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RATINGS: 1468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
In my honest opinion, this is a perfect beer. It’s balance like you’ve never seen and taste perfect. I would drink this everyday if I could. Great product, I loved it. Can’t wait to get down to Lagunitas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle. Amber pour with off white head. Smells of hops,pine and peach. Tastes very bitter. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sthlm (1260) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2013
[Bottle] Pours amber with a nice off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin, lingering film and some larger bubbles. Aroma is very vibrant, with mango, candied pineapple, pine, and grapefruit. Sort of a wood spiciness in there as well. The taste is quite bitter, lots of papaya and grapefruit, mild alcohol, and malt in the finish. Average mouthfeel, fairly smooth, lingering finish. Overall, a really solid beer that I hope Lagunitas makes one of their year-round offerings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Fresh bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours clear orange-amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is fresh pine, orange, ripe tangerine, juicy mango, passion fruit, peach and marmalade. The taste is pine, pleasant bitterness, resin, straw, pithy orange, peach, grapefruit and touch of pepper with a bitter, resinous finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty great stuff all-round. One of the best IPAs out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 7, 2013
Fantastic like all of their recent outputs. Really well put together and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (2109) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2015 From BandC. Very malty and sweet for a standard IPA. It felt like a mini-DIPA. Big fruity ale flavors, crisp herbal hops and spiceiness from the rye but slightly oily texture from the oats. It works quite well. and Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
naivepegasus (356) - USA - APR 7, 2013
Pours a cloudy orange with a copious amount of slightly off-white, frothy head. Brown sugar very prominent in the nose. Nice mouthfeel. starts off with a very crisp citrus hops that fades into a bitter aftertaste. Actually very good, a hop beer with some character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - APR 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Oren. Clear golden with an off-white head. Wonderful hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Bitter hoppy flavor with a bit of piney spiciness, fruits and a bit of honey-ish maltiness. Medium-bodied. Pretty awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2013
Red Solo Cup Tour of Grant Park - Beer 2 of 4 - Split this with my wife. As it was drank from a Solo Cup, the appearance rating should be taken with a grain of salt. Pours a rich gold with a solid head, despite its pedestrian vessel. Smells of citrus. Perfectly carbonated palate. There is a very pleasing sweet flavor accompanying the hop finish. An all around excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a bit lighter and crisper than expected. The frothy white head doesn’t stick around for long. Hops completely dominate the aroma. Yeah, a double IPA for sure. Hop oils assault the palate. Grapefruit and pine, mostly. Hint of heat from the 7.8% ABV. Rye comes through a bit in the finish. But this is all about the hops. Surprisingly, it’s only 65 IBUs. Thought this would push closer to 100. Hop heads, get it!

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