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RATINGS: 1191   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pottygok (464) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Aroma: Heavy floral with hints of spice underneath. Appearance: Clear dark orange with hints of effervescence, but no head to speak of. Taste: Medium bitterness balanced by a light sweetness in the background. Palate: Medium-heavy body, oily texture, average carbonation, long finish. Overall: Meh...it’s passable and certainly not the worst beer I’ve had. I could see buying this for a party, but it’s not something I’d readily pursue or stock on a regular basis. It’s good, but not great or mind blowing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (836) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Aroma contains strong hops and pines with a heavy grapefruit and citrus. Appearance is a light gold with a medium foam. Taste is balanced hops, pines, grapefruit and citrus. Nice piney/herby finish. Overall, a strong, full flavor. Nice bitter and hoppy flavor. I’d give this an A rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sickassmick (224) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
american strong ale ay? Ok. Lagunitas doesn’t suck. This smells really hoppy w some honey. The pour is awesome. dark yellow orange. pretty good head retention and a lil lacin. I’m drinking this at a little under room temp. holy crap does this beer taste fresh. pretty refreshing also. Big christmas tree pine bitterness, but smells so good. The longer you sip this, the more hop resin starts to sit on the back of your tongue, and it could get to be a little much. tell you what tho. URP! wow. I do this all for the burps that taste like that! yum! I forget what brown shugga was but i think i rated it and the guy at bevmo said it sold out fast every year. This one is really good as a substitute. I’m not sure i understand what they mean by not having the "brewing capacity" to do brown shugga. Is this company having a rough year? The stores are killing them by overpricing all their beers.. this 6 pack was 11 bucks. little too much IMO, but hell, I’m frickin rich sucka.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle from Total Wine in Rancho Cucamonga. Golden orange pour. This brew was very nice. Lots of citrus and floral aromas along with taste going on here. Wondering if they didn’t make much since they said it was a replacement for BrownShugga.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1022) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a vibrant golden orange with a light white head. Aroma is of citrus hops which I wasn’t expecting reading the description on this beer. Holy hell! The taste totally blows me away, this is one of my favorite new DIPAs of the year! "American Strong Ale"?! No way! Tons of grapefruit and citrus here, I love this stuff. Merry Christmas, this doesn’t suck!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear white amber with a small white head that has alright retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is some pine hops, some light grapefruit, and a bit of caramel. The taste is some sweet pine and citrus, and then some light caramel. The finish has a light bitterness. Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall, I found this beer to be a bit boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle... 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6333) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of both citrus hops and caramel malts - both quite prominent, similar to Brown Shugga, but not as robust and barley wine-like. Flavour is more hop-heavy than anything, beginning with an astringent bitterness and then making the caramel malts more pronounced (unusual transition - it’s usually the other way around), finishing with a semi-sweet and bitter hoppy note. Very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjtakacs (8) - - NOV 21, 2011 does not count
On Tap at the Brewery. A golden color with a white head. nice aroma, mildly sweet with light floral hops and citrus. Smooth with a nice finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4169) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Short 12oz bottle, Santa star on label. Clear, orange pour; white head, nice lacing. Huge aroma. Scents of pine and huge citrus, mostly grapefruit rind. Taste is of dry malt & and candied grapefruit skin. It tastes like orange / grapefruit skins. Very Yum. The only thing to make this brew more Xmas would’ve been addition of chocolate or chocolate malt for a traditional chocolate orange.

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