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RATINGS: 1505   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tia (1476) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Tap. Ahhh, cat piss. A little grapefruit sneaking in. Golden with white dissipating head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1471) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
On tap at fat Heads in Pittsburgh. Not huge in hops but really fresh and complex. Like a really hopped pilsner. golden look, very slightly cloudy with not much head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1466) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
On tap at beerfest Sacramento. Color is copper. Taste is slightly hoppy with a bitter. Really nice finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1462) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Keg at Euston Tap, London. Slightly hazy golden colour. White head, lace. Aroma is loaded with piney hops. Taste opens with caramel malt before a hop assault takes hold. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Pretty decent on the whole but hard to grasp what it’s trying to be. Seems maltier than a DIPA but not malty enough to be an American barleywine. Enjoyable though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1458) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Clear orange pour with a nice white head that fades down to thick ring. Really nice lacing. Aroma is strong tropical fruit, pine, herbal, and a bit bready. Taste is a sweet citrus and caramel, with some resin and grapefruit. Nice bitterness with a sweet balance. Slick texture, medium body. Really enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1452) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle. Pour is clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma is thick with citrus and floral hops. Also some light pine notes. Flavor is also loaded with citrus and floral notes. A light sweet malt backbone present as well. There are so many good IPA’s out these days. This is a great one as well and at a very competitive price. Solid beer. This bottle tastes slightly past prime but still very good and very worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1448) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Nice clean brew. A smooth malty backbone lightly hopped, semi-sweet finish. It’s not as strong or full-bodied as I expect an American strong, but what do I care?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linnet (1446) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2014
Grapefruit, citric, resinous, bready, caramely malts, tropical fruits, pine. Amber colour, medium white head, lacing. Big resinous bite, mid-sweet, grapefruity, noticable, but not overpowering maltbase, ABV well integrated. Medium/fullbodied soft carbonation, bitter finish. Very similar to a little sumpin’ sumpin’

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1442) - Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear, light golden, with a frothy, fine bubbled, two finger white head into this glass. It retains fairly well, with a ton of cobweb present. The nose is floral, piney, caramel, biscuits.... The flavor profile is clean initial ; it moves to bread, cereal, tropical sweetness presents itself with grapefruit notes and light grasses - Bittering notes are modest, with cracker crust and pine rounding things out. I found my tastebuds wanting more out of this one - a more robust version, basically.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1441) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
A - pours clear apple juice golden, with 1 finger white head of tight bubbles that disperses quickly. Some lingering. S - aromas of tropical fruit, guava and passion fruit, followed by tropical/citrus hops, lightly grassy and spicy notes. M - light medium body with some carbonation. Lightly oily. Fairly short lived ending. T - citrus and piney hops on the nose, subtle tropical fruits and lightly spicy hops on the palate. Tropical fruits and caramel malts on a brief end. Subtle basic notes throughout( slightly soapy notes) O - very good ipa, with nice tropical fruits. 6+/7-

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