Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
804 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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
Ratings:
804
Reviews:
197
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
189
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Texasfan549
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | 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 jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | 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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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 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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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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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with decent soapy lacing, crystal clear golden pilsner color.

Nose brings some lemony tartness, a little sour funk, bright sour lacto like funk, with bright grassy floral hops, and a phenolic like chemically sour note.

Taste brings nice sour lemony funk, tart sour lemon candy and some sweetness, some grassy floral hops, a little spicy fruity hop, light tropical like fruity musty guava thing, lemon and generic citrus rind, little creamy flemmy acidic lacto like funk. Finish a touch flemmy but dry, a little grassy hop lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a little flemmy acidic tart, decent carb.

Overall eh, had some interesting flavors but not a great combination of flavors, but interesting nonetheless.

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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "Aunt Sally"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating

For some reason, and I don't know why, I was expecting a darker beer, but this is a clear golden beneath a creamy head of white that holds well and leaves solid rings of lace with each sip (at least initially) - very impressive for a sour beer.

The aroma is tart, and a bit fruity (peach, apricot, tangerine), but there's also malt there, and a little bit of hops. As there's no freshness dating it's hard to tell where it's at, but the first 4 numbers are "125 6" which I might guess refers to the 125 day of 2016 which would have been May 4th... that's only 4 months ago. Well, in any case I get some soft pine and grapefruit which is pleasant, but probably nowhere near what it's like when it's fresh.

The flavor follows, offering softly tart candy that's kind of like "Smarties" in that there's not really that much fruit flavor, nor really that much sugar or tartness. Maybe I should just say it's mildly tart and fruity. OK, again, there is a piney hoppiness in the back but it's almost ghostly. It's hard to tell where the grapefruit falls within the tart fruitiness that's already there. Not that the lack of hoppiness detracts from the beer. I'm sure it's quite a different beast when fresh, but what I've got in front of me is pleasant enough. In fact, I'm wondering if stronger hop flavors wouldn't just ride roughshod over the tart fruitiness... ? There's a mild bitterness to it, which balances against the malt, and in combination with the tartness it finishes dry and somewhat hoppy with just a little acidity that lingers through to the next sip.

It's light to light-medium in body with a delicate, fine-bubbled effervescent that gently caresses the palate (no need for any more zestiness if you've got tartness, right?). Smooth and almost velvety once warmed.

In the end I have to at least call it interesting, and enjoyable as well. It's tart but not puckering, and really easy to drink. I'll look forward to finding this fresh on tap.

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Aunt Sally from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 804 ratings.
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