RATINGS: 1582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
ametras (1650) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2016
12oz bottle. Clear bright golden, effervescent bubbles and a thick frothy off-white head. Flavors are sweet cereals, caramel, pine resin, grapefruit and apricot marmalade with herbal, sugary and peppery notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily texture.

3.1
elosop (437) - SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2016
Lite oklar, lätt rödtonad med tunt vitt skum. Doftar lite malt, tallbar och citrus. Smaken medelfyllig, maltig och lite söt. Eftersmaken tämligen kort, med liten beska.

2
jlong1965 (16) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Aroma of cumin and old taxi seats. Clear, sherry like mouthfeel probably old or mistreated bottle from store. Hops were stale and hurt the overall flavor of the brew. I’ll try it at brewery and re rate.

3.7
Jyrsa (871) - - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pale with good white head. Nose of pine, resin, fruit. Sweet, resiny with a bit of zest, surprisingly hoppy. Some rye flavour but unable to detect the oats and wheat. Medium body, some fizz, slightly sticky. A nice, hoppy finish.

3.7
Nicke80 (783) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2016 33 cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours hazy golden with little head. Fruity aroma with sweet citrus and hoppy grape taste.

3.8
valpoaj (745) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Many tastes - first rate - pretty ’plain’ looking gold body - nice off-white head. Nose is hop forward - citrusy and piney - go blind on this and you think you’re gonna have a nice IPA on your hands. Some biscuity malt character in the background - nice on the nose. Flavor is quite tasty as well, and always comes through hoppier than I anticipate. Good dose of roasty, toasty malt, general caramel sweetness - good! Palate is medium bodied...lively carbonation. As is always the case with a Lagunitas pour, I feel like the value is incredible - this stuff is great for $9 for a sixer!

3.7
jksipa (956) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2016
Bottle from the LCBO. Clear medium amber under a small short lived white head that leaves sparse lace. Nose is pine resin, some light toffee, citrus peel and a touch of spice. Light toffee sweetness under a big pine and citrus bitterness. Mouth is medium- and chewy with a lingering bitter finish. 8/3/8-/3+/15-

4.3
Rex_Remes (227) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - DEC 18, 2016
(355 ml bottle, Beijing) AROMA: very hoppy nose, grapefruit, floral, APPEARANCE: medium golden, clear, good visible carbonation with tiny bubbles, soft fluffy white head that lingers a while leaving significant residue and tracing. TASTE: first flavors are bitter and hops, then some malty sweetness, green, pine, citrus peel, some fruit and raisin. Don’t really taste/notice the 8% ABV. PALATE: soft and oily on the palate, dry finish, good balance. OVERALL: Delicious. Very nicely hopped beer, with bitterness and hops not going too far overboard. Well-rounded and well-balanced. Sad I only had one in the fridge to drink.

4.2
bconger (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle 2016. Light copper pour with a frothy cream-colored head. Fresh, dry-hopped goodness on the nose with some baked toffee cookies in there too. This one is a flavor bomb, with sweet cereals and citrus hops up front, followed by fig preserves and rum raisins, and with a lasting posterior tongue bitterness. The mouthfeel is very soft, almost fluffy. I just love this and I wish I’d discovered it sooner.

3.8
MaltOne (372) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Pours an unassuming clear pale gold, froth white head. Big, beautiful, refreshing hop aroma. Big flavor - resin hops riding the back of a succulent, slightly sweet mixed grain base. The palate is the perhaps the feature - creamy, succulent, dry and sweet. Overall, a beer that triggers an almost immediate response to have another one. The background grain base is complex while the hop forward is clean and clear. For an American Strong, hops are more present then most - no criticism, just an observation.


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