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RATINGS: 1529   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (1147) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
Aroma is tropic and also sweet malty. Taste is at first a little stingy/peppery, but that evolves into a smooth very light bread feeling and a nicely balanced hop presence. The only thing that sucks with this beer is that it isn’t in the regular stock in our stores in Sweden

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Had on tap at Atwood’s Tavern, 1:57 pm. To tulip it ours a hazy orangeade with a trim white head. Aromas of magnolia flowers, limes, chamomile, guava, white wine lees, and algae. Tastes of limes, kilned malt, hops, and whiskey dregs. Plastic, onions, and yeast by swallow. Honestly, what’s all the commotion about?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (1141) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 4, 2015
Growler from McHughs. Pours cloudy golden with white foam head. Citrus, pineapple, pine, coconut, mango, bubblegum, candy floss. Flavour is sherbert, bubblegum, fizzy sweet, sticky caramel, sugar. Full bodied. Probably sweetest beer I’ve had. Orange aftertaste. A bit unexpected but good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Damn this is good. It’s almost like Bell’s Hopslam, just less alcohol. Tons of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Very danky as well. Taste is very hop forward with a lot of citrus and tropical fruit. Sooo damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (1137) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Fruity malty aroma. Taste is citrus and floral hop predominantly. Well balanced and full flavored. Really a solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Clear golden brown, thin white head. Fruity aroma, lemon-lime, apricot and some pine notes. Very nicely balanced. Crisp bitterness, some floral touches and a light grapefruit pith flavor. Full mouth feel, without being overladen with malty sweetness. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Beer is damn good. I’ve never had brown shugga, so I don’t know what I’m missing, but I hope they make this one again. It’s a great IPA, really, with an awesome hop aroma and clean, bitter palate. Very refreshing. What makes it unique is the compelxity of the malt...cereal as they call it. Doesn’t look like much but has a grea flavor and awesome west coast hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
On tap at brewpub. More piney than floral hops abound in a somewhat mute fashion in this one. Very good AMA hoppy, fresh beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Awesome one from Lagunitas! Snifter pour of deep gold to copper liquid with a light head. Nose is healthy hop and hearty. Deep hops and heavy. Flavor is similar, fully hopped, juicy and green. Fresh and earthy. Lotsa resin and pine. All over, this is a killer beer. Almost a double ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1122) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2011
I sniff and think ‘spongy,’ the bubbliness of the aroma, the way grapefruits seem cushiony, as well as leather, wood smoke. blond leaning toward amber, modest white head. thin, serrated presence in the mouth. flavor on the sweet side, with some woodsy bitterness, \hnint of lemon. a little smoke. balanced finish.


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