a good price that I can get most anytime. I would highly recommend this to anyone, and I will be drinking it again. Well done by Lagunitas, I’m going to call this a hybrid of styles.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly-hsazed golden with a nice white head.

S: Smells very nice. Loads of citrus hops and a little bit of wheat briskness. Reminds me a bit of Gumballhead.

T: Lots of citrus hops and a little bit of pine character. The wheat seems to contribute a bit more to the mouthfeel, but I won't complain about the hop-forward nature of this beer.

M: Medium bodied and nicely dried out by the hops.

D: An absolutely fantastic summer beer and one of the best I've had from Lagunitas.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like that I can get this beer relatively fresh in the middle of nowhere. Pours a yellow color with some cloudiness that shows off the 50% wheat grain bill. Very enjoyable C hop aroma, you definitely can make a nice aromatic beer with C hops despite some often prevalent subjective wisdom running contrary to that thought.

Plenty of good green vegetal C hop goodness in the taste, bitter but not overly. Mouthfeel really does wheat beers well, nice and light, dry body that really lets the hops shine.

Easily top 1st tier wheat beer, done very well, better than almost any other I can think of. Easy availability will hurt its score on the BA top beers board, not rare enough, but to those who aren't into Pokemon level stuff, this really satisfies taste buds and the wallet. Sorry, no fedex bux here.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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