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

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7,522 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,522
Reviews: 1,284
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 370
Gots: 888 | 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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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. According to the Julian date on the bottle neck, this is about 3 weeks old.

Clear, bright orange with a golden tint. The head is sticky, lasting.

Following the trend of the last few Lagunitas IPAs, this has a big mouthwatering dry hop presence. Heavy on the tropical fruit, it brings to mind guava, pineapple and melon, with faint honeysuckle behind the bold fruit notes. Sweetness is moderate, and integrates nicely with the hops.

The palate is a slight letdown from the great aroma, but that's not to say it isn't good. It's quite subdued and dry; it could actually use a touch more sweetness to highlight the fruitiness of the hops. Citrus is dominant, pineappe in particular with more grapefruit toward the finish. There's a slight chalkiness to the mouthfeel, but it's a minor detraction to an otherwise very clean beer. Remarkably easy to drink, the malt doesn't lend much heft and bitterness is fairy mild.

Overall this doesn't quite live up to some of the draft-only specialties Lagunitas did last year (Waldos, SF Fusion), but it's a damn good beer and an outstanding value.

largadeer, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale, golden straw color with a very nice amount of clarity - only a very, very subtle amount of haze in the middle of the beer, but you can definitely see right through this one. Volatile on the pour, producing a gigantic, fluffy white head that lasts seemingly for days and leaves behind some fat lacing.

The aroma is fantastic, a convolution of wonderful hop aromas; light pine, heavy citrus, pineapple, pears, orange zest, and various other tropical fruits. Very juicy and fruity on the nose, broken up only by the slight pine, resin, and leafy notes that play just a bit-part here.

The taste is jam packed with many different things, even some things that weren't so detectable on the nose. Pine and resin are the first thing to hit your palate, but the profile quickly transforms; citrus, pineapple, pears, toast and crackers, buttery bread, slight onion, a touch of herbal tea and a faint hint of alcohol near the finish.

Bitterness is high, but tamed, expected, and welcomed. The malt flavors combine well with the hop profile and turn this beer into a very drinkable IPA. Slightly sweet finish, a bit dry and finishing with a faint bitterness over the fading malt construction. Medium bodied with a heavy dose of carbonation that really snaps the tongue at times.

Delicious beer, right here. Lagunitas knows their way around an IPA (see: Hop Stoopid) and this beer is no exception. A wonderfully fruity nose and a well-balanced body, complete with heavy hop bitterness and dry, bready malt, this IPA is sure to please any hop head. Wish it were more readily available.

tectactoe, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color (looks like a pils) with a creamy cap that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Floral citrus, with pineapple and ruby red grapefruit tones

Taste: A hop bomb from the get-go, with citrusy flavors redolent of ruby red grapefruit and pineapple; slightly sugary, after the swallow, but the hops return to provide a bitter, citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: The malts provide a neutral backdrop for the hops to work their magic and that is a great thing for a Double IPA to accomplish

brentk56, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

D-18V, Today at 02:57 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

dustincook, Yesterday at 09:33 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jwillbowen, Yesterday at 06:31 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

cj8311, Yesterday at 04:06 PM
Photo of spacebear09
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance- Golden yellow beer with a frothy off-white head

Smell- Grapefruit, tangerine, massive citrus notes, cotton candy

Taste- Assorted citrus... grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, biscuity malts

Mouthfeel- Crisp

Overall- A lot like a smoother version of Hop Stoopid but with slightly more malt. Simply an AMAZING deal at $7 a 32oz bomber. This stuff rocks!

spacebear09, Yesterday at 04:05 AM
Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%

Smell is incredible, taste is great, price is right. More drinkable than any other beer this site classifies as DIPA. Tied with Sumpin' Sumpin' for the best brew Lagunitas has to offer, in my mind.

HeadyHopHead, Yesterday at 02:17 AM
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4.12/5  rDev -5.5%

Ngntjp, Yesterday at 12:27 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

portmand1ngo, Tuesday at 11:05 PM
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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

metmorg, Tuesday at 02:18 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

jrein0254, Tuesday at 12:35 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

clausr, Tuesday at 12:25 AM
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

fossage78, Monday at 05:33 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Bradaplast, Monday at 04:03 AM
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

dankhops, Monday at 03:02 AM
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

drew0622, Monday at 02:16 AM
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz. Re-Review.

Doing a re-review of this since it's semi fresher. This brew is one of the most gorgeous IPAs/DIPAs today. Light Amber body with crystal clear filtration. Big frothy white head. Looks like Sunshine in a glass. The aroma is fabulous! Dense citric/floral with sweet resinous hops. Faint multigrain toasted cracker malts. In yo face goodness! The flavor is sweet sugary syrup with resinous leafy/floral hops. Backend of citric pith (lemon and grapefruit). Finishes sweet semi dry with a clean bitterness. The body on this beer is medium smooth and very nice carbonation.

Overall: The Appearance and Aroma on this brew is World Class! The taste comes through as balance Floral and Resinous with Citric acidity. Very Outstanding! The malts are both sugary and cracker with a multigrain earthiness. Very unique. The more I think of it, the more I can recommend this brew. This brew is recommended.

Shroud0fdoom, Monday at 01:41 AM
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

HoneyLamb, Monday at 01:34 AM
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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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