A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

8,869 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYBLACK for the extra.

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a small white head fading into a thin wisp with good spotty lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits with an underlying sweet tartness from the wheat.

Starts off with some citrus as in the nose although the wheat and bready malt takes over a bit. Has that unique Lagunitas yeast taste that I like better when it's somewhat masked by more malt or hops.

A bit creamy especially considering the style. Juicy with medium carbonation levels.

A little outside of my normal style range, but this one is done well and always enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

This beer sure is "Sumpin'"...

Appearance: Looking good, m'lady. Your standard "beer" color. Amber. Clear. Head doesn't last long, but there's some fine lacing.

Smell: The only other Lagunitas I've had is their IPA, and this smells a bit like it. It has that sweet tea aroma, but it also has some pissed off hops. Yes. Pissed off hops. Earthiness? Whatever it is, it's a bouquet.

Taste/feel: It's definitely a Lagunitas. It has that trademark taste. This beer just takes it to another level. This thing just about smashes your face into the pavement with the bitterness and hops at the front, but on the back, there's a pleasant maltiness to balance it all out nicely. I also can taste the alcohol on a few sips here and there.

Overall, it reminds me a good bit of Lagunitas IPA, but it just has more oomph. A Little Sumpin', Sumpin', if you will. Certainly not for those new to craft. This beer's heavy on the hops with just a dash of malt. A fantastic beer on all counts.

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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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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

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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right from the gitgo, the 1940s pinup gal in the tight tank top and shorts suggests a good time is coming. The stubby brown bottle takes me back in time. And the name of this brew is irresistably fun. So far so great!

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Unfortunately my new cooler had frozen this one solid (no kidding!) while it was up against the back inside wall. Expecting this might adversely affect the taste.

a: Almost clear golden amber with a two finger fluffy white head which receded to a heavy surface film and dense, even, lingering lacing.

s: Ah sweet grapefruit! Makes your brain project the image of yellow grapefruit sections on a spoon.

t: A citrus-resiny, hoppy delight. So many pale ales today are hopped more than they used to be. This one is as well (64 IBUs is nothing to sneeze at), but it feels balanced and light-tasting.

m: Light to moderate, smooooth! Finishes clean considering the IBUs.

o: A perfect summer refresher. Again my brew for review may have tasted lighter than was intended since it was discovered to have been accidentally frozen, which in my experience tends to make beer more watery-tasting when the ice melts back into the brew. If so, as long as the weather is hot, I'd recommend freezing your LALSSAs, because this is damn good!

I had my first LALSSA a month or so before I started writing reviews on BA. I remember it being excellent. This one did not change my opinion. I'm on a taste-everything-new-you-can-afford-to-pour-down-your-gullet-and-a-few-you-can't summer binge, but when that is done, I'm expecting this one will be on my list of repeat buys for 2014 and beyond. That is if I'm still allowed to drink beer when national health fascism kicks in..

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

Appearance: Hazy golden.
Smell: sweet, citrus, hoppy.
Taste: This is only my 2nd review...I would have guessed IPA or APA, not wheat, but there is a crispness I haven't tasted in either. Very tasty.
Drinkability: Wouldn't have guessed 7%. I'm drinking this fast.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Light yellow, clear. A white one finger head that dissipates fast to medium bubbles. Frothy lacing.

S: Citrus-y hops, featuring lemons. Grassy and floral.

T: Smooth, semi- sweet. The citrus and floral balance takes away from the bitter hops. A touch of honey and spice makes everything nice. A very sessionable beer.

M: light to medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this very sought after brew. Now I see why it's so popular. A great back porch beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last beer on the Beers of Fame list.

Appearance: A slightly hazed orange-amber hybrid. Haze drops to almost nothing as the beer warms. Solid bright-white, creamy, rocky head. Drops to a small cap with some solid, but not intense lacing.

Smell: So much citrus it's almost jarring initially. Orange, grapefruit, touches of tangerine, all coupled with a backing bitter pine element. Nicely floral as it warms, but damn do much orange. Some slight wheat in the back. Malts run a bit sweet with some caramel running underneath.

Taste: Big juicy orange coupled with a lingering pithy/piney bitterness. Solid malt sweetness works to temper some of the more aggressive hop elements. Orange flesh and rind with some grapefruit zest thrown in for good measure. Has that distinct floral/herbal combo I associate with Lagunitas hopping. Slightly chewy biscuity malts add some needed sweetness. Nice little bite of wheat in the back to let you know it's there.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: If this is actually a pale wheat I'm the Juggernaut.

This is a solid IPA with a heavy wheat bill. One of the better IPA-style beers from Lagunitas. If I had never tried Sucks, this would easily be there best. Fresh it's downright silly. Ages pretty quickly, but remains drinkable for some time.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a lightly hazy dark yellow, with a thin white head.

The aroma is very hoppy, with juicy grapefruit and pineapple upfront.

Tropical fruits are also the focus of the taste as well, though they are a bit more balanced out by some light pine hop notes. There are some faint wheat and pale malt notes in the backing. There are no hints of alcohol from the relatively high ABV.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with a crisp finish.

This definitely is one of the hoppier wheat beers I have tried, or it could just pass as an IPA brewed with some wheat. Either definition works. A very easy drinking beer, especially considering the ABV.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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