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RATINGS: 1320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 (517) - 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 (1135) - 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 (8819) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7154) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to Ari.Pours a clear orange with a hint of a gold hue and a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of hops with marijuana, strong pine and a good amount of dankness. Flavor is extremely dank with marijuana and pine with some backing sweet grains and a bit of grass in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fdborders (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011 does not count
On draught at Pinocchios, and then again at home outta the bottle. Super pine and citrus nose and taste all the way through. Solid. Reminds me of Pliny.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1600) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Location/Date:Bottled poured on December 17th, 2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange with some bubbles.
Aroma: Aroma is strong of hops, barley and rye
Taste: Taste is a good amount of bitterness but not overpowering, rye and barley
Palate:Medium - medium light body, slightly slick.

Summary: I don’t know what it is, but this beer is just really really tasty right now. I have five more, which is great, so I’ll get to try again. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle. Amber with a short white head. Aroma is strong grapefruit and pine notes with caramel, spicy hops, and citrus oils. Taste is big grapefruit notes, pine resins, orange rind, caramel, sweet malt and spices. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Oily in spots with a moderate lingering carbonation. Ends with more grapefruit, pine, caramel, sweet malt, spicy hop notes, candied fruit and citrus oils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Draft at Pinnochios. Bright orange color, good head. American Strong Ale? Should be a DIPA....The hops invite the nose to drink immediately... Lots of citrus, and pine, pineapple... Taste follows the nose. Lots of citrus hops, fruity, piney....but well balanced. Easy to drink, medium carbonation... Overall: Cant wait to get some more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2482) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Surprisingly great beer. This one has a reddish copper colored pour with fluffy white head. Great hop presents with a really complex tasty malt profile with sweet caramel and toast. Better then Brown Shugga imo.

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