Lumpy Gravy | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lumpy GravyLumpy Gravy

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 244 | Ratings: 274
Photo of markaberrant
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - deep red, brilliant clarity, dense tan head holds up very well and leaves chunks of lace behind.

S - dried fruit, caramel, cola, toffee, faint bittersweet chocolate

T - not very sweet or malty, hop flavour does not pair well with grain bill, big hazelnut finish

M - medium-low body, could be fuller, noticable alcohol in the finish detracts from the flavour

D - mildly interesting, but not a personal favourite

The flavours are relatively reserved for an IMPERIAL brown, there is really not much for hops nor is the malt presence thick and lucious, yet the alcohol is strong. Not sure what hops they used, but they do not belong in this beer.

Rather pedestrian for such a fine brewer, especially one who already makes the lovely Brown 'Shugga.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep amber in color with a one finger thick head that did quickly settle back into the beer. There was a slight haze to the beer. No lacing evident after consuming the beer.

Aroma, was of caramel, dark brown sugar, and a bit of toasted malt.

Taste was of toffee, dark toast and was pretty pleasing. A nice sweetness that wasn't too assertive. I believe I noticed a bit of diacetyl as there was a bit of a buttery flavor.

Mouth feel was rather smooth, almost no carbonation and a bit creamy.
Drinkability was quite high.

I nice beer.

Not epic, but nice.

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Photo of daythree16
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Ruby-brown in color with a small head that fades, leaving a thin layer on top of the beer.

The smell is very, very sweet, like a ton of caramel and candy. The taste is sweet, with caramel and brown sugar up front, a touch of licorice, and a decent hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and just a little bit dry. Really put off by the overpowering sweetness. Knocks the drinkability down a bit.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really great brown gravy colour. A nice light head that had no lacing as it went down. Quite a pronounced caramel aroma and flavour. Very nice with no alcohol in the smell/taste, but I can feel it after sharing 1 bottle. The mouthfeel was where I was surprised and delighted with this one. It was very creamy-surprising in that it was a bomber serving. The light carbonation was great and made it quite pleasant on the tongue.

Overall I was impressed and would buy it again if it was available around here. Sadly this was a bottle brought back from Oregon, so it's unlikely I'll be able to enjoy another bottle anytime soon.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head recedes gradually, with ample sticky lace. Aroma is grain husks and piney hops. Taste follows the nose, with citrus notes coming out in the hoppy close. Mouthfeel is smooth but ticklingly prickly, and drinkability is good as well. Interesting, good brew. Not lumpy at all.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy deep golden brown... like a dark brown sugar. Modest creamy head, nice stick clinging to the edges.

S: Caramel malts, almost nutty but not quite. A soft hop presence.

T: A very full flavoured roast of malts, a bit of a bittersweet chocolate.. some hoppiness blending in with that? Pretty nice.

M: Carbonation tingles on the tongue of this medium bodied, well rounded brew.

T: Something I'd lean more towards taking somewhat slowly... I might not go so far as to call it a 'sipper' but it's got some attitude

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Photo of Gtreid
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured the 22 oz. bomber into a standard pint glass.

A: Rich, reddish, brown color with one finger of khaki head, that receeded fairly quick, and left some spotty lacing.

A: Very nutty, some chocolate, and maybe even just a touch of smoke, but the roasted nuts really overpower this. Some subtle earthy hop aroma, but the malts take the cake.

T: Again not what I was expecting from a brown. Chocolate, some coffee, and nuts. The beer does finish smooth.

M&D: Creamy mouthfeel for this medium to full body beer. 7.2% ABV is just about right, but this one fails to produce the quality of other American browns IMO. Skal.

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Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a nice beige head that maintains its presence and deposits lace all over the place

Smell: A little weak in the aroma, but there is caramel and a hint of milk chocolate

Taste: A lot more flavor than I would have expected given the aroma; starts out with a sweet caramel and chocolate flavor (almost like a doppelbock) that moves, after a long pause, into a hoppy direction, with plenty of grapefruit; tea and pecan flavors, too; after the swallow, the chocolate powder returns to balance out the bitter flavors to produce a very nice blend

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice angle on the brown ale style; I like the fruity bitterness as well as some of the other elements; just a bit too sweet to be top notch, however

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid $3.99 for a bomber from BevMo in Willow Glen, CA. Poured into a pint glass with two pours.

Inch and a half head light tan frothy head and little retention. Mild carbonation. Transparent amber brown color. Very little lacing.

A heavy nose, especially for a brown. Smells very malty with caramel. Some hints of alcohol. Characteristics that remind me of some stouts as well; roasty with hints of dark chocolate and nutty malts.

Taste is strong for a brown. Not in a bad way by any means. Coffee, dark chocolate, sweet and nutty malts. Tastes more like a lighter stout than a brown to me - somewhere in middle ground.

Lightly carbonated, medium body. Somewhat of a resinous finish indicating they didn't use ingredients lightly.

Nice one to drink and a different variation to what I would consider to be a fairly boring style. Recommended!

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

Dark, ruby body, 2" thick white head. Low to moderate carbonation.

Sweet malty, yet fruity nose. Different and interesting.

Sweet fruity body. Low evident ABV. Well balanced for a dopplebock. It was not immediately obvious to me what style is was, as the bottle did not say. A good tasting brew.

Tart and tangy mouthfeel with a slight pucker on the finish.

Very drinkable for the style. Excellent stuff!

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Photo of everetends
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle I got from Showcase in Carrollton, GA. Poured into my DFH shaped pint. Little apprehensive with a beer named Lumpy Gravy, even if it is named after a Zappa album. Lets see.

A: Poured a really nice dark brown, when held to light has a beautiful copper color with nice ruby highlights. Got a small but good looking head with some retention. What head is there sticks to the glass and created an amazing lace ring that rests at the mouth of the glass. Pretty impressive.

S: Smell is of nicely roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, and some nice spicy notes.

T: Taste is a nice malty sweet, a very nice sweet. The taste is of lightly roasted malt, caramel, nougat, brown sugar, hazelnut, notes of spice (pepper), and there is some hops on the back end. This is a really tasty beer. If it had more of a balance to the sweet, it would have gotten a 5 from me. Zero hint of alcohol.

M: Very creamy brew that really coats the mouth. Medium to full bodied brew that has just enough carbonation to make this a balanced mouthfeel. Goes down pretty clean, leaving only some brown sugar sweetness in the mouth.

D: This brew is really good. I really like it a lot. It is a little on the sweet side, but I like that in my brown ales. I need to stock up on it while I can still find it. Damn good beer.

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Photo of blakesell
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a solid amber brown with clarity shining through the glass. A solid bone finger high foam head rises to the brim of the glass, but quickly dissipates to a thin film with a hint of bacteria appearance across the top. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Beer has ample brown malts with much perfume scented hops in the glass that die back down to the ample malts. This is the least hoppy of all the Lagunitas beers I have smelled.

Taste- Creamy, brown malts, hoppy with the aforementioned floral flavors, more malt, rose water, light alcoholic warmth, tulips, very light on the tongue overall. Drying on the finish. No diacetyl flavors. Yummy.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, lightly warming, bitch slappin' fresh. Very easy drinking, medium-bodied, and well carbonated.

Drinkability- Smooth, I could drink this again and again. An excellent tribute to the man Frank Zappa.

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Photo of taez555
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an opaque clear reddish/brown body with a small white head.

Nose is soft with an initial hit of browned caramel malt. Some mild citrusy hops dance in the background, but the initial smell is very much brown ale esque.

Taste is medium full to full bodied with a nice big round caramel malt taste followed by a well balanced citrusy hop and hop bitterness. Malt has a strong brownish, caramel malt, mild biscuit or toast, taste. It's big and plentiful and gives a nice firm foundation. Hops at first are timid, but immediately overtake the palate. Big citrusy, citrus peel, grapefruit peel hop taste, and a very strong hop bitterness really overshadow the malt, but aren't overwhelming. It's an interesting hop character in that it's not super piney, it works well against the toasty caramel. Ends with a lingering roasted malt and hop bitterness.

I bought this beer because I love Frank Zappa. I'm reviewing this away from the computer, so I'm not sure what style it is. It's an IPA, but it has strong brown ale notes as well. An imperial brown ale? Anyway, I've had a couple of the others in the Zappa series and this may be my favorite so far. It's big an hoppy with a good amount of malt to give it a lot of backbone, but it has this roasted/toasted grain flavor which is very unique. I like it.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with two fingers of white head. Nice amount of lacing from the top of the glass down.

S: Malt and more malt. Only the slightest hint of hops in the back.

T: Starts of sweet. They do love brown sugar at lagunitas. Not terribly complex but a nice beer.

M: Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Not too bad. No hints of the abv but for $3.89 a bomber I would definitely pick up another bottle. A good example of cost vs quality. While not the best ber for the price it cannot be beat.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Nice deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Maybe a caramel nose. Flavor has some caramel and raisins with some hops/bitterness at finish. Reminds me of a double IPA $5.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is brown with good carbonation. The head is tan 2 full fingers and leaves some lace.

The smell is slightly roasty, mild fruits and a touch of hops.

The taste follows, I like the roastiness but it could be better, the fruity malt notes are over powered by a hop finish that is not real big.

The mouthfeel is ok, creamy smooth, nice body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, enjoyable all the way but not something to seek out.

Prosit, MK

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

A - Pours a clear ruby red with a solid head and some lace.

S - Fruity and a touch spicy, some notes of raisins, apple, caramel and molasses.

T/M - Sweet and complex alcoholic flavour but not especially boozy if that makes sense. Detecting some toastiness, toffee, and molassesy sugars. Hops are mild as is bitterness. Body is smooth and slick, but taste is a touch watery.

D - I'd call this an OK brew. Has some nice flavours, but it's not knocking my socks off by any means.

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Photo of mcintits
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty clean, light rusty brown with a very light tan head. Small head with little retention and good lace.

S - Sweet and malty

T - Good malty start with a hint of caramel, a nice hoppy finish

M - Smooth with a nice amount of carbonation and a tingly finish.

D - Very tasty, could drink a few of these before getting bored. Would not guess the 7.2%, could catch up with you fast.

Served from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown body with off white head.

Smells of toasted grains, some brown sugar, and some faint dark fruis. Pretty complex when you take the time to enjoy it. The taste does not really do it for me. Great malt flavor at first, but it fades quick. Other than a little sweetness at the end, not real memorable. Feel is proper with carbonation and viscosity.

Not a bad drink. You can't compare this to the complexity of Zappa, but it would be alright to enjoy while listening to Frank and the Mothers.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper amber, not brown, but has a thick billowy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, cocoa and caramel nougat with a little toffee. Taste is very sweet, light chocolate and caramel make this a very sweet example of the style. Alcohol doesn't even register as this sweet brew goes down smooth with just a brief showing from the hops to keep the beer from being too cloying.

A great brew, as the style would indicate, it is very drinkable even for the strength.

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

Pours a glowing amber/mahogany in color with a big light brown head.

A nice aroma of toasted malt with notes of chocolate and coffee.

The aroma carries over to the taste. Lots of nice toasted malty notes with a nice backing of molasses. It ends with a nice bitterness and some herbal hop flavors.

The body is creamy and smooth and quite nice.

This is a nice brown ale and certainly one worth seeking out. A more malty brew from the usually hoppy Lagunitas.

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Photo of elricorico
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber-brown in colour with 3 fingers of foamy beige head. Head is slow to recede and leaves some sticky lacing.

Pine hop aroma with an underlying sticky sweetness and a bit of solvent like liquor.

Tastes of toasted bread and brown sugar sweetness up front. This is followed by a slightly alcoholic hoppy finish. Pine and flowery hops. Nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is thin but a little oily and has medium to low carbonation. It does the job but is unremarkable.

This is a pretty drinkable beer for the ABV. Not a bad brew.

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

Dark brown pour (glad to report no lumps) and a decent two finger head of small off-white bubbles. The head laced a little and maintained a decent cap until the end. Caramel in the boquet with a slight sharpness from what I imagine is the hops used. A little muted at first, but then opening up to reveal some fruitiness. My initial taste was very underwhelming - I've often struggled with brown ales, and like some of the others the balance between the sweetness and the bitterness seemed a little askew. After a while, the warming temperature worked marvels with this drink and put it into my zone. Really strong caramel notes cut through by a decent hopping, and finishing with a lingering creamy nuttiness. A sublime transformation that had me thirsting for more. Good medium body with a slight chewiness, and carbonation in the medium-low range. Very drinkable, considering the higher percentage, and after seeing how the temperature change brought this beauty into flower I wouldn't hesitate reaching for another.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep russet brown with incredible redness throughout. Wonderful clarity with a thin, loosely packed head.

S-Big pack of caramel and vienna malts followed by a floral hop presence.

T & M -A bit sharp from hops. Bitterness seems to battle with the malt bill. The grainy finish seems a bit too harsh. The bittering hops have some good points but overshadow the true body of this beer. A slight cocoa powder flavor and nuttiness add a little depth.

D-This one is a bit off balance for me. I am definitely not one for styles or guidelines, but this one seems to have a hard time falling in its place. Not bad, but not great

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Photo of TasteTester
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber in to a open mouth mug.

A-Deep amber/red color. Translucent to a point. 3 finger head on a hard pour that doesn't last. Light lacing.

S-Aroma of malts and caramel. Not much else to it. Solid Doppel.

T-Everything I expected. Solid body, smooth finish.

M-Sticky, sweet. Lingers a while after each sip.

D-The 7.2% could catch up with you when you are least expecting it...great brew.

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Lumpy Gravy from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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