RATINGS: 1582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottled December 16, 2014.
Appearance: The body is crystal clear, showing off lazy and wide spread carbonation bubbles in the golden to light amber hued body. The head is short and soft looking, forming a dense white head.
Aroma: The aroma is heavy on citrus, lots of orange and apricot along with a hint of pineapple. The aroma isn’t overly strong, but it’s not shy either.
Taste: This is a very nice flavorful and enjoyable IPA. Lots of citrus, like the aroma, with a lingering pineapple. The malt base is firm providing a mild sweetness to balance the beer out. The finish has a strong bitterness that almost comes off as astringent, grapefruit like.
Palate: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated.
Overall: This is a very enjoyable IPA, it reminds me a lot of Victory’s Hop Ranch actually. This is a bit of a better value though and perhaps a bit better balanced. This is a must try for every hop head!

4.4
Leo283 (3) - Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2014 does not count
Great fruity citrus aroma as soon as opening the bottle. Color is orange gold with a nice off white head, disappearing quickly but with lots of nice lacing. Taste is floral, citrus, hoppy bitter, with some sweetness. Excellent iipa!

4.1
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2014
1/24/14 6 pack ($12.99) bought at CBO. GREAT GREAT BEER!!! Easily one of my top 3 IIPA. Pours an orange-gold with an inch of foam, lacing throughout drinking it. The nose oozes tropical fruit. Dan asked of I out juice in the bottle I gave him. The taste had plenty of tropical fruit and just a hint of pine. GREAT GREAT BEER!!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
EcnarM (112) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Just a great experience throughout. Best part is the aroma that comes at the start. Classic smell. It finishes smooth and easy. A refreshing ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Appearance: finger of white head that diminishes quickly, small white film lasts, golden orange yellow color, clear, beautiful. Aroma: resin, floral, citrus, more citrus, bread, hay, nuts. Palate: light body, sticky texture, average-soft carbonation, bitter and lasting finish. Taste: light sweetness as it hits your tongue, then waves of bitterness wash over you. Overall, wonderful wonderful beer. Very hoppy, but in control and well balanced.

4.4
migwell (365) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2014
I don’t think this is what the Lagunitas marketing ’experts’ had in mind, but I have looked at this brew in various coolers for several years, and getting past the ’Lagunitas Sucks’ label, I was still deterred by the ’Brown Sugar Substitute’. I don’t generally like my beer brown or sugary. Well, my mistake for not trying it sooner. What a remarkable brew, and still in the Lagunitas style of full bodied and flavorful ales. Mentioned before that my sense of smell is not the greatest, but opening a bottle of this, I was knocked over by the fruity aroma... like a glass of fruit punch! Naturally enough, this carries over into the flavor which is nicely balanced and covers the high ABV kick. Damn great brew!

4.3
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle into a large snifter. Pours a perfect pale gold. Healthy amount of just off-white head that held pretty well, and faded into a medium-thin collar and a thin head that held until the glass emptied. Lacing is spotty, but pretty good. Aroma is a really interesting dance between pine and citrus hops with a nice supporting cast of a medium malt base. Though, the more I sniff, the more I pick up on the citrus over the pine. Taste is surprisingly malt centered. I get some tropical hops character in the front, that moves into more of the grapefruit, then some pine, then back to citrus; all being held up by this really great malt sweetness. Carbonation is a bit high for an IPA, but I’m kinda digging that. Body is medium to full.

4.6
Brewlizard (9) - Dunwoody, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2014 does not count
Whoa this one a quaffer, could not drink slowly....on draft...head was sticky beautiful ...color near perfect golden with slight orange.... Bready,,little yeast, fresh hops on front but NOT bitter.....hides strength well although very slight alchohol sweet......wolfed down 3 pints, delicious , I hope the bottle version is close to this......

3.8
jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Fresh bottle. Reddish gold pour with white head. Aroma is big citrus. Taste is exquisite - nice citrus with resin, pine of the hops and well balanced malt. Such a great balance here. This one is juicy and the light, semi-sweet finish lingers on the tongue. Refreshing and great.

4.4
mrjaxson (596) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2014
As versatile as a beer can be. Pours to a huge head with graceful lacing. The gloriously hoppy aroma, mixing a pine forest and a citrus grove, does NOT lead to a tongue-curling bitterness. Instead you have that cereal combo platter creating the liquid version of MultiGrain Cheerios, nice and full bodied, with the bitterness just dancing around the edges. Long, long finish that eventually is dry but has gently rolling waves of sweetness and bitterness along the way.


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