Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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...

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-04-2016

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Photo of DUIDontCare
1.39/5  rDev -63.5%
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 moysauce
1.86/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Let me preface that I am not huge on sours or wilds, etc. So really, not my beer at all. Really just not about this.

Appearance was very mediocre. Not a fan of the smell, mainly because there wasn't much to smell. Taste was just that awful yeast taste I can't stand. Feel was very tolerable, but the taste was that awful washed up copper tart/sour. Just not for me.

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Photo of cochan
1.97/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bitter and sour probably shouldn't ever meet.

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Photo of rickklein9
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of psoriasaurus
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There is nothing appealing about this beer. It looks like Daytime and smells and tastes like soured armpit. Lagunitas should be ashamed of themselves for even putting this one on the shelves, but I guess they have built such a massive brand now that anyone will buy anything from them and enjoy it. Pretty terrible.

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Photo of corywalston
2.08/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Photo of Kenharkerjr
2.21/5  rDev -42%
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 mugs1789
2.26/5  rDev -40.7%
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 VirginiaBeerMan
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very light yellow (Budweizeresque) with no discernible head. I didn't so much mind the tart but it simply did not have that much body and just didn't taste that good. To me, it almost falls out of the beer category. It might be better outside on a hot day as it would be easy to consume several, but for the taste. I've had many, many Lagunitas beers and I have yet to fine one I didn't like, until now.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden color,aroma was heavy sour grapefruit. The taste followed the smell,sour,bitter,grapefruit. It tasted more like an ipa/sour. I believe it was well made but I found the excessive grapefruit taste too much to take.I'm biased as I'm not a fan of ipa type of beers and this tasted very similar

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Photo of Karnivool1
2.44/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a definite one and done for me. This beer confuses itself, no traits that stand out. Dry hopping and sour mash don't mix too well in this. I finished my bottle but was happy when it was done.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
2.44/5  rDev -36%
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 beerrat
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Photo of vfgccp
2.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.52/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Typical towering, world class Lagunitas appearance. Voluptuous head, leaving tons of lace behind as it recedes slowly, and a clear, bell-like transparent body of honey golden hue.

Aromas of brett and dry hop make up most of the profile. Some bread and raspberries. (As it warms the aroma takes on more of a straight onion smell.)

Eeeech. A very conflicted beer. An ugly balance between onion/armpit and a sour beer. Almost an instant drain pour but I'm trying to keep an open mind as I search for other flavors. Maybe a touch of that raspberry jam I smelled earlier. It leaves a sweet tarts like finish on the lips you can lick off.

Feel is buzzing and creamy, and quenches nicely.

Overall, an obvious avoidance in the future. On the lower half of the Lagunita's beers I've tried. Won't be revisiting again.

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Photo of Segelstrom
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Photo of thedifferencemaker
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of yaksurf
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bsp77
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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 RickyBfromCT
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Turbo
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm sure this is a great beet to those who like/love a Sourmash. This was my first try of this type and it was not my thing.

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Photo of jmd1978
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with thin head. Smell very sweet and sour. Citrus candy, lemons, sour grapes and apples. Taste like whiskey sour mix and sweet tarts. Maybe a beer taste at the end. Finish coats the mouth. Not sure what to make of this beer since it's my first sour beer. It's very sweet and the sour reminds me of childhood candy but overall it's interesting. Could drink again...maybe.

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Photo of jadpsu
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks pretty good in a glass, though the nose seems a tad dinky. Some gentle grassy dry hopping comes through in the nose, as does the textbook Lagunitas house character. An intense lemon tart (relatively speaking - this is a rather timid aroma) characteristic hints at the sourness nicely, though it definitely doesn't have the integration of some of the better hoppy sours. The flavor does remind me of little lemon candies - problem is, there isn't much else to it. Maybe there's a touch of herbaceous hop flavors to finish it off, but otherwise it's a pretty one-dimensional offering that doesn't even have the best integration of said singular dimensions. At least it goes down easily, with a light body, good carbonation, and balanced sweetness (just not balanced flavors). By no means is this a drainpour, but it hardly shows any sort of lactobacillus mastery, either.

2.91/5: Please excuse my dear aunt Sally (here's one for the math teachers!)

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Aunt Sally from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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