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RATINGS: 1433   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle, pours clear light gold with foamy white head. Aroma is really hoppy, bright green citrusy notes, clementines, pine, with an earthy faint nutmeg in the background. Too bad the Flavors aren’t as green and bright as the aroma but there still fresh clementines and grapefruit rind, sugar cubes, rye, and again a really faint nutmeg back there. Reminds me of a poorman’s zombie dust, it’s good but quite a bit sweeter, it’ll do while ZD is out right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Gold in color with an aroma of floral hoppiness. Typical Lagunitas brew with slight bitterness and some sweet suguary goodness. Better than average, but just not as good as the brew it was supposed to replace.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
palmtreefrb (8) - - DEC 30, 2011 does not count
Aroma - tropical mango Appearance - golden to amber Taste - light sweetness, medium bitterness Palate - medium body, average carbonation, bitter Awesome, my current favorite DIPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1232) - 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 (488) - 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 (5747) - 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 (2344) - 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 (20) - 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

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