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RATINGS: 1297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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 15/20
Hermod (3452) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2014
355ml bottle @Kitty’s 21.11.2014. Poured amber in color, thin, lasting white head. Nice dark fruity, hoppy aroma, oranges and sweetness. Flavor has pine, resiny notes, malt sweetness and finishes with a punchy bitter hoppyness. Sweet, but works no nicely here. Full bodied, slightly boozy perhaps, but really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gkeh (243) - Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Crystal clear copper amber pour. Rocky white head. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel malts. Lots of tropical fruit notes on the nose as well. Taste is lacking, however. Thin mouthfeel, and I’ve tasted normal IPAs with better taste. Disappointed

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1271) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Nice clean brew. A smooth malty backbone lightly hopped, semi-sweet finish. It’s not as strong or full-bodied as I expect an American strong, but what do I care?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Pours a light golden color with a thin white head. Aroma of a lot of hops. String hot flavor off the bat, with some sweet overtones in the end bit still a lot of hoppiness. Good holiday beer, just the right amount of spice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (768) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2014
32 ounce bottle. Pours a honey gold color with a dense rocky beige head. Rich pine and citrus hop aroma. Notes of caramel malt as well. Flavor is caramel and toasted malt with a light spivey nuance. This is a real nice balance of tropical fruit malt and spicy hops that provides a very nice big ale. Lovely clinging lace when all is done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshbeerme (5) - - NOV 22, 2014 does not count
Pours light with a thick white head. Full on floral nose. Very balance palate and quite the refreshing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blogmeabeer (19) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
Golden colour. White head. Slight tropical fruit aromas with hints of peaches. Medium full body, dry mouthfeel, slight sweetness. Peaches, grapefruit, dry fruit. Warming alcohol and a reasonably high bitterness.A perfect holiday hoppy ale!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ctplt777 (179) - - NOV 19, 2014
This ones is a five all around. It’s just an exceptionally wonderful IPA. It has everything you could ever want. So much citrus, pine, tons of pine actually. So much citrus fruit, pineapple, mango literally everything. It’s a massive IPA with so much going on but theres a perfect balance. It’s just a really exceptional IPA and if you appreciate IPA you’ll probably feel the same. This one just blew me away. I will be stocking up on this. Cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (319) - Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
A lightly hazed, golden amber body supports a tall, tight, white, slowly fading head creating dense lacing and a solid sheet sporting a root beer float style crown

A clean, lean take on the classic dank-citrusy-fruity sweet Lagunitas profile, mango, green melon, and pine with clearing nuances of lemon and lime on a silky smooth, coating body offering bitter-sweet residuals of the previously mentioned components

32oz bottle code 283 4 2 0200 2105 served at 45° into Orrefors Pulse beer glass

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
QuezXLV (401) - Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Love the powerful hoppy aroma. Looks like a normal beer - clear golden and bubbly. A little peachy. - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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