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RATINGS: 1372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.

Hoerr's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoerr (4) - North Charleston, South Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Finally got ahold of a sixer and on my second one. Really tasty and drinkable. One of my favorites from Lagunitas! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4663) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2015
18th May 2015: quart bottle shared between me, my wife and son-in-law. Golden/amber pour with a white topping on each glass. Nice blend of aromas and flavours. Hops first and foremost, piny and citrusy: semi-sweet malt taste mid-sip. Decent and worth trying: hides the alcohol content nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3573) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 17, 2015
From a 22oz bottle. Pours an amber gold with an off-white head. Nose is veyr resinous\ and citrus. Full body. Flavor shows rye and citrus. Dry hoppy and very resinous finish. Damn good!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AAEA (192) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2015
12 FL OZ ($9.99 6 pack) one of the best beers from the maker. a killer beer that attacks you like its an IPA and then after that first pint you’re already feeling it as its 8%. a truly perfect drunk maker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1214) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Pours clear golden with a thick white head. Aroma is of hops, citrus, grain, bread, and just a hint of fig. Slick and bubbly palate. Flavor is of bittersweet citrus and floral hops, yeast, oat, pine, and earthyness. Leaves a nicely balanced citrus hop taste in the end. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (636) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Golden with white head. Grapefruit hop aroma. Taste is malty sweetness up front. Long pine/grapefruit citrus finish. Slight dank hop flavor too. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thechasm442 (390) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Fresh beer served in a tulip. The beer pours a fairly transparent yellow orange with a thin white head that shrinks down pretty quick and leaves ok lacing. Aroma is oranges, tangerine, grapefruit, pine, and sweet caramel. On to the taste. At first sip the beer is initially full of bright citrus flavors. Mainly the ones aforementioned in the aroma. It is met with a nice caramel malt with bits of toffee and brown sugar as well. The beer starts off very juicy and finishes a bit dry, but remains very quenching. Another outstanding offering from Lagunitas, and @ 8%, it’s just dangerous enough to have some fun with. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1933) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Pours amber into the glass with a 1-finger soapy head that reduces to webbed lacing. The nose is of pine and grassiness. Flavors of a huge grain bill, cereal, citrusy grapefruit and orange, and large resinous pine hops finish with a hint of ABV among the large pepper and spruce-pine notes. Almost in the barleywine category, this complex, substantive palate wrecker is full-bodied with a very bold mouthfeel. Huge beer with lots and lots to provide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thors_Son (5) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2015 does not count
1qt bottle to pub glass. Like a fresh breakfast on a distant shore. Very heavy grapefruit with subtle honey and notes of molasses. Warm malty finish. As close to a perfect ale as I can remember. Tongue, prepare yourself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tbjsexton (4) - Montmorency, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2015 does not count
Sucks should be in the beer hall of fame. The hops characteristics give deep floral aroma, malt rich taste, and a long hops heavy finish. You really don’t want the finish to end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bbader (6) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 4, 2015 does not count
What’s not to like about this aromatic hop masterpiece. I’m so glad they "screwed up" and had to make this beer. Beautiful golden color, crisp, delicious hoppy ale.

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