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 MitchVanSomf
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

my humble opinion: one of the best beers ever.
Hard to find another beer so balanced between its hoppy character, wheat base and natural fruity aroma. I can't think of a time or place not to drink this.
While it's somewhat mass produced and available everywhere, that a good thing for all.
To me this is the beer that put Lagunitas on the map.
pout this in a nice glass, kick your feet up and life will get better

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Photo of bmeehan
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' smells of floral hops with a strong piney overtone. Its taste is a bit bitter, and not reminiscent of most other wheat beers, but it's not undrinkable, either. I don't get the sweet notes from it that other reviewers have; what I smelled and tasted were much more floral.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours golden, clear with a light orange tint. Lots of tiny carbonation rising. Small white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Grapefruit, honey, lilikoi [passion fruit]

T: Like the aroma, grapefruit and lilikoi. Some light malts and a malt sweetness.

F: Medium-light bodied and nicely cleansing.

O: Very nice. Very drinkable. Definitely recommend picking up a six-pack or two.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really beautiful beer. Dark honey color, with a thick fluffy head about 3 fingers tall. Left a lot of lacing and a thin layer of foam on top that lasted til the end. Smell was a little off putting (my bottle was undated, could have been old). Smelled a little like Lysol mixed with rubbing alcohol. There was definitely an unpleasant alcohol burn that tasted a little like rubbing alcohol, also. I realize this is a little higher than average ABV than a typical beer, but at the same time, I've had equally high ABV beers without that taste. If I looked past the alcohol burn, the beer was great; balanced with just the right amount of hops and citrusy flavors. I don't think it's quite as good as others here say, but it was okay. I'd be willing to try it again and see if my bottle really was bad.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured semi aggressively into pint glass. Good 3 finger head. I had a slight head cold so smell and taste is prob a bit off. Lacing stuck around throughout. Mouthfeel was pleasant. Could get the hops to come thru still even with a cold. I've been lookin for a decent beer to stock up a few for a good drink without having to think about how it compares to the last, this may be it.

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Photo of SMZBrew
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a weizen glass creating a 3 inch head with nice retention and lacing down the whole side of the glass that pretty much stayed there as I drank this beer. Aroma is all hops. There is wheat breadiness and sweetness somewhere in there but the hops takes over. Taste is basically all hops front, middle and back. The good part is that the hops is very balanced. Not too much and does not stay on the palate too long. The part that may not appeal to everyone is that the hops basically takes over the whole thing. Wheat beers are pretty mild so throwing so much hoppy flavor in there basically makes this a one-note type deal. Solid drinking beer just not enough complexity for me.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of citrussy, grassy hops. A bit tropical. Somewhat sweet smelling. Fresh bread malt aroma. Pine needles, grapefruit, and a little honey.

Pours clear light amber with an off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Juicy citrus fruits on the palate. Marmalade and pine. Floury wheat flavor rounds things off. Some sweetness upfront, honey-like. Finishes fairly dry though.

Crisp medium body, medium carbonation. Mouthfilling but not cloying. Some hop resin lingers with some floury wheat.

Drinks more like an IPA with notable wheat flavor. Not complaining though.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Julian # 260 5, taken warm off the singles shelf... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: golden-amber liquid with a light-moderate level of haze... fluffy-sudsy, very open-structured, spongy foam - slow burn on the retention... some craggy, truly lacey-lace left - looks crocheted

S: very breakfast-cereal fruity hop aromas up front, with a nip of spicy-piney in the back... perhaps a faint whiff of clean medicinal booze... xmas-y smells within the hops... little-to-no malt... touch of spearmint... this smells like an American IPA

T: rather thick wash of tropical-candy-fruity hops - a slow cascade of luscious-y resins rinse down back through the palate, coating it with an almost pixi-stick like candy flavor... a touch of spiciness and prickle of alcohol lights up in the back... the malt is just a vehicle/carpet for the dump pile of hops in here... no, this is not balanced... perhaps getting some of the wheat malt in the aftertaste, underneath the fire-in-the-sky of hop/fusel spice... could be more bitter, less girl-drink-y

F: relatively light in its flow, but certainly some potent resiny viscosity... not built for a session... I'm not even sure what food one could pair this with - it's a bit on the sticky side

O: it's halfway to a double IPA - just label it so... even at 2.5 months old, this IS showing age, for sure... it's a fine hoppy beer, but it almost seems like a potluck(?), scratch recipe... this has to be one of the beers (first time having this in years) from Lagunitas that initial turned me off on this brewery (Sucks regained my attention)... really a trash IPA w/ no personality - an uncomfortably drunk party guest that passes out, flopping down on the dumpy couch that is your tastebuds

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Photo of gandres
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz bottle poured to wine glass with lunch
Appearance: Bright yellow, golden, not a lot of head a bit hazy/cloudy
Smell: slight hoppy smell, sweet and fruity
Taste: well balance flavor specially the bitterness/alcohol
Feel: a bit fizzy
Overall: very good beer

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Photo of CNoj012
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear bright golden orange color with a 2 finger bright white head. There is good retention throughout and not much lacing. Smell is lemon, floral, pineapple, grassiness, and pine. Taste is the same with moderate bitterness. Feel is light, crisp and well carbonated. Overall this beer is complex yet suble. Too subtle for my liking, but very drinkable.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Clear. Pale. Poured 4 fingers high of head and medium long retention. (4)
S: Intense lemon and lemon peel aroma. A bit grassy. Some tropical fruits (pineapple). (4)
T: Citrus. Tropical fruits. A touch of sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Dry finish. (4.2)
M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. (3.7)
O: Excellent hoppy ale. (4)

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Photo of dacrza1
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 4, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: watching the Cavs/Pelicans with a second rating in one night... APPEARANCE: a bronze, sparsely effervescent body; head is off-white, crowning with bubbly froth and a quarter-finger showing.... AROMA: at first, a noticeably light, aromatic hops bomb of Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus hops... some definitive pungent wheaty yeasts dampen the aroma... PALATE: medium-bodied, worthwhile mouthfeel with enough warming weight to suggest its 7.5% ABV...a lasting, pleasant aftertaste...a bit crunchy, and engaging...TASTE:the label claims simplicity, and the taste profile approximates its promise, with a yeasty oddity pushed upward by a hoppy citrus juiciness... a bit of spruce tip ends up in this as well... OVERALL: as promised, a beer that tantalizes and pleases in equal measure... another beer that I (embarrassingly, finally) sampled at Tom's beer fest last week... Lagunitas delivers again....

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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 MarkLinton1
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional! Incredible balance of semi-sweet malts, piney resins and citrus hops. If I were on my death bed and asked what beer would I like before I meet my maker...I only hope I can still say Little Sumpin' Sumpin'!

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Photo of gryffilion
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a clear straw-gold--beautiful color and clarity! The head has gone down and left a fine, thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Much less residual carbonation than there was on the Lagunitas IPA.

On the nose, there are hints of the piney, resiny flavor that is to come. Palate-wise, this is a knockout. There's just enough bitterness to be refreshing and eye-opening and just enough malt and acidity to counterbalance it. The finish is clean and pleasant. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and one that I don't buy often enough. I plan to rectify that.

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Photo of jancona
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I definitely get a lot of citra hop flavor - it comes across as tangerine and a touch of bitter rind. A supportive malt base. The beer has a nice smooth feel with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The second offering from Lagunitas I have had and the second time in a row I have been impressed.

Out of the bottle it pours a golden ochre color with thick, white head. The head leaves a nice lacing down the glass. The odor of the beer was unlike any ale I have ever had, it was citrusy and lightly ale-like. It actually smelled sweet, but it was tamped down by the hops - a very good mix. The mouthfeel was tingly, strangely tingly, but crisp and fresh as well. I was truly surprised. The taste started tangy, spicy, and citrusy with sweet notes, then ended with a bold ale taste - about the level I'm not a fan of, but still good. Overall, the brew provided me a more enjoyable experience, it reminded me what craft beer drinking is truly all about.

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Photo of garagerock101
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! I usually mix up my beer selection but this is becoming my "go to" beer. Smooth-not too hoppy and a nice ABV. I'm stocking up on these. No wonder the lines are so long at the Lagunitas booth at the beer festivals i attend.

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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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Photo of Strat58cat
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas should give tutorials about how to do a huge, hoppy beer that is all good. That's the hallmark of Lagunitas. Every beer they make is all good. There's no dirt in it. Perhaps they don't bring the darkness like another of my favorite breweries - Stone - but Lagunitas does bring the complexity and alchemy. Unlike Stone, which makes some of my favorite beers, Lagunitas doesn't brew any beers that suck. Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is not an IPA. It's a wheat beer to end all other wheat beers. Now, personally back in the 1980s I thought Pete's ended wheat beers because it wasn't as good as Boston Lager or other craft offerings - but it didn't. Lagunitas has it here. What? Wheat. That's good.

This ale is a pleasant pale-amber color with an off-white head. The head foams up nicely and retains a bit before subsiding into a lace of foam on the top of the ale.

The aroma of this beer should be required studying for everyone who is trying to do a "west coast" hop-centric beer. Point one: it's a delightful aroma mixing citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Point two: it's all good with no dirty, nasty aspects. Point three: it doesn't smell like cat piss. This is how it's done.

This wheat beer faces a challenge. A thin-bodied wheat malt needs to stand up to all those hops that they are funneling into this brew, and it's a close match at times. The initial hop splash is great, intense and refreshing, followed by - a malt and what a malt. It is a thin-bodied, lithe wheat stalk of a malt that can take everything the hops dish out. It's got some spicy notes and some sweet notes and merges and mingles harmoniously with the hops to create what? Wheat. That's very, very good.

The feel of this beer is somewhat thin-bodied compared to some other beers from Lagunitas, since it's a wheat malt. However, it's not a deficiency. Lagunitas has worked the alchemy properly to create a thoroughly appealing, refreshing beer.

Overall, this is a great beer. It's pretty expensive, but pretty great.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange with a thick creamy white head. Smells of faint bready malts and orange citrus with pepper notes. The first thing that came to mind when I drank this beer was general tsao's chicken. I get deep strong notes of caramelized orange and spicy red pepper. It has a nice bittersweet balance with a zing and spice to it that pairs well with spicy dishes. Creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is slightly detectable at times. The taste becomes more mild and a bit sweeter as it warms. Overall a nice, unique, strong, and bitter brew.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Straw color with a small head that leaves no lacing and slowly recedes. Aroma is multiple layer of west coast hops, with cimcoe and cascade standing out. Taste follows the nose with a wheat and piney hop body before a dry hopped finish that goes down easy. Well hopped without being sensory overload. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. No bitterness and the hops are pleasant without being overloading the wheat part of the beer.
This could actually pass as an IPA for some people. Good hop presence without being one dimensional. Glad Lagunitas rolled this out. Great for year round thanks to it's balance and drinkability.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy semi-burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Spider web lacing roams around the sides of the beer adequately.
The smell is fresh citrus in the front and as it warms, more pronounced lemon and grapefruit resounds into a gentle sweet wheatiness.
The taste was sweet with some bitter grapefruit rind flowing over a crisp wheaty bite in the aftertaste and flows right on into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a luscious sessionability. Carbonation hits low allowing the wheat to pronounce the body in this one.
Overall, what a damn nice APWA. Though I'm unsure why I drank this this time of year in cold ass Idaho, next Summer, I'll be sure damn happy to be killin' a sixer of this in my off time.

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Photo of supie12
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow such a smooth and crisp tasting beer.
It leaves a nice lace all the way down the glass with every drink.
The color is a slightly lighter Amber probably because of the style.
As usual with this brewery, I am not disappointed.
I will be buying again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A foamy two finger large head, with a dark yellowish body. Small but rapidly rising carbonation. Beautiful sight.

The hops are definitely noticeable in the nose, but it's the citrus that dominate the smell.

A fantastically balanced taste. Just as in the smell, the citrus and hops balance each other out in a beautiful fashion, I also note hints of mild chocolate in the aftertaste. Carbonation feels quite mild, tickling one's tongue in a delightful manner following the immediate taste sensation. Otherwise, a very drinkable beer - almost intimidatingly so. All in all, another exceptional brew from Lagunitas.

Bought as a six-pack for $11.

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