RATINGS: 1652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
Nocturne (1992) - 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 it’s trying to be. Seems maltier than a DIPA but not malty enough to be an American barleywine. Enjoyable though.

4
RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2012
12oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Snifter at 40°. Color is nice golden with a slight haze and good carbonation that produces a soft tight head. Aroma is rich, sweet and hoppy. Medium body with a light crisp mouth feel. Flavor is citrus with a touch of pine then tropical fruit comes in leaning on pineapple and end with some toffee. After taste is dry with a mild bitterness and a bit of grapefruit. Overall its a great brew extremely complex and well balanced. Thanks Larry.

4.2
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Aroma of citrus, hints of pine. Sweet and bitter. Pours golden with a frothy head. Tastes sweet of citrus...orange, grapefruit and slight pine. Delicious brew.

3.8
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a white head. Nose is dank hops with grass and sweet resiny notes. Palate is smooth up front with a nice bitter finish and a sticky tongue. Flavors of resiny and piney hops, golden cereal malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
monk191 (1979) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2013
A pretty basic Lagunitas. Great color, but falls short a bit. Nice hoppy background, just seems to be missing something. Aroma and taste have notes of honey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
DocJitsu (1979) - 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 I’ve 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.

4.7
MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 9, 2015
I’ve been wanting Sucks for a long time, now. Wow, that sounds dirty... With the innuendo out of the way, let’s go right into it. Appearance is like a beautiful IPA: hazy orange with a frothy, long-lasting head. Aroma reveals floral hops, caramel, pine resin, juniper, and citrus. Taste showcases candy-like malt, citrusy hops redolent of orange cream, toffee, spiciness, and a boozy bite. Mouthfeel is crisp with a stomach-warming alcohol finish. Even in the eclectic Strong Ale category, Sucks is entirely unique. It’s tricky to describe and damn hard to pigeonhole into any one style. Sucks is an Imperial IPA/American Strong Ale thing with lots of West Coast attitude. It’s... Ah, shit. It’s really good, okay? Leave me to it.

3.6
VamboladeTolly (1975) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle as Lagunitas sucks holiday ale. ABV 7,7. Pours golden with small white head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy, pine, citrus, caramel, berries, rotten fruits. Taste is bitter with some sweetness, malty, hay, Medium body. Long bitter finish. Nice.

3.6
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Poured a coppery orange with a thin head. Nose had dank and citrus hops. Full bodied, well carbonated, tangerine citrus hops. Woody, earthy, sunflower seeds, and a hint of grains. Toasted sugary sweetness. Super hop forward. Pine, pepper-spiced, resinous, floral, and again with the citrus.

4.1
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Amber-gold with big, foamy, white head / Bright nose of weed and citrus / Medium body, some biting hops with extremely bitter finish / Flavors of weed, hops, grapefruit, and passionfruit / This has the building blocks of being a superb ipa, but the bitterness is so over the top that it drags down the body and flavor.


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