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RATINGS: 1304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pkrath84 (7) - Yorba Linda, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013 does not count
Definitely in my top 3 IPAs. Pours amber with a 2 finger head. Plenty of lacing. Lots of floral hop aroma, huge malt backbone with tons of hops too balance it out. My kind of IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChinoSkillzian (167) - The Hills, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Pours a rich golden color with average head. Big nose of citrus, juicy hops, dank, and tropical fruit. Rich, smooth palate of hops, slightly sticky, citrus, orange peel, and slight booze. Excellent balance of malt and hops. This will get you buzzed quick. Choice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
pnadler (14) - Barrington, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
This is one of my favorite IPA's because of the the strong floral hoppy notes combined with the sweet, malty finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zymeguy (2) - Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2013 does not count
The smell was the first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle. Very strong, very alcoholic. The head was pretty big, though I admit my glass was not up to par. The taste is clearly hoppy, but I get a large, yet not overwhelming sweet caramel malt flavor. Delicious, I think sweeter than last year’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3390) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 12, 2013
The head is medium, the body golden and cloudy. It smells sweet-sugary, bit fruity. Taste is sweet, bit bitter, sugary, interesting. Ok, but in my opinion to much sugar. 11/10/9/9/12/9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Growler provided by jredmond at the 4th of July tasting. Pours clearish orange amber with a small white head. Aromas of sweet candy and tropical fruits with a dose of juicy hops. Taste is floral, fruity, sweet and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Simplycdog (18) - - JUL 5, 2013
Lagunitas beers are unbelievable. Once again they have made me super happy with this delicious double ipa. Closer to a single but don't let that stop you. Do whatever you can to get this beer. I have and always will. Very rare and should be because this beer is sooooo good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Thios is a great beer! There is just the right balance to give it an even body. Malt white fruits, pineaple on the tongue. Finishes crisp, sharp and cleanly bitter at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Erzengel (3554) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2013
12 fl.oz.-bottle - schön oragene Farbe, würzig-süßlicher Antrunk. Der Hauptteil ist von der malzigen Süße dominiert, der Hopfen harmoniert recht gut. Leicht alkoholisch-scharf. Der Nachgeschmack ist mittellang, süßlich-klebrig, leicht herb-frisch. --> geht so. Zu süß und zu wenig andere Aromen spürbar. Sehr langweilig! 7/10/6/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1092) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2013
On tap. Pours a clear very gold with a thinner eggshell head of larger bubbles that laces quite nicely. Nose involves a healthy amount of pine resin, dry grapefruit, honey, floral perfume, and biscuit malt notes. Pretty sweet in flavor, but quite bitter. Medium bodied, oily, dry, with a long toasty piney bitter finish. A nice, enjoyable brew, pretty easy to drink for its size.

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