kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Heard a lot about this and seemed right to be drank on New Years Ever. Pours a light medium colored copper color with a thick white head. Nice head retention. Some lace. Nice citrus aroma in the nose. Malty backbone with a nice citrus rind. NIce level of bitterness. Ends pretty crisply and cleanly with a minimal lingering bitterness. Dangerously drinkable.
dpmeersman (13) - Rochdale, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drawn to the bottle by the somewhat clownish Santa label. To my palate this beer rates as an imperial IPA more than a winter ale. Great nose followed by a strong hop beginning and finish. After a couple I got around to reading the rest of the label and found the warmth in my head was just right to let out a few guffaws Would buy again..
pete4999 (973) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as pictured Pours a clear golden-orange with minimal white head. Smells surprisingly piney, though there’s not a ton of hops in the flavor. Lots of spice in it, very peppery. Pretty good, would definitely buy again.
Scrapersnbeer (1434) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very honest, humorous and unnecessary explanation is given for this beers existence. The brewer’s growth is good news for hopped beer fans. This one looks like an amber or pale ale and has the brewer’s signature dry hop pine notes and grapefruit scent. The latter really comes through in the taste, followed by a long bitter finish. Wheat presence is a bit confusing. Not as stinging as Lagunitas’ 70+ IBU IPAs, and a little lighter bodied. A good brew to finish off the beer year. Now to go and drink freaking champagne.
brian60625 (735) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Not your typical hioliday brew, this one tasted more like a cider with pleasing carbonated delivery. Juicy hop aromas and pleasing grapefruit flavors, this beer is fresh and satisfying.
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours clear light gold with foamy white head. Aroma is really hoppy, bright green citrusy notes, clementines, pine, with an earthy faint nutmeg in the background. Too bad the Flavors aren’t as green and bright as the aroma but there still fresh clementines and grapefruit rind, sugar cubes, rye, and again a really faint nutmeg back there. Reminds me of a poorman’s zombie dust, it’s good but quite a bit sweeter, it’ll do while ZD is out right now.
DTM (780) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Gold in color with an aroma of floral hoppiness. Typical Lagunitas brew with slight bitterness and some sweet suguary goodness. Better than average, but just not as good as the brew it was supposed to replace.
palmtreefrb (8) - - DEC 30, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma - tropical mango
Appearance - golden to amber
Taste - light sweetness, medium bitterness
Palate - medium body, average carbonation, bitter
Awesome, my current favorite DIPA
tennisjoel (1154) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite similar to Little Sumpin Sumpin in my opinion. Hoppy base with tangerine, citrus, with a rye finish. Very drinkable beer here. A fine replacement for Brown Sugga.
bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Love the description on this one. Poured into a snifter glass. Color is gold with a very thin white head. Aroma is complex with strong pine notes from the hops, some sweet sugariness in the background, and a hint of a tropical aroma of some sort. Flavor starts with some sweetness and transitions into some of the wheat and rye flavors through the middle, then finishes with some resinous hop notes. Medium bodied and smooth for the ABV. Overall I think this substitute beer deserves to have a home alongside Brown Shugga in Lagunitas’ future winter offerings.