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RATINGS: 1452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColovianTrader (437) - - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JHeath99 (1503) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a nice transparent gold with very little head and a bit of lacing. Aroma of citrus, oranges and pineapples mostly, with subtle hoppy hints. Taste is almost reverse, with upfront bitterness that fades into a floral sweetness. Very very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (1040) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a vibrant gold , off white head with heavy lacing . Piney resinous aromas . Mild grapefruit , mango and tangerine flavors . The upfront bitterness leads to an almost mildly sweet and fruity finish . Outstanding ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
1/22/2014. From bottle. Amber color with a white head. Hoppy aromas, almost like an IPA with spice and tropical fruit. Bitter, malty, hoppy - so very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrinksAllKinds (14) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Good strong beer. Has a little bit of a different taste to it but it's still delicious. Not sure what it would pair with. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2014
Despite what the label says, lol, this is a fine replacement for Brown Shugga. Hoppy like an IPA, not sure why its styled as an ASA, but that’s fine, I would have maybe put it in the red/amber ale category, abv isn’t high enough for an ASA. Reddish pour, thicker than thought, nice aroma of pine and citrus, maltier than an IPA, caramel and pancake like flavor. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VinegarStroke (345) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle: Clear, deep straw or golden and good medium head. Massive hop lift. Very green aromatics. Slightly rubbery and certainly piney. You can’t see the malt. Dry, not sour and bitter. Dense, good weight and long. Very hoppy palate. Massive resiny, piney flavor. Good beer. It’s not a strong ale. It’s a classics west coast IPA. Very long and massive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (3722) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a honey gold with some tiny floaties, about a 3 finger off-white head. Decent webby lacing once the head recedes. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, light dank. Tasting notes of big tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, floral hops, a little toffee. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (475) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Glad this came out again. Poured into a tulip, semi - clear bright gold with a medium white head. Sweet citrus nose, flavor is hop forward, was expecting a more balanced taste with that nose. Medium bodied a bit on the oily side with an abrupt finish. Hard to say, IPA or strong ale?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krej (184) - USA - JAN 22, 2014
I got one bottle of this and split it with a friend. It’s good but I I expected it to be better so I’m not totally impressed. It tastes like what I’d expect a generic American Strong Ale would taste like but with a lot of hops. I’d probably get it again though since it is pretty good.

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