Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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2.34/5 rDev -46.3%
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.
08-01-2014 04:13:22 | More by SteveJeremy
2.35/5 rDev -46.1%
Poured a 12oz bottle into a chilled Odell's IPA pint glass
A: Pours a golden amber hue with a finger white foam head. Very little lacing.
S: Very hoppy aroma and some tropical notes, especially grapefruit. Small scents of sweetness.
T: Not very balanced as the hops are prevalent but it lacks that sweet malt backbone which makes the DIPA.
M: Light to medium carbonation.
O: I don't understand the hype with this beer. It's not something I would seek out and I love IPAs/DIPAs.
12-18-2011 18:19:57 | More by Finatic
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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