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RATINGS: 1257   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (2394) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy, golden color with a white head and sticky lacing. Smells awesome! Strong notes of citrus fruit, tangerine and perhaps mango as well as a powerful pine and floral aroma. Smooth and creamy with a bitter but well balanced hoppy, fresh taste. Nice long finish. A really great strong ale/IPA. Lagunitas most definitely does not suck! 9,4,8,4,15 4.0Update: 12 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into a pint glass. Gold and clear with a white head and sticky lacing. Nice aroma of tropical/citrus fruits, pine, floral, fresh hops, toasted malts and light caramel. Similar flavor, fresh, bitter, lightly sweet and lightly fruity. Medium body with a dry feel and a lingering finish. 9,4,8,4,16 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2822) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Bottle at home. Appearance is golden orange with a big white head and great lacing. Huge grapefruity, citrusy, resinous, ganja aroma, with light notes of caramel and biscuit. Taste is super dank, sweet caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, grass, pine, weed, and floral with a big bitter finish. Sticky mouthfeel with high carbonation. Great IPA, but not quite on Brown Shugga’s level; nice stuff regardless.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BucannonXC5 (910) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Type: Draft Glass: Mason jar From: Ciro’s Pizza Price: $6.50 Misc.: As part of Lagunitas Tap Takeover Night at Ciro’s Pizza; Got to keep the Lagunitas mason jar Poured a golden orange color with one finger of white head when I got it. Good circular lacing on the sides all the way down. Average-to-above average retention on the top. Holy bitter hops on the nose! Got healthy doses of pine, citrus (grapefruit, lemon) and floral hops. Also some resin. Very flavorful, definitely the best part of the beer. Tasted bitter grapefruit hops right from the beginning, but not too lingering. Sweet floral taste as well. Also orange pulp. Reminded me a lot of the Daytime IPA. Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish. I really, really liked this beer. Nice and smooth and would love to have it again. Well done Lagunitas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (644) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Appearance was clear orangish gold with diminishing creamy white 1 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are mango, orange, lemon then sweet pale malts. Taste are citrus fruits of grapefruit, mango, lemon and orange, then sweet pale, caramel malts and hints of pine. Palate are smooth creamy CO2 with meduim body, then citrusy piney paleish lasting finish. A great citrusy ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2028) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 4, 2013
On tap 4 oz. pour at Lost Dog Cafe in McLean, VA. Clear-but so dark it is almost opaque--burgundy-brown with small khaki head and fair lacing. Head does not linger. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Taste of dark fruit, cherry, sweet roasted malt, toffee and alcohol. Full body and medium/high carbonation with foamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
12oz bottle---> snifter. Pours a clear gold with a thick, fluffy white two finger head. Smells like a sack of some of the dankest weed available. Tastes of mango, pineapple, grass, and resin. Nice medium bodied palate with good carbonation. This is a fucking awesome beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours a clear light gold with a modest head and great lacing. Aroma is amazing - pine & citrus, very pungent. Sweet, lightly spicy flavour gives way to enormous hop punch towards the end, with a lingering hop finish. Light pine, very present bitter orange - chinotto, perhaps. Moderate body with good carbonation. What a treat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
I was licky to find this in the M&M 6-pack rack of my favorite store today. This is the 1st beer purchased that way that made me wake up and say WOW. Lagunitas does not need to make any excuses for this one, which tastes very similar to my favorite APAs, Three Floyds Alpha King and Zombie Dust. 12 oz botttle pours a clear orange with white head and good lacing. Aroma is full of citrus, and floral hops with just enough caramel malts to give it balance. Taste is initially sweet with a short bitter finish. Medium body with a little carbonation. If I could get this year round, I would drink it regularly

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4950) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Hazy gold pour - thick, lasting, soapy lace - a lot of pine/resin and tropical hop notes in the nose, citrus rind - moderate acidic and sweetness in equal measure - fairly creamy texture - medium sweet up front, with a mix of wheat, toasted grain and light rye flavors - earthy citrus and pine late, some pepper, medium bitterness - a little sweet, but nice texture and bitterness, with high drinkablility - pretty nice, but I don’t feel the love that others have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheArgoPirate (76) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Floral and citrus notes. Easily drinkable for a high IBU/ABV beer. Good beer overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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