RATINGS: 1616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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R4N5H (1373) - NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2017
33cl bottle at Foodhallen, Amsterdam on 23-Apr-2017. Clear orange amber colour with a small white head which dissipates quickly. Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus and floral hops. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is sweet fruit, medium bitterness and hops. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel and malt. Decent.

ehaak26 (748) - - APR 22, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn into a pint glass. Aroma has some spice from the rye and barley and pine hops.

Beer5000 (6821) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 15, 2017
Bottle @ Fox and hounds, Aabenraa. Unclear amber body with a nice off-white head. Aroma has malt, bread, citric fruit and pine. Flavor is sweet malt, hint of toast, citric fruit, some ripe fruit, pine and balanced bitterness. Medium body and pleasant aftertaste. Quite refreshing and tasty, nice one.

ken1 (2203) - DENMARK - MAR 31, 2017
Aroma: Fruity hops and caramel. Flavour: Caramel sweetness and fruity bitter hops. A somewhat creamy mouthfeel and a dry bitter finish. Colour: Amber with a white head.

Frothmeister (841) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2017
355ml bottle. Pours a mildly hazy golden hue with an off-white head. Smells delicious. Resinous notes, caramel, honey, grapefruit, fresh pineapple, faint vanilla, and a very pleasant floral scent. Basically., hop candy. Taste wise, sweet with resinous notes, grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya, some mineral notes, with some light alcohol burn that heads into sweet tropical fruit, caramel, mineral notes, and some citrus pith bitterness. This is solid stuff. Pretty much liquid IPA candy.

ffaoe (1012) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2017
aroma of light pine, citrus, and malt. gold and clear in color with decent head. taste is hop forward of pine, resin, light citrus, with underlying light caramel malt notes.

bigben873 (262) - Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Nice floral aroma, medium amber color. Very tasty for a one-off. March madness 2017.

ludhaber (127) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2017
This is a truly nice beer. The aroma is pleasant with plenty of citrus. The body of the beer is plenty to support the hop. Quite a nice balance. Just a little less malt than a 90 minute and less hop bite but the beer stays in balance and is a joy to drink. I’ll have six, please. Thank you.

laminarman (36) - - MAR 12, 2017
From bottle. Pours a beautiful clear golden orange. A pretty beer. Small quickly dissipating head. A nose full of piney hops and some citrus, mango, pineapple, incredible on the nose. A forward sweet attack on the palate with some malt and great balance. Holy crap this beer, for some reason, hits on most cylinders for me. Why have I passed this up before? This is my first taste. It is bitter and full and complete, but for those who like a bit less bitterness you might look elsewhere. Impression: nothing is over the top but it’s all done well.

lesifflebiere (1928) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2017
Offrande dorée limpide, semi pétillante et au parfum de houblons fruités qui dominent. Une bouche qui rappelle, tant de par l’alcool ressenti que les sucres résiduels et la force des houblons, à une IPA 1.5. Agréable et bien équilibrée, elle semble cependant ne s’accrocher à aucun style, tout en étant d’une originalité toute relative. Pour ce qui est de la satisfaction du buveur, on en redemande, par contre on doit avouer qu’elle rappelle vraiment un brassin un peu fourre-tout.

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