RATINGS: 1585   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle pours a hazy golden/amber with a lasting white top. Scent is pine and herbal. Taste is pine, caramel, herbal and crisp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocJitsu (1767) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Pours a clear classic golden color with a short white head. Not much head formed due to how carefully the beer was poured by the bartender. The bouquet might be the best of any beer Ive ever had. Fresh grapefruit right up front with some underlying cannabis. Just a wonderful aroma. Mouthfeel is full, wet, and a bit oily. Carbonation bites just a bit on the finish. The flavor is magnificent. Grapefruit! A lot more pine in the flavor than appeared in the bouquet. Just enough rye in this beer to set all the flavors and aromas off in a more vibrant fashion. A remarkably well-engineered brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottled, that doesnt suck. What does suck, is the fact that this is distributed to Alaska, but not North Dakota. It sucks that I really really enjoyed this, but will likely not run across it again for quite some time. I love hoppy brews, maybe Im a Lagunitas fan boy too cause I dig most of their beers; this is no exception. Beautiful pour, big hoppy nose and taste, this is so solid. Bonus points for being so potent and flavorful, while being extremely refreshing. Has that same effect on me that SNPA did 10 years ago, sort like a little voice in your head shouting "I should be drinking stuff like this all the time!" Thanks Jeremy for sending a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7093) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle @ Bruces. Cheers, Bruce! The pours deep orange with a medium head. The nose is strong spiced orange peel, some marmalade, red berry compote, a bit of dirty spruce, pacific hops and honeyed bread. The taste is bright pine and spruce. Nice resinous hop profile. Orange peel and berry fruits. Moderately chewy malts. Medium bitterness on the finish. Full body, definitely not a lawnmower beverage. Active carbonation. Overall, pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WortMan (18) - - MAR 29, 2013
Lots of hop grapefruitish flavor, mild hop bitterness, smooth as a bare babys bottom on the end. The beer does everything well and definitly does not SUCK! All that I can say is damn what a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ROGUE (2205) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a very light golden color with a thin white foam head that leaves a few rings of lace. Aroma has a big hit of grapefruit and piney hops in the nose with a decent amount of sweet malt in the background. Taste is slightly sweet up front, some caramel, cream, and cracker. Hops make thier push through the middle. Finish is dry and crisp with some resin and hints of pineapple, mangos, and oranges. There is also some pine bitterness on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is pretty full, smooth, with crisp carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigbish (688) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Holy crap, this is a tasty beverage. Its not overly hopped like many IPAs today, and has a very complex flavor from all the grains. Freakin delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (2866) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 27, 2013
bottle thanks to iantbonewilson. Dark gold, orange, copper color. Carbonation is medium but is nice! High bitterness. Very balanced aroma: hops all around, herby and light fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottled. Pours a clear gold with a frothy white head. Big hoppy aroma, earthy, grapefruit. Very resinous, grapefruit flavored IPA in its most classic form. Finishes a little oily and a touch astringent. Terrific IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a dark gold with a lasting white head. The nose is a potent mix of tropical fruit, citrus, and a hint of malt sweetness. Full bodied and smooth on the tongue, this brew blasts your tongue with hops. Tons of grapefruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit notes all bound together with a great malt backbone. A nice, long finish. This brew is outstanding.

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