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RATINGS: 1207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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AKA Holiday Ale
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2516) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle from Canal’s Marlton. Pours out a nice dark copper color with a small white head. Aroma is of nice tropical fruits, light sweet malts, caramel, cereal. Taste is light fruity hop notes, some caramel, grainy notes, light toffee and a decent bitterness on the finish. Solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
shimmering gold, thin white head, spotty lacing. Nose is heavy resin, grassy, light cheese and cracker. Flavor is light melon and resin, cracker ad oats mid, bit of caramel sweetness in the finish. Not too sweet, dryness preserved in end though a bit simple and some sweetness creeping in.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
iraqvetx8 (1) - Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2011 does not count
I am a big fan of home brewed, hop forward IPA’s. This was surprisingly on par with some of the best home brew that I have sampled. It was so good that I am making plans to stock up on this to last me well after the holidays. Very happy right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color with a white head. Pleasant fruit-dominated hop aroma that included the likes of grapefruit, orange, and melon. There was also some cereal grain. Medium bodied and dryish with moderate bitterness. Pine, orange zest, and pale malt/cereal flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2L growler from Bill’s in Summerville. Mild (-er than expected) yet solid hop nose. Juicy, citrus, hop forward beer held strong w/ mild (yet solid) malt backbone. Holds it’s own against way bigger IPA/DIPA. Fukc Brown Sugar this will work...this year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2011
12oz bottle: pours a clear bright golden with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a huge fresh resiny hoppy nose with good lightly toasted maltiness underneath and some honeydew melon character. Starts with pretty good fullness and clean malty sweetness with lots of piny hop flavor and bitter balance before a drier more bitter and lingering finish. I love the hoppy aroma, but the finish could be a little less bitter. Nonetheless, a great IPA that I hope they make more of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
On tap at brewpub. More piney than floral hops abound in a somewhat mute fashion in this one. Very good AMA hoppy, fresh beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
baraciisch (1903) - USA - DEC 23, 2011
Clear golden in color... Aroma is floral hops... Flavor is slightly watery and bready, with a nice bitter finish... Really unremarkable, not a holiday ale at all... Tastes more like a pale ale than anything... Lagunitas, you suck, bring back the Brown Shugga!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmikolich (1449) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2011
12oz bottle at wolfeys for the Parker holiday party, nose is citrus and bright it smells wonderful taste is a bitter medly of rye and wheat with the hops still owning everything this beer is sweet!!! As in awesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Clear golden, white cover. Aroma is resin, pine. Taste is the same resin, some light toast. Very nice.

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