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RATINGS: 1304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Update – Draft at Capones. Pours a lightly hazy gold with frothy white head and abundant lacing. Nose of apricot, peaches, mango, grapefruit, pineapple. Delicious apricot, tropical fruit, citrus flavor. A little hint of booze on the finish and a little rye spice and cheddar as well. I could drink this all day. Original - 1/23/13 - 8/4/8/4/15 Draft at Capones. Poured a clean golden orange with thin off-white head and ring lacing. Aroma is pineapple, citrus, some light caramel. Taste is big time grape flavor, some pineapple, citrus, mild onion. This is a really good ipa but I remember a better version last year - less boozy, more onion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Does a perfect beer exist? I guess it's subjective, but I will say that this may be the single best beer I have had in my (admittedly brief) time as a hardcore beer drinker, and will be the basis on which I compare all other IPAs moving forward. I expected to have this reaction to Nugget Nectar when I cracked one of them open (picked up a 6 pack so that will happen later this week), so this was an amazingly pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Ar: Juicy orange, pineapple - a bit of resin and lemon. Ap: Golden-amber, clear - medium off-white head with moderate-good retention and a thin but solid cap of lacing. T: Bright and bitter orange up front, pineapple - medium bitterness - moss and tangerine - lightly toasty malt sweetness with an edge of toasted caramel - hoppy finish with some lingering clean bitterness . P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium-dry. O: Nice beer, really seems like a big IPA - good hop flavor, which is quite assertive, and pleasant fully malt profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
canes89 (29) - New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
can’t believe I waited so long ( this will hold me a few weeks ’til Nugget Nectar & hopefully hopslam)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2193) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 22, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 12 oz bottle from Bevmo. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head that has fair retention. The aroma is moderate in strength with sweet oranges, tangerines and spicy grains. The flavor is a big blast of ripe hoppy citrus fruits--mostly oranges, but also some lemons--with bready malts filling in the sides and back. The palate is full and a bit oily with lively carbonation. The finish long and bitter. Overall: Top shelf

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a white head. Nose is dank hops with grass and sweet resiny notes. Palate is smooth up front with a nice bitter finish and a sticky tongue. Flavors of resiny and piney hops, golden cereal malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Poured from bottle at Revolution brewery. Orange yellow with thin white head. Delicious fruit and floral aroma. Hoppy and smooth bitterness. Love this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3712) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap. Comes orange/gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, florals, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, lemons, malt, caramel, pine, and grain. Very hoppy, very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Clear, orange-pink pout, head dissipates quickly except along the side of the glass. Grapefruit and peach in the aroma. Flavor is a concentration of the aroma (initial peach/grapefruit, followed by grapefruit bitterness), and crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Golden pour with a white head. Aroma is fruty hops/mango. Taste is fruity hops, malty backbone, nicely balanced. Another tasty beer from Lagunitas. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

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