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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WortMan (18) - - MAR 29, 2013
Lots of hop grapefruitish flavor, mild hop bitterness, smooth as a bare baby’s bottom on the end. The beer does everything well and definitly does not SUCK! All that I can say is damn what a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a very light golden color with a thin white foam head that leaves a few rings of lace. Aroma has a big hit of grapefruit and piney hops in the nose with a decent amount of sweet malt in the background. Taste is slightly sweet up front, some caramel, cream, and cracker. Hops make thier push through the middle. Finish is dry and crisp with some resin and hints of pineapple, mangos, and oranges. There is also some pine bitterness on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is pretty full, smooth, with crisp carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigbish (681) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Holy crap, this is a tasty beverage. It’s not overly hopped like many IPAs today, and has a very complex flavor from all the grains. Freakin delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (2424) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 27, 2013
bottle thanks to iantbonewilson. Dark gold, orange, copper color. Carbonation is medium but is nice! High bitterness. Very balanced aroma: hops all around, herby and light fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1553) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottled. Pours a clear gold with a frothy white head. Big hoppy aroma, earthy, grapefruit. Very resinous, grapefruit flavored IPA in its most classic form. Finishes a little oily and a touch astringent. Terrific IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a dark gold with a lasting white head. The nose is a potent mix of tropical fruit, citrus, and a hint of malt sweetness. Full bodied and smooth on the tongue, this brew blasts your tongue with hops. Tons of grapefruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit notes all bound together with a great malt backbone. A nice, long finish. This brew is outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ed5388 (2968) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a clear deep golden color with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Aroma is all citrus and tropical fruits, resiny, with slight caramel note. Taste is amazing! Lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dswillieus (3) - - MAR 24, 2013 does not count
Aroma swells of grapefruit, slight wet fur aroma reminds me of fido in the rain, but may be the glass. Appearance a nice golden color. Tastes fruity and floral citrus on the buds and carbonation cleanses the palate. Overall beautiful beer, though definitely not the Brown Shugga substitute I was expecting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours a deep, golden color with a finger sized head that leaves good lacing. Had aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and citrusy notes. Was slightly sweet on the tongue, and wasn’t overly bitter. Had a bittersweet grapefruit aftertaste. Pretty light bodied and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle from Bev4Less. Pours a lovely shiny orange with a nice, if ephimeral, lacy white foam head. Aroma is all of high AA hops... smells like it got attacked by the pound of Columbus living in my freezer! Malts are only slightly more present in the taste than in the nose (where they were non-existent), and only at the end of the palate. Otherwise, there are ample hop flavors: resin in the smell and early palate, with passion fruits and mango coming through strongly in the middle and late palate. Nice stuff. Wasn’t a fan when smelling it, but man did it get better in the taste.

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