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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1585) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Thanks to Cletus for the hook up. Near orange pour with a small white head, very clear. Fruit forward hop aroma with a nice malt background showing up. You know, this isn’t quite the tropical fruit hop bomb I’ve been loving lately, but it still has a bunch of great citrus going on as well as a almost appley fruit zest going on. I guess that’s not quite it, because I usually hate the dreaded green apple, but this is more of a sweet red. Certainly interesting. This beer had a ton of hop character yet the bitterness is nearly non existent. Yeah yeah, another crappy review I shouldn’t write, but this deserved a score.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ippopotamo36 (1583) - Rome, ITALY - APR 5, 2014
Clear and bright yellow! Nose: WOW! Incredible notes of resin, citrus balanced and mixed with bred malts. Amazing mouth: sweetness and tropical fruit but also caramel and fantastic hops! Great!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottled. Pours a clear gold with a frothy white head. Big hoppy aroma, earthy, grapefruit. Very resinous, grapefruit flavored IPA in its most classic form. Finishes a little oily and a touch astringent. Terrific IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefannilssons (1577) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Det här var inte dumt, smaken var fint balaserad med toner av äpple, grapefrukt, honungsmelon och tallbarr. Kroppen var härligt stabil och balansen var, som tidigare påpekats, riktigt fin. Slutsats; köp den och drick den!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (1564) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle. A- Pine, spruce, bitter, citrus, dank, resin. A- Orange color, hazy liquid, off white head. T- Pine, bitter, herbal, subtle citrus. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- For some reason I expected this to be like a barleywine. I guess in a sense it was...but not really. More like an aggressive IPA from hell. Loved the aroma but the taste was a little too much for me. Liked it more than I thought I would.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2012 12oz bottle. Golden orange with a good amount of white head. Great nose of pine and resin - flavors of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Good amount of bitterness and nicely balanced. I hope they continue to brew this beer every year as I really enjoyec it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Nice IPA. Balanced, but towards the bitter end of IPAs -- which I expect from Lagunitas! Nice floral and citrus notes. Is deep in flavor. Recommended. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1556) - Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Amber, clear, and a nice foamy head. Bitterness from the hops tastes great but lingers a little long. Otherwise a respectable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace. S - Aroma is full of citrus hops and candied pineapple, grapefruit, and mango, some floral hops, and some sweet caramel malts. T - Starts off with a strong kick of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some good bitterness and a bit of sweet caramel malts growing from the background. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more citrus flavor and bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet candied tropical and citrus fruits, bitterness, grassy hops, and some sweet malt. M - Medium bbodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a resiny and fairly dry finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice big hoppy DIPA with a great hop profile. I really like how strong the candied tropical fruits are.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottled Mid-November, 2011 A: honey golden ale with a finger of white foam over crystal clear ale. A sheet of white resides and leaves soapy residue. S: Grapefruit, lemons, pine, resin, bubble gum, so many yummy hops. This is so far, excellent. T: Sweet with lemons, grapefruit, juicy fruit. M: A bit thin with hi carb and fairly dry. O: Really a good beer. Gonna have more of this. Serving type: bottle 12-02-2011

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