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RATINGS: 1171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5187) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle to pint (thanks jmborggren). Looks good; a semi-transparent orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells good too; nice pine and floral hops. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. A great example of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
banbeernot (39) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Have all the characteristics of a brew coming out of Lagunitas. Extremely hoppy, golden body but with very little head. Very floral, stickiness on the palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (533) - Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Pours a clear amber with a brief head with continual lacing. The aroma is huge on hops, mostly pine notes, but some floral qualities, too. The flavor is great. Hoppy and bitter through and through, but a rich malt in the background and some caramel and molasses. This is one of the best brews I’ve had form Lagunitas.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (2730) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle from Downtown Wine. Well, here is yet another Lagunitas beer that tastes like nearly every other thing they make. It’s kind of like Sierra Nevada in that they have so many beers that taste alike but are delicious. While this is very subtly different from the IPA or Maximus or Dogtown, etc, I honestly don’t think I could differentiate it from Little Sumpin Sumpin. Basically, if’s that strong dank, resinous hop bitterness all over the aroma and flavor. Finish is herbal and leaves a long lasting hop explosion on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2013
I suppose I’m slightly lucky to have found the last remaining six-pack on Super Bowl Sunday. Honestly, I don’t care so much for IPAs, but this one is exemplary of the style, and not disgustingly over-hopped.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
masheriff (4) - - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
Wow! I feel pretty lucky to find a six pack. Total score. 5. Enough said.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchill (1683) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Pours an orange-amber color; fairly clear but with some sediment floating in the ale. {but a fresher sample had been very clear}. Has a small and weak head despite a rather vigorous pour.. Smell - I decanted the beer and was immediately hit by a powerful smell of hops ... This is no typical "winter ale". Instead, the aroma clearly indicates IPA or DIPA; and that,, of course, is what we have. Even so, the high level of pine-tinged, citrusy hop aroma is striking, and a bit formidable. but do not fear, the taste is largely tamed by the substantial multi-grain malt load. The rich and complex flavor really is both bitter and sweet; it does lack the bite or the challenging bitterness one might expect to find in an Ameri. IPA, particularly one with this level of hop aroma. Clearly, Lagunitas did a great job of selecting the quantity and variety of malts to go with the hops. And there are no dank or off tastes despite some earthiness in the aromatics. Higher ABV is well hidden. Very good (Medium-light) carbonation; medium body. Overall - superb DIPA. Powerful yet very pleasant and easy to drink. Excellent aftertaste. Well worth seeking out. I’ve had the very good Brown Shugga this replaced and, as good as that is, this is better ... no apologies (even tongue in cheek) needed, Lagunitas!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (605) - Apopka, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a sparkling copper color with large foamy white head. Aroma is dominated by hoppiness, with mostly citrus notes. Powerful hoppy flavor. Smooth, slick bitter finish. This beer is as good as the story behind it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (653) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2013
6 pack from Chuck’s 85th. Pours bright golden orange with thick white head. Aroma is tart citrusy earthy hops with underlying sweetness. Taste is sweet lighter caramel malt followed by big fresh juicy hop flavors - grassy, grapefruit, and pine notes. Finishes cleanly bitter. Lots of hype around this one... and it passes the test. This is legitimately delicious. Kind of a de-tuned Stone ’Enjoy by... IPA’. Easily the best Lagunitas I’ve had, and that’s saying something. They need to find room for this in the regular lineup.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
2mu2ku (21) - - FEB 4, 2013
From me, for an IPA to score this high is unprecedented. Not a big IPA fan usually do to the fact that the big name IPAs are too tart or sour. This IPA is perfectly balanced, giving it good grapefruit tartness, but no bitter beer face pucker at the end. Great fruity aroma without sweetness. Really nice break from the stouts that flood the market in winter.


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