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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

6,875 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,875
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 296
Gots: 661 | FT: 23
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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BG24

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-11-2014 23:18:13 | More by BG24
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FritzSteinhoff

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-11-2014 23:02:24 | More by FritzSteinhoff
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-11-2014 13:50:34 | More by cbcrunch
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HeavyDandtheGirls

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-11-2014 03:16:42 | More by HeavyDandtheGirls
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Eric1017

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

04-11-2014 00:58:19 | More by Eric1017
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CRon_T

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-10-2014 20:03:33 | More by CRon_T
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djbrown13

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-10-2014 18:49:11 | More by djbrown13
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likemike

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-10-2014 17:27:49 | More by likemike
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Kmackenzie22

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-10-2014 13:31:16 | More by Kmackenzie22
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ultrasrs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-10-2014 02:21:09 | More by ultrasrs
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beergoot

Colorado

4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bright gold color with excellent, steadily rising carbonation bubbles, and a lasting, thick, sticky, white head. Powerful explosion of fruit and berry aromas; strawberry, banana, lemon, pine. Incredibly smooth and warm grain flavor; lightly toasted bread; faint powdered sugar sweetness; nice, puckering hop bitterness to balance things out. Medium body; crisp, clean, dry finish.

A finely made ale with a very pleasing sensory depth and complexity. It looks great, smells wonderful, and tastes incredibly fine. There's a gentle smoothness to the feel with an off-setting hop bite while the grain and hop flavors tango passionately around your palate. This would be a great beer to have available year-round.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:10:57 | More by beergoot
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HookerBrews

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This brew pours a wonderful golden amber color. It has nice clarity with a slight amount of haziness. The head is a sand colored with decent, but not crazy, retention with some nice lacing that sticks to the glass. It's a great looking beer.

Smell: I really can't say enough about how good Sucks smells. It's probably one of the best smelling beers I have come across and I will happily sit there and sniff for a while in between sips. This brew is what I would call a fruit bomb. Powerful aromas of pear, strawberry, mango, and other tropical fruits hit your nose from a mile away and mix pleasantly with the sweet, astringent smell of hops. It's rare that you find a beer that has this strong of a smell and in no way is that a bad thing.

Taste: The flavors of this beer definitely follow the aromas. I can best describe the hops that hit you on the initial sip as succulent. Like the smell, the taste is very fruity, but not at all in a sugary sweet way. I taste a mix of honeydew melon, apple, slight strawberry, and a little bit of mango. Again, sucks is an absolute fruit bomb. On the finish the brew has a very slight alcohol kick with a nice bite of lemon, bitter hops, and a bit of a malty backbone that reminds me of pie crust.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a nice bit of chewiness for a double IPA. The mouthfeel is very satisfying without feeling too huge to sip down pretty quickly.

Overall: I'm still pretty new to craft beer, so I jump around a lot in terms of what I drink. Sucks, however, is one that I have been coming back to again and again. It's definitely my favorite from Lagunitas and really got me into the West coast style IPAs. Sucks is an excellent beer with an original flavor profile that entices me every time I crack one open.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:13:19 | More by HookerBrews
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-09-2014 16:13:50 | More by NewGlarusFan
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Hughdevdev

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-09-2014 15:26:55 | More by Hughdevdev
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DaveOrlowski

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-09-2014 15:15:08 | More by DaveOrlowski
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Coreyleigha

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-09-2014 14:44:48 | More by Coreyleigha
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jrhottle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-09-2014 14:00:39 | More by jrhottle
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Wiskey_33

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-09-2014 13:17:00 | More by Wiskey_33
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jibbyvonjibb

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-09-2014 06:32:29 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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GMorgan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-09-2014 00:58:47 | More by GMorgan
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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-09-2014 00:38:04 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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DTimblin

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-08-2014 23:37:52 | More by DTimblin
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Skyyalpha

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-08-2014 22:48:30 | More by Skyyalpha
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gordo7

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

04-08-2014 19:54:48 | More by gordo7
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Mikexw

New York

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-08-2014 15:54:37 | More by Mikexw
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,875 ratings.