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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barn0216 (359) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 New review - see below for old one. Clear orange, lots of foam but no lacing once it dissipates. Sprucey resin aroma. Strongly bitter flavor with the same resinous character and a touch of citrus. Bit of an unpleasant chemical aftertaste. Much much better than my first bottle. Clearly there was something wrong with that one. Old review starts here: Bottle. Cloudy orange, no head or lacing. Cat piss aroma with some citrus and Christmas-tree pine. Very bitter, a bit of skunk-like flavor, acrid in its sharpness on the palate. I love very hoppy beers but this is just foul. Vile. I can?t fathom how anyone could like this beer. Lagunitas sucks indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, skunk bud, pink grapefruit, pine and tangerine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of strawe, pine resin, grapefruit and light tangerine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering pine finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asmall (15) - Monroe, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Hops on Hops! Resin,floral abound! Major after taste.Dry hops.Overall a great IPA!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozarkspops (311) - - JAN 11, 2013
Somewhat hazy golden pour. Thick white head with lots of lacing. Aroma is mostly hop. Spicy, floral, somewhat dank. Not a lot of malt in the aroma. Hop forward flavor as well, but more balanced than the aroma. Dry finish. ---Rated via iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aarond (141) - Wilmington, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Aroma is mango, pineapple, and hop resin. Appearance is bright orange with a fluffy white head. Taste follows aroma but adds a bite of rye spiciness. Excellent brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
writerljberg (487) - Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12oz bottle from Belmont Station. Purchased good and fresh. A: Straw coloration drifting into orange. Clear with a good refraction through the glass. Fluffy almost white head. Aces. N: Fever for the hops. Pine and earth are dominant with the pineapple and mango playing back up. It’s a deep full scent with that cracking, sweet nature I always attribute to a well done dry hopping. A deeper inhalation yields some clementine and passionfruit. T: A taste that can only be referred to as dank. (Need to jazz that description up a bit.) Pine needles and evergreen forest floors. Bites and stings with lupulins. (Lupulins are sedatives. I will sleep well tonight.) Needs more citrus, though. M: Scraping and filling. Alcohol’s second string. O: This beer makes me verbose and lyrical. (Or pretentious? I don’t think Lagunitas has that aim, though.) This is an all star beer that I buy every time it comes out, which, now shouldn’t be a problem with the expansion in place. Lagunitas sucks, indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (1461) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear yellow giant foamy head. Aroma of floral hops. Taste is citrus grass crisp and clean finish. Drinks like a IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwa5879 (537) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Last time I had one of these it had sat too long and was not as good as I remembered. Man I'm glad they brought this to west michigan this year. Very clear straw/faint orange pour with a few inches of bright white head. Strong delicious juicy citrus hop aroma, grapefruit and orange, and resinous pine tar. Light mouth feel with surprisingly low carbonation. Tastes like hoppy fresh orange juice. Finish is wet and only slightly bitter, not overdone at all. I prefer this over brown shugga any day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready malts and a little sweet fruit with a ton of piney, resiny and slightly dank hops.

The flavor is sweet watery / washed out malts with a good sized piney, dank and tropical fruity hop bitterness (not as much as expected from the nose though). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, a very fine resiny, dank, fruity IPA - a little watery though.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Golden color. Slightly cloudy. Very floral and fruity hop forward aroma. Medium body. Clean flavor with noticable bitternes. Long lasting fruit hop flavor in the finish.


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