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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: 526
Hads: 2,619
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 146
Gots: 647 | 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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Reviews: 526 | Hads: 2,619
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz single from Wilbur's, around $4.50.

A: Gold in color with a stark white head, looks a bit like a lager, all in all a nice looking beer though. Nice clarity.

S: Resiny, piney, dank, grapefruit hops with a strong sweet malty undertone as well. So hops and baked goods. Sweet sort of bready tone underneath. Very nice.

T: Nice profiles of citrus fruits, pine, and a surprisingly minimal bitterness. A few flavors of fruit juice, maybe a bit of passion fruit. Malt is sweet, and a bit chewy even. Has just a bit of a saltyness to it as well. Pretty decent.

M: Fairly thick, minimal carbonation, even a bit chewy. Not too shabby at all. Fair amount of alcohol warmth.

D: Easy enough to drink, good flavors, strong flavors. Nice beer, but a little lackluster compared to other DIPAs. Still a good beer, just not quite at that "great" level. Very enjoyable. (864 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold. Moderately aggressive pour yields a huge billowy ivory-colored head. Great retention. Tons of lace left behind after each sip. Beautiful. Tones of toffee, strong citrus, and hints of ginger. Great-smelling beer!

The mouth is moderately carbonated, almost bordering on crisp. As I drink this, it reminds me more of a standard IPA rather than a DIPA. Strong citrus flavors right off the bat. Moderate amount of bitterness in there; finishes lightly sweet with aspects of honey and butterscotch. This was a really great beer, it just needs to be re-styled a bit. I could drink this all night! (658 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color brew here with a foamy white head, lots of lacing on the glass -- a nice start to a double IPA. Aroma is very solid, not quite as thick as some DIPAs, lots of citrus and floral notes. Taste is a bit thin but very good, citrusy but light. Except for the alcohol, this seems more like an American IPA that a double. Still very tasty and drinkable, quite smooth, with a smooth leafy citrus aftertaste, nice and bitter.

Not as overwhelming as a DIPA should be, but still a damn fine ale for any hophead. (518 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fantastic DIPA, very nicely balanced on a lighter end for the style and feeling rather fresh.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Another retro design from Lagunitas with a 50´s pin-up like female illustration and the logo around a simple design based on the name. Quaint and warm rambling about the situation of the economy and how their work helps going through the bad times, some optimism and a call to join in the brewpub. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows IBUs (72.51), gravity at 1.082, and Alc. (8.74%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear deep to pale gold. Very generous foamy head, with tremendous lacing as it goes down leaving a persistent lumpy cap.

S - Very fragrant and hoppy nose with a predominant resinous grapefruit sense and a feeling of freshness.

T - Very rich taste, which delicately picks up the aroma and expands on it with a nice hoppy feel that does not go overboard and a swift malty sweetness with some memories of tropical fruits.

M - Very smooth with a medium to light body, without much of a tingling bite.

D - As soon as I took the first sip I regretted not having a second cold bomber waiting after this one. Top notch drinkability!

Notes: Another tremendous brew from Lagunitas and a great DIPA. The price-quality ration remains extraordinary for these 22 Oz. bombers and Lagunitas keeps on doing masterful twists and turns to their hoppy craft. This one has a deceptively mild, almost light, body for a dipa and the high IBUs are not that high but the way that they have being worked here is fantastic, and how the aroma follows taste and pushes up the body is a great pleasure. Hop Stoopid packs a bigger hoppy punch and offers a bigger provocation in that area, A Little Sumpin´ Extra instead offers a more balanced version with a common outstanding craft and delight. (1,840 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, with the dreamy miss from the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' back again....sigh. Okay, enough geekery.

Pours out a pleasant slightly chill hazed bright translucent copper hue, chunky off-white head with excellent retention, and lots of thick chunky swathes of lacing.

Floral, citrusy aroma, mandarine and tangerine, zips of lemon and grapefruit, even some peach and apricot. Pine, fresh wet grass, earthy spice, really light toasted malt far, far in the background--it's mostly well contained and refined hops on the nose, close to aromatic porn (well, maybe aromatic erotica...).

Things stay just as appealing in the flavour, a refined blend of hops, although a bit of chewy bready malt is noticable as the backbone. The aforementioned malt character carries an initial spritz of tangerine, mild earthy notes along with citrus pith, light grapefruit and spice in the finish and aftertaste. Undertones of apricot.

Mouthfeel is on the fullish side of medium-bodied, just a touch slick and soapy, with moderate amounts of carbonation and crispness on the finish.

Call it personal preference, but I'd be perfectly content if most DIPA's turned out akin to this, the malt isn't very apparent but the hops are so well contained that the imbalance is not an issue at all, it's like a silky hophead's soul kiss. Lagunitas hit a bullseye with this one. (1,369 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orangey-gold, slight haze, huge layer of sudsy-bubbley off-white foam that slowly collapses on itself

Aroma: fruity notes of apricot, kumquats, and braeburn apples over a lush layer of caramel/toffee malt

Flavor: robust malt sweetness that sits like a malt candy in your mouth before slowly drying out from a mellow, grassy hop bitterness; grapefruit rind, unripe pears; finishes semi-dry with a scrumptious hop melange lingering

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, slick texture, warming

Other comments: Though Lagunitas' beers are good, they all taste a bit similar. Not sure if it's the malt, the hops, or their yeast (or all three), but something is blatantly taking charge of the flavor profile regardless of the beer style. (749 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a clear golden color, topped with two fingers of light eggshell colored head that sported excellent retention and left tons of lace behind.

S: Sweet pineapple, citrus, pine, and a touch of brown sugar.

T: See above with a minty alcohol flavor and lots more pine and brown sugar.

M: Juicy and sticky. Alcohol burn comes on in the middle and hangs around 'till the end.

D: A really nice effort and at $3.99, you can't beat the price! (531 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into my SA perfect pint glass. Pours a nice orange amber color with a nice white fluffy head. Laced nicely down the glass and the head stayed around a while. Smell is very good, a lot of citrus/grapefruit flavors going on. Taste is also dominated by the citrusness and grapefruit flavor of the hops. I'm getting a little pineapple flavor as well. I liked this one a lot and was a bargain at $4.50. Good Hoppy flavored DIPA for a very reasonable price. (463 characters)

Photo of breyton490
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice golden, pale, yellow color. Slight haze. Likely filtered as there was no visible yeast in suspension or at the bottom of the bottle

Smell: Aroma not overpowering, but very noticeable. Grapefruit, Citrus hops aroma. Very nice.

Taste: Nice, smooth bitterness, not harsh, but enough to know its an IPA. Good hop taste and mix of malts. Not much if any crystal malt in this beer. Not very malty.. hops come threw loud and clear.

Mouth-feel: Medium body, nice dry beer. Good level of carbonation, not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very... Beer is dry enough to make have a few bombers an easy task. Nice mixture of smooth hop bitterness and hop flavor. I think its actually a better double IPA than Pliny the Elder...I may have to get a new avatar... (770 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with really cool label...no freshness date to be seen

Appearance: Dark golden beer with a fairly dense ivory cap with good retention.

Smell: Bright citrus notes, with a touch of herbage as well...the fruity notes are nice and bright, and there are some light phenols skulking around in the back as well

Taste: In keeping with the aromas, though with silghtly more herbal hops coming through. There are some mild cotton candy and caramel notes in the background, as well as a bit of alcohol...this is a bit brash, but kinda unique

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: This is a tasty, fresh, herbal IIPA, but IMO is not quite up to the hype. (706 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma awesome as hell! It has a complex malt bill of pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts along with a killer hop nose. The citrus hop character really wraps itself up nicely in the bisquit malts. The taste is good. It's got a heavy handed dose of bisquit malts as well as citrus hops. It's bready up front with a hop punch that knocks you on your ass in the finish. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty treat for sure. When it comes to West Coast IPA's, these guys know their shit. (643 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 8/31/2009 (Bottle):

Orange clear color body, small creamy off-white head, diminishing. Nutty aroma, some citrus and grapefruit. Bubble gum, aroma. Nutty taste, bubble gum, pine and citrus. Very tasty. Bitter and caustic. Delicious, good balance. (255 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Nice golden amber hue with a lacy light-tan head. Aroma is lightly citric with some pine and grass overtones. Flavor is a little weak for a double IPA, tastes closer to a regular IPA. Light crackery malt sits beneath some grassy and citrusy hops and a lemon candy note flits in and out of perception. Somewhat soapy like most of Lagunitas' hoppy beers. Mouthfeel is just above average and drinkability is actually pretty good. (459 characters)

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

Darkish golden/orange in colour, off white head. handsome. Very lush scents of pine like hops, with toffeeish malts aromas also. sweeter taste for an IIPA kinda unusual, fruitiness, but right enough the hops are also in abundance. Thick for style on the palate. Solid "4" from Lagunitas here.
LOng may they prosper! (315 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear copper gold with some quickly dissipating off white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S-Nicely malty with a healthy shot of citrus hops.

T-Nicely sweet malt in the front, followed by some really good pineapple and grapefruit hops. A hint of peach in the finish with just a bit of alcohol.

M-Medium bodied with bright carbonation.

D-Very nice example of the style. Good balance of flavors.

HV (411 characters)

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard Pint glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a golden honey color in the pint with a white, lacy froth. The nose shows louds of hops; grapefruit, cirtus, flowers/pine, lime, apricot, melon, mango, light spiciness, light biscuit, & caramel. The beer is full with a strong hop profile, but very easy to drink. Long finish, tremendous mouthfeel, & a smooth balanced bitterness from beginning to end. Overall...an amazing IPA! (439 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a perfect.

Pours a golden straw with a nice loose knitted, foam head that is a few fingers and leaves exceptional lace and a nice ring after every sip.

Aroma is of bright hops with a nice punch of lemon breadiness. Dry aroma despite the ABV which would indicate a bigger grain bill. Hops are astringent toward the finish.

Flavor is sweet bready malt upfront, followed quickly by astringent hops. Hops are piney and citrusey with a nice astringent dryness that accentuates the bitterness. Finishes clean and dry despite the sweet opening.

Mouthfeel is medium and just a tiny bit thinner than I would like, but good. Carbonation is adequate and spot on.

Very nice, I would buy it again. (715 characters)

Photo of nerow
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely orange into a duvel tulip. Lot's of lacing. Smells hoppy and sweet. As noted by another reviewer, this beer goes for a different aesthetic then many IPA's, focusing on a good, well rounded piney and citrus flavor rather then extreme bitterness. A bit of a sweet aftertaste. A very pleasant beer to drink, much lighter and more effervescent then the ABV would suggest. Crisp and refreshing. (404 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (574 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
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.. (991 characters)

Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of Brandt
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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! (849 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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)

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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