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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: 1,881
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 90
Gots: 326 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2009)
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Reviews by yesyouam:
Photo of yesyouam
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas a Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale is clear and dark golden with a thin white film that leaves tenacious foam on the glass. It's sweet and sugary smelling, with notes of dark fruit, maybe plum. It's smooth, sticky and pretty full bodied with a sharp finish. It's pretty huge. It's sweet and quite bitter. There's a peaty note in there. It has a long juniper finish. Wow. It's bold.

yesyouam, Dec 05, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of BastardKing24
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

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 +1.4%
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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

oberon, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mojohawk21, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

RoyalT, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

brownbeer, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Tiernan, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

SanFranJake, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

SIRIUS2, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of steelerguy
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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!

steelerguy, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of blackearth
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis, MN. Poured a cloudy, light orange body with an off-white head of foam. Aroma was dominated by piney aromatic hops. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the flavors again were dominated by spicy, piney hops that had a long lasting finish. Definitely not balanced, but good drinking if you are a hophead.

blackearth, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of tuckevalastin
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Translucent amber with a nice foamy head that sticks around.

S: Lots of citrus and piny hops. Some fruity almost floral smells in the background.

T: A grapefruit taste comes through the strongest over the piney hops. The hops certainly don't hide but some nice sweet bready malty flavors come in and out. Much more hops then malt but it is very balanced for the style.

M: Good carbonation and medium bodied. No spice or heat and lots of crisp flavor... it's bitter though, as it should be.

D: The bitterness might slow some drinkers down. Otherwise I see no reason not to drink this one with ease.

Overall, this is a very nice beer that I greatly appreciate being able to enjoy on the east coast. Certainly worth a try if you like hops.

tuckevalastin, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a bright reddish orange with brilliant clarity and a half inch of foamy eggshell head on top of the brew. Aromas start with crisp wheat grain malts and a kiss of caramel entwined by citric and big grapefruit hops. I'd guess plenty of "C" hops along with some Amarillo. Quite nice, fresh and vibrant.

First sip brings crisp wheat malt upfront with a kick of caramel and honey that quickly transitions into a blast of citric, tropical, grapefruity hop flavors. Bitterness takes hold on the way down but there's still a lingering sweetness that's left on this brew. Touch of alcohol on the finish...overall quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and smooth with a little bit of residual sweetness. The bomber is fairly easy to take down and I definitely appreciate the price as compared to other options. A tasty, hoppy brew that I will grab again if the mood strikes and it's still around.

orbitalr0x, Sep 06, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

dimitrov, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

sabitu, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of coxxx616
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

coxxx616, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

freshflesh, Aug 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

DaftPatrick, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Afroman, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of chip26
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

chip26, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of marvin213
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For a DIPA, this thing is light-lookin'. Aside from the big foamy top, it could pass for a pilsner. The froth is good and lacing is present, but this looks like it represents what to all of us is a concern: the dilution of Imperial IPAs.

The smell is hop extract. These Lagunitas beers are all seeming the same to me, and I'm trusting the extract less and less. My initial experience with Hop Stoopid was awesome; Little Sumpin Sumpin was good but difficult to differentiate. The smell of Sumpin Extra is still no different--it smells like Hop Stoopid (i.e. extract), but we're encountering the law of diminishing marginal value.

With this one, I'm presently surprised by apparent maltiness in a DIPA. I've got to be wrong because the beer looks so light, and it is an Imperial IPA...but I actually detect some balance. If I let me skepticism and negatively skewed attitude take hold again, I reckon it might be hop fade that produces this result. It tastes purty good, so I'll rate it good; nevertheless, as winter approaches, I'm more and more convinced that this year's hops have run their course. Football is upon us and I look forward to January not only for playoffs, but Hopslam. Pardon me, for I have digressed....

For a DIPA especially, it's far from bitter. In fact, this extract with which I've become familiar through Lagunitas provides a sweetness uncharacteristic of most DIPAs. Still, the hoppy beers from Lagunitas remain eerily similar. It feels like the others. I like it, but I can't keep giving it top-notch credit when it keeps reemerging under different names: -0.5 for (lack of) originality.

I don't want to keep buying the same beer disguised in a different label. It's a wee bit different than Hop Stoopid, but that's a phrase I attribute more to Highland Brewery in Asheville than Lagunitas in Sonoma County. Bottom line: if I want a little sumpin' from Lagunitas, I'll stick with Hop Stoopid.

marvin213, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev 0%

nstroup, Aug 24, 2014
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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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