RATINGS: 1609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
AKA Holiday Ale
AKA Holiday Leftover Ale
AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

This sad holiday season we didn’t 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, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s 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. It’s 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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Crash_the_dog (181) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2014
An almost perfect west coast IPA. Crystal clear amber in color, with a sticky white head. Intensely hoppy nose, with a flavor to match. A really amazing example of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mabel (9874) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
[5309-20130429] 12floz bottle. Fruity orange hops aroma. Slightly hazy, bright orange red body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Fruity orange citrus grain flavour. Medium body has a bitter bite. Good, nice balance. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5

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GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Received, pleasingly unexpected, in a trade with BMoosey. Bottle poured into my IPA glass. Nice clear golden pour with amazing aroma. Flavor is very nice more malt driven than I expected. Very nice beer would like more please.

deathserv (27) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottles from my local grocery that carries a solid selection of beers. Drank most of the six pack from the bottle but I poured one out for the purposes of a review. Pale amber pour. Hoppy, grassy, resin-forward aroma. Medium bitter with a pleasant sweetness at the end ostensibly giving the beer its "Brown Shugga Substitute" moniker. Slightly oily, bittersweet finish. Nice beer.

jdjuice (502) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2014
Pours slightly hazy rich gold, white head. Aroma of fruity and floral hops. A touch of sweetness and some interesting flavors that I think are coming from the addition of multiple grains. Hops dominate though and are more citrus than the nose. Hop character lasts for the long, pleasantly evolving finish. An interesting little twist on a hop-forward American IPA.

rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
bottle. Amber with one finger head. This is an absolutely glorious IPA. Huge fruity flavor with a major hop punch. Awesome. One of my favorite beers ever.

Cachobrewski (25) - MEXICO - MAR 5, 2014
It has beautiful color and a big, creamy head... Aroma is intensely hoppy; I find it to be dominated by floral/spiciness, herbs, some faint bread, very earthy. Taste is less bitter than other IPAs but extremely flavorful, balanced sweetness with a dry finish that always makes it hard to appreciate the beer at higher temperatures.

Aml42000 (625) - Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Pours a crystal clear orange with a golden tint. Fresh examples show strong, dank hops. Bright, juicy citrus hop flavors lead to some resinous notes on the back of the palate. Crisp, dry & refreshing. Very easy to drink. Hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate & it is nearly impossible to stop reaching for the glass. A benchmark IPA.

Bacterial (3060) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Clear golden pour with a nice white head and nice white lacing. Hoppy citrus and slight pine nose. Very hop aggressive taste without much bitterness.

Crompt (124) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2014
How have I not had this before!?! By far the best Lagunitas beer I’ve had and one of my new top 5 IPAs I’ve had so far. Heavy on the citrus and tropical fruit notes which I love in an easy drinking IPA. Can’t wait until next year’s release!

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