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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1748) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013 Sucks? NOT!! On tap at Global Brew. Pours a beautiful clear golden with a medium white head. Sweet citrus hop aroma. Sweet malts and a pleasant bitterness/sourness dominate the flavor. Really good without being overly hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Golden orange, decent sized white head. Aggressive hop aroma, mostly grapefruit, but some earthy undertones. Flavor is also hop forward, with caramel and some earthy notes. Not bad...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Amber pour with a sparse white head. A very interesting and complex pale ale. Nutty, fruity, and only slightly bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Strong and intriguing brown sugar aroma with an active lite brown pour, balanced taste and lingering mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (2162) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Juicy hop aromas of pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, pine, resin, and flowers. Clear, pale orange, with a moderately lasting, white head. Very bitter initially, but quickly bolstered by rich, sweet malts. Medium bodied, spicy, moderate carbonation, and a lasting fruity, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Draft at the Dig Pub Cedar Park TX. Pours bright gold and a little hazy with a leggy white head. Nose is aromatic piney hops. Taste is the same and along the lines of a Pliny the Elder-smooth, just a bit sweet, and tingly nose. Body is full and slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden but slightly noticeable. Sweet beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 Aromatics - Starts off straight hoppy, I get a lot of lemongrass, grapefruit, and passion fruit. Appearance - Looks like piss. Small head that stays. Taste - Taste a caramalt/ crystal malt like backbone that is quickly melded with a mild dose of hops. Lot of the same flavors that I smelled with an addition of pineapple (yeasty?)..... Palate - Is medium to full and very "good feeling." Creamy & slightly fizzy (in a good way).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
On tap at Fat Head’s. Great fresh hop aromas, grassy, spicy, light rubber, and piney. Mild malt sweetness. Dull golden amber clear with creamy off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts medium sweet, pale malt, light caramel. Tons of fresh spicy hops. Big bitter finish that is not overwhelming or offensively bitter. Bitter finish with sweet bitter after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2013
bottle. lightly hazed pale gold with a fine white head. Pliney-esque fruit nectar hops in the nose, lightly grassy, somewhat onion-like, but not taken too far in that direction. soft malt body, creamy carbonation, zesty, prickly hop acid washing the tongue. a bit too much cooked / caramelized corn syrup with a touch too much toffee sugar, and a bit too chewy late. but for me it’s a rare likable beer from these guys. wish it were around 5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
(bottle) Pours a clear gold color with a large white head that settles to a medium cap and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very potent with scents of kumquat, powdered Tang, grapefruit, light booze, and light pine. Aroma gets more piney and herbal as it warms. Flavor holds some tropical fruit, like papaya, with faint mango and tangelo also appearing. Mouthfeel is rather full and rounded while the carbonation is subdued, which leads this to be very drinkable. The finish is fairly bitter and quite dry which leads to a nice transition from the sweet fore and mid. Overall this is a really solid beer that I wouldn’t object to drinking again.

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