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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: 546
Hads: 2,696
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.33%
Wants: 151
Gots: 690 | 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 jamie2dope
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This came highly recommended from the staff at Martys in Newton. this is a good looking beer, showing a glowing orange color, with a finger of white heading. Smell of hops, wheat and some lighter stone fruits. Flavor is very hop forward in the beginning, but ends with the wheat somewhere in the mix. Not really too bitter, more of a decent mix between bitter and sweet. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy, and some notes of alcohol make their way through. I had no issue clearing off the bottle, however I am not sure I would get it again. Final thoughts are that this beer is pretty good, although not nearly as much as the Martys staff said. I was not the least bit impressed by the Lil Sumpin Sumpin available in six packs. This is an improvement, but still nothing to go hunting down. I am more of a fan of the Hop Stoopid. Anyway, give it a try, and put some extra sharp cheddar next to it.

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Photo of popery
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious, dry DIPA with a fruity hop character. The beer pours bright and golden with a creamy slightly off-white head. There's good head retention and lacing. The aroma has a touch of alcohol as its only very slight downside. Otherwise, it's bright and fruity with hops. It smells like mangoes, raspberries and lemons. There's a caramel malt note in there, but it's buried beneath handfuls of hops. The flavor is dry, not quite Pliny-level dry but still excellent. The grain tastes fresh and clean and contributes just the right amount of sweetness. I imagine this beer has some wheat in it, like its little brother, but it's not very noticeable except at the first moment of flavor and possibly a touch in the aroma, just a whiff of bread. I'm really trying to find it, though. Anyway, the hops are the star. They're big, bright and fruity. There's a touch of pine resin in the flavor, but it's still mostly tropical fruits and berries. The bitterness level is excellent and stays on the palate quite pleasantly.

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Photo of farrago
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotless white head, look scrubbed clean, crests at about one finger, assorted bubble sizes, steady dissolve leaving an above average amount of lacing stuck to the glass sides. A touch lighter and clearer than expected, a kind of sub bleached yellow to pumpkin orange in hue, easily transparent. The nose is drenched in pink grapefruit, lime and tangerine juice, pungently sweet with pine oil, scone crumbs, the apricot, peach fruit too friendly to relent and take on tart pineapple notes, difficult to tease out any chocolate or toffee type stuff. Full-bodied, the carbonation is fine and sticks the tongue rather than swirl, this in large part due to the overt heaviness and tactile cling. Not as out-and-out sweet as the nose, however, there's no less impressiveness in the tangerine, lime, pink grapefruit, just the dominance among them shifted a bit. Pine, ginger and more of a floral dimension although that is too delicate to thrive amidst the bitter grassiness which comes to the fore at the end. Powdered milk chocolate has additional staying power and there's a punch of carob as well. Not that much breadiness, if anything rough baker's dough. Apricot, nectarine, golden raisin, honeydew melon fruit flavors. Plays up its strengths from start to finish and doesn't make much attempt at answering the critics beforehand.

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Photo of brow1901
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let this beer warm a bit!

A- Good looking beer. Pale harvest orange in color with a slightly off white head on top. Nice retention and super sticky lacing. The beer is crystal clear.

S- Nice resinous hop aroma, decent ammount of the grapefruit scent. But mostly its strong piney hops in the nose.

T- I'm kinda disappointed by the taste, the hops always hit me as it went down the throat which I found unenjoyable (could just be me?). The worst part about this it masks the point where you would normally pick up on malts or other grains (even in IPA's). So what it ends up tasting like to me is hop water.

M- Mouth feel was far too light especially for an Imp IPA, but even as a regular IPA its way to weak. Dry hopped bud light is what comes to mind.

D- I guess this beer isn't bad as far as "drinkablity", it wasn't a chore to finish the bomber by any means. It's refreshing, light and clean, if that what your looking for this is the beer. As far as buyability it was $4.75 for a bomber so its pretty cheap, but I woulndn't get another one.

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bomber at Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a pale yellow golden color with a few fingers of white bubbly head that settles down to just a film, but leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells initially of sweet hops, citrus, pine but then a smattering of sweet malt comes in and takes over.

T: Similar to the smell, there are some minor hop type flavors with citrus and pine upfront, but almost instantly the malt takes over and while some may call this "balanced", I think the balance swing way more in the malt's favor (although it tips more toward even with the more I drink). Definitely tastes like a big beer. Only a moderate amount of bitterness. I wonder if this was more hoppy when fresh?

M: Full bodied and well carbonated and it fits the style

D: The flavor is good, but I wouldn't call this really drinkable as the flavor is a little overpowering and it really feels like a BIG beer.

A decent beer in it's own right, but to put the Sumpin Sumpin tag on this it leaves a little to be desired for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a thick off-white head, great lacing.

S: Hop heavy, citrus, tropical fruit.

T: Big time orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit, citrus heavy. Some pineapple too. Malt is light and stays out of the way. Well structured and balanced.

M: Medium/full-bodied, resiny, long aftertaste.

D: An outstanding DIPA from Lagunitas, where can you get a DIPA this good for under $4.50 anymore, nowhere, except the Elder, but you only get 500 mL. Lagunitas has certainly been impressing me lately.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. Beautiful, fluffy, lingering white head and some nice lacing. Smell of grapefruit and pine with some sweet malt background. Sweetness comes forward more as the beer warms a bit. I'd love to say that the beer is balanced, but I think that in a way its perfectly out of balance. You don't name a beer Sumpin' extra if its perfectly balanced. That said, Sumpin' sumpin' is my beer of the year for 2009 and Sumpin' extra was not one ounce of a let down.

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Photo of claminat420
3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a nice transparent golden color with alil white foamy head. little lacing.

S- a light candy scent backed up with some hops.

T- lightly sweet with a nice little hop attack. nothing to crazy for a double ipa (hop attack)

M- light to medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could drink a bottle then it's on to something next.

Overall- i liked the regular lil sumpin ale better than this one. not to shabby tho.

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Photo of m1ked
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden yellow, a shade darker than a bud. Beautiful white foamy head that hangs around for a while, leaves behind a bit of foamy lace. Multiple streamers from the bottom. Looks refreshing.

S- A fruity floral hop aroma. I get some apple and melon, herbal pine, and mandarin zest. Subtle sweet caramel.

T- More piney on the tongue than the nose, fruity notes in there. Like the nose I get some apple, mandarin orange and its zest. Some floral notes. Nice. Its not a tongue wrenching hop punch, its multi layered and flavorful.

M- Medium bodied, not syrupy, but some weight to it. Great carbonation.

D- This is a very good IIPA. I am not sure if I had tempered expectations, but it definetly is alot better than I thought it was going to be. I am not known to drink a bunch of these, but I would seek this out for sure.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge, fluffy head rose quickly over a nice golden ale with tiny, champangne-like bubbles. Each sip leaves a ring. Nice.

S - Citrus, fresh-cut grass, pine, malt and caramel.

T - Much like it tastes with a generous dose of bitter organge thrown in for good measure. Delicious.

M - World class! Nice refreshing creaminess that's bracing but not not to the point of clobbering you over the head.

D - Too drinkable, because that ABV would have you on your back pretty quickly. Great stuff.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the grad in davis.

A - Pours orange with 2 fingers of white head. Refuses to dissipate and leaves beautiful lacing. Nice job!

S - Notes of caramel and citrus.

T - Caramel, wheat, citrus, flowers, and bittering hops. Has lemony esters as the beer warms up.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced. Very tangy and sweet.

D - Great overall. Nice beer.

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Photo of everetends
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta for about 4.50 a bottle I believe. Not a bad deal per usual with Lagunitas, always reasonable and I like that. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Color is a golden yellow with a bit of an orange hue to it. Held to the light it is absolutely golden yellow, almost macro like. A bit darker I suppose. The body is 100% clear, no obstruction, no haze, no cloud. There is a huge amount of carbonation activity in this beer. Just tons bubbles moving super fast in the glass. The head was a bit disappointing for a DIPA in all honesty. Maybe a finger off the pout but it didn't last. Fell to a top cap of fluffy white head that have complete coverage and it does stick around so I guess that is nice. For the minimal top cap, it does throw up some decent sheeting.

S: Smell is good amount of citrus (grapefruit and orange) hops coming out. Nice and aromatic, big scent. Little of resin coming across as well. Still with the heavy hop presence there is a nice amount of sweetness coming from the malts I imagine. There is also just a touch of some pineapple as well.Just a nice mix of aromas that are and aren't expected but together they create something very nice.

T: About the same as the nose really. The hops come out with a nice orange and grapefruit blast. The hops have a bit of bitterness and resin (pine) to it but it is nicely mild. Its not too much but just enough to challenge the palate a bit. The hops are not only bitter but they also have a nice sweetness coming out (the orange is sweet and juicy). A little bit of pineapple brings a touch more sweetness that is complimented by the pale malts. Its not that huge, overly hopped mess that can sometimes happen with DIPAs but its also not too sweet either. Fine line.

M: Got a good feel that is on the light side of medium. Still has a nice creaminess to it but still remains thin enough to go down easy. Carbonation is high, creating a crisp and refreshing brew. ABV is really nonexistant to me except for a light heat on the back of my throat. Aftertaste is all grapefruit hops with a touch of lingering bitterness.

D: Very drinkable DIPA for sure. Especially for something created off the west coast. Don't get me wrong, I like some heavily hopped brews but sometimes it goes to far (or sometimes way too often). DIPAs and IPAs are flooding the shelves, so its nice to see a West Coast brewery making a DIPA that can be consumed easily and is still enjoyable. It doesn't wreck the palate, just challenges it a bit. Lagunitas may come up short at times but their beers are almost always good. Dig this one. They should put it into rotation for sure.

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Photo of elniko
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Stella glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with very nice looking that stuck around with heavy lacing. Very nice.

S: Very nice nose, fruity citrus tones are the main component with the wheat backbone just lingering in the background.

T & M: Pretty full bodied for a wheat. I loved the standard Little Sumpin so I was pretty sure I was going to dig the bomber version. Typically Lagunitas juicy quality with the hops. Finish is almost sweet, no real tingle and the tongue is coated.

D: Very drinkable, the high ABV is not apparent. Lagunitas continues to absolutely impress.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really loved the Lil Sumpin Sumpin so I had to get this incarnation. Hot damn, what a fantastic beer!
Massive white head on a light gold brew. Tons of sticky lace.
Smells very sweet, lots of juicy, piney hops, lots of citrus and every other damn kind of hops smell that's possible.
Taste is just wonderful, very much like the smell, very sweet with a slightly bitter finish. A bit dry as well which just makes you want to sip some more. Feels dense and creamy, mild carbonation. At $4.99 here in Ohio this is damn hard to beat. I plan on buying as many as I can find. This is every bit as good as DIPA's at twice the price. How does Lagunitas do it?

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

Pours golden orange, clear, with a large off-white head that is dense with both respectable retention and lace. Nose explodes with fruit: pears, papayas, kumquats, pineapple, and lime. Slight spiciness. Great aromas coming off of this one.

The flavor starts neutral, then a bitterness builds that is balanced with lots of juicy hops. Pears, kumquats, mildly pine, a great tropical mix what a hint of white pepper. Definitely a respectable hop monster here, with a nice light body bolstered by a smooth medium-high carbonation. A touch of earthiness on the finish. Not quite the best of the best, but a great showcase of the intense fruitiness hops can bring a beer in this age. A sticky finish, slightly sappy, limits drinkability a bit, but this brew displays many desirable characteristics. Lagunitas continues to show they are a force to be reckoned in both qualtiy and everyday accessibility.

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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clean golden, topped with a nice, semi-creamy white head. While it is clear, it has a bit of a 'full body appearance' to it

S + T: I don't get a whole lot of wheat out of with the scent or the aroma. Both are more dominated by a rather sweet grapefruit citrus. A little hint of cracker on the tongue. Nice and smooth, yet full flavoured.

M + D: Just enough carbonation to complement the body, which has a bit of oomph to it, though not overly heavy. It goes down quite easily to begin, but I found it to be more slow going after the halfway point. A bit of balance, I suppose. Nicely done, and worth getting another!

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Photo of projectflam86
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber/golden color with a huge white foam head that leaves a trail of lace on the sides of my glass.

S- Huge nose full of grapefruit and pine. Some other citrus hop scents (orange peel, lemon, sour apple, and passion fruit).

T- Nice rush of ruby red grapefruit and pineapple. Massive amount of hoppy bitterness initially with a very light malt backbone. A fair amount of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium body with ok carbonation. Nice hoppy aftertaste.

D- Really nice hoppy aroma and flavor. Is it better than regular 'Lil Sumpin Sumpin'? I don't know, but I do know that I liked them both quite a bit :)

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color with rather large fluffy white head. Sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass as the head recedes. The head fades away slowly leaving a slight cap.

Aroma is full of wonderful citrusy hopped goodness. Very bright sweet orange smell is rather pleasant up front. Slight pineapple smell sitting just behind. Hops smell fresh and vibrant.

The aroma is a great indication of what you are heading for in the taste. Nice citric fruit and pineapple sweetness up front complimenting a enjoyable hoppy bite. Simple malt backbone works rather well in the brew. Caramel malt with just a slight graininess.

Medium bodied, drinks quite smooth and creamy. Finishes just short of what you could consider dry.

Another quality IPA from the folks at Lagunitas. Drinkability is great, alcohol is hidden very well possibly too well. Extremely easy to drink and rather hard not to enjoy.

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Photo of jbone78
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard about this one, now it is time to taste.

A- Nice hazy golden color. I have learned that hazy is usually good in a IPA style beer. Indicates great nose. Lace.
S- BAM! Great nose! Very floral, piney and sweet smell of hops. Kinda reminds me of SN Torpedo. Ahh, reminds me a lot of Torpedo.
T- Very to the point hoppy flavor and very bitter. More bitter than I like, but backed by hop oils, which I do like.
M- Nice carbonation and the hop flavors do not linger too much.
D- I am going camping and kayaking this weekend and this one is in the cooler.


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Photo of cavedave
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear perfectly golden amber gemstone into my snifter. Not much of a head, but a determined cap of very small bubbles. A gentle swirl leaves distant mountain ranges of well knit lace.

The nose is perfume, if perfume could be said to be a gentle essence of the sweetest characteristics of citrus and pine. I can't help mixing sensory descriptions by saying the bouquet glows.

The taste is just a rush of good things, my goodness, this tastes fine. I've waited until near the bottom of this snifter, about 11 ounces in, and it is just a sweet revelation of gentle grain notes carrying the mother lode of good hop flavor. The balance is near perfect. Through my enjoyment so far I have tasted yummy floral notes, piney notes, some dark and earthy piney notes, some sweet and sprucey piney notes, then one sip fronts an orange tang, next sip is all grapefruit, it's like a a classroom of eager students, all trying to raise their hands the highest. The finish is not as dry as others from Lagunitas, but it is long and yummy, full of resin, sticking and staying pretty clean in the mouth. Too many words here, but man is this delicious.

Just north of medium bodied, it is full of lingering flavors and resinous taste, balanced on a low carbonation that suits it to a "tee".

Drinkability is exquisitely dangerous. No, nada, nil, none, absolute zero Kelvin, taste of alcohol, so watch it!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Monument Wines & Spirits in Concord, CA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Three fingers of frothy, tan foam sit atop a clear amber body. Head retention is decent; the three fingers of froth thins out and eventually settles as a loose, soapy cap. Lacing is clumpy and bubbly, but not nearly as sticky as I would've expected. Not much carbonation to be seen.

Smell: Sticky, piney, oily. Lots of caramel and tangy citrus. Fresh-cut grass tries to find its place among the other aromatic behemoths, and is actually successful. Smells like a solid IIPA, even if its not the most exciting one.

Taste: Sweet tangerine, orange, and grapefruit are complimented nicely by bitter, herbal hops. Caramel and sweet pine are both prominent flavors as well. Light toastiness. Bitterness isn't overdone; this is a nicely balanced IIPA. Pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Oily and syrupy with a prickly bitter finish. Carbonation is very low, and body is a bit heavier than I'd like. Touch of dryness at the end. To sum it up in one word: messy.

Drinkability: There seemed to be a lot of hype around this beer, and honestly I don't get it. This is a good IIPA and nothing more. This is not a hop bomb, but it'll stave off the typical hop-head for a while. For the price ($4.29 per bomber), this is worth a try.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

pours a clear light orange with a white foamy head

sweet smell of grapefruit and ripe rich fruit. Great smell.

Taste is a big hoppy but not terfyingly bitter with a nice malt backbone.

One of the better beers I have had from lagunitas. Big yet not too boozy, and hoppy but not too bitter.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.