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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: 556
Hads: 2,763
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.33%
Wants: 154
Gots: 731 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 556 | Hads: 2,763
Photo of creepinjeeper
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 5 Rabbit can glass.

Look - Nice fluffy head that settles to nice lacing on top of the beer. Leave a nice trail on the side of the glass as you drink it. Hazy orange/amber/honey color as you hold the glass up to the light.
Smell - Citrus, dank hopiness, tropical fruity, too. Hint of mango, perhaps.
Taste - Sweet notes of pine, citrus rind and juice , a bit o' honey before going into a slight bready/biscuity finish. You have no idea that you are drinking a 8.50% ABV beer.
Feel - Carbonation to tickle the tongue with creamy sidenote.
Overall - This beer is an amazing example of an Imperial IPA. I know I didn't use "proper" glassware when review this beer, but it is such a solid brew that it's good points shine through in any glass. I will be looking forward to it's place in the Lagunitas rotation for years to come.

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Photo of chiller413
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really great offering from Lagunitas. The initial flavor is a nice mix of tropical, pine, and citrus, while the finish is well balanced and starts slightly sweet and then fades into a biscuity aftertaste. This beer has a velvety mouthfeel and the ABV is pretty well hidden under the wonderful complex flavors.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beers by far in the world of Ales is the Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, but I stumbled across this big sister version called Little Sumpin’ Extra and I was hoping that they kept the strong pine and citrus notes that I loved so thoroughly in the little sister version. I poured this one into a tall glass and was pleased to immediately smell the strong pine and citrus notes from this beauty. It boasts an 8.5% ABV and 72 IBUs which are both elevated compared to the little sister version.

Look-Pours a crystal clear light golden color and a tiny snow-capped foamy head. It has obvious carbonation trails making their way to the top.

Smell-It smells of piney hops, but is very unique, because it also has a noticeable warmth to it and tropical fruits and banana. I was very pleasantly surprised to smell these in the Little Sumpin’ extra ale.

Taste-With a wheat tinge from the yeast and a strong pine base, this brew also delivers a grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel zest citrus component that is perfect. It has a bready malt sweetness and a floral hop component that plays so well with the pine base.

Mouthfeel-Most IPAs are ruined by an overly sweet syrupiness that kills the hoppy mood. This brew, however, is so well-balanced and attenuated that it allows those hop oils, flavors, and mouthfeels to shine through. I am also able to pick up on so many different flavors thanks to the medium-bodied maltiness.

Overall-The main component of this beer was how it compared to the little sister version that I am so familiar with. This Little Sumpin’ Extra variety, however, really delivered something new and fresh, because of the fine-tuned hops and easily discernible fruity component and clovers. It had a more refreshing rinse and a tampered sweetness that really boasts an excellent Ale. Thank you, Lagunitas!

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass and a bottled date of July 9, 2015.

Appearance: Pours a a pale amber with 1/2 finger of white head

Smell: Piney and earthy hops

Taste: Balance between wheat esters and spruce-like hops

Mouthfeel: Bitter finish and light body

Overall: Very similar to regular Little sumpin sumpin. As with the former, the strength is well hidden and the combination of wheat and hoppy bitterness is well balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of RangerDanger
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just a really great balance between hops and malt. Very refreshing beer despite the abv which I hardly noticed.Slightly sweet taste that ends dry and hoppy. Love the label also.
My favorite of the Sumpins line.

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Photo of Reema
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very pretty clear golden amber with a two finger bone white head that recedes into an almost nitro-style bubble film on top of about half a finger. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Smells slightly breast, with some hops, and a slight alcohol scent. Taste is reflective of the smell, though with a small alcohol burn at the end of each sip. It isn't off putting, it's actually pretty pleasant, just to remind you of it. The mouthfeel is medium, carbonated well, though it fades relatively quickly (~5 minutes after pouring).

This is a good beer and I would buy it again.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I hate this new review system. I guess I have to write one hundred and fifty characters. So what I will say is little sumpin extra is really damn good. Stop making me write 150 character reviews at bars and such BA.

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

If I had one word to sum up this beer it would either be "unique" or "different". Unlike other beers you get an onionish smell with a grassy taste but it's not offensive in any way. Much better than the og little sumpin sumpin imo. Quite pleased with this find :)

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Photo of frozyn
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -- Big frothy white head on top of a light amber body. Head reduces to a thin white layer, eventually ring around the top, leaving a good amount of lacing.

S -- Dank. Tropical fruit, banana. Floral notes with warmth.

T -- Pine, grapefruit, floral. Bready malt sweetness. Wheat zing to it from the yeast.

F -- Crisp, refreshing, bitter, medium-to-light body. Slight hop resin film.

O -- Very tasty. Different beer than Sumpin Sumpin, not really comparable, but you can see where it comes from. Very tasty and something I will make sure to pick up at least a 6 pack every release.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine/snifter/tulip

A - a golden copper sunset, two finger bright white head and some sugar lacing.

S - really nice funk up front, very hoppy, island fruits, banana bread, very floral, tart island fruits, fresh cut grass, toasted malts/grains, sweet pineapple, pear and more funk

T - a fruity/funky/floral hop, sour grass, toasted malts/grains, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, pineapple/grapefruit hops, soil, hoppy and more funk

M - medium minus body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium plus carbonation, medium acidity and a sugary/sour to hop bite finish.

D/O - perfect spring and summer beer. Very refreshing easy to drink for the hop head and novice alike. Has a lot going on without being overly complex and just a couple will get you very relaxed. Great with almost every kind of food but, sushi and bbq are my favorite.

Final thoughts - At only $9 a sixer and a nice 8.5% abv this is a wonderful ale -- it only begs the question why not this year-round and its counterpart be the limited release.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice golden amber color that's clear with a white head on it that doesn't stick for too long but leaves a good ring of lacing
S - Dank, peach, grapefruit, garlic/onion (in a good way).
T - basically same as the smell. dank, grapefruit, orange zest, peach, garlic/onion much more subdued than the smell
M - medium mouthfeel. aftertaste is bitter, grapefruit. alc is completely covered
O - great beer from lagunitas, up there with sucks, pliny, ruination

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Photo of Stevem68
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light haze. Aroma of resin & sweet malts. Flavor is piny, a little citrus and a touch of malts. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste. A little crisp finish but very pleasing. This is a very delicious beer

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Photo of thepopester
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my get though the week beer. Cash cow, if you will. I think it is a couple of dollars to much for a six. But they did not over hop it.

This one must be had.

If you are in Chicago. Go to the brewery. You will not be disappointed

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” off-white foam cap that quickly dissipates
S: Hop nose prominent, citrus and resin
T: Malt, caramel and citrus lead the attack with citrus and fruit hop flavors and a moderate bitterness bringing the beer to a close.
F: Above average carbonation, slightly above average body
O: A well made big flavored Imperial IPA that is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 3/7/15

A Little Sumpin' Extra by Lagunitas
poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chalice

love the euro girl in laderhousen (3.75)

golden with thin off white head and mild lacing (3.75)

big piney hops (4.0)

follows nose muted slightly by wheat yeast(3.75)

solid and full bodied velvet like finish (4.0)

excellent and dry finishing (4.0)

good effort from Lagunitas leans to the wheat pales (4.0)

this was a re visit. still somewhere on the fence, but appreciate the effort
---- J

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey straw color with a short dense creamy head that settles into a light ring and left a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a sweet honey malt. A bit too sweet. Some tropical fruit notes from the hops; big pineapple and apricot presence.

The taste is strong with the tropical fruit notes. Big pineapple and overripe mango. Some apricot and pepper hop notes as well. The malt is sweet and has honey notes. The combination of the tropical fruit hop notes and the sweet malt lead to a very sweet beer. The bitterness from the hops helps offset this but it is a bit too sweet for my liking.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate but its not cloying as there is enough of a bitter offset. Almost sticky but not quite.

This beer walks a fine line on being too sweet and undrinkable. It doesn't get there but I much rather have the regular version of this beer or the Sucks! The malt is a bit too beefy and sweet. I figure it is the bigger wheat malt bill.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had previously reviewed this with an older bottle. Just picked up a sixer fresh. As the name hints, this is sumpin, with an amped up og, and it's amazing. Love the citrus flavors, a little melon,and a nice clean wheat finish with some floral hoppy flavor lingering. An excellent interpretation of imperial sumpin.

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Photo of lewzer99
3.09/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: straw with a one finger white head
S: light grapefruit and hints of pine
T: not very good, might be a bad keg... Pine and bitter, some kind of weird rotten flavor.
M: crisp and light
O: not as good as I had hoped given how much I normally like lagunitas

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the better offerings...nice essence of fruity/alcohol that hits the tongue strongly...

boozier taste than anticipated...and that is a good thing to me

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

Strong grapefruit aroma hits your nose as soon as you open the bottle. That follows with a strong grapefruit and hops flavor up front with a good dry bitter finish. Another excellent beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of obrike
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas. Is there anything they can't do right?

Another bad ass offering. Bought a sixer at Round Rock HEB for just over 10 bucks.

Looks like golden honey in my pint glass with a nice three-finger fluffy white head. Nice lacing throughout the drink as well.

Smell is uber- fresh with a,citrus aroma and a touch of sweet bready notes.

The taste follows with a lot of fresh hop citrus flavors up front with some nice pine and sweet malt to the finish. You can taste a little booze initially but I find it endearing. It goes down super easy. Almost feels light for a DIPA because it's oh so smooth.

Another huge success from the Petaluma gang.

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Photo of Brighton_Beer_Bro
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Big fan of Lagunitas, and this brew is perfect for those nights when you both want to enjoy a good beer, and get the courage to talk to that cute girl.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Sampling right now on 12/10/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'CHEERS-BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a golden-honey in color with a good 1-finger foamy white head. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of malts, red grapefruit and pine. More going on with the taste as you can taste the pale malts, floral and earthy hops along with some citrus zest. Has a good taste with a slight bitter finish but really doesn't last a long time. Medium-bodied and carbonation. Wasn't sure on this one but turned out ok overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

From 12/05/14 notes

Pours a hazy medium amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Very fruity, some nice citrus hops, fruity malts, light tropical notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Another solid Lagunitas beer in the LS family. Worth checking out.

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

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in shaker pint 11/23/2014.

A- Slightly hazy amber-golden body, one finger frothy white head with good retention time. Lots and lots of rings of lacing. [4]

S- Honey, peach, nectarine, grainy malt, candied sugar. This is a quite sweet beer in both the malty and the fruit senses. This is smelling a bit different than Lagunitas' typical overhopped IPAs in the sense that the fruit aromas come out more here without as much of the resin. [4]

F- As the nose hints, this beer is on the sweet side of pretty much all double IPAs I've had. The malt stands out in a white sugary, mildly grainy manner with syrupy honey-like sweetness buttressed by tropical and stone fruits. Not much to be found in terms of bitter flavours outside of a slightly grassy bitterness on the backend. Again, very sweet but certainly easy to drink. [4]

M- Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, effervescent and mildly crisp without too much resin. Very easy to drink and no hint of the 8.5% ABV arises at all. [4]

O- A very solid DIPA from Lagunitas. Great stuff, enjoyed drinking this. A bit different than all the west coast-style dry + bitter IPAs that tend to be popular these days, despite being from the west coast, but not being quite as malty as the east coast style tends to be. [4]

Final score: 4.00

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.