RATINGS: 1666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 8% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

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4.1
TET (4685) - Kaarina, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2021 A light orange colour, a head is almist medium and blond. Aroma is powerful, strong and malty body with some caramel, pine, even resin, some citrus. Taste has maltyness, pine, wood, caramel, string bitterness. Medium+ bodied. Powerful, very nice beer.

3.7
Idiosynkrasie (12837) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2021 355ml bottle. Opalescent, orangey golden colour with huge, thick, firm, creamy, moderately to mostly lasting, moderately lacing, white head. Pale malty and citrusy hoppy aroma, hints of lemon, some resin, a touch of almond. Taste is bitter, citrusy hoppy, sweet-ish, minimally biscuity, pale malty, some lemon, pine, resin; lingering, bitter hoppy finish. Oily texture, smooth, soft and silky palate, fine and soft carbonation. Mild and clean, homogeneous, but rather monotonous; kind of softened DIPA - pretty good, but not more.

3.7
Wendigo (3596) - Bratislava, SLOVAKIA - DEC 29, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2020 Bottle 2020. Malty and hoppy aroma and taste, light citrus fruit and resin, medium bitter. Medium body, malty amd hoppy bitter finis. Ok.

3.9
hayayoshi (602) - Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2020 Aroma is malty and spice. Clear and golden in color. Has a lot of little something's floating in it. Brown sugar maybe? Taste is brown sugar, assertive hoppiness, but surprisingly no harsh bitterness, cinnamon, rye, holiday spice, more hops, and sweet on the finish.

3.9
Robbowan (29) - SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2020 Nice foam and colour. Floral and fruity notes hits you and then a really good bitterness hits your mouth together with pleasant maltiness. Lagunites always delivers.

3.8
visionthing (7068) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2020 35,5cl bottle from Viking XPRS. Pours clear golden with a fairly decent, white head. Malty, fruity and hoppy with notes of semi-dried citrus, caramel and hints of pine and herbs. Medium sweet with pleasant hoppy flavours and a nice bitterness. Smooth, balanced and very enjoyable.

3.4
DrnkMcDermott (3620) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2020 Bottle from 2017, provided by Lagunitas. Since this is two years old, and probably has had a chance to let its malts turn, I'm going into this with an open mind. First off, the color is a bright brass, with a white foamy head that leaves behind a decent bit of lacing. The smell has all malts to it, and there is a bit of phenol to it, meaning there is a bit of staleness. But, the phenol goes away when I taste it. I get an amplified beer taste, with some hoppiness there to knock back any sweetness. And I'll note that they don't mention much about the hop varietals in the description. This is described as an 'American Strong Ale,' one of those catchall style names that covers any number of beers, so long as they're not malt liquors. This is indeed not a sipper by any means, and that's mostly from the unheralded hop bitterness. 2020 version. Bottled Sept. 17, sampled Nov 13. Definitely fresher hop nose. Some citrus on the nose over a fluffy off white head. Brassy yellow color with some unfiltered 'floaty' bits. Taste has much more of the PNW hop load, more pine and resin. Not much alcohol apparent here, and the malt barely holds back against the hop burst. Okay, the bottle proclaims this to be an IPA. I guess the extra cereal grains peg this as a strong ale.

3.8
MaltTasty27 (497) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2019 Flaska 355 ml från Systembolaget 7.7 % ABV. Guldfärgad och disig med fint luftigt skum som sedan lägger sig på insidan av glaset. Doft av humle, tall och tropisk frukt. Smak av humle, honung, tallbarr, och diverse tropiska frukter. Rejäl beska. Mycket trevlig öl.

3.9
NosirIwont (3617) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2019 Bottle. 8.0%. Best before 20.07.19; ~1½ months past. Pours a slightly hazy golden, with an off-white head. Great lacing. Fat hop aroma, a bit dusty. Sugary hint. Remote cheesy hop note as it warms, as well as fruit, light citrus, hint of malt. Further warming brings out herbal and floral hints. Flavour is sweet, a bit sugary, with fat and fruity hops. Zesty hint. Alcohol. Rather bitter finish, somwhat harsh. Alcohol burn. Lingering dryness and a grassy note. Slightly oily palate. Overall pretty good. A bit heavy on the alcohol, but it’s not too misplaced. 06.08.19.

3.5
gegwilson (4862) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2019 Bottle from a supermarket in Sicily. Pours golden with a white head. Not as much hoppiness as expected.


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