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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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A Little Sumpin' Extra! AleA Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#888
Reviews:
601
Ratings:
2,953
pDev:
8.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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177
Gots:
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Ratings: 2,953 |  Reviews: 601
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus fruit, citrus zest, and citrus juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic citrus forward hop qualities that make this one very tasty and super easy to drink.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is excellent beer, and of all the high alcohol hoppy beers these guys make, this may be my favorite by a considerable margin. an amazingly clear brew, no sediment at all, no haze, just sunny and bright, with a tall white head and a nose of very intense hops. citra hops in here for sure, especially as an aromatic dry hop. but there are others as well in here, as its more complex than the sometimes one dimensional (even though we adore them) citra. a honey sweetness on the front end, not super malty, but a fuller blonde malt body at first. so hoppy though, and the grain only supports it. hints of lemon curd, palm sugar, and tangerine zest in the hops, along with a piney bitterness as it closes out. wonderfully hopped, so oily and textured, but so light and bright too, one would never know this is as strong as it is. I've wanted to try this one for a long time, and find it to be a well above average west coast ipa. i like that the grain gives body without a ton of weighty sugary flavor. its dynamic and exciting and the perfect big ipa for hot weather. how fantastic!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, picked up in Calgary over the Thanksgiving weekend.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and yet eventually creamy dirty white head, which leaves a nice array of sudsy webbed lace round the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells (even from across the table) of sweet orange, grapefruit, and pineapple flesh, caramel malt, a bit of spicy wheat grain, earthy, kind of piquant yeast, and some dank, resinous pine needle - very enticing, and highly reminiscent of Hop Stoopid. The taste is big pine and Texas grapefruit bitters, a sweet toffee/caramel maltiness, fading wheat notes, further muddled tropical fruit, and a mild alcohol warming.

The carbonation is pretty moderate, barely a presence to be felt on the tongue, the body smooth, solid, and a bit sticky in its full-on (heh) medium weight. It finishes quite off-dry, more than a bit of sweet malt coming in under that bitter hop flooding of the senses, while the big booze is integrated seamlessly.

A pleasant hoppification of a base wheat ale, enough to almost obfuscate it entirely - ergo, I always welcome a new DIPA 'round these parts, and especially from an established hop-monger like Lagunitas. This did not disappoint in the least - lovely aroma, flavour, and overall drinking worthiness. Now I'd like to be left alone with the rest of this bomber, thank you very much!

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3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
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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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeweled amber tone, sharp clarity, fading orange sunset. Thick meringue tackiness inside the glass. Swaths of lacing, elegant and dense. Sweet candied ginger and grapefruit rinds. Alternating DIPA poles of sweet / bitter. Lingering grapefruit rind and pith, all bitter. Lingering dense malts lurking underneath. Sweet on the uptake, bitter on the downstroke. Savory. The affordable nectar of joe sixpack.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/color with a thick, off-white head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tons of citrus and pine. It had a sharp toasty aroma.

T - This one has a spicy hop heat with a resiney/piney hop bite. There is a burnt toast maltiness with some orange peel flavor.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that has a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is another great hopped-up brew from Lagunitas. Really great tasting.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2014. Pours crystal clear bright gold color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt balance; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. All around awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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