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RATINGS: 1198   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhunter151 (544) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Awesome beer. Hoppy but balanced by the malt. Has a sweet finish. This beer is very easy to drink. One of my favorites. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1181) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Clear, golden pour with a rocky, white head. The aroma has a lot of citrus mixed with spicy rye and mildly sweet malt. It has a light, watery texture with average carbonation. The taste is a little bland and finishes quickly to a dry, bitter end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1952) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 Bottle. Pours a clear golden orange color with a huge bright white head that fades very slowly. Aroma is dank hops, mostly citrus and floral. Caramel malt comes through a bit too. Taste is heavy for an IPA and I’m enjoying it. Fresh hops dominate, reminds me of a harvest ale. Mostly citrus and floral. Finish is slightly dry and a little rye spiciness comes through. Mouthfeel is oily and fairly thick. A tad over-carbonated. Overall really good IPA with a couple minor flaws.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Single bottle from Total Wine. Pours a clear copper with a decent sized white head. Good retention, spotty lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pine hops, and fresh herbs. Big citrus and pine hops in the flavor, with some malt and a bright sweetness (honey, maybe) to balance it out. Finish is nice and spicy. Fairly thick for the style. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12oz Bottle Pours out a crisp gold topped with a small white head. Aroma fresh pine needles, caramel and some grass. Taste is more of the pine, lots of sweet caramel, with a nice bitter end. This is a tasty one.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (923) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear medium gold with a fluffy one finger white head. Really great head retention and awesome lacing leaving a nearly unbroken wall down the side of the glass. Aroma is full of tropical fruit as is typical with Lagunitas. Lots of pineapple, tangerine, and mango with just a hint of bready malt and alcohol underneath. Not extremely complex but the citrus is very mouth watering. A very juicy tropical fruit character on the taste that carries for a very long time. Tons of tangerine, mango, orange, and pineapple all backed up by a little bit of alcohol and bread. Bitterness is fairly mild for a double IPA and is just enough to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is really perfect without any of the residual sugar all too often found in this style. Overall, a really amazing IIPA. Extremely drinkable it feels more like 5% abv. Love the tropical, almost minty, hop character and the moderate bitterness. Definitely one to stock up on this time of year and one of the best from Lagunitas.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (699) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours a bright yet darker golden with a white head. Very appealing aroma. Fruity and full of citrus. Grapefruit, peach, strawberry, orange, and pine. Taste seems to be more similar to the aroma. The fruity elements seem to stand out the most here. I get a lot of peach and grapefruit. I don’t get much pine, and while they there is a good amount of grapefruit, I don’t get a whole lot of hops or bitterness. Medium in body. Good carbonation. This is very tasty. It would be hard not to like this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1285) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2013 bottle. Pours gold with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma is fresh, crisp, citrus and grassy hops. Taste is very smooth, not overly bitter or sweet. Tinges of orange and bubblegum. Finishes crisp. Very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours clear copper. All sorts of grapefruit and pine hops on the nose. Delicious mouthful of resin, as in their signature IPA style. Scrumptious. I could drink this all day, and I probably will. Their six packs of IPA have been off lately (at least in the Houston area), but this on-draft item is fresh and spot-on.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a decent sized bone white head that leaves much stickage on the way down. Smells of hops in spades. Light green onion and garlic grow confidently under a shady pine tree while sipping on a hint of vodka. Light bready malt peaks through but barely musters the courage to stick around. The flavor is light cracker and bready malts with an onslaught of onion garlic and pine. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. This is a very nice IPA I’m glad I grabbed the six pack so I can enjoy this again.


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