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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Photo of bristol2120
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12 oz. bottle

pours with a fairly large off white head that stays fairly intact throughout the session

features a full bodied copper orange color

aroma has strong citrus/grapefruit notes with no detectable malt presence

taste is also characterized by a very strong hops character also continuing the citrus/grapefruit character

mouthfeel is very nice with a satisfying roundness and a very nice level of carbonation

overall, this is a satisfying brew, that would probably be well suited to drinking in warm weather. I would say though that it is far more characteristic of an IPA than a wheat beer. I would have to say it's really not a good representation of anything that would call itself a wheat beer.

I do have some reservations, due to the fact this is supposedly an american wheat ale.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-It’s beautiful golden color with a substantial head and lacing present.
Smell- a very tropical beer it smells like summer.
Taste- the sweet fruit of a wheat ale until you are slapped in the head by the hops, not bad but awfully sweet.
Mouth feel- medium body with some carbonation.
Overall- It’s a little above average but a good warm weather beer which hides the alcohol.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful glimmering orange with a fluffy head and modest lace.

Hops run across the nose. Sweet and rindy citrus--orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Everything else takes a backseat to the rindy hops. It's a bit phenolic, and grapefruit is prominent. It's nice for a couple of sips, but I'm left wanting something more well rounded. The carbonation is smooth, and there's adequate body and a mild astringency.

The ABV is too high, and the hops become way too much after a while. I wouldn't want more than one--actually, I don't even think I'd want more than half a bottle in one sitting.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a creamy white head.
The aroma is slight citrus and toffee.
Taste is orange pitch bitter with a semi-sweet followup and a bitter, dry finish. Perhaps a slight Belgian-like funkiness as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and dry.
Overall, good but not great. A bit underwhelming.

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Photo of jobcrackerbah
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Orange peel color with a small creamy looking head that leaves a fine lacing around the glass. Bubbles consistenly float to the top.

S: Strong sweet citrus hops accompanied by a very slight malty aroma. Can't percieve any wheat.

T: The beer has too much abrasive citrus hops. The wheat isn't clearly defined in the taste and there needs to be more malt to balance the beer. There is also a spice like quality that is odd in a supposedly refreshing style.

M/D: The mouthfeel is slightly too thin with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is hurt because the beer becomes too strongly bitter to be a refreshing wheat ale. The more the beer warmed up, the more it fell apart.

I was hoping for more wheat and balance when drinking this beer. The hops aren't complex enough to warrant a high score for taste either.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a slightly hazy bright gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is of wheat and some nice sweet fruitiness. Oh and a pretty big hop citrus presence.

The taste is way bitter. Lots of grassy notes, some pine and a hefty amount of mango makes my mouth pucker from the bitterness. The wheat is completely overwhelmed in my book and the alcohol isn't hidden all that well. Not much of an American Pale Wheat beer at all.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are both at medium levels and are nice.

Drinkability? Not that good. Between the abv and the overall bitter factor, this will be a beer that I'll finish very slowly and I have no plans on buying any more. Others seem to like it...it's just not for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours gold, light to dark, hazier towards the top. Thick 1/3 inch white foam. Beer like nose, sharp. Grassy. Clean tasting open which hints at a small wall of bitter. Citrus swirled in. Crisp finish, but later on the bitter takes a firmer hold and lets you know it is there. Has a little Euro lager taste to it.

Honestly - what is all the fuss about?

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Photo of spicelab
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw-orange with a modest head that dissipates quickly - interesting, considering this is not the experience of most recent reviewers. Old bottle perhaps?

Smell is pretty intense grapefruit, honeydew melon and lemon zest. A mild malt presence struggles to be heard. Screams West Coast IPA to me but what the hell would I know?

Maltiness is a little more pronounced in the mouth, although tropical bitter fruits definitely rule the roost.

Mouthfeel is quite full, slightly metallic.

Could drink more, but I'd be much more likely to seek out a multitude of West Coast IPAs at around the same ABV.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: A semi-clear light copper colored body holds up the thickest, creamiest cream colored head I have ever seen on a non-nitrogenated beer -- and it never recedes at all. Massive lines of thick lacing coat the glass.

Aroma: Notes of cedar and peppery spices are dominant with faint citrus on the back end.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the palate is coated with pepper notes and cedar. Plenty of hops come out for a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, on the thicker side.

Overall: Not much of a pale wheat ale, more of a double hoppy wheat I guess. It tastes great, just mis-categorized I believe.

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Photo of onedogtwodog
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that I am in the southwestern US I've been looking for an alternative to Peak Organic Summer Ale, which I love. This is a very good beer but not quite what I was looking for, i will grab another six and try it again. I will still keep searching for something similar to the Peak Organic though.

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Photo of chilly460
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, golden yellow color with a hazy body. Two-finger head with tight carbonation which settles to a even layer of lace.

S: Big floral hop notes in the nose as well as some wheat and spicy aromas.

T: Sweet, toasted malt and plain grains up front with a piney and grassy hops.

M: Full-bodied pale wheat some chewiness from the wheat.

D: Pretty interesting full hopped american wheat is a nice "mild" IPA with a clean sweetness. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of JAStheAce
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sumpin sumpim pours out a clear bright shiny golden lemon with a decent amount of head. Smells piney, fruity, hoppy, and perfumey. Big oily hop taste as well as some citric zest and a colossal bitter aftertaste. Light mouthfeel with balanced carbonation. A solid brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Came as a clear brown-tinted gold with a soapy head and some spotty lacing. A strong hop smell with faint sweetness and some lemon/citric notes and yeast. Smooth, a little creamy, light-bodied. Hops are there and make their presence known buth the citric notes, along with a hint of spice, aren't completely overpowered. Nice fluffiness in the mouthfeel makes the beer go down easy, although the balance is slightly off and there is a little bit of funkiness in the taste. A hoppy wheat beer is an interesting combo and this isn't a bad beer, yet I don't know if I'd drink it again. I think I'd rather have a wheat beer and then an IPA.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper in color with a fingers worth of head. Decent lacing.

S- Piney hops with faint fruit/citrus notes. Faint alcohol is present as well.

T- a lot of carbonation up front with pine hops working away. A good blend of hop flavors is satisfying. Pretty damn bitter! Carbonation is a bit aggressive.

M- Again, the carbonation is a bit harsh but ends with a pretty smooth finish.

D- Alcohol is well hidden which makes it easy to drink. Along with a good mix of hop flavors.

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Photo of tegelaar
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a murky amber ale color. Chunky white foam that leaves gobs of lacing clumped on the side of the glass.

Smells of brown sugar and caramel. Perhaps this is a dated bottle as the hops are not present in the nose.

Tastes somewhat malty for something of such high IBUs. Not as hoppy as I had hoped. Very sweet with just a tinge of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is perfect in body thickness but slightly undercarbed for my tastes. Goes down smooth.

I could put down quite a few but I'd pay the price the next morning.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish creamy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is bready caramel malts with resiny piney hops and a little fruit. Smells a bit dank and earthy too.

The flavor is some bready malts and musty eathiness with a lot of hop bitterness - piney, floral and resiny. There's a little fruit too. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA. Some of the characteristics remind me of Gubna by OB, but it's more reserved.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a 10oz goblet

A bright golden body with just a touch of haze keeps this from being completely transparent. A small, frothy white cap didn't keep for very long and settled to a thin collar.

Hmmm. Tons of bright, citrus hops here. Lemons and tangerines with a strong piney character as well. Some clean, toasted pale malt lays very low.

Hops really leap out of the glass and smack you in the face. More fruity and fresh up front with a bitter, piney kick in the finish. An extremely clean toasted wheat body with tons of hops over top. Lemons, tangerines, prickly pine and a boozy finish.

Thick and syrupy for a pale wheat. Hop oil and resin really thicken this one up and make for a crisp, dry finish. Not overly refreshing, which is what I usually look for in a pale wheat.

For a lover of hops, this one is fairly drinkable. But it is confusing to the palate. Once I got about 3/4ths of the way through, I just wanted it to be over, even though the hophead in me rather enjoyed it. I guess it just wasn't what I was expecting.

It appears as though the folks at Lagunitas have stumbled upon this hop profile that they are now using to hop the hell out of a fairly basic pale wheat. Not sure if I dislike it or love it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little sumpin' sumpin' ale has a translucent body that is about the color of a shiny penny. A lot of active carbonation bubbles move around in there. About a finger and a half of white head that doesn't last long, but does leave a few globs of lacing behind.

The aroma has lots of hops; creating a piney and citrusy aroma that comes together to remind me of perfume.

This beer is all bite and no bark. Or maybe all hop bite and wheat? Up front the beer tastes a little bit like perfume for a short burst, but that flavor breaks off into more distinct hop flavor that include intense, bitter citrus and resiny pine. Some more light fruitiness and a slight bubble gum flavor comes in next. In the very finish a touch of wheat that makes of the backbone of this beer is noticeable. The hop profile is pretty good, but for me I would like a little bit more of a wheat backbone.

Light bodied with lots of carbonation. The bitterness dies down in the finish and is replaced by wheat, which leaves a nice aftertaste and allows for a smooth feeling finish.

Pretty drinkable beer. Lagunitas and I just don't seem to get along, but this one was pretty good.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A large fizzy white head sits atop a crystal clear golden-yellow body. The head quickly receded leaving a light, spotty film down the glass.

S: Bright citrus hops. Lemon-orange and some pine. Not much of a wheat/grain character as I would have expected.

T: Lemon tinged hop bitterness is highly pronounced. Light wheat flavor and a slightly off pseudo-bitterness. Not sure how to describe it other than to compare it to an alcohol burn but more in the front of the mouth than in the back of the throat.

M: Dry and crisp finish to a light bodied brew. Not particularly refreshing.

D: The aroma is the highmark for this beer. The taste has a slightly off bitterness to it that diminishes an other wise nice lemon-wheat flavor. Again this beer smells and looks like it should be a nice refreshing brew, but alas it falls short.

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Photo of rugerj
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a pale orange color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing left in glass. The smell is fruity/citrusy, not sure if this is only from the hops, I assume the yeast plays a big part here. Not as hoppy as it smells but has a fair hop bite. Lots of fruity/citrus flavors come through; again I assume the yeast helped with this. Carbonation was good and beer has a good full mouth fell that is soft on the palate.

A good, unique beer that is well made. However, it did not live up to hype for me. Probably wouldn't buy again since I like other Lagunitas offerings much better.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – clear light amber color, with about two fingers’ worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – very sweet smell, almost like orange juice or grapefruit juice.

Taste – slightly hoppy, but most noticeable is the citrusy taste, which indeed still seems to be that of orange or grapefruit.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew, and not bad tasting at all. Tasting it in the fall now, but it was probably aimed at being a summer beer, which makes a lot of sense.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale -brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company with an ABV of 7.5. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is bold and rich with hops and grains. The smell is a little bit overpowering to this brew. The taste is bitter at first but the end is nice. This brew has a nice clean finish. The mouthfeel is great and refreshing. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is an ok drinking brew. It is bitter but smooth. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. This is not your everyday drinking brew. You have to be in the mood for this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5.

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Photo of devilben02
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a thin head of small, soap-like cream-colored bubbles. The aroma is clean but fruity, with big citrus notes of lemon and orange. The flavor is much of the same, with a big citrus hop character up front with some pine and a bit of an earthy undercurrent. This one may be an even more hopped-up pale wheat than I remember 3 Floyd's Gumballhead being. The texture is quite dry, and the prickly carbonation doesn't add constructively. Overall, it's an over-hopped light wheat ale that still doesn't compare to a strong pale ale but also loses the qualities of the wheat. Nice and drinkable, but not special.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell was very fresh. As with most of their beers the color was brilliant. Tasted very good. One of beeter wheats ive had. Overall one of these guys best efforts

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Photo of arc3636
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours medium orange with 2 fingers of white head, very little lacing after head does down. pine hops dominate scent and taste. Good beer, would prefer more variety in the hop flavor

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