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RATINGS: 1200   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crispy34 (385) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Draft. Dank and hoppy the aroma is. The appearance is a clear burnt golden with a creamy, white head. The taste starts hoppy an stays that way through out. A little citrus twist takes place in the middle then a spiciness hits the tongue at the end. Pretty nice. Palate is bitter hoppy with a hint of the lagunitas dank. Overall, a good beer. Will prolly order again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (381) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Found this one left over from a 4 pack in my basement. It’s well past it’s prime, but drank some fresh ones back in the day, but never rated - so some of this will have to be from memory. Pours hazy orange/gold amber with foamy off-white head; disipates to a thin cap and leaves some splotchy lacing. Aroma is hoppy, but also filled with caramel malt. Also a nice dose of honey and tropical fruit. Taste is moderately sweet followed by mild bitterness (I recalled this being more bitey when fresh). Nice smooth beer with medium body and some tingly carbonation. Enjoyable beer; I look forward to getting some fresh ones this year.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2013
A great IPA that’s released during Imperial Porter time! As always another great beer from Lagunitas! Aroma comes off very hoppy and smooth with a very refreshing taste.....a good beer to finish off a hard days work!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (378) - - JAN 25, 2014
Tap. Pint glass. Light gold with big frothy white head. Hoppy resin aroma. A bit of grapefruit taste, then oily and resin. Crisp with long lasting dry finish. Very lagunitas and very good. Does not suck.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (376) - - JAN 30, 2014
Pretty good. This does not suck. Not the Brown Shugga, but a different type of good. Hoppy, piney aroma and taste. Clear yellow. Small white head.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
sjohnny (373) - - FEB 1, 2014
Grapefruit and pine aroma. Pours a cloudy honey gold with a thick white head that fades relatively quickly leaving lots of lacing. Graefruit. Pretty sweet. Mouth coating. Hard candy like texture. Very smooth. I thought this was going to be really bitter but it's not. It's very smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatDane1632 (372) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Received, pleasingly unexpected, in a trade with BMoosey. Bottle poured into my IPA glass. Nice clear golden pour with amazing aroma. Flavor is very nice more malt driven than I expected. Very nice beer would like more please.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (369) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Translucent bright golden pour with a thick white head. Resin, floral, and spruce along with cereal malt and citrus undertones. Crisp, light-bodied, lively carbonation, clean bitter finish. Would want a higher abv to call this an American Strong Ale, closer to an IPA

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badwhale (367) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a slightly amber yellow with an off white head. Awesome nose of pine and citrus, grapefruit. Delicious hop bite. Deceptively strong, because it’s so smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HULK777 (367) - - MAY 25, 2014
Beautiful beer. Big aroma of tropical fruit; peach, passion fruit, grape, ananas... Hoppy flavor; bready, but foremost fruity, filled with tropical tastes. Well-balanced, where initial sweetness is evened out by a modest bitterness in the aftertaste.


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