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RATINGS: 1610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpwooten (8) - - FEB 23, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle. Could not determine when brewed. Purchased from HEB here in The Woodlands. Cracked it open into a Mad Elf snifter. Lots of carbonation with about an inch of head that calmed down eventually. Tons of floral bouquet and grapefruit mango notes. Aroma wise on par with the best. As some have said before the taste doesn’t live up to the aroma. As with a lot of Lagunitas beers, it’s really sweet and syrupy, almost like a barley wine. Good hop hit on the tongue. Decent carbonation. Abv not too high. Texas doesn’t get a lot of good beers so I compare all my IPAs to Ballast Point Sculpin which I can get and Sucks is not quite there. If Sculpin is a 5.0 this is a decent 4.2. Also about $4 less a sixer than Sculpin. L Sucks runs about $10 here in Texas. Get it if you see it but I wouldn’t go on a manhunt for it.


3.8
kustie (1331) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget. Amber color with off-white head. Aroma has caramel, rye, malt, hoppy elements. Taste is malty with quite long bitter and quite dry aftertaste. Flavors of caramel, rye, fruits, malt. Nice round mouth feeling.

3.9
thejackpacker (677) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget, Östersund. A surprinsgly light beer in colour with a strong hoppy aroma. It plays very heavily on those musty hops of West coast beers. Delicious but not my favourite hops. If this is what they call 'failure' though, they can keep failing...

4
cwill (102) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2017
Light amber pour. Has a sweet aroma with notes of pine, barley and rye. Tastes of sweet rye bread, caramel malts with a resinous piney hop flavor. Bitter sweet dry finish. Genuinely enjoyed this offering. Definitely doesn't suck.

3.9
szymonskc (1040) - Skórcz, POLAND - DEC 1, 2017
Zapach intensywny, owoce tropikalne, żywica, sosna, karmel. Kolor złoty, klarowne. Piana średnio obfita, drobna, trwała, zdobi szkło. W smaku słodkie, średnia pełnia, słód, cytrusy, owoce tropikalne, żywica, karmel, sosna, chleb, cukier, alkohol. Goryczka wysoka, wysycenie niskie.

3.8
mjik83 (1672) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2017
35,5ml flesje via Beerwulf Alcoholpercentage van 8% Uitgeschonken in Grimbergen glas Uiterlijk: goudoranje met redelijke witte schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: neus is bloemig, tropisch, smaak is pine, bloemig, hoppig, goede bitter Conclusie: lekkere Amerikaanse IPA

4.1
NiklasT (131) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2017
Light amber, clear with white head. Aroma has pine and ripe apples, Taste more sweetness and roasted malt. Prominent bitterness at the end.

3.2
erikaraeb (308) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2017
Lite amber in color. Lots of honey in the aroma makes it a bit too sweet for me for an IPA. Getting some amber and orange in there, too.

3.7
EHSRanders (2088) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber color With large creamy White mostly lastning head. Hoppy aroma. Sweet spicy flavor. Creamy palate.

2.6
mmmeinike (326) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2017
Clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma is grape, exotic fruit and caramel. Taste is very sweet with notes of malt, caramel and som grape.

3.6
ironcontra (467) - ATL, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2017
lots of butter, great bitter-to-sweet ratio, bread AND pine, really enjoyed, only the aroma could be a bit more potent


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