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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Reviews: 504
Hads: 2,492
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 144
Gots: 574 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2009

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Reviews: 504 | Hads: 2,492
Reviews by Walletsworth:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of the regular Lil Sumpin, but this one didn't work for me for similar reason that amped up versions of base beers often don't work me -- it just got too big. The booze presses through, the hop nuance falls apart, and you're left with a generic hop bitterness + booze burn + malt sweetnes. It's not disgusting or anything, but it's not distinctive and not something I'd reach for over the basic brew. (408 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lush with tropical aromas, I see my life before me. To taste it is to breathe; there is so much citrus, and zests that want to explore me. The mouthfeel, the mouthfeel talks for days as if it adores me. A Lil Sumpin' Extra! is a sneaky success, beautiful with every caress, and a slender thing that I hope never bores me. (321 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,331 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

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. (672 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beers by far in the world of Ales is the Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, but I stumbled across this big sister version called Little Sumpin’ Extra and I was hoping that they kept the strong pine and citrus notes that I loved so thoroughly in the little sister version. I poured this one into a tall glass and was pleased to immediately smell the strong pine and citrus notes from this beauty. It boasts an 8.5% ABV and 72 IBUs which are both elevated compared to the little sister version.

Look-Pours a crystal clear light golden color and a tiny snow-capped foamy head. It has obvious carbonation trails making their way to the top.

Smell-It smells of piney hops, but is very unique, because it also has a noticeable warmth to it and tropical fruits and banana. I was very pleasantly surprised to smell these in the Little Sumpin’ extra ale.

Taste-With a wheat tinge from the yeast and a strong pine base, this brew also delivers a grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel zest citrus component that is perfect. It has a bready malt sweetness and a floral hop component that plays so well with the pine base.

Mouthfeel-Most IPAs are ruined by an overly sweet syrupiness that kills the hoppy mood. This brew, however, is so well-balanced and attenuated that it allows those hop oils, flavors, and mouthfeels to shine through. I am also able to pick up on so many different flavors thanks to the medium-bodied maltiness.

Overall-The main component of this beer was how it compared to the little sister version that I am so familiar with. This Little Sumpin’ Extra variety, however, really delivered something new and fresh, because of the fine-tuned hops and easily discernible fruity component and clovers. It had a more refreshing rinse and a tampered sweetness that really boasts an excellent Ale. Thank you, Lagunitas! (1,858 characters)

Photo of jbredbeard
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong grapefruit aroma hits your nose as soon as you open the bottle. That follows with a strong grapefruit and hops flavor up front with a good dry bitter finish. Another excellent beer from Lagunitas. (205 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know many better IIPA's than this, at least for my tastes. Poured from bottle to glass.

It's got a great off white / light tan head that leaves rings all the way down your glass. Wonderful!

Smell is dominated by pine, taste is well balanced. Not too hoppy or bitter, just perfect. You'd never know it's a 8.5% either. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Overall it's great. Wish this was a year-round beer too! (408 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,984 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great to see Lagunitas continue to launch new limited edition brews out.Poured into a imperial nonic a deep burnt orange color with a large fluffy head that takes awhile to come down,wow what fresh hoppy aromas in the nose!A mix of grapefruit,tangerine, melon,and grass really come out,I can smell it a foot and a half away.Sad to say the flavors are not as a big of a hit as the aromas to me,somewhat leathery with pine resin and dark fruit,a sweetish alcohol presence is prevelent as well.To me it seems a little more alcoholic than it is,its got alot of things going for it but just misses on a few things. (609 characters)

Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a beautiful bright orange in color with a perfect white head that came up just right, lingered forever, and left a solid film on the inside of my mug.

Smell - The resiny aromatic hops leap from the glass with a purpose. They are wrong pine with a touch of citrus. The malt base is light but kind of sweet.

Taste - The hops are here but much more subdued then they were at the nose. The malt really takes over at the taste with a lightly toasted, buttery, sweet flavor that reminds me of an orange caramel sauce I once made.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some good but mild carbonation and a very light dryness at the finish.

Drinkability - This is a class act and actually quite original. The flavors are very unique and this beer goes down wonderfully. (787 characters)

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours orange-gold with a thick white head, webby lacing.

S- Bright grapefruit/orange citrus, grass, wheaty, fresh and flowery.

T- Well balanced sweet caramel malt and floral/citrusy hops. Finish is short and bitter.

M- Medium to full bodied, soft and wonderful.

D- Another great beer from Lagunitas. Buy a couple if you see it. (334 characters)

Photo of Mulzicus
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ajkiser12
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of steelerguy
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold, paler than I was expecting from a higher gravity beer. One finger, very white head that settled a bit and left some decent lacing. Very clear with moderate carbonation.

S - Nice mix of citrus and floral hops, lots of hop aroma but not a one dimensional hop smell. Slightly sweet smell from the floral hops rather than the malt.

T - Very balanced and clean taste. Lot of hops up front, but you can tell they are more late addition so a lot of great flavor remains without hitting insanely high IBUs. The malt is clean, not much crystal in there, seem like it is heavy on the two row with maybe some Munich malt to give it a little breadiness. Really very good.

M - Right to style, not very syrupy, clean malt bill and carbonation clean the palate making for a satisfying finish.

D - Not a session beer, but no problem at all enjoying a bomber or a couple bottles!

Overall, this is another great beer from Lagunitas. Along with Bear Republic they really represent Sonoma County well! (1,002 characters)

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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