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RATINGS: 1199   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhopsbeertalk (137) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2014 A lightish floral/grapefruit aroma leads into a big punch of similar flavor with plenty of bitterness. Nicely balanced, but heavy on the hops... Joy! Medium bodied with a crisp/clean finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tania_nexust (143) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Draught keg at Euston Tap. Could smell it across the bar as soon as it was poured - like peachy hops. When sniffed up close it’s more like a big whiff of full-on cat pee hiding beneath the tight creamy head. Huge fruit flavours without having too sweet or heavy a backbone. Peach, guava, mango, kiwifruit. Long fruity finish with a slight dryness at the end. Soft rather than acidic. Pretty yummy all round (understatement!).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (1786) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Draught at Lagunitas Taphouse. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with cotrus, floral hops, resin, peach, mango and pine. Bitter finish with floral hops, citrus, resin and peach. Exquisite brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (53) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Pours a nice amber gold, with a white head. Aroma has hops, with hints of apricot, caramel, and fruit. Not too dry not too sweet, creamy, and very drinkable. Taste is some hops, caramel, apricot, and the hints of fruit. Balanced taste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (528) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2014
32oz from a brown paper bag straight to the dome. Thanks jw. I don’t know what this beer looks like but in this paper bag I feel 18 again. Sugar and hops aroma eminate from the little hole in the bag. Tastes like I might be blind in about an hour. Thank you sir may I have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (772) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Cloudy color with white head. Toasted malt and citrus aroma. Flavor is caramel malt with toasted notes sweet tropical fruit flavor with a pine finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnoaksson (700) - , SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2014
Om man dricker sig så full på Lagunitas Sucks att man måste sjukskriva sig dagen efter kan man åberopa force majeure. Det här är en naturkraft som ogiltigförklarar alla regelverk. "Fröjda er med bävan", som det står i Bibeln. Ett finare bevingat ord om den här upplevelsen kan man inte fånga i det grovmaskiga nät som språket utgör. "Man måste alltid vara berusad. Det avgör allt: det är den enda frågan."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lhns03 (73) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Very very tasty. Well integrated complexity from the 4 grains. Pours a light golden with a chunky white head. Aromas are fantastic! Notes of some pine and tropical fruits, pineapple. Palate is smooth and round with great depth. Definitely living up to the hype here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idigguns (15) - Davie, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass, 2014 release.
Aroma: malt and citrus, floral hints.
Appearance: clear, golden yellow with medium white head and moderate lacing.
Taste: citrus/grapefruit, pineapple, earthy tones, pine.
Palate: smooth, medium carbonation with a long citrus hoppy finish.
Overall: really good replacement for Brown Shugga, which I really like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2059) - SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours a clear, medium gold, with a white head. Hoppy, resiny aroma, spruce, apricot, caramel, grass, mineral, passion fruit, peach, faint yeast. Off-dry, medium to full bodied, mid to high bitterness, creamy CO2. Hoppy, resiny, faintly grainy taste, caramel, apricot, grass, butterscotch, spruce. End slightly grainy, and with the tiniest hint of astringency. Feels as if the hops are slightly tired (whisps of cheese?). Otherwise pretty nice. (2014-07-20)

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