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RATINGS: 1472   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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nik925 (779) - USA - MAY 25, 2013
Looks to be naturally carbonated - when did they make that switch? Look is nothing special. Confusing taste. Very odd malt here. Worth reading the (self abusive) deScription to make sense of it. Okay, so 4 grains went into the malt. I love this Brewer so I’m going to float them some points for going so far outside the norm. If you crack this open expecting an IPA, well, that is a WTF moment then. For a beer that those dudes dreamed up to be out-there, it is a success. As a beer in the glass, Meh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbdpsu82 (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Pours a clear amber color with thin dissipating head. Distinct floral aroma. Hoppy biting flavor. Goes down smooth. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (932) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 ounce bottles. Pours a hazy, chunky, golden with a one inch white head. Taste is of hops, pine, citrus, grapefruit, caramel, malt and yeast. Similar aroma. Has a full body with a dry finish. Easy to drink and quite pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vodka4blood (121) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Okay, I like this beer quite a bit, but I think this is w/o question the wittiest (and longest) deScription of a beer I have seen yet on this site, so I gave it an extra couple of points for crafty self-deprecation of writing style........ "Whatever"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Very nicely balanced IPA. Very smooth and enjoyable. Strong pine and hop characteristics with a nice malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Tasted on 5/14/13 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at Tops. Pours clear orange bronze with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is a classic, very nice combo of resin hops and caramel malt. The flavor is the same, very balanced, with some nice balance. The body is medium and somewhat sticky with fairly lively carbonation and a long resinous bitter hoos finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2251) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2013
355 mL bottle. An IPA that is leaning dangerously into ASA territory. But that’s okay; I love ASA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (3483) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks zvikar. Clear golden orange, white head. Grapefruit, pine and rather delicate aroma, bitter, also piney and delicate taste. Rather light body, citrusy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
12oz bottle from Premier Gourmet - enjoyed in a Cantillon glass whilst watching game 6 of Leafs v. Bruins (so sucks might apply nicely). Hazy gold, large white lasting head. Hops. Hopz. HOPZ!!!! Average body, light astringency, catty APA type finish - bloody nice. These guys don’t get enough love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
2013-04-29. Crisp bright orange body, small off white head. 3+ Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, oily resiny orange citrus. 7++ Flavour is similarly hoppy, with lots of resiny citrus oil characteristics, orange peel and light alcoholic undertones, particularly in the finish. Very smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3++ Solid, relatively simple but very nice hop character throughout. Bottle at Farmhouse, Burlington

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