Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Had this in a bottle on 2012-01-05 in Columbia, PA, on-tap on 2013-01-12 in Reading, PA at Canal Street Pub and on 2014-01-11 on-tap at The Fridge in Lancaster, PA.
A - Very clear straw-orange with a 2-finger pillowy white head and decent lacing.
S - Equal doses of mango and pine and throw in some oily hop bud fumes and you'll know how good this smells. Not quite in Heady-Topper league but getting there.
T - Hop forward featuring pine first then a touch of pale malt, pineapple, grapefruit flesh, some mint, very ripe melon, and oodles of gooey hop buds oils. It's like you dropped a handful of hop cones in a blender with some water, a piece of bread, a thin slice of honeydew melon and a whole grapfruit and liquified it. Where's the alcohol? It must be hiding behind the hop cones. Lingering flavor of dank hop buds, spice/pepper and grapefruit bitterness. Bold. Reminds me a bit of a Fat Head's Head Hunter in its dankness, barely supported by the malt.
M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, resinous and quite prickly. More substantial than a Head Hunter.
O - see notes below from 2012, 2013, and 2014
From 2012: Looks like we have a winner. I can't think of a reason Lagunitas wouldn't want to keep this in regular rotation. It was interesting to learn in a BA forum post from Lagunitas that their very best crop of hops had been used for this brew and future batches couldn't help but be a bit different and the beer would likely appear under a new name.
From 2013: The hop aroma and flavor dropped off fairly quickly (within 6 weeks) in the first and second releases so it is important to drink this fresh.
From 2014: This is a very flavorful brew with a bold, dank hop presence. Not as bitter as a Head Hunter and not quite as much caramel. I had them side-by-side and prefer the Head Hunter, which is also a bit brighter and a tad less dank. The sweetness on Sucks comes more from the ripe tropical fruit/melon side. I think the 2014 is just about as good as the original 2012 version although my tastes have shifted in the last couple of years so the amount of dankness exhibited by this brew is less desirable to me than it was 2 years ago. Even so, I'm glad to know this will become a more regular release as the new brewery comes online in Chicago.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 22:01:08 | More by Tucquan
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