RATINGS: 1613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
AKA Holiday Ale
AKA Holiday Leftover Ale
AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

This sad holiday season we didnt 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, wed short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. Its 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. Its 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 8% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Now a year round beer, we can erase the Holiday Ale part! Appearance is a dark golden color with a nice 1 finger white head. On the nose you get hit hard with lemon and grapefruit followed by some earthy/grass notes. On the palate there is a nice citrus taste followed by some grass and hay and finishing with the nice hop bite, nothing too over powering. Mouthfeel is light with mellow carbonation. I believe the aroma is what makes this beer so satisfying to many.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (1121) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2017
6-pack from LCBO. Beautiful deep orange pour with a lush cap of creamy foam on top. Grains are deeply present & add a nice complexity to this. Lots of sugar. Pronounced dry hops. Good stuff, if not a tad over rated in these parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KevinReddirt (76) - Midland, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Bought this as a single at the neighborhood supermarket. I held off trying because of the name. Typical Lagunitas, messing with me. I poured into a pint bar glass finding a dark yellow presentation with a pearlescent white foam. The scent is tricky but interesting. I detect pine and then something else, a sweet smell? The taste is really fine, I would call it hoppy but that cannot be right. Grainy but in a good way and also toffee with tropical fruit. Light on the bitterness and dry at the end. Guess I will have to buy a sixer before it is gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronritter (219) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Poured from 12oz bottle golden with a medium white head. Strong citrus aroma medium carbonation, easy to drink, citrus and a medium bitter finish a well balanced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4537) - Holbk, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle at DE US tasting. Clear light yellow with a white head. Aroma medium hoppy, light spicy, medium malty (barley, rye, wheat, oat). Flavor medium sweet, medium+ bitter (piney), spicy, long lasting. Medium+ body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (1419) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Keg Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2016, Parsons Green, London in July 2016 - Hazy Gold in colour. Excellent foamy off-white head. Good lacing. Very Malty; grainy malts, toasty, spicy, toffee. Very Fruity; sweet tropical fruits and citrus. Hoppy; piney resinous hops. Sweet-bitter malty fruity with bitter hoppy finish. Enjoyed this. Lovely American Strong! (2016-07-02)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lello4ever (805) - ITALY - JAN 16, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2017 Dorata e limpida, schiuma biancastra compatta. Aroma abbastanza fresco, note erbacee, agrumi. Al palato non male, con una buon equilibrio tra amaro e base maltata e alcol che sostiene bene. Sempre note di agrumi e una luppolatura giusta. Carbonazione media. Corpo medio.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (3333) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with moderate head. Aromas of pine, toffee, dull grapefruit, resin and sweet malts. Flavors of pine and resin, bready toasted malts, and bitter citrus. Bitter finish. Good West Coast IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_Lovecraft (375) - - JAN 11, 2017
Strong citrus notes, tropical mix, a bit earthy, deep golden with a good white head quite persistant, medium body, medium carbonation, easy to drink, citrus and a strong bitter final...a good and strong ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jacobarts (140) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2017
Backlog: Bottle at Unibar. Pale golden with huge frothy white head. Aroma is fresh, floral and fruits. Taste is fruity with sweet wheats and rye. The beer has a very good mouthfeel, lively carbonation and good fitting texture. Fresh!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (1439) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle at home. Clear orange gold, cream head. Rich red orange juice, pink grapefruit, sweet malts, caramel, cream. Carbonated, pine needles, resin, fresh orange and grapefruit juice, creamy, honey notes.

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