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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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Reviews: 523
Hads: 2,606
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 144
Gots: 632 | 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

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2009

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A Little Sumpin' Extra! looks by all accounts like a very light beer... of course that's because you can't actually see alcohol content or hoppiness. Were it in fact possible to spot these features I suspect this pale, misty, lightly frothed golden liquid would appear might different indeed.

When Lagunitas lists the ingredients as 'hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops, water, and hops' they aren't just being funny. This smells enough like spiked orange juice to pass for a Screwdriver and has such nectarous floral notes I'd advise against drinking it outside or run the risk of being swarmed by bees.

Of all the times drinking A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale I've never found the alcohol to be well disguised. Don't get me wrong, I love the beer but let's not mince words: there's certainly nothing "little" about it. It's no surprise that Sumpin' Extra! have that added exclamation mark (literally) when going down.

But like me at a cool party, balance just doesn't belong here. Malt couldn't fit in with all these alpha-acids and bittering units even it dressed itself up like a hop cone. Sessionable beers are great. Balanced beers are great. But so are ridiculously one-sided, completely hop-slanted Double IPAs like this one.

And that of course is why I bought it. Sumpin' Extra! comes super-charged with lupulin. It is the garden vegetable soup of hop-bombs, combining ultra-zesty citrus peels, tropical fruit juices, pine and spruce tips, Mary Jane and other less illicit flower buds with a poverty-level stipend of pale malt. Simple as that.

If A Little Sumpin' Extra! doesn't satisfy your hop cravings you've gone completely numb and should see a doctor. This is a beer that leaves you feeling green in the face. Expect to see hops in your dreams for nights to come. It's balanced like scalene triangle. And for all that, Lagunitas, we thank you. (1,866 characters)

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a whitish head; aroma has great pine and citrus notes ; tastes sweet, and a lot like any hoppy Lagunitus: bursting with fresh flavor. This beer doesn't disappoint, and is one I could drink just about anytime. (241 characters)

Photo of akolb
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a tulip glass. Amber with a fluffy white head. 4/5
A: Citrus hops, nice and bright. Very appealing. 4/5
T: Moderate bitterness. Unique mango and some citrus in the taste .Relatively dry. Delicious. 4.75/5
M: Viscous and creamy. Very drinkable. Very thick, which adds some interest to the feel. 4.75/5
O: A unique strong, hoppy beer. Not nearly as bitter as a true DIPA, but packed with citrusy and fruity flavors. Highly recommended. 4.75/5 (455 characters)

Photo of puck1225
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice clear gold, good white head that leaves a very pleasant lacing all the while you drink it. Citrus fruit and slightly sweet. Good strong hoppy taste, as you expect. One of my favorite beer. I always look forward to it being available in my area each year. (268 characters)

Photo of hophead723
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light golden, influenced by amber around the edges. This is evidence of numerous malts used in the making of this brew.

Smell: Like an American Pale Ale on steroids, this beer has a very pine-forward aroma that is backed up by lots and lots of honey, B-grade amber syrup, and dough.

Taste: A pine rich upfront rush of hops is followed by a solid dosing of tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango. This beer emulates the desirable characteristics of a west coast style IPA without even trying.

Feel: Medium bodied as it damn well should be. The thickness is perfectly balanced and if it were any looser they would have failed. But Lagunitas doesn't fuck around so they really nailed the shit out of this one.

Overall: This, to me, is an easy drinker. It's overall well attenuated balance showcases the brewing prowess of Lagunitas. Enjoy! (854 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; little lacing;

S: pine, marijuana, tropical fruit;

T: pineapple is there from start to finish; grapefruit pith, a little pine are there early; marijuana and pineapple at the end with moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: outstanding aroma and flavor; (388 characters)

Photo of senglish7
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is above average. Taste is mostly smooth. I didn't get the mango sweetness that some have described. It's a good beer but probably not my favorite from Lagunitas. (168 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass: color is copper, transparent and clear, head is off white, extremely fine bubbles and presents 1/2 inch and laces very well with nice lingering qualities.

Smell is piney, earthy, bitter, with clean malt flavor and just a touch of noticeable sweetness.

Taste follows the aromas' lead: piney hops, more grapefruit and citrus noted than in the aroma, earthy finish; malt is clean, with just a touch of presence - simple toast and light biscuit. Strength is noticeable, but not detracting.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter, focusing the intensity on the tongue, slight drying.

Overall, a very, very good DIPA, up there with the better ones, clean and crisp flavors, enticing aromas and beautiful presentation. (732 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Lil Sumpin' Extra!.

Lagunitas is a brewery that seldom lets me down, though it has happened ( ahem, Lagunitas Imperial Stout) . But when it comes to IPA's and the such, they usually hit the nail on the head. So..let's see how this one goes.

Look - Pours a see through amber with a two finger, ever so slightly off-white head that looks as though it is going to stick around throughout the drink. Carbonation appears to be on the higher end of things. Lacing is left everywhere like a blue-balled ejaculation onto a prostitutes stomach. 5.

Smell - Tropical mangos, pineapples, pears, among other juices. I just really, reallyyyyy hope it has at least some malty backbone to counter-act what could be a sweetness bomb. 4.

Taste - There isn't much to say here. This beer is like drinking mango juice straight out of a fucking mango. I mean, holy shit does this thing taste like mangos. And holy Satan is this thing sweet. If it would have had a malty backbone to meet in the middle, this one would 5, but since it doesn't, I have to rate it for how I truly feel about it. I can almost taste the citric acid. 4.

Feel - Light to medium and very creamy bodied with moderate carbonation. The creamy texture fills up your entire mouth and basically makes you its personal skanky skank. 4.5.

Overall - Ahhh...I'm a bit torn on this one. While it is certainly a great beer, I'm not sure I could have more than one in a sitting due to its ridiculous sweetness. Maybe my palate just needs to adjust to this...I really don't know. Either way....4. (1,550 characters)

Photo of 4thFloyd
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A clear golden color with a nice white head and good retention. A moderately strong aroma with nice citrus and malty sweetness. Flavor is really well balanced with nice citrus hops and a malt body. The sweetness and citrus blend very well to provide a silky smooth and beer. Mild bitterness without a harsh aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden. This was a really good beer. (384 characters)

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Light golden and clear. Fluffy white head, nice lacing. Sweet cracker and citrus aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy, exceptionally smooth. Sweetness from the alcohol and malt combines almost perfectly with the citrusy hops. Has that mineral crisp quality of regular Lil Sumpin, just sweeter and creamier. Excellent brew overall. (336 characters)

Photo of Extol
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is exceptional.

The look is typical for the style.

The smell is citrus, grapefruit/mango I would guess.

The taste is the same, with little linger bitterness and a nice citrus background.

Would get again. (212 characters)

Photo of T_Hass
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Najas place in Redondo. This is a clean clear looking brre with a white fluffy head
Smells of citus and hops. Tasts the same but Les hippy than I would like but has a great mouth feel thick and fluffy. (215 characters)

Photo of headbangingteacher
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This fine addition to the Sumpin' series pours a golden to copper color with a slight haze. The first whiff yielded the standard grapefruit and pine laden aromas of a DIPA, but further exploration produced a potent but appealing, concentrated hop smell. The taste follows as would be expected with a lingering sweetness on the lips that seems to almost be of passion fruit. This will be a yearly pick-up at released time. (424 characters)

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DELICIOUS. Lagunitas knows how to make a good hoppy ale and this one does not disappoint. The addition of wheat to the malt bill gives it a bit more body but its not thick or syrupy. (182 characters)

Photo of Buck89
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice amber hazy color with a two-finger white head that hung around. Nose was bold citrus and some pine. Taste followed - bracing orange bitter with bready malt and clean finish. Also picked up grapefruit and some spiciness. Not a Sucks, but a great IIPA. (281 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Cpmitchno1
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent hoppy wheat ale. This definitely has that familiar Lagunitas hoppy beer taste, but in a very good way. Light and refreshing while stop packing a powerful punch. Great beer for the style. (199 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -11.9%
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 +9.5%
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 +19.3%
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 +3.1%
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%
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%
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)

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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