dougmaher434 (6) - Felton, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer. Love the taste, love the balance of the hops. I love the hop burst you get and the strong citra flavor. Very citrus hops but not too bitter. A favorite of mine the last two months.
curtisb70 (7) - Bellevue, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is amazing. Hops forward, dank, smells of pine and grapefruit. Probably one of the best smelling beers I have had. Taste is consistent with the aroma, but less pronounced. Filtered beer, appearance is not anything special. I wish I had more of this and I hope Lagunitas keeps this in their lineup.
Cirrhosis (1252) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!!!!!WHAT IS THIS BEER!!!MY MIND IS BLOWN!! Thanks Jeff for saving me one out of the 60 you bought. Clear peachy gold with a tall rocky crown. MASSIVE peachy hop aroma, pineapple, tangerine, bubblegum, with mild hints of leather. This aroma is epic! Roapy lacing is so very sticky. Taste is so intense, big hop bomb with a leathery malt balance. Pineapple, tangerine, lemon hard candy in the finish. The bitter sneaks up on you, you never really notice it but after a while it builds up and lingers for ever. Pine really shows up in the second half of the bottle, I also just realized that this is supper dry. DAM I WANT MORE OF THESE!!! But some jackass bought the entire stock for the entire city!!!! I know where he lives lets storm his house with pitchforks and jello.
kevinsenn (1373) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI. Aroma: YES! A perfect hop explosion in my nose. Appearance, clear amber, a little on the light side. Taste is not as good as the aroma would lead you to believe, but still very good. A winner.
falco242 (319) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing tropical aroma and a light golden pour. Fruity flavor with dry resin palate. Very tasty brew.
Kranin (23) - - FEB 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious! Great in bottle & better on tap. Nice sweet hop character. Awesome balance of bitter.
(Tap/Longfellow Grill) 02/2012
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a bright hazy amber gold with a white ring around the top. Leaves lacing.
Aroma: Danky grapefruit, pineapple, pinsol tangerine.
Taste: Pine and grapefruit bitterness dry spicy malt.
Mouthfeel: Rough, spicy high carbonation. (editor’s note: less carbed from the bottle).
Overall: Perfection. I’d love it if Lagunitas made room for this all year long. Like Big Bird professed, Keep Christmas With You, All Through The Year.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle from BevMo! Scottsdale). Pours a clear golden color with an off-white head that cakes itself to the glass. Thick stuff. Aroma has some grapefruit, tropical fruits, some resin and a bit of pepperiness. Taste is sweet with some pleasant bitterness. Medium bodied and a creamy texture. Very drinkable and quite tasty.
victory4me (9) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear golden with a big fluffy head with lots of lacing. Huge aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, and apricot. Bold flavors of citrus combined with a piney bitterness that is not overwhelming. Beautiful beer for any hophead. One of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.
Chad9976 (1354) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I appreciate breweries with a sense of humor, whether subtle or obvious and in the case of Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale it’s clear they were going for irony of Orwellian proportions. It most definitely does not suck, in fact it’s close to absolute perfection. A beer with amazing, delicious taste, smooth drinkability and is very versatile. The only thing that sucks about this beer is that it’s not a year-round offering.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Bright orange color with only slight haze; some carbonation bubbles visible. Forms a large, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces beautifully.
Smell: Magnificent bouquet of fleshy tropical fruits (i.e. mango, papaya, guava, passion fruit); noticeable sweet candy-like aroma too plus organic flowers. Extremely inviting.
Taste: Sometimes you know a beer is great when you drink it quickly because you enjoy it so much. I drank Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale in about five minutes because it was so delectable. The palate matches the nose perfectly: a strong, delightful and delicious palate of tropical fruit, candy sweetness and prominent hop bitterness that doesn’t overwhelm. It’s akin to tropical fruit juice mixed with hops and Spree candy.
The palate begins with a sharp, somewhat dry hop bitterness. Then the fruit flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit, guava, et al come rushing in. It’s a wonderful combination of hop bitterness and hop-derived fruitiness. I’m guessing this beer was made with Citra and Amarillo hops. I get a strong orange character which imparts some tartness, but not acidity. There’s noticeable sweetness too, like fruit-flavored sucker candy and it finishes with just a bit of resin or pine on the back end. The hops linger on the tongue and are rather dry, but so do the fruit flavors. A very pleasant sensation all around.
Drinkability: This is a beer that rides that fine line between single and double IPA in terms of robustness and complexity of palate. The hops are the star of the show, as it is quite bitter, but its bitterness reading seems a little low at 63.21 IBUs. The ABV, however, seems a bit high at 7.85%. It doesn’t have the bulk or density of a beer that strong and there’s no alcohol presence whatsoever. The delicious taste is made even better by the fact the beer feels so comfortable in the mouth and goes down so smoothly. A full-bodied palate for sure, yet it doesn’t feel thick or sticky. Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale is versatile, too, as it would be ideal for spicy food pairings, but its tasty enough to enjoy as a dessert. When’s the last time you could say that about an IPA?!