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RATINGS: 1526   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
backdaft (286) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear gold color with a nice frothy white head. Lacing is decent. Aroma is tropical grapefruit and pine. Taste is similar with a bit of sweetness from the grain. Not very bitter. Medium bodied with a dry finish. In general, I usually rave about Lagunitas; but this one leaves me wanting more. See eevryone in Chi town soon!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2418) - JAPAN - APR 28, 2013
The Christmas beer that tastes like summer in a glass! Huge tropical fruit nose - sunshine beaming out of the glass. Light, but solid malt backbone giving the hop explosion ample room to work off. A great IPA - full on, balls to the walls hops in your crotch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3448) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 28, 2013
Bottle at Antenna America. Golden colour, small off white head. Aroma is hoppy, tropical fruit and skunky. Lots of bitterness. Taste is less harsh, nice fruitiness with slight spicy maltiness, tangerine. Very nice but quite full on.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
adeezhop (42) - port jeff sta, Alabama, USA - APR 26, 2013
In my opinion I agree this beer reflects its name rhymes with bucks. Def not an ipa I would search and buy again. All round loser with so many wonderful ipas out there, hard to believe that it is limited edition, yikes!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2013
12oz. bottle. Strongly citric and fruity aroma, full of leafy hops, fresh and lightly sweet with notes of mango, lemon, grapefruit, pine and faint honey. Clear medium golden in color with a lasting, uneven, fine head. Flavor profile is strongly hoppy from beginning to end, with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit, more pine and resin to be found, along with a touch of pale malt sweetness that appears just before the finish, which is then easily dominated by a lasting hop bitterness, with more jammy fruit appearing late. Dry and moderately effervescent on the palate, which has some heft to it, body is medium-full. Very nice. Lagunitas sucks!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Awktoberfest (362) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2013
This is a winner...strong pine aroma comes through.. It's like smelling the business end of a pine comb...has a super smooth taste... Piney there too.. You do suck lags! Wow really smooth drinking a great ipa! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewbie (471) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2013
12oz bottle. cloudy gold, fluffy white head. very piney resin aroma. pine and citrus taste, a little sweetness just behind that seems a little out of place. different but enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gruvmunkey (5) - - APR 21, 2013 does not count
caramel, spruce, leaves, good stuff, really liked it, will buy again!medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish,

3.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
bisuketto (2) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013 does not count
Smells like your typically heavy IPA, then took a sip and it has a heavy hop mouthful, but with this weird sweetness. Not bitter like I was expecting. Not the best, but not bad either. 12 oz bottle in tulip.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
Draft. Golden body with a frothy, white head, mostly lasting. Aroma of grapefruit and resin and notes of toasted grain, citrus. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Lots of grapefruit and resin in the taste with a touch of raw grain in the finish. It’s not offensive. There’s just not a lot going on in this beer. So, yes, Lagunitas does suck for not making a more creative IPA for its holiday ale.


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