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RATINGS: 1616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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
furthur (1255) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Medium amber body floats a creamy off white head that leaves decent lacing. Smells of citrus and juniper and cut hay, mango and orange, caramel. Taste is mango and juniper, bitter orange, faint honey in the finish. Palate is rich and thick, carbonation is fine and light, perfect. This is really fine beer. Just a touch bitter on the finish to be something I want all day, but so close!

3.7
pictoman (1253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Clear golden yellow with white head. Caramel malt, light hops and a little funk. Finishes a little light and dry.

4
Gachupines (1252) - USA - MAR 8, 2014
Golden with a thick white head. Aroma is piney hops with a bit of resinous sap. Flavor is restrained pine hops with a somewhat sweet malt backbone. Very drinkable. Wife: 3.75

4
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours orange with some white head and clear. Nose is bursting with pineapple, orange, citrus, flowers, tropical fruits, sweet fruits, pear and a touch of sweet malts. Flavor is huge, citrus, pineapples, tropical fruits, mango, peaches. Medium light sweet malt in there as well and just a touch of spicy hops in the finish. Great beer

3.6
JanEric (1250) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2017
Tap at de Beurs Meppel. Served in a jar. Clear yellow colour with a small dense head. Aroma has citrus grapefruit and a slight sweetness. Decent ale like an ipa.

3.8
Peter_L (1247) - SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2014
Flaska från SB. Doftar mango, tallbarr, kåda och citrus. Värmande och kraftigt besk smak. Denna matchas med en medelhög sötma. Lite torr i slutet.

3.9
lello4ever (1243) - ITALY - JAN 16, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2017 Dorata e limpida, schiuma biancastra compatta. Aroma abbastanza fresco, note erbacee, agrumi. Al palato non è male, con una buon equilibrio tra amaro e base maltata e alcol che sostiene bene. Sempre note di agrumi e una luppolatura giusta. Carbonazione media. Corpo medio.

4.6
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 Bottle. 12 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Pours honey clear golden with a frothy, lacy white head. Aroma of tangy apricot, fresh pineapple, pine hops, and some really subtle carmel and honey. Tastes intensely hoppy with some incredible citrusy notes. Dry, intensely bitter finish. Superb IPA. This is definitely not an American strong.

4
rjplumer (1236) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Blast of floral piney hops from the start. Deep amber color. At first a quick dose of bitterness which then switches to a sweet malty finish. Sense a some pepper rye on the tongue. Has that crispy west coast hoppiness to it. Has a refreshing crispiness to it. Well worth a try.

4.1
Thisis12ptfont (1232) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Aroma contains strong hops and pines with a heavy grapefruit and citrus. Appearance is a light gold with a medium foam. Taste is balanced hops, pines, grapefruit and citrus. Nice piney/herby finish. Overall, a strong, full flavor. Nice bitter and hoppy flavor. I’d give this an A rating


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