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RATINGS: 1303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tonypreto (127) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
1 quart bottle poured into glass. Decent aroma and head, not really doing much of a flavor that was noteable. Prolly would pass up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esox (1112) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Bottled. Light amber color, thin lacy head. Strong hoppy nose: cat pee, lots of flowers, apricots, orange, green grapes, water melon. Slightly caramelly malty, sweetis/sugary flavor. Pale dried fruits. Caramel malty finish, medium strong bitterness. Medium to full body, somewhat sugary texture. Nice hoppy aroma but too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nothingbutIPAs (23) - Hillsborough, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Out of a 32oz bottle. all I have to say is WOW! was not expecting that! quite a potent beer, loved it! was expecting a much milder brew, but this one is strong on the palate which I love. very hoppy. would definitely recommend!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chribban (205) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
Pours clear amber with a one finger high, white head. Lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Orange, vanilla, sweet malt, pine, pineapple, apple, tropical fruit, resin and a litte bit of grass.
Taste: Citrus, melon, orange, pineapple, a LOT of hops! Butter, herbs, marmelade and caramel malt.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Full taste with a great, balanced bitternes.

This is true love!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1617) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
Pours clear amber with a medium frothy white head. Aromas of citrus, kiwi, peach, apricot, grapefruit. Taste is citrus, peach, grapefruit and apricot. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not that Christmas-like, but quite good nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4058) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Aroma and flavor is citrus, earth, malts, bread, light grapefruit and a long and bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdeyoung24 (16) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Nice golden appearance with a hoppy fruity aroma. Taste is a bit bitter but is overall very smooth with a light hop aftertaste. Great beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
klas (314) - SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
Branded as Lagunitas Holiday Ale. Bottle from Systembolaget (26:60 SEK). Bitter, Tropical fruit. More like a (D)IPA than an american strong ale. Very good!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laakus (29) - Nossebro, - NOV 29, 2014
Appearance is golden brown with a nice white foam. Aroma is deliciously fruity. Taste is sweet and malty with a hoppy bitterish finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1090) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Quart bottle: Appearance is a golden pour with a thick white head that diminishes slowly. Aroma has got a nice pungent pine hop notes with no real malt scent. Taste has got a really nice pine hop notes with no really malt characteristics. Palate has medium to low carbonation with a nice astringent hop aftertaste. Overall, Good but a little one sided. Cheers!

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