Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Average: 3.83 | pDev: 10.7%

Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 955

American Wild Ale | 5.70% ABV

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: Year-round availibility. 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...
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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light gold with short head. Soft aromas of tropical fruit, lemon candy, a little bread. Flavor is moderately tart, with subtle peach, pear, lemon, tropical, green apple, and light bready or crackery malt. There's a soft, almost warm sweetness that's really nice. Sharp carbonation, medium mouthfeel. It somehow doesn't strike me as the most refreshing sour, but it's very nicely balanced and really good.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found.
Cloudy, straw colored body. Skiff of off white head settles back to partial cap and thin ring. Leaves behind a few scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma is subdued, with yeast sour and slightly sweet fruit.
Taste does not really express until the end half through the mouth. Has a dry, fizzy presence initially, and then the balance of sour/tart and sweet show up. The after taste is the best part with the dry yeast and slightly sweet fruit combining for a very balanced taste that is a total refreshment.
Medium mouth feel, and dry from the yeast. Good carbonation.
Professionally brewed beer that delivers on aroma, taste, and mouth feel. Totally refreshing. Taste is like a dry apricot/peach/pear that really delivers. Great for a change of pace from drinking hazy IPA's and heavy BA stouts.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden with a hint of haze and a finger of glassy white head.

Smells of dried green leaves, pineapple, and yellow jello.

Tastes of sour, dry green leaf, and pineapple.

Light body with little carbonation.

Got in SAC, drinking in Redding, Oct 23rd, 2018.

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Photo of Spiceepicklez
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

While I am a sour enthusiast, this beer still leaves me relatively underwhelmed. It looks very pretty poured, with a great amount of head and foam, as well as a great color. However the smell tends to be underwhelming and one note, and when we progress to taste, it is still rather one note and a little sweet for me. Feel is what I would think a sour should be for this style. A good beer, but not amazing.

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Photo of GTC138
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aunt Sally – Dry Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale – Lagunitas Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Brewed in the honor of the real Aunt Sally, this is another fine brew from Lagunitas Brewing Company. This brew has a very sweet fragrance and is relatively sweet on the nose, with a slightly sour finish. This beer taste basically like some kind of sweet and sour candy. At 5.7% alcohol and 33 IBUs, this brew is very solid. Another fine beer from Lagunitas, remember life is uncertain, don’t sip.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 24, 2018.

The color is golden amber with decent clarity and a quick lasting white head. Little to no lacing.

The aroma does not express itself in a tart-sour sort of way. Instead I pick up a citrus zest and some stale or papery breaded malts. I think I have an older bottle.

Smooth, medium body.

There is a little more of a tart bite in the taste but it is not very forward. I still get a breaded malt sweetness and mildly dry finish before I get anything sour or tart.

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Photo of mugs1789
2.26/5  rDev -41%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Beautiful appearance; hazy with brilliant white head. Tart and funky but not in a quenching kind of way. A muddle of flavor. I did not enjoy this beer.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear pale yellow color. Mild white head that faded quickly and left good lacing.

S---Powdered lemonade mix. Some lime. Definitely a sour feel.

T---Lemon. Sour apple. Lime. Some pine.

F---Juicy & wet. A mild pucker, but not like a full blown sour beer.

O---Seems like one to bang on a hot day. I'd like another, please.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

[IMG] Poured on draft into 22 oz pint glass. Pours a cloudy yellow with plenty of thick lace left behind. 4

Smell is sour apple, lemon drop, hints of must, and biscuity grain. 3.75

Taste follows in actually isn’t bad, apple, lemon, must, basil, and pear. 3.75

Mouthfeel is maybe medium, plenty of life, not dry, and drinks fairly easy. 3.75

Overall this isn’t my cup of tea, but really I can kind of see the appeal. Nice for a tic anyway. 3.75

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Photo of janubio
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colour, medium head with short retention.Good lace.
Aroma is faint, sour, lemon, pine.
Medium body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Sour finish.
Taste of lemon, pine, hops, grass.
Good, not exceptional.

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Photo of JayQue
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fairly mild and inconspicuous Amer. Wild Ale. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flute glass. Nicely carbonated, clear gold color with a big delicately bubbly white head and bubbly patches of lacing all over the glass. Aroma is very faint, a little tartness and a little hoppiness. Taste is pleasant enough, but still fairly mild. Very little tartness and funk, some mild maltiness and a little bitterness (from wheat and hops). Mouthfeel is pretty good, nicely carbonated and a little bitterness. Would make a good summer thirst quencher, but nothing that memorable.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, hint of lemongrass, hint of spicy hops, hint of yeast, and a slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated tartness. Tastes of wheat, hint of salt, pale malt, floral hops, hint of spicy hops, and slight bacterial funk. Overall, good blend, appearance, aroma, and good light body.

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Photo of Gatch
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not what I expected but tasty enough overall. I'd say this is something like a hoppy Goose, which I thought at first sip before reading the description. A lightly soured slightly hoppy beer that I can imagine is good cold on a warm day.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a clear light golden color, topped by a creamy white head with long retention, and leaves sheets of lacing.

Smells like lemon candy, powdered lemonade mix, pink grapefruit, pineapple, green apple, light bready malt.

Sour lemon candy upfront, unsweetened lemonade, tart pineapple and green apple skin. Some bitter orange peel and pink grapefruit flesh as well. Thin crackery malt and some soft hay. A good solid tartness. Slightly grassy. Finishes clean and lightly dry, slightly acidic. Like lemon yogurt with the lemon and lactic acid. Gives you a bit of pucker but ends smooth.

Medium-bodied, medium-plus carbonation, smooth, moves quickly on the palate, finishes crisp, clean, and just barely dry.

Overall, a really tasty dry hopped sour. One of the best you'll find at its price point. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
2.44/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Looks almost like what I remembered beer looking like, with less head.
S: Some sort of fruit, possibly an apple.
T: Sour.
F: Thin and watery.
O: I stopped at the beer store and grabbed a pick 6 of Lagunitas bottles. I didn't think I'd like this, but I've never had an American Wild Ale. I suspect it'll be my last.

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Photo of Eaze_in_it
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very tasty sour! Not always a style done right, but I think Lagunitas did a great job on this one. Like biting into a green apple, but there is a tiny sweet offset of the sour. Not too much of a plain yogurt of a taste as I have gotten with other sours. Overall a very easy drinking, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jadpsu
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with an abundant white head that slowly settles but has some outstanding side glass lace.

AROMA: Very sour and pungent aromatic citrus with pine nuts.
TASTE: Man that's sour. Acidic bitter, sour hops dominate and pucker the mouth. This is very close to grapefruit juice in flavor.
This takes sour and tart to a level beyond what my buds can tolerate or care to accommodate.

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Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a hazy straw gold colored brew with a white head. Medium lacing. The aroma is lightly funky....some fruit (fresh under-ripe apples)....some must (distant barnyard)...and some hop spice. The taste is dry, Refreshing...flavorful. It doesn't 'wow' me, but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium-golden hue with a bit of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam; I think it looks quite nice.

Smell: a hint of tartness along with some peary fruitiness up front; the hops are grassy and manage to have a hint of dank aroma without being heavy. I find it super enticing.

Taste: a little funky and just a hint of tartness, focused on the end with a hint of candy sweetness. Hop character is green, grassy and interesting. A good beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty sizable carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: this beer is very tasty and drinkable. I could quaff a lot of these.

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Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden ale with a medium sized white head.

Smells mildly sweet with a woody hop aroma with some tea scent in it. Sour scent is there but is more fruit sour than vinegar sour.

Starts out sour. More tart than sour but its resemblance to lemonade light on the sugar is there. Tastes of wood and tea, think restrained Kombucha. That is about it tastes like a Gose without salt.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tame tart ale. This would be better with added salt like a Gose and that is exactly what I am going to do with the other five bottles. Best suited for hot weather and it hit 100 degrees today.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sour mash ale from the newly sold Lagunitas Brewing company. Maybe my favorite brewery is now owned by Heineken (crying ensues...)

Even with the new corporate overlords in charge this beer still impresses. Sour and tart but with some dank hoppiness thrown in. It feels like a much lighter beer but the taste is strong enough (sour enough) that I wouldn't want to drink too many in one sitting

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color showing a lot of carbonation with just a fingernail of a white head that quickly dissipates.

The smell is a punch in the face of grassy hops.

Taste is earthy and tart. I do pick up some cherries or grapes on the flavor. Lots of grassy earthy herbal flavors.

Mouth feel is light with a puckering finish that seems a bit sticky. Similar to a dry white wine really!

Overall a pretty good beerI would, and did, enjoy cold. If this bevetage were warmed I think it may become a bit of a hop stinker.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellow with a fizzy one-finger head
S: A bit light; some pine and generic sour fruit
T: Meh. There's pine and sour but nothing distinct
M: Thin, sour, no body
O: The first disappointing beer I've had from Lagunitas in a while3

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Photo of SMZBrew
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells delicious - hoppy, tart, grapefruit with a hint of mango. It all goes downhill after that. It tastes like it was cut with grapefruit juice - watered down. There is an interesting hoppy, citrus, and that grapefruit bitterness that has some potential. Unfortunately, the beer is way too thin in terms of body to pull this off.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, 138 7 2 ... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, sunny golden yellow liquid, topped with an excellent mushroom crest of jiggly, spongy foam... maintains a thin cap till the end

S: with head - mint, pine needles, gummy rings (life savers), sweat, and misty glass... overall, somewhat dense, but not overpowering, and no real boozy notes... delicately fruity and musky

T: dry, wafer-y malt, lemon peel tone up front that shifts more to grapefruit in the finish... I'm a bit surprised how, for a Lagunitas ale, how relatively 'light' the flavors are - while it's undeniably hoppy, with the kettle sour enhancing their earthiness, it seems only as hoppy as an average-to-robust Bo-pils as it goes along... the absence of much sweetness on the back end is strange at first

F: tart and bitter tang left buzzing the tastebuds after long... middle soft, foamy, lightly juicy-slick... back end nicely dry, with the afterglow mildly acidic and puckering

O: this tastes nearly exactly how I anticipated it to be, until I watched their video description prior to drinking this, and assumed then it would be much more vibrantly hoppier, which it isn't relative to most of their lineup - at any rate, there's some bold touches on the edges, but very little depth and character at its core... I could see drinking this again, but a six-pack?? eh, not sure about that

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Aunt Sally from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 955 ratings