RATINGS: 1616   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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Nordcore (1698) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle 33 cl. Golden, clear with a minimal white head. Fresh fruit aroma with some citrus and light caramel sence. Light bitter taste with a long fruity end..

Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Pours a golden yellow color that has a sparkle to it. Aroma is distinctly floral along with its taste. Notes of grass, herbs, and high amounts of malt are tasted in this beer. A decent IPA that was complex and made with quality.

ACHops (1688) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2013
6 pack from Chuck’s 85th. Pours bright golden orange with thick white head. Aroma is tart citrusy earthy hops with underlying sweetness. Taste is sweet lighter caramel malt followed by big fresh juicy hop flavors - grassy, grapefruit, and pine notes. Finishes cleanly bitter. Lots of hype around this one... and it passes the test. This is legitimately delicious. Kind of a de-tuned Stone ’Enjoy by... IPA’. Easily the best Lagunitas I’ve had, and that’s saying something. They need to find room for this in the regular lineup.

flying_pig (1686) - SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2015
Half pint on-tap at Euston Tap, London:
Another excellent Lagunitas beer, not as hoppy as I’d expected with sweet malts taking the front seat but some did feature & the balance was a good one. The beer proved to be quite an easy one to drink as well, despite the strength. One well worth seeking out if you can find it.

trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s. Pours a golden honey color, with a smallish head. A hop bomb this one is! Super-smooth for what must be the polar opposite of Brown Shugga. Like a slightly heaver and hoppier version of their standard IPA. Supremely drinkable, and delicious. Very impressed, and I’ll take this over Brown Shugga any day of the week.

JHeath99 (1680) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a nice transparent gold with very little head and a bit of lacing. Aroma of citrus, oranges and pineapples mostly, with subtle hoppy hints. Taste is almost reverse, with upfront bitterness that fades into a floral sweetness. Very very nice beer.

Beerathon (1680) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Nose- grapefruit, pine, resin. Taste- citrus, piney, slight spicy tongue tingle. Very good IPA.

jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2015 Clear gold with shorth froth,spotty lacing. Good carb. Great aroma of fruit/mild floral tropical,sweet melons,some peppery spice.Resiney sweetness.Cant really get much better/fresher smelling,nothing off or odd/weird .Flawless. Great tasting beer overall. Very drinkable and with a hoppy fruit,medium body, nice fresh citrus finish with some tangy shapness type bitter, resiney with sweetness but not too bitter.ot too grassy,yet hoppy.Pretty amazing.

oRos (1674) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
On tap at beerfest Sacramento. Color is copper. Taste is slightly hoppy with a bitter. Really nice finish

tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Update – Draft at Capones. Pours a lightly hazy gold with frothy white head and abundant lacing. Nose of apricot, peaches, mango, grapefruit, pineapple. Delicious apricot, tropical fruit, citrus flavor. A little hint of booze on the finish and a little rye spice and cheddar as well. I could drink this all day. Original - 1/23/13 - 8/4/8/4/15 Draft at Capones. Poured a clean golden orange with thin off-white head and ring lacing. Aroma is pineapple, citrus, some light caramel. Taste is big time grape flavor, some pineapple, citrus, mild onion. This is a really good ipa but I remember a better version last year - less boozy, more onion.

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