A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Extra! AleA Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale
2,935 Ratings
A Little Sumpin' Extra! AleA Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2009

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Photo of gibby
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally showed up in this area, picked up a bomber today at TJ's in paoli for $6.75.

Bomber poured into an over sized wine glass. Appearance is a nice orange/copper color with a big 2 finger chunky white head. Big sticky lacing on the glass. Nice smell mainly of orange, mango, a lot of citrus. Taste is full of hops and orange with a very bitter/hop forward finish. I like the bitterness but I can see how some people would not. Not much malt balance at all in this brew. Mouthfeel is nice with a good bit of carbonation. Nice hop burps only 1/2 way through the bomber. I thinks its very drinkable and i blew through this bomber no problem. Again, I don't think the bitterness is for everyone but I really liked it. I think it was just as good or slightly better than the original little sumpin'. This one is a winner in my book, well done Lagunitas. I think I will need to grab another bomber of this while its still around. Recommended for sure to hopheads.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber with no freshness date

A: Pours a bright clear golden color with a nice white head.

S: Smells of fresh grassy hops and a sweet sugary smell

T: Taste is overpoweringly of hops; citusy, earthy tasting.
Very bitter with not much malty sweetness to balance.

M: This beer is very smooth with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: While this beer is smooth, the bitterness is a little over the top.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
Revisit: 2 Aug 15

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow/orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, very nice citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly malty, with a very nice touch of citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. Overall a very tasty and price friendly DIPA.

Thanks goes out to stonequarrywest and pokesbeerdude for this brew.

Pours a very nice slight hazey golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly malty, with a very nice touch of citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty DIPA.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Interesting color for a double IPA. Kind of light compared to what I'm used to seeing...sort of dark yellowish. A careless, aggressive pour left a huge, thick creamy head, eventually settling into a small pool of suds. Some lacing on the glass but not too much. The aroma...wow, it's like a hop punch in the face and I like it. Real heavy hoppy aroma that I could smell before actually taking a whiff of it. Noticeable grapefruit citrus presence as well. The taste is a hop bomb. Lots of tasty hoppiness hits immediately, then gives way to the bitter citrus. Not a whole lot of balance here, but it's quite tasty. It's got a light mouthfeel for the style and goes down real easy. An enjoyable beer for hopheads like myself.

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Photo of number1bum
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for a bottle of this. You are a fine man, sir.

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber color with a tangerine tint to it. Keeps a thin but pretty full lace, and a ring of stick on the sides.

Smells of oily, sappy, resiny hops, with lots of grapefruit pith, juicy orange, pine. Tons of hop character. There's also a quick whiff of booze.

Taste also has a big resiny, juicy hop flavor to it. There is a juicy sweet citrus flavor of clementines and tangerines, with a bit of sugary sweetness to it as well. Tons of citrus hoppiness, but also some pine and leafy, herbal flavor. Not a whole lot of malt character per se, but the sugary sweetness does give a bit of balance. It's not a terribly bitter beer, as the hops provide a ton of flavor rather than just bitterness. There's a bit of hot alcohol in the finish, as there was in the nose, which makes it just a tad rough and gives it a bit of a bite.

Mouthfeel is not quite a true full body, but rather a medium-full one. The beer is on the sweet side so the one knock I have on the mouthfeel, unsurprisingly, is that it's a little too sticky sweet; not really cloying, but sticky. It's pretty creamy however, and quite smooth, with a bit of alcohol heat in the back of the throat through the finish.

This is a very tasty beer and would be an especially good choice for someone who isn't wild about hop bitterness but loves hop flavor. It's not as bitter as Hop Stoopid, and has more citrus flavor as opposed to the huge resiny, herbal flavors. It's very juicy, and just full of flavor. This is a big hoppy beer that you could actually session. Very good, and if not for the alcohol bite it would be outstanding.

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Photo of schinebd
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear and light brown/orange with some yellow/straw portions where the most light gets through. A medium size head forms on pour and mostly retains with some stick to the glass.

S - A nice blend of some citrus fruit - strong aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, and orange give this brew an alluring smell.

T - More piny than citrus up front with some mild bitterness. Balanced with some grainy malt flavor, but the malt presence dominates the flavor, even though it is not overstated. The finish reveals the citrus flavors from the smell. Not bad, but fairly pedestrian within the style.

M - Crisp flavor and medium/full bodied with a great dry finish. The lingering citrus flavor lends a somewhat unpleasant sticky and syrupy quality.

D - High ABV, but decently tasty and a very reasonably priced IIPA.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily managed head is sticky and coats the glass with every pull. Slightly clouded copper body with medium carbonation.

Whoa first pull is a 5.0 on the Taste scale. I'll have to investigate further to see if the first impression will stand. Amazingly this brew remains somewhat balanced by DIPA standards. The hop profile is absolutely flawless. Not too bitter and plenty of citrus. The beer cleans up nicely and doesn't leave behind much resinous hop destruction. I loved it.

This ranks up there with the best DIPA's ever. It won't blow away those that want complete hop destruction but it still packs a huge punch. Once again the crew at Lagunitas knocks it out of the park and still manages to keep their prices within reason. Thank you!!

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into Mason jar...

There's a lot going on here. Huge buttery eggshell head that stays for awhile and gets comfortable. Pretty clear light caramel body with lots of carbonation. Head gets a little chunky with a few muffin tunnels. Pretty decent package.

Even without burying my nose in it I can smell the green and citrus of the hops. A closer whiff yields no surprises - this is a grapefruit and floral hop bomb. The one I had the other night had a lot more maltiness to it but this is a little cleaner. Sure, there's a little caramel malt booze here but it's quite good.

Taste starts where the scent left off, but really doesn't excite too much. It's good but rather nondescript. There's an excess of malt and hops, with a little fruity caramel and slight boozy burn...but nothing really stands out here.

Palate feel is decent - not too biting or pucker-inducing. There is a little bit of muddled graininess here - as if the hops may be going away a little bit, but that doesn't make sense.

This deal's solid. I've been gravitating away from DIPAs in order to explore different styles and to sharpen the palate, but I enjoyed this. Price isn't bad, either. As a kicker, it drinks quite easily for the octane.

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Photo of JRhode
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle split with JHamel.

Deep glowing orange with a creamy head and a sticky lacing pattern.

Strong orange zest aroma with an almost biting zinginess. Has the Sumpin Sumpin sweet wheat aroma in the background, but it is overwhelmed by the orange zest.

Sweet citrusy/wheaty flavors are followed by an orange peel bitterness. A big sweet mouthful of orange though.

Definitely full bodied and creamy/tongue coating. A borderline syrupy beer that leaves a sticky impression.

The heavy orange sweetness isn't balanced by enough bitterness for me. Nowhere near the drinkability of its little sibbling.

Reminded me of an orange flavored weizenbock.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark golden, light borwn with two fingers of white rocky, sticky head, plenty of carbonation

S - been a while since i poured a DIPA, i miss these aromas, deep pine with grapefruit/citrus notes and floral hints; some hidden deep molasses style sweetness

T - wow, the taste is so much more mellow than the aroma let on, the same citrus/pine/floral flavors, just not as intense in the aroma, the brown sugar sweetness really comes out and far more balance has been achieved than in the aroma

M&D - what a great job of keeping the great DIPA pine/grapefruit/floral flavors and yet having it so drinkable, so smooth, so balance, well done Lagunitas. if only hop profiles were cellarable, i would store several of these

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Photo of Dspohn
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Very light color with a decent white head. Very clear.

S. God this is what a hoppy beer is supposed to smell like. So many fruits, Grapefruit, tangerines, tropicals, maybe even lime??. Awesome.

T. A little let down after the incredible smell. Still a quite balanced beer with a good caramel maybe pale malt backbone. Hops taste of exceptional citrus. Tasty and Juicy

M. Feels pretty good, good carbonation, not too heavy.

D. Alcohol is masked pretty well, I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of eallured
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich gold color, crystal clear with a white, possibly gold tinged head that is creamy and long lasting. Nice and light, not a guarantee of minimal sweetness, but usually a good sign in hoppy beers.
Aroma is big American hops, pungent sticky tropical fruits. Has a little of that chronic smell. Also there is a very pesent caramel smell with a little grainyness. This smells like lagunitas.
Taste goes along with the aroma. Big juicy fruit flavors, pineapple, passionfruit, guava. That rich dark caramel is there as well as the light but complex attributes of malted wheat. I am wondering if there is such thing as caramel/crystal wheat malt and that they may have used something like this. Malt can not cover us the alcohol bite of this monster. The alcohol is not astringent or burning but does make its presence known.
For how rich in malt this is, it doesn't coat the tongue or cloy like you might expect. This is probably due to the mitigating effects of alcohol an hop bitterness, which is quite smooth. Moderate carbonation creates a creamy mouthfeel that combines beautifully with that signiture lagunitas hoppy but caramelly but not too sweet flavor that can only be described as chronic.
As for drinkability, yes there is a decent alcohol presence, but all the other flavors are big enough to balance this and is is bitter enough that any sweetness fatigue is over ome and leaves the tongue crying for more. I think my tongue is a masochist.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head and golden in color. Good lace action.
The aroma of hops,grapefruit,some tropical fruit with a candy sweet hint.

The taste starts off with a perfect balance of bitter hops and fruit with a touch of sweetness. the lingering bitterness travels far down the palate. The hops are bangin and the fruit tones are great.Pineapple and citrus tones work well.

Good medium body,no sticky/syrupy feel with medium carbonation and this one is so easy to drink.

Notes: I can not believe that this beer has brought me back to my true love,not Brown Ales which I cut my teeth on or Tripels which I had a fling with,but Double IPA's. I love this style and this beer is above average. Perhaps it is not great yet it does it all too well. I get the sweetness,the bitterness and the hop kick with a good ABV to boot.

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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Little Sumpin' Extra looks primarily gold in color. There's an orange tint to it when held to light. There's a moderate amount of haze clouding the scene, but plenty of light cuts through. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that stands about two fingers tall. It held up well and took a while to dissipate. A nice, sticky lacing clung to the glass.

The nose is extremely impressive. I like it...a lot. Citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple scents are very bold up front. They're obviously attributable to citric hops. I have no clue what the hop bill is, but it's very, very good. No question. A good bit of pine is also noted here. Smells like a decent bit of malt is holding it down. Likely a mix of pale and caramel varieties, but they don't really seem to interfere with the strong hop presence. I hope the flavor profile is consistent in that respect. I'm not picking up much in terms of alcohol. This stuff smells damn good.

The flavor is very good, but isn't quite as good as I'd hoped. It is citrusy and sweet initially. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors are front and center. This is a good hop profile. It's citrusy and has a really nice bitter punch. A pine flavor complements the other flavors nicely. There's a little caramel and pale malt noted. It's not overly strong, but obviously gives it a very solid backbone. It also has a slight toasted malt flavor that I'm not enamored with. Having said that, the hop flavor remains pretty well in tact. Alcohol is more notable and runs just a tad warm. Not a great thing for a sub-9% beer. This is good stuff. Very good in fact. A couple of small tweaks would go far. It wouldn't take much.

A Little Sumpin' Extra has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. It's smooth, but not quite creamy. Carbonation is mid-range and works pretty well. Drinkability is good. There's a lot to like here. It has a nice flavor and isn't overly big at 8.74% abv. Taking down a bomber of this stuff will be no problem.

Lagunitas did a nice job with this one. They usually do. I was a little disappointed with the Correction Ale release, but this one's substantially better. It's good stuff. It's more consistent with what I look in DIPAs (more hoppy, less malty) and is overall a very good beer. It'd be slightly better with less alcohol prominence and no toasted malt flavor. Neither are glaring problems here, but they're noted. Very solid DIPA all-around. Worth checking out.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.31/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This came highly recommended from the staff at Martys in Newton. this is a good looking beer, showing a glowing orange color, with a finger of white heading. Smell of hops, wheat and some lighter stone fruits. Flavor is very hop forward in the beginning, but ends with the wheat somewhere in the mix. Not really too bitter, more of a decent mix between bitter and sweet. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy, and some notes of alcohol make their way through. I had no issue clearing off the bottle, however I am not sure I would get it again. Final thoughts are that this beer is pretty good, although not nearly as much as the Martys staff said. I was not the least bit impressed by the Lil Sumpin Sumpin available in six packs. This is an improvement, but still nothing to go hunting down. I am more of a fan of the Hop Stoopid. Anyway, give it a try, and put some extra sharp cheddar next to it.

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Photo of popery
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious, dry DIPA with a fruity hop character. The beer pours bright and golden with a creamy slightly off-white head. There's good head retention and lacing. The aroma has a touch of alcohol as its only very slight downside. Otherwise, it's bright and fruity with hops. It smells like mangoes, raspberries and lemons. There's a caramel malt note in there, but it's buried beneath handfuls of hops. The flavor is dry, not quite Pliny-level dry but still excellent. The grain tastes fresh and clean and contributes just the right amount of sweetness. I imagine this beer has some wheat in it, like its little brother, but it's not very noticeable except at the first moment of flavor and possibly a touch in the aroma, just a whiff of bread. I'm really trying to find it, though. Anyway, the hops are the star. They're big, bright and fruity. There's a touch of pine resin in the flavor, but it's still mostly tropical fruits and berries. The bitterness level is excellent and stays on the palate quite pleasantly.

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Photo of farrago
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotless white head, look scrubbed clean, crests at about one finger, assorted bubble sizes, steady dissolve leaving an above average amount of lacing stuck to the glass sides. A touch lighter and clearer than expected, a kind of sub bleached yellow to pumpkin orange in hue, easily transparent. The nose is drenched in pink grapefruit, lime and tangerine juice, pungently sweet with pine oil, scone crumbs, the apricot, peach fruit too friendly to relent and take on tart pineapple notes, difficult to tease out any chocolate or toffee type stuff. Full-bodied, the carbonation is fine and sticks the tongue rather than swirl, this in large part due to the overt heaviness and tactile cling. Not as out-and-out sweet as the nose, however, there's no less impressiveness in the tangerine, lime, pink grapefruit, just the dominance among them shifted a bit. Pine, ginger and more of a floral dimension although that is too delicate to thrive amidst the bitter grassiness which comes to the fore at the end. Powdered milk chocolate has additional staying power and there's a punch of carob as well. Not that much breadiness, if anything rough baker's dough. Apricot, nectarine, golden raisin, honeydew melon fruit flavors. Plays up its strengths from start to finish and doesn't make much attempt at answering the critics beforehand.

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Photo of brow1901
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let this beer warm a bit!

A- Good looking beer. Pale harvest orange in color with a slightly off white head on top. Nice retention and super sticky lacing. The beer is crystal clear.

S- Nice resinous hop aroma, decent ammount of the grapefruit scent. But mostly its strong piney hops in the nose.

T- I'm kinda disappointed by the taste, the hops always hit me as it went down the throat which I found unenjoyable (could just be me?). The worst part about this it masks the point where you would normally pick up on malts or other grains (even in IPA's). So what it ends up tasting like to me is hop water.

M- Mouth feel was far too light especially for an Imp IPA, but even as a regular IPA its way to weak. Dry hopped bud light is what comes to mind.

D- I guess this beer isn't bad as far as "drinkablity", it wasn't a chore to finish the bomber by any means. It's refreshing, light and clean, if that what your looking for this is the beer. As far as buyability it was $4.75 for a bomber so its pretty cheap, but I woulndn't get another one.

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bomber at Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a pale yellow golden color with a few fingers of white bubbly head that settles down to just a film, but leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells initially of sweet hops, citrus, pine but then a smattering of sweet malt comes in and takes over.

T: Similar to the smell, there are some minor hop type flavors with citrus and pine upfront, but almost instantly the malt takes over and while some may call this "balanced", I think the balance swing way more in the malt's favor (although it tips more toward even with the more I drink). Definitely tastes like a big beer. Only a moderate amount of bitterness. I wonder if this was more hoppy when fresh?

M: Full bodied and well carbonated and it fits the style

D: The flavor is good, but I wouldn't call this really drinkable as the flavor is a little overpowering and it really feels like a BIG beer.

A decent beer in it's own right, but to put the Sumpin Sumpin tag on this it leaves a little to be desired for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a thick off-white head, great lacing.

S: Hop heavy, citrus, tropical fruit.

T: Big time orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit, citrus heavy. Some pineapple too. Malt is light and stays out of the way. Well structured and balanced.

M: Medium/full-bodied, resiny, long aftertaste.

D: An outstanding DIPA from Lagunitas, where can you get a DIPA this good for under $4.50 anymore, nowhere, except the Elder, but you only get 500 mL. Lagunitas has certainly been impressing me lately.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. Beautiful, fluffy, lingering white head and some nice lacing. Smell of grapefruit and pine with some sweet malt background. Sweetness comes forward more as the beer warms a bit. I'd love to say that the beer is balanced, but I think that in a way its perfectly out of balance. You don't name a beer Sumpin' extra if its perfectly balanced. That said, Sumpin' sumpin' is my beer of the year for 2009 and Sumpin' extra was not one ounce of a let down.

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Photo of claminat420
3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a nice transparent golden color with alil white foamy head. little lacing.

S- a light candy scent backed up with some hops.

T- lightly sweet with a nice little hop attack. nothing to crazy for a double ipa (hop attack)

M- light to medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could drink a bottle then it's on to something next.

Overall- i liked the regular lil sumpin ale better than this one. not to shabby tho.

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Photo of m1ked
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden yellow, a shade darker than a bud. Beautiful white foamy head that hangs around for a while, leaves behind a bit of foamy lace. Multiple streamers from the bottom. Looks refreshing.

S- A fruity floral hop aroma. I get some apple and melon, herbal pine, and mandarin zest. Subtle sweet caramel.

T- More piney on the tongue than the nose, fruity notes in there. Like the nose I get some apple, mandarin orange and its zest. Some floral notes. Nice. Its not a tongue wrenching hop punch, its multi layered and flavorful.

M- Medium bodied, not syrupy, but some weight to it. Great carbonation.

D- This is a very good IIPA. I am not sure if I had tempered expectations, but it definetly is alot better than I thought it was going to be. I am not known to drink a bunch of these, but I would seek this out for sure.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge, fluffy head rose quickly over a nice golden ale with tiny, champangne-like bubbles. Each sip leaves a ring. Nice.

S - Citrus, fresh-cut grass, pine, malt and caramel.

T - Much like it tastes with a generous dose of bitter organge thrown in for good measure. Delicious.

M - World class! Nice refreshing creaminess that's bracing but not not to the point of clobbering you over the head.

D - Too drinkable, because that ABV would have you on your back pretty quickly. Great stuff.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the grad in davis.

A - Pours orange with 2 fingers of white head. Refuses to dissipate and leaves beautiful lacing. Nice job!

S - Notes of caramel and citrus.

T - Caramel, wheat, citrus, flowers, and bittering hops. Has lemony esters as the beer warms up.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced. Very tangy and sweet.

D - Great overall. Nice beer.

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,935 ratings
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