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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: 524
Hads: 2,609
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 144
Gots: 633 | 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 david131
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A really nice peach colored orange that is ever so slightly hazy. There are a few streams of rising carbonation that give way to a craggy, thick white head that leaves nice lacing as it slides down the glass.

S- Caramel and a butt load of pine, citrus, and some flowers. Very fragrant and enjoyable.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma but not as bitter as it would lead you to believe. There is a definite hop oiliness and edge to this, but it does not quite live up to the aroma.

M- Dry and clean with a little bitterness in there as well. Nothing to complain about.

D- A nice, tight, double IPA. Drinks very nicely for the ABV and is pretty memorable as well. A fantastic beer for the price. (699 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well just by looking at the numbers, you can tell I think that this an average Imperial IPA. Color was a slightly hazy, golden straw. Not much head or retention. A typical hop aroma and flavor. Body?, yup, just about what you expect. Drinkability is what Imperial IPAs are expected be at, given the strength and tongue numbing aspects of the style. Not a bad beer, I'll have it again, but it seems to represent what Lagunitas has become. I used to look forward to trying new brews from them, but lately they just seem to be going through the motions. (550 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange. Nice, creamy white head. Strong lace.

S: Citrus fruits galore with notes of tangerine and orange mostly. Mild fruitiness. Faint tart aromas.

T: This beer slams you right up front with lovely citrus fruits. As above, the tangerine and orange are the strongest. Almost like drinking orange juice. This trends to an orange rind zesty bitterness. The faint fruitiness compliments the hops well. The bitterness is perfect and not too harsh. The malt profile gives a nice, faint sweetness. Not too heavy on the malt flavors, which fits well for this beer. It's definitely a DIPA not an American Barleywine, like some DIPAs turn out.

M: Light-Medium bodied and deceptively light. FInishes clean and crisp.

D: This was a fantastic DIPA. I wish the nose was a hint stronger, but otherwise this is very nice. I could definitely drink a few of these, which could be dangerous at 8.7% ABV. It is too bad this is a limited brew. I should go buy a ton more. I hope they release it again next year. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 tight fingers of slightly off-white colored head. 1/3 of a finger of sturdy froth that flares up magnificantly when swirled, just absolutely SLATHERING the sides of the glass with huge lacing. The aroma is full-blown hop character, with flowers, herbs, pine, and spices, sitting on top of a huge bouquet of rich tropical fruit (buttload of grapefruit here) and sweet toasty bread. Wow, this is robust in the nose!

The taste starts with a dry and spicy bitterness, which grips the tongue in a fierce embrace. Despite the aggressiveness, this is nicely cut by sticky tropical citrus character and sweet toasted grains. Such good balance here, which despite the relative intenseness of the biterness, the sweetness adds a much softer texture to the profile. Finishes with some residual tang, before settling into a steady dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick and mellow creaminess to the carbonation that sits on top of some alcohol beef. While the warmth does pop the spicy bitterness to a good degree, most of it is only felt in the body.

Like most sequels, this one came off as bigger and bolder, but ultimately just a tad less satisfying than the original. Same awesome hop character here, but the bigger ABV did make the feel and drinkibility just a bit tougher. 22 oz was definitely enough for me this go around. Hop lovers still need to check this one out though. (1,453 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear gold colored body was attractive, and the head atop was modest but stable. Carbonation appeared relatively light. The smell was a hop symphony that was bold and beautiful. Some caramel malt smell was poking through under the strong hop presence. The taste was citric grapefruit pith and bitter herbs with a honey-pineapple like sweetness backing it up. This was definitely a wet dream for a hophead like me. Unabashed DIPA goodness abounded in each sip, with the bitter finish taking no prisoners. This is what Maximus should have been all along. Felt a bit runny in the mouth with not much coating action, but that led naturally to more drinking. Drinkability off the charts for any hop lover. (702 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour, a delicate hop smell fills the air.

A: Off white head on a golden body. The head is huge and taking it's damn hell time shrinking, so this will be an ornate visual description. It's in my Sam Adams perfect pint, poured the Randy Mosher big head method. The body has the slightest haze and little active carbonation. It's also too light for me, suggests this DIPA might not have the appropriate malt balance. We'lll see. Successive pouts provide a well built, creamy head. I like it.

S: Never have I ever smelled such a grapefruit smell for me. This sets the standard for me. This reminds me of standing beneath the grapefruit tree in my brothers backyard in L.A. with broken fruit all around us. That, and my grandma's kitchen when I was very young when she ate grapefruit every day. A more delicate smell -because the grapefruit is everywhere- gives me also just a hint of a piney smell. just a hint.

T: First sip: the taste is not as strong as the smell. The grapefruit is much less defined for me, as is that pine at the end. I get just the slightest hints of a light malt going on, not the caramel I would want to complement those hops. There is a much more bitter feeling here, but not very strong. As this warms to just barely cool, I get a rather bitter, though somewhat grapefruit taste on the back of my tongue, almost in my throat. All in all, I just can't be impressed with this beer's taste.

M: Smooth and creamy, without too much carbonation at all. It feels kinda heavy on the tongue, but not much more than I would expect.

D: Very, I suppose. But not really my style. The flavor doesn't WOW me enough for how far it is out of what I normally drink. But is doesn't taste like the ABV is it. (1,720 characters)

Photo of david18
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How many different Double IPA's does Lagunitas make? I'd like to get them all side by side to compare. This one is good. A little less strong and less hoppy than some of their others so it can be drank in somewhat larger quanties, at somewhat earlier hours and can be shared with the less adventurous. It has a very interesting aroma that's distinctly different than other IPA's. Good carbonation with good lacing. It's a good one; i just wish i could understand their brands. (476 characters)

Photo of btuthill
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. on tap at blind tiger in the west village. pours like similar west coast dipas - hazy orange, slightly viscous, fluffy 1.5 inch head in a tulip glass. the smell is hop heaven - bright, floral, fruity - my date actually suggested she wear it a drop or two as perfume to keep me interested. the taste was similarly spectacular - almost all hops, mellowed only slightly by a necessary malt backbone. mouthfeel was properly clingy without being cloying, and i would love to drink a few of these the next time i go out.

a wonderful beer - if you see it, drink it. (564 characters)

Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Poured the color of a yellow/golden pilsner. The head was surprisingly very white with a faint yellow tint to it. Head was nice and large and stayed around for a few while a little island formed in the middle of the creamy foam.

Definitely a citrus dominant aroma. Grapefruit, tangerine and honey with a little pine cone.

This one is balanced nicely. Very mellow and smooth, not overpowering like some. Caramel and honeysuckle must come from the malt while the grapefruit, mandarin and piney character formed from the hops. I like how this IPA isn't a citrus or pine, either or type brew. The addition of the caramel, honey and lemon really rounded this one out and gave it a unique character. Definitely not the usual Imperial IPA and you'd be surprised how well the alcohol is hidden here.

Mouthfeel was close to exceptional, very nicely done. Had the syrupy, heavy feel with the carbonation texture close to perfect. Very smooth going down.

Very drinkable brew with a small, yet welcome alcohol bite in the finish. I polished this bomber pretty quick and was rewarded with a pleasant sedated feeling. I wished I had purchased two!

Note-I'm beginning to get really impressed with the Lagunitas' seasonal offerings. They are very affordable and top-notch quality. It seems like they are banging out winners here at an astonishing pace. Can't wait for the next one! (1,385 characters)

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

22oz bomber into a beer mug.

A Little Sumpin' Extra pours well, filling the glass with a dusty goldenrod body infused with slowly rising bubbles. The rocky, sandy-taupe head hardly budges within the first few minutes, but eventually settles to a fat cap of foam while haphazardly draping its lace. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Lagunitas knows how to use their hops. This beer practically oozes tropical fruits, as notes of mango, grapefruit, apricot, and starfruit waft from the mug. A little white pepper spice in the distance, as well as a solid backing of caramel and pale malts.

Not surprisingly, the hops don't stop in the aroma--not by a long shot. Lots of tangy citrus and resinous pine on the front, followed by the aforementioned tropical fruits that get a dose of sweetness from the malts on the finish. Just the right amount of bitterness, but the hop flavor is where it's at with this IIPA. Mouthfeel is no slouch, either, with a medium body packing a tight, bubbly carbonation level. Not too syrupy or heavy on the palate, just the way I like 'em. Great job on the Little Sumpin' lineup, Lagunitas...two-for-two in my book! (1,154 characters)

Photo of Natural510
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent light golden-copper color with sticky, retaining head.
Mostly floral nose with a sweet pineapple/tangerine complement.
Sweet with honey, pineapple and grapefruit, complemented by a basil-herbal finish. Floral & citrus make up the hop character. No puckering bitterness here, just a nice vibe from the hops.
Sticky-sweet and smooth with a nice vibration in the mouth from the hops.
Goes down very smooth; not as overpowering and alcoholic as other DIPAs. Nice one-off from Lagunitas. (502 characters)

Photo of canislupus88
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome!! If you have the chance definitely try this beer, it is limited so not very much out there.

Looks like an IPA, hazy yellow-orange color.

Smells like grapefruit (the flavor I like in an IPA)

Tastes like grapefruit, citrus flavors and bitter finish that linguers on the back of the tounge, alcohol is well hidden in the flavors. This beer is excelent for the price, I paid $4.49 for this 1 pint 6 oz bottle, oh yeah, I went back and got a case of it because it tasted so good!

The mouthfeel is just like any other IPA, some carbination and goes down very smoothly.

The drinkability of this beer is amazing, I could drink this until I pass out...well I could definitely have a few that's for sure, it is so delicious.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good IPA, and you can't beat the price. (828 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twenty-two ounce bomber bottle purchased from Super Saver on Route 22...
Pours a hazy, deep, dark-copper hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that soon dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Minty, piney hop-dominated aroma and flavor... Menthol notes with lemon zest and lime essence also present... Interesting stuff with a powerful minty hop backbone... (420 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra Ale
appearance - honey colored. full head. Bootyfull.
smell - hoppy
taste - oh yeah. Tastes like a very hoppy wheat. Citrusy.
mouthfeel - full and creamy.
drinkability - doesn't get better than this. I could drink this all night. (260 characters)

Photo of illinijer
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head which lasts for a while. A pretty lookin' beer.

S - Smells like a summer wheat beer mixed with an IPA. Citrus and floral notes come through strong.

T - Packs a punch, thats for sure. Very piney. Good hop/malt balance. There is a perceived malty sweetness. Alcohol is a little too pronounced for my taste.

M - Thicker than expected. Coats the mouth. Certainly not unpleasant.

D - Certaily enjoyed it, but wouldn't want to have a second. I would recommend it, but won't be putting it in my regular rotation. (603 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC, poured into glass and enjoyed by the pool on a hot and sticky North Carolina summer day. Had to share with some people who otherwise only had Miller Lite (obviously they liked super-hoppy beers since ML is "triple hops brewed"). Even the "great pilsner taste" of ML was blown away by LSE though.

A - Pours a clear dark golden with a lasting white head.

S - Lots of piney/citrusy hops, sweet malt, honey, and tropical fruits.

T - Flavor is nice and sweet but not too sweet with pale/caramel malt, citrusy hops, slight resin, honey, pineapple, and orange.

M/D - Medium-bodied and crisp, and incredibly drinkable, even dangerously so. This beer is awesome. (705 characters)

Photo of sml505
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden copper w/ some carb. Great lasting white head.

S - Big citrus hops w/ some resin, pine. Small amount of caramel malt

T - Follows aroma of big hop flavor and bitterness, but balanced with malt dough, caramel

M/ O - Med to chewy mouthfeel. Not as bitter as aroma would hint at. Nice, big hop aroma and flavor but drinkable and plenty of balance for style. Almost b/t IPA and IIPA. (392 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden orange body. Tall, thick, whipped, light orange-ish-khaki head. Good lacing. Lots of juicy citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemonade) hops. Orange marmalade on toast. Pineapple sorbet. Some rummy malt/sugar cookie notes.

Toasted wheat bread and metallic hops up front. Sweet fruity malts and juicy citric hops follow. Lots of pulpy orange and grapefruit flavors. Pineapple. Grassy, resinous hop bitterness in the background. More sweet, rummy fruit, before a dryish, bitter finish. Pretty good. Medium-full body with a rather lively feel. I might like the regular version more, but this is still pretty tasty! (641 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice, classy looking label. Pours a very clear dark gold color with a thick cap of creamy, off-white foam. Excellent retention with just a bit of lacing.

Tangerine and tropical hop aroma greets the nose with a slap. Just a touch of malt and wheat, very clean smelling beer. The fruity hop nose is pretty incredible.

Apricot and red grape hoppy flavors are most noticeable at first, followed by a wheat tang and heavy grapefruit. Not overly bitter, but high on hop flavor, flaunting and showcasing them even. Great brew, never guessed it clocked in at nearly 9%. (570 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden orange with a white head and a few strings of lace.

S - Citrus and tropical fruit. Primarily pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and some candied sweetness.

T - Resiny and hoppy with a nice caramel sweetness. Citrus, pineapple and grapefruit.

M - Medium body but light and airy feeling, almost a whipped like feel to it but resiny at the same time.

D - Nicely balanced. Not too bitter or sweet like other DIPA's. This one goes down too easy for 9%. (463 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 8.74 % abv. Pours a hazy light copper color with an impressive white pillowy head. Great head retention. Nice patches of lace.

Lots of hop aroma here. Tangerine, pine, and other citrusy goodness. A good amount of sweet, lighter malt in the nose as well.

Lots of sweet pale malt up front. Almost sugary.
Great amount of hop flavor and bitterness comes in next. Tangerine and pine flavors. Very juicy. Bold flavors, but not overwhelming in bitterness.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. This is very easy to drink, and very enjoyable. (587 characters)

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

Clear copper color with a overflowing white head that left globs of sticky lacing behind.
The aroma is good and hoppy with a solid malt background.
The taste is well balanced for the style with a dry bitterness on the finish.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Easy to drink, a little too easy for almost 9% abv! (348 characters)

Photo of Buebie
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a pub glass. Forming 2 inches of white foaming head. Receding to leave plenty of thick sticky lace webbing.
Color is a hazy bright copper with an amber glow. Great color here.
Head retention is a smallish cap.

Aroma of pungent fresh sweet oranges, some zesty orange peels, a touch of banana, caramel maltyness. Only the slightest bit of alcohol off a dip inhalation. Hops are so citrus like in oranges and a snip-it of pineapple, has a punch of Cascade likeness in there.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with some carbonation tickle, super smooth for a dipa.

Taste is less sweet, and also less orange peel like from the hops, now holding a bunch of pine in there. Semi sweet with caramel malts and bready yeast flavors of caramel rolls.
Some Amarillo likeness with a touch of mineral aspirin flavor. A tad spicie with a cracked peppercorn flavor. At the swallow dank weed hops come through, pine and a touch of oranges.
Finishing bitter dry and crisp with a long lingering hop bite.

This is super fresh with hop flavors and aromas. So delicious. Going to cellar one for a few years and see what happens. (1,132 characters)

Photo of supercolter
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable beer, I'm just not sure that it fits in the category it was put in. Appearance is good, looks more like a standard IPA slightly oily with a well carbonated base. Smell and taste are docked only because they are quite weak if this is the correct style. They are very good with nice hoppiness and grapefruitiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both on par- oily feel with lots of loose carbonation. (422 characters)

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

Lagunitas- a Little Sumpin' Extra

A- Light golden orange/ brown with a nice frothy thick head. Good creamy light lacing.
S- Sweet buttery caramel malt with a huge bitter grapefruit hop punch.
T- Thick sweet buttery caramel malt. Shortbread and a touch of toffee give way to a big grapefruit twang.
M- Creamy and buttery malt up front with a lightly sweetened bitter grapefruit/ citrus hop body sweet evenly balanced malt and hop finish.

Overall- Delicious! a highly drinkable and buttery smooth DIPA!! (503 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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