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

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7,382 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,382
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 366
Gots: 832 | 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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Color - Golden yellow, hazy.
Smell - Strong pineapple, citrus, touch of pine.
Taste - Fruity, grapefruit, pineapple again. Balanced bitterness.
Mouthfeel - fuller for an IPA and good carbonation
Overall - Damn good. This is one of my favorite Double IPAs.

singtothesun, Jun 09, 2014
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Bright brass with creamy white rimming.
Bangin’ pineapple nose with blonde caramel backbone.
Sugar cookie and lemon curd up front with lemon hard candy, tangerine essence, flower oil, and kumquat hops.
Sparkly grapefruit sorbet end and verdant evergreen sap linger.
Creamy, oily, almost medium, no heat.

Pineapple foundation, like all Lagunitas, with 11 kinds of citrus laid on top. Crazy aromatic oils – flips between these and pure fruit. Very much aroma over IBUs which, combined with heavier body but no heat, leaves this as a kind of 1.5x IPA (as another reviewer quoth better). There’s more toffee than expected, and it cloys a bit as it warms, in much the same way as drinking too much tropical fruit juice would cloy. Though I like the juice and perfume, I nearly wish it cut a bit harsher to stay clean.

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