RATINGS: 1635   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badwhale (420) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a slightly amber yellow with an off white head. Awesome nose of pine and citrus, grapefruit. Delicious hop bite. Deceptively strong, because its so smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Aroma: resinous hops, somewhat floral, juicy ripe citrus, spicy rye, toasty malts. Appearance: slightly hazy golden color, bordering on a light copper. Off-white head with average retention, spotty lacing. Flavor: lots of citrus and pine, some orange rind, biscuit and rye bread, medium bitterness is well balanced by the malts, slightly sweet finish. Alcohol is well hidden for an 8% brew. Palate: medium body and carbonation. Overall: great brew, nicely balanced, very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hawker (16) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
One of the better IPAs I have tasted, very fruity, quite hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dagimp (993) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2013
12 oz bottle with no date. Pours a kinda nasty piss brown. Light frothy head. Mouthfeel is sticky with nice carbonation. Taste is sweet and hoppy; very floral with pineapple. Overall decent but not great. It's got that signature Lagunitas yeast taste that I really don't like. Solid but not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (4466) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2013
I think I prefer this to the Brown Sugga anyway... by a long shot. Sweeter, with a mild fruity, piney character in the nose on the palate. Sweetness, bitterness, and perfect balance. Way to go. It would "suck" if this is retired.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
salvaticas (668) - - FEB 14, 2013
On tap. Nice hoppy aroma and mild taste. Nothing earth-shaking but a solid IPA ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oyamac (30) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2013
This is one of the best smelling beers I have had yet. Big citrus and pine. Nice amber body. Huge citrus and hops bitterness. This is my favorite IPA this season. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (1937) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2013
A pretty basic Lagunitas. Great color, but falls short a bit. Nice hoppy background, just seems to be missing something. Aroma and taste have notes of honey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3989) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Blonde-amber with creamy head. Powerful co-humulone and resiny hop nose, full of Simcoe that veers dangerously into cat urine splash. Resiny Chinook/Simcoe body with pine and catty notes. Bold hopping and enjoyable, on the whole. Sticky piny finish

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