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RATINGS: 1320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
drdisque (585) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On tap at Lagunitas Chicago Taproom. Intense resinous nastiness in initial sip. Mellows out a bit after that and tapers into cereal grain and water flavors. Seems well crafted, but far too resinous for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AbbeyRoade (413) - Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Very good. Sweet. Not very hoppy. Excellent balance. Would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UNCCTF (495) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2014
32oz. bottle. Hazy golden color with lacy white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma and flavor of hops and citrus, with some sweetness in the finish that makes it really balanced. I’ll be getting this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (748) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
32 oz bottle. Golden colour with nice white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Taste is bitter pine up front, followed by a citrus burst, finish is sweet and bitter, medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cjmccahill (17) - Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Listed as strong ale, but everything says DIPA. Solid, all around. Citrus, grapefruit. Quarts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (389) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 14, 2014
32 oz Bottle. Tasted on 12/12/14. Bottle from Gomer's Kansas City. Aroma was great with pine, light citrus, bread & resin. The taste was full in body & had fresh citrus & pine notes. Overall a really fantastic beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (655) - Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Aroma and appearance of a Double IPA. Tastes like an earthy IPA, but smoother, less bitter. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoganL166 (25) - Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Poured from a 32oz to a snifter. Great hazy golden color with a lacing white head. Aroma of hops up front with a nice fruit backbone followed by an almost vanilla scent. Taste is all the same with a tart fruit finish that is also a little sweet. Coats the palate nicely and keeps me coming back for more. Fantastic beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
razzanof (45) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottom line, up front - this used to be my favorite beer. However 2014 Sucks is a major letdown. Doesn't seem to have the bite I've become used to. From a 32 oz bottle... Pours Cloudy golden with decent white head and minimal lacing. Hoppy aroma with citrus and grass. Full body. Taste of sweetness with a citrus, grassy backbone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhatton (73) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours a brilliant golden body with thick fluffy head. Nice residual lacing as head recedes. Initial aroma of fresh pine, florals, and citrus notes smoothed out with a warm vanilla scent. Slight tang of grapefruit and apricots followed by a honey aftertaste. Moderate carbonation level leaving a refreshing prickly mouthfeel. Very well balanced and enjoyable.

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