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RATINGS: 1385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2013 Golden color in the glass with a nice head. The aroma has a sweetness up front with honey, citrus and pleasent hops. Taste is fantastic. It has a candy like quality of caramel and citrus. There is some faint pine and malt. The finish is ultra smooth and has a great finish. Picked up 3 sixers so far and going for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamflower (648) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Colour of cognac or whiskey or something. Lacing is appealing. Luminous and entrancing colour like a jewel. Flavour is filled with sweet bitterness that keeps me coming back for more. I’d like to have more of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (645) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Lagunitas has been consistently good to excellent in its lineup of offerings (in my experience; the numbers say a median rating of 4.2 from 21 ratings including this one, with only two scoring below 3.8 and the lowest being 3.3). For some reason I was apprehensive about this one but it turns out to be quite enjoyable. The initial nose triggered "barley wine" thoughts, the appearance that of a slightly hazy Stone-ish IPA, with lots of rising carbonation bubbles. Flavor that of a slightly mild IPA with lots of near-butterscotch sticky sweetness thrown in (which is fine by me in this case, since while it’s lots of sticky sweetness, it’s not too much, although almost too much). Finishes very smooth. Almost sessiony if not so boozy. to be exact I’d rate this 8.7/10 or 4.35 on a 5-point scale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Growler provided by jredmond at the 4th of July tasting. Pours clearish orange amber with a small white head. Aromas of sweet candy and tropical fruits with a dose of juicy hops. Taste is floral, fruity, sweet and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilnatp (632) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2012
BOTTLE: Pour is golden. Aroma of rye, earth and citrus. Taste of rye, earth, citrus, and maybe even flowers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrettTaylor (630) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a bright gold color with a creamy white/gold head. Aroma is citrus and resin and a bit of sweetness underneath. Taste is, in the very first instant, sweet, then resin and grapefruit. There is a nice creaminess from the oats and a subtle touch of wheat. Finish is long and leaves your mouth watering, waiting for the next drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (630) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
Amber color, white head. Grapefruit nose, resin, ripe fruit, caramel. Sweet fruity taste, grapefruit, caramel malt, moderate bitterness. Medium body, average to soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (629) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rjplumer (629) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Blast of floral piney hops from the start. Deep amber color. At first a quick dose of bitterness which then switches to a sweet malty finish. Sense a some pepper rye on the tongue. Has that crispy west coast hoppiness to it. Has a refreshing crispiness to it. Well worth a try.

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