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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
AKA Holiday Ale
AKA Holiday Leftover Ale
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2014
Notes from 1/14/2014 A - 5 - The beer is a nice golden amber color with a thick white frothy head. Leaves a nice lumpy lacing on the glass. S - 9 - Super fresh grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, pineapple, pine. Maybe some bready malt in there but the hops are so forward they pretty much cover it up. T - 9 - Tastes like a bag of whole hops smells. Super piney, fresh, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, citrus zest. Balanced by nice sweet malt backbone. M - 5 - The bitterness lingers on the back of your tongue, begging you to drink more. Alc covered, aftertaste is graprfruit/piney hops. Carbonation perfect. O - 18/20 - tomorrow’s plan, buy another six pack of this. Comparables: Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s, Hop Stoopid, Ruination

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dojken (498) - - APR 26, 2014
Flaska. Lagunitas levererar! Härlig fruktdoft. Fin väl balanserad smak som mycket bra döljer alkoholen. Myvket god lättdrucken öl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bley7211 (22) - - APR 25, 2014
Poured from a quart bottle. Color is a gold clear beer with a thin white head. Great carbonation. Aroma is sweet and taste is great. Truly an amazing beer to me. Something heavy yet light and crispy.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
nico1et (1) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2014 does not count
sorry... i like a variety of microbrews & i thought i’d like this one since the description sounded ok (& i’ve liked other types by this brewery), but i could not stand it & in fact it’s sitting in the kitchen almost totally full. i wonder why it is that i HATE this so much that i can’t even finish 1/5 of the bottle? i need to find others who disliked it as much as i did since i might find beers they like more palatable. (sorry for the non-technical review!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
Hazy yellow. Small white head. Amazing aroma of honey and hops and grass. Taste of the same. Brown sugar too. Smooth and complex. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerKurve (520) - - APR 22, 2014
Mildly hazy orange with moderate carbonation, good lacing and a thin foamy head. Aroma of toffee, caramel malts, brown sugar, citrus hops and and a slight rye scent. Very malt forward with notes of caramel malts, mango, citrus hops, brown sugar, and a slight rye spiciness. Light body and moderate carbonation. Very good!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gamin (146) - Brockport, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
Poured from a 32 ounce bottle into a snifter. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Clear deep gold color. Grapefruit flavor balances bitterness well. A wonderful west coast ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwoodward (575) - - APR 19, 2014
Had a pint on tap at Ashley’s. Quite hoppy, a slight sweet edge on the finish. Solid, not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
indianabeerman (46) - Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2014
pours gold with a one finger head. aroma is citra hops. taste is grapefruit with pineapple an a great citrus hop finish. very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (912) - 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.

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