Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Aunt SallyAunt Sally

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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...

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Photo of Im4jojo
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm really sold on this beer. A sour with upfront taste of tart fruit that stays on the tongue. Beautiful big head dissolves into a thick lacing. Nice fruity bouquet. I enjoyed this in a snifter to experience the full aroma and taste of this beer.

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

What can I say. I would make this my everyday beer if it were as cheap as Bud or Coors!

This is exactly what I want in a sour beer. Thanks Lagunitas for the great beer. If you see this in stores; grab it, drink it, love it.

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Photo of Mace69
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, I love this beer. Sour mash wonderful. First try and I'm hooked. That's the sign of a good beer. I must say, it's not for everyone. But I'm definitely hooked.

My beer snob friends may disagree.... but taste and preference are well at play here. LOVE

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Photo of Lahey
4.79/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aunt Sally is the only sour beer that I've truly enjoyed. Ived tried a few sours, but none matched the flavor and body.

I've noticed that most sours seem thin to me. Sally has nice body to it, and the sourness is like a cherryish kind of sour. Other beers have sourness, but no real flavor to go with it. Just sour water.
I really enjoy this one, though it's been a while since trying it. Hence, not very articulate tasting notes. It's a unique and delicious beer that i recommend. Like a sour patch kid and wheat beer had a baby:-)

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Photo of AndreRus
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sour goodness! It tastes waaay too sour at first. But while you're getting used to it other flavor come through. Can definitely enjoy it once in awhile.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 Oz slowly into an IPA glass
Look: Poured a golden orange with a thick, white head. Plenty of carbonation in this beer. Body is pale, nearly transparent- no haze or sediment here.
Smell: Potent hop character. Spicy, dank, pine, and citrus. Very sweet and spicy- you can smell the bitterness in this one.
Taste: Initial sourness puckers the mouth. Sourness leads into an intense orange/grapefruit citrus- very sweet and quite bitter. Slight pine hop tastes cohere with the bright citrus tastes. Hops are a lot less prominent on the palate than they are on the nose. Taste mellows into a lingering light malt taste, with a residue of strong sour citrus.
Feel: Feels very watery and refreshing. Dry notes linger but are overtaken by wateriness. The mouthfeel is significantly lighter than the taste would suggest. This feels more like you're drinking a sour, which tend to be very light.
Overall: Half sour ale + half pale ale, this brew is a beautiful combination of hoppy and sour. If you're not big on regular sours, like me, this one will likely strike your fancy. Even if you're not a fan of this style of beer, it's worth a try just for it's unique character. Drink in hot weather for better refreshment.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this brew's head is three fingers thick, with web-like lacing, and a clear medium golden body.

I smell a tart-then-tame mix of fruit-like aromas & the classic Lagunitas "tropical" hop profiles going on.

Tastes like alot of the same mentioned above, but with the non-cloying addition of tart berries. Really not much traditional malt elements going on here with the taste; at least to my understanding.

The way Aunt Sally feels inside of my mouth is medium-light with fair carbonation. Very crisp yet smooth.

Overall, I'll give ol' Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company a 4.5. This was my first wild ale & I shared it with a nice-lookin' lady- on the label. I'll probably pick this up again to switch things around from time to time.

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Photo of BikeChef
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I imagine true sour fans find this not sour enough. For this IPA lover who dips his toes into the sour world, it hits all the right notes: tons of hops in the nose and palate, with a refreshing hit of tartness. This seems to be a somewhat unique beer halfway between a hoppy ale and a sour. And when sours can cost a premium these days, this is at the usual low Lagunitas price point. Bravo.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours clear gold with a solid head, nice carbonation to it.

smells like beautiful hops. sweetness and hops.

taste is light and refreshing. slight hops but sweet and lightly tart. goes down very smooth, incredibly easy to drink. finishes with a lingering light bitterness and slight tartness.

this is pretty damn good, refreshing and light. i love the hoppy aroma and the tart/sweet light taste. i am definitely gonna get more of this, great summer beer.

really good straight from the bottle too

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Photo of kitch
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 250ml pour on tap at BeerTemple into a Lagunitas mason jar glass.

Appearance: It was a clear golden colour with a less than half finger white head that had pretty good retention and good lacing.

Aroma: Sour grape followed by lots of tropical mango, peach and apricot with hints of honey and funk.

Taste: Sour, tart, mango, apricot, peach with a hint of citrus orange on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It was very refreshing and easy to drink. Easily a drink all day and anytime type of beer.

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Photo of justinp444
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass it has a foamy white head of a quarter inch with a mostly clear yellow body. Smell is sour patch kids, some hay, funk, light bread-y malt, and tons of citrus. Taste is sweet tarts, lots of hops, grass, lemon, and some tangerine, funk, and a slight bit of floral. Mouthfeel is moderate to full, body is full, with a moderate to full carbonation. A very good easy drinking yet sour, sour.

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Photo of guezarka
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like Lah Goo Knee Tuss right out of the 12oz bottle into the pint glass. Clear, straw color. Enticing tart smell up front. Lacing is beautiful as I drain it. Probably not everyone's pint of ale, but I relish the tartness and the vibrant mouthfeel that complement the refreshing aroma. Great warm weather beer. If you like a Berliner, give this a try. If you don't like sours, this is not your thing. Don't know if this will bring sour beer to the masses, but I don't really care about the masses. I hope that this is the start of a trend for other breweries, too.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color, with a big cloud-deck of white foam
Aroma-Briny, tart citrus. Like a lemon grove by the ocean.
Taste-Tart, briny, faintly sour at the outset, followed by an underlying spicy yeast and an almost hidden hop profile that shimmers in and out. Unique and very flavorful, an excellent warm weather quencher. Salty/spicy/yeasty/tasty and lip-smacking good!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really well done in a 12oz six pack format. Such a great crafted balance between sweet fruity hops and the tart sour. Carbonation is spot on and at 5.7% it's really a nice light summer beer that is at a great range. This beer really surprised me how well Lagunitas pulled this off. I will be buying this one again many time.

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Photo of drpimento
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really kind of neat take on a sour. Hop aroma. Flavor's hop, citrus fruit and pith, malt, just right sour matched perfectly with the carbonation. Super drinkable

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear straw gold with a dense creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like tart peach, fresh crushed mixed berries, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, orange citrus, grapefruit, with mild pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes very tart, slightly sweet and sour with fresh acidic citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, some peach, crushed mixed berries, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, malty cracker, with mild pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice sour ale.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas mason jar.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that slowly settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A pretty juicy and sour aroma with a scent of citrus and wild yeast. Upfront citrus hop scent of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, and lemon along with pineapple, peach, and green apple. Sour and tart scent of lacto yeast. Also some dank hints of piney and grassy hops. Malt hints of grains and cracker. An interesting and solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and sour taste with notes of citrus fruit and wild yeast. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango and lemon zest along with some notes of green apple, peach, and pineapple. Sour and tart notes of lacto yeast. Some earthy hop notes of pine and grass. Malt notes of cracker, wheat, and grains. A little candied sugar as well. A pretty nice tart and juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and drying.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Sour. Nice blend of juicy citrus flavor with the sour yeast.

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Photo of taters21
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden head with 2 fingers of foam and tons of carbonation.
On the smell all I'm picking up is cherry, and some grapefruit, but smells like a nice ipa.
Very tart and refreshing, hops are muted a bit but still there, a nice little bit of malt, and a crisp, dry finish.
Mouthfeel is light, and super carbonated, certainly this is a good summer choice.
Overall, wow, not normally into sours but I really dig this brew, flavorful, light, super carbonated, this might fight otra vez for my summer go to beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out as a clear, solid golden color, plenty of life with a towering all white foam cap at first, settles down fast enough.
Very pungent aroma! Sour, wheat and clover, tangy, big grapefruit and major sour-citrus. The Lacto B yeast aroma is pretty unique here.
Starts out tasting like a huge grapefruit style ipa , and then you're hit with the wild mash! Bitter and citric , big time!
Feels very clean, refreshing and wicked dry finish. The dry hops make for even more earthy, bitterness.
This is a very interesting and fun brew. A wild yeast ale that is not in a Belgian/French style!. I dig it.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear, light gold with a frothy head that stays a while. Good lacing.

S - Pine and cedar

T - Sweet and sour turns to sour than changes to tangy. Medium hops. There are apple notes but unlike the smell, not much pine.

O - Excellent brew from an excellent brewer. If you can find it, buy it. Cheers!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Native Sons Alehouse, on to the beer:

Looking. Light pale golden color with a somewhat creamy head, with lots of sticking lacing, this ale features a unique, slightly tart, but aromatic floral, pine, and melon notes. The flavor hits it home with that tart like lemonade flavor, backed by little squeezes of honeydew, and tangerine. Despite its tartnesss, Aunt Sally drinks like a pale ale and doesn't overwhelm the palate with overwhelming tartness. I must admit, Aunt Sally is a winner.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant gold to straw gold (SRM 4-5) producing a stiff, sticky white 3” foam cap that takes nearly 4 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size leaving Jack Frost type lace. Even after 5 minutes a mound of lace still floats on top of the beer.
S: Citrus, grassy herbs, a hint of fresh laundry.
T: Attacks with malt and a trace of sweetness then a wave of of sour tartness takes over supported by citrus and light malt notes. Light fruity malt flavors provide balance. Hops present more as herbal and fruit than bitterness.
F: Light to medium light body, very effervescent, crisp and refreshing.
O: The parts meld together pretty well in the beer resulting in a very refreshing, characterful drink on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of Raime
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This would be a great introduction to the style for somebody who has never had a wild ale.

Golden pour with a nice two finger white head.

Smells is a touch hippy with a twang of that funk and basement

Taste follows up more on the funk, a touch of sour melded with bitter. Hops are prevalent for balance as expected from Lagunitas. Basement esque is all apparent.

Feel is moderate with a low carbonation and super drying. You'll need a glass of water after this brew

Overall this was pretty damn nice for a $1.99 single from a local liquor store. As stated in the beginning I feel that this would make a great entry brew into the world of wild ales. Not too sour, not too sweet, and not too funky. Reasonably priced and tasty enough for all. Try it.

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Photo of rob-cubed
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lacto beers can be one-dimensional and thankfully this isn't one of them. Lagunitas manages to create a pale-ale-like brew using dry hops for nose and lacto for bittering/sourness. It's a pleasing combination that is at first citrusy, then sour, then citrusy again. It's very light and clean with a dry lemony finish. A perfect summer beer.

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

very interesting beer, looks like a nice pale ale with some beautiful golden hues.
smells slightly sour, acidic, with a nice dose of hops (maybe mosaic?)
taste is perfect, with mildly sour notes and a nice juicy hoppy bite
very tasty and refreshing!

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