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: 2,294
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 114
Gots: 451 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus fruit, citrus zest, and citrus juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic citrus forward hop qualities that make this one very tasty and super easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice golden color with a white head. The nose is pretty strong and has some really overpowering hops. Loads of citrus as well as a bit of pine. The taste is equally as hoppy and just really brings on the citrus rind and a tiny amount of malt in the background. Good bitterness and a nice body. Another really nice hoppy beer from Lagunitas.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with a bit of cloudiness. A small bit of head lingered on the surface.
S: Lots of hops and floral aromas, smells like a fresh floral arrangement with notes of marigolds
T: Excellent blend of sweet citrus flavors matched with the bitterness of hops
M/D: Wouldn't drink more than one of these in a single session.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev -8%

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

The pour was very nice, rich amber in color with a huge cascading white head that just would not quite no matter what. Really nicely done I have to admit. Even after a few minutes it was still going strong with rich lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Aroma was a hop bomb, cirus filling the air from the first moment and really giving you a nose full. Even warming could not cut through the grapefruit and biting sharp hop notes. Nice medium body was well carbonated and allowed the flavor to really absorb along the palate. First taste is sharp, huge notes of sticky pine and grapefruit rip the tongue but mellow out a bit behind a biscuit like mi palate. Some nice notes of grain plugging through in here I have to say before a smack of hops dries the palate and leaves a bit of a hot boozy note on its way down.

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3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, picked up in Calgary over the Thanksgiving weekend.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and yet eventually creamy dirty white head, which leaves a nice array of sudsy webbed lace round the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells (even from across the table) of sweet orange, grapefruit, and pineapple flesh, caramel malt, a bit of spicy wheat grain, earthy, kind of piquant yeast, and some dank, resinous pine needle - very enticing, and highly reminiscent of Hop Stoopid. The taste is big pine and Texas grapefruit bitters, a sweet toffee/caramel maltiness, fading wheat notes, further muddled tropical fruit, and a mild alcohol warming.

The carbonation is pretty moderate, barely a presence to be felt on the tongue, the body smooth, solid, and a bit sticky in its full-on (heh) medium weight. It finishes quite off-dry, more than a bit of sweet malt coming in under that bitter hop flooding of the senses, while the big booze is integrated seamlessly.

A pleasant hoppification of a base wheat ale, enough to almost obfuscate it entirely - ergo, I always welcome a new DIPA 'round these parts, and especially from an established hop-monger like Lagunitas. This did not disappoint in the least - lovely aroma, flavour, and overall drinking worthiness. Now I'd like to be left alone with the rest of this bomber, thank you very much!

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeweled amber tone, sharp clarity, fading orange sunset. Thick meringue tackiness inside the glass. Swaths of lacing, elegant and dense. Sweet candied ginger and grapefruit rinds. Alternating DIPA poles of sweet / bitter. Lingering grapefruit rind and pith, all bitter. Lingering dense malts lurking underneath. Sweet on the uptake, bitter on the downstroke. Savory. The affordable nectar of joe sixpack.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is excellent beer, and of all the high alcohol hoppy beers these guys make, this may be my favorite by a considerable margin. an amazingly clear brew, no sediment at all, no haze, just sunny and bright, with a tall white head and a nose of very intense hops. citra hops in here for sure, especially as an aromatic dry hop. but there are others as well in here, as its more complex than the sometimes one dimensional (even though we adore them) citra. a honey sweetness on the front end, not super malty, but a fuller blonde malt body at first. so hoppy though, and the grain only supports it. hints of lemon curd, palm sugar, and tangerine zest in the hops, along with a piney bitterness as it closes out. wonderfully hopped, so oily and textured, but so light and bright too, one would never know this is as strong as it is. I've wanted to try this one for a long time, and find it to be a well above average west coast ipa. i like that the grain gives body without a ton of weighty sugary flavor. its dynamic and exciting and the perfect big ipa for hot weather. how fantastic!

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/color with a thick, off-white head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tons of citrus and pine. It had a sharp toasty aroma.

T - This one has a spicy hop heat with a resiney/piney hop bite. There is a burnt toast maltiness with some orange peel flavor.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that has a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is another great hopped-up brew from Lagunitas. Really great tasting.

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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