A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

A Little Sumpin' Extra! AleA Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale
BA SCORE
4.23/5
2,936 Ratings
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:
#870
Reviews:
596
Ratings:
2,936
pDev:
8.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
844
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,936 |  Reviews: 596
Photo of Roby923
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden. Heavy fresh hop scents emanating. Tasting Amarillo and centennial hops. Lots of fruit, pine, and some caramel. The 'extra wheat' creates a full feeling. The alcohol is well disguised, but there are hints within. Bottled from TJ's Columbus.

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Photo of dbnarley
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding brew. I can taste the grapefruit hops. Almost. sweet. Very drinkable at 8.5%. Delicious.

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Photo of freshcarl
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a pint glass. Big three fingers of loose white head that peeled away pretty quickly. Looks like fine honey with tons of carb. Smells sweet and juicy. Really strange taste for a supposedly double IPA. Enough hops to fit the bill but the wheat character lends something totally different. An easy drinkin' 8.5%? Shiiiiiiiiiiit! God help us. Words, words, words. Enough already. Lagunitas rocks and this is another mold breaker that is well worth your hard earned cash. That's if you can find it. Not easy in rural BC but it can be done.

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Photo of 21Maestro8
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from The Craft Beer Factory (Marietta, GA). 2.46. Bottled 7/8/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep orange gold with almost three fingers of fluffy white head. The froth eventually crumbles away, leaving a nice, consistent surface haze and some huge sheets of lace.

Big piney and dank hop aromas dominate the nose. Pine, dank onion/ garlic, over ripe oranges and a healthy background of caramelly malts.

Hops are still the star of the show in the flavor but with a considerable sweet malt presence. Pine, old mango, spent orange pulp, caramel, raw sugar, onion, garlic, wheat bread, faint pepper and a subtle nip of alcohol. Bitterness is present but subdued and this has some serious sweet malt backing it up.

Smooth, pillowy, medium body with fairly soft carbonation. Over ripe mango, softly bitter pine and sugar dusted wheat toast play on the palate in the hoppy, bittersweet finish.

A Little Sumpin Extra's wheat base produces a uniquely enjoyable delivery vehicle for those trademark Lagunitas hops. Despite the fact that the hops were already losing a bit of their luster there was a pleasant blend on top of that exquisite pillow of wheat. The texture alone is enough to guarantee that I'll try this again.

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Photo of jmartinger
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gruss004
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A Little Sumpin' Extra! looks by all accounts like a very light beer... of course that's because you can't actually see alcohol content or hoppiness. Were it in fact possible to spot these features I suspect this pale, misty, lightly frothed golden liquid would appear drastically different indeed.

When Lagunitas lists the ingredients as 'hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops, water, and hops' they aren't just being funny. This smells enough like spiked orange juice to pass for a Screwdriver and has such nectarous floral notes I'd advise against drinking it outside or run the risk of being swarmed by bees.

Of all the times drinking A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale I've never found the alcohol to be well disguised. Don't get me wrong, I love the beer but let's not mince words: there's certainly nothing "little" about it. It's no surprise that Sumpin' Extra! has that added exclamation mark (literally) when going down.

But like me at a cool party, balance just doesn't belong here. Malt couldn't fit in with all these alpha-acids and bittering units even it dressed itself up like a hop cone. Sessionable beers are great. Balanced beers are great. But so are ridiculously one-sided, completely hop-slanted Double IPAs like this one.

And that of course is why I bought it. Sumpin' Extra! comes super-charged with lupulin. It is the garden vegetable soup of hop-bombs, combining ultra-zesty citrus peels, tropical fruit juices, pine and spruce tips, Mary Jane and other less illicit flower buds with a poverty-level stipend of pale malt. Simple as that.

If A Little Sumpin' Extra! doesn't satisfy your hop cravings you've gone completely numb and should see a doctor. This is a beer that leaves you feeling green in the face. Expect to see hops in your dreams for nights to come. It's balanced like scalene triangle. And for all that, Lagunitas, we thank you.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light golden color with a whitish head; aroma has great pine and citrus notes ; tastes sweet, and a lot like any hoppy Lagunitus: bursting with fresh flavor. This beer doesn't disappoint, and is one I could drink just about anytime.

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Photo of BradleyR
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rsquared59
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kmos27
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramerican
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yesdog
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AlexFields
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BRami127
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of guizhang
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Selleck
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrfehon33
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,936 ratings
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