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RATINGS: 1419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Pours a pale golden yellow with a full firm white head. Great nose, light but full, hops, citrus, dry grass, pine. A surprisingly light taste that is loaded with all the IPA staples. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Draft. Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate spruce and citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
12 oz. bottle. pours slightly hazed, white cap. nose is grassy and lush citrus oil. mouth is resinous, citrinous, crisp and clean, nice hop medley. overall lagunitas makes nice hopped beers, albeit similar tasting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HippieRN (23) - thornton, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Light golden, light white head. Aroma of pine, orange. Rate of big pine, orange, grapefruit, smooth bitter bite, pine lasts with a sweetness that lingers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Light golden, light white head. Aroma of pine, orange. Rate of big pine, orange, grapefruit, smooth bitter bite, pine lasts with a sweetness that lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Pours a pale to copper orange color with a soapy white head. Aroma of grapefruit and earthiness with some caramel mixed in. Sweet grapefruit taste with a rough hop hit. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2013
12oz Bottle A - Pours clear golden orange with a fluffy white head. Good retention/lacing. S - Tang! Candied tangerine. T - Intense citrus. Tangerine, grapefruit, & apricot. Sweet malt. M - Light/medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Crisp. Mild citrus rind finish. O - Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (3007) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle from 1 stop beer shop. Pours a translusent orange with very good lace and head retention. Aromas of strong west coast hops with pine and grapefruit. Taste starts with a hit of bitterness but there is also a balance from the malt. With that ABV suprised not a DIPA. Not as malty as most DIPA’s though. Still, very good and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1647) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Into a goblet with a finger of head on a clear, straw colored body. The aroma is wonderful bright citrus: orange, mandarin and grapefruit. The taste is a little disjointed: moderate bitterness throughout with lemon and grapefruit dominating. There’s a sweetness breaking the surface once in a while too. There’s a soft texture with moderate carbonation. The taste was a letdown because everything else was great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2013
pours golden with white head. aroma is hops - mostly citrus (grapefruit), but some pine hoppiness as well. taste is citrus hops, biscuit, light caramel and malt, and a bit of candied fruit. finishes with piney hops and a touch of bitterness.

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