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RATINGS: 1178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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AKA Holiday Ale
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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheArgoPirate (72) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Floral and citrus notes. Easily drinkable for a high IBU/ABV beer. Good beer overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11440) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Draft. Medium-off-white head that leaves nice lacing atop clear light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some catty, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some catty/pine, light bread. Medium body, some acidity, light resin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
12 ounce bottle purchased from the Davis Beer Shoppe. 2012/13 Vintage. The aroma on this is hoppy as hell, with significant mango, grapefruit, orange, and other citrus goodies. A bit reminiscent of a fresh Sculpin. Light dank. Super hoppy, and super aromatic. Mildly hazy orange-colored body with a medium, creamy off-yellow head. Good retention. Starts with some significant danky and citrus hop flavors. More mango in this comes through in the middle. The malts are lightly sweet, but there enough to balance the hops out. I definitely do not detect any rye, oats, or wheat here. They must be used in pretty small portions. Finishes with more citrus hoppiness (huge mango!), and a moderate hop bitterness. I don’t know why this is classified as an ASA...it’s clearly an IIPA, a damn good one at that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
12oz bottle from Binny’s-Des Plaines. Pours clear golden orange with a white head. Aromas of loads of perfumey hops, mango, pineapple, bright citrus, and a little malt. Flavors of clean bright orange citrus, mango, peaches, and good dose of bitter hops. Has a decent enough malt profile to keep it honest. This is my favorite type of hop profile where the malt profile is on the lighter cleaner side, but the there is a large hop flavor without an overwhelming bitterness. Hard to not like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KegOstertag (92) - - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2013 Drank in pilsner glass from 12 oz bottle. Aroma- lovely citrus and dry hoppiness scents. Appearance- very appealing golden ale color..yelling drink me. Taste- the perfect blend or lemon and hoppiness. Could classify as IPA by tatse. Love it. Palate- spectacular moutfeel. Light acidic and hops. Overall- one of my favorite beers. So smooth and flavorful. Very drinkable

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Now a year round beer, we can erase the Holiday Ale part! Appearance is a dark golden color with a nice 1 finger white head. On the nose you get hit hard with lemon and grapefruit followed by some earthy/grass notes. On the palate there is a nice citrus taste followed by some grass and hay and finishing with the nice hop bite, nothing too over powering. Mouthfeel is light with mellow carbonation. I believe the aroma is what makes this beer so satisfying to many.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cleverlobo (315) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Draft; clear pale orange with small off-white head; aroma-grapefruit, lemon, rasberry, sweet; taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter. Great beee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
starewich (140) - - DEC 30, 2012
Major hops: lemon and resin. But very smooth. Sticky feel. Best IPA (borders on imperial) yet from Lagunitas; shame it’s limited.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brown2cu (14) - Cincinnati, - DEC 29, 2012
A: This is the best smelling IPA I have ever happened upon. Heavy citrus, tropical fruit, and some catty undertones. Malt takes a complete backseat. A: Pretty average looking IPA; miniscule head and only moderate lacing. However, lastnight I saw this leave a ridiculous amount of lacing on another glass, so maybe I poured it wrong or the glass is different. T: Heavily hop forward. A lot of tropical fruit and citrus as well as some cattiness/skunkiness. Good stuff! P: Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This aspect showcases the malt presence of this beer--truly a spectacular convergence of malt body and hop aggresiveness. O: This is porbably the most unique IPA I have had in a long time; however, it showcases a completely different side of the hop spectrum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 Bottle. Pours clear golden with moderate white head. Aroma is super piney with notes of citrus and tropical fruit and a hint of funk. Flavors of pine with notes of fresh cut grass. Light to medium body with bitter finish. Very good.

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