A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Extra! AleA Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #178
Ranked #1,251
4.24 | pDev: 8.49%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
A Little Sumpin' Extra! AleA Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Aug 28, 2014
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Look out, kid, it's sumpin' ya did,
God knows when, but you're doin' it again."

--Bob Dylan

Shimmering saffron with sparkly carbonation and lemony accents. The merigue-like crown is somewhere between ivory and ecru in color, has a rumpled bumpy surface, melts in languid fashion, and deposits shotgun-blasted sheets of lace.

It looks like A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale is simply a slightly bigger version of Sumpin' Sumpin'. The ABV is barely one percentage point higher and the aroma seems pretty similar as well (although it's been a while since I had the smaller beer). I'm not complaining. Good is good and more of the same is often better.

It doesn't smell like there's anything darker than pale in the malt department. The hops are citrus fruity and modestly sprucy. Several of the C-hops are definitely present, Amarillo is possible and Simcoe is doubtful. Too bad Lagunitas doesn't divulge the ingredients.

As is often the case when an impressively hoppy IPA (or APWA in this case) is made bigger by the addition of more malt, bright hop flavor is brought down a peg or two. That's what appears to have happened here. This is still tasty beer, but for my money, non-Extra! is both more delicious and more drinkable.

Specifics include sugar cookies with a thin layer of caramel, candied citrus peel (grapefruit, lemon, orange), and hints of ganja and pine resin. Sweet and bitter are roughly balanced. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that candi sugar was added. Then again, 72 IBUs isn't that hard to counter. Excuse me... 72.51.

The mouthfeel is more than adequate for the style, without being overly sappy or sticky. A decent amount of alpha acids roughs things up just enough and the carbonation is fine and dandy. No complaints here at all.

In the end, A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale is good beer that doesn't quite match the beer that inspired it, much less supercede it. I'm still enjoying it quite a bit and would gladly fork over $5.08 for another bomber.

Dec 15, 2009
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Lil' Sumpin Sumpin is going to be a tough act to follows, Lagunitas. Best of luck, though!

Appearance: Pours out a faintly hazed, amber-hued body with a medium-small, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Heady mixture of pale, lightly toasty, vaguely sweetish maltiness and aromatic hop notes of astringent pine resin, sugar-coated grapefruit rinds, and a pervasive, underlying earthiness.

Taste: Sweet-tasting pale malts with a light touch of toasted grains. Small, buried hints of malted wheat in the taste, though this could just as easily be the product of a diseased, alcohol-ravaged mind, so who knows for certain. Then, in come the hearty dose of hops with strong, sharp floral, citrusy, earthy, pine-based tastes and a moderate amount of tongue-scalding bitterness. Toasty touches persist in the latter half, but, mainly this is the realm of the bitter hops (at least for me). I would say this finishes bittersweet, but it's more like 75% bitter and 25% sweet. So, it finishes bittermoresweetless. Yes, that sounds about right.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit oily and even sticky in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, it's a run-of-the-mill Double IPA for me, having left behind the grace and ease of it's younger cousin, going back to bitter and basic and not too terribly far removed from their other basic, bitter brews.

Dec 26, 2009
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WatertowerIV from District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass

A- Bright, pale and only a hint of haze. Half-inch snowy white head that dissipated into a lacy coating

S- Bready malt, strawberries and cream. Not much hop presence, but the beer was closer to cellar temp when I drank it, so that might've had an effect.

T- There's the hops missing in the nose. Nice hit of bitterness up front, followed by the spicy malt and wheat they used in the bill. Very well-balanced flavor, and surprisingly devoid of alcohol bite.

F- Certainly sticky, but not to the point where it feels like you've been chewing on pine sap. Gentle effervescence makes this brew too easy to drink for 8.5%.

O- A solid beer to sip on, but not really complex enough to merit the alcohol level. The lack of favorable qualities relegates this one to the corner of "strong beers to get drunk off"

Aug 30, 2017
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those imperial or double IPAs that has almost as strong a malt profile as it does a hops profile. Unfortunately, I'm not the biggest fan of those types. It's fine for what it is, and is able to handle it's alcohol content pretty well. I just feel like there are better imperial IPAs out there.

Sep 29, 2015
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breadwinner from California

3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of the regular Lil Sumpin, but this one didn't work for me for similar reason that amped up versions of base beers often don't work me -- it just got too big. The booze presses through, the hop nuance falls apart, and you're left with a generic hop bitterness + booze burn + malt sweetnes. It's not disgusting or anything, but it's not distinctive and not something I'd reach for over the basic brew.

Jul 26, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In true Lagunitas fashion, A Little Sumpin' Extra is an intensely hoppy beer with understated and subtle malt character with barely noticeable alcohol- a great platform for an explosive display of hops!

Honey-gold in color and with a faint haze, the firmly frothy ale is all about the hops- candied orange, grapefruit, a tinge of lemon drop and tropical fruit rest upon the slight malt sweetness of angel food cake which acts only in a supporting role.

Its soft bread sweetness is malty and seems to highlight a fructose character of vine-ripened fruit. With that plethora of citrus weaving in and out of tropical pineapple, apricot and passionfruit, a smooth rindy bitterness pulls forth.

Its light body and sweetness evaporates off the palate much like cotton candy- a tremendous testament to the beer's dry bready malt and saturating hop flavor and feel. Slight vegetative notes offer a taste of verbena and fresh-cut grass with playful acidity and soothing alcohol warmth that's tucked just behind the hops.

Its soul of wheat gives A Little Sumpin' Extra that little something extra that without the description, you'd be hard pressed to put your finger upon. Its a firmly supported, hop-dominant ale that doesn't allow the heartiness of higher-kilned barley to compete. Its simply a masterful taste and a culinary delight.

Jul 08, 2014
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, clear gold with a thick frothy white head. Fragrant with hoppy goodness, smells of citrus, pine, very floral and non specific citrus. Tastes of citrus, subdued malts and semi sweet, pine/citrus notes (lemon/grapefruit), mild bitter bite at mid to end note and pleasant sweet with an almost caramel flavor and bready/biscuit (and clean finish). Very smooth mouthfeel, medium body with fair amount of carbonation to buoy the malts and accentuate the hops.
If a little sumpin is a great beer - this is the hot older sister . Another incredible beer from lagunitas

Sep 26, 2015
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davellopmint from Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is incredible It has every delicious taste recognized by the human palate . I think this is the gold standard from w full IPA's are to be judged..with that said lagunitas does not make 12 pack samplers they brew 1 beer , They make each beer with magic and love (w at least the 9 or so i had). This stuff is just magic and @ 8.5 alcohol (which is indecipherable) well..... be very careful cats.
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Oct 31, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Intensely hoppy, one of Lagunitas' best.

A: Mine is clear honey-gold, with a mushrooming dense, lasting head and loads of sticky lace, lots of fine bubbles.

S: Ample fresh citrus rind of several types blend with apricot body, summer hay, and drying ganja hops / herbs.

T: Great see-saw between sweet estery tropical fruit and plenty of hop bitterness that goes long on top of a wheat cracker base. Neither the alcohol or sweet bother me, as they are nicely balanced by long bitter peppery, lemony finish.

MF: Plenty of counter balances of bitterness, stinging tingling hops to the sweet, juicy fruit body, keeps beer really interesting and fun to roll round your mouth.

It's a food beer. A must try. up there with Sculpin.

Aug 14, 2014
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boogyman from Washington

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Classic clear golden orange color. Good finger of head and the lacing looks to be super sticky so far just seeing the head fade away. Sticky spider webs all the way down. Great lookin' brew.

S- I was able to smell this before I even poured it. After the pour my nose was engulfed in the wonderfulness that is this brew. Strong citrus that overpowers everything else in the area, just lots of pungent fresh grapefruit and lemon. Smells amazing.

T/M- Oh.... My... Goodness... All of the flavors are exploding in my mouth, I almost can't take it. It is just the perfect amount of bitterness combined with the maltyness and fruityness and oh so fresh tasting. At first it seems to have a extreme bite, but then it goes down so smooth and there is very little bitter aftertaste. No alcohol burn to speak of and it is not boozy at all. I don't want this to ever end. To me, this brew is a very strong contender for Pliny the Elder in terms of my favorite DIPA, this really is a fantastic beer.

D- This is likely because of the Taste and Mouthfeel being so good, but I could drink this forever, let alone throughout a night of a drinking. I am having trouble finding anything wrong with this beer. This will be my very first perfect score and I believe it is most deserving. I don't know if this beer got me at the right moment or what, but I feel as if I am in heaven at this very moment. I just hope I can find more of this beer somewhere I want more before it's gone.

Thank you Lagunitas for satisfying my palate way beyond my expectations.

Nov 30, 2009
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womencantsail from California

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A Lil Sumpin Extra pours a slightly hazed, light golden color with a fluffy white head which leaves a lot of sticky lacing throughout the drinking experience.

S: The primary aroma is grapefruit and some other citrus fruit from the hops. There are also some hints of sweet, tropical fruits, especially mango and pineapple. There is also a slight pine component, with very little malt.

T: The taste is a little off. I was expecting a nice citrusy, mildly bitter beer, but this is actually quite sweet and boozy. There is some mild grapefruit flavor, but little in terms of hop bitterness. There is a definite alcohol presence, as previously mentioned.

M: This is quite a full bodied IPA. There is very little in the way of carbonation, which probably is why this beer seems so heavy and alcoholic.

D: It's certainly not a bad beer, but I wouldn't seek this one out again. The overall "flatness" on the tongue and the heavy alcohol make this an okay beer, but it certainly lacks balance.

Nov 02, 2009
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NCMatt from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know many better IIPA's than this, at least for my tastes. Poured from bottle to glass.

It's got a great off white / light tan head that leaves rings all the way down your glass. Wonderful!

Smell is dominated by pine, taste is well balanced. Not too hoppy or bitter, just perfect. You'd never know it's a 8.5% either. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Overall it's great. Wish this was a year-round beer too!

Jul 30, 2015
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with light orange undertones and a touch of chill haze.

Dank, resinous and bitter hop aroma, fresh cut grass, orange zest, and a bit of sweetness.

Grassy, resinous, and citrusy hops come dominant in flavor as well with a sweet caramel/toffee note on the finish.

Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, resinous, lasting finish.

Overall, a delicious brew!

Apr 20, 2018
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rand from California

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

I picked this up when I was out of town, and afraid there wasn't going to be any good beer available. Fortunately a 7-11 had this and Sierra Nevada Celebration, so I was covered. I couldn't remember what 'Little Sumpin' variety this was, but one whiff after cracking the cap and there is no doubt this is a big IPA. Pithy citrus, pine, sweetgrass and booze make up the bouquet. The flavors are more floral, almost Northwest-style, but still lots of citrus nuances and a strong, honey-malt backbone. Closes with notes of warming booze and bittersweet residuals.

Pretty tasty and drinkable for a 6-pack IIPA available in the middle of nowhere at 7-11.

Dec 09, 2015
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Stoutmaster9 from California

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed with Bacon!
A pale, Champaign-like gold, murky-pale. Thin head, heavy lacing.
Intense citrus-scent, an abundance of malt-booze brutality!
Following the nose, Hop tempest in the vanguard, grapefruit,-pine booze burn, creamy crisp aftertaste.
Better brew , fewer bucks.

Jul 19, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out medium amber in color. Head is off-white with excellent retention and leaves tons of sticky lacing.
Nose is strong an absolutely bitter. Lots of grapefruit and orange rind. Mostly pine hops though.
Taste falls in line. If you need a hop fix this will do it.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick. Carbonation is soft.

Jul 06, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with a bit of cloudiness. A small bit of head lingered on the surface.
S: Lots of hops and floral aromas, smells like a fresh floral arrangement with notes of marigolds
T: Excellent blend of sweet citrus flavors matched with the bitterness of hops
M/D: Wouldn't drink more than one of these in a single session.

Mar 14, 2010
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jbredbeard from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Jan 04, 2015
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RaulMondesi from California

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lush with tropical aromas, I see my life before me. To taste it is to breathe; there is so much citrus, and zests that want to explore me. The mouthfeel, the mouthfeel talks for days as if it adores me. A Lil Sumpin' Extra! is a sneaky success, beautiful with every caress, and a slender thing that I hope never bores me.

Aug 10, 2014
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Jul 24, 2015
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BastardKing24 from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

One of my favorite beers ever, hits the spot just right at 8.5%, and has loads of hops and flavor I seek out in lighter colored beers.

Pours a medium yellow with a frothy white head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is of BIG citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Also there are notes of pine and sour apple.

Taste is the same with a huge citrus component. Slight apricot and nectarine flavors as well. Some biscuit and grain, but very fruity.

Feel is just right, can't go left or right with the carb, and a decent flavor per sip value.

Overall I can't stress this more, this is a very nice beer with a big wallop of flavor. It hits the spot, and exceeds expectations.

Aug 15, 2014
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

6/20/18: $5.25 12 ounce pour into snifter at The Garage & Sandwich. Light blond pour, mild carbonation, thin white lacing. Slight malt aroma, light malt taste, somewhat sweet. Light mouth feel, easy summer drinking. Overall good offering.

Jun 27, 2018
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lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 16, 2017
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jibbyvonjibb from California

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, fluffy head, clear. In the aroma, biscuit, piny hops, citrus. On the palate, alcohol is present, body medium, and finishes with a lingering sweetness. Quite easy to drink for 8.5%. This is a good DIPA, though I think prefer Pliny and Wolf Among Weeds in the style, and a regular IPA in general.

Aug 09, 2014
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