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RATINGS: 1320   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mverity (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle into a large snifter. Pours a perfect pale gold. Healthy amount of just off-white head that held pretty well, and faded into a medium-thin collar and a thin head that held until the glass emptied. Lacing is spotty, but pretty good. Aroma is a really interesting dance between pine and citrus hops with a nice supporting cast of a medium malt base. Though, the more I sniff, the more I pick up on the citrus over the pine. Taste is surprisingly malt centered. I get some tropical hops character in the front, that moves into more of the grapefruit, then some pine, then back to citrus; all being held up by this really great malt sweetness. Carbonation is a bit high for an IPA, but I’m kinda digging that. Body is medium to full.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadShaolin (32) - - JAN 24, 2015
Delicious. Less onion, more citrus than hop stoopid. Hop bitterness is more elegant than stoopid. Lagunitas doesn't suck ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6356) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
Big offwhite head. Clear deep yellow body with carbonation. Resiny orangey aroma with bread dough and raisins aroma. Sweetish resiny orangey taste with syrupy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish resiny orangey aftertaste with spicy bready notes. Lovely, drinkable, full of flavour, yet clear and fresh. (0.355l bottle, I forget where from.)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dliberto (205) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head. Aroma consists of floral notes, citrus, pine, resin, and cereal. Well balanced beer that does not overdo anything. The citrus, pine, malts, make a really nice beer that is not overly bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. Excellent beer, especially for the price.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndreasP (13) - DENMARK - JAN 14, 2015
There rises a little heavy malt scent up the glass, containing pine and resin. In the mouth also nicely mellow, with the alcohol present, on top of the almost sticky (not negative) taste of resin and malt. Almost like a double IPA. The bitter hops lasts well into the aftertaste but with no floral or spicy impression from the small green buds. Overall it seems almost like a cross between double IPA and barley wine. I think that it ends sympathetic although not well balanced, as I am sure the intention was.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WilleLW (200) - Lund, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2015
Golden colour with a white creamy head. Strong aroma with hops and fruits. Flavour of grassy hops with a sweet smell of elderflower, some toffee and sweet mandarin. Taste of toffee and some burnt sugar with a medium bitterness but with a sweeter after-taste. Orange and grapefruits.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nordcore (1063) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle 33 cl. Golden, clear with a minimal white head. Fresh fruit aroma with some citrus and light caramel sence. Light bitter taste with a long fruity end..

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeychugg55 (920) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (565) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Appearance: pours with a very large beige head that settles into a nice dense pillow, the beer is a very slightly hazy average gold color, very good head retention Aroma: very strong grass and pine hits you right away, hints of alcohol, possibly even chocolate, smells good Taste: bitter citrus and pine, some alcohol, malty backbone, Palate: average carbonation, heavy mouthfeel, strong bitter backbone Overall: drinks like an imperial ipa, very bitter with a strong malt presence as well, very strong Aroma, works well in the cold weather ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Pours clear and golden colored with a deep white clingy head. Big aroma of resin, pine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange that is reminiscent of a dry hopped IPA. Taste begins deeply malty and sweet with caramel and a nice complex malt backbone. Citrus and hops bitterness balances very nicely. It is so well balanced that it is difficult to discern all the layers of malt and grain. Finishes moderately bitter, but clean and drinkable. You might possibly describe it as a deeply malty, moderately hopped IPA. Great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4170) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Golden colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Citrus, hops, caramel, malt, grapefruit.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Hops, pine, caramel, hay, grass, some fruit.


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