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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: 1,940
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 90
Gots: 342 | 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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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour into our oversized snifters, a beer the color of a goldenrod sunset. It holds a one finger tall head of soapy, off-white bubbles that leave vertical mountains of punctate lacing. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The nose speaks of the stickiest, sweetest citric, floral, and tropical nectary hops, syrupy and sugary pale and wheaty malts, intense bubblegum esters, nail polish, metallic well and clay water, freshly cut and juicy cantaloupe and passion fruit, stinging mustard seed, dried hay, light alcohol, and fumy seashore seafoodiness. The taste offers bitterly citric and sappy hop oils, cardboard, continued cantaloupe melon fruitiness, raisin granola sugars, vanilla bean, rosehip and lemongrass, moldy honey, mallow sugars, basement mustiness, banana and bubblegum esters, pale malts and chalked barley, riced adjuncts, and huge lemon iced tea tannins. The body is medium to chewy, and the carbonation is medium to high. Cream, froth, slurp, and smack are all wonderfully represented and clean, with a nice finishing pop to round things off. The mouth is coated with this bubbly swill, but it is allowed to dry into a finite astringent bitterness that leaves the palate streaky and tingling. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.

Overall, from the first whiff, this beer reminded us of a supped-up version of Sucks. The hop profile through the aroma is nearly spot-on, but the beer is made more serious by heavier booze, harsher metallics, and more bittered grain. The nose is much more exciting than the flavor, which falls more heavily to the aforementioned notes, boxing out the base a bit. That said, this is an easy drinking, hearty beverage that is perfectly aligned with the rest of the “Sumpin’” series. It is obviously most comparable to the standard Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, but again, does feel like a hybrid between that far off original and their latest hit of Sucks. It may take you to the end of the first bottle to really get into this one, as it did with us, but fear not, because that alluring Lagunitas mystique will surely pull you back in, making it hard for you to not chain-drink the entire pack.

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One of my faves from good ol' Sonoma County.
Very fragrant, with hints of pine, a floral bouquet and a yeast presence.
The first sip very balanced. It is smooth, perfect carbonation and is not overpowering but the piney, fruity hoppiness is strong. It is a very easy drinker and pairs well with a good ribeye or something like that. I agree with the person who called it a "food beer". All in all, Lagunitas is killin' it! I love my Heady Topper but this beer has to be world class. The right word is balanced. It is aromatic, makes you want more with the complexities with the hoppy, citrusy, floral cornucopia yet is a smooth companion. Very understated for an Imperial Ale but does the trick it's supposed to and more. I'll bypass my Magic Hat variety and get another right now.............

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip
A: Transparent light orange with a 1+ finger head
S: Typical but pleasant DIPA aromas of pine, citrus rind and a grassy/herbal note. Not getting a ton from the malt
P: Matches the nose. Lots from the hops, little from the malt; tasty but doesn't have as much complexity as I usually see from Stone
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: I'll have to find a bottle - not sure if there's anything wrong with the keg this growler came from but it just doesn't match what I usually get from Stone or the other reviews here. Nothing wrong with it, just doesn't quite have the freshness I usually taste. I'll re-review when I get a bottle

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3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz bottle with appealing label art and branded black (not Green!) pry-off pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods' HQ and served cold into a snifter at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. No style is indicated on the bottle or on Lagunitas' website, but I'm reviewing it as an imperial pale wheat ale.

8.50% ABV. 64 IBU.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Not real creamy or soft-looking. Average thickness. Consistency and complexion are both average. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent orange copper of nice vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Ripe.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks good for the style.

AROMA: Dank floral hop aromatics. Vague citrus fruit. It's not too juicy or zesty, but it comes off pretty fresh. A bit grassy. I'm not finding any real piney notes, nor is it real oily or herbal. A kiss of tropical character - mango, grapefruit, maybe tangerine. Much to my chagrin, a hint of pineapple is detectable (a note I despise in a hoppy beer). Rindy bitterness emerges as it comes to temperature.

Pale malts, wheat, and nectary hop notes lend it an aptly sweet base.

Floral hop character dominates. This mellow aroma suggests a pleasant, balanced brew with plenty of flavour. It's a moderately intense aroma overall.

No yeast character, alcohol, or spices are detectable.

TASTE: Ugh - the pineapple is noticeable on the climax, and I find it repulsive - especially combined with the sweet bready malt base. I'd much prefer that the wheat and pale malts be the foundation, but that pesky bready malt character is hard to ignore. The pineapple ruins the hop profile, which would otherwise be quite pleasant: superbly well executed floral hop notes, some pleasant nectary character, and tropical passionfruit, mango, and hints of tangerine. Some grapefruit and rindy bitterness in there too. It's a bit grassy, but I wouldn't call it dank, herbal, or oily per se. I'd like more of a nectary emphasis.

No yeast character or spices come through in the taste. Unfortunately, the alcohol is noticeable, which is unpleasant when combined with the pineapple specifically. There's nothing that turns me off more in an IPA or hoppy wheat ale than boozy pineapple notes.

While the balance needs work, and I'm not real impressed with the flavour profile as-is, there are some great elements here. It boasts plenty of complexity for an imperial pale wheat ale, and there's no lack of flavour. It's not real subtly executed, but it has a definite cohesion. If not for the obnoxious pineapple, this build would likely seem gestalt.

TEXTURE: Lightly coarse, wet, overcarbonated, crisp, medium-bodied, thick, and unrefreshing. It drags a bit on the palate, roughly scratching the palate. Overall presence on the palate is nice, but this isn't without its flaws. A smoother, lighter, more refreshing texture would lend itself more naturally to this taste. I'm not big on the noticeable alcohol warmth either.

OVERALL: Absolutely a drinkable ale - even if I do dislike some aspects of it. Though it clearly doesn't cater to my personal preferences, it has definite quality and was carefully brewed. Not what I hoped for given how much I love Little Sumpin' Sumpin', but by no means a bad brew from Lagunitas - just not one I personally can fully enjoy. It doesn't its ABV all that well. I think every fan of Lagunitas would do well to try it, but it's far from world class. What I do find interesting is the relative lack of Lagunitas' signature "hop extract" taste.

C+

kojevergas, Saturday at 05:54 AM
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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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