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: 507
Hads: 2,502
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 144
Gots: 579 | 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 KarmicSkrambl8
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +19.3%
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 +1.4%

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 -10.5%

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 -2.6%

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 -4.5%
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)

Photo of allengarvin
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: 3.5 - Hazy amber gold with a slight head.
S: 3.75 - BIG piney hop aroma, to the exclusion of all else.
T: 3.75 - Flavor follows the nose. This is all about the hops, and nothing else. High bitterness, and large citrus/piney-resin flavor. A little sweet malt at the end, swept away by a bracingly dry finish.
M: 3.75 - Neutral mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation.
O: 3.5 - Eh, I wanted to like this, like I like most of Lagunitas's offerings, but it's just so predictably, uninterestingedly hops and nothing else. (523 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle

Color is gold with a smallish white head. Lots of sticky lacing coat the sides.
Smell is really fruity - caramelized orange, peach, some fresh cut hay.
Flavor really follows the nose. It's a fruit bomb of orange and peach that finishes with a crisp bitterness that lingers just long enough. Very tasty.
Body is medium with moderate carbonation. More juicy than dry.

Sumpin' Sumpin' has always been one of my go-to beers and this edition is indeed a little "extra" - it is extra fruity. I really like it, but I still prefer the base version. (591 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a light honey golden with a thick, greasy, and dense off-white head that slowly faded into a thick oily film. Sticky chunks of rocky lace were left down the glass. Very fresh looking.
S: Huge notes of fresh citrus scented hops come through. I get predominant notes of orange peel, but there are hints of kumquats and sweet tangerine juice as well. Grapefruit is kept to a minimum, as are slightly roasted and caramely notes of malt and a kiss of mint.
T: Similar to the nose with hoppy flavors of orange peel and resiny, greasy hop oils. The malt comes through a bit more than the nose, and it is bready, although not toasty. The finish is herbal and spicy, and the aftertaste has lingering green, herbal, minty, and vegetal hoppy notes.
M: Greasy and resinous mouthfeel with a solid bitterness to it. The body is on the thicker, heavier side, and the carbonation is splashy and bubbly.
O: Another super delicious and extremely crushable ipa from Lagunitas. They're one of the masters of the game, and this beer further solidifies their place as one of my top favorite breweries. (1,113 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a creamy off white head that laces well.

S: Citrus and fruity hops with some malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops up front, followed with some pine and faint tropical fruit, balanced with caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, medium body, hides its alcohol well, very drinkable.

O: Stumbled on a lone bottle in a build your own 6 pack section so I have no idea how fresh it really is, but even if it's less than fresh it's still pretty tasty. I will look to try this again. (549 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden colored with a half inch of off white to light brown foam on top. Excellent clarity. Heavy Brussels lacing. Bold aroma of citrus hops with a sharp orange note. The flavor is razor sharp bitterness at the front of the palate that does not diminish at the back of the palate or even in the fade. Mouth is actually deceptively smooth and quaffable considering the strength. This is exceptional. (409 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -1%

A-Clear orange in the glass, two finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Has a nice bit of citrus and a good deal of pine/earthy notes.

T-Starts with a nice, but semi mild citrus. (Only a little over a month old so is this a trait or is there fading?) ends with some pine and complementary bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, velvety.

O-Not sure if I just need this super fresh or that I don't find it completely hits the mark. (449 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear straw with a small head that dissipates to a small lasting collar. OK lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Medium citrus and potpourri notes, background of grainy/bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium full body, well carbed.

Overall: Not quite as assertively aromatic and flavorful as some of the other Lagunitas DIPAs, easy to skip over when it's sitting next to Hop Stoopid and Sucks. (393 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is exploding with grapefruit and honey.
The taste starts with some bold lemon and grapefruit bitterness, then turns to a honey and malt sweet finish.
The texture is light and airy.
The taste is a bit sweet for me, but great aroma and texture. (315 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey gold in color, big off white head builds and sticks to the top most of the way through, big sticky lace down the glass makes this one nice looking beer. Smell is of candied orange, grapefruit, lemon, and cake like sweetness. Taste is hop forward, soft cake like malt backbone from the wheat works it's way in and out with flavors of citrus and tropical fruit in the form of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Medium body doesn't show the heft of the ABV, sharp carbonation breaks into a more creamy and coating feel on the finish. Overall this is a great DIPA which uses light malt flavors and showcases some really fruity hops. (644 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Great clean tasting IPA, but I am not crazy about the hops in this one. For whatever reason it comes across a little to orangey and lemon noted. Not much balance in the malt backbone here. Its enjoyable but there are plenty of other IPA's that I would pick up before this one. Worth a try if you like IPA's because this one is made very well. (344 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden amber with a superb head of off-white (almost yellow) foam. Beautiful head of frilly lace.

Nose is crisp tropical hops with citrus notes up front and center. Already noting an acidic hop element.

Taste is heavy and pine-hoppy but not too much so. This is a potent but very well-done hop bomb, a little more over-the-top than Little Sumpin Sumpin, but still a must-try for IPA fans. (405 characters)

Photo of Leftbob
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Current go to beer for home consumption

A Nice amber appearance modest head
S It has a nice citrus aroma up front with a malt element
MF nice density....I know I am drinking
F The taste is very much like the aroma....good citrus.....malt....and a balanced lingering bitterness. It is not an astringent IPA .....which is fine....for an Imperial IPA it has a very nice balance.... (381 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Great Scott, Allston, MA
Served in a cervoise

Phenomenal appearance. The nearly crystal-clear, medium amber liquid was topped by a two-plus finger tall, tight and foamy, off white crown. Outstanding retention. As the head receded, thick rings of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was quite hoppy. Super fruity and sweet. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Loads of passion fruit. Good amount of mango and peach. Some orange peel appeared as well.

The flavor profile was also very hoppy but much sweeter than the nose. Candied orange peel came through strong on the front end. The beer was anchored by a stiff, sticky-sweet, caramel malt backbone. Peach and apricot notes appeared in the center. Touch of mango. Sugar coated ruby red grapefruit was noticeable on the finish.

The mouthfeel initially seemed a bit over carbonated. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a lively, spritzy effervescence. As the beer warmed, the carbonation settled a bit and liquid turned creamy and slick.

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale is a tasty, easy drinking double IPA. Although the sweetness from the caramel malts was a bit excessive, this beer is still quite solid. (1,180 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 10, 2014.

There is an amber-orange pour to discuss with a modest lingering head but nothing over the top.

A vague malt character is there but the hops really take things over with their earthy and grassy characteristics. You know this is an IPA.

Medium body mainly.

The biting bitter hops are what make this beer worth talking about. They stand out and take things over. Pretty good. (440 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A Little Sumpin' Extra! May it be an apt title, for I could certainly use something EXTRA this week... in my tulip glass.... approximately cellar temperature.

What we have here is a mighty three-finger head of puffy, sudsy white foam over a homogeneously-clear amber-orange beer. I am pleased.

The aroma abounds with tropical fruits...! And some booze. I am okay with this. Some nice subtle pine mixed with honey and bread adds charm. Overall, a sweet, inviting scent. Kinda floral.

One sip and I'm in love. It has the fruitiness and citrus tang of Little Sumpin' Medium, but improves vastly on the standard sumpin' by balancing the fruitiness with those crucial IPA qualities of dank, piney bitterness and astringency. And the bread is still there in the finish. Now that I wait a few minutes I can say that the dank, bitter hops here kind of snowball throughout the finish, kinda like the graph of an exponential function, where dank hops are a function of time elapsed after a sip. This may even exceed the HOLY HOP STOOPID, which I devoutly revere (it's the only stoopid thing I revere. Really.).

The feel is full. Full and substantial and... just a tinge sticky (Goin' back to the pine... sappy?).

This righteously lives up to the lofty expectations of a Lagunitas-made DIPA. (1,285 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Crystal clear gold color, with a moderate white head that fades to a thin cap that is well-nigh permanent. Lacing is extensive.

S - A pretty typical nose for Lagunitas - strong pine and tropical fruit elements, a more subtle lemon tinge. A slight biscuit malt background counterpoints the frontal hops.

T - Follows the nose, with bright fruit elements. A more complex taste comes in the middle, with bright fruit fading to a fresh, bright baguette flavor, with floral and grassy highlights. The bitter line that closes is subtle.

M - Brisk and easy, but it coats as you drink. This is not your standard hop build, but it does make me think that keeping my consumption to one is a good idea.

O - I enjoyed this take on Little Sumpin' and would opt for if I were looking for something a bit different. (812 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled July 11th. Purchased two weeks ago in a mixed six.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear amber with a half inch tall white head which receded to thin patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Floral and citrus

t: Citrus and dankness up front over a medium biscuit malt base. Bitterness lingers and puckers the inside of the mouth, while alcohol burn develops in the throat at first. Dry to bitter finish.

m; Smooth medium plus, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A dankish and fairly strong DIPA, rather Stone-like but with slightly more floral/citrusy aspect, though perhaps not as much as Sucks. Definitely one for hopheads to look for. I know I will. Just dunno how I managed to miss this last year. (744 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

bottle dated
A: I didn't think I got aggressive with this but I the head was huge and like big puffy clouds and the retention was pretty good and the lacing was magnificent. Color was light copper

S: Smells like a dynamite IPA slightly citrus slightly floral and a hint of booze and almost a little Belgian yeasty smell

T: This beer is old and it is holding up unbelievably well. Has a deep well balanced sweet malty rich hop taste that chases the flavor of citrus before the malts come and level everything out with a beautiful lingering sweetness

M: Medium to slightly thick on the tongue with lively carbonation

O: impressed.....with the age of this the beer is drinking like an IPA half it's age but if you like vivacious carbonation beautiful billowy head and great lacing. With an Imperial that's a little sweeter and very balanced seek it out. (859 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (2,205 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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