RATINGS: 1603   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 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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jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. Golden orange color with small white head. Big citrus hops and sweet malt. Light body and easy to drink. Hides the alcohol very well.

jflopsu (1795) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a clear light gold with white head. Has a strong floral aroma. Taste is strong with floral hops, some citrus, and light spices. Has a light bitter aftertaste but not overwhelming.

gnoff (10891) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
On tap as part of a flight at Brewer’s Tasting Room, St. Pete, FL, on January 22, 2014.
Clear honey color, white head. Citrus, hoppy, sweet, caramel scent. Caramel, citrus aftertaste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Resin bitter finish. Sweet, caramel, hoppy, citrus scent.

dreamflower (792) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Colour of cognac or whiskey or something. Lacing is appealing. Luminous and entrancing colour like a jewel. Flavour is filled with sweet bitterness that keeps me coming back for more. I’d like to have more of it.

northropfrye (3690) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
A fabulous APA. Reminds me a bit of TG PseudoSue. Fabulous citrus aroma, lots of tropical fruit. Body is a light amber with white head and some lacing. Taste is wonderfully balanced, bitter, sweet and fruity, hoppy, pine, citrus, resin. Really great APA. Oh, I see now this is an ASA, not an APA. Nevertheless, would would you call this a double APA?

JEB3BEK (2) - Mabank, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2014 does not count
Has a aroma of sweet pine or soured fruit. The pour was a perfect golden crisp color of a fresh Budweiser. Kick, smash, boom! Beer hits the tongue and you the fresh lemon zest taste and it rolls into a smooth bitter, maybe sour finish on the palate. Overall , eh!

pinkie (470) - New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours out golden and with an orange blush on it. Fat creamy head of off white foam that lasts and leaves sticky lace. I was expecting a bigger nose but it’s a bit shy. Sultry even. It has a tropical fruit sweetness and bit of mango. Soft suggestion of pine but nothing sharp. Fresh ripe orange and a bit of sugar for a malt presence on the nose. Some orange peel to really sweeten it and brighten it. Taste is a light delicious juicy mouthful of liquid fruit. Fresh orange with tropical underpinnings. Gentle pine. The malt is supple and graceful and like a bit of sugar. It drinks with a bit of hop oil on the body of the beer, thin and has a touch of sticky resin to coat the mouth and leave a softly moderate bitter. Dries the palate and finishes with a faint spice and a bit more bitter with a pleasant aftertaste like fresh orange juice. There is no alcohol on this beer save for a touch of warmth. Drinks so easily and has an amazing lightness .

commonmac (1337) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Tap at New Bohemia. Truly a great representation of the style. A visually appealing beer with an orange color and well-clinged lacing. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Malt driven sweetness but that presence of hop throughout. This is a very solid brewery and I would put this double IPA up as their best effort.

tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Pours a clear golden orange with a fluffy white head. A somewhat soapy note on the nose, lots of citrusy hops, sticky pine, and a nice bit of malt. Very smooth taste, pineapple and mango, orange rind, and a nice bready malt note. Super fresh juicy tasting citrus and tropical fruits, and a nice malt backbone. Delicious.

sjohnny (673) - - FEB 1, 2014
Grapefruit and pine aroma. Pours a cloudy honey gold with a thick white head that fades relatively quickly leaving lots of lacing. Graefruit. Pretty sweet. Mouth coating. Hard candy like texture. Very smooth. I thought this was going to be really bitter but it's not. It's very smooth.

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