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RATINGS: 1199   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Poured from a bottle into dogfish IPA glass. Orange amber golden pour with a thick white head. Smells heavily resinous with some sweet overtones. Tastes full of hops that range from sweet and fruity to piney and grassy. Bitter finish with a citrus backbone. Really complex, quite impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (598) - - FEB 22, 2014
2013 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a clear light amber-copper color with a frothy off-white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is piney and herbal hops with caramel and some mango and other tropical fruits. Taste is sweet caramel malt with a slight flowery and herbal bitterness. Also a strange, almost minty taste that I can't quit put my finger on. Possibly some alcohol coming through. A dry medium mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Gold orange color with thin white head, strong citrus fruit aromas, lots of orange and hints of lemon. Taste is pretty hoppy with citrus and pine notes, slight caramel malt finish, strikes me as more of an IPA. Good beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (595) - Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle - dark gold with a nice head. Now this was one over the top beer. Strong citrus aroma and a grapefruit hoppy taste. Full body and a smooth finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADesenberg (592) - Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft: pours golden orange with a foamy head. Aromas of grapefruit, citrus and caramel. Taste is wonderfully balanced, bitter hops playing side by side with a breadiness. Ckean finish... Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (591) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
It’s just not possible for beer to smell better than this one. The aroma is the first attraction here, but the flavor measures up just as well. In my mind this is a very balance IPA, not a strong ale (pure labeling there). Bitterness pushes the envelope for me, but stays away from being harsh and over done. Malt flavor comes through and works well with the hops. A new favorite IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (590) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours clear bronze/amber with a tiny head that quickly fades. Nose is sweet, syrupy, grapefruit, brown sugar and some lemon peel. Taste is sweet, malty, grapefruit and again sweet. Finishes medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Aroma: resinous hops, somewhat floral, juicy ripe citrus, spicy rye, toasty malts. Appearance: slightly hazy golden color, bordering on a light copper. Off-white head with average retention, spotty lacing. Flavor: lots of citrus and pine, some orange rind, biscuit and rye bread, medium bitterness is well balanced by the malts, slightly sweet finish. Alcohol is well hidden for an 8% brew. Palate: medium body and carbonation. Overall: great brew, nicely balanced, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2012
IPA love in a glass. Wonderfully pure expression of a classic west coast IPA. I’m not sure what it is about this beer that gets to me so much, but it has an innate balance that makes me not miss Brown Shugga whatsoever. I hope they "suck" every year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (585) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft at Caliente in Pittsburgh. First sips reveal strong hops and a mellow creaminess going down the throat. Plenty of complexities and a strong body, perhaps a little on the flat side. Not perfect, but close to excellent.

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