Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.66/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Re-reviewing because I find I can't stop drinking this stuff, and it deserves a better rating than I gave it initially.
Poured into a 16 oz Hopleaf Tulip. Unsure of the date of freshness, but drinking it 2 days after buying, and it just showed up in the store.
Appearance: Clear, copper color, and off-white head of about 2 finger thickness. Fantastic retention and lacing.
Smell: Very nice on the nose. Orange peel, mango, citrus, pine, floral, and honey.
Taste: Not sure if the first batch I had was old, but this one is exploding with flavor. Hops galore on the taste. Tropical citrus, mango, and pineapple dominate. The grassy, floral notes are present but take a backseat. Strong malt backbone. This is made with a "cereal" of malts including barley, rye, wheat and oats. Can't understand who would need more malt out of a DIPA. Mild bitterness on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, a touch of acidity. Smooth, sticky on the finish. Not overly dry.
Overall: I've come full circle on this beer now. I loved its first release in 2011. The first time I had this year's batch I was surprised at how malty it was, given how everyone kept calling it a DIPA. That, combined with the fact that I picked up on less hops than I do now, made me think of this as more of a strong ale, so it took away points for the lack of sticking to the style. However, I keep drinking it and now I can't stop. I dont care if I get a heavy malty stickyness from that cereal medley of malt, it tastes really good. Call it what you will, but I'm in favor of a beer that just tastes great, even if it doesn't fit squarely into one style. For $9/6 pack, I can't imagine I will drink much else while this is available.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2013 00:24:04 | More by MCain04
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