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RATINGS: 1166   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 16/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2013 Pours a crystal clear gold with a frothy white head. Smells very sweet, predominantly of candied grapefruit peel, tangerine, and honey - solid bready malt backbone. Tastes bitter and sweet (ha) and similar to the nose, more honey and some lemon. Medium bodied, kind of chewy and sticky, with a bit too much carbonation. Overall good but not great - very sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jnkor (314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Aroma is a bit too sweet, but a good earthy grassy smell. Appearance is a bit too yellow, but head was good. Taste is hoppy and not too sweet, actually a good bitterness. Palate is not too thick, and is a bit dry for an ipa. Like the mix of sweet aroma but dry palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (314) - - JAN 25, 2014
Tap. Pint glass. Light gold with big frothy white head. Hoppy resin aroma. A bit of grapefruit taste, then oily and resin. Crisp with long lasting dry finish. Very lagunitas and very good. Does not suck.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OPIE788 (313) - Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle. Big citrus hops in the nose. Holy cow! Taste is a mash of grapefruit and grains. Definitely get a little rye and wheat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Poured a clear golden color with plenty of bubbles and a big, frothy white head. Aroma is mango, spruce, floral, bubblegum, citrus, and herbs. Taste is mango, pine, lemon grass, bitter with a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cleverlobo (313) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Draft; clear pale orange with small off-white head; aroma-grapefruit, lemon, rasberry, sweet; taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter. Great beee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (313) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2014
Pours slightly hazy rich gold, white head. Aroma of fruity and floral hops. A touch of sweetness and some interesting flavors that I think are coming from the addition of multiple grains. Hops dominate though and are more citrus than the nose. Hop character lasts for the long, pleasantly evolving finish. An interesting little twist on a hop-forward American IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshmcg000 (312) - Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours hazy gold with white head, the haze is big chunks of sediment. Aroma is tropical fruit. Nice tropical fruit and citrus hop profile. Caramel malts, not terribly bitter. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Pretty much a double ipa. Big citrus, with bitter pine or peel notes; melon/peaches. Similar to a good Southern Tier 2xipa. Good lead in to Hopslam next month. Leaves a great resiny hue on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
quiznoaz (308) - Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Clear, orange-pink pout, head dissipates quickly except along the side of the glass. Grapefruit and peach in the aroma. Flavor is a concentration of the aroma (initial peach/grapefruit, followed by grapefruit bitterness), and crisp.

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