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RATINGS: 1379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1217) - Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Amber, clear, and a nice foamy head. Bitterness from the hops tastes great but lingers a little long. Otherwise a respectable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1216) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Pours a deep golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is of citrus hops, pine, weed, tropical fruits, sweet malts, and some rye. Taste is of nice resinous citrus hops, pine, tropical fruits, sweet malts, sour rye malts, and some fresh cut grass. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, pretty bitter, yet still refreshing finish. Overall, a well made and drinkable IPA that I wish would be available all year now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1214) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Pours clear golden with a thick white head. Aroma is of hops, citrus, grain, bread, and just a hint of fig. Slick and bubbly palate. Flavor is of bittersweet citrus and floral hops, yeast, oat, pine, and earthyness. Leaves a nicely balanced citrus hop taste in the end. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1210) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
(bottle) Pours a clear gold color with a large white head that settles to a medium cap and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very potent with scents of kumquat, powdered Tang, grapefruit, light booze, and light pine. Aroma gets more piney and herbal as it warms. Flavor holds some tropical fruit, like papaya, with faint mango and tangelo also appearing. Mouthfeel is rather full and rounded while the carbonation is subdued, which leads this to be very drinkable. The finish is fairly bitter and quite dry which leads to a nice transition from the sweet fore and mid. Overall this is a really solid beer that I wouldn’t object to drinking again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1210) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
355ml bottle. Hazy amber body with a medium white head. Lacing. Pine, citrus, fudge, and sweet malts. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1208) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Quite similar to Little Sumpin Sumpin in my opinion. Hoppy base with tangerine, citrus, with a rye finish. Very drinkable beer here. A fine replacement for Brown Sugga.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmohno (1207) - Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Clear gold with shorth froth,spotty lacing. Good carb. Great aroma of fruit/mild floral tropical,sweet melons,some peppery spice.Resiney sweetness.Cant really get much better/fresher smelling,nothing off or odd/weird .Flawless. Great tasting beer overall. Very drinkable and with a hoppy fruit,medium body, nice fresh citrus finish with some tangy shapness type bitter, resiney with sweetness but not too bitter.ot too grassy,yet hoppy.Pretty amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2014
Despite what the label says, lol, this is a fine replacement for Brown Shugga. Hoppy like an IPA, not sure why its styled as an ASA, but that’s fine, I would have maybe put it in the red/amber ale category, abv isn’t high enough for an ASA. Reddish pour, thicker than thought, nice aroma of pine and citrus, maltier than an IPA, caramel and pancake like flavor. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XaenDovet (1202) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
Again, another brew I've had my share of, but haven't rated. This stuff is unicorn jizz. Magical elixir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of pine, resin, spicy rye and toasted cereal malts. Golden light amber hue with an average white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is medium sweet and very bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with average carbonation. Overall a good spicy brew.

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