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: 2,404
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
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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 ppoitras
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY. Or maybe it was from Julio's in Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with sporadic lacing. Aroma is piney hops with a sweet undercurrent. Taste starts sweet, pine takes over in the middle, then closes with bitterness and some grapefruit, and lastly some lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is superb, especially for the style. I love a DIPA that goes with flavor rather than bitter for bitter's sake.

Photo of soupyman10
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one cause Lagunitas rarely disappoints and the price is almost always right. Pours a nice amber-orange color with a smallish head and a touch of lacing. Taste and nose are both huge - lots of fruit. A really nice balanced DIPA with a ton of citrusy hops sitting nicely with a fair bit of caramel malt. Feel is medium and pretty smooth - not necessarily a syrupy brew. Overall, really nice, one of the better Lagunitas beers I've had (I'll put the 13 up there as well). Yet again, definitely worth the money. Would get it again.

Cairo Wine & Liquor/$4.99/22 oz

Photo of Docer
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw a bottle, bought the bottle... drank the bottle.

- Nice orange hazy brew with a fizzy white head, left lace all about.. a very pretty brew.

- Floral and citrus hops galore.. and smelling a lot like all of their other bomber offerings... with they ever brew something that smells and tastes different? Maybe use a different hop or something?

- Is this Hop Stoopid? Perhaps just a bit more bitter on top of the overdone citrus and tea-like hopping... extract overkill, and sweet.. as if sugar or poprocks were added. I would love to see them try some different hops for a change. This brew is too close to Hop Stoopid. Leaves a sweet sugary film on the lips... like smoking a flavored cigarette.

- Bit oily and sticky.... leaves an earthy grass-like hop aftertaste... a little funky.

- Overall is somewhat drinkable, but the flavor is overdone, and just a bit too much for me. If I wanted a funky earthy hop driven citrus overkill of a brew... I would just grab an India Pelican Ale..

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

Poured from a 22oz. brown bottle purchased at The Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD (11/05/09). Served in a Brooklyn snifter at an appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber capped with 2 fingers of an off-white head which stuck around for a short time and created a bit of lacing.

S: A citrus bouquet that included apricot, grapefruit, and tropical fruit with a slight alcohol tinge. A sugary, sweet, caramel malt came through as well.

T: The palate is hit with a caramel malt and a tropical/piney hop with a nice degree of bitterness. Very well balanced DIPA which contains grapefruit and pineapple and just a hint of alcohol which I found quite pleasant and warming.

M: Slightly oily with modest carbonation that thickens as it warms.

D: Very drinkable as the flavors work very well together and the 8.74% abv. is hidden with the exception of a pleasant warming.

Overall I find this beer to be another well-crafted DIPA from Lagunitas. As this is a limited release I would advise any fan of balanced DIPAs to pick this up while it is still available. Recommended.

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a completely clear pale amber with 2" of creamy off-white head. Good staying power and when it dies away, leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Citrusy - grapefruit, orange...also, some pineapple. Some caramel and sugary sweet aromas.

T - More malt in the flavor than the aroma. Lots of caramel, some toasty notes, sugar, bread. Good amount of hop bitterness, but not over the top. A balanced double IPA. Grapefruit, pineapple, maybe a little mango flavor in here from the hops.

M - Medium bodied. Resiny hops give a slightly sticky feel. Finishes pretty dry with a lingering hop bitterness. Carbonation is medium to high...very prickly feeling on the tongue.

D - A little bit surprised that this is 8.74%...alcohol is not really apparent in the flavor. Drinks more like a standard IPA...in other words, goes down pretty easy. Enjoying this beer, maybe not as much as the regular Little Sumpin' Sumpin' though.

Photo of Brandt
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a golden copper color with a rocky white head that stays for a while

the smell was overwhelmingly of hops, which is the point! the hop aromas are first of pine and very resinous followed up by a distinct orange smell that intertwines with the piney smell to make a great grand wonderful hop aroma for all who love those things

the taste was percieved as being very bitter for only 72.5 IBU's and the hop flavors of the unmistakable orange from the nose as well as a new lemon/grapefruit citrus character. a nice caramely malt to complement

the finish is a good long lasting bitter that almost coats the tongue and the orange/citrus aromatics that float around the nasal cavity are just the capper. this is a wonderful hoplovers ale and i was surprised by the amount of flavor and aroma that came charging off this beer. excellent!

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Anthony1
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of thespaceman
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Epicedion
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Casey10
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Photo of indiapaleale
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of SRossman
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of argock
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of kels
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of berley31
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,404 ratings.