Lagunitas Aunt Sally

I haven’t had a bunch of Lagunitas beers lately, so let’s see how this one is.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You remember it like it was yesterday. The beer flowed like music. The music was all that mattered. What mattered most was that nothing else mattered at all and the world outside fell away as a dream disappears upon waking, ephemeral and vaporous. You cradled her in your hand, lips trembling, her citrus suchness a swarm of expectation in your mind, her carbonate beauty as satisfying as it was overwhelming. You were new to this dance but she was not. Taking her in completely she seized your senses and you were consumed by the luminous passion, her residual sweetness, and the tart earthiness of her grin… This brew is dedicated to the real Aunt Sally. You know who you are. And you know why.”

Random: This is a year-round offering from Lagunitas.

The beer poured with a loose, four finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated quickly, but didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw-yellow in color. There was aggressive carbonation visible. The nose was muted for the style. I picked up some sour lemons and light pine, but not much else. The taste had a slight sourness, but not true funk. There was also lemon pine cleaner. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with pine cleaner. A bottle was $2.15, which broke down to $.18 per ounce. I wasn’t impressed by this beer in the slightest.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


Lagunitas Dark Swan

Tonight’s beer was one I was stoked to try. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “AN EXPERIMENTALLY HOPPED SOUR ALE FERMENTED WITH DARK RED WINE GRAPES. Observers of yestercentury once denied the existence of the Dark Swan as obstinately as flat-earthers once denied the shape of our spherical home. They insisted the species was confined to a singular snowy hue. But there is a fragile futility to such narrowness of thought. The broader of mind understood that light and dark must forever compliment each other as eternal counterpoints. And just as Aristotle convinced us of our circularity, so adventuring ornithologists eventually contradicted the misconception of the monochrome swan, astonishing the world and casting light upon the Dark. This beer may well do the same…”

Random: Trader Joe’s had a really nice cherry juice that reminds me of this beer.

The beer poured with a two finger, pink head. It took forever to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep red color, clear and had moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with hops, which was actually surprising. I expected it to have a lot of fruit and oak, but it was very hoppy. There was a note of tart cherries along with vanilla and oak at the end. The taste was exactly what I expected. It had a lot of tart cherries, red grapes, vanilla and oak. It had some funk from the yeast as well. The body was lighter than I expected with plenty of carbonation. It had a lengthy fruity finish. A bottle of this was $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This was a really nice beer and one that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout

Wedding planning continues to dominate our lives. We’ve picked a photographer, videographer, DJ and dresses. After all the wedding stress, I was excited to crack this beer open.

ABV: 12.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer couldn’t have been done without the help from our friends at High West Distillery in Park City, UT and Chicago’s-own Metropolis Coffee. We brewed a rich, malty Imperial Stout with some of Metropolis’ Spice Island blend, then let it vintag-ize in High West Rye and Bourbon Barrels for up to 17 FREAKING MONTHS. It’s good to have friends!”

Random: I’ve gotten into rye lately. I’m glad it’s getting more popular.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head that went away slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a crown on top of the inky, black body. There was no carbonation visible because of how dark the beer was. The nose was filled with espresso, cocoa and bourbon. I didn’t pick up rye spice, which was disappointing. The taste started with a lot of espresso as well. Vanilla, booze and bourbon came through next with some smoke and toasted oak. Again, it was missing the spice from the rye, which I was looking forward to. The body was on the thick side, but didn’t get to the point of syrupy. It had light carbonation, making for a good winter sipper. The finish was lengthy and sticky with coffee. I picked this bottle up for $2.50 at my local beer store, which came to $.21 per ounce. I liked this beer, I just wish I picked up more of the rye.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lagunitas Tuberfest

My travel schedule at my old job was definitely something. I would fly back Saturday afternoons, after running a load out and field some calls on my ride home from the Philadelphia airport. I would have just enough time to do laundry, grab some food with Val and then head back to the airport first thing Monday morning. One of the Saturdays that I was home, we headed to a local pub whose food (and beer list) have really improved. This was the first selection that I had there.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to, ” Lagunitas Tuberfest is a head-on collision of a malty fest beer you’re chugging as fall rolls around, with the unique Idaho 7 hop. The result in your glass is perfectly put by the brewery… Zing-y. Plus a little bit boozy. 7.5% ABV if you’re asking. This is one fall lager that won’t be blending into the shelve anytime soon. Lagunitas Tuberfest is available for a limited time in 12 ounce bottles and draft.”

Random: The first time we went to this bar, we sat by a fountain that kept splashing Val. Needless to say, we never sat at that table again.

This beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose was hoppier than I expected for the style, although it shouldn’t surprise me coming from Lagunitas. It also had a touch of booze along with caramel sweetness from the malt. The taste was maltier than the nose, but still had some grassy hops. Notes of caramel, toffee and old leaves came through with alcohol. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with caramel and leaves. This beer was a different interpretation for the style and the alcohol was too prevalent for me. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lagunitas 12th Of Never Ale

The second beer that I had at Frankie Bones was this one, the first offering in cans from Lagunitas.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tropically Hoppy. Light, yet Full-Bodied. Bright and Citrusy. Word. The magical, mystical 12th of Never is a blend of Old and New School hops that play bright citrus, rich coconut, and papaya-esque flavors, all on a solid stage of English puffed wheat. Tropically hoppy. Light, yet full-bodied. Bright and citrusy. The 12th of Never Ale is everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice. Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic and bitter. It’s all we know. These 12oz mini-kegs (AKA cans) are an exciting new option for us, and we are stoopid stoked at the opportunity for y’all to take us to all those new, nelophobic locations… ”

Random: This is a year-round offering that comes in at 45 IBUs.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly, but left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical hops. Specifically, I picked up mango, papaya and pineapple. Orange rind was noticeable as well. The taste was equally hoppy and tropical. I got a significant mango and papaya note. The pineapple note that was on the nose wasn’t as noticeable on the taste. It had a crackery malt note at the back to balance it out. The body was light with lots of carbonation, which made this beer super drinkable. The finish was bright with orange peel and papaya. I enjoyed this beer a lot and I appreciate that it’s their first offering in cans. I would search this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale

The other half and I went into Philly and stopped at The Corner Foodery to kill some time before dinner. This was one of their selections on tap that I’ve been waiting to try. It’s gotten very good reviews, so hopefully I enjoy it.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Quite possibly the freshest Fresh Hop ale you’ll get your paws on – Born Yesterday. How? Our farmer friends in Yakima, WA harvested and rushed straight-to-our-breweries the freshest virgin, un-kilned hops. Then a herculean effort involving Lagunitas folks from across all different departments commenced with a quickness…sorting and picking through the hops to remove twigs, twine and other stuff from farming. After all the lupulin glands are sufficiently tickled, the hops go into a proprietary Borning Process which allows us to take these whole-cone hops (not pellets or oils or other sorcery) and delivery their absolute essence and liquid likeness to you in bottles and kegs for an immaculate reception.”

Random: I really enjoy fresh hop beers. More and more breweries seem to be doing them, which means more to try, which equates to a happy blogger.

This beer poured with half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose was really fragrant, with notes of freshly cut grass and grapefruit flesh. The taste was just as good. It had a nice hop presence with the same freshly cut grass. There was also grapefruit flesh and zest. It was intensely bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation and went down way too easily. The finish was lengthy with grass and grapefruit zest. I really enjoyed this beer and could down a few of them without a problem. If you see this beer on tap and you like hoppy beers, give this one a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lagunitas Doppel Sticky

Although Lagunitas is owned by Heineken now, I’m still interested to try their beers. This is the first one I’ve tried since the takeover.

doppel sticky

ABV: 7.7%

Style: Altbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Where do we go from here?” The words hung in the air like treacle. They flowed wantonly and dripped off of every horizontal surface oozing downhill as molten sugar is wont to do. ‘Dude, whatever you do, don’t go straight.’ All heads nodded, a different idea of ‘straight’ in each mind. This gathering of dreams stood at the very center of decision making, the epicenter, the geodetic center of the brewery. Everything hung in the balance and the treacle question caramelized from one layer of thought to the next until it cooled sufficiently to arrest its own descent. The answer was everywhere obvious. ‘Forward, never straight.’ Forward into the fog, into the spaces that no eye yet pierced. Only a fool would rush in where even angels feared to tread and still this was the way forward. In that moment of clarity they leapt the proverbial leap from the lion’s head. The yawning void accepted their courage and something new and unexpected was found. It is only upon the precipitous that freedom is gained, that liberty is earned. What’s it got to do with beer?”

Random: I really like the blue bottle cap on this beer. Maybe I’ll make a magnet out of it.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with moderate carbonation. The scent was not at all what I was expecting. It had a marked hop with grass and citrus. After a few sniffs and searching for some other scent, there was a touch of yeast and wheat. The taste was also very hoppy. It had significant hop bitterness with grass. Then, yeast and banana came through with light sweetness at the end from the malt. It had a medium thick body with more than enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and had the same strong, grassy hop note. A bottle of this was $2.50 ($.21 per ounce). I didn’t dislike this beer, but it was nowhere near what I expected from the style. I found it to be way too hoppy and that overwhelmed all of the other flavors for me. I’m glad I tried it, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0