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RATINGS: 1223   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 (708) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
popkow (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Love the quart bottle and the golden beer that followed. Aroma of bread yeast and spice. Taste of bitter hop melded with malt for a cereal everspice with hint of liquorice. Medium length finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (896) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2014
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hman43 (354) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2014
It pours golden in color with a light peach colored head. it leaves lacing as the head retreats. It is hoppy with aromas of rye, oats, citrus, and a whiff of barley. There is strong flavors of rye, citrus, and a combination of oats and barley. It goes down well in a way that is fully complimentary of the burst of complex flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (430) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2014
I really liked this one. Pours a light gold color with a lot of pronounced aromas. Good price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy, very slightly hazed orange yellow with a super sticky white head that thins out quickly but leaves tons of lace, nice. Aroma of candied citrus, maybe some wheat or just tons of pale malt, very nice, excellent grass note but its got some more depth to it than just straight grassy hoppy bears, the sweet malt note holds up well. Flavor follows but is just a bit more sweet and sugary that I would like but only by a tad, drinks well but leaves some richness in the aftertaste that sticks around, but it’s winter and that’s just fine. Citrus, candied wheat/pale malt, light metallic bitterness, bit of grapefruit and pine, and some grassy bitterness greeness as well. Excellent beer here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2072) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Large 32oz bottle from Whole Foods Market, Bowery, New York, NY. A dark golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit aroma. Tastes similar, hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit. Nicely complex beer from Lagunitas.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie thinks too hoppy. Julie give 1.75. C. Gh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
akoeninger (454) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2014
From 32 oz bomber. Golden, clear with a white foamy head. The aroma is floral, sweet fruit. Flavor is sweet malt, spicy rye, and resinous fruity hops. There's even a hint of creaminess from the oats. There's a lot going on in this beer. Very enjoyable! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (827) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Pours from 32 oz mega-bomber a medium golden hue, clear with a nice white foamy head. Aroma immediate floral, mangoes and papayas. Sweet bready malts come into play as well. Flavour is big chewy malt with tons of fruits and citus in the middle with a tart grapefruit near the finish. A resinous smack of bitter hops compliment the end too along with a light note of pine and tropical fruit. A big beer to be well enjoyed. Lagunitas has a big hit here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
12oz in Lagunitas jar at Toad in the Hole. Clearish gold with soft off-white foam. Green herbs and dank are dominant aromas, with slight floral and rubber further down. Broad green bell pepper and resinous bitter flavors dwarf the slightly sweet substrate. Rather crunchy/chewy texture and a finish that evokes hotside additions rather than fermentation products.

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