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RATINGS: 1191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
12oz bottle. Rating #41. Clear dark gold pour with a sticky white head that left a nice lace on the glass. Tropical fruit hop aroma with a little sweetness. Sweet tropical flavor as well, medium bitterness and really nice to drink. (2020)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Big spicy hops and candy on the nose. Earthy and spicy, grapefruit and pith. Candy malt, toast, and citrus. Long earthy grapefruit on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, clear gold with white head. Aroma of pungent grapefruit and malt, pine. Flavor is much the same with a pleasant sweetness and bitterness. Medium body with fizzy carbonation....Solid brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10841) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 The pour is a clear golden color with a white head. Extremely hoppy with a nice citrus and floral hop character. Great pine, some tropical fruit, and sweet pale malt and bread notes. The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. A lot of citrus peel and floral hop flavors. A light spicy hop character, too. As with the aroma, malt and sweet bread flavors. Pronounced tropical fruit an pine. Medium carbonation and body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Bottle from BevMo. Very skunky smelling hop nose. Sweet and hoppy flavored. Smooth, somewhat slick mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking. Quite bitter with a nice sweetness to it.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tia (887) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Tap. Ahhh, cat piss. A little grapefruit sneaking in. Golden with white dissipating head.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2011
bottled,. lighter than expected golden orange, frothy tight foam, great aroma of fresh grapefruit, flavorful with good bitter tropicals and balance malt finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4913) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Glass at ITAP Soulard. Pour was clear and golden with a decent white head. The nose offered some nice caramel in front and grassy floeal hops behind that. The taste hit me with a sticky, grassy, spicy hop blam. The hop mix was a bit odd and stayed steady throughout. Some caramel was tasted late andvit was never very big. Good but a bit odd.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on Thanksgiving night while tending to a sick fiance. I’m not a huge Lagunitas fan so when the opportunity to drink a beer called Lagunitas Sucks came around, I figured it’d be a worthy try. And I’m glad I did. Appearance a clear slightly dark gold with a thin white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of honey, spicy hops, slight bready malt, has a nice smell. Taste is also pretty damn good, nice spice/hop mix with a malty crispness, honey gives it a nice sweetness, and it all comes together nicely. Citrusy hops and honey mix together nicely. Really enjoyed this one.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bpreo (1550) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2011
In keeping with my recent trend of actually buying Holiday beers, Lagunitas’ Christmas attempt mentions "Brown Shugga", but it is really a Strong Ale. It smells...... interesting. Tastes...... interesting. It’s just a curious beer, but definitely worth a try.


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