RATINGS: 1619   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4091) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2014
On tap at PreFunk Boise. Very nice clear golden with a dense and lasting off white head. Big fresh citrusy aroma. A big bitter flavor. Ligt malts but something else. Similar to the "wild" IPAs of their past. Some tropical fruit as well. Smooth creamy body and mild carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Draft at the Distillery in Savannah, GA. Holy shit! Beautiful, almost Pilsner looking pour with a two finger pillow white head. I could smell the aroma from about 2 ft away. Pine resin, pine tree, Christmas tree, spruce, douglas fir, you name it....it smelled like pine. Walking through a damned Oregon Pine forest pine. The taste...pine! Great, fairly light IPA taste but the pine and pine bitterness was amazing and fresh. Little cereal and bread. Great carbonation. Finish is pine. Fuck it...probably the best DIPA Ive ever had. I could drink this until the cows come home. I dont have any cows so that would be a long time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rtobronco8641 (3) - Lake Orion, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2014 does not count
Definitely one of the best beers I?ve had. Perfect balance of smooth and happy with a clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a dull copper color, little to no head. Aroma burnished resin, some caramel malt notes, too. Body full and round, with a well-balanced, if slightly syrupy finish. Not a go-to for me, but I get why people like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Gold orange pour with a fizzy head. Lots of pine and grapefruit in the aroma. Flavor has a good amount of grapefruit which helps to balance out the bitter resin flavors. Really smooth and really easy to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewHaMeister (445) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2014
12oz bottle pours a pure amber with a thick white head excellent lacing. Aromas of, citrus, spruce, and fresh hops. TG Pseudo Sue might get jealous. This is one excellent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2072) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle from trader joes. Aromas of tea, grass, notes of honey. Taste is bitter, with balance, and long length.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Wow!!. This is a great beer for Budweiser prices. If u see this beer in a liquor store you should definitely buy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beardaxe (293) - - FEB 15, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. An enjoyable IPA. Strongly bitter balanced out by a strong malt presence. While they keep each other in check, this is an intense IPA. Still, for the abv, a fairly easy drinker. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1703) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Outstanding because, although ordinary-looking in the glass, and nice-smelling on the aromas, this beer is incredibly complicated on the palate and tastes like a dream. Simultaneously dark and sweet, hoppy and light, with all of the juicy grapefruit, orange notes you want in an IPA and all of the lavender and floral notes you want from a tripel. Beautiful stuff.

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