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RATINGS: 1538   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
This golden brown beer pour with a thick head. It has a sweet but hoppy citrus aroma. It has a sweet hoppy flavor also. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap @ Shakespeare’s Pub. Clear amber with a tall white head. Taste is quite hoppy, pine, citrus. Pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Lagunitas sucks pours dark gold with a thick, fluffy off-white head. First whiff is hoppy, grassy with a strong piney grapefruit nose. There is some lacing. The flavor is hoppy, sweet citris and pine with subtle grain & malt notes, ending with a dry bitter finish. This is definitely an easy drinking IPA abundant in complex, full flavors. It makes up for the lack of Brown Shugga’ for sure- although, I like the Shugga’ better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmkay (51) - - FEB 10, 2013
You think this is an ipa but then you get a plethora of flavors that you wouldn't expect from an ipa. One of the best I've had this year. I hope this one becomes a regular from Lagunitas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (3031) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
16 oz. draft from 1808, pours slightly hazy (which clears) golden with small white head into a shaker. Some lacing, medium body, medium carbonation, and light pine aroma. Taste is wonderful rich citrus some pine, and slightly bitter finish. Had this back to back with sculpin. This one wins by a little bit. My new favorite IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2013
The flavor palate of this beer is truly different. Hints of oats and grain, with a sweetness that I can’t explain, this is definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aromas of orange zest, apricot and hops. Incredibly light on the palate, offering a blast of intense stone fruit and citrus, bready yeast complexity, and a finish of well-balanced, spicy hops that linger long and cover the ABV well. Sessionable, with a never ending finish. They should probably just keep making this one....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fr5ed (62) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2013
It's all about the pine. Smells and tastes great! Light honey and mostly clear, is a delightfully bitter IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
bottled. pours clear dark gold, with a moderate foamy off white head. aromas of pine, spruce and hay. a crips bitterness with a touch of acidity. fairly light bodied. fizzy and bitter finish that lingers. its decent but no brown shugga.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Crazy strong nose of citrus, pine, hops, skunk. Juicy and flavorful taste, strong hop bite without sourness/bitterness. Wanted more immediately after.

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