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RATINGS: 1560   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1703) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2015 Pours a light golden amber color with a white head. Hop, citrus, floral, wheat, pine and sugar aroma. Hop, mango, orange, pine, lemon, honey, floral, malt and caramel flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation. Sweet mouth feel, almost a slight tart. Citrus and mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coreyc1221 (281) - Truckee, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
32 oz bottle shared with as friend as suggested. Floral rose and sugary aroma. Golden amber in color with a mid sized shore head. Hoppy and light malt start with a slightly drying citrus finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Found this one left over from a 4 pack in my basement. It’s well past it’s prime, but drank some fresh ones back in the day, but never rated - so some of this will have to be from memory. Pours hazy orange/gold amber with foamy off-white head; disipates to a thin cap and leaves some splotchy lacing. Aroma is hoppy, but also filled with caramel malt. Also a nice dose of honey and tropical fruit. Taste is moderately sweet followed by mild bitterness (I recalled this being more bitey when fresh). Nice smooth beer with medium body and some tingly carbonation. Enjoyable beer; I look forward to getting some fresh ones this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2929) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
One Good Note: I let this beer sit for 5 minutes to let it warm up and there were still lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. A: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, Great Foamy Head, Great Lacing S: Piney, Floral T: Piney, Hybiscus, Oily M: Great Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Dry, Bitter, Crisp Overall, a decent DIPA with a nice floral/piney flavor that lingers around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Passthebeer (30) - Manassas, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Nice white head that lingers, dry crisp finish, and a palate full of hop flavor. Nose reminds me of citrus and hints of mango/pineapple. You truly do suck for not making this year round.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
norcalbeerfan (2) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2013 does not count
This is my favorite beer. The floral hops are perfectly balanced by the malt and the finsih is dry in spite of a notable initial sweetness on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Citrus on the nose, bombarded with pine and citrus on the palate. Balanced, malty finish with lingering hop bitterness. Nice IPA, love the hop balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pkrath84 (7) - Yorba Linda, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013 does not count
Definitely in my top 3 IPAs. Pours amber with a 2 finger head. Plenty of lacing. Lots of floral hop aroma, huge malt backbone with tons of hops too balance it out. My kind of IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wutangfinancial (195) - CA to VA, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Pours a rich golden color with average head. Big nose of citrus, juicy hops, dank, and tropical fruit. Rich, smooth palate of hops, slightly sticky, citrus, orange peel, and slight booze. Excellent balance of malt and hops. This will get you buzzed quick. Choice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
pnadler (14) - Barrington, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
This is one of my favorite IPA's because of the the strong floral hoppy notes combined with the sweet, malty finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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