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RATINGS: 1561   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of fruity hops with floral, citrus and tropical notes. The taste is bitter hops, berries, tropical notes, toasted grain and a resin finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (11712) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
35,5 cl. bottle. Clear golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, fruit, malt, caramel and bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Oren. Clear golden with an off-white head. Wonderful hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Bitter hoppy flavor with a bit of piney spiciness, fruits and a bit of honey-ish maltiness. Medium-bodied. Pretty awesome.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Golden pour with a small sized head. Floral hops, citrus, tropical fruits, pine, some earthiness and some rye. Nice and hoppy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11513) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11350) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11180) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11045) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle at Fiddler. Clear golden orange with an off white head. Aroma of orange, grapefruit, pine notes, light spicy hops and light caramel malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. [22-08-2016]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10959) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle 355ml @ Hotel Room, Four Points by Sheraton, Boston , MA
Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, citrus, grape, pine and hop cones. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter with a long citrus, grape, orange and pine finish: Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft,


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