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: 502
Hads: 2,487
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 144
Gots: 572 | 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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Reviews: 502 | Hads: 2,487
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with some golden yellow highlights on the glass edge. Nice 2" head lasts a while and produces some moderate lacing.

Smell: big floral hop aroma with some grapefruits and oranges.

Taste: caramel, big grapefruit and orange citrus tones, floral hop presence with a sharp biting bitterness that nicely balances out the sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some dryness at the finish. Very long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: easy to quaff DIPA but the alcohol level kicks this down a notch. Great flavors here. (636 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lil Sumpin is a favorite, and I'm always up for something extra.

Appearance - Light copper in color. Quite clear. Two inches of foamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Hints of apricot and mango. Nice fruitiness. Hint of grapefruit. Definitely backed by caramel malt. Nice, but not overwhelming.

Taste - Follows the smell. The caramel malt is pretty solid, but it's got a nice fruity hop blast. Lots of depth, apricot definitely. Definitely a little sweet and bitter on the end.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation. Not too thick.

Drinkability - Very solid for the abv. Goes down smooth.

This is a solid beer. Very good indeed. A nice elevation of an excellent bev. I'll keep an eye out for it. (689 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Really vibrant orange. This beer gives off its own light. Stark white bubbly head. Its very lively with lots of effervescence. Good head retention but it does eventually fade. TONS of lacing. Very nice.

S- Real citrusy from the hops. Its like a whiff of grapefruit rind.

T- Really sweet upfront. Really citrusy. There are some malts hiding under all the grapefruity hops. The finish is fairly bitter but not what I was expecting. Its more piny upon the finish than anything else. The aftertaste isn't too strong and it is really pleasant and sweet.

M- Medium bodied and really crisp and refreshing. It really feels like its cleaning my mouth out.

D- Alcohol is well hidden. Nothing here is unappealing. This is a very drinkable DIPA. (742 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing. Smells of loads of tropical and slight citrus hop aromas with a solid amount of pale malt aromas lurking in the background. Tastes similar to how it smells. Explosive hop flavors overtake pale malt flavors almost immediately and carry through to a solidly bitter ending that leaves a hint of tropical fruit flavor lingering. Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation. Drinkability is great. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more. (605 characters)

Photo of thespaceman
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Lagunita's pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful gold in color, nice size head slowly builds as the carbo bubbles stream up the glass. Excellent head retention and lacing!

Smell: Lots of citrus properties here, a decadent malt backbone sits in the wings, very light and sweet. Grapefruit, and pungent fruit like properties are the star of the show. Very similar to Hop Stoopid yet the maltiness slows things down a bit.

Taste: Plenty of juicy hops to go around, a nice light citrus hop profile explodes off the first sip, resinous and a bit reserved from the malt. A drop of sweetness from the malt is perfectly balanced with the strong hop character. A bit of some passionfruit, apple and some light malt finish this beer off on a perfect note.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and nicely carbonated, medium bodied, holds up well on the tongue. Hops leave just the right amount of bitterness to keep coming back for more.

Drinkability: Happy I picked this one up and tried it, it's got excellent balance of malt and hops and is a true hop heads fantasy beer when it comes down to it, the citrus flavors are juicy and big and the maltiness is well aligned to smooth things out perfectly. Easy to throw back a few of these, as the 8.7% ABV is barely noticeable. Another excellent, yet cheap offering from Lagunitas ($3.99 a bomber, need I say more?) I really love what these guys are doing over on the west coast. (1,438 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly clear amber with white head. It smelled like tons of peach and dried apricot with spicy wheat and perfume. It tasted like peach and apricot with some grapefruit and some wheat and spicy tang. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was just like the other Lagunitas with their great hop extract. Nearly identical to the regular Sumpin' Sumpin', with a subtle wheat character and a nice body. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer, so it was plenty easy to drink. Nothing too ground breaking, but a well done variation of their previous beer. (611 characters)

Photo of Epicedion
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a .5L mug.

A: Eh. Golden colored, thin fizzy head that didn't stick around long.

S: Tart, hoppy. Maybe a little spicy.

T: Too damn sweet. It starts out a bit like a Sierra Nevada, a strong up-front floral hop flavor. But then it's sweet. It's not sugary, or overwhelmingly sweet, but the finish of the beer is pretty much ruined by it. That said, it doesn't taste -bad-. It's just disappointing.

M: Medium-thin. Nothing special here, but nothing to detract from the beer either.

D: I'm on the fence here. This beer even at its relatively high alcohol content would be very drinkable if not for some of its negative flavor characteristics. That said, if you set one in front of me, I wouldn't turn it away. (729 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of Casey10
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow so lucky to have to go to MA every so often for training so that I might have to go to a place place like Winchester Wine & Spirits to find this and many other goodies but I digress.

A - Really nice golden hue with a small head after pour.

S - Malts, some citrus, grapefriut.

T - Nothing overpowering smooth nice taste !

M - Again nothing overpowering but nice feel smooth.

D- would drink again but not going to purpously looking for it. (446 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a big fluffy head. Nose is hops but not to big, grain anf floral. Taste is grain, hops, floral and citrus, bitterness on the end and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is bitter and floral.Drinakability is good. (255 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, A Little Sumpin' Extra is dark gold with a large white head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is strong, pungent sweet citrus hops. Really distinct, and a bit too much honestly

Taste is pretty good, but very sweet, lots of citrus hop flavor, like the nose, but some spice and pine on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden behind the intense, rich flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied, with a dry finish.

Drinkability isn't too high, as it's very sweet and intense, although my palate did favorably adjust about mid-way though. Still, having just had the Sierra Nevada 2009 Estate Brewer's Harvest Ale right before this, which cost 3 times of much, makes me realize how cool Lagunitas really is. (734 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip from the bottle

Rich golden color very clean and crisp, laceing is thick after the head disapates.

There is sooo much going on with this beer in the nose. Very floral and grassy hops with a ton of spices in the undertones. Apricot and very bitter citrus, lemon peel and grapefruit.

Flavor is very bitter hops and citrus. Alcohol blends into the finish very well. Grassy, very earthy and extremly complex.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and maybe just a tad over carbonated. goes down very easy.

For near 9% and 73 IBU this beer goes down like silk and I could sit and drink them all day long. One of my favorite new beers I have had in a long time and at 3.99 a bottle just fantastic! (705 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - Pale golden in color with a nice fluffy white head. Bubbles are streaming northward and things look nice and clean.

Aroma - Imagine if you will, you've woken up in a grapefruit grove in some warm valley somewhere. The scent of fresh citrus is all around you and then, what is this, growing next to those grapefruits is a bunch of big, green, sticky hops?!?! Oh, yes, if only in our dreams. The smells that erupt from this liquid gold are pretty damn impressive. Hops, hops and more hops.

Taste - Big and juicy! Hop flavor abounds, the bitterness is that of grapefruit, oranges and apricots. Plenty of nice sweet malt backs this up quite well. Your mouth is going to first feel a rush of sweetness followed by some puckering, tongue numbing hoppiness. I say, sip, swirl, swallow and repeat!

Overall - Another big IBU busting hop monster from Lagunitas. I don't get bored of these so keep them coming. Awesome stuff and a nice way to celebrate my little girl's arrival into this beautiful craft beer filled world.

Would I buy more of it? - Absolutely, I love this stuff. Its exactly what I want in my beer fridge just in case I am jonesing for hops. (1,162 characters)

Photo of SRossman
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to get a second shot at reviewing this after having it on tap recently.

Appearance: Pours with a nice frothy off white head that has excellent retention. Brew is clear gold/copper.

Smell: Sweet dried fruit, spice, and a faint hint of booze.

Taste: Some fruit and spice up front, tangerine, a little heat on the finish. I think when this was fresh there was probably some hop bite but there's not much left.

MF/D: Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Even though it gives some heat, it still finishes clean. (525 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the color is a luminescent fair golden orange with some dark yellows. A good amount of bubbles remain active in the glass twirling up to the thin effervescent dingy white cap. Some film is sticking around, otherwise nothing to special going on. The only real points go to the sudsy ring at the brim of the glass

S: heavy citrus smells of oranges, grapefruits, and maybe a tinge of pineapple and lemon rind. That initial blast of fruity goodness was followed by buttery brown sugar. Not much in the way of malts. I know they are in there somewhere, just waiting to be tasted

T: Each and every sip starts with a slap of sharp bitterness followed by candied notes and then back to a softly fading bitterness. The interplay between the citrusy hops and sweet 'n' soft candy flavors are nice. It came across a bit sweeter than I expected after my first few sips. The hops (mostly grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and pine) are drenched in brown sugar and lightly glazed with caramel. The sweetness also denotes a light toasted malt presence that has taken the back seat, or even gone as far as being in the trunk

M: the feel plays in between medium and mild, with more of the latter. The carbonation cuts into smoothness just a wee bit. Overall things move really well and ABV is not even a issue here, even as it slowly warms. Finishes kinda dry and sharp, from the hops no doubt

D: just another solid brew in a long line of great beers. Lagunitas has a formula and they stick right to it, love it. Easy to drink and great flavors going on (1,539 characters)

Photo of argock
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip glass. No freshness date evident. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.49.

A: Beautiful honey-gold with 3-finger, rocky, sticky off-white head with good retention and TNTC blobs of lace all over the glass.

S: Aroma is initially sweet pale malt with light caramel and frosting-like quality that eventually retreats from a pine and grapefruit assault that is just a bit astringent. It has a bit of an extract quality to it, like Hop Stoopid, but is a much more heavy aroma profile over all.

T: The flavor has a much more spicy, pithy hops quality than the aroma indicates. The sweet malt puts up a pretty good fight considering the aroma, but the grapefruit and evergreen characteristics overtake the sappy sweetness to lay down a somewhat uneven hoppiness that doesn't explode but instead sprays your palate with little darts of sprucy flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is exceptional with a smooth, coating quality that leaves a sticky but not dry tackiness that speaks to the hop load. The aftertaste is woody and herbal due to the big malt to try to compete with the overwhelming hoppiness.

D: A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale is another winner from Lagunitas. Sometimes I wish Lagunitas settled down and tried to really craft a world-beater of a brew. On the other hand, though, I love their exploratory spirit and the plethora of huge beers that consistently pump out with abandon at a good value. (1,461 characters)

Photo of kels
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers with most excellent lacing. I don't know why great lacing qualifies as a higher rating in my mind, but IPAs with great lacing seem to always possess that great sticky hoppiness that prevails over all other flavors in the mix. This one has bubbly, sticky white lace that coats all sides of the glass and stays there. Nice, well-retained head gradually shrinks from 2 fingers to a nice thick skim and stays there as well. The beer a hazy toasted honey color.

Very crisp and refreshing aroma here. The grapefruit is very present, along with a bittersweet orange and bright grass. It only hints of the malts inside.

The complexity of the hop bitterness really comes out in the flavors of this beer. I definitely get the juicy grapefruit from the smell, and it is joined by as sticky, oily simcoe-like presence. The citrus is very well-defined, and reminds me a little of Christmastime citrus flavors like clementines and bitter oranges. The malts provide a nice backdrop to the hop-forward flavors, coming across as toasty and only slightly caramelized so that they don't oversweeten the beer. For a DIPA, this one doesn't punch you in the mouth. It is pretty nicely balanced for the style, and definitely full of flavor, which I appreciate immensely. It is moderate in mouthfeel, with the oily hops competing against pretty good carbonation. Super-sticky finish on the palate as expected from the lace.

Drinkability is really good for this beer. The alcohol is well-hidden behind the hops. I only get its presence in the warmth that rises to my cheeks about halfway through the bottle. It is incredibly balanced for the style, something I don't always expect to get from Lagunitas. Definitely recommended. (1,735 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Now here comes a fantastic-looking beer! Poured with a large, off-white head... eventually diminished to 1-finger size. GREAT lacing left all over the sides of the glass. Body is a beautiful dark golden color, and quite clear.

S: It smells almost as good as it looks! Hops and pine are present, with a strong scent of orange mingled in as well.

T: The orange and citrus tones come through at first, and then the beer finishes quite bitter. Pine needles are very noticeable.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: I couldn't (and shouldn't) drink these all night, but this beer looks and smells fantastic, and has a great flavor to boot. Another job well done by Lagunitas! (698 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours orange-gold with a thick white head, webby lacing.

S- Bright grapefruit/orange citrus, grass, wheaty, fresh and flowery.

T- Well balanced sweet caramel malt and floral/citrusy hops. Finish is short and bitter.

M- Medium to full bodied, soft and wonderful.

D- Another great beer from Lagunitas. Buy a couple if you see it. (334 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Little Sumpin Extra Ale poured a clear yellowish orange with a good 2-3 finger foam head. It left some good lacing tight around the sides of the glass.

The smell was the awesome. I poured it from the bottle not knowing what the beer was. I like the Lagunitas seasonals because half the time it is a grab bag. Right away I was hit with citrus of pineapple and sweet ginger.

The taste was good and it was a well balanced act. The bitterness was there and the malt profile wasn't overwhelming. On the finish you got the b slap that you were drinking a double IPA. Overall I would buy it again and for under 4 bucks a great deal in my opinion. (646 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with an impressive 3F off-white head, floating over a relatively clear orange-amber body, and very little carbonation present. Very good lacing.

Smell is the winner here... sweet, candied grapefruit (if there was such a thing) with some piney sharpness. Ginger root and gin as it warmed. Very inviting.

Flavor is reminiscent of biting into a pine tree... plenty of piney bite and some sweet syrup trying hard to pull thru for balance. Touch of butterscotch, too in the afterglow. Alcohol is well hidden in the mix.

Mouthfeel is a pretty good - not overly cloying, and leaves some burn on the edges.

A slow sipper, and one to be enjoyed. I found it to be pretty unique, even in the forest of DIPAs. (710 characters)

Photo of Inguz
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle to a Duvel snifter. Beer laces nicely but fades fast until a small bubbly cover is left. Color is a copper red, clear and lively. Hops are clean and piney with tons of citrus and candied pineapple. There's some roasted nuts in the end, a simple bitter finish.

Surpisingly drinkable but quite potent. (326 characters)

Photo of planetscott
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Bookhouse Pub.

Nice coppery cloudy appearance(I like cloudy pale's) thick rocky head due to pour from beer engine.

Smell is pure hop pleasure. Slight pine masked by citrus and some floral. I detect simcoe and summit hops. My two favorites.

taste is full of citrus. grapefruit, tangerine and some lemmon. slight bitter finish that lingers, but still fantastic.

Mouthfeel is ok. It is a hoppy beer, so it stands to be thin. Thinner than I prefer.

Drinkability...it's like there is a party in my mouth and EVERYONE is invited. Not one to slam on a hot day, but why do that with any great beer? This is a great beer! (629 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg, VA

A - Slightly hazy copper hue with a fluffy and sticky white head that subsides to a nice white cap. The lacing is tremendous. My whole glass was coated in it after I was finished.

S - Citrus hops and peppery alcohol right up front. A bit of orange and lemon in there with grapefruit in the end. Very sharp smell.

T&M - Very much like the smell but with less alcohol presence than I anticipated. The taste is great with nice citrus hop flavors and a bit of sweetness from the alcohol. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor with a bit of lemon bite on the back of the tongue. Smooth mouthfeel with a low-medium carbonation that feel nice.

D - Definitely a sipper but this really tastes great, smells great, and looks great. Not overpowering in the hops department but yet are very pronounced. (836 characters)

Photo of apbarwood
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dull golden color with a sheet of white foam and a fair amount of lace hanging around. The aroma is very strong with a powerful grapefruit aroma. The flavor features loads of juicy grapefruit and some dry orange peel with a little bit of a resinous, piny quality. There's also a decent amount of malt sweetness balancing out the hops and keeping them in check. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a nice, snappy drying finish. A very drinkable DIPA that has plenty of hops that are managed well and aren't overbearing. Highly recommended. I've tried the bottle, tap, and cask and they were all phenomenal. Drink it. (624 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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