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RATINGS: 1532   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ippopotamo36 (1556) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Florya (1552) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2016
How : bottle Appearance : almost clear deep golden, minimal white head. Aroma : pine, citrus peel, ripe fruits, herbs, cane sugar. Palate : medium body, average to light carbonation.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (1550) - - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear orangish color. Aroma and taste are orange, pine resin, and hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is hop oils and malt. Flavor is hops, malts, a lot of earthy raw green hops. Might be better than brown shugga. But you still suck. :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a glowing cider gold with standard white head and gentle white lacing. Aroma is rich of pineapple, passion fruit, pine, and more pineapple. Flavor is awesome pineapple juiciness. Some supporting notes of orange peel with a moderate spruce rush. The finish has a definite hops prominence without going full blown sting, complemented by loads of pineapple juice and orange peel. Fucken hell this is good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1536) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a smallish beige head. A very pleasant and pungent aroma with juicy tangerines, peaches, mangoes, pineapples, zesty citrus rinds, and pine trees at the forefront along with hints of bubblegum and apricots in the background. Goes down relatively medium to full-bodied with just enough crispness. Slightly smooth. A perfect mouthfeel for the style. The taste starts with a bit of caramel and a biscuity malt presence. Lots of juicy tropical citrusy flavors finish off the job. Just a tad piney/resiny. A touch of warming alcohol throughout. Mouthwatering and tongue tingling. I picked up a sixer of this as kind of an afterthought (as I do most Lagunitas) and I ended up extremely surprised. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Draft at the Distillery in Savannah, GA. Holy shit! Beautiful, almost Pilsner looking pour with a two finger pillow white head. I could smell the aroma from about 2 ft away. Pine resin, pine tree, Christmas tree, spruce, douglas fir, you name it....it smelled like pine. Walking through a damned Oregon Pine forest pine. The taste...pine! Great, fairly light IPA taste but the pine and pine bitterness was amazing and fresh. Little cereal and bread. Great carbonation. Finish is pine. Fuck it...probably the best DIPA I’ve ever had. I could drink this until the cows come home. I don’t have any cows so that would be a long time.

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