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RATINGS: 1421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 15/20
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Sprucy and orange aroma of hops. Pale amber color with white head. Taste is balanced and smooth. Strong pine taste with come caramel malt undertones. The bitterness is throughout but a definite lasting. I enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Clear light amber color/ ivory sheen. Pine, grassy, grapefruit, spicy caramel aromas. Medium bodied with soft co2. Pine sap, citrus, floral hoppy flavors in a spicy caramel, lightly sweet base brew, nicely bitter finish--good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1385) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Tangerine, orange, citron, mint leaf in the nose. Very spicy rye bread, pepper, green onion. Sweet with a balanced base. The appearance is pale yellow, with a big head and watery lace. A ton of carbonation. The flavor is peppery rye malt, followed by spicy orange peel and grapefruit. Tea leaves, with a very bitter finish, but in a sweetly perfumey way. The palate is slick, and thicker than you might think because it’s so smooth. A superior, citrusy ale with a beautiful balance. Terrific.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2012 12oz bottle. Golden orange with a good amount of white head. Great nose of pine and resin - flavors of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Good amount of bitterness and nicely balanced. I hope they continue to brew this beer every year as I really enjoyec it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours a clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma of spicy hops to the point it’s giving off some onion notes. Some malt in there as well. Malty and oniony flavor with a bit of booze and an apricot character before a grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5530) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
they were right, this did suck. +++ Sampled on draft at the Headkeeper in Greensburg PA this beer poured a yellow-amber color with a medium sized foamy off white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was intensely strong catbox and windex with no redeeming features. The flavor redeemed itself a bit with semi-sweet pine, resin and lemon and moderate notes of perfume, windex and table sugar. The finish was long with mixed hops and turned a bit dry. Moderately full bodied.. Yep, it sucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
this beer is major hop head, the aroma is pure citrus. lots of grapefruits. taste is straight forward hoppiness yet with very little astringent aftertaste. this beer is for the hardcore hop head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
The aroma is super hoppy with grass, pine, and citrus. There is also malt to balance but this one is all about hops. The appearance is golden with an average head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this definitely doesn’t suck.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5344) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
This poured a bright darker yellow color with a white head. Aroma was lots and lots of piney and fruity dank hops. They smell ridiculously fresh. Flavor was much the same except a little subdued and grainy. Not much in the way of malt at all, just straight hop water. Yum. Lagunitas, masters of hop extract.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dednok (11) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Strong grapefruit aroma. The pour from a 12oz bottle is a frothy white head with amber liquid. The taste is citrus with hop bitterness balanced by malty sweetness. Good carbonation. An excellent IPA from Lagunitas...I’m curious about their recipe.

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