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RATINGS: 1429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15314) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
On tap at Hops & Glory Islington. Gold clear lasting white head. It?s a hoppy butter in your face beer. Yep tastes of 8% too. wow what a beer. Big blond and hoppy. Huge. Certainly grabbed me. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14332) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Keg at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn, with Seth. Clear gold pour with a medium, off-white foam head. Sweaty pine hops in the nose, some grapes and other ripe fruits. Wet hay. Big sweet flavor, medium to strong bitterness, pine, ripe citrus, bread. Full bodied with average carbonation. Sticky, oily finish. Big hops all around, big sweetness. Pretty hefty stuff. I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (14319) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Hoppy fruity aroma, pine, mango, grass, biscuits, caramel, some nuts. Hoppy pine flavor, grassy, peach, hay, biscuits, some caramel. Fruity hop finish with pine notes. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13603) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 The pour is a clear golden color with a white head. Extremely hoppy with a nice citrus and floral hop character. Great pine, some tropical fruit, and sweet pale malt and bread notes. The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. A lot of citrus peel and floral hop flavors. A light spicy hop character, too. As with the aroma, malt and sweet bread flavors. Pronounced tropical fruit an pine. Medium carbonation and body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
Hazy light amber. Slightly chewy, herbal aroma. Light body, not sticky. Minty, slightly herbal. Almost refreshing, even, and it’s been a long time since I said that about a beer from these guys. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12865) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle at home, 01/12/13, thanks to an IP with Dadmond - cheers James! Lively pourings - clear golden amber with a mahoosive off white head. This fella looks the bollocks ! Nose is caramel malt, hop presence, carmalised pineapple, brown sugar, biscuit crumble, waft of booze. Taste comprises sweet candied sugars, bitter tropicals notes, rich caramel fudge, candied orange peel, sweet stuff mild sugar rush. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, bitter sweet finish. Decent American strong, a little sweet in places but drinkable stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12577) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber gold with very little head. Aroma is resin, perhaps with a hint of orange. Near full bodied, thinning as the carb leaves. Flavor is resin over rye? It’s not excessively sweet, and seems pretty astringent. Lots of hop in here fer sure. Certainly not a spice/veg/herb xmas ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of bread, grain, citrus, caramel, and grass. Flavor of bread, grass, citrus, and pine. Sucks? Not quite, just not one of their better beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12291) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Draft. Medium-off-white head that leaves nice lacing atop clear light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some catty, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some catty/pine, light bread. Medium body, some acidity, light resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12040) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Draft. Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate spruce and citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met.

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