Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.81/5
Very Good
899 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:
#15,027
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
899
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
217
Trade:
0
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Photo of DareOfTheHog
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerBobber
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color showing a lot of carbonation with just a fingernail of a white head that quickly dissipates.

The smell is a punch in the face of grassy hops.

Taste is earthy and tart. I do pick up some cherries or grapes on the flavor. Lots of grassy earthy herbal flavors.

Mouth feel is light with a puckering finish that seems a bit sticky. Similar to a dry white wine really!

Overall a pretty good beerI would, and did, enjoy cold. If this bevetage were warmed I think it may become a bit of a hop stinker.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm sure this is a great beet to those who like/love a Sourmash. This was my first try of this type and it was not my thing.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cd34
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

Photo of ONUMello
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellow with a fizzy one-finger head
S: A bit light; some pine and generic sour fruit
T: Meh. There's pine and sour but nothing distinct
M: Thin, sour, no body
O: The first disappointing beer I've had from Lagunitas in a while3

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

Photo of SMZBrew
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells delicious - hoppy, tart, grapefruit with a hint of mango. It all goes downhill after that. It tastes like it was cut with grapefruit juice - watered down. There is an interesting hoppy, citrus, and that grapefruit bitterness that has some potential. Unfortunately, the beer is way too thin in terms of body to pull this off.

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Photo of ultimatesearch
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peachy-tay
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ChuckTom
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, 138 7 2 ... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, sunny golden yellow liquid, topped with an excellent mushroom crest of jiggly, spongy foam... maintains a thin cap till the end

S: with head - mint, pine needles, gummy rings (life savers), sweat, and misty glass... overall, somewhat dense, but not overpowering, and no real boozy notes... delicately fruity and musky

T: dry, wafer-y malt, lemon peel tone up front that shifts more to grapefruit in the finish... I'm a bit surprised how, for a Lagunitas ale, how relatively 'light' the flavors are - while it's undeniably hoppy, with the kettle sour enhancing their earthiness, it seems only as hoppy as an average-to-robust Bo-pils as it goes along... the absence of much sweetness on the back end is strange at first

F: tart and bitter tang left buzzing the tastebuds after long... middle soft, foamy, lightly juicy-slick... back end nicely dry, with the afterglow mildly acidic and puckering

O: this tastes nearly exactly how I anticipated it to be, until I watched their video description prior to drinking this, and assumed then it would be much more vibrantly hoppier, which it isn't relative to most of their lineup - at any rate, there's some bold touches on the edges, but very little depth and character at its core... I could see drinking this again, but a six-pack?? eh, not sure about that

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Photo of Trentt2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
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 coopdog1000
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

7/8/17 bottle @ 3 Palms

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Photo of Z3roRage
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Aunt Sally from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 899 ratings
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