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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beersak (91) - akron, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Hoppy hoppy! Very bitter and bitty. Not a traditional holiday ale. This is a delicious IPA. Color is light with a white head. Definitely a crisp taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (801) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark golden to light copper color. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, brown sugar, honey. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, caramel. Not a tremendous amount of complexity to the aroma or flavor, but damn it’s good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1769) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
on the second day of Christmas 2011. Pours gold with a white head. Aroma is grapefruit, resin, pine and grass. Taste os sweet with a nice bitter and dry finish. Light and smooth mouthfeel. Overall this was way better then expected, everything comes together perfectly. It smells delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6860) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. POurs copper with a decent off-white head and a candi sugar aroma. There is a rich and complex malt flavor that includes dark fruit, sugar, molasses and a very piney hop finish. A fine ale that is quite suitable for the holidays.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2011
12oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, pale gold with a smooth, creamy, bright white head that has light retention and leaves sticky rings of lace. aroma is spectacular, really reminds me of Yulesmith, with huge fruity notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime zest, and pineapple backed by heavy, spiced pine resins, cane sugar, and just a hint of dank grass with a trace of gingerbread peaking through as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well with rich, spicy pine esters, wet grass, and bold, bitter hops followed by sweet, fruity notes of pineapple, grapefruit flesh, and tangerine with subtle white grape notes peaking out ahead of light, sugar-cookie malts. palate is medium bodied with perfect carbonation and a dry, bitter, fruity finish. overall, this is one hell of a "mistake". not sure about american strong ale, but it’s a great dipa.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Amber with a thin white head. Arom aof heavy grapefruit, orange, citrus, caramel and light spice. Taste of heavy grapefruit and resinous hops, pale malt, some caramel along with a bit of orange. Mild alcohol burn and a middle of the road bitterness. Pretty solid brew, better than the one it replaced – I hope it stays a winter seasonal.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (890) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Huge surprise from Lagunitas! Gorgeous light golden pour, bright as can be, thick white head. Tons of lace. Aroma was impressive. Super clean citrus fruits, grapefruit and pineapple, light sugar sweetness. Really popped. Flavors were lightly bitter, full of fruity goodness and very well balanced. Enough malt to keep this from being thin, satisfying body and mouth. Carbonation was perfect. This one is a winner. One of the best I’ve had in a while.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4594) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Pours gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with god retention recedes to skim surface. Mango, pineapple and resin aromas. Medium bodied with sweet toffee upfront turning to tropical fruits before the lasting resin finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3718) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2011
What a funny name and approach for a holiday ale! Well done. What I really liked about this was the clear note of passion fruit in the forward flavor. The aroma has more citrus/pine, but the flavor does give way into the bitter edges. Still, very perky and drinkable, with typical Lagunitas skill. Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2011
Draught. Pours a clear golden, with a white frothy head. Smells strongly of citrus fruits. Tastes of a light bitterness and medium sweetness with some extra spice. Medium bodied. High carbonation. Texture is creamy. Finishes dry. Tasty, but not particularly holidyiah.


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