Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
Share this beer with friends!
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.

Doghair's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doghair (244) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Poured orange/amber into a tulip. Nice 1/2 inch of foam. Dissipates to a film with a thick ring. Minimal lacing. Smell is orangey hops. Taste is citrus at the front, some malt and a mildly bitter finish. Palate fairly light with good carbonation. Overall a good beer. Nice hop aroma but the taste is lacking. Maybe my bottle is past it’s prime?

   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 (168) - 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 (432) - - 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 (69) - - 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 (489) - - 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 (18) - 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 (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 (391) - 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 (455) - 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 (21) - - 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.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 110

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50