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RATINGS: 1561   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
musinj6 (500) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a clear medium golden color with 1 finger head that dissipates leaving heavy lacing. Prominent toasted malt flavor hits you with moderate pine > cittrus hops. You can taste the rye grain. Medium to full bodied, chewy. Long, smooth, but bitter finish. This is a incredibly well balanced IPA that still have plenty of hops, but has a good malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1490) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a golden orange with a frothy white head. Aroma of pungent pine. Taste is syrupy sweet followed closely by pine, resin bitterness. As the taste fades, orange citrus lingers as the bitterness fades. Very bitter but finishes well. Mouthfeel is slick with a full body. A little too bitter for multiples, but good once and a while. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (2600) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2013
On tap at What Cheer in Providence RI. The pour is a clear golden color with a white head. Somewhat hoppy with a nice citrus and floral hop character. The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. A lot of citrus peel and floral hop flavors. A light spicy hop character as well. Medium carbonation and the body is light/medium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Surprisingly good. Lagunitas definitely did a good job with this one. Lots of good flavors in'Sucks' ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rejtable (2309) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
Wow this is a roller coaster of flavours! Pours clear yellow with some head and good lacing. Nose is candy and maybe some pine. Aromas of cereal, rye pepper-y, candy, and tropical fruit with a great resiny fjnish. Taste is big bitter and some sweet. Medium body with lively carbonation. Each sip seems to stick around in my mouth forever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1061) - Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2013
UPDATED: APR 13, 2013 A clear golden yellow color with huge white sudsy head with good retention that leaves good lacing. Nice melding of ripe tropical fruits, cracker malt and some spiciness. A nice caramel sweetness with some fruitiness and a subdued piney bitterness in initial taste. Can taste some cracker malt with some spiciness in finish. Semi sticky mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/high carbonation. This may be my favorite IPA. I like that the bitterness doesn’t follow through too strongly in the finish and enjoy the complexity of the sweetness, bitterness and bit of spiciness. Very drinkable. ---Jeremy H

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle pours a hazy golden/amber with a lasting white top. Scent is pine and herbal. Taste is pine, caramel, herbal and crisp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocJitsu (1684) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Pours a clear classic golden color with a short white head. Not much head formed due to how carefully the beer was poured by the bartender. The bouquet might be the best of any beer I’ve ever had. Fresh grapefruit right up front with some underlying cannabis. Just a wonderful aroma. Mouthfeel is full, wet, and a bit oily. Carbonation bites just a bit on the finish. The flavor is magnificent. Grapefruit! A lot more pine in the flavor than appeared in the bouquet. Just enough rye in this beer to set all the flavors and aromas off in a more vibrant fashion. A remarkably well-engineered brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3445) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottled, that doesn’t suck. What does suck, is the fact that this is distributed to Alaska, but not North Dakota. It sucks that I really really enjoyed this, but will likely not run across it again for quite some time. I love hoppy brews, maybe I’m a Lagunitas fan boy too cause I dig most of their beers; this is no exception. Beautiful pour, big hoppy nose and taste, this is so solid. Bonus points for being so potent and flavorful, while being extremely refreshing. Has that same effect on me that SNPA did 10 years ago, sort like a little voice in your head shouting "I should be drinking stuff like this all the time!" Thanks Jeremy for sending a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle @ Bruce’s. Cheers, Bruce! The pour’s deep orange with a medium head. The nose is strong spiced orange peel, some marmalade, red berry compote, a bit of dirty spruce, pacific hops and honeyed bread. The taste is bright pine and spruce. Nice resinous hop profile. Orange peel and berry fruits. Moderately chewy malts. Medium bitterness on the finish. Full body, definitely not a lawnmower beverage. Active carbonation. Overall, pretty nice stuff.

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