RATINGS: 1612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
AKA Holiday Ale
AKA Holiday Leftover Ale
AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

This sad holiday season we didnt 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, wed short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. Its 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. Its 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 8% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17574) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
On tap at Hops & Glory Islington. Gold clear lasting white head. It?s a hoppy butter in your face beer. Yep tastes of 8% too. wow what a beer. Big blond and hoppy. Huge. Certainly grabbed me. Ok.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chiiidog (42) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Im not sure why this is under the American Strong Ale category. It is undoubtedly a DIPA. I had the fortune of trying both my first Heady Topper & Pliny the Elder about a week before I had this, and Sucks did not disappoint in the face of those two legendary beers. Awesome citrusy hop smell & taste with the perfect amount of sweet malt to give this beer incredible balance. If this beer becomes more widely available year round like Lagunitas promised, Ill probably buy one of those big quarts once a week.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1768) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Electric orange pour. Pixie stick, tangerine candy aroma, sticky and super bright. High acid pineapple flavor, sometimes a grilled flavor, sometimes canned. Malt is fulsome and thick but rather blank for contributing flavor; some biscuit, and some caramel. The hops throughout are snappy and sweet, close to tropical overkill, especially in concert with so much sugar. Good drinkability at this alcohol level. Though it leans heavy at times, it always stays punchy; the finish however is syrupy, candy fruit, sticky smack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1917) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Keg at Euston Tap, London. Slightly hazy golden colour. White head, lace. Aroma is loaded with piney hops. Taste opens with caramel malt before a hop assault takes hold. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Pretty decent on the whole but hard to grasp what its trying to be. Seems maltier than a DIPA but not malty enough to be an American barleywine. Enjoyable though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 27, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-13-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance Served a golden amber color with a one finger white head. The head slowly fades over time to give a light level of lacing. Smell The aroma is a nice mix of citrus hop and tropical fruit. The tropical fruit is a nice mix of pineapple, mango and tangerine with the hop being mainly of a grapefruit aroma mixed with a hint of pine hop. Taste The taste begins with a nice bready and tropical fruit flavor of mango and papaya and some tangerine mixed within. With these flavors is a lighter caramel flavor which grows stronger more toward the middle and end of the taste. Also as the flavor advances, some hop flavors, mainly of a grapefruit nature, come to the tongue. While the hop flavors grow stronger in nature as the taste advances further, they never really drown out the sweeter and malty flavors as they seem to keep pace with the hop. In the end, a sweeter and malty hopped taste is left on the tongue. It is very balanced and very nice. Mouthfeel The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker body helps the hop flavors stand out and is great for the bready body of the beer with the lower carbonation accentuating these flavors and helping to create a very soothing mouthfeel. Overall This is a fantastic, slightly sweeter but very balanced IPA. A great drinking brew and one I will certainly seek out more often.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4451) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine, Summerlin. Clear golden pour, thin white head. Aroma of fruity hops, caramel, wheat, slightly spicy, and grassy. Flavor is quite bitter, fruity, sweet malty with quite a huge body and a very nice balance. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (301) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2015 A lightish floral/grapefruit aroma leads into a big punch of similar flavor with plenty of bitterness. Nicely balanced, but heavy on the hops... Joy! Medium bodied with a crisp/clean finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tania_nexust (230) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Draught keg at Euston Tap. Could smell it across the bar as soon as it was poured - like peachy hops. When sniffed up close its more like a big whiff of full-on cat pee hiding beneath the tight creamy head. Huge fruit flavours without having too sweet or heavy a backbone. Peach, guava, mango, kiwifruit. Long fruity finish with a slight dryness at the end. Soft rather than acidic. Pretty yummy all round (understatement!).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3205) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Draught at Lagunitas Taphouse. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with cotrus, floral hops, resin, peach, mango and pine. Bitter finish with floral hops, citrus, resin and peach. Exquisite brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (694) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Pours a nice amber gold, with a white head. Aroma has hops, with hints of apricot, caramel, and fruit. Not too dry not too sweet, creamy, and very drinkable. Taste is some hops, caramel, apricot, and the hints of fruit. Balanced taste. Nice.

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