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RATINGS: 1088   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HisBoyElroy (107) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pretty good beer. I was a bit let down. Wish it had a hoppier taste. Thanks Kevy. Maybe their best beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iguanodon (74) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pours clear gold/orange with a thick white head. Aroma is citrus, a little pine and straw. Taste is... well, think a little sumpin sumpin but a bit stronger, with more malt, a bit sweeter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlihcsnatas (236) - Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Other than being a very clear golden brew it smells and tastes like grapefruit juice. It has that sweetness that is followed by the acidic bitterness, just about like drinking grapefruit juice. So while yes that is the initial reaction after a few drinks there is more to it but it is not a major contribution to the overall taste. Luckily I like grapefruit juice so it’s a pretty good brew in my book.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (562) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 Always been a bigger want from me especially from this brewery. Pours a really nice golden color. Looks better than the average IPA and more distinct. Huge pine aroma. Big hoppy pine taste upfront. Taste blends into a citrusy grapefruit and orange based flavor that is really spot on. Hop feel lingers on the tongue. EXTREMELY drinkable. Really good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duhast500 (374) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass. The color is a clear orange/gold with a finger or so of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass. The smell is hops with a backup of sweet malt aroma that sits towards the back but can not be ignored. There is a candy-like aroma there that has a touch of grape Fundip. The taste is less hoppy then expected, the malt is there first with some sweetness to start things off before going quickly into some flavorful fruity hop bitterness. This beer may have some age on it so it’s a little drawn back from what I remember from having a fresh one in the past. This still holds up and in some ways is more flavorful with the bitterness in the back seat and more of fruit flavor is detectable without being over shadowed. The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is a better drinker then anticipated. It’s smooth going down and does not give as much punch to the pallet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshmcg000 (302) - Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours hazy gold with white head, the haze is big chunks of sediment. Aroma is tropical fruit. Nice tropical fruit and citrus hop profile. Caramel malts, not terribly bitter. Really good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (857) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Alright, whatever this is, it is okay. It has a complex maltiness and some nice grain accents. I’m not in love with this thing like many on here seem to be.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (498) - - FEB 22, 2014
2013 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a clear light amber-copper color with a frothy off-white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is piney and herbal hops with caramel and some mango and other tropical fruits. Taste is sweet caramel malt with a slight flowery and herbal bitterness. Also a strange, almost minty taste that I can't quit put my finger on. Possibly some alcohol coming through. A dry medium mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frlrv1020 (63) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Haven’t had the BrownShugga’ ale, which this is a substitue for, but this tastes pretty good to me! It has guava and orange in the aroma, and a light, clear, golden color. Great hoppy, flowery taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xenon (70) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Growler fill from tasty bev. Tastes very much like a normal lagunitas brew. The main defining feature of this beer is its very floral and fruity nose. More so than the normal lagunitas lineup. Smells like a garden, not very bitter, with a good bit of piney hoppiness (Which is expected from them). Smells great, tastes ordinary for them.


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