Aunt Sally | Lagunitas Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
846 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:
846
Reviews:
208
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
196
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of WhiteHendrix
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Tried this on a recommendation from Clayton Beer Cellar. I liked it better than other sour beers I have had: more hops.

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

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

Photo of singletary
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy yellowish color with plenty of carbonation. The smell is floral with a hoppy bit to it also. The taste is sweet to start off with ( I pick up on apricot) then turns to a sour lemon bite that stays with you. This is a strange brew indeed. I have never cared for a sour in the past but this one may make it easier to try one in the future.

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Photo of dcotom
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a wine glass. Aggressive pour yielded a couple of fingers of brilliant white head atop a slightly hazy golden-yellow body. Notes of citrus fruit and grapefruit pith on the aroma, with lots of barnyard funk and some light malt. Nicely balanced, with malt, lemon, grapefruit, fruity tartness, funk, and lactic sourness all contributing to the flavor profile without any of them becoming overly assertive. Finishes very dry, with quite a bit of lingering bitterness and astringence. I found this to be an excellent beer, very unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of morrowd3
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fsilva1986
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DynamiteKyle
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of classixIII
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Been likeing the sours a lot lately. Sweet- Tart-Sour sounded pretty interesting and it was. Poured a clear gold forming a quick foam about 3/8" thick. It lingered about 30 seconds. The aroma is citrus and hops with a hint of sour fruit. The taste is hops and sour at the same time with a sharp feel and great carbonation. Dry finish with a lasting sour taste. A lot of conflict going on here but in a good way.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head and lively carbonation. Nose is of tropical fruit, bready malt and earthy hops. Body is medium and very tangy. Taste is very sour, herbal hops, bready malt and lemon zest. Finish is long, sour, bitter. Good brew if you like sour.

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Photo of Trevor_martin
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hellodon
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Definitely not what I was expecting at all based on the description.

The mention of "sweet" and "bowl of fruity candy" sounded delicious, but unfortunately was not accurate. Unless the "bowl of fruity candy" was just all the lemon ones....and a Warhead.

Not bad, but not my favorite from Lagunitas. Being a "Wild Ale" though, it's important to remember that anything can happen...things can get wild sometimes...and this time, they did...

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

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrfrancis
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lahey
4.79/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aunt Sally is the only sour beer that I've truly enjoyed. Ived tried a few sours, but none matched the flavor and body.

I've noticed that most sours seem thin to me. Sally has nice body to it, and the sourness is like a cherryish kind of sour. Other beers have sourness, but no real flavor to go with it. Just sour water.
I really enjoy this one, though it's been a while since trying it. Hence, not very articulate tasting notes. It's a unique and delicious beer that i recommend. Like a sour patch kid and wheat beer had a baby:-)

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

Photo of HungarianCount
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of PA-hunter
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.7% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright yellow-orange. Massively tall white foamy heady, slow to dissipate. Crystal clear.

Smell- Doughy bread, fresh grains, fruit aroma.

Taste- Heavy barely flavor first, light crackery malt flavor. Turns sour, similar to a sour apple flavor. Flavor fades off. Something to be desired in the finish of the flavor profile. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body, low carbonation.

Overall- Seems like a sour meets pale ale. Nothing against sours or wild ales, but this beer needs something. Perhaps more flavor or another ingredient.

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Aunt Sally from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 846 ratings.
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