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RATINGS: 1297   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (719) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours a bright yet darker golden with a white head. Very appealing aroma. Fruity and full of citrus. Grapefruit, peach, strawberry, orange, and pine. Taste seems to be more similar to the aroma. The fruity elements seem to stand out the most here. I get a lot of peach and grapefruit. I don’t get much pine, and while they there is a good amount of grapefruit, I don’t get a whole lot of hops or bitterness. Medium in body. Good carbonation. This is very tasty. It would be hard not to like this.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ramboraffe (719) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2014
355 ml bottle. Clear golden with white head. Smell is very much pine and grapefruit. Taste is complex malty sweet with high bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (712) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 Rerate 1/23/2013, bottle from 6er brought by James while playing Settlers. A lot hoppier than my first rating. Good sweet caramel candy malt notes balanced really well by fresh pine hops. A lot better than first try. Tap @ Tap Room 307 with Erica. Medium gold pour with light head. Very hoppy aroma and more of a muted palate with a modest hop profile given that it’s Lagunitas. Kind of conservative for this brewer ... Also not really sure what makes it a holiday ale b/c it seems more like a warm-weather brew to me, but who cares? Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (709) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
32 oz bottle. Golden colour with nice white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Taste is bitter pine up front, followed by a citrus burst, finish is sweet and bitter, medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Really tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (707) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
1qt bottle. Pours a clear, golden yellow with a fluffy, white head that sticks. Aroma has notes of pine, resin, tropical fruits, and citrus. Taste is bitter but balanced. Orange citrus, resin, pine, and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. A not resiny in the mouth with a big, dry finish. Overall really nice. Would get again!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (707) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark straw color with some head. Nose is a beautiful bouchet of perfume and sweet malt. First sip a great balance of malt including oats and slight rye. Very enjoyable beer.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kdm1984 (707) - Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 This and DayTime really suck. Another pine bomb affair, and cat pee. Do not like these kinds of IPAs at all.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwa5879 (706) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Last time I had one of these it had sat too long and was not as good as I remembered. Man I'm glad they brought this to west michigan this year. Very clear straw/faint orange pour with a few inches of bright white head. Strong delicious juicy citrus hop aroma, grapefruit and orange, and resinous pine tar. Light mouth feel with surprisingly low carbonation. Tastes like hoppy fresh orange juice. Finish is wet and only slightly bitter, not overdone at all. I prefer this over brown shugga any day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EricTeusink (703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2013
Red Solo Cup Tour of Grant Park - Beer 2 of 4 - Split this with my wife. As it was drank from a Solo Cup, the appearance rating should be taken with a grain of salt. Pours a rich gold with a solid head, despite its pedestrian vessel. Smells of citrus. Perfectly carbonated palate. There is a very pleasing sweet flavor accompanying the hop finish. An all around excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttutony (700) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Huge resinous hop aroma....absolutely fantastic. Huge hop flavors with a pleasant sweet malt base. Great beer.


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