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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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7,263 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,263
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 349
Gots: 789 | FT: 22
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011)
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Reviews by FanofHefe:
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear, light golden body with a 2+ finger white head. Nice retention and smatterings of lacing along the glass.

Solid aroma that jumps out as soon as it is poured. Primarily tropical fruit notes like mango and pineapple dominate the aroma, but there is a light citrus and pine resin note in the background. Not much notice of the malt.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. Very tasty blend here of rich hop flavors featuring the aforementioned tropical hops. A touch of grapefruit and lemon flavor balances the hop notes. A light malt backbone makes for a nice finish.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected for an Imperial brew. But, this drinks more like and IPA to me than a double. Still, a superb beer.

01-13-2013 22:11:44 | More by FanofHefe
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

I like this offering more than Brown Shugga I gotta say.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich light to medium golden with a creamy 1/2 finger white head atop.Big pith citric hops in the nose,the aromas really jump out at ya,pine lends more hop complexity,a sweetish malt base is also well represented,light sugary sweet alcohol as well.To me this is almost DIPAish on the palate,big citric juicy hops over top of a sugary sweet base,the good thing here is the hops are much bigger than the sweetness.This is a great beer,maybe a DIPA mini-me,this is some good hop juice here.

11-27-2011 21:39:45 | More by oberon
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-20-2014 04:26:42 | More by don1481
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-02-2013 23:36:33 | More by mojohawk21
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-01-2013 02:34:12 | More by aszatk01
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-04-2014 13:11:59 | More by DanGeo
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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a pale, golden straw color with a very nice amount of clarity - only a very, very subtle amount of haze in the middle of the beer, but you can definitely see right through this one. Volatile on the pour, producing a gigantic, fluffy white head that lasts seemingly for days and leaves behind some fat lacing.

The aroma is fantastic, a convolution of wonderful hop aromas; light pine, heavy citrus, pineapple, pears, orange zest, and various other tropical fruits. Very juicy and fruity on the nose, broken up only by the slight pine, resin, and leafy notes that play just a bit-part here.

The taste is jam packed with many different things, even some things that weren't so detectable on the nose. Pine and resin are the first thing to hit your palate, but the profile quickly transforms; citrus, pineapple, pears, toast and crackers, buttery bread, slight onion, a touch of herbal tea and a faint hint of alcohol near the finish.

Bitterness is high, but tamed, expected, and welcomed. The malt flavors combine well with the hop profile and turn this beer into a very drinkable IPA. Slightly sweet finish, a bit dry and finishing with a faint bitterness over the fading malt construction. Medium bodied with a heavy dose of carbonation that really snaps the tongue at times.

Delicious beer, right here. Lagunitas knows their way around an IPA (see: Hop Stoopid) and this beer is no exception. A wonderfully fruity nose and a well-balanced body, complete with heavy hop bitterness and dry, bready malt, this IPA is sure to please any hop head. Wish it were more readily available.

01-14-2013 01:50:13 | More by tectactoe
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3.93/5  rDev -9.9%

Appears a light light peachy apricot with a hint of ruby to it. It almost looks like an apricot sucking candy. There's a very fluffy head, about half an inch, that is covering it entirely. I'm a bit surprised that a double IPA is coming in this light in color.

Smells Wonderful. Crazy tropical fruits here: pineapple, mango, and a little tangerine. Really nice and not too overpowering.

Taste is much more subtle than its nose. Extremely clean - maybe too much? I wish that its flavors were stronger.

Its mouthfeel is very crisp and short-lived. Here and gone in a second.

A good beer but definitely not what everyone is making it out to be. This is far from a Pliny and no where near a Heady Topper in my opinion. At the same time, I'd also rather have a Brown Sugga.

04-12-2014 13:50:07 | More by ExtraStout
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-30-2014 02:20:56 | More by OhioBobcat
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

A: A golden beer with good clarity. A good head stand of mostly creamy, compact bubbles with a few big ones as well. The head is persistent

S: The huge citrus hops aroma ranks right up there with some of the best that I've had like Heady Topper, Ithaca IPA and Hoptimum. The hops aroma is strongly of citrus, pineapple and some mango along with a moderate herbaceous note from the dry hopping. There is a moderately light malt sweetness and a light alcohol aroma.

T: A very strong hops bitterness with a whole lot of hop flavor that reflects the aroma with strong citrus and pineapple moderate mango and grassy notes. The malt gives a clean, moderately-light sweetness. The balance is very bitter but not aggressively so. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of a lingering hops bitterness.

M Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of creaminess.

O: One heck of Double IPA, just a work of art. A happy, hoppy accident for certain!

01-31-2013 02:37:58 | More by MadScientist
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

08-13-2013 20:15:59 | More by Zakk
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-18-2013 15:57:18 | More by jono0101
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-14-2014 01:42:24 | More by brownbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-18-2014 15:29:10 | More by npala86
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-15-2013 11:38:32 | More by jonpne
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a very light golden color with a thin white foam head that leaves a few rings of lace.

S- Great floral and tropical smells in the nose.

T- A good deal of bitterness upfront with a nice smooth fruity hop flavor present throughout. Pear, pinneapple, lemon, and red grapefruit all make an appearance. The finish is slightly sweet and actually balances this brew quite nicely. The hop flavor isn't as pungent as the nose lead me to believe but I enjoy the complexity more than an all out one dimensional hop bomb. Even at nearly 8% the alcohol doesn't show up much at all in the flavor profile.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation.

O- This was quite a tasty brew and I'm lucky to have gotten some when I did as they were unable to brew it this year.

04-22-2014 02:11:05 | More by hbensinger
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-08-2013 09:19:30 | More by Schlais
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-23-2011 02:59:13 | More by Tedwarhc
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-01-2014 07:33:29 | More by Tiernan
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4.88/5  rDev +11.9%

Crystal clear golden pour with a thin white cap. Beautifully active carbonation.

The aroma is like sticking your nose straight into a fresh grapefruit. My mouth began to water instantly.

Every taste receptor on my tongue is freaking out! The skin on the insides of my checks got a little numb. Citrus! Citrus! Citrus! This is a hop heads nirvana.

Juicy light bodied glass of beer with a wonderful crisp finish and very pleasant aftertaste. I think I have found a new favorite. I will deeply mourn the passing of this holiday ale.

12-20-2011 02:38:25 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-23-2014 23:42:45 | More by TimBeaulieu
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

08-19-2014 00:47:56 | More by GameOfBeers
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-05-2013 22:21:56 | More by woodchipper
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-22-2012 01:43:38 | More by SanFranJake
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-03-2014 20:38:35 | More by delaced21
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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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