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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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6,323 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 6323
Reviews: 1235
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jmarsh123


4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mostly clear orange/gold with a small white head fading into a wisp and leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma features loads of dank grapefruit, tropical fruit and just a hint of caramel sweetness.

Flavor starts out with a bright citrus/grapefruit flavor. Also some tropical fruits such as mango. Just at touch of malt before finishing off with a big grapefruit flavor with some underlying pine. Very bitter and dry finish.

Creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Fantastic beer and much better than the seasonals it replaces. As far as Lagunitas beers only Hop Stoopid comes close to matching this. Easy drinking and goes down way too smooth at this ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 21:51:14 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of chodinheaven


4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear yellow-orange beer with a 1 finger shock white head on top with sticky lacing left behind. Tons of carbonation from the bottom. The head dissapates at a medium pace down to a patchy thin sheet and then holds there. The aroma is a bit dank, tons of earthy citrus, herbal and piney hops. Grapefruit definitely comes to mind and has the qualities to shape up to be a hop bomb. A hint of caramel and bread hold up the malt backbone fairly.

Certainly no shortage of hops in the taste, but the malt backbone definitely holds its on nicely. Plenty of bready grain and a hint of sweet caramel give a steady backbone that lets the hops do their thing without going overboard. The hops are resiny as hell, giving an earthy, almost herbal impression that goes nicely with huge piney and grapefruit notes. The malt bill still manages to smooth out the mouthfeel however, giving it a medium-full body. The hops do come close to being a bit overbearing with the thick, almost chewy resinous taste, but the pine and citrus seem to do a good job in counteracting that actually. Maybe a bit too much in the carbonation department as the mouthfeel tends to get away from the palate in its effervescence, but not too badly. The more I drink it, the more the hops seem to run away with this one, nearly choking out the life of the malt bill. So maybe they are a tad on the overbearing side, but delicious none the less, especially as the hops disguise the nearly 8% ABV fairly well. Only a hint of alcohol is detected on the breath. It finishes juicy at the back, but then moves to dryness in the very end.

Overall, it doesn't completely replace Brown Shugga', but it is a good beer. A little lacking in the balance, but it could definitely be worse; at least its full of delicious hop flavors. I would buy this again if they decide to re-release it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 06:06:17 | More by chodinheaven
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4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into my D&B thistle/tulip.

Thanks for the bottle, Travis!

Live review.

A: Pours a copperish tinged golden yellow, nice 2 finger head, settles to a small full cap, leaves sticky lacing EVERYWHERE as it settles. Beautiful beer, one of the best I've seen.

S: Pine, pineapple, citrus, floral notes, a tiny bit of alcohol, and a wee bit of caramel covering toast. Herbal and resiny notes come in behind that. Fantastic.

T: Holy shit! Right there with the smell, this one is herbal, resiny, piney, citric, floral, bitter, and smacks the palate around with ease. Alcohol is present, but doesn't detract. The weak malt that does show itself is slightly toasty and caramely sweet. Finishes bitter, lingering, and decently dry, but not overly so. Very, very good. Dare I say one of the best I've had?

M: Oily on the palate, medium carbonation is noticeable but not overwhelming, and the body is on the light side of medium.

O: This was a very welcome surprise. I've heard some talk about this one being sort of an apology for Brown Shugga not being available. Let me be the first (I'm probably not) to say this: BREW THIS YEAR ROUND! I'd buy this by the case. One of the single best hoppy beers I've had to date, and it's from a brewery that makes a hoppy beer I hate (Hop Stoopid). They got this one very, very, very right. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:31:56 | More by Keffa
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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep golden color. Not as much head as I would have liked after the pour, but the carbonation does appear active with bubbly lines throughout. The nose has some serious hop bite. Citrus zest with layers of grapefruit and tangerine are melded with pine freshness in an awesome duo that makes me feel like I'm in San Diego. Wait, this is from Northern CA.

The bready malt flavors are very subtle in the taste, allowing the hops to dominate brightly. It's very clean and nicely bitter at the back. The beer seems light with a touch of syrupy feel. Sharp, but fine carbonation. It could stand to be a little fuller on the palate but overall it works.

Glad I didn't miss out on this excellent IPA. Definitely in the same mold as Hop Stoopid and Lil Sumpin, and this one might even be better as it seems more refined. Drink fresh!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:28:45 | More by bennetj17
Photo of Bogforce


4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks pretty good but smells amazing. The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell but this beer is still amazing. I hop Lagunitas turns this into a year round because it blew me away. The mouthfeel isn't bad leaves some bitterness on the tongue but in a good way. If you see this beer get it now!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:21:52 | More by Bogforce
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light orange color with some gold hints. Nice and pale. A big pillowy white head that retains for awhile and leaves thick lacing.

Aroma: Hints of a doughy malt backbone. Mild toast and caramel. Hops join the party with tropical fruit and hints of citrus and melon.

Taste: Malts again provide a slightly sweet caramel backdrop to support big hop flavors of tropical fruit and citrus with a distinct melon note. Very zesty tasting with some candied hop flavors combined with the malt. Bitterness keeps everything in check but is about medium for this style of beer. Drinkability is high.

Mouthfeel: Drinkability is through the roof. Bitterness is pleasant but not palate wrecking. Beer is medium bodied. Mouthfeel starts creamy but finishes dry and a bit resiny. Crisp carbonation. Mouthfeel is on point.

If this ever actually does become a year-round beer, I'll be a very happy man. As drinkable as an 8% IPA gets and packed with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:50:35 | More by jacewg
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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 OZ bottle poured into a SAPP glass

A: Light golden color, crisp, clear, and clean. Medium amount of head, nothing impressive

S - Wow! Pine, citrus, and other tropical fruits. Hints of mango/pineapple.

T - Again wow! Just like the aroma, citrus and pine which is indicative of many west-coast IPAs, but then there's more. The tropical fruits come out at the end, pineapple, mango, and maybe a little grapefruit. Very first thing that comes to mind is Surly abrasive, and boy did I love that beer.

M - Crisp and clean, but also mellow. Enough carbonation to make it work.

O - A truly excellent beer! I am a huge fan of surly abrasive, but I think this tops it. Abrasive is a bit extreme in the alcohol content, so it's not as drinkable as this. I had been reading the reviews of this beer and thinking it's exactly my type of beer, and it sure didn't disappoint. An excellent job by Lagunitas, and should I say, far better than the beer it replaced.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:16:08 | More by grannun
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3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with brilliant clarity. Rocky, bubbly white head reaches its apex at about two inches and doesn't even think about budging. Excellent retention. Lacing is clumpy and very sticky.

S: Smells like a Lagunitas beer: bursting with citrusy and tropical hops, with some of those juicy/candied and floral elements as well. Pineapple, mandarin orange, and a dank hop scent are most apparent. Doughy malt base.

T: A quick burst of pineapple, orange, and mango on the attack is quickly snuffed out by a tide of pine resin and grapefruit bitterness. Pithy and dank hop flavors follow, along with fruity and juicy tastes. Malt base is doughy and slightly sweet. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness and some fading tropical fruits.

M: Medium bodied. Full and smooth on the palate. Ample carbonation helps to round it out and add a refreshing aspect.

O: Nothing about this beer is bad. In fact, it's a very good beer, all told. It just feels a little monotonous at this point. It's like listening to a great song over and over again until you get sick of it. This beer just feels like every other beer Lagunitas has done.

Notes: I realize that this is just a stand-in for Brown Shugga', but come on Lagunitas. Get a little creative. Brew me something besides a mash-up of every other IPA you've ever done. Not what I'm looking for in the dead of winter either. Poor choice for a winter seasonal, even if it is temporary. Lagunitas sucks. (insert smiley emoticon here)

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:53:36 | More by ryan1788a5
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3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a pint glass. It's a clear, copper colored beer. There's plenty of visible carbonation, but not much head, just a skim of tan foam. It has abig, hoppy aroma that has a good amount of citrus. The flavor is fairly bitter, but not as strong as some DIPAs I've had. It has a good citrus flavor and some bitter hop oils that linger after I swallow. It's a full bodied beer, but the coat isn't too big. It does leave my lips a little sticky. It's a tasty beer, but not one I'll miss if they decide not to brew it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:39:53 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby brown bottle. No freshness date.
Served in a nonic tumbler.
Pours a brassy amber color with a 1" fluffy white head along with lots of webby and patchy lacing.
A big whiff of white grapefruit blasts out at first pour. Secondary aromas of bread dough, lemon zest, pine and earth hold ground. A light whiff of gin lingers in the background.
The taste of white grapefruit is as potent as the smell. A flavor of lemon bread edges forward, so does a taste of gin and tobacco. A minor minty herbal taste makes a late cameo.
Crazy hop forward beer, this one, but very drinkable and likeable.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 23:25:27 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of crossovert


4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

It pours a clear gold with just a hint of orange. The head is white and dissipates quickly with no lacing.

The scent is sweet with some melon and citrus.

The flavor is nice. It is fruity with melon and some tomato. The sweetness is there for balance and there is a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish with some grapefruit and pine.

It reminds me of Surly Abrasive. I don't like the tomato summity flavor but other than that it is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 18:58:37 | More by crossovert
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the local bottle shop and was really interested in trying it. Enjoyed pretty cold in a fresh pint glass.

A – Deep yellow color, nice and clear no haze at all. Really strong 2 finger white head. Great lacing

S – Lots of pine and lemon citrus.

T – Really nice hop flavor, some pine.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. The beer was really smooth.

O – I really liked this Holiday offering. If they brewed it again I would definitely try to score some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 18:38:57 | More by cps98
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Rhode Island

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

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a loose, fluffy, 3/4 inch bright white head. Head eventually dissipates into a bull's eye dollop with spots and thin strands of lacing adhering to the walls of the glass. Great nose on this beer - candied citrus fruit (grapefruit), herbal/piny hops, a slight onion and pepper character. Upfront flavors are predominantly piny resin and citrus rind. Middle is light, toasted malts and finish re-asserts the faint onion character in the nose with a light, lingering earthy bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an assertive carbonation that leaves a residual prickle across the tongue. There's also a light oiliness and a little bit of acidity. Overall, a very good DIPA with an ABV that isn't over the top. I'm pretty happy about Lagunitas' "screw-up." I hope to try this one on draft before it disappears.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 17:18:42 | More by Jwale73
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very nice clear golden color. Very little head and mild carbonation from the bottom.

S - The smell is unbelievable - very tropical and strong, unique, even for an DIPA.

T - Clean, crisp, and finishes with a nice bitter kick. Well balanced and very fresh tasting

M - A little bit syrupy and slick, and very clean on the palate.

Overall - I really love this beer. I know its kind of getting overhyped on here, but it really lives up to expectations. I will say though that it fits a particular style for IPA/DIPAS - you have to like the citrusy, slick, and clean tasting IPAs. If you want something with a bit more malt balance, you may be a bit disappointed. It does seem like this type of DIPA is currently in vogue and therefore it gets high ratings. I love it personally.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 09:48:51 | More by BHwks
Photo of zeff80


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

Bottle at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet honey, citrus and caramel.

T - Nice bitter hop bite up front with some sweet honey and caramel. It had some citrus kick, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty Imperial IPA. I'm glad Sanford at Sycamore was able to get some at his bar.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:34:07 | More by zeff80
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice dark golden color with a 2 fingers of head lingered well.

S- Fruit medly with peach, pineapple and mango. Bit of the piney hops come through at the end.

T- Just as the nose would lead you get some nice tropical fruity notes mixing well with the sweet malts. Then as a classic IPA would, the bitter hops come in. well balannced with no boozy taste as you may get from others at nearly 8%.

M- Smooth and has that nice bitter bite. Well balanced

O- Another great beer by Lagunitas! Glas they repacked it as "Leftovers" Love the IPAs now can't wait for Brown Shugga!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:28:03 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A – Gold with great clarity and a big white head. Flawless. Great lacing.

S – Wow! Tropical and citrusy hops. Exceptional freshness. Again, flawless.

T – This is just the west coast IPA I’ve become addicted to. Low on the malts and huge on the hops with a focus on flavoring over bitterness. Loads of tropical fruit and citrus. Great from start to finish. Lingers for a long, long time. And the alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

M – Silky and creamy with a moderate carbonation.

O – A hop heads dream. It’s as close to Pliny as you can get with a national distribution. I’m going to be so disappointed when this release is over.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:40:16 | More by GJ40
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North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a hazy orange with a bright white head that dissipates quickly and leaves only minimal lacing.

S-Citrussy with grapefruit standing out the most and a hint of some tropical notes such as pineapple.

T-Like the nose-a lot of citrus especially grapefruit. It has a decently big caramel like malt backbone. Not as much flavor or complexity as I expected.

M-Pretty thick and chewy.

D-Very drinkable for the style given its low abv. for the style and its underwhelming flavor.

Overall, I was disappointed in this beer after all of the good things I'd heard about it. For the IIPA category I thought it was just alright at best. There are much flavorful versions of the style out there.
Re-reviewed February 22, 2013 and the scores reflect that tasting

A-Honey/gold with a thick white head that slowly dissipates. Excellent lacing and some cascading as well.

S-Tropical fruits, floral, with a hint of booze.

T-Tropical fruits flavors dominate with notes of citrus playing a role as well. There is a nice malt backbone but the hops control this beer. It tastes fantastic. There is also a hint of alcohol.

M-Fairly syrupy with just the right amount of carbonation.

D-Superb especially given its relatively low abv. for the style and its tremendous flavor.

Overall, this beer is much better than it was the last time I had it. It is absolutely amazing. I love it and will drink as much of it as possible over the next few weeks. Lagunitas is an amazing brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 14:49:59 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only saw 1 six pack of this in my local, and this is my first bottle from the only sixxer I got.

Yellowish copper with a hint of haze and a small egg shell white colored head on top. Head quickly subsides to a ring. Minimal lacing.

Lots of citrus and a hint of cat urine on the nose.

Taste mirrors the nose. Citrusy, with a whack of simcoe cat piss to round it out. Malts are there clinging onto the background for dear life. Actually fairly balanced.

Surprisingly crisp mouthfeel. Usually a hop monster like this will be resiny. This one clears up nicely on the palate.

Overall, this beer is intriguing. I think it's honestly completely over rated (as are most fanboy beers on this website) but it's not a drain pour. I'll finish this sixxer, but I don't see the appeal.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:21:55 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A - Golden amber in color, with a steady but slow stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Little head, but what small head there is does a fine job of lacing the glass.

S - Deep pine resin and grapefruit, tangerine and a more sweet clementine aroma. The pine is more than I expected, and the standard citrus-forward Lagunitas IPA aroma is there. Some dry grain aromas are there too, like in a grain elevator.

T - Taste is hop forward, but with a balancing toasty grain finish. Tastes of pine tips and grapefruit, like the nose, but with more bitterness than sweetness.

M - Mouth is medium, almost light for this style, but medium overall. Sharpness from the carbonation and hops, but it rounds out in the finish. Mellow compared to some DIPAs

O - Oerall this is a fine beer indeed. I put it up there with Lil Sumpin' Sumpin'. This is a beer I would buy constantly if I could get my hands on it. Great work, you certainly don't suck.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 18:51:09 | More by greenmonstah
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Azurescens for this delicious beer I missed, 'til now.

Nice amber color, clear, some off white foam, and decent leggy lace. Looks sorta refractive, thick.

Smell is that grapefruit, candied orange peel, mango, and pineapple hints I get from many of their tastier hop creations. Smells like hop perfume and sweet flower caramel fragrance.

Taste is full flavor, starts with some crystal, light caramel almost neutral, picks up all the fruit of the nose, like a wave of taste, then the essence of the bittering comes in, quite piney but in a refined, not over oily way, some other bitter flavors swirl there too. Stays pretty fruity along the way for sure. The end of the sip is some lasting bitter peel.

Med. carb., med. viscosity, clean on palate, excellent finish. Nuff said.

I especially like hop masterpieces made with house produced hop extracts of high quality. Lagunitas has it down with Hop Stoopid, Maximus, and others, and now this one, all are easy drinking, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 16:41:00 | More by cavedave
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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A perfectly clear golden pour. Good sized frothy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pine heaven. Surprisingly sweet citrus - mango and orange? Pineapple abound as well. Absolutely wonderful.

T: Tons of sweet mango and grapefruit up front. Maybe even pineapple? Morphs into a strong pine presence with some nice bready malt. Bitterness is not overpowering, the sweetness balances it very nicely.

M: Carbonation is just about dead on. Medium bodied.

O: Well, this was a sleeper for sure. Great combination of hoppiness and balanced almost perfectly at the same time. A rare combination that just "works". Drinkable as can be too, nice and smooth, not too harsh or drying like a lot of DIPAs can be.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 06:19:04 | More by Dope
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Rhode Island

4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wanted to see what all the hype was about so here we go.

Pours a golden amber hue with a massive white head that is hanging around like it wants to drink the beer too. Quite impressive.

The aroma is filled with pine cones, mango and tropical fruits. Exactly what I like in a DIPA, one that is not loaded with straight pine.

The taste if awesome, alot of pine but filled with mango, citrus and other tropical fruits. Only a little sweetness from the malt, which for hopheads is a good thing.

A very drinkable beer and a new favorite from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 05:25:10 | More by Hokies
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3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear golden yellow color with a ¼” head that recedes slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Sipping leaves interesting patterns of lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is nicely citric (grapefruit) with some floral character.

Taste: Lots of hop flavors here, including grapefruit and a touch of pine, with just enough faint malt presence to prevent tongue rasp from the hops. The alcohol is well concealed.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the beer is well carbonated. The finish is medium length with a nicely dry bitter ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Each sip follows easily from the last and I’d be happy to have another. This is a good workmanlike beer from Lagunitas, good but not outstanding, but still worth having more than once.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 02:02:14 | More by drtth
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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from BevMo in mid-November for $9.99.

Beer poured a clear amber-orange with a smallish white head.

Smell is a snootfull of fresh mango and citrus hops.

Taste is pine, mango, and citrus hops. Malts attempt to balance but the hop finish is strong.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated, lively on the palate.

Overall this is a solid beer. I believe this is the reprise of Kill Ugly Radio from a few years ago - nice rebound from the Brown Shugga error this year!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:29:16 | More by arizcards
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,323 ratings.