RATINGS: 1585   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 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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Draft at the Distillery in Savannah, GA. Holy shit! Beautiful, almost Pilsner looking pour with a two finger pillow white head. I could smell the aroma from about 2 ft away. Pine resin, pine tree, Christmas tree, spruce, douglas fir, you name it....it smelled like pine. Walking through a damned Oregon Pine forest pine. The taste...pine! Great, fairly light IPA taste but the pine and pine bitterness was amazing and fresh. Little cereal and bread. Great carbonation. Finish is pine. Fuck it...probably the best DIPA Ive ever had. I could drink this until the cows come home. I dont have any cows so that would be a long time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Very honest, humorous and unnecessary explanation is given for this beers existence. The brewers growth is good news for hopped beer fans. This one looks like an amber or pale ale and has the brewers signature dry hop pine notes and grapefruit scent. The latter really comes through in the taste, followed by a long bitter finish. Wheat presence is a bit confusing. Not as stinging as Lagunitas 70+ IBU IPAs, and a little lighter bodied. A good brew to finish off the beer year. Now to go and drink freaking champagne.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013
In appearance its quite golden in color, almost dark orange, with a frothy, bright-white head and steady, healthy carbonation that provides some great head retention. The lacing is solid, sticky, and continuous. The aroma is mostly of wet-like hops, fresh, green, and minty, with a sweet, grainy, and lightly caramelized malt profile making for a very attractive nose. The flavor is an accurate representation of the aroma, with fresh, minty hops decorating a somewhat light-bodied, grainy beer with just enough caramel malt residual sweetness to give it a suppleness to counter-balance the minty, green hops. It finishes with a lingering, fresh hop greenness thats more flavorful than bitter.Although its no Brown Shugga, its really great beer and almost tastes like the holidays.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1523) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a golden orange with a frothy white head. Aroma of pungent pine. Taste is syrupy sweet followed closely by pine, resin bitterness. As the taste fades, orange citrus lingers as the bitterness fades. Very bitter but finishes well. Mouthfeel is slick with a full body. A little too bitter for multiples, but good once and a while. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Nice clean brew. A smooth malty backbone lightly hopped, semi-sweet finish. Its not as strong or full-bodied as I expect an American strong, but what do I care?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours pale golden orange with small white froth. Aroma is very grassy herbal hops, nice citric character, really nicely balanced hop character with a light sweet malt note. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, picking up plenty of the same citric and herbal, lightly weedy hop character, staying sweet throughout with some caramel and candied fruit notes. Lightly bitter finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Very IPA/APA like but still tasty and fresh.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1510) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Tangerine, orange, citron, mint leaf in the nose. Very spicy rye bread, pepper, green onion. Sweet with a balanced base. The appearance is pale yellow, with a big head and watery lace. A ton of carbonation. The flavor is peppery rye malt, followed by spicy orange peel and grapefruit. Tea leaves, with a very bitter finish, but in a sweetly perfumey way. The palate is slick, and thicker than you might think because its so smooth. A superior, citrusy ale with a beautiful balance. Terrific.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2013 bottle. Pours gold with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma is fresh, crisp, citrus and grassy hops. Taste is very smooth, not overly bitter or sweet. Tinges of orange and bubblegum. Finishes crisp. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1506) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2012
Clear amber like colour. hoppy aroma, resin and pine cones. big hoppy flavour with a nice dry hoppy finish. this brewery should suck more often.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
maybe the keg i got my pour from was old-ish, but poured at a reputable beer bar, nose was average for an ipa. hints of citrus and fruit rind. taste was pretty run of the mill, bitter, little malt profile at all, light medium body, and discernible c-hop profile. citrusy, but not pungent or resinous. people keep comparing it to pliny, but it was very similar to what i remember racer 5 being. a good ipa, but not the upper echelon.


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