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RATINGS: 1199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3753) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012

Date: November 25, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Woodstock
Appearance: clear gold, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet crystal and pine aroma, light peppery spicyness
Flavor: sweet pine flavor enhanced by the crystal malt, touch of spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle. Poured a darker yellow almost amber color with a smaller white head. Aroma was almost like an IPA. Strong spruce and hops. Flavor was pine, caramel, and hop bitters. Malty up front and hops in the bitters. A very good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dougmaher434 (6) - Felton, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012 does not count
Awesome beer. Love the taste, love the balance of the hops. I love the hop burst you get and the strong citra flavor. Very citrus hops but not too bitter. A favorite of mine the last two months.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
curtisb70 (7) - Bellevue, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2012 does not count
Aroma is amazing. Hops forward, dank, smells of pine and grapefruit. Probably one of the best smelling beers I have had. Taste is consistent with the aroma, but less pronounced. Filtered beer, appearance is not anything special. I wish I had more of this and I hope Lagunitas keeps this in their lineup.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cirrhosis (1208) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
WOW!!!!!WHAT IS THIS BEER!!!MY MIND IS BLOWN!! Thanks Jeff for saving me one out of the 60 you bought. Clear peachy gold with a tall rocky crown. MASSIVE peachy hop aroma, pineapple, tangerine, bubblegum, with mild hints of leather. This aroma is epic! Roapy lacing is so very sticky. Taste is so intense, big hop bomb with a leathery malt balance. Pineapple, tangerine, lemon hard candy in the finish. The bitter sneaks up on you, you never really notice it but after a while it builds up and lingers for ever. Pine really shows up in the second half of the bottle, I also just realized that this is supper dry. DAM I WANT MORE OF THESE!!! But some jackass bought the entire stock for the entire city!!!! I know where he lives lets storm his house with pitchforks and jello.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1076) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI. Aroma: YES! A perfect hop explosion in my nose. Appearance, clear amber, a little on the light side. Taste is not as good as the aroma would lead you to believe, but still very good. A winner.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
falco242 (257) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Amazing tropical aroma and a light golden pour. Fruity flavor with dry resin palate. Very tasty brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kranin (23) - - FEB 20, 2012
Delicious! Great in bottle & better on tap. Nice sweet hop character. Awesome balance of bitter. (Tap/Longfellow Grill) 02/2012

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Appearance: Pours a bright hazy amber gold with a white ring around the top. Leaves lacing.

Aroma: Danky grapefruit, pineapple, pinsol tangerine.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit bitterness dry spicy malt.

Mouthfeel: Rough, spicy high carbonation. (editor’s note: less carbed from the bottle).

Overall: Perfection. I’d love it if Lagunitas made room for this all year long. Like Big Bird professed, Keep Christmas With You, All Through The Year.


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