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RATINGS: 1385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gethinbeer (2277) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
Clear golden colour with a frothy white head. Medium carbonation. Fresh fruit hop aroma. Tangy citrus flavour. Quite warming. Pine malt finish. Silky spicy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4656) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2012
12 ounce thanks to Jason. Big citrus and orange nose. Lovely hop aroma and taste. Now I know what everyone is talking about. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3072) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours light amber with a huge foamy white head. Tons of bright citrusy hops, with a smooth pine aroma. A bit of onion in there as well, but in a good way. Real light pale malt--the hops are king here. Taste brings more onion and some garlic--along with a bit of pine and a little firmer, sweeter malt. Tastes like a DIPA--it’s intense and focuses on the hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
julian (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2012
A: Clear pale coppery yellow in color, minimal head. Thin film across the surface and a small ring around the edges. S: Huge pineapple aroma. Piney and hoppy with a hint of alcohol. Very nice! Intoxicating almost. T: Taste follows the nose, lots of fruity pineapple flavor, hoppy, piney and a nice sweet fruity malt backbone. DAMN the fruity pineapply flavors are ridiculous! M: Medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, sweet, smooth finish. O: Lagunitas sucks just plain ROCKS. This DIPA is amazing. I want more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
Aroma is citrusy with a bit of pine. Beer pours very yellow with slight head. It is very transparent. 1st sip reveals nice hop spiciness with rich fruit and pine flavors. Finishes with flavorful fruit esters, almost like apple juice. Yum

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bai (12) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Surprisingly good considering the name. Never tried the actual holiday brown sugar so nothing to compare to, but this is nice and hoppy and clean. Maybe not that brown? More ipa-esque.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle poured into pint. Appealing golden, orange color...very clear. Ample soapy head that retains fairly well. Brilliant aroma. Crisp, clean, complex. Full of pine, citrus, pineapple, apricot, orange marmalade, slight caramel. Full bodied and slightly sticky on the palate. Pretty bitter all the way thru before a lingering dry finish. Similar flavor notes as in the aroma plus a nice boozey touch. More caramel and resin than in the nose and less of the citrus. An excellent IPA, one of the best ones I"ve had in a while. Great value, as well! Wonderful beer...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sailracer (425) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Tap. Pours a light gold with a medium head. The aroma is citrus hops. The flavor is hops- grapefruit, passion fruit. Very distinctive. Excellent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3470) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Draft at Commercial Taphouse. Pours a light orange, nice head. Aroma is a citrus hop bomb, and is pretty awesome. Flavor is a light malt body, followed by a blast of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and apricot. Although the malts are light, they have enough complexity to hold up to the hops. Sort of like an IIPA. Very good. Honestly prefer this over the usual Brown Shugga.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours a dark orange, almost amber. Fresh pine and citrus hop aroma. Minimal head. Very smooth, pine and citrus hops from start to finish. And an interesting malt character as well, almost a finishing sweetness.

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