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RATINGS: 1184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (568) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pours a gold yellow with thick white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is of floral and herbal hops, resin, bread, and a earthy character. Flavor matches well and is similar to a strong malt backbone pale ale, but with a lot of complexity. Very solid and surprisingly different.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (567) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Pale orange pour. Crystal clear. Thin white head. Aroma is knock your socks off fresh hop pellets, peach and apricot. Tangerine, bits of white grapefruit. Flavor is on the sweet side. Malt flavors are hidden behind fruity hops. About as juicy as an IPA gets. Canned peaches, dried apricots dominate the hop flavors. Bitterness is nowhere to be found. Definite focus on sweet and juicy character but still balanced. Nothin like an overtly sweet crystal bomb. Simple but absolutely mouth-watering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwoodward (566) - - APR 19, 2014
Had a pint on tap at Ashley’s. Quite hoppy, a slight sweet edge on the finish. Solid, not my style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle. Clear orange with nice compact white head. Aroma: big hoppy aroma, fruits, lots of citrus and tropical fruits . smells really fresh! Taste: big bitterness with a grapefruit note at the end, a lot of fruits and a slight dankiness, a small bready bisquity note in there. Really nice stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilnatp (563) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2012
BOTTLE: Pour is golden. Aroma of rye, earth and citrus. Taste of rye, earth, citrus, and maybe even flowers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arondee (561) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours a golden orange. The aroma is intoxicating. Sticky sweet malts and citrusy hops. The taste is better than the aroma. This is a seriously fantastic IPA that took my by complete surprise. This cannot be a one time offering. Lagunitas needs to brew this thing around the clock.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (555) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours cloudy gold with a sudsy white head. Aroma is fresh tropical essence with floral hops, pine, and a clean and fresh essence. Taste is tropical fruit, pine, floral hops, lemon zest, and orange. Light with champagne qualities. Superb.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (551) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
From the bottle, white head, clear yellow body. Nose is citrus and mango. Body is light, slightly dry on the finish. Mostly citrus and grass flavors. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Tap @ PW. Clear gold pour with a short, persistent white head leaving heavy lace. Fresh hop nose with maybe some seasonal spices in there? Medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. Pine, caramel, resin, tropical fruits, ganja and toast. Finish is nicely balanced between bitter, sweet and umami and leaves you wanting more. I’ve followed the sad tale of the Lagunitas shipping ’disaster’ (being a relative term) and loved the Brown Shugga last year, but am very pleased with this substitute, which I earnestly hope becomes an annual brew. Slightly bettered by Lukcy Basartd, but not by much.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (549) - Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Pours a clear amber with a brief head with continual lacing. The aroma is huge on hops, mostly pine notes, but some floral qualities, too. The flavor is great. Hoppy and bitter through and through, but a rich malt in the background and some caramel and molasses. This is one of the best brews I’ve had form Lagunitas.


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