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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,611 Reviews
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:
8,601
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,611 | Ratings: 8,601
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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Photo of curasowa
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden-orange color with two fingers of fluffy head that fades slowly with a thick curtain of lace.

Aroma: Lots of juicy, citrus and pine hop aroma with some grassy, caramel malt in the background.

Taste: A touch of creamy malt up front, then just an avalanche of juicy, fresh hop bitterness. Bitterness fades pretty quickly on the finish, with just a hint lingering until the next sip.

The Rest: Super smooth and drinkable, a fantastic beer!

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

Pale ale color, very clear for having wheat. White head with so-so head retention. I would have presumed the wheat content would stabilized the head, but it's most likely the 7.5% A.B.V. knocking it back. Smells like maybe Centennial and Citra hops, with a fairly neutral yeast. Both in the smell and taste, you couldn't ask for much more as an example of American hops. Intense citrus almost pineapple flavors and aromas. Sweetness and bitterness are very suiting. Body is on the thinner side which also surprises me because of the wheat. I assume this is made with a sugar adjunct, but it is very cleanly fermented. Thus the thin body and respectable ABV. Very tasty sixer. Everything about the beer accentuates hops. Would gladly have again.

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

On tap @ Rodan...

Pours a clear golden/amber color with a gorgeous large white foamy head. Aroma is fantastic - easily my favorite aspect of this beer - very nice waves of fruity scents comprised of sweet melons and citrus. Really remarkable.

Flavor is like a more mellow version of the smell but with a touch of bitterness added in. Very well carbonated - mouthfeel feels very appropriate for the style.

Will definitely be drinking this one again - very tasty and one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a brunescent orange color with a white head.

The scent is off the charts with the hops and awesome.

The taste is pretty darn good, but not as great as I expected from the scent.

The mouthfeel is good and the drinkablility is great. This is a great beer.

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

A: Extremely clear, golden, with one to one and a half fingers of white head. Very clear with no particulates in the beer. The head sticks around a bit and laces pretty well.

S: The sweet malty smell is forward, but you can tell there's some spicy/herbal hops in there.

T: No big surprises here; it starts with sweet malts, but finishes with some nice, citrusy hops. It does taste a little bit boozy, but it is 7.5% abv.

M: A bit lighter, but maybe that's because it tastes quite a bit like an IPA. Carbonation is great and leaves just enough oily taste on the tongue.

O: Love me some Lagunitas, and this one doesn't disappoint. They've basically brewed an IPA, just with a wheat malt. I'm excited to try this one in the summer.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear gold with a solid two finger head on top.

Smell: Floral hops and wheat.

Taste: hop bitterness up front, followed by a crutton-like flavor, salt crispness and a lingering citrus/pine flavor. It's a nice batch of flavors that all come together to make this brew awesome.

Drinkability: The nice crisp profile of the wheat with an american ale style yeast and hops make this guy a winner.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ah this beer is great>>>you know with lagunitas its always very good or pretty good>>>always been satisfied with their beer>>>i think the westmalle yeast strain did this beer very well>>>i can actually relate this beer to westmalle>>>left this beer pretty dry>>>>it smells like dark fruit and def. hops>>>a little alcohol in the nose as well>>>>darn fine beer

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll keep this short...un-like me.

As a pale, this is arguably one of the best pales out there.

As a wheat...100% the best wheat beer I've EVER had. (I adore hops)

This was the best sumpin sumpin suprise I've had in reference to the syle of beer it is labeled as. (pale wheat) This beer holds it's own with most IPA's out there.

The wheat is there...but presented as only a small compliment to some GREAT citrissy hops.

Note... I'm not really a fan of Lagunitas Staple IPA that's on tap everywhere but their hoppy seasonals are always amazing.

For hop heads Like me...who are turned off when they see anything wheat beer...this will without a doubt make you a believer that wheat beer can be good.

Did I say I'd keep this short???

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Photo of Rob23
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Piny,bity,floraly.This is a standard in my area.I have consumed so much of it I had to take a few months off.I love this ale.Stands up with any IPA even though it is not considered an IPA.It can be found most everywhere in the country and is very fairly priced.No need to go into a long description.If you have not tried it.Do it now.Cheers!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon peel), floral hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey flavors, pine hops and wheat. I don't think this beer is made with honey, but it seems to me that there's a honey-like sweetness noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth and has good carbonation. It's very easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I think this is a pretty good brew, it's definitely worth a try!

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Photo of Frosty80
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits clear, light golden brown

Smell: nose is packed full of fresh hop pine and citrus. lots of grapefruit sweetness. slight flopral presence

Taste: mild hop bitterness. great fresh hop flavors. citrusy and piney. just a hint of malt sweetness. slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. low-med body

Notes: very flavorful beer. has a dry- and wet-hopped combo going on. aroma and flavor is fantastic. probly my favorite beer from them. would not have guessed this had anything to do with the wheat category

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Photo of dbexpert
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a.golden,1/4 inch foam arrives on pint glass poured on a tilt, dissolves to a thin layer
s.wheat penetrates crisp citrus sour notes of hops
t.sweet tastes of wheat are wiped away with grapefruit hops, lingering long finish, an interesting style as many new hopped styles give your palate time to adjust to the approach of this brew, definitely a plus to try if you can find it!
m.balanced, with solid hop notes to stay intrigued in identifing the front
d.64.2 ibu's, 7.3% alc., gota sixer, rare where i live but definitly a drinkable brew!

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

Twelve ounce bottle, no date, poured into SA perfect pint.

Three finger frothy white head over crystal clear golden body. The head fell to large rafts of foam, lacing very nicely from start to finish.

Aroma was mildly resinous and very slightly pine-like with nice grapefruit character, very fresh, very appealing. A slight hint of malty/wheaty sweetness on the nose. Excellent balance.

Taste is very clean, well built layers. A little bitter hit, then sweetness follows with grapefruit floating and bringing it all together. Not complex, smoothly blended flavors in harmony. The wheat doesn't dominate, maybe barely detectable, yet there is a nice sweetness that balances the bitterness. Actually seems quite lager like to me.

Feel was very bright, light to medium body, lively on the carbonation. A but of astringent finish that said take another sip. A bit of bitterness lingers.

Overall, where has this been all my life? Nice, refreshing, easy drinking beer regardless of the style. Light and bright, refreshing, tasty goodness.

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

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Clear, golden yellow with a steady stream of bubbles leading to a one finger white foam head. Settles into a solid layer of big, bouncy bubbles and some nice lacings.

Aroma of grapefruit , floral and pine.

Hop taste on the front of the tongue. Hops with pine with a hint of citrus. Bitter aftertaste, sharpness gradually fades.

Smooth, not too carbonated. Light to light medium mouthfeel.

Good beer, worthy if repeating.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got me a little sumpin' sumpin' and I like it!

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a nice 3 finger head after and aggresive pour into a Guinness pint glass. The off-white head receded quickly but was very sticky all around.

The bouquet was sweet ripe apricot and peaches - very nice indeed.

Flavors were more of the apricot and a variety of ripe lush fruits with a backbone of bitter hops that did not overwhelm the nice fruit flavors. Very reminiscent of a fruit forward IPA.

Excellent mouthfeel, viscous with a nice residual hop bite.

Superb balance. Excellent fruits with a perfect hop character that is consistent from start to finish that doesn't drown out the fruits or aromas and leaves your 'buds intact to appreciate the total package.

Pardon me...I gotta end this review so I can go get a little more sumpin' sumpin'.

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

Want a quality brew? well here it is! Lagunitas smacks a home run with this wheat fest. This beer is very good....period! it does not hold the hype as some other brews due to the fact it is produced and distributed on a larger scale but make no mistake...it's good.

Bottom Line: Fantastic offering from the boyz and girls at Lagunitas!

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a room temp. pint glass.

A-A golden amber color with a solid two-finger head that lasts with good lacing.This beer looks and pours very good.

S-There is some wheat and malt, sweet and earthy at the same time...musky.

T-A nice balanced flavor of wheat and malt. Not sweet, mildly spicy. The hops are floral, flavorful, and not overpowering.

M-Lingering hop bitterness and flavor with some body and bite, but no burn. Nice.

O- This is an excellent brew. Drinkable, tasty, a real winner. Too bad it's a 7.5, because it drinks so easy it makes me want many.

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Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours in a light, slightly hazy yellow straw color.

The aroma has grapefruit, some wheat, orange.

The flavor has a big juicy orange, melon, and grapefruit flavor. The beer has a wonderful sweet wheaty and malty middle. The finish is a bit of a bitter dry finish.

I would call this an IPA like Flower Power instead of a wheaty pale ale. It doesn't have the pop that some West Coast IPAs have because of the wheat and malt. I like the balance of this beer. I would recommend it for people trying to get into IPAs because of the good smooth bitterness.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter...pours a bright pale golden body with a fizzy generous head. Smell has a citrus hop profile with some sharpness. Taste is incredible, with a ton of lemon and orange hop notes with a crisp wheat backbone...kind of reminds me of Gumballhead, but less wheat and fruitier hops. This beer is really really good. Mouthfeel is awesome. Try this one, you won't be sorry.

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

Finally enjoyed from the bottled into a pint glass

A: a lovely clear golden color with a three finger head that quickly breaks down leaving some light foam and a touch of lacing.

S: pine, grapefruit and some tropical smells.

T: wow. Pine, some citrus and a bitterness that is nice...it gives way to a sweet finish.

M: good carbonation a little sticky and a medium body.

O: well it took me a couple of trips to NY to get it, but I finally did, and it was worth it. This is a great beer. Nice and easy to drink, full of flavor and what I expected from this brewer. Lagunitas was the brewer that started changing my mind on the west coast style of beer and this has completed the conversion. I will be buying more on my next trip.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice clear yelow-orange beer with a decent head and retention and good stickage. Nice piney hop nose to it with a solid malt backbone. Smells appetizing.

Big grapefruit and citrus flavors come out of the hops. The flavor is intense and bold, hitting all of the tastebuds and then rescinding quickly so that you can't wait for the next sip. There's a balance from the malts that takes the edge off the sharply bitter hops just enough so that they can be enjoyed to their fullest extent without making you pucker. Not much of a boozy taste, so the 7.5% ABV has the potential to sneak up on you. The mouthfeel helps along the carrying of the hop message with its moderately high carbonation and ultra-crisp, dry finish, perfect for the style. This is one of those beers that is a pleasure to enjoy just for the sake of relaxation after a hot summer day or for analyzing and dissecting the flavors. One of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Immediately I smelled orange. The color is a slightly hazy orange with a thick white head and beautiful lacing. I tasted distinct citrus notes most notably orange with possibly some subtle grapefruit back notes. While I'm generally not a fan of overly hoppy beers this was very pleasant and I felt well balanced.

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Photo of tdexterc
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden orange body. An aggressive pour yielded a nice 2 finger head which sat around for a little while. The lacing is great, and sticks to the edges quite well.

S- A nice blend of citric/grapefruity hops make it to the nose first, followed by sweet malt and faint esters poking through at the end.

T- REALLY well rounded taste. Sweet malty wheat flavors are up front followed by a wonderful wave of citric hops. There's also just enough bitter here to round it off really nicely.

M- Extraordinarily smooth mouthfeel. From start to finish, the carbonation and balance work wonders to make this beer disappear far quicker than expected, and at an admirable 7.5% that's no small feat!

In all, this is yet another great offering from lagunitas which combines the best attributes of a smooth, refreshing wheat beer and the excellent taste of an IPA. No wonder this is quickly becoming my new go-to summer beer.

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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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