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RATINGS: 1362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrana (549) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2013
Hop forward with strong citrus and pine tones. Has a nice and sweet malty backbone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
strap (544) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 11, 2011
smells like a pine tree. great blend of hops and malty sweetness. damn good beer. i liked brown shugga, and was disappointed i couldn’t get it this year...but this is a mighty fine substitute.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamTheBarrel (544) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - APR 3, 2012
dark gold, aroma of grapefruit and other citrus fruits, caramel, flavors of citrus/tropical fruits, caramel, biscuit, sweet malt, slight dry finish, great balance, great beer

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (542) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Tap at New Bohemia. Truly a great representation of the style. A visually appealing beer with an orange color and well-clinged lacing. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Malt driven sweetness but that presence of hop throughout. This is a very solid brewery and I would put this double IPA up as their best effort.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garlic_of_Doom (541) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle. Clear light amber with a frothy white head. Aroma has pine, mango, lemon, malt. Taste has caramel malt, pine, peppery notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, smooth mouth feel. Peppery piney bitter after taste.
Had expected something bigger but this is really nice!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (541) - Minnesota, USA - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGB (536) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Pours light amber with a nice 1/2" head. Fantastic aroma of citrus and floral hops. Light to medium bodied with a complex taste and smooth mouth feel. Not really what I expected from a holiday ale, but it’s very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 From a cute 32oz "jug" bottle into a new Bud Light pint glass. Pour is orange/gold with a rather fine foamy head. Nose is hops mostly of the citrus variety, some pine needle, happily less malt than expected. Attack is bittering and citrus hop elements, carry through the palate. Candied grapefruit rind. Little detectable alcohol. Very balanced throughout in terms of bitter and sweet. Minimal malt. Nice stuff, glad I bought a case.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (532) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2011
(bottle) Clear orange-gold body with a very thin white head. Powerful aroma is sweet, very floral, and fruity--orange, grapefruit, cherries; some grass/pine. Body is light to medium, mild carbonation. Strong bitter flavor of pine, grass, grapefruit, resin with a nice underlying sweetness; slightly spicy, pepper. Flavor is very bitter, could use a little more balance.


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