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
Reviews:
1,615
Ratings:
8,630
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a golden yellow/straw with a half finger white head and a lot of lacing. Smells of Apple cantaloupe, and honeydew. A really a unique smell I think. Taste Is not as good as the smell here but still pretty darn good, a lot more bitter than expected can really taste the hops, and I think the over riding taste is partially fermented apples. Mouthfeel is typical of an IPA, can't even taste the 7.5 percent truly dangerous on a mid Summer's night ha.
Overall a great offering that's offered even at local grocery stores with minimal selection. Would reccomend 4/5

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look is rich deep and attractive golden amber, although a much lighter amber, still rich in color, smell is clean deep again and minerally, taste is rich, full complex and long, wheat is prominent with the hoppy feel throughout, i prefer this hop profile to most IPA's as it is consistent and subtle compared to most, a great beer for those trying to develop a hop feel. watch out potent and these sneak up, very smooth for a 7.5. feel is great, easy for the flavor and again complex. a solid beer for the fridge and will purchase frequently. overall a solid solid beer, solid enough to be very good!

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Photo of mkh012
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a disclaimer, I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers. I'm open to IPAs, but I generally dislike the almost soapy aftertaste that some of the more bitter ones have. As soon as I smelled this beer, though, I could tell Lagunitas was doing it right. The smell of this beer is a hop citrus bomb. It really is one of the better smelling beers I've ever sampled-- really sharp and floral. Luckily, the taste follows the nose almost exactly. This beer opens with intense citrus hoppiness but finishes smoothly. The perfect use of 60+ IBUs. Combines the awesome citrus aspects of a good wheat beer with the floral hoppiness of an IPA.

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Photo of Efay
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar

A- A light copper/dark amber color. not much head retention, but decent amount of lacing. White frothy foam.

S- Very grassy and piney, with subtle amounts of grapefruit and tangerine.

T- The initial taste is of sweet tangerine and grapefruit. There's some honey in there as well and this all ends with some bitterly pine notes.

M- Very light, but very carbonated and sticky. Still easy to go down as it has a light body.

O- Can't believe this is my first time trying this beer. Sweet and sticky with just a decent amount of hops. This is so drinkable, I think I'll be having more of this very soon in the future.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft into std pint glass.crystal clear pale gold color. Nice head with medium retention and nice sticky lacing. Beautiful citrus aroma. Delicious with nice malty balance for the forward hops. Minimal lingering bitterness. Really nice. I have had this in bottles many times and not enjoyed it as much as this (apparently fresh) draft.

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

Appearance pours a sparkling orangish yellow. White fine bubbles in a very clingy head.

Aroma- pineapple passionfruit citrus boquet with an underlying soapyness. A slight yeast quality with some hints of jolly rancher green apple fruit candies.

Taste- Great balance of lightly toasted malt and fruity citrusy hops. The whole thing finishes a bit sweet but it is very pleasant. It follows the nose quite a bit.

Mouthfeel- crisp and refreshing for a lighter bodied beer. The hops stick to the mouth lik ethe lacing in the glass. Alcohol?! what alcohol?! no burn or warmth or boozy taste.

Overall- a great daily drinker despite the higher ABV. I would have another with a side of Thai food or Jalepeno Poppers.

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Photo of Chris585
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden. Frothy. Slight hop sweetness. Sticky, sweet floral hops. Good mix of malt to hops. A little sweet for me. I don't see this as top notch in category. Not enough dryness to knock off the feel. Good beer

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Photo of ballz50401
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled on 8/2/10) into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden/copper color with a nice sticky creamy white head. Meduim carbonation level.

Aroma: The hops really shine through with mango and grapefruit. A nice touch of sweet malts in there too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tons of tropical fruit flavor here. Mango, grapefruit, orange, and peaches. Finishes with some light caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is very good with a light creaminess and mild hop bitterness. I really like the balance.

Drinkability: Wow! I really like this one. A very nicely done summer brew. Lots of citrus hop aroma/flavor, mild hop bitterness, and an easy drinking brew for such a high ABV. I will have to be sure to pick this up every summer.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a hazed copper color with fast rising head, retention and lace is prominent. very attractive beer.

Hop profile of DIPA!!! Super pungent citrus blasts with Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, orange, and dank pine all blasting through my nose. having a hard time picking out the wheat and malts but they are in their somewhere.

BAM, Hops straight down the throat. not overly aggressive but bitter enough to deter the casual light beer drinker. Hops taste in essence with the scent but a nice caramel/wheat malt backbone balance it all out very well. Outstanding

Medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel to it, moderate prickly carbonation. Very refreshing finish with a tasty afterthought of fruity citrus hops.

7.5% abv 64.20 I.B.U this Summer wheat ale is the best ive had in a long time. Easy drinker for the hop head in us all.

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

OOOoo hello citrus hops! I picked up a few bottles for a mix pack of new brews last week and, not gonna lie, returned the next day and bought a fully qualified sixer of this gem.

I got a face full of grapefruit and piney hops the second I poured this pale golden, ever so slightly hazed beer into my pint. Nice. The taste surely did not disappoint either! The body itself was light and crisp, perfect for a summer day, and the hops are not lacking at all in this one. The carbonation was spot on as well IMO. I normally do not go for american wheats, however given all the hoppy goodness Lagunitas pumps out I gave it a shot. I recommend this beer!

The hardest part right now is finding it at other beer stores in my area. When I ask for Lagunitas "Sumpin Sumpin" i get the "ok yeah if you don't know the name how can I find it" response, no matter how hard I try to preface my request with a warning.

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

crisp and golden, no cloudiness

funky wheat/ipa hybrid; cherries and salted almond brittle in the nose

taste is deceptive. feels like an ipa, has the bite of an ipa, but I can definitely see how it stems from a pale wheat/hefe tradition. to be honest, this is hard to label, it's unique and delicious.

the mouthfeel is superb: mellow and clean.

i like this beer. don't know how many i could drink in a row or if i'd have it often, but it's a good idea to throw a bottle of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' into your rotation.

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

A: Normal pale ale look. I guess slightly hazy yellow is the best way to describe it. White head. Awesome lace, my little sumpin'-sumpin' has her lingerie on. Gonna be a good night!

S: Best smelling brew I've sniffed out in a while. Lots of C-hops and no malt. Man she's got the perfume on as well, this looks promising.

T: Think wheat&hops. Then add more hops for good measure and you've got a little sumpin'. This beer is awesome!(she's a home-wrecker)

M: Crisp. The flavors are perfect, and the finish is clean. (she shaved)

D: Gonna keep comin' back to this little lady, everyone knows I was no fan of Lagunitas in the past, however; they're wining me over as of late.

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

Had this on tap today at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. Their beer list described it as an IPA brewed with wheat, and I have to say that my impressions were much more in line with this style categorization than with American Pale Wheat Ale. If this is an APWA, it's definitely the hoppiest one (by FAR) that I've ever had.

Pours very clear copper with a moderately sticky eggshell white head.

Smells very piney and citrusy, especially grapefruity.

I can detect almost all of the usual suspects of hops flavors: grapefruit, pine, earthy tones/marijuana. The first impression as it hits the tongue is very, very sweet tropical fruit like pineapple and mango, then it becomes more bitter. Pine is strongest while it's cold.

The body is surprisingly thick for the style (whichever it is) and the carbonation tickles the mouth in the most pleasant of ways. Very drinkable for me. Yum yum in my tum tum. I am always amazed at Lagunitas's ability to deliver great beers (especially IPA-ish ones, IMO) at a reasonable cost. Bravo!

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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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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale is in the same style category as Sam Adams Summer Ale, but o what a difference. This is stronger stuff in every way. Beneath the hop sting there is a fine aroma, and sweetness with a little bit of citrus in it (again, from those hops). One or two of these is plenty.

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Photo of Tonerelia
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good deceived me at first smells like a single IPA but once you take your first sip you realize it's a pale ale. Not a huge fan of pale ales but this was good. Would I purchase this beer again most likely not, but that's mainly because I do not care for the pale ale style. Would I recommend this beer to someone who does enjoy pale ales.... Hell yes!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated December 18th, 2015 I believe (352 5, Julian-dating). Yellow gold, slightly pale wheat beer look, a little opaque with a bright white foam that lingers. Smell is very hoppy, resinous citrus and pine, just a little creamy textured. Taste is on point with the smell but a bit more relaxed, with a cool, refreshing wheat backbone that is almost equally as apparent as the mellow but potent hoppy flavors. Very drinkable sessiony ale, interesting take on both IPA and wheat styles with a bit of a dominant IPA character. White lacing stacking up the glass. Cheers.

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

A- pours a hazy orange hue w/ very thin white head.

S-Interesting smell. Fruity, almost smells like peaches or candy.

T- Great stuff. Light w/ a great hop presence. Has a bit of a candy taste. Deadly. Could session by the 7.3 ABV could be a bit of a problem.

M- Smooth mouthfeel. Wheat gives this a velvety touch.

D- Overall,a great beer. This is my second session w/ this one. A very complex wheat ale that will give most a run for the money.

Go Phils

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Photo of cbak999
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was the over the top hop aroma. As soon as you pop the top, it hits you...that wonderful smell...

A - Pours into my Sam Adams special glass a crisp, yellow color. A nice white head, about 1/3 of an inch tops the beer.

S - HOPS! The smell is amazing! Piney and citrusy.

T - A bit sweet, but a real hop forward wheat IPA. I really like the taste of this as it's very close to several wheat IPAs that I have homebrewed.

M - Perfect carbonation...many CO2 bubbles rise to the top of the beer and this makes it sit very well in the mouth.

D - This is a great summer time IPA. Super smooth and nice bitterness. This is a favorite of mine and I am glad to hear that it's now been upgraded to a year round release. I will definitely be purchasing many sixers of this wonderful ale going forward!

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

Amber colored, thin head with light lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and smooth piney hops.

Very piney and floral, sweet clean malt and alcohol.

Medium carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet with alcoholic kick.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Would buy again if I had the chance.

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

A - Orangy Gold with a thick, luscious white head. Makes me drool in anticipation of the first sip.

S - Wonderful citrus smells attack my nostrils: Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, etc.

T - Orange, Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, etc. Grassy hops add some twang. Full of great flavors to tantalize your taste buds!

M - Fully moderate body with ticklish carbonation. An easy drinker.

O - This is one of my all time favorite beers. It has so much good stuff going on! A favorite for spring and summer.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12 oz. bottle

pours with a fairly large off white head that stays fairly intact throughout the session

features a full bodied copper orange color

aroma has strong citrus/grapefruit notes with no detectable malt presence

taste is also characterized by a very strong hops character also continuing the citrus/grapefruit character

mouthfeel is very nice with a satisfying roundness and a very nice level of carbonation

overall, this is a satisfying brew, that would probably be well suited to drinking in warm weather. I would say though that it is far more characteristic of an IPA than a wheat beer. I would have to say it's really not a good representation of anything that would call itself a wheat beer.

I do have some reservations, due to the fact this is supposedly an american wheat ale.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale - aww yeah

Appearance - Gold and sparkling. Head is brilliant white

Smell - Cascade like hops smell, citrusy and grapefruit

Taste - Big bitter than a nice fruity sweet that matches the smell well. I enjoyed the mellow aftertaste of coppery bitter.

Mouthfeel - Long lasting taste and medium carbonation.

Overall - This beer is so close to Dog Fish Head 90 min rating it is crazy. I would probably drink this one more due to the fruity scents but DFH had slight better carbonation.

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

i go back and forth on this brew. the "limited release" gets me going on a bit. (if it really's "limited").

soemetimes it tastes hoppier than others. a little inconsistent (in bottles at least).

but when it's good, it's GOOD.

nb--i had a pint or two at melt bar and grilled in cleveland.

^a whole different animal. EXCELLENT on draft. freakin' outta this world.

bottom line--in bottles i can give this an A- or B+. on draft fresh--a solid A.

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Photo of Keith238
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer had a slight haze and tight lacing.

Strong citrus aroma but a big pine flavor. I agree with the previous review that this is not like other wheat beers. The wheat gives this a very earthy and bready flavor along with the obvious pale ale attributes. Very nice combination. Very drinkable, I wish I had bought more than 2 bottles.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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