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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,982 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,982
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 302
Gots: 691 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over...
So this substitute beer is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats…. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

(Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011)
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sidetracked

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3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow-gold amber with nice off-white head. Film of small bubbles lingers to create some lacing.

Aroma of bittersweet citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon. Some bready, grainy malt.

Taste upfront is bitter, grapefruit, citrus, lemon. Light malt presence in the middle--bready--minimal flavor though. Lemon and citrus finish with a low bitterness. Little neutral bready malt. Some grapefruit. Lingering bitterness, lemon, and orange peel.

Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Foamy, somewhat creamy, thick finish.

Good flavor and aroma. Nice citrusy hop bitterness. Body seems too thick due to the foamy finish. Wish it was thinner to match the flavor.

1/2/2012

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 17:44:23 | More by sidetracked
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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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