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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

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 MrMcGibblets
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in a nutshell, kind of like a bigger bodied gumballhead, the biggest difference being in the aroma. pours a slightly hazy gold w/ a white head. Almost reminiscent of the unique GBH-like aroma and taste-primarily sweet tropical fruit and some lemony citrus. Nose is more muted than gbh though, and lacks that signature 3f smell. Honeyed, cake-like sweet malts. no big yeasty qualities like many other wheats. refreshing and crisp for this abv. Medium sweet bread dough/cracker like malts. wheat hardly noticeable other than a hint of refreshing sourness. Medium body. would be great with a lower abv, as it drinks like a quaffer. dangerous.
Update: having been through cases upon cases of this, this is consistently great. A great head every time, fresh every time, great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated. Nose not as good as gumballhead and the abv is a bit high for me, but otherwise great. This is the beer that turned my wife to the dark side and also her best friend. A great gateway beer.

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Photo of BBP
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours clear and golden with a nice frothy head which looks like it's intent on leaving lace.

S- Sweet from the wheat, but substantially bitter at the same time. Some sweetness in a fruity way as well.

T- I'd almost classify this as an IPA first. The hops are quite abundant. The wheat is somewhat muted behind the hop barrage, but they sweeten the brew in a very elegant way.

Grapefruit is the initial hop flavor, but soon after pine resin becomes abundantly clear. There's a sweetness that comes in with this which tastes quite like honey.

There's a hint of spice in the flavor if you really look for it, but the spice is mostly recognizable in the aftertaste.

M- Medium full. Very creamy. Carbonation feels just right as it fills the drink out, but is otherwise fairly hidden. Slightly dry and considerably sticky finish.

O/D- Drinkabiliy is exceptional. Alcohol is nowhere near the taste buds.

Considering I'm not a fan of wheat beers, this is a large success, and somewhat an indicator that this is misclassified or that it's a great variation from the style.

Again, Lagunitas leaves me wanting more. I recommend this to any hop lovers, or wheat beer lovers looking to branch out.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Little Sumpin' is a slightly hazy, deep golden color with a big, white soapy head that leaves thick gobs of lacing. The smell is mostly of citrusy/piney hops with subtle hints of wheat in the background. The flavor is similar to the nose, with the citrusy hops taking center stage. Very nicely hopped but not mouth puckeringly bitter, this beer has great flavor. The mouthfeel is rather full with a thick carbonation that adds to the viscousness. Overall a very good beer, worth having again.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle, this beer is golden in color with a clear body. The nose on this beer is quite pronounced, featuring scents of citrus, mainly orange/tangerine, with tropical and floral notes. The white foam features somewhat larger bubbles and it does leave some lacing.

This beer has a delicious flavor that combines tropical fruit, oranges, pineapple, a little bit of honey, and wheat. The beer has a refreshing crispness and the bitterness, while supposedly 60 IBU, doesn’t seem that high and is actually well balanced for this style.

Lagunitas has scored a major hit with this beer. The nose and flavor are addictive and the beer just keeps getting better and better with each passing sip. I love the combination of tropical fruit flavors- they combine to create a flavor that most any person will find acceptable at the very least, including those who are not normally IPA fans. It’s a very tasty beer that earns a big thumbs up from me.

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Photo of searsclone
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a new belgium globe glass. crystal clear goden color with a bright white head

smells sweet and hoppy and grassy

tastes is mostly hop upfront, then honey and malt and bread

feels crisp and es really easy to drink

overall, I didn't know what to expect from this one. I would call it a pale ale, but I get some wheat out of it too. good for a hot day and will probably be really good with rich foods

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Photo of Squire123
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clean yellow color, white cap and good lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and yes, grapefruit. Nice hop punch. Some conifer in there as well.

Taste: Hop forward as the aroma implies. Substantial heft to it though, this is no lightweight in the flavor department. Hops carry all the way through playing the dominate role, yet they don't overwhelm. Clean finish retains hop flavors in the aftertaste.

Texture: Full, no doubt about it.

Overall: This is a good one. Aroma, flavor, finish, it all comes together.

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Photo of MeowTom
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like a glass of liquid gold. A very very small white head to it. That's gone all but just a slight haze over the top of it.

S- Awesome citrus and piney aroma.

T- Smooth smooth smooth...Then there is the after taste of pine and bitter that just rocks! The alcohol is not over whelming until I have had a few sips and then realize there is something to it.

M- Crisp and light. Very refreshing and wonderful IPA.

O- My father just brought this back from California and I'm so glad he did. This is a first class beer.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the best IPA I've had. I'm not a fan of IPAs but this was up my alley! Nice grapefruit taste, lower IBU bitterness than a lot of IPAs (64 IBU), and that wheat beer mix makes it much more drinkable than a lot of IPAs.

I know that they consider this a "American Pale Wheat Ale" but this is an IPA to me. It tastes just like Hop Nosh but toned down (that's an IPA.. which I do like). However you categorize this as it is tasty to me! This is better than Hop Nosh. That wheat does wonders for this beer.

I read the beer advocate description for "American Pale Wheat Ale" and it says its an Americanized version of a Hefe Weizen. That gets me interested! You know what, I don't want to call this an IPA any more since I don't like IPA that much. Sign my name on the petition for APWA!

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Photo of RichardMNixon
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Yellow gold body with off-white head. Foam was beautiful but way too much, had to wait several minutes for it to die down before I could pour the rest.

S: Walking through a field of hop flowers on a bright spring day, chewing a toasted English biscuit.

T: Wheat beers aren't typically my favorite, and I didn't see anywhere on the label that it was wheat. The smell had me optimistic though. Sure enough, doesn't really taste like wheat to me, just a good, clean IPA with pine and citrus notes.

M: Smoothly carbonated, all around pretty nice.

O: Great for an IPA, I'd happily grab a six pack. If you wanted a wheat beer I think you'd be more disappointed. The label uses the word hops eight times though, so I don't see that happening too often.

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Photo of Beerevity
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow with a white head. Plenty of bubbles rising in the glass long after the pour and great lacing.

S - Passionfruit and strawberry. The combination of wheat malt and hops aroma is utterly amazing.

T - Clean, fruity and slightly bitter with just the right malt backbone. A great change from your average IPA. I haven't ever tasted a beer in this category with such pronounced fruit flavors.

M - On the lighter side with great carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O - This is a wonderful beer and I'm glad I finally gave it a chance. I would have no idea it's a 7.5 on the ABV scale, it's very well hidden by the sensational flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left wispy traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, wheat, pine and some caramel. Great aroma for a wheat beer.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeastiness with a good dose of citrusy bitterness and pine flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever had. Don't know why it took me so long to buy some of this.

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Photo of wogreen
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - clear golden color

S - very potent hoppy aroma with an almost odd sweet smell to it

T - hoppiness is the dominant characteristic. i can barely taste the wheat flavor, however its a good blend that allows for a sweet wheaty finish

M - feels full bodied yet not as full as many pales.

O - a clean pale with just a hint of sweetness that balances nicely.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish gold with a good amount of white frothy head. Smells really wonderful. Light hops over sweet wheat. A nice light fruitiness on the nose. Tastes as OT s,ells. Sweet and hoppy. Especially for a pale wheat. Lots of great lighter fruit on he tongue with pine and grape fruit coming through on the hops. Very solid brew overall, definitely wish I had access to this

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Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear pale amber color with a white bubbly head filling the rest of the glass. The head faded fairly quickly but clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a juicy, tropical hop presence to it. It has some notes of pineapple, mango, and peach to it . Just a hint of wheat seems to come through.

The taste also shows a lot of tropical hoppy flavors. Peach seems to be the most pronounced with some pineapple and grapefruit coming through as well. A little bready malt provides a base for all the hoppyness. Some bitterness comes through in the finish balancing out the sweet hoppiness that showed up front. I love tropical hop flavors like this one, and this one is very well done.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is very good, I loved the tropical citrus flavors the hops had. Excellent beer overall and one of my new summer favorites.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Orange/golden tan. Not much head or alot of lacing.

Smell - Hops, wheat, citrus fruits like pineapple, orange, graefruit. Some lemon, sugars and spices. Smells really good.

Taste - A mild and citric hoppy kick. Wheat is present but overshadowed from the hops. Its grassy, and a little bitter. I get some honey on the end of drink, along with a little booze. Lemon is mixed in with some spices and sugars also.

Mouthfeel - Soild kick but easy to drink. tounge gets sweet hops, some honey and lemon. After taste is a little dry.

Overall - Very impressive drink. Its a little strong for a wheat ale but really this isnt anything like traditonal wheat ales. 7.5% and hoppy, this could pass for a ipa. Very tasty and hoppy!

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

Fanstastic. Forgot how it poured because I dived in so quick. Very smooth, bitter taste without the tingly tongue sensation. Hoppy but not overly so. Hint of pine. A nice bold consistency without being "thick". Lagunitas never ceases to please me and even though this is on the milder side of most of their brews its an A+.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, appears to have been bottled 12/7/10.

Looks gorgeous, but not really like any kind of a wheat beer at all and definitely like an IPA. Clear deep gold beer with a classic IPA head with a finger of retention, big packs of bubbles already clinging to the glass.

It sure smells like a West Coast IPA too. Pine and grapefruit pith abound with a sweet edge. I'm rating this mainly as an American IPA. Orange marmalade, yum.

Orange battles with grapefruit and pine says it's the boss. This is superb. Some wheat bread cowers behind all these hops. Bitterness is low to moderate; flavor is the game.

A more aggressive carbonation makes the hops explode all over the tongue, making them all the more alive, fruity, and irresistible.

I'm drinking this really quickly, as it's an amazing surprise, and there is not a trace of the alcohol. If you want a hop smack, this will do you as well as Stone IPA or even Blind Pig.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, 7.5% abv. Slightly hazy, bright golden color. Great airy off-white head. Great head retention. Excellent patches of lace.

Aroma is filled with citrusy goodness, with a slight pine edge. Hops are big and juicy here. Faint candy like malt in the background. Loads of juicy grapefruit sums it up.

Pale malt background really let's the malt shine. Some sweetness up front. Bitterness comes across very juicy, with a nice citrus feel. Not overly harsh on the bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, this is one drinkable brew. I love the juicy hop aroma and flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful crystal clear golden, with a plentiful amount of head. Very visually appealing.

S- Piney, resin-y, citric, and bread-y aromas, with some yeasty tones in the background.

T- I get flavors of grapefruit, pine, some wheat-y bread-y-ness, and some spicy tones. Nice dry finish with a bitterness that doesn't linger too much. Simple enough to be refreshing and complicated enough to be interesting throughout.

M- Medium bodied, and an ample amount of carbonation, however it could have used a bit more in my opinion (that could be attributed to an uncharacteristically aggressive pour on my part). Tiny bit of stickiness left but it doesn't detract much at all.

D- Very drinkable to me, however I am a hophead, so if you're not you might not find it to be.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Nov 26th, 2013.

Appearance: Pale golden body capped off by a white fluffy head. The head really exploded on this one. A few bubbles seen circulating throughout the glass. Great sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: The first whiff basically contains the basic APWA characteristics... yeast, grains, and fruity hops. Pronounced notes of grapefruit and floral aromas really hit the nose on the next few sniffs.

Taste: Hops up front. Sweet citrus and floral notes. The malts try to even this one out, but they are overpowered from the hops. A rather sweet finish on this one, grapefruit with sweetener comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, about average for the style. Light-Medium body. Very smooth, goes down easily.

Overall: A hoppy take on a rather predictable style. Though I missed the malts, this is certainly a tasty beer. I want more.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours up a crystal clear amber, with a dense white head.

S - Solid Piney aroma. Not faint.

T - Some slight malt sweetness with some citrus and pine in the finish.

M - a full-bodied beer

O An aboslutely delightful beer. Nice hop malt balance and very drinkable.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured from a bottle to a pint glass, a copper/blonde tint and well carbonated, creamy white head.
S-Strong floral, citrus, orange, grapefruit aroma
T-A complex and wonderfully that produces such a unique and interesting taste profile. The malt has rich medium that's far better than many others in the category. It delivers a white bread biscuit type character. And then a well suited citrus orange notes balance it out. In addition, it has a slightly bitter but eminently pleasing finish.
M-Carbonation is more noticeable than other wheat beers and wheat body does provide pleasant and bready mouthfeel.
O-It's combination of wheat malt and hop balance I typically don't find in other wheat beers. It's so smooth, distinctive, and pleasing; a favorite indeed.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass a beautiful orange with fluffy white bubbles to the rim. Settles nicely with decent lacing on the glass. Incredible bouquet of floral and piney hops with a crackers and light ester notes. Taste is resiny hops, tangerines, cut grass with a semi sweet breadiness to give a balanced flavor and medium-light body to this beer. Nice crisp carbonation and excellent drinkability. I would get this again for sure!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a golden brown color with nice some orange tint. The head is surprisingly minimal.

S: A lot of pine and citrus notes from the hops, with only a slight touch of wheat (not that I'm complaining). This is more of an IPA or APA from the nose, anyway.

T: The flavors are very similar to what the nose would indicate. Good citrus (orange) and bitter hop flavors, a touch of sweetness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body with a nice crisp, refreshing finish.

D: A much better take on the Pale Wheat Ale than the usual "hefeweizen" that American breweries make. The hoppiness really makes this a great refreshing brew.

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Photo of JayQue
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really outstanding beer, more so because it is classified in a style that usually includes some pretty wimpy beers. This one would hold its own as an IPA or APA as well. Nice amber color. Head and lacing are a bit light. Good floral hoppy smell, prepares you for the great, pronounced taste.

Strong floral and citrus hop flavor with some balancing bready maltiness. Strong flavors, very pleasant...could drink this until the alcohol caught up with me. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich, just right for a hoppy beer.

This is a great beer, I'm surprised I never sought it out before...I will now!!!! This is a new favorite.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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