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RATINGS: 1503   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBisco (2) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013 does not count
In first pour, a clear, straw color with a pale white head. Amazing nose - citrus and passion fruit, almost like bubble gum. While mouth feel was a bit flat, overall beer was easy drinking and buried any hint of the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of pine, resin, spicy rye and toasted cereal malts. Golden light amber hue with an average white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is medium sweet and very bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with average carbonation. Overall a good spicy brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
On tap at Eddie’s Roadhouse. Pours a yellow golden color with a 1 finger white head. Aroma of piney hops and tropical citrus fruit. Flavor is a great balance of hop bitterness, grapefruit/pineapple sweetness and a little malt. Body was to light to medium with moderate carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer with a great balanced flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2013
hazy pale yellow with a bit of an orange hue. Very hoppy, double-IPA type palate with a piney, resin and citrus peel aroma. Fairly lingering finish of pine. resinous, oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours an amazing golden amber with a small amount of head. Aroma is amazingly seductive with a lots floral tones and smaller amounts of citrus. Amazing bitter taste that persists through the finish. Theres lots of citrus and a bit of a resin near the ned Ends with a sweet finish that really helps to complement the earlier tastes. Awesome beer got to go get it on tap!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radio_nowhere (1286) - Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12oz bottle into snifter glass. Deep amber’ish golden color with off-white head. Aroma of heavy hops (tropical, citrus,grapefruit, resin). Taste is very hoppy, nicely balanced with sweet malt backbone. Thin-medium mouth-feel medium carbonation with sharp finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3157) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 12 oz. bottle. Pours a tremendous, rapidly collapsing white head, with some lacing, over a clear gold (SRM 5) body....nose is heavy grapefruit, grapefruit peel, pine, resin, bit of turpentine.....taste is heavy grapefruit peel, pine, resin, light toffee/caramel, citrus sweetness, finishing with a moderate bitterness....mouth feel medium, slightly creamy, minimal astringency, alcohol hidden, carbonation makes a foamy, creamy mouthful. This is an interesting hop profile, with the citrus tones in ascendancy over the often present pine, resin. The hops were done with a deft hand as the aroma, and flavor of the hops did not lead to heavy, heavy bitterness. They were so big as to hide the rye, however. The result is a hop forward beer with light contribution from the malt backbone. It is not well balanced between the two. BJCP 8/3/13/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (1124) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Awesome one from Lagunitas! Snifter pour of deep gold to copper liquid with a light head. Nose is healthy hop and hearty. Deep hops and heavy. Flavor is similar, fully hopped, juicy and green. Fresh and earthy. Lotsa resin and pine. All over, this is a killer beer. Almost a double ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle poured amber with orange hues, medium off-white head, and notable lacing. Huge citrus aroma emerges from the bottle followed by resin and floral hop notes and hints of tropical fruit. Taste similarly begins with big citrus and caramel malt followed by a wave of palatable hop bitterness leading to a smooth finish. Wonderful citrus flavors linger on the palate after each sip. Very drinkable, well-balanced IPA that hopped near the top of my list. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
megabeergulper (13) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Wow what a friggen Suprise! Saw Brown Sugga somewhere on the carton, got excited and bought a sixer. This is better than brown. Especially after the third one....... Seriously though, pours a clear rustygold, mild head. No lacing. Nice citrus, earthy and slight dank nose. Taste of grapefruit, light malt, yeast, alcohol, the the hops kick in and build for 3-4 seconds. Nice mouthfeel, slight astringent aftertaste. Overall one of the better ipas I’ve had from lagunitas. I need this in keg size.........

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