Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by HalfFull:
3.45/5 rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, showing a lightly hazed deep straw with a somewhat sticky cap of white foam. Quite light in color and leaving some sticky lace.
Aroma is all about hops with spicy floral notes and a background of fruit. Reminds me of Hop Stoopid in a way yet doesn't really have the same malt depth. Bit more earthy with some exposure and warming. Oddly I sense a minor Belgian influence here, in a supportive way. Hoppy yet not resinous at all, weird and a bit of a mystery.
Flavor is spicy with pepper/clove/tangerine coming forward. Rather subdued relative to the aroma however. Spice notes linger nicely on the finish however initially.
Feel is pleasant and spicy yet a bit brief. Touch of orange oil on the finish creates a slighty sweet note that masks the ABV well yet at the same time quells the bitterness as this beer finishes rather non IPA-like. As much as I don't care for rich crystal malted IPA's, this is the first one I've had that is a bit short on the base malt body. Another mystery is how the beer finished sweet with simple sweetness, must be pasteurized once it hits a certain gravity.
Good aroma but otherwise good but not extraordinary by any means. Cheers...
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2012 07:23:32 | More by HalfFull
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4.11/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I get quite tired of the hop heavy parade of most IPA or DIPA... This is quite good, flavorful and refreshing.
I go to this and Hop Devil & Burton Baton when I want hops with quality and balance.
Another great offering from Lagunitas is Undercover Shutdown.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 02:35:44 | More by Jjski
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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