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

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2009

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a yellow/orange color into a tulip glass with a very thick, frothy head. Great lacing all the way down. The smell is of a strong hop aroma with an odd cinnimon or nutmeg smell to it. Very interesting. The taste is rather interesting as well. There is the common hop bite up front, not to terribly strong. But it's the back of the pallate that takes a left turn. I can't quite put a word to what happens except that there's like a powdered sugar feeling to the after taste. Very interesting. The powder feel makes the mouthfeel rather dry, another oddity. All these strange characteristics are not bad, and take nothing away from the beer. They just prove there's other ways to make a IIPA even more interesting and better. The alcohol is masked well which makes this a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Bomber poured into snifter

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear, light amber with a 2 finger width head. The head dissipates slowly into a rich soapy lacing that clings to the glass.

Smell: Big sweet grapefruit aroma and perhaps other citrus fruits. Behind the citrus there is a piney hop resin. This beer has a big aroma that can be smelled even when the glass is not directly in front of you. For 8% no alcoholic aroma is present.

Taste & Mouthfeel: For being such a big IPA in alcohol, aroma and IBUS taste is fairly subdued. Not in a bad way but its not an over the top DIPA looking for vengeance on your taste buds. Really hoppy and very little malt. You get a big citrus grapefruit presence balanced with piney hop resins. This has all the qualities of a DIPA without being too sweet or too bitter. A balanced citrus taste and really not that bitter even for 80 some odd IBUs. It will dry your mouth out a little bit but this is a DIPA remember? Its a pretty light palate but is very filling.

Drinkability: The most session-able DIPA I've ever had. Perhaps more then my favorite by Dogfish Head. Less sweet and more balanced then 90 minute but still lacks a tiny bit of personality.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Capone's in Norristown. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appaearance: Pours a nice amber/gold color with a great two finger head. Leaves great lacing down the whole glass as well.

Smell: Citrusy and tropical fruits. Some floral notes with a hint of a semi-sweet malt backbone. Not an overpowering aroma, you have to get your nose in there a little bit.

Taste: Lots of lemon citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruits and floral flavors. Tastes a lot like the aroma indicated. Decent malt background that is a semi-sweet caramel flavor. Light to medium hop bitterness that starts stretching its legs half way through and then makes its appearance in the finish. Just a little lingering bitterness and a slight hop oil coat on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation for the style that adds a little spritz to it, but it doesn't really linger. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I drank one, could have had another but I was driving. Other IPA's are more inviting as far as being sessionable.

Pretty good, like Little Sumpin' Sumpin' more though.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large glass. Excited to try this, loved the original.

A- Extra has a hazy orange coating with a light bronze glaze. Has a healthy off white head that stuck around a bit leaving significant lace on the glass.

S- Smells like a sweeter version of a DIPA. Some grapefruit, orange, pineapple and others. These are not huge due to the large amount of sweet malt. It almost comes across as burnt sugar.

T- I like whats going on here. A mix of tropical fruit with some citrus in the mix. I'm not sure if I like what the extra entails though, it seems to be more malt driven, or this bottles age has shown, i don't know. Some pineapple, grapefruit and even more sweetness with caramel and burnt sugar.

M- Not all that bitter, but there is a slight bite. Medium bodied with noticable carb. Does not come off like a DIPA in the mouth, more like a hoppy triple. The feel is smooth and it was not a problem going down.

D- I could do a bomber of this but would prefer to share it, this did not get my juices flowing like the original which is great stuff. The alcohol is a tad high but so what. I need to track down a case of the original. With that said i would not turn this down either. Perhaps I need to try it on tap.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz picked up in Calgary, pours a standard IPA clear dark golden orange, nice finger plus of sticky head that maintains a collar throughout the drink and leaves lace down the side of the glass.

Nose is fresh and tropical - tangerine rind, pineapple, grapefruit, hints of floral, light caramel base behind it.

Taste is an easy drinking DIPA with a hint of an estery almost Belgian yeast in there (is there?). Lots of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, flowers, lemons, hint of fruity Belgian esters in there, light bittering hop finish, not much length on it. Caramel, pale malt base adds some depth, standard carb on an IPA.

This drinks really easy though I can't help but feel something feels a little forced or disjointed. Somehow the balance is a touch off, not as outstanding as some other examples, not as dance-all-night worthy. Anyways, still a nice DIPA doing something a little different - I dig that.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger 10-13-09

A- pours a bright golden light orange, with a think high foamy white head. Head leaves a great swiss lacing down the tulip glass

S- Not as upfront in your face as some other DIPA's, it still has that distinctive sweet grapefruit nose with some pine notes

T- I like my DIPA's more on the hoppy/citrus/piney side than the malty side and this one delievers. There could be a little stronger hop presence but still a pretty tasty treat for the taste buds.

M- Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and very easy drinking for a DIPA. Would def. have again

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a bright golden color, big ivory head with great retention and lacing, pretty clear on the first pour

s - grapefruit and alcohol are the dominant aromas, a bit of malt and bread creeps into the aroma as well

t - big citrus hop flavors with well-balanced bitterness and sweetness up front, mid-palate has more sweet maltiness mixed in with the citrus, finish is once again sweeter than I would expect, but with a strong hoppy bitterness to balance it out, slightly hot

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish but not too dry for a DIPA, some alcohol warming

d - more drinkable than many big DIPAs, but still not something you'd want to be drinking all night, not all that complex and/or interesting

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a bomber of this puppy at Hi-Time Liquor...not sure how old it is...but hell, I'm still going to review it anyways. Poured into a Bruery tulip and reviewed with the help of the very lovely Aimstatus.

A: A golden/light copper body that supported both a frothy white hued head and mild lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, light bodied malts, and some citrus hop aroma.

T: Sweet with an alcoholic taste upfront that in some ways burns the palate the way spicy food does...so it was hard to pinpoint any additional flavors. If I had to describe these minute nodes, I would say they consisted of resin hop bitterness and pepper-like spices.

M: Slightly drying, mild carbonation, and I feel I need a glass of water after a few sips.

D: There was something I really liked about this beer...but again, there was something I disliked about as well. Overall, an above average tasting beverage that never seemed to quench my thirst.

Overall: I prefer the younger sibling, A little sumpin sumpin, over this brew. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is NICE. Big resin-y hop aroma up front with tons of pineapple/citrus notes. Coppery body with a good amount of off-white head. Flavor is reminiscent to me of some rye beers - it is very hoppy, decently malty, has a rye-beer-like flavor, and a chalky, scratchy mouthfeel that I also associate with rye beers. Nice balance between the malt and hop, and a copper/metallic flavor that I usually do not enjoy, but felt was a nice addition in this case. Mouthfeel was just a touch watery for a DIPA, but not bad.

Thought this beer was very good - I would recommend. I bought my bottle at Blacklick Liquor in Blacklick, OH.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while in Huntington Beach - I have heard about this but never seen it so naturally I had to buy it.

Appearance - Pours a brilliant dark gold color leaving a billowing two fingers of head and some great lacing.

Smell - An explosion of citrus and hops followed by a definite sweet smell. I can smell grapefruit (not as "bitter" of a grapefruit smell as other DIPA's I've had) and pine more specifically. Very pleasant.

Taste - Extremely balanced. You get a slight bitter/hoppy taste up front which is immediately followed by a nice "sugary" (more than malty) taste. I can taste the grapefruit, pine, some spices, different citrusy types of fruit also. Honestly, this beer is very good and better than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Nice and thick. I had this before and during dinner and it helped wash down the great meal my fiancée made. Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation, and not too oily on the tongue.

Drinkability - Extremely so. I didn't even realize how high the ABV was on this beer until after drinking it. For being so high, I felt literally no alcohol warmth - the alcohol is extremely well hidden in the exceptional taste. I wish I would have bought a few more of these.

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stub & Herbs, poured into a pint glass.

Nice amber color, solid white head with good retention.
Aroma is quite floral, garden like, with fruity, piney and grassy notes, alcohol touches and lots of caramel.
Medium bodied, this is one deliciously hoppy, but not bitter beer. Alcohol touches, lots of caramel, and a nice hoppy fruitiness that is never abrasive, quite well done.

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

Pours a deep and clear golden straw form a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Very light in color for the style. A full inch of soapy foam offers good retention and strong lacing.

A sweet citrus hop nose is clean and steady, with a bit of pine after the head settles. Hop notes become a bit reaching after some air and are never overly robust.

Offers a zesty flavor of citrus spice and a light piney bitterness. Fairly coarse and bready in texture, though more in a bitterness sense than form a grain addition. Offers a nice steady level of carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden here given the subdued malt structure, that being somewhat balanced yet somewhat simple in nature. Rather light in body as a result, particularly if poured too aggressively so as to force out too much gas too fast. Pour carefully.

Drinks light and easy, limited a bit by the bitterness and the ABV. Overall, a bit innocuous for the style as nothing detracts, yet nothing stands out too much either. Offers a cryptic date code so unsure of freshness, though their website indicates it is quite fresh, calling it a September seasonal.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.14/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear honey color with just a bit of haze. A one finger head slowly settles to a thick cap, with a solid wall of lacing being left behind.

A very thick hop aroma with a very unique flavor. Very leafy with only a touch of citrus.

The flavor has some light grapefruit notes, but grapefruit seems to jump out in front. There is also a light sticky sugary flavor, that's also in the aroma, that's slightly cloying and lowers the drinkability. Full bodied.

A decent beer but the hop flavor is what stopped me. Not sure what it is but there is a sticky cloyingly sweet flavor and aroma that lowers the enjoyment and drinkability of the beer. I enjoyed A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', but the extra takes a step back in my opinion.

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

Poured from bomber to 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Beautiful golden orange. Very clear and refined, nice color when held up to light. Poured with 1 finger of frothy white head. Laces very nicely.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit right up front, resinous piney smells come through awesomely. This beer smells phenomenal. A bit of honey notes also. Other citrus notes and a bit of sweetness detected as the malt. From the nose I think I am in for a treat.

Taste - Extremely similar to Hop Stoopid but better? This is immensely enjoyable. Awesome grapefruit flavor explosion right up front with some candy tones, sweet sugared candies. A bit of pine on the end and some earthiness and grassiness. Nice sweet malts right in the middle. No alcohol flavor to speak of. Very nice bitter finish on the end, what a beer.

Mouthfeel - Maybe a bit overcarbonated, sparkles the tongue a little much but otherwise it is perfect weight and bitterness. Again, I really like this beer.

Drinkability - I would probably attempt 2 bombers but I think 1 will be enough, I just keep wanted to take sips, that's how you know its good drinkability. This snifter will be gone in no time.

I will be looking for this quite often, as it is a limited release I hope its done again next year.

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Photo of morimech
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good value for a DIPA. Pours a brassy/golden color with one inch of white head that had good retention. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Aroma features citrus hops. Also has the sickly sweet smell that I do not like. This beer is bitter, not surprising at 72 IBUs. Citrus notes with a touch of sweet malt. Alcohol heat and flavor in the finish. Another West Coast high alcohol, high IBU ale. Brings nothing new to the table and is a bit mediocre when compared to Russian River or Stone DIPAs. Has a slick and lifeless mouthfeel. Too boozy and bitter for extended drinking. A good bargain if you want to punish your tastebuds with bitterness.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a nice yellow/gold, with a bit of amber hue to it. Sine carbonation present. Left a fairly thin head which stuck to the glass nicely. Smelled strong of citrus and lemon, with a bit of subtle grapefruit and apple. Plenty of pine in this. A little of the ABV present in the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of tangy citrus and biting piney hops, and finishes with an extremely sweet caramel flavor on the tongue. A bit of the ABV hits inside the piney bitterness. Felt some definite carbonation in this medium bodied brew, and just enough warmth from the abv to let you know it's there.

Drinkability:22oz of this goes down pretty nicely, kind of a harder hitting sumpin sumpin. The sweet finish makes this thing very easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes: 9/10/09
A Lil Sumpin Extra!
8.74% Abv. 72.5 IBU
22oz. bottle in a Stein/Mug

Appearance= massive carbonation. 2 finger cakey white head. Orange/yellow colored body. Great head retention. Nice lacing.

Smell= Good nose on it. Hops, citrus, wheat jump put at me.

Taste= A little boozy on the finish. Good flavors though. Same as the smell.

Mouthfeel= Good crisp mouthfeel. Finishes clean.

Drinkability= Not really a quaffer. I prefer to sip this one. Good flavor, good nose, good looking beer.

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Photo of smanders
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't heard of this beer before finding it on tap at Rustico in Alexandria, VA. Since everything else from Lagunitas has been above par I thought I'd try it out. Was I glad I did! This starts out a nice, orange hue with a thin head. The lacing is quite intricate and consistent throughout the pint.

The grapefruit knocks you upside the head as you bring the glass up to your nose. A hint of lemon followed by a little spice really whets your appetite for this one. Bam! - the taste is exactly like it smells...hallelujah! I love beer that is this fresh, flavorful, and has enough alcohol to convince you that you're enjoying a real beer. With a medium mouthfeel, I was expecting something slicker, this ale has a high drinkability quotient. Careful though, that 8%+ abv can sneak up on ya'.


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Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct9 2009

A clear light copper with a nice thick head that leaves decent lace and sticks around for a good while

S tangerine, grapefruit and lots of pine come together quite well

T more grapefruit then I smell, some faint booze and less pine and tangerine. I also taste some caramel and subtle sweetness that creates a lovely balance with the malt

M has a nice bite to go along with mild carbonation and its just thick enough too please me

D for its strength a very easy drinking beer and I will be looking for it again

this is a very well rounded DIPA strong in all areas and well worth trying if you can find it

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Photo of rayjay
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got this in in town. Hmm, 128 reviews already, from all over the US. Wonder why distribution only now reached the Chico area??

Hazy straw colored ale, with a fabulous white head.

Great fresh dry hop aroma, lots of Amarillo and CTZ like smells in there, like pineapple and guava juice. Not so much citrus rind like Simcoe-brewed beers. Big aroma.

Very delicious restrained bitterness and malts give way to the big fresh hoppy aroma and flavors. No crystal malt, but some dextrin malts are probably in there in high percentage. The high gravity is lost in the mix. A very well-made IPA.

As it warms the viscosity and sticky sugars become apparent, like a little brother of Hop Stoopid.

Mouthfeel could use a big more CO2, and it's a tiny big chalky for my tastes. This would be the thing I'd want to change the most. As it warms the sticky malts and alcohol rear their ugly heads; it like it best straight out of the fridge. A good IPA like this will still have aroma to spare even below 40 degrees F.

Drinkability cold goes down like a champ, gets a big more sluggish warmer but still quite nice. Great beer that's highly recommended.


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Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Huge fan of this brews baby brother, another welcome addition to the Lagunitas family. Pours a wonderful orange color with a medium sized, large bubbled, white head. Nice nose as one would expect from Lagunitas, west coasty for sure, juicy citrus bitterness, pine and some grainy wheat. Crisp with an explosive hop bite, zero sign of the 8.74% ABV. Good balance, excellent execution. Layered with super bitterness at the tip of the tongue, fruity and plant-like mid palate, by the end of the quaff the bitterness returns along with a subtle but balancing sweetness and a light whiff of booze rounding the experience out. Another winner, and sure as hell a steal for 4.99, extremely enjoyable and my does that quell the hop fiend...RECOMMENDED. A MUST TRY.

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

Tastes kind of like Hop Stoopid. So it's very good!

Pours a glowing golden with a bit white foam head. Big resiny sticky lacing all over glass.

Smells like tangerine, pungent grapefruit, and a bunch of indefinable citrus notes. Big citrus profile.

Taste is very nice, and quite addicting. Big grapefruit/citrus, some tropical pineapple in there, and a balancing, sticky sweet malt backbone. Surprisingly flavorful and balanced.

Lagunitas gives great value, and this is no exception. Sticky mouthfeel. Very good.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. Bottle says 72.5 IBU and 8.75% ABV

A - pours slightly cloudy orange with two fingers of fluffy foam.

S - mmm... strong citrus hop aroma

T - rush of hop flavor, a mixture of citrus and grassy flavors, strong lingering bitterness, kind of unbalanced on the hoppy side, but there is a good degree of sweetness to this brew.

M - slick oily mouthfeel from the hops, bitterness is a little too harsh for my tastes at the moment.

D - A nice hoppy sipping beer, enjoyed the whole bomber

This is a good beer, but it doesn't quite live up to a Little Sumptin' Sumptin'.

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

appearance: strong golden tone with super head retention.

smell: oads of citrus just like the original.

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid with tons grapefruit and citrus flavor. again liek the orignial I like how it drinks with the added swettness mixed with the strong hops.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied

drinkability: It's hard to say this is better than the original. Although I may prefer it but that's because I an a DIPA guy. But the original was the prefect session beer and ahead of its time.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale poured light gold with a thick creamy head. It left a glass filled with thick lace. The color was too light for an imperial.

The smell and taste exploded out of the bottle with strong citric sweetness. Grapefruit popped, much like Hop Stoopid. The first few sips were very powerful. Unlike any other ale I've had, however, the flavor quickly faded. The last glass-and-a-half of the bomber were bitter but bland. The feel was thick, bitter, and lasting, and it was a pleasure to drink after a long hot day working outside.

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale was up and down. At first, it seemed to be something special; however, by the end it was a good, but run-of-the-mill, IIPA.

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,966 ratings