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RATINGS: 1226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeistAlmighty (1127) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
355ml bottle. Aroma is sugary sweetness and pine and grapefruit hops. Pours a orangish gold with a small foamy head that went away, then the very active carbonation regenerated tighter, creamy head. Never saw that before. Taste is creamy and spicy with some clear dry hopped notes on the finish. Body is creamy and smooth, but a little light. Overall, rather tasty and unique. Thumbs way up.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6075) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2012
In short: A superior blonde bitter IPA of high intensity
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed relatively fresh two months after the beer release.
The look: Clear blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose encompasses almost all that is American hops with a grapefruits and other citrusy fruits, pine-tree, tropical fruits and fresh grass. Taste has honeyed bready malts, pale crackers, kiwis, bitter grapefruits, pineapples, grass, more… Bitterness is sharp and the bitterness intensity is in the medium-high range. Relatively dry after-taste. Balance is clearly toward the hops bitterness, the crisp crackery malts don’t offer much of an opposition. To me this is definitely a Double IIPA and not an American Strong Ale as currently classified on ratebeer. Not sure who decided on the beer style, I guess what we have here is failure to communicate, wait, hold on, no, sorry, it’s my cat, I didn’t recognize it at first because I’m drunk and have a blurry vision. What we have here is my cat.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pours a gold yellow with thick white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is of floral and herbal hops, resin, bread, and a earthy character. Flavor matches well and is similar to a strong malt backbone pale ale, but with a lot of complexity. Very solid and surprisingly different.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilnatp (587) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2012
BOTTLE: Pour is golden. Aroma of rye, earth and citrus. Taste of rye, earth, citrus, and maybe even flowers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
motorhed (10) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2012
Poured into a pint glass A - Fabulous filtered gold/orange color. White head that leaves light levels of lacing as it’s consumed. S - Pine and citrusy west-coast hops, awesome nose on this thing. T - Pine, Grapefruit, pine, and bitter hops. Very good beer, i’ve gone through 18 bottles of this stuff. M - Mild carbonation and well balanced finish. O - One of the best double IPA’s i’ve had in a long time. Unfortunately, this came out right around the time as Surly Abrasive ale. I was overloaded on IPA’s for a month. While i prefer Abrasive over this, it’s still one of the better beers i’ve had lately. Lagunitas hit a home run with this brew. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-27-2012 21:43:01

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - APR 3, 2012
dark gold, aroma of grapefruit and other citrus fruits, caramel, flavors of citrus/tropical fruits, caramel, biscuit, sweet malt, slight dry finish, great balance, great beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2304) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2012
On tap at Dexter’s in Madison, WI, pours a clear dark golden with a white frothy head and lacing through out the entire glass, the aroma has a huge citrus amount with some pine, the flavor has a good balance between the hops and the malt, very nice mouthfeel, good stuff here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2602) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2012
It poured a golden color with a white head. The aroma was grapefruit hops and light malt. The taste was well balanced with a grapefruit hop bitterness. A very good Holiday Ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9252) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Thanks Armin! Clear, orange appearance with an off white head. Dull grapefruity, earthy hoppy, dull bready aroma. Tangy, orange citrusy, bready, toasty flavor. Not bad but need to try one fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Slightly malty,citrusy aroma. Same with the favors, but weaker. This is a few months old, so I’m not surprised.


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