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RATINGS: 1560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zymeguy (2) - Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2013 does not count
The smell was the first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle. Very strong, very alcoholic. The head was pretty big, though I admit my glass was not up to par. The taste is clearly hoppy, but I get a large, yet not overwhelming sweet caramel malt flavor. Delicious, I think sweeter than last year’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 12, 2013
The head is medium, the body golden and cloudy. It smells sweet-sugary, bit fruity. Taste is sweet, bit bitter, sugary, interesting. Ok, but in my opinion to much sugar. 11/10/9/9/12/9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Growler provided by jredmond at the 4th of July tasting. Pours clearish orange amber with a small white head. Aromas of sweet candy and tropical fruits with a dose of juicy hops. Taste is floral, fruity, sweet and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Simplycdog (18) - - JUL 5, 2013
Lagunitas beers are unbelievable. Once again they have made me super happy with this delicious double ipa. Closer to a single but don't let that stop you. Do whatever you can to get this beer. I have and always will. Very rare and should be because this beer is sooooo good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Thios is a great beer! There is just the right balance to give it an even body. Malt white fruits, pineaple on the tongue. Finishes crisp, sharp and cleanly bitter at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Erzengel (7755) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2013
12 fl.oz.-bottle - schön oragene Farbe, würzig-süßlicher Antrunk. Der Hauptteil ist von der malzigen Süße dominiert, der Hopfen harmoniert recht gut. Leicht alkoholisch-scharf. Der Nachgeschmack ist mittellang, süßlich-klebrig, leicht herb-frisch. --> geht so. Zu süß und zu wenig andere Aromen spürbar. Sehr langweilig! 7/10/6/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1377) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2013
On tap. Pours a clear very gold with a thinner eggshell head of larger bubbles that laces quite nicely. Nose involves a healthy amount of pine resin, dry grapefruit, honey, floral perfume, and biscuit malt notes. Pretty sweet in flavor, but quite bitter. Medium bodied, oily, dry, with a long toasty piney bitter finish. A nice, enjoyable brew, pretty easy to drink for its size.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle [12oz]. Pours a slightly hazy, bubbly, golden-orange with a large lasting frothy white head. A good amount of lacing. Lovely aroma of tropical fruit, citrus and hops -- resiny, citrusy, piney and more. Flavour follows the aroma with the aforementioned fruit and hops along with some bready malt and alcohol. Moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not sure what style this would ultimately be but it’s a very pleasant, solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2013 25/V/13 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2013-497) Thanks to BelvidereIPA for the trade!

Clear orange beer, creamy off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, lots of passion fruits, pineapple. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of citrus, exotic fruits, passion fruits, bit sweet, honey malts, bitter hops. Aftertaste: lots of exotic fruits, mango, bitter hops, bit sweet, honey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - MAY 25, 2013
Looks to be naturally carbonated - when did they make that switch? Look is nothing special. Confusing taste. Very odd malt here. Worth reading the (self abusive) description to make sense of it. Okay, so 4 grains went into the malt. I love this Brewer so I’m going to float them some points for going so far outside the norm. If you crack this open expecting an IPA, well, that is a WTF moment then. For a beer that those dudes dreamed up to be out-there, it is a success. As a beer in the glass, Meh.

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