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98
style
RATINGS: 1588   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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4.1
Beerhunter111 (22214) - P´Castle, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2016
12 fl.oz bottle. Klares hell orange goldenes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Pfirsich, Aprikosen, grapefruit, harzig bitter. Geschmack sehr hopfig bitter, intensiv fruchtig, Aprikosen, Pfirsich, lecker!

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Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Keg at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn, with Seth. Clear gold pour with a medium, off-white foam head. Sweaty pine hops in the nose, some grapes and other ripe fruits. Wet hay. Big sweet flavor, medium to strong bitterness, pine, ripe citrus, bread. Full bodied with average carbonation. Sticky, oily finish. Big hops all around, big sweetness. Pretty hefty stuff. I like.

3.7
Rasmus40 (21690) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear golden with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 081016

3.8
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver
Hazy light amber color, creamy head. The aroma is an explosion of fruity hops. Sweetish toffee flavor, with strong fruity hopping, but unfortunately also a light soapy touch; strong bitterness; alcohol warmth. Good.

3.8
Theydon_Bois (20450) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle at home, 01/12/13, thanks to an IP with Dadmond - cheers James! Lively pourings - clear golden amber with a mahoosive off white head. This fella looks the bollocks ! Nose is caramel malt, hop presence, carmalised pineapple, brown sugar, biscuit crumble, waft of booze. Taste comprises sweet candied sugars, bitter tropicals notes, rich caramel fudge, candied orange peel, sweet stuff mild sugar rush. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, bitter sweet finish. Decent American strong, a little sweet in places but drinkable stuff.

3.7
saxo (19270) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting, my place. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are rich hops, fruits, pine, malt and has a nice hoppy finish.

3.6
harrisoni (19165) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
On tap at Hops & Glory Islington. Gold clear lasting white head. It?s a hoppy butter in your face beer. Yep tastes of 8% too. wow what a beer. Big blond and hoppy. Huge. Certainly grabbed me. Ok.

3.6
rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Hoppy fruity aroma, pine, mango, grass, biscuits, caramel, some nuts. Hoppy pine flavor, grassy, peach, hay, biscuits, some caramel. Fruity hop finish with pine notes. Nice.

3.5
mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of both citrus hops and caramel malts - both quite prominent, similar to Brown Shugga, but not as robust and barley wine-like. Flavour is more hop-heavy than anything, beginning with an astringent bitterness and then making the caramel malts more pronounced (unusual transition - it’s usually the other way around), finishing with a semi-sweet and bitter hoppy note. Very solid.

3.2
Oakes (18517) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
Hazy light amber. Slightly chewy, herbal aroma. Light body, not sticky. Minty, slightly herbal. Almost refreshing, even, and it’s been a long time since I said that about a beer from these guys. Good.


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