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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! AleA Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale

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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 99
Gots: 374 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2009)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Lil' Sumpin Sumpin is going to be a tough act to follows, Lagunitas. Best of luck, though!

Appearance: Pours out a faintly hazed, amber-hued body with a medium-small, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Heady mixture of pale, lightly toasty, vaguely sweetish maltiness and aromatic hop notes of astringent pine resin, sugar-coated grapefruit rinds, and a pervasive, underlying earthiness.

Taste: Sweet-tasting pale malts with a light touch of toasted grains. Small, buried hints of malted wheat in the taste, though this could just as easily be the product of a diseased, alcohol-ravaged mind, so who knows for certain. Then, in come the hearty dose of hops with strong, sharp floral, citrusy, earthy, pine-based tastes and a moderate amount of tongue-scalding bitterness. Toasty touches persist in the latter half, but, mainly this is the realm of the bitter hops (at least for me). I would say this finishes bittersweet, but it's more like 75% bitter and 25% sweet. So, it finishes bittermoresweetless. Yes, that sounds about right.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit oily and even sticky in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, it's a run-of-the-mill Double IPA for me, having left behind the grace and ease of it's younger cousin, going back to bitter and basic and not too terribly far removed from their other basic, bitter brews.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of BastardKing24
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

One of my favorite beers ever, hits the spot just right at 8.5%, and has loads of hops and flavor I seek out in lighter colored beers.

Pours a medium yellow with a frothy white head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is of BIG citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Also there are notes of pine and sour apple.

Taste is the same with a huge citrus component. Slight apricot and nectarine flavors as well. Some biscuit and grain, but very fruity.

Feel is just right, can't go left or right with the carb, and a decent flavor per sip value.

Overall I can't stress this more, this is a very nice beer with a big wallop of flavor. It hits the spot, and exceeds expectations.

BastardKing24, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Act25
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Intensely hoppy, one of Lagunitas' best.

A: Mine is clear honey-gold, with a mushrooming dense, lasting head and loads of sticky lace, lots of fine bubbles.

S: Ample fresh citrus rind of several types blend with apricot body, summer hay, and drying ganja hops / herbs.

T: Great see-saw between sweet estery tropical fruit and plenty of hop bitterness that goes long on top of a wheat cracker base. Neither the alcohol or sweet bother me, as they are nicely balanced by long bitter peppery, lemony finish.

MF: Plenty of counter balances of bitterness, stinging tingling hops to the sweet, juicy fruit body, keeps beer really interesting and fun to roll round your mouth.

It's a food beer. A must try. up there with Sculpin.

Act25, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In true Lagunitas fashion, A Little Sumpin' Extra is an intensely hoppy beer with understated and subtle malt character with barely noticeable alcohol- a great platform for an explosive display of hops!

Honey-gold in color and with a faint haze, the firmly frothy ale is all about the hops- candied orange, grapefruit, a tinge of lemon drop and tropical fruit rest upon the slight malt sweetness of angel food cake which acts only in a supporting role.

Its soft bread sweetness is malty and seems to highlight a fructose character of vine-ripened fruit. With that plethora of citrus weaving in and out of tropical pineapple, apricot and passionfruit, a smooth rindy bitterness pulls forth.

Its light body and sweetness evaporates off the palate much like cotton candy- a tremendous testament to the beer's dry bready malt and saturating hop flavor and feel. Slight vegetative notes offer a taste of verbena and fresh-cut grass with playful acidity and soothing alcohol warmth that's tucked just behind the hops.

Its soul of wheat gives A Little Sumpin' Extra that little something extra that without the description, you'd be hard pressed to put your finger upon. Its a firmly supported, hop-dominant ale that doesn't allow the heartiness of higher-kilned barley to compete. Its simply a masterful taste and a culinary delight.

BEERchitect, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Look out, kid, it's sumpin' ya did,
God knows when, but you're doin' it again."

--Bob Dylan

Shimmering saffron with sparkly carbonation and lemony accents. The merigue-like crown is somewhere between ivory and ecru in color, has a rumpled bumpy surface, melts in languid fashion, and deposits shotgun-blasted sheets of lace.

It looks like A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale is simply a slightly bigger version of Sumpin' Sumpin'. The ABV is barely one percentage point higher and the aroma seems pretty similar as well (although it's been a while since I had the smaller beer). I'm not complaining. Good is good and more of the same is often better.

It doesn't smell like there's anything darker than pale in the malt department. The hops are citrus fruity and modestly sprucy. Several of the C-hops are definitely present, Amarillo is possible and Simcoe is doubtful. Too bad Lagunitas doesn't divulge the ingredients.

As is often the case when an impressively hoppy IPA (or APWA in this case) is made bigger by the addition of more malt, bright hop flavor is brought down a peg or two. That's what appears to have happened here. This is still tasty beer, but for my money, non-Extra! is both more delicious and more drinkable.

Specifics include sugar cookies with a thin layer of caramel, candied citrus peel (grapefruit, lemon, orange), and hints of ganja and pine resin. Sweet and bitter are roughly balanced. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that candi sugar was added. Then again, 72 IBUs isn't that hard to counter. Excuse me... 72.51.

The mouthfeel is more than adequate for the style, without being overly sappy or sticky. A decent amount of alpha acids roughs things up just enough and the carbonation is fine and dandy. No complaints here at all.

In the end, A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale is good beer that doesn't quite match the beer that inspired it, much less supercede it. I'm still enjoying it quite a bit and would gladly fork over $5.08 for another bomber.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A Lil Sumpin Extra pours a slightly hazed, light golden color with a fluffy white head which leaves a lot of sticky lacing throughout the drinking experience.

S: The primary aroma is grapefruit and some other citrus fruit from the hops. There are also some hints of sweet, tropical fruits, especially mango and pineapple. There is also a slight pine component, with very little malt.

T: The taste is a little off. I was expecting a nice citrusy, mildly bitter beer, but this is actually quite sweet and boozy. There is some mild grapefruit flavor, but little in terms of hop bitterness. There is a definite alcohol presence, as previously mentioned.

M: This is quite a full bodied IPA. There is very little in the way of carbonation, which probably is why this beer seems so heavy and alcoholic.

D: It's certainly not a bad beer, but I wouldn't seek this one out again. The overall "flatness" on the tongue and the heavy alcohol make this an okay beer, but it certainly lacks balance.

womencantsail, Nov 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden colored with a half inch of off white to light brown foam on top. Excellent clarity. Heavy Brussels lacing. Bold aroma of citrus hops with a sharp orange note. The flavor is razor sharp bitterness at the front of the palate that does not diminish at the back of the palate or even in the fade. Mouth is actually deceptively smooth and quaffable considering the strength. This is exceptional.

Franziskaner, Wednesday at 03:54 AM
Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

A-Clear orange in the glass, two finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Has a nice bit of citrus and a good deal of pine/earthy notes.

T-Starts with a nice, but semi mild citrus. (Only a little over a month old so is this a trait or is there fading?) ends with some pine and complementary bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, velvety.

O-Not sure if I just need this super fresh or that I don't find it completely hits the mark.

rlee1390, Wednesday at 03:20 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.92/5  rDev -7.5%

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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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