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RATINGS: 1166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1338) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
On tap at fat Heads in Pittsburgh. Not huge in hops but really fresh and complex. Like a really hopped pilsner. golden look, very slightly cloudy with not much head

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (1461) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Pine aroma and taste were outstanding! Solid body and creamy head. Great brew that should be year around!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5219) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Backlog. Might has well start updating these while I’m sober for the next 3 months. Had this a little while back with Pat. Bottle pours slightly hazy yellow golden body with nice white head. Aroma is full of fresh fruit - pineapple, mango, citrus, and a little apricot, great citrus hops and pine notes as well. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, but very refreshing with notes of pine and citrus hops, citrus fruits, pineapple and grapefruit. One of the best Lagunitas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Wow! My first 4+ beer in a while. This beer was fantastic! Aroma was perfect. At the crack of the bottle (even before pouring) hops exploded into the nose. Once poured, it smelled like sticking your nose into a bag of hop pellets. Strong, grassy and citrusy. You didn’t even have to get close to the glass to smell it. Pour was a near clear medium gold with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was absolutely delicious. A true West Coast hop bomb that is actually available in my area! From beginning to end there is strong hop flavor. Lemon, grapefruit, grass, hay and slight notes of pepper. There is this underlying sugar sweetness that comes in right before the swallow and stays on the top of the mouth until the aftertaste (which is sharp, soapy and bitter). Note to Lagunitas: PLEASE replace Brown Shugga with this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
malrubius (1639) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
On tap at Taproom 307 (and listed as 9.5%). Golden with lasting white head. Pungent yet soft grapefruity pastry floral aroma. Awesome dry subdued fruity pineapple slight biscuit sweetness with very clean and delicious and dry hoppy citrus finish. Fucking excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
First off, this is an IPA, not an American Strong Ale. Anywho...Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color is crystal clear gold with minimal head, and bubbles rushing up the side of the glass. Aroma is HUGE - piney resinous hops, citrus, and grass/weeds. Taste is extremely bitter with a nice balancing malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry. This is a fantastic IPA. I’ve seen the Pliny comparison a lot, but this is the closest I’ve had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5578) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Bottle. Oh, Holy Night! What a big, creamy, hoppy aroma! This is a golden-amber brew, quite active, with a nice sudsy, if thin, head. The beer delivers on the initial whiff -- creamy, indeed. The hops rolling over the tongue with a delicious fruity, frothiness. This is downright yummy. (#4410, 12/18/2011)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (503) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours a gorgeous crystal clear gold with a nice head. Aroma is total hops with lots of pine, grass and a hint of floral. Thinner in body than expected with a perfect amount of carbonation. Flavor is pine, citrus and earthy grain and is very dry. I would have liked a bit more sweetness to balance all the hops, but still a top quality beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (941) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Out of the bottle in a pint glass. True to Lagunitas, this has massive hops on the nose. Lots of earth, pine, floral and wet grass. Great full aroma. Amazingly clear gold with small-ish white head. Well balanced sweet malt and hop bitterness. Nice floral hints throughout the flavor. The bitterness is not overly done. Taste lingers throughout. Medium mouthfeel leads to a dry finish. A slight bit of candy at the end of the taste. An amazing beer...but Lagunitas still sucks and i look forward to the return of Brown Shugga’.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (8178) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
355mL thanks to tastybeer. A clear golden pour with a larger, off-white rocky head. Nose is just $&@#&# insane! Smells like I was awoken from a stupor in a British Columbia marijuana farm. Dank hops explosion. Holy crap. Mild notes of pale malt, wheat, oatmeal, jackfruit melon, and candied orange peel come through. Insane dry hop character. Taste is not too sticky, fresh, well balanced, mild alcohol spice. Palate is very soft and silky and small saltwater quenching. Mild piney hop character. I can’t believe it- Lagunitas best beer by a mile. Makes Hop Stoopid look a little stoopid. Why this is called a "holiday ale" is beyond me but this is on another level from Brown Shugga. Actually on another level from Lagunitas. How did this happen? I would seriously consider this beer as a DIPA of choice over Pliny the Elder. Why is this listed as ASA? This is a DIPA masterpiece.

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