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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
draft @ redlight redlight. Extremely piney aroma! Pours golden blonde with a thin white head. Resinous hops overflowing in the flavor, sticky pine notes with lots of citrus, the ’cereal medley’ is lost under the hops but its freaking good. Deep down I’m still a hop-head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2011
12oz bottled November 4, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours golden amber with a two finger white head that leaves nice sticky rings of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is orange, pineapple, some grapefruit, floral hops, some marijuana and bready malt, bit of fruitiness, hint of onion (Summit?). Very good strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, orange citrus, some pineapple, banana, bit of grapefruit, caramel and bready malt, hint of spice and onions, a touch of alcohol, finishes with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.

Pretty good stuff...nice aroma, kinda comes across as a rye and/or danker version of their Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’. Definitely a far cry from Brown Shugga, but a worthwhile replacement brew for this winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6140) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2011
12-oz. Pours a crystal-clear medium gold with a loose white head. Big sharp pithy nose of citrus rind, like fresh grapefruit peel on the table. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Very effervescent body compared to the amount of residual sugar and malt heaviness I might have thought it’d push across--it’s actually very clean and light, almost lagered in a sense. There’s a sweetness and a spiciness there, a caramel and a pepper, maybe. Definitely not the caramelization you might expect in a holiday beer. They’re not kidding mentioning the boil times on this one. It’s rich and flavorful and definitely not a light summery beer, despite the nimbleness of the body. But it’s exceptionally delicate for a winter beer. It’s an interesting choice for the holidays, and their positioning of it so self-deprecatingly is actually most becoming, because this beer really is good. This is a good sloshy football-marathon beer, ready to pound you into the couch at almost 8%. Probably going to have to get a few more of these for further research.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Awesome IPA’ish brew. Smells piney, hoppy, and a little spicy sweet. Taste is pretty much the same. Lots of fresh hops, a good sweetness with some mystery spicy flavors in there, and a clean, dry finish. Very good beer... and somehow perfectly wintery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (430) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Solid beer, nothing like a holiday ale, more like a light IPA, very hoppy, and lemony, very bitter and dry. A cross between an IPA and pils, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3416) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Whole Foods, P St, DC sixer ($11): Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is of resinous, citrusy hops, with a slight malt backbone. So let me start this off by saying that this tastes pretty much like a Lagunitas. To me Lagunitas is like the Grateful Dead; it is unmistakable. The moment you take a sip you know it is a Lagunitas and this is no exception. Moderately hoppy, with a nice and subtle malt mixture made up in there. Absurdly easy drinking for the high alcohol content. Leaves a kind of sticky mouthfeel at the end, which is a surprise because you don’t really get this in the texture. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
On tap at the Map Room for their 19th anniversary. Pours a mostly clear, golden-orange colored body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy with a good amount of somewhat sweet oranges and grapefruits with an underlying resin. A bigger caramel backing with some bread as well as a light tropical fruitiness. Flavor is similar. Lots of juicy orange and grapefruit citruses up front with a nice pine that has a light resin as well as a few tropical fruit florals. Caramel with a light bread balances the hops well while still allowing the big, somewhat sweet and juicy hops to shine. Finishes dry with some sweetness and a moderate, piney, juicy citrus bitterness that leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Well hopped with lots of orange and grapefruit citrus pines that give off a bit of a juicy, resiny, sweetness. The caramel is somewhat biscuity and balances well while allowing the hops to shine. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrubfish (43) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Hoppy nose, golden color, bready and medium body, then a bitter, astringent finsh. Winter Seasonal? Not Really. ASA? Not Really. Worth a try? Heck Yeah.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2011
I want to give Lagunitas a nice big hug to cheer them up. This beer is the opposite of suck. In fact this brew made the month of November for me... I’m sick of all the dumb "winter warmers" and pumpkin ales so this brew gave my palate a nice rebirth. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a tiny white head that dissipates to nothing. Aroma is of hops, rye, and tropical fruits. Taste is awesome and I also would have to venture to say i think its straight Citra hops all the way. Very bitter, little sweet, the rye is really what gave this an A+ for me. Dont cry Lagunitas... we still love you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2459) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a golden color with small/medium head and GLORIOUS aromas of passion fruit and resin. Seriously... is this straight Citra? Flavor has a very ABV bite to it, but settles in nicely as it breathes/warms and the hops presence of tropical and citrus come through nicely, even on top of the astringent alcohol burn. Damn fine. I don’t miss Brown Shugga at all right now... not even a little.

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