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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 Always been a bigger want from me especially from this brewery. Pours a really nice golden color. Looks better than the average IPA and more distinct. Huge pine aroma. Big hoppy pine taste upfront. Taste blends into a citrusy grapefruit and orange based flavor that is really spot on. Hop feel lingers on the tongue. EXTREMELY drinkable. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (979) - - FEB 22, 2014
2013 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a clear light amber-copper color with a frothy off-white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is piney and herbal hops with caramel and some mango and other tropical fruits. Taste is sweet caramel malt with a slight flowery and herbal bitterness. Also a strange, almost minty taste that I can't quit put my finger on. Possibly some alcohol coming through. A dry medium mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (6100) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Fresh Winter 2014 bottle, drunk 2/21/14
As I get towards the bottom, Im not too concerned to be careful to not pour yeast sediment in to the glass, since its Lagunitas. Thusly, a clear pour is amber-gold and produces a small white head that fizzles away to light cover, quickly.
Damn. The nose does smell really nicely hoppy and balanced. Juicy fruits, very light orange rind and pine on the end, and just a bit of pale malt sweetness. Clean, no esters, alcohol or vapors. Just fresh hops and malt.
Orangey hop flavor washes over the palate as a soft but rich honeyed-sweetness balances. The carbonation is stiff and too peppery, disrupting the continuity at first. Very bitter throughout and ending with Heavy pine bitterness. It quickly builds up and soon Im not reaching for my glass quickly any more. At 8%, thats fine and this is a good sipper. Its clean, with alcohol warming and pine resin to the max, but very well-done production-wise (aside from the fact that I still wont concede to filtering being good).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours hazy gold with white head, the haze is big chunks of sediment. Aroma is tropical fruit. Nice tropical fruit and citrus hop profile. Caramel malts, not terribly bitter. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xenon (131) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Growler fill from tasty bev. Tastes very much like a normal lagunitas brew. The main defining feature of this beer is its very floral and fruity nose. More so than the normal lagunitas lineup. Smells like a garden, not very bitter, with a good bit of piney hoppiness (Which is expected from them). Smells great, tastes ordinary for them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass. The color is a clear orange/gold with a finger or so of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass. The smell is hops with a backup of sweet malt aroma that sits towards the back but can not be ignored. There is a candy-like aroma there that has a touch of grape Fundip. The taste is less hoppy then expected, the malt is there first with some sweetness to start things off before going quickly into some flavorful fruity hop bitterness. This beer may have some age on it so its a little drawn back from what I remember from having a fresh one in the past. This still holds up and in some ways is more flavorful with the bitterness in the back seat and more of fruit flavor is detectable without being over shadowed. The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is a better drinker then anticipated. Its smooth going down and does not give as much punch to the pallet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Havent had the BrownShugga ale, which this is a substitue for, but this tastes pretty good to me! It has guava and orange in the aroma, and a light, clear, golden color. Great hoppy, flowery taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (956) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Caramel, grapefruit, and pine resin in the aroma. Bitter, fruity pine flavor with a little lingering fruit sweetness and some alcohol in the finish. More of an IPA than a pale ale, but still really tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1086) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Alright, whatever this is, it is okay. It has a complex maltiness and some nice grain accents. Im not in love with this thing like many on here seem to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (1047) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Medium amber body floats a creamy off white head that leaves decent lacing. Smells of citrus and juniper and cut hay, mango and orange, caramel. Taste is mango and juniper, bitter orange, faint honey in the finish. Palate is rich and thick, carbonation is fine and light, perfect. This is really fine beer. Just a touch bitter on the finish to be something I want all day, but so close!

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