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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Ratings: 2,961 |  Reviews: 602
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra Ale
appearance - honey colored. full head. Bootyfull.
smell - hoppy
taste - oh yeah. Tastes like a very hoppy wheat. Citrusy.
mouthfeel - full and creamy.
drinkability - doesn't get better than this. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of illinijer
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head which lasts for a while. A pretty lookin' beer.

S - Smells like a summer wheat beer mixed with an IPA. Citrus and floral notes come through strong.

T - Packs a punch, thats for sure. Very piney. Good hop/malt balance. There is a perceived malty sweetness. Alcohol is a little too pronounced for my taste.

M - Thicker than expected. Coats the mouth. Certainly not unpleasant.

D - Certaily enjoyed it, but wouldn't want to have a second. I would recommend it, but won't be putting it in my regular rotation.

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Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC, poured into glass and enjoyed by the pool on a hot and sticky North Carolina summer day. Had to share with some people who otherwise only had Miller Lite (obviously they liked super-hoppy beers since ML is "triple hops brewed"). Even the "great pilsner taste" of ML was blown away by LSE though.

A - Pours a clear dark golden with a lasting white head.

S - Lots of piney/citrusy hops, sweet malt, honey, and tropical fruits.

T - Flavor is nice and sweet but not too sweet with pale/caramel malt, citrusy hops, slight resin, honey, pineapple, and orange.

M/D - Medium-bodied and crisp, and incredibly drinkable, even dangerously so. This beer is awesome.

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Photo of sml505
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden copper w/ some carb. Great lasting white head.

S - Big citrus hops w/ some resin, pine. Small amount of caramel malt

T - Follows aroma of big hop flavor and bitterness, but balanced with malt dough, caramel

M/ O - Med to chewy mouthfeel. Not as bitter as aroma would hint at. Nice, big hop aroma and flavor but drinkable and plenty of balance for style. Almost b/t IPA and IIPA.

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

22 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden orange body. Tall, thick, whipped, light orange-ish-khaki head. Good lacing. Lots of juicy citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemonade) hops. Orange marmalade on toast. Pineapple sorbet. Some rummy malt/sugar cookie notes.

Toasted wheat bread and metallic hops up front. Sweet fruity malts and juicy citric hops follow. Lots of pulpy orange and grapefruit flavors. Pineapple. Grassy, resinous hop bitterness in the background. More sweet, rummy fruit, before a dryish, bitter finish. Pretty good. Medium-full body with a rather lively feel. I might like the regular version more, but this is still pretty tasty!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice, classy looking label. Pours a very clear dark gold color with a thick cap of creamy, off-white foam. Excellent retention with just a bit of lacing.

Tangerine and tropical hop aroma greets the nose with a slap. Just a touch of malt and wheat, very clean smelling beer. The fruity hop nose is pretty incredible.

Apricot and red grape hoppy flavors are most noticeable at first, followed by a wheat tang and heavy grapefruit. Not overly bitter, but high on hop flavor, flaunting and showcasing them even. Great brew, never guessed it clocked in at nearly 9%.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden orange with a white head and a few strings of lace.

S - Citrus and tropical fruit. Primarily pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and some candied sweetness.

T - Resiny and hoppy with a nice caramel sweetness. Citrus, pineapple and grapefruit.

M - Medium body but light and airy feeling, almost a whipped like feel to it but resiny at the same time.

D - Nicely balanced. Not too bitter or sweet like other DIPA's. This one goes down too easy for 9%.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 8.74 % abv. Pours a hazy light copper color with an impressive white pillowy head. Great head retention. Nice patches of lace.

Lots of hop aroma here. Tangerine, pine, and other citrusy goodness. A good amount of sweet, lighter malt in the nose as well.

Lots of sweet pale malt up front. Almost sugary.
Great amount of hop flavor and bitterness comes in next. Tangerine and pine flavors. Very juicy. Bold flavors, but not overwhelming in bitterness.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. This is very easy to drink, and very enjoyable.

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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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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,961 ratings