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RATINGS: 1420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1223) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Quite similar to Little Sumpin Sumpin in my opinion. Hoppy base with tangerine, citrus, with a rye finish. Very drinkable beer here. A fine replacement for Brown Sugga.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bnoel09 (476) - Elk Grove, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Love the description on this one. Poured into a snifter glass. Color is gold with a very thin white head. Aroma is complex with strong pine notes from the hops, some sweet sugariness in the background, and a hint of a tropical aroma of some sort. Flavor starts with some sweetness and transitions into some of the wheat and rye flavors through the middle, then finishes with some resinous hop notes. Medium bodied and smooth for the ABV. Overall I think this substitute beer deserves to have a home alongside Brown Shugga in Lagunitas’ future winter offerings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5683) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma is loaded with cirrus hops, tropical fruits, pineapple, and grapefruit. It pours a transparent gold with a small white head. The flavor starts with lots of tropical fruits and pineapple. The finish lots of orange and citrus hops. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
12oz bottle courtesy of Styles. Pours crystal clear with almost no head, leaving a small white ring around the glass. Aroma is huge piney hops. Not really my thing. However, the flavor isn’t nearly as bitter, or resiny as I expected. Actually quite nice. Firmly bitter, with both piney, and citrusy hops. Nice medum body with a clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Gold with a surprising amount of floaties, thin white head. Nose is mango, pine resin, mint, dank, alcohol. Really big. Flavor is pine, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), strong bitterness, dank. Sweet honey malt backs it all up. Lingering bitterness with dank, mint & pineapple skin. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Pours a clear lemon yellow with frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma definite pink grapefruit, yeasty bread dough and pepper. Flavor is citrusy grapefruit, mild raisin, earthy florals. Body is light with a lot of carbonation. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
10%drunk (19) - Auburn, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Had this one At the Eastaide tavern about 3 weeks ago and have been waiting for the release of this one every day scents. I think this is one of the most floral hop bombs this brewery has put out yet. Its like hop stupids little brother with more of a grapefruit twist and much more easy drinking. Don’t get me wrong I worship the brownsugga every year but hopefully they start releasing every year also. Please

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (659) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2013 Golden color in the glass with a nice head. The aroma has a sweetness up front with honey, citrus and pleasent hops. Taste is fantastic. It has a candy like quality of caramel and citrus. There is some faint pine and malt. The finish is ultra smooth and has a great finish. Picked up 3 sixers so far and going for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikesaum (644) - Newark, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Gold orange color with thin white head, strong citrus fruit aromas, lots of orange and hints of lemon. Taste is pretty hoppy with citrus and pine notes, slight caramel malt finish, strikes me as more of an IPA. Good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Sprucy and orange aroma of hops. Pale amber color with white head. Taste is balanced and smooth. Strong pine taste with come caramel malt undertones. The bitterness is throughout but a definite lasting. I enjoy it.

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