Lumpy Gravy | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 244
Reviews by westsidemiller:
Photo of westsidemiller
4.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I musty start by saying that I did not get a chance to try this beer right away for comparison. I tried it after ageing it for 1 year and I was very, very impressed. It poured a dark mahogany with carbonation that stuck around. I served this beer at about 60 degrees for that is what I'm accustomed to with Belgians.

The aroma was amazing. Raisin and plum notes, with a spicy undertone. Very rich and complex, much like I would expect from a Belgian dark strong?

The flavor is fantastic, rich, sweet, and complex. Definitely a slow sipper. Finishes crisp with slight alcohol warming. Really a complex flavor, much like eating a rich chocolate cake. I must say that I've tried hundreds of varied beers throughout my years, and this was unique.

Mouth feel was thick and rich. Almost syrupy.

I wish I had another bottle of this one. If anyone reads this and has a bottle stored somewhere, pop it. It is well worth the wait. I'm going to go and put this on my wants list right now.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man those guys at Lagunitas love Frank Zappa thats cool I dont know much bout em but its cool they put out a few beers with his likeness on them.This poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich amber nice clarity to it with a tight formed clingy 1 1/2 finger slight off white head atop.Mild aromas for Lagunitas slight sweet caramel with a little alcohol not much hop presence maybe a hint of leaf but you have to look for it.Flavors are sweet nearly gummy with big fruit character mixed with caramel,hops take a backseat with a bit of a leafy backbone but it doesnt play a pivotal role in the overall scheme of things.All in all above average but not much more,I still love this brewery no matter what.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This was an unlumpy solid brown in color with a moderate off-white head.

Smell - The rich brown malts are big at the smell. The grain is heavily-toasted with some light brown sugar.

Taste - The big malt flavor comes out in force. This is a really big-flavored ABA. The malts have a strong toasty flavor. There is some nice brown sugar here as well.

Mouthfeel - For all its big flavors, the body of this ale is mild, not light-bodied but a far cry from medium. The carbonation is rightfully mild as well.

Drinkability - This is a great Brown Ale with a big, big bite. It's not a mild, highly-sessionable type of beer but one that reflects the Lagunitas tradition of originality while staying within the general style guidelines.

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Photo of brewdogmrb
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now I may be biased by the positively idyllic environment in which this beer was consumed (outdoors, visiting family, beautiful day), but I really enjoyed it. 7% ABV is totally obscured by a mild flavor, sweet and "flowery" as my brother-in-law put it, but not extreme in flavor at all. A hint of bitterness mixed with the rest of the flavor profiles made it truly enjoyable, smooth drinking, and awesome. A great Brown Ale that was probably a bit sweeter and less bitter than most beers I typically reach for, but for certain, I'd definitely hit it again.

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Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown with some reddish, mahagony highlights. Okay head on the pour, a little thin white thing that eventually reduced to a very thin bubble layer. Not much sticking going on either.

Really clean aroma, hints of malt and some sugary sweetness. A touch of slightly floral hops. Kind of lacking in this department I think.

Flavor comes through with much more punch than the aroma would suggest. Nice dark dinner roll maltiness along with some nuttiness as well. The nuttiness isn't overdone, which is a good thing to me. A nice touch of caramel sweetness works in well. Flavor lingers quite a while to allow you to bask in the malts. No hints of the 7.2%, something I find quite common with Lagunitas brews. Someone mentioned this is between a Scottish and a Brown ale, and I really have to agree.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of things, not dry at all since it has some lingering sweetness, but not quite what I'd call medium bodied either. Carbonation is somewhat low.

Overall, this is a decent big brown ale. Not really hoppy like some of the IBAs that several folks have now. Goes down easy and the ABV is absolutely hidden.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a light brown/amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is pretty subdued - sweet sugar with some alcohol and maybe some fruit and nuts.

The flavor is sweet toasted malts and nuts with a decent bitter finish. Harsh alcohol comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full with good carbonation.

Overall, a different and interesting beer, but it just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice coppery brown color with a small long-lasting trace of head and lace. Very pretty.

It smells sweet and malty and the taste lines right up with that. Just enough hop presence that this isn't like syrup.

Delicious beer and a nice one to share with someone who isn't sure they like beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, w/o freshness info, these guys must be huge Zappa fans, what is this their third FZ themed brew? This one on the darker side of typical for an ABA. Rich mahogany actually. Typical if short lived tan head, leaves all sorts of nice looking lacing upon the typical swirl. Bready, malty nose. Nice stronger brown ale. Malty brw, perhaps a little thin on the tongue, but that likely add to the session ability of this one. Easy drinking, quality offering and pleasant enough. Well worth a try or more

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Photo of mattster
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened 22oz bomber, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a beautiful brown brew with a light but bubbly head. Some lacing on side of glass.

Smell is very strong of Carmel malts - almost a molasses smell.

Taste follows through with nice notes of earthy hops and nice Carmel. Not as sweet as smell would have you believe, but all in all, it is a clean tasting beer, until the finish, which leaves a bit more aftertaste than I really want from a brew.

A decent brew, but I can think of others from Lagunitas I'd purchase before this one.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber with a decent off-white head. Caramel, soap, brown sugar, figs, and dough. Some nuttiness and toasty malt that you would expect for a brown ale, but with ore spice and hops, with figs, dark fruit, and the Laginitas fruity/sweet taste that seems to be in all their beers. The beer was all over the place.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off poured into my Corsendonk Abbey Brown ale chalice, appears a great bright ruby brown tone with a large light beige head thick bubbles adorn the sides of my glass as it slowly dwindles. Btw I'm listening to Lumpy Gravy with the pouring of this brew. Aromatics are typical of the style in the roasted nuttiness with sweet caramel and toffee malt notes layered in with a balancing dose of medicinal herbal hops. Flavor roasted malts balance of tobacco leaf, chocolate, and toffee candy notes, earthy bittering herbal hops really adorn their presence in the finish, hop burps ensue. Well balanced or at least more so than alot of the Lagunitas more aggressive offerings. Mouthfeel is medium bodied texture is even with mellow moderate carbonation level, leafy earthiness toned hops really stick around after the sweetness resides. Drinkability is solid although not huge on brown ales this is one I could enjoy in number and the 7.2 abv is definitely deceiving hard to detect and well orchestrated just like Zappa's Lumpy Gravy.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was all over the board for me-but in a good way and I'll elaborate:
Poured a straight light brown ale color, some reddish hues trying to escape with the light.
Aroma-malty, sweet with some mild hops present.
Mouthfeel- tastes like a brown ale, medium malty body with mild hops. Great carbonation. The coolest chocolate aftertaste occurs right after the finish. It also has a grainy malt texture that comes through about mid-bottle like an alt beer and I like this too. Very tasty and very sessionable. Love the Zappa series and Lagunitas' is in heavy rotation when I can get it!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear nutty-red body with a thin creamy head that fades to a collection of big bubbles and then is gone. There is a good carbonation of big bubbles that gild to the surface.

S- This beer has a nice sweetness to the dark roasted caramel flavor and a soft green hop finish.

T- The taste of toasted malt has a light roasted malt note and some soft smoky peat notes that come through when it warms. There is a soft sweetness and a light tangy note that fade into a soft green pine hop finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz at the finish. There is no alcohol heat noted.

D- This beer has a good roasted malt flavor and a nice little support accent from the hops. The smoke hints were really nice and enhanced the malt without dominating, or becoming offensive.

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Photo of pwoods
1.93/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at From the Vine in Columbus, poured into a pint.

A: Dark brown pour, good visibility. Short head forms but holds decently. A bit of lacing here and there.

S: Very spicy smelling. Reminds me of a winter warmer. On the sweet side and without much hop presence at all.

T/M: Has a rather strong medicinal taste to it, along with a bunch of raw alcohol. Actually tastes a little like the yellow cough syrup they used to make back in the day.. just much more alcoholic. More of a super winter warmer spices and loads of sweetness. The taste lingers and intensifies after the swallow.

D: Drain pour, no thanks. Sorry.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't get me wrong. Nothing against Zappa's music, but he was an ugly guy. Looking at him does not make me thirsty. Fortunately, there's no points here for bottle design.

Reddish brown, with fairly large bubbles on top. Smells a bit maltier than I would have expected, which I really like.

Tastes much hoppier than it smells, which is strange. The malt and the hops seem out of balance. They don't mesh well. It's like this beer is....Lumpy.


Put that way, it's probably the perfect beer for Zappa fans.

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Photo of sloejams
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've been fond of the other 2 Frank Zappa beers that Lagunitas has put out, so I quickly snatched this one up when I saw it hit the shelves.

It pours a murky brown with a booming head. The smell is quite malty with some molasses and brown sugar. The taste was subdued the molasses flavor distant. There was a slight astringent to the finish but I was surprised to see the ABV so high.

In all, I wasn't terribly fond of this one.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber from a pretty cold fridge. It is 78 degrees outside, and a cold beer would be nice. Pleased to find this leftover sitting lonely on the shelf at Gary's in Madison NJ. The Zappa series has been an interesting one, and I'm not really even going to bother reviewing this based on the BA style listed.

A-Medium garnet with some chill haze and a medium eggshell head that foam up nicely in spite of the temperature of the beer, and settles to a thin ring with lattice lacing down the side of the glass as it goes down. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I'm a sucker for reds. A brown ale? I don't think so?

S-Very interesting, fruits and alcohol. If blindfolded I'd think this was a barleywine. A brown ale? I'm still not seeing it.

D-Sweet creamy smooth molasses malts, caramel, butterscotch. What is this? I still don't think it is a brown ale, Like Zappa, it defies categorization, but it is, indeed very good. Reminds me a bit of a toned down Brown Shugga. I like it a lot.

M-Well balanced in all respects.

D-This is extremely drinkable, and frankly, not sure why the reviews are not giving this higher is damn good. A shame that it is a one off.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice crystal clear reddish amber with a very small head that left nothing in it's wake as it quickly melted away.

Aroma is very subtle. Clean fresh mildly sweet malt is just about all I can sense in the aroma.

Taste is much more acute. Bold roasted amber malts give a burnt chocolate and sweet caramel taste to the tongue. Citrus peel hops on the end erase the sweetness and leave your mouth clean and dry.

Interesting big brown...really enjoyable. Nothing sticky or cloying with this one.

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Photo of BBeerL
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would decribe this beer as a full version of newcastle. With a 22oz limited edition beer you would expect a big beer, but it is not. It is a nice medium bodied beer. The hops are not over powering and the malt remain suttle. Overall a very nice beer, and would happily drink again

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas- Lumpy Gravy

A- Clean clear reddish-brown with a thick foamt head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Cinnamon, nutmeg, oak, and malt.
T- Molasses malt with big doses of spices. Cinnamon and vanilla come through with a dry powery dusting of nutmeg and ginger. Woodsy oak flavors come through with a touch of alc. in the end.
M- Strong malt up front with an earthy dry bitter bite throughout the body. Alc. pokes through in the end.

Overall- Didn't WOW me, but was easily drinkable. Worthy of a pint or a bomber.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brownish amber with a large off white head that lasts a long time leaving great lacing. The smell is very pungent with bread yeast and a certain "nuttiness" that's very appealing. The taste is full of coffee,"nuttiness",toffee,and an aftertaste of slightly bitter citrus hops. The m/f is light and crisp with the higher alcohol,brown ale flavors,and hops mix very well. I have to admit I was skeptical about this beer,but this is damn good and a real treat. Enjoy.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color, good bubbles floating to the top, with spotty lacing. The label's also awesome, and I hope they continue with the series.

Smell: Caramel and mild chocolate, citrus hops and earthiness. Grassiness and nice bitter and floral hops round it out.

Taste: Initial notes of malt, roasted and bitter chocolate, mild caramel, fading with candied citrus, cherries, orange and lemon. Finishing strong with the malt, but a lingering finishing comes with sour fruits, bitter hops, and earthy roasted malts. Complex and bizarrely intriguing as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with fairly creamy and rich carbonation.

Drinkability: A good series and I hope they keep doing it. I know this will be limited, but if this were a 6-pack I'd buy it. A lot of nice complexity for a style that I usually don't give much stock to. Frank Zappa brings good things, however, and this is no different.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: "According to Mr. Zappa: 'Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid'." One of the greatest, truest quotes ever. Huge thanks to the ultra-generous msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Pours a big, bubbly, sturdy head. Color is a glowing bronzed brown.

Aroma is spicier and a little less nutty than most brown ales. Brown sugar and cinnamon, plus something like steamed milk. Not a great deal of depth to the aroma, but what's there is nice.

Flavor is unique, like Zappa himself. Not like a similarly "big" brown ale (DFH's India Brown Ale, for example), not really like your typical, lower-ABV browns either. The roasted character holds a candy-like sweetness, and brown sugar comes into play again, as does a pinch of cardamom, caramel/toffee, some cinnamon too. Nuttiness reminds of filberts. Big roasted nutty/spicy and hoppy finish makes this a completely satisfying flavor.

A left-of-center brown, and considering the subject of the label and name, it oughtta be. It's got an relatively exotic vibe, and is the kind of brown ale I could go for on a regular basis. Good, good stuff.

[NP: Frank Zappa - 'Chunga's Revenge'...because of the 16 FZ albums I own, I don't have 'Lumpy Gravy'. Lame, huh?]

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-dark brown, with salmon highlights. The head is short and tan and endures the duration as a skimming.
The featured aromas here are caramel and brown sugar. Deeper within, traces of vanilla, hazelnut, raspberry, and toasted grain. No hopping to note, this is a sweet beer.
It rides in to the mouth with a brief moment of coarse grain, then it quickly plunges in to a sweet confectionery caramel and brown sugar bath. And here it will stay. Sweet dough, chocolate-covered vanilla cherries, and finally a lengthy trend toward hazelnut and almond liqueurs. Hopping is not a factor, taste-wise, apart from some late, barely perceivable chewed plant matter. But there is enough subliminal bitterness to form some balance, as this never begins to approach cloying levels.
It's a dextrinous, nearly full bodied liquid. The tiny-beaded carbonation doesn't seems like much a first, but sticks around the duration to provide levity from all this sugar, and makes it easy to plow through the bomber. Though two in an evening might be pushing it.
This is like a Brown Ale strung onto a Wee Heavy frame. It's all types of malty. Of the Zappa series, this is a stark departure from the first 2 big IPAs. Though, it's not unprecedented in the Lagunitas lineup, as the overt brown sugar traits show a common lineage to Brown Shugga' and Hairy Eyeball, but this is its own creation. And a good one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brick Store Pub enjoyed with Dave. Smell is a strong good IPA. That overwhelms the brown, which is a tribute to dark malts, some roast, and an attempt at balance. There is some lemon. A lot of ideas that make it depend on the mood and what you are eating, and this is an American strong and not a brown.

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