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RATINGS: 1433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Now a year round beer, we can erase the Holiday Ale part! Appearance is a dark golden color with a nice 1 finger white head. On the nose you get hit hard with lemon and grapefruit followed by some earthy/grass notes. On the palate there is a nice citrus taste followed by some grass and hay and finishing with the nice hop bite, nothing too over powering. Mouthfeel is light with mellow carbonation. I believe the aroma is what makes this beer so satisfying to many.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Draft; clear pale orange with small off-white head; aroma-grapefruit, lemon, rasberry, sweet; taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter. Great beee

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
starewich (168) - - DEC 30, 2012
Major hops: lemon and resin. But very smooth. Sticky feel. Best IPA (borders on imperial) yet from Lagunitas; shame it’s limited.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brown2cu (14) - Cincinnati, - DEC 29, 2012
A: This is the best smelling IPA I have ever happened upon. Heavy citrus, tropical fruit, and some catty undertones. Malt takes a complete backseat. A: Pretty average looking IPA; miniscule head and only moderate lacing. However, lastnight I saw this leave a ridiculous amount of lacing on another glass, so maybe I poured it wrong or the glass is different. T: Heavily hop forward. A lot of tropical fruit and citrus as well as some cattiness/skunkiness. Good stuff! P: Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This aspect showcases the malt presence of this beer--truly a spectacular convergence of malt body and hop aggresiveness. O: This is porbably the most unique IPA I have had in a long time; however, it showcases a completely different side of the hop spectrum.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 Bottle. Pours clear golden with moderate white head. Aroma is super piney with notes of citrus and tropical fruit and a hint of funk. Flavors of pine with notes of fresh cut grass. Light to medium body with bitter finish. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Fresh 2012 bottling. Delicious. Big, balanced, complex aromas and flavors of stonefruit, peach, mango, pine, skunky onion, florals and mild citrus. Wonderful, mildly bitter, lemon rind, ruby red grapefruit, citrus notes linger on the palate. Refreshing, yet full-bodied. Reminiscent of a DIPA and definitely hoppy, as the malt takes a backseat to the hops at this time. Tastes very fresh... as a new batch should. Dare I compare it to Stone Enjoy by 12.21.12... A good brew, which I wish was year-round. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hatzilla (14) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Lagunitas Sucks pours a cloudy yellow-amber with a one-finger white head. Scent is tropical: tons of peaches and mangoes, as well as earthy, citrus hops. Taste is lemon and red grapefruit with a cereal malt backbone. Very well balanced. Palate is medium, with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Overall a great offering from Lagunitas that should be year-round. Bottled 12/17/12. Rated 12/22/12

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2012
2011 Bottle: Pours a cloudy copperish orange with a small off-white head that diminishes rather quickly. Hoppy aroma is citrus with hints of pine. Sweet flavor is full of tropical fruit with a mild piney bitterness in the finish. Very delicious and refreshing!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2012
An orange appearance with an off white head. Aroma contains tons of perfume and citrus. Flavor is very bitter but has a malty presence. Orange peels and lemons dominate the flavor. A bit of alcohol is showing in the aftertaste. Overall this does not suck.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1900) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2012
12oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Snifter at 40°. Color is nice golden with a slight haze and good carbonation that produces a soft tight head. Aroma is rich, sweet and hoppy. Medium body with a light crisp mouth feel. Flavor is citrus with a touch of pine then tropical fruit comes in leaning on pineapple and end with some toffee. After taste is dry with a mild bitterness and a bit of grapefruit. Overall its a great brew extremely complex and well balanced. Thanks Larry.


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