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RATINGS: 1560   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aromas of orange zest, apricot and hops. Incredibly light on the palate, offering a blast of intense stone fruit and citrus, bready yeast complexity, and a finish of well-balanced, spicy hops that linger long and cover the ABV well. Sessionable, with a never ending finish. They should probably just keep making this one....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (984) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fkoolen (983) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Draught @ Falstaff, Maastricht. Clear golden, big foamy white head. Rich hoppy resin and spruce, some citrus, grainy and sweet malts, medium but crisp bitter. Very well balanced. Firm body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (981) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2015
bottle poured into a snifter..golden hue with a fluffy white head..aroma of citrus,pine,caramel,florals..tastes of mango,apricot,caramel,pine..nice finish..more of a DIPA than a strong ale but excellent nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
355ml bottle. Pours a clear, semi-dark gold with almost white head that’s a little short but leaves a good lace. Lots of grapefruit and spruce sap on the nose with a caramel back and what seems to me to be candi sugar. A little sweet on the palate and a big letdown from the nose. There’s some good hops but something offsets them. Definitely good but ultimately odd brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (974) - Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Aroma and appearance of a Double IPA. Tastes like an earthy IPA, but smoother, less bitter. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (962) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (961) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2014 Pours a pale gold with healthy off white head that lasts forever and leaves amazing lacing. Aroma is loaded with juicy, fleshy, citrusy hops, also with some pine. Taste is grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweet caramel malts with an ideal bitterness. Palate is medium bodied, super smooth, above average carbonation. Overall everything works well together. Rich and juicy.

Pours golden orange with average-sized head that dissipates into a thin film. Aroma is so good, with mango, pineapple, and hop resin. Taste is more tropical fruits, piney hops, remaining very sweet into a mild bitterness and mild bready aftertaste. Palate is medium-bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation. Overall, very well done. 9+4+8+4+15=4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
12 oz. Bottle. Pours a very slightly cloudy orange-copper with a two fingers of rocky white head. Good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, slight pine, hop resin. Flavor is hoppy up front, fading into creamy citrus tones, slight pine and herbal in the finish. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a smooth, slightly oily texture. Very smooth, nice citrus hop profile, very good. Lagunitas rocks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (959) - 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.

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