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RATINGS: 1603   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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2.3
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Light, hoppy, fizzy, lots of carb. Needs more body. Also needs more flavor. Meh.

3.6
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2014
On tap a Oblivion Taproom a lil while back. The aroma was pretty hoppy with lots of bready malts and brown sugar all around. As for the taste... plenty of caramel and brown sugar with a subtle bitterness from the mild hop profile. The finish suggested a stronger brew - which is a first for me. Drinkability is a lil’ low for me, but enjoyable nonetheless. Cheers!!!

3.8
R4N5H (1310) - NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2017
33cl bottle at Foodhallen, Amsterdam on 23-Apr-2017. Clear orange amber colour with a small white head which dissipates quickly. Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus and floral hops. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is sweet fruit, medium bitterness and hops. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel and malt. Decent.

3.7
cmacklin (1306) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a medium creamy white head. Aroma has notes of citrus, bitter hops, malt and pine. Has a sweet citrus, malt flavor with hops and a strong, bitter, resinous finish.

3.7
jw0406 (1305) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2011
12 oz bottle pours a golden amber color with a nice white head. Aromas of citrus, grapefruite, pine, huge hop nose. Medium bodied with a dry bitter finish, great

3.6
maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 24, 2015
On tap. Slightly hazy golden amber pour with small off white head. Aroma of caramel, hops, pine, tropical fruits and malts. Taste of sweet malts, peach, apricot, grapefruit, pine, caramel and syrupy hops. Full bodied, lower carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel and a hoppy finish to smooth out the sweetness. A little cloying in the middle but good beer nonetheless.

4
dwaggs2 (1298) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle. Poured a darker yellow almost amber color with a smaller white head. Aroma was almost like an IPA. Strong spruce and hops. Flavor was pine, caramel, and hop bitters. Malty up front and hops in the bitters. A very good beer.

3.5
mnurda (1298) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
On tap at alibi room in gas town Vancouver. Very citrusy. Very hoppy. A bit too boozy for my liking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
hfmejias (1297) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Big bad 32 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, orange, nice big white head and lots of lacing. Aroma of malts, citrus fruit, resin (certainly hoppy) and also some floral notes. Taste is a very well balanced combination of hops and malts, some bread; just a solid beer. Quite drinkable and very enjoyable.

4.1
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2013
(bottle) Pours a clear gold color with a large white head that settles to a medium cap and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very potent with scents of kumquat, powdered Tang, grapefruit, light booze, and light pine. Aroma gets more piney and herbal as it warms. Flavor holds some tropical fruit, like papaya, with faint mango and tangelo also appearing. Mouthfeel is rather full and rounded while the carbonation is subdued, which leads this to be very drinkable. The finish is fairly bitter and quite dry which leads to a nice transition from the sweet fore and mid. Overall this is a really solid beer that I wouldn’t object to drinking again.


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