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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 On tap at Blackthorn Pub, Holly,MI...beautiful golden pour with white lacy head. I was in love at the first sip...bursting with a citrus grove and pine forest with each a distinct and awesome presence. This has an especially woody flavor that finished with a dry resinous bite. I have to have more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft: pours golden orange with a foamy head. Aromas of grapefruit, citrus and caramel. Taste is wonderfully balanced, bitter hops playing side by side with a breadiness. Ckean finish... Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Pours a nice golden color with a thin white head and decent lacing. Aroma is reminiscent of an ipa but with a rye undertone and malt sweetness. Tatse is a great mix of bitter hops, sweet malts, and rye. Very well balanced. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wsmith24 (4) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
Great aroma pour from bottle. Notes citrus, great not overpowering hop bite asks you to drink more! Great pick up. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
orvalgold (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
yellow golden pictorial summer hay beautiful clarity, white head holds to the tulip glass, builds rings tat stick around to the sides of the glass, low malt aroma, a subtle biscuit character, strong hop presence, fruitiness, piney, grapefruit rind, sweet orange, alcoholic aroma, a bit of an earthy, grassy note, big fruit peel, clean bitterness, low malt presence, medium hop flavor, for the amount of alcohol in this beers its hiding its self well. a soft bitterness hangs around with a taste of sugary sweetness(honestly i think its a play from the hops) semi dry, light medium body, the liquid glides over the taste buds, medium carbonation. overall, a great beverage one i look forward to every year. it has a great fruity hop flavor and is not over the top with the hop bitterness, its like an American west coast light triple with chico yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strife21 (317) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2016 Pours golden amber with a finger of thick white head. Smells of pine, hops, citrus and grapefruit. Taste bitter but super smooth. Huge pine needle taste, grapefruit and resinous hops. Medium body, light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (3882) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance is a light orange/yellow colored yet somewhat hazy body, foamy white head appears and dies to a film coating the top of the beer. Some nice rings are left sticking to the sides of the chalice. The smell is an abundance of grapefruit up front backed up nicely by some light lime, lemon and pine. It comes across very strong as the beer sits on my coaster less than a foot away from my nose and I can still smell it. Some other hops are there but not as intrusive as the grapefruit ones. The malts are there slightly. The taste is bitter and eventually gets slightly sweet as the beer warms. The grapefruit is tasted all the way down. The palate is about a medium but doesn’t come across that sessionable with a sticky aftertaste, and gets slightly syrupy and the finish is dry, The ABV is hidden well. Overall, this is probably the most forward grapefruit DIPA I’ve ever had, no worries, I liked it a lot and can’t wait to see this next year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of cereal, resin, citrus, and caramel. Taste is citrus pine and a Hint of the malt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear, light golden, with a frothy, fine bubbled, two finger white head into this glass. It retains fairly well, with a ton of cobweb present. The nose is floral, piney, caramel, biscuits.... The flavor profile is clean initial ; it moves to bread, cereal, tropical sweetness presents itself with grapefruit notes and light grasses - Bittering notes are modest, with cracker crust and pine rounding things out. I found my tastebuds wanting more out of this one - a more robust version, basically.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Clear golden well-carbonated body w/ white head & amazing lace. Tropical, grapefruit, floral nose. Light hop flavors finish dry & clean.

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