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RATINGS: 1419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeychugg55 (956) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Guess I hadn’t rated this yet. Clear golden with a big, sticky head. The aroma is full on passion fruit, grapefruit, and orange, citrus zest, resin, and floral hops. There is also some slightly earthy malt, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is a little more malt forward, with a lot of residual fruity flavors. This stuff is fantastic, boy do they suck.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle to narrow chalice. Honey colored pour with a splotchy white head. Big tropical fruit nose; mango, papaya, and guava nectar coupled with grapefruit and other citrus juices. Taste is as hoppy as the nose but with a little more resin and alcohol heat. It’s like a mini-Pliny the Younger. Very hop-forward. Moderate mouthfeel and the finish is the only thing you taste: hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (942) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014 Pours a golden orange hue with a nice carbonation bubbling up to the top. The head is a pale white that is fairly thick. Nose is a wonderful combination of hops with spice and pine and fruit notes; most notably grapefruit. It is a smooth brew when next to most IPAs especially one from the west coast. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gaultier (936) - SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2014
@Nedre Mölla 3/5-14. Flaska från Systembolaget. Arom: Persika, aprikos(?), citrus, tallbarr, grapefrukt. Smak: Grapefrukt, citrus, tallbarr, sötma, tydlig beska. Kroppen är medelfyllig, avslutningen bjuder i sin tur på en ganska lång och rejäl beska.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Probably the best beer Lagunitas makes. Herbal citrus hop aromas. Tropical citrus hop flavors. Overall a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevd193213 (928) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 31, 2015
12 oz bottle. Slightly cloudy yellow golden pour with a medium fizzy white head. Aroma of pine, candied sugar, coriander, lemongrass and grapefruit. Easy drinking medium body. Dangerously tasty at 8%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vikingguy (925) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Honey gold color. Wonderful fruity, floral aroma. Taste - also very fruity and floral with pleasant citrus and biscuit flavors. Has a long bitter grapefruity hop finish. Surprised how much I like this. Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (924) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Caramel, grapefruit, and pine resin in the aroma. Bitter, fruity pine flavor with a little lingering fruit sweetness and some alcohol in the finish. More of an IPA than a pale ale, but still really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (923) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours golden orange with a big, foamy white head. Lively carbonation. Aroma is of hops, malt, pine, and caramel. Taste starts off with a bitter, piney hop burn. So very resiny. The hops are evened out by a caramel malt backbone. Lingering hop burn. Mouthfeel is light and soapy. Body is medium and drinks real easy. The alcohol is definitely there. Drinks very easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2014
Quite ok without picking up to any higher altitudes. Plenty of hops and thin malt.

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