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RATINGS: 1379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12140) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber gold with very little head. Aroma is resin, perhaps with a hint of orange. Near full bodied, thinning as the carb leaves. Flavor is resin over rye? It’s not excessively sweet, and seems pretty astringent. Lots of hop in here fer sure. Certainly not a spice/veg/herb xmas ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
12oz bottle. Courtesy of Andrew for this surprisingly pretty tasty treat... pours a hazy apricot orange hued consistency with a medium transparency and topped with a thin film of frothy white head...semi-sweet citrus fruits encompass the nose, oranges and tangerines while solidly backed up with crystal malt like notes and a light bready malts. rather sweet but solid. an odd metallic note develops as the beer warms which clashes with the aforementioned but fades after additional time in the glass... flavors show a slight improvement although ultimately more of the same. bready grains with a cleanish level of sweetness while melding fairly well a solid citrus hop backing. a mild to medium level of bitterness surfaces and lingers on through the finish. fluffy mouthfeel with a more medium bodied consistency. quality product overall and very consistent from start to finish although the hops lack that fresh dank punch that i’ve been seeing from the likes of three floyds, alpine, or hill farmstead.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiercepanda (607) - Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2012
A clear golden orange beer with a small white head. The aroma is amazing, lots of citrus and pineapple. The flavor is fruity, floral, bitter, and just a little grainy. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
O5Harley (7) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 6, 2012 does not count
Bottled on 12/16/11 Purchased @ Julio’ Liquors, Westborough Ma Price - $10.99/sixer A clear honey orange pour reveals a soapy one inch head with average retention. A steady stream of bubbles rise from the middle of the flared tulip glass and when swirled release another fresh layer of sudsy foam. A beautiful looking double with amazing clarity and big time lacing, very nice. The nose is a fruit cocktail full of citrus hop aroma. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple and pine scent combine to make a pleasent smell. The taste pretty much mirrors the nose with an added hop bite that’s pleasing. A tropical blast up front followed by orange peel poured over a caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel starts out clean and a little syrupy with a medium body. The carbonation is surprisingly low considering the bubbles and the end reveals a pleasent bitter finish. Overall I really dig this beer fresh. Let’s get this one in the line-up please and get it to NH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
355ml bottle. Pours a clear, semi-dark gold with almost white head that’s a little short but leaves a good lace. Lots of grapefruit and spruce sap on the nose with a caramel back and what seems to me to be candi sugar. A little sweet on the palate and a big letdown from the nose. There’s some good hops but something offsets them. Definitely good but ultimately odd brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3501) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
12oz bottle 1/6/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-38° in Snifter-Pours clear medium golden with a small white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of carmel. Taste of the same with more hops citrus coming thru. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and is another kick butt brew from these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle, from my Hennepin glass. Pours clear honey-gold; 1-finger white head, spotty to good lacing. Nose is lifted citrus: Grapefruit, persimmon, lemon, cold cream, and juniper/spruce. Killer nose. Flavours of sticky hop cones, honey-malt, lots of citrus just bouncing around in this one. Damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1334) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
A - pours clear apple juice golden, with 1 finger white head of tight bubbles that disperses quickly. Some lingering. S - aromas of tropical fruit, guava and passion fruit, followed by tropical/citrus hops, lightly grassy and spicy notes. M - light medium body with some carbonation. Lightly oily. Fairly short lived ending. T - citrus and piney hops on the nose, subtle tropical fruits and lightly spicy hops on the palate. Tropical fruits and caramel malts on a brief end. Subtle basic notes throughout( slightly soapy notes) O - very good ipa, with nice tropical fruits. 6+/7-

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vandemonian (32) - USA - JAN 5, 2012
Sweet, malty and string hops. Amarillo delicious. Grassy hops balanced by a little Maltiness. Foamy and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3042) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4 Jan 2012, bottle. pale gold, clear, steady bubbles, thin foamy head. absolutely gorgeous nose! not aggressive but prominent grassy hops, moderate alcohol and some caramel toast notes. med body and a bit fizzy. slightly syrupy tasting, fizziness somehow cuts into the taste. not much in the middle w a bitter, grassy finish. okay.

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