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RATINGS: 1090   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Pours a clear yellow with an orange tint. Very small white head. Good lacing. Smells of citrus, a touch of caramel, spice, lime, hops, some floral, and malt in the back. Taste is bitter and a little sour, pine, caramel, malt, and spice. Ends nicely bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2145) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of roasted and caramel, moderate to heavy pine and grapefruit for the hops, light soap for the yeast with hints of wood, pepper, medicine and a mix of dried fruit. Head is average to large, frothy, slightly off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear light amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the fairly long finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter and a touch sour. Palate is light to medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation and a tart aftertaste. I wasn’t expecting this much complex American Strong Ale aromas and flavors from a Holiday Ale, which only gets more prominent as it warms a bit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Tap, Tap room 307, Gramercy, NYC, 17/12/11. Clear gold piled with foam. Deeply green, leafy, lemon and grapefruit zest aroma. Utterly piney, lean and honeyed. Sherbet and lemon zest impressions. So clean and good, even after a fairly exhaustive trawl around town. Beautiful.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
This is aptly named, it really does kind of suck Deep gold,lasting white head.Cat piss nose and palate. Astringent citrus hop profile, poorly balanced, devoid of malt.One dimensional

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freeofthoughts (634) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 Pours clear gold with off white lacey foam. Smell is sweet with grapefruit peach rose and various grains, more floral with age, along with than classic lagunitas yeast smell (and taste). The taste is slightly bittering and a little herbal with piney pineapple mostly with a sweet golden malt caramel grain. There is a grain heavy palate and a residual sweetness in all of it, a few months sitting has increased the grain and mellows the hops quite a bit from the freshly distributed brew. I can see this being a bit thrown together but still very nice and easy to drink. If you like most of lagunitas?s beers you?re going to enjoy this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Thin white head. Retention is fair as is the lace. lightly hazy amber/copper hued ale. Nose is grainy malt with some light citrusy notes, bit much on the crystal malt. Body is med/full, soft carbonation, lil chewy. Grainy malts, lightly sweet with a citrusy, piney hop charge. Lil cat pee goin on, earthy and fruity. Fairly bitter finish. Not sure what all the fuss is about? Bottle procured @statelineliquors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2012
12 oz. bottle from my Secret Santa- thanks, Santa! Pours a clear gold with an inch of just barely off-white uneven head that laces the glass a good deal. Aroma of big herbal and oily hops, orange, citronella, and sweet malts. Flavor of herbal and oily hops, winter spices, rye, orange, and fresh leaves. Light-medium bodied, with a bitter, smooth, and dry mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Really nice winter IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Courtesy of craftycarl21. A clear golden pour yields a frothy white head with decent retention. Excellent hop character! Citrusy herbals, nectar fruits, fruit cocktail, and a hint of resin lead to a subtle caramel malt profile. Juicy citrusy resinous finish. Medium body with great carbonation. This beer is surprisingly great!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3169) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Draft at Mellow Mushroom Charlottesville. Pours orange with some pine on the nose. Nice hop flavor with some nice holiday spice. Clean finisher.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Love the humorous description for the ale, but no apology needed as this is one fantastic brew. Pours a pale copper with minimal white head (left a nice ring and small island of foam in the center) and a small bit of lacing. Nice nose with pine, citrus and pineapple. Good mouthfeel due to the lively carbonation. Taste is full of hops with a good malt backbone. Somewhat resinous reminding me a bit of Maximus. Clean and crips finish with moderate lingering bitterness. Not the typical winter brew, but a nice change of pace from one of my all-time favorite breweries.


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