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RATINGS: 1342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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AKA Holiday Ale
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Pours clear and golden colored with a deep white clingy head. Big aroma of resin, pine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange that is reminiscent of a dry hopped IPA. Taste begins deeply malty and sweet with caramel and a nice complex malt backbone. Citrus and hops bitterness balances very nicely. It is so well balanced that it is difficult to discern all the layers of malt and grain. Finishes moderately bitter, but clean and drinkable. You might possibly describe it as a deeply malty, moderately hopped IPA. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4307) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Golden colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Citrus, hops, caramel, malt, grapefruit.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Hops, pine, caramel, hay, grass, some fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
penstemon (182) - Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours yellow-gold with a nice white head. Aroma is orange and canned pineapple, maybe even a hint of raisin, bready grainy malt, and citrus hard candies. Taste is citrus, pineapple, a strong grainy + bready malt component that is slightly sweet, slight herbal and cut grass, medium bitterness. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollinsr (411) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours clear gold with a light film of head. Aroma is sticky figgy hops. Flavor is sweet and floral with hints of the cereal grains and ever present citrus body. This is an excellent "substitute" brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2014
bottle - This goldish orange brew as pine and citrus sugar aroma. The flavor includes sweet caramel malt, pine, citrus, and a moderate to strong bitterness level. Very good brew here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete (1772) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle from a trade. Thanks Wyatt! Dark golden orange colour. Creamy beige foam. Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, brown sugar and pine. Medium sweet, bitter hoppy aftertaste. Very good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (2392) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2014
Keg @Euston Tap, London. 16-08-2014.
Pours dark golden with nice white head. Citrusy and fruity aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is moderate bitter, citrusy, some caramel notes. Robust body, quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beersammich (63) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 By far my favorite offering from Lagunitas. Tastes very nice, decent sweet, wonderful finish. Low amount of head. Had it from a bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fredd_an (101) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Humlig doft. Mycket amerikansk humle smak. Överraskande att det är en Pale Ale? När humlen tog över så pass som en IPA. Känner dock såklart en söt fin maltigare i bakgrunden som ger julkänslan. Rätt god Pale Ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (1830) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
Flaska från Systembolaget. Julöl 2014. Klar orange med ett medelstort vitt skum. Dofter av karamell, grapefrukt, blomster och kåda. Smakinslag av frukt, karamell, malt och kåda. Medelbeska. Medel mot stor kropp.

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