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RATINGS: 1198   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGB (509) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Pours light amber with a nice 1/2" head. Fantastic aroma of citrus and floral hops. Light to medium bodied with a complex taste and smooth mouth feel. Not really what I expected from a holiday ale, but it’s very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
No idea what to expect, but wonderful aroma... like walking through an orange grove. Citrusy hops lead to smooth taste that finishes just right. Nothing seasonal about it in my opinion, but a great beer. Somewhat similar to the westbrook citra-based IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Ahhh its nice to be back. My first rate in quite sometime... Maybe i’ll get into that back log soon. Clear gold pour with a fluffy white head and spotty lace. Aroma is Sweet malts and resinous hops. mostly tropical. Flavor is pine tropical fruit (pineapple & mango) and light caramel. Finish is a little slick

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Got this 12 oz. bottle on a tip from the guys at Pinocchios. Poured (into a New Belgium tulip glass) an only slightly-cloudy, golden amber with a smallish one-finger head which dissipated quickly. While there was lacing, it was thin. The nose of this beer was amazing - grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple and pine. The taste is just about as good. It hits hard at first with the hop and citrus you would expect, follows with some biscuity malt and ends with a pleasant dry bitterness. Wow. Mouthfeel was medium and mildly carbonated. This was a great beer! PLEASE convince Lagunitas to keep going with this! And if you are an IPA lover and haven’t tried it - do it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4633) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma was hoppy, tropical fruit notes. Citrus notes are awesome. A very enjoyable brew - better than the BrownShugga. Keep this one around!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange and gold color with a thin layer of white foam. Lots of pungent and leafy cannabis and vegetal hops notes in the aroma as well as some pine, mango and grapefruit. The taste is also an onslaught of hops resin and cannabis along with a blend of tropical fruit, citrus and toasted malt. The body is slightly syrupy and well carbonated with a mildly bitter, floral finish. By far one of the tastiest hops bombs from this brewery and a nice break from malty Winter Warmers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (844) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Wow terrific beer! Pours a dark gold with a small white head. Overwhelming aroma of pine and pineapple. Tastes like resinous hops, lots of citrus and sugar. Sticky mouthfeel. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Pours a beautifully clean and sharp gold with two fingers of sticky bright white head. Wonderful bouquet. Very bright hop character with lots of citrus zest and a light piney character. Very leafy and green, lovely. Very clean hop flavor with a nice resinous and citric character. Medium body with a clean mouthfeel and medium bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a light, clear golden orange with a fluffy white head that leaves really nice lacing. Aroma is pungent and in a good way. Tons of juicy citrus with pineapple and grapefruit leading the way. There is some pine resin but much less than the tap version which smelled like an evergreen forest. Taste is not quite as big on the citrus with a little less grapefruit and a little more floral hops. The finish definitely has some pine and a sticky resinous bitterness that lingers on the palate. The taste also has a bigger bready malt backbone than the aroma. The mouthfeel is excellent, medium bodied, strong carbonation and really sticky through the finish. This is undoubtedly one of the best things I’ve had from Lagunitas. I’m not sure why they’re never put something like this out before as it is better than any other IPA they’ve produced. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 Bottles. Orange golden with a white head, bits of lace. Nose is super resinous, grassy, bits of grapefruit zest. Flavor is similarly heavily hopped, resin, citrus, grasss, light pepper. Flavor shows medium bitterness, medium citrus-like sweetness. Medium bodied, slick, with average carbonation, with a bittersweet finish. Enjoyable. I go back and forth with this one, but damnit it may be the best ipa I can get regularly if only for a month out of the year.

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