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RATINGS: 1171   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4920) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is resiny hops and rock candy. Sweet caramel malt and resiny hops dominate the flavor. Nice carbonation and a medium bodied beer. Pretty nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Grass and hoppy aroma. Clear blonde appearance. Ok lacing. Taste is very upfront. Strong hopping finished with bitter hop resin. Very easy to drink. Brown Shugga is hard act to follow and this fills in nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Big thanks to Huhzubendah for gifting me a sixer of this. Served in a mug. Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice white head and quite a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a heavy amount of what seem to be Amarillo hops. Good citrus and a bit of a floral character. Similar flavor, but not quite as pungent and overpowering. No malt to speak of, though a bit of booze works through, doing a great job to balance out the hops. No use of sweetness for that here. Boom.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (627) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2012
12 oz bottle from Traut frig at the lake...thanks. Pours Cloudy golden color with major lacing...hoppy nose and initial taste. Tastes of pine and grapefruit with nice bitter aftertaste...very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (1963) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2012
Spectaculaire arôme de pêche juteuse et de gomme de pin. En bouche c’est rond avec un profil malté assez étoffé combiné aux notes sapinés. Recette intéressante et très rafraîchissante.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2012
On tap at the boathouse in conshie. Cloudy orange pour. Aroma is strong mango, citrus, fruit, strawberries. Fruity grapefruit, mango, orange. It’s an ipa but a great one. smoke,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pumpkin (28) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Beer pours light orange golden color, small white head and small amount of lace on glass. Smell is great, grapefruit, hops, fruit and pine. Taste is of tropical fruit, hops and pine not to heavy, light to medium carbonation, nice dry finish, great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1258) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
This will be my 700th. Another milestone in beer tasting. This is an interesting ale. The ale poured a clear gold with a frothy head and major lacing. The grapefruit flavors was signifcant. This is a mouthful of citrus. The medium body finishs with a bitter aftertaste. This is a great ale, what a surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Light gold, frothy white head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel, grain, herb. Taste of mild citrus, floral hops, nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
This IPA pours a clear golden, slightly orange color. Basically no head is poured and very little lacing. Small amount of carbonation. The aroma is really nice on this one. It’s full of tropical fruit. Mango and grapefruit. Mixed in there is a sweetness from the malt and some honey. The taste is light and delicate with being full of hops and sweetness. Tropical fruits again with sweetness from the malt and honey like taste. It’s teetering from being a nice huge hoppy beer but is pulled back a bit from the sweetness. But it’s tasty and a joy to drink. Mouthfeel was actually a tad bit disappointing. It was very light. But crisp. Nice bitter after taste.

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