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RATINGS: 1468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (702) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2014
32oz from a brown paper bag straight to the dome. Thanks jw. I don’t know what this beer looks like but in this paper bag I feel 18 again. Sugar and hops aroma eminate from the little hole in the bag. Tastes like I might be blind in about an hour. Thank you sir may I have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamTheBarrel (694) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (691) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2013 Golden color in the glass with a nice head. The aroma has a sweetness up front with honey, citrus and pleasent hops. Taste is fantastic. It has a candy like quality of caramel and citrus. There is some faint pine and malt. The finish is ultra smooth and has a great finish. Picked up 3 sixers so far and going for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (690) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dacrza (690) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2015
DATE TASTED: May 20, 2015... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick... OCCASION: Watching the Cavs try to steal a second straight in Atlanta--and relaxing after the end of baseball season, for good... APPEARANCE: Bright, pilsneresque body that releases tiny bubbles; the head is a monstrous white pillow that pitches a hedgerow of lacing; as the glass drains, excellent up-and-down lacing ... AROMA: thick wafts of sugary resin, pineapple, mango and other "strong" scents; not as much of the four grains available... PALATE: a mellow, moderately weighted body with a soft, balanced aftertaste--as easy-drinking as an 8% ABV will be...TASTE: a beautiful balance of a four-grain drag and a bevy of hops; a rather ridiculously good tasting "alternative" to the original, which I did not get a chance to sample; the resin is sharp, the pineapple palpable, the hops teeth-tethering--in a word, a full-flavored experienced that warms as it sips... OVERALL: ah, Lagunitas--thank God you have made the nationwide market a goal; grabbed a quart for $6.99 at Hope Liquors, and this beer is a perfect compliment to the night; hearty, flavorful and easy-drinking...any other aspect needed?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2012
nice light blond with average head. crisp delicate, and slightly sweet hops. absolutely delicious and really easy to throw back.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 Pours clear gold with off white lacey foam. Smell is sweet with grapefruit peach rose and various grains, more floral with age, along with than classic lagunitas yeast smell (and taste). The taste is slightly bittering and a little herbal with piney pineapple mostly with a sweet golden malt caramel grain. There is a grain heavy palate and a residual sweetness in all of it, a few months sitting has increased the grain and mellows the hops quite a bit from the freshly distributed brew. I can see this being a bit thrown together but still very nice and easy to drink. If you like most of lagunitas?s beers you?re going to enjoy this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Smelled fruitful citrus and Hippy. Tasted about the same. Not what I expected from bottle but good beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
drdisque (685) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On tap at Lagunitas Chicago Taproom. Intense resinous nastiness in initial sip. Mellows out a bit after that and tapers into cereal grain and water flavors. Seems well crafted, but far too resinous for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle pours a nice amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is amazing with resinous hops taking the profile. Taste is more IPA than American Strong with pine resin and some citrus notes. Very well balanced, but quite bitter. Body is medium to light and the beer is super well blended with all the malts. A very good complement to the pungent hops. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by this one. Love it.

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