Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 1471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1670) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Bernatbeer. Golden colour with white head. Hoppy, fruity, malty aroma. Hoppy, bitter, fruity and resinous taste, some sweetness and maltiness. Medium to full body, very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2014
12oz in Seattle. Glad to finally get my hands on a sixer of this. Ruddy dark gold with big white head. Amazing aroma of fresh skunky hop and dark sugars. Big grapefruit and gym sock, I love it. Rich beer, good carbonation, a bit thin in the middle but this is damn tasty. Great nose on this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (1294) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2014
12oz bottle pours clear toasted orange with 2 finger head. Nose is big tangy grapefruit and citrus. Taste is bitter grapefruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, resin, some oniony notes. Finish is lasting bitter lemony citrus with just enough malt to offset the bursting hops. Tons of flavor but still very clean and crisp. Really nice IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (1927) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2014
Tap at maxs taphouse, baltimore. Clear deep golden color, white head. Super hoppy and fruity aroma, just tempting. Perfect body with hops, fruits, grass, leafs, freshness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellco33 (519) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip: Pours golden with a one finger white head. Aroma a little citrus, resiny, little malty. Taste is a little sweet up front, followed up with cracker malt, hoppy deliciousness, lots of citrus and pine, with a smooth finish. Medium body, perfect carbonation, not overly bitter or sweet. A really excellent well balanced IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reberiii (452) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Enjoyable. It’s a bit bitter for the roof of the mouth, but it starts a bit juicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
One2remeber (213) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Draft WOB. Bright, clear yellow body, golden hue. Big dank nose. Columbus? Softly sweet malts with a resinous hop balance. Green, leafy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
claytonbrewsby89 (3) - - JAN 5, 2014 does not count
My go to beer these days. Liquid gold, fresh hop aroma, sweet almost. Tastes like heaven, bitter but not too much, burnt caramel sweetness. I cant find anything wrong with the almighty Sucks

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 4, 2014
12oz bottle into nonic. Pours clear golden with a white head that settles to a cap and leaves some patches of lace. Aroma is pine, tropical fruit, bread, alcohol. Taste is firm bitter orange peel, pine resin, and tobacco followed by subtle bread and caramel sweetness. Medium bodied, oily, creamy, and thick texture, average-to-lively carbonation, and a long, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Tops Tempe bottle. Big hoppy, skunky, resinous aroma. Flavor is nicely hopped but not crazy. This is much more balanced than I would have ever guessed. Just the vaguest hint of the almost 8ABV. Enjoyable.

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