Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.41/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review taken 3rd Saturday in Feb.(2014)
12 oz short brown bottle with one of my favorite labels so far in 2014. A bit plain, but gets its point across nicely with a lovely story on its origination. It's just a label that does it for me. Poured into a standard American pint glass.
A - somewhat hazy golden with a yellow tone to it. This really pops with all sorts of glowing liquid when held in the light. Beautiful. Nice sized white head on the pour really blended well and right away made me feel comfortable that I was about to taste pure class from this bottle. Head mellows out into a creamy splotched lacing leaving fine stick caked the the sides of my pint glass.
S - up front there are some really amazing whiffs going on. Loads of fruitiness with tangerine, juicy orange, grapefruit, and fresh pineapple. Slight hint of west coast pine sap and a dank hop funk adds even more brilliance in this nose. A swift bready give it just the right balance of aromas and pushes itself in the territory that seperates the great from the very good. This is what an ipa is supposed to smell like.
T - lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Follows right in line with its nose. Big gushing fruitiness of tangerine, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit up front. The pine notes are straight up sap like but quickly fold before they punish you. It's a nice touch and allows for that very fresh, resinous, dank hop character you get toward the middle. Everything is balanced wonderfully with a Lagunitas style yeast and bready maltiness that never really takes control but adds top shelf class to this area of the flavor. Finish is carries a crisp semi bitterness that leaves a beautiful taste in the back end.
M - bigger medium body. Not huge, but flavorful and coats well. Texture and thickness are exceptional. Crazy drinkable and easy going considering the flavors it gushes out. It just feels right. Not sure anything is perfect, but this is sure close.
O - Hmm.. What can one say about Sucks? How about its great. I mean, truly grand. Something I could seriously drink every single day of the year. I get in moods where
I crave something then something different the next day. This is something I will crave daily. Thinking, waiting, and searching the next time its released. No doubt about it. This has loads of quality and class. The first taste lets you know this is something different, one of a kind, something you'll pick up any time you see it.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 16:18:03 | More by BradtheGreat7
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2.34/5 rDev -46.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
I never had Lagunitas Brown Shugga, but Lagunitas Sucks - their substitute offering since that beer apparently takes too many resources and is on an indefinite hiatus - tastes like a clone of Hop Stoopid, the first and only offering from the brewery I had and was underwhelmed with. Lagunitas Sucks has the same floral and aromatic hops smell and taste as Hop Stoopid and bears the same kind of fruity, bitter body as that beer did too, almost as if Sucks is an IPA with more fruitier flavors. The anomaly is the fruitiness (which is predominately grapefruit, if anything) is bitter and harsher than one would initially expect.
Appearance - Promising enough in its golden color. Forms a nice head and is a winner in the looker department.
Smell - Immediately raises my senses since it smells mostly of fruit and sour grapefruit, being that the last beers I've had with the same aroma - Abita Grapefruit, Blue Moon, and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid - proved to be disappointing and underwhelming overall.
Taste - Sour, overly-reliant on grapefruit, and extremely unpleasant. I can admire the complexity but I can't appreciate the product. This is going to be a difficult thirty-two ounces to down.
Mouthfeel - Makes it sourness known from the start and compliments the unpleasant effects of its taste.
I can't make a comparison as to how well Sucks holds up to Brown Shugga, but if it's any indication, it means that particular beer is just as mediocre. Disappointed because the first two Lagunitas I've had have done nothing but underwhelm me. Hoping the next couple offerings I'll try before the end of the summer show different results.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 04:13:22 | More by SteveJeremy
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Overall one of the best beers I ever tasted. I ordered the beer at a local burger, and it was a great find. Golden brown with a good layer of foam on top, that stay all the way to the last drop. You could taste the brown sugar, but not over powering. Very easy going down. Truly a great beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 01:59:33 | More by jbraico
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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