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RATINGS: 1380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
baraciisch (2244) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Clear golden in color... Aroma is floral hops... Flavor is slightly watery and bready, with a nice bitter finish... Really unremarkable, not a holiday ale at all... Tastes more like a pale ale than anything... Lagunitas, you suck, bring back the Brown Shugga!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2011
12oz bottle at wolfeys for the Parker holiday party, nose is citrus and bright it smells wonderful taste is a bitter medly of rye and wheat with the hops still owning everything this beer is sweet!!! As in awesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Clear golden, white cover. Aroma is resin, pine. Taste is the same resin, some light toast. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5386) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2011
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a clear orange golden with medium frothy off white head. The aroma is floral hops and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a dry hop and citrus with nice lingering dry finish. Hides the alcohol well, easy to drink, a very impressive American strong ale from Lagunitas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
KILLER BEER! Huge floral aroma- perfectly clear dark yellow to mild orange color, so inviting. Taste is like a huge fresh hopped IPA, I’m not sure why this isn’t classified as a double/imperial IPA. I really like Hop Stoopid and this is just better all around. Huge flavors of pear and orange; great malt profile that provides a full body beer. This stuff is awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Beer is damn good. I’ve never had brown shugga, so I don’t know what I’m missing, but I hope they make this one again. It’s a great IPA, really, with an awesome hop aroma and clean, bitter palate. Very refreshing. What makes it unique is the compelxity of the malt...cereal as they call it. Doesn’t look like much but has a grea flavor and awesome west coast hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2836) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
12oz brown bottle. Pours out a fairly clear golden with a full white head. Spotty lace. Nose is piney, big citrus, sweet tropical fruits. Taste has up front hops - pine, citrus peels, also has a decent malt character, a bit of bread/grain, some chewiness. Ends bitter. Long and strong hoppy aftertaste with some pine, grapefruit and orange peel in the throat. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very drinkable, approaching chuggable, no signs of alcohol, overall a nice hoppy strong ale that has nothing to do with the holidays, but everything to do with being tasty. Lagunitas needs to keep this around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3416) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
12 oz bottle purchased at Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a mostly clear golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head. The head falls with decent lacing. The aroma is dank resinous hops, lightly bitter and a bit catty. As it warms, some sweet mango fruit comes out as well. Fresh nose. The taste is the resin bitter hops up front, along with cereal grain and Rye. A bit of the mango sweetness pops out late in the taste. The palate is medium bodied, resinous dry and bitter in the finish. Nice one, reminded me of Double Jack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1500) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Thanks to Cletus for the hook up. Near orange pour with a small white head, very clear. Fruit forward hop aroma with a nice malt background showing up. You know, this isn’t quite the tropical fruit hop bomb I’ve been loving lately, but it still has a bunch of great citrus going on as well as a almost appley fruit zest going on. I guess that’s not quite it, because I usually hate the dreaded green apple, but this is more of a sweet red. Certainly interesting. This beer had a ton of hop character yet the bitterness is nearly non existent. Yeah yeah, another crappy review I shouldn’t write, but this deserved a score.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (2020) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Draft. Pours a clear yellow orange with white head and nice lacing. Smell slaps you up side the head. Huge grapefruity citrus, resin and pine all packed in. Taste is not quite a powerful and in your face, but really nice. Really quite oily, almost like hop oil. More grapefruit and resin and so easily drinkable and fresh feeling. This certainly is one of those rare over 4 IPAs for me. Just nasty good.

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