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RATINGS: 1538   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 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Look: Nice orange body, lively carbonation. 1/2 finger white head. Smell: Apricots, citrus (lemon grass, tangerine), mild mango, tobacco, wheat/ straw notes. Taste: Apricots, flowery citrus, pine needles, biscuit sweetness, fossil alcohol before the bitter finish. Feel: Medium-light body nice active carbonation. Overall: This reminds me of a more alcoholic Sculpin, (I’m not complaining). The aroma shines bright. The alcohol flavor dampens the hops in the flavor for me. Yet it is still highly drinkable at almost 8% ABV. This brew is worthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3351) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2013
Bottle from Village Wine and Spirits in Athens. Big sewery-citrus stink, swamp gas. Pale straw color. Hops + tropical fruit initial: peach. mango, some pine / weird mix in mid palate: sharp bitterness, strange maltiness (four types of grain), and even what seems like some funk / smooth aftertaste with some alc. Medium body. Extreme flavors for what really isn’t such a big beer. Doesn’t suck in the slightest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FalconsFever (40) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Strong smell. Citrusy and hoppy. Would definitely buy again next season. Love the strong hops! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Spiced citrus honey marmalade malt permeating the typical lagunitas IPA hop profile. Interesting yet balanced flavors from the different grains

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11971) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark orange, near copper with a medium, frothy and bubbly white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is citrus, earthy, herbal, and resin hops, sweaty gym sock notes, apricot and pear esters with light cracker malt. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light supporting malt, medium fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2013
light golden with slight hop haze and with small fizzy white topper, modest lacing. one of the finest aromas ever on an ipa, all sorts of citrus and light fruity/flowery. I think it smells the closest to Heady Topper I can recall at the moment. The mixed malts really make on nice scaffold to hang the hops on with no overbearing carapils to ruin things. medium carbonation, refreshing and quaffable all day long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
libertine (385) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2013
pours a golden amber.white head wit light lacing.aroma is strong of mango and citrus with your typical grapefruit resinous aroma as well.flavor or mango,pine,grapefruit,spice and pepper.medium bodied,fizzy mouthfeel and a slight bitter finish for the style.well balanced.not over the top but definitely good and drinkable

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1505) - Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2015 Clear gold with shorth froth,spotty lacing. Good carb. Great aroma of fruit/mild floral tropical,sweet melons,some peppery spice.Resiney sweetness.Cant really get much better/fresher smelling,nothing off or odd/weird .Flawless. Great tasting beer overall. Very drinkable and with a hoppy fruit,medium body, nice fresh citrus finish with some tangy shapness type bitter, resiney with sweetness but not too bitter.ot too grassy,yet hoppy.Pretty amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2013
Draft @ Southern Pacific Brewing, San Francisco, CA. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter peachy piney aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter peachy flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter peachy finish.

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