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98
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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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3.9
chrisv10 (18217) - DENMARK - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle, 8%Slightly hazy amber/orange with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops, earthy, grapefruit and pine. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, medium sweet, grapefruit, bitter, little earthy, caramel, fruit peel and orange.

4
yngwie (17173) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle, 12 oz. A hazy, pale orange-golden beer wtih a small, dense, off-white head. The aroma is really lovely, with pine cones, grapefruit and resins, and a whiff of malts. Perhaps a bit one dimensional, but damn lovely. The flavor feels sweet in a way, but it’s very dry on the palate. It’s bitter, full-bodied and with a soft carbonation. Pine cones, grapefruit and a peachy touch in the flavor. Hints of alcohol. Lasting bitter, fruity and resiny finish. Wonderful indeed, wouldn’t mind a steady supply of this back home. 150607

3.5
jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of peach, grapefruit, perfume, caramel malt and light resin. Hops are a bit too perfumy for my liking. Finishes dryish resin and malt with some tropical fruit. Medium body.

2.8
FatPhil (16914) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 6, 2014
355ml bottle (Stones, Helsinki)
Peach, lychee, and alas carbonic acid aroma, sweet, supersweet even, sticky sugariness, meringue. Just way too freaking sweet. Caramel. Palate way too fizzy. After swirling the fizz out a bit, it’s way too watery. Simple sweet grains, nothing particularly exciting. Way too much carbonic acid. Decentish, but meh.

4
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 The pour is a clear golden color with a white head. Extremely hoppy with a nice citrus and floral hop character. Great pine, some tropical fruit, and sweet pale malt and bread notes. The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. A lot of citrus peel and floral hop flavors. A light spicy hop character, too. As with the aroma, malt and sweet bread flavors. Pronounced tropical fruit an pine. Medium carbonation and body.

4
Benzai (16527) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2016
Sampled at Tap Zuid, Amsterdam. Clear golden color, average sized white head. Aroma and flavor is malts, hops, resin, pine, bitter. Medium to full body and medium carbonation. Lovely.

3.9
bhensonb (15612) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber gold with very little head. Aroma is resin, perhaps with a hint of orange. Near full bodied, thinning as the carb leaves. Flavor is resin over rye? It’s not excessively sweet, and seems pretty astringent. Lots of hop in here fer sure. Certainly not a spice/veg/herb xmas ale!

4.2
Scopey (15441) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Fresh bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours clear orange-amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is fresh pine, orange, ripe tangerine, juicy mango, passion fruit, peach and marmalade. The taste is pine, pleasant bitterness, resin, straw, pithy orange, peach, grapefruit and touch of pepper with a bitter, resinous finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty great stuff all-round. One of the best IPAs out there.

4.2
djd07 (15341) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2011
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a clear orange golden with medium frothy off white head. The aroma is floral hops and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a dry hop and citrus with nice lingering dry finish. Hides the alcohol well, easy to drink, a very impressive American strong ale from Lagunitas.

3.9
Ratman197 (15216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, skunk bud, pink grapefruit, pine and tangerine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of strawe, pine resin, grapefruit and light tangerine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering pine finish.


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