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RATINGS: 1089   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dpmeersman (13) - Rochdale, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
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..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (973) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1434) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brian60625 (735) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DTM (780) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
palmtreefrb (8) - - DEC 30, 2011 does not count
Aroma - tropical mango Appearance - golden to amber Taste - light sweetness, medium bitterness Palate - medium body, average carbonation, bitter Awesome, my current favorite DIPA

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1154) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2011
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
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.


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