RATINGS: 1643   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrthekidd (62) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
I hope this is not a 1 and done. Fantastic aroma. Bitter taste but balanced with the sweetness of the malt. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (1243) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014 Pours a golden orange hue with a nice carbonation bubbling up to the top. The head is a pale white that is fairly thick. Nose is a wonderful combination of hops with spice and pine and fruit notes; most notably grapefruit. It is a smooth brew when next to most IPAs especially one from the west coast. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2882) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle pours golden with off crader rock off white head that coats my glass with lacing. Nose of malt, tangerine, pineapple, and pine cone. Taste is slightly bitter with solid malt presense. Hop flavors on finish coat my tongue. He whatd ya know.... an IPA thats actually an IPA. What a great marketing scheme.... Take note Founders.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1961) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Tasted from a 12oz brown bottle into tulip pint glass, thanks gregwilsonstl! It poured a clear, orangish amber colour with fast upward streams of bubbles, HUGE, everlasting sudsy off-white foam which, after many slow pours you finally manage to fill the glass and perhaps hours or days later (thats what it felt like, okay?!) you drink it down to the point where you see all the beautiful Belgian lace glued to the sides, too. It looked like a fuck!ng magic bubble bath which never dissipates. Aroma was profoundly strong citrusy/resiny American hops and not much else. I was prepared for this to be just another grapefruit bomb, but I was wrong. Thankfully, the flavours were much more complex than the aroma. Still extremely hops-forward, obviously, but I tasted layers of English marmalade, dried apricots, cranberries, mamosas, lemoncello...I could go on...but then held in balance by a crisp, firm, husky grainbill which reads like a Belgian farmhouse ale. Peppery, earthy, woodsy...getchasome! Light body, moderate carbonation, with a well-rounded mouthfeel, and harmonious hoppy tang that just wouldnt go away. Smooth not harsh, with high alcohol content completely hidden as well. Man, oh man, I gotta hand it to Lagunitas, this is another ridiculously well-crafted beer. Im not even a big fan of IPAs, but this is like a hop-bursted Saison, which I can most certainly get behind. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (2001) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2013
I had this on tap at Dohertys last week. This rating is from the bottle. Pours out a light golden color. Fine carbonation with a foamy white head that settles to a heavy lace. Aroma is bright and hoppy. Flavor is of honey malts with a blend of citrusy-spice hops. Lingering bready and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jur (468) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2013
10oz. Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver. Big fan of their regular IPA. This one starts of nicely, but develops too sweetly. Pity

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dwalsh1542 (24) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Aroma is hoppy, with a skunky weed nose to it. Pours a light golden color with a big head, and nice lacing down the glass. Taste is hoppy with a sweet finish, and a lingering alcohol burn. Sucks has creamy mouth feel and. Overall Its a solid DIPA. I just dont get the weedy, grassy skunky nose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (441) - - MAR 16, 2013
Appearance is golden with slight haze and thick creamy white foam cap. Intense hop aroma, with strong citrus and hints of pine. Great bready malt flavor up front with a strong but well balanced hop bitterness that doesnt overpower. Medium creamy mouthfeel, especially for an IPA. Finishes with a clean hop bite and touch of warmth from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jnkor (364) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Aroma is a bit too sweet, but a good earthy grassy smell. Appearance is a bit too yellow, but head was good. Taste is hoppy and not too sweet, actually a good bitterness. Palate is not too thick, and is a bit dry for an ipa. Like the mix of sweet aroma but dry palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
The nose is glorious, beautiful hop cones. It smells like spring flower petals, if every spring flower produced hops. It is an absolutely gorgeous yellow-gold color with a barely off-white head. The flavor is, again, liquid hop. The best part, though, is that its not that cloying, bitter, over-hopped disaster that so many craft breweries are doing these days. Its just a smooth, delicious hop flavor. Dont get me wrong; the bitterness is there. Its just not overpowering. It leaves that great hop dryness in your mouth. This is a damn fine beer, and I cant recommend it highly enough to anyone who even kinda likes IPAs.

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