Here’s another beer that’s been sent to me for my comment.
Lagunitas Brewing Co. has dropped me some Lagunitas Sucks, another of their beer with a long story behind it. This was originally brewed when they were building out a new California brewhouse, and realized they would not be able to fit in the longer production schedule for their holiday staple, Brown Shugga, itself a “happy little accident” caused they they ran out of fermentables and had to raid every store around for brown sugar. Knowing how fans would react to losing their favorite, Lagunitas pre-emptively named this beer “Lagunitas Sucks.”
This beer is considered either a Double IPA, or an American Strong Ale. The difference is in a “cereal mash” of barley, rye, wheat, and oats, fermented to 8.0% abv, then dry-hopped.
I had previously had a bottle last year, one that wandered into my cellar in 2017 and stayed. This did show a little phenol from age, so I was happy to try one less than a month old.
It definitely fresher hop nose, with some citrus over a fluffy off-white head. Brassy yellow color with some unfiltered “floaty” bits. Taste has much more of the Pacific Northwestern hop load, more pine and resin. There is not much alcohol apparent here, and the malt barely holds back against the hop burst.
This is very much a standalone beer, calling too much attention to itself to go with a meal. Have it after dinner, and while keeping a sociable distance at the bar.