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Lumpy Gravy | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 244
Photo of RedChrome
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium copper colored body sat beneath a half inch of creamy, eggshell colored head. The foam faded over a few minutes, and the lacing was in rings. A few carbonation bubbles rising slowly.

Huge sweet malt aromas were heavy on the caramel and butterscotch side. Hops scents or bitter, but hard to identify due to the fact they fade in and out around malt.

A very heavy toasted malt flavor up front. Light hops finish to each sip had a bit of lemon. Fusel alcohol tastes are present through each sip.

A great viscosity and a nice carbonation burst were very nice together. Taste dissipate before the beer leaves the surfaces.

A good beer. Great for smoked pork loin sandwiches. A good beer in a catch-all style. Nothing to write of, not nothing to write home about.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber to be reused to the homebrew effort. Smells like an English Brown, brown sugar and sweet malts with a touch of aristocratic hops. Pours to a slightly opaque brown with a pencil thin head. Taste is incredible, starts with a good malt blast, sweet with some semi sweet molasses. It then gets both sweeter but sour at the same time while the hops kick in. The finish then flattens out, returns to sweetness and the bitters kick in. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and the carbonation is there but not detectable as it should not be. Lagunitas rocks again. Frank would be proud.

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Photo of Grandwazoo
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown caramel color, that makes me paranoid...very paranoid. Thick head that disappeared surprisingly quickly with no real lacing.

Nose of considerable molasses....very sweet

Taste is not as sweet as the nose would suggest, but a lot of up front flavor -- malts, melon with a little smokiness.

This brew leaves a somewhat syrupy mouth feel.

A good drink if you've been having trouble with pigs an ponies, but I'm not sure if this is really what's out there.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy is a dense, crystal clear, coppery red ale topped with a fluffy beige head that has big oily bubbles, good retention and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is a little sweet and pretty spicy. Alcohol is present in the nose, as are green, grassy hops and perhaps curacao or bergamot. The aroma elements are very well blended. It is pretty full bodied, foamy and a bit sharp on the tongue. The finish is a little silty. The flavor is very well blended and balanced. The malt seems light and grainy at first. It then slowly descends to a thick, boozy aftertaste. The hops provide the right amount of leafy, grassy bitterness. There is nothing incredibly stand-out about this, but it's a good, solid American strong ale that I would drink again.
(rated Apr 18, 2008)

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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 gdfan47
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had this in my friends basement, we put on a zappa dvd and sipped on this

A- very cool coppery ruby color with a white head and lace that hangs out the whole time
S- Some type of barrel aging, perhaps bourbon
T- tastes alot like the smell, a little whiskey and some chocolate notes
M- very smooth and velvety
D- pretty good, the abv is high but you cant really taste the extra alcohol

Viva la Zappa!

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Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tp at Monks Cafe, Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark amber brown color with thin white head. Similar to the Brow Sugga just with more of the same ingredients. Lots of brown sugar, cinamon, chocolate malts and dark fruit. A little to sweet for my liking.

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

Sample at Barley's Smokehouse. The beer is a clear ruby-amber color with a medium thin light khaki head that dissipates slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is toasted malt and sweet fruit. Medium-bodied and clean with flavors of toasted malt, brown sugar and hops, plus a hint of cherry cough medicine. The finish is sweet and fruity and leaves a lingering hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

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

A very cool bottle, I mean, Frank Zappa on the label is enough to sell me. The beer is red/amber, I don't know if it's quite a brown (wouldn't have called it that, though I don't have a better name), with a big white head on top. The smell is of faint ripe fruits, very little in terms of hops. A bit of bready, more nutty, alsmot sharp, crisp malts. Not exactly my favorite style, but it grew on me as I got about a third or halfway through the bottle, the taste of english malts, nutty and biscuity, and a spicy aftertaste. Not too sweet, and not much to note as far as hops go. This beer is great when you get a bit of the head mixed in with a sip, and otherwise is pretty good. Once I got to the bottom, I wasn't prepared to drink any more, and I don't know if there is any more to be bought around here, but I doubt if I would want to drink this on a regular basis. It's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of gford217
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber brown with a one-finger head that recedes to a good ring and some swirl in the middle.

The aroma is slightly hoppy up front but it's the caramel malts that are more dominant with hints of toffee.

The taste is similar to the nose and leans a little bit toward a very light scotch ale. It's big on caramel malts with toffee and butterscotch. The hops are no more than an afterthought at this point.

The mouthfeel is smooth was decent carbonation and a little more sticky than a typical brown ale.

This is an interesting and unique brown ale with a little bit of hops and a little bit of scotch ale characteristics.

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Photo of enso
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured to a shaker pint.

Appearance: Clear chestnut brown. Ample carbonation and a quickly dissipating head leaves a frosting of crema that lasts.

Aroma: Fruity esters like figs. Caramel sweetness and chocolate.

Flavor: Cacao sweetness on the tip of the tongue. A chalky bitter cacao coating of the tongue on malty sweetness. Hops cut through just enough to keep it from being cloying. Bitter chocolate and sweet coffee with cream.

Mouthfeel: Chewy with nice creamy carbonation. Again a chalky chocolaty dryness in the finish like chewing on cacao beans. Not unpleasant and washed away with next sip of sweet cream.

Overall impression: A very enjoyable brown, more akin to a large English southern brown than an American. Hides its ABV well. Very "sessionable" tasting complex characters and flavors keep you coming back.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a review from notes taken earlier this year.

Appearance - The brew pours a transparent brown and it produced a one finger cream colored head with light lacing. The head retention was pretty low.

Smell - The smell leaves a lot to be desired. There is caramel malt, grainy with a hint of toffee - not much else at all .

Taste - There are notes of molasses and a slightly nutty twinge. There is a faint bitter finish. It is pretty one dimensional.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is just eh okay. It is slightly sticky without enough carbonation to back it up

Drinkability - Despite its one dimensionality, it was pretty easy to drink.

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

The 3rd Zappa offering from Lagunitas pours a transparent but light bending cinnamon red brown color with a huge tan head that leaves lots of sticking. Some funk and nutty malts in the nose. Sweet with big bitter hops, spicy malts, cinnamon, brown sugar, subtle hints of chocolate and coffee and maple syrup. Very impressive the way the flavors are working together. The first few sips give an impression of bitterness and tartness, but once the sweet body of malts and other flavors coat the tongue you are in for a big treat. Dont like brown ales? Try this one out.

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

A very good beer, not sure if it is a brown though.

Head poured nicelyand retained well. Lacing was excellent. Dark amber color.

Smells sweet, with a definate malt dominance.

Tastes of caramel malts. Alcohol is strong but is balanced beautifully with the malts. Hops come on after and are excellently used. Top notch.

A little bubbly on the tongue although not that over carbonated. A solid mouthfeel.

Alcohol flavor and content rules it out as a session beer. Still is very drinkable. Proabably an occasional drink but excellent none the less.

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Photo of chemmie
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out a dark amber color with a sticky white head. Smells of brown sugar, caramel, malt and bread. Lots of candy smells. The taste is malty, but not overly roasted. It is a sweet malt. After it goes down, wait about 30 seconds and the bitterness from the hops hits. A little bit of a delay. I was surprised I liked this as much as I did.

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Photo of bwolv
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very enjoyable brown ale. Flavor is bitter hops with just the rite amount of caramelized malt to offset the bitterness. The head quickly dissipates leaving the beer just slightly carbonated. This is one beer I would not mind shelling out the $4.29 + 10c Michigan deposit for once and a while, would definitely recommend this one to a friend.

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

Poured a amber brown with a nice size head that disappeared quite quickly. The smell of hops, and fruity malts. taste of caramel, brown sugar,spice, with a dry somewhat bitter hop finish. Good deal of carbonation keeps this from being too bitter on the finish. Good offering from this brewer.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy ruby brown color with some head, but almost no lacing.

Scent of brown sugar, maple syrup and some malts. I think this one is near the end of its life.

Taste is losing its character as well, brown sugar and some malts, but close to becoming skunked, so it has lost the strength it had when I first tried it.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a decent amount of carbonation still left.

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

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late April for $3.99.

Beer poured a tranluscent brown with an OK white head that is leaving some lacing behind. Nose is malty and somewhat sweet. Taste is quite malty with a hint of chocolate and dark fruit. Light citrus hops balance nicely. Initial sip impression was a boozy strong ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and surprisingly smooth for the style. Drinkability is good. Not sure that this fits the brown style but it was a fun beer to try and easy to sample.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep, ruby color with a 1+ fingers of light tan head. 1/4 finger of creamy retention that leaves a big cascade of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is not very assertive at first but does open up a bit more down the line, with notes of caramel, bread, spice, some underlying citrus character, and a slight waft of heat.

The taste has a rich tasting sweetness to it with caramel, tangy citrus, and tingling spices that are set against some hefty bread and a moderate hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a beefier type feel and moderate carbonation.

I initially liked what was going on with this but it really seemed like it could have used some hops to balance all that sweetness out. Maybe they faded out some, as I've been sitting on this bottle for a while. This was decent but all that beefy sweet character just wasn't up my alley.

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

22 oz. bomber in a DFH snifter...

I decided to drink this beer before it got too old. Saw a few reviews online stating that their sample was starting to age a bit too much. I was happy to find that my bottle was still in good condition!

This beer poured out a nice rich mahogany brown color with some reddish highlights when held up to a light source. The head was tan in color with very good retention in the glass. A blast of caramel malt and grain in the nose. Perhaps some wood and peppery spice subdued in the mix. Slight smell of alcohol along with some pine aromas. The taste fairly typical of a brown ale... toasted malts with a hint of coffee... the finish is the special side of this beer. Unlike a brown, this beer finishes with a nice bitter hop sting (which is fine with me... I love IPAs). Lumpy Gravy is full of slow rising bubbles which takes a little of the body away, but still it retains a nice moderately full mouthfeel. This beer goes down smoothly, however I don't think I would indulge in more than one per evening. Good beer... glad I got to try one!

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

A 22 oz bottle poured into my tulip tumbler. An iced tea colored beverage with a light tan head. A one finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. Clear with light carbonation activity visible.

Smell is sweet with caramel and malted grains. A yeasty fruitiness and a touch of hops. Spicy and lightly piney the hops balance out the nose and show more of themselves as they warm.

Taste is like and imperial brown ale, just a bit hoppier. The front is sweet and malty. A hint of alcohol and then molasses and caramel. Dark yeasty fruit esters, a note of currant juice. Hops are mild and clean with lightly spicy grapefruit facets leading to a graham cracker note on the palate at the finish. A longish dry finish

Mouthfeel is smooth and finely carbonated. A solid amount of girth in weight. You know you are drinking something with craft in it's origins.

Drinkability is just below a quaffer for me. You certainly can kill a few but it is just short of that mark imho. A little filling for a session beer but easy drinking nonetheless.

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Photo of briman
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a medium reddish-brown color. Clear, with about a one inch off-white head. Good retention, settling into average lace.

Aroma is light roasted malt, with a slight brown sugar quality. No noticeable hop contribution.

Flavor is light roasted malt, which is non-existent until the beer warms. Finish is by a moderately high bitter grapefruit hop bite that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate-high carbonation. Balance seems ok, but the malt seems to get lost a little while trying to compete with the hops in the finish. Alcohol is hidden well, but does induce some subtle warming. Overall, it's pretty average. I expect more malt presence in a brown ale.

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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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Photo of aubuc1
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber in to a goblet.

Pours a clear, deep tea color brown with a thin head.

Smell is a fruity, malty brown ale.

Taste is a somewhat hoppy brown ale, maybe a little too much classic lagunitas taste for a brown ale. Not enough malt flavor.

Full tasting beer with a little heat in the finish for a 7.2 beer.

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