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RATINGS: 1187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (287) - Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours nice medium white head, yellow-orange clear body. Big resin and citrus nose. Tingly hops mixed with cereal notes at the end. Medium to full bodied, lingering finish. Hope they screw this up again in the years to come!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Strong and pungent aroma of pine needle, aloe, and cat piss, but mostly pine. Crystal clear amber, thin head. Flavor is very much like cat piss and cat nip but with a Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Finishes with pine needle. Not resinous, light to medium body. alcohol isn’t really noticeable with the overpowering flavors to distract/tantalize/disgust you. my negative first impression often softens by the time I finish the bottle, but this is hard for me to appreciate. I absolutely love the self-deprecating name and label. Sadly, it’s among the beer’s few redeeming values.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2218) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle. Clear yellow pour with a small white head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Well balanced with dank pine and citrusy hop notes that are offset by the sturdy malt backbone..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4817) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
12oz bottle pours a clear orange with a creamy, white head. Nose is nice and zesty, garlic shoots, pine, orange zest, limes. Flavor is sweet, zesty, oranges, pine, honey, grapefruit. Medium bodied, refreshing, zesty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s. Pours a golden honey color, with a smallish head. A hop bomb this one is! Super-smooth for what must be the polar opposite of Brown Shugga. Like a slightly heaver and hoppier version of their standard IPA. Supremely drinkable, and delicious. Very impressed, and I’ll take this over Brown Shugga any day of the week.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Tap at Hoppy Monk El Paso Tx-pours bright light orange with a film-y soapy off white head. nose is floral sugar coated hops lots of flowers and tropical notes. flavors of candied sweet hops very tropical and a bit spicy from the rye malt. long floral finish with some astringent resinous notes very lovely mouthfeal. This is a top-tier beer from this brewery for sure. love the hop notes on this one. the floral and tropical aspects make it pretty damn nice. nice work lagunitas and this DOESNT suck!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1098) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2012
Clear amber like colour. hoppy aroma, resin and pine cones. big hoppy flavour with a nice dry hoppy finish. this brewery should suck more often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7309) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12 oz bottle. It pours a clear gold with just a hint of orange. The head is white and dissipates quickly with no lacing. The scent is sweet with some melon and citrus. The flavor is nice. It is fruity with melon and some tomato. The sweetness is there for balance and there is a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish with some grapefruit and pine. It reminds me of Surly Abrasive. I don’t like the tomato summity flavor but other than that it is a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2331) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
Thanks to Matt for this. Pours a bright golden with a thin white top and great lacing. Aroma is big grapefruit hops and light malt. Taste is well balanced with a strong grapefruit hop bitterness. I love the stereotypical Lagunitas hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Tap. This beer was excellent! Pours to a glowing golden body. A sweet looking starched white head sits atop with some beautiful lacing. Vibrant body. The aroma is pineapples and some sweet candi sugar. Mild grass. The flavor is sweet pineapple and mango with candi sugar and papaya. The palate is sweet but balanced. A nice sugary texture.

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