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: 501
Hads: 2,483
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 144
Gots: 570 | 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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Photo of stortore
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a mason jar.

Pours a nice golden color, pretty clear, with a one to two finger head that faded pretty quickly. Not much lacing. Smells very citrusy at the pour, much less so after. Also pick up some pine and malts. Taste was pretty well balanced between the hops and the malt, a touch sweet, but a decent amount of bitterness on the back end. Smooth, very nicely carbonated, a very full body for the style.

This was really enjoyable, I'll have to buy a few and use a different vessel (not sold on that mason jar thing). Pretty typical composition for a Lagunitas, and every bit as typically good. (630 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 JOldewurtel
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little hard to believe I hadn't had this beer yet. Another great beer from Lagunitas. Just a notch below the world class "Sucks", still a top notch IPA (153 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a 5 Rabbit can glass.

Look - Nice fluffy head that settles to nice lacing on top of the beer. Leave a nice trail on the side of the glass as you drink it. Hazy orange/amber/honey color as you hold the glass up to the light.
Smell - Citrus, dank hopiness, tropical fruity, too. Hint of mango, perhaps.
Taste - Sweet notes of pine, citrus rind and juice , a bit o' honey before going into a slight bready/biscuity finish. You have no idea that you are drinking a 8.50% ABV beer.
Feel - Carbonation to tickle the tongue with creamy sidenote.
Overall - This beer is an amazing example of an Imperial IPA. I know I didn't use "proper" glassware when review this beer, but it is such a solid brew that it's good points shine through in any glass. I will be looking forward to it's place in the Lagunitas rotation for years to come. (852 characters)

Photo of chiller413
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really great offering from Lagunitas. The initial flavor is a nice mix of tropical, pine, and citrus, while the finish is well balanced and starts slightly sweet and then fades into a biscuity aftertaste. This beer has a velvety mouthfeel and the ABV is pretty well hidden under the wonderful complex flavors. (311 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 Tuck_leepulin
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass and a bottled date of July 9, 2015.

Appearance: Pours a a pale amber with 1/2 finger of white head

Smell: Piney and earthy hops

Taste: Balance between wheat esters and spruce-like hops

Mouthfeel: Bitter finish and light body

Overall: Very similar to regular Little sumpin sumpin. As with the former, the strength is well hidden and the combination of wheat and hoppy bitterness is well balanced and refreshing. (459 characters)

Photo of RangerDanger
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just a really great balance between hops and malt. Very refreshing beer despite the abv which I hardly noticed.Slightly sweet taste that ends dry and hoppy. Love the label also.
My favorite of the Sumpins line. (211 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I hate this new review system. I guess I have to write one hundred and fifty characters. So what I will say is little sumpin extra is really damn good. Stop making me write 150 character reviews at bars and such BA. (215 characters)

Photo of BeerguyMVC
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I had one word to sum up this beer it would either be "unique" or "different". Unlike other beers you get an onionish smell with a grassy taste but it's not offensive in any way. Much better than the og little sumpin sumpin imo. Quite pleased with this find :) (263 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -- Big frothy white head on top of a light amber body. Head reduces to a thin white layer, eventually ring around the top, leaving a good amount of lacing.

S -- Dank. Tropical fruit, banana. Floral notes with warmth.

T -- Pine, grapefruit, floral. Bready malt sweetness. Wheat zing to it from the yeast.

F -- Crisp, refreshing, bitter, medium-to-light body. Slight hop resin film.

O -- Very tasty. Different beer than Sumpin Sumpin, not really comparable, but you can see where it comes from. Very tasty and something I will make sure to pick up at least a 6 pack every release. (587 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine/snifter/tulip

A - a golden copper sunset, two finger bright white head and some sugar lacing.

S - really nice funk up front, very hoppy, island fruits, banana bread, very floral, tart island fruits, fresh cut grass, toasted malts/grains, sweet pineapple, pear and more funk

T - a fruity/funky/floral hop, sour grass, toasted malts/grains, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, pineapple/grapefruit hops, soil, hoppy and more funk

M - medium minus body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium plus carbonation, medium acidity and a sugary/sour to hop bite finish.

D/O - perfect spring and summer beer. Very refreshing easy to drink for the hop head and novice alike. Has a lot going on without being overly complex and just a couple will get you very relaxed. Great with almost every kind of food but, sushi and bbq are my favorite.

Final thoughts - At only $9 a sixer and a nice 8.5% abv this is a wonderful ale -- it only begs the question why not this year-round and its counterpart be the limited release. (1,025 characters)

Photo of HopHunter19
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice golden amber color that's clear with a white head on it that doesn't stick for too long but leaves a good ring of lacing
S - Dank, peach, grapefruit, garlic/onion (in a good way).
T - basically same as the smell. dank, grapefruit, orange zest, peach, garlic/onion much more subdued than the smell
M - medium mouthfeel. aftertaste is bitter, grapefruit. alc is completely covered
O - great beer from lagunitas, up there with sucks, pliny, ruination (458 characters)

Photo of thepopester
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my get though the week beer. Cash cow, if you will. I think it is a couple of dollars to much for a six. But they did not over hop it.

This one must be had.

If you are in Chicago. Go to the brewery. You will not be disappointed (237 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” off-white foam cap that quickly dissipates
S: Hop nose prominent, citrus and resin
T: Malt, caramel and citrus lead the attack with citrus and fruit hop flavors and a moderate bitterness bringing the beer to a close.
F: Above average carbonation, slightly above average body
O: A well made big flavored Imperial IPA that is refreshing and easy to drink. (394 characters)

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 3/7/15

A Little Sumpin' Extra by Lagunitas
poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chalice

Packaging-
love the euro girl in laderhousen (3.75)

Appearance-
golden with thin off white head and mild lacing (3.75)

Smell-
big piney hops (4.0)

Taste-
follows nose muted slightly by wheat yeast(3.75)

Mouthfeel-
solid and full bodied velvet like finish (4.0)

Drinkability-
excellent and dry finishing (4.0)

Overall-
good effort from Lagunitas leans to the wheat pales (4.0)

Comments-
this was a re visit. still somewhere on the fence, but appreciate the effort
---- J (577 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey straw color with a short dense creamy head that settles into a light ring and left a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a sweet honey malt. A bit too sweet. Some tropical fruit notes from the hops; big pineapple and apricot presence.

The taste is strong with the tropical fruit notes. Big pineapple and overripe mango. Some apricot and pepper hop notes as well. The malt is sweet and has honey notes. The combination of the tropical fruit hop notes and the sweet malt lead to a very sweet beer. The bitterness from the hops helps offset this but it is a bit too sweet for my liking.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate but its not cloying as there is enough of a bitter offset. Almost sticky but not quite.

This beer walks a fine line on being too sweet and undrinkable. It doesn't get there but I much rather have the regular version of this beer or the Sucks! The malt is a bit too beefy and sweet. I figure it is the bigger wheat malt bill. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had previously reviewed this with an older bottle. Just picked up a sixer fresh. As the name hints, this is sumpin, with an amped up og, and it's amazing. Love the citrus flavors, a little melon,and a nice clean wheat finish with some floral hoppy flavor lingering. An excellent interpretation of imperial sumpin. (313 characters)

Photo of lewzer99
3.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: straw with a one finger white head
S: light grapefruit and hints of pine
T: not very good, might be a bad keg... Pine and bitter, some kind of weird rotten flavor.
M: crisp and light
O: not as good as I had hoped given how much I normally like lagunitas (260 characters)

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the better offerings...nice essence of fruity/alcohol that hits the tongue strongly...

boozier taste than anticipated...and that is a good thing to me (158 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 Brighton_Beer_Bro
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Big fan of Lagunitas, and this brew is perfect for those nights when you both want to enjoy a good beer, and get the courage to talk to that cute girl. (151 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Sampling right now on 12/10/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'CHEERS-BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a golden-honey in color with a good 1-finger foamy white head. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of malts, red grapefruit and pine. More going on with the taste as you can taste the pale malts, floral and earthy hops along with some citrus zest. Has a good taste with a slight bitter finish but really doesn't last a long time. Medium-bodied and carbonation. Wasn't sure on this one but turned out ok overall. (611 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

From 12/05/14 notes

Pours a hazy medium amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Very fruity, some nice citrus hops, fruity malts, light tropical notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Another solid Lagunitas beer in the LS family. Worth checking out. (296 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in shaker pint 11/23/2014.

A- Slightly hazy amber-golden body, one finger frothy white head with good retention time. Lots and lots of rings of lacing. [4]

S- Honey, peach, nectarine, grainy malt, candied sugar. This is a quite sweet beer in both the malty and the fruit senses. This is smelling a bit different than Lagunitas' typical overhopped IPAs in the sense that the fruit aromas come out more here without as much of the resin. [4]

F- As the nose hints, this beer is on the sweet side of pretty much all double IPAs I've had. The malt stands out in a white sugary, mildly grainy manner with syrupy honey-like sweetness buttressed by tropical and stone fruits. Not much to be found in terms of bitter flavours outside of a slightly grassy bitterness on the backend. Again, very sweet but certainly easy to drink. [4]

M- Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, effervescent and mildly crisp without too much resin. Very easy to drink and no hint of the 8.5% ABV arises at all. [4]

O- A very solid DIPA from Lagunitas. Great stuff, enjoyed drinking this. A bit different than all the west coast-style dry + bitter IPAs that tend to be popular these days, despite being from the west coast, but not being quite as malty as the east coast style tends to be. [4]

Final score: 4.00 (1,338 characters)

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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