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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Growler. Clear light amber/orange with a dense white head and some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, candied oranges and some light cereal grain. Flavor is lots of hops with a firm bitterness, mild malt and some light bubble gum. Medium body with a long, dry, bitter finish. Fantastic beer, super fresh and hoppy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Light, hoppy, fizzy, lots of carb. Needs more body. Also needs more flavor. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of peach, grapefruit, perfume, caramel malt and light resin. Hops are a bit too perfumy for my liking. Finishes dryish resin and malt with some tropical fruit. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (930) - Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle - dark gold with a nice head. Now this was one over the top beer. Strong citrus aroma and a grapefruit hoppy taste. Full body and a smooth finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1759) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Pours a deep golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is of citrus hops, pine, weed, tropical fruits, sweet malts, and some rye. Taste is of nice resinous citrus hops, pine, tropical fruits, sweet malts, sour rye malts, and some fresh cut grass. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, pretty bitter, yet still refreshing finish. Overall, a well made and drinkable IPA that I wish would be available all year now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours a clear golden color with minimal white head. Smells of citrus... Mostly grapefruit. Taste is sweet citrus and tropical fruits... There is a subtle rye spice in there as well that makes it interesting. Kind of a watery mouth feel and good carbonation. Similar drinkability to their Daytime IPA although the alcohol is considerably higher. Another good hoppy offering from Lagunitas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2210) - - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden with a lingering fluffy white head. Aroma is huge resinous and citrusy hops and tropical fruits. Taste opens with the hop profile but adds a prominent earthy/malty note. Very full and smooth palate. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (2141) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2013
The concept behind this is awesome! A self deprecating beer. Dark gold. Thin lacing. Very dominating hop aroma....and quite hoppy, but melts away subtly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgfellow (100) - - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 Bottle at home. At 45 degrees, pours a deep, clear copper with a frothy head. Strong, complex aroma of pine, orange and mango. Taste is spicy, minimally bitter - beautifully balanced. Aftertaste is subtle citrus. Eminently drinkable. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (4030) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pour is a hazy red-orange with a large white head. Aroma is a spicy hop and an even spicier rye malt. Flavor is a very nice hop resin with a nice rye spicy malt and cereal grain. Not totally mind blowing but a very nice rye/IPA.

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