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RATINGS: 1302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8944) - , 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8939) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
Great hop aroma. Generous head. Above average mouthfeel. Good malt backing. Nicely drinkable IPA. Recent bottle from Premier Gourmet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
355mL thanks to tastybeer. A clear golden pour with a larger, off-white rocky head. Nose is just $&@#&# insane! Smells like I was awoken from a stupor in a British Columbia marijuana farm. Dank hops explosion. Holy crap. Mild notes of pale malt, wheat, oatmeal, jackfruit melon, and candied orange peel come through. Insane dry hop character. Taste is not too sticky, fresh, well balanced, mild alcohol spice. Palate is very soft and silky and small saltwater quenching. Mild piney hop character. I can’t believe it- Lagunitas best beer by a mile. Makes Hop Stoopid look a little stoopid. Why this is called a "holiday ale" is beyond me but this is on another level from Brown Shugga. Actually on another level from Lagunitas. How did this happen? I would seriously consider this beer as a DIPA of choice over Pliny the Elder. Why is this listed as ASA? This is a DIPA masterpiece.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 11/10/2011. This brew pours a clear golden-orange color with a medium thin white head that recedes to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is citrusy hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of zesty citrus, grassy hops and malt. The finish is hoppy with a piney and citrusy aftertaste. Sort of an answer to Celebration Ale, pretty good overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8236) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2013
bottle. lightly hazed pale gold with a fine white head. Pliney-esque fruit nectar hops in the nose, lightly grassy, somewhat onion-like, but not taken too far in that direction. soft malt body, creamy carbonation, zesty, prickly hop acid washing the tongue. a bit too much cooked / caramelized corn syrup with a touch too much toffee sugar, and a bit too chewy late. but for me it’s a rare likable beer from these guys. wish it were around 5%.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
2013-04-29. Crisp bright orange body, small off white head. 3+ Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, oily resiny orange citrus. 7++ Flavour is similarly hoppy, with lots of resiny citrus oil characteristics, orange peel and light alcoholic undertones, particularly in the finish. Very smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3++ Solid, relatively simple but very nice hop character throughout. Bottle at Farmhouse, Burlington

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Draft at Capone’s. Poured dark straw with off-white head that retained well. Nose was huge grapefruity hops, with notes of black pepper and tangerine. Tasted hoppy, complex, with the hops bursting off the tongue. This one was a hop lover’s wet dream.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
On tap as part of a flight at Brewer’s Tasting Room, St. Pete, FL, on January 22, 2014.
Clear honey color, white head. Citrus, hoppy, sweet, caramel scent. Caramel, citrus aftertaste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Resin bitter finish. Sweet, caramel, hoppy, citrus scent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12 oz bottle. It pours a clear gold with just a hint of orange. The head is white and dissipates quickly with no lacing. The scent is sweet with some melon and citrus. The flavor is nice. It is fruity with melon and some tomato. The sweetness is there for balance and there is a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish with some grapefruit and pine. It reminds me of Surly Abrasive. I don’t like the tomato summity flavor but other than that it is a good one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a completely clear golden hue with a foamy white head that lasts and gives some pretty good lace. Aroma is what I expect for a fresh bottle of Lagunitas: hoppy (specifically dank and citrusy). Some pine and tropical fruit as well. Light tangerine peel. Malt aromas are honey, biscuity, and a bit bready. Mild esters. Flavors hops and a bit of crackery malt. Hops are first: citrus, grapefruit, mango, light pine. Bitterness is up front, medium to medium high but it doesn’t linger into the finish. In fact the bitterness in the finish is somewhat neutral. Malt is bready, grainy, smooth, biscuity and a bit crackery. I’d swear there is some wheat or maybe even oats in here. A hint of sweetness up front that melds well with the hops. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Lasting hop flavors. Medium carbonation. I’m a big fan of Brown Shugga, but I have to admit that this is a pretty solid brew here; but where as Brown Shugga seems more wintery, Sucks could be brewed any time of the year!


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