Strykzone (4405) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass at ITAP Soulard. Pour was clear and golden with a decent white head. The nose offered some nice caramel in front and grassy floeal hops behind that. The taste hit me with a sticky, grassy, spicy hop blam. The hop mix was a bit odd and stayed steady throughout. Some caramel was tasted late andvit was never very big. Good but a bit odd.
andyhwcinc (1326) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on Thanksgiving night while tending to a sick fiance. I’m not a huge Lagunitas fan so when the opportunity to drink a beer called Lagunitas Sucks came around, I figured it’d be a worthy try. And I’m glad I did. Appearance a clear slightly dark gold with a thin white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of honey, spicy hops, slight bready malt, has a nice smell. Taste is also pretty damn good, nice spice/hop mix with a malty crispness, honey gives it a nice sweetness, and it all comes together nicely. Citrusy hops and honey mix together nicely. Really enjoyed this one.
bpreo (1377) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In keeping with my recent trend of actually buying Holiday beers, Lagunitas’ Christmas attempt mentions "Brown Shugga", but it is really a Strong Ale. It smells...... interesting. Tastes...... interesting. It’s just a curious beer, but definitely worth a try.
pottygok (413) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Heavy floral with hints of spice underneath.
Appearance: Clear dark orange with hints of effervescence, but no head to speak of.
Taste: Medium bitterness balanced by a light sweetness in the background.
Palate: Medium-heavy body, oily texture, average carbonation, long finish.
Overall: Meh...it’s passable and certainly not the worst beer I’ve had. I could see buying this for a party, but it’s not something I’d readily pursue or stock on a regular basis. It’s good, but not great or mind blowing.
Thisis12ptfont (748) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
sickassmick (220) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
american strong ale ay? Ok. Lagunitas doesn’t suck.
This smells really hoppy w some honey. The pour is awesome. dark yellow orange. pretty good head retention and a lil lacin. I’m drinking this at a little under room temp. holy crap does this beer taste fresh. pretty refreshing also. Big christmas tree pine bitterness, but smells so good. The longer you sip this, the more hop resin starts to sit on the back of your tongue, and it could get to be a little much. tell you what tho. URP! wow. I do this all for the burps that taste like that! yum! I forget what brown shugga was but i think i rated it and the guy at bevmo said it sold out fast every year. This one is really good as a substitute. I’m not sure i understand what they mean by not having the "brewing capacity" to do brown shugga. Is this company having a rough year? The stores are killing them by overpricing all their beers.. this 6 pack was 11 bucks. little too much IMO, but hell, I’m frickin rich sucka.
JoeTheYounger (1123) - Claremont, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Rancho Cucamonga. Golden orange pour. This brew was very nice. Lots of citrus and floral aromas along with taste going on here. Wondering if they didn’t make much since they said it was a replacement for BrownShugga.
thome50 (851) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a vibrant golden orange with a light white head. Aroma is of citrus hops which I wasn’t expecting reading the description on this beer. Holy hell! The taste totally blows me away, this is one of my favorite new DIPAs of the year! "American Strong Ale"?! No way! Tons of grapefruit and citrus here, I love this stuff. Merry Christmas, this doesn’t suck!
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear white amber with a small white head that has alright retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is some pine hops, some light grapefruit, and a bit of caramel. The taste is some sweet pine and citrus, and then some light caramel. The finish has a light bitterness. Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall, I found this beer to be a bit boring.
boFNjackson (4007) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured a coppery orange with a thin head. Nose had dank and citrus hops. Full bodied, well carbonated, tangerine citrus hops. Woody, earthy, sunflower seeds, and a hint of grains. Toasted sugary sweetness. Super hop forward. Pine, pepper-spiced, resinous, floral, and again with the citrus.