Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Aunt SallyAunt Sally

Brewed by:
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...

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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 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 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 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 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 DBosco
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little hazy, lemon gold with a nice white head. Citrus smell very nice. Taste is tart with some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is clean with a little carbonation. Overall, a good beer if you want something with a clean moderately hoppy taste that is a little sour.

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

Quite hazy, sort of peach in color, with a finger of foamy white head. Fair lacing, carbonation looks on the lighter side. The aroma is stone fruits and tropical, and i am getting a distinct sour note and some green apple. The flavor is a nice tart blast that envelopes your whole palate right off the bat. A small amount of sweetness comes in about 3/4 of the way into the sip. There is an apricot jam note, cracker malt, and a lot of light dried fruit sort of nondescript flavors. The tartness really lingers as you drink the beer. The feel is medium body, good level of carbonation, and very dry overall. My first beer in this style, I think it's pretty tasty, and pretty refreshing.

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

Little to no head.
Smell is just fruit.
Taste is just like a hoppy sour. I like it. Not as good as almanac citra but gets pretty close at a reasonable cost. A 6pk is the same price as the citra almanac 375ml bottle. Cool

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

I tried this on tap at Peachtree served chilled in a pint.

The color is golden with good clarity and white head with good retention and fine bead. The smell is herbal from the hops with a light sour scent. The feel is good a nice mix of slightly sour elements with mild bitterness and refreshing level of carbonation with low sweetness.

The taste gets better as it warms -up front the hops come through which was a little unexpected but mid palate some subtle sour flavors like tangy green apple are more evident. I like the hop flavor which is subtle enough to support without dominating or creating a strange contrasting taste. I would recommend this to those who enjoy kettle soured beers - I think this is a tasty sour beer that is not too intensely sour to be enjoyed

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes taken 09/10/16:

A clear golden amber, just gorgeous in this flimsy flute. Wispy, delicate, fine-foamed white head of lower-moderate retention. Amazing hoppy aroma, doesn’t seem “sour” at all, just resin, rind, and, of course, mango and orange and passion fruit. Very seductive, especially if you like West Coast IPAs. Fruity-tart (especially lemon) to the extreme (well, for beer, but there are many more sours that are...more sour), with otherwise crackery palate, but in perfect balance with fruity, rindy, even soapy hops. Finish ranges from vinous to bready to crackery to rindy and peppery, but is semi-clean. Much less IPA-like to taste, but still decent hopping, albeit dry-hopping. Light body, creamy, loaded with extra fine spritz. Glad I got to not only try this beer, but procure a six-pack for under $10.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow with a white fluffy but thin blanket.

Smell is funky cheese, sweet tarts, and, unfortunately, some septic system.

Taste is lemon water, orange zest, lightly sour yet bitter with somewhat liberal hopping.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from New Seasons.

A clear light orange with a thin, white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is a blend of mildly sweet honey, a moderate yogurty lactic acid bite and a bright citrus hop character that takes on a chalky note in conjunction with the lactic acid. Mildly floral as well. The palate opens tart and lactic with quite a bit of yogurt, a mild cereal flavor, a little toast and some dry hop flavor. A little grassy and quite citrusy, and a little chalky, the flavors are decent. Drying, tart and mildly sweet on the finish, this beer is light in body and moderately carbonated. Solid stuff

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Photo of mntlover
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that falls to scum with some good lacing.

Aroma is nice wonderful hops very good aroma from the dry hopping. Very fruity and sweet on top with the sour brett notes ( ok know its Lactobacillus) notes hiding underneath the great hop nose. Kind of reminds me of Little Brett.

Taste is nice big tart notes a little fruity but since its dry hopped not much hop flavor to balance it out.
Maybe touches of sweetness form the malt but mainly just tart. Eh not bad but the nose had me wishing they threw some hops in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is light not sure if its the tartness or the carbonation but it seems bubbly .

Overall eh getting to be fall so don't see me picking up more of these maybe in the summer. Would be better with some hops in the brew kettle. That being said the nose is great.

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Photo of bonns42
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lemon citrus aroma, with a bit of pine. Very tart flavor, with lemons and limes, a little bit of bread through the middle and a surprisingly piney, hoppy finish. Really refreshing and tasty. It would be really nice on the deck in the summer.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - light gold
S - fruity hops, slightly acidic
T - assertive bitterness, lightly tart
M - dances on the palate
O - Very refreshing and quaffable. Loved it

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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 Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like unripe apricot and minerals, with some lemon zest and herbal hops.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest and tart unripe apricot and earthy minerals, with some dank herbal hops. It had a clean tart aftertaste.
M: It was oily with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an interesting brew, most similar to a brett IPA. The scent and taste were fairly bold and complex, but not the best combination of flavors. The body was good, but the finish had lingering tartness, so it was better to sip. Not bad to try once, but not great.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, New Belgium glass, no decipherable freshness date.

This has the best head I've seen in quite some time. Billows of bubbles that stick to the glass and are still around in force 5-10 minutes after the pour. Rich goldenrod color.

Floral, citrus rind. Smells like an American Pale Ale.

Orange juice, citrus oil, C hop bitterness, vitamin C. Sour edge on a nice floral, citrus pale ale.

Balanced body where tartness helps balance the malt. Slightly sour, clean finish.

It makes sense that this is a Lagunitas sour. They soured a hoppy pale ale. It's a delicious combination of very fresh hops and tart, sour beer. This sample was clearly fresh from the strength and vibrancy of the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear yellow color
S- tart fruity smell
T- tart fruit mostly
M- light bodied
D- very good, I was curious how it was going to be but I ended up really liking it. Very nice beer!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Yellow with clarity, small amount of lacing left on top of the brew

S - Grapes, fruit

T - Spices, belgian yeast, slight tart, but nothing dominates..

F - Well carbonated, light body

O - just a nice relaxing refreshing brew, probably best for day drinking on a hot afternoon

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Photo of Jfish
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first smell one would think this is an IPA or hoppy session. Then your first taste would have you dead wrong.

It has the sour of a gose. Not too crazy, but not light either. There's some fruit in the flavor...I cannot tell what. It's light on fruit and more sour.

Very little hop flavor. If I were to guess; I would say they only dry hopped this or very little for bittering.

Very light color and lots of carbonation like you would expect from a gose.

I'm glad to see more beers like this becoming common place.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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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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 BurritoBen
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

Unique aroma, very fruity. The smell the sour mash hits your nose in a pleasant way.

Strong flavor, but not over-bearing for how bold the tart is at first. Not my favorite beer from Lagunitas, but when I prefer something sweeter, Aunt Sally is a nice, crisp, change up for me.

Poured well with a small head, great golden color.

Great brewery

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