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RATINGS: 1355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
maybe the keg i got my pour from was old-ish, but poured at a reputable beer bar, nose was average for an ipa. hints of citrus and fruit rind. taste was pretty run of the mill, bitter, little malt profile at all, light medium body, and discernible c-hop profile. citrusy, but not pungent or resinous. people keep comparing it to pliny, but it was very similar to what i remember racer 5 being. a good ipa, but not the upper echelon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Light golden orange pour with a long lasting thin foamy white head. Big hop aroma - grapefruit with a tinge of floral and pine. Taste is similar to the aroma, perhaps not quite as hoppy. Very hop forward, but not overpowering, good balance. An excellent ale from this brewer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2416) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 5, 2012
12 ounce bottle thanks to Craig. Great aroma of citrus, tangerine, slight grain character. The flavor is similar, a great citrus hop character that its balanced very well against the grain. A great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (732) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Holiday leftovers ale. Bottled on 12/30/2011. Poured into a pint glass. A - Lighter than most DIPA’s. Burnt orange body that looks like apple juice. One finger off-white head that sticks around. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. S - Reminds me of nugget nectar. Loads of peaches, mango, and grapefruit. Strong on the tropical fruit with a hint of pine and grass towards the end. No malts present. T - Similar to the nose. Super strong tropical notes that finish slightly earthy and piney. Just a hint of biscuity malts. Long lasting bitter finish. Medium mouth feel, really slick with a nice level of carbonation. O - I had the original batch back when it came out and thought it was liking drinking orange juice. Maybe its the month that allowed it to smooth out a bit, but this is a damn good DIPA. Really hope Lagunitas brings this back somehow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is resiny hops and rock candy. Sweet caramel malt and resiny hops dominate the flavor. Nice carbonation and a medium bodied beer. Pretty nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Grass and hoppy aroma. Clear blonde appearance. Ok lacing. Taste is very upfront. Strong hopping finished with bitter hop resin. Very easy to drink. Brown Shugga is hard act to follow and this fills in nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Big thanks to Huhzubendah for gifting me a sixer of this. Served in a mug. Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice white head and quite a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a heavy amount of what seem to be Amarillo hops. Good citrus and a bit of a floral character. Similar flavor, but not quite as pungent and overpowering. No malt to speak of, though a bit of booze works through, doing a great job to balance out the hops. No use of sweetness for that here. Boom.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (692) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2012
12 oz bottle from Traut frig at the lake...thanks. Pours Cloudy golden color with major lacing...hoppy nose and initial taste. Tastes of pine and grapefruit with nice bitter aftertaste...very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2817) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Spectaculaire arôme de pêche juteuse et de gomme de pin. En bouche c’est rond avec un profil malté assez étoffé combiné aux notes sapinés. Recette intéressante et très rafraîchissante.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stangger (596) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2012
On tap at the boathouse in conshie. Cloudy orange pour. Aroma is strong mango, citrus, fruit, strawberries. Fruity grapefruit, mango, orange. It’s an ipa but a great one. smoke,


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