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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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6,981 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,981
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 302
Gots: 691 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-09-2011 01:49:29 | More by plumcrazyfx
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-29-2013 21:56:09 | More by mick303
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-17-2013 19:04:09 | More by MastaShonuf
Photo of JohnParadee


4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Mother of God and kiss my balls, this shit is INCREDIBLE!!! Poured into a chilled pint glass. Somewhat cloudy golden orange color, with a full 2-inch thick fluffy head which dissipated relatively slowly. Lots of tiny bubbles. Great, consistent lacing throughout. But what really sets this IPA apart is the massively intense nose of dank, hempy-smelling pine and grapefruit (like sticking your nose deep into the best smelling bag of Mary Jane you ever bought in the 70s). And the palate does NOT disappoint. Jesus, what are the IBUs on this bitch? She is HOT and ready to go! Lots of big bad hops, and even though the malts are subdued, there is enough there -- along with all the citrus florals -- to keep the hops in check. All in all, this was much more impressive than I had imagined. Believe the hype. Lagunitas Sucks not only does NOT suck -- it fucking rocks!!!

Drinking this again on 2/6/14, and I have to reiterate everything above. Drinking this beer recalls fond memories of my high school sweetheart, Mary Jane! She was/is AWESOME!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 03:01:10 | More by JohnParadee
Photo of dwagner003


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-11-2013 03:22:40 | More by dwagner003
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottling or best by date...I never learn. 12 oz bottle from a six pack.

Pours a slightly hazed medium yellow with an inch of puff that pusses out to thin skim. Lacing is pretty damn lacy.

Nosey tropicality the likes of pineapple, gummy peaches and oddly guava. Whatever the hop I perceive as peach is a hop I dig. I used to eat the hell out of those Gummy peaches, but I cannot stomach the texture of an actual peach. This is the life I lead; play on player.

Guava up front segues to a firm moderate bitter bite through the middle and that sort-of-difficult-to-describe-but-you-know-it's-Lagunitas-sandpapery-graininess on the finish. Reminiscent of the Sumpins with a slightly more tropical hop profile.

There is something about the grainy feel of these beers that doesn't quite sit well with me; it's almost a solvent quality that takes away from some of more impressive parts of the beer.

Another good bang for the buck beer from Lagunitas, but not a major departure from their more standard hoppy offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 01:04:12 | More by BarrytheBear
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

12-17-2011 02:53:37 | More by smutty33
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 22:13:01 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-23-2013 05:08:45 | More by freduardo
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3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into 10oz snifter at Wild Colonial.

Great clarity, stunning in the glass. Active head spills over, snow white.

Nose is potent dank tank super hops. Smells like a big ol' bag of kind.

Taste matches. Super hop snap. Like diesel fuel, kerosene. Wowza. Little malt- this is total hop resin.

This is like the opposite of Lagunitas- while Maximus is syrupy this one is bone dry. Can't tell which one I like more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 01:22:59 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-01-2014 07:33:29 | More by Tiernan
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-20-2011 06:48:54 | More by kevgod
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-05-2014 14:13:39 | More by jwps214
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-16-2013 05:58:37 | More by grahamboudreaux
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-31-2012 03:33:37 | More by MrMcGibblets
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-08-2013 23:11:01 | More by BeerThursdays
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-26-2013 20:09:24 | More by SPRichard
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-25-2013 16:16:49 | More by DeanMoriarty
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-10-2013 11:23:14 | More by Zimm
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

05-10-2014 21:13:46 | More by Mattias
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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear golden straw color with about an inch of white head. Little bit of sticky lace.

The aroma starts of with grapefruit and mango. Hints of pine in the background. Mango and pine on the pallet with some hints hints of bready malt in the background.

The body is medium with sharp carbonation. A bit dry on the finish.

Overall this one is great. Easily one of the best IPAs I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 23:40:40 | More by Bendurgin
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sucks finally arrived in cuse! With all the hype I am hoping this will be the real deal

A- sucks pours an amazing golden orange with a great head of foam. As it slowly recedes there is sticky lacing all over the sides of the glass. The brew literally glows in the glass

S- I have never smelled a brew like this unless it's named Pliny or flower power! Massive piney and citric notes are jolted with a burst of an injection of pineapples and mangos. This is as flavorful as it gets! The flavors are completely heightened and very impressive

T- massive sweet grapefruit and the same citric and piney flavors are all over. The flavors are bundled whereby they stain the entire mouth. A great bitter exit makes this one of the best taste profiles I can recall for some time

M- prickly flavors stick to the mouth with the right carbonation. It's spot on with the feel you would want and expect

O- what a brew! Lagunitas has always been a great brewery but this is the icing on the cake. This is a spot on west coast hop fest. This brew is just amazing. A true hopfest

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 03:24:24 | More by lovindahops
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-16-2014 03:17:25 | More by dansmcd
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of the bright hops on top of a nice malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of pineapple. Malts add in some sugary sweetness with sine white bread notes as well. Seems to lean a bit towards sweet, but that is not a complaint as it blends quite well with the fruit notes from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a lush amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this to be a very good IPA and would easily take this over the normal Lagunitas IPA, which itself is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:56:32 | More by ocelot2500
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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