Aunt Sally
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,550
Ranked #21,374
3.83 | pDev: 10.7%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Aunt SallyAunt Sally
Notes: 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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Reviews by pvibeer:
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4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Second time around with this brew.

A- Twelve ounce bottle cascades into my tulip glass with a mostly clarified golden body and a tall white cap. The head is fluffy in texture and shows good retention before ending as a very thick ring at the edges. Massive lacing immediately.

S- What impressed me the first time having this was the integration of the hops and the sour mash and that is very evident in the aroma. Dry hops provide a citrus and tropical fruit element which layers onto the tart lactic acid to remind me of tart peaches and slight passionfruit.

T- Arrives at a similar destination as the aroma but more opens up here with the sour mash aspect of the brew really coming on with yogurt lactic acid, lemon sours, raw wheaty grains and a slight hint of sweetness. The finish brings on the hoppiness with tart lemons, orange, tangerine, apricot and a touch of passionfruit. Again, the integration of the two elements is what makes this beer special.

MF- Fluffy and slightly creamy consistency on the palate in this medium bodied brew. Carbonation right around a medium level and the beer leaves mostly tartness on the taste buds with slight lingering floral bitterness.

I am glad this brew didn't fall under my review radar. Lagunitas delivers a brew here that comes off as somewhat simple only because the main elements of the beer, tart and hoppy, are integrated into each other masterfully.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, New Belgium glass, no decipherable freshness date.

This has the best head I've seen in quite some time. Billows of bubbles that stick to the glass and are still around in force 5-10 minutes after the pour. Rich goldenrod color.

Floral, citrus rind. Smells like an American Pale Ale.

Orange juice, citrus oil, C hop bitterness, vitamin C. Sour edge on a nice floral, citrus pale ale.

Balanced body where tartness helps balance the malt. Slightly sour, clean finish.

It makes sense that this is a Lagunitas sour. They soured a hoppy pale ale. It's a delicious combination of very fresh hops and tart, sour beer. This sample was clearly fresh from the strength and vibrancy of the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden colored with brassy hues. Fine-bubbled creamy white head retains at a finger and a half. Ample stickage and the webby and chunky lacing clings everywhere.

S: Earthy hop notes on the nose. Pine, resin, bark, dank bud. Pale malt and some lactic tartness poke through, as well as some orangey/lemoney notes.

T: Opposing forces clash as the dank and earthy hop flavor competes with lactic tartness. Pine, bark, dank weed and middling bitterness vs orangey and lemoney lactic flavor with a tartness that is just strong enough to elicit a pucker. Some underlying pale malt is perceptible too, bringing just a bit of sweetness to round it out. It's all brought together in a strange but functional union by the time the beer finishes.

M: Medium bodied. Mild bracing hop astringency dries things a bit. The tartness and crisp carbonation go a long way, making it quaffable and refreshing.

O: The differing flavor profiles are strange at first, but I found my palate adjusted quickly and 'got it' by the end. The bitter/sweet/tart elements keep each other in check and it ends up being a crushable drink. Lagunitas is on to something with this beer I think. This is the first very affordable sour style I can think of that will go more or less mainstream (for craft beer) in its availability. I think there's a yet to be filled demand in the market for a beer like this, especially in the on-premise (draft) world. I'm very interested to see how it is received and where it goes from here.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Has a nice citrus aroma with small amount of piney resin. Do not detect much sourness to the aroma. The sourness is definitely evident in the taste. Not overpowering but is somewhat astringent and salty. Still detect citrus with some resin and a moderate amount of bitterness. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. I have never had a beer like this before. The sourness is a little too tart at the end. Almost likely drinking straight grapefruit juice.

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Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little to no head.
Smell is just fruit.
Taste is just like a hoppy sour. I like it. Not as good as almanac citra but gets pretty close at a reasonable cost. A 6pk is the same price as the citra almanac 375ml bottle. Cool

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Photo of Kenharkerjr
2.21/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is one of the worst tasting beers I've had. I am all about Hops, but this beer is so overly tart and sour it's almost undrinkable. It's like lemon juice mixed with pickle juice. I've tried a lot of Lagunitas beers, and this is the first bad one I've had. I can't imagine someone enjoying this beer.

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Photo of DUIDontCare
1.39/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yuck. Had a bad gustatory day today hopefully capped off by this. First I got a stale pastry from a Cuban bakery, then this beer (after some better beers). The two bad tastes are just about equal. This beer tastes like fermented pickle juice. Doesn't work. I love other Lagunitas offerings but this is a NO GO. I started to question the impetus behind this beer. Aunt Sally...I thought...Oh right "please excuse my dear aunt Sally" the weird order of operations mnemonic device. "Why?", I thought. A closer inspection of the bottle reveals the image of Aunt Sally. Now the horrible truth becomes clear...Aunt Sally, of course a gross older woman. This is what she tastes like! Stanks, but no stanks Lagunitas!

Fortunately I have some Bells Hopsoulution laying around. I'm sure any beer would taste better after Aunt Sally, but Hopsoulution literally tastes like an orange lollipop after this incident! I guess that's Aunt Sally's only saving grace...she makes other beers taste better [insert nauseating dirty joke].

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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 bsp77
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I hate doing this to Lagunitas, but I just don't like the taste. I like Pale Ales and I like Wild Ales, but this combination tastes like someone spilled vinegar in my Pale Ale.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - light gold
S - fruity hops, slightly acidic
T - assertive bitterness, lightly tart
M - dances on the palate
O - Very refreshing and quaffable. Loved it

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Date stamp: 125 6 2 1135 1921.

Appearance: Bright clear gold. Thin white head with fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Deep mango and fresh cut citrus. Very appealing.

Taste: Definitely a sour sweet tart. Citrus, sour fruit with just a barest amount of underlying fruit sweetness. Finish is sour and lightly bitter - mostly citrus.

Mouthfeel: Slick, good carbonation. Dry, mouth puckering.

Overall / Drinkability: An unique combination of flavors. Tartness is quite pronounced so that I have to sip and savor. One is enough for me. Maybe paired with the right food it might be more drinkable and I might want another, but otherwise this is enough of serving.

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

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aclockworkchris
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is like a hoppy Berliner Weisse with the ABV of a pale ale. I loved the hop profile. I'm not sure if I agree with the hop/sour balance. it seemed a little off but I can't seem to figure out how to explain it. Regardless, I still enjoyed the beer. It is worth a try.

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Photo of classixIII
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Eman17
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cdubya
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maz
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrob22278
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sashmont
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aunt Sally from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 956 ratings