Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kroney (254) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Strong Ale, my a$$... this is a IPA(2x) all the way, and a really good one. Huge mango and citrus rind notes as soon as the beer hits the side of the glass. Pours a nice clear pale orange, with an off-white head-- which doesn?t stick around as long as this beer sticks to your mouth. Smells and has a mouth-feel like its gonna be bitter beyond bitter, but its a very balanced DIPA. Big fruit and pine at the front, but has a nice little sweetness that balances everything out. Well done!**** still don?t know why this is classified as an American Strong Ale..December 2013 releaseNit sure how they did it, but I actually like this year?s version a little better. Almost perfect. Right up there with the best of the best IIPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
pours dark orange with a nice soapy head. Smells of citra hops and a bit of sweetness. The flavor of this beer reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust. This has a bit more sweetness, but citra hops are definitely front and center here. Great beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2013
this is not an "american strong ale"... it’s labelled as a "substitute" for brown shugga, but it has absolutely nothing to do with that brew. it’s basically another 8% ipa beverage from lagunitas. it’s not as good as maximus when maximus is good... but when has maximus been any good lately? the emphasis on aroma in ratebeer’s scoring system drags the overall score down, the actual overall score should be closer to 3.7 or 3.8... if you’re lucky enough to see this around grab a six pack or two.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CJack (52) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2013 bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with thin white head. Fantastic sweet aroma: tropical fruit and flowery. Sweet bready malt base with strong hop presence without too much bitterness. A great American ale. ---Rated whilst imbibing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (2067) - Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle - small foamy head, light copper color, nice big citrus grapefruit hop aroma and flavor, mild malt backbone - very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Poured a clear golden color with plenty of bubbles and a big, frothy white head. Aroma is mango, spruce, floral, bubblegum, citrus, and herbs. Taste is mango, pine, lemon grass, bitter with a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1680) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Big grapefruit and hop aroma. Pours a pale light yellow, with just a dusting of white head. This is a big hop bomb, with grapefruit and pine notes. Not much else going on, but this is a fine hop bomb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2013 Pours a crystal clear gold with a frothy white head. Smells very sweet, predominantly of candied grapefruit peel, tangerine, and honey - solid bready malt backbone. Tastes bitter and sweet (ha) and similar to the nose, more honey and some lemon. Medium bodied, kind of chewy and sticky, with a bit too much carbonation. Overall good but not great - very sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. Pine, citrus, tropical fruit and sweet caramel. A bit Weak in the middle. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dredmond (179) - Long Island, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2013
strong inviting aroma, good cloudy appearance, great IPA flavor without being overwhelming, notes are complimentary to the IPA style ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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 « 103 104 105  106  107 108 109 » 155

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
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