RATINGS: 1583   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 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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Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2014
On tap a Oblivion Taproom a lil while back. The aroma was pretty hoppy with lots of bready malts and brown sugar all around. As for the taste... plenty of caramel and brown sugar with a subtle bitterness from the mild hop profile. The finish suggested a stronger brew - which is a first for me. Drinkability is a lil’ low for me, but enjoyable nonetheless. Cheers!!!

tillmac62 (740) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2014
BOD 339/13. Golden pour with a nice head and lasting lacing. Very nice nose of grapefruit and other citrus against a slight spruce essence. Almost medium bodied with an average carbonation. The mouthfeel is almost creamy. An outstanding hop flavor with grapefruit the most forward. Spruce and a slight malt sweetness round out this well balanced ale. The alcohol content is totally hidden by the flavor. The finish is more smooth than crisp with a nice tartness and a soft bitterness. This is one of the best.

JasonNYC (25) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2014
If the resiny hops aroma isn’t appealing to you, step away from the IPA rack. Beautiful golden color, a little pale maybe. Surprisingly, the hops in the nose doesn’t come through as much as you’d expect in the taste. To my tongue, this is more bittering hops and (too much) carbonation. What I detect in the aroma is there, but too much in the background. Makes me long for a Sixpoint Resin. Now. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Clear orange-tinted golden colored pour. Big white head that quickly falls, but remains fluffy and present. Tons of lacing. Big citrusy hop aroma. Some resiny pine notes as well. Big hop taste. Tons of peppery pine flavor. Finishes very dry, yet with a lingering sweetness and bitterness. Very good.

smitty4657 (10) - - JAN 13, 2014
Had the most recent version on tap 1/13/14. Not as bright as I remembered, with a thicker body, but still retains that delicious Lagunitas-hop smell. Reminded me a lot of a fresher Hop Stoopid.

Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Draft. Pours dark orange with thin white head that lingers. Wonderful hop aroma with little carbonation. Great grapefruit hop flavor with nice complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jahshuwuh (567) - USA - JAN 13, 2014
An orangish golden color with a small amount of white head that lingers around the rim. Citrus pine smells, caramel, brown sugar, sugary funk, almost an oak like quality as well. A slightly spicy salty carbonated first taste, with a tame consistent bitter throughout the drink. A little of the caramel sweetness, also a faint cotton candy, creme brûlée like taste. Citrus notes, orange, lemon. Hop complexity shows as it warms. A different overall taste, finishes dry, good hop notes combined with the subtle sweetness kept me interested. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Tap: Because I won’t buy their bottled beer anymore. Why? They Suck. Body is dark yellow piss. Take note. Aroma is sweet malt &grain, moderately to heavily hoppy extract resin, with notes of soap, sugar syrup, and celery. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, bitter. Finish is too sweet, velvety syrupy texture, alcoholic. Basically grapefruit juice with chemical wax. Hop Stoopid Jr.!!

Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
P: Orange copper body with a bubbly thin top of off white clouds. S: Super fruity and sweet. Grapefruit, blood orange, apricots, pomegranate, mango, honey dew and pineapple. Sweet candy malt and very subtle flower aroma. T/M: Clementine oranges, ruby red grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on top, apricots, and melon. Crystallized sugar accompanied by bitter lemon/line peel and timid spices. Overall palate is big time fruity and sweet, opposed to a harsh bitterness. Sticky medium body with gentle carbonation and a smooth but dry finish. O: All I can say is "I love this beer!" Hands down one of the best I gave had. Super excited to try the rest of the Lagunitas line up. Cheers!

GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2014
I had been wanting to try this and was lucky enough to pickup a six pack and also a 64 oz growler. This review is based on the growler. Pours a golden/orange with a 2 finger white head and decent lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus and some pine. The hop spectrum is covered extremely well. Taste is sweet up front with tropical fruit flavors and then the bitter citrus kicks in. There is just enough malt presence to keep things balanced. Medium Medium-light bodied bodied with a clean and dry finish. I preferred Fusion XVIII (which isn’t a fair comparison since it is a 10% abv beer) but this beer is excellent.

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