Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.81/5
Very Good
912 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:
#15,965
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
912
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
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Ratings: 912 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of SHDoyle
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Light golden and slightly hazy with not much head. The smell isn't very strong or noticeable but you can draw out sweet, bready, fruity notes. Reminds me of a white grape. Flavor is tart, citrusy, dry and acidic with, again, white grape flavors. Feel is clean and crisp with low carbonation and a light to medium body.

Suggested food pairing: Guacamole

If you like this beer then you should also try: Mmm...nothing comes to mind

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not have it again) The tart and citrus in this are a nice change of pace from the seemingly endless stream of IPAs. It's not something I think I could drink a lot of, but it's not something that I would be opposed to drinking again either.

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Photo of cbaz
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Massive white head perched upon a straight up golden colored beer with yellow-orange highlights. Head clung tenaciously to the side of the tulip shaped glass leaving multiple patterns.

Nondescript hops dominated the nose initially but then gave way to harsh lactic acidic smells.

Tart as advertised with some subtle complexity that you need to really search for.

Guessing it is a fairly good representation of the style.

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Photo of jlazz222
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of KBlodorn
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jnorris404
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atr2605
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear yellow straw color with a white head with decent retention
S-lemon, pineapple, cherry jolly rancher, green apple, subtle pine
T-more green apple, tart cherry, pineapple. with piny bitterness balance
M-medium bodied with above average carbonation
O-tasty fruity sour beer, that has great balance and a good amount of complexity, definitely would seek out again

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a really unique beer. It is very light-colored and light-bodied. The taste starts of with a semi-sweet citrus flavors, like a mild IPA, but the finish turns very sour and tart, very much like grapefruit juice. It's definitely something different.

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Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow and very hazy with good foam and lacing. Smells sweet like candy, has a sour scent. Taste is nice, a light tart citrus hits you its like a diluted candy feel, mild sour and hops, somehow it works and is pretty tasty overall. Was not sure the sour would balance but it works out well and is a fine beer to drink on a hot day or to dice up heavy beers.

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Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ntucker
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale amber producing an aggressive, moderately lasting, shaving cream foam, white head that leaves a soap bubble, clumpy ring of lace around the top 3/4 inch of the glass & streaks that reach down to link with the dense surface collar. Aroma is bread, pie crust, caramel candy green apple, pineapple, grapefruit & lemon wrapped around a medicinal note. Taste is divergent from the nose being less balanced as the hops & tart notes overpower the malt. The flavor profile is bitter/sour grapefruit, green apple, ale yeast, a little tropical fruit with a Gose like brine (strange because there is no mention of salt in this brew) developing in the finish. Overall there is only a hint of pale malt. The brew is slightly phenolic in the finish & aftertaste. Further, a note of not quite ripe, astringent persimmon opens in the finish & intensifies in the aftertaste. Throughout the first half of the sip there is a loose balance of sweet & sour with sour becoming more dominant in a lightly acidic drying finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, mouth coating, prickly & astringent with tongue numbing hoppiness. Unique & complex but the taste to a small degree & the mouthfeel to a larger degree are a little detracting. I would buy this again but intermittently. I think this is one of those beers you will either like or dislike with little middle ground.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale golden beer with a silky smooth white head. Tart lemon and green apple notes on the nose with more lemon and lime zest in the forefront of this gruitytsrt beer. A light creamy grain flavor accentuates the tart acidic taste, but there is a whole lot of vinegar texture that isn't balanced off that well. I definitely felt this beer needed more body to balance the finish.

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Photo of jsh420
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CYee
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aunt Sally from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 912 ratings