Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Aunt SallyAunt Sally
BA SCORE
3.81/5
867 Ratings
Aunt SallyAunt Sally
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
Ranking:
#13,617
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
867
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
200
Trade:
0
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet, sour and fruit, even Lagunitas can't help but give the sour trend a try. With the bold hop flavor that piles on the fruity citrus, tropical and orchard fruit variety, they now introduce a clean lactic sourness to the complexity to give the session a strong resemblance to sweetheart childhood candy. Look like Aunt Sally had a sassy side.

Pale, mostly clear and with a bright golden glean, the saucy ale rolls along with an arid white, pillow froth. With tropical and citrus fruits abundant, the nose picks up on the tangy scent of cider, sharp white wine and sour grape. Light with honey, confectioner's sweetness and mild caramel, the lightly toasted, nutty and graham cracker-like malt greet the early palate delicately.

The middle palate shows a quick decline of malt while a host of lemon, lime, crabapple and white grape hit the middle palate running. A quick follow-up of pink grapefruit, tangy orange and gooseberry offer a fruit-forward succulence ahead of savory pineapple, passionfruit, mango and kiwi. The sour, tangy and acidic fruit flavors seem endless.

Medium-light in body, the beer's simplicity is its charm. Restrained on its more earthy characteristics, the flavors a clean, concise and disciplined. One-dimensional in its sour display, this direct taste allows the ale to also carry a drinkability, refreshing texture and crisp mouthfeel to win over lovers of sourness and bitterness alike.

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3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Crazy Annie, New York, NY.

A tame and drinkable sour ale - not real sour, unfortunately - but at this beer's low price you can't expect a rival to the best expressions of the style.

Bright malt backbone. Sourness is straight lactobacillus bacteria from what I can gather...no pedio or acetobacter here. Drinks clean and clinical, lacking any microflora or other indications of true spontaneous fermentation and evoking a beer aged in stainless steel instead of wood.

Hints of peach. Some floral hop character. Hop extract.

Slightly smacky. Smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing. Overcarbonated. Not hot or boozy.

It's exactly what I expected - a serviceable sour ale that'll scratch one's itch for the style but won't impress. Unless price is a huge factor, you're better off getting one of the more widely available Belgian sour ales (Petrus, Rodenbach, Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge, Duchesse de Bourgogne.) Competent, but not a beer I'd buy regularly.

B- (3.34) / WORTHY

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives clear and honey colored with a modest head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Slightly tart apple and cherry aromatics

Taste: As in the aroma, there is a slightly tart, fruity character; the hops take over in middle and more tartness arrives through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I had this on tap and was unimpressed but it is a much better beer in the bottle as the hops and the tartness are much more pronounced

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

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a half finger of fuzzy head that settles rapidly to a ring leaving traces dots of lacing. Aroma of orange zest and a faint bit of hoppiness... taste follows nose with a mildly tart finish. Light and fresh feel. Very enjoyable.

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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/10/2016. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, pear, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, pear, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness and fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, pear, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitter/tartness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately acidic/sticky, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice sour mashed american pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Aunt Sally from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 867 ratings
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