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
lagunitas.com

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:
1,649
Ratings:
8,774
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, nice lacing.

S: Vibrant orange and pine hop notes.

T: The great hop presence from the nose comes through in the flavour, mixing with the light wheat and bread to create a great flavour. Definitely hop dominated.

M: Smooth and refreshing, crisp, medium-bodied.

D: I liked this ale from Lagunitas a lot, I'm glad I finally got to try it, I just hope I can find a bottle around here. Clean, refreshing, would make a great summertime beer, cliche I know, but it's the truth.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light golden/yellow/straw color. Faint haziness. Fluffy pure white head with great retention. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops. Grapefruit mainly. Also pineapple, mango, light orange and lemon. Light caramel malts also.

T: Even though the nose is dominated by hops the first thing I get and continues throughout is sweet caramel malts. The malts must change the hops because I get almost not citrus. Instead a floral/soapy hop flavor. Finishes with a light bitterness and slight grapefruit sourness.

M: Maybe a tad light in body. Being a pale "wheat" ale I was hoping for thicker. It does got a nice creaminess tho.

O: Definitely a very tasty/VERY drinkable beer. Love the malts calming the bitterness down as much as it does. Although I do love the assault of hops every now and then.

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

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a radiant golden-orange with a finger of creamy white head that dissolves and remains a nice heavy layer around the glass. Aroma is fruity with grapefruit and various citrus, resiny hops and some sweet malts. Flavor is slightly citrusy with more grapefruit and tangerine, crisp bitterness and a sweet finish. Its light to medium bodied and has plenty of carbonation. I love the aroma of this beer, its booming with fruit and the flavor is just so damn clean. All around an extremely enjoyable brew.

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

This beer gets a significant bump for style comparisons. As an American IPA, it's probably a 4 pretty much across the board, maybe a 3.9 overall (a very good score in that no-holds-barred cage match of a style). However, there are very few good to excellent American Wheat beers made and a whole bunch of ok to mediocre ones. It's the unflavorful cousin of the noble German Hefeweizen and probably a testament to the tragedy of 20th century American brewing trends, which destroyed untold numbers of American wheat beers. Anyway, I like the idea of the style, but it's rarely executed well, although I imagine there are some fantastic homebrewed versions out there. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is not an incredibly inventive or shockingly great ale. It's just a simple beer with excellent hopping. Hopefully, I'll get to grade it down one day as the style improves. On to the beer...

The beer is a relatively pale, bright golden liquid with a good white head that sticks around for quite awhile. The nose has a strong pine/grapefruit aroma. It's a bit like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo mixed with a San Diego-style IPA. I always find hop bill descriptions hard; it's a fairly unique flavor with many variations. At any rate, this beer is aggressively hopped. It has a good level of bitterness. The grain does not get in the way of the hops all that much. I believe that there's wheat in there, but it's not a strong presence, just background noise at best. So, why not throw some wheat in your IPA? I'm not complaining.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear gold with a nice white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing
Smell: Classic citrusy and piney fresh hop aromas
Taste: Somewhat sweet, lightly fruity, a bit of that wheaty dry bitterness combines with citric acidity in the finish
Feel: Light bodied, somewhat effervescent mouthfeel

Overall: The wheat seems to serve mostly to lighten the body and provide a lighter carbonation, though there is what might be a hint of wheat in the palate as well. A very nice, lightly sweet IPA

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

Poured a crystal clear golden color with a foamy 2 finger head. Left a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Big hop aroma. Pine and grapefruit with a bit of a sweet aroma.

Taste follows the nose with pine and pink grapefruit up front balanced well by a sturdy malt backbone. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little slick, goes down smooth. A little low on the carbonation, but it works well.

Overall this is another great beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a great beer... This beer once was in the top 250.. How it dropped off, I have no idea. This beer is definitely one of the best Ale's I've tasted.. I don't want to compare it to Sucks but they are somewhat similar ... It has a misty golden look, nice hoppy ale taste..I love the label of the bottle... Old fashion looking.. Cheers!!!

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Photo of heebes
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

Pours a clear pale golden with a thin foamy white head. Nose is dominated by grapefruit hops, citrus and flowery auroma. Good notes of caramel malts. Taste is a chewy, bready malt upfront, some woody/grassy characteristics too. Sharp bitterness towards the finish which is dry in the mouthfeel. Smooth and medium bodied. Easy drinker here, my only regret is not getting a six pack.

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Photo of scarfield
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App- Pours a golden amber color, with a 1/4 inch off-white head.
Lacing is moderate through the glass.

Smell- citrusy hops and some bready/malty tones

Taste- follows the aroma, citrusy with some sweetness from the malt coming through in the middle, and a bready taste at the end.

Mouthfeel is thick, a bit chewy, but not outside of the style.

Drinkability- This is a drink that is very solid in all aspects, not too heavy to be difficult to drink, and very balanced.

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Photo of JG-90
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' has a clear yellow body with a moderate sized dense white head. Head has good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Aroma has a ton of bright citrus, most noticeably pineapple - the biggest pineapple aroma I have ever experienced. Also has mango and tangerine along with fluffy light white bread.

Taste starts with a bit of bread, then an explosion of pineapple, followed by a bunch of mango. Has a mango, pineapple, and tangerine finish, crisp citrusy and light bread aftertaste. Has an above average heaviness with a bit of creaminess, above average carbonation compliments beer nicely.

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Photo of packard2989
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid brew. Very nice balance of hop flavor. Drinkability is great, who would have guessed it is 7.5%! Not too heavy, very smooth down the shoot.
I went out on a whim buying this ale, I had never heard of it but am very impressed. Drinking from bottle is nice... it might be better from a glass though.

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Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-purs a slightly hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head with exceptional retention
S-lots of hop aroma of citrus and grapefruit
T-Sweet malt followed by a nice orange flavor, met with hop bitterness and finishes a little sweet wityh lingering hop bitterness. Very well balanced
M-light-medium body
O-A very well balanced wheat beer with nice fruit focus but not overally sweet or bitter.

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Photo of jhavs
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle ice cold at restaurant poured into a nonic pint glass.

A= Amber golden with a little bit of haze, nice thick foamy pure-white head that slowly settles, lacing clings all over the glass as I drink.

S= Smell has some grassy and toasty notes with citrus and caramel.

T= Nice amount of citrus and pine hop flavor with malt sweetness and earthy wheat background.

M= Lighter side of medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Nice and crisp, has enough bitterness and hop backing to balance out sweetness from the malts. Great interpretation of a wheat beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 2012 Autumn Brew Review, from notes.

Pour was slightly hazy, orange, with a billowing white foam head and lots of lace.

Smell was ripe citrus fruit. Grapefruit and oranges, and pine. Hints of wheat and pale malt. Taste is very similar to nose. Loads of ripe citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple along with wheat, cracker and even a little bite of pine resin. Medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation. Very juicy. Delicious.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look is rich deep and attractive golden amber, although a much lighter amber, still rich in color, smell is clean deep again and minerally, taste is rich, full complex and long, wheat is prominent with the hoppy feel throughout, i prefer this hop profile to most IPA's as it is consistent and subtle compared to most, a great beer for those trying to develop a hop feel. watch out potent and these sneak up, very smooth for a 7.5. feel is great, easy for the flavor and again complex. a solid beer for the fridge and will purchase frequently. overall a solid solid beer, solid enough to be very good!

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice golden-brown with a brighter yellow hue. Head pours thick and vibrant white and retains fairly well. Leaves a bunch of lacing. Bubbles rise to the top in effervescence.

S-Piney hops, salty, grapefruit, faint notes of sweet malt on the back. Aggressive as hell up front, but I like it.

T-Grapefruit, earthy hops, pine and abrasive floral notes precede a wheaty, sweet aftertaste that leaves the palate with a slight char taste to go along with the aggressive hops. Very nice.

MF-Wet, oily, smooth and medium bodied with a light finish.

O-Well done. I wasn't expecting so many hops but I enjoyed it. It's more of an IPA than an APA, but, whatever. It's delicious.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no date. Summer 2010 batch labeled @ 7.5% ABV.

Pours clear gold/yellow with a two finger foamy white head. Was kinda hoping for some haze, but this is crystal clear. Leaves some initial rings of lacing and maintains a faint cap.

Aroma is very hoppy up front, particularly citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, keep inhaling and some wheat and banana come into play. Pretty one-dimensional, but pretty darn nice.

Flavor also starts very hoppy, citrus, pine, earthy hops, some wheat characteristics but they are having a hard time fighting against the hops. Finishes relatively dry with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation, very easy drinking...perhaps a bit dangerous at 7.5% ABV.

A deceptive brew. I hate wheat beers, but I sure do like this one. 'Course this is more IPA than Wheat so that helps score points with my palate.

Scoring this one to style is tough as it is categorized as a Wheat Ale here, but this has far more IPA characteristics than Wheat. However, since it is in this (perhaps wrong) category, its gonna score really high for me as I hate Wheats but love IPAs...

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved the aromas of berries and floral tones. Right in my wheelhouse. The taste does pair with the smell very well. Bitter hops that fades to smooth crisp finish. Not overly sweet which helps in the fact that i'm able to drink a few at a time and not get sick of the beer. Overall it is a beer I like to keep in the frig on a regular basis if i can find it. Very good Lagunitas.

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Photo of bound4er
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear golden copper appearance with a generous puffy white head and heavy lacing.

S. On one sniff I get citrus and pine hops with a funky soapiness. On the next smell I get malt. Pretty inviting aroma if not a bit subtle.

T. I don't get any wheat from this beer but so what - it tastes damn good regardless. The hops provide most of the upfront flavor - grapefruit and a dash of lemon followed by some cracker and then good finishing bitterness.

M. Light bodied with excellent carbonation.

D. In a word - chugable. Crisp, refreshing and light bodied with no hint of alcohol to be found. Is this really 7.3% ABV? Drinks like a 4% - 5% beer. I've gotta grab another 6 pack while the weather is still warm. Nicely done.

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great to see another limited release offering from one of favorite brewers here in my area.I poured two into a imperial nonic with it coming out a clear lighter golden with a 1/2 finger white that was quick to fade.Ahh yeah bigtime in your face citric hop in the nose along with a touch of sweet alcohol and very light toasted wheat malt,the hop profile in the nose is just great.Intense grapefruit rind and tangerine hop flavors hit up front on the palate and then some caramel toffee shows thru along with a fading toasted what touch in the finish.Yeah it has bigtime hop wich kicks arss but there really is more to it.My new favorite American pale wheat its slightly better than Gumballhead in my book.The drinkability is just awesome for the ABV%.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a myriad of colors from golden to orange even brown to copper. Beautiful coloring but the head was too quickly fleeting to access it's true character.

The scent was luscious fruits like grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, apricots and a touch of Orange. Some malt scent was available but was set deep in the smell.

Described as a Pale Wheat Ale, I'd rival any DIPA with the fruitiness of the hops here. Tons of character as tangerines, grapefruit, peach, apricot, lemon and orange burst onto a backdrop of floral pine. The back bone wheat is lost in a juicy fruit array. This is so well done, so good and tasty, I'd put it against so many of the top dogs.

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Photo of BeerOCD
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*My first review so go easy on me.

A: Generous 1 finger head, plenty of carbonation. Beautiful and golden. The bottle art made me think it was some left-over summer ale at first. This is deceptive as this is a year-round brew.

S: Strong smell of floral and grapefruit.

T: I love how that citrus hits you and then doesn't sit around to linger. You have to catch it and when you do it's wonderful

M: Really nice on the mouth. I let this one sit on the tongue for a bit.

O: Wow, I will definitely buy this again. I usually don't sit down and drink 3 beers at once now a days but I kept coming back for more of this. I was surprised how easy these go down given the abv rating.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour into a lager glass. Not too much head, and the head dissipate quite quickly.
A lot of citrus tasting. Light, not really hoppy at all. The alcohol level is misleading, as it hides its 7.5 degree really well.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft into std pint glass.crystal clear pale gold color. Nice head with medium retention and nice sticky lacing. Beautiful citrus aroma. Delicious with nice malty balance for the forward hops. Minimal lingering bitterness. Really nice. I have had this in bottles many times and not enjoyed it as much as this (apparently fresh) draft.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear golden straw color with large soapy head that hangs around, good lacing

S: Smell is pretty strong, floral hops dominate, little bit of pine in there

T: The hops are really aggressive on the front end, floral and pine, wheat malts at the end to balance, really nice taste to it

M: Medium, good carbonation

O: This is a really good beer. It is strong in all the measurables. Really enjoy it and I will not hesitate to try this again especially if I can find it on tap somewhere.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 8,774 ratings.
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