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RATINGS: 1538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1546) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a smallish beige head. A very pleasant and pungent aroma with juicy tangerines, peaches, mangoes, pineapples, zesty citrus rinds, and pine trees at the forefront along with hints of bubblegum and apricots in the background. Goes down relatively medium to full-bodied with just enough crispness. Slightly smooth. A perfect mouthfeel for the style. The taste starts with a bit of caramel and a biscuity malt presence. Lots of juicy tropical citrusy flavors finish off the job. Just a tad piney/resiny. A touch of warming alcohol throughout. Mouthwatering and tongue tingling. I picked up a sixer of this as kind of an afterthought (as I do most Lagunitas) and I ended up extremely surprised. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Certainty doesn't suck! This is an amazing hop bomb ipa with a fantastic aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (780) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Pours a clear light copper with white head. Dissipates quickly. Huge aroma, almost tropical and floral at the same time. Up front bitterness with a lingering tropical notes. Really nice finish on this beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1727) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013 Sucks? NOT!! On tap at Global Brew. Pours a beautiful clear golden with a medium white head. Sweet citrus hop aroma. Sweet malts and a pleasant bitterness/sourness dominate the flavor. Really good without being overly hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6011) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Golden orange, decent sized white head. Aggressive hop aroma, mostly grapefruit, but some earthy undertones. Flavor is also hop forward, with caramel and some earthy notes. Not bad...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Amber pour with a sparse white head. A very interesting and complex pale ale. Nutty, fruity, and only slightly bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Strong and intriguing brown sugar aroma with an active lite brown pour, balanced taste and lingering mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Juicy hop aromas of pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, pine, resin, and flowers. Clear, pale orange, with a moderately lasting, white head. Very bitter initially, but quickly bolstered by rich, sweet malts. Medium bodied, spicy, moderate carbonation, and a lasting fruity, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1654) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Draft at the Dig Pub Cedar Park TX. Pours bright gold and a little hazy with a leggy white head. Nose is aromatic piney hops. Taste is the same and along the lines of a Pliny the Elder-smooth, just a bit sweet, and tingly nose. Body is full and slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden but slightly noticeable. Sweet beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 Aromatics - Starts off straight hoppy, I get a lot of lemongrass, grapefruit, and passion fruit. Appearance - Looks like piss. Small head that stays. Taste - Taste a caramalt/ crystal malt like backbone that is quickly melded with a mild dose of hops. Lot of the same flavors that I smelled with an addition of pineapple (yeasty?)..... Palate - Is medium to full and very "good feeling." Creamy & slightly fizzy (in a good way).

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