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style
RATINGS: 1585   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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4.2
FSUScott (112) - Rome, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
On tap. Pours a really nice golden color. Small white head. Smells lightly of spices. Taste starts tangy then moves to just slightly bitter yet sweet. Ends smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good for Lagunitas! A good substitute! Would drink again.

3.5
b33r (875) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bright gold transparent color with small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma and flavor have strong vegetable, grassy hops, like broccoli or something. It’s hardly the citrus, grapefruit, fruity, tropical bomb everyone is saying. If that’s what you want there are better options. I got a 6 pack of it and am rating the last beer, but each experience has been the same. I really wanted to love this beer- may be a bit overhyped. With that said, it was still okay overall- and as always, good price.

4.2
josche81 (1) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2014 does not count
Great overall flavor. Pours with nice head. Wonderful upfront hop flavors with a nice balanced finish and not too bitter.

4
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
On tap. Cloudy gold pour with a thick foamy white head. Tons of thick lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and sweet malts. Taste just like it smells. Sweet candies and citrus. Very refreshing. Full bodied. Almost chewy. Love it!

4.5
BeerdedDave (1850) - Beckley, USA - JAN 20, 2014
amber color; citrusy, bready aroma; lots of citrusy, grassy hops up front with an underlying bready malt base, and a dry, bitter finish; a really great beer

4
Imaena (2328) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle. The aroma is fresh cut grass. The pour is golden straw. The taste on this is aggressive hops and some faint malt complexity. Really great beer - maybe the best "substitute" anything ever made.

4.6
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2014
12oz into a tulip. Pours an orange marmelade light mixture with nice lacing and a faint bubbly head, 2cm. Aroma is sweet, hoppy, bursting with hop freshenss, is this not an ipa? Smells like one. Very sweet and resin like flowing to the nose, Orange, aprioct, mango, peach jam as well. Taste is sweet hops, just picked, orange, mango, bannana, peach, hops again, and sugar. Drinkability is wonderful, not too sweet and the hop fresheness prevails over it all, this is a nice ipa. Another stellar brew form Lagunitas.

4.7
pablo951 (682) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Oh yeah this hits the IPA spot. Had it on tap at Jerry’s Sandwich Shop in Wicker Park Chicago. Pours a rich clear copper hue with a medium white head. Great hop malt aroma that belies the delicious taste of this fine brewski!!!

3.4
Dal9000 (654) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours golden tan with a thick head. Immediate sweet sugary aroma. First taste is almost like dandelions with a brown sugar aftertaste that finishes with a metallic lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.5
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2014
I don’t care what Geoff Abell (GAbell)says, this is delicious every year! Cheap and AMAZING! Golden halo in color with an amazing pine smell that either reminds me of a C9 lit Christmas tree or a glorious resin ball from a freshly used bong! Taste is spot on! Resiny goodness that makes me long for next Christmas. F Brown Shugga, this is where its at!


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