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RATINGS: 1088   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.

rmussman's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1688) - California, USA - APR 7, 2013
Fantastic like all of their recent outputs. Really well put together and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (826) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a huge bubbly white head that leaves a lot of lacing behind. Aroma is big, sweet and hoppy, of brown sugar, malt, pine hope, and a hint of candied citrus. Rich taste, of candied citrus, malt, sugar, toffee, then picks up a big hoppy bite. Lingering sweet hops. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (378) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2014
On tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury Vermont. Golden like an IPA. Aroma is hops - smells like an IPA. Taste is the same (like an IPA). Mild hop bite on finish. Overall, just a solid, balanced India Pale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (451) - California, USA - APR 12, 2014
A- pours a golden orange hue with a thick, creamy, 2 finger head. s- smell is heavenly. Pine, sweet, malty, fruity goodness t - pine up front followed by tangerine, orange and citrus which follows I n to a lingering bitterness. m - thick with ample carbonation. d - great beer. Excellent to sip on.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RevBFG (13) - - APR 11, 2014
Pours a clear gold, with some lacing and fun carbonation. Tastes of hops, grapefruit, and just a little funk. Not really for me, but I get why others like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2014
Had this on tap and from many, many bottles. OK, I don’t know why they have this labeled as a strong ale, as it is a double IPA. Pours clear amber with a white head. Nose is of citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is a delicious mix of grapefruit, tangerine and tropical fruits. Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice bitter hop bite. I love this brew so much and the fact that it is only about $10 per six-pack doesn’t hurt a bit. I kept searching and buying this while it was in stock. Drank cases of this stuff. Would love for this to be a regular in their lineup instead of just a seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1089) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle available at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $9.99/6-pack. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjhall89 (14) - - APR 10, 2014
Ironically better than what it was made to replace. LIght sweet, and pine taste in great balance with a great light lingering after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bhiner41 (177) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
I rate high, but this is a great beer. Lots of lacing on the glass. Thin head, crystal clear gold to orange color. Aroma of citrus fruits and slight dank malt. It has a smooth dry taste and a dry finish but lingering citrus and malt notes. I bought this because I enjoyed Brown Shugga, very very happy it is totally not even close to that beer...freakin’ awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2187) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
[Bottle] Pours a clear shade of amber. Not much head to it. Fresh and hoppy aroma. Grapefruit notes, pineapple and sweet caramel in the taste. High bitterness level lingers well into the finish. Oily texture. A solid beer overall. Tasting notes from 2/2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
After reading the c0mmercial descripti0n, I had n0 idea what t0 expect, s0 I decided t0 rate this brew with0ut trying it. (Yes, I am kidding.) Nice p0ur, g0lden b0died, plenty 0f fast m0ving bubbles, and a tall, sustained creamy head. The ar0ma was resin0us with a t0uch 0f zest, and a (dirty) earthiness 0ver s0me grainy sweetness. Nice spritzy m0uthfeel, tickling my t0ngue. The flav0r is a bit muddled, the sweet graininess being clean, but the h0p flav0rs c0lliding with 0ne an0ther... albeit pr0viding a steady bitterness that this h0plessly h0p-headed imbiber enj0ys. Fun drink.

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