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Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.81/5
Very Good
876 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#14,047
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
876
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
204
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 876 |  Reviews: 215
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright, tart fruits and some floral hops.

Tastes of the tart fruits layered over a bit of grainy malt. Fruity notes lead off with tart apples, cherries, and some lemon. Malts come next with some graininess and a bit of sweetness. Hops add next with some grass and floral notes. Fruity tartness lingers through the finish a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is interesting, but I feel like there could be a bit more sweetness to tie everything together better.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a slightly hazy, lemon, yellow with a one-finger, white head. Plenty carbonation. Good, soapy lacing.
S- Tart lemon smell. Lemon, hop smell.
T- Sweet, lemony citrus taste with some mild tartness. Nice bitter and citrus hops mix well. A balanced tart, wild ale.
F- vVery crisp and refreshing with a bit of hop slap on the way out.
O- Not overwhelmingly tart and a unique combination of bitter hops that resonates.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of philbe311
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barleycorn
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WynnO
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, a rapid pour yielded a thumbnail length bubbly head that subsided into a sudsy cap that retained well and left lacing. The color was semi clear straw with spritzy carbonation.
In the nose I'm first hit by a citrusy orange and grapefruit twang that became more tart and lemony with each sniff. Midway and towards the end, I began picking up sweet tropical fruit like aromas. I even picked up a nice subtle whiff of resiny hops.
Not surprisingly, the sour and tart flavors dominated, as well as a mouthfeel that was medium to light, crisp and very dry. However, this one had more complexity beyond the tartness. For example, there was a good deal of earthy and bitter herbal hops and spices in the finish that left a linger. Also, tropical fruit flavors from the aroma made themselves felt in the taste with a moderate coating of sweetness.
I liked this one overall. It was refreshing, dynamic and interesting.

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Photo of mcpat1993
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty. A little too sweet but not overpowering either. Nice funky flavor. Definitely more depth to the flavor than briney melon for example

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

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flathead_Monster
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of icemanls4
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kovfer
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special about the look, but great aroma from the dry hopping. Crisp taste with fruity tones and strong grapefruit-like flavor. Tart. Refreshing.

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Photo of esimonoff
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tucson_brewson
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.

L - Hazy golden color that clears as it settles. A clean white inch of foam that dissipates over time and leaves a thin lacing. Classic of a pilsner/light beer.

S - Very fruity up front and overall. Peach and tropical fruits, some citrus and piney hops at the end. It's dry-hopped but not an overwhelming grassy scent.

T - The sour mash is prominent but the citrusy fruit flavors balance it out pretty well. Very little hops, slightly malty, yeasty and almost drinks like a cider or shandy.

F - Thin to medium body, crisp and carbonated, slightly sticky, but drinkable.

O - An interesting brew as I've not drank many sour ales. I enjoy other brews from Lagunitas so I figured I'd give this a try. It's unique in the sour, fruity flavors it provides. But I probably wouldn't go out of my way to order it or pick up a 6-pack.

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Photo of BlesstheHarvest
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmasher85
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another beer that fits the classic Lagunitas hop bill a bit, but the sour beer aspects definitely come out more. In fact, the sour and hoppy flavors blend so seamlessly, it's possible to overlook the hops altogether and just enjoy this as a light, citrusy sour. Some semi-dry white wine flavors up front and it becomes a bit woodier and earthier as it sits. A solid beer that I don't need to go out of my way for, but I'd certainly drink again.

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

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

Photo of y2jrock60
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aunt Sally from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 876 ratings
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