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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

7,047 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,047
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 314
Gots: 707 | 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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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-01-2013 03:06:16 | More by calcnerd
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-23-2013 02:47:17 | More by Eaglefan344
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -14%

12-17-2011 02:53:37 | More by smutty33
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MastaShonuf

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-17-2013 19:04:09 | More by MastaShonuf
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oldvines

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-20-2012 20:00:06 | More by oldvines
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-09-2011 01:49:29 | More by plumcrazyfx
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

09-12-2013 01:42:16 | More by CityofBals
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-03-2012 16:48:01 | More by DelicateDelirium
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 23:32:14 | More by CGMLS3
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dwagner003

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-11-2013 03:22:40 | More by dwagner003
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Mattias

Sweden

4/5  rDev -8.3%

05-10-2014 21:13:46 | More by Mattias
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

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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jwps214

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-05-2014 14:13:39 | More by jwps214
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 22:13:01 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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freduardo

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-23-2013 05:08:45 | More by freduardo
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ShogoKawada

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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DeanMoriarty

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-25-2013 16:16:49 | More by DeanMoriarty
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-20-2011 06:48:54 | More by kevgod
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-16-2013 05:58:37 | More by grahamboudreaux
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-31-2012 03:33:37 | More by MrMcGibblets
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-08-2013 23:11:01 | More by BeerThursdays
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vande

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-13-2014 13:10:39 | More by vande
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-26-2013 20:09:24 | More by SPRichard
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dansmcd

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-16-2014 03:17:25 | More by dansmcd
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,047 ratings.