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RATINGS: 1561   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4877) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12 oz. Clear burnt orange with a lasting film of cream. Big aroma of Fruit Loops, minty green herb and resin, with some catspray. Taste starts as the same powerful blend. Mostly stays that way, but later develops some peppery rye and toasted wheat bread flavors. Light-medium body is soft and airy in the mouth, and very much to the dry side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randhurst (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013 does not count
Lagunita’s attempt to make up for the very small batch of Brown Shugga brewed in 2012 really is a success! Very nice reddish, almost orangish color, just the right amount of carbonation for me, apparent, fresh and strong hop taste that’s very enjoyable and isnt too skunky or bitter. Brewed with a mix of 4 different grain malts. This beer goes down so greatly and can be chugged if desired and not leave you feeling discomforted. One of the the best beers i’ve ever had!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2841) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Hoppy in a pine resin and citrus way. Maybe I’m just not in the mood tonight but whatever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1554) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
On tap at beerfest Sacramento. Color is copper. Taste is slightly hoppy with a bitter. Really nice finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Nice IPA. Balanced, but towards the bitter end of IPAs -- which I expect from Lagunitas! Nice floral and citrus notes. Is deep in flavor. Recommended. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2013
got this at champanes 9.99 for the 6er. poured a nice straw with a big off white head. aroma pine, citrus, myer lemon, orange sugar, floral. flavor the orange and myer lemon blend well together, yeast, a touch of alcohol, nice bitterness. this is a good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnielsen13 (261) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Appearance is orange with and off-white head. Hoppy, citrusy, rye aroma. Tangy, rye, citrus, bready flavor. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1896) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Slightly cloudy hay colored with minimal head. Almost looks like a light wheat beer...similarities stop there. Nice citrus floral hop and earthy malt nose. Full bodied palate and very well balanced IPA. Just a touch of the rye. Delicious.

   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.

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