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:
1,622
Ratings:
8,648
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,622 | Ratings: 8,648
Photo of zshaft
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours light orange with soapy head. nose is some lemon peel and corriander with associated orange and grapefruit. get grapefruit at the front end blending into a bunch of lemon and orange with some spices layered in there. medium body and dry finish. this is a great beer from a great brewery and is a must try. lot of flavor. nice and refreshing.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a while since I had this beer, but I remember having it on draft and it was delicious. Balanced flavors with a decent complexity. Highly recommended.

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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 Gregaroo
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/5/15 - Cinco de Mayo at the brewery in Chicago. Served right from the teet into a mason jar. Clear straw orange color with about 1/2 inch head. Tasty wheat on the hoppier side, which I like. Had a couple before the WSP show just ot be sure.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

What a great wheat ale! The most hop delivery I've experienced without any unpleasant bitterness or aftertaste.
Had this early in my "career" and was a bit overwhelmed by the grapefruitiness, but revisiting it was the right choice.

Pours clear and brassy with a one-finger creamy head. That pillow of creamy foam sticks around til the end and coats the glass like crazy.
A soothing but powerful big grapefruit aroma with sweet pineapple.
Taste is in-your-face huge with a sweet mix of floral citrus and grapefruit. Some bitterness at swallow sticks around, but is mellow against the sweet hop zing and nice malty, wheat grain finish.
A smooth feeling drink that's moderately carbonated.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear medium golden color. Two fingers of thick creamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Big time hop aroma... citrus and wheat... floral.

T/F: Malty and smooth with a mixture of yeast and bread dough quickly giving way to a classic Lagunitas hop profile. Citrus and tobacco mingled with peppercorns. Medium mouthfeel... a little bit sticky. Dry and hoppy on the finish.

O: Another great beer from Lagunitas. The hoppy wheat whatchamacallit works very well. This is one of those 'will drink any time' kinds of brews.

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Photo of CraftBeerCellar-SpaCity
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold in color w/ a thick light colored head. Perfect amount of carbonation throughout and lots of lacing. Taste and smell are citrusy, with a present hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Other present aromas are sweet pine.

On a side note, Little Sumpin' Sumpin' ale paired perfectly with my burger!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating

"A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'" is another one of those beers that has always just slipped by me without my ever getting around to reviewing it. As I've come across these beer (there have been many) I've noticed three thing: 1) they tend to be beers that I'd consider standbys, and 2) perhaps because of that they tend to be beers that I drink on tap (I don't generally like to review beers in bars and only do it when I have to). Finally, I usually assume that I've already reviewed them because I drink them so much! All of those thing go towards suggesting that they're great beers.

Let's get the easy stuff over quick: mainly clear deep gold body, frothy/creamy off-white head, excellent head retention, very good lacing. Medium body with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation.

The aroma is bright and fresh, but not overtly bold. It's floral and citrusy with Sanguinely orange, soft grapefruit, and a very slight bit of pine over a sweetish, biscuity/bready malt base.

The flavor isn't much different, and what makes the beer work so well is its balance. It's soft and supple, yet hoppy and strong. Everything melds together in one round ball. It's fruity, then more piney/herbal hoppy and malty, and finally bitter and drying in the finish with a little spritz of alcohol.

Straddling the line between a being an amped up American pale ale and an American IPA, "Little Sumpin' Sumpin'" delivers. Remarkably enjoyable, and drinkable.

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Photo of cbenson
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This a great looking beer. It reminds me of an ice-cream malt. Tall, creamy head with a sold gold color and small carbonation bubbles. The aroma is citrusy with hints of grapefruit. The flavor is sweet and fruity and reminds of orange and grapefruit. It is punctuated with a quick and diluted bitterness that rounds out the strong flavors. The alcohol taste is imperceptible. The mouthfeel is probably the best part. It is robust and interestingly textured at first and becomes something akin to flat soda as it washes down. Fantastic. An excellent summer ale.

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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 Cnote_crafty_1
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lagunitas - Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
64.20 IBU's
7.5% ABV.'s
Pale Wheat Ale
Drank out of tulip glass

Look: It had a half inch. of very white head. It can be alot larger if poured more agressively. The body has a yellow/orangish color with a slight haze and no sediment at the bottom. There is carbonation thoughout the glass and tons of white snowy lacing.
Nose: You get pine, citrus, and grapefruit mainly.
Taste: I tasted grapefruit, citrus, apricot(once it is warmer) and tropical fruits. You can expect bitter hops that is farely present on the aftertaste. The alcohol is not extremely noticeable for the 7.5% ABV's.
moulthfeel: light and crisp
Overall: It is really not that cloudy for a wheat ale, but it is a pale wheat ale, so maybe that is why. Anytime it is a beer with wheat in it I would like to see some chunky sediment in there, but I can't complain because I always enjoy this ale. It is always consistent whether it's had in the bar, or at home in the bottle. It satisfies the craving for a light bodied beer that has hop bitterness, without being overly bitter. It is fruity without being too sweet and still tastes like beer. How do they do it? Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' is the best of it's kind for sure!

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straw color fairly unremarkable but off-white head quite tall and leaves some lace. Nice fruity hop aromas immediately. A delicious honeyed malt flavor leads the taste; I'm surprised how delicate the hops are given their prominence in the nose and the label's report of 64.20 IBU. The honey and fruit guide the flavor and the hops are always present but never interrupt, never overwhelm, never seem out of balance. Mouthfeel clean. What a surprise.

Brown bottle poured into a glass. Did not see a date on the bottle, but if it were fresher it would only be better, I suppose.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light golden body, half in head
Smell is floral hops, orange, mango, apricot
Juicy citrus hop flavor: grapefruit, lemon, mango. Grass, a little pine and some sugar afterwards. Still more bitter than sweet though
Medium body, clean feel
A good beer. I'm glad too, because I have a case of it from the gala to drink

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Photo of AleMan66
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank this straight from the bottle, so didn't have a chance to see the color. The smell was just fine. Even though I am not particularly fond of really hoppy beer, I really like this one. There are many striking tastes in this one. It's kind of zingy. I really like it and will buy it again.

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Photo of BlackbeerdMT
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, it poured a very bright and clear golden orange with a minimal, soft white head.
The smell is awesome.
The nose is packed up front with light fruit/citrus, slightly earthy hop notes, fruity esters, and malt sweetness.
The bitterness is quite nice against the malt, very smooth. The hop flavor follows with the nose in a fruit/citrus direction with light lingering bitterness. There is a sweet, grainy malt flavor with a taste of wheat that props itself right up next to the hops. Although the taste of the yeast is rather neutral, the fruit-like esters provide another level of flavor and enjoyment.
It has a relatively light mouthfeel, carbonation is about normal.
I thoroughly enjoy this brew!
One of my favorites from Lagunitas and a very drinkable beer.
Cheers!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at a San Francisco Giants game. I enjoyed this beer - it fit with the venue and the atmosphere. Laid back, easy to drink, and full of nice wheat flavor. The ballpark price tag was a kick in the nuts, but overall, it's a quality brew.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a clear, golden-honey color with a frothy, snow-white head and really extensive lacing. It smells of malt, grapefruit, pine, honey, and floral hops. The taste is much maltier than I anticipated but in a good way. The taste also features grapefruit, pine, caramel, and hops. The balance between malt and hop is outstanding This ale is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and with an ABV of 7.5%, it is very easy to drink. Overall, this is an outstanding ale, deserving of its excellent rating and reputation. You can drink this one casually or accompanying a hearty meal. It's outstanding!

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Photo of q33jeff
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

**
09/21/2013
Aroma is grainy, lemon. Drank from bottle, so hard to judge appearance and maybe aroma too is not a fair rating either. Taste is sour lemon, hops. Ok. Medium carbonation. A slimy feel??? A good beer, but somewhat strange."
**

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Beautiful crisp and lightly amber-almost clear beer. Very bubbly and nice head.
S-Sweet malts, hops, pine, and citrus... Smells sophisticated.
T-Amazing flavor; sweet malts mixed with citrusy hops. Near perfect balance between sweet and bitter. I didn't know beer could taste this good.
F-Perfect amount of carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel, crisp, clean and, refreshing.
O-This may be one of my new favorites. This beer is so amazingly brewed. I can't get enough of it. You definitely need to try this beer.

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Photo of Troy_P
2.99/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I prefer darker beers. This was the most complex that they had. Thus, closer to dark, not in color but, well, the best that they had. Overall, not all that bad. Still too hoppy for my tastes.

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Photo of gkeh
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden pour, nose is citrus and resin, some pine and a hint of dank. Medium to full bodied, leaves great lacing from a frothy white head. Dankness dominates the tongue, with a subtle wheatish malt bill. Very nice.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I used to love this beer but I think the beer world's changed a bit.

This beer just wasn't as satisfying as I was hoping for. Felt malt-heavy in flavor and feel and the thickness on display here was unwelcome rather than rich. I was getting some tropical fruit flavor and aroma (as a matter of fact a good amount on the aroma) but a few sips in I just wanted the Born Yesterday rather than this. This just feels clunky and burly by comparison and without the pop or flavor dynamic.

It doesn't help that I couldn't for the life of me figure out the date this was bottled. An old Lagunitas complaint.

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Photo of primocarnerra
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer started off promising,with a nice head and lovely aroma and color. However, the taste throws me off......bitter and hoppy, a bit different presumably due to the wheat angle, but in a bad way. There was no joy in drinking this. I had to eat pretzels after every swig to get the taste out of my mouth. This is my least favorite Lagunitas offering.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Bright yellow colored ale, with a very mild turbidity. Pours a nice, white head that displays excellent retention. Carbonation is apparent.
S: Floral hop character is most prominent. Somewhat piney and resinous. There are sweet wheat notes as well, though they are very mild
T: Hops once again are most prominent, definitely resinous in character, somewhat floral as well. However, these bitter aspects are perfectly rounded out by a nice sweet character from the malts used. Well balanced flavor
F: Super solid, very silky and smooth, carbonation is medium and crisp. Goes back easy and has a nice bite of bitterness.
O: Great beer. Hops are a little 1 note but I like the idea behind this beer and found it quite enjoyable.

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

In a pint glass at a restaurant. 1 finger head.
Clear gold color. Beautiful lacing that lingers.
Minimal smell.
Taste is prototypical American IPA.
Overall, very drinkable, enjoyable ale.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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