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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.


jdskinns' rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdskinns (203) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. Golden orange color with small white head. Big citrus hops and sweet malt. Light body and easy to drink. Hides the alcohol very well.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (6287) - 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 (31793) - 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 (29828) - 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 (2249) - 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 (21497) - 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 (568) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AbbeyRoade (399) - Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Very good. Sweet. Not very hoppy. Excellent balance. Would definitely drink again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UNCCTF (494) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2014
32oz. bottle. Hazy golden color with lacy white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma and flavor of hops and citrus, with some sweetness in the finish that makes it really balanced. I’ll be getting this again.


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