lagunitas lumpy gravy

lumpy gravy in the bottle

last night I cracked open a bottle of lumpy gravy, a beer brewed by lagunitas to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album of the same name.

  • lumpy gravy is classified on as a 7.2% brown ale.
  • however, the beer has a dark ruby color, with a malt nose and molasses and raisin flavors.  it also has a thick, coating mouthfeel and a hint of alcohol warmth.
  • I’m no BJCP judge, but if it had a little stronger malt backbone I would call it a belgian-inspired barleywine.
  • as it stands, however, the beer is pretty much outside any classic beer style (not unlinke other lagunitas offerings) – I love the creativity!
  • for me, this was definitely a departure from lagunitas’ traditional offerings, and anyone that complains that “all lagunitas beers taste the same” (it’s the yeast!) should definitely try this out.  I should have grabbed a few more bottles of this before it disappeared.
  • as for the zappa series, tony magee was quoted as saying: “We will be doing a label every nine months or so as the other (Zappa album) anniversaries come up.  Next, Absolutely Free next summer, then Lumpy Gravy and We’re Only In It For The Money, Uncle Meat, Hot Rats and so on and so on and so on. … Fun, it is!”
  • however, I thought I read somewhere that they were calling it quits on the tribute series, but I can’t find the source…

lumpy gravy label

glass of lumpy gravy

aerial lumpy gravy shot

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