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
lagunitas.com

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
Ratings:
8,822
Reviews:
1,659
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.50% ABV confirmed. 64.20 IBU. O.G. 1.076. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - whose IPAs I usually enjoy. Lagunitas is pretty dependable, but I don't think I've had a beer from them that has blown me away.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Presentation: I like the label and bottle. I'm glad they give us details like original gravity and IBU. Plus the nonsense about the label in a square. It beats the pretentious drivel on the back of Stone bottles any day.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, good thickness, nice cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty standard appearance for the style, but the head retention is pretty impressive. Lacing is decent.

Sm: Floral hops, hints of juicy citrus, a bit of hop bitterness, maybe light pine if I really look for it, and clean pale malts. Somewhat nectary. Malty sweetness is evident. A bit grassy, with some emergent bright fruit. A pleasant average strength aroma. Quite clean.

T/Mf: Nectary up front, with clean pale malty sweetness providing the tingly light foundation. Floral hops aplenty, with hints of juicy citrus. I get none of the grass from the aroma, but I do get some light lemon tinges. Some crystal malt is at work here, though it stops far from cidery and crisp. Smooth and wet throughout, and quite light on the palate. Very clean. Pine is not present to my palate, but my be minimal to others'. Slightly dries and coarsens on the finish, bringing out that list bit of fruity nectar. Sweetness is well balanced against the hops. It doesn't beat you over the head with hoppiness; they understand balance. I don't detect any wheat; if this is indeed an "American Pale Wheat Ale" it seems shockingly barley based.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the well-hidden high ABV - which only manifests as an afterthought when your stomach warms. A good offering from Lagunitas. This would be a good IPA in any fridge (I don't consider it an "American Pale Wheat" like the site currently lists, just a very balanced IPA). Dependable and tasty. I'd definitely have this again, and I'll recommend it to friends.

B

Serve cold. Would pair well with pretty much anything light. I recommend couscous, neutral salad, rye bread and butter, or pretzels. It would be awful with chocolate.

A horrible choice for aging.

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03.31.14: Truncated notes.

A: Nice healthy head of nice retention. Clear pale orange-copper of nice clarity. Average vibrance. No yeast is visible.

Sm: Citrusy zest. Clove. Orange peel. Fresh wheat. Fruit. Banana. Clean barley. A moderate strength aroma. A biteen starchy. Tangerine.

T: Notes from the nose, with great balance. Hot damn that's drinkable. I do pick up on the ABV, but there's a lot of flavour here.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Has some weight on the palate. Slightly overbearing for the style, but still soft.

Dr: Drinkable, but the ABV is still noticeable. In spite of its obvious alcohol presence, I find myself quaffing it easily. I see why I bought a 6 pack of this. Nice work from Lagunitas.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poura a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Citrus wafts above the bready elements

Taste: A bit of wheat bread up front and then this beer thinks it's an IPA, with a citrus an pine assault that continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice hybrid style here; very refreshing

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of West Coast hops is noticeable though not too powerful. Taste is also a good mix between some citrusy hops with a nice bitter presence and a good malt backbone though wheat is hardly noticeable. Another easily drinkable beer from Lagunitas with not too much complexity.

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

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pale gold with a slight haze. A gentle pour produced an inch of foam that recedes to a film.

There are some nice tropical fruit aromatics on the nose. A resiny evergreen hop character is also noted, and a slight botanical, almost lavender-like note that reminds me of scented soap. A faint malty sweetness is detectable behind the hops.

The palate opens with a blend of tropical fruit (pineapple in particular) and herbal/botanical hop flavors. Pine becomes more apparent in the mid-palate, and the slight soap character that I picked up on the nose is present on the tongue as well. While the beer isn't especially sweet or malty, it does have a medium-full body from the liberal use of wheat malt. The finish is smoothly bitter and very slightly tangy. This is one of the better beers in the Lagunitas catalog.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left wispy traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, wheat, pine and some caramel. Great aroma for a wheat beer.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeastiness with a good dose of citrusy bitterness and pine flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever had. Don't know why it took me so long to buy some of this.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/21/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus hops and light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly-hsazed golden with a nice white head.

S: Smells very nice. Loads of citrus hops and a little bit of wheat briskness. Reminds me a bit of Gumballhead.

T: Lots of citrus hops and a little bit of pine character. The wheat seems to contribute a bit more to the mouthfeel, but I won't complain about the hop-forward nature of this beer.

M: Medium bodied and nicely dried out by the hops.

D: An absolutely fantastic summer beer and one of the best I've had from Lagunitas.

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

A - One finger of white head on a clear, polished copper colored body. Average retention and good lace.

S - Strong, fruity hop aroma with lots of pineapple and guava. Fruity yeast compliments the hops and blends in well.

T - Sweet malt and spicy hops, more pine like than the aroma. Some clove like yeast character comes out in the middle and fades to clean malt and fruity hops with moderate balancing bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, the hops in both the flavor and in the nose remind me of a toned down Hop Stupid. It is well balanced as it has a pretty strong dose of malt and most of the hop character is devoted to flavor and aroma rather than bitterness. One of Lagunitas best.

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great to see another limited release offering from one of favorite brewers here in my area.I poured two into a imperial nonic with it coming out a clear lighter golden with a 1/2 finger white that was quick to fade.Ahh yeah bigtime in your face citric hop in the nose along with a touch of sweet alcohol and very light toasted wheat malt,the hop profile in the nose is just great.Intense grapefruit rind and tangerine hop flavors hit up front on the palate and then some caramel toffee shows thru along with a fading toasted what touch in the finish.Yeah it has bigtime hop wich kicks arss but there really is more to it.My new favorite American pale wheat its slightly better than Gumballhead in my book.The drinkability is just awesome for the ABV%.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating

"A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'" is another one of those beers that has always just slipped by me without my ever getting around to reviewing it. As I've come across these beer (there have been many) I've noticed three thing: 1) they tend to be beers that I'd consider standbys, and 2) perhaps because of that they tend to be beers that I drink on tap (I don't generally like to review beers in bars and only do it when I have to). Finally, I usually assume that I've already reviewed them because I drink them so much! All of those thing go towards suggesting that they're great beers.

Let's get the easy stuff over quick: mainly clear deep gold body, frothy/creamy off-white head, excellent head retention, very good lacing. Medium body with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation.

The aroma is bright and fresh, but not overtly bold. It's floral and citrusy with Sanguinely orange, soft grapefruit, and a very slight bit of pine over a sweetish, biscuity/bready malt base.

The flavor isn't much different, and what makes the beer work so well is its balance. It's soft and supple, yet hoppy and strong. Everything melds together in one round ball. It's fruity, then more piney/herbal hoppy and malty, and finally bitter and drying in the finish with a little spritz of alcohol.

Straddling the line between a being an amped up American pale ale and an American IPA, "Little Sumpin' Sumpin'" delivers. Remarkably enjoyable, and drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Done as a semi-blind tasting, so I didn't know the beer style (and would have guessed APA) until entering this review.

Pours a clear golden-amber with a large near-white head. Exceptional lacing is left on the glass.

With no examination of the bottle other than a glimpse at the front label, I thought this was an APA or IPA. A bit unusual in color and aroma, but otherwise, I think this is a decent description of the sensory properties.

The aroma is dominated by piney hops, with a hint of toasted grain and a slight skunkiness (from the wheat?). The mouthfeel is slightly harsh; in retrospect, I guess this is due in part to the higher ABV. It has a medium-light body.

Taste is the strong point. The flavor is plentiful, albeit mostly from hops and without being particularly complex. Hop character is largely of the pine/resin variety but with a bit of faint citrus. Moderately strong bitterness.

O: A clean, very hoppy wheat ale suitable for hop heads. I didn't think this was a great APA or IPA -- not up with better Lagunitas offerings for one thing -- but as an Amer. Pale Wheat, it is exceptional.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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 into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, wheat, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and some wheat breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppier than average wheat beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear gold, with 2+ big fingers of foamy eggshell-white colored head. This shrinks down fairly quickly but still retains with a frothy ½ finger that just SLATHERS the sides of the glass with a rich latticework of sticky lace. The aroma is just EXCEEDINGLY West Coast feeling in the nose, being hugely floral, spicy, piney, and lush, with robust tropical fruit character. It's literally an explosion of hop flavors in the nose. It's so strong in fact, that you almost don't initially pick up on the smoky and sweet malt presence that glides underneath all of those hops. Some light warmth adds a touch of beef to the bouquet, pulling the flavors together into a thick hold in the nose.

The hops just rage in the taste, with a spicy and resinous bitterness that grips the tongue in an aggressive bite. Luckily, this isn't all about the hops though, as an equally beefy sweetness is there to even it out, being comprised of a thick tang of robust citrus and bready toasted wheat. The finish is all hops, with a lingering bitterness that just STICKS in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a generally creamier carbonation up front that then gives way to to a hugely slick and oily feel. This seems to literally slither down the throat, just completing the hoppy trilogy of awesomeness here. This is actually the real highlight of the beer for me, as the mix of the hop oiliness and wheat texture just combines to make for one of the easiest and most drinkable feels, that I've had in a while. Excellent!

Where the hell did this beer come from? Not only my pick for sleeper beer of the summer, this is my early favorite for sleeper pick of the year! Just HUGELY well balanced West Coast hop character here, that is beautifully packaged into an equally great quaffable Wheat Ale body. I agree with some other reviewers that this is one Lagunitas beer that should have been in bombers, as 12 oz just isn't enough for one sitting. There's definitely nothing Little about this "Sumpin'". Great stuff!

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin layer of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is very similar to that of a west coast IPA - tropical hops (pineapple and mango) with just a hint of pine resin. The aroma of this beer is very strong, I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle...even before I began to pour it.

T: The flavor is a nice balance between pale malts and pine/tropical (pineapple and mango) hops. There is subtle hints of wheat and citrus zest.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, not a style that I have experienced often but definitely one that I enjoyed. I really liked the aroma of this beer.

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

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 8,822 ratings.
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