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RATINGS: 1263   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours golden amber with thin, gauzy white head. Nose of tropical fruits and citrus and some mild resin. Tastes adds a bit more juice and resin, though a tad bit thinner than expected. This is an IPA, by the way, not a strong ale. Drink it fresh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured gold with a thin white head. aroma and flavor were piney and grapefruit hops. body was full with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle. Golden yellow color with a rather large white head. Grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit. Very nice aroma. Big resinous hop character and fairly bitter. Grapefruit and citrus are big in the flavor. Really nice. Lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Really enjoy the aroma, and the flavor is quite nice but not up to that amazing aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13029) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Draft. Clear bright golden color, thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma of straw, white pepper, warm white bread. Taste is pumpernickel sandwich on rye.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1701) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2014 Fuck my old rating because this thing is seriously awesome so much juicy floral and citrus hop character throughout. Mmmmmmmmm could drink it all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Pours a clear, but lightly hazy orange. Thin white head. Aroma is very floral and citrus filled. Flavor offers a nice balance. As much as they do suck, this is a nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 Bottle. Golden pour with white head. Huge hop forward aroma. Grassy herbal light pine and tropical flavors. Nice brew. Would appreciate this being brought back over brown sugga.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (712) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 Rerate 1/23/2013, bottle from 6er brought by James while playing Settlers. A lot hoppier than my first rating. Good sweet caramel candy malt notes balanced really well by fresh pine hops. A lot better than first try. Tap @ Tap Room 307 with Erica. Medium gold pour with light head. Very hoppy aroma and more of a muted palate with a modest hop profile given that it’s Lagunitas. Kind of conservative for this brewer ... Also not really sure what makes it a holiday ale b/c it seems more like a warm-weather brew to me, but who cares? Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4322) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
An aggressive, one-dimensional cat whizz hop aroma (OK, OK, cat whizz + hops = 2 dimensions). Clear, darkish gold, thin clingy head, funny label, squat west coast 12 oz. bottle. Yikes. Pine, pineapple, tangerine, a little fruity. You can definitely get the rye in the twang. A little salty, a little sweet, citrus pith. Tangerine and hops aftertaste. Medium heavy mouth that holds carbonation well. Technically good, but I had to wrestle it. New Leaf Market.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Aroma of citrus, hints of pine. Sweet and bitter. Pours golden with a frothy head. Tastes sweet of citrus...orange, grapefruit and slight pine. Delicious brew.

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