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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:
8,604
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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Photo of VMWhelan
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with one finger of fluffy white head.

The nose is mostly hops. Grapefruit and pine with a bit of grassyness. Only a slight hint of wheat.

Taste follows the nose: fruity hops dominate followed by a grassy/earthyness. Good malty sweetness follows the hops for a nice balance. Again, slight wheat in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Not the best example of the style but very tasty in its own right. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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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 brandtbates89
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't really know how to classify this beer except that it is a really enjoyable beer to drink. Upon opening there's a hint of citrus. Don't get fooled by the appearance of this beer because its bot a little bite to it as well as a great rounded "hoppyness."

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured to a pint...
Slightly cloudy, golden straw. Two fingers of quickly dissipating white fluffy head. Leaves thin, splotchy lacing.

Mixed citrus fruits, slight bitter hoppiness, a little grassy and floral. The aroma is nice but it doesn't jump out at me. I'll update when I taste it again.

The taste matches the smell, but adds a little bit of spice. Specific hints of apricot and pineapple with a surprisingly dry, crisp malt finish. Very nice floral hoppiness.

Light to medium mouthfeel, smooth with a crisp finish. The dry grassy feel keeps it from being too watery and boring.

Overall, a very tasty and easy-drinking beer with better than average complexity for the style, but a sneakily high ABV considering how smooth it goes down. This is a perfect spring/summer beer if you want something a little stronger in a session beer.

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Photo of Zadok
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For awhile I have been reading a blog post from a guy here in KC raving about how good this beer is. See, from past offerings I have kinda lost an interest in Lagunitas because everything just seemed kinda average. That was then this is now and the KC beer blogger was dead on, A Little Sumpin is delicious.

Pours a crisp hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy head, it screams at me to head out into the sun.

The aroma is excellent, heavy hops with a mild sweetness.

The flavor is excellent as well, very distinguished hop presence but with a mild breadiness that intermingles and creates a perfect balance.

Mouth feel is crisp and clean, extremely refreshing. The right amount of carbonation.

As I said before, this brew is delicious. The abv is a little higher than desired for an everyday drinker but thats the only flaw, minor at that. This has completely transformed my previous view of Lagunitas.

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Photo of hmf05
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, almost amber color. A nice two finger head that quickly dissipates, but leaves beautiful lacing

S: Tons of tropical fruit like papaya, mango, pineapple. A nice carmel maltiness that balances the slight hop bitterness

T: Hops are there, but not in a bitter way. Very herbal-like quality to the hops. Nice and juicy, mostly papaya and mango flavors.

M: Medium bodied with tons of carbonation.. Relatively dry finish

D: Extremely high. Could easily drink 4 of these

O: Amazing beer. The tropical fruitiness gives this brew a nice juicy character. Good for hopheads, yet good for those who aren't. Check it out if you can

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Photo of rambler85
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas always impresses. This beer is no different. It has a sweet smelling, almost floral aroma. Definitely some citrus in there as well. The beer has a bright golder color which is enhanced by a slight haziness.
Flavor is huge in this one. It starts lightly sweet and fruity. It is a big beer though. The mouth feel is quite heavy. There are also plenty of hops to balance it out.
Overall a great beer. A very nice change of pace for IPA drinkers.
Cheers

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Photo of specksnreds
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always a delight to see the slutty Sumpin' girl back on the shelves. But she should be holding two pineapples in front of her boobs, because this beer tastes and smells (judge Smells?) like pineapples. Delicious, delicious pineapples. Golden liquid pineapples with a fish-belly white foamy top. Oh pineapples, thank you for your flavor profile in this beer. And the zippy fun finish is a nice reminder of the slutty girl on the label.

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Photo of IronLover
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled froma bottle with no freshness date. Deep yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a dense yellowish-white head that slowly reduced to a thick cap. Lot of wet sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus grapefruit and orange aromas with along with plenty of caramel sweetness and hint of toasty malt. Medium bodied with nice refreshing carbonation. Sweet malty and citrus grapefruit hop flavors are well balanced through the beginning and middle. The wheat flavor peeks through toward the end as this finishes slightly dry and very clean. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Wouldn't think twice about having it again. Lagunitas has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of aval89
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber color.. produced a one finger head that quickly settles but leaves nice lacing..

S: pink grapefruit dipped in sugar... sweet caramel malts .. mango & papaya. Slight breadiness

T: sweet malts right upfront.. then the hops take over..tangerines, sweet grapefruit sprinkled w/sugar.. more mago & papaya with lemon peel bitterness finish.. some caramel is present also on finish ..

Mf: medium bodied with spot on carbonation.. dry finish on the palate..

O: very impressive brew.. goes to the top of my list in a heartbeat..

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Photo of Sensaray
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into glass

Pours a golden yellow clear tone and produces a half finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Looks like good carbonation but well see.

Theres a definite malt sweetness too the smell. More light citrus fruit.

Theres a sort of balanced taste here between the bready yeast, the hoppy bite and sweet malt. Also an alcohol presence is barelynoticeable. Sometimes i sip and get a chocolate orange taste. Good mouthfeel. The after-mouthfeel is also very smooth.

Overall this is a great beer not what I was expecting for pale wheat. Made me want another. This is my get a 6 pack beer many times.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never went out of my way to try this, but my Uncle threw one my way, so why not?

A- Pours a golden/straw body with a 2 1/2 - finger white head that falls pretty quickly to a decent cap, but then remains.

S- Wow, this is a pale wheat? Big nose of floral and citrus hops, followed by a yeasty/bready hit.

T- Again, I can't believe this is an American Pale Wheat. Great citrus and floral hop flavors. Slight bitterness follows, but then a nice bready/musty flavor.

MF- Medium bodied beer that has flavors that really jump on the palate. A little dry in the finish that leaves slight chalky feeling.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange, gold with a thick white head that leaves beautiful lacing.

S: This beer has a wonderful aroma of grapefruit, lemon, vanilla, and slight bubblegum. Hops rule the smell though there are plenty of sweet tones.

T: Starts with slight bread but hops quickly take over and stay in the driver's seat. There is some mango and lemon followed by grapefruit. The finish has some bread return and a pleasant tinge of bitterness from the hops. Citrus and a herbal grassy taste lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium with nice carbonation.

Overall: This is a really great beer. It has a wonderful aroma, ripe and crisp fruity flavors that have enough bitterness to rein in sweetness, and it is not too heavy. However, the ABV is a tad bit heavy and, though you could enjoy a few of these in a row, you might regret drinking too many. This beer is perfect for sunny spring days that still have a bit of chill or dampness in the air.

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Photo of Travelwell
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who: So your just back from Bavaria.. Yes it would be nice to have an efficient public transportation system but you, you have something better.. a beer, and not just any beer, You've got a little sumpin' sumpin' up your sleeve.

What: If you have had hops on your mind all day look no further, this beer delivers with pink grapefruit hi-lights, lemon and tangerine undertones, plus a simple wheat characteristic any brauhaus could call their own.

When: Jetzt!

Where: In your backyard, in your home or.. castle, in the alps or rockies, get out, experience the world around you and remember.. beer helps with everything.

Why: Achtung baby! because you have never had so many hop's in your hefeweizen, period!

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Photo of boralyl
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - ours one finger of white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves some nice sticky lacing. The beer is clear and has a golden-straw color. There is visible carbonation.

S - The aroma is very fruity with classic wheat overtones. It consists of a little citrus, mango, and lemon. A very nice display of hops.

M - Light-Medium in body with active carbonation. The carbonation is prickly and has a nice crisp bite to it.

T - First is a nice bready malt flavor that is quickly bombarded with hops. I get mango and pineapple followed by some citrus. The wheat malt comes in near the finish and there is a slight bitterness from the hops that lingers.

The hops are showcased very well in this beer and the wheat complements it nicely. I really love the hop profile on this beer. It's like a bigger, more tropical gumballhead. I highly recommend giving this beer a try.

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Photo of alkemy
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 12 ounce bottle and into a pint glass...

A - Crystal clear slightly orange golden hue with two fingers of fluffy off-white head.

S - Sweet and hoppy. After the rush of hops, there's a vanilla mixed with a bit of bubblegum. Also a good bit of mango and a little pineapple.

T - I found the aroma more citrusy than the taste, but the taste is still very good. The sweetness really takes the edge off any bite the citrus might have. Mango was still there. The vanilla I noticed in the nose was absent on the tongue. Hops are the main attraction here and they don't disappoint.

M - Medium feel. Feels quite refreshing and finishes very clean.

D - Despite the ABV, this is light, refreshing, and oh so drinkable. You could put down a sixer of these without batting an eye.

Lagunitas always seems to come through for me.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer on several occasions and finally decided to write a quick review for it.

Appearance - A frothy and soapy lacing. The beer itself is a very pale and slightly caramelized yellow.

Smell - Smells of wheat, barley and strong hops. Citrus, light berries and fruits are obvious as well.

Taste - Very similar to the nose. A heavy berry-wheat taste with citrus and hops to accompany it. Heavy fruits as well; with hints of pink grapefruit, banana and pineapple.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Easily drinkable and quite hoppy. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Delicious fruit flavors chime in well with the bitterness.

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

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Neat looking golden/copper, half finger white head and little lacing

S - Nice hop and yeast up front. Lots of pine a citrus, wheat and malt is very sweet smelling. This is very much like an American pale ale. Love the balance and how every smell lingers

T - The hops is in your face, with pine and pineapple, maybe some papaya or mango. Yeast is next, very sweet and smooth. Then the wheat and malt come at you and linger for a while. This is just well executed beer

M - Very fluffy, some carbonation, sticks to the mouth a bit, but not sticky. You can taste this beer in every corner of your mouth

D - This is drink-ability. 7.5% and goes down like butter. For the taste and the price I could session this ale

Final thought - Lagunitas does it again

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Photo of mgbickel
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A huge 2 fingers of eggshell white head formed on top of the pale, straw colored body. The foam lasted pretty much throughout the drink, slowly receding down to a thin layer, leaving behind large tufts of itself on the sides of the glass.

The nose is like a fresh smack of citrus...oranges, lemons and grapefruits...all sitting on a bready wheat backbone.

The flavor is real similar to the nose...the hop flavor is present from beginning to end...but never real intense or overpowering. The background malty wheat flavor provides a great balance.

Light and airy mouth feel...crisp with moderate carbonation.

This is a wonderful beer...very similar to my favorite of this style, FFF Gumballhead. Probably the most refreshing beer I can get...speaking of which...I am so glad this is offered on a regular basis and distributed in my area. This will always be in stock in my fridge!

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Photo of AwYeh
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip pint; bottled on Feb 1, 2011.

A: Pours a clear, somewhat dark golden color with two fingers of bubbly white head. Good retention, good lacing, and lots of carbonation bubbles flowing up through the glass. Very pleasant to look at.

S: A big rush of sweet, citrus hops starts things off- grapefruit and some especially tropical-smelling pineapple in particular. A good mix of other hops are detectable too, with hints of pine and floral aromas. As well-balanced as the hops are with their variety, a light wheat aroma adds even more complexity to the already great smell.

T: Similar to aroma, with a large portion of the aroma's hop flavors showing up as bitter here rather than sweet. Grapefruit overtakes the pineapple, though orange peel shows up, and a light grassiness emerges as well. The wheat is really pushed to the background here, providing a light foundation to hold up the stronger hop flavors- though a discrete bready malt flavor does come out in the middle of the flavor. Long, lingering, bittersweet citrus finish.

M: Medium-bodied with carbonation on the light side of moderate. Smooth and sticky, and even slightly creamy thanks to the bubbles- an excellent body to communicate the beer's flavors.

O: A very good beer; I enjoyed my glass wholly and will be picking this one up again. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a non-traditional IPA, even if it's not too far off-base from the style.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy,yet still clear somewhat light golden orange, with nice creamy white head, leaving a good considerable amount of foamy lacing.

Very sweet, fruits, tropical fruits, maybe some banana,pineapples hit the nose. Very pleasant.

Very citrusy and fruity, without being overly getting sick from it sweet, but sweet nonetheless. Hops come in noticeably in the end, to balance it all out. Light to average carbonation,maybe below average carbonation,which is always a plus in my book. Medium body.

A damn fine beer,very interesting. Pleasant and sweet,while still being consumable for more than one or two,it makes a good session brew and a break from the usual.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another selection from Lagunitas who never disappoints. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of malt sweetness with a citrus, mostly grapefruit smell. Pours to a bright yellow-orange with a multi-sized bubble foamy head. Head leaves a nice lacing on receding. Taste is a great likeness of the smell. Taste starts with a dandelion like sweet bitterness up front, then transitions into a heavy malt backbone in the middle with a tangy finish and a finish similar to the initial taste. The aftertaste stays bittersweet and fades to a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is spot on. Lagunitas continues to not disappoint.

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Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pale gold with a slight haze. A gentle pour produced an inch of foam that recedes to a film.

There are some nice tropical fruit aromatics on the nose. A resiny evergreen hop character is also noted, and a slight botanical, almost lavender-like note that reminds me of scented soap. A faint malty sweetness is detectable behind the hops.

The palate opens with a blend of tropical fruit (pineapple in particular) and herbal/botanical hop flavors. Pine becomes more apparent in the mid-palate, and the slight soap character that I picked up on the nose is present on the tongue as well. While the beer isn't especially sweet or malty, it does have a medium-full body from the liberal use of wheat malt. The finish is smoothly bitter and very slightly tangy. This is one of the better beers in the Lagunitas catalog.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my New Belgium globe

Golden body,clear, with a nice white head on top, some light lacing on the glass. Smells very hoppy, big citrusy notes with some tropical fruit flavor as well. Tastes a bit more balanced than the aroma would indicate. A nice citrusy hop flavor mingles with a solid pale malt backbone. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. I wouldn't mind drinking this one again. It's a solid beer for sure. That being said I wouldn't go nuts trying to seek it out but the bang for your buck is high on this one.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Poor Phil's in Oak Park, IL. Golden color with foamy head with good lacing. The smell is floral hop, with citrus notes. You think from the smell that it is going to be a hop bitter blast (which I don't really care for), but I was surprised that it was very smooth and well balanced with sweet malt husk and yeast flavors. Very well crafted recipe. Extremely drinkable. Definitely not a hop-tea that totally covers up the rest of the ingredients. This one exemplifies what an American IPA can be.

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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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