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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: 2,615
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 145
Gots: 644 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 526 | Hads: 2,615
Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a creamy off white head that laces well.

S: Citrus and fruity hops with some malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops up front, followed with some pine and faint tropical fruit, balanced with caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, medium body, hides its alcohol well, very drinkable.

O: Stumbled on a lone bottle in a build your own 6 pack section so I have no idea how fresh it really is, but even if it's less than fresh it's still pretty tasty. I will look to try this again. (549 characters)

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

Dark golden colored with a half inch of off white to light brown foam on top. Excellent clarity. Heavy Brussels lacing. Bold aroma of citrus hops with a sharp orange note. The flavor is razor sharp bitterness at the front of the palate that does not diminish at the back of the palate or even in the fade. Mouth is actually deceptively smooth and quaffable considering the strength. This is exceptional. (409 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -1%

A-Clear orange in the glass, two finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Has a nice bit of citrus and a good deal of pine/earthy notes.

T-Starts with a nice, but semi mild citrus. (Only a little over a month old so is this a trait or is there fading?) ends with some pine and complementary bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, velvety.

O-Not sure if I just need this super fresh or that I don't find it completely hits the mark. (449 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear straw with a small head that dissipates to a small lasting collar. OK lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Medium citrus and potpourri notes, background of grainy/bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium full body, well carbed.

Overall: Not quite as assertively aromatic and flavorful as some of the other Lagunitas DIPAs, easy to skip over when it's sitting next to Hop Stoopid and Sucks. (393 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is exploding with grapefruit and honey.
The taste starts with some bold lemon and grapefruit bitterness, then turns to a honey and malt sweet finish.
The texture is light and airy.
The taste is a bit sweet for me, but great aroma and texture. (315 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey gold in color, big off white head builds and sticks to the top most of the way through, big sticky lace down the glass makes this one nice looking beer. Smell is of candied orange, grapefruit, lemon, and cake like sweetness. Taste is hop forward, soft cake like malt backbone from the wheat works it's way in and out with flavors of citrus and tropical fruit in the form of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Medium body doesn't show the heft of the ABV, sharp carbonation breaks into a more creamy and coating feel on the finish. Overall this is a great DIPA which uses light malt flavors and showcases some really fruity hops. (644 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Great clean tasting IPA, but I am not crazy about the hops in this one. For whatever reason it comes across a little to orangey and lemon noted. Not much balance in the malt backbone here. Its enjoyable but there are plenty of other IPA's that I would pick up before this one. Worth a try if you like IPA's because this one is made very well. (344 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden amber with a superb head of off-white (almost yellow) foam. Beautiful head of frilly lace.

Nose is crisp tropical hops with citrus notes up front and center. Already noting an acidic hop element.

Taste is heavy and pine-hoppy but not too much so. This is a potent but very well-done hop bomb, a little more over-the-top than Little Sumpin Sumpin, but still a must-try for IPA fans. (405 characters)

Photo of Leftbob
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Current go to beer for home consumption

A Nice amber appearance modest head
S It has a nice citrus aroma up front with a malt element
MF nice density....I know I am drinking
F The taste is very much like the aroma....good citrus.....malt....and a balanced lingering bitterness. It is not an astringent IPA .....which is fine....for an Imperial IPA it has a very nice balance.... (381 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Great Scott, Allston, MA
Served in a cervoise

Phenomenal appearance. The nearly crystal-clear, medium amber liquid was topped by a two-plus finger tall, tight and foamy, off white crown. Outstanding retention. As the head receded, thick rings of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was quite hoppy. Super fruity and sweet. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Loads of passion fruit. Good amount of mango and peach. Some orange peel appeared as well.

The flavor profile was also very hoppy but much sweeter than the nose. Candied orange peel came through strong on the front end. The beer was anchored by a stiff, sticky-sweet, caramel malt backbone. Peach and apricot notes appeared in the center. Touch of mango. Sugar coated ruby red grapefruit was noticeable on the finish.

The mouthfeel initially seemed a bit over carbonated. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a lively, spritzy effervescence. As the beer warmed, the carbonation settled a bit and liquid turned creamy and slick.

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale is a tasty, easy drinking double IPA. Although the sweetness from the caramel malts was a bit excessive, this beer is still quite solid. (1,180 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 10, 2014.

There is an amber-orange pour to discuss with a modest lingering head but nothing over the top.

A vague malt character is there but the hops really take things over with their earthy and grassy characteristics. You know this is an IPA.

Medium body mainly.

The biting bitter hops are what make this beer worth talking about. They stand out and take things over. Pretty good. (440 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A Little Sumpin' Extra! May it be an apt title, for I could certainly use something EXTRA this week... in my tulip glass.... approximately cellar temperature.

What we have here is a mighty three-finger head of puffy, sudsy white foam over a homogeneously-clear amber-orange beer. I am pleased.

The aroma abounds with tropical fruits...! And some booze. I am okay with this. Some nice subtle pine mixed with honey and bread adds charm. Overall, a sweet, inviting scent. Kinda floral.

One sip and I'm in love. It has the fruitiness and citrus tang of Little Sumpin' Medium, but improves vastly on the standard sumpin' by balancing the fruitiness with those crucial IPA qualities of dank, piney bitterness and astringency. And the bread is still there in the finish. Now that I wait a few minutes I can say that the dank, bitter hops here kind of snowball throughout the finish, kinda like the graph of an exponential function, where dank hops are a function of time elapsed after a sip. This may even exceed the HOLY HOP STOOPID, which I devoutly revere (it's the only stoopid thing I revere. Really.).

The feel is full. Full and substantial and... just a tinge sticky (Goin' back to the pine... sappy?).

This righteously lives up to the lofty expectations of a Lagunitas-made DIPA. (1,285 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Crystal clear gold color, with a moderate white head that fades to a thin cap that is well-nigh permanent. Lacing is extensive.

S - A pretty typical nose for Lagunitas - strong pine and tropical fruit elements, a more subtle lemon tinge. A slight biscuit malt background counterpoints the frontal hops.

T - Follows the nose, with bright fruit elements. A more complex taste comes in the middle, with bright fruit fading to a fresh, bright baguette flavor, with floral and grassy highlights. The bitter line that closes is subtle.

M - Brisk and easy, but it coats as you drink. This is not your standard hop build, but it does make me think that keeping my consumption to one is a good idea.

O - I enjoyed this take on Little Sumpin' and would opt for if I were looking for something a bit different. (812 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled July 11th. Purchased two weeks ago in a mixed six.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear amber with a half inch tall white head which receded to thin patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Floral and citrus

t: Citrus and dankness up front over a medium biscuit malt base. Bitterness lingers and puckers the inside of the mouth, while alcohol burn develops in the throat at first. Dry to bitter finish.

m; Smooth medium plus, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A dankish and fairly strong DIPA, rather Stone-like but with slightly more floral/citrusy aspect, though perhaps not as much as Sucks. Definitely one for hopheads to look for. I know I will. Just dunno how I managed to miss this last year. (744 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

bottle dated
A: I didn't think I got aggressive with this but I the head was huge and like big puffy clouds and the retention was pretty good and the lacing was magnificent. Color was light copper

S: Smells like a dynamite IPA slightly citrus slightly floral and a hint of booze and almost a little Belgian yeasty smell

T: This beer is old and it is holding up unbelievably well. Has a deep well balanced sweet malty rich hop taste that chases the flavor of citrus before the malts come and level everything out with a beautiful lingering sweetness

M: Medium to slightly thick on the tongue with lively carbonation

O: impressed.....with the age of this the beer is drinking like an IPA half it's age but if you like vivacious carbonation beautiful billowy head and great lacing. With an Imperial that's a little sweeter and very balanced seek it out. (859 characters)

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.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Funny, the 2015 version of this beer has pineapple all over it. Do not recall this with the 2014 version. Either way this beer pours with a 2 inch head and is a beautiful orange color (really 2014 having brown tone, maybe I am misremembering) The aroma is a bit acetic. The mouthfeel is wonderful. The taste is sweet and very pineapple forward. Pine bitter and the very end of the finish. Excellent beer. (411 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)

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.