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RATINGS: 1503   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Light gold, frothy white head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel, grain, herb. Taste of mild citrus, floral hops, nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
This IPA pours a clear golden, slightly orange color. Basically no head is poured and very little lacing. Small amount of carbonation. The aroma is really nice on this one. It’s full of tropical fruit. Mango and grapefruit. Mixed in there is a sweetness from the malt and some honey. The taste is light and delicate with being full of hops and sweetness. Tropical fruits again with sweetness from the malt and honey like taste. It’s teetering from being a nice huge hoppy beer but is pulled back a bit from the sweetness. But it’s tasty and a joy to drink. Mouthfeel was actually a tad bit disappointing. It was very light. But crisp. Nice bitter after taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
I’ll take this over Brown shugga anyday. Pours gold with a slight orange tinge. White foam covers the beer’s surface. Big citrus aromas dominate with a hefty pine scent as well. There are also grainy aromas of caramel. The flavor follows suit. Big citrus and pine resin. The complexity of the malt selection really makes itself apparent. The rye and wheat make a small but welcome apppearance and the oats lend to a wonderful body. I hope this is brewed again. It is a top knotch double ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (550) - South Gate, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 The aroma wasnt very strong some piney hops and tropical fruits but had to really work my nose since the beer was actually to cold. The taste though was an amazing explosion of grapefruit, piney hops some citrus and orange peel also lots of hops on this one. The mouthfeel had a very nice carbonation. Overall an amazing brew easy to drink very hoppy with mild bitterness I loved it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - JAN 30, 2012
Awesome ale. This is probably the best smelling beer I have had. Tasted very good. I would buy this regularly if it was available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2012
12oz bottle pour. hits the glass a beautiful orange color with solid off white head. BIG citrus hop aroma, so fresh! sweet pineapple and piney as well. you’re hit with an intense citrus flavor, reminiscent of grapefruit from the first taste. bitter on the finish with a nice ’lil alcohol kick. some sick lacing on the glass and good head retention throughout the glass! great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHANER4 (487) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle 12oz. Pours clear copper color with minimal head. Smells of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is mainly pine and citrus hops, little malt taste. Has somewhat soapy mouthfeel and dry dandelion aftertaste. Overall pretty average brew, nuthin worth buying again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6389) - Utah, USA - JAN 28, 2012
12oz bottle picked up in Vacaville
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized white head and good lacing
Aroma: Tropical fruit and citrus
Taste: Fruity, citrus and mild biscuity
Awesome, well balanced and easy drinking Wish I could get this all the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gethinbeer (2429) - 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 (5527) - 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.

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