RATINGS: 1612   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (998) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aromas of orange zest, apricot and hops. Incredibly light on the palate, offering a blast of intense stone fruit and citrus, bready yeast complexity, and a finish of well-balanced, spicy hops that linger long and cover the ABV well. Sessionable, with a never ending finish. They should probably just keep making this one....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fr5ed (62) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2013
It's all about the pine. Smells and tastes great! Light honey and mostly clear, is a delightfully bitter IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
bottled. pours clear dark gold, with a moderate foamy off white head. aromas of pine, spruce and hay. a crips bitterness with a touch of acidity. fairly light bodied. fizzy and bitter finish that lingers. its decent but no brown shugga.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Crazy strong nose of citrus, pine, hops, skunk. Juicy and flavorful taste, strong hop bite without sourness/bitterness. Wanted more immediately after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5940) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Gold color and light moderately carbonated. Sweet and sticky hops. It is dry and bitter, followed by some malt sweetness and a dry, flowery aftertaste. Full of flavor, and one of the more intense IPAs I have had in some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (506) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
This is pretty good. Very citrusy and kinda a spiciness too. Beats the hell out of their Brown Shugga, which does indeed suck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swillguzzler99 (186) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a translucent honey with a thick off-white head. Bitter, piney nose. Taste is of an IPA, but more subtle. Less feeling of a battery shocking your tongue (which isnt necessarily bad). You get the bitter in the back of your throat if you gulp it, but it slowly fades away. Good. Another winner from this wonderful brewhouse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
American strong ale slash IPA yunmy a nice blend of Delicious ness baby drabj with GT!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer (4) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013 does not count
Great beer! Crisp...hoppy without overall bitterness...very pleasant and clean finish. The aroma is absolutely amazing. Pop one open and you can smell it across the room before pouring...and the smell is one of the best Ive come across. The piney hop smell is there...but so much more. Its almost as great out of the bottle as on draft. Unfortunately they made so little of this most locations were out within days. After having it on draft in two bars in two days...it took me five places to track down a case which Im slowly enjoying while I write this and definitely coveting. Ill tell you Lagunitas will "suck" again if they make Brown Shugga next year at the expense of another batch of "Sucks"!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Beautiful orangey-gold with a large steady white head. Complex hoppy aroma; pine, mango and citrus. Resinous hop flavor with a touch of sweet malt. Very clean flavors for a Lagunitas beer. The alcohol is there but not intrusive. Very well done.

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