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RATINGS: 1291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Tropical fruit/summer fruit aroma with grapefruit and light caramel. Tropical fruit/summer fruit flavor with grapefruit and sweet caramel. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Tropical and summer fruits linger with grapefruit and sweet caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Ho Ho Holy shit this is good beer. Lagunitas has long made IPA after IPA I’d sell my left lung for, and now they’ve come up with an accidental seasonal that may be one of the best IPAs I’ve drank in years. This big, piney, citric, minty beast has whole cone hops wafting up in the aroma, backed by a huge orange sweet roll. And Lagunitas Sucks tastes, well, it tastes like a damn fine IPA should, immensely bitter and dry, yet the huge hops also have a mild sweetness that couples perfectly with the smorgasboard of malts. To hell with Brown Shugga. The only way Lagunitas can suck is if they quit brewing this delicious pint before me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Several bottles and several pints in, I can now agree with the masses that Lagunitas sucks the balls. This is a preemptive suck conclusion though, for when this "replacement" beer disappears from the market. Put Brown Shugga on strike again, because this beer is loads better. ASA my ass, this is a gloriously DIPA with just the mildest of quirky deviance courtesy of the rye and oats. Big, booming, and floral, it’s elegant, balanced, and massively refreshing. Kudos for the honest self-appraisal and keep this one in the rotation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (1883) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle. Fluffy white head with solid retention on a lightly hazy light marigold orange. Lots of resinous and herbal hoppiness with some slight sherbert, in a good way. Flavor very much follows suit and very dank with lots of resin. Herbal and oily. Body is a little slick and medium with nice carbonation. Lagunitas, please make this every year in place of Brown Shugga.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
Hazy light amber. Slightly chewy, herbal aroma. Light body, not sticky. Minty, slightly herbal. Almost refreshing, even, and it’s been a long time since I said that about a beer from these guys. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Golden pour. Citrus all over this along with some nice front and back end hop bite. Pretty well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eli723 (20) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Delicious. Citrusy notes, crisp, clean finish, nicely balanced, smooth from the oats. A delicious beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino (662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
Growler from Consumers Beverages in Buffalo. Pours a very light ambar colour with white foamy head, and some lace. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit and citrus fruit, some malt and traces of spice. flavour is quit e hoppy, but not overpowering. Grapefruit dominates, with spice and malt lingering in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2297) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2011
I liked it, but not sure what the fuss is about. Surely this is nothing special. Big nose of pine and mainly citrus, grapefruit in particular. Dark gold, some lacing. Resinous sharp taste is a tad hoppy, a tad of pine needle suckage and then your mouth feels dry from the hops.I like IPAs but how bout some subtleties as a secondary approach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2299) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2011
moderately pungent rye and citrus aroma with some turpentine and an Earthy funk. quenching mouthfeel with little fizzle of carbonation on the tip of my tongue. tastes like it smells even more pronouned. it is a light pale golden like a cream ale and pours like one. Perhaps a flowery funk of old flowers. appealing in it’s deviation from the norm. makes you want a good cigar.

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