BelgianBeerGal (3838) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tops Tempe bottle. Big hoppy, skunky, resinous aroma. Flavor is nicely hopped but not crazy. This is much more balanced than I would have ever guessed. Just the vaguest hint of the almost 8ABV. Enjoyable.
OldMrCrow (2403) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Prufrockstar.
After reading this thread: http://www.ratebeer.com/forums/sucks-vs-celebratio and recently trying SN celebration head-to-head with the very similar Ballast Point Big Eye PA, I was eager to do the head-to-head between Lagunitas sucks and celebration. I will freely admit that I came into this one with a huge bias: the arrival of celebration on the shelves has been an annual event for a decade now, whereas most of what I’ve had from Lagunitas, well, sucks. So even though I freely concede that this year’s celebration is not the best, I expected it to take an easy victory over sucks.
I poured the two beers out side by side into twin Duvel tulips. The first surprise is that the celebration is the darker, orangier of the two ales --- surprising given that I associate Lagunitas with crystal malt bombs. The real surprise, though, comes in the aroma. The Lagunitas has a big juicy grapefruit and mandarin orange peel thing going on, terrific aroma. The celebration, meanwhile, smells of canned corn and stewed vegetables, and barely that. Not a good year for aroma at all. This is a 6/10, giving an easy win for sucks that deserves an 8. Despite the huge difference in aroma, the quite different flavors of these two beers score relatively close to one another, a high 6 for lagunitas and a low 7 for celebration with the edge going to celebration because of its trademark pine-needle close. The lagunitas, while juicier, is also quite a bit sweeter, with a sort of confectionary-sugar-added taste. This is not a good thing, though I admit that when paired with various too-sweet chocolate christmas cookies, this was not so notable as a flaw. For mouthfeel, lagunitas should be able to take the day with its higher abv base, and does so, with a nice full syrupy mouthfeel that carries almost no heat.
Final scores on this tasting are celebration 6/3/7/3/15=3.4, sucks 8/3/6/4/14=3.5, but the lagunitas victory on points is a bit misleading. While overall I greatly prefer smelling the lagunitas, Isomewhat prefer the celebration for actually drinking. A substantial part of that is that the long end of the finish for celebration is really pleasant, whereas the long finish of sucks is sort of sickly sweet with bitter resins underneath. A fun comparison, and perhaps worth trying again some year when celebration puts up a stronger showing. My overall lifetime experience with Celebration has been much more positive, meriting a 4.something, and I’ll bump that down only a tenth or so unless they have another bad year in 2014.
Ajcanon711 (35) - - JAN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet and earthy. Delicious. Blah djsjs did gnd Lspdhsb lsjshsh baba an
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose- grapefruit, pine, resin. Taste- citrus, piney, slight spicy tongue tingle. Very good IPA.
bkurtz (1060) - MOROCCO - JAN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep golden with a nice fluffy head. Wonderful aromas of grapefruit, pine, and more citrus. Complex with a great balance of sweet and some bitterness. What a great brew!
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap! Pours a orange color with a thick head. Aroma is sweet and musky. Taste is sweet hoppy and malty.
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robertjm (850) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
New Year’s Eve tasting Flight (3 of 3 11:16p) - bottled. White head. Golden brown body. Unusual hop aroma. Some resin and tar. Flavor of burnt rice. Definitely different.
vikingguy (1064) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey gold color. Wonderful fruity, floral aroma. Taste - also very fruity and floral with pleasant citrus and biscuit flavors. Has a long bitter grapefruity hop finish. Surprised how much I like this. Very good!
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jcnielsen (3205) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with big white head. Fresh, grassy, spicy, earthy, straw aromas. A nice, fresh hoppy, grassy, citrus flavor, yet balanced by a nice malt backbone. Really fucking nice beer.
S_Side_Smitty (707) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy gold-orange with a thick white head. Aroma is overripe red grapefruit, mango, & pineapple. Awesome aroma! Taste is all of the above without going overboard - actually, nicely balanced. The bitterness is sharp up front and then mellows for an easy bitter finish. Nice.