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RATINGS: 1538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2363) - - JAN 2, 2016
Orange candy. Lots of orange, mandarin, nectarine, honey, marmalade, lollipop, fairly dry finish. Definitely hides the alcohol pretty well, but quite overly sweet orange focused for me, not bad though.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoTheO (89) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle 355 ml. Deep golden and white head with plenty of lacing. Aroma and taste are very sweet but the taste also has some sour notes that are not too pleasant. Plenty of hops. Not one of the great Lagunitas beers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (243) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Guldgul. Massa tropiska frukter i doften. Mycket frukt och blommighet i smaken, fruktsötman balanseras av en bra beska; fyllig och rund. Riktigt god!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewhemia (162) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2015
Yummie beer. Melon, peach and pineapple in the aroma. Clear golden yellow color with white head. Light sweetness and strong bitterness in the taste. Good stuff!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (531) - Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pale gold with white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine. Taste: hoppiness is more subtle here than in the aroma. Hops nicely balanced by the malts. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darbeer75 (393) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Aroma: grapefruity with lots of sweetness; Appearance: hazy straw with fluffy head and some large bubbled lacing; Taste: a little disappointing after the aroma; slightly bitter without much complexity; Palate: medium body with long bitter finish; lively carbonation; Overall: okay but nothing special; might buy again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3417) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle. Light amber with a white head that settles to a cm or so. Aroma of grapefruit, lime leaf, herbal lemon, toasted grains. Pretty sweet with kumquats and herbal lemon just doing enough to keep it in check. But the sweet malts are worthwhile - a bit bready, some toast, a little chewy. Doesn’t dry out all that much and the bitterness never is really more than required to partner the malt flavours.Pine comes in at the end too. Nice hops, plenty going on with the malt side of things, character and balance. Really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (2165) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2015
It smells much more hoppy than it is. A nice and sweet backbone. Wet finish of sugar and alcohols. It's a good representation of the right way to do a strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
knasputte78 (515) - SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2015
Rätt ljus och halvklar. Malt i doft och smaken är också malt med en trevlig beska. Balanserat och lätt att gilla ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pkbites (858) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Yellow pour. Hoppy, fruity tropical backdrop, very much hops on the palate. These sly SOB’s know they have a good one here. Very tasty and refreshing. Bottle @ Three Cellars, Franklin, Wisconsin.


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