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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

Clear copper color with a overflowing white head that left globs of sticky lacing behind.
The aroma is good and hoppy with a solid malt background.
The taste is well balanced for the style with a dry bitterness on the finish.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Easy to drink, a little too easy for almost 9% abv!

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Photo of Buebie
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a pub glass. Forming 2 inches of white foaming head. Receding to leave plenty of thick sticky lace webbing.
Color is a hazy bright copper with an amber glow. Great color here.
Head retention is a smallish cap.

Aroma of pungent fresh sweet oranges, some zesty orange peels, a touch of banana, caramel maltyness. Only the slightest bit of alcohol off a dip inhalation. Hops are so citrus like in oranges and a snip-it of pineapple, has a punch of Cascade likeness in there.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with some carbonation tickle, super smooth for a dipa.

Taste is less sweet, and also less orange peel like from the hops, now holding a bunch of pine in there. Semi sweet with caramel malts and bready yeast flavors of caramel rolls.
Some Amarillo likeness with a touch of mineral aspirin flavor. A tad spicie with a cracked peppercorn flavor. At the swallow dank weed hops come through, pine and a touch of oranges.
Finishing bitter dry and crisp with a long lingering hop bite.

This is super fresh with hop flavors and aromas. So delicious. Going to cellar one for a few years and see what happens.

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

This is a very drinkable beer, I'm just not sure that it fits in the category it was put in. Appearance is good, looks more like a standard IPA slightly oily with a well carbonated base. Smell and taste are docked only because they are quite weak if this is the correct style. They are very good with nice hoppiness and grapefruitiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both on par- oily feel with lots of loose carbonation.

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

Lagunitas- a Little Sumpin' Extra

A- Light golden orange/ brown with a nice frothy thick head. Good creamy light lacing.
S- Sweet buttery caramel malt with a huge bitter grapefruit hop punch.
T- Thick sweet buttery caramel malt. Shortbread and a touch of toffee give way to a big grapefruit twang.
M- Creamy and buttery malt up front with a lightly sweetened bitter grapefruit/ citrus hop body sweet evenly balanced malt and hop finish.

Overall- Delicious! a highly drinkable and buttery smooth DIPA!!

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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden bronze, lightly hazy, with a couple inches of large-bubbled head of good stickiness and even better lacework.
Pineapple and peach aroma. All fruit all the time, (except for a bit of pine and barely toasted wheat bagels), it also brings grapefruit, muskmelon, and lime rinds.
In the mouth, the fruitiness comes almost right away, with its ripe peaches and cantaloupes and pineapple juice. There's a brief, bready, maybe wheaty intro, and that lingers as a backdrop, but is otherwise unimportant. The hops continue this fruit punch deluge, spiking it with spruce and mint. A cane sugar interlude precedes the finale (and mixes into it), as it turns towards bitter grapefruit, and the pineapple resurges.
Alcohol is a nonfactor. This is medium-heavy in build. Downy in texture with its consistent CO2. The fact that this pushes 9% ABV is almost absurd.
It's priced right and is completely enjoyable. My only knock is that it doesn't deviate much from many of Lagunitas' hoppy offerings (see: Hop Stoopid, Maximus, and this one's little bro, among others).

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Photo of spartan1
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review, here we go! Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Duvel Tulip Glass

A - Clear golden-amber color. Foamy one finger head with decent staying power. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Has a nice piney, citrusy, grapefruit aroma.

T -Tastes like it smells. Not overly bitter, lots of grapefruit taste.

M - Medium-sticky mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable for a DIPA. Pretty Solid brew. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, no freshness info. Pours lightly hazed, lighter amber, with a golden hue. Long lasting eggshell head, gobs of fine sheeting and lace, nice looking beer. Lucious tropical fruit nose, with notes of melon, spiced up hops and pinapple. Tasty, fruity, hoppy, all around quality DIPA. A bargain at $4.99/bomber. Got to love a brewery that keeps putting out new and quite worthy brews at reasonable prices. Heck they even quote Woody Guthrie on the label. Nice job here. Well worth a try, especially for Cali. DIPA lovers

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Photo of BJam
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale

A - Beautiful copper color

S- sweet floral aroma.

T -Sweet, fruity citrus, just the right amount of hops. delicious!

M - high carbonation and a little sticky

D - Very drinkable, I feel that it's one of their best bombers.

If you hav't had this yet, pick one up. It's truly a little sumpin' extra!

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

Appearance: Clear gold, big fluffy head.

Smell: Citrus, sweetness, slight bubblegum aroma.

Taste: Very similar to the original sumpin' sumpin', big juicy grapefruit that gives way to a drier finish than the original.

Drinkability: Goes down quicker than a 8.5% beer should!

Since the original Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is probably my most favorite new beer of the year, I had to try its big brother. Very similar in taste and drinkability, I wish I could have had them side by side to better determine any differences. Great stuff.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Bestway Market in Greensboro, NC.

This beer looks great with a very light golden color, great clarity and a large white head. The hop aroma is nice with floral, fruity and piney notes but it might be a bit reserved compared to some other DIPAs in its area. The flavor is very nice with some citrusy hop flavor at the start and an increasing citrusy bitterness through the finish. It takes quite some time for it to die down; even after your mouth is empty. The 8.74% alcohol remains well hidden throughout the experience. The mouthfeel is creamy and silky though maybe a bit thin with a low to moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles. There's some decent lacing left behind. This is a nice beer with lots of character.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bomber at Grapes of Mirth in Columbus, about $5. Clear, pale copper colored, very thick and wet frothy head that laces in large clumps. The smell is pure Lagunitas IPA, the IPA's from this brewery are so solid. The hops display soft grapefruit aromas and a little orange, near perfect for a west coast DIPA. It tastes a little burning, fresh resin squeezed right from the cones. I get a strong pungent citrus bite with each sip, overwhelmingly good. This is what a DIPA should be, you can tell that there's extra malt based on body but the balance is appropriately hop-centric. Wow this is good stuff.

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Photo of marvin213
3.32/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For a DIPA, this thing is light-lookin'. Aside from the big foamy top, it could pass for a pilsner. The froth is good and lacing is present, but this looks like it represents what to all of us is a concern: the dilution of Imperial IPAs.

The smell is hop extract. These Lagunitas beers are all seeming the same to me, and I'm trusting the extract less and less. My initial experience with Hop Stoopid was awesome; Little Sumpin Sumpin was good but difficult to differentiate. The smell of Sumpin Extra is still no different--it smells like Hop Stoopid (i.e. extract), but we're encountering the law of diminishing marginal value.

With this one, I'm presently surprised by apparent maltiness in a DIPA. I've got to be wrong because the beer looks so light, and it is an Imperial IPA...but I actually detect some balance. If I let me skepticism and negatively skewed attitude take hold again, I reckon it might be hop fade that produces this result. It tastes purty good, so I'll rate it good; nevertheless, as winter approaches, I'm more and more convinced that this year's hops have run their course. Football is upon us and I look forward to January not only for playoffs, but Hopslam. Pardon me, for I have digressed....

For a DIPA especially, it's far from bitter. In fact, this extract with which I've become familiar through Lagunitas provides a sweetness uncharacteristic of most DIPAs. Still, the hoppy beers from Lagunitas remain eerily similar. It feels like the others. I like it, but I can't keep giving it top-notch credit when it keeps reemerging under different names: -0.5 for (lack of) originality.

I don't want to keep buying the same beer disguised in a different label. It's a wee bit different than Hop Stoopid, but that's a phrase I attribute more to Highland Brewery in Asheville than Lagunitas in Sonoma County. Bottom line: if I want a little sumpin' from Lagunitas, I'll stick with Hop Stoopid.

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

Received a bottle of this for my birthday from neighbors. Pours a rich amber color with a strong head. Very sweet smell, likely a touch of alcohol and the malt. Very sticky taste - slightly piney, sticky, a very rich beer and very well-balanced. Sticky mouthfeel that doesn't want to leave the mouth. Very good beer.

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

A little sumpin' extra!? Sounds good!

Pours a bright and clear orange color with a slight white head.

Aromas are very citrus like, mostly pineapple up front, along with some resin, and a touch of candied sweetness.

Taste is very hoppy, with sweet and creamy maltiness. Hops are definitely the driving force here, taste settles into a nice resin taste, some citrus sweetness, mostly pineapple like, with a crisp and snappy finish.

Mouthfeel is great, very full, with a resin and sticky feel.

Drinkability is quite good. This is an excellent brew, yet another great offering from an underrated Lagunitas. Well done!

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

Pours a clear amber with clumpy, clingy white head. Smell: big floral, tropical fruit, on a sweet lightly toasted background. Taste: lots of pineapple, grapefruit, cantaloupe. Feel is fluffy with a fruity hop soaked finish. This was really good, want more!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer, but it is a little hot and not quite as good as a Lil Sumpin Sumpin. I'm not really sure why this beer was necessary given that the regular version was already over 7% abv. The extra alcohol just detracts in my opinion- bring back Lil Sumpin Sumpin! In any case, this is still quite good. Pours dark golden with a thin white head and very nice lacing. Tangy smell of yeast and wheat with some tropical fruits and alcohol. Tastes somewhat similar, but with a deeeper and longer flavor than suggested in the nose, and a long bitterness as well to balance the tropical fruit. Moderately sweet, somewhat tangy, bitter finish, and alcohol throughout. Big beer and not all that smooth, but quite bitter and with less alcohol very refreshing. As is, there is a nice crisp bitterness. Quite good, but sometimes less is more. Lil Sumpin Sumpin was one of my favorite beers of summer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=pours a nice dark yellow or golden color with a huge three finger head that holds great retention and some average lacing.
S= lots of huge citrus hops and a great wheaty smell. Awesome hop aroma though.
T= fabulous hop flavor eith delicious grapefruity taste and a wheat finish on it. Such sweet juicy hop flavor and not much bitterness to match it. Really delicous.
M= light and airy. I like to take a big gulp of head and this head was almost weightless.
D= pretty good. Really good beer. Lagunitas has really started to please me. This doesn't let down

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice vibrant copper color with a nice fluffy white head with very good retention.

S: Pleasant but slightly subdued piney hop smell with a touch of a sweet malt base.

T: Big piney and citrusy hoppiness blend with a sweet malt that leaves a nice aftertaste in your mouth.

M: Beautiful! Strong medium body with ample carbonation with a nice oily feeling left in your mouth.

D: Damn good. I could easily go through a couple bottles in a night. Just as enjoyable as the original.

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Photo of Thur123
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden orange color with lots of carbonation. About finger and a half of sticky white head that goes down very slowly. There's about an sixth left in the bottle. The smell is pineapple and sweet sticky hops. Lots of citrus and grapefruit with a strong malt sweetness as well.

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Sweet and mellow hop bitterness invades the palate and then everything goes complex. The sweetness comes forward and the bitter taste settles down and the malt sweetness is awesome. A little more balanced than other DIPAs but at the same time lighter and with a great complexity. The mouth feel is thick and concentrated. Overall a very good DIPA.

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Photo of blackearth
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis, MN. Poured a cloudy, light orange body with an off-white head of foam. Aroma was dominated by piney aromatic hops. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the flavors again were dominated by spicy, piney hops that had a long lasting finish. Definitely not balanced, but good drinking if you are a hophead.

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

Really tasty DIPA. Poured with a nice three finger head. Aroma jumped out of the pint glass and into my nose where it was welcomed.

Looks good, smells amazingly hopped, tastes amazingly hopped. Bitter and floral, nicely malted to balance hops and alcohol.

This is my kind of ale. An all around winner, close to a 5 star American Double/DIPA.

Will purchase again.

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Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is golden with a nice head and lacing. Aroma is sweet grapefruit, pineapple, lots of malt. Taste is more of the same, but not the level of hops I would like to see. Big body, relatively drinkable. A good DIPA, but not great.

*NB - I prefer the regular Little Sumpin Sumpin

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange/ light copper color with a two finger frothy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the pint with lacing.

Nice citrus/floral hop aroma with resinous hop oil, citrus peel, grapefruit and pine notes balanced out by a sweet caramel malt presence.

Medium body with a nice bitter earthy hop character. Citrus notes are there but not as prominent as in the aroma. Very dry and chewy with a lot of bitterness up front. The dry piny hops are countered by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Slight citrus peel and grapefruit but these flavors are subtle and are overtaken by by earthy piny bitterness. The alcohol is pretty well hidden with a bone dry finish. Saying all of this I LOVE the biting bitterness that dominates and lasts throughout.

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Photo of bfields4
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale golden with a light frothy head.

Very hoppy grapefruit and resiny hops.

A stronger malt presence than I had expected a nice smooth sweet grain taste from the pale malt. Then a very juicy and piny resin hop quality. The flavors are very soft and light good but subtle. A little bit of a boozy bite at the end.

Lots of carbonation blast at your tongue to help slide this guy along. It really reminds me of a pilsner in looks and body profile. The soft flavors allow for a real drinkable beer. If it weren't for the 8.74% I would say this would be an awesome session beer.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet floral bitter hop taste balanced evenly with malts, alcohol is well masked at 8.74%

color- light copper

clarity- clear

smell- very interesting and floral...lots of citrus, holiday spice, and bubble gum

body- light weight mouthfeel, even weight with a slight bitter hop finish

appearance- nice white head when first poured then little carbonation and faint lace

overall impression- great nose, very easy to drink, was expecting a much fuller, more complex beer and was a little disappointed

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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,953 ratings
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