Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
804 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Unique Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale. We soured the wort on the Hot Side with Lactobacillus for a few days and then brewed up this smooth and hoppy sour. It tastes like a big bowl of fruity candy or some chewable flavored vitamins, but what's the difference? It's sweet, tart, and sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie that your favorite aunt makes. For all the Aunt Sally's out there, You know who you are...

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-04-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
804
Reviews:
197
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
189
For Trade:
0
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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beaulabauve
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey gold with a white head. Smells of cherries and tart fruit. Tastes very tart fruits and hops. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall this is a really great sour.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slightly less than golden and a little hazy. This beer was tart, sour and hoppy all rolled into one. A perfect sour ale on nice hot day. Goes down smooth

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Man Lagunitas just keeps cranking out the good stuff. Here is a top notch kettle sour beer. Pours similar to their hoppy beers, a light amber color, amazing clarity, soft 3/4" white head. Aroma hits those hoppy and sour notes. That's what a wild ipa should come off like, the best of both worlds.

Same with the taste, nice toasted pale malts, quick zippy hop and sour blast, well carbonated. Clean. I like the grain notes. Legit beer here. Cool little blend of tartness that is inspired by the likes of green apple and lemon. Still finishes quite dry. Still rocks some pine notes from the hops. Good price and availability, good beer.

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a clear yellow color, slight haze, two fingers of bubbly white head quickly settle down into a ring of lace.
Aroma - Fresh squeezed lemon, grassy, peach, floral, jasmine maybe. Intoxicating.
Taste - White wine, lemon, a gentle sour note, puckery, grassy bitterness, thin crackery malt, a very mild honey aftertaste. Delicate but very complex.
Feel - Light bodied, a little oily, very fine and prickly bubbles, finishes crisp.

Overall - Outstanding beer. It isn't a full bodied powerhouse with assertive hops and layers of malt. This is more delicate, but is complex and has a terrific mouthfeel. Well done.

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2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this on a recommendation from Clayton Beer Cellar. I liked it better than other sour beers I have had: more hops.

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Photo of BeerTest
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rypkr
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of singletary
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy yellowish color with plenty of carbonation. The smell is floral with a hoppy bit to it also. The taste is sweet to start off with ( I pick up on apricot) then turns to a sour lemon bite that stays with you. This is a strange brew indeed. I have never cared for a sour in the past but this one may make it easier to try one in the future.

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Photo of dcotom
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a wine glass. Aggressive pour yielded a couple of fingers of brilliant white head atop a slightly hazy golden-yellow body. Notes of citrus fruit and grapefruit pith on the aroma, with lots of barnyard funk and some light malt. Nicely balanced, with malt, lemon, grapefruit, fruity tartness, funk, and lactic sourness all contributing to the flavor profile without any of them becoming overly assertive. Finishes very dry, with quite a bit of lingering bitterness and astringence. I found this to be an excellent beer, very unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of morrowd3
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fsilva1986
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DynamiteKyle
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of classixIII
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Been likeing the sours a lot lately. Sweet- Tart-Sour sounded pretty interesting and it was. Poured a clear gold forming a quick foam about 3/8" thick. It lingered about 30 seconds. The aroma is citrus and hops with a hint of sour fruit. The taste is hops and sour at the same time with a sharp feel and great carbonation. Dry finish with a lasting sour taste. A lot of conflict going on here but in a good way.

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Photo of McClinton
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head and lively carbonation. Nose is of tropical fruit, bready malt and earthy hops. Body is medium and very tangy. Taste is very sour, herbal hops, bready malt and lemon zest. Finish is long, sour, bitter. Good brew if you like sour.

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Photo of Trevor_martin
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hellodon
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Definitely not what I was expecting at all based on the description.

The mention of "sweet" and "bowl of fruity candy" sounded delicious, but unfortunately was not accurate. Unless the "bowl of fruity candy" was just all the lemon ones....and a Warhead.

Not bad, but not my favorite from Lagunitas. Being a "Wild Ale" though, it's important to remember that anything can happen...things can get wild sometimes...and this time, they did...

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3.81 out of 5 based on 804 ratings.
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