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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: 546
Hads: 2,696
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 151
Gots: 690 | 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 BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those imperial or double IPAs that has almost as strong a malt profile as it does a hops profile. Unfortunately, I'm not the biggest fan of those types. It's fine for what it is, and is able to handle it's alcohol content pretty well. I just feel like there are better imperial IPAs out there.

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Photo of josephandbrown
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- Good head. A pretty, light copper color. It almost looks like a light lager crossed with an amber.

Smell- A nice aroma. I'm still bad about picking up subtleties, but it smells nice.

Taste- So well-balanced it is hard for me to separate the hop and malt flavors.

Feel- A perfect level of carbonation for me. Bubbly, but not champagne. The overall feel is smooth.

Overall, a very well rounded beer.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, clear gold with a thick frothy white head. Fragrant with hoppy goodness, smells of citrus, pine, very floral and non specific citrus. Tastes of citrus, subdued malts and semi sweet, pine/citrus notes (lemon/grapefruit), mild bitter bite at mid to end note and pleasant sweet with an almost caramel flavor and bready/biscuit (and clean finish). Very smooth mouthfeel, medium body with fair amount of carbonation to buoy the malts and accentuate the hops.
If a little sumpin is a great beer - this is the hot older sister . Another incredible beer from lagunitas

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Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very solid beer all around. Here goes:

A: Beautiful, like most Lagunitas beers. Pours a clear orange-yellow with a massive head and a ton of lacing. Truly an exquisite-looking beer.

S: Very dank and juicy. Mix of tropical and lighter fruits, some floralness, but mostly a fruity concoction. Some pine as well. Overall, very complex.

T: This is a tropical fruit bomb with pine at the back of the palate. Lots of oranges, citrus, pineapple, and grapefruit (lots of grapefruit in the aftertaste) and sweet, sticky pine. Maybe a touch too astringent, and the grapefruit aftertaste if not exactly my thing, but the beer still tastes great.

F: A little light and watery, but still good.

O: Good beer with some minor flaws.

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Photo of Kifu
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours gold with a slight haze. Head true white & three fingers with a fairly aggressive pour. Intense apricot and orange in the nose. Flavor follows consistently with nuances of blood orange, tropical something-er-other, the slightest pine, overripe fruit dankness/booze. There is a malty-bready element that adds to the stickiness. I love this beer. Damn good.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a golden yellow with a frothy 2 finger head that hangs around. Fairly clear.

Smell- Tropical citrus fruit, mango and pineapple. Sweet malt.

Taste- A bready malt flavor, slightly toasted with hints of wheat. Malt profile builds with mango-like fruitness with a touch of caramel. The finish is sweet yet bitter, still retaining a touch of wheatiness.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A smooth fruity double IPA as it is labeled. Still carries with it a wheat taste as the original sumpin. did. This "extra" version is much much more citric with interesting fruit tones, from all that extra hopping no doubt. Very good.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

found a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles of this on the shelf at cost plus world market of all places in prescott az whilst visiting my parents
had a few last night
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
poured golden /orange with a thick creamy off white head
smells fruity/piney/resiny and freakin awesome!
taste fruity with carmel as well i didnt detect any onion as other reviews have mentioned but complex and a little tart on the aftertaste
not too strong and very drinkable went down easy
my favorite Lagunitas beer so far

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

What a great beer!!!

Look- light golden color. Love seeing those carbonation trails. Kind of like the old days when I drank ice cold bud but this is oh so much better.

Smell- Tropical and piney hops. Very nice.

Taste-Pine, citrus rind and slight banana , hard to believe that you are drinking a 8.50% ABV beer.

Feel-. This brew is very well-balanced allowing those hop oils and flavors to come through just right. .

Overall- This Little Sumpin’ Extra variety really provided something with its fine-tuned hops and easily discernible fruity accents. Very refreshing and an excellent Ale.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Extra! has a thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, burnished gold appearance, moderate lacing, and some bubbles. Aroma is of piney hop resin, some high-grade pineapple, and white bread. Taste is similar, and this one quite balanced between the bready sweetness and hop bitterness, so if one is looking for a "hop bomb", this isn’t it. Mouthfeel is medium and Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Extra! finishes mostly dry and pleasant.


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Photo of DaverCS
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful orange color with 1 finger of slightly off-white head.

Aroma is all about the tropical fruits. More of the mild, sweet ones like mango and papaya. I do get some grapefruit as well. Plenty of honey-like malt sweetness.

Taste is fantastic, especially for the price. I think this beer is substantially better than lagunitas sucks. Beautiful citrus flavor up front, this transitions into some tropical fruits. This quickly faded as the malt comes swinging in near the middle of the mouth. At this point the beer is a bit thick, but this doesn't last long as the bitterness builds. The bitterness lingers for a bit, but eventually is out-muscled by a present alcohol heat and flavor. The alcohol and bitterness combine to linger well beyond the sip.

Overall, this is one of the better offerings from lagunitas. I would take this over sucks or even the regular a little sumptin' sumptin'. I see this pairing well with a veal osso bucco with saffron risotto and accompanying soffritto. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fast pour into a pilsner glass. Thick white head that started collapsing in on itself after a short sit. Ended at around one finger, which was half of the original. Color was a light amber, leaning towards an almost Orange hue. Definitely light and translucent with some slight carbonation. A pleasant looking beer, but it doesn't give a hint of what you're in for.

Smell is slightly sweet, fresh, maybe a little fruity, but not overpowering. Some light Carmel as well. Taste is my favorite part because a lot is going on and it surprises you. Initial tangy flavor hints of a strong hop but there is a sweet taste that quickly balances it out. Malt flavor makes an appearance, almost as an aftertaste. Malt is mellow, not burnt, Carmel but no sweetness in the aftertaste. Hop reappears and you're reminded with a tartness on the tongue.

Some white lacing remains on the sides, but minimal head by the end of the glass. Alcohol content is surprising. Nice, interesting ale. Don't know what it compares to, but like it a lot.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance- Light amber in color and pretty clear throughout. Pours a soapy/foamy two inch tall head.

aroma- Onion, grapefruit, mango, and some grainy wheat malt in the background.

taste- Juicy hops at first with sweet citrus and mango showing up at first. There's a shift mid palate to pungent grapefruit and onions which takeover into the finish. Bitterness is pretty mild throughout. As far as the malt goes there's a bit of caramel sweetness at first then dry grainy wheat malt in the back end.

feel- Medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, and a mainly dry finish with a small amount of residual sweetness and hop resin left over.

overall- Really interesting range of flavors going on here from the juicy hops to the pungent onion/grapefruit combo and the dry crackerish/wheat malt. The onion can leave an awkward aftertaste at times, but overall the mix of juicy/pungent hops makes for a great flavor profile. A great dipa for the style, definitely a unique offering from lagunitas long list of ipas, and one that is worth purchasing again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Resiny pine, herbal, spicy, caramel, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above. Flavorful, super smooth, mild bitterness, and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, slightly sweet, light bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Love this beer. Surprised I haven't reviewed it befire, but still awesome. Finishing off the remaining beers today.

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Photo of gregb13
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice DIPA from Lagunitas. Hits all the right notes for me. Very floral and citrusy, leaning towards the intensely sweet side of the IPA spectrum. Well-masked alcohol, fairly easy-drinking with pleasant carbonation. Recommended.

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Photo of J30wang
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks crispy with it's orange-y shades of gold and small head. Lacing is not bad but I don't look at my hoppy beers as much as I do with white/wheat beers (it's always exciting to be able to insert funkier words like 'hazey' or 'straw'). Hops=straight to that first sip.

Upon first sip, I am welcomed by a reminder of the dried beef sold on Zion Rd in Singapore. Asian countries usually have these sweeter versions of beef jerky and this one smells exactly like it. Sweet & Salty<3

This one has that special twist to it's hops that is unique to Lagunitas. It is apparent in all their beers.

Unique Vodka finish on the tongue and through the nose. Feels great to be drinking this beer:)

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at district tap. Nose and aroma were strong of lemon citrus. A fairly strong taste of booze, no problem with that. Color wasnt my favorite. A little light and clear for the flavor. Very good other than that.

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Photo of Roby923
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden. Heavy fresh hop scents emanating. Tasting Amarillo and centennial hops. Lots of fruit, pine, and some caramel. The 'extra wheat' creates a full feeling. The alcohol is well disguised, but there are hints within. Bottled from TJ's Columbus.

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Photo of Ziggyplayedguitar
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a pint glass. Big three fingers of loose white head that peeled away pretty quickly. Looks like fine honey with tons of carb. Smells sweet and juicy. Really strange taste for a supposedly double IPA. Enough hops to fit the bill but the wheat character lends something totally different. An easy drinkin' 8.5%? Shiiiiiiiiiiit! God help us. Words, words, words. Enough already. Lagunitas rocks and this is another mold breaker that is well worth your hard earned cash. That's if you can find it. Not easy in rural BC but it can be done.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from The Craft Beer Factory (Marietta, GA). 2.46. Bottled 7/8/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep orange gold with almost three fingers of fluffy white head. The froth eventually crumbles away, leaving a nice, consistent surface haze and some huge sheets of lace.

Big piney and dank hop aromas dominate the nose. Pine, dank onion/ garlic, over ripe oranges and a healthy background of caramelly malts.

Hops are still the star of the show in the flavor but with a considerable sweet malt presence. Pine, old mango, spent orange pulp, caramel, raw sugar, onion, garlic, wheat bread, faint pepper and a subtle nip of alcohol. Bitterness is present but subdued and this has some serious sweet malt backing it up.

Smooth, pillowy, medium body with fairly soft carbonation. Over ripe mango, softly bitter pine and sugar dusted wheat toast play on the palate in the hoppy, bittersweet finish.

A Little Sumpin Extra's wheat base produces a uniquely enjoyable delivery vehicle for those trademark Lagunitas hops. Despite the fact that the hops were already losing a bit of their luster there was a pleasant blend on top of that exquisite pillow of wheat. The texture alone is enough to guarantee that I'll try this again.

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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 drastically 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! has 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.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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;

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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