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RATINGS: 1612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
OnWisconsin (140) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Now a year round beer, we can erase the Holiday Ale part! Appearance is a dark golden color with a nice 1 finger white head. On the nose you get hit hard with lemon and grapefruit followed by some earthy/grass notes. On the palate there is a nice citrus taste followed by some grass and hay and finishing with the nice hop bite, nothing too over powering. Mouthfeel is light with mellow carbonation. I believe the aroma is what makes this beer so satisfying to many.


3.4
davedrinkinbeer (28) - 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!

3.7
Zilverenmaan (308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2017
Poors clear ocre with decent white, lasting head, tick lacing. Aroma very hoppy: resinous, some citrus. Some alcohol presence, not disturbing but this definately packs a punch. Taste hoppy at first, followed by some tasty malts, some bitterness, somewhat dry aftertaste. Very tasty malts but they are a bit overpowered by the hops. Maybe the hops kill the rich taste of the malts a bit. I prefer my hoppy ales less alcoholic.

3.8
kustie (1333) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget. Amber color with off-white head. Aroma has caramel, rye, malt, hoppy elements. Taste is malty with quite long bitter and quite dry aftertaste. Flavors of caramel, rye, fruits, malt. Nice round mouth feeling.

3.9
thejackpacker (684) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget, Östersund. A surprinsgly light beer in colour with a strong hoppy aroma. It plays very heavily on those musty hops of West coast beers. Delicious but not my favourite hops. If this is what they call 'failure' though, they can keep failing...

4
cwill (102) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2017
Light amber pour. Has a sweet aroma with notes of pine, barley and rye. Tastes of sweet rye bread, caramel malts with a resinous piney hop flavor. Bitter sweet dry finish. Genuinely enjoyed this offering. Definitely doesn't suck.

3.9
szymonskc (1044) - Skórcz, POLAND - DEC 1, 2017
Zapach intensywny, owoce tropikalne, żywica, sosna, karmel. Kolor złoty, klarowne. Piana średnio obfita, drobna, trwała, zdobi szkło. W smaku słodkie, średnia pełnia, słód, cytrusy, owoce tropikalne, żywica, karmel, sosna, chleb, cukier, alkohol. Goryczka wysoka, wysycenie niskie.

3.8
mjik83 (1684) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2017
35,5ml flesje via Beerwulf Alcoholpercentage van 8% Uitgeschonken in Grimbergen glas Uiterlijk: goudoranje met redelijke witte schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: neus is bloemig, tropisch, smaak is pine, bloemig, hoppig, goede bitter Conclusie: lekkere Amerikaanse IPA

4.1
NiklasT (135) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2017
Light amber, clear with white head. Aroma has pine and ripe apples, Taste more sweetness and roasted malt. Prominent bitterness at the end.

3.2
erikaraeb (308) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2017
Lite amber in color. Lots of honey in the aroma makes it a bit too sweet for me for an IPA. Getting some amber and orange in there, too.

3.7
EHSRanders (2088) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber color With large creamy White mostly lastning head. Hoppy aroma. Sweet spicy flavor. Creamy palate.


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