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RATINGS: 1561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle. As for the nose, the room is filled with orange-citric and dank wooden hops before I even get the crown all the way off, strong caramel base with dough and spice, plenty of rindy-pithy character and wonderful lychee and mango, guava. Pours rich clear golden with lower-than-average carbonation and a large creamy white head. Taste medium bitter, lightly sweet but drying out somewhat and resolving to that nice bread, which meets a subtle warmth at the back of the throat. Very oily with lighter resinous qualities, strong hoppy flavors remain and have additional grassy/herbal notes here on the down-low. Clean medium body not as crisp as I’d like. Very bright, alive, and yes, joyous! Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle pour avg gold. Nose grapefruit citrus on resin. Taste grapefruit bite up font followed by resinous hop. Early palate through mid sweetness. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pours a lovely amber with a quickly dissipating head and a noticeable amount of carbonation. Smell is rather complex; a variety of malts and hops of the citrus variety. The taste is surprisingly bitter. So very easy to put down for such taste, flavor, and alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2014
12 oz bottle picked up in Asheville only to find Lagunitas is now in Ohio. Pours a clear dark golden/light amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have nice citrus, orange, tangerine, some resiny hops, lightly toasted bread, a hint of spicy character with mild to moderate bitterness. Very tasty beer at a reasonable cost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pterodiacetyl (55) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Six pack from BevMo. Easy drinker with a tropical aroma. Stands up to Sculpin and costs a bit less. On the go to list from now on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontape (470) - Valley Village, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. One of the better "six-pack" IPAs out there. Smells good but taste is better -- a nicely bitter grapefruit bomb. Easy drinker. Hard to beat for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enwiebe (296) - - FEB 10, 2014
2/10/14. Bottle. Classic Lagunitas profile. A little heavier and more complex malt profile than their IPA. Same hop nose and mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhclem (418) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Nose and taste are of grapefruit and pine. Another outstanding effort from Lagunitas. They can mix the four cereals any time they like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgunn333 (11) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Looks gorgeous. Golden honey-yellow color, light, very transparent. Head is slightly cream-colored but frothy. Smells of citrus and hops. Tastes sweet and fruity. Pineapple and grapefruit and a lot of it. Slight spice from the rye. Kind of sticky at the end though. Incredible aromatics from the hops balance things out at the end; maybe it could afford a little more?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (959) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Format: Bottle from Whole Foods, Redwood City
Appearance: Light orange amber
Aroma: Pine, floral hops, citrus rinds, marijuana
Taste: Pineapple, refreshing hoppy bitterness, oranges, some rye sharpness
Texture: Crisp with some resiny aftertaste
Overall: So light, refreshing, raw, bitter and rich at the same time... someone turn up the Cutty Ranks Sound System.

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