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RATINGS: 1404   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle: golden orange pour with a large white head. Aroma is orange peel citrusy on top of pine needles and a whiff of caramel. Flavor is grapefruit/orange hops with some sweet caramel running into some sticky pine resin woodiness. Palate is sticky thick with a nice sweetness crashing into a hoppy/resiny bitterness. Rather easy and tasty drinking for a larger beer with a nice hoppy pop but not too bitter, will drink more soon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MarinEvelyn (668) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2014
It smells so good, I just want to bathe in this. Very hoppy, grapefruit, citrus, some spices, citrus, a little pine. Taste is so smooth, citrus, grapefruit, pine. Light smooth finish. Super.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (667) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Appearance: pours with a very large beige head that settles into a nice dense pillow, the beer is a very slightly hazy average gold color, very good head retention Aroma: very strong grass and pine hits you right away, hints of alcohol, possibly even chocolate, smells good Taste: bitter citrus and pine, some alcohol, malty backbone, Palate: average carbonation, heavy mouthfeel, strong bitter backbone Overall: drinks like an imperial ipa, very bitter with a strong malt presence as well, very strong Aroma, works well in the cold weather ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
Growler from Consumers Beverages in Buffalo. Pours a very light ambar colour with white foamy head, and some lace. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit and citrus fruit, some malt and traces of spice. flavour is quit e hoppy, but not overpowering. Grapefruit dominates, with spice and malt lingering in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackafholmes (661) - - MAY 30, 2015
Keg at brewdog bar, Sheffield. Pale gold with a small white head. Aroma is cerealy and malty with bread and zesty citrus too. Taste is sweet and bitter. Body is nice and oily with quite prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattH (660) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Light orange pour with one inch head that quickly recedes. Aroma of pineapple really jumps out at you. Aroma also includes pine, sweet red grapefruit, and sugar. Taste is brown sugary sweet with a little hop bite. I can see why this is classified as an American Strong Ale, as the taste really is not that hoppy. This was really good. I want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (659) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
KILLER BEER! Huge floral aroma- perfectly clear dark yellow to mild orange color, so inviting. Taste is like a huge fresh hopped IPA, I’m not sure why this isn’t classified as a double/imperial IPA. I really like Hop Stoopid and this is just better all around. Huge flavors of pear and orange; great malt profile that provides a full body beer. This stuff is awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfishho (659) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (657) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (657) - 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.

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