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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

6,860 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,860
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 294
Gots: 653 | 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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MIchelle

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very good brew. I'll admit I didn't read the label all the way since I just am a fan of the brewery when I grabbed this one. It's a tad to dry and hoppy for my taste. Beautiful citrus ale color, lots of bubbles, a nice thin typical ale head. Very refreshing taste and smell. The smell really previews the hop taste that is to come. Taste is very dry and hop flavored. Lightly sweet and citrusy though. Pretty easy drinking, if you enjoy a dry hoppy brew this is probably going to be up your alley. It's a little to hop for my likings. Very high abv, so considering that it's very drinkable. Very refreshing, would highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 21:20:08 | More by MIchelle
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-15-2014 14:42:10 | More by SHerninko
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Piske41

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%

04-15-2014 13:38:56 | More by Piske41
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Gunch52

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-15-2014 01:33:28 | More by Gunch52
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CoCambria

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-14-2014 19:07:45 | More by CoCambria
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Danfransisco

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-14-2014 18:52:42 | More by Danfransisco
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jshusc

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-14-2014 15:34:33 | More by jshusc
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topace

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-14-2014 15:12:44 | More by topace
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WiscoTerr

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-14-2014 11:26:32 | More by WiscoTerr
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sillyhed8

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-14-2014 06:07:15 | More by sillyhed8
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trentbent

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-14-2014 02:24:28 | More by trentbent
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EdTheEdge

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-13-2014 23:14:42 | More by EdTheEdge
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Sam516

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

04-13-2014 22:36:42 | More by Sam516
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pfcorsar

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-13-2014 21:56:18 | More by pfcorsar
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DLS168

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-13-2014 21:29:32 | More by DLS168
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Shy5

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-13-2014 17:29:16 | More by Shy5
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Edvice04

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

04-13-2014 15:34:57 | More by Edvice04
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tmarretti

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-13-2014 14:42:23 | More by tmarretti
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MV_CHI-NS

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: An interesting deep amber/citrine body with an ivory/magnolia head.

Aroma: Beautiful floral and citrus notes, carried-through by a light, yet quite profound, hop nose.

Taste: Much like the aroma; a tidal wave of wild flowers/crisp citrus under a bed of hops. Trust me when I say that your first thought when drinking this will be, "that is how an IPA should taste."

Mouthfeel: While many IPAs have the propensity to leave your palate a bit dry, this one is 'wet' and therefore crisp, refreshing, and leaves you wanting more.

Overall: Hands-down, one of the best IPAs I have had in a while (a position which has, until this point, been held by Three Floyds' 'Space Station: Middle Finger' - which I know is an APA, but it is close enough to an IPA as it can get). Get it. Drink it. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 06:03:07 | More by MV_CHI-NS
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

04-13-2014 03:36:09 | More by markgugs
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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-13-2014 02:44:10 | More by goalie35
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KDubzMP

New York

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-13-2014 01:16:55 | More by KDubzMP
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trevor_s

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-13-2014 00:25:39 | More by trevor_s
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zerocrane

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-12-2014 23:55:57 | More by zerocrane
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LaurenGuy

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

04-12-2014 23:07:32 | More by LaurenGuy
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,860 ratings.