Lumpy Gravy - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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 NitroGen
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber

A: Pours a dark brown amber with reddish hues that is brilliantly clear, 1 finger of light tan foam with various sized bubbles that lowers to a scant cover and minimal lacing.

S: Nutty and slightly sweet caramel.

T: Starts subtle with roasted grains and then finishes with a big pith hop finish.

M: Thin and a bit unbalanced as I found the start very muted and the majority of the flavor at the finish and aftertaste. Let it warm a bit, but it was not too cold to begin with, and it improved a bit, but not too much.

D: Found this a bit disappointing, as I really like what Lagunitas usually puts out, while a nice beer I probably will pass next time.

Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of this zappa tribute that Lagunitas loves to put out. Shiney copper body. Little visible carbonation. Tan head leaves some nice cover lace. Nice brew to look at, we are off to a good start.

Yummy! Reminds me a little bit of their Brown Shugga but without the heat. Carbonation shows up in the mouthfeel and it needed it because the brew is rather syrupy and the bubbly cut into that a bit. Rich malt bill runs into a matching hop bitterness. Probably leaning slightly to the malts.

Notes: This was a fine offering and who can beat Lagunitas for Price per Value. Simply off the charts when that is taken into consideration. The guys at Lagunitas get it right in my book every time. This is a winner.

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

Three fingers of off-white froth cap this reddish-brown monster, quite impressive. Lots of hops come to the nose, with hints of fruit and some spice. Same with the taste, though the hops are slightly less pronounced in the taste than the smell. I detect some apple and pear. There is also a mildly bitter hop finish that I like.

All in all, a solid brown ale, primarily smooth but sufficiently bittered, with a long-lasting head, nice carbonation, and well flavored. Well worth grabbing, and this kept nice company with me as I warmed by the fireplace and played games with the kids.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, burnished copper. Head is a thick tan mass, generous carbonation.

Aroma is bready malt, hints of brown sugar, dark fruit and alcohol.

Taste is very bready and sweet up front. Pleasant earthy nuttiness and mild dark fruit. Finish is surprisingly bitter with an earthy hoppiness, metallic, with a yeasty funk that seems out of step with the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and quite creamy due to the carbonation.

Drinkable, but not up to my high expectations from Lagunitas.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark brown hue with amber highlight, head is white creamy suds that sustain, fair lacing
S- Nose is caramel and roast malts, some slight nutty tones, and alcohol, overall rather subtle
T- Taste is rather thin, with subtle caramel and bread malts, representing, touch of brown sugar and bitter hops, finishes with light alcohol warming
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, mild carbonation
D- A fairly bland brown ale, thinned out texture and flavor, the alcohol is well-masked but there is no strong reason to pick this up again

Photo of goldenpeanut
1.88/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle, poured into pint glasses.

Pours brilliant garnet with a tan head that stacks up quickly but dissipates quickly too. Leaves a layer that seems to last, some lacing later on.

Aroma consists mostly of bready notes and fruity notes. The fruit is oddly expressed as grape. I don't know what fermentation esters produce grape and I would not be surprised to find that the beer had been adulterated with "grape essence". At least this is the best way to describe it.

The flavor is really unusual, odd, in fact. This beer is very difficult to describe even though its not shy. The grape notes in the aroma appear in the flavor in a distorted way. There is a sharp sweetness up front that is neither sugar nor malt. The best description is saccharine. I've heard of putting saccharine in beer before but never tasted one till now. At least that is the best way to describe it. The malt flavor background is realy sort of ordinary, kind of Two Row Breiss with some caramel and chocolate malts for character. Its the Saccharine sweetness that is odd. Hop flavor is low to nothing. The breadiness from the aroma presents in the flavor if you chew the beer or explode the carbonation in your mouth by agitating it before you swallow.

Finish is odd too. The attack of the bitter hops comes on too early and is distorted with some other kind of bitter...could it be the bitter finish of saccharine and grape flavor beginning the attack to be finished by the hops? At least that's the best way to describe it.

On warming to 62F the aroma improves and is still grapey but not as bready. More malt also presents. Better, but still funky. this beer's aroma should not be distorted at 54F. The flavor becomes more malty and the saccharine less pronounced. Better, but still funky and oddly balanced.

Drinkability is in the pits. The beer is cloying sweet. The finish is long and oddly, sharply, bitter - but does not balance. The Aroma is not seducing and flavor is sweetly disturbing.

The base beer may be a brown ale but the body is more of an IPA and the sweetness is more IPA also. Its not an IPA though as the color is too dark and there is no flavor or aroma hops...I like an IPA and after finishing this I'll need an IPA, at least thats the best way to describe it.

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

Normally I like most Lagunitas products, but this one just doesn't seem all that well-balanced. Not much of a head, nor much of an aroma, although the color is a nice medium dark caramel brown. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and there isn't enough complexity to hide the >7% ABV, especially on the finish. I applaud the attempt, but Lost Coast's Downtown Brown is a better balanced brown ale, IMHO.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a caramel and auburn ruby-brown with a nice, off-white 1 inch head. Lacing is moderate. A decent looking beer.

S - Smell is largely of dry, slightly roasted nuts. Touch of sweet caramel. Just a hint of piney, hop bitterness is evident, but there doesn't seem to be a lot going on here.

T - Starts lightly sweet with nice carbonation (not unlike a root beer). Mild molasses flavor with some cashew-like dry nut flavor. A touch of dark fruit flavor with mild bitterness at the finish. Gets better as it warms.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium body and a crisp aftertaste that doesn't cloy at your palate.

D - Filling for the style, plus its a bomber so you might want to share this one. Interesting, but not always my cup of tea. In my experience, Lagunitas doesn't make bad beers, but they don't make great ones either.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a rich brown with a nice off white head. Leaves some good lace.

Smell is quite subdued. A touch of caramel malt and not much else.

Taste is fairly bland as well. Caramel malt and a hint of hops.

Overall, this is not a bad beer, but it is less than I expected from Lagunitas.

Photo of chefboy812
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. poured in american pint glass

Beautiful color; ruddy brown like a coka-cola. nice white head that falls to a thin lace that does not leave sip marks.

pronouned alcohol taints the brown sugar, burnt sugar, and slight maple aroma. there is also a hint of good'n'plenty licorice.

first sip hits the palette with a flood of different sugar flavors the most intesting of which is the molassas and candi sugar flavors. the flavors are clean and deffinate and come with a nice cadance, but the alcohol streaks through like a racecar with a crappy sterio and just screws it up. further sipping reveals more bready and malty waffle batter flavors.the finish is a gentle hop chewiness, that I can't quite identify. maybe citrus. with a cloying heat that just makes the burps hurt.

The mouthfeel is thinner than the name lumpy gravy would make you hope for, too thin for an American brown with this ABV. The carbonation is crisp and gassey which brings on the acohol heat.

I am glad I tried it, but there are better American Browns that will give you a malt coaster ride without the bad breaks.

Cheers

Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a light brown/amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is pretty subdued - sweet sugar with some alcohol and maybe some fruit and nuts.

The flavor is sweet toasted malts and nuts with a decent bitter finish. Harsh alcohol comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full with good carbonation.

Overall, a different and interesting beer, but it just doesn't do it for me.

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

Shared a bomber with a friend.

A- Nice and brown, but clear, a decent off white head.

S- Lots of caramel sweetness, but not overly sweet.

T- Complex, a lot of caramel, fruit, alcohol, and citrus, a very deep flavor. The longer it warms the better it gets.

M- Medium body, well carbonated for not being bottle conditioned, very balanced.

D- Noticeable alcohol prevents this from being a great beer.

Photo of warmstorage
2.17/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$3.99 for 22 ounce bomber at Brown Jug Warehouse, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: Deep red to very, very light brown. Crystal clear. Light head, very light tan, with moderate to significant lacing. Very light color for style.

Aroma: Sweet malty and grainy, almost like an American light lager style.

Taste: Swet malty grainy, with profound brown sugar and roasted sugar. Zero hops noticeable, though this isn't a problem for style. The problem for style, and taste generally is that it has all sugar, all the time. Hot and thin and sugary sums it up.

Mouth: Thin, bright, crisp, highly carbonated, with warm to almost hot alcohol, and a lingering, unpleasant mouth of hot, alcoholic sugar.

Overall: Borders on a drainpour. It's not horrible, it's just hot, boring, highly carbonated weirdness. It reminds of Brown Shugga with a slightly lower OG, slightly higher FG, and even more alcohol heat. I had been surprised and pleased with a lot of Lagunitas' seasonal/specialty offerings, especially in the apparent Zappa series. But this beer, like some of their seasonals, and many of their specialties, is confused, not interesting, and not very pleasant.

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a wonderfully clear amber color. I would say brown but it does have a red tint. Hardly any head even with an aggressive pour. What little head there is, is as white as my Hogs Breath shirt I have on and formed a slim lace.

Smell has a great sweetness to it. I can pick out a little hops, fresh baked bread, brown shugga ... oops I mean brown sugar, and something a little tart. Not very aromatic overall.

Taste is a little unorganized. Sweetness battling the bitter. Hops float around the back of the tongue wile the sweet nuttiness dances on the front. This battle mellows as it warms. Good nut and sweetness and good slight hopness.

Mouthfeel is heavy and wet. It is full of body and even a little sticky, clinging to the tongue with force.

(listening to Descendents - Everything Sucks Today)

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

Bomber, w/o freshness info, these guys must be huge Zappa fans, what is this their third FZ themed brew? This one on the darker side of typical for an ABA. Rich mahogany actually. Typical if short lived tan head, leaves all sorts of nice looking lacing upon the typical swirl. Bready, malty nose. Nice stronger brown ale. Malty brw, perhaps a little thin on the tongue, but that likely add to the session ability of this one. Easy drinking, quality offering and pleasant enough. Well worth a try or more

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely. Good amber color with a tannish head that falls but leaves a lot of lacing. Leafy and sweet fragrance is there, but there just isn't that much. Flavor is nice and leafy. there isn't really anything complex or mind blowing at all. I mean it's nice and all. Sure there are the smooth characteristics. But there is nothing really showy at all. Feel is smooth and the carbonation is nice, if not a little bit low. Like I said, this is a nice brown ale. Nothing crazy, but it is good. I would be interested to try this on cask.

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

Pours a dark orange amber with a nice head that fades to a thin ring. Aromas of dry malt, bitter orange, and perhaps sweet cherry. Rounded flavors of bright citrus fruit, cherry, earthy bitterness, and caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely balanced. Very drinkable, and a bit hoppier than most. The fruit overtones make it.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, brown, good sized tan head of foam which lasted more than ½ the glass and left a lot of lacing.

S - pumpernickel bread, roasted malt and faint citrus hop aromas.

T - a little bit of a hop bite upfront, getting sweet roasted malt flavors midway, finishing slightly bitter, then back to a sweet after taste, followed by hoppy burps.

M - light bodied with mild carbonation.

D - very easy drinking brew.

Final Note: IMO this is far from a 'typical' brown ale, I recommend grabing some while it's available.

Photo of vtfan77
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice reddish-brown color, although the beer is lacking in the head department (perhaps owing to a not-so-vigorous pour, so I'll take part of the blame).

S- Very malty with caramel and toasted bread in the nose along with a metallic aroma.

T- Pretty standard brown ale taste here. Toasted malts are the main contributors to the flavor, giving the beer a nice nutty and slightly coffee-ish flavor. The hops contribute a leafy bitterness. The finish is dry with a lingering bitterness that is pretty strong for the style.

M- Medium-bodied with a decent level of carbonation.

D- Not bad, given the 7.2% ABV (which is completely unnoticeable. I might have another.

Overall, this is an above-average brown ale. It was good but there was nothing to set it apart from other beers within the style. Maybe it's a little hoppier than most. It's similar to a local beer (Legend Brown) that I like a little better. Still worth picking up for fans of the style. Recommended.

Photo of HopDawg
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this from Greens in ATL today and opened tonight back in Charleston. Roughly poured one-third of the 22oz bomber into my DFH Snifter.

A: Clear and bright, amber, minimal head - beige.
S: Fruit cake - it is the holidays.
T: Maybe it's me but I'm getting that Belgian candy sugar taste. Somewhat spicy. This taste more Allagash to me than Lagunitias. My interpretation of this is more Dubbel or Belgian Strong Ale.
M: Creamy,lush - well done.
D: I've made a pretty big dent in it.

Overall, I compare it to a Wilco album. Defies expectations and grows on you. I paid $3.29. No brainer.

Photo of rajendra82
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Lagunita's release with a Zappa theme, Lumpy gravy came out reddish brown in color, and had a small one finger thick head that was very persistent. The aroma was toasty and malty, which was departure from the heavily hopped beers I have come to expect from this brewery. The taste was hard to pin down in terms of focus. At times it seemed malty and nutty like a Brown Ale, while others it tended towards being mineralized and crisp like a Bitter. The beer felt rich and stick in the mouth, but the incoherent taste came through again in an aftertaste wavering between sweet and metallic. Glad I got to try this one, but I've had better offerings from them before.

Photo of Murchmac
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with some frothy head.

Smells of a macro cut grass, miller type. Nothing too outrageous here.

Tastes ok, some malts, I would expect more. Not too hoppy either, kinda disapointing.

Overall an ok mouthfeel. I expect more from this beer, considering I liked the other two. Ok to try.

Photo of Vancer
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Zappa label – but no dating or alcohol info, bummer.

Gorgeous pour of crystal clear mahogany brown, which turns ruby red when held up to the light. Thick and creamy tan head, sticking like gorilla glue to the snifter sides.

Malty chocolate in the aroma, along with a sturdy push of hoppy goodness. Thick and rich brown ale with notes of toffee and coffee, it’s balanced out well with a load of hops. Drinks smooth and easy, like it was a 5% brew – but I’m guessing this one may pack a 8% punch.

Grab a bomber when the opportunity arises, at $4ish, it’s a steal!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle which I got to catch the end of with Ding at the Brick Store

A - Poured a very nice dark russet brown color with a smallish tan head the graced the top for just a few moments before settling down to rest. A small amount of side glass lace and some nice reddish tones coming through around the edges.

S - Aroma was full of bready malts. Nice deep smell with a hint of some earthy sugary notes buried within. A slight touch of grass like smells way in the back, but overall lots of grain in this one, very strong brown ale.

T - The flavor was very rich, much bigger then I thought it would be from a brown ale, but then again look where it is coming from. Large bready taste right up front is smoothed over with a bit of a touch of alcohol. Nothing distracting, but it was there and let you know this was a bit bigger then a normal session ale. A nice light caramel sugar then popped its head up and swirled around before releasing into a very nice and slightly hopped finish. More grass like tones again here and very nice and drawn out.

M - Very full and smooth. Not you classic american brown again, much bigger with a much fuller and creamier feel. Very nice again here with a good touch of carbonation still left.

D - This was a very fine sipper here. Very big flavors and a really nice feel led to a very enjoyable expierence. I could see myself easily having a whole bottle to myself to enjoy.

Overall I was shocked when he pulled up with this one as I had never heard of it before, but was more then pleasantly suprised. This is another fine offering from them and a great continuation in the series. I would take this as a brown ale anyday, very well done!

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