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RATINGS: 1199   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
12 oz bottle. Crystal clear brass with a bumpy white head. Nose is pine, polecat and grass with a hint of brown sugar. Creamy body with hop juice and a numbing buzz. Damn, this is some tasty stuff, must say i’m surprised. Taste is tangerine, mandarins, citrus pith and pine. Lingering caramel and grains, spicy rye; dry and sticky.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RyanK (200) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Pours a nice clear amber with a medium sized frothy head that dissipates after a minute and a half. Smells strongly of pine hops and citrus, particularly grapefruit and pineapple. Ale is 7.85%abv and well hid by a nice mixture of light hops and heavy malt. Beer taste mostly as it smells with malt has some caramel, I’m not tasting brown sugar if I’m supposed to. Finishes bitter, not try. Nice, well balanced, complex, all around ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Smells delicious. Better than poontang. Woody flowers in a cask. Come on flow wit me. This one is light golden but resinous in color. Use your imagination. If I may bastardize the words of my bartendress, "It tastes like every other Lagunitas beer ever made!" Either way I love it. And I pray, not hope, that you flowerhounds at Lagunitas fuck up more often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle pours a nice amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is amazing with resinous hops taking the profile. Taste is more IPA than American Strong with pine resin and some citrus notes. Very well balanced, but quite bitter. Body is medium to light and the beer is super well blended with all the malts. A very good complement to the pungent hops. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by this one. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2029) - Manama, BAHRAIN - DEC 21, 2011
Clear, pale golden with a decent size white frothy head. Highly citrus aroma, a bit of pine, light caramel malt sweetness. Medium body with decent carbonation. Flavor is powerfully citrus hopped, tropical, fruit, light sweetness, and a hint of toasted malt. Bitter finish. Not at all what I expected. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2002) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Clear golden, with a thick, lacing, off-white head. Aroma full of grapefruit and resin, rye, and a little sweet malt. Taste is malty and a little sweet, with a solid finishing bitterness. Medium bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On draft at Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel. Pours a clear gold with a white head. Nose is malt, citrus, grapefruit, bits of pine, and spices along with hints of rye. Flavor is similar- medium in body, bitter orange and kumquat with citrus all over the rye and caramel. A hint of booze around, but all in all a nice, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (877) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
you know what, this is actually a good beer. its big, spicy, hoppy, malty, sweet and bitter, its tasty. pours very light, drinks very hoppy and light more like a iipa or something. theres a lot of tropical, soay and astringent hops in here, all very nice. drinks well, not sure how it will age, but it seems like a celebration type beer in the aging potential category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of fruity hops with floral, citrus and tropical notes. The taste is bitter hops, berries, tropical notes, toasted grain and a resin finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle at Lush in Chicago. Pours amber gold with a white head. Floral and citrus aroma. Very pale malt backbone, and loaded with spicy and citrus hops. Dry finish, and slightly resiny. Very easy to drink. Perhaps a tad overattenuated for my tastes, as I think a little more residual sugars would make the hop flavors pop out.

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