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: 508
Hads: 2,503
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 145
Gots: 579 | FT: 0
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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 TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour into our oversized snifters, a beer the color of a goldenrod sunset. It holds a one finger tall head of soapy, off-white bubbles that leave vertical mountains of punctate lacing. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The nose speaks of the stickiest, sweetest citric, floral, and tropical nectary hops, syrupy and sugary pale and wheaty malts, intense bubblegum esters, nail polish, metallic well and clay water, freshly cut and juicy cantaloupe and passion fruit, stinging mustard seed, dried hay, light alcohol, and fumy seashore seafoodiness. The taste offers bitterly citric and sappy hop oils, cardboard, continued cantaloupe melon fruitiness, raisin granola sugars, vanilla bean, rosehip and lemongrass, moldy honey, mallow sugars, basement mustiness, banana and bubblegum esters, pale malts and chalked barley, riced adjuncts, and huge lemon iced tea tannins. The body is medium to chewy, and the carbonation is medium to high. Cream, froth, slurp, and smack are all wonderfully represented and clean, with a nice finishing pop to round things off. The mouth is coated with this bubbly swill, but it is allowed to dry into a finite astringent bitterness that leaves the palate streaky and tingling. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.

Overall, from the first whiff, this beer reminded us of a supped-up version of Sucks. The hop profile through the aroma is nearly spot-on, but the beer is made more serious by heavier booze, harsher metallics, and more bittered grain. The nose is much more exciting than the flavor, which falls more heavily to the aforementioned notes, boxing out the base a bit. That said, this is an easy drinking, hearty beverage that is perfectly aligned with the rest of the “Sumpin’” series. It is obviously most comparable to the standard Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, but again, does feel like a hybrid between that far off original and their latest hit of Sucks. It may take you to the end of the first bottle to really get into this one, as it did with us, but fear not, because that alluring Lagunitas mystique will surely pull you back in, making it hard for you to not chain-drink the entire pack. (2,205 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

One of my faves from good ol' Sonoma County.
Very fragrant, with hints of pine, a floral bouquet and a yeast presence.
The first sip very balanced. It is smooth, perfect carbonation and is not overpowering but the piney, fruity hoppiness is strong. It is a very easy drinker and pairs well with a good ribeye or something like that. I agree with the person who called it a "food beer". All in all, Lagunitas is killin' it! I love my Heady Topper but this beer has to be world class. The right word is balanced. It is aromatic, makes you want more with the complexities with the hoppy, citrusy, floral cornucopia yet is a smooth companion. Very understated for an Imperial Ale but does the trick it's supposed to and more. I'll bypass my Magic Hat variety and get another right now............. (796 characters)

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

Growler poured into a tulip
A: Transparent light orange with a 1+ finger head
S: Typical but pleasant DIPA aromas of pine, citrus rind and a grassy/herbal note. Not getting a ton from the malt
P: Matches the nose. Lots from the hops, little from the malt; tasty but doesn't have as much complexity as I usually see from Stone
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: I'll have to find a bottle - not sure if there's anything wrong with the keg this growler came from but it just doesn't match what I usually get from Stone or the other reviews here. Nothing wrong with it, just doesn't quite have the freshness I usually taste. I'll re-review when I get a bottle (649 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz bottle with appealing label art and branded black (not Green!) pry-off pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods' HQ and served cold into a snifter at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. No style is indicated on the bottle or on Lagunitas' website, but I'm reviewing it as an imperial pale wheat ale.

8.50% ABV. 64 IBU.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Not real creamy or soft-looking. Average thickness. Consistency and complexion are both average. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent orange copper of nice vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Ripe.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks good for the style.

AROMA: Dank floral hop aromatics. Vague citrus fruit. It's not too juicy or zesty, but it comes off pretty fresh. A bit grassy. I'm not finding any real piney notes, nor is it real oily or herbal. A kiss of tropical character - mango, grapefruit, maybe tangerine. Much to my chagrin, a hint of pineapple is detectable (a note I despise in a hoppy beer). Rindy bitterness emerges as it comes to temperature.

Pale malts, wheat, and nectary hop notes lend it an aptly sweet base.

Floral hop character dominates. This mellow aroma suggests a pleasant, balanced brew with plenty of flavour. It's a moderately intense aroma overall.

No yeast character, alcohol, or spices are detectable.

TASTE: Ugh - the pineapple is noticeable on the climax, and I find it repulsive - especially combined with the sweet bready malt base. I'd much prefer that the wheat and pale malts be the foundation, but that pesky bready malt character is hard to ignore. The pineapple ruins the hop profile, which would otherwise be quite pleasant: superbly well executed floral hop notes, some pleasant nectary character, and tropical passionfruit, mango, and hints of tangerine. Some grapefruit and rindy bitterness in there too. It's a bit grassy, but I wouldn't call it dank, herbal, or oily per se. I'd like more of a nectary emphasis.

No yeast character or spices come through in the taste. Unfortunately, the alcohol is noticeable, which is unpleasant when combined with the pineapple specifically. There's nothing that turns me off more in an IPA or hoppy wheat ale than boozy pineapple notes.

While the balance needs work, and I'm not real impressed with the flavour profile as-is, there are some great elements here. It boasts plenty of complexity for an imperial pale wheat ale, and there's no lack of flavour. It's not real subtly executed, but it has a definite cohesion. If not for the obnoxious pineapple, this build would likely seem gestalt.

TEXTURE: Lightly coarse, wet, overcarbonated, crisp, medium-bodied, thick, and unrefreshing. It drags a bit on the palate, roughly scratching the palate. Overall presence on the palate is nice, but this isn't without its flaws. A smoother, lighter, more refreshing texture would lend itself more naturally to this taste. I'm not big on the noticeable alcohol warmth either.

OVERALL: Absolutely a drinkable ale - even if I do dislike some aspects of it. Though it clearly doesn't cater to my personal preferences, it has definite quality and was carefully brewed. Not what I hoped for given how much I love Little Sumpin' Sumpin', but by no means a bad brew from Lagunitas - just not one I personally can fully enjoy. It doesn't its ABV all that well. I think every fan of Lagunitas would do well to try it, but it's far from world class. What I do find interesting is the relative lack of Lagunitas' signature "hop extract" taste.

C+ (3,723 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a golden yellow. Smells awesome. Hoppy and citrus flavor. Not too hoppy though. A little bit of sour to go along there. I enjoy the beer very much.

Wife's Review:"I like it a lot. It is smooth enough to drink a lot of. Wait I changed my mind. The aftertaste isn't good." (278 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Pretty clear faded cooper colored body. A soapy vanilla cream head recedes to leave a chunky film and sheets of lacing.

Aroma: A little bit of everything: pear and apricot, spicy cedar, grapefruit, pine.

Taste: Just like the arona, the spicy cedar notes blend with the fruit sweetness perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy.

Overall: Easily one of the best DIIPAs I've had. (415 characters)

Photo of Brams17
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Clear deep gold with a nice frothy head

S: Huge aroma from this beer. Dank and earthy with some citrus too, maybe some pineapple

T: Citrus and pineapple with some bready sweet malt in the finish. Nice bracing bitterness in the nose.

M: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Finishes dry

O: Another great hoppy beer from these guys, and always at a good price point. (378 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Has a nice citric, piney aroma. The hoppiness is very evident. Has a strong citric malty taste with a moderate piney hoppiness. Piney, bitter aftertaste that is a tad too soapy. Aftertaste is a little too astringent. Still a decent beer. The aroma makes it. (359 characters)

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

I always see this one lying around and have never picked it up before. Today, I went to one of my local beer shops and picked up a 6 pack of this on a whim. $10.99 for a DIPA? I'm in. Poured into my Speigelau IPA glass. Golden yellow like a wheat (technically it is a wheat). Nice thick white head. Smells amazing. Citrusy, fruity, some malt sweetness. Taste is tropical fruit and citrus. A lot of orange, grapefruit, and mango. The wheat and malt balance well with the hops. IBU is in the 60s which is pretty low for a DIPA but it works out so well. I give it a perfect 5 for mouthfeel because I honestly wouldn't change anything. The fact that this is 8.5% and tastes so sessionable is unbelievable to me. It's not sticky or anything. Very light. Lagunitas can do no wrong. Another amazing brew from them. (807 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Generous, durable head leaves soapy lacing. Deep amber color.
Aroma and flavor are reminiscent of Sucks, but milder and with less amlt and lighter malt. Similarity to Sucks is, of course, a very good thing. Hops are mainly citrus and herbal but some floral and a touch of pine too.
Medium body with crisp, lively and rather high carbonation. (357 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: It has a nice semi-hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, light grapefruit, pine resins and some sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, light grapefruit, loads of bitter pine resins, a light grassiness and some sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle (599 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - 4.75 - An attractive bronze/orange number and perfectly clear. Head is thick, fluffy and white. It piles into rocky crags and slowly fades. Sheets of lacing. A great looking beer.

S - 4.25 - Aroma leans strongly on hops, as expected. The hops come across with some citrus, but mostly an earthy, herbal impression. They are not piney or grapefruity at all. Faint bready malt in the background and the tiniest hint of yeast fruitiness.

T - 4.5 - Clean, crisp hops start things off. This is followed by bready malt and a honey-like sweetness. In the finish the hops come roaring back to dry things out slightly and create a lingering aftertaste. Yeast and alcohol provide some complexity in the finish as well. Complex and flavorful.

M - 4.5 - Medium to heavy body. Smooth, effervescent carbonation lightens the apparent body somewhat. Some alcohol presence but not extreme. Hops bitterness is moderate to high, but balances well with the other components.

O - 4.5 - This is a big, satisfying beer, but well balanced. The focus is on hops but there is enough malt sweetness among other factors to keep it from being a one-trick pony. Well done. (1,210 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Fantastic IIPA. Classic west coast hop profile...big citrus with nice resinous pine bitterness. Great bready/biscuit malt backbone to balance this out. Alc @ 8% is masked superbly. Very well crafted.
Cheers! (210 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Half pint at the Euston Tap.

A: Golden, clear, small head, retention wasn’t that great, but had a decent amount of lacing.

S: A Cascade hop bomb, Smellable from quite a distance.

T: Lightly diluted citrus cordial, fairly subtle for the high strength, slight booze burn at the finish, hints of cork, kept a good balance between sweet and bitter.

M: Light body, smooth texture, minimal carbonation.

O: Hid the booze so well, was actually refreshing and subtle, the ultimate higher alcohol beer for a hot day. (517 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Right out of the gate this has to be one of my favorite IPAs and beers in general as the aroma jumps out of the bottle with loads of juicy citrus and tropical fruit hop tones with a bit of apricot. The Extra poured a deep golden with a lush white head. The taste exploded with fresh hops that were straight up citrus and tropical fruit. The more I drank it the more I detected apricot tones as well. It was a huge juicy and fruity hop monster that doesn't wear down your palate with bitterness but more of a sweet and fruity bite that is both well rounded and refreshing. What an exceptional beer and another well done IPA from Lagunitas. (638 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a light, slightly hazy gold with some pretty good carbonation and a finger-width head. Pretty good lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Smells of apricot, pine, and a big hop presence. Pretty good amount of citrus, too.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and brings even more flavor as it warms. There's also some sour apple notes and a bigger citrus punch.

Mouthfeel: Pretty spot-on - it's a sipper, but it has an approachable depth.

Overall: Solid "big"-ish IPA that is beloved in some circles, and I'd say justifiably. The heavy bitterness makes it a likely favorite for fans of bold, hoppy IPAs. For me it was more of a nice change of pace. (696 characters)

Photo of MagooBrew
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Brilliant clarity with a light to medium gold hue. Nicely carbonated with a fine milky whit head.

Up front fuity aroma of lemon, oranges an apricots.
Little bready malt presence.

Taste is where they knock it out of the park. Intense citrus American hops give this an excellent hop forward flavor.

Great Beer!! (313 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Golden, clear, holds a quarter finger of tight white head.

Smell: Heady hops are a bit leafy, strong sweet undertone with whiffs of alcohol.

Taste: Dump truck of west coast hops with a big wheaty base. It's Little Sumpin Sumpin on steroids.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy, slight chew, oily

Overall: Big bruiser, demands small sips but encourages big quaffs. (369 characters)

Photo of evanvlane
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

What a great beer!
This IPA has a big punch, but not with the aggressively hoppy flavors that a lot of doubles do. It's flavorful and smooth and is incredibly drinkable. (169 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick cap with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mild caramel malt, citrus and dank hops, tropical fruit and a spicy slightly sour component resembling rye. Flavor follows with a nice mildly caramel malt, citrus, piney and somewhat dank hops, tropical and citrus fruit, finishing with citrus rind and herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A nicely balanced, flavorful IPA, as I expect from Lagunitas. Not as mouth numbing as some of their other hop bombs, but the great melding of a pleasant malt base with interesting hops flavors works quite well. Rarely disappointed by this brewery, and this one is excellent. (782 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.44/5  rDev +6%

Poured into tulip glass- a good three-finger fluffy white head. Clear golden color. Left some good lacing all the way down.

Smell is great with a fruity, citrusy aroma and a touch of bready notes, with a bit of flowery tinges as well.

The taste is just like the smell, with a lot of fruity flavors up front and a nice pine bit to finish.

Mouthfeel is just perfect, almost light for a DIPA, and not harsh, just the right amount of carbonation to let you know you've had something special

Overall, this is another home run from Lagunitas, pretty close to being on a par with Sucks. (583 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottled 7/18/14

Clear light gold with frothy 2 finger head.

Big grapefruit smell, a lot of citrus. All hops here. very much like Sucks.

Taste again is big citrus bite and tang of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Moderate amount of bitterness. Just right. A little caramel sweetness keeps it from being too bitter. its been a little while since I had Sucks but this seems almost identical.

Moderate carbonation and light to moderate body. not too slick and finishes quite clean for a DIPA.

Really like this beer and fills in he gap of the year when here is no Sucks to be found. Lagunitas does it again. (614 characters)

Photo of gc4hokies
4.4/5  rDev +5%

Golden light color. Very nice frothy white head. Grapefruit and orange notes in the aroma. Taste is citrus with a hint of pine. nice balance with the malt. Definitely a little bigger than the regular version with a hint of alcohol at the finish. Very nice!

Update: love this beer. The wheat adds a effervescence that other regular IPAs lack. (343 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Orange-gold body with pure white head, a quarter inch of which lasts forever on top.
Smells like oranges, alcohol, and fresh bread. Taste is more tropical with waves of pineapple and orange, and very balanced bitterness. Superbly smooth and easy to drink. (256 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pale, lemony, hazy beer. Nice light spiderwebbed snow white head and lacing.

Hoppy, spicy aroma. Pepper, dank green hops, light fruit (mango, pineapple).

Delicious, light, delicate fruity flavor! Pineapple and mango; awash in tropical fruit, with a bit of resinous edge.

Soft feel with lively bite.

Delicious beer, tried on cask. (343 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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