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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)

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8,886 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,886
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 529
Gots: 1,605 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

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 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.
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Ratings: 8,886 | Reviews: 1,437
Photo of mmahanna41
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite Lagunitas UN-LIMITED RELEASE. They nailed it with this one, similar smell and taste to Zombie Dust.

Photo of moundbz
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great smell and alright taste

Photo of Devin_Curtis
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer, not at all what I was expecting, the hops are very promising in it his beer...I want more.

Photo of THoff94
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid pale ale. Bitter but it is tasty.

Photo of camarocrazy67
2.67/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It is good at first but wierd aftertaste

Photo of sporklift87
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pours three fingers frothy white head, with excellent retention and sticky lacing walls. Golden and orange, clear but some small particulate matter visible. Head fades eventually to thick film. Oranges immediately apparent to nose, followed by rye, spices and lemon peel. Tastes just like nose, with a balanced bitterness and cereal grains. Feels medium/heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation. Love the rye feel. Aftertaste lingers for several minutes. Alcohol is well disguised, leaving no drying sensation. Love the combination of wheat, oats, rye and barley. Makes for great complexity. This is a great holiday style ale, and their story behind this brew cracked me up. I forgive you, Lagunitas. Keep up the good work.

Photo of ialcaraz
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was excellent. I expected an over hopped beer, as I had previously come to known Lagunitas to have. I had it in a pint glass, which is likely not the proper way to have this, but regardless my experience was great.

Photo of VegasLou
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not exactly what I was expecting but it was delicious none the less. Great beer for a warm spring or summer day.

Photo of WellsWay
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really smooth. Bottle a little old, but still good

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprising. This one was much different than what i was expecting, pours gold. Not much head, the aroma is strange, i get the caramel and hops followed by the malt, it's really hard to pin the exact flavors, but very sweet. The taste is what surprised me the most, so balanced, the malts and hops, and the ale goes down smooth as water. The flavors work so well together and i'm honesty so impressed with the drinkability of this guy, The bottle I got was also close to 2 months old, but man, i must have drank that thing in like 3 minutes.

Photo of ElJacobian
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very solid beer. I'm getting pine needles, grapefruit, pineapple juice and bread on the smell. Taste is pretty smooth and balanced. Just a tad bready for me but great overall. It doesn't have anything that "pops" or really stands out to me, otherwise I'd give it a really good score. Awesome IPA overall.

Photo of jribeiro025
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Piney and grapefruit hints. Fantastic beer!

Photo of chrisjws
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 edition, served in a tulip glass on tap

A: Dark red/reddish brown. See through in proper light. 1/2 to 1 finger of off white head that laced the glass throughout the session. No visible alcohol legs.
S: Piney, sweet, brown sugar, molasses. Big aroma from hops and malts. No booze detected on the nose.
T: Bite of pine upfront, followed by malty sweetness. The more sips you take, your palate adjusts to the bite and the brown sugar element really comes to the front. Finishes sweet and dry.
M: Medium-big mouth feel, medium carbonation. FInishes dry.
O: Big beer that's extremely drinkable. Great combination of sweet malts and hops. Definitely a go to beer for me anytime I can get it.

Photo of dbnarley
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent brew with a creamy head. Great lacing that stays on the glass the entire drink. Starts out somewhat slightly bitter with a slight sweet finish. One ill have again for sure. Flat out delicious.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear honey amber with a head made up of large and small bubbles.
S: Lemony pine
T: Piney! Little bit of citrus. Very balanced, pleasant bitterness.
F: Very smooth, amazing texture - not quite creamy, not too thick or too thin, juuuust right.
O: I really like this one and will definitely have it again!

Photo of blockdude
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really thought I was going to like this, but I felt the brown sugary sweetness didn't complement the other flavors and left an unpleasant lingering flavor in my mouth.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a big 32 oz. bottle of this in Totowa a few weeks back, having never had this before. I had the regular Brown Shugga a while ago and heard good things about this. While this was not terribly strong, hopped, or potent, there was a really complex groups of flavors that allowed this beer to grow on me as I worked my way through this and let it warm up. While not as good as the leaders in this category, it's an improvement over the original version of this beer.

Golden pour to this with a head that seemingly never quit and lacing that formed nice rings over the top half of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this either but boy, was there a lot in the taste. Gorgonzola. Onion. Soda. Grass. Straw. Hints of tropical fruit. Apple. Crystalline Sugar. They're all here and in good proportion to one other. Much lighter than I thought, I wasn't sure how this beer had 63 IBU's in it since it didn't feel that strong or overtly hopped to me. The resembled a regular IPA or even an ESB, given how well it went down and light an impression it gave off.

While the alcohol was strong, I only felt it and could never taste it. Not the best offering from Lagunintas currently on the shelf but there was enough to like here without the usual "hop bomb" characteristics that are found in so many beers of this style. Quirky, subtly strong, and deep, this beer was typical of Lagunitas style and slightly held true to form as there was some brown sugary-sweetness that was underneath everything else here. A fun beer that's worth a go for IPA lovers.

Photo of danieelol
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With great thanks to Wyatt

Think it's about 1.5 months old looking at the bottle date.

Pours a nice filtered looking yellowish kind of chrome. Nice well-retaining head and good lacing.

Nose is white grapey. Also melon and pine and orange-y, slightly boozy malt. Gives an impression of paw paw.

Taste is more grapey. Flavours carry through well to the taste and the flavour is consistent throughout the palate, no watery spots. More melon to be found on the palate and a decent dose of balancing sweetness which renders this tasty and drinkable. Finishes only on a real subtle bitterness which is more than balanced by the sweetness, which lives up to Lagunitas' reputation. I like this actually.

Mouthfeel has the white grape coming in midway through and retaining. Otherwise just a wholesome sort of sweet melon flavour. Hint of bitter booze on the end, which isn't really a drawback.

Only "problem" is a mild booziness throughout which is a little bit surprising for the ABV, but it doesn't particularly bother me and the rest of the elements are exceptional.

Really good beer and firmly in the new school which emphasises aromatics over bitterness. Cheers Wyatt.

Photo of Rawwie
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like more of a light yellowy haze for a DIPA. Good carbonation. This DIPA tastes very sweet, honey, pine, mango, orange peal, tropical fruits. Going down, everything sticks right there. Then the malt kicks in on the back end to balance everything out perfectly. Really tasty beer! Or should I say sucks? Top shelf beer here people. Cheers!

Photo of TBCE
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and deep golden color with two fingers of thick foam. Minor lacing on glass. Smell is very piney and earthy, with notes of honey and sour citrus. A very hoppy and piney taste explosion on first taste, followed by honey and citrus notes. Mouth feel is slightly bitter, but not bad. Overall a top shelf brew.

Photo of KMachHops
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Frothy head. Orange in color.
Smell: Tropical.
Taste: Tropical and some pines.
Feel: Mild carbonation. Great balance of hops and malts.
Overall: Very classic west coast IPA.

Photo of claytong25
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I never had the original, but Sucks does not suck, but it does have a strong flavor

Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a creamy, thick white head.

S: Aromas of honey, caramel, biscuits, grass, herbs, mango, kumquats, grapefruit, lemon, and lime fill the nose.

T: Notes of honey, caramel, biscuits, grass, herbs, mango, kumquats, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and pine fill the mouth. The finish imparts lingering sensations of lemon, lime, grapefruit, mango, caramel, and honey backed by a swell of warming, peppery alcohol.

M: Very light in body for a DIPA. The malt is barely able to stand up to the hops. Fortunately, the hop presence is so strong and unique that the near lack of a malt body is mitigated somewhat. Carbonation is active and airy. Alcohol is noticeable, but is mellow rather than prickly. The light body, delightful carbonation, and mellow alcohol make this ale almost too easy to drink.

O: I really like this DIPA. It is very unique and easy to drink. Recommended.

Photo of Premo88
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(344 4 date code -- December 10, 2014)

L: gold/light gold, mostly clear with slow little streams of bubbles lifting up the very sides of the glass (way cool!); percolates into big fluffy head of white/offwhite foam that sticks like glue, especially at the top, and last forever ... and the lacing ... wow.

S: candied orange -- there's other things in there, mango, caramel, grapefruit, maybe even bread malt (mixing with everything to form the caramel) ... but super sweet oranges almost covers it all; or pineapple juice ... really sweet, almost a pina colada

T: follows the nose with a bitter bite added in ... very sweet, candied orange but a strong hop bite that gives it some balance

F: full, thick, heavy, almost imperial stout-like, but it isn't overly syrupy; the carbonation is very soft, but it offers just enough of a tingle to keep it drinkable ... a big-feeling brew, bigger even than the 8% ABV

O: considering it's three months old in the bottle, pretty damn good. the malt has overcome some of the hop flavor, and that caramel/mango sweetness isn't my personal favorite, but even that taste note keeps in perfect step with the style ... and there's no mistaking what this is, a pillar of the American double IPA community. it's citrusy, sweet, bitter, big and just lightly crisp enough to stay drinkable. I'd hop at the chance to drink this under a month old. As it is, it's still dang good.

Photo of jdcompton2
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Come on! Poured out of a 32 oz bottle! For the style, okay. Look is amazing in the glass, light amber. I can't locate the bottle date. A little sweet and a very slightly malty taste. Overall, enjoyable, again, 32 oz bottle!

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 8,886 ratings.