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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Bright golden amber with a diminished white head. Strong oily citrus hop and grapefruit aromas. Outstanding experience of bold citrus hop flavors mixed with sweet malts and bitterness. The hops follow thru to the dry finish. Damn good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pras (578) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Clear copper hue. Aromas of tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor is full of hop bitterness with lots of depth. Piney, citrusy, tropical, slightly astringent. Very enjoyable beer. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7373) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of soap, sugar syrup, and celery. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Basically grapefruit juice with some floor wax, a few minor off notes, and a sour flavor balance (as if grapefruit juice was actually added). It doesn’t suck or rock, it’s just a boring, average, one-dimensional grapefruit-heavy IPA. There are a ton of beers out there exactly like this, and sadly this does nothing to stand out from the pack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Pours a clear orange color with a medium sized bubbly canvas colored head. Notes of sunflower seeds, dried apricots, orange rind, and hop resin. Supple mouthfeel long finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Michbeerlover (146) - - FEB 19, 2013
Very intense aroma, similar to Zombie Dust. Very clear copper pour with 1/2 finger head and nice lacing. Flavor though is muted. Was hoping for a bit more based on the nose. I would say this has the nose of Zombie Dust and the taste of Two Hearted. It's better than Two Hearted, but not as good as Zombie Dust. Still a great beer and I can understand why it flies off the shelves. They should make this a year round offering. It would be a great Summertime brew. Worth checking out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is great combination of caramel, pine, citrus (a lo of grapefruit, some orange?), more sugar, and then more floral hops. Appearance: Crystal clear orange amber with frothy white head that sticks around for awhile. Attractive lacing. Taste: Well-balanced with bitter grapefruit punch in the face, followed by sweet malty caress, then more dank bitterness that lingers beautifully. Palate: Silky smooth. Medium/full body. Overall: This did not deliver the suckiness I was promised.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Intense floral and hoppy aroma that dissipates quickly. Silky mouthfeel. I wish the taste was as good as the initial aroma. Then this would be fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle; poured a clear orange like color with an average off white head. Aroma was vibrant; caramel, sugar, and hops; grapefruit, citrus, earth, and pine. Flavor was hoppy, but very drinkable. Quite sugary, but in a good way. Alcohol in a good amount. Hops were resiny and citrus. Hoppy, but not overdone. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jmadway (8) - - FEB 18, 2013 does not count
An amazing aroma of Simcoe and Citra. Fresh, fresh hop flavor. A stunning brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kimjongill (207) - - FEB 18, 2013
From tap. Aroma is strong and reminiscent of Christmas with a light citrus character. Taste us the same with a nice malt character. Good clear bright orange pour. Good beer but the hype is overblown imo.

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