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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozarkspops (368) - - JAN 11, 2013
Somewhat hazy golden pour. Thick white head with lots of lacing. Aroma is mostly hop. Spicy, floral, somewhat dank. Not a lot of malt in the aroma. Hop forward flavor as well, but more balanced than the aroma. Dry finish. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Aroma is mango, pineapple, and hop resin. Appearance is bright orange with a fluffy white head. Taste follows aroma but adds a bite of rye spiciness. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (2197) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12oz bottle from Belmont Station. Purchased good and fresh. A: Straw coloration drifting into orange. Clear with a good refraction through the glass. Fluffy almost white head. Aces. N: Fever for the hops. Pine and earth are dominant with the pineapple and mango playing back up. Its a deep full scent with that cracking, sweet nature I always attribute to a well done dry hopping. A deeper inhalation yields some clementine and passionfruit. T: A taste that can only be referred to as dank. (Need to jazz that description up a bit.) Pine needles and evergreen forest floors. Bites and stings with lupulins. (Lupulins are sedatives. I will sleep well tonight.) Needs more citrus, though. M: Scraping and filling. Alcohols second string. O: This beer makes me verbose and lyrical. (Or pretentious? I dont think Lagunitas has that aim, though.) This is an all star beer that I buy every time it comes out, which, now shouldnt be a problem with the expansion in place. Lagunitas sucks, indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (2019) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear yellow giant foamy head. Aroma of floral hops. Taste is citrus grass crisp and clean finish. Drinks like a IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwa5879 (932) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Last time I had one of these it had sat too long and was not as good as I remembered. Man I'm glad they brought this to west michigan this year. Very clear straw/faint orange pour with a few inches of bright white head. Strong delicious juicy citrus hop aroma, grapefruit and orange, and resinous pine tar. Light mouth feel with surprisingly low carbonation. Tastes like hoppy fresh orange juice. Finish is wet and only slightly bitter, not overdone at all. I prefer this over brown shugga any day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1762) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready malts and a little sweet fruit with a ton of piney, resiny and slightly dank hops.

The flavor is sweet watery / washed out malts with a good sized piney, dank and tropical fruity hop bitterness (not as much as expected from the nose though). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, a very fine resiny, dank, fruity IPA - a little watery though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Golden color. Slightly cloudy. Very floral and fruity hop forward aroma. Medium body. Clean flavor with noticable bitternes. Long lasting fruit hop flavor in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013
In appearance its quite golden in color, almost dark orange, with a frothy, bright-white head and steady, healthy carbonation that provides some great head retention. The lacing is solid, sticky, and continuous. The aroma is mostly of wet-like hops, fresh, green, and minty, with a sweet, grainy, and lightly caramelized malt profile making for a very attractive nose. The flavor is an accurate representation of the aroma, with fresh, minty hops decorating a somewhat light-bodied, grainy beer with just enough caramel malt residual sweetness to give it a suppleness to counter-balance the minty, green hops. It finishes with a lingering, fresh hop greenness thats more flavorful than bitter.Although its no Brown Shugga, its really great beer and almost tastes like the holidays.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (995) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2014 Pours a pale gold with healthy off white head that lasts forever and leaves amazing lacing. Aroma is loaded with juicy, fleshy, citrusy hops, also with some pine. Taste is grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweet caramel malts with an ideal bitterness. Palate is medium bodied, super smooth, above average carbonation. Overall everything works well together. Rich and juicy.

Pours golden orange with average-sized head that dissipates into a thin film. Aroma is so good, with mango, pineapple, and hop resin. Taste is more tropical fruits, piney hops, remaining very sweet into a mild bitterness and mild bready aftertaste. Palate is medium-bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation. Overall, very well done. 9+4+8+4+15=4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
12 oz. Bottle. Pours a very slightly cloudy orange-copper with a two fingers of rocky white head. Good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, slight pine, hop resin. Flavor is hoppy up front, fading into creamy citrus tones, slight pine and herbal in the finish. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a smooth, slightly oily texture. Very smooth, nice citrus hop profile, very good. Lagunitas rocks.

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