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

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8,774
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. American Pale Wheat Ale. 7.5% aBV. Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma, California.

Hazy, golden hue, slim ivory head.

Citrus and spicy aromatics, pithy lemon with bits of pepper, and a side of melon, potent and risible.

Tastin'...Juicy right from the start. Followed by a palpable burn down the back of the throat. Again....pungent, palpable, and pretty easy to pass down the gullet. Delicious. Zesty!

At 7%, not too strong, but still big enough to make it much more interesting than the average wheat ale. I'll keep reaching for this until it disappears.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a bright orange-tan coloring to it, with no head whatsoever. Pours out with minimal carbonation bubbling, also. Aromas are hoppy, with a slight citrus and nutty sweet blend to it. Well balanced, but somewhat awkward for some reason. The flavors are light on the forward tongue, but burst onto the middle and rear tongue with light, crisp hops, a heavy dose of pepper spicing, citrus tart and sweet, and a slight toasty and breadlike character. The body remains light and crisp, true to the style, but slightly watery initially. The aftertaste is light on the spice, with a good amount of hops flavors and an even bigger amount of citrus sweetness and a slight hint of pineapple. The finish is crisp and clean, with the slightest dryness from the hops. Very tasty.

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Photo of Duff27
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One-fingered white head on top of a mid-golden/light-amber bier. Steady stream of carb bubbles rising to the surface. Little lacing.

S- Smelled this beer immediately after prying the first half of the cap off. Citrus hops reminiscent of Sculpin if my past-beer adventure memory serves me correctly. Wonderful.

T- Sweet then bitter. More citrus and hops. Dash of spice and honey thrown in there.

M- Nearly flawless I'd have to say. Crisp carb bite.

D/O- Wow, for a 7.5%abv beer one could almost make this a 6 pack night, wrecked palate and all. Alcohol presence is virtually non-recognizable...damn tasty. Wow, didn't think I'd like anything in this style more than Gumballhead but alas..here it is.

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

06/22/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden color with a nice solid and retentive full one inch head. Leaves wonderful thick lace rings and patches after the beer is long gone.

Smell- Stong notes of citrus and pine hops as well as a slight caramel malt mixed together with a good amount of wheat and yeast.

Taste- Impressive. Tons of hops. Pine, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits...fresh tasting to boot. A slight caramel-toffee flavor followed by a nice wheat flavor. Even though it is hopped to hell it still is nice and balanced...if that is possible.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level...crisp and lightly drying asking for another sip. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Drinkabiity- Top notch american pale wheat...hard to come by IMO. It's no threat to Gumballhead, but it's probably the best one below that..will be buying more for this summer...hopefully they make this a regular spring-summer beer.

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

Clear, dark yellow, strong hop aroma, dense head, fall away as you drink and leaves lacing (although I don't consider that important some on this site do). Sweet malt, hop bitterness and alcohol in aroma. This is a warming beer. The bitterness is the first thing I notice when I drink it. Second, a brightness associated with high alcohol beers. The alcohol is noticable, not bad, just noticable. Bitterness also builds as you drink. I'm very pleased with this beer. A good IPA.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and sweet, perfect blending of the two tastes. Pale and clear with medium whipped cream head. Aroma is yeast, sour, citrus, floral all at the same time. Taste is more focused on sharp citrus (yellow grapefruit) with subtle flavor elements of the above aromas. Nice!

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber. One finger fine off-white head with a hint of wheat. Flavor follows, excellent retention and lacing. Great aroma of pine and citrus hops, lemon, caramel malt, pine and citrus hops with grapefruit and lemon, light sweet malt supports the other flavors. Wheat flavors subdued by the hops and citrus. Very nice medium, creamy body with an superb mouth feel. Very tasty and well made. Not really to style for an American pale wheat ale; not cloudy, not pale, wheat element rather subdued. However judged as another fine Lagunitas product, an interesting and tasty take on a wheat ale.

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Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden color with a 2" head that slowly fell to a spotty surface covering. Some lace show on the glass.

Smell: some soft citrus and floral tones come through to the nose.

Taste: mild malt sweetness with some wheat tones in the background. Oranges, a hint of lemon zest, and a floral hop presence rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Refreshing. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a beer you go to for a nice refreshing and full flavored beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. $4 for a tulip, not a bad deal. It appeared hazy yellow with a tall white head. The aroma reminds me immediately of orange soda, but then pineapple kicks in to make it more of a tropical citrus fruit punch. The flavor is equally juicy at first, but they dries out with a bit of plain malted wheat and peppery hop bitterness. This beer reminds me of the short-lived Middle Ages Imperial Double Wheat - it's big, hoppy, but not terribly bitter. All in all, a pretty tasty beer.

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

This was an oddity for the style. A nice clear golden pour with semi soapy head, and it clung fairly well.
Citrus and flowers in the nose, strong. A soft biscuit kept the former in check to avoid a perfume domination.
Taste was a bit light, but not bad. Very light biscuit and the flowers died down a bit. Citrus is the forerunner, but still soft. The feel of this thing is more akin to an IPA for the bite, but not the malt. Clean and crisp, great for summer.
Nice beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Basically an IPA with a touch of wheat. A nice example of Lagunitas' hop game, there's some nice orange, grapefruit, pine, and wheat flavors, with a nice full and crisp mouthfeel. It's got some nice variants in a little series- Sumpin' Wild and Sumpin' Extra, but this one is a classic and always worth an order.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a slightly cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and hops. Taste is good, citrus, hops, a touch of wheat, not really what I expected from this style, but good nonetheless. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag and pokesbeerdude for this brew.

First off, this is no American Pale Wheat Ale, it's an IPA for SURE!

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and piney. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, way to go Lagunitas, thanks Ben and Chuck.

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

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an excellent pale and wheat malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's basically an IPA brewed with wheat. The taste is great as well. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor; easy drinking with a kick ass hop character. It's malty with an equally bold hop appeal. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer. It's a bolder American wheat ale with loads of hop; my kind of beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured ontap into a pint glass. Solid fingers worth of foam. Lots & lots of lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, orange marmalade. Fruity. Hoppy.

Taste: Pine. Sweet malt (wheat malt). Something else is there, tropical and faint. Mango? Hoppy but surprised by the fruityness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Low Carbonation.

Drinkability: Average to good. Simple flavors, a bit one dimensional, but good nonetheless. I like the tropical element to this beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours in a light, slightly hazy yellow straw color.

The aroma has grapefruit, some wheat, orange.

The flavor has a big juicy orange, melon, and grapefruit flavor. The beer has a wonderful sweet wheaty and malty middle. The finish is a bit of a bitter dry finish.

I would call this an IPA like Flower Power instead of a wheaty pale ale. It doesn't have the pop that some West Coast IPAs have because of the wheat and malt. I like the balance of this beer. I would recommend it for people trying to get into IPAs because of the good smooth bitterness.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If anything, better in the bottle, as wheat beers sometimes are. Great beer, and a homerun for Lagunitas. Much, much hoppier than the average wheat, but the hops wotk here combined with the slightly sweet fruitiness of the wheat and yeasty esters. Pours golden with a relatively thin head and excellent clarity. Smells hoppy, tangy, and slightly sweet with notes of bubblegum and citrus. Highly herbal, with some of the same dill notes I've picked up in a few other West Coast hoppy beers recently (with Exponential Hoppiness being the king of that flavor). I wonder which hop or combination of hops are giving me that taste? Regardless, I really like the effect- particularly with the tanginess of the wheat and the fruity sweetness of the yeast. I love the taste of this. Tangy and herbal, piney and citrusy, and fruity all together. Extremely smooth, followed by a spritzy finish. Mu summer beer of choice for 2009.

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

12oz single bottle poured into a plain pint glass, it's good to see lagunitas coming out with new seasonals.

A- Lil sumpin has a hazy orange, light gold color with a fairly frothy white head about an inch in height. It fades quick coming down to a light skim, minimal lacing.

S- This one is all about the hops. A big burst of hops with a floral appeal and to a lesser extent citrus, pine. Some sweet malt in the back, aggressive for a pale wheat.

T- And as expected, a overhaul of hops with a good mix of floral qualities plus grapefruit, pineapple and pine on the end. Getting just a bit of wheat appeal in the middle although it is light. Some sweet malt in the finish, also hard to detect with all the hops in this.

M- While this is highly hopped it's not overly bitter in any way, just a touch. While the malts don't jump out at you, they do make this a fairly balanced brew. This is medium bodied with just the right amount of carb felt. Crisp and refreshing.

D- Not being a big fan of APWA, I was surprised by this one, it was not what I was expecting. Bold and assertive, yet insanely drinkable. It's not sessionable but I would not mind trying to knock down a six of it on the weekend. IMO, this is an IPA with APWA qualities. My favorite in this style to date.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden yellow hue with a touch of haze and a thin finger of fluffy white foam. I hate to say it, but it looks rather like a macro lager, but with a little haze. D'oh!

Smell: bright, refreshing citrusy/piney hops. This combination is just fantastic; it really rubs me the right way. I love it.

Taste: again, the bright and citrusy hops but this time with a little funk added. The wheat adds a bit of light refreshment as well. Damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. Nice and creamy, just the way I like it.

Drinkability: super refreshing and tasty; like I said, this beer just rubs me the right way. Good stuff.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd better review this appearance before any more of the beer disappears. I've only gone in for a few sips but already the glass looks half-empty (and I'm usually optimistic about that kind of thing but this is my last bottle!) Its body is clear, marked only by the odd bubble that passes by, but its deeper than normal gold colour seems to correspond to the higher alcohol content. Its head, meanwhile, manages to stay afloat.

A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is a lot of sumpin' great: Hops. Zestful, brilliant and unabashed American hops. This smell of tropical citrus, grassy herbals, floral distillate and resinous pine has become as definitively American as muscle cars, baseball or apple pie. And, like the latter, it is loud, long and has a deliciously enticing scent that is dam near irresistible.

I won't say the extra alcohol isn't noted - it's rather like a nasty scar across someone's forehead. But chicks dig scars. And men are intimidated by them. It doesn't serve so much as a turn-off as it does mark of curiosity, something that gives the impression of bad-assery, fearlessness and big, brassy balls. Like that guy with the scar you assume this beer is capable of kicking some serious ass, and you're happy to have it on your side.

Trust me: there's definitely nothing little about this Sumpin' Sumpin'. Unless it's called that because it has a little sumpin' of every possible hop-derived flavour: grapefruit rind, orange peel, lemon zest, pine serum and flower petals. Apart from a smidgen of sweet biscuit, there isn't much malt-based taste to balance it out, but who cares? Frankly, I'm happier with the crushing acidity and colourful fruitiness of the hops. And that spicy mintiness.

Some beers are flavourful enough to sip contemplatively over the course of an entire evening. Others are delicious enough to want to chug in one giant gulp. As Lagunitas says: "life is uncertain. Don't sip". Guys, trust me, you don't have to tell me twice; with a beer like this that's all too easy to do. Hell, this bottle's been done for a while now!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pretty, red copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh, citrusy and with a touch of raw herbal notes that is quite nice. There is a touch of malt backbone in the nose as well, supporting crystal malt character provides a hint of caramel and there is a nice, toasted malt towards the finish. The hops contribute aromas of tangerine, candied citrus peel as well as some tropical fruit notes; the hop fruit notes seem to become more noticeable as time goes on too.

Lightly sweet tasting, but with a biting hop character from the get go. This is fairly smooth for all its hoppiness, especially up front. The lingering finish has a clean, biting, though not overwhelming, big bitterness that really lingers on the tongue. A touch of peppery carbonation and a light body (with just enough heft to carry the ample hops) make this quite the quaffable IPA; almost more of an over-the-top hoppy Pale Ale. A touch more aggressive hop character provides notes of pine, a touch of menthol, and just a touch of dank, raw hop flavor. This definitely has a nice balance of hop flavors to it; I like that the citrus / fruit notes dominate with notes of tangerine, bergamot, lots of lychee and floral tropical fruit flavors.

This really needs to be in a bigger bottle, a 12oz bottle of this is not nearly enough. Quite tasty and a nice surprise, this sits nicely as a quite drinkable beer from this brewery along with Hop Stoopid.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head is very rocky with great retention.. very clear lite orange golden brew.

The nose is immediate and surprisingly pungent hoppy.. citric hoppiness with a great pale malt backbone..

Bitter bite out of the gate with pale malts that melt quickly into an unapologetic citric hoppiness.. some floral hoppiness and minor pine come into play... but wow.. this is an IPA... no where near an American Wheat!!!! Maybe a little bready as it warms, but again the hops just strip away any malt components.

I have had a very hard time with this one... I know lagunitas used a bunch of wheat.. but really... the hops are abundant and expected..

4/4/4/3.5/4

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Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really dug this beer and didn't realize it was a wheat until after I had drunk it. There's not much wheat flavor and it's closer to an cali-APA in style. Wow it's good. Slightly opaque, light gold color. Floral hops in the nose continue in the mouth, with balanced flavors and restrained bitterness. Tremendously drinkable. A delicious beer that I can't wait to drink again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle lists the following statistics for the beer: 64.2 I.B.U., O.G. 1.076, Alc 7.3% by Vol.

Ingredients list "...Of Hops, Malt, Hops, Hops, Yeast, Hops, Water and Hops."

Clear goldish amber colored ale with a yellowish white head.

Sweet citrus aroma and quite frankly hopped to hell and back. Strong pine and grapefruit with a bit of eucalyptus cough drop. Faint menthol aroma.

Starts out crisply citrus, bright grapefruit juice flavor with a bready aftertaste. Strong hop hit indeed, toasted onions and slight garlic flavor this is a beer that takes out a big bag of hops and proceeds to whack your tongue unconscious with it. Easily the hoppiest wheat beer ever made.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability will be completely decided by your hop tolerance with this beer. Hophead heaven but this is way strong with the hops, don't feed to your Budweiser drinking relatives.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle no. 06696511856. Sampled on July 26, 2013.

It has a golden yellow pour and a significant foamy off-white head. The head fades but never disappears.

I enjoyed the aroma which covered a lot of ground with its pale malts, sweetness, resin, grass, and soapy esters.

The body falls into the medium range but it is so creamy it slides down my throat without a hitch.

Malty sweetness kicks off the taste experience and it is quickly overtaken by the earthiness along with some pear or maybe grapefruit flavors. Ends moderately dry. Easy to drink with a nice character. It is one I will remember.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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