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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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Joe Canal's, Bellmawr, NJ

"This ale is released in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of the second part of Frank Zappa's 3-phaze masterwork."

I bought a couple large bottles of this, drawn to the label as I was. One I still have around somewhere. The other I imbibed at a BBQ a few years back, and I don't think I was able to savor/appreciate it fully in that atmosphere, but I tried my best.

Drank from the bottle (sorry), so I didn't get a full grasp of the appearance, to be honest. Caramel malts and molasses aroma. Very earthy taste, with caramel malts, molasses, sugar, maybe a hint of raisins, and a hop bitterness coming through in the background. On the heavy-body side, thick and chewy; decent but not too least not the way I was doing it. Heh.

I have a bottle of this for trade, but I can't guess as to how it's aged.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear medium brown color with a nice 2 inch light beige head. Nice matted rings of lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, and iced tea with lemon. This almost smells like Lipton Brisk. Taste is of caramel malt, iced tea with lemon, and citrus zest. A slight metallic taste is present as well. There is a citrus like bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is above average with a decent level of carbonation. Overall, this is an above average brown ale. Interesting packaging with the Frank Zappa collaboration. This is a couple of years old by now and it is still drinking pretty well still.

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Photo of JRed
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, cloudy brownish/red with beige fluffy head that leaves lacing. Subtle aroma of dark sweets, chocolate, nuts, malt, sugar cane. Flavors are upfront and straight-shooting: gingerbread, chocolate covered nuts, biscuit, hop bitterness, finishes spicy, toasty, slight Lagunitas' signature hop resin and a pinch of brown sugar. Medium body and filling on the palate as well as the stomach. Aggressive in carbonation. A really nice American Brown that is balanced well between sweets and substance. Contains a high ABV that isn't that noticeable among the array of malty flavors.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber that has been aging about 2 years. Pours a crystal clear, dark copper color with amazing retention and lacing. Foam is tan hued.

At this point in the beers life, the nose is laden with sweet, oxidized malts (in a good way) and a nice dose of light fruitiness. There is also some chocolate and caramel upon further inspection.

Still quite a noticeable piney hop presence left in the beer and it mingles with the malted milk oxidized flavors well. Robust flavor, yet smooth as silk...never thought I would say that about a Lagunitas beer. This beer seems to be more representative of an Olde Ale than a Brown. Alcohol is well hidden but still provides a bit of belly-warming. This is a nice beer, I am glad I was able to try an aged one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lumpy Gravy

Muddy, clouded brown, no head to speak of...

Aromatics, all sweet brown sugar and molasses...liquor, dark rum, bourbon...brandy, too....getting hot along with the treacly sweet. I like it a lot.

In the taste, more sweetness, but not too much, nice and balanced.
Sugary malt ...tasty, mmm....wish I had more about the beer in front of me, only information on the Frank Zappa album. Doesn't help.I'll put it on and see if that helps....I feel like I'm in a parade, on a time warp....while inside the pages of a comic book, ...while a gnome plays Duke Ellington on the kazoo right inside my ear...suddenly a shot rings out, and on the wharf, a ship comes in, it's Pirate Jenny and her crew, and they're hungry. Hungry for love. It can't happen here. It can't Moustache ahoy, says Jenny as she jumps on board the pier, grabbing every stray follicle. Yoo hoo, hoo, and a bottle of clearasil. Groovy, man. Surfin' safari, comes the drum majorette of avant garde crud. He's throwing treble clefs in the wind, and tossing sharps and flats into the stratosphere. Somewhere a mother screams, and a platypus cries out ... Dr.Kiljoy wonders where the wonder went, and the astrological wizard has to answer for his sins. Louie louie...oh, baby, we gotta go.... yeah, yeah, yeah, ...groovy.Got the mojo workin', baby, got three engines going and chicks on the side. Pigs and ponies,'s like a technicolor rainbow mumbo jumbo...don't mess with it, man. It's a thing. It's a scene.It's a groove. Baby. That's what doing your thing is....get your motor running, baby. Who'sthat?What'sthat?Where's it coming from,where'sit going to? Pick up, baby, the piccolo picks on...and on...

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Photo of ffejherb
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber into snifter on 9/14/09.

A - Poured an opaque orange-ish caramel-colored body with a thin beige head that reduced to a patchy, wispy veil and deposited some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Sweet aroma suggesting caramel, toffee and maple syrup with no noticeable hop presence. Hints of honey and vanilla also emerge. Pleasant nose overall.

T - Sweet and tangy like a gravy, but this really lacks any hop presence save for a scant inkling of floral notes and that's about it. I was expecting something more earthy and/or bitter with a deep roasted or nutty character. There's nothing "lumpy" about this brown ale, unfortunately.

M - Medium bodied and quite syrupy with light carbonation. Extremely sweet on the palate with no noticeable bitterness.

D - I was really hoping for something way more complex (like Zappa's music) here, but this ultimately fell considerably short of my expectations. Very sweet and one-dimensional, in my opinion.

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

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a clear rich chestnut color with a good two fingers of thick ecru foam. Nose and flavor consist of lightly toasted and roasted grains, caramelized malt, hazelnut and/or pecan notes, molasses, a touch of brown sugar and spice. This brown ale is somewhere between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation for it's style. Decent stuff overall that's worth a try.

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Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely one of the better browns but you have to keep your definition of browns limited. If you accept this in the old/strong category, it's still a very servicable version of that. I have trouble with the categories this brewery defines its beers in but they are all worth drinking.

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Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear mug. No freshness date. Purchased from Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $4.49.

A: Dark reddish brown with 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Spicy aroma with toasted caramel malts and spicy, floral hops aromas

T: Very sweet and spicy brew with tons of brown sugar and caramel flavors coupled with hefty earthy, spicy hops flavors.

M: Smooth despite lively carbonation. Medium body holds up well. Aftertaste is of cinnamon and brown sugar.

D: Another interesting and delicious offering from Lagunitas. A little like Brown Shugga but with more spiciness and hoppiness to keep it a little lighter. Recommended.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown ale

appearance: deep dark brown,

smell: some hop precence for a brown, and roasted and chocolate flavors

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors

mouthfeel: grab a knife and fork. it's chewy

drinkability: a slow sipping beer and a great starter for any session for the night.

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Photo of farrago
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finger+ orange tinged cream brown colored head, good mixture of bubble sizes, slow to dissolve, not much lacing slides down the glass like it's greased. Hard to imagine the nose coming off as more sugary, waves of butterscotch, caramel, molasses, milk chocolate and then banana, plum, rum raisin notes, boozy in a heady way, no nostril searing. Full-bodied, heavy and even a bit lazy, it plops into your mouth and stretches out like it's ready for a nap. All that toffee, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, coffee ice cream and raisin, prune stuff going on here too. The carbonation soft and bubbly, adds to the general fluffy feel. At the very end you get a smidgeon of hoppy bite, soon swallowed up. Sweet to the very end and every bit as dense as at the start, arguably closer to "old ale" in style than American brown ale.

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

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is all malt with caramel and some alcohol

T - Taste starts off with caramel then theres a decent bitter finish with some alcohol warmth

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - The abv isn't all that high but there was a pretty good presence of alcohol for a 7% beer other than that it was a bood beer thats worth trying if you can find it

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

Pours a clean translucent medium brown color. Very fizzy and carbonated with head that quickly subsides. Smells sweet and nutty with hints of brown sugar and cinnamon. Taste is more brown sugar, nutmeg, pecans, maybe pumpkin? Finishes slightly bitter. Not biting or alcoholic at all, this is very drinkable and smooth.

I bought this purely out of appreciation for Zappa, but it turned out to be a decent beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangy brown with a really decent head from the first half of the bomber. Pretty much gone now. Great clarity and tons of tiny little bubbles sticking to the glass.

Smells of toasted bread and fermented stone fruit -- almost like a browned apricot or peach.

Got a mouthful right now. Chemical alcohol first, then toasty bread that has some sweetness, finishes bitter and dry, almost astringent. Honestly, the alcohol strength kinda kills this for me. Minus .5 because of that.

This is a good chewy one. Carbonation cleans the palate.

Overall, pretty good. Absolutely worth a try, but nothing I could session. Got lucky -- this is the last bottle and someone in the liquor store hid it in the cooler (orphan section) hoping to snag it later. Too bad for you.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours thick looking like a Barley wine, but I know it isn't that big. There is light carbonation causing a small head after a pretty slow pour. There was a pretty good off-gas when I popped the top, so I imagine that there is some fizz in there somewhere. The beer itself is a somewhat cloudy reddish brown color with small tan bubbles meandering their way to the surface slowly.

Aroma: My initial impression was of the "C" hops and a slight amount of spiciness from alcohol. I hope that this isn't my mind playing tricks on me since it looks like a Barley Wine to me for some reason. As the beer starts to warm up some, the hops are still the key player, but there is some sweet toasty malts starting to become noticeable.

Taste: The flavor isn't nearly as hoppy as I thought that it would be from the aroma, and in fact, it is a pretty large departure from the aroma all together. I get a whole lot more nuttiness in the flavor than I ever did in the aroma. The hops are playing a supporting role to the sweetness of the malt. The beer comes across the palate a bit syrupy. There is definitely some bittering hops in this beer, but they are challenged by the dark malts in this beer, so they aren't in charge. There is a subtle warming from the alcohol on the back of the throat that hangs out with the acidity for a good while after the sip.

Opinion: Since this beer is so sweet, I wonder if it hit its attenuation mark...and if so I wonder why they used such a sweet yeast. That said, if the beer was much drier, the dark malts and the bitterness may make it undrinkable. I don't know, but this beer is just on the "OK" side for me. I will drink my whole glass, but I certainly won't be seeking this one out any time soon.

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

A - This light brown ale looks thick despite it's lighter hue, and the head is small but pretty. This one is murky and cloudy, and deposits a little bit of tan lace on the glass. Head retention is not all that great, but the finely bubbled lace and small head give an indication of the quality of the ingredients. This one isn't bad looking, but slightly above average.

S - This one is slightly cocoa dusted, with a chewy nougat note that smells really nice. This is like the goo inside a Mars Bar. Hints of peanuts and toffee.

T - This one is toasty, nutty, slightly sweet, and balanced beyond belief. The alcohol (7.2! holy shit!) is extremely well hidden, and this tastes thicker, but not more boozy than a lower ABV brown. Again, this is very much like the center of some nutty and caramel/toffee goo candy bar. That's not to say that it's overly sweet or gooey, 'cause it ain't. It just has those flavors. A nice hop leaf note elegantly makes an appearance in the midpalate and begins to steal the show from the peanut/toffee malt notes. As it warms, some sausage and smoke notes come out, but there are only backing notes... like smelling a campfire from a mile off. Later, I began to notice an almost minty finish. Damn! This is really complex stuff!

M - Full bodied, weighty but not flabby, this is a muscular brew that starts brutishly big bodies and then leans out (with the midpalate presentation of the hops) like a bodybuilder preparing for a show.

D - Despite the ABV, this is one helluva drinker and I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up again. I think that this would do extremely well with some smoked sausage or brats. It's got enough punch to hold its own with some wings too. This is high in alcohol, but much more easygoing and unassuming than you would guess. Good beer!

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip!

Poured a great dark brown with light brown and ruby tones under light. Head was like dirty seafaom, that wasted away to leave spotty lacing

Smelled of Malt, Dark Fruit, and Dog Busicuits. Little bit of bourbon in there too.

For anyone that is a MALThead they should certainly try this out. Great little burst of malt, and then ther eis a nice backwarmer of alcohol

Medium bodied feel, and goes down smooth. I'm not the biggest malt fan, but this is a decent one!

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