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RATINGS: 1472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2012
clear golden with a big white head that is sustained for a while, excellent lacing and or glass drying... loads of tropical and stone fruits, light pale malts, tho the fruits dominate the aroma, not very piney... lively medium body loads of fruits, spicy, stonefruits, tropical fruits moreso than citrus... slick mildly creamy smooth mouthfeel for an IPAish beer... Medium to medium full bodied... AWESOME

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (4649) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle thanks to jleblanc. Almost clear gold, slightly hazy with white head. Aroma is a wonderfull intense blend of tropical fruits (mandarine, pinneaple) with nice rye and pine / hop resin twist. Flavor is less intense and interesting than the nose. Still very hoppy but balanced nicely with cereal and malts so it’s not overly bitter. Lively carbonation but unfortunately, the body is thin. Very good. It felt more like an IPA/IIPA than an American strong ale. Leans more towards hops than malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2012
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 This is an over the top dry hopped beer with a light body and creamy texture. It smells more or less like a certain mood enhancing aromatic herb and finishes with crisp bitterness keeping it quite drinkable despite its ABV encroaching upon the eight percent mark. I haven’t read the other reviews yet but let me join what I am sure is a growing crowd that is clamoring for this stuff to be brewed instead of Brown Shugga every year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5065) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2012
crystal clear amber pour with a thin cream/off white head. nose is hops, more hops, hops, sweet tropical fruits, sticky, and delicious. excellent on the palate, fresh hop flavor backed by piney resin, tropical fruits, and a lightly sticky finish. wow

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bodegaboy (3) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2012 does not count
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light amber with frothy white head. On the Nose there is loads of citrus:mandarin orange,ruby red grapefruit, along with some cinnamon,sticky buds and toasted bread. On the palate the beer has a mildly roasty malt flavor with more of that delicious citrus fruit spice combination as well as dankweed/resin. For me this beer is almost as much about the texture as the flavors. there is a creaminess at the beginning that gives way to a slight prickly quality at the end. Have had this a few times and find myself smiling and looking at the glass after every sip. Another winner from Lagunitas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (7371) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Hoppy and fruity aroma with floral and citric notes. The flavor as flowery notes and sweet citrus hops, with some lighter malty sweetness. Very drinkable, really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heyprobrewing (31) - Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle from sixer. Golden amber pour with white good size head. Aroma is malt sweetness and citrusy hops orange peel, grapefruit. This beer is so smooth and well balanced on the palate. Taste is sweetness and some syrup texture with a citrus hop explosion that doesn’t overwhelm. Finishes dry but not piney dry. It’s a delicious beer and I could care less about brown shugga.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1527) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a glowing cider gold with standard white head and gentle white lacing. Aroma is rich of pineapple, passion fruit, pine, and more pineapple. Flavor is awesome pineapple juiciness. Some supporting notes of orange peel with a moderate spruce rush. The finish has a definite hops prominence without going full blown sting, complemented by loads of pineapple juice and orange peel. Fucken hell this is good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Probably the best beer Lagunitas makes. Herbal citrus hop aromas. Tropical citrus hop flavors. Overall a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Amber pour with a thin white head. Aromas of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine and slight rye. Flavors of citrus up front with an oddly metallic bitter finish...really good, but the finish is sorta odd.

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