RATINGS: 1620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
AKA Holiday Ale
AKA Holiday Leftover Ale
AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

This sad holiday season we didnt 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, wed short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. Its 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. Its 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1669) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Draft at the Dig Pub Cedar Park TX. Pours bright gold and a little hazy with a leggy white head. Nose is aromatic piney hops. Taste is the same and along the lines of a Pliny the Elder-smooth, just a bit sweet, and tingly nose. Body is full and slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden but slightly noticeable. Sweet beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 Aromatics - Starts off straight hoppy, I get a lot of lemongrass, grapefruit, and passion fruit. Appearance - Looks like piss. Small head that stays. Taste - Taste a caramalt/ crystal malt like backbone that is quickly melded with a mild dose of hops. Lot of the same flavors that I smelled with an addition of pineapple (yeasty?)..... Palate - Is medium to full and very "good feeling." Creamy & slightly fizzy (in a good way).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
On tap at Fat Heads. Great fresh hop aromas, grassy, spicy, light rubber, and piney. Mild malt sweetness. Dull golden amber clear with creamy off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts medium sweet, pale malt, light caramel. Tons of fresh spicy hops. Big bitter finish that is not overwhelming or offensively bitter. Bitter finish with sweet bitter after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2013
bottle. lightly hazed pale gold with a fine white head. Pliney-esque fruit nectar hops in the nose, lightly grassy, somewhat onion-like, but not taken too far in that direction. soft malt body, creamy carbonation, zesty, prickly hop acid washing the tongue. a bit too much cooked / caramelized corn syrup with a touch too much toffee sugar, and a bit too chewy late. but for me its a rare likable beer from these guys. wish it were around 5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1296) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
(bottle) Pours a clear gold color with a large white head that settles to a medium cap and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very potent with scents of kumquat, powdered Tang, grapefruit, light booze, and light pine. Aroma gets more piney and herbal as it warms. Flavor holds some tropical fruit, like papaya, with faint mango and tangelo also appearing. Mouthfeel is rather full and rounded while the carbonation is subdued, which leads this to be very drinkable. The finish is fairly bitter and quite dry which leads to a nice transition from the sweet fore and mid. Overall this is a really solid beer that I wouldnt object to drinking again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stimulo69 (80) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
toast, citrus, petrol, intense hop aroma, golden, amber, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, very bitter, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter, Extremly balanced but pronounced hop flavour and hop taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Update Draft at Capones. Pours a lightly hazy gold with frothy white head and abundant lacing. Nose of apricot, peaches, mango, grapefruit, pineapple. Delicious apricot, tropical fruit, citrus flavor. A little hint of booze on the finish and a little rye spice and cheddar as well. I could drink this all day. Original - 1/23/13 - 8/4/8/4/15 Draft at Capones. Poured a clean golden orange with thin off-white head and ring lacing. Aroma is pineapple, citrus, some light caramel. Taste is big time grape flavor, some pineapple, citrus, mild onion. This is a really good ipa but I remember a better version last year - less boozy, more onion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Does a perfect beer exist? I guess it's subjective, but I will say that this may be the single best beer I have had in my (admittedly brief) time as a hardcore beer drinker, and will be the basis on which I compare all other IPAs moving forward. I expected to have this reaction to Nugget Nectar when I cracked one of them open (picked up a 6 pack so that will happen later this week), so this was an amazingly pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabic (468) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Ar: Juicy orange, pineapple - a bit of resin and lemon. Ap: Golden-amber, clear - medium off-white head with moderate-good retention and a thin but solid cap of lacing. T: Bright and bitter orange up front, pineapple - medium bitterness - moss and tangerine - lightly toasty malt sweetness with an edge of toasted caramel - hoppy finish with some lingering clean bitterness . P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium-dry. O: Nice beer, really seems like a big IPA - good hop flavor, which is quite assertive, and pleasant fully malt profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
canes89 (31) - New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
cant believe I waited so long ( this will hold me a few weeks til Nugget Nectar & hopefully hopslam)

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