How old is this lagunitas sucks?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Luckytiki, Dec 23, 2013.

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  1. Luckytiki

    Luckytiki Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2010 Indiana

    Picked up a 6er of what I thought was fresh Lagunitas Sucks, but after getting home I noticed there was dried beer down the side. Started looking for a date code on the side and saw this:

    0379010340

    Did some searching for Lagunitas bottle dates and this doesn't look like any current format they use.

    How old is this beer? I need to know if I should go back to the store and complain/return my beer.
     
  2. Hillbilly

    Hillbilly Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2012 Tennessee

    Possibly Feb 6.
     
  3. Wrigleyf

    Wrigleyf Initiate (125) Jun 7, 2012 Georgia

    Interesting in that the carton the six pack comes in gives a 2012 date. I guess they had cartons to unload? There is no way this is old beer even though I did not see a date. Tastes way to good.
     
  4. rather

    rather Initiate (0) May 31, 2013 California

    are the numbers spaced at all? look closer around the bottle neck for more.
     
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  5. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    First three digits is the day of the year. Feb 6-ish.

    This year it is coded differently. Picture below is from this year. Bottled on day 340 (dec 6)

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  6. Luckytiki

    Luckytiki Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2010 Indiana

    Nope only the 10 digit # on the bottle in a single line. Sounds like this is from last years run.
     
  7. JohnB311

    JohnB311 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 Massachusetts

    So I grabbed a 6 pack of this today and i think it's from last year...the six pack holder (the text right next to the handle) says "and now in 2012 we are stuck with it...could be worse." The beer isn't terrible but it's not as good as I remember it. Can someone check there 6 pack and see if it says "in 2013..." I just want some confirmation before I go and try to return it at the store tomorrow.
     
  8. Knee_Deep_Fan

    Knee_Deep_Fan Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2013 California

    I'm thinking with the popularity of Sucks, that it is fresh, it sells quickly. I thought it was better last year as opposed to this year. I think it lives up to it's name!
     
  9. DeFaz

    DeFaz Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2013 Ohio

    I have a bottle in front of me purchased today. It does not say 2012.

     
  10. JohnB311

    JohnB311 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 Massachusetts

    On the actual 6 pack holder?
     
  11. DeFaz

    DeFaz Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2013 Ohio

    Oh, no. Although I believe the bottle says exactly what the holder says only in much smaller print. I don't have the holder in front of me though, sorry.
     
  12. StArnoldFan

    StArnoldFan Crusader (755) Dec 28, 2012 Texas

    Just read the Julian date on the bottle. That should tell you
     
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  13. JohnB311

    JohnB311 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 Massachusetts

    Julian date doesn't have the year.
     
  14. mnrider

    mnrider Champion (831) May 26, 2009 Connecticut

    This.
     
  15. BasterdInABasket

    BasterdInABasket Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2010 Wisconsin

    The bottles from this year will have the year stamped I think mine were "363 3", 3 being the year.
    If its from last year, the last number for the year wont be on there, just the 3 digit Julian code.
     
  16. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (824) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    How does the Julian date not include the year..
     
  17. DaKur

    DaKur Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Rhode Island

    All mine say 2012 and taste awesome. Dates of 361 and 356
     
  18. JohnB311

    JohnB311 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 Massachusetts

    Sorry bro didn't realize the random 3 mixed in with all the numbers meant 2013
     
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  19. ford0626

    ford0626 Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2010 Washington

    361 is the 3 hundreed 61th day of the year. If it says 2012 then it is roughly 13 months old I believe.
     
  20. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (862) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Nope. Just as awesome this year.
     
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  21. Janis_Hoplin

    Janis_Hoplin Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2013 Colorado

    We just got Sucks that was bottled on January 4th, which is my birthday. I love me some birthday Sucks
     
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  22. JDD419

    JDD419 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2013 Ohio

    The code on Sucks would look like this 100 3. That would be the 100th day of 2013.
    I just had bottle of hop stoopid that was 353 3 so it was the 353th day of 2013
     
  23. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (12,593) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    How
    How did that hold up? (the Sucks) Are looking at the neck (near the top, hard as hell to see in good light) or the label?
     
  24. Ilovelampandbeer

    Ilovelampandbeer Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2013 New York

    what the hell is the concept of julian dating...i dont want to do math in the middle of the aisle just tell me when the damn bottle was filled
     
  25. Johnny_Muir

    Johnny_Muir Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2014 New Jersey

    If an IPA leaves Chicago at 2:00pm and a Pilsner leaves...
     
  26. skubas86

    skubas86 Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2013 Illinois

    their packaging says 2012 but your beer is fresh
     
  27. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Disciple (346) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois
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    You can also tell cause the first Sucks had a Santa on the bottle not the splatter or whatever is on this years
     
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  28. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (12,593) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Not sure if it is still that way, but the Europeans used to flip their days/months, so I can see where Julian dating could be more universal.

    My bitch is the numbers are small, some times I can't even read them with my readers on ( when I remember to bring them ):grimacing:
     
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  29. JohnB311

    JohnB311 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 Massachusetts

    Especially when the packaging says 2012... I'm sorry but that is piss poor.
     
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  30. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (12,593) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Yeah that wording scared me as well..
     
  31. Janis_Hoplin

    Janis_Hoplin Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2013 Colorado

    I am sitting here at the bottle shop where I work, and I can't find 2012 anywhere on any of the packaging.
     
  32. Janis_Hoplin

    Janis_Hoplin Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2013 Colorado

    Oh I see. Yeah that could be misleading
     
  33. Imacopyouidiot

    Imacopyouidiot Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 Illinois

    It sounds like Lagunitas packaging...sucks, am I right?
     
  34. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin
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    For the size of their breweries Lagunitas and Sierra Nevade need to step it up and put a bottled on date instead of a Julian.... I understand them because I try to learn every breweries dating system, but I see tons of questions (which are very understandable) about the codes. Lagunitas is the worst offender for putting it in that faint black ink you have to hold up to a light to see.
     
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  35. DaltonC

    DaltonC Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2013 Idaho

    I highly doubt it's left over from last year. No store would even have any left. But a market that has a growler station says it's upcoming on their tap list.. Sooo stoked I'm literally gonna go fill all 5 of my growlers.
     
  36. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 North Carolina

    The six pack holder I have says the same thing in the description of the beer at the top on the panel where the handle is, but they are all the fresh ones. The holder also says Limited release as well, witch in my understanding is not the case.
    I suspect they had a surplus of six pack holders to unload.
     
  37. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 North Carolina

  38. Pintofbrown

    Pintofbrown Initiate (0) Jun 25, 2011 Texas

    Yes! Why? Why? Why? Just put the freaking date! I am drinking beer, not doing maths.
     
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  39. DaltonC

    DaltonC Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2013 Idaho

    They put limited release instead of seasonal is my guess. And as a consumer seeing limited release makes me want it more than if it just said seasonal. Plus it also doesn't say ipa or double/imperial ipa anywhere, and it also says Sucks which when your brain registers this you think that this beer sucks. But it takes curiosity to buy this beer and once you do you know the truth.
     
  40. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 North Carolina

    But, according to what Lagunitas has been promoting, Sucks will be year round.
    (Or is)
     
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