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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

8,277 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,277
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,143 | FT: 21
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this as part of the Lagunitas Holiday Leftovers Pack Re-Release at Green's in Five Points, Atlanta. I had some over the holiday season and first impressions were quite good, especially for a beer that is acting as a "substitute" for something that is very popular. I have a couple more chilling in the fridge. I think it's time to finish them.

Poured from a 12 oz. short bottle to a pint glass. Served at 45º Fahrenheit in a 16oz. snifter.

(Appearance) A ferocious pour yields a 2 finger-depth very frothy and thick off-white head with caked on icing draping the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Head retention is very good, as it recedes the remaining head thickens, forming an attractive sea foam surface cover before thinning out. Color is a hazy gold orange, almost peach tone in places. Carbonation is moderate in the center of the glass. A nearly flawless appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Bright and bold piney and citrusy hop aromas (grapefruit and orange, mostly) overlay an aggressive pale and somewhat spicy malt background. While both are discernible in large traces, the hops really shine through the most in the aroma, a bit faded with time, that slight musty aroma is coming through joined with a bit of exposed alcohol hotness but it's still largely potent and crisp, fruity and lifelike. It's one of my favorite aromas in an IPA, and very inviting and enjoyable. Potency is high, as it should be. Overall an inviting aroma for an otherwise busy style. 4

(Taste) Tastes are hoppy throughout; a mild crisp citrusy introduction leads through to a piney and alcohol-laden finish. It is quite hot with alcohol on the tongue. Malts are a bit low to back up the hop character, taking a back seat to the whole thing. It needs a bit more malt character to bring a body to the brew and shadow some of this booze. I recall this tasting quite better in earlier days, which likely means this has not fared well with time, but still manages to impress with the hop charisma and bold bitter ending. Regardless, my opinion is solid, with some work that should be done to increase drinkability of this beer. If you're into bitter (and hot) DIPAs, this one will fit you best. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) As before mentioned, it's quite hot in points, with a ton of alcohol discernible in the finish. Carbonation is moderate, keeping this beer at a frothy consistency, a carbonation level that I would agree is ideal for the style. Body is low/medium, but should be increased a bit to compensate for the hop flavors and textures. Alcohol presence is high. While carbonation is well done, the body needs to be tweaked a bit to balance out this busy brew. 3.5

(Overall) This is certainly a one-at-a-time brew for me for so many reasons. While I loved the flavorful and bitter hop characters, I had conflicts with the remote malt bill and the harsh alcohol presence which really led to the beer being a slow-drinker. While I certainly recommend this should it come around again next year, I suggest Lagunitas make many tweaks to the recipe so that it will be truly balanced and exceptional DIPA offering next holiday season. To buyers, I recommend that you drink it while its as fresh as possible or regret lots of flavor and enjoyment lost as a result! 4

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,277 ratings.