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RATINGS: 1206   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Clear, light honey in color with moderate, stark white head. Not too much lacing. Aroma: Smells very tropical, with grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple and other hop goodness. Also smells somewhat sticky and sweet as well, as expected from Lagunitas. Taste: Sweet malty core of bread and caramel. Loads of hops on top, but not particularly bitter. Notes of grapefruit, pine and general spiciness. Slight touch of the rye that is in the malt bill (not sure I notice the wheat and oats that are also supposed to be there). Palate: Moderate carbonation, with a sticky, medium body. Finish is dry, despite the sweet core. Overall: Another winner from Lagunitas. Does it taste like many of their other beers? Sure. Do I care? No. Is it better than Brown Shugga? Yes. Bring this back somehow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1729) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottle. Orange/copper pour, nice off-white head, good retention/lacing. As soon as you open the bottle you get a nose full of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, caramel, light biscuit. Taste is sharp citrus bitterness, sweet caramel malt. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish. This beer definitely does not suck, and I would take this over brown shugga any day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1829) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Poured a coppery orange with a thin head. Nose had dank and citrus hops. Full bodied, well carbonated, tangerine citrus hops. Woody, earthy, sunflower seeds, and a hint of grains. Toasted sugary sweetness. Super hop forward. Pine, pepper-spiced, resinous, floral, and again with the citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
geoffpm1 (1) - - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
What a surprise to find this fresh incredibly resinous hoppy beer for Winter. Perhaps my mind is failing me but after Pliny, HeadyTopper, Sucks is one of the most enjoyable Hop bombs I have had this year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3252) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 Bottle with Simon, this beer is not an American Strong, it is the one of the juiciest, most resinous, funky hopped out beers on the market. I wish Lagunitas could mess up their beers more often if this is going to be the result. Grapefruit, Oily pine, tangerine, and other citrus aromas dominate the nose. The flavor is balanced, full of dry hops, and finishes like a dream. Amazing double IPA from Lagunitas. Tried the new batch from 2013....no where near as good as it was....boozier, more grapey, and the funk is over the top and weird. Not going to lower my rating based on this but I’m still a little salty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JayAre46 (1) - USA - DEC 9, 2011 does not count
my first ever rate beer review haha, man am i bored and is this beer sub par! alright for the appearance it pours a pale golden straw color transparent and aggresive into the nonic glass. the aroma has a residual sweetness that has put me off big time, the citrus notes, pine and floral are well done and don’t expect much else from lagunitas. the taste follows the nose and has a good dry bitter finish that is refreshing but this malty sweetness is very bad to me and ruin a lot of the hop characteristics and i don’t like it. the mouthfeel is moderately filling and is very sharp and crisp in the back. refreshing to say the least. overall i want brown shugga back!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1988) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Light yellow pour, tons of lasting carbonation and a nice hop and rye aroma. Flavor is nice sweet belgian trippel like sweetness, light pear a little herbs and finishes with a little noticeable hop. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phillies08Champs (694) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark straw color with some head. Nose is a beautiful bouchet of perfume and sweet malt. First sip a great balance of malt including oats and slight rye. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a copper color with a medium soapy head. Aroma is piney and citrus resinous hops. Taste is much like Hopslam or Double Trouble, piney bitterness and pineapple citrus tastes are here but it finishes lightly caramel malts. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4640) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Should leave the open bottles under the artificial tree for the pine scent. Amber with white head and light lace. Piney or sprucey flavour to match your tree. Citrus on the tip of the tongue. Nice malt balance carries the alcohol well. Not as strong as the usual seasonals. An easy drinker so be careful not to pair with holiday check stops!

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