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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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8,744 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,744
Reviews: 1,411
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 506
Gots: 1,518 | FT: 32
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:
Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

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.
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Ratings: 8,744 | Reviews: 1,411
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32 oz. bottle(!) Tulip glass

Appearance: Ideal for a DIPA. Nice foam, almost white, lacing is good but not super-sticky. Warm golden orange-yellow with a mellow haziness that promises substantial flavor.

Aroma: Does not disappoint with piney hops full-on. I heart it.

Taste: Hops up front, bitter in the rear. Not super sweet, thanks. The envelope starts sharp and ends with a bitter hug. Long aftertaste. Fantastic overall, a bomb in the Arrogant Bastard fashion. Just a full deep flavor with nothing objectionable.

Mouthfeel: Not overly dry, astringent or carbonated, but perfectly so.

Overall: Quality beer that I will rely on repeatedly. A good price too! In the pantheon of DIPAs, almost as happy-making as O'Dell Myrcenary or Pliny. Almost.

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