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RATINGS: 1358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (1194) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Clear gold pour with white head. Aroma is grapefruit and mango. Taste follows nose with addition of zest. One of my favorites.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (1193) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Keg at Euston Tap. Hazy gold, tiny head with loads of white lacing. Aroma of candy sugar, peaches, dill, strawberry, a bit of maple and a tiny bit of hairspray. Taste is a sweetish bitter with a watercressy umami. Bitter herby/medicinal finish and aftertaste. Weird. And certainly good but maybe not worthy of the hero worship displayed in other rates. Smells a lot better than it tastes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (1191) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
Again, another brew I've had my share of, but haven't rated. This stuff is unicorn jizz. Magical elixir.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1182) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a vibrant golden orange with a light white head. Aroma is of citrus hops which I wasn’t expecting reading the description on this beer. Holy hell! The taste totally blows me away, this is one of my favorite new DIPAs of the year! "American Strong Ale"?! No way! Tons of grapefruit and citrus here, I love this stuff. Merry Christmas, this doesn’t suck!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnurda (1180) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
On tap at alibi room in gas town Vancouver. Very citrusy. Very hoppy. A bit too boozy for my liking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1179) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esox (1168) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Bottled. Light amber color, thin lacy head. Strong hoppy nose: cat pee, lots of flowers, apricots, orange, green grapes, water melon. Slightly caramelly malty, sweetis/sugary flavor. Pale dried fruits. Caramel malty finish, medium strong bitterness. Medium to full body, somewhat sugary texture. Nice hoppy aroma but too sweet.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1166) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Pours a golden yellow color that has a sparkle to it. Aroma is distinctly floral along with its taste. Notes of grass, herbs, and high amounts of malt are tasted in this beer. A decent IPA that was complex and made with quality.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Huge spruce nose - jumped out of the bottle and drop kicked my nose with a steel-toe boot. Big sweet malt body. Some herbal and floral qualities. Strong ripe fruit character. A bit of pepper on top of tropical notes. Really nice hop spice and citrus. This is Lagunitas bread-and-butter; a perfect example of their balls-out, straight-up muscle car horsepower, bull in the china shop approach that leaves little to the imagination but is dead center bulleye and every other cliche in the book.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1165) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12oz bottle from Belmont Station. Purchased good and fresh. A: Straw coloration drifting into orange. Clear with a good refraction through the glass. Fluffy almost white head. Aces. N: Fever for the hops. Pine and earth are dominant with the pineapple and mango playing back up. It’s a deep full scent with that cracking, sweet nature I always attribute to a well done dry hopping. A deeper inhalation yields some clementine and passionfruit. T: A taste that can only be referred to as dank. (Need to jazz that description up a bit.) Pine needles and evergreen forest floors. Bites and stings with lupulins. (Lupulins are sedatives. I will sleep well tonight.) Needs more citrus, though. M: Scraping and filling. Alcohol’s second string. O: This beer makes me verbose and lyrical. (Or pretentious? I don’t think Lagunitas has that aim, though.) This is an all star beer that I buy every time it comes out, which, now shouldn’t be a problem with the expansion in place. Lagunitas sucks, indeed.


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