Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by ZagZagg:
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle christening the new tulip
A: Rich crisp golden hue that’s clean and clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Two finger effervescent head that sports some nice retention and lacing. Looks like it’s going to be a crisp drinkin beer.
S: Sharp and resinous up front toting a dry smell that seems just slightly citrus. The nose finishes with an earthy sweetness that’s piney and a bit of cedar, a bit sappy. Light swirling provokes a sweeter more tropical aroma dominated by a sugary mango (reminds me of mango water ice). Loving this nose.
T: Wood flavor forward that recapitulates the nose strongly. The middle mouth develops into an amicable fruity sweetness that begins to play off of the supportive, yet elusive malt backbone. Balanced. The pine resin is the brunt of the profile with the notes of earth, mango, bit of lemon-lemongrass.
M: Dry but crisp and fresh with a bold medium body. Somewhat dry, but sweet aftertaste sticks around for a while and fades to a mild hoppiness. Pleasant. overall.
O: While the beer brings a lot of fresh flavors and is refreshingly crisp, I know it’s not as fresh as it could be. With that being said, I’m taking everything with a grain of salt. This beer is great, excellent DIPA with a lot of character, I intend on fetching fresher brew next time around. I could sling a few of these without a problem.
Shit, you know you wanna try this.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 02:48:22 | More by ZagZagg
More User Reviews:
2.34/5 rDev -46.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
I never had Lagunitas Brown Shugga, but Lagunitas Sucks - their substitute offering since that beer apparently takes too many resources and is on an indefinite hiatus - tastes like a clone of Hop Stoopid, the first and only offering from the brewery I had and was underwhelmed with. Lagunitas Sucks has the same floral and aromatic hops smell and taste as Hop Stoopid and bears the same kind of fruity, bitter body as that beer did too, almost as if Sucks is an IPA with more fruitier flavors. The anomaly is the fruitiness (which is predominately grapefruit, if anything) is bitter and harsher than one would initially expect.
Appearance - Promising enough in its golden color. Forms a nice head and is a winner in the looker department.
Smell - Immediately raises my senses since it smells mostly of fruit and sour grapefruit, being that the last beers I've had with the same aroma - Abita Grapefruit, Blue Moon, and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid - proved to be disappointing and underwhelming overall.
Taste - Sour, overly-reliant on grapefruit, and extremely unpleasant. I can admire the complexity but I can't appreciate the product. This is going to be a difficult thirty-two ounces to down.
Mouthfeel - Makes it sourness known from the start and compliments the unpleasant effects of its taste.
I can't make a comparison as to how well Sucks holds up to Brown Shugga, but if it's any indication, it means that particular beer is just as mediocre. Disappointed because the first two Lagunitas I've had have done nothing but underwhelm me. Hoping the next couple offerings I'll try before the end of the summer show different results.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 04:13:22 | More by SteveJeremy
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Overall one of the best beers I ever tasted. I ordered the beer at a local burger, and it was a great find. Golden brown with a good layer of foam on top, that stay all the way to the last drop. You could taste the brown sugar, but not over powering. Very easy going down. Truly a great beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 01:59:33 | More by jbraico
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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