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RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltman53 (197) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - DEC 22, 2013
In bottle, pours a light-golden color, wow, hops jump out of the glass before my lips can arrive on the scene. The aroma is sugary malt and bursting with flavor, as is the palate: full-bodied, with a luscious CO2 level that carries to the soft, marshmallow finish. The beer is well-balanced and well-made and hides the nearly 8% ABV beautifully.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Got this 12 oz. bottle on a tip from the guys at Pinocchios. Poured (into a New Belgium tulip glass) an only slightly-cloudy, golden amber with a smallish one-finger head which dissipated quickly. While there was lacing, it was thin. The nose of this beer was amazing - grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple and pine. The taste is just about as good. It hits hard at first with the hop and citrus you would expect, follows with some biscuity malt and ends with a pleasant dry bitterness. Wow. Mouthfeel was medium and mildly carbonated. This was a great beer! PLEASE convince Lagunitas to keep going with this! And if you are an IPA lover and haven’t tried it - do it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jamesthebrit (196) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2013
A: Pretty light on the aroma. Bit of citrus. Floral notes. The usual. A: Pretty nice light amber. Pours thick. Good lacing. T: This tastes really great. Very smooth bitterness. Great citrus note. A tinge of sourness adds something unique as well. P: Pretty aggressive on the palate. Medium body. Overall this is a really great beer. There is a lot of citrus too it that is well balanced with the hops. which are also well under control. Alcohol is difficult to pick up on which is nice, and the beer is still able to maintain it’s subtleties. Also sour on the finish which is really unique. A must try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (196) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Tap at New Bohemia. Truly a great representation of the style. A visually appealing beer with an orange color and well-clinged lacing. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Malt driven sweetness but that presence of hop throughout. This is a very solid brewery and I would put this double IPA up as their best effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColovianTrader (195) - - JAN 24, 2014
Surprisingly light looking. Toasted grains, caramel, grapefruit and a healthy amount of hop bitterness. Malty and a bit thick feeling. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GSH1976 (195) - Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2014
I had been wanting to try this and was lucky enough to pickup a six pack and also a 64 oz growler. This review is based on the growler. Pours a golden/orange with a 2 finger white head and decent lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus and some pine. The hop spectrum is covered extremely well. Taste is sweet up front with tropical fruit flavors and then the bitter citrus kicks in. There is just enough malt presence to keep things balanced. Medium Medium-light bodied bodied with a clean and dry finish. I preferred Fusion XVIII (which isn’t a fair comparison since it is a 10% abv beer) but this beer is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Awesome IPA’ish brew. Smells piney, hoppy, and a little spicy sweet. Taste is pretty much the same. Lots of fresh hops, a good sweetness with some mystery spicy flavors in there, and a clean, dry finish. Very good beer... and somehow perfectly wintery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdskinns (194) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. Golden orange color with small white head. Big citrus hops and sweet malt. Light body and easy to drink. Hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopswagger (188) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
P: Orange copper body with a bubbly thin top of off white clouds. S: Super fruity and sweet. Grapefruit, blood orange, apricots, pomegranate, mango, honey dew and pineapple. Sweet candy malt and very subtle flower aroma. T/M: Clementine oranges, ruby red grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on top, apricots, and melon. Crystallized sugar accompanied by bitter lemon/line peel and timid spices. Overall palate is big time fruity and sweet, opposed to a harsh bitterness. Sticky medium body with gentle carbonation and a smooth but dry finish. O: All I can say is "I love this beer!" Hands down one of the best I gave had. Super excited to try the rest of the Lagunitas line up. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2013
12oz Bottle A - Pours clear golden orange with a fluffy white head. Good retention/lacing. S - Tang! Candied tangerine. T - Intense citrus. Tangerine, grapefruit, & apricot. Sweet malt. M - Light/medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Crisp. Mild citrus rind finish. O - Outstanding.

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