baraciisch (1890) - USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden in color... Aroma is floral hops... Flavor is slightly watery and bready, with a nice bitter finish... Really unremarkable, not a holiday ale at all... Tastes more like a pale ale than anything... Lagunitas, you suck, bring back the Brown Shugga!!!
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle at wolfeys for the Parker holiday party, nose is citrus and bright it smells wonderful taste is a bitter medly of rye and wheat with the hops still owning everything this beer is sweet!!! As in awesome
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden, white cover. Aroma is resin, pine. Taste is the same resin, some light toast. Very nice.
djd07 (3588) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a clear orange golden with medium frothy off white head. The aroma is floral hops and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a dry hop and citrus with nice lingering dry finish. Hides the alcohol well, easy to drink, a very impressive American strong ale from Lagunitas.
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
KILLER BEER! Huge floral aroma- perfectly clear dark yellow to mild orange color, so inviting. Taste is like a huge fresh hopped IPA, I’m not sure why this isn’t classified as a double/imperial IPA. I really like Hop Stoopid and this is just better all around. Huge flavors of pear and orange; great malt profile that provides a full body beer. This stuff is awesome!
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer is damn good. I’ve never had brown shugga, so I don’t know what I’m missing, but I hope they make this one again. It’s a great IPA, really, with an awesome hop aroma and clean, bitter palate. Very refreshing. What makes it unique is the compelxity of the malt...cereal as they call it. Doesn’t look like much but has a grea flavor and awesome west coast hops.
pintbypint (2610) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz brown bottle. Pours out a fairly clear golden with a full white head. Spotty lace. Nose is piney, big citrus, sweet tropical fruits. Taste has up front hops - pine, citrus peels, also has a decent malt character, a bit of bread/grain, some chewiness. Ends bitter. Long and strong hoppy aftertaste with some pine, grapefruit and orange peel in the throat. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very drinkable, approaching chuggable, no signs of alcohol, overall a nice hoppy strong ale that has nothing to do with the holidays, but everything to do with being tasty. Lagunitas needs to keep this around.
theisti (3241) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a mostly clear golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head. The head falls with decent lacing. The aroma is dank resinous hops, lightly bitter and a bit catty. As it warms, some sweet mango fruit comes out as well. Fresh nose. The taste is the resin bitter hops up front, along with cereal grain and Rye. A bit of the mango sweetness pops out late in the taste. The palate is medium bodied, resinous dry and bitter in the finish. Nice one, reminded me of Double Jack.
pepsican (1445) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Cletus for the hook up. Near orange pour with a small white head, very clear. Fruit forward hop aroma with a nice malt background showing up. You know, this isn’t quite the tropical fruit hop bomb I’ve been loving lately, but it still has a bunch of great citrus going on as well as a almost appley fruit zest going on. I guess that’s not quite it, because I usually hate the dreaded green apple, but this is more of a sweet red. Certainly interesting. This beer had a ton of hop character yet the bitterness is nearly non existent. Yeah yeah, another crappy review I shouldn’t write, but this deserved a score.
Westmeister (1754) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a clear yellow orange with white head and nice lacing. Smell slaps you up side the head. Huge grapefruity citrus, resin and pine all packed in. Taste is not quite a powerful and in your face, but really nice. Really quite oily, almost like hop oil. More grapefruit and resin and so easily drinkable and fresh feeling. This certainly is one of those rare over 4 IPAs for me. Just nasty good.