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RATINGS: 1543   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Probably the best beer Lagunitas makes. Herbal citrus hop aromas. Tropical citrus hop flavors. Overall a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (923) - Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle - dark gold with a nice head. Now this was one over the top beer. Strong citrus aroma and a grapefruit hoppy taste. Full body and a smooth finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (922) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Je qualifie cette bière de "vin de céréales" tellement son cocktail de grains est imposant, autant en bouche qu’au niveau olfactif. Des houblons floraux et légèrement fruités se joignent à la fête pour créer un liquide costaud, mais toutefois facile à boire. Une superbe robe dorée, assez limpide, est surmontée d’un col de mousse moyen, mais persistant. C’est rond, c’est sucré, c’est épicé, c’est fruité mais une chose est sûre : ça ne suck pas du tout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
This is a pretty beer with a clear medium yellow body and a foamy white head. There’s some sweet citrus/lemon aroma with what I can only describe as a light petrol aroma in the background that I’m guessing is from the hops (it’s not bad, just interesting). Some seriously sticky hops hit up front with resinyt pine and vegetal notes along with a little rubber mat. Good malt balance to add some sweetness but the hops keep asserting themselves in a very delicious way. That hop flavor seems to evolve into some grapefruit character after the first few sips. Finishes with a sticky bitterness that makes you want to dive in for more. I wish I could give them extra points for a great description! While Brown Shugga’ will be missed, I’d like to thank Lagunitas for a worthy substitute. Can you do *both* next year??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (919) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Clear golden yellow with white head. Caramel malt, light hops and a little funk. Finishes a little light and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
you know what, this is actually a good beer. its big, spicy, hoppy, malty, sweet and bitter, its tasty. pours very light, drinks very hoppy and light more like a iipa or something. theres a lot of tropical, soay and astringent hops in here, all very nice. drinks well, not sure how it will age, but it seems like a celebration type beer in the aging potential category.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Pours from 32 oz mega-bomber a medium golden hue, clear with a nice white foamy head. Aroma immediate floral, mangoes and papayas. Sweet bready malts come into play as well. Flavour is big chewy malt with tons of fruits and citus in the middle with a tart grapefruit near the finish. A resinous smack of bitter hops compliment the end too along with a light note of pine and tropical fruit. A big beer to be well enjoyed. Lagunitas has a big hit here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (911) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Pours yellow with a faint white head.Sweet citrus hop aroma. Great caramel balance with a bite in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a copper color with a medium soapy head. Aroma is piney and citrus resinous hops. Taste is much like Hopslam or Double Trouble, piney bitterness and pineapple citrus tastes are here but it finishes lightly caramel malts. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (908) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a huge bubbly white head that leaves a lot of lacing behind. Aroma is big, sweet and hoppy, of brown sugar, malt, pine hope, and a hint of candied citrus. Rich taste, of candied citrus, malt, sugar, toffee, then picks up a big hoppy bite. Lingering sweet hops. Very tasty.

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