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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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6,286 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 6286
Reviews: 1232
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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Photo of silentjay


4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

second release of this beer. In the "holiday leftovers" package.

clear golden color with a two-finger sized almost white head that quickly recedes to a thin-ish film that leaves behind tons of lacing.

heavy hop aroma, leaning towards the citrus side, plenty bitter, with grapefruit and orange peel. some leafy and pine behind that with no malt on the aroma.

fresh ciitrusy hops again dominate. tastes like biting into an orange without peeling it first. plenty of grapefruit and a bit of tropical fruitiness. a touch of slightly sweet malts barely make it to the palate before the slightly bitter citrusy finish comes in and lingers for a while.

medium bodied with aggressive carbonation.

a pretty good DIPA thats not too overpowering, but plenty flavorful. I actually like it better than the beer it "temporarily" replaced. I bet this is not the last we see of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 04:54:58 | More by silentjay
Photo of tyamhydrogen


4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one after all the hype it's been getting. Missed out on the first round but snagged some of the leftovers.

A- A pale copper color with a bit of haze. One finger head. A fair bit of lacing. Looks to have medium carbonation and decent head retention.

S- Nice and fruity. Tropical hops. Pineapple most notably, a bit of lemon. Not as totally overwhelming in the nose as I like DIPAs to be, but it's certainly nice.

T- Fruity hops towards the front, piney hops at the end. A bit of a pleasant boozy bite at the end. Lingering bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation for the style. Slick.

O- A solid DIPA from Lagunitas. Prefer the more tropical hop nose of the Little Sumpin' Sumpin', but this is a good beer. Not totally outstanding, but I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:37:08 | More by tyamhydrogen
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

Pale golden body, chill haze, steady carbonation streams, topped by level five fingers plus of snow white bubbles of all sizes. Dense tight lacing.

Huge inviting aroma of fresh fruit and pine.

Light but firm malt puts down a good base. Juicy fruit engulfs the mouth. Sharp bitter bite at the swallow. Bitter and juicy entwine throughout a long lingering afterglow.

Good medium prickly mouthfeel.

Sucks does not. A terrific IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 23:48:57 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of GregSVT


4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is intoxicating. Huge aromas of tropical fruits...mostly mango, piney hops, sweet malt, and touch of carmelized onions in the background.

T: The taste is pretty good as well. There are awesome flavors of mango, pineapple, pine, and a honey sweetness on the finish. The mango is there the whole time though and really sets this apart from others in the style.

M: The feel is crisp yet medium bodied. Maybe a touch too many bubbles but that is a tiny complaint.

O: This is close to Lil Sumpin Sumpin but with a bit more of a hop kick. I'm not sure I'd call it a DIPA but it's one tasty beer. I will definitely be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 04:56:59 | More by GregSVT
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/30/12

Appearance: A hazy golden orange - nice white head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves a web of sticky lacing

Smell: Simply great - very hoppy, with a ton of juicy citrus and some tropical notes - orange, grapefruit, and pineapple flesh - very floral, a bit weedy, and some pine - malts smell nicely pale and slightly toasted - what I'm guessing are crystal malts are adding a nice, light sweetness - balanced well with the fruity flavors (I've smelled this combination in other Lagunitas beers)

Taste: Just as impressive as the aroma - hoppy and nicely bitter - very juicy, lightly fruity - orange, tangerine, sweet grapefruit, pineapple - some oily pine in here, seems to become increasingly apparent as it warms up - malts are pretty light but adequately serve as a backbone - pale, lightly sweet, slightly grainy - nicely dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, a little sticky

Overall: Way better than any "apology" beer should be

This is quite possibly the best thing I've tasted from Lagunitas, and one of the best double IPAs I've had in recent memory. Seriously. If this becomes a seasonal, I will definitely be buying a bunch of this every year.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 07:13:22 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of woemad


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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured a surprisingly clear and golden color, with a big, sudsy white head that took its time dropping, leaving lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

HUGE piney hop scent, so big it smacks your palate before you even begin to drink it.

More balanced and less hoppy than the nose indicated. Sure, things begin with a piney hop blast, but quickly change over to a softer, mellower hop flavor that is balanced well by some unobtrusive malts.

A little bit lighter in the body than I was expecting, but not to a great degree. Slightly resiny yet modestly dry mouthfeel.

This beer goes down far more easily than I initially expected from its hoppy scent. I just wish I'd bought more bottles, as I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:11:31 | More by woemad
Photo of Jammies


4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours an orangish gold with an inch of foam. Great retention

S- hoppy and sweet

T- slightly citrusy and hoppy. Delicious. very well balanced

M- smooth

O- outstanding beer. Great flavor. I would mostly think of holiday ales as being closer to a brown ale, but this is incredibly well balanced for a double ipa.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 17:12:54 | More by Jammies
Photo of Supadup21

New York

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

I grabbed a couple of sixers of this x-mas and saved a couple to do reviews with. Poured into my dfh tulip/crunk glass...as my mom-in-law said when she tried a sip.... It's like drinking a x-mas tree in a glass! One of the best brews I've had in a long time.

A-- deep orange color w/ a thin white head. Has a small amount of floaty sediment.

S-- over the top hoppy! Pine and citrus notes... Smells as amazing as it tastes!

M-- categorized as a double ipa, booze isn't very strong. A little resinous/syrupy hoppy goodness

T-- Tastes just like it smells. Boatload of hops, followed up by citrus and pine notes. Very unique flavor, even compared to other Lagunitas ipas

O-- Awesome beer, they should brew it year round! Brown Shugga is a good seasonal, but this blows it away!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 23:14:47 | More by Supadup21
Photo of rmalinowski4


4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Bell's snifter. received a very fresh bottle in a great box from MiloHop. Thanks Milo

Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head. Head sticks around for a minute and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Smell is glorious, Citra as well as another tropical hop are prominent leaving a slight malt smell in the deep background. Similiar to ZD but slightly different.

Taste is awesome. Citrus hops up front, strong malt backbone, with a slight pine on the finish. very well done.

The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbination. It could use a little more carbination, but it is not that far off.

overall, this is a very nice beer. Great flavor and aroma, good mouthfeel. Real happy to have tried this one. Thanks Milo

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:51:56 | More by rmalinowski4
Photo of jmerloni


3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Yellow-Amber, clear, white head that laces poorly.

S - Honey, citrus, malt, hops.

T - Hoppy, with a faint citrus taste and an overwhelming hop profile. A good DIPA flavor.

M - Very balanced, well-carbonated.

D - Not real drinkable. Very hoppy to the point that it overtakes the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 06:41:34 | More by jmerloni
Photo of motorhed


4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Fabulous filtered gold/orange color. White head that leaves light levels of lacing as it's consumed.

S - Pine and citrusy west-coast hops, awesome nose on this thing.

T - Pine, Grapefruit, pine, and bitter hops. Very good beer, i've gone through 18 bottles of this stuff.

M - Mild carbonation and well balanced finish.

O - One of the best double IPA's i've had in a long time. Unfortunately, this came out right around the time as Surly Abrasive ale. I was overloaded on IPA's for a month. While i prefer Abrasive over this, it's still one of the better beers i've had lately. Lagunitas hit a home run with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:43:01 | More by motorhed
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Served chilled over the course of about a half hour.

Appearance: Pours a two to three finger thicky, foamy white head. Golden yellow to orange in color and clear with aggressive carbonation.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus zest, and mango notes hit nice and heavy upfront. A good amount of tropical fruit notes throughout. Very nice.

Taste: Bitter pine and grapefruit notes hit upfront. A nice lingering bitterness throughout. Some mango and pineapple provide a nice sweet backing. Nicely balanced with plenty of hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Nice aggressive carbonation to keep it light and a bit of a creamy element. Very good.

Overall, a really nice IPA and another great offering from Lagunitas. The hop notes are nice and complex throughout. Not quite the best IPA around, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:29:32 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of TheCrowsNest


4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a delicious rust-red with a thick white head that sticks around for a while.

American hops are the rage. Pine and citrus.

Tastes like a hop jelly sandwich. There's a little breadcrust that shows off the massive malt bill that you'd need to support the explosive hop flavors. Very nice citrus makes up most of the profile.

Medium-bodied with a crisp, dry finish.

Lagunitas, you don't suck. You rock. This is delicious. Keep 'em coming.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 17:03:35 | More by TheCrowsNest
Photo of dafizzif


4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into St. Bernardus Goblet
Appearance: Hazy bronze. Can barely see through it! Thin white head.

Appearance: Loads of mango, apricots, and tropical fruit. A bit of pine, but really mostly extremely fresh mango. Simply awesome.

Taste: Loads of hops. Pretty piney with the tropical fruit playing a more supporting role. Basically the inverse of the nose and almost just as awesome. Also extremely well balanced with a great malt backbone. Just right bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a slightly syrupy feel and balanced carbonation.

Overall: Amazing. Lagunitas Sucks most certainly does not suck. In fact it is one of the greatest IPAs I have ever encountered.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:26:14 | More by dafizzif
Photo of Brenden


3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sort of thick golden-amber in color with plenty of heft and a brightness despite the heaviness, a substantially heavy and resilient off-white head about a finger tall forms from the draught. Lacing is left in heavy spotting and some patchiness well down the glass.
The aroma is brilliant and beautiful, a nice heady hops bouquest. It's West Coast all the way and deep, as a combination of resionous pine, tropical fruits and citrus hops meld together and a bit of caramel malts add some balance. Alcohol just peeks out without making offense and a nice bready contribution from malts adds to the balance and complexity. Really the hops blast from this and it's an excellent aroma altogehter.
The same hops conglomeration is in the flavor, where it dominates the malts a bit more than in the nose. Some tobacco leaf becomes evident as well along with a buttery note to the breadiness. It's nice, but does nobody else notice the faint flavor of onion salt? It doesn't meld as nicely together as the aroma.
The mouthfeel is creamy coming off a bit of crispness in a medium body with moderate carbonation. the body holds it all together well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 16:14:38 | More by Brenden
Photo of derkfromwi


4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Nice thick, white head that stays forever with all the carbonation, fine golden color, lots of lacing

S: Pine and citrus hops, pleasant

T: Grapefruit, pine, malts come through a little, hoppy and enjoyable

M: Good carbonation, bitter, a little more resiny/thicker than some IIPA's

O: Well above average, quality Double IPA, I'll probably go see if I can get another sixer to share some

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 07:02:27 | More by derkfromwi
Photo of ahq514


4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

Pours a transparent golden color. Solid, white two finger head. Appears to have low to medium carbonation. Gobs of lacing attach to the sides of the glass.

Very hop forward beer. Tropical fruits abound, while there are some citrus hops as well. Behind the hop-goodness seems to be a good malt backbone with some sweetness.

Taste matches the aroma pretty well, except there seems to be more of a presence of pine hops with citrus and tropical fruits taking a back seat, although still prevalent. Get more of a distinctive pineapple flavor. The hops jump out right up front, while the sweet malt comes in second and nicely balances the hops out. There is a lingering bitterness throughout and it finishes bitter and sweet.

Good medium body and just under medium carbonation.

Great beer. They should make this again. Reminds me of hop stoopid for some reason. Maybe they use a certain type of hop... Love the sticky, tropical hops they use. Didn't want to rate it so high, I just can't find anything wrong with it. Lagunitas doesn't suck.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 05:41:00 | More by ahq514
Photo of modernartblues


4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Purchased at DeCicco's Brewster ($2.79)

A: gold-amber body, paler than most for the style, tiny bit of haze, half inch white head recedes, small cap, but nice lacing

S: pine, in your face, west coast ipa, hints of citrus

T: grapefruit and pine, not too complex for a dipa, but big bold and quite enjoyable (esp. for under 8%), malt character adds sweetness and balances nicely against the hop load

M: easy drinking, carbonation allows palate to slowly acclimate to the bitterness

O: wish I'd bought a sixer

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:35:15 | More by modernartblues
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on November 29th, 2011.

Appearance - Clear deep golden body with a small white head. No retention, but it sticks to the glass like a great IPA.

Smell - Definitely in the west coast IPA category, but not without a dose of sweetness. Tropical fruit hops dominate. Not so much on the citrus. Perhaps it's because there's such a strong sweet aroma from the malt.

Taste - This is where it shines. Perfect hop flavor that builds until the sweetness carries it into the finish. A little more piney and resiny in the taste than the aroma, which is nice. It combines well with the fruitiness and the sweetness from the malt. Not really a bitter finish, but after a while it builds.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness definitely builds up as I drink it. Medium bodied and slick enough to keep the bitterness and hop flavor on the tongue. Great body, but the bitterness is just a bit too excessive.

Overall - Great IPA. Not really Pliny quality, but a great IPA. The nose is just a touch muted and the bitterness isn't quite balanced, but I'm being picky when I criticize this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:10:38 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of msubulldog25


4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just the name, 'Lagunitas Sucks', was funny to see scrawled on taproom chalkboards over the holidays. Now a month after Christmas and a few bottles are still on store shelves; picked up a couple the other day. Poured to a pint glass.

A Santa-decorated shortbread cookie on the undated 'LIMITED RELEASE' label. The ringing text reads: "This sad holiday season we didn't have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared Brown Shugga' Ale. We're just out of capacity. There is nothing cool about screwing up this badly and we know it." Honesty or clever marketing?

A: Vibrant golden pour, loaded with streaming carbonation in writhing columns. Sturdy white head, a looser bubbly froth that holds for a minute or so and settles as a slightly bumpy cream. Terrific lace, very sticky sheeting covers the glass (almost) from top to bottom.

S: Sweet scents of orange and tropical fruit with a 'fresh cut wood' hopping, full of spice. A cake-y sweetness married with marmalade hints reminds me of a scone at times.

T: Vibrant herbal/green hoppiness and sappy sweetness, it's an explosion of pine and citrus rind, with big 'bitter greens' leafiness in the waning moments. Maltiness is enough to balance, good caramel at times, but the extended bittering reminds of who's ultimately the boss here.

M: A little crisp at first then a soothing mellow creaminess, just hinting at its fusel warmth. A little bit on the oily/viscous side, leaves a thin sheen. Drawn-out bitter finish, even a little tongue curl.

O: An interesting choice to substitute a well-hopped DIPA for the maltier deliciousness of annual favorite Brown Shugga'... but nothing disappointing about the results. It's Lagunitas at their best, making a flavorful and approachable ale that I, even as a malt-preferer, enjoyed enough to hope for an encore next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 18:05:43 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of jamescain


4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Glad I finally got to try this beer. The color is a clear straw yellow with orange hints and a fluffy white head about two fingers thick. The aroma can best be described as a mix of tropical fruit, pineapple, papaya, peach, and citrus with hints of pine. The aroma was complex, but could have been more defined. The taste consisted of pine, citrus, and peach. There is not a noticeable malt backing, but I think it works for this beer since the hops provide a complex flavor profile. The carbonation is at about a medium level with a dry lingering finish. Great beer! This is one of the reasons that I love Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 16:39:03 | More by jamescain
Photo of bstave


4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a New Belgium Tulip.

A- Very clean, golden color. One finger head dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S- Smell is incredible. Very pungent hop nose. Be sure to use a glass with this one.

T- Taste follows nose with dank hop presence. Citrus hops rule this beer with a mellow malt backbone.

M- Clean medium mouthfeel with a nice dose of carbonation.

O- Well done. Probably my favorite Lagunitas beer in the six pack variety. Hop Stoopid is still my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:55:18 | More by bstave
Photo of fmccormi

New York

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

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my good ol’ Bruery tulip (Luettich balloon); bottle dated to December 30, 2011 (“36426414”)—about three and a half weeks old at the time of consumption. Woo hoo!

Appearance (4.0): Two solid fingers of an ecru sort of off-white head (kind of hate myself for using the word “ecru,” but that’s what it is) settling down to a surface haze with thick foam on the sides, some fat bubbles here and there, and some pretty good lacing where the head has dissipated. Body is an almost-clear orangey gold, with just a few bubbles streaming to the top. Very nice looking beer, though I am a sucker for a more substantial head and a hazy body.

Smell (4.5): Passionfruit, pineapple, maybe some guava in there, just all kinds of tropical goodness happening in the nose, with some dank resin in the back. This is wonderful, in the most “West Coast” kind of way. There’s some mild sweetness underneath, nothing much, and it blends in with the fruity, tropical hop character. I do personally prefer a little more resin and pine, but I am not complaining one bit.

Taste (4.5): There it is. So damn good. There’s a great interplay between this resiny, piney note and the tropical fruits, with pink grapefruit jumping out at you right where they meet. Very, very nice bitterness and it’s not face-melting, either. Superb hop profile, with a long, piney finish that doesn’t quite let go. Malt profile is smooth and understated, lightly sweet and plain—nothing toasty or roasty about it whatsoever. Again, not complaining. Could use a little more depth, but it does its job in holding those hops down. No discernible yeast note, true to style. No booze. Great flavor in this beer, a real hop machine.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The flavor and nose grab so much of your attention, you don’t notice the mouthfeel right away. It’s incredibly dry, but these great, resiny hop oils add a viscosity to the beer without adding much to the body. Light- to medium-bodied for sure, but nice and oily with a dry finish and velvety carb—just what you want to see. Still, I’m a sucker for that super-chewy head that just isn’t in this beer. In every other regard, it’s fantastic.

Overall (4.5): Outstanding Strong IPA (what I’m calling those IPA-like beers between 6.5-8.5% or so, bigger than an IPA and smaller than a DIPA). This has to be one of the best beers in the IPA spectrum right now! Despite being so hoppy, this is drinkable as hell, like it’s taunting you in a lupulin threshold shift. Well, Lagunitas, your ploy worked. I want more—a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:38:29 | More by fmccormi
Photo of TTAmod


4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Holiday Leftovers bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick white head that dissipates to a nice white ring. Carbonation looks nice and lively.

S: Smell is really tropical. Grapefruit and orange cream dominate the nose. A bit of pine also peeks through. Smells very nice. Really is begging to be imbibed.

T: Taste is even better than the smell. Some very tropical hop notes dominate, but layers of pine, malt, and some holiday spices add depth. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Creamy. Bit thicker than medium. Quite nice.

O: One of the most balanced DIPAs I've ever had. There are so many flavors in play, but none are overpowering. This one is far from a hop bomb and has a lot of depth.

Only complaint I have is that it's not year round...

Is it better than Brown Shugga? Well...they're completely different beers. I haven't had Brown Shugga in a few years, but I have fond memories of drinking it on tap. I think they should release both ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:37:22 | More by TTAmod
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Sucks. I was behind the radar on this one. I had first heard of it as a question in a local BeerAdvocate forum thread. It was called "Lagunitas Sucks in MN". Was someone maligning the quality of the beer that arrives here from Petaluma? No, no, it's a beer called Lagunitas Sucks, ironically, because their increased popularity has made the brewing of the winter seasonal Brown Shugga a hindrance to the continual flow of IPA and Pils. As an apology for such sucking, they offered this double IPA, which is faster to brew than a rich, malty ale like brown shugga.
Damn, I haven't had that in a while. I could go for one about now. Too bad Lagunitas Sucks.
Har, har, let's drink some beer. 7.85% ABV, IBU 63. I'm skipping the ritualistic copying of the garbledy-garble, which Lagunitas is legendary for, …let's just skip to, "We freaking munch moldy donkey butt…" It goes on like that. Also, once again, "beer speaks, people mumble", as well as my least favorite of all the Lagunitas slogans, "Life is Uncertain. Don't Sip." I won't go too far into a challenge about this idiotic opprobrium, just …why? Does sipping slow us down, and keep us from downing more of the daily beers they're chugging away to produce. I'm not encouraging to slowly savor and appreciate the delicate nuances that may be found? Maybe I'll sip, just a little, if they let me, then I'll chug-a-lug till my liver bursts! Or was I mumbling?

Clear, pale and peachy appearance, large, lacy white head.

Vibrant, fresh, hoppy aromatics, …orange, grapefruit, a little bit of lime, Some resiny pine, too. Overall, an abundance of hoppitude in all the right places, but not overpowering in any direction.

Drinking, a happy, hoppy dance on the palate. Non-stop delivery of bitterness. Sticks around a bit, lingers long, but softly diminishes. Lift the glass to the lip, boppity bip, there it goes again. A drinkable, sinkable, hop-delivery system that can be tossed back without immediate destruction of sobriety. Might take a sixer or so.

A likable, well-constructed IPA, from folks who know how to do it.
Already beer fans who've gotten over the absence of Brown Shugga are calling for this to made regularly, or at least, again, and if I remember what I've glanced at, they're doing it. And so, perhaps there's need for a new designation, the 1 1/2 IPA, the ducal IPA, the 8% versus the 10%, for peeps for whom 6% and hoppy is not enough. I've met them. I can't say I respect them. Those who disdain anything sessionable, but don't want to get drunk after two.

Serving type: bottle

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