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RATINGS: 1181   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.

Scipio's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (690) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours a bright yet darker golden with a white head. Very appealing aroma. Fruity and full of citrus. Grapefruit, peach, strawberry, orange, and pine. Taste seems to be more similar to the aroma. The fruity elements seem to stand out the most here. I get a lot of peach and grapefruit. I don’t get much pine, and while they there is a good amount of grapefruit, I don’t get a whole lot of hops or bitterness. Medium in body. Good carbonation. This is very tasty. It would be hard not to like this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 27, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-13-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – Served a golden amber color with a one finger white head. The head slowly fades over time to give a light level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of citrus hop and tropical fruit. The tropical fruit is a nice mix of pineapple, mango and tangerine with the hop being mainly of a grapefruit aroma mixed with a hint of pine hop. Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready and tropical fruit flavor of mango and papaya and some tangerine mixed within. With these flavors is a lighter caramel flavor which grows stronger more toward the middle and end of the taste. Also as the flavor advances, some hop flavors, mainly of a grapefruit nature, come to the tongue. While the hop flavors grow stronger in nature as the taste advances further, they never really drown out the sweeter and malty flavors as they seem to keep pace with the hop. In the end, a sweeter and malty hopped taste is left on the tongue. It is very balanced and very nice. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker body helps the hop flavors stand out and is great for the bready body of the beer with the lower carbonation accentuating these flavors and helping to create a very soothing mouthfeel. Overall – This is a fantastic, slightly sweeter but very balanced IPA. A great drinking brew and one I will certainly seek out more often.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (3333) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine, Summerlin. Clear golden pour, thin white head. Aroma of fruity hops, caramel, wheat, slightly spicy, and grassy. Flavor is quite bitter, fruity, sweet malty with quite a huge body and a very nice balance. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhopsbeertalk (127) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2014
A lightish floral/grapefruit aroma leads into a big punch of similar flavor with plenty of bitterness. Nicely balanced, but heavy on the hops... Joy! Medium bodied with a crisp/clean finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tania_nexust (93) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Draught keg at Euston Tap. Could smell it across the bar as soon as it was poured - like peachy hops. When sniffed up close it’s more like a big whiff of full-on cat pee hiding beneath the tight creamy head. Huge fruit flavours without having too sweet or heavy a backbone. Peach, guava, mango, kiwifruit. Long fruity finish with a slight dryness at the end. Soft rather than acidic. Pretty yummy all round (understatement!).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (1761) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Draught at Lagunitas Taphouse. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with cotrus, floral hops, resin, peach, mango and pine. Bitter finish with floral hops, citrus, resin and peach. Exquisite brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (50) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Pours a nice amber gold, with a white head. Aroma has hops, with hints of apricot, caramel, and fruit. Not too dry not too sweet, creamy, and very drinkable. Taste is some hops, caramel, apricot, and the hints of fruit. Balanced taste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (521) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2014
32oz from a brown paper bag straight to the dome. Thanks jw. I don’t know what this beer looks like but in this paper bag I feel 18 again. Sugar and hops aroma eminate from the little hole in the bag. Tastes like I might be blind in about an hour. Thank you sir may I have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (728) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Cloudy color with white head. Toasted malt and citrus aroma. Flavor is caramel malt with toasted notes sweet tropical fruit flavor with a pine finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnoaksson (693) - , SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2014
Om man dricker sig så full på Lagunitas Sucks att man måste sjukskriva sig dagen efter kan man åberopa force majeure. Det här är en naturkraft som ogiltigförklarar alla regelverk. "Fröjda er med bävan", som det står i Bibeln. Ett finare bevingat ord om den här upplevelsen kan man inte fånga i det grovmaskiga nät som språket utgör. "Man måste alltid vara berusad. Det avgör allt: det är den enda frågan."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lhns03 (72) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Very very tasty. Well integrated complexity from the 4 grains. Pours a light golden with a chunky white head. Aromas are fantastic! Notes of some pine and tropical fruits, pineapple. Palate is smooth and round with great depth. Definitely living up to the hype here.

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