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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
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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 Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/13/09

A - Slightly hazy gold. Poured a 3/4 inch head which held on by about 50%. Decent lacing at the start but grows weak towards the end.

S - Juicy nose; grapefruit stands out more than anything. Bits of malt sweetness.

T - Spicy citrus hop bitterness. Floral with hints of pine. Over-toasted yet restrained malts nicely offset the hops. Something in there seems medicinal, but only reveals itself sporadically throughout.

M - Medium-bodied with good carbonation; it's nice & prickly. Bitterness lingers for a moment or two. There is a bit of a numbing effect as well.

D - Easily drinkable. This is solid Lagunitas & worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

Photo of drtth
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 12 oz nonic glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is lightly hazy and is golden/orange almost tan in color. The 1/3" off-white head recedes soon but also leaves some nice speckled but sparse lacing early on. Sipping continues to leave speckles of lacing for a while be eventually they are gone before the beer is finished.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and definite with a bit of pine and lots of citrus fruitiness: grapefruit, some lemon and some tangerine.

Taste: The flavor is clean crisp and fresh and pretty much what would be expected from the aroma but it is also more complex than the aroma. The grapefruit blends nicely with the tangerine and the hint of lemon while the pale malt and wheat provide some nice balanced sweetness to keep the hops in check.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied and silky with a fair amount of prickly on-going carbonation. The finish is medium long and is a nice mix of sweetness from the grains and bitterness from the hops. Its hard to decide if the finish is dry or lightly sweet.

Drinkability: This is definitely a very drinkable brew. I could easily have had 2-3 more. However, the alcohol is so well hidden you don't realize just how high the abv actually is. I will definitely be putting this one on my wheat beer shopping list, probably by the case

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle got in a trade with mjl21...thanks for everything Mike!

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow/orange color. Nice one finger off white head that goes away rather quickly leaving some thin sticky lacing.

S- This smells not like most wheat beers. The upfront smell of course is wheat but right behind that is some citrus hop smell (grapefruit and some mango) along with hints of piney hops as well.

T- Once again this is not like most wheat beers at all. Big citrus hop kick right upfront that I enjoy in most IPA's which kicks into a kind of piney hop and wheaty taste and ends with more of a citrus hops burst I think. Overall not like a wheat at all but more like IPA as far as taste is concerned.

M- This is a light to medium light mouthfeel to it. There is good carbonation to this beer making it dance over the palate when you sip it. It leaves a nice little hop resin on the tounge letting you taste it long after it's gone. The aftertaste is a nice piney hop with a little citrus in there as well.

D- This is a very drinkable beer to say the least. I am glad I got a couple of bottles of this in a trade. The sad thing is I already drank the two I got. If I could get this in my state I would drink this all the time. Too bad like most beers I enjoy a lot I can't get it. Very good beer!

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.02/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear goldenrod hue. An aggressive pour yields a one-and-a-half finger head, but not very dense, head settles to a thin cap, with a thin rim along the glass. Thin rings of lacing develop on the glass as the beer descends.

Plenty of hops in this one, masking the light wheat grains very well. The hops are sharp, and carry plenty of citrus notes.

Sharp grapefruit in the flavor, very hard to detect the delicate wheat malts. The hops linger for a while after each sip. The wheat malts add a bit of tartness behind the hops. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

I'm really taking a liking to this style. As of now, it falls into the American Pale Wheat Ale, although this isn't typical of the style. It's pale, it's wheat, but the hops steal the show in this one. Maybe an Imperial American Pale Wheat Ale? The light, crisp, and somewhat unnoticeable wheat malts set up the perfect base for hop heads, letting the citrus and fruity flavors take over. It's also dangerous how drinkable this beer is. It isn't a session beer, keep that in mind! Recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'Ale pours a copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a fairly strong hop aroma and I can pick up some caramel malt. The flavor is pretty hoppy with some citrus like notes and I can taste crystal malt and a decent amount of caramel malt. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of budgood1
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a pale gold colour. snow white frothy head with ample staying power. chunks of lace. monster hop aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and passion fruit. sweet caramel type malts only amplify the nose. downright tropical. taste profile is more of the same...the gritty wheat aspect does show itself, showing off grainy and dry notes, but is quickly swallowed up by some malty, sweet, candy and toffee like sweetness. it melds incredibly well with the tropical like hop fruitiness and provides a decadent and delectable taste profile. at 7.5 ABV, it does throw off some heat, which can be easily detected, but is also cleverly integrated. although the hop profile is flavour forward, there is a great deal of lingering bitterness. this also provides a welcome level of dryness in the finish, melding well with the overlooked wheat bill. full bodied for a wheat inspired pale ale. tongue tingling mouthfeel...props to the hops. great drinkabilty...too good for such a high ABV ale.

overall...i would say that this is ridiculously tasty. Lagunitas nails another west coast, hop forward ale. stoopid good. ;)

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 8,952 ratings
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