Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.69/5 rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
The beer pours a lovely oranged yellow, almost golden, with a great big slightly cream white head that sits at over two finger widths. The body is light and translucent, with only the faintest mist of haze, and a steady stream of gentle carbonation bubbles working to the top of the glass. The beer’s lacing is droopy and thin, leaving a spatterwork of hanging sheets upon the sides of the glass. On the nose the beer smells big with minty pine, a touch of citrus, and a faint touch of salty onion. The grains are found only as the lightest backdrop for the smell, suggesting slight toasty bread and caramel. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter with a nice light sweet tinge. The beer begins with sweet bitters before opening into slightly caramelly herbal bitters that lightly suggest mint and onion. The finish runs with a light touch of orange citrus and is strong with pine, which lasts into the finish. The aftertaste is light with medicinal bitters and piney hops. On the mouth, the beer feels medium-light in body, with just the faintest gelling to suggest a heavier beer. The carbonation leaves a decent prickle on the tongue, and after the beer leaves the mouth is left sticky-dry, with a bitter astringency gripping at the tongue, though the mouth is clean. Overall, I’m a little disappointed with Sucks… Lots of people are heralding this beer as an amazing DIPA, but honestly I see it more as a strong IPA, falling just short of the bigger flavors that a DIPA carries. The beer is nicely drinkable, and carries some nice bitters, but the onioniness that this beer has is throwing me off the taste, and other than that I fine the hop profile a little lackluster in terms of complexity. Just to clarify, I have tried a six-pack of these now, and all of them have had the slight onion flavor, which is odd and I suppose I will chalk up to an older pack (though they had spent less than a week on the shelf when I picked them up…). This beer is a mediocre almost-DIPA, in my book, but is not really worthy of hunting down.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2013 05:46:37 | More by Maxwell
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3.84/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The Lagunitas Sucks is a tasty drink. Belly warming and deeply satisfying with a strong (8.0) potency.
The flavor is brown sugar and molasses. My palate is scorched from a few years of heavy IPA drinking, but I can recognize the pleasure in this fine beer. Unlike other brews that try to balance hop intensity with a cloying malt sugar-ness, this beer is balanced. The scent and taste are sweet and fermented -- not overdone and not really honey sweet.
After a few sips I notice a light malt taste on the back of the tongue -- an enjoyable aftertaste. But it is not a strong tasting beer . . . nothing prevents one from smooth sips and perhaps even drinking the beer too fast. Worth consideration as an epic 'session' beer or as a contribution to a holiday party (I'm drinking this in July).
The beer poured with a lively orange yellow with a healthy head. Looks cool in the glass and in the 32 ounce bottle. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 23:25:29 | More by kingmaxwell
3.96/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Brown sugar ale, but everyone knows this is an IPA. Tastes pretty similar to the regular Lagunitas IPA, but the taste is a little bit sweeter. That doesn't mean it's like molasses or caramel, it's definitely an IPA that kicks pretty hard but goes down nice. Good for a hearty meal, and versatile to drink in hot or cold weather.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 16:55:11 | More by avwrite
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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