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RATINGS: 1198   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a completely clear golden hue with a foamy white head that lasts and gives some pretty good lace. Aroma is what I expect for a fresh bottle of Lagunitas: hoppy (specifically dank and citrusy). Some pine and tropical fruit as well. Light tangerine peel. Malt aromas are honey, biscuity, and a bit bready. Mild esters. Flavors hops and a bit of crackery malt. Hops are first: citrus, grapefruit, mango, light pine. Bitterness is up front, medium to medium high but it doesn’t linger into the finish. In fact the bitterness in the finish is somewhat neutral. Malt is bready, grainy, smooth, biscuity and a bit crackery. I’d swear there is some wheat or maybe even oats in here. A hint of sweetness up front that melds well with the hops. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Lasting hop flavors. Medium carbonation. I’m a big fan of Brown Shugga, but I have to admit that this is a pretty solid brew here; but where as Brown Shugga seems more wintery, Sucks could be brewed any time of the year!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Draft at Capone’s. Poured dark straw with off-white head that retained well. Nose was huge grapefruity hops, with notes of black pepper and tangerine. Tasted hoppy, complex, with the hops bursting off the tongue. This one was a hop lover’s wet dream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7834) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
On tap as part of a flight at Brewer’s Tasting Room, St. Pete, FL, on January 22, 2014.
Clear honey color, white head. Citrus, hoppy, sweet, caramel scent. Caramel, citrus aftertaste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Resin bitter finish. Sweet, caramel, hoppy, citrus scent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
2013-04-29. Crisp bright orange body, small off white head. 3+ Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, oily resiny orange citrus. 7++ Flavour is similarly hoppy, with lots of resiny citrus oil characteristics, orange peel and light alcoholic undertones, particularly in the finish. Very smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3++ Solid, relatively simple but very nice hop character throughout. Bottle at Farmhouse, Burlington

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7386) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Tap, Tap room 307, Gramercy, NYC, 17/12/11. Clear gold piled with foam. Deeply green, leafy, lemon and grapefruit zest aroma. Utterly piney, lean and honeyed. Sherbet and lemon zest impressions. So clean and good, even after a fairly exhaustive trawl around town. Beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottled. Poured bright golden with a short-lived white head. The aroma picked up juicy mango, grapefruit, and floral hoppage over sweet honey and lesser bready notes.. this wasn’t the freshest bottle, so the hops weren’t as brilliant as they used to be. The flavor found honey, bready notes, and lighter fruit at the core.. mixed citrus and grassy bitterness around.. a little sharp on the finish.. OK, but again not super-fresh. Medium-bodied and a bit sharp and bitter on the palate.. OK feel and flow.. I’d drink it again (and will re-rate if I get a super fresh one).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2011
12oz bottle: pours a clear bright golden with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a huge fresh resiny hoppy nose with good lightly toasted maltiness underneath and some honeydew melon character. Starts with pretty good fullness and clean malty sweetness with lots of piny hop flavor and bitter balance before a drier more bitter and lingering finish. I love the hoppy aroma, but the finish could be a little less bitter. Nonetheless, a great IPA that I hope they make more of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
12oz bottle pours clear deep gold with copper core and thin white head. The aroma offers up a bold mix of sugary malt sweetness, spicy hops, citrus hops and earthiness creating a classic “liter box” aromatic. The taste is similar with rich spicy hops and citrus hop extract blending into a modest level of sugary sweet maltiness. I can drink a load of this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Tropical fruit/summer fruit aroma with grapefruit and light caramel. Tropical fruit/summer fruit flavor with grapefruit and sweet caramel. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Tropical and summer fruits linger with grapefruit and sweet caramel.

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