Lumpy Gravy - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.13/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer."
-- Frank Zappa.
I figure any review of this beer should at least quote ole FZ a minimum of one time.
Grabbed a bottle of this when it showed up on our shelves in SC. Figured four bucks was cheap enough for a bomber with Zappa's dog-ugly mug on it...
A. Pours a crystal-clear polished furniture brown, and sports a small dense head and a good bit of happy bubbles that race to the surface. A pretty beer.
S. Signature Lagunitas malt bill, smells a lot like their <Censored> ale but with a different hop profile. In this case, that means a little pungent and citrusy with a hint of... soap? Hmm. The sweet malt is nice, though. Pretty basic otherwise.
T. Much like Zappa himself, I really don't know what to make of this. It's sort of an American brown ale, but is hopped way too much and with the 7% booze is getting into weird territory. Sorta barleywine-ish but not really... the flavor is all over the map, with a decent heavy caramel singed husky grain flavor getting slapped around and abused mightily by a bunch of bitter, pucking lemon hops. The alcohol is fairly prominent and the hops win out in the end to the tune of a bitter, not entirely pleasant aftertaste.
M. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated to boot, rendering an otherwise thin beer a tingly, creamy, head-scratcher. The finish is bitter and very unharmonious.
I'm not sure what Lagunitas was shooting for with this here Lumpy Gravy. Heck, I'm not sure they knew. But in my mind it doesn't really work together real well. I'm a fan of odd beers (See: Dogfish Head and Avery 14) but Zappa's wild-eyed influence is all over this one. It's loud and aggressive and genre-busting, but leaves kind of a bad taste in your mouth and is hardly the kind of beer you'd take home to mom.
Not entirely recommended, but at $4 it doesn't cost much to say you've tried it.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2008 02:29:11 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This bottle has been hibernating at my house for quite a while, years I believe, but here goes; Pours a pretty murky, slightly golden dark brown color with a goodly oatmeal colored head and respectable lacing. The nose hit gives up a prune-tinged caramel and brown bread and Raisinettes and sweet fruit nougat. There's a hint of fermentation but overall this smells chewy and delectable, and I suspect there is some result from the aging I've allowed. The taste is a bit more grain heavy with maple walnut and more dark fruit ideas. I get some fermenting pineapple and more brown bread with a touch of milk chocolate here and there. It's medium-plus bodied with a fairly low testosterone carbonation and a bit of an aqueous feel, but I pick up some meatiness that's hard to place. Again, I feel the somewhat careless aging process has transformed this from the initial result, but I definitely enjoy it. Leaves a little alcohol burn which I imagine wasn't the case when this bottle was fresh off the retail shelf. I liked it, as I have the other Zappa series brews so far. In its present state I would say this comes a lot closer to some sort of barleywine than any typical American brown ale.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2013 06:06:20 | More by Durge
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A dark amber beer with a bit of off-white head on top. There is a nice caramel and toffee sweetness with a touch of cocoa and dark fruit. Definitely a bit of oxidation, but not really the cardboard variety. Just a touch of citrus peel on the flavor to go with some other sweeter fruits like raisins. A bit of chocolate/cocoa, toffee, and caramel. Some subtle oxidation, but like the nose, nothing that really detracts from the beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2012 03:31:34 | More by womencantsail
Lumpy Gravy from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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