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RATINGS: 1299   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.


JMerritt's rating

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1840) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottled. Pours a fairly clear golden with a decent sized off-white head that is mostly lasting, leaving thin, sticky lacing. Fresh hop aroma is wonderful - sweet peach and apricot flesh, moderate pine resin, slightly citric orange blossoms. High spruce and citrus fruit bitterness - fairly solid in pungency from beginning to end - allowing just a few peeks of sweet malts, leather and mild black pepper. Finish has some notes of grapefruit rind and more black pepper. Solid and very tasty.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mindwarp (88) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2014
From a 32oz bottle (which is what all bombers should be) - Pours a clear orange with lots of bubbles and a big head. Citrus and pine aroma. Real nice hoppy flavor. The citrus and pine is well balanced and not real bitter. Overall a really good IPA, not to citrusy as many of them tend to be.....A friend said this beer matches good with a Sharp Cheddar cheese so I’m breaking out some Hooks 10yr Cheddar to see.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (274) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours a golden color with a medium white head. Sweet nose and flavor with lots of hop raisins & caramel in front. Medium to big body with smooth carbonation and sticky alcohol, Notes of Pine apples, Pine needles, Oranges, some spices, lemon, spruce, sugar & alcohol . Lingering sweetness in the aftertaste and a big but balanced bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (6289) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
35,5 cl. bottle. Clear golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, fruit, malt, caramel and bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (441) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
Amber color, white head. Grapefruit nose, resin, ripe fruit, caramel. Sweet fruity taste, grapefruit, caramel malt, moderate bitterness. Medium body, average to soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32001) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
From tap. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is grapefruity, solid hoppy. Pine. Herbal. Alcohol presence. Bitter and light toasted malty. Bitter and slight herbal. Lingering solid hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29846) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
Bottled. A golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of hops, malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, alcohol, fruits, and hops, leading to a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2251) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget Pours clear golden with a yellowish head. A very nice drinkable hop dominated brew, citrus taste belong to Xmas as well as the sweet and spicy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21505) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle at Ungstrup. Clear golden colored with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and hops with notes of citrus. Fruity flavor of caramel, hops and citrus. Hoppy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014
I love that this is in a ghetto style 40. Lots of hop flavor and plenty bitter, without being overly aggressive. One of the best I’ve had in a while.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
drdisque (570) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On tap at Lagunitas Chicago Taproom. Intense resinous nastiness in initial sip. Mellows out a bit after that and tapers into cereal grain and water flavors. Seems well crafted, but far too resinous for my taste.


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