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 | 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
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1,614
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Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mackenzies in Minneapolis.

Pours a pretty hazy golden amber, very huge and thick white head forms, slowly settles leaving a shit ton of lace on the glass, very thick layer, looks pretty great. Smell is alright, wheat and amarillo kick, orange peel, quite floral, yeasty, some light fruit, touch of honey and biscuity malt, found the aroma a little messy, but alright. Taste is similar, lots of wheat character, yeast, lots of citrus, honey sweetness through the middle, lightly spicy, orange, some floral, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, light bodied with medium to high carbonation, refreshing. Not too bad but a little let down.

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

I just reviewed a different California version of American Pale Wheat Ale (from Firehouse) and it pales in comparison to this one. First of all, the aroma just jumps out of this pint glass with bright citrus tones and fruitiness and a little yeast ester. The appearance is a slightly hazed copper with a dirty white head. Flavor is bright and vibrant as well. To me, this one would compare favorably to another wheat/APA hybrid that I know of...New Glarus Cracked Wheat. This one tilts more on the side of APA though whereas the Cracked Wheat is more balanced and the Wheat properties are more distinguished. The flavor here is bright and vibrant with citrus hop qualities. The 64.2 IBU really doesn't scathe that much. Wheat characteristics are light and in the background. Carbonation is pretty vigorous and this would pare nicely with a lot of different kinds of foods. All in all, a nice beer.

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

Taken from notes on 1.2.2012
12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light, clear orange with a large bubble, near-white head. Solid retention.

S - Strong pine, citrus, and some grass.

T - Grapefruit, pine, orange, lemon.

D - Average body and carbonation for the style.

O - Great flavors. Refreshing and delicious. I love it and I am mad that it took me so long to try it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came out of nowhere. Drank it a bunch in the Tahoe/Norcal beerfest scene this summer. Bought a good deal of it in bottles too. Hear this is a "wheaty-esque" beer. I dunno, it tastes too good to be a wheat beer.

Appearance looks like nothing special, in fact, it looks a little light and cloudy to be good, like a mass produced hefe. But the aroma starts to tip its hand, that this is a quality brew. And then, the taste, so strong, bitter, and then, bam, like I dunno, Stone IPA or Speakeasy IPA, it just is gone so crisp, like Outkast, so fresh and so clean. Very drinkable, light on the palate and yet so bitter and hoppy. I'm thinkin' crystal malt and simcoe hops all over this one.

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

12 oz. Golden/orange pour. Small white head. Aroma is floral, citrus, piney hop. Taste is a good blend. The wheat gives a nice light-medium body. Flavor has the hop pine, but balanced with the wheat, similar to some rye pales I've had. Accents of citrus, apple, pear. Finish clean, refreshing. Nice for Lagunitas to make something other than a hop bomb.

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

12 ounce bottle purchased at package store in Westchester, NY.

Poured into a large wine glass. Nice dark peach color with a smallish one finger head, that soon will turn to mainly a white ring with some light white lilly pads on top of the beers body. It smells mainly like a typical wheat ale with some faint hops. However, upon taking a sip, it tastes more of those aformentioned hops while still maintaining the characteristics of a wheat ale, and some brown sugar there too. It tastes very good and is unique. The mouthfeel is a bit dry, a bit sweet, but leaves your palate eager to have some more of this Little Sumpin` from Lagunitas. This beer exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazy orange-gold color with nice some lighter orange tints along the edges; a full inch of off-white foam. Light lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with an aromatic blend of citrusy lemon and grapefruit, some floral orange blossoms and a small hint of pine.

The tastes follow the nose with a solid amount of orange citrus and slightly bitter pine hop flavors, a touch of sweetness on the finish from the crisp, crackery pils and wheat maltiness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium in terms of body with a nice crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would given how bland and boring most exampled of the style typically are, but I should have known better coming from Lagunitas. This offering is a much better take on the Pale Wheat Ale than most other offerings of this style, even thought I would consider this more a Wheat IPA given the ABV instead of a wheat pale ale. The hoppiness really makes this a great refreshing brew and one I will gladly revisit in a bottle or on draft during the warmer months of the year.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at a good temperature and poured with a mid-sized off white head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber. Aroma is hop, caramel, bread dough, fruit. Flavor is much like nose with bitterness on top, a little sweet under that then the other qualities. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, no off notes, and long. Great wheat IPA.

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Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden colour with a small, white head. Good head retention. Awesome lacing.

Big, rich, piney, resinous hop aroma with a touch of sweetness.

Sweet malt with an odd herbal bitterness. Musty hops. Really quite weird.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An interesting beer to be sure. The aroma is great too but the flavour is herbal and strange. I just don't quite get it.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On at tap at Bodega on the patio, a server's suggestion that was right on the head, served in a pint glass. A lightly clear with good retention and lacing...The aroma is nothing special, pretty light honey a little hops on the back. Easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on draft in shaker pint glass.

Clear golden color, bright white head. Bright hop aroma, a mic of floral, citrus, and earthy pine. Pale malt flavor, not much to pale the hops. Slightly bitter. Very thin body.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours a pale, golden-straw color with slight haze, nice rocky, white head holds good retention & leaves thick lacing on the glass. Juicy, fruity aroma, juicy fruit gum, tropical, mango, floral hop. It's tangy and a bit tart, tropical fruit, mango, mandarin, juicy fruit gum, mild bitterness on the clean finish. Medium body, nice carbonation allows flavors to meld on the palate. Overall, I always enjoy this hopped up version of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Really nice flavors here; perfect for summertime, but with the higher ABV it's less sessionable than most APWA's.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottled served in an SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a translucent gold with a fizzy, one inch, bright white head that settles into a creamy skim. Delicate clusters of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses wheat and orange rind. Taste consistent with nose - no real surprises; however, there is a pleasant, easy tartness to the flavor profile, with a light, earthy hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a slight astringency and a carbonation that falls just shy of lively. I can't believe I'm just discovering this beer. Easy drinking and refreshing. Looking froward to adding this into my summer rotation.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear light copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of pungent hops, both citrus and tropical, with very small amounts of wheat aromas.

Tastes good. A wheat and pale malt backbone is joined shortly by strong tropical and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of light fruit flavors come in leading to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass pretty quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this is by no means a traditional wheat beer, however like most of Lagunitas brews the hops are a nice addition. This is worth a shot.

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden light orange with a white, foamy cap that builds up to a nice size. Retains pretty well at one finger. Good rings of lace randomly places on the glass.

S- Hops up front. They lend great tropical fruit notes (peach) and a good amount of citrus. Great aroma strength, all hops but I could sniff them for hours. Really like an orange mashed into a peach. Light caramel malt after some time.

T- West Coast pine and citrus hops, the fruit fades somewhat; a good hop profile nonetheless. Grainy/biscuity light caramel malt provides the backdrop for strong hops. Grapefruit for sure.

MF- Solid, moderate body with a decent creaminess. Carbonation is on the high side. Bitterness is moderately high.

DB- A rerfreshing beer. The pine hops and citrus become somewhat out of check as time goes by. The nose is great but the taste is a bit of a let down compared to it. Good beer, but it joins the fruit hop aroma to pine-zest taste club.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a billowy two finger white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within, with them slowly popping over time. The head fades very slowly over time to leave a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a floral hop aroma with a good presence of pine and citrus hop smells. The floral aromas are of a mix of jasmine and an almost dandelion smell. The sweet tangerine, caramel, and the spicy notes of a peppercorn and thyme that are also in the nose complement well the floral and pine hop smells and make for a great smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and citrus hop taste. Quickly the taste sweetens with tangerine/orange flavors coming to the tongue. Along with these, comes some notes of caramel, which start out weaker, but exchanges in strength with the sweeter citrus over the rest of the taste. Floral and pine hop flavors, that were detected in the nose, start coming to the tongue. They get a bit stronger as the taste advances to the end, but never really grow too overpowering in taste. In the end with a light herbal and spicy flavor comes to the tongue, with the beer leaving a rather satisfying lightly hopped sweeter citrus and green taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to average side for a 7.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is above normal with tons of tiny prickly carbonation bubbles. Normally I like a bit of a thicker body in a hoppier beer, but in this case, the floral and pine hop and spice notes that are in the taste are very well complemented by both the thinner body and the higher carbonation.

Overall – Quite delicious. Not the standard hopped brew which is loaded with citrus hop, this one has a very nice hopped profile, blending nicely a sweeter body with a variety of hop flavors.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a wonderful translucent gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle, and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is pungent citrus, a touch of pine, and only slight malt. This beer smells juicy and inviting. I am excite.

T: The first hit is light and sweet, and then... boom! Huge juicy citrus. It's oranges and lemon peel. I get a bit of pine in the back end, but the dominate flavors are citrus. The beer finishes with the perfect mix of bitter and sweet.

M: Light bodied beer. It's watery and sweet to start, juicy in the middle, and well balanced in the finish. The flavors hit the palate and move off quickly. Nothing lingers for longer than it needs to. The carbonation is perfect and the bitters tighten this beer up in the finish.

O: Wonderful beer. It's incredible easy to drink, the citrus flavors really shine, and it's ridiculously refreshing. I think I have found my new summer go-to APA/IPA/easy drinking brew.

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: nice copper color with 1 inch white head

smell: citrus, sweet caramel, hops,

taste: citrus, grapefruit, hops, nice bready, caramel malt backbone

mouthfeel: nicely balanced beer, with moderate carbonation,

overall: a very nice beer wish Delaware would start carrying this company. So I wouldn't have to trade for it or go for a drive to find it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, graciously gifted to me by the shopkeep at brawleys...i've been there maybe 10 times and i think i have gotten free (great) beer 3 times

appearance: served in a standard pint, kind of a pale straw-golden body with and underdeveloped eggshell head and decent lacing. would love to see a big cap on a beer like this

smell: great nose - very gumballhead-esque in my opinion. punchy bright citrus hops, grapefruit zest, bubblegum, orange peel, light notes of sharp wheat and grass

taste: follows the aroma well - nice juicy hop profile...zesty hops, grapefruit and orange zest, crisp wheat, lemon extract...sweet beer

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing - worth a sixer purchase for sure

drinkability: nice

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No visible best before date.

A: Significant head (~1 finger) for this glass. It stays just coating the surface for ages until I disturb it with my drinking. Molten gold, just barely clear. Good looking beer.

S: Whoah there! Huge grapefruit and pine. A ruby-red blast filled with delicious pine sap. One-dimensional, maybe, but strong, powerful, and right up my alley.

T: Delicious! Tastes like a Double IPA. Pleasantly astringent hops linger for ages on the aftertaste. The maintaste is slightly bready and the maltiness balances out the tartish grapefruit. The wheatiness is notable, but in the background. The six-pack packaging makes a joke about beer sites trying to classify the style, and I see their point. It's a bit in-between, but it. is. good.

M: Citrus and drying. Scattered carbonation. Very nice.

O: A fantastic and really interesting beer. Recommended for hopheads and lovers of grapefruit. This is my second in a week, and I think I'll go buy a few more.

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

Never would have guessed this to be a wheat beer; it seemed to be more of an IPA. Anyway, it was quite enjoyable.
In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lace.
Mostly floral aroma, some citrus. Sweet malt.
Resinous piney hops taste, grapefruit, good malt background. The flavors blended well together.
I thought this was a well-balanced beer.
If not sessionable, still very drinkable. My son-in-law, who's a Miller Lite type of beer drinker, really liked this beer. I was going to hide the 6pack from him; but, in an effort to further his beer education, I gave him four of the six bottles.

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

A-Deep golden color...not much head..

S-Great aroma...big citrus (oranges,tangerines) and also a real fragrant floral hoppiness as well...not much wheat on the aroma but an awesome hop aroma..

T-The flavors are really impressive too....hops are perfumey and floral with some slight citrus....and then on the very long finish there is a fantastic wheat cracker flavor...hops definitely lead and produce nice hop burps..

M-Not much carbonation...some booziness evident...a splash of alcohol I guess you could say..

D-Might as well call this a wheat ipa....damn nice....much different than New Glarus's fantastic Cracked Wheat....this is more of an IPA base with some wheat where that one has more weizen characteristics along with the big hops...both are nice in their own ways...

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Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with half a finger of bubbly white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and peach. A little toasted light grain.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit and piney hops. Pretty dry. A little peach in there.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice. The hops go well with the wheat base.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like that I can get this beer relatively fresh in the middle of nowhere. Pours a yellow color with some cloudiness that shows off the 50% wheat grain bill. Very enjoyable C hop aroma, you definitely can make a nice aromatic beer with C hops despite some often prevalent subjective wisdom running contrary to that thought.

Plenty of good green vegetal C hop goodness in the taste, bitter but not overly. Mouthfeel really does wheat beers well, nice and light, dry body that really lets the hops shine.

Easily top 1st tier wheat beer, done very well, better than almost any other I can think of. Easy availability will hurt its score on the BA top beers board, not rare enough, but to those who aren't into Pokemon level stuff, this really satisfies taste buds and the wallet. Sorry, no fedex bux here.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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