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RATINGS: 1533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopwine (666) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Extremely aromatic, juicy fruit on the nose. Flavor is rye spiciness, floral hops, citrus, sauv blanc grapes. Moderate bitterness. Pretty damn perfect IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle, thanks Paul. Amber with white head. Absolutely stinks of hops, resinius pine, mango, orange. Taste is very resinous and piney with mango and caramel. Little sweet and a bitter finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrettTaylor (730) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a bright gold color with a creamy white/gold head. Aroma is citrus and resin and a bit of sweetness underneath. Taste is, in the very first instant, sweet, then resin and grapefruit. There is a nice creaminess from the oats and a subtle touch of wheat. Finish is long and leaves your mouth watering, waiting for the next drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xBEERxNOLA (72) - - DEC 24, 2013
Appearance - Golden orange Aroma - pine and grapefruit. Very strong and fresh aroma Mouth - medium carb Taste - milder than expected. Still crisp but mild. Complex. Not as hoppy as others but very nice Overall excellent

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
_zman (6) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 23, 2013 does not count
Poured from a bottle with a rich golden color, thick white head, smell plenty of hops, full of flavor, one of the better beers I have had in a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maddmatt639 (331) - Pacifica, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of sweet malt and slight hop background. Malt, sugary notes up front, followed with a sweet bitterness in the end. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltman53 (459) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - DEC 22, 2013
In bottle, pours a light-golden color, wow, hops jump out of the glass before my lips can arrive on the scene. The aroma is sugary malt and bursting with flavor, as is the palate: full-bodied, with a luscious CO2 level that carries to the soft, marshmallow finish. The beer is well-balanced and well-made and hides the nearly 8% ABV beautifully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1525) - Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Amber, clear, and a nice foamy head. Bitterness from the hops tastes great but lingers a little long. Otherwise a respectable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzombie (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Pours mostly clear and bright golden yellow witha nice foamy just-off-white head. Nice thick and wet lacing. Aroma is potent peach and floral pine hops. Taste is bright and active on the palate. Sweet candied citrus - grapefruit, pineapple, orange - over floral pine hops that close with more bitterness. Dry finish. This beer leaves you with sweet citrus memories. It does not suck, nor does Lagunitas. Will drink annually when available. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours orange with some white head and clear. Nose is bursting with pineapple, orange, citrus, flowers, tropical fruits, sweet fruits, pear and a touch of sweet malts. Flavor is huge, citrus, pineapples, tropical fruits, mango, peaches. Medium light sweet malt in there as well and just a touch of spicy hops in the finish. Great beer

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