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RATINGS: 1561   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18199) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17282) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (17008) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2016
12 fl.oz bottle. Klares hell orange goldenes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Pfirsich, Aprikosen, grapefruit, harzig bitter. Geschmack sehr hopfig bitter, intensiv fruchtig, Aprikosen, Pfirsich, lecker!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16504) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle, 12 oz. A hazy, pale orange-golden beer wtih a small, dense, off-white head. The aroma is really lovely, with pine cones, grapefruit and resins, and a whiff of malts. Perhaps a bit one dimensional, but damn lovely. The flavor feels sweet in a way, but it’s very dry on the palate. It’s bitter, full-bodied and with a soft carbonation. Pine cones, grapefruit and a peachy touch in the flavor. Hints of alcohol. Lasting bitter, fruity and resiny finish. Wonderful indeed, wouldn’t mind a steady supply of this back home. 150607

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, 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 (15651) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (15286) - DENMARK - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle, 8%Slightly hazy amber/orange with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops, earthy, grapefruit and pine. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, medium sweet, grapefruit, bitter, little earthy, caramel, fruit peel and orange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14944) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of peach, grapefruit, perfume, caramel malt and light resin. Hops are a bit too perfumy for my liking. Finishes dryish resin and malt with some tropical fruit. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14406) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of both citrus hops and caramel malts - both quite prominent, similar to Brown Shugga, but not as robust and barley wine-like. Flavour is more hop-heavy than anything, beginning with an astringent bitterness and then making the caramel malts more pronounced (unusual transition - it’s usually the other way around), finishing with a semi-sweet and bitter hoppy note. Very solid.

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