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RATINGS: 1560   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1646) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready malts and a little sweet fruit with a ton of piney, resiny and slightly dank hops.

The flavor is sweet watery / washed out malts with a good sized piney, dank and tropical fruity hop bitterness (not as much as expected from the nose though). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, a very fine resiny, dank, fruity IPA - a little watery though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Golden color. Slightly cloudy. Very floral and fruity hop forward aroma. Medium body. Clean flavor with noticable bitternes. Long lasting fruit hop flavor in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013
In appearance it’s quite golden in color, almost dark orange, with a frothy, bright-white head and steady, healthy carbonation that provides some great head retention. The lacing is solid, sticky, and continuous. The aroma is mostly of wet-like hops, fresh, green, and minty, with a sweet, grainy, and lightly caramelized malt profile making for a very attractive nose. The flavor is an accurate representation of the aroma, with fresh, minty hops decorating a somewhat light-bodied, grainy beer with just enough caramel malt residual sweetness to give it a suppleness to counter-balance the minty, green hops. It finishes with a lingering, fresh hop greenness that’s more flavorful than bitter.Although it’s no Brown Shugga, it’s really great beer and almost tastes like the holidays.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (961) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2014 Pours a pale gold with healthy off white head that lasts forever and leaves amazing lacing. Aroma is loaded with juicy, fleshy, citrusy hops, also with some pine. Taste is grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweet caramel malts with an ideal bitterness. Palate is medium bodied, super smooth, above average carbonation. Overall everything works well together. Rich and juicy.

Pours golden orange with average-sized head that dissipates into a thin film. Aroma is so good, with mango, pineapple, and hop resin. Taste is more tropical fruits, piney hops, remaining very sweet into a mild bitterness and mild bready aftertaste. Palate is medium-bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation. Overall, very well done. 9+4+8+4+15=4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
12 oz. Bottle. Pours a very slightly cloudy orange-copper with a two fingers of rocky white head. Good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, slight pine, hop resin. Flavor is hoppy up front, fading into creamy citrus tones, slight pine and herbal in the finish. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a smooth, slightly oily texture. Very smooth, nice citrus hop profile, very good. Lagunitas rocks.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours deep golden copper with about a finger tip of head. Aroma of grapefruit pine resin and dish soap. Tastes of grapefruit wild flowers and pine. Clean and relativity dry finish. Drinks much more like a pale ale than a strong ale, regardless the category this is overall a great beer and its tough calling this sucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
epiphyte707 (67) - eureka, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
12 oz pours light copper, good head. Smells of pinapple, papaya, mango, and slight hay grain. Tastes like pineapple, citrus, flowers, slight bubblegum and boozy aftertaste. Wonderful hoppy balanced malty complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (491) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Translucent bright golden pour with a thick white head. Resin, floral, and spruce along with cereal malt and citrus undertones. Crisp, light-bodied, lively carbonation, clean bitter finish. Would want a higher abv to call this an American Strong Ale, closer to an IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryecatcher (1347) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear golden-orange with a thin white head, excellent retention and decent lacing. Nose is resinous hops with a bit of dankness and some tropical fruit notes (mainly guava). Mouth is medium bodies and typical of LBC’s hop-forwardness profiles: pine, citrus, tropical fruit. Some candy notes on the middle, and a faint but lingering bitterness on the backend with some bready notes. Out-fucking-standing! Who says the holidays are over?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2013
On tap at the abbey. Pours orange with a frothy head. Aroma is super sweet and fruity. Flavor is grape tangy candy, amaze sweet tang. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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