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RATINGS: 1547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13629) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 6, 2014
355ml bottle (Stones, Helsinki)
Peach, lychee, and alas carbonic acid aroma, sweet, supersweet even, sticky sugariness, meringue. Just way too freaking sweet. Caramel. Palate way too fizzy. After swirling the fizz out a bit, it’s way too watery. Simple sweet grains, nothing particularly exciting. Way too much carbonic acid. Decentish, but meh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13344) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, skunk bud, pink grapefruit, pine and tangerine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of strawe, pine resin, grapefruit and light tangerine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering pine finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13090) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy wonderfull aroma. Heavy bitter fantastic flavor. Creamy palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13070) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12802) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
A hazed golden amber ale with a thin light mocha head. In aroma, nice fruity biscuit malt with resinous floral hops, pungent notes, light sulfur, nice. In mouth, a nice fruity caramel malt with floral hops, grapefruit pulp, fruity esters, orange pulp, alcohol warmth, very nice. As Holiday Ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12693) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (12247) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Fresh bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours clear orange-amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is fresh pine, orange, ripe tangerine, juicy mango, passion fruit, peach and marmalade. The taste is pine, pleasant bitterness, resin, straw, pithy orange, peach, grapefruit and touch of pepper with a bitter, resinous finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty great stuff all-round. One of the best IPAs out there.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
12oz bottle–pours a thin white head with yellow color. Aroma is tropical fruit-pineapple/lemon zest/pine, spice, some light malt. Taste is biting pine/citrus hop, then some spice/pepper, light malt, alcohol. Initially a slick mouthfeel, the drying.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - 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.


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