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RATINGS: 1230   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.

Crash_the_dog's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crash_the_dog (155) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2014
An almost perfect west coast IPA. Crystal clear amber in color, with a sticky white head. Intensely hoppy nose, with a flavor to match. A really amazing example of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1115) - Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Poured a clear yellow-amber color with a frothy white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with oatmeal and pine. Taste is fantastic lots of different grain flavors with plenty of hops to balance it out. Slightly spicy with oats and rye. Nice complexity and very well balanced. Overall a great beer. Finish has lots of pine and resin with some rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gad905 (90) - - OCT 29, 2014
Draft at Euston tap a couple months back. Rich gold, fluffy white head fades slowly. Nice nose of juicy berries, rich citrus and some tropical notes, some caramel. Tastes sweet and big bitter, citrus, resin, green dankness, some spice, dryish finish. Nice gear, very drinkable for the abv, enjoyed this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (3410) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
Sample at a Systembolaget tasting. Very hoppy smell with citrus, pine and grapefruit. Similar hoppy taste with a cookie-like maltbase. Nice strong bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phikus (59) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
I thought I liked this a lot but last time I had this it just didn’t do it. The aroma is inviting typical lagunitas bouquet but I assume its the different grains in the flavor. Didn’t blend well with the hops. Too bad because a 32 ounce bomber of this is a nice price

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BadAprilia1000 (280) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Pours a faintly hazy golden color with a great pillowy head. Aroma is hoppy, acidic, resin, pine, grapefruit rind, floral, herby, faint sweet malt at the end. Taste is huge malt backbone, grapefruit rind, an almost onion note(not bad by any means), spices, none of the 4 grains used stand out over another. Overall a good beer, not my favorite from Lagunitas though due to their high standards.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2014
"i’ll start by saying this does nothing to make it stand out as a holiday/winter offering, especially when you consider the pethora of ipas lagunitas puts out. that said, it’s pretty damn good as a nice, fresh, flavorful ipa. highly aromatic, spicy, piney, floral. lighter in body than expected, but super smooth, tasty, with a nice bittersweet finish. they stick to their strong point, which isn’t anything new, but i like it better than the beer it temporarily replaced."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
teemoney (79) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Poured from quart(!) bottle into tulip. Translucent golden yellow with foamy white head that sticks around. Scent has some floral hops and earthy grains. Flavor is a balance of sweet-ish grainy malt and fresh earthy floral hops. Feel is smooth and wet and creamy all at once. This is a great beer, perfect balance, great flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maltser85 (295) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours a beautifull golden color with a nice white head. Aroma is strange. Some slight onion and garlic with pine and hints of citrus. Also notes of tropical fruit and stone fruit like apricot or nectarines. Notes of strawberry as well. Definitely sweet on the nose. Taste is slight pine up front with milder citrus fruit, orange, lemon/lime. Sweet malt, hidden alcohol, finish is mild but lingering and works well. Not an offensive beer at all, super sessionable. Grains don’t shine in this one, but it works. Body on this is tremendous for 8%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
popkow (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Love the quart bottle and the golden beer that followed. Aroma of bread yeast and spice. Taste of bitter hop melded with malt for a cereal everspice with hint of liquorice. Medium length finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (902) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2014
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