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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
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
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1,631
Ratings:
8,693
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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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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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 rudzud
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice yellow/straw color with a fluffy 1 finger head that rapidly dissappears with barely any lacing on the glass.

S - Nice citrus notes. Great typical hoppy aromas.

T - Finally a taste that is practicly identical to the nose. No loss here, just nice hops and piney resin.

M - Really solid carbonation, what you would hope to find with this style.

D - Thanks to the carbonation that hoppy/bitter aspects dont linger, which in this beer is a good thing as it leaves you wanting more. Alcohol is nicely masked. I had bought the last bottle, really wishing I had another.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden colour, with a filmy head of white close-knit bubbles. Body is very clear for a wheat beer, but I guess that's what you get when it's not bottle-conditioned. Light body. To be fair, I'm pretty disappointed in the appearance.

It gets better once we get into it, however. Big hoppy aroma on the nose, clearly delineating it from a hef, or a European style wheat beer. Big citric notes of West coast hops, with a slight sweetness, and a twinge of acidity that I'd normally associate with the wheat if not for the big hop aromas. Very nice, very pleasant.

Taste is extremely interesting, and very good indeed. Slight hoppiness throughout, but mellowed perfectly with a sweet wheat bite, the two mix together to give a fragrant, luscious character of dried apricots. Light marzipan character on the back, which dries out into a distinct but mild hop bite which cleanses the palate with bitterness. Ooh, such lovely flavours on the palate. Such a unique blend as well, which is where this beer shines. You couldn't get quite the same effect if not for the hops and the wheat. Lovely.

Feel is light and smooth, with enough sparkle to accentuate the characters on the palate.

Don't judge a book by its cover. I'm glad I didn't (eventually), because this is a really tasty brew, and an exceptionally drinkable one. The characters are unusual, but balance against each other well. I love slightly off-kilter beers that still work so well. This is a good example of one.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Came as a clear brown-tinted gold with a soapy head and some spotty lacing. A strong hop smell with faint sweetness and some lemon/citric notes and yeast. Smooth, a little creamy, light-bodied. Hops are there and make their presence known buth the citric notes, along with a hint of spice, aren't completely overpowered. Nice fluffiness in the mouthfeel makes the beer go down easy, although the balance is slightly off and there is a little bit of funkiness in the taste. A hoppy wheat beer is an interesting combo and this isn't a bad beer, yet I don't know if I'd drink it again. I think I'd rather have a wheat beer and then an IPA.

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Filtered golden. Crisp and white 1.25 finger head on a standard pour. Decent lacing.

S: Lemon merange and a dose of crispy, herbal yeast.

T: A surprising amount of juicy West Coast hops. The gardenbox herbal notes intertwine quite well, making this extremely refeshing. The ABV isn't detectable in the slightest.

M: Awesome texture and weight. It's a bit heavy for summertime quaffing, but because it's such a flavorful brew, it's easy to consume.

O: Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is one of the better beers from Lagunitas. It's also one of the best in-style. A well done and easy drinking offering, I certainly recommend putting one (or more) back.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a honey-orange with a quickly diminishing fizzy, flat dirty ivory capping. Visible carbonation started out strong but quickly fizzled after that. No real lacing was left.

S: The aroma upfront was wet juicy citrus composed of room temp oranges and lemons. Underneath lied a herbal scent of parsley, with light traces of wet pine needles and dry ground pepper. Light hints of burnt wheat stalks and orchids are also present which creates an odd and unique aroma which is a nice change of pace over their other usual standard operating protocol. Overall the aroma was light in strength but will definitely keep you sniffing and guessing.

T: The flavor opens up with glazed dried honey toast and toasted wheat grains. Tart and acidic there was hints of dried herbal hopping with lemon-grass and fresh wheat stalks in the middle of the palate. The drink finishes with a wet tart lemony fade with a dried tropical fruitiness of pineapple and wildflowers. Overall the flavor was as strange and enticing as the aroma. There was some boozy notes of caramel oranges as well rounding things out.

M: very bright and active with a crisp nature and a nice honey slick consistency giving this a viscose feel. This was definitely the bright spot of the drink.

D: Drinkability was good but not mind blowing. This is definitely not a session type beer but it does get progressively easier. Interesting yes. A little sumpin offers something off the beaten path in the way of hoppy wheats which drank like a amped up southern tier 422.

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

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear orange hued body with a snow white bubble head supported by a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface.

S- The bold green grassy hops finish with a fresh pineapple aroma that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight alcohol nose in the finish.

T- The full green funky hops flavor has a green cinnamon quality to it with a pungent citrusy juicy hop finish. The pungency his big and grows even more as the beer warms. The caramel malt flavor comes through after my tongue gets used to the hops and it grows a bit as the beer warms. There is a nice soft bitter hop note that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a tight fizz that covers it.

D- This beer is soft on the bitterness which is good but it is huge on the pungency of the hops. They are well supported by pineapple and grass flavors but it is a pretty big beer for a full pint of it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a slightly hazy bright gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is of wheat and some nice sweet fruitiness. Oh and a pretty big hop citrus presence.

The taste is way bitter. Lots of grassy notes, some pine and a hefty amount of mango makes my mouth pucker from the bitterness. The wheat is completely overwhelmed in my book and the alcohol isn't hidden all that well. Not much of an American Pale Wheat beer at all.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are both at medium levels and are nice.

Drinkability? Not that good. Between the abv and the overall bitter factor, this will be a beer that I'll finish very slowly and I have no plans on buying any more. Others seem to like it...it's just not for me.

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a semi hazy orangeish-yellow and had (due to a bad pour by me) about 2 inches of slightly off-white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left more than average lacing.

A crisp hop aroma hits the nose without any of the wheat components noticeable. Citrus hops are the dominant flavor, so much so that I'm not finding anything else.

The body is in the middle of the road, neither thin nor full. This beer is nicely drinkable, although I suspect I would get bored after a couple.

Overall I find this to be a nice beer that I'm not sure where it fits in the big picture. Perhaps a different yeast to add some more flavors? Worth seeking out.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle
 
A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head that turns into a ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is some malt with a good dose of citrusy (grapefruit, orange) hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has some sweet malt up front with some bitterness in the finish from the citrusy hops. I love the hop profile in both the taste and aroma. Very tasty.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's a nice refreshing hoppy brew that is highly drinkable. Recommended!

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges. grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of hops. As well, there is a quite a bit of citrus flavour and a bit of a apricot sweetness. The beer finishes with a citrusy/fruity aftertaste with a lot of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer and would be happy to drink it again anytime. It's very well balanced and the taste is delicious. It reminded me a little bit of the Aprihop beer by DogFish head. If I had to drink one type of beer for the rest of my life it would be along the lines of this one.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold/orange color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention; eventually settling to half an inch. Lightly decanted. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big oily hops; grapefruit, pine and citrus. Maybe there's malt there, who coiuld tell - either way, it smells great.

T: Grapefruit and piney hops are resiny bright. Wheat and pale malt well back in the foundation. Much hoppier than youir average wheat beer.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation sufficient to cut the oily coating.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorfully hoppy - more so than ANY wheat beer.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Took the beer straight from a 38-degree fridge and poured it into a pint glass. The head was minimal, even with a rather careless pour down the side of the glass. While small, the head is very tight, and it coats the glass all the way down. At cold fridge temperature, its flavor doesn't have a chance to really open up. Carbonation dominates your tongue. Let it warm up to the mid to high 40s, and the beer comes alive. It's smells like honey wheat bread, and tastes about the same, with a lingering maltiness, and a sweetness that sticks with you. Overall, it's a very good beer that is nice to sip on when you get home from work.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 20/5/13

A clear golden liquid with lots of bubbles throughout, large three finger head has great retention with a thick film at the bottom even after I drank all the liquid, a couple thick rings followed by continuous lace to the bottom, were off to a great start

S tropical punch going on here, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and some peaches work well with pine, hard toffee and a little dry cereal is the only evidence of wheat, just a little booze and lemon rind

T slightly more grains and slightly less tropical hops, lots of citrus and the pineapples candied, pines stronger and although its very tasty the nose had just a little sumpin over it

M a nice bitter snap, a little gritty on the gums, not too heavy and not as many bubbles as I would guess from looking at it but that still leaves lots of life, piney rind and cereal linger on the finish

O I didn't mind drinking a solid IPA when I thought I was going to drink a wheat beer, hopped right up and I guess I shouldn't be surprised knowing who brewed it

I suppose this is one way to brew the best of a style, hop the hell out of a beer with some wheat malt and try to pass it off as a "Pale Wheat Ale". However you brand this one its great and I'd buy it again in a flash

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

A-Somewhere in between wheat yellow and burnt amber.The liquid is very slightly hazy. The head is fluffy, pretty, and retains quite well. This beer has textbook lacing. Overall quite attractive.

S-Smell is better than expected. Surprisingly stiff hop aroma. Tropical fruits and a well integrated malt. Smells like an American IPA

T-Such a brilliant taste. Exceeded expectations. Very happy with this brew. Delicious light malty side is overpowered by the hoppy explosion. Very very tasty. Juicy tropical fruit flavors are stressed on the palate. Light spicy flavor rounds out the taste.

M-Well carbonated. Light bodied. Surprised by the hop factor. Seems too light to pack such flavor. The brew is not overly bitter but the tropic taste sticks and clings to your tongue.

D-Drinks like a dream. The surprisingly high ABV is hidden masterfully. This is supposedly a wheat ale? More like a sassy IPA.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant golden with a billowing ivory head that lingers.

Pineapple, dank cannabis, resin, and fruit cocktail form the aroma. Extremely complex, and not at all what I expected.

Flavor is less fruity, tending more toward the resiny side, but tropical fruit does ever in a softer form. What forms the backbone, bridging the gap between fruity and resiny hops.

Body is a touch on the light side, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Probably the best American wheat ale I've had. Wish the fruity character were more pronounced in the flavor, but a great beer, overall.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon peel), floral hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey flavors, pine hops and wheat. I don't think this beer is made with honey, but it seems to me that there's a honey-like sweetness noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth and has good carbonation. It's very easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I think this is a pretty good brew, it's definitely worth a try!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Julian date 079....

A- Pours a light amber color with a full inch of off-white head that bears great retention time before slowly popping away to an 1/8 inch head. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a large ring behind on the glass.

S- Pungently aromatic hop aroma that's very citrusy and floral. Really quite awesome and one of the better bouquets on a Lagunitas beer which is saying a lot.

T- Medium-high grassy bitterness comes in along with a touch of wheat which is just enough to bring together the hoppy flavor profile. The bitterness lingers a bit but not too long and the alcohol is certainly noticeable but ends up being complementary overall.

M- A moderate hop bite and just a bit of sharpness from the booze. Medium carbonation and a body that's a bit on the lighter side.

O- One of my favorite Lagunitas beers. I always just assumed (as have many others) that it was an IPA because that's what it drinks like but lo and behold: it's a wheat beer and a damn delicious one at that.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not as expected at all. Poured pure yellow with a white foamy head. Expected darker or hazier

S - Mostly hops but small bit of wheat a pislner malt sort of smell. Ok hope it's hoppy.

T - Well it met my exceptions as being a pretty hoppy brew but with a name like Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale I expected more than little flavor. Mostly taste like orange rinds and pine with no real citrus or grapefruit undertones.

M - Light to medium bodied. Drinkable.

D - Well I love Lagunitas but it seems only for their big beers. Their IPA doesn't seem hopped enough and this was just a hopped up pale ale. Pretty bland yet still love the company.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, sharp aroma of citrus, wheat, and hops.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, lemon, wheat, hops, a mild maltiness. Not quite in keeping with the typical American Pale Wheat Ale flavors, but still is very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This beer is not like others of the style - and that's a good thing. Drinkable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like that I can get this beer relatively fresh in the middle of nowhere. Pours a yellow color with some cloudiness that shows off the 50% wheat grain bill. Very enjoyable C hop aroma, you definitely can make a nice aromatic beer with C hops despite some often prevalent subjective wisdom running contrary to that thought.

Plenty of good green vegetal C hop goodness in the taste, bitter but not overly. Mouthfeel really does wheat beers well, nice and light, dry body that really lets the hops shine.

Easily top 1st tier wheat beer, done very well, better than almost any other I can think of. Easy availability will hurt its score on the BA top beers board, not rare enough, but to those who aren't into Pokemon level stuff, this really satisfies taste buds and the wallet. Sorry, no fedex bux here.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice two fingers of head that slowly recedes to sticky film of foam. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Light, clear amber and honey color with good bubbling. Lots of hoppy mellow citrus aromas. Resiny bitter palate pushes too much of the sweet wheat and fruity yeast away. Interestng combination of flavors, bitter and wheaty, but isn't my cup of tea all the way. Good resiny that coats the tongue nicely. More like an IPA in my opinion than an American pale wheat ale.

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

12 ounce bottle purchased at package store in Westchester, NY.

Poured into a large wine glass. Nice dark peach color with a smallish one finger head, that soon will turn to mainly a white ring with some light white lilly pads on top of the beers body. It smells mainly like a typical wheat ale with some faint hops. However, upon taking a sip, it tastes more of those aformentioned hops while still maintaining the characteristics of a wheat ale, and some brown sugar there too. It tastes very good and is unique. The mouthfeel is a bit dry, a bit sweet, but leaves your palate eager to have some more of this Little Sumpin` from Lagunitas. This beer exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, orangy copper color, full frothy white head with good lacing. Smell is hop dominant with a focus on grapefruit and pine. Slighty spicyness and a decent carmel malt like whiff with some earthy and floral notes. Taste is very hop dominant with grapefruit, piney and spicy hops up front. Back end has a little malty sweetness to it - honey and carmel like. Only a faint earthy wheat taste. Medium to full bodied, ample carbonation and slightly sticky.

Tastes more like an IPA, akin to maybe DFH 90 minute - hop forward with a malty background.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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