Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Pint @ Chuck’s. This is just meh. Smells a little bit like weed. A lot of hops and bitterness up front, but then all those malts start to muddle things. Tastes viscous and slightly like a communion wafer. I’m a lot of people are going to love this beer but it kind of bores me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Thanks Brian for the extra!! poured dark amber with a sweet citrus nose. Resin stuck to my tongue, very nice lacing left on my FFF pint glass. Very nice sweet hoppiness followed by a lingering citrus note. Overall a very nice IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamTheBarrel (677) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
355ml bottle, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is clear golden with a medium sized frothy off-white head, that when settled left a little lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, orange peels, lemon zest and pine. Flavours of grapefruit, orange peels, lemon zest, caramel and spices. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. Another great beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rob6239 (676) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
From growler. Pours light gold with little head and slightly resinous. Strong beautiful hop aroma. Slight bitterness at the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours clear copper. All sorts of grapefruit and pine hops on the nose. Delicious mouthful of resin, as in their signature IPA style. Scrumptious. I could drink this all day, and I probably will. Their six packs of IPA have been off lately (at least in the Houston area), but this on-draft item is fresh and spot-on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle: golden orange pour with a large white head. Aroma is orange peel citrusy on top of pine needles and a whiff of caramel. Flavor is grapefruit/orange hops with some sweet caramel running into some sticky pine resin woodiness. Palate is sticky thick with a nice sweetness crashing into a hoppy/resiny bitterness. Rather easy and tasty drinking for a larger beer with a nice hoppy pop but not too bitter, will drink more soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (671) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2012
IPA love in a glass. Wonderfully pure expression of a classic west coast IPA. I’m not sure what it is about this beer that gets to me so much, but it has an innate balance that makes me not miss Brown Shugga whatsoever. I hope they "suck" every year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikesaum (667) - Newark, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Gold orange color with thin white head, strong citrus fruit aromas, lots of orange and hints of lemon. Taste is pretty hoppy with citrus and pine notes, slight caramel malt finish, strikes me as more of an IPA. Good beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
Growler from Consumers Beverages in Buffalo. Pours a very light ambar colour with white foamy head, and some lace. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit and citrus fruit, some malt and traces of spice. flavour is quit e hoppy, but not overpowering. Grapefruit dominates, with spice and malt lingering in the aftertaste.

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