RATINGS: 1609   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Remember how good this brew was a couple years ago. This years’ is no different! Clear, dark golden color. Big scents & flavors of sweet, citrusy hops & a balanced malt backbone. A great, solid beer.

thejackpacker (672) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget, Östersund. A surprinsgly light beer in colour with a strong hoppy aroma. It plays very heavily on those musty hops of West coast beers. Delicious but not my favourite hops. If this is what they call 'failure' though, they can keep failing...

cwill (102) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2017
Light amber pour. Has a sweet aroma with notes of pine, barley and rye. Tastes of sweet rye bread, caramel malts with a resinous piney hop flavor. Bitter sweet dry finish. Genuinely enjoyed this offering. Definitely doesn't suck.

szymonskc (1040) - Skórcz, POLAND - DEC 1, 2017
Zapach intensywny, owoce tropikalne, żywica, sosna, karmel. Kolor złoty, klarowne. Piana średnio obfita, drobna, trwała, zdobi szkło. W smaku słodkie, średnia pełnia, słód, cytrusy, owoce tropikalne, żywica, karmel, sosna, chleb, cukier, alkohol. Goryczka wysoka, wysycenie niskie.

mjik83 (1666) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2017
35,5ml flesje via Beerwulf Alcoholpercentage van 8% Uitgeschonken in Grimbergen glas Uiterlijk: goudoranje met redelijke witte schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: neus is bloemig, tropisch, smaak is pine, bloemig, hoppig, goede bitter Conclusie: lekkere Amerikaanse IPA

NiklasT (125) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2017
Light amber, clear with white head. Aroma has pine and ripe apples, Taste more sweetness and roasted malt. Prominent bitterness at the end.

erikaraeb (308) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2017
Lite amber in color. Lots of honey in the aroma makes it a bit too sweet for me for an IPA. Getting some amber and orange in there, too.

EHSRanders (2088) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber color With large creamy White mostly lastning head. Hoppy aroma. Sweet spicy flavor. Creamy palate.

mmmeinike (325) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2017
Clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma is grape, exotic fruit and caramel. Taste is very sweet with notes of malt, caramel and som grape.

ironcontra (467) - ATL, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2017
lots of butter, great bitter-to-sweet ratio, bread AND pine, really enjoyed, only the aroma could be a bit more potent

birraiolo (318) - ITALY - NOV 12, 2017
Bottiglia da 355ml.
Aspetto: color oro con riflessi ambrati, schiuma bianca fine di media tenuta.
Aroma: agrumi e una leggera resina.
Palato: inizia con l'agrumato che viene subito sovrastato da un amaro deciso e e con finale lungo dove si lascia sentire un po' l'alcol.

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