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RATINGS: 1178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2200) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle. Lovely fruity, hoppy aroma. Dark gold with floaties murking up the gold body. Nice lace. Moderate sized white head. Sweet, almost cloyingly so. very lightly carbonated. Not really enjoying this. Hops are completely subdued by the sugars, which have a citrus aftertaste I’m not digging. Not a recipe Lagunitas needs to revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (2979) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2012
From a bottle poured a copper color with a fair amount of head. Nice bitter hoppy flavor with a lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2012
The only way I can explain this beer is a IPA mixed with holiday spices that is blended to perfection

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Pours an attractive deep copper with a cream colored head. Nose and flavor are full and hop forward with pine and citrus, balanced out by substantial caramel and toffee. Medium - full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rjplumer (389) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Blast of floral piney hops from the start. Deep amber color. At first a quick dose of bitterness which then switches to a sweet malty finish. Sense a some pepper rye on the tongue. Has that crispy west coast hoppiness to it. Has a refreshing crispiness to it. Well worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2323) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle, pours golden, light head, fairly hoppy stuff, overall quite drink and enjoyed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours light gold, lager-like to the eye. Ain’t no lager, though. Thin head that dissipates quickly. Amazing bouquet of peppery/citrus hop, with . . . juniper? Clove like aromas abound. Odd but it definitely works. Medium malt body in the background. The "Jagger" in this brew is/are the hops. A wondrous prickly bitterness coats the palate, bringing out an amazing array of flavors. They abound in the astringent environment. A kick-ass ale. Hard to believe this was a last minute replacement for another brew. It definitely DOES NOT suck. Thank you sir, may I have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (682) - USA - FEB 28, 2012
nice light blond with average head. crisp delicate, and slightly sweet hops. absolutely delicious and really easy to throw back.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (932) - Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours rich golden with a tiny white head. Smells piney, resinous, and explodes with citrus. Taste is quite bitter, but not too much so, and has some citrus and pine flavors with hints of a cereal like graininess. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale finishes with some lingering soft bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3686) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of citrus, floral, light pine. Taste is the same.

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