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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
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

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Photo of CraigS119
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at my local Party Liquors (Tampa, FL). $10.49 for the 6-pack.
A- Pour is surprisingly light and yellowy. Looks like a light beer, not a bad thing, just surprising. Creamy white head pleasantly pillows the top.
A- It's got a fruity smell I can't quite place… ah, I got it: pomelo! It's a fruit that tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit. Also has notes of barely.
F- Fruity upfront, bitter, piney, malty finish. Not as light and crisp as I would've liked.
M- Below average carbonation (for an APA).
O- Tastes like a under-carbonated IPA. Definitely a great (albeit, strong) APA for the ABV, but I'm definitely in favor of the more traditional IPAs (like Bell's Two Hearted) in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. This beer honestly gave me a half-chub on the smell, making me expect a hoppy/citrusy IPA, but then it fell flat when it came to taste. I can definitely see how some people like this beer, but it just ain't for me.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass. Golden "Clear"(Lil haze) considering it is a 7.5er. Wonderful smell of some type of sweet preserves I usually have a some fancy restaurant. The smooth sweet wheat taste is overpowered with hops. Delicious...The "wheat ipa" is proving some worth. This is one to try if you like hops!! IPA fans will like this as an alternative to their usual brew. Wheat beer fans, drink your smooth wheats and stand clear too much hops for u! Me, a good drinkin' brew!

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

Pours a pale golden / straw color w/ three fingers of dense head. Excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is fantastic. Tropical, citric, and fresh herbal hops dominate the aroma w/ a slight malt sweetness towards the end.

The taste mirrors the aroma, with the herbal hops (basil, i kid you not) taking a bit more center stage. Flavors of sweet pineapple and grapefruit appear as well. The wheat malt comes in towards the end and offers some sweetness and balance. It tastes great, but the wheat is too subtle IMO

Medium bodied, very, very smooth and refreshing even. Deceivingly drinkable despite the 7.5 abv.

Overall: Although i was looking for a bit more wheat, this beer is pretty amazing. This is the best beer I've had in quite a while. Way to go Lagunitas.

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

Poured 12oz bottle into 16oz glass a Mild golden color, 1 -2 finger head, mildly hazy.

Smells of Hops, Pine & Citrus with some sweetness are first thing to hit your nose. Malts and other ingredients balance well.

Tastes of citrus and sweet notes with Hops then the pine and citrus tastes abound, the malts keep the hop bite down nicely with a mild alcohol presense.

Medium hop bite, some citrus, the hops leaves a mildy bitter aftertaste of citrus and pine. finishes dry with some lingering hop aftertaste.

Good Drinkability for those who like the hops. nice amount of carbonation. Overall a good beer to take time to have one or two mixed in when your thirsty for a few. Not one for those who prefer a mild domestic brew. This is my 1st updated review of this brew. I put it as my second favorite behind Pliney.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden almost amber with eggshell white colored head that builds up to an almost two finger width that leaves thin lacing stuck to the glass once it resides. The smell is a bit grassy and piney, but sweet, with a detectable sweet malt backbone. Tastes of bold bitter and hops with a definite bready wheat flavor and detectable spiciness perhaps from an excellent mixture of hops, malt, yeast, and wheat of course. medium bodied with a carbonation that is not overbearing nor underwhelming, just right. I was craving hops but had no IPAs on hand and this juicy and delicious beer did just fine. I'm glad I have a few more of this excellent pale wheat ale.

Cheers!

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Photo of bierbrauer
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased locally ($9.99/6). Bottle marked Day 325, 11/21/11, 43 days ago. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Slightly cloudy gold/amber. 1"+ fluffy, ivory head that leaves scattered lacing; steady effervescence.

S: Lemon and grapefruit, warm bread; floral.

T: Lemon & banana, slightly tangy/sour; caramel; growing piney bitterness; scant alcohol.

M: Crisp, with medium body and medium/high carbonation; creamy, but a bit too prickly to be smooth; slightly dry finish; low warming.

O: Fresh and delicious -- fruit/hop forward; one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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

Had this on-tap in Pittsburgh once, remembered liking it, picked up a sixer when I saw it at the store.

Cool bottle, also, there's a dog on the cap. Pours smoothly into a hefeweizen glass and a small head plooms about a few cms. Beer is the color of light amber.

Smells: apricot, mango, citrus, fresh-cut grass, pine resin, flowers. Smells excellent.

Taste: sweet, hoppy, fruity, downright delicious.

Mouth: a little syrupy, leaves you wanting another sip, though.

Overall, I would recommend this beer to anybody that likes beer.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' – Wheat Pale Ale (7.5%) - Lagunitas Brewing Co. (California)
☆☆☆☆

App: Beautiful citrine yellow color with a big, two finger head that retains very well. Big, sticky lacing way up the glass.

Smell: Big citrus hops nose up front. Lemon, with some bitter and spicy pine in the background. Sweet maltiness combining well with hints of fresh orange blossom.

Taste: Piney and floral simultaneously, this brew has a lot of hops flavors harmonizing to special character thats different than anything else I've had. Really interesting and complex, but a little hard to pin down in words. Hints of lemongrass, bitter lemon. Herbal and pungent, the alcohol is masked very well as I don't detect any of the 7.5% kick.

Mouth: Mouthfeel is light and pleasantly astringent. Carbonation is medium to light and fits this potent brew well.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/5/14

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Photo of srv33
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, thin frothy head, it has a beautiful floral hop aroma. The taste is similar, very good and heavy hop profile with some exciting funkiness that makes this brew stick out a little. Medium heavy mouthfeel with a great aftertaste that lingers with more of the floral notes you get in the scent.

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Photo of wogreen
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - clear golden color

S - very potent hoppy aroma with an almost odd sweet smell to it

T - hoppiness is the dominant characteristic. i can barely taste the wheat flavor, however its a good blend that allows for a sweet wheaty finish

M - feels full bodied yet not as full as many pales.

O - a clean pale with just a hint of sweetness that balances nicely.

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Photo of challenja
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gorgeous deep orange with golden rod tones.

S: DAMN SON!!! The most aromatic Wheat Ale of all time!
Tons of citrus, tropical fruits, pineapple, fresh jungle honey, and rich flourishing malt. It stunk like some good Icky Icky. The most aromatic hop-ale that is not rated an IPA.

T: Tropical fruits, citrus (Big time Red Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon), and a nice crisp wheat finish. I was surprised that its not rated as an IPA. Very Close but not as tangerine and aromatic as their Lucky 13 beer which is also amazingly good.

MF: Medium body, silky, crisp, and sweet west coast hop sticky icky. It was a really delicious spring time beer. Good medium carbonation.

Overall: This can be considered one of my favorite drinkable Lagunitas beers. Lucky 13 is also a great summer beer. But this one of my favorite looking and smelling beers of all time.. Truly Exceptional.

Serving type: On Tap
Serving type: Bought bottles as well. Its better on Tap, more aromatic as well.

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Photo of wrycon
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish honey in color. Smells like trademarked Lagunitas - lots of tropical, lots of orange and a lighter, tangy malt. Taste comes thick and full, with the same orange and tropical hop presence. The maltiness is there, but it's repeatedly bludgeoned by the fruit flavor. The end game is a thick marmalade that delights delightfully... OK that was obnoxious, but it is delightful.

Like It? Very Much

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Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, pale yellow. A vigorous pour results in 1 1/2 fingers of head that fades over a few minutes, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Very attractive. The aroma is primarily of hops, with a subtle wheat smell that isn't strong but is very pleasing - it almost smells like being in a farm field.

Onto the tasting. Strong hop presence up front that lingers a while, but surprisingly the finish turns more towards the malt than to bitter hops. The hop flavors are mostly pine, with a bit of citrus that comes through in the mid-palate - it works well with the wheat. Malt flavor is strongest when I exhale, and is generally good. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit creamy, it's not what I had expected but it works here.

I haven't had all that many pale wheat ales, but Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is the clear champ among those I've sampled. If I had to describe this to someone in a bar in one sentence, it'd be "a bit like an IPA, though a bit more sessionable." Seek this one out.

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

Average head, which maintained. Plenty of lacing. Pours a beautiful deep golden color. The smell was understated. An interesting combination of fruity/hoppy flavor. The citrus fruitiness cuts the hoppy bitterness for a delicate balance that was quite drinkable. The 7.5% ABV was surprising. I was looking for a spring/summer ale to replace my beloved quads, and this just might fit the bill.

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Photo of Caj1
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: clear, light amber, dense, creamy head. Very nice.

S: very much the west coast hop smell; citrus, light, green smelling grassy notes, gentle sweetness.

T: bright and crisp. Hoppy and refreshing. Malt is pretty toned down but what I expect from a west coast IPA.

M: clean and light. Wheat lends crispness. No sticky cloying feeling.

Very nice. Not a world beater but I like this a lot and it's just a quality beer. Can't go wrong here.

To good health and good beer.

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

12 ounce bottle, bottled on June 16, Consumed July 9 2011.

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' pours out a golden amber with a thin half inch head. Scent is apricot, wheat, mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Taste is predominately apricot and wheat with some lemon dropping in on the finish and lingering around. Mouthfeel is velvety-smooth. Outasight! Overall, a very smooth and drinkable pale wheat ale despite the ABV. One of my go-to six pack purchases along with Racer 5.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz. pint.

A - Poured a fairly pale orange with a frothy, slightly tan head. I was expecting it to be unfiltered since that's what I'm used to with wheat beers, but, well, I get the impression this isn't going to be typical. The head faded to a thin cap and didn't leave any lacing behind.

S - Some piney hops stick out, but there's a noticeable sharpness or tang(that's more of a taste description, but it came to mind). It's almost...lemony.

T - Pretty unique. I was expecting more of a hop kick in terms of taste. I mean, it's hoppy, especially for a wheat, but the hop profile itself isn't all that impressive. Slightly citrus-y, but more along the lines of lemon with a slight bit of pine. It blends well with the wheat, atleast, which seems to be giving it a bit of a tang. Kind of grassy.

MF - Thin and enough carbonation to make it refreshing. Definitely works well with the warm weather outside. A bit sticky on the finish.

D - I could have a few, but I'd be more inclined to go with an IPA or a good German wheat than this for a second drink. I was looking forward to trying this, but I was a lot more impressed with their IPA and Maximus. This is interesting, and I can appreciate it, but I wouldn't really go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a six-pack at Capone's. Pretty excited to try this one after all the hype. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Glowing golden color with some haze. 1 finger white foamy head rises and falls, leaving a thin layer on top. Some good carbonation flow up the side of the glass helps retain the head.

Smell: All hops. Citrus and Pine aromas from the hops as well as some orange/tangerine aroma's. Not much malt or wheat aroma.

Taste: Hops. Pretty much follows the aroma, with fruity hop flavors most of the way through. Some slightly toasted wheat backs up the hops a little, but Lagunita's, as usual, is letting the hops take the prize. Bitter finish with flavor of pine.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, but has a syrupy texture to it. Bitter carbonated finish. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: It was ok, but I like hops. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

Was sort of hoping for more of a pale wheat ale like it was supposed to be, and less of an IPA. Because if you didn't tell me what it was, that's what I would have guessed. Too bad Lagunita's couldn't lay off the hops a little, but I guess that's what they do. Still a good beer though.

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Photo of WOTO97
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had the pleasure of drinking this little fella in quite some time...mmm...tasty.

Great clarity and equally fine golden color. Head retention dies off a bit as expected, but the lacing is thick and foamy.

Lots of fruit on the nose: orange peel, pineapple, pear and green apple, some red grapefruit, maybe even a touch of apricot. As it warms the wheat comes through a touch; definitely some malt character as it reaches room temp.

Flavors don't disappoint. Lingering apple rinds on the back palate along with some light pineapple notes. Front is a citrus bomb...kaboom. Lemon, almost akin to lemonade, some bitter grapefruit as well. Definitely has a helluva hop bite throughout but most noticeably on the finish, especially for a wheat beer.

Body is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Nice carbonation on this one that lends well to summer sippin'. A bit of residual stickiness so you never forget those glorious hops.

Definitely a bit of a heavy hitter coming in a touch over 7%, but these are pretty easy drinking as far as the abv goes. The alcohol is definitely not pronounced here. Kick back, relax, and enjoy.

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Photo of bpw28
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Two finger frothy egg shell head, Gold (about a 4 SRM), Amazing Lacing.

Nose: Massive amounts of Peach, Some apple when swirled, Floral, Honey,Light Yeasty. Not alot of different smells but WOW what a great nose.

Taste: Light Roast, Peach,Sage (pointing the finger at the hops), Bready, Buttery, Good Carb, Great Hoppy Bite, Nice balanced mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts: An amazing brew. Might just be a favorite. If you haven't tried it, TRY IT NOW!

Food Pairing: Pork, Chicken, BBQ Items (Rubbed, Sauced, Smoked, Whatever. Pretty Perfect Grill Brew.), Ham, Medium Cheeses (Goat Cheese would go great with this), Tofu, Fried Foods. Anything really, Not a real beef kind of brew, but anything else that comes to mind would go good.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Couldn't find a bottled date, unless 220 is a Julian date... if so, then bottled on Aug 10th. Consumed on Sept 1st.

Pleasantly surprised...

A - Pours substantial head unless poured very gently. Head does not dissipate quickly. Light carbonation. Golden in color. Beautiful lacing as the beer is consumed.

S - Hints of tropical fruit and perhaps peach and apricot.

T - Wow. Slightly tart and loaded with flavor. Hints of lemon, lime, pineapple, pine with a bready bitterness. Completely hides the ABV. Dangerous since 7%, but goes down so easy.

M - Luxurious foaming in the mouth. Has a clean crisp feel.

O - Had to drink 3 before I finished my evaluation. I'd finish it, review my notes, and then have to have another to validate the 4.75 on taste. It's that good.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite goto beers. Always in my rotation, always in my fridge. Lots of great hops and at a 7.5%.... well you can't even tell it has a great taste that is everlasting with superb hops smashing your taste buds!!

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Photo of nicnut45
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful golden almost orangeish color. Very little head on pouring and what is left is minimal. Nice tight lacing ring. The beer is fairly clear.

S-Wonderful, almost like a glass of grapefruit juice. Heavy malt scent in the background remind me of a barleywine. I just wish the smell was stronger. Maybe a bit more carbonation to push it out.

T-This is a bitter one but very refreshing at the same time. The hops show more character then most of the ipa's I have tried. More of the floral and citrus characters come through, not just plain bitterness. The malt hiding in the background balances out nicely with all the hop flavors. The finish is a bit dry and there might be a bit of age on this bottle because I get the feeling the hops flavors are starting to decline. But it still is excellent and better then most.

M.F.-There is a stinging bitterness that I dont find too pleasing. Also as stated before, the finish is quite dry.

D-I think I would try this one again. But the craft beer aisle at binnys is limitless.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't exactly fit a style so it is hard to "rate to style". I will rate the beer itself. A pale wheat ale, I don't think so, more of a ipa with a little wheat.

Pours a golden color with a small white head that left minimal lacing, and very clear.

Aroma of citrusy hops, tropical fruit, sweet malts, hint of wheat and alcohol. The fruits and the hops dominate.

Taste follows the aroma with the hops playing the main role and a combination of the fruits and the wheat playing second fiddle. A nice malt backbone with a nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel was not too heavy nor too light with a good coating. Carbination remained thru the entire beer.

Overall on interesting beer and one that you just gotta try for yourself. Thanks Lagunitas for Sumpin a little different.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light golden body, half in head
Smell is floral hops, orange, mango, apricot
Juicy citrus hop flavor: grapefruit, lemon, mango. Grass, a little pine and some sugar afterwards. Still more bitter than sweet though
Medium body, clean feel
A good beer. I'm glad too, because I have a case of it from the gala to drink

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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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