RATINGS: 1622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
AKA Holiday Ale
AKA Holiday Leftover Ale
AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

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 8% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Remember how good this brew was a couple years ago. This years’ is no different! Clear, dark golden color. Big scents & flavors of sweet, citrusy hops & a balanced malt backbone. A great, solid beer.

NYbeerfan (20) - Binghamton, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2018
front end aroma is forgettable, good color, but great taste. The backend palate is also forgettable, but overall its great, especially a nice and smoothe 8%er

BaroneBirra (518) - Gorizia, ITALY - FEB 3, 2018
Bottle @Bunker paired with bbq ribs. Clear gold with fluffy head. Sweet hoppy aroma. Hoppy taste, bitter with malty aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol.

GRM (4267) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2018
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, drunk at Lagunitas Chicago Taproom, savoured on May 12 2017; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, ring of off-white head, light lacing; nose: pine, fruity, orange, light Cointreau, alcohol; mouth: pine, fruity, orange, light Cointreau, alcohol, dry finale in bittering hops with presence of Cointreau, full body, rather carbonated, rather bitter, lightly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine

Verre, 4 onces, en fût, bue au Lagunitas Chicago Taproom, savourée le 12 mai 2017; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, anneau de mousse blanc cassé, légère dentelle; nez : pin, fruité, orange, léger Cointreau, alcool; bouche : pin, fruité, orange, léger Cointreau, alcool, finale sèche en houblon amérisant avec présence de Cointreau, corsée, plutôt carbonatée, plutôt amère, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement râpeuse; en résumé : bien

rf0263 (28) - - JAN 31, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2018 Grande birra. Esplosione di aromi. L'amaro la fa da padrone. Lagunitas una garanzia. Voto personale 9.6/10

motthes (348) - GERMANY - JAN 29, 2018
orange, golden, sparkling, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, full body, average carbonation, bitter,

thebeerbandit (54) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2018 1/17/18 Had with Abby just hanging out after a long nap. Poured from bottle. Medium amber with a 2-finger foamy head that settles but sticks around. Smell is huge piney hops with some floral character as well. Taste is aggressively hopped with pine and tropical fruit dominating. Quite bitter with some wheaty malt sweetness at the finish. Palate is medium/light with a tinge of sweetness at the end. Nice big complex finish. Overall, Lagunitas never disappoints. Great IPA.

CloakedDagger (2996) - - JAN 2, 2018
Bottle 35,5 cl. As "Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale". Pours a clear golden with a creamy and lacing off-white head. Nose is sweet and fruity with some subtle, herbal hops. Body is thick, sweet and malty - fruity too. A vague perfumy whiff. Rather discreet bitterness. Almost gets a little cloying. 020118

ebone1988 (2285) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is caramel, fruity, tropical fruit, pine, sweet, floral, some kind of candy I can't put my finger on. Appearance is golden amber, light tan head, clear. Taste is caramel, dry, pine, citrus, spice, not nearly as sweet or floral as the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, super bitter citrus rind caramel aftertaste. Overall, this one is pretty interesting.

vandc01 (460) - North Branch, USA - DEC 25, 2017
12 bottle Had this many times - apparently I’ve never rated it. Another great beer from lagunitas

davedrinkinbeer (29) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2017
Well, every once in awhile a beer has a perfect name, and indeed this one does-- Lagunitas Sucks-- not Lagunitas who makes mostly outstanding beers but this beer called 'Sucks' is my exact initial thought. Well that was my initial thought when I opened this beer. I picked up on the hops scent very quickly, and the taste was kinda like a muted IPA with unknown ingredients. Sucks was a perfect name for it. So bad, I let the beer sit and warm up for about 20 minutes! Sure enough, as the beer warmed up some, the taste got much better. Now it tastes more like an IPA, but with sweet components to it. Mouthful was very consistent, finishes clean and was not hard to drink at all. So maybe this beer doesn't suck!

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