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RATINGS: 1089   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Poured from bottle at Revolution brewery. Orange yellow with thin white head. Delicious fruit and floral aroma. Hoppy and smooth bitterness. Love this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (2927) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap. Comes orange/gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, florals, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, lemons, malt, caramel, pine, and grain. Very hoppy, very nice!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
quiznoaz (308) - Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Clear, orange-pink pout, head dissipates quickly except along the side of the glass. Grapefruit and peach in the aroma. Flavor is a concentration of the aroma (initial peach/grapefruit, followed by grapefruit bitterness), and crisp.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1425) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Golden pour with a white head. Aroma is fruty hops/mango. Taste is fruity hops, malty backbone, nicely balanced. Another tasty beer from Lagunitas. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
knickskicks (627) - - JAN 19, 2013
Draft. Orange, nice white head. Good lacing. Nose is grapefruit, orange, biscuit. Taste is citrus fruits, rye, fruity progressively bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1025) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma strong of pine resin with herbal, floral hints. Flavor is all hops, strong on grapefruit and pine resin, floral, with the citrus taking more of a lead over time. Relatively clean finish. Very nice, just not sure why it isn’t classed as an (I)IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agent_511 (157) - - JAN 19, 2013
Light resinous hop aroma. Thick white foamy head with long retention. Tastes of grapefruit citrus and resinous hops with a caramel and toffee background. Finishes with a long bitter hoppy bitterness. Full bodied with a medium carbonation. Very good hoppy beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3428) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12 oz. Clear burnt orange with a lasting film of cream. Big aroma of Fruit Loops, minty green herb and resin, with some catspray. Taste starts as the same powerful blend. Mostly stays that way, but later develops some peppery rye and toasted wheat bread flavors. Light-medium body is soft and airy in the mouth, and very much to the dry side.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randhurst (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013 does not count
Lagunita’s attempt to make up for the very small batch of Brown Shugga brewed in 2012 really is a success! Very nice reddish, almost orangish color, just the right amount of carbonation for me, apparent, fresh and strong hop taste that’s very enjoyable and isnt too skunky or bitter. Brewed with a mix of 4 different grain malts. This beer goes down so greatly and can be chugged if desired and not leave you feeling discomforted. One of the the best beers i’ve ever had!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Hoppy in a pine resin and citrus way. Maybe I’m just not in the mood tonight but whatever.


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