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RATINGS: 1376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dougmaher434 (6) - Felton, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012 does not count
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
curtisb70 (7) - Bellevue, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2012 does not count
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cirrhosis (1252) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1373) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
falco242 (319) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Amazing tropical aroma and a light golden pour. Fruity flavor with dry resin palate. Very tasty brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kranin (23) - - FEB 20, 2012
Delicious! Great in bottle & better on tap. Nice sweet hop character. Awesome balance of bitter. (Tap/Longfellow Grill) 02/2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
(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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
victory4me (9) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012 does not count
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1354) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2012
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?!

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