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RATINGS: 1561   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
Great hop aroma. Generous head. Above average mouthfeel. Good malt backing. Nicely drinkable IPA. Recent bottle from Premier Gourmet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7693) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
355 ml bottle.
Pours a clear copper colour with a white creamy head. Aroma of caramel, resin, cereal and hay. Flavour of caramel malts, resin, floral hops, grass and some metallic notes, as I’ve had on other Lagunitas brews as well. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a dry, floral, metallic finish. Somehow I don’t like these Lagunitas beers that much as the metallic notes tend to ruin the flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8071) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
35,5 cl bottle @ olio, bottled 02/2013
Aroma has fruits, resin, some hops, caramel and biscuits. Flavour has resin, some fruity hops, some caramel and hay. A bit harsh finish with gooseberry bush and metal. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6452) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
355ml bottle @ Super IPA tasting from a trade, thanks cp45

Bottled 6th February 2013 - Pours clear golden orange with a large foamy head. Aroma of fruity hops, grassy notes, biscuity malts and crisp caramel. Taste is crisp and hoppy with notes of fruits, grass, biscuity malts and hints of stingy metallic notes. Finish is malty, hoppy and fruity with some biscuity notes. Quite balanced malty IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9296) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Aroma of toffee, floral notes, some caramel and some sweet fruits. Flavor of mild fruits, some toffee, mild metal notes, caramel and resin. Soft carbonation, some sweet fruits on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meb137 (6) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013 does not count
This beer is definitely a must have. It’s aroma and appearance alone make it a necessary buy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Pours hazy gold with two finger white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is very nice with grapefruit and peach notes. The taste follows with a some malts in background. It finishes with a moderate bitterness. It has a nice feel, full body and a soft woolly texture.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Very good citrus hops. Not too bitter. Bright flavors and color.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Intense grapefruit citrus aroma. Flavor is smooth and slightly sweet. A nice malt body to balance things out. Finish is slightly bitter and piney. Well done. Sorry it took me so long to find this one or else it would have been on regular rotation for a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Pours clear orange with a thin white head. Mildly sweet aroma of malt and citrus hops. Fairly balanced flavor with lots of citrus and pine hops and some bready malt. This beer anything but sucks....

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