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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Poured orange/amber into a tulip. Nice 1/2 inch of foam. Dissipates to a film with a thick ring. Minimal lacing. Smell is orangey hops. Taste is citrus at the front, some malt and a mildly bitter finish. Palate fairly light with good carbonation. Overall a good beer. Nice hop aroma but the taste is lacking. Maybe my bottle is past it’s prime?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver
Hazy light amber color, creamy head. The aroma is an explosion of fruity hops. Sweetish toffee flavor, with strong fruity hopping, but unfortunately also a light soapy touch; strong bitterness; alcohol warmth. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconch (368) - - JUL 31, 2012
Taken from old notes. Fruity nose with grapefruit and others. Nice sweet/bitter taste that finishes mildly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Sampled June 2012<br A steady pour produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves lots of layered lacing on the sides of my New Belgium Globe glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The nose smells vibrantly hoppy with huge notes of lychee, perhaps a touch of guava, big kumquat zest aromatics, bright super ripe tangelo, as well as a much softer, but still quite present backdrop of pine, dankly herbaceous notes, and perhaps a touch of woody notes. This is the type of IPA I could just sit and smell forever.

Bitingly, bracingly, expressively bitter from the beginning through the end of my first sip; there is also a huge hop fruit character that is a mix of tangelo and kumquat zest, as well as a huge lychee character and hugely floral, tropical fruit notes. The biting bitterness is accentuated by a noticeable, though supporting herbal hop character that suggests of menthol, dank “hemp” oil, and pine. The fruitiness in the hops really accentuates a soft sweetness in this otherwise fairly dry beer; the finish is especially dry and clean, this drinks quite light and quaffable, though it does have enough of a body to stand up to the hop onslaught. There is a fair amount of prickly carbonation, perhaps a hint too much even. The malt character is barely noticeable, but does suggest at notes of crackers and perhaps a touch of English biscuit character in the finish.

I am quite happy that this beer is still hugely hoppy. I had a chance to taste this fresh this past winter, but never got around to procuring some bottles for a proper review: the aroma of this is still incredible, and is exactly what I like in an expressive IPA (Fruit focused with a solid herbaceous backdrop to balance things out). The flavor also does not disappoint and is much the same as the aroma. A beer for the hop head; I am thoroughly enjoying this. This still taste ridiculously fresh, though it has likely been stored cold since being released.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hoppy notes with light caramelized sugar notes. Taste is also a good mix between some caramelized sugar notes with a heavy dose of citrus and piney hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Lagunitas is master in brewing this type of beer and this one doesn’t disappoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcartamdg (3136) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Had on tap at mellow mushroom Tampa. Pale gold in appearance one finger head disapates to a ring of foam, great lacing. Aroma of intense citrus hops. Taste follows the nose, grapefruit, pineapple bitter with decent malt backbone. Really tasty, a great surprise from a brewery that hasn’t impressed me in the past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma very nice , soft spic , citrus, creamy nose, orange peel, caramel and lemon grass. 7+.
Appearance clear amber with plus sized white cap. Good contrast. 4-
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied. Straight clean caramel malt bottom with equally balancing herbal-leafy hop. Clean sweet sided finish. Simple feel with solid approach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5085) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2012
big hoppy heady. Piney, citrusy big all the way. Excellent backbone. Dry. This is what American strong ale should all want to be

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 Pours a light tan without too much head. Strong smell of citrus and hops. Taste is hoppy and piney. Like the self depricating name! Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
355ml bottle. Aroma is sugary sweetness and pine and grapefruit hops. Pours a orangish gold with a small foamy head that went away, then the very active carbonation regenerated tighter, creamy head. Never saw that before. Taste is creamy and spicy with some clear dry hopped notes on the finish. Body is creamy and smooth, but a little light. Overall, rather tasty and unique. Thumbs way up.

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