Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 1467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 14/20
mnurda (1214) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
On tap at alibi room in gas town Vancouver. Very citrusy. Very hoppy. A bit too boozy for my liking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (683) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Pours clear amber with a fluffy off-white head. Nose is toffee, cream, molasses, pineapple, grapefruit hops. Flavor is wonderful malty sweetness with big hops balancing it. Alcohol is present only to volatilize the flavors on your tongue. Rather creamy mouthfeel. God it’s good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (987) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle from six-pack which I luckily found at the Escondido BevMo...hard finding this gem ($10.99 for six-pack). Pours a clear golden amber with two full fingers of fluffy white foam that leaves some quality lacing. Aroma of honey, caramel, tropical fruit, fresh-cut flowers, light citrus, and light pine. Flavor of prickly-spicy hops, nice tropical fruit, wet grains (spicy rye is there), some citrus, and honey. Moderate bitterness with a nice low level of sweetness. A qualitatively different IPA with a decent level of complexity relative to some other west coast IPA’s...I really like the tropical fruit here. (713, 775)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Poured from a bottle into dogfish IPA glass. Orange amber golden pour with a thick white head. Smells heavily resinous with some sweet overtones. Tastes full of hops that range from sweet and fruity to piney and grassy. Bitter finish with a citrus backbone. Really complex, quite impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2013
12oz bottle. Pour was a orangy copper color with a finger of head that disappeared quick but stuck to the sides. Aroma is wonderful. Full of floral and citrus goodness. A hint of caramel too. Mouth is bit sour but the grapefruit, pineapple and topical flavors burst through to a long lasting finish. Medium body. They live up to their reputation once again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Handypaul (346) - - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 Pours clear pale reddish yellow with a white head that sinks to a thin layer and great lacing. Wonderful rich aroma with floral notes of rose, citrus and butterscotch. Taste is medium bitter with light carbonation with a short bitter finish. Very nicely balanced, pretty darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Hazy orange color, white head that sinks but sticks. Great aroma of fuzzy peaches and peach jolly ranchers. Flavor doesn’t quite match up. It’s got some fruit and some bitterness but its just good, not great. Little bit of alcohol, eh. People hyped this up and while its a good beer it’s not all that. I regret buying a second six pack honestly. Serving type: bottle 01-20-2013 05:33:22

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XaenDovet (1239) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
Again, another brew I've had my share of, but haven't rated. This stuff is unicorn jizz. Magical elixir.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear, light orange with minimal white head. Aroma is super tropical and citrus. Loads of pineapple and mango. Taste is light bitter and light sweet. Again, a bunch of pineapple and citrus. Light bodied with a thin texture. Soft carbonation and a super long finish. Overall, awesome. One of my favorites from lagunitas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours. Light golden color with citrus aroma, very nice mouthfeel with nice balance of hops and citrus notes, please keep screwing up!

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