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Lumpy Gravy - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-15-2007)
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Photo of corby112


3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tp at Monks Cafe, Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark amber brown color with thin white head. Similar to the Brow Sugga just with more of the same ingredients. Lots of brown sugar, cinamon, chocolate malts and dark fruit. A little to sweet for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 17:34:40 | More by corby112
Photo of Dogbrick


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Barley's Smokehouse. The beer is a clear ruby-amber color with a medium thin light khaki head that dissipates slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is toasted malt and sweet fruit. Medium-bodied and clean with flavors of toasted malt, brown sugar and hops, plus a hint of cherry cough medicine. The finish is sweet and fruity and leaves a lingering hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 18:40:36 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Baileyuk


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer, not sure if it is a brown though.

Head poured nicelyand retained well. Lacing was excellent. Dark amber color.

Smells sweet, with a definate malt dominance.

Tastes of caramel malts. Alcohol is strong but is balanced beautifully with the malts. Hops come on after and are excellently used. Top notch.

A little bubbly on the tongue although not that over carbonated. A solid mouthfeel.

Alcohol flavor and content rules it out as a session beer. Still is very drinkable. Proabably an occasional drink but excellent none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2008 18:00:14 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of Proteus93


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy deep golden brown... like a dark brown sugar. Modest creamy head, nice stick clinging to the edges.

S: Caramel malts, almost nutty but not quite. A soft hop presence.

T: A very full flavoured roast of malts, a bit of a bittersweet chocolate.. some hoppiness blending in with that? Pretty nice.

M: Carbonation tingles on the tongue of this medium bodied, well rounded brew.

T: Something I'd lean more towards taking somewhat slowly... I might not go so far as to call it a 'sipper' but it's got some attitude

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2008 03:07:36 | More by Proteus93
Photo of blakesell


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a solid amber brown with clarity shining through the glass. A solid bone finger high foam head rises to the brim of the glass, but quickly dissipates to a thin film with a hint of bacteria appearance across the top. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Beer has ample brown malts with much perfume scented hops in the glass that die back down to the ample malts. This is the least hoppy of all the Lagunitas beers I have smelled.

Taste- Creamy, brown malts, hoppy with the aforementioned floral flavors, more malt, rose water, light alcoholic warmth, tulips, very light on the tongue overall. Drying on the finish. No diacetyl flavors. Yummy.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, lightly warming, bitch slappin' fresh. Very easy drinking, medium-bodied, and well carbonated.

Drinkability- Smooth, I could drink this again and again. An excellent tribute to the man Frank Zappa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 16:12:51 | More by blakesell
Photo of vurt


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Lucky Baldwin's. In a Belgian chalice rather than a pint, because the bartender tried to tell me that this was a barley wine. Priced accordingly. Beg to differ.

This is a gorgeous brown ale, of a bright, deep copper color, with a tight tan head that leaves rich lacing on the glass.

Caramel and nutty malt up front, followed by wet, earthy hops and a good whiff of alcohol. Just what you would expect from a strong brown ale.

Sweet, nutty malt with a bit of brown sugar at first. (Come to think of it, this beer reminds me just a bit of a smaller Brown Shugga, another Lagunitas beer.) Flavor goes hoppy in the middle, then finishes like it starts, though drier. Alcohol is evident, but not obnoxious.

Medium to full body, with almost enough carbonation to cut through the initial sweetness.

Overall, a very tasty beer. Since tasting it on tap, I have sampled the bottled version, and found it leans more towards hoppy and gives the impression of a very two-faced beer. On-tap is the way to go with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2008 07:30:55 | More by vurt
Photo of mltobin


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a Dark and deep amber color to this brown ale from Lagunitas.

The smell is a sweet, carmel, accent with some spice on the nose, very enjoyable.

The taste is rich and thorough, but a well balanced brown ale none the less.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, some cinnamon and carmel lingers on the palate after finishing the beer.

Drinkability is fairly solid, but it is rich that it is difficult to drink more than two.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 03:46:51 | More by mltobin
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a beautiful clear mahogany reddish-brown with a fine-bubbled and pale tan head. Aroma is malty with hints of spices. The rich, very malty flavor has a spicy undertone and a noticeable hop component. Finish is smooth with just a little bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 02:50:55 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Bierguy5


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber color, very clear with a decent off-white head. Decent retention and lace.

Aroma of a slight roasty malt, chocolate, with some good fruity notes. Maybe a whiff of alcohol, but it is pretty well blended in with the fruit. Some spicy, floral hops in the background.

Caramel, molasses, a bit of chocolate seem to be the main components. Floral, and spicy hops balance things out. Seems to finish rather dry.

Light to medium body, low carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. The drying aspect really took it away for me. Not bad, but there are others from Lagunitas that I enjoy more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 03:48:42 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Pointman


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it draft on Thursday, bottle yesterday. Review is for the draft.

Nice pour into a 20 pint glass. Wish it would have been a tulip. Not much head, but at a bar they don't pour for a head. Nice legs still. Reddish brown pour. Toasty smell. Not much chocolate. Nice toasted malt flavor. Some mild hops.

Good mouth feel and real nice finish. I like Kill Ugly Radio better. More IPA like.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2008 14:41:14 | More by Pointman
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brick Store Pub enjoyed with Dave. Smell is a strong good IPA. That overwhelms the brown, which is a tribute to dark malts, some roast, and an attempt at balance. There is some lemon. A lot of ideas that make it depend on the mood and what you are eating, and this is an American strong and not a brown.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 06:16:31 | More by Sammy
Photo of ruckzuck


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the pub this weekend.

A - reddish brown, nice head

S - sweet malt, some hoppiness

T - sweet malt again, bit of hoppiness, tastes of coffee come through

M - medium body, bit of carbonation

D - enjoyable. I forgot that I had a bottle of this at home when I ordered it at the pub, but I enjoyed it enough that I look forward to having the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2008 02:28:11 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of Durge


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
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of Rifugium


3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Joe Canal's, Bellmawr, NJ

"This ale is released in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of the second part of Frank Zappa's 3-phaze masterwork."

I bought a couple large bottles of this, drawn to the label as I was. One I still have around somewhere. The other I imbibed at a BBQ a few years back, and I don't think I was able to savor/appreciate it fully in that atmosphere, but I tried my best.

Drank from the bottle (sorry), so I didn't get a full grasp of the appearance, to be honest. Caramel malts and molasses aroma. Very earthy taste, with caramel malts, molasses, sugar, maybe a hint of raisins, and a hop bitterness coming through in the background. On the heavy-body side, thick and chewy; decent but not too drinkable...at least not the way I was doing it. Heh.

I have a bottle of this for trade, but I can't guess as to how it's aged.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 15:41:58 | More by Rifugium
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear medium brown color with a nice 2 inch light beige head. Nice matted rings of lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, and iced tea with lemon. This almost smells like Lipton Brisk. Taste is of caramel malt, iced tea with lemon, and citrus zest. A slight metallic taste is present as well. There is a citrus like bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is above average with a decent level of carbonation. Overall, this is an above average brown ale. Interesting packaging with the Frank Zappa collaboration. This is a couple of years old by now and it is still drinking pretty well still.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 06:51:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, cloudy brownish/red with beige fluffy head that leaves lacing. Subtle aroma of dark sweets, chocolate, nuts, malt, sugar cane. Flavors are upfront and straight-shooting: gingerbread, chocolate covered nuts, biscuit, hop bitterness, finishes spicy, toasty, slight Lagunitas' signature hop resin and a pinch of brown sugar. Medium body and filling on the palate as well as the stomach. Aggressive in carbonation. A really nice American Brown that is balanced well between sweets and substance. Contains a high ABV that isn't that noticeable among the array of malty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:04:44 | More by JRed
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber that has been aging about 2 years. Pours a crystal clear, dark copper color with amazing retention and lacing. Foam is tan hued.

At this point in the beers life, the nose is laden with sweet, oxidized malts (in a good way) and a nice dose of light fruitiness. There is also some chocolate and caramel upon further inspection.

Still quite a noticeable piney hop presence left in the beer and it mingles with the malted milk oxidized flavors well. Robust flavor, yet smooth as silk...never thought I would say that about a Lagunitas beer. This beer seems to be more representative of an Olde Ale than a Brown. Alcohol is well hidden but still provides a bit of belly-warming. This is a nice beer, I am glad I was able to try an aged one.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 22:05:20 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lumpy Gravy

Muddy, clouded brown, no head to speak of...

Aromatics, all sweet brown sugar and molasses...liquor, dark rum, bourbon...brandy, too....getting hot along with the treacly sweet. I like it a lot.

In the taste, more sweetness, but not too much, nice and balanced.
Sugary malt ...tasty, mmm....wish I had more about the beer in front of me, only information on the Frank Zappa album. Doesn't help.I'll put it on and see if that helps....I feel like I'm in a parade, on LSD...in a time warp....while inside the pages of a comic book, ...while a gnome plays Duke Ellington on the kazoo right inside my ear...suddenly a shot rings out, and on the wharf, a ship comes in, it's Pirate Jenny and her crew, and they're hungry. Hungry for love. It can't happen here. It can't ...happen...here... Moustache ahoy, says Jenny as she jumps on board the pier, grabbing every stray follicle. Yoo hoo, hoo, and a bottle of clearasil. Groovy, man. Surfin' safari, baby...here comes the drum majorette of avant garde crud. He's throwing treble clefs in the wind, and tossing sharps and flats into the stratosphere. Somewhere a mother screams, and a platypus cries out ... Dr.Kiljoy wonders where the wonder went, and the astrological wizard has to answer for his sins. Louie louie...oh, baby, we gotta go.... yeah, yeah, yeah, ...groovy.Got the mojo workin', baby, got three engines going and chicks on the side. Pigs and ponies, man...it's like a technicolor rainbow mumbo jumbo...don't mess with it, man. It's a thing. It's a scene.It's a groove. Baby. That's what doing your thing is....get your motor running, baby. Who'sthat?What'sthat?Where's it coming from,where'sit going to? Pick up sticks...aw, baby, the piccolo picks on...and on...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 06:55:58 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of ffejherb


3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber into snifter on 9/14/09.

A - Poured an opaque orange-ish caramel-colored body with a thin beige head that reduced to a patchy, wispy veil and deposited some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Sweet aroma suggesting caramel, toffee and maple syrup with no noticeable hop presence. Hints of honey and vanilla also emerge. Pleasant nose overall.

T - Sweet and tangy like a gravy, but this really lacks any hop presence save for a scant inkling of floral notes and that's about it. I was expecting something more earthy and/or bitter with a deep roasted or nutty character. There's nothing "lumpy" about this brown ale, unfortunately.

M - Medium bodied and quite syrupy with light carbonation. Extremely sweet on the palate with no noticeable bitterness.

D - I was really hoping for something way more complex (like Zappa's music) here, but this ultimately fell considerably short of my expectations. Very sweet and one-dimensional, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 18:48:34 | More by ffejherb
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a clear rich chestnut color with a good two fingers of thick ecru foam. Nose and flavor consist of lightly toasted and roasted grains, caramelized malt, hazelnut and/or pecan notes, molasses, a touch of brown sugar and spice. This brown ale is somewhere between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation for it's style. Decent stuff overall that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 14:33:06 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of david18

New York

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely one of the better browns but you have to keep your definition of browns limited. If you accept this in the old/strong category, it's still a very servicable version of that. I have trouble with the categories this brewery defines its beers in but they are all worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 21:39:46 | More by david18
Photo of argock


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear mug. No freshness date. Purchased from Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $4.49.

A: Dark reddish brown with 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Spicy aroma with toasted caramel malts and spicy, floral hops aromas

T: Very sweet and spicy brew with tons of brown sugar and caramel flavors coupled with hefty earthy, spicy hops flavors.

M: Smooth despite lively carbonation. Medium body holds up well. Aftertaste is of cinnamon and brown sugar.

D: Another interesting and delicious offering from Lagunitas. A little like Brown Shugga but with more spiciness and hoppiness to keep it a little lighter. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 04:08:09 | More by argock
Photo of CampusCrew


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown ale

appearance: deep dark brown,

smell: some hop precence for a brown, and roasted and chocolate flavors

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors

mouthfeel: grab a knife and fork. it's chewy

drinkability: a slow sipping beer and a great starter for any session for the night.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 14:40:22 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finger+ orange tinged cream brown colored head, good mixture of bubble sizes, slow to dissolve, not much lacing slides down the glass like it's greased. Hard to imagine the nose coming off as more sugary, waves of butterscotch, caramel, molasses, milk chocolate and then banana, plum, rum raisin notes, boozy in a heady way, no nostril searing. Full-bodied, heavy and even a bit lazy, it plops into your mouth and stretches out like it's ready for a nap. All that toffee, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, coffee ice cream and raisin, prune stuff going on here too. The carbonation soft and bubbly, adds to the general fluffy feel. At the very end you get a smidgeon of hoppy bite, soon swallowed up. Sweet to the very end and every bit as dense as at the start, arguably closer to "old ale" in style than American brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 03:18:58 | More by farrago
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Lumpy Gravy from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.