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

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

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,259 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6259
Reviews: 1229
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%


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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TheFizzinator

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light golden color with 2 fingers of head. The smell of very strong citrus fruits hits the nose, smells of lemon peel, oranges, and slight dankness from the hops. The taste is really where this brew shines. Very sweet initially, tastes of pineapples, oranges, and sweet lemons. Very little pine in the aroma and the taste. A slight bit of dryness and just a smidgen of bitterness really pulls this beer together. A light mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation, this stuff is very easily drinkable.

I am surprised, this one lives up to the hype. A really spectacular and superbly drinkable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 02:33:01 | More by TheFizzinator
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Ljudsignal

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a clear golden with a finger-and-a-half frothy bone-white head. Fairly poor head retention--fades to a film and ring after only about a minute--but plentiful carbonation and sticky sheets of lacing.

In the nose, the bright hop aromatics practically leap from the glass. Dank pine, mango, pineapple, papaya, grapefruit, and tangerine form a redolent and heady bouquet.

In the mouth, Sucks opens with a bonanza of juicy citrus and fruit flavors--grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, mango, and peach in particular--as well as a light peppery note. Bready malt notes appear mid-palate, as well as a light caramel sweetness. Finishes piney and with a resurgence of pepper.

On the tongue, medium-bodied and crisp but with a slick, oily finish. Feels lush.

On the whole, tasty as hell and deserving of its hype. One of the better DIPAs out there, especially given its fairly easy availability.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:13:10 | More by Ljudsignal
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LuvLagunitas

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This has always been one of my favorite beers. It's definitely my go-to during the winter when I can get my hands on it.

A: When poured into a glass, it has a glowing orange to yellow color with medium carbonation. Small yet substantial head. Fine lacing on the sides of the glass as the head begins to dissipate and as I drink.

S: The smell is slightly sweet with malts. Very pleasing. Not overbearing in the least. Touch of hops in the end adding a little bitterness, but very nice. Doesn't smell like a DIPA at all. More like a pale ale.

T: A bit of hops up front, but like the smell it is not overwhelming. Still reminds me of a pale ale. The hops subside and move to the mellow malts then comes the citrus accompanied by a slight piney taste on the back end. Maybe some tropical citrus notes? No boozy-ness at all, especially for nearly 8% ABV. Very smooth.

M: Very smooth. Medium-full bodied. Leaves a slickness to the mouth, but not for long. Very small amount of carbonation. Enjoyable.

O: I love this beer for many reasons. Personally, I like IPA's and DIPA's by they can get old and overbearing, often being a little heavy. But Lagunitas Sucks is the quite the opposite. It drinks like a pale ale, making it nice and session-able. The flavor is smooth and enjoyable with the hints of citrus, leading me to think that it may have be hopped/dry-hopped with citra hops. Definitely recommend getting it if you have the chance!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:37:05 | More by LuvLagunitas
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After hearing nothing but good things about this beer, I finally found it and had to give it a shot. Bottle ordered at Craft Ale House. Poured into a footed glass.

A: Clear orange/copper body with a small white head from the server's pour. After a few sips and with an aggressive pour, a nice rocky head forms. The retention is decent, a thin film and minor lacing on the walls. West Coast looking IPA? Absolutely.

S: Citrus peels, orange and lemon oils, pink grapefruit and a slight pale malt backbone to round things out. All the aromas are wonderfully balanced and bright. This is the quintessential example of what I want my IPAs to smell like.

T: Whoa, first sip is a blast of juicy citrus fruits - mango, orange, papaya, lemon and pink grapefruit coat the palate and wrestle it with a smooth hop bitterness. After the sip, the delicate malt backbone to the beer shows up, very pale and perhaps caramel-like in flavor, but the citrus hop qualities certainly are the focus. For being produced on a fairly big scale and retaining the quality and amazing flavor, this is a stunning beer.

M: Well carbonated, medium-bodied that feels bubbly on the palate. There's a certain bit of creaminess from the assault of bubbles, and the finish is sticky but good.

If you want a citrusy, juicy Double IPA that is relatively easy to find, look no further. After reading that Lagunitas is going to release this again as the "leftovers" I will certainly be picking up a few of these. This will satisfy anyone's need for a West Coast citrus and hop bomb of an IPA - that's balanced to boot!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 19:20:40 | More by ShanePB
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GetMeAnIPA

California

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear orange copper color. 2 fingers of Nice creamy egg white head with solid lacing. Surprised at how clear it is.

S- piney and grassy notes right up front followed by a citrus hops. Just a touch of sweetness.

T - much like the nose, piney and grassy hops. All the flavor is upfront and missing some malt background to really bring it home. The good thing is its a DIPA that is all hops with very little malt. Clean finish with just the right amount of lingering bitterness. slight warming.

M - light body and carbonation. Drinks like a pale ale. Clean and crisp.

O - great ipa. Just missing a little more body and robost flavor to take it to the next level. Clean piney, grassy west coast ipa. If it was year round it would be my go to bear.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:36:25 | More by GetMeAnIPA
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PaleZombie

Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - Tangerine color leaning more towards the golden end. Lots of small carbonation bubbles, about 2 fingers of pillowed white head.

S - This smells awesome! Pineapple, mango, citrus, grapefruit. Little bit of floral hints also. Lots of awesome hop scents.

T - Taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of bold tropical hop flavors, also a tad bit of malt flavor to balance it. Slight amount of alcohol but it is very well masked.

M - Feels nice in the mouth, just the right amount of carbonation. Medium leaning towards the heavy syrup side but not to much.

O - This is probably the best beer I have ever had, the more I have it the better it gets. Pick this up if you see it! Also the price is great, $8.99 for a 6 pack. Cant beat that for a beer of this quality!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:28:24 | More by PaleZombie
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brurevu

Texas

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer was big grapefruit hops from the moment I opened the bottle. It had a very strong aroma and the initial taste was all grapefruit. This is what I have come to expect from Lagunitas. As the Holiday Ale warmed I could taste a nice malty backbone that helped balance out the strong hops. The beer leaves a good lingering bitterness on the palate and the flavor kept me coming back. This was another great beer from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:52:00 | More by brurevu
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Walked into my local bottle shop this morning not expecting to buy anything when I saw a ton of Lagunitas Sucks sitting by the back of the store. Having only heard about Sucks, I picked up a six-pack. As my first semi-rare beer find, I'm pretty excited to try this one.

It pours into a straw/light gold color with as big of a head as I've seen recently and it leaves some definite lacing. Man, that smell is something else though. It smells like grapefruits and pine with some serious citrus mixed in as well. The pine smell is definitely the clearest though and it just smells fresh.

The beer itself is fairly light to medium-bodied with a ton of carbonation. The taste, like the smell, is all grapefruit, pine, and hops. The hops are pretty intense but there is no bitterness until the aftertaste. Lagunitas Sucks is a superior DIPA and it pretty much lives up to the hype (although I still think that their Day Time IPA is slightly better and generally their crowning achievement).

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 18:30:15 | More by walkinginplace
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great beer- I'm so glad that they decided to brew this again. I really think this is my favorite of all of their brews. As much as I like Lagunitas, I think many of their beers have a house style that makes them taste too similar to one another. Not this one. It's a breath of fresh air, with a flat out stank to it and lovely citrusy aromas and flavors- lime and tangerine with some herbs and some light fresh malt flavors that serve as a pedestal for the hops. Fresh tasting and not heavy on the palate, but with a satisfying finish with a touch of honeyed sweetness that complements the hops. A lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:10:44 | More by Georgiabeer
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JohnG190

New York

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with an average size, bright white head. Good retention and lacing. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose with a hint of grassiness. Juicy tropical fruit hits the tongue first with resinous pine following closely behind. Finishes dry and bitter. Medium bodied with a creamy, foamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted DIPA that deserves it's place on the Beers of Fame list!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:17:55 | More by JohnG190
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BeeryMcbeerenstein

Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle which *I think* the bottle date is marked as 12/21/13 - so 4 weeks old. Served in a 16 oz stemless wine glass.

A - Orangey-yellow maybe like 7 srm. Super clear. Poured hard for 2 finger head which dissipated fairly quickly.

S- Grapefruit, a little dank, citrus, and a touch of tropical. Get grapefruit the most. I could smell it as soon as I popped the top, pre-pour.

T- Great. Hops are what hit you right away. I think centennial, cascade and some citra maybe as well as one or two others. A little bit of breadyness and there is definitely nice body to support the hop bill without being sweet. very drinkable beer.

M- Again, nice body. Fills the mouth without being sweet. Hops and a touch of bread linger on the palette.

Nice beer. Always look forward to whenever Shugga or Sucks is released.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:14:32 | More by BeeryMcbeerenstein
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fuzzyintaglio

District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a standard pint glass quite aggressively and got a nice, pillowy, fragrant head that held for longer than I expected. Beautiful golden color. Quite a bit of carbonation on the glass, but this beer looks quite pretty. Not the best I've seen, but it stands up nicely and leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Once you pop the cap you can get the wonderful aromatics coming from this beer. The hops come through bright and cheery on the nose. There's citrus, grapefruit especially, and a nicely balance floral scent.

T - Just how you'd expect from the smell. The taste of this beer is amazing, one of my favorites actually. It's a refreshing, cheery taste with the citrus really coming through here. Quite sweet for a double IPA, so don't be afraid of hops overtaking everything.

M - Refreshing. Perhaps a bit watery for the colder months, but it's quite nice. Very session-able. Carbonation is perky and the beer is smooth.

O - This is really a great beer. I'm in DC and I can find it, so I'm sure it's everywhere. If you see it, grab it, especially if you're a fan of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 20:02:49 | More by fuzzyintaglio
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smanders

Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I walked past this beer a number of times at TW because I couldn't get past the name. After reading a couple of reviews--and looking for a citrus-forward IPA--I FINALLY picked up a sixer. $8.99 after applying $1 coupon; quite a bargain!

This brown-bottled beer was poured into a 1 pint Ball (wide mouth) jar.

Appearance - A light amber ale with a quickly dissipating white head; sticky lacing.

Smell - Yummy! Sweet grapefruit, mild pine, and a hint of caramel.

Taste - Thankfully it tastes exactly as it smells...Delicious! If you're a fan of Jai Alai, you'll love Sucks.

Mouthfeel - perfect.

Drinkability - High! Can't believe I walked by this stuff---never again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:12:30 | More by smanders
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PSU_Mike

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A - A crystal clear amber with a big soapy white head. A solid 2 fingers with medium carbonation. Very pretty.

S - Kind of funky with a lot going on. Dank is the main smell. There is also hints of grapefruit and pine with just a touch of malty sweetness in the background.

T - Similar to the nose with a touch less dankness and a touch more citrus.

M - Medium carbonation but a little thin. It coats the tongue well with pretty minimal bitterness. Alcohol is present but very subtle.

O - Very enjoyable and I'm happy I grabbed a whole case when I had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:03:04 | More by PSU_Mike
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap into tulip.
A: Pours a mostly clear, but slightly hazed lemon hue with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Aromatic citrus notes abound. Grapefruit seems most apparent, followed by orange and lemon. Hint of pine. Hoppy bitterness on the nose too. Not complex, but quite nice.
T: Follows aroma very well. Loads of sweet and only mildly bitter citrus hop notes (grapefruit, orange, lemon). Again, not complex, but what it offers it does well.
M: Light-medium body. Sweet and only mildly bitter (expected more considering the huge hop presence in the aroma and taste). In my book, this only helps make an IPA more drinkable when it doesn't go overboard on the bitterness (or at least balances it well).
D: The definition of drinkability. The ABV is right in the sweet spot for me...just enough to give the brew a kick, but not too much to knock you down. Wow...what a pleasant surprise. I didn't peak at any reviews before trying this beer...and I would agree that it is an excellent example of style. Seek it out!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 18:03:16 | More by mwilbur
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip - 2011 limited release.
$9.99 a sixer from Kenny Road Market.

A: Pours a deep golden hue with four finger head w/aggressive pour. lots of tiny bubbles, very well carbonated .

S: Tons of Citrus ,slight pine, hops, floral grass.

T: Slight bitter hop punch with well blended citrus and floral grass -sweet malt is in there and does a wonderful job balancing this one out, decent amount of pine and oily resin.

O: Overall they should make this beer as a year round selection, Brown Shugga what?

Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 18:32:23 | More by InebriatedJoker
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Clear golden colored ale with a sparse, fast breaking white head.

S. Sweet pineapple, citrus and a bit of pine tinged alcohol.

T. Tropical fruits of pineapple and citrus that is nicely balanced against bready malt. Finishes with well rounded hop bitterness.

M. Medium bodied with a silky feel. Light to moderate carbonation.

O. This is another great hop centric offering from Lagunitas. There's plenty of hop goodness here but in a nice, easy drinking way. Another reviewer compared this to HopSlam - that is pretty apt - call it a baby HopSlam.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:20:19 | More by bound4er
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold body with small creamy white cap. Lacing is moderate. Clarity is nice. Carbonation is speckled throughout the body. Great aroma. Citrusy and resiny. Lemon, tangerine, cannabis, norway pine...very nice. All that translates nicely to the palate, with primary flavors of pine resin, pot, clementine and lemongrass. Really qutie nice. Mouthfeel is very agreeable. Moderate carbaontion and medium bodied. Bitterness is quite evident, but not too jagged. Forget Brown Shugga. Bring this back again next Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 05:26:42 | More by Bighuge
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BilbosNuts

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light, clear, copper color with an above average amount of carbonation, which makes it look very lively and inviting. A small, white, frothy head appears and has decent retention, but fades to a thin ring. It is somewhat sticky as it leaves some solid lacing.

S: As it pours, an explosion of sweet tropical fruits blasts your nose. Pineapple, mango, and citrus-y grapefruit are particularly sharp. There is a light touch of piney hops at the finish. As it warms, the hops become more noticeable.

T: The taste has the same tropical fruits found in the nose, but they are toned down a bit. This allows the piney hops to have a bigger presence, which isn't bad at all. Citrus-y grapefruit again makes an appearance, while the hops provide a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, this beer has a light bitter and crisp finish that effectively cleanses the palate. It may be a bit too carbonated for my liking.

O: This is an awesome IPA. Very fruity and a complete 180 turn from the traditional hop overload, rip your tongue off, west coast IPA. Very drinkable. I hope once Lagunitas starts making Brown Shugga again they don't abandon this one. This is a huge success.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:32:26 | More by BilbosNuts
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draheim

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip pours a crystal-clear, golden color w/ minimal white head, lazy carbonation.

Aroma is delicious tropical juicy citrus hops. How is this not an IPA?

Taste is grassy, piney, citrusy - classic Lagunitas super-dry-hopped deliciousness. Again, how is this not an IPA? Clean pale malt, bright West Coast hoppiness. Delicious, refreshing.

Overall this is up there with Hop Stoopid and Little Sumpin' Sumpin' as one of my favorite Lagunitas beers. They do not suck. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 06:51:38 | More by draheim
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Kvltbm

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange with about half a finger of pure white head. Plenty of carbonation streaming off of the bottom of the glass.

S: I started to get some hop aroma just from pouring the beer into the glass. Tons of sweet tropical fruits on the nose of this one. Pineapple, mango, and some definite grapefruit. I get some resiny pine lurking in the background, too.

T: Right at the front of the tongue, I get a blast of sweet, ripe citrus. Plenty of bitterness with a piney tinge follows, leaving you with the nice, dry finish you want from a good DIPA. Some malt sweetness carries through as well.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. The drinkability on this is crazy. It's delicious and there's no booziness.

Wow, really impressed with this. Grabbed a sixer of this for $9.99 after hearing all the buzz on BA, and I couldn't be happier that I did. I've never had Brown Shugga, but it'll have to be pretty goddamn good to not make me miss this stuff when next year rolls around.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 04:30:54 | More by Kvltbm
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beercar

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard the hype and can't believe my local hole had a keg!!! Truly looks like any Joe Pilsner. Smell is awesome...piney yet sweet. Definitely an IPA....but different. Much sweeter....maybe oranges instead of lemon zest. Not dry. Very good!!! Lived up to the hype. Bring on the Pliny (never had it)

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 05:08:14 | More by beercar
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Served at a good temperature, with a nice, off white, foamy, frothy head that soon settled to a thin cover and plenty of lace. Color is a very clear yellow amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is hops on top, then pineapple, resin, tiny bit of citrus, leather, earth. Flavor is similar to nose, quite dry, good carbonic tang, a bit earthy. Body is great, ditto carbonation and a little chewy. Finish is like flavor, some alcohol warmth, and has good length

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 05:27:56 | More by drpimento
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tapman

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden/orange body with a thin head that leaves a decent skim of head. YUM; nose is grapefruit and lemon zest, grapefruit juice with sugar, sour orange and some cat piss. Taste is same as the nose, but with a little caramelized toast. Despite the big nose and flavor bitterness is moderate and finishes surprisingly clean. While high in alcohol there is no burn. Mouth is a little chewy, but crisp. I like Brown Sugah, but I LOVE this brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 22:38:38 | More by tapman
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Mind you, the first bottle cracked from the original six-pack was fresher, fruitier, more bitter, and completely phenomenal; Since then, a case was purchased. This review is from a beer from the case)

Poured from 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter

A: Bright, peachy tangerine color. Ever so slight haze almost not worth mentioning; remarkably clear. Beautiful vivid tone. Simple pour brought about a one finger head. Retention: average. Spotty lacing.

S: Mango nectar, leafy citric hops, pineapple, orange rind, sweet bread.

T: Very bitter bite. Tropical fruit, canteloupe, crackery, bit of a peppery nip on the finish. Lingering bitterness. Pretty unsuspecting. Pleasantly surprised.

M: Good present carbonation. Silky for an IPA; light for a DIPA.

This is one of the many great surprises that I have come across this year. Arguably, one of my favorite of the Lagunitas lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 19:54:13 | More by thecheapies
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,259 ratings.