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RATINGS: 1166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamTheBarrel (376) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
355ml bottle, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is clear golden with a medium sized frothy off-white head, that when settled left a little lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, orange peels, lemon zest and pine. Flavours of grapefruit, orange peels, lemon zest, caramel and spices. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. Another great beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (1907) - FINLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle/SB Gävle. Golden clear. Fresh hoppy nose - citrus, but sort of soft, and with a well blended caramel backing. Stone fruity, peachy apricot. Full smooth soft body. Caramel sweetness, but just enough bitters too. This is pretty well balanced. Super sort, easy to drink. Good flavour. Slightly resinous green hoppy finish. Really pretty good, silky smooth drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2014 10oz pour at Brewery. Real good aroma. Sweet. Citrus. Lemon orange. Jazzed golden orange. Good initial head faded to a ring. Spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body thick creamy mouthfeel bitter sweet dry finish. Real good. aroma is wonderful. Told it’s mosaic hops. Sold as double dry hopped
Earlier Rating: 11/29/2011 Total Score: 3.5
Pint at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, sweet. Pine, little orange. Clean golden orange. Small head, minor lace. Bittersweet. Medium, oily creamy mouthfeel, Bittersweet finish. Nice, why not an IPA?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonTja (214) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
Peach, a lot of grapefruit, very fruity smell. Body is really light, and quite dry, fantastic for an IPA, taste is very fresh and a lot of grapefruit, very mellowed out bitterness and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (211) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a medium creamy white head. Aroma has notes of citrus, bitter hops, malt and pine. Has a sweet citrus, malt flavor with hops and a strong, bitter, resinous finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pieeetr (26) - Hägersten, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2014
Well balanced beer. It has a nice full body with just right amount of sweatiness that works really nice with its hoppiness. One of the best of its style, that I've tasted, I would say. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (1323) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2014
Pours clear light amber with medium white head Aromas are hoppy of pineapple, mango, citrus, caramel Taste also freshly hopped of citrusy and tropical fruits, with nice caramel body and resin Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (109) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Rating from memory from a few months back. Poured golden and fairly clear. Aroma of caramel, bread,cereal, and a bit of citrus. Taste was fairly sweet from beginning to end, mostly caramel and sugary. Body was pretty light. This is listed as an American strong ale, but I found it more like a Pale. Very good beer though and this was my first time getting it. Will buy more next year’s release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (427) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Clear golden yellow with white head. Caramel malt, light hops and a little funk. Finishes a little light and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FestDecBeet (79) - - MAY 14, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2014 Look: pours a clear golden color. White head that disappears quickly. Lacing stays around glass. Smell: strong hop smell. Very fruity. Tropical fruits. Very sweet. Tangerines, pineapple. Taste: bitter taste from the hops. Some pepper. Lemons and tangerines. Feel: light mouth feel. But still leaves a film on your teeth. Overall: ok beer, not as sweet as I had hoped. Definitely a bitter hops flavor. Not What I consider a Xmas ale, but still a good beer.

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