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 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 (535) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Very damn delicious. Great golden straw pour with fair ring of white head. Nose is pineapple. Flavor is massive resinous pine hops and mango and grass. Very hoppy profile, but not overly bitter. I feel like drinking this while running around saying "I am a Golden God!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8671) - Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle to pint (thanks jmborggren). Looks good; a semi-transparent orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells good too; nice pine and floral hops. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. A great example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
banbeernot (39) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Have all the characteristics of a brew coming out of Lagunitas. Extremely hoppy, golden body but with very little head. Very floral, stickiness on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (1068) - Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2016 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 Ive had form Lagunitas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (3422) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle from Downtown Wine. Well, here is yet another Lagunitas beer that tastes like nearly every other thing they make. Its kind of like Sierra Nevada in that they have so many beers that taste alike but are delicious. While this is very subtly different from the IPA or Maximus or Dogtown, etc, I honestly dont think I could differentiate it from Little Sumpin Sumpin. Basically, ifs that strong dank, resinous hop bitterness all over the aroma and flavor. Finish is herbal and leaves a long lasting hop explosion on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2013
I suppose Im slightly lucky to have found the last remaining six-pack on Super Bowl Sunday. Honestly, I dont care so much for IPAs, but this one is exemplary of the style, and not disgustingly over-hopped.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
masheriff (5) - - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
Wow! I feel pretty lucky to find a six pack. Total score. 5. Enough said.

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