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RATINGS: 1428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
AKA Holiday Ale
AKA Holiday Leftover Ale
AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over...
So this substitute beer is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats…. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1427) - Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear, light golden, with a frothy, fine bubbled, two finger white head into this glass. It retains fairly well, with a ton of cobweb present. The nose is floral, piney, caramel, biscuits.... The flavor profile is clean initial ; it moves to bread, cereal, tropical sweetness presents itself with grapefruit notes and light grasses - Bittering notes are modest, with cracker crust and pine rounding things out. I found my tastebuds wanting more out of this one - a more robust version, basically.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Clear golden well-carbonated body w/ white head & amazing lace. Tropical, grapefruit, floral nose. Light hop flavors finish dry & clean.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
revolution2718 (354) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Pours a somewhat hazy golden/orange with solid fluffy head. On the nose are floral hops, fresh oranges/orange juice, grapefruit, definitely fruity on the nose mellowing out the hops. Taste is very fruity, much orange juice, grapefruit, strong but balanced hop character, somewhat sweet, touch of resin, moderate carb. Quite literally bursting with flavor, extremely balanced. A top tier IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (1140) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
Rating #947 - February 2nd, 2014 - #beerguychrisgeekbeer Week 5. Super Bowl Beer. Special order bottle from coop. Love beers with a haphazard story line, and mumble mumble, this beer speaks volumes about ’thrown together for the helluvit’. Pours a copper amber, and exudes hoppiness right from the get go, powerful citrusy, grapefruity, fruity hops on the nose. Medium heavy carbonation, medium alcohol warmth. ABV disguised by hop character, truly and boldly. Extremely balanced, pleasant sweetness, smooth bitterness. Lots of fruit, lots of rye and malt, lots of hop bitterness. So gewd. Doesn’t suck at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
psabotka (46) - - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear gold/orange with good carbonation. Citrus and floral nose with strong dank hop notes. Good hop bite & bitterness with solid balanced malt sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fernans (41) - Rhode Island, USA - FEB 3, 2014
What a great beer. No surprise though coming from Lagunitas. Aroma has a pleasant, mild pine aroma. Appearence is clear orange. Nothing special. Head disappeared fairly quickly. Taste is, on the other hand, very special. Sweet carmely start, with a rich, hoppy middle that melts away. Sucks? Ha!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdskinns (209) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. Golden orange color with small white head. Big citrus hops and sweet malt. Light body and easy to drink. Hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jflopsu (838) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a clear light gold with white head. Has a strong floral aroma. Taste is strong with floral hops, some citrus, and light spices. Has a light bitter aftertaste but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8777) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
On tap as part of a flight at Brewer’s Tasting Room, St. Pete, FL, on January 22, 2014.
Clear honey color, white head. Citrus, hoppy, sweet, caramel scent. Caramel, citrus aftertaste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Resin bitter finish. Sweet, caramel, hoppy, citrus scent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamflower (696) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Colour of cognac or whiskey or something. Lacing is appealing. Luminous and entrancing colour like a jewel. Flavour is filled with sweet bitterness that keeps me coming back for more. I’d like to have more of it.

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