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RATINGS: 1547   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1223) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Poured from bottle. Citrus and pine hops in aroma. Good lookin cloudy gold with lasting head. Not the hop Bomb I expected, but I taste the citrus / pine hops with a very creamy malt base. Also tasting notes of peach, pepper and maybe a hint of coriander. Very easy to drink for a strong ale. As usual, another excellent beer from LBC.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle pours clear golden with big head. Aroma is juicy citrus and melon, taste is similar with a nice balanced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UncleKorm (1220) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle poured a lightly hazy orange hue with large white lasting head and great lacing. Moderate malty straw aroma. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are pine, caramel, brown sugar, grass, and pineapple. Creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (1211) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 4, 2015
Growler from McHughs. Pours cloudy golden with white foam head. Citrus, pineapple, pine, coconut, mango, bubblegum, candy floss. Flavour is sherbert, bubblegum, fizzy sweet, sticky caramel, sugar. Full bodied. Probably sweetest beer I’ve had. Orange aftertaste. A bit unexpected but good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2014
Despite what the label says, lol, this is a fine replacement for Brown Shugga. Hoppy like an IPA, not sure why its styled as an ASA, but that’s fine, I would have maybe put it in the red/amber ale category, abv isn’t high enough for an ASA. Reddish pour, thicker than thought, nice aroma of pine and citrus, maltier than an IPA, caramel and pancake like flavor. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of pine, resin, spicy rye and toasted cereal malts. Golden light amber hue with an average white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is medium sweet and very bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with average carbonation. Overall a good spicy brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1198) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
(350ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours a very slightly hazed pale golden orange with a short lived white head that fades to a ring quickly with a little lace. Aroma is nice and vibrant, with pink grapefruit, hints of candied orange, some red berries, light tropical notes, and a lightly spicy, herbal undertone that could be rye as well as hops. Otherwise malts are restrained in the nose. On the palate, sweetish initially with orange, grapefruit, strawberry, and a lot of earthy, spicy herbal/floral hop characters. In the middle, it’s half sweet, half bitter with the hop character still dominant. Towards the finish, the characters of the grain bill come into focus, with a peppery rye note and a creaminess from oats, alongside a moderate resinous bitterness and lingering citrus/tropical notes. The feel at the finish is smooth and rounded with that oat character. Mouthfeel is medium-full otherwise, and the carb quite soft. Perhaps that mouthfeel is the beer’s biggest strength, and the best contribution of the complex grain bill. Alongside is a nice, fruity/spicy hop profile that matches it, making for a very balanced and drinkable DIPA. I’d not call this an ASA, but who cares, it’s good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2012
From iphone beerlicious app: great aroma. Pale clear liquid. Frothy white head. Nice bitterness. Light thin body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
"Brown sugga’ substitute" bottle. Pours a clear rich gold, effervescent, large long lasting dull white head and a ton of lace on the glass. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, lightly spicy, and a decent malty backbone. Flavour is pine, citrus, tropical fruits, medium-high bitterness, mild alcohol warming, mildly spicy and bready + caramel malt backbone. Enjoyable, pretty easy drinking, we’ll balanced and if you don’t watch it’ll get you drunk!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (1188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
I was licky to find this in the M&M 6-pack rack of my favorite store today. This is the 1st beer purchased that way that made me wake up and say WOW. Lagunitas does not need to make any excuses for this one, which tastes very similar to my favorite APAs, Three Floyds Alpha King and Zombie Dust. 12 oz botttle pours a clear orange with white head and good lacing. Aroma is full of citrus, and floral hops with just enough caramel malts to give it balance. Taste is initially sweet with a short bitter finish. Medium body with a little carbonation. If I could get this year round, I would drink it regularly

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