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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1842) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Lagunitas Sucks (32-oz. bottle) has a thin, off-white head, a mostly clear, orange-gold appearance, a few stray bubbles, and a bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of standardized, piney hop resin, and a touch of white bread. Taste is the same, with noticeable, but not harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Lagunitas Sucks finishes semi-dry and fairly drinkable. RJT

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocJitsu (1823) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Pours a clear classic golden color with a short white head. Not much head formed due to how carefully the beer was poured by the bartender. The bouquet might be the best of any beer Ive ever had. Fresh grapefruit right up front with some underlying cannabis. Just a wonderful aroma. Mouthfeel is full, wet, and a bit oily. Carbonation bites just a bit on the finish. The flavor is magnificent. Grapefruit! A lot more pine in the flavor than appeared in the bouquet. Just enough rye in this beer to set all the flavors and aromas off in a more vibrant fashion. A remarkably well-engineered brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1822) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Pours a deep golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is of citrus hops, pine, weed, tropical fruits, sweet malts, and some rye. Taste is of nice resinous citrus hops, pine, tropical fruits, sweet malts, sour rye malts, and some fresh cut grass. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, pretty bitter, yet still refreshing finish. Overall, a well made and drinkable IPA that I wish would be available all year now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pour is mostly clear orange amber with a fairly tight white head and strong lacing. Nose has a bit of caramel malt and notes of bread. The hops are citrusy and piney. Taste is balanced as well, sweeter caramel malt, bread is a bit lighter. Hops in back, more bright than the nose, lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Lighter body, strong carbonation, dry clean finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Appearance: Pours a bright hazy amber gold with a white ring around the top. Leaves lacing.

Aroma: Danky grapefruit, pineapple, pinsol tangerine.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit bitterness dry spicy malt.

Mouthfeel: Rough, spicy high carbonation. (editors note: less carbed from the bottle).

Overall: Perfection. Id love it if Lagunitas made room for this all year long. Like Big Bird professed, Keep Christmas With You, All Through The Year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottled December 16, 2014.
Appearance: The body is crystal clear, showing off lazy and wide spread carbonation bubbles in the golden to light amber hued body. The head is short and soft looking, forming a dense white head.
Aroma: The aroma is heavy on citrus, lots of orange and apricot along with a hint of pineapple. The aroma isnt overly strong, but its not shy either.
Taste: This is a very nice flavorful and enjoyable IPA. Lots of citrus, like the aroma, with a lingering pineapple. The malt base is firm providing a mild sweetness to balance the beer out. The finish has a strong bitterness that almost comes off as astringent, grapefruit like.
Palate: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated.
Overall: This is a very enjoyable IPA, it reminds me a lot of Victorys Hop Ranch actually. This is a bit of a better value though and perhaps a bit better balanced. This is a must try for every hop head!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2015
Bottled. Pours golden with a huge white head. Smells bread malty, a bit hay, spicy. Tastes spicy hoppy, a bit herby with a bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1796) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Location/Date:Bottled poured on December 17th, 2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange with some bubbles.
Aroma: Aroma is strong of hops, barley and rye
Taste: Taste is a good amount of bitterness but not overpowering, rye and barley
Palate:Medium - medium light body, slightly slick.

Summary: I dont know what it is, but this beer is just really really tasty right now. I have five more, which is great, so Ill get to try again. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1791) - Penfield, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2014 Clear straw pour with a white head that hangs around for a while. Intense floral hop aromas with some citrus as well. Slight touch of sweetened grapefruit in there as well. Nicely bitter on the tounge, some residual sweetness but mostly finishes dry and bitter. Very good. Tangy bittering hops, some citrus but not too much. This is a damn good beer. Fucken A.

UPDATE: this beer is fantastic in 32oz bottles. Upping the score to a solid 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 12 oz. bottle from trade. No date but should be fresh since I got it today. Pours a deep clear golden orange with a small white head. Big malt aroma with bits of grapefruit, orange rind, caramel. This smells rather malty for what I expected. Flavor is a big malt bomb with caramel, honey, and densely sweet citrus. Waaay sweet for a sub-8% brew. Heavy slick mouthfeel, sweet and nearly syrupy, with medium carbonation. This was totally not what I expected from this beer. Not bad but not close to the hype. Like, this is wtf level short of hype. I wonder if this is an older bottle. There is a number on the neck but doesnt seem to be a Julian date so no effing clue.

Retrying this with a bottle I know is fresh. Pours golden and clear with a giant fluffy white head. Off the bat there is significantly more cat pee, pine, lemon peel, and huge florals than last time. Flavor is a mouthfeel of fresh hops, medium bitter, with honey, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, and some sweet malts in the background. What a night and day difference! Medium slick mouthfeel with medium or a little less carbonation. A really nice brew that I could have again for sure. Maybe a step or two below my favorites but still very nice. Only complaint is that I would like a bit more carb.

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