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RATINGS: 1350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1558) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Tasted from a 12oz brown bottle into tulip pint glass, thanks gregwilsonstl! It poured a clear, orangish amber colour with fast upward streams of bubbles, HUGE, everlasting sudsy off-white foam which, after many slow pours you finally manage to fill the glass and perhaps hours or days later (that’s what it felt like, okay?!) you drink it down to the point where you see all the beautiful Belgian lace glued to the sides, too. It looked like a fuck!ng magic bubble bath which never dissipates. Aroma was profoundly strong citrusy/resiny American hops and not much else. I was prepared for this to be just another grapefruit bomb, but I was wrong. Thankfully, the flavours were much more complex than the aroma. Still extremely hops-forward, obviously, but I tasted layers of English marmalade, dried apricots, cranberries, mamosas, lemoncello...I could go on...but then held in balance by a crisp, firm, husky grainbill which reads like a Belgian farmhouse ale. Peppery, earthy, woodsy...getchasome! Light body, moderate carbonation, with a well-rounded mouthfeel, and harmonious hoppy tang that just wouldn’t go away. Smooth not harsh, with high alcohol content completely hidden as well. Man, oh man, I gotta hand it to Lagunitas, this is another ridiculously well-crafted beer. I’m not even a big fan of IPAs, but this is like a hop-bursted Saison, which I can most certainly get behind. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1391) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2013
I had this on tap at Doherty’s last week. This rating is from the bottle. Pours out a light golden color. Fine carbonation with a foamy white head that settles to a heavy lace. Aroma is bright and hoppy. Flavor is of honey malts with a blend of citrusy-spice hops. Lingering bready and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jur (437) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2013
10oz. Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver. Big fan of their regular IPA. This one starts of nicely, but develops too sweetly. Pity

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dwalsh1542 (24) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Aroma is hoppy, with a skunky weed nose to it. Pours a light golden color with a big head, and nice lacing down the glass. Taste is hoppy with a sweet finish, and a lingering alcohol burn. Sucks has creamy mouth feel and. Overall Its a solid DIPA. I just don’t get the weedy, grassy skunky nose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (186) - - MAR 16, 2013
Appearance is golden with slight haze and thick creamy white foam cap. Intense hop aroma, with strong citrus and hints of pine. Great bready malt flavor up front with a strong but well balanced hop bitterness that doesn’t overpower. Medium creamy mouthfeel, especially for an IPA. Finishes with a clean hop bite and touch of warmth from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jnkor (320) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Aroma is a bit too sweet, but a good earthy grassy smell. Appearance is a bit too yellow, but head was good. Taste is hoppy and not too sweet, actually a good bitterness. Palate is not too thick, and is a bit dry for an ipa. Like the mix of sweet aroma but dry palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
The nose is glorious, beautiful hop cones. It smells like spring flower petals, if every spring flower produced hops. It is an absolutely gorgeous yellow-gold color with a barely off-white head. The flavor is, again, liquid hop. The best part, though, is that it’s not that cloying, bitter, over-hopped disaster that so many craft breweries are doing these days. It’s just a smooth, delicious hop flavor. Don’t get me wrong; the bitterness is there. It’s just not overpowering. It leaves that great hop dryness in your mouth. This is a damn fine beer, and I can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone who even kinda likes IPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Touchshriek (8) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2013 does not count
Gorgeous IPA. Heavy citrus notes mix well with prominent hoppy flavors. Smooth finish and pine undertones make this a must have pale ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2099) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2013
I’ll let a brewer off the hook for not making a yearly and traditional beer when they replace it with an even better one - like this IPA! If Lagunitas hasn’t already, they should give this beer a permanent name and make it a fixture in the year-round lineup. This guy is right up there with the Maximus, as well as some of the other best IPA’s in the land. The beer pours a fairly light gold color with a voluptuous white head. The head leaves a ton of sticky lace around the edge of the glass. The nose is bright, pungent and spicy, with notes of wood, grapefruit, tangerine, orange and grapes. The body is full and silky smooth. This beer is absoutely delicious! I cannot drink enough of this. Before I knew it, three bottles were gone. The flavors are seriously dry and spicy, but with a ton of tropical fruit notes. This IPA has the balance of a champion. There is a ton of bready maltiness and light yeasty flavor to compliment the faceful of hops. Lagunitas Sucks is a hop-lover’s dream!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (910) - - MAR 14, 2013
Gold pour with a finger of head. Gobs of white lace. Pine hops in the aroma - fairly bitter. Papaya and Mango as well. Taste of pine, An assortment of citrus fruit, guava, mango, papaya, grapefruit rinds. solid. Medium body. Resiny aftertaste. everything integrates well. Very easy drinking.

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