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RATINGS: 1521   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (421) - - DEC 19, 2013
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh). Pours a clear amber. Strong hoppy aroma that kicks into high gear on the tongue. Pleasantly refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 12 oz. bottle from trade. No date but should be fresh since I got it today. Pours a deep clear golden orange with a small white head. Big malt aroma with bits of grapefruit, orange rind, caramel. This smells rather malty for what I expected. Flavor is a big malt bomb with caramel, honey, and densely sweet citrus. Waaay sweet for a sub-8% brew. Heavy slick mouthfeel, sweet and nearly syrupy, with medium carbonation. This was totally not what I expected from this beer. Not bad but not close to the hype. Like, this is wtf level short of hype. I wonder if this is an older bottle. There is a number on the neck but doesn’t seem to be a Julian date so no effing clue.

Retrying this with a bottle I know is fresh. Pours golden and clear with a giant fluffy white head. Off the bat there is significantly more cat pee, pine, lemon peel, and huge florals than last time. Flavor is a mouthfeel of fresh hops, medium bitter, with honey, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, and some sweet malts in the background. What a night and day difference! Medium slick mouthfeel with medium or a little less carbonation. A really nice brew that I could have again for sure. Maybe a step or two below my favorites but still very nice. Only complaint is that I would like a bit more carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (969) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 18, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste sweet, citrus, bitter finish. I thought this was pretty good. I would definitely drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottled Mid-November, 2011 A: honey golden ale with a finger of white foam over crystal clear ale. A sheet of white resides and leaves soapy residue. S: Grapefruit, lemons, pine, resin, bubble gum, so many yummy hops. This is so far, excellent. T: Sweet with lemons, grapefruit, juicy fruit. M: A bit thin with hi carb and fairly dry. O: Really a good beer. Gonna have more of this. Serving type: bottle 12-02-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a translucent vibrant gold with a bit of orange, and a white fluffy head. Lacing is good. Smell is rye malt and tons of musty piney west coast hops. Taste is sweet upfront with good hop bitterness and rye bite at the end. Really good brew, drinks like a rye IPA. Not sure why RB lists it as a strong ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (4978) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle 0.32oz from BevMo, Sunnyvale. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, hints of grape, hops and malts. More like Dipa than strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bronzan (139) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Heavy notes of pine, good hop balance. Another really nice offering from Lagunitas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brentv (598) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Bottle at home. Pours golden with a big white head. Huge aroma of citrus and pine. Taste is sweet with plenty of bitter hoppiness. Good carbonation. Dry bitter finish. This is the Brown Shugga Substitute. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (15528) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle at home, 01/12/13, thanks to an IP with Dadmond - cheers James! Lively pourings - clear golden amber with a mahoosive off white head. This fella looks the bollocks ! Nose is caramel malt, hop presence, carmalised pineapple, brown sugar, biscuit crumble, waft of booze. Taste comprises sweet candied sugars, bitter tropicals notes, rich caramel fudge, candied orange peel, sweet stuff mild sugar rush. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, bitter sweet finish. Decent American strong, a little sweet in places but drinkable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (871) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Pours yellow with a faint white head.Sweet citrus hop aroma. Great caramel balance with a bite in finish.

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